Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Holies a todos

Welp, another precious week in the mission has passed by. This week was really busy. On Tuesday and Wednesday we had intercambios with the elders in El Encino, and I had the privilege to go with the almighty Elder Bair from Iowa, who has barely 4 weeks in the mission field. He reminded me of my humble beginnings as a missionary, no Spanish, no nothing. I still have a long way to go, but that's what forever is for. Then on Thursday we had an exciting zone conference with Presidente. It was weird; in my next zone conference I have to give the dreaded ultimo testimonio (last testimony) chun chun chun!
We put a baptismal goal as a zone for February and March. Rut Roh. On Friday we went out to San Jose de Gracia to search 2 referrals from the church, only to leave empty handed. But we discovered a hidden mystic lake with the famous Cristo roto there, so at least it wasn't in vain. The other bad news is that José didn't make it out to church this week so we'll have to postpone his baptism. He got a new  job this week unloading chickens on all the farms here in Aguascalientes, and they call him like 5 hours before and tell him if he has to work or not, so we are hoping he can find a solution to always make it to church. But everything's going great here in Pabellon. The front room in the house of prayer is bursting, and we will soon be opening the curtains in back.
So this week I've been thinking about the importance of living a Christ centered life. Sometimes we get distracted by other nonsense like our school or our job, or some hobby, and without us even noticing, that suddenly becomes the center of our lives. I think the best solucion to avoid that is to forget ourselves in the service of our God and our fellow men, just like Christ did. Remember "lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth where moth and rust doth corrupt, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, for where your treasure is there will your heart be also. " May Christ always be our treasure.
Love-
Elder Webb
oh mama

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Zoinks, like let's bust outta here Scoobs

Jenkies! I wasn't expecting to receive my Return Travel Plans. I feel like crying but really happy at the same time. And at the same time I'm kind of ready to start with the next part of my life. Everybody here in the branch is doing "bulling" to me. Here in the mission some missionaries and members say to the old missionaries that they are dying, and the other day a family took us to the cemetery to eat lunch, give me a break!
Anyway, this week was pretty intense. On Wednesday Sister Ovalle who is a little old grandma and the missionaries' best friend, took us to visit all her friends in Rincon. She walked at about -5 MPH but was super powerful. Every door that we knocked with here turned into a new investigator. We found like 5 new investigatores with her in 2 hours, it was pretty awesome. Then in the afternoon our ward mission leader accompanied us as well,.. and then, after that we ran out of members, haha.
Pabellon in headed for the good side again, there are a lot of less actives that have been coming out to Church. We also have a lot of promising investigatores. Jose and Rebeca made it out to church again, so hopefully they will be able to get baptized. My goal is that they open the curtains to open the back part of the casa de oración before I go. In the front there's room for about 40 people, and in the back there's room for like 30 or 40 more. And after that they can start planning to build a temple here in Pabellon...
Today we had an exciting zone activity. There was a bar-b-que, and some team games. In case you were wondering, my team totally dominated.
Anyway I wasn't expecting the death of the Prophet, I will miss him. In our fast and testimony meeting a member got up and said, "I know President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of God." After that someone had to awkwardly tell them that the Prophet passed away. I think there's a lot that we can learn from the life of the Prophet of God. Something I really liked from the movie "On the Lord's Errand" is at the end President Monson is sharing his testimony, and then he says, "and I always want the Lord to know that if he needs an errand run, Tom Monson will run that errand". There is so much we can do to be on the Lord's errand, everyday there are people that are sad, confused, depressed, or maybe that just need to hear a joke, or see your smile. The Prophet also says "One of the sweetest feelings I know, is feeling a prompting, and acting on that prompting to later find out I was the answer to someones pray". I would just like to invite you to think about how you can always be on the Lord's errand, be a friend, be kind, help someone in need, do something good in the world today. I hope everyone has a great week
Love-
Elder Webb
I would send some awesome action shoots but this thing doesnt have a USB port... Well this place was a rip off...

Thursday, January 4, 2018

¿2018?!

