Monday, August 8, 2011

Finally, Elder Marsh has been transfered. It's only getting better and HOTTER!

From little pueblo to the big city! I am in Obregon now, and it is HOT!! Over a hundred is NORMAL for us. We hope for a nice breeze 100-105 because when it hits 116, it is tough to work. We leave the house at 10 to find as MANY teaching appointments as we can before we eat at 1, 1.30.Then we study from about 3-4 again to beat the hottest part of the day. The area here is WAY cool. There are US reastraunts and bowling alleys and everything. It is awesome! But now I dont have a bike, so we WALK. Miles and miles and miles. Getting sunburned isnt nearly as big of a problem as just getting worn out. The sun takes ALL of my engergy and by midday, my body is giving out. Even though the ward is WAY awesome and my companion is a great guy, this area is a bit tough. It really is a test. It gets hard to stay focused and to really think in the sun. I need a lot of help from the Lord in this area, because the people are tough here too. I feel like it is just starting to get rough.

But my companion is awesome! Elder Ticona is from PERU! How cool is that? He comes from a different part of the world, so Mexico is new for him too! Tortillas and beans dont even exist where he lives. He is a very sincere testimony and is hilarious too. We are always chatting about stuff and laughing a lot. He is a great friend and I love him a lot. He has a strong desire to learn English because he wants to marry an American girl :) The ward LOVES him to death, so we get a lot of support and a lot of food ;)

I got to this city with a baptism waiting. Elder Ticona and I had the great opportunity to finish up teaching and baptize a young man named Bryan. He is 12 and goes to the church activities a lot with the other youth his age. He really is one of the brightest kids I have met. He askes the best questions of us so he can really understand God`s commandments. One time we were teaching, he told us he was watching South Park. They had some message about God that wasnt in harmony with the Spirit, and he decided he wasnt going to watch that show again, just because of one obsene part! Bryan is going to grow up to be a great missionary and Elder Ticona and I love chatting with him.

But the best thing about Bryan is his influence on his family. He lives with his grandparents and an uncle. His Grandma has had bad liver problems, in and out of the hospital, taking tests, and hasnt been able to even move around her house. But the days leading up to Bryans baptism, she got a little better. The day of the confirmation of Bryan, she came to church, and very excitedly told me that she had gotten up that morning with NO pain at all! I took the opptortunity to explain that God gives us the ways to complet all commandments if we just try. She says she didnt havew much intrest in talking to us because she promised her mother when she died that she will always be Catholic, but we fasted and prayed so she could live somthing spiritual. We decided we cant convince her even with the strongest of testimonies, so we wanted her to really feel the spirit for herself. And she did! We have faith now the she will listen to us. All we can do is help her have more faith.

So, it is hot. The people are a lot ruder when you knock on their door. My companion is way awesome. And this transfer is going to be a bit rough. But with prayers and faith, we can be stronger than the sun in out work.

Until next week ;)

Oh, it was in the 90`s, probably 100 today. Then we got hit with a flash storm and the street got flooded. It is crazy in Sonora :)

Elder Marsh

Monday, August 1, 2011

Do you need to feel inspired? Read this!

So here we are! This is week 5 of 6, next Sunday we get the transfer calls! I really dont know what to think. We found an AWESOME lady to teach. Her name is Victoria. She has three kids and is WAY interested in the Gospel. She was actually a reference from some converts of a missionary who is finishing his mission this week! We have a great time sharing our testimonies with her. Even when we teach her in her place of business. The beer shop across the street from her house :) There are things here called Expendios. They are just drive up store things that sell nothing but beer. But she works there for conviniece, not for any strong vices ;)

Victoria has a daughter, Maria. Unfortunately, she left for vacation last week, and we cant teach her! We dont know when she will come back, but her mom told us the first thing she packed was the Book of Mormon she more than excitedly recieved. We are thinking she will read and come back home to be baptized with her mother :)

We are helping this great family with a big problem they are having. Victoria´s son isnt really doing so great and got caught up with some street life at a young age. He is 17, but I cant really share all that has been going on with him. But Victoria is a mother worried out of her mind and is really stressed out about what to do with her son. But, she loves going to church. She reads and prays. And she wants to be baptized. So we are going to keep helping her in all the ways we can, so she can know how much God loves her and her family.

In fact, when we went to meet with her, we went to visit her in the hospital where they were taking care of a nephew. He is a little baby of just over a year old and had a very toxic and deadly infection. He had all of his body a black color where the infection was burning his skin. It wanted to leave his body in any way, through his eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. They really didnt know what was going to happen to him. When Victoria told us his name was Jesus Israel, (which sounds way cooler in spanish) I felt SUCH a peace. I knew he was going to be fine. We got to the hospital to bless him. He thought we were doctors and started to cry a bit. But he calmed down and probably realized we werent there to hurt him. We gave him a pamphlet of the Plan of Salvation to play with and we gave him a blessing. Afterwards, he was so excited and wanted to leave with us! We said by and he streched out his arms and want us to take him with us. It was SUCH a powerful and refreshing experience with Jesus Israel. I wont ever forget about that baby. What was so powerful was his innocence. How no one knew what was going to happen, but he was so happy. So excited. When we left, Elder Rosales told me that the baby looked so uch cleaner. Much more healthly, just after the blessing. Then the Sprit rushed over me and I knew the Priesthood has such power. A power that I really dont understand, but that I know is true. Because I have seen it heal. Jesus left the hospital and is now practicing walking at home. He wants to run, but is still a little wobbly :)

I know the church is true. I know that God has given us his power to bring to pass miracles in this life. Jesus Christ lives.

I love you all.

Elder Marsh