Monday, December 12, 2016

Familigios

Howdy familigos (family+amigos),
I hope everyone is having a great week, and a great December. I can hardly believe that it's already Christmas time. I always like the Christmas season. The other day we headed on over to teach a few investigators, and I asked what is the purpose of christmas, good old "Saint Nick" (his name is Nicholas) said, "Well Santa comes, there's a few gifts if we're lucky, and of course we drink a few beers." Womp, how embarassing! I hope everyone can remember the true meaning of Christmas this year. I'm glad to know the Jesus Christ was born, that he really lived, and that he is the Savior of the world.
Anyway, this week was pretty good, nothing too exciting, or too boring. On Tuesday we had our exciting district meeting. It was pretty funny, the night before I was talking on the phone with Elder Dobar our "new district leader" and then that night they had special transfers, and Elder Saquic our old district leader returned. He was in Aguascalientes for one day then got sent back to his old area with his old companion. So the only new elder is Elder Pazmiño from Ecuador, and he's in the area where I was working while elder Saquic had his operation. Sorry for the short letter but the time ran out, but I have some exciting photos.



Monday, December 5, 2016

HoHoHoHola

Hello,
Hmm, sorry for not writing last week. I had elder-sitting duties. Good old Elder Saquic was in the hospital for the last 2 week, as result of his nose injury, and Elder Castillo was getting bored, so I took to Monday shift.
These last two weeks have been kind of weird, we've been visiting all the invistigators from both areas, and it was mostly just a mess, all the appointments were falling through, and none of Elder Castillos investigators knew us, and it was just weird. But today we had transfers so everything is back to normal. Elder Saquic headed over to Aguascalients. Elder Sastillo went to Popular, which is here in San Luis Potosi, and I went to nowhere, and my companion is still here too. I've been here since August with this companion, but it's all good, he's a good companion.
Ya so I guess I'll be starting my 7th transfer, how weird. I have to say I feel very good in the mission. Sometimes I feel like I still have no idea what I'm doing, but that's ok, I don't know anything, but the Lord does. Anyways this was a pretty good week.We had a bunch of meetings and what not.
On Wednesday Elder Valensuela from the area presidency stopped by to have a meeting. It was great. He invited all the bishops and ward mission leaders, and we talked a little bit about working more with the wards. He did a pretty cool activity. He had all the ward leaders pull out their cell phones and send a message or a movie to the first friend that they felt something about. I was amazed how easy the work of the Lord was done through the power of technology. It was so easy they just clicked a few things and in minutes their friends responded and they were having a gospel conversation. So I'd like to invite everyone to do the same. Head on over to the internet, look at your friends and when you feel something, send em a video or a nice little message. I'm not kidding it was so but so easy and everyone had positive results. Something interesting that he said is that no one knows when the Lord will come again, but something that we do know is that he will come when the church is united, when there is unity, when the members truly become missionaries. Welp, I hope everyone has a great week!
Love
Elder Webb

Aw man I had some awesome photos, but the computer thingy doesn't work again.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving?

Hello friends
Welp, it has been another nippy week, but another great week. Is Thanksgiving this week or next? I was checking around here in Mexico and no one celebrates Thanksgiving -what a shame. But luckily we have an exciting lunch this Thursday with all of the zone.
In other exciting news, our fearless district leader is now in the hospital. A drunk dude about 3 months ago hucked a rock at his nose, and they are finally doing the operation. Elder Saquic is in the Satélite area, but Elder Castillo from Espanita 1 and will be with him in the hospital, and Elder Castillo's companion went to Satelite, basically what that means is that Elder Hernandez and I have 2 areas, woohoo. On Saturday we headed over to the other area and Elder Castillo introduced us to all their investigators and what not.
That same day the zone leaders gave us these special books about how to use technology in the mission. There's a bunch of rumors that were supposed to be getting iPads soon, but I don't know what we'd do with iPads here, I'm pretty sure we would have them for about a week, and after that all the iPads will have been robbed.
Things are still going good here, Jesus is still going strong in the church, but Fernando has fallen off the path a little bit. It's a bummer but I'm sure he will be coming back to church here in a few weeks. Also, remember the investigator who had her legs burnt super bad and went to the hospital. Well after 2 months she's out, and back in action. She's supposed be baptized the day before Christmas. Woo hoo. Merry Christmas to me!
Ya, but everything's going good here; the time is passing by fast. Anyways the other day I was thinking about a few questions. If Jesus Christ came tomorrow would we be ready? And if we died tomorrow would we be ready to meet our maker? I think it's interesting because everyone always responds that they're not ready. There are still things they need to do and there are still things they need to do better. And it's true, there are always things we need to do, always repentance that needs to be done, but what's important is where our heart is. If we really follow our Savior, and keep his commandments to the best of our ability, there's no need to fear. The righteous need not to fear. I would like to invite y'all to think about these questions. I remember in a talk from Elder Nelson. He said he was in a plane and was about to crash, on the brink of death, but he didn't feel worried. He knew that he had kept his covenants, and was clean of heart.
I hope everyone has a great week
Love
Elder Webb
Our newest investigator that was spray painted on the back of the church.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Oh you better watch out, you better not pout, you better not cry, I'm telling you why, presidente is coming to town. He see's you when you're sleeping, he knows when your awake, he knows if you've been bad or good so be good for goodness sake, ohhhh... haha, nah But presidente did come to town, and for the first time in my mission I had an interview with presidente. Presidente Hernandez is awesome. We pretty much talked for about 10 minutes and then it was over.
And I don't know what happened here in Mexico, but ever since the time changed it's been all nippy. Everyone's puttin up their Christmas decorations and there ain't agua caliente in aguascalientes. That's been the one bad part about San Luis Potosi, pretty much for about 4 week's we've had hot water and the rest of the time it's all nippy. In zacatecas we had this little iron thing to heat up the water, but here there is no such luxury.
Ya but besides the cold water, this has been another awesome week. This week on Sunday we had the opportunity to see a transmission(broadcast) to all of Mexico, with Elder Nelson and a few other leaders. President Nelson, and the Young Womens president shared their talks in Spanish. Not to brag but I'm pretty sure my accent is better the President Nelson's. Ya but since we had this special event out in the boonies, I was pretty much convinced that no one was going to show up again, but good old Oscar showed up. Oscar had drank a few boozes before the conference, and pretty much doesn't have a place to live, but he came, and it was an answer to my prayers. Pretty much the last person that I thought would show up, showed up.
I think it's interesting how the Lord works. The other day I was thinking about the Spirit and the feelings I've felt here in the mission. Before I always had trouble describing the feelings of the Spirit, but now to me it feels like God's love. I know that God love's me and that he love's you, and that he has a plan for us. It's easy and anyone can follow it, and anyone who does will find more happiness, more peace, a lot of other things, and more love for our Savior Jesus Christ. Keep the commandments, all of em, and follow God's Plan for us, and have a happy week.
Love Elder Webb

