Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Aug. 24, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Family and Friends! Well this week has been great! We had 9 investigators in the sacrament meeting! And lots of them are progressing! We should be seeing lots of progress soon(: I don't have much to say this week but things are doing well here! Viva Mexico(: hahahaha
Love Elder Portlock

The MTC to one year in Tuxtla

We made district shirts  (:


Monday, August 17, 2015

August 17, 2015

Well this week was a great week(: We had the opportunity to go to the beach(: the area is called Puerto Rista y fur la actividad de la mision(: wow the ocean is beautiful and I love it so much! We found jellyfishes haha!  I have so much to say about the beach but so little time to write. We have a family of 4 that we are teaching and its amazing to see their life changing(: the next week I will be sending pictures.  The changes this week is that Elder Laínez leaves and will be going to the Indian area called the Altos.  He will be learning the dialect Tzotzil . haha  I'm really exited for him!  Elder Contreras and I will stay together! I'm really exited for the next 6 weeks and ready for new changes.  I love my area(:  Things are great(:  I'll be sending more pictures(:   I love you all, keep being strong! Be the examples of the believers in word, in conversation. when ever you have a decision to make say. ´´am I Mormon or not Mormon´´ Love Elder Portlock

wooooo fuimos a la playa!

la playa!

Woo la playa!

Woo  Jellyfish!

It was...very fishy!!!


Monday, August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015

Dear Family and Friends.
     I'm very grateful That I have the opportunity to stay in contact every week!  Here being in Chiapas its always cool to think about being in the land of the Book of Mormon! We always talk about it here haha. I also have a cool map that I will bring home to share and a cool video. I always walk here in the street and think:  Wow!  I'm in the area of the missionaries of the Book of Mormon!!!! I'm in the mission of the Book of Mormon! hahaha and I think to myself....I'm preaching to the Lamanites.  And If you saw some of the people you would think the same thing. Wow I love being here. Well this week in the morning of Wednesday we woke up at 4:15 to a 5.7 earthquake!!! Wow I was so scared!!! I woke up to loud noise and my hammock was being shook! I remember that instantly Elder Laínez and Contreras and I jumped onto our feet and started to run! hahaha Elder Laínez threw the fan out of his way and it hit me in the face and than hit the floor with a loud noise! I thought the house was falling down and pieces of the roof was falling on me! hahahahha.  We left the house within 10 seconds , wow! it was a miracle!!! hahahahaha. It wasn't that BIG, but we made it dramatic..... I returned with a little scar on my eye(: Such great memories!(:
   During the past month there is a Jew that comes to church only to listen and make fun of the members, we have been visiting him  a little bit only to listen to him, because he doesn't want us to talk.  This past week he called us up and said that he needs to talk to us.  He told us about a dream he had where his Star of David was cut in half  and he was left with a lot of confusion (there is more to the dream, but that was the summary) and he also has been feeling very stressed lately! So he asked if we could give him a blessing! wow! He listened to us teach a little bit. We gave him a Book of Mormon. Unfortunately he will be returning to live in Spain, so we wont be teaching him more. But wow! We had some progress teaching him(:
    Well family I love you all so much(: have a great week and we'll be writing again next Monday(: Love Elder Portlock

What happened during the earthquake

A ranch called Vieja Uithcachal (haha I don't know how to spell it)

Sometimes there's nobody in the streets, so I contact the dogs.  (:

We were eating fish and after I ate the fish and left the bone, it turned out to look like Jesus being crucified!  Yes, I know.... I'm turning Catholic.  hahahahaha

Thursday, August 6, 2015

August 3, 2015

 It's very Hot here in Tonalá hahahahaha! But I think I will miss the heat when I return home! This week I have finished reading the Book Of Mormon in Spanish and I'm so happy! Before the mission, people told me that if I read the Book of Mormon completely I will be able to speak fluently! It was a promise! And I also think of John Groberg in the other side of heaven when he reads the bible in 3 days and speaks fluently!!!! the books have a power of the gift of tongues!!! well I speak Spanish fluent and I'm super happy! Its a blessing of God! It took me one year  of reading it!!!!!!
   This week we had a branch activity called the 3 kingdoms of glory! in which all the people start in a plane because were all going to Hawaii haha, and the plane crashes and we all die, we had the rooms and each room represents a glory, the people start in the first kingdom and on to the next to learn about each one, and we all end in the celestial kingdom! it was a great activity because we start to think if i die tomorrow which kingdom will I go to. It was really fun(:
    I hope every one at home is doing well I love you all(: Elder Portlock

Looking over Tonala


The Branch Activity

Eating Mexican candy.  Yum.  All the candy here has salsa!!!

Helping people move their house

Members in the Branch