Monday, July 9, 2012

Week 21- Letter #22

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 2:38 PM ¡Familia! ¿Como estan? Its pretty wierd to think that I already have 5 months seems like not much time ago that I was at home leaving for the mission. Time has definitely flown by. I would like to go to the temple but we cant go because it is not in our mission boundaries. This week was a little wierd because I had 12 weeks with Elder Camarillo and we changed on Monday. His name is Elder Andrade. He is from Tampico Mexico area. He has 15 months in the mission and lots of baptisms. We went to M and V's on Tuesday, but only M was there. We talked with him about the questions for baptism. He passed with all of them except that he is not married. We are still trying to work with them to get married. We also talked with 2 families of less actives. They said that they would be going to church on Sunday. On Wednesday we had another meeting with the Mission President as a zone. He said that we are going to be changing so that we will be having every lesson with a member and that we would be focusing on helping the less actives and looking for references and to focus on them too. References from members are important because that is where most of the baptisms come from. He said that we would not be contacting anymore until October. He also said that if we don't have a ward mission mission leader and a ward council that we might be moved out of our area. So I might be moved because with our little assistance to church we don't have members that can take these positions. But this doesn't start until next week. Thursday we looked for more less active members and invited them all to the church on Sunday. We also asked them why they weren't coming anymore. Friday we went with one of the members from the ward to look for more less active members. We had some success but a lot weren't there. Saturday we found a new investigator that we are hoping will be able to keep the commitments that we give her, but she goes to a different city every Saturday and Sunday where her mom lives. We also helped someone paint their house and clean the house too. Sunday we didn't have any less active members or Investigators but we are going to work even harder this week so that we have some. I have a question- Where is Jacob going for his mission? I hope that all turns out well this week. Les amo, Elder Corbin

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Week 19- Letter #20

Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 3:30 PM Hola familia, Te llamo Michelle! Excelente! My pants are working out great! It actually says on the pants machine wash cold but I didn't see that... haha. About every week we sweep and mop. We don't have a vacuum though, or carpet. Normally no cleaner just water. The lady with the bread business did agree to pay tithing. I am not sure if the business picked up or not. We almost always walk. I think only one time we had a ride. haha. We got our gas fixed and so now we have a stove. We made pizza on Thursday and it turned out awesome. I normally eat cereal though. I also bought Nutella and crackers for another option. I haven't received the package yet but I think it will receive it in like a week or two. Thanks for the package. Yeah the change of companions was only for a day. I am still with Elder Camarillo but we change permanently on Monday. Well for a person like you described I would start with the restoration and work through the other lessons, meanwhile giving her commitments that will help her personally. M and V are not married. This is the thing that we are waiting for. After they are married they can be baptized. We are hoping that they will begin to have a desire to be married. They have a 3 year old and a 1and a half year old. Yeah the bed that I have my feet just dangle off the edge. Tuesday we had a lesson with M and V. We talked about the Commandments, and lesson 3 the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They took it pretty well and understood it pretty well. Wednesday we had an appointment with M and V too but they had to go. So instead we went to a part of our area and contacted. On Thursday we went with some less actives and some recent converts and shared some scriptures and made pizza. On Friday we talked with our Bishop about what we could do to better the ward. We also found 2 new investigators. One of them plays the saxophone for work and travels to USA for every weekend to play. Saturday we went and did some service for someone in the ward by mopping and sweeping a house. We also went and talked with a recent convert. Its weird to think that this is the last week with this companion but we will see how it goes with the other one. Adios, Elder Corbin

Week 20 - Letter #21

Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 6:20 PM
1- We bought protein 2- Studying and my preparation for the day. 3- My first Zone 4- Me in front of the entrance sign to Torreón. Hola, Im glad things are going good, and I will keep dad in my prayers and that Utah and Colorado get rain. This week was the last week with my Trainer Elder Camarillo. On Tuesday we went to a couple less actives in the ward and talked about how their testimonies could be strengthened if they do things like read the scriptures, pray, and go to church. They accepted it pretty well. On Wednesday we had divisions. We went and visited with J and shared a message with him. After that, we Contacted and then we went with M and V. We talked with them about some of the commandments like the law of chastity, tithing, and fast offerings. We asked them if they would live this law and they said they would. On Thursday we went with one of our investigators and talked with him about the plan of salvation and how it helps us. On Friday we returned with M and V. We talked about The word of Wisdom and The Sabbath day. They accepted to live those too! We finished the day by contacting. On Saturday we went with some recent converts and helped them with cleaning their house. We mopped and swept. After we helped them make tamales! It was really hard at the start (for the first hour, haha) and after that I was able to do them much easier. Afterward we went with other less actives. On Sunday we went to church and M and V were there. They are beginning to gain strong testimonies and I cant wait to see them join the church! Sunday Night we received a call that Elder Camarillo was going to go to Zacatecas and I was going to stay in my area, and that Elder Camarillo would be leaving early Monday morning. He left this morning and I picked up my companion Elder Ändrede. I love being a missionary and am very grateful for the opportunity to serve. I know that this is the true church and that we are on this life to be tested and we will receive consequences. I am so grateful for my family and I love all of you. Pues hasta proximo semana. les amo, Elder Corbin