Boo yah the computer works this week


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

November

Well, I guess I'll start with a spiritual thought. As a mission we've been studying the plan of salvation and I've been studying the atonement a lot. For you all, what does the atonement mean for you? Do we use the atonement everyday? Do we really understand the Savior's sacrifice for us and all it means in God's plan. Because I sure don't, but there's a scripture I like.
In Alma 7:11-12 it says "And he shall go forth suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind, and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people, and he will take upon him their infirmities that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities."
 I really like this scripture because it says alot of things that are really important, but what I like most about it is that Christ suffered everything for us, everything. And my invitation is that we can use the atonement in our lives everyday, for the good times, the bad times, the glad times, and the sad times. There's always something and we can always use the power of the atonement to better our situation.
Anywho, this was a pretty good week. It's always a good week, only things have dried up a little bit, we always have people to teach but not to many are progressing, It's kind of a bummer in my mission people have always showed up to church except for this week and the last. But it's ok.
Here in Mexico the 31st is Halloween and 2nd I think is the Day of the Dead. I thought there would be a lot of fiestas and what not, but it was pretty mellow for the Day of the Dead. Pretty much all they do is a few people create an alter with a bunch of memories and what not of one of their family members that have passed away. And later they go and visit the cemetery. I guess it's kinda like Memorial day. But the day after we saw a bunch of apostasy. Here in Mexicio some people like to worship the santa muerte or in other words satan. So at like 8 at night we were strolling to town going to visit a few people and we saw this display case with a bunch of people crowded around it with a bunch of statues of the santa muerte, and then about a block away there was another display case with a bunch of statues of the virgin maria. Apostasy everywhere! Pretty much all I saw was a bunch of wickedness. All these people crowded around the santa muerte were preparing for a dance, and all the nuns crowded around the virgin were chanting some spell or who knows what. All I have to say is that we quickly evaded the situation.
Also mom the pants arrived this week, muchas gracias. thanks to everyone for all your support, I feel very blessed to have an awesome family and friends. I hope everyone has a great week!
Love Elder Webb

Also, the computer thingy doesn't work so no photos, sorry



Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Halloween

Howdy all,
I'm looking at my agenda right now and I have to say this was a pretty normal week. Oh wait, on Tuesday it says we had a meeting with President. Huh, I have to say the time is confusing here in the good ol mission, I know I've said that a lot but it's the truth. I feel like I've spent 3 eternities here but it also feels like I just got here. Oh well, I'm just trying to enjoy the time I have. Oh ya. I also forgot to explain the picture from last week. So last week or 2 weeks ago, as a district we set up this table with a bunch of church materials for a couple of hours to see if we could herd in a few of God's children. It was funny we forget to set up sign saying that everything is free and this dude started haggling for a book about the teachings of the prophet Brigham Young. It's pretty weird pretty much everyone we talk to believes in Jesus Christ, but doesn't want anything to do with us. It was fun.
Anywho back to this week. So on Tuesday we had a meeting with Presidente with our zone and another zone, and I didn't recognize anyone. It's kind of weird, I had met all the old missionaries but now they have all returned home. But it was awesome to see presidente. I really like him a lot, he tries to focus on the important things that really matter, and I'm trying to do that too. As missionaries, there's a lot of stuff we can do. a lot of things we can say, a lot of places that we can visit, but what really matters is our Savior Jesus Christ. I've been trying to apply this to my life. A lot of the time, I'm distracted with the investigators or with my companion or things at home, or things here, or a bunch of stuff, but all that really matters is my Savior Jesus Christ and what He thinks. I know that I'm serving him, and that my efforts will be blessed. There's a lot of things that I can't do alone, but through Christ I can do all things. I hope everyone has a great week.
Lots of Love
Elder Webb
And Happy Halloween and Day of the Dead, today is Halloween and tomorrow is the Day of the Dead


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Howdy Y'all

Howdy y'all
Welp, this was a pretty good week here in México. The whole week me, Elder Hernandez and Elder Castillo were in a threesome, I dunno I thought it would be kind of fun to be in a trio, which it was, but it was also a lot of work. We worked in both areas for the week visited all the investigators of the almight Elder castillo and what not. Elder Castillo is a pretty good missionary. He and I are from the same generacion of missionaries except he has 7 months and I have 6 because of the time in the CCM, I don't really understand that but we will depart the mission at the same time. But he's a great guy from the great country of Guatemala.
I don't have too much time, but that was pretty much what happened this week. Today we have transfers, nothing changed except that we're not in a trio any more. But we have a meeting with President this week on Wednesday, and supposedly there are supposed to be a lot of changes after that, but who knows.
Anyway, I hope everyone has a great week, don't forget to read your scriptures and say your prayers this week.
Love,
Elder Webb

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Trio

Hellow
Welp another exciting week here in the mission, I guess I'll start backwards.
Today was another exciting P-day, nah that's not true. I have to admit, P-Days are pretty boring. In the morning we headed over to the casa of the almighty Elder Castillo to wash our clothes for about 5 hours, then we headed over to Hermano Nacho's house for some grub, yep his name is Nacho, and now I'm here.

Yesterday, Sunday was pretty good too, Jesus received the Priesthood, and a new investigator Maricruz showed up. After church we went on exchanges with the members for the first time, it was pretty exciting, I went with hermano miguel, we dedicated a house and visited some people. It was fun, plus he had a mazda 3 so I gave him the low down on all the sweet upgrades he could do, well not really.

On Saturday Jesus came with us to do some visits. It was pretty cool, he has a pretty strong testimony for being a member for a week. We were talking with these atheists (that's spelled wrong) and he was like , Ay I used to be atheist, but now I believe in God, say a prayer and he'll show himself to you. It was pretty cool.

On Friday we had another exciting zone meeting, it was pretty good. After that we got put in a threesome, me, Elder Hernandez, and Elder Castillo, because an elder had to return home, but we have transfers this next week, so I'm think we'll be in a trió until then, for like a week. It's pretty weird to be in a threesome, especially since we have to work in our area and Elder Castillo's area, but it's fun too.

Anyways a quick thought, I was thinking about all the wickedness that always happens in the Book of Mormon, and I realized that all this stuff happens because the people weren't firm in the faith of Christ. Our foundation should be Jesus Christ, if we are truly firmly planted and founded upon Christ we will be able to withstand and and overcome anything that may happen to us.

Welp have a great week, too da loo
Love
Elder Webb

Monday, October 10, 2016

Bautismo

Hola
Well another great week here in Españita in San Luis Potosí Mission México aguascalientes. I don't know why are area is called Españita. The city isn't called Españita and there aren't any roads called Españita... there ain't nothin, Oh well.
Anywho, I guess I'll just skip to Friday because the other days were kind of boring and I don't remember much. On Friday was our exciting reunion de los paquetes or the zone meeting. Sadly no packages showed up but I did receive a letter from Sarah Tyree, Gracias Sarah. Anyways I'm noticed that ever since Presidente Hernandez showed up the quality of the zone meetings has improved drastically. I really like Presidente Hernandez. The truth is I've pretty much only talked to him one time, but he has a great vision for the mission and things seem to be improving all around.
Friday was also the baptism interview for Jesus and Fernando. At the end of Jesus's interview our district leader came out and said that he didn't pass and that we would have to be interviewed by the presidente ... but then he said just kidding, Clown! I almost had a small heart attack
Anywho, Sabado was the baptism of Jesus and Fernando and also Carlos (investigator of Satélite) It was pretty awesome. All of their family showed up and a bunch of members showed up. And for the first time everything went pretty smoothly, except that the bishop showed up late because he was playing basketball, I guess that's a good excuse. But the baptism was awesome, it's always great to see people enter into the kingdom of God.
On Sunday was the confirmacion, which is always awesome too. It was pretty weird after the confirmacion I was likethese dudes are members. All in all it was a great week, I hope everyone has a fantástico week
Love Elder Webb

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Conference

Howdy pardners
I guess I'll go by the play by play, day by day again. I kinda like writing about everyday, plus I don't really remember what happened very good again. I have to admit I've kind of gotten lazy about writing in my journal, I used to write everyday but now it's like 2 times a week. Oh well I guess I'll have to repent.

I always like Mondays, it's always nice to hear from the fam and a few friends who occasionally write me. On Monday I remember that we visited Jesus and Fernando and committed them to go to all 5 sessions of conference (more on that later)

Tuesdays are always pretty good too. We always have our District meeting in the morning which is pretty boring but it's always cool to see the insights of the other Elders. In our district it's Elder Saquic, our fearless district leader who has 18 months but is headed home to his house after this transfer because a drunk dude threw a rock at his nose and he has to have surgery. There's also Elder Kinsella from Kaysvill who has 18 months and will be married the 15 of may 2017. Then there is my companion Elder Hernandez who is my companion and has 9 months out here. Then there is Elder Castillo who has 6 months and is actually from my generacion and is training Elder Castro from Culiacan, Mexico, and then there's me, haza

Wednesday's are pretty good to. I don't really remember much from Wednesday except that we had 71 contactos.

