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
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.
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.
Elder Webb

1-District at CCM
2-Me and my district in 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
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
Elder Güep