Ryan Hillstead -
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
This week we got to visit Elizabeth and Miriam, and we resolved their doubts about Sunday services. We explained that the church is based on Revelation, like Christ's Church, because it is Christ's church, so we have to realize that its always better to have modern day revelation then only having the scriptures, and they totally understood. And said that they will keep going to church with us. BUT they didn't come to church this week. We don't know why but we will find out!!
We have also been teaching a less active family from the ward and the one daughter isn't a member, and they are a very humble family that lives really far out in the boonies!! So they promised us that they would come to church with us this Sunday, so we told them that we were going to pass for them at , 1 hour before the services start. They said yes and so we passed by for them and they weren't ready still, so we waited 40 minutes, then we finally started the long walk towards the church. And it was really hot, and they had a little girl that is like 5 years old, and she wasn't able to keep up with us because we were walking fast, so I got an idea to put her on my bike and push her, so I did! haha it helped us get to the church a lot faster. We finally got to the church at 1:20 but we were able to participate in the sacrament so that was a huge, huge blessing. I was praying for that while we were walking to church, in the way! and we got there right as they were about to close the door!! We saw miracles with their kids during church! Their kids are very, very disobedient and they don't like the church, but one of the sons (the most disobedient) wanted to enter the classes!!! It was so cool, everyone was shocked!
Also the ex-bishop, Bishop Moreno, had a son that died , and we went and sang some hymns at the funeral home. and the spirit was so strong, I remember thinking, "I know that God loves me and all his children, and I know that The Plan of Salvation is true. I love these reminders to me that I will see those that I love again." It was a time that I saw so many people without the hope, or the understanding of why these things happen. And I love the Bishop Moreno, he was so strong, he knows the plan of salvation is true also, because he was a huge support for his family in this hard time, because the family took it really hard. I love this gospel and I love the plan, the plan is my motor to do good, to help me remember that I can see my savior and thank him, and live with him!! Always remember the Plan of Salvation! The church is true and I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have to share the truth with these people in Mexico.
I love you all, have a good week and look for opportunities to serve others.
Posted by T.I.D.S.A.H. at 9:52 AM
Monday, June 20, 2016
Bueno, Bueno, Bueno, Bueno
Como Esten Todos
Ok Well I just felt like I should Give you guys a little shout out since I have a little extra time
while my companion is washing his clothes. Then we are going to buy some food.
I just wanted to let you guys hear my voice. And tell you a little about this week.
This week we had a zone conference with President Munive and it was his last zone conference with us, he has 10 days left to be the mission president. The new mission president will be here on the 25th of this month, that's pretty exciting.
Ya it was pretty sad and cool to have our last zone conference with President, he and Sister Munive were crying a little bit and being sentimental with us. We bought them a cake.
We heard the last few words he had for our zone, and he told us to keep being obedient, that obedience is something that we need to learn because its an eternal principle!! I really like that because we really do need to be obedient to be able do Gods will.
Also Elizabeth and Miriam came to church with us for the whole time, so they weren't affected by the scorpion bite! haha but They came and we aren't sure if they liked the church or not because I'm pretty sure that it was a little different then what they thought. They were expecting a Bible class and in gospel principles we taught "Developing Our Talents" and they didn't realize we use manuals. Then they went to Relief Society and learned about Visiting Teaching. They were a little disappointed, they want more scriptures. So we are going to visit them tomorrow to see how they liked it or not... but they are still progressing a lot! When we visit with them we will explain why we do the things we do and that this is NOT a "Pastor" church, we all teach each other.
The phone rings and it's Elder Vargason explaining to him that they will both be traveling home together on August 4th. He was pretty excited about that news. He said we didn't understand why they would send them home separately one on the 3rd and the other on the 4th and traveling SOLO and lonely all by ourselves after we have spent 2 years with someone all of the time.
Happy Father's Day dad yesterday, I love you so much and thank you for everything you do for me. I love you all, have a good week and I will see you all in 6 short weeks.
Posted by T.I.D.S.A.H. at 6:43 AM
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
This week we really had a good week with working with members. We focused on inviting the members that we thought could help our investigators progress! And we saw some progress in our investigators. This week we invited Elizabeth and Miriam to fast with us to ask for help from God so they could be able to go to church. So we started the fast Tuesday, and we ended it on Wednesday, and they were awesome. We explained how with Fasting we put our Faith in God and ask him for help by showing him that we are willing to make a sacrifice, through food. They had headaches and stomach pains but they did it for the first time! They knew that God would help them be able to go! and The miracle of the week is that God heard our prayer and helped them come to church, they were able to leave their work early (oxxo) to come to church! They were enjoying the sacrament meeting and then another Challenge presented itself (they have had a ton of challenges and temptations) This challenge is that the daughter of Miriam got bit by a scorpion!! by a scorpion in the bathroom!!! what the heck! then they had to leave early because they took her to the hospital! But The good thing is that they were able to go to church, but we hope and pray that they DON'T take this "scorpion experience" as an answer that this isn't the Path of God...
This week we also had a ward activity, a talent show, and we brought Elizabeth and Miriam, and they loved it! They saw a lot of funny things, and they realized even more that we are normal people! We as missionaries of the ward did a skit about missionary work. It was pretty sad because we planned it that day, but whatever right? The ward liked it & we made everyone laugh! And we had fun being part of the ward family. The more we involve ourselves with the ward, the more they want to help us with missionary work.
I Love you all and I just want to wish an early Father's day to my dad and all the other dad's!! I love you all and I hope you all have the opportunity in participate in the work! Do all you can to help the missionaries and see the Spirit of God work through you!
I absolutely LOVE the sunsets here in Mexico
Posted by T.I.D.S.A.H. at 9:39 AM
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Monday, June 6, 2016
This week we had the great opportunity to share the gospel with a lot of new people. We hardly found any of our investigators. Soo we went looking for people that would like to hear some young men share a message about Jesus Christ. And we found a lot of people, we found 2 families that are excited to hear our message but they don't want commitments.. so we are trying to help them progress and receive answers without giving them commitments.. People are funny!
We have finished teaching Elizabeth and Miriam all the lessons with pamphlets.. haha and they are really excited about everything, but they still aren't sure about baptism, because they know that they need to go to church before they can be baptized! They can't get to church because of their work schedules, so we are going to do a fast with them so everything will work out in their job so that they can come to church! They really like everything we are teaching them! They are awesome and really changing. This is when their Faith along with ours is put to work in Drawing on the Powers of Heaven.
The Guamuchil Ward went to the temple last Friday, and I just want you all to know the sacrifice they made to be able to go to the Temple. First they left morning to start the trip to the Hermosillo, Sonora temple, which is a 10 hour bus ride, and to make it better it gets up to 120 degrees outside. On their trip it turned out that the buses AC stopped working and they went to the temple in a sauna! hahah Then they do temple work and to come back really really late night or morning! I have learned a lot and I now know how big of a privilege it is to have a temple in my home city. I know that the temple work is something so important, and that is the reason these members make these huge sacrifices to go to the temple!! I invite you, like a lot of the general authorities did in the General Conference, to take time to go to the temple to receive the strength from god and feel his love and receive personal revelation! I know this to be true! I love you all! Have a great week!
Posted by T.I.D.S.A.H. at 5:32 PM