Where are the flying cars? Where are the people living on the moon? Where's the end of the world? I was lied to as a child...by now we should be time traveling and flying into the rainbow. What a sham! But the good news is, there's always next year. :) I remember when Kendall and I were wee little lads, we were reading some magazine and there was an article about futuristic cars with their futuristic release dates. There was like a hover car, this train that looked like a centipede and like a rolling motorcycle, and all the release dates were like 2015, 2018, 2016 y por allí.. I don't know how it's looking in the United States, but there's definitely none of that action here in Mexico.
Oh well, I remember when I was a wee little lad, I also planned to come home from my mission in 2018, so at least something came true. 2017 was a pretty awesome year, and 2018 looks pretty promising too. My goals for this year are pretty simple, read the Book of Mormon everyday, pray every day, and a few other things.. and loose those extra 30 pounds!
To be honest, I don't even remember what my goals were last year, and I'm sure I didn't achieve them, but this year I'm committed to remember and achieve my goals. I think it's good to make goals, but if we don't have a plan and if we don't do anything, our goal is just another flying car that still doesn't exist.
Elder Ballard said: "I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don't set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potencial. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life". I know the Lord wants us to reach our goals, he didn't put us here to fail, he put us here to triumph gloriously.
Anyways this week was pretty good, yesterday we went walking around for about an hour looking for a ciber, but every single one was closed, so that's why I'm writing you today. Things are going good here in Pabellon. The week of Christmas and New Years are pretty much the hardest weeks to be a missionary during the whole year. Everyone is at the party, out of town, or drunk. But we did manage to find a few people to teach. One of our investigatores is going great. He's called Jose, and if everything goes well, we'll have the first baptism in more than a year and a half here in Pabellon, on the 20th of January. We also have some other great investigatores. Rebeca has gone to church 2 times, and is praying to know that the church is true. Pedro knows the church is true and is reading the Book of Mormon. He even promised us that he's going to get baptized, but first he has to make it out from Rincon to church. And we found another investigator named Miguel this week who accompanied us to church.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week and a happy new year.The secretaries told me today in the district meeting that in the morning they bought my plane ticket, rut roh!
Love Elder Webb
This is the what the bag of gummies looked like when the package came

Feliz Navidad

Howdy Pardners,
It was so good to talk and to see everyone. I'm glad everyone is doing great, and enjoying the shindig. So yesterday after the exciting phone call the Quinonez family invited us to stay for dinner. They had an exciting gift exchange too, and every though we didn't bring anything, they gave us a scarf, some ear warmers, and candy. And after that, there was a delicious Christmas dinner. It was nice to spend Christmas eve with them.
I remember last year they told us we had to return to our home at 6 so Elder Hernandez and I ate quesadillas in the house and went to bed at like 8. It was pretty sad and boring. Today Christmas day, we went bowling as a district, you'll be happy to know that I won, 129 heh heh.
And after that we went looking for a ciber for about 30 minutes because everything was closed. But we all know the that Christmas is for remembering Christ, I like the hymn silent night I reminds me of the holy and sacred moment at Christ's birth:
Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace;
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heav’nly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ, the Savior, is born!
Christ, the Savior, is born!
Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
 Jesus, Lord, at thy birth; Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
I'm grateful for my Savior Jesus Christ, The world would be a sad and lonely place if he had never been born, but thanks to him we can all be filled with his light and love, I hope everyone of you has yourself  Merry little Christmas.
Love Elder Webb


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

hohohohoall

Howdy all,
So this was a pretty good week. On Wednesday we had the always exciting multi-zone conference, it was pretty good. But what was even better was the exciting Christmas dinner (lunch). We ate Christmas meat, Christmas noodles, and Christmas fruit. And then after that we had the long awaited gift exchange. To be honest I've never really liked the gift exchanges, especially this year, because I forgot to wrap my gift. So the night before I made a giant cone out of cardboard and put the upside down Christmas hat filled with candies in there. Then I had to go in front of everyone and give my gift to Elder Arce, how embarassing. Whatever. So that was pretty exciting.
This last week with Elder Rosell was pretty good too. We went for tacos almost every night. Elder Rosell was a great companion, and I'll miss him a lot. But the good news is that my new and last companion Elder Aquino showed up on Monday. Elder Aquino is from Oaxaca, México. He seems like a great guy, and I'm sure we're going to have a lot of success. But it was weird when the new missionaries showed up the first thing Presidente did was take them to the movie theater, and we watched the movie Coco, (Elder smith and I voted for Starwars 8, but oh well) for our exciting Christmas movie this year. It was pretty good I learned a lot about family history, and our ancestors and what not. Anyway I hope everyone has a great Christmas. I'm looking forward to talking with y'all on Sunday 😀 Hey check it out, I didn't know I could use these things.
Love Elder Webb

