Monday, September 11, 2017

Chillin' (Week 34)

Elder Herman & Elder Rogel
     Well another good week but honestly nothing too amazing happened like it has been. Well actually ya something happened, haha. So we were looking for an old investigator and when we knocked on her door she was so excited to see us and told us she has been thinking about the church and that she was watching videos on the Mormon Channel and found one on baptism and being reborn. She has investigated the church for like 3 years but just hasn’t been baptized. She said she already has a testimony and knows the church is true. She has had a lot of trials but she says she wants to be baptized for real! But she has a problem with coffee so she's working on that and we hope we can help her enter the waters of baptism! Also got to celebrate my birthday a little and we baked a cake my mom sent me! So that was great. Thanks mom!



Spiritual Thought Of The Week
       Well this week we have been trying to focus on helping our investigators receive answers and to know if our message is true through the power of prayer. And well it applies to everyone in any situation! I love the scripture in 3 Nephi 18:19-21 it says that we should always pray unto the Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayer is a commandment of God and we should always be in communication with Him. He loves us and wants to hear from us! Then a promise “whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you”. I sure hope everyone is taking advantage of this promise! Prayer is such an important part in my life. I don’t know where I would be without this communication with my loving Heavenly Father! I love this work. I love my Heavenly Father and I love talking to Him! And I love all of you! Tengan una buena semana.
                                                                     
 Con Amor, Elder Herman​​​​​​​​

The birthday package arrived a little late, but Elder Herman was finally able to celebrate his 20th birthday!


Monday, September 4, 2017

Don't Let the Bed Bugs Bite (Week 33)

Bed bugs and itching for over a week
can't get Elder Herman down!
      Wow what a week! Haha. So my birthday was Wednesday, it was a good day kinda, haha, not really but a good experience! So remember the “rash” I had last week. Well we found out I had bedbugs in my bed and they were just eating me alive…Honestly I didn’t think those things were real, but from now on I am going to take the saying “don’t let the bedbugs bite” more seriously because, trust me, its not a fun time! This week we had the opportunity to have a 70, Elder Pino, at our Zone Conference. It was awesome! I learned a lot and got reminded of how blessed I am to be a missionary! Also we had an awesome experience again! So we were knocking on doors pretty much all day, and earlier was tough, no one listened to us and just rejected us. Haha someone even threw trash in my face. But we just kept on knockin' and we found someone that listened to us! They even let us in!!! So we were talking and she said she normally wouldn’t have listened to us but her dad is a member and about 4 days earlier her dad told her that if “Elderes” knocked on her door to listen to them. So theres the first wow. Then we kept talking and she said that the night before she had prayed to know if God was really with her and if He would give her an answer. Boom next day we show up! So the second wow. Then during the week we had another appointment with her and she had read and prayed and she committed to a date and she came to church with us! Third wow. WOW! So amazing! This is the Lords work!

Spiritual Thought Of the Week
      Well opening the area and not having much to do and not knowing many people, we have had to do the work in the streets and knocking doors. It has been tough. But I have definitely seen the hand of the Lord in His work! Usually the days are way tough and no one listens to us and we are exhausted from just walking all day and a little discouraged cause no one listens to us. But I have seen every day, when we keep trying and trying the Lord gives us something to be excited about. God wants us to be happy, He also wants us to work. Just like any Father, He wants us to succeed, but He wants us to learn. You could say my Dad's pretty Christ-like cause he has always made me “figure it out” and because of that I have learned how to do a lot of things, but one of the best lessons I have learned from that is I have learned how to work. And it is the same with our Heavenly Father. He doesn’t want His kids to be lazy and not do anything. He wants us to “figure it out” and the best way to figuring things out is on your knees in prayer and then getting to work. But it’s also easy to get to work, but what happens when something doesn’t go our way? Well we need to keep working to figure it out and God will bless us for our efforts! I love this work so much it is hard but so worth it and I love every hard time because I learn so much! I love you all Siga adelante y cuidado con los chinches  (Go ahead and watch out for bedbugs)

Les Quiero Muchisimo! 
Elder Herman 



Bed bugs are "no bueno"!



Miracles (Week 32)

Hello family and friends. 

