Short, Sweet & Another Ankle (sprained)

Hey everyone,

This has been a really fast week. It seems like yesterday I was emailing all of you.
This week was really cool. I had interviews with President Hancock. It is very amazing to speak with someone of such responsibility, and spiritual power. It was a very inspiring 20 minutes.
I’m just starting to realize how much I miss Elder Ramirez. It is good to see him every week at District meetings. We are going on exchanges tomorrow, so that should be pretty fun!
I appreciate all of your emails, and wish you all the best

More People to Teach & Perrito Diablito

Hey Everyone,

This has been one of the coolest, fastest, and funniest weeks of my mission. We were able to find some new hispanics to teach  and had some great lessons with less active members of the branch. Here are some of the stories from this week:
We visited some of our investigators out in Fort Hall.  We were going home when we decided to stop at a former investigators house. We start to walk into their yard, and they are smoking outside… classic. Anyway, we were walking up to the yard, and there was a little mean devil of a dog (I’ve told y’all a little about the creatures that are in Fort Hall LOL) just a little bigger than a chihuahua growling, barking and snarling  at me. I bent down to try to calm it down but apparently that just made it even more mad. I backed up. As this was happening, Elder Smith was unaware of the dog’s anger, started walking into the yard through the fence. The dog started hissing and growling at him. Just as it went to bite Elder Smith, he kicked it right in the face! It freaked out and ran away. The investigator cussed him out and told us to leave. I was really sad and super mad at such a stupid move to kick like a 15 pound dog, but eventually I just got over it and started to laugh about it. We will go back and see them another day haha!
At zone conference with Elder Anderson of the Seventy. We had a really cool training and then a Q&A sort of thing. Some missionary asked how we are supposed to leave home and forget our families. The crowd went silent. He answered with the most spiritual power I have ever felt. He read the first 5 verses of D&C 31* If you are not familiar with the story, I would read it. I looked around and everyone was feeling the exact same thing, even one of my buddies who is going home to see his family in 2 weeks, felt the exact same significance. It was really cool.
This was an awesome week and I hope you all had the same!
Take care!

*D&C 31:1-5

Thomas, my son, blessed are you because of your faith in my work.

 Behold, you have had many afflictions because of your family; nevertheless, I will bless you and your family, yea, your little ones; and the day cometh that they will believe and know the truth and be one with you in my church.

 Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation.

You shall declare the things which have been revealed to my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun. You shall begin to preach from this time forth, yea, to reap in the field which is white already to be burned.

 Therefore, thrust in your sickle with all your soul, and your sins are forgiven you, and you shall be laden with sheaves upon your back, for the laborer is worthy of his hire. Wherefore, your family shall live.


More People to Teach

Hey Everyone,
This week has really been awesome! We found 8 new people to teach and had a few really cool experiences.
Arturo Canto has been meeting with missionaries for a very long time. We have only seen him once. We were thinking and praying about what the problem may be.   We think the problem is,  his wife that doesn’t trust the missionaries. Then, friday night, Elder Smith had a feeling to go visit Sister Canto. We knew that Arturo would not be there.  We  just talked to her the night before. We could clearly see that she was untrusting by way she was talking to us. This seemed weird because her daughter is a RM. Anyway, we head over there and told her exactly what happened. She said, wow thats weird, I don’t need anything. So I told her again that we felt really strongly to come over here. She just started crying, and opened up to us. Her daughter is under severe depression right now and contemplating suicide. I asked her if she would like a blessing, and we came back and gave her one. Now we have an appointment with the family tonight, and we are gonna teach in English and focus on her.
We started teaching a new family named the Majias. They made us some really good food, and we are teaching them Wednesday.
 We had some new LA families at the branch this last week! It was awesome! This brought our sacrament services attendance from 70 to 97!
We had an incredibly spiritual lesson with a LA family on Saturday. Wow, blew me away
This week really was great, and I hope all of yours were good too!

Happy Mother’s Day

Hey Everyone,

Well it was fun talking to a few of you yesterday.
For those of you who do not know, we had a really good week and found a lot new people.
Pocatello has been really fun, and challenging. Last night, we found an atheist mexican… what the heck. I didn’t think that they existed. Definitely the most stubborn man I have ever met. He was a pretty cool guy though.
I hope that all of you are doing good, and it is great to hear from you.

May in Pocatello

Hey Everyone,

This week has been sort of sad and fun at the same time. I really miss Elder Ramirez and it was hard to see him go. The good thing is he is still in our district. Elder Smith (from Kentucky) really wants to work hard, and I am 100% onboard with that. It has been really fun and really intense tracking.
We saw some Satan followers yesterday. Oh my goodness, the difference the gospel makes in peoples lives. Pocatello is so interesting.
This week has been really fun and really good. We found some new people to teach, and had some really good experiences. It is sometimes discouraging because we find so many americans that are ready to receive the gospel, including one hardcore biker we found working on his Harley. He was replacing the clutch plates and we talked to him for a bit. Anyway, it stinks because we pass all of these referrals on to the English Elders. There really are not that many hispanics here. It is so freaking awesome when you find one though! We did find a few and I know we will this week.
Thank you all so very much for the emails!