Monday, March 2, 2015

 March 2, 2015

Well, as I end this week and write about what we did I hope that I will be able to remember all that we did, because I have a lot to write! I will begin with TUESDAY.  On this day we had our meeting with the district leaders. As Elder Gonzalez and I were thinking a lot about what we could do for our zone we came up with the solution that we need to make plans that are efficient and better. We taught about making plans and the importance of making plans.  Our district leaders all came up with some really great plans and during the week were able to lead the districts.  Now at the end of the week all of the areas completed their goals and the numbers that they made! We had a lot of success as the zone! I hope that we can keep it up and always make plans in life that we can achieve!
WEDNESDAY: we got a call from the assistants on Tuesday night. They told us that we need to cancel all of our plans and lessons tomorrow and report ay the hospital at 9 pm. We did exactly what they said without hesitation. We arrived at the hospital at 9 and they informed us that it is our turn to watch and take care of someone.  We took care of the president of the branch in the areas of the Altas of Chiaps where only Latin missionaries can serve because it is very dangerous for the North Americans. It's the area of the Indians where they speak the Tzotzil language.  Anyways, he's in the hospital because he had stones. Our job was to watch him all night and all of Wednesday as he recovers. Wow! The stone that they took out was HUGE!  As big as a mouse for the computer! haha. well during the night was pretty fun. haha I'm just gonna say that it was my FIRST time in the mission that I studied till 2 in the morning studying the scriptures haha, At 2 it was my turn to sleep and Elder Gonzalez to watch him. Then at 4 in the morning it was my turn again! Wow, I was to tired hahaha, at 8 in the morning we helped him eat, helped him get into the shower to clean himself and then we dressed him and took him to the offices so he could rest. Soooo, we stayed in the offices with him ALLLLL day until 9 at night! Wow, I studied a ton of stuff haha! And Elder Gonzalez and I were able to make food in the kitchen. Wow, what a experience! SATURDAY: this day was amazing! We had the opportunity to arrive at the stake center in Grijalva (my first area or my first church building that I started the mission in haha) ALL of the missionaries in Chiapas came down to listen to Dallin H. Oaks who is an apostle. He came to speak to all of us! Wow, it was incredible! When he walked into the room I could feel the spirit testify to me that he is a man of God.  Wow! President George talked first about the attributes of Christ and a lot about the importance of correcting people the correct way. Then Elder Walker of the 70 spoke and talked about the culture of the mission that we should obtain. The culture is Preach My Gospel, and it is the same in every mission. He told us to live this culture and be dedicated in this culture. He also talked about having an end in mind in the mission and that it is very important to do everything you can!  It was great. Then Elder Oaks spoke, well he doesn't speak Spanish so he had his translator there.  Wow.  It was really cool to see how they did it! Elder Oaks would say a sentence or 2 and the translator would repeat it in Spanish! It was incredible to see it, and for me, well it was awesome to hear the talk in two languages, haha, because he spoke in English and then I heard it in Spanish! haha When he said something funny all the North Americans would laugh first and then in Spanish and all the Latin missionaries would laugh hahahaha. When he talked he told us that he doesn't usually have talks prepared for missionaries, he just likes to talk and speak whatever he feels like he needs to say.  He first talked about the importance of looking like a missionary and looking neat and clean.  But what he talked about more is marriage!?!?! haha  He told us that after the mission we NEED TO LOOK FOR A WIFE and not wait a minute! He said that we are half men until we are married! And he told the sister missionaries that they need to tell the men when they get back from the missions to divorce the man and become a man! haha wow! He really made a statement about the importance of marriage! He then also talked about the importance of the sacrament and how the investigators need to know about it. Then he talked about the importance of prayer and never just assume that the investigators just know how to pray, we need to teach them. Wow it was such a great experience! SUNDAY: wow for today I just want to talk about my investigators. We found someone that is golden!  This is the 3rd time that he has been at church!  His name is U.... he has been learning so much!  He wants to be baptized and be a member as soon as he can.  We told him that he has to wait a few more weeks to prepare and attend church at least 5 times to learn more.  We put a baptism date for March 21st, and when we invited him he immediately said "Yes! If God wants me to be baptized that date I will do it! God will bless us!" Wow! He is so exited!  Even a week ago on Sunday he told us that he couldn't go to church because he has a lot of things to do, well what he did is showed up at some members house honked the horn and yelled are you gonna go to church today??? haha  Within a minute the members were in his car amazed that he wanted to go to church so bad! He was only able to stay for sacrament meeting because he had to take his dad home in another city. But wow! He KNEW that he needed to go to church to learn! This Sunday he showed up and we taught about gospel principles, because only it was him and his wife in the class.  We decided to teach them the lesson about the Word Of Wisdom.  haha When we told him that he couldn't drink coffee, he immediately said, "I wont drink coffee anymore, if God commanded it we wont drink it!" haha wow!!! I love his dedication! He is amazing and very humble! Allllso we found a family of 5.  They are amazing and accepted a baptism date in April! Wow, we will continue to work with them too! We had a lesson about the Plan of Salvation and the spirit was so strong and they are amazed to have learned it! They are a humble family who believe in God but don't read the Bible very much.  But they are very very exited to learn more! this week was amazing! Truly amazing! Also this week ended the cambios. We got the information of cambios this morning, well Elder Gonzalez and I are still together :D  This is his last 6 weeks of the mission! Wow!  He is very emotional right now!  Also there have been a lot of changes in the zone! I'll write more about it next week.  Well family and friends, take care until next week! You are all in my hearts (: 
P:S ( don't judge my horrible spelling... I'm literally forgetting English....) haha Con Amor Elder Portlock
Le flag

Me sleeping

Me sleeping

Presidente de la Rama

Eating in the offices.  Whooooo   :D


Eating food at a cool restaurant

Watching Presidente de la Rama

Wow....The fish I ate  (:

With Antony and Jared.  They are awesome youth preparing for the mission!

I'm eating the corn from Nacho Libre!   :D

Familia Hernandez Espinoza

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