      Another crazy week here in Chilpa. Fist off I’m allergic to something cause I have a rash all over my body that itches so freaking bad. So that sucks. I think it was the soap I used to wash my clothes and then I had to use my clothes all week.. I’ve just been suffering a little. But we have seen quite a few miracles this week and it has been awesome! My comp and I have been working really hard on inspired goals. On Monday night our family night bailed so we didn’t have anything. So we went to what we know best and contacted all night, haha. We said a prayer that we could find someone that would accept us who lives in a yellow house. So we went knocking on the doors of every yellow house. Man it was one of the hardest 3 hours ever. No one accepted us, literally, it destroyed me, but we just kept on going knocking. I knew the Lord was testing my faith and I knew he would help us. But at the end of the night we only got the information of 3 people and none of the them were too interested. So I was a little bummed and discouraged. The next day we get back to it, knocking on doors and contacting. We knocked on a door and a woman came out and said she didn’t have time but we were persistent and kept talking. Turns out we had a nice 40 minute chat and a good ole return date! And as we were leaving we realized she lived in a yellow house! We went with her later in the week and she has a lot of questions and I hope she will progress! But I know this is the Lord's work and He will always help us! Maybe not on our time, but His time, which is perfect! Ether 12:6 “for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith”.

      Spiritual Thought Of The Week
Well I already gave a spiritual thought kinda, but I gotta keep the “Spiritual Thought Of The Week” alive. So I just want to tell you all that I love the mission so much. It has changed my life and I am so grateful that the Lord has so much trust in me to allow me to talk to His children. It truly is a life changing experience! I love you all so much!

Con Amor, Elder Herman


Chilpa
Chilpa

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Opening an Area (Week 31)



Elder Rogel, Elder Herman, Elder Passeri, and Elder Wegner
working hard in Tepalcapa.
      What a week! So at transfers I figured out we are opening the ├írea. There weren’t Elders here for about 2 months, then some other Elders came for 3 weeks, but one got sent home. So we don’t have much. We even had to start with a new phone and no contacts. So this week we have been doing a ton of contacting and we’ve gone with some members to help us know the area a little bit. My companion is Elder Rogel he just finished his training. Funny thing is that he used to live in the stake that we are serving in (Tepalcapa) but then moved about 2 hours away and got called back on his mission, haha. But he is a good Elder! Doesn’t do many things on his own, but I like the work, haha. Also Elder Wegner became a Zone Leader this transfer and he happens to be my Zone Leader! With my other favorite missionary Elder Passeri from Argentina! He was my first Zone Leader in the mission and we share a church with them. So I am pumped about that also! The ward is amazing. So many member missionaries that are so excited to help us! Every time we eat with a family someone comes and helps us. Yesterday we went with a member to her neighbors and were able to set a baptismal date with them and the member invited them to church and everything! So I am way excited to be working here! Also last night we had a family night with a member and a less active. This girl has been through a lot! She’s been a member for a while. She knew the church when she was 16 but her parents didn’t support her so she couldn’t be baptized. Then later  she got baptized and was going to institute and she met her husband, an ex missionary. But then he went a little crazy and left them with nothing. Then she got diagnosed with cancer. So she couldn’t afford to get to church anymore. She said the hardest loss was her scriptures. So we gave her a Book of Mormon and she just started crying. She said that it is her time to return and the members are helping her a ton! Tender mercies like these make me love being a missionary so much!
 

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well this week I’m gonna keep the spiritual thought short cause the first part is long. So I just wanna testify that this truly is the only true church in the world. Restored by the Prophet Jose Smith. I got the opportunity to knock on a lot of doors this week and I decided to focus on the restoration. Just like the missionaries when the church was starting, declaring that God has called a prophet and the same church Jesus Christ established is on the earth again. Well I love being a missionary. I love all of you and I hope you all have an amazing week!

Lots of Love from Mexico,

Elder Herman


Tepalcapa
Elder Rogel and Elder Herman

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cambios! (Week 30)

      This week we contacted a lot of future investigators, so that’s good, cause we kinda ran out of investigators. haha So we contacted a bunch and now have a lot of new appointments this week. But nothing too exciting going on here in Huehuetoca. But I am being transferred to Chilpa! It’s going to be more city life and my comp told me it’s dangerous, so hopefully I will have some cool stories! My new companion has a little less time than me in the mission and has been in the area for 4 days because of emergency transfers, so we will pretty much open the area. I am really excited! This change with Elder Ortiz has been kinda tough, but I have learned a lot and am really motivated to be better this transfer!


Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week for my studies I have been studying one chapter of scripture everyday and I have learned so much! One of those chapters that I love is Mark 10. This chapter is full of doctrine! But I love the story of the rich boy who asked Jesus “Good master what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” and he responded “thou knowest the commandments”. Then the boy says he has kept all of them since his youth and Jesus says “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come take up the cross, and follow me.” The Lord is always asking us to make sacrifices and it is hard. Sometimes we may do what this boy did and “go away grieved”. My favorite part about this story is the Lord has made this promise with us too. If sacrifice is a part of our lives “thou shalt have treasure in