Monday, June 3, 2013

Hola familia,

well im actually writing this on sunday cause Elder Boden has this cool little keyboard thing that you can write stuff on and then when i go to the computers on monday i just have to plug this thing in and it just pastes in all on the computer, so thats pretty cool and saves a lot of time. We just got back from church and we have about an hour and a half till lunch, so ill just tell you how the week went!

Monday: it was the last day of the transfer so everyone that was getting transferred somewhere else or was going home i had to say bye to. it sucked. Elder Larson got transferred to the area Libertad, HES GOING TO BE A ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT!! its so sweet! im sad to have him gone but im excited for him, assistant is like the best calling ever haha. Plus this zone had a ton of ballers in it, we played every p'day. But most of the ones that played got transferred or went home so that sucks too. haha but it was definitely cool to meet all the elders and get to play with them for a transfer.

Wednesday: we went and visited this man named ***. Its been hard to get him to come to church but actually the past few weeks he has come which is way cool! He has a few problems with the word of wisdom, his work, and some other things so we{ve been trying to help him. His work doesnt like him to go to church so they keep making him work on sundays even though he asks to change his break day to sundays. it kinda sucks! his boss is a fruit cake. But anyways he{s been able to come the past two weeks! When we went and visited him we walked in the house and we could smell smoke so that was a downer, we ended up talking about it later in the conversation and we offered to give him a blessing. i was able to offer it and it was a very sincere blessing cause this man has so much potential. I blessed him to become ready to enter the temple in a year from now, so lets hope it all works out! that would be so awesome! It was funny though cause during the blessing when i would say something to bless him, he would like speak out loud and say Gracias Gracias haha, and when i would start something out by like saying his name first, he would say,(yes) or (what) hahaha it was great!
When we left *** house we were walking back to the house cause it was almost 9 at night, and we got stopped by the dude that say [hey im from utah![ we started talking to him and he could speak english so it was an easy conversation. He was definitely gay cause he and a gay buddy sitting next to him and he told us that he is mormon and use to live in utah. And then he started bashing on utah cause he thinks that we{re all rich people that give away their stuff to like D.I. or just do service, which he didnt like. haha it was so pathetic. Theres a lot of people like that here in mexico, they only believe what they say and dont care what other people think. When we walked away we said he probably doesnt like the church anymore cause we dont accept gays hahaha, not to be rude but it was just funny. Little fruit cake.

Thursday: we visited the familia*** and taught them the 3rd lesson, faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the holy ghost, and enduring until the end. We really focused on baptism cause we need to get this family baptized. It was a good lesson and at one point we asked them what their feelings were with all this so far. And they said that they love to have the discussions with us and they love to read...but they dont see the need for being baptized or going to church. so what they{re kind of saying is that they{re lazy, which is how a lot of people are here. A lot of families think that as long as the missionaires keep coming to their house to teach them then they are fine. haha crazy huh? But thats definitely not how it works. At that point i felt prompted to share a scripture in John 3-5. ortance of baptism. We are hoping they get baptized in the next few weeks cause they would be a great family for this ward!!

Friday: well...most of the day was a fail, cause NOBODY was home. Those days are the worst cause its super hot outside and its hard not to get frustrated! But around 7 at night we decided to go visit the Familia ***and we hadnt visited them all week cause they{re kind of making us mad haha. They didnt go to church last week and we feel like they just think we are ´friends´ not ´missionaries´ so its kind of annoying. So when we were deciding to go over there we were like eh eh eh...but then we finally decided we{ll go stop by. Usually when we go over there we are like all fun and having a good time with them, but we realized that doesnt work out and they just get distracted. So this time when we went, haha you should{ve seen me, i was like straight face no emotion. Like on the football field, just an angry missionary haha. And we were there to ask them like whats going on_ or just try and help them. I could tell that the parents knew i was different this time because of the way i was acting. haha i was nice and happy, but this family has so much potential i felt like we needed to so them how much I care. For most of the lesson it was just the mom cause she had lots of questions about the book of mormon. She loves the bible and doesnt feel a need for the book of mormon. The dad was drunk by the time we left so we didnt pay to much attention to him haha. So we taught about the book of mormon and showed her the introduction and all that and then showed her a scripture in 2 nephi 29: 7-10 i believe it was. its a powerful scripture and she was a bit shocked when we read it and she marked it cause she wants to read it again later ha, so we{ll see what she says next time. But the mom told us she loves when we testify of the book of mormon so at the end of the lesson she asked me to bear my testimony of it. I was so shocked and i just gave her a blank stare with big eyes like waaahhh? haha people never  ´ask´ us to bare our testimonies..we just usually do it. so i had a few minutes to think of what to say and then i started talking. I happened to have my album of pictures with me coincidentally so i pulled them out and started talking about my family and showed her pictures. Saying that i know that through and only through this gospel can we have true happiness, specifically with out families. And of course i started crying cause im a freaking BABY. ahh im such an idiot. haha But then i told her that when i was younger i always went to church and stuff but i never knew really why i{d go, it was just a part of life in my family. I told her i went because of the example my parents set for me, and that she and her husband need to be examples for their children. That really hit her and it was just what she needed to hear. And the beginning of my testimony i told her first off i want you to know that the things im saying right now, isnt me, its the Holy Ghost. Just so she could understand that and search and find those feelings. The spirit was so strong and think i got a few wrinkles. After my testimony the dad was curious who was in my pictures so i just told him all about it while e. boden was talking to the mom. It was a good lesson! When we left E. Boden told me that the mom told him when I finished bearing my testimony she felt something..she said something she has never felt before, it filled her heart and lungs with a burning feeling that she could barely handle!it was definitely the spirit testifying to her that these things are true. It was pretty awesome. Right when we left i just told elder boden, man im freaking pissed. haha that family has so much potential but just dont understand sometimes. I was heated that lesson, it was cool ha. When we got back to the house for the night, we ordered some campachanas and went on the roof of our house and just chilled. You guys seriously dont understand how GOOD campachanas are! its ridiculous. And we got a coke so we were just livin the life in mexico. I was singing some like jack johnson, lean on me, isnt she lovely, aint no mountain high enough, a whole new world, hakuna matata and some others. haha i was just screaming it. It was a good time!

Sunday: today we were planning on both full families to come to church, but NONE of them came. Ahh it sucked. We were totally counting on it...but we{ll have to work harder this week to get them to church. Church is the best place anyone can be on sunday. We{ll see what we can do this week!

But anyways, that was my week! I know you all went to the cabin this past weekend..i hate you! haha on those days i kept remembering and being like family is at like heaven right now and im sweatin from every pore in my body. haha but i hope you all had fun!! Ill go when i get back in a couple years! Hows all the wedding planning_ not to be weird but i wish i could help with all that, sounds fun. The wedding is going to come so fast, i cant believe its already june!! time is flying!! Anyways i hope you{re all good and happy. Love you!

Elder Needham

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