Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission Spanish Speaking - August 2016 to August 2018

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 40 - May 15, 2017

Howdy y'all!!

So this email will probably be pretty small sorry :( But I have been having a great time out here in Louisiana!! This past week was pretty slow when it came to work. There was a lot of stuff that we had to do for prepping for this coming week! But some cool things did happen this week.

SO first off I got to go to Denham Springs for ZL exchanges. I was with Elder Stucki who goes home in 16 days! He is an awesome missionary and the best part is that he is from Idaho!! So he is automatically awesome! There was a crazy hour long storm while I was with him and we literally couldn't see 15 feet in front of us because of the rain!! I love the storms out here soooo much!! 

Next we got to go to a baptism for a young man named Soljah. He was an investigator for the Hammond Sisters. He is one of the nicest kids I have ever met and he is so ready for the gospel! He always wants to say the prayers and answer questions in class! It was such a cool experience to see him get baptized by his Grandfather!

Other than that the big event this week was talking to my family on Mother's Day!! That is always a good experience! It is weird to think that I have already done two of my four skypes home on my mission! The mission goes way too fast!!

Anyways I hope y'all had a great Mother's day weekend!! 

Hasta luego!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Week 39 - May 8, 2017

Just Another Week on the Mission

Howdy y'all! Como estan?

So this week was a pretty basic week out here on the mission. Not too much exciting or crazy happened.

First of we did meet a really awesome former investigator that we are working with again. His name is Neil. He is an awesome guy but has some concerns about the church and some of our teachings. I think most of the concerns that he has come from some misunderstandings of what the other Elders had been teaching him so we are working to clear those up! It has been a good experience for Elder Barney and me.

We were also able to catch up with the Strausbaugh's again!! It has been a long time since we could get them nailed down on a time to visit. They are doing alright. They are coming out of a really tough financial time and things have been hard for them. We are trying to get it set up so that we can meet with them at a minimum of once a week.

The other cool experience for this week was going on exchanges. I went to Albany with Elder Jensen. Well I went with Elder Jensen, but we were mostly in Amite, which is a little out of our area, for service. We helped a family repair a deck and some stairs. It was actually a lot of fun and it was good to work with this family. They aren't members but the daughter lives in Albany and is an investigator. It was a good time!

Well that is about all for this week! I hope y'all are doing well! 

Hasta luego!!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 38 - May 1, 2017

Hola mis amigos!

So this week has been pretty interesting. It was the last week of the month and we had some extra miles so we went to the far reaches of our area to visit some less-actives and members that don't usually get visited! It was a good experience! Most of the people that we saw were super happy to see the missionaries again and a lot of them are wanting to come back to the church!! We are planning how we can visit all of these people regularly since they live so far out. It will be hard but the Lord always provides a way!

Also this week we got to meet with our new investigator Jimmy. He is an interesting man.... He is willing to learn about God but he isn't too familiar with gospel terms. We brought him a Book of Mormon and read through the introduction with him. 
The last paragraph says, "Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is His revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the Second Coming of the Messiah." 
So when we asked Jimmy what he thought about what we read his comment was "When I hear the word Messiah, I think about Donald Trump." It was all we could do not to laugh and we had no idea what to say back. He will be an interesting one to teach haha!

The other exciting thing this week was that Church was canceled because of horrible weather conditions. We had tornado warnings, rain and lightning like crazy. President called us and told us to just hunker down while it passed over. It was crazy to watch!

Anyways that was my week in a nutshell! I hope all y'all are seeing the blessings of the Lord in your lives! He loves you and knows you personally!! He will always be there for you!

Hasta luego!

Week 37 - April 24, 2017

The Hunt for Less-Actives

 Hola Y'all!!

It has been another awesome week out here in good ole Hammond Louisiana!! The weather had definitely started to warm up and I am not for sure that I like it haha! This summer will be interesting to say the least.

So this past week has been really good! A little disappointing at times but good none the less. So we spent a lot of this week trying to clean up our ward list and find some people that we can help return to the church. It was cool going to go and meet new people! One of the people that we met, Mike, is one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met about the gospel, he just doesn't feel like coming to church. We also me a guy named Michael that has been living in Hammond for about 12 years and we are only the second set of missionaries to try and reach out to him. We hope to meet with both of them again because they are really nice people! 

Other than finding, hunting, less-actives, this week has been pretty regular. Elder Barney and I have come up with a tracting schedule. So far we have gotten in contact with some people but not many have an interest in what we have to teach. We have been able to pass out some pass-along cards and some cards but that is about it. It has been good though and we feel like this week the work will pick up a little bit.

SO I hope all y'alls weeks have been well! I love y'all and hope everything is going well!! 

Hasta Luego!