Thursdays are always one of my favorite days of the week too. On Thursday we always have planimento semenal, and as of now the club, club meetings are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 if anyone would like to join.

Friday is also one of my favorite days of the week. On Friday the 30th of September I finished 1/4 of my mission. It's pretty weird that I've been out here for 6 months I know have the same amount of time left as a sister missionary who is entering the MTC, and I still feel like I just got here. Before my mission I thought once 6 months rolled around I would be a Spanish master, scripture wizard, practically perfect and babemaster, and although one those things is true the others aren't. Something I've learned and learned in the conference is that improving is a life long process. We have to always keep at it but it also naturally happens. But all and all I feel pretty good. I'm satisfied with my progression but I know that there's still a long ways to go.

On Saturday (one of my favotire days as well) we watched all of the sessions. I was lucky to be able to see all of them in English except for the last one. It made me feel more grateful for the opportunity to be guided by a prophet of the Lord and 12 apostles. And it's always awesome to see the prophet. Also I really like what he said about the word of wisdom. I thought it was interesting because in that moment President Monson was living the promised blessings that he explained, of added strength and help from the Lord. Usually I have a favorite talk, but all of 'em were super awesome.

Sunday, another great day of the week, was indeed a great day. Like I said earlier we invited Jesus and Fernando to attend all 5 sessions. And guess what? They came to every single one. We only had 2 investigators come the whole time, but they came for all 5 which was super awesome. And their baptismal service will be this Saturday at 6:30, boo yah.

And this Monday I accidentally spent 1000 pesos (that's like 3 dollars) on food for the entire month, and a costco card, pretty sweet.

Welp, I hope everyone has a wonderful week, If you didn't see all of general conference watch it, and if you already watched it, watch it again.
Love Elder Webb

Jesus on the left, Fernando on the right at the Priesthood session






Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hello World

Hello world,
Let's see where do I start? Every week goes by super fast and sometimes I don't remember if the stuff that happened was from this week or the other. I guess I'll give you the low down day by day.

On Lunes after an exciting P-Day, we hit it hard in the streets with our ward mission leader who was called yesterday, Senovio. Just for the record I've had ward mission council or whatever a grand total of 1 time in my whole mission, and I've had a ward mission leader for like 5 weeks but the good news is that a new bishop was called who's all excited about the work of the Lord and he is super young, he has like 26 years, so we don't have to worry about him falling into the grave tomorrow. Hopefully we'll get things in shape here.

On Martes I strolled over to Satelite for intercambios with Elder K, it was a pretty enjoyable day, this guy was super relaxed, and decided to tell me about every... thing that he's done in the mission, also he already has his wedding all planned out, the date of his wedding is for the 15th of May.

On Miercoles I headed back over to Españita and reunited myself with elder Hernandez. I have to say Elder Hernandez is a great missionary, and we are getting along quite well, on Wednesday we decided to leave with brooms in our hands to help people sweep their streets. It wasn't very effective but the Lord blessed us to next day with a lot of success.

On Jueves we had our weekly planning, I dunno why but all the missionaries don't like to do weekly planning, but I do. After the we headed over to the club, we've started a club here with these 3 recent converts and a bunch of old dudes, it's pretty fun. Dad you could join if you wanted.

On Viernes well I don't really remember let me check. Hmm... well Viernes was a normal day

On Sabado it was a pretty normal day too, we headed out in the morning and found almost nothing, but later in the afternoon we were able to find a bunch of people that we had been looking for, including 2 new investigators who were at church this Sunday. Also it rained and I forgot my umbrella :(

On Domingo we headed over to the church. I always like going to church it's a nice oportunidad to relax and feel the Spirit. Also these new 2 people Eduardo and his mom Faviola came to church which was a surprise but awesome, and Jesus also came too, Fernando was going to come but he had to go to the doctor. Speaking of Jesus and Fernando, they are progressing super well and will be baptized the 8th or 15th of October, haza!

And this Lunes I got a fresh new line up.

Anyway, this week I've been thinking a lot about general conference, because it's in a week. We've been telling all the members and less actives and well everyone to come to general conference. I think a lot of members know that President Monson is the prophet of God but I think a lot of the time we forget the significance of his calling, and the 12 apostles. These men are called by God and speak with the Lord to receive revalacion that we need to hear now. When the proph

et and the apostles are speaking it's like the Lord is speaking, I hope everyone goes to the conference, because it's going to be great. Welp Have a great week
Love Elder Webb

Also I've kind of forgotten to take pictures but here's a nice shot of San Luis


Monday, September 19, 2016

Have I done any good in the world today?

Hello my beloved brothers and sisters,
I guess I'll start out with today. Today was another exciting p-day. So this morning we decided to clean the apartment. I don't know what the deal is but every house I've visited that's occupied by missionaries is always disgusting. But this morning, er actually yesterday, we decided that that needs to change. The worst part was by far the kitchen. I dunno what happened but some other Elder was cooking up some stew or something and everything exploded er something like that, because since that first day I've been here, there's been this mystery orange sticky stuff on the walls, but not anymore heh heh,. Now the house is all fresh to def and I can breath again.
After that we did the laundry, by hand. That's right by hand, let me just say it took like 3 hours and my hands still feel like prunes. Ya, I'm pretty much roughin it, but now everything is all clean, I like living in a clean environment, after all cleanliness is next to Godliness.
Anywho, the rest of the week was pretty good, everything just flew by. On Saturday 16 de Septiembre was Independence day here in Mexico, which basically means another excuse to whip out the booz. Every booz buster always tries to talk to me in English, shameful. Nah but I felt pretty patriotic. I bought this mustache to wear to a fiesta that the church was throwing, but sadly our investigator bailed out on us last second. Luckily there's always next year. In other exciting news I also came down with a mystery sickness. On Tuesday I think we ate in the boonies, it was sketchy. The food was pretty good,but I'm not sure the living conditions were well livable. Plus it was all windy and she had a bunch of cats so my allergies kicked in. I had this mystery stomach/head ache and a soar throat/runny nose for like 3 days, but I was healthy enough to work, I feel blessed I haven't really gotten sick out here.
Anyways quick thought, I really like the song..." Have I done any good in the world today, have I helped anyone in need, have I cheered up the sad or made someone feel glad, if not I have failed in deed." I think a lot of the time we get caught up in ourselves. We are always looking for how we can help ourselves and often times forget to notice those around us. I would just invite y'all to wake up and do something more then dream of your mansion above. There's always someone that needs help and there's always something we can do. So wake up and do something more. "Doing good is a pleasure a joy beyond measure, a blessing of duty and love".
Welp have a fabulous week
Love Elder Webb
Aw man the photo thingy doesn't work again

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Howdy

Howdy yall
Well once again we don't have any time...we were washing our clothes (in the boonies because we don't have a washing machine) and the washing machine broke. Also one of the Elders in our district had to go to Aguascalientes to pick up a new missionary and he forgot the keys to the house so we had to deliver them to their area.
We had cambios but nothing  changed, I'm thinking I'll be here till Christmas or the new year or something like that but who knows. But this was a pretty good week, our best investigators showed up to church, there is a family that we are teaching, Jesus, Fernando, and Dila, and I really enjoy teaching them every time we teach them the Spirit is super strong and it's awesome. I hope everyone is having a great week. Mom and Dad have a great week exploring Paris and what not. Oh ya, also I recieved a package and a bunch of letters this week, muchas gracias, I really apperciate it
Love Elder Webb

