Monday, September 25, 2017

I bounced out

Well, another exciting week has passed by here in the great mission of Aguascalientes, and another transfer has come to an end. And I am now in my 5th area, in the great city of San Luis Potosí, and the Popular ward, with Elder Diaz, who is from an island in Mexico and has 15 months out here. I'm thinking this will be my last area. Pretty exciting. I've never actually been in Aguascalientes, in the city, but so far my favorite part in the mission is San Luis, and I'm glad to be back.
Elder Diaz seems like a great missionary, and I think it should be a great transfer. It was kind of a bummer to leave Guadalupe, especially considering the fact that the Solis family is getting baptized next week, but I was also happy to go. I feel like the Lord really blessed us in Guadalupe, when I first showed up there was nada! But poco a poco the area started to change, and when I left there was a lot of fruit, I think it was the area where I've done more, and where I saw the biggest change.
Other than los cambios, this week was pretty normal, the Solis family made it out to church, the Bishop invited us to eat ice cream, and the Sisters had a baptism, and I also saw the Sister session from general conference.
Speaking of that, who's excited to see the General Conference? (Elder Webb raises his hand) What's better than hearing the voice of the profet of the Lord, and his chosen apostles? I'm excited, and I'm pretty sure Mexico is excited because I'm pretty sure they think that the profet is going to announce when the 2nd coming is going to happen. Hmm I'm pretty sure I spelled profet wrong.. whatever. Anyways I don't have much time, but I hope everyone has a great week, and that everyone enjoys General Conference.
Elder Webb

Elder Diaz in the flesh

Monday, September 18, 2017

¡Viva México!!

Happy 16th of September to all. What's on the 16th of September, you might ask? Independence Day in Mexico, boo yah! I have to say this year there was a lack of patriotism here in Mexico. There weren't even any fireworks at night, or maybe I was too busy sleeping. From what I have observed Mexico celebrates it's independence by drinking a few boozes, throwing a fiesta, and setting up one of those big drop towers in the middle of Zacatecas. Pretty exciting. I was gonna buy a Mexican flag, but then there wasn't any time.. maybe next year.
In other exciting new, this week we had our always exciting ward conference here in Guadalupe, preceded by three days of activities. In our ward conference you'll be happy to know that only one member opposed the Bishop in the sustaining votes. We're making good progress. I'm sure it's a problem in the whole world, but man, here in Guadalupe there's a lot of members that need to get a testimony that their local leaders are called by God. There were several members that boycotted the ward conference because they didn't want to sustain their leaders.. oh brother, you showed them. I personally am very grateful for the local leaders in Alpine, talk about super awesome!
Anywho, other than that the work continues here in the Aguascalientes mission. Jeovanni is still going strong, and the Solis family is progressing towards being baptized, actually they had a baptismal date for this coming Saturday, but Satanás foiled our plans by distracting the Solis family with the 16th of September, and tempting them to not go to church. Womp, womp, womp. So hopefully they'll be ready to go after General Conference.
This week I have been studying our heritage, and I'm amazed by the example of the pioneers, I'm especially amazed by all the sacrifices that they made in order to establish Zion. Brigham Young showed up to Kirtland without a pair of shoes or pants to his name. And I think there's a lot we can learn from their example in order to be able to establish Zion in our lives. Small sacrifices for the Lord's sake bring great blessings. Just think about that, the next time you feel a little selfish, upset, or confused. And have a great week!
Love-Elder Webb

