Monday, May 16, 2011

Two classic missionary photos!

One of Elder Marsh and Elder Rea sowing the wheat!

Bringing their brothers and sisters to the Savior.

The other.....being the young goofs that they are!

Oh, how we love them and are so thankful for their love and service.

The Lord truly works through those that he calls.

Once again.....Prayer works!

So all the prayers from here and from home worked out! The Lord blessed us with another oportunity to baptize! I was thinking about the weeks left in the transfer and how much time Elder Rea has left. I told him if we want to baptize every week before he leaves, we need a mircale to baptize this week! And a miracle we received :)

Normally we pray to baptize people we are teaching. I didnt think to pray to baptize someone that wasnt even our investigator! Turns out, there is a big family that lives here. The family of Jesus Manuel. Aunts, uncles, grandma, cousins, all of them live together. Well, the uncle lives here. He is in his 20s. Turns out that he has a girlfriend (but they are getting married) who was talking with the missionaries where she lived in a city a few hours from here. So she took all the lessons and told them she wanted to be baptized. When she called to tell the family, they said they cant go to her for her baptism and they wanted her to come here. So she moved down her to marry her man, and we baptized her :) It was so cool the way it worked out! We are going to follow up with her and keep teaching. They are way nice people and happy members. They have their eyes set on the temple in a year. It was funny because they were talking about how expensive the civil unions are here. I just told them to wait a year and go to the temple where it is free! Everyone laughed :)

So that was the big deal of this past week! Thanks again for the letters I have received. In fact, one of my good ol pals sent me a letter about the importance of love in missionary service. It came as a second witness, this letter, because I had been thinking the whole week what to do better and I decided I could love the people in my area a bit more. Then I recieved this letter and the Lord told me in this special way that I am doing things correctly :) Anyways, with a new effort on loving people, we went to visit a convert, Oralia. Remember her? She was the one who came to our house and asked to be baptized. So we visited with her and gave her the picture of her baptism and began to chat about the events of the big week we had with her. In that week, we passed by her house and testified of many things. We told her we werent going to come back for a few days she she could have time to think. A few days later, she came to the house. Anyways, we were talking about that week and I asked what made her change. She said she felt that we genuinely cared and loved her enough to help her. That was what spoke to her and helped her decide to enter at the gate of baptism. The third witness of the importance of love :)

There you have it folks, another week in Huatabampo, Sonora! Thank you for reading and sending me mail, I love hearing from everyone at home.

If anyone sees Christopher Predovich, tell him I said "Bunk Beds on Dirt Floors" :)

Con cariño,
Elder Marsh

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Is he going to stay or is he going to transfer? I have no idea, but he does want us all to learn Spanish. That's our Elder Marsh.

Quick shout out to Shelley because I assume she is still on top of this thing.

The change (transfer as its known in english) is almost over! Elder
Rea is thinking they are going to change me. This is the last week of
my second change in the field. I cant believe I am coming up on 5
months! Whether I go or I stay, the mission is amazing. And I love it.
It is such a blessing to be here helping people change their lives for
the better. One of our converts, Irene, is taking a trip to Nogales.
But she was pretty excited to find out there is a chapel building up
there she can attend! And she is looking forward to a temple trip to
do baptisms for the dead. That is how we do work, we only have 3
converts, but they are all solid.

Quick question, how many people read this? I never know if I am
talking to an audience, the ward, half of Elk Grove, or just my
family, Shelley (because she is the boss of the blog), and Chas
(because Shelley shouts stuff to him from the computer while he chases
a naked Hayden around the house ;p)

Anyways, the sun is roasting me! I get the most awful mission tan more
and more every day. Even with sunscreen. And they say it gets hotter
from here. But the heat is different. It doesnt race up and fall back
down like home. It gets hot and stays hot. For days. Weeks. But the
worst is when my poor little scalp gets hit, because I cant do
anything to protect that! I read about how Nephi didnt pray to have
his circumstances changed when his brothers tied him up and plotted
his death, but he pray to have the strength to change things himself.
So that might be my challenge. Pray to have tougher skin so the sun
wont burn me. Not that the sun can just stay away :)

I dont have much to report about baptisms, because they arent
happening. Investigators? One. But told us he has no desire to change
religion. And really, I dont know what to do. I have kind of ridden
down into a low part. I dont know if I am not obedient enough. If I
dont have enough faith. I have asked Elder Rea a million times what
the Lord wants. We have run out of ideas here. The people we contact
dont progress. The members dont refer anyone. The less actives arent
home or dont live here. And I am just a little lost, down here in the
corner of the mission! Happy, yes. Enjoying what I do, absolutely. But

btw, I forgot my camera, so I cant put pictures. And the machine I am
using is super lame, so I DOUBLE cant put pictures.

And mom, I hope you sent the package, because the zone leaders went to
Hermosillo today!

Here is a spiritual gem that I found that I want to share. First of
all, thank you to David Thomas Bell for your case of mission cds where
I found this gem. And David, if you are reading this, WRITE ME!
Because I miss you :) And if David is not reading this, Mom, facebook
him and tell him to write me. Include my address please :) Now, the
good stuff. Elder Holland gave a CES Fireside Devotional thing in 1994
JUST after he was ordained. When Presidents Hinkley and Monson where
COUNSELORS in the first presidency! That is how you know it was for
ever ago. Anyways, this devotional is about the Book of Mormon and it
is one of THE most powerful talks I have ever heard. And I heard Elder
Holland for myself in the MTC! This talk just might outdo the one I
heard. Anyways, if anyone can find this talk in the depths of the
internet, find it and listen to it. I promise, you wont think of the
Savior the same way. you will love him more and want to defend his
holy name and every turn. There is a quote in it from C. S. Lewis that
says people who say that Jesus Christ was a good moral teacher but not
the Son of God have the inteligence of a poached egg. So crazy :)

I was in charge of the lesson at FHE the other night! I taught about
temples and how ridiculously amazing important they are to our
exaltation. Basically what I learned was that we want to go to Heaven,
so we make special covenents. Then, we must be obedient every day to
obtain this blessing. It is a chain that works back and forth. Heaven
(goal) -> Covenents -> obedience. But, obedience is the first law of
Heaven. So, we are obedient -> we make covenents -> we go to Heaven!

Anyways, I hope to write next week, but I if dont, I is because I am
traveling to a new area and wont have a chance. Pray for me, and the
people of the area of Huatabampo because they are tough to get moving
in the ways of the Lord. I love you all at home, especially my dear
family, and Papa and Beverly.

Cuidense mucho.
Sepan que Dios nos conoce, y quiere que regresemos.

Elder Marsh

P.S. Everyone just learn spanish. It is easier to write and think for me :p