Friday, September 2, 2016

Cambios Espaciales

Howdy y'all,
Well I guess I'll start with the exciting news first, I'm no longer in Zacatecas I am now in the great state of San Luis Potosi in Espanita 2, It's pretty weird. I've been here since Saturday and things are pretty good. I really like San Luis -everything is flat and it's more of how I imagined my mission. Also the people have been a lot more receptive. But we had emergancy transfers, so that's why I'm here, Elder Garcia was eating my cookies in the morning so I gave him the elbow....nah, just kidding. I have no idea why we had transfers but I heard that in Fresnillo they were having a lot of problems, because it's the most dangerous part of the mission. But who knows, it's kind of a bummer the 4 weeks that I had with Elder Garcia were easily the best 4 weeks of my mission, we were really clicking and our dynamic dou was just getting started.
Now I'm here with Elder Hernandez, he's from the city of Mexico, and has 8 months in the mission. He's a really hard worker which is awesome... it's the first time he's been in charge and is taking advantage of the situation. On the first day here we literally ran from house to house, literally.
On Saturday we had stake conference and on Sunday too, they talked a lot about the family and it was super great. Also presidente and his wife showed up, puro poder. They talked a lot about how the home is the best place to learn and teach the gospel, and it's true. Like the proclamation to the family says, the best and most ideal situation for families to have happiness and success is when there is a mom and a dad who live there and teach the gospel to their children. There are a lot of problems with that here in Mexico, a lot of broken families, but they said the the next place of support for those kids that don't have strong families is in the ward, and the families that are fortunate enough to have a strong family should be a support and example for those in need. I feel very blessed for the family that I have, my parents are almost perfect, my siblings too, and then there's me with all my problems, but that's ok that's why I'm here in Mexico. Nah, but I feel really lucky to be raised the way I was raised, and to have a knowledge of the gospel the oportunidad to share it with everyone. I hope everyone has a great week, I love and miss each of you
Love Elder Webb
Also sorry for the boring letters recently I'll try to spice it up next week


Monday, August 22, 2016

Agua Fria

Howdy y'all,
I came to the sad realization this week the at the end of this month I will have 5 months here, 5, that's 4 numbers after 1. It's hard to believe. Pretty much all the missionaries I know here in the mission are ending their missions, my companion received his itenerery, huh, that's not spelled right, his travel information. Everyone says it goes by fast and it's true.
Anyway into the highlights of this week. On Tuesday we had companion exchanges er something like that I don't remember what it's called and I had the opportunity to do it with Elder Ascencios here in my area. It was pretty fun, Elder ascencios has 2 weeks here in the mission and like a year as a member... he is a great missionary. I remember when I had 2 weeks, not pretty. I dunno I feel like I was able to help him a little more... I told him what helped me a lot is to focus on the needs of the investigators and the impressions that come from the Holy Ghost, and to act on them. The next morning during our personal studies, he was reading chapter 4, how to recognize the Spirit, nice. Also I don't know if I've said this before, but in the mornings when we shower we have this little iron thingy to heat up the water, and then we dump the water on our heads, it's pretty miserable, but what's even more miserable, is that our little iron thingy broke this week on Monday, so this week it's been pure fresh to def water. Needless to say I don't think I've showered very good this week, and there's a small chance that I'm a little dirty. Oh well.
On Sunday I taught about the millenium in the gospel principles class (it was the first time I taught the whole lesson too) it was a pretty good lesson, I think. The millenium is pretty cool, 1000 years of peace and happiness when Christ shall reign personally on the earth. I think it's interesting these are the last days, and what's even more interesting is that after 1000 years of that Satan will have a little time to gather together his armies for the last battle, and he shall be shamefully smitten, with an embarrassing loss (like the Utah Jazz) and will be cast out forever with his followers. And I really like that because as we all know God is going to win, satan is going to lose, but it's our decision which team we join. As everyone is starting school and work and all the hububalo, just remember the team that your on. Put the Lord before everything else, and everything else will be provided. Have a great week!
Love Elder Webb


Buenas Noches

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Por Fin Jaun C.

Hola all,
Well another great week in the mission. So finally after years of work er well a few months Juan C was finally baptized! Once again before the baptism everything was a complete mess. On Friday Juan C had his interview with the zone leaders which he passed but on the way back to our house at like well, the middle of the picking night the bishop called us and the next day Juan C had to be interviewed again at 1 before his baptism, which he passed again. Then we were going to fill up the font but we  left the keys to the boiler in the house, so we went back to the house got the keys and started to fill up the font but the water smelled like hard boiled eggs, so we drained the font and cleaned it out again, and the relief society president dumped this bottle of clorox into the font, and then after that everyone showed up like an hour late, but that's normal. Also all the speakers bailed on us, but that's normal too. But the baptismal service and the baptism itself were really nice.
I remember the first week I arrived in Zacatecas we were supposed to baptize Juan C but it didn't happen, but thanks to the Lord and because of the hard work of Juan C he was finally able to be baptized. I think one of the most satisfying and rewarding parts of serving a mission is when the people change their lives and especially when someone is baptized. Right now I pretty much have the desire to baptize everyone in the world. The rest of the week was pretty good too, it's been a little hard to find new people or just to find people because everyone is starting school this week or next and are getting back from their vacations and all that.
Also on Wednesday we ate this "chinese food" for lunch, I'll admit it was pretty good, but afterwards I was thinking, man I could really go for some Golden Valley(in AZ) right about now, that's where it's at. I could also really go for  temple right about now too, that's where it's at! Oh well in 20 months or so.
Anyways this morning I was reading a scripture in doctrine and covenants 88: 63, it says (mas o menos) "draw near unto to me, and I will draw near unto you." And I really like this scripture, because it's true if we come unto Christ, he will come to us. That's one of the great messages of the gospel of Jesus Christ, if we are actively seeking him he will seek us and take us higher then we can imagine. Everything is easier said then done, but the gospel is so simple, when we do our part the Lord will always do his. I hope everyone is having a great week and that everyone enjoys the last days of summer!
love- Elder Webb

Monday, August 8, 2016

Los Paquetes

Hola yall
How's it going? Well this was a pretty exciting week. Anyways turns out Elder Garcia is actually from Capulka o algo así... and we had a pretty good first week together, I think it was the most successful week I've had in my mission. He has 22 months in the mission and is a little tired but still wants to work hard and that's all that matters.
This week there was this festival shin dig thingy of like 30 different countries in the area de las hermanas, and pretty much everyone in our area headed over to the area of the sisters or were in their last week of their vacations, so it was a little hard to find people, but that nonsense is over, so hopefully we will be able to have even more success this week. Also sorry if everything is spelled wrong, I'm looking at these words and they kind of looks right so that's good I guess. I feel like my tongue is in the being loosed process, there are moments when everything comes flying out of my mouth and everything flows good, but then like 10 seconds later I have no idea what to stay or it's hard to talk and I have to think a bunch. That was pretty much the story of this week, the week before I felt pretty good, but this week I dunno it was a struggle, and also this week I pretty much taught the majority of all the lessons, so I guess that would probably account for more studdering. Oh well one of these days it's supposed to come together, I've decided to focus less on worrying about spanish and more on how I can become a better missionary.
Oh ya and good news mom, on Friday we had our zone meeting where we receive the packages, and the zone leaders finally came through for me, I received dos one yellow bad thingy and a box, thanks mom :). Also that same day some clown decided to give me their number on the bus. We were riding back from the lunch and these 2 girls asked to use my pencil, I said si after like 10 minutes of snickering they handed me my pencil with this note nonsense attached, don't worry I promptly deposited it into the garbage.
Anyways I have a scripture for you guys Alma 38:5 and where it says
Shiblon put your name there instead of his. I hope everyone is having a great summer,
I love and miss you all -
Elder Webb


