Monday, April 30, 2012

Hey mom!

Howd the week long party go in vegas!!! Im going to add a disclaimer to this email. everytime I put the dollar sign, it is a question mark. It cuz the questionmark doesnt work on this computer jaja. Anyways, Cass told me you guys had a good time! In the mission in vegas, the strip is counted to be "outside" of the mission and they send missionaries home for going there! But Im glad you guys enjoyed yourselves. But I think I had a better week ;) Well the work is moving. But very slowly right now. We had all the blessings og the Lord with all of the baptisms lately, but now we have to work hard. We had a really spiritual week and everything was great. We taught a lot of people and everyone was going to come to church. Well sunday came around and no one showed up... :( We were bummed out because they were some pretty solid people. We learned a lot about the book of mormon and the power it has to convert. Even though our investigators didnt complete, we still did our part. I feel good knowing that I learned a lot this week, and that our investigators still have next sunday to come. In our district meeting, we talked a bit about the book of mormon and its power. Something cool that happened this last week is that with a few investigators, we left a chapters to read in the book of mormon. With those commitments, they did follow through. And we saw a huge difference in attitude towards the church, learning, and completing with God. Mosiah 3 is a strong chapter. It was strong enough to help 2 different people understand the same thing. Gods love is HUGE! Very simply, he gave us the way, through Chirst to go back home. If we understand how big that love is, and what we really mean to Him, lives can change. We understand better WHY we need to go to church. We feel desirous to do what is right and follow the ONLY pathway back to him. Gods love is the same as from a parent to a child. I am amazed to see how he knows us and knows how to speak to us through the book of mormon. I learned also that if every chapter has about 25 verses more or less. And EVERY time I read the same chapter of the book of mormon with an investigator, they always understand something personal in a different verse. God has about 25 chances to get to our hearts every chapter. With about 200 or more chapters, he can teach us what we need to know. I love that book! Sometimes im tired in the morning, sometimes I dont feel like reading, or studying, but when I sit back and think about where the book of mormon came from, how it got here, what its message is, and what I have learned from it opens everything up. It talks about forgiveness. Spouses can learn from that and have a happier marriage by putting that in practice. It teaches that the spirit tells us what to do and how to be safe. Every youth can take that in account with problems and influences in school. It has everything! And part of my preaching is giving it away for free... The church is true! The book of mormon is too. I love you all and hope you make the most out the the book of mormon. Im and alive, breathing, and not dying of hunger. So dont worry mom, Im okay :) I love you. Elder Marsh

Monday, April 23, 2012

Heating up in Hawaiimas!!!

Hey everyone!!! Well I am nice a sunburnt today from a service project we did this morning. We went to help out a member put a roof up from sheet metal and it was HOT! And it is only getting started jaja. We had another baptism this passed weekend!!! A lady that got baptized my first week her has a few kids that arent members that we are working with and Aranza was baptized last friday. Her mom and step dad went to hermosillo this wekend and participated in baptisms for the dead!! So it is an exciting time for that family :) Aranza was a blast teaching because she always has a ton of energy but learns really quickly. She even memorized scriptures all by herself! We were thrilled to finally be able to baptize her after a few months of dropping the batismal dates for holidays and trips to the beach jaja. As for me, I sleep better at night with my big quilt that you sent me mom jaja. Its true, it is way hot here, but the house gets cold at night because we turn on the ac :) That is great that you guys are going to Las Vegas it is just a few miles outside of my mission :) Mom, come stop by and I can show you around! You can eat tacos with cows eyes and cahuamanta which is a soup with manta ray ;) Im sure you would love it here in Guaymas jaja. Take pictures of the ball! But cut ryan out of the pictures jaaja Im joking, its just that cassidy is porbably going to end up on that long list of people in the ward who are getting married soon... and it makes me sad jaja because she is my little sister. But in another way, I have a reason for telling people here not to call me "brother in law" because I can say to them her boyfriend is a pilot jajaja :) But that is when a member said to me "thats ok, im not jealous" jaja :) Well this passed week and the coming one, we have a lot of work to do with the ward. I have learned a valuble lesson in Home Teaching! There are a lot of in actives here because they didnt get visited after their baptism. So we are going to have to help out the ward in that aspect of home teaching visits to get things moving again in Barrio Bahia! Because right now we are running low on investigatores. But I felt great on Sunday because all of the converts that we have here so far showed up for sacrament meeting. That was cool for me because a lot of them were gone or working for what is known here as easter. I have also had the chance to see, feel, and know that we have a Father in Heaven who really does know us! We dont need to look any more than the scriptures to see that. In the Old testament, there are plagues, strict laws, and harsh punishments to keep everything together. In the New Testament, love, sacrifice, and missionar work. In the Book of Mormon, it is almost an infinate number of times that it talks about God being Merciful. So, has he changed who he is or what he does? No! But just like a parent cant raise two kids in the same way, God needs to raise his kids in a way the suits everyone. Some kids with a tough punishment, others with just talking things out. I have also come to know that he loves each and every one. Just for being a human being. The bad ones and the good ones. This church is amazing :) It is the only church that God has authorized to be on this earth. And I get to teach people everyday about it :) I love everyone at home so much, and Mom, tell everyone to chill out about the marriage thing in the stake! There wont be anyone left to hang out with when I get home jajaj. I´ll jsut have to come back to Sonora ;) I love you! Elder Marsh PS, how is the family study on the book of mormon going ?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Drumroll please....