Oops, no action shots this week

Monday, September 11, 2017

oh nor, we're done fir here in mexico

Olo Familia and friends,
How goes it on the homestead? Here on the Mexican front we have rain, more rain, and tacos er derp rain. According to local news reporters.. or Brother G there have been like 3 hurricanes and the 2nd coming is going to happen any minute. In fact he spoke this week in Church and said "I was supposed to talk about faith, but I feel inspired to talk about the signs of the second coming"... later followed a bunch of stuff, oh brother. So y'all better watch out now. But in case you were concerned, everything is all good here. In fact we now have blue skies and sunshine.
In other exciting news, this week was pretty good. We had the always exciting multi-zone conference with Presidente Hernandez. The quality of these meetings gets better every time. Last time that snack was a yogurt, but this time they brought doughnuts. Yes, we are moving up in the world. There are great things in store for this mission.
On Monday we had an interesting family home evening with the Hermanas. We went to visit some less actives.. actually, inactives, whose son (who is 25 years old) is hyperactive. While we were learning about charity, the pure love of Christ, the hyperactive boy, decided it would be a good idea to whip off his shirt and show us his chest tattoo and enormous belly. After we scraped the sisters jaws off the ground, the electricity which had been turned off for like 3 days came back on. Jose jumped out of his chair and ran as fast as he could to turn off the light which was then followed by some spankings from his elderly mother, a musical number by him, and some hot dogs. It was a pretty action packed night if you ask me.
Other than that everything is going good, aún Sion prospera. Anyway, here's a scripture I like 1 Samuel 16:7- "But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature, for the Lord seeth not as man seeth, for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart". I think we should always try to emulate the Savior's example. It's easy to judge people by their outward appearance, it's easy to see their errors and mistakes, and it's easy to see them as the world would have them be. I've learned to we we see others as the Lord see's them, we we look upon the heart, we recognize their potencial to become like him. Likewise we should do the same with ourselves. Don't look on your outward appearance. See the great plan that God has for you, don't be so hard on yourself, but always remember and strive to be what the Lord would have you be. Your are his child and he wants you to become like him. I hope that we may be more like Christ each day. Lets do a little more, let's be a little better. I hope everyone has a fantastic week. I love and pray for you each day
Love Elder Webb

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

im having a lot of technical difficulties, we'll see if this arrives, if theres no picture, sorry

Well. another good week has already passed by. I can say that this was by far one of the busiest weeks of my whole life. But  also this week was probably the week that I have done the least amount of proselyting in my whole mission. So Monday was P-day. I don't remember what we did but in the afternoon we went to visit Jeovanni. We taught him the last few things before his baptism, and he and his family gave us the green light for the baptism. The rest of the week we were preparing everything for the baptism, which was Saturday, woo hoo.
Later on Tuesday we had intercambios. Somehow I ended up with Elder Smith again. Me and my companion both went to their area to work there, so we didn't do anything in our area. But at night we played Monoply and I dominated. Actually I came in 3rd place out of 4 womp, womp, womp. I'm pretty the Spanish version of Monopoly is rigged. Anyway, Wednesday was normal I'm pretty sure, but then on Thursday they told us they were going to reopen Ojocaliente a rancho out in the boonies it's like Calvillo,  so on Thursday we had to haul all their stuff out there. On Friday we took the new missionaries out to their area. El poderoso Elder Baquiax mi hijo unigénito is going to be out there. Oh and on Friday we had Jeovannis baptismal interview, but he could only do it at 7 in the morning, so the zone leaders came to stay they night. And don't worry we ate pizza and played card games.
Then Saturday we headed over to the church to fill up the font, and later that afternoon was Jeovannis baptism. I don't know why but Satan is always working hardcore before peoples baptisms. The baptism was supposed to be at 7, but at like 6:59 Jeovanni called us and said that they were on their way to the church, but suddenly their car stopped working, so an hermano went to pick them up. His car has 5 seats, and when they arrived there were like 10 people in the car it was hilarious. He also arrived late to his confirmation, but other than that everything went well.
Uh I was reading a while back in Thessalonians 5: 2-4 which says "for yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night, for when they shall say, peace and safety; the sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape, but ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief." The coming of the Lord gets closer everyday. If the Lord were to come tomorrow, would we be ready? If not I'd hope that we would make the changes necessary to be ready, because ye brethren are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a theif. I hope everyone has a great week, and that everyday we can become more like Christ.
Love Elder Webb