Cambios

Hola y'all-
Well I guess I start with the exciting news, I've been promoted to assistant body guard to the president's dog!!! Nah just kidding. We had cambios er transfers this morning. Elder Arroyo got the boot and will be heading to san luis potosi to finish the last 6 weeks of his mission. He was super sad yesterday when he found out because he wanted to finish here, but the Lord always knows where we need to be. And as for me, I am still here in Zacatecas with Elder Garcia, he's a little short dude from mexico city er around there, and he has 3 months left in his mission, also he will be our new district leader, and he seems like a great missionary and it looks like we are going to be working hard this transfer, nice! Also yesterday I finished my training so that means will will be leaving the casa at 11:00 instead of 12:00, boo yah! I aint about to lie here, it's a little scary to be directing the area and all that, but at the same time it's exciting and I'm looking forward to it. I guess I feel pretty confident, but there are still a lot of things that I'm not that good at, oh well that's ok.
It's pretty weird today I have 4 months and 2 days since that last day I was lounging around on the couch. That's like a fifth of my mission, which is ridiculous. In other exciting news, we had a pretty good week this week as usual. JuanCarlos is supposed to be baptized this Saturday, he's supposed to call us tonight or tomorow and let us know if his dad was able to sign the papers or not. Esperamos que si.
The other day I was reading this 2 articles in the Liahona, one of the was about applying what we learn into out lives and the other was about our attitude. And I think these are 2 important points we should have in our lives. A lot of our investigators like to read the book of mormon but they never do anything with it, they never apply it. And really this is a crucial point, we can read all we want but it we never use what we learn it serves us nothing. Then we have a lot of investigators that have a bad attitude. They are always looking at all the bad things that happen in their lives, and can never see that good, this is another crucial point, really we can control how we see things, everyone knows that at some point something bad is going to happen to them, but that we do with it and how we see it can change everything. The Lord is all around us, the sad, poor. hunger stricken, depressed people of Mexico have an abundance of blessings, and for y'all in Utah reading this on your ipad 7 plus with laser vision 3d printing well, you guys are loaded. The Lord really loves you and wants your success and happiness, and he wants you to share what you have learned and what you have with those in need. I hope everyone has a great week
Love
Elder Webb

Monday, July 25, 2016

Pizza, man

Hola y'all,
This has been a pretty good week as usual. Also sorry for the boring and short letters, we haven't had much time on Mondays, including today. Anyway this week is the last week of the 12 semanas, woo hoo, and the last week of my second transfer is the mission, zoinks. On Saturday I think I will have 4 months in my mission which is pretty weird. I know I've said this like 100 times but I feel like I've been here for 4 years or 4 weeks I don't know what"s going on. One thing that doesn't work right in the mission is time- there is never enough of it and it always goes by fast slowly. I dunno man.
The weather is pretty hot here, by my estimations I would say it's between 80 and 90 most days, it usually rains for a little bit too. With these ridicilious hats that we wear my head is always on fire, along with my pits...but that's a different story.
Anyway the other day we were talking with JuanCarlos who originally had a baptismal date For well ....like the 27th of May due to the fact that he's 17 and his parents/grandparents (it's complicated he lives with his grandparents but his parents are still in charge or whatever) wouldn't allow it. So we had to delay it for a bit and slowly all of the members of his family have changed their minds, and yesterday the last weak link, his dad, said he could be baptized, so he wants to be baptized this week or next which is awesome. JuanCarlos is a great kid. He went to what would be efy here with the youth this week. The rest of our other investagators are doing good too. Juan and his wife Maria (the drunk guy) were at the church again which would make 4 consecutive times for Juan. It's pretty crazy, because he contacted us in the street, he's a great dude too.
The food is still pretty good here, except for the fact that I'm always dieing of famishment. I think we ate pizza like 5 times this week. We were at this family home evening with one of the familias in our ward and at the end they pulled out these mystery pizzas, I don't know why but all the mexicanos like to eat their pizza with a bunch of stuff on it, I prefer good old cheese but anyway they pulled out these two pizzas with these massive mushrooms on them, I can eat most things but I can't do mushrooms. But anyways they pulled out that and the first slice went down pretty good, but the second had this massive mushroom on it, nasty, I went in for the bite and the hermana was watching me (I think she was suspicious that I didn't like it, which I guess would be true) luckily her grandaughter started to cry (she knew I was suffering) in which moment I quickly spit the mushroom onto the ground. Thanks to my heroics I am still alive. Anyway I hope everyone has a great week
Love
 Elder Webb



Monday, July 18, 2016

Heroic Directing

Howdy all,
This was a good week. We had intercambios again on Thursday, I directed the area again and I was with Elder Froisland from the great city of.... oh man I forgot but the Gywnns live there too. He has like 5 weeks left in his mission and was pretty good. And gracias to my heroic directing skills we had 9 lessons that day, woo. The next day Friday we had our zone meeting and once again the packages were a no show. But it was pretty good, the zone leaders shared the new president's vision. And his vision is that he wants to have a temple here in the mission, it was pretty cool and I think a pretty good goal. Other then that he hasn't changed anything except that the hermanas are supposed to shave their legs everyday or something.
Things are going good here. On Sunday 5 investigators showed up to church, which is awesome because one of the requirements to be baptized is that the investigators have to attend church 5 times, one has like 20 and will be baptized the 20th of august (Juancarlos) I had a lengthly chat with him yesterday in spanish.. I was pretty impressed with my self, one has 3 times (another Juan and his wife) and one has 2 times (Macrina and her son) Things are going pretty good here, I hope everyone has a great week, the church is true, the book is blue, plus Jesus is a mormon too.
Love Elder webb

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Real Quick

Well I don't have much time but this was a pretty good week. On Wednesday we had our first exciting meeting with the new president, he seems like he knows what he's doing and will be a great president. On Friday we had companion exchanges Elder Sanchez came to our area, apparently we are going to have companion exchanges again this because my companion is the district leader we have to do it with the zone leaders and the other elders in our district and apparently I'm going to stay here again, nice.
Friday was also my birthday I kind of forgot and we didn't do anything, on Sunday we had a cake with one of the families whos mom has the same birthdate as me. And today we went to the mine here in zacatecas, it was pretty exciting but it was more of a mesuem underground of a bunch of rocks from different countries. I hope everyone has a great week
Love Elder Webb


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Happy 4th of July

Howdy pardners,
Well this is going to be an exciting week, we have 2 of my favorite holidays, the 4th of July and my birthday.. er. Anyways this was a pretty good week. We are starting to have a little more success than before, and I'm pretty well adjusted to the mission action now. As of now all of the Elders are required to wear hats now (ridiculous) and all the hermanas have to wear pants. And sunglasses are optional, I think. Pretty much the only difference is that now we look like a bunch of J-Dubbs and my head is always sweaty. Other then that not much is new.
The other day we spreading the good word and this guy came up to us... I'm pretty sure he was drunk.. and asked us a bunch of stuff about the church and for directions and all that. I didn't really think much of it, but 5 days later he showed up to Church, nice. On the 30th the new president and his wife and 4 kids arrived, we have a meeting with them on Wednesday. I don't really know what's going to happen but they are probably going to change everything, but that's good, I'm always up for a change. If you don't change anything you'll always have the same results, and as consequence of that our zone meeting has been changed to 15th, which means the possibility of receiving packages will not happen until then, que triste.
I've also discovered another delicacy in Mexican cuisine. Oh ya, it's like a roll with some sugar and cream or something on top, I had like 6 this week, it's pretty good. Other then that not much is new, right now it's super hot here one day it rains a ton and then the next day it's super hot and humid, but it's all good.
Anyway, President Gordon B. Hinkley once said "first get on your knees and pray, and then get on your feet and work" er something like that I don't remember very good. This is true, we should always consult with the Lord in all that we do, and if we want him to answer us we have to put in our part. A lot of investigators here say they cant receive an answer to their prayers, and then we ask them if they've read the Book of Mormon and they say no, and then we tell them that oft times the answer is in the book, the same thing is true with repentance, God is always willing to forgive us, the price has already been paid, but we have to do our part, we have to repent and do all we can to obey his commandments. And in life in general, if we never do anything it's impossible for the Lord to help us. Welp have a great week!
Love
Elder Webb