So after nearly 5 months, getting sent to abandon, risked being destroyed, being opened TWO times, and having every single morsel of candy taken out, THE MISSION FAMOUS LOST PACKAGE OF ELDER MARSH HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!!! Im sporting the van heusen ties from the lesley´s and the nice new bedspread :) I am one happy elder. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE GIFTS AND THE LOVE! I put a few pictures of my awesome family in my scriptures. And the letters from the primary were AWESOME! But about half of them are from the Morden´s and they say that they dont know me jjaja :) But I was really happy to hear from everyone :) So in the end, it was here in Guaymas with a 15 wait period. Which I knew nothing about. I had plans on returning back on a monday to find out what I could do. The 15 days ran out and thats when it was rejected. So the whole mission office was upset with me saying that I refused the package and didnt even want it. But at last, it got here with a ton of tape that said "opened for Customs purposes". But everyone can relax now because I is finally here :) Well, Guaymas keeps on giving! We have a baptism planned this week for an 11 year old girl who is WAY smart! And she is just barely older than Claud by a few months ;) The first time we went to teach her, we left her a chapter in the book of mormon and she memorized 1 Nephi 3:7!! Her name is a Aranza and she will be entering the waters of baptism on friday at 6 pm :) We have had a pretty average week filled with ups and downs with the work, blessings, contacts, and the spirit. Elder Cabrera and I have been really blessed by the Lord and if it wasnt for him, we would be wandering in circles in this area. IT seems like every time we go knocking doors, it is tough to find people. But thats right when we find someone waiting in a part member family or an awesome reference :) My district is doing really well, too! They are the Zone Leaders and they are in a tough area. Two companionships ago, there werent any baptisms. The last companionship baptized, but had a tough time finding people. Now Elder Scott and Elder Dewey are finding ton of new people and are also being blessed. I love when my district has investigators because I love doing baptismal interviews :) And the week that I finally bring my cable to pass pictures, I didnt charge my camera!! So next week it will have to be :) I love you all so much! Elder Marsh

Monday, April 9, 2012

Happy Holy Week!!!

You wrote me just in time because I just sat down to write!

Well here in Sonora there is a very special way of celebrating what we know in the united states to be Easter. Here, it is called Holy Week. It is a two week vacation from work and from school and EVERYONE goes to the beach. To drink. A LOT! It gets so crazy that the send the Marines to make sure that it doesnt get out of hand. But there is one really cool aspect about la Semana Santa. Every day of the week they put a ton a bible movies on tv. And so one night we went to a members house for family home evening and they were watching an animated movie about Moses :) I got to see the last part when he splits the red sea and everyone passes by. It actually motivated me to study a bit more about moses and other miracles that he did. I missed the easter eggs and the chocolates, but what I am doing and learning in the mission is so much more important! 

