Monday, June 18, 2012

FELIZ DIA DE LOS PADRES!

HOLA!! Happy dia de los papas!!! Im glad to know that you guys had a lot of fun and that everyone went to the house to eat. What did you guys give dad?? I reallydont know of any new technology that has came out that he probably already bought for himself jajja. but happy fathers day dad, and I love you!! Thank you for all the lessons about working hard, but having fun, too. I think it was your love for your own mission that made me love mine so much. And learn so quickly the language :) It still isnt perfect but im working on everything I can. being good with my comp, and working hard in my area. Thank you dad for always being the example for me. So I am now a year and a half into the mission! I really cant believe im closing in on the last six months of my mission... things have turned out great. everything according to plan. but not my plans, of course jaja. I dont feel the difference. I dont feel experienced. I dont feel like so much time has passed. but I guess I will see that change and that progress after the mission. Sometimes I feel like I am exactly the same. and yes mom, exactly in the sense that I still talk a lot! I just think that now when I talk, I only talk about the gospel, and in some way I can help somebody out. but I stil talk a lot and Im still obnoxious :) I supose I just have good things to say now. something cool happened this week that I couldnt beleive it has taken me so long to realize. The bishop in this ward is SO cool! we always end up chatting with him about great stuff. he taught me a really valuble lesson this last week. He said that many times we get to the mission and we see the success of others. there are leaders, APs, trainers, good missionaries, bad missionaries, and a ton of other things that we start to use to compare ourselves. to think that one missionary has more or less success, so god thinks or helps differently that person. but the bishop said that once we get over that habit of judging and comparing ourselves, and jsut getting to work for the LORD, that is when we really have begun. with a ton of baptisms, or very few. everyone is individual. we cant compare oursleves. but we can take what is good from other people and apply it. jsut when we have in mind that that doesnt make us better or worse. as you all know, I love it here. EVERYONE should serve a mission! it is the best, and it doesnt even matter that we are already over 100 degrees! okay, that does matter a little bit and its one thing that I wont miss here jajaj :) I love you all so much! Im short on time but I will write more later. elder marsh

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Another week down!

I hope no one got hurt yesterday because I couldn't write! That was due to the zone meeting we had yesterday. the whole city of obregon and navojoa joined up to see president for the LAST TIME!!!! this is his last transfer and he will be leaving :( they are going on the 29th of this month. everyone is pretty sad... but changes are meant for us to grow. We will soon have a new president who his just coming with his wife! they are older and wont be coming with any kids. pres velez says that he has a lot of experience. it is kind of exciting, but sad at the same time. but we had the chance to hug sister velez as she said bye to everyone! that was really cool and something we didnt expect. I love her so much! she kept good care of me mom, and always got on to me for stuff, just like you would ;) but we might be going to the temple soon so we will probably see them again before they head out. ANYWAYS! the work continues. and the heat rolls in! we are at about 41 celcius which is about 195 f. I realy havent gotten the conversion down but above 40 c is about 100 f. well, we had a baptism this passed week and elder ruiz and I were very happy! he is one of the best companions I have had and we always have fun together. But the area has been rough... we felt really blessed this week to baptize, even more from the way we had to work for it. nothing like the good old fashion faith! :) I would like to share with you guys something that pres told us yesterday. he was talking about how in this like, we convert ourselves in many ways. from bad to good to better and to saints. we move from each one of the steps only by means of the atonement. its different for everyone, but an example is stop smoking moves us from bad to good. being baptized moves us from good to better. and a lifelong dedication to the church, missionary, AND temple work make us SAINTS. President told us that there are people who have attained so much in question of blessings and knowledge of the lord that they simple cant be touched by sin or transgresion. only if they let themselves, but with so much to lose, they would even think it. The prophet is an example. president said that if you want to go shake the prophets hand and you go looking for him, everyone is going to direct you to his own bishop! no one can just simple walk up to the prophet. the adversary cant so easily attack him either. if men like the prophet and his apostles are the leaders in missionary work and in guiding the church, how blessed are we to know that they can never lead us astray! we will ALWAYS be blessed by following the prophet. it is our task, too, to because saints, like in mosiah 3:19 so that satan cont move us either. imagine if every father was truly a saint. the priesthood really would be magnified. I think our dad has done a good job so far :) I love you all and hope this can help someone out. I will drink lots of water and I will put sunscreen on every day := until next week, elder Marsh