Hna Garay, Hna Claspell, Elder Froisland, Elder Arroyo, me, Elder Rojas

2 J-Dubbs were spotted spreading apostasy everywhere

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Hola Amigos

Hola Amigos,
You know I ain't about to lie, this week was pretty boring. We had like 4 meetings this week because Presidente is trying to get everything in ship shape for the arrival of President Hernandez. So pretty much we didn't have any time. I just wanna work man, none of this meeting nonsense. In the 7 weeks that I've been here that's pretty much been the story of my mission, there's never enough time to do anything because someone is always having a yap fest.
Speaking of yap fests, in out exciting district meeting we now have 2 other elders and a new hermana, like new new. And it's the first person that I've meet in Mexico that I speak better Spanish than. Nice, looks like el don de languas is kicking in. Anyways this week was pretty good, I guess. We now have a whopping 6 investigators with baptismal dates, boo yah. The other day we were strolling the streets when this guy came up to us who I guess was an investigator like 2 years ago and invited us to teach him, so of course we went and taught him and the fam also, and they were all super interested and all of this. And then we have Veronica Puch, and Esperanza Cruz.
This week was pretty normal, the only weird thing I saw this week was a 3 or 4 year old with a mustache while we were on the bus. Anyway, the other day I was reading in Helaman and I found this scripture about trials, and for me I had always understood that we have trials so the Lord can strengthen us and make us better people, which is true, but this scripture in Helaman 12:3 says (if you wanna see how good my Spanish is read it in English because I only have my Spanish scriptures) "And now we see that except the Lord doth punish his people with many afflictions, yea, except that he doth visit them with death and with terror, and with hunger and with all manner of pestilence, they will not remember him." I had never really thought of that before, you know, why do nations starve, why do we have terrible wars, why are there so many problems in the world. And like this scripture says it's because if we don't have these things, we will not remember him. And it's true we can see it so clearly in the Book of Mormon, when the people begin to become unrighteous, the Lord sends them a war, or a famine, or the picking Gadianton robbers, and during their afflictions they realize it's hard and they can't do it alone, and they remember the Lord and begin to be righteous again. Which leads me to another thought, obviously for every action there's a consequence and for every mistake of sin there is a punishment, and as we can see here in the Book of Mormon our consequences or punishments are secretly disguised as consequences or punishments but are actually blessings. Everything God does is because he loves us, he wants us to be happy and when we follow him we can experience true, real happiness in this life and in the life to come. Anyways I hope everyone has a great week.

Love-

Elder Webb


Nature/Action Shot

Monday, June 20, 2016

Zoinks

Hey yall,

Mom- happy birthday (I wore black for the special occasion :) ) and Pa happy Pa's day, also sorry I didn't write much last week, I don't really remember what happened but we didn't have any time. Anywho, it's hard to believe but today is the 1st day of my 2nd transfer. And guess what, I'm not a scripture wizard, I haven't mastered the art of Spanish, and I haven't transformed into a Latino yet. But I have mastered the chip quesadilla, genius! I would probably rate my first transfer a solid 7 out of 10, ya anyways 2 weeks ago we had an exciting zone conference with presidente and the assistants, it was pretty good, for part of the conference we talked about the new dress standards or whatever. I don't know if it's a rule of what, but now the Hermanas have to/can wear pants and elders y hermanas can wear hats and sunglasses. nice. I dunno, for me it's kind of ridicilious, it's a bunch of teenagers walking around in suits with their sunglasses and like a fadora, Austin Walker can pull it off, but the rest of us aren't on the same level of swag.
Also I guess that was the last meeting we will have with Presidente Villarrel because on the 30th I think, Presidente Hernandez will take charge and Presidente Villarrel will bounce out. Apparently we are supposed to have a bunch of changes, yesterday like all of the zone was changed, and I'm sure when the new President comes we will have a bunch of changes again. In other exciting news, after the meeting with the president, Elder Harnandez one of the assistants went on splits I guess with me and elder arroyo, he was really good, and knows what he's doing. Then next day I had companion exchanges with the almighty zone leader Elder Maybe, he was pretty good too, and I headed off to Mineros with him for a day. As a new missionary it was awesome to go with them and I was able to learn a lot, After that everything went back to normal.
Our investigadores are doing pretty good, we have 3 ready for baptism, Veronica Puch, Esperanza Cruz, and JuanCarlos. Also Gabina who was just baptized is doing awesome, and everytime we go to visit her she always tells us how great shes doing, and the change that she's had in her life. Nice!
Anyways I had a thought yesterday, during our prayer we are always asking for stuff, we always want things different, and we always want new stuff, well at least for me I dunno about you guys. I'm always praying for the gift of tongues. Anyway, I think it's important that we recognize that the Lord has a plan for us, he know what best, and I think one of the purposes of prayer is so we can know the will of God for us, not so we can ask that the will of God will be changed for us. I dunno life is always a lot better when we know where we are going, and when we follow God's plan it might not be easy but we can always find peace and happiness in our lives.
We went to visit a recent convert the a few days ago who has a bunch of problems, and she decided it would be a good idea to start taking marajuana, womp, womp, womp, she told us the she prayed and asked the Lord if it would be ok, We asked her what her answer was and she said she didn't know, we then proceeded to tell her that it was most certainly not. Anyways choose the right, and have a great week.

Love
Elder Webb

Also check out these awesome pictures

This is familia Castillo and some other people on Hermana Arevalo's (in pink) last day in the mission (yesterday)


Oh ya, mad skills




Friday, June 17, 2016

Busy Week

We had a busy week this week. We had a meeting with the president and the zone, then we had splits kind of with the assistants to the president, then the next day we had intercambios, I don't remember what it's called in english, but it was good. Also this is the last week for presidente and my last week in my first cambio. Pretty exciting.
We met with the bishop this week because we don't have a mission leader or ward counsel :(, and after we were trying to rally all the members to get more involved in the work, It's true anyone can share, and anyone can be a missionary. Anyways I don't have any time but I hope you have a great week.

Love Elder Webb

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Batismo

Hola todos,

Man I'm getting fat out here, this week the members decided to be in a giving mood. Yesterday we had like this 20 course meal for lunch, then we went to visit an older hermana and she gave us all these cakes and goodies, and then on the way out she handed us her trick-or-treat bag or something, it ain't even halloween. I'm pretty sure when we left the people in the street thought we were going from door to door collecting candy er something. And then the next person we went to visit gave us ice cream, and then after that someone gave us dinner. If that ain't success, I don't know what is. the food here is pretty good too, the other day me and my companion discovered a new delicasy, apparently it's called Dorinachos, which it Doritos+a bunch of other stuff, like corn, salsa, lettuce, some squishy white thing. I've also invented the newest meal in Mexican cuisine, the chip quesadilla, genius! Half the time I have no idea what i'm eating here, plus the meals are all wack here they have breakfast in the morning, then lunch is at like 3 and it's the biggest meal of the day, then half the time they don't even have dinner, oh ya and the lunch is like 7 hours long. That's the worst part of the day for me, don't get me wrong I like eating and all, but I got things to do, people to see, and the worst part is I'm always done in like 10 minutes. Also I've come to realize that everything in the United states is a rip off, something that is like 3 dollars there is like 9 pesos here which is like 75 cents.