So last week we went to the temple and it was such a beautiful experience. I learned so much and we saw a huge impact on our way of working that week. We could testify powerfully about the purpose of this life and why it is important to learn of Christ to be able to get back home one day. Unfortunately I cant give too many details on that trip, but it was amazing and needed. And it being in spanish was crazy! :)

I survived the transfer again! My companion did, too. But we got two new members. The area of the zone leaders go white washed, shotgunned, or however they called it in the states haha. I think it is called whiting here, I cant remember. And so I am here to help out the new zone leaders get things rolling here in Guaymas. It is way cool here. And very different from about every other area I have had. But I love it! There are some members that love us a lot, and we have the coolest converts here. Even though everyone is partying on the beach, there are a lot of people who treat us great. That´s what I love about this mission. Everyone loves the missionaries! :)

In my studies this week of the scriptures, I chose to look at things more in detail about Moses and the things that went on with the Isrealites. And I think I have to say that anyone who has ever had a kid knows what Moses felt like!!! I saw that it was a challange for him not to blow up and scream at everyone! the Isrealites complained and moaned at every turn, even when the Lord had spared their lives. But what I like the most was that every miracle was so simple. Now if you think that opening up an entire sea so that thousands of people could walk on dry land is too rough even for a jedi, just look at HOW it was done. The Lord sent a mighty windstorm the divided the sea in two parts. Just a huge gust of wind! Another miracle. After crossing the sea, the isrealites complain about being thirsty and not being able to drink from the bitter waters that they found a little while later. So Moses chops down a tree, chucks it it, and the waters turn sweet. And the Manna? It was just rain! And so we see that miracle can be so simple. Moses just exercised his faith and the Lord provided in very simple ways. Prophets are the best! Moses wasnt any different than President Monson. Just an ordinary prophet. can you imagine camping for 40 years with president Monson? :)

Well I will let you all know if anything else comes up about the famous mission-wide lost package of Elder Marsh. I love everyone so much! Im glad everyone had a good time for easter and for clauds birthday! I am going to buy something really cool for here here in my area :) I love you claud and have fun being 11!!! And write me back :) As for everyone else, keep on keeping on because the summer is right around the corner :)

Con mucho amor, Elder Marsh

Monday, April 2, 2012

The field is white!!!

Hello family!!! CONFERENCE WAS AMAZING!!! Every talk touched such a critcal point in our personal and family lives. Not judging or criticizing, teaching children the principles of agency, looking to the scriptures and personal revelation as the oars and sails of our lives, and, as always, the importance of having a living prophet on the earth. I hope you guys go back and study those talks, because I never learned anything from a conference talk that I didnt study afterwards.
TOMORROW WE WILL GO TO THE TEMPLE!!! We were blessed to have 5 baptisms this month and will be attending the temple tomorrow :)))) It is the first time since the mtc, in sonora, and in SPANISH! it will be so cool :)

And thats when they SHOULD give me the package as well! So I can finally see why you wanted me to have it so badly, mom, :) tomorrow is going to be such a good day. 

There were some great moments of conference this month. I loved when president monson bestowed his blessings on EVERYONE and he did circles around the room with his finger :) I love that te prophet is so much more than a living prophet, but a prophet who LIVES. He is lively and always has a joke. His young hearted examples and childhood stories help teach the doctrine in such a unique way. Learning from him that I am on the LORDS errand, and being so, I amd entitled to the LORDS help when I do what is right, went straight to my heart. I KNOW that our prophet really does receive direct revelation for everyone. All over the world. We arent like the little toy boats from his talk. Without rudders, sails, or captains. Free to come and go with the current. No, we have all of those tools to make our way though the troubles, because out Father in Heaven loves us and want us to succeed!

Being here is the best decision I have ever made. A mission call is the BEST calling of the whole church, and I only have a few months left! Thank you so much my wonderful family for your love and support and all that you do. KEEP READING THE BOOK OF MORMON AS A FAMILY! Dont stop reading it, no matter what. The spirit will be more present in our home if you keep it up. 

I love you all and I will be praying for you in the temple tomorrow. Be good everyone!

Elder Marsh
From Hawaiimas haha thats how everyone says guaymas here because its like the beach part of sonora :)