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

T-minus 3

Sorry for not writing last week. All of Pabellon wanted to be baptized so we were in the baptismal font for the whole day, nah just kidding. We went to Aguascalientes for a district activity and we got back late, and then there was no time to write. Also just so you know the assistientes informed me that I'm going to train a new missionary for my last 2 transfers, and the new missionaries arrive next Monday so next week if I don't write Monday, I'll write Tuesday.
Anyway, if you're wondering how I've been doing I would describe this last week with these words: Nippy, freezing, super cold, my toes are falling off. I don't know what happened but Mexico or at least Pabellon has been nippyfied, it's probably like 50 degrees but man I don't remember it being so cold last year, and the bad part is that no one has heaters here. So the temperature outside is the same temperature inside. Other than that everything's been great. We haven't done much because 2 weeks ago my companion had to go to the hospital to get his foot checked out, and once again the doctor had no idea what he had. But his knee was also starting to hurt, so he was sent to rest for about a week and a half, but now he feels much better, and is all ready to go. Good old Elder Rosell he's been a great companion and I'll be sad to see him go.
I can't believe it's already Christmas time. I remember last Christmas I was with Elder Hernandez, and I said when it's Christmas next year that's when I'll start to worry about going home, because you'll be going home. Now Elder Hernandez goes home this next Monday and it's crazy. But you'll be happy to know that I don't feel worried. This year I've been reflecting on past Christmas'. I've been remembering family traditions, fun activities that we did, door bell ditching the neighbor's to leave them something for 12 days of Christmas, and other good times. But I've also been thinking, how would Jesus Christ celebrate his birthday? Instead of getting up at 4 in the morning to open the presents or going to a shindig I'm sure Christ would be delivering presents to others, helping the sick and the needy, ministering to the hungry and poor. It's sad to see so many people here in my area who won't receive anything for Christmas, and I wish there was something I could do for them. I hope this Christmas we can remember the true meaning of Christmas, celebrating Christ's birthday the was he would. Matthew 25:40-Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I hope everyone has a great week
Love Elder Webb
Oh ya, this candle lit our house for 2 weeks because we didn't have electricity

Monday, November 27, 2017

The Epistle of San Webb to the Alpiners

1) Behold my beloved bretheren, grace and peace be unto you.
2) But now I must say, wo, wo, wo unto the wicked ones, for the enemies of the righteous must be destroyed, yea, even by fire.
3) But behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, the fiery furnace of the adversary shall not burn those who shall repent.
4) Repent ye, repent ye, for the kingdom of God is at hand.
5) But now my dear brethern, I shall proceed with my account of this weeks events.
6) For it came to pass that the wickedness of Pabellon did increase exceedingly, and San Webb's soul was sore afraid lest they shouldst be destroyed.
7) Wherefore San Webb didst preach the Gospel all the week long, that they shouldst not dwindle in unbelief.
8) But behold on the morrow 4 days after yesterday San Webb's companion didst say, my foor paineth me, and San Webb didst say, "To the local wizard/ranchero we shall go."
9) And whenst they did arrive the local wizard whose name was Mr. Doctor, was profoundley confused, and could not detect the problem.
10) Never the less, he didst perscribe some very expensive medicines and didst pat himself on the back.
11) And San Webb didst say "well that place was a rip off"
12) And now behold, San Webb's companion doth find himself bound to his foot that paineth him. But San Webb and San Rosell didst say "Surely as the Lord liveth the work of salvation cannot be stopped by the work of the adversary"
13) And it came to pass that they did preach fearlessly, working miracles, and bautizing in the name of Jesus Christ.
14) And so great and powerful was their preaching that the sick and afflicted were left in the streets in hopes that the shadows of San Webb and San Rosell wouldst pass over them.
15) Now behold the Lord forbids me that I might write more. Amen.
mmm, Thanksgiving dinner
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