Anyways ,we had a pretty good week this week. The first 2 days were kind of slow, we went out in the boonies to try and find this lady, but no one was home. That's the worst when we walk super far and are super sweaty and tired only to find nothing. The other days were good though, on Friday we had our exciting zone meeting, which basically means we sit on the bus for the same amount of time as the meeting. It was good though, and I said the closing prayer, represent. It was also sad though because I had no mail :(. Then on Saturday was the exciting baptism, boo yah! We went over in the afternoon to prepare the font and set up all the chairs and everything, but it just turned into a mess. Like 20 minutes before the baptism was supposed to start we discovered that we did not have a baptism suit for Gabina, so we called some other missionaries and when we arrived to pick it up it was in the washing machine, clowns, so it was super wet and all soapy. Then we got back and it was like 10 minutes after and nobody was there (typical) including the bishop, so we called him and he had forgotten the there was a baptism, and that he was the person preforming the baptism. Ya but the baptismal service itself was really nice, and it was a
wesome. It's just a great feeling and the Spirit was really strong. Just when you see someone come out of the water clean again, on the path to eternal life it's great. Welp I'm out of time, I hope everyone has a great week.
Love
Elder Webb

Monday, May 30, 2016

Hola y'all

Hola yall,
Now that I've been here for 3 weeks I'm pretty sure I'm fluent. Haha, Anyways this week was pretty good, it was a little slow, and a lot of people weren't home but it's all good. Pretty much all I did this week was sweat a lot. On tuesday- friday I'm pretty sure we were being cooked alive. Apparently the rainy season is supposed to start in June, so maybe that will be better, but it will probably just be really humid. On tuesday we had our exciting district meeting as usual, and my companion the district leader decided it would be a good idea to do the district meeting in English. So I gave the spirtual thought (since everyone else is latino and can't say anything) and it was weird, I couldn't say anything, what's happening to me, I can't speak english or spanish. Needless to say, the only english action lasted for about 10 minutes.Oh ya, I don't know if it's the same in other missions, but here in aguascalientes the white people learn spanish, and the native speakers learn english, nice.
Anyways, on wednesday, we found a new invertigator, Pedro and had a very interesting lesson with him, he talked for about 15 minutes about his beliefs, he had all these crazy ideas, he said we're all the same spirit, babies come from the food we eat, reincarnation, all this crazy stuff and I was just sitting there like, huh. And after he finished I looked at my companion and the first thing he said was hermano, all of this is false, none of this is real. And he just sat there for a second, then was just like ok. We gave him a book of mormon and when we came back he read a bunch of stuff and understood pretty good, he's coming around.
We also have a baptism this Saturday, the investigators name is Gabina, she's around 60 years old. She understands the doctrine very well, and is awesome. Other than that the rest of our investigators are new, or not progressing. We also had stake conference this weekend, it was pretty good the area 70 for this area was there, and our mission president also came for the Sunday session. Speaking of, this transfer is our mission presidents last, on the 20th of June we get a new mission president. I met him in the Mtc, he was really nice and seems like he will be a great mission president. I don't know why, but it feels like I'm in a time warp here, this week went by so fast, but looking back it seems like it was a long time ago, I could use some more time everyday, there's just not enough time to do anything. Like writing these emails.
Quick thought, so we have been teaching a lot of lessons about prayer, and I've been doing a lot of praying lately. At the end of each lesson we always intive the investigator to pray. It's really cool when someone prays for the first time in a long time or just for the first time. Our Heavenly Father wants to hear from his children, I don't know how to describe it, but when someone prays for the first time with real intent, there's a really sweet Spirit. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, he has all knowledge and all power and he invites us wimpy humans to pray to him, about everything, everything. I would just invite everyone to pray to the Lord always. I don't remember who said it, but one of the apostles was asked, how many times do you pray a day, and the apostle replies once, when he wakes up he begins his prayer and it lasts all throughout the day until he goes to bed. I hope everyone has a fabolous week
Love
Elder Webb

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Howdy Everyone

Howdy everyone-
This week was pretty good. I don't know why but when ever I write these I can't remember anything. So I guess I'll start with what happened most recently. Today was P-Day. We played basketball and football with some of the members. They were pretty good a soccer, but I've never played a more pathetic game of basketball, embarrassing. Anyways, yesterday was Sunday. Sunday's are kind of weird here. We have Church stuff until like 5, so it's kind of hard to do anything on Sunday. But the good news is that we had 3 investigators at Church, boo yah 2 more then last week. One of them gets baptized in 2 weeks, it was supposed to be next week, but apparently we have stake conference next week. And then the rest of the week we had a bunch of great lessons and stuff like that. I think we had like 30 lessons this week. Also we found 7 new investigators, one of which is super interested, and came to church after 1 lesson. I committed her to baptism too, nice.
One of the good things about Mexico is that we always have things to do, there are always people to visit, and people will generally listen and are interested. And usuallyish they will do what we ask them to. And even if they don't want to hear it, they are still polite, and find the nicest lie for why they can't listen. The truth is that being a missionary is super fun. The MTC is 'nothing' when compared to the real deal. I've been here for 2 weeks and I've learned so much, it's awesome. But at the same time I still have no idea what I'm doing. We went to this elderly sisters house this week and my companion went to the bathroom or something, and I'm pretty sure if she was speaking English I wouldn't have been able to understand her, but anyways she was asking me all these questions and I kind of just made stuff up and said si alot. That's pretty much been what I've been doing these last 2 week. Now I can usually understand what people are talking about, and during the lessons I know what's going on, but everytime someone asks me a question I have no idea what's going on again. It's the worst. But whatever, I know that one day I will speak Spanish through the help of the Lord, all things are possible through Him. I hope everyone has a great week! I have 0 pictures, sorry. Next week I'll get a picture of the dudes that ride on the back of these trucks with fully automatic guns. Anyways have a fabulous week and don't forget who you are.
Love
Elder Webb

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The First Week

I would like to appoligize in advance, this computer only detects spanish words, so everything has the red squigly line of doom underneath it. Anyways this was another great week in the mission. A lot has happened, it seems like it was really long, but at the same time it went by really fast. Story of my mission. It seems like the other day is was sitting around on the couch in Alpine with nothing to do, well not really. So anyways, my companion is Elder Arroyo, he is from Guatemala and he knows little to no English. He has been out in the mission for 20 months so he has a lot of experience, and he is very good. He kind of reminds me of my main man Chase Battaglia. He's a pretty hard worker and knows a lot of scriptures and stuff, so that's always good. Our area is Zacatecas it's hot, rainy, windy, sunny, u name it. It's really hilly and there are a bunch of people here, it kind of reminds me of what I thought Mexico would be like. I don't really know how big it is because our zone is the zacatecas zone and there are 26 missionaries in our zone but out district is super big, like a ton of land, and we only have 4 people in our district. Anyways the first day was pretty long, we left the CCM at 2:30am arrived in Aguascalientes at 7 or so and then we had all of these meeetings in Spanish that were apparently super important for like 8 hours and then we took a bus to Zacatecas and arrived around 7:30, so the first day we didn't really do anything. I just remember thinking at the end of the day that was the longest day of my life. The next day we didn't really do anything either, we had this ridiculous district meeting which took forever, and then my companion got to call his Mom because apparently mothers day is on the 10th in Mexico, and then we went out for like an hour and no one was home because of the Mother's day festivities. But the 3rd day was great, we have studies everyday from 8-12, personal study, companion study, First 12 weeks and language after that we had the rest of the day, We had 8 lessons which was great and a bunch of other good stuff. Of course I couldn't really say/understand much so I kind just sat there and looked good. U know. For the first few days I had no idea what was going on, and I still don't really know what's going on, but I can follow along now and understand what the lesson is about. We were supposed to have a baptism this week, but the kid who was going to get baptized is 17 and his grandparents would not let him, so he has to wait for a year. I believe we have a baptism this weekend or next, so that's awesome. This week I invited 2 people to be baptized, so boo yah, one of them said yes. The Spanish is going pretty good, I can usually understand what people are trying to say, but I don't have much to say back. It's kind of funny most of the poeple in Mexico know a little English so whenever they say something and think I don't understand they try and explain it in English and then I'm just like, now I have no idea what you're talking about. Anyways I hope everyone has a great week.
Love,
Elder Webb