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Hooola!!!

another week down and it has been CRAZY! it has been a very rough time on the mission to this point.... Dont worry. mom Im alive and im still living in a house. I even have a bed! Im not sick, well, ya I do have a cold, but nothing deathly. i get along with my companion and the ward here is really big. (big in the sense of Sonora is 80 people on sunday). but the thing is, the work has been SO tough... It has been a little weird. I havent taught or found as many people so quickly in all of my mission as I have here. in these passed two weeks we have taught a ton of lessons and found almost 15 new people. including a family of 6!!! but no one has gone to church. no one has read. no one has prayed. my companion said that in this area, they were giving about 4 lessons A WEEK and there were no new investigators. he told me it was that difficult and that trying. I got here and there wasnt anyone to teach, and just a few families that my companion had met. but no one progressing really well. so, we went to work. from one week with 4 lessons, we ramped everything up and found a ton of new people and we are giving about 20 lessons a week. thats 5 times more work! the zone leaders were thrilled, because the other elders in my district are working hard too. but the thing is, the numbers dont count if no one progresses. if no one goes to church on sunday, it doesnt matter if we gave 4 lessons or 40. so after working like crazy these last two weeks, we are just tired. wiped out. I was thinking that we were drowning here. I didnt know what we were going to do... I have never prayed so hard in my mission to find someone new who really wanted to come unto christ. we fasted this weekend too, like always... and on sunday, everything was answered. we were teaching a couple, who were just living together, and having kids, but never being married. ( a very common problem...) but im not going to put names for what was going on. they had been together for 4 years, but fighting, fixing things, wanting to be married, but then fighting again. its because he has a few problems. with drinking, and because he is already married! so he needed to get divorced to be able to marry again. When I got here, they had just had a big fight, of which I cant include all the details. but they were done. about a few days later, they were in love, AGAIN, and this time wanted to get married so that they could be baptized together! well we were amazed and started letting everyone know! the man was going to get divorced lasted tuesday, and we were going to get them married that same day. tuesday came around, and the wife of the guy didnt show up... everyones heart had broken. my companion and I were lost. we had no idea what to do, because they needed to wait even more time to set up another appointment, and the change is already halfway done... we stopped by their house and read a part in the book of mormon. we told them that if they remember god, he would help them get through their afflicitions. so sunday came by. she came to church, but he never showed up. not a single one of the 15 people we had found came either... worn out, crest fallen, and hungry from our fast, ur investigator came up to us after the sacrament meeting and we found the answer to all of our hard praying and the huge blessing for having put our part for the lord. She said that he police came and took him to jail! he had drunken again, and she called the cops. she threw all his stuff outside the house, and filled a consent to not go near each other. she said that she realized everything that was going on and knew that it just wasnt right. she told us she just wants to be with her daughter and that she wants to prepare to be baptized on saturday! we knew that in that very moment, everyting had gone according to the LORDS plans. it was a BLESSING that they never got married, or the problems would have been worse. we thought that everything fell apart and that somewhere we were going wrong. but through faith, fast, and prayer, the lord really did bless us. and I can honestly tell you all that I didnt have a true testimony of what is a fast until this sunday. and Ill never forget what happpened. I think it was one of the most spiritual events of all of my mission. The lord really does watch over us, take care of us, bless us, and try us. and he listens. now can you all see why I dont want to go home? because this is my life :) I love you all so much. Oh, and I sent pictures! some members lent us bikes here and mine came with the virgin mary sticker. she has kept me safe on my adventures ;) I love you all! we wil talk next week elder Marsh

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