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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Week 53 - August 14, 2017

God is Good, All the Time. All the Time, God is Good.

Hola y'all!

So as the title says God is Good! This week has been so AMAZING, and it all starts with last P-Day after we emailed.

Last week we found a new investigator named Kizzy while out trying to find some less-active members for the Ward Council. She welcomed us right in and we got to share the Restoration and the Book of Mormon with her and we left her with a copy of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration pamphlet. So she asks us to come back Monday at 2. So we went there after emailing last Monday and Kizzy was waiting for us!! Like that never happens! People always 'forget' that we are coming by! And even better, SHE READ THE BOOK OF MORMON!! She didn't get too far in it but she likes it and she likes that it goes right along with what she learns in the Bible! And something that is even cooler than that, she came to church yesterday and brought three of her daughters!! It was so awesome! 

One of the other really cool things that we got to do this week was as a district we went to an Outreach Bible Study! It was awesome! I honestly believe that the people in this church will all be converted as they are in contact with the missionaries more often! Out of all the religious services I have been to out here they preach from the Bible the things that we as the LDS church teach. Like it was super impressive. The group believes in a general apostasy after the Apostles were killed and that Christ will re-establish his church on the Earth with prophets and apostles to lead them. They are just trying to gather people so that they can be prepared for it!! Like dang, they are honestly soooo close to the truth! And they are the nicest people I have met in my life! 

Anyways I hope y'all are having a great week!
Talk to y'all later!
Con amor, 
Elder Nathan Stoddard


Week 52 - August 7, 2017

Mountains in Louisiana?!?!

Hola y'all!

This week ended up being pretty normal. Not many people wanted to talk with us or let us into their homes but we had fun out trying to spread the Gospel to others! We spent quite a bit of time this week out looking for less-active members for the Ward Counsel. We didn't have much success finding them but we did get meet a new investigator named Kizzy! She is super nice and was pretty interested in our message! She even took a Book of Mormon!! Her daughter was also interested in learning 'what the Mormons believe.' We have another apt with them today at about 1! 

So the cool thing that happened this week is that we found a mountain in Louisiana!! Like what?! They have those here?! I mean compared to Idaho it is a hill but out here it is totally a mountain. Best part is that it is a garbage dump! Leave it to Louisiana to take all of its garbage and make a mountain out of it! But hey it was nice to see so me change in elevation for once! 

Well I hope all is going well for y'all! Sorry this is so short but I have trouble remembering the things that I do during the week haha! And I will try to take more pictures so that y'all can see the cool things and the cool people that I meet out here!

Con amor, 
Elder Stoddard

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Week 51 - July 31, 2017

Hump day!!

Hola y'all!

So this week I came to a crazy realization....... I have less than a year left on my mission :( Where the heck did all the time go?!?! I still feel like I should be being trained!! This has honestly been the shortest year of my life! I guess time does fly when you are having fun and learning every day, I just wish this experience would go a lot slower and not super fast like it has been.

Alright, this week we had Zone Conference and interviews with the Mission President! This was honestly one of the greatest Zone Conferences that I have been to out here! President has brought a new energy into this mission. He came in with the goal to trust us and to love us as missionaries and he has honestly impressed so many of us missionaries! These interviews were more of a get to know the missionaries interview so we talked about hunting, fishing, camping and college! It was awesome getting the opportunity to get to know the President better and his wife bought all of us lunch and while the other missionaries were being interviewed we got to talk with her and get to know her!!

Other than that this week was pretty slow. Most people that we tried to get with or talked to either didn't open the door or weren't interested in what we had to say.... typical! But hey we were there and we gave them the chance, that is what we are asked to do.

Love y'all!!
Con amor,
Elder Nathan Stoddard