Pictures:
1-District at CCM
2-Me and my district in Zacatecas
3-Zacatecas




Monday, May 9, 2016

Day 1 in the real world

Hey, ya'll. It was nice to talk to everyone (cough Kendall) on sunday, sounds like everyone is doing good. I am doing good, we left this morning at 2:30, our flight left at like 6 and we had a 40 minute flight to Aguascalientes. It's a lot different then Mexico City the airport was like in the middle of nowhere, so we took like a 40 minute drive into the city, which is pretty nice. It's super dry here everything is yellow, there's a lot of empty space but in the city it's really populated. In the mission there are 178 missionaries, 5 new ones today. I headed out to zacatecas which was like a 2 hour bus ride with Elder Arroyo, (the other 2 new elders stayed in/close to Aguascalientes) he seems like a great missioinary and speaks great spanish since he's a Latino. Today has probably been the longest day of my life, I've just been super tired. And everyones been speaking spanish the whole time which I can kind of put together but not really. We haven't gotten into any of the action yet, but tomorrow I'm sure we will. Also my mission President was going to send some pictures so don't be suprised if those show up, or don't. Thanks for the prayers, I apperciate it
Love,
Elder Webb  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Last Week at the MTC

Oh boy, I don't even remember what happened this week, so sorry in advance if this email is crappy. And we are going to temple in a bit, so I gotta make it snappy. Anywho it's my last week at the CCM, I guess i've been out for more then a month now which is pretty weird, but at the same time it feels like i've been here for decades. I got all of my travel information this week, I leave on Monday the 9th at 2:30 am :). And apparently we are flying. I guess I have mixed feeling about leaving, I'm happy to leave the MTC and get into the real action, but at the same time the real action is kind of scary, I mean these are real people we are talking about, and this, the message of gospel it´s eternal life, the salvation of mankind. Serious business. We watched this video on sunday called how great a possession and in the video Parley P. Pratt said something like this: I do not think I would give up my knowledge of the Book of Mormon for any legal agreement of all the land, farms, or houses in the world. Something like that. I think a lot of the time we take what we have for granted. Or at least I do, the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, how many people who have and will live will ever even get the opportunity to know who their Savior is, let alone the fulness of his Gospel. I dunno, but I do. So as someone who knows this, it's my duty to share it. And even though I'm probably a crappy teacher, and my Spanish isn't good, I know the Lord will help me, and even if they don't listen, at least I shared it. Anyways this was another good week, nothing special really happened, it was fast Sunday this week and they close the cafeteria for 2 meals, dinner and breakfast, then they opened it again for lunch and I'm pretty sure for the first time since I've been here they ran out of food, haha. We also had a devotional on tuesday, yesterday, and I said the closing prayer, in front of all the Latinos, como se dice nailed it. Other than that it's been the same, The Spanish I've learned here at the MTC doesn't seem like much but the other day I was looking at this list of like 50 verbs in the back of a book we had, and the first week I didn't know any of them, but now I know all of them, wa hoo. I can talk pretty goodish about the Gospel and follow along to most of what people are saying, I can get the jist. This next week should be interesting, I'll let yall know how it goes. Have a great week
Love
Elder Güep



Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hola,
This week has been pretty quick I feel like I just barley had P-day, oh wait. It's pretty crazy I only have 12 days left here, then I bounce out. I have one more pday next wednesday then I'm off to the real world the next Monday the 9th, and I'm pretty sure we take a bus at like 2 am. I can't wait to get out of here, but at the same time it's kind of scary. I feel like I'm ready but I know I'm not, I dunno. Anyways, this week has been good, my Spanish is coming along, I'm learning a lot and it's all good in the hood (literally). On Saturday we had TRC again this week and I still had no idea what the guy was saying, but it was definently better. Sundays are weird here, there's only like 2 hours of church it's weird, then there's usually a meeting with someone from the MTC presidency and then we watch an old devotional, and then we watch some church movie, this week we watched the testaments, I aint about to lie I shed a few tears at the end. Then on Monday we got a "new investigator" except this time we just taught to other missionaries in our district, and they teach us, so that means I got the opportunity to be an investigator, heh heh heh. They let us chose who we wanted to be so me and Elder Smith got paired up to be investigators and we settled on catholic priests. Now that I think about it we should have gone with J dub missionaries, but whatever. It's pretty fun being investigators, I decided it would probably be a good idea to get all of my bible bashing out while I'm still in the MTC er CCM. On Tuesday we had the opportunity to watch a devotional live from Provo, it was good Elder Oaks spoke, he talked about how we can be better missionaries. And then today I got a fresh new line up. Those are all the highlights besides all my spikes during volleyball at gym. I don't know why but I've been thinking a lot about pioneers and my ancestors recently, there's a lot of people here at the CCM who are first generation missionaries or who are the first members in their families, I have a lot of respect for them, it takes a lot of courage to do something like this without the support. And then I think about pioneers who first settled and founded the Church. Those people were insane, I guess I'm just grateful for the people who came before me and paved the way for me so I can do this. There's nothing better then being on the Lord's side, there's nothing better then doing His work. I hope everyone has a fantastic week!
Love
Elder Webb

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lightning

Hola todos,
Sorry for not writing Wednesday, they switched our P Day to Friday because we had to get some visa stuff done. We got to check out Mexico City again, it´s a super cool city, I got some awesome action shots, my mission is gonna be awesome, but I wouldn´t mind serving here too. Ya so I´ve been here for over 3 weeks now so apparently I'm a senior missionary here, woo hoo. It's pretty much the same deal every day, except now we have 2 "investigators", we also had TRC on Saturday which is where someone who doesn´t work at the MTC come in a volunteer to be taught. It was awful, the guy we had was like 17 and in High School and spoke crazy fast with some mystery accent, it was like Mexican Chinese and he was already a member and everything, so we basically threw our lesson plan out the window and just talked to him about about reading the scriptures and praying. But we had a great lesson yesterday and committed our investigator to basically everything. Haza! Also for one of our lessons we were outside teaching underneath a palm tree and some ridiculous parrot decided it would be a good idea to use me as the bathroom, twice! Speaking of twice... I think the rainy season is starting here, on Tuesday it was raining like crazy so me and my district were just standing outside underneath like the overhang or whatever checking out the rain and what not when all of the sudden KABWAMOOH like 20 feet away a light post got struck and the top exploded, I´ve never seen anything so powerful it was so loud and so bright it was nuts. Then on Wednesday, the next day, I was just sitting in class reading my book, becoming a Spanish master when BOOM another lamp post like 50 feet away got stuck. I got pretty wet those two days, I would have used my umbrella but I decided it would be a better idea to not carry around a lightning rod. We had one of those funny moments where someone mixes up the words in spanish, so one of the heamanas was blessing the fish for dinner and she said por favor bendice nuestro pecado, well fish in spanish as I'm sure everyone knows is pescado, pecado in spanish is sin, so she said please bless our sin, it was funny. Anyways, A man once asked Jesus, "Which is the great commandment in the law?" Jesus replied: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." It sounds like everyone has had a great week, and I hope everyone will have another great week this week.
Love,
Elder Webb





Monday, April 18, 2016

Elder Webb's MTC address is:

Mexico Aguascalientes Mission
Mexico Missionary Training Center
Carretera Tenayuca-Chalmita #828
Colonia Zona Escolar, Gustavo A. Madero
07230 Mexico City, Distrito Federal
Mexico