Tuesday, September 29, 2015

September 28, 2015

Dear family and friends! Wow this week was amazing! I would like to start out with the baptisms, well we had 4. Mariana called us in the morning and said that she doesn’t want to be baptized... we instantly took a taxi to her house to talk to her but she still didn’t want to...we were a little sad but I just think that she needs a little bit more time and she will want to be baptized. Delina, her litter sister, was super exited to be baptized! haha  She acts like she already is a member and is super reverent in church haha! Sandra, Victor Hugo, and Alexandra got baptized and confirmed and they are really exited! They are a family that are going to have many blessings in their life! Sandra, the mom, took the pictures from the lessons 1, 2 and 3 and printed them out big to put in her house. Victor Hugo should be finishing college in a year or two and then wants to serve a mission. And Alexandra will be enjoying young women’s. OH! and Karla! We went to the temple with her on Saturday to do baptisms! She LOVED the temple and is super exited to be a member. haha She put her name on the food list so she can give food to us every Tuesday! Wow! With this 6 weeks we had 5 baptisms in total! And we finished our change. Well, the Zone leaders called us to tell us the new changes in the mission! Wow! I can’t believe it haha! Elder Contreras will be going to Tuxtla! And Elder Fackrell (who is my zone leader) will be changing areas and will be with me! We will be the new Zone leaders!!!! I’m super exited and pumped! In the beginning of the mission I never wanted and never thought I’d be with an American! But now I’m exited because we both speak Spanish so it’s all good! I’ll be writing more information the next week about the zone! Here in Tonala it’s still really hot!!! But it’s also really amazing!  I love the members! We will be preparing for this General Conference! Wow and I’m super exited to see who will be the new 3 apostles! Wow! I will sustain them 100 percent! Thank you all for your love and support! Say hello for me in the ward and all my friends(: Elder Portlock

The baptism

We went to the temple with Karla

My district and the district leaders

Ya, we had to clean that.  

Riding the turtle

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sept. 21, 2015

Well, this week has passed by fast! haha It was a great week! Lots of work! We are preparing 5 people to be baptized this Friday! I will be sending pictures! We are getting ready to end the 6 week change. The next week I will be telling you if I'll be leaving Tonala or if I'll be staying here. Elder Contreras and I get along very well! We are great buds! We both clean the house every day and are striving to be obedient! I think God is blessing us with 5 baptisms this week(: Other than that there's not much new here haha, It's all the same(: I love hearing about you all(:  Well, have a great week(: Love, Elder Portlock

With the zone leaders, Elder Poroj and Elder Fackrell.

This family of 3 are gonna be baptized this week!

Tonala.  Walking.........ALOT!!!!!

There are 2 girls getting baptized this week.  The one on the side of me and the other next to Elder Contreras.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Sept. 14

This week we had the privilege to watch the re-dedication of the Mexico Temple! Wow! It was amazing and something that I will never forget in my life! President Eyring and Holland came and rededicated it and also gave some pretty powerful talks about the temple(: Well things are doing well here in Tonala! there isn't any new news that is big enough to  write but the next week I should have some new news(: I love  you all! have a great week(: Elder Portlock
I'm cooking!!!

annnd having fun.

Monday, September 7, 2015

September 7, 2015

Dear Family and friends! Well this week was a great one full of work work work! I love hearing that word, work, hahaha we completed the goals of the mission with 21 lessons, 140 contacts, 7 lessons with less-active, 4 investigators in the sacrament meeting and 3 investigators with baptism dates!!!! annnnnd we have a Baptism and confirmation! woooo we are super exited! Her name is Karla, I will be sending pictures. She is super happy that she got baptized and she feels very happy and full of the Spirit of God! My good friend Elder Jarrett, who studied at Bingham High, well we sang a hymn together for the baptism! It was very awesome! My companion Elder Contreras and I are working hard and we are teaching very well! Not much more happened this week to write about but things are good.  I've started going to the gym in the mornings at 6. hahaha I have a trainer and he really makes me work! But I'm loving it! Well family and friends I love you all! Have a great week(: Elder Portlock

Karla's baptism

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

August 31, 2015

Well this week was a great week! I was able to work hard and feel great! I love the mission so much! and I'm starting to feel sad that I don't have 2 years any more, I have 10 months!!!!! I don't like to think that!  I love ya all but I love my mission!  This week I traveled to small village called Cabeza de Toro. I went to work with Elder Jarrett and it was a lot of fun!  We worked our butts off!   Ending the day with 10 lessons, 29 contacts, 4 new investigators and a Home Evening in the House Of Prayer!  It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot of things!  The next week we will be having a baptism, you're all invited! hahaha I'll be sending pictures(: 

Working with Elder Jarrett, he went to Bingham High

The Zone

The House Of Prayer in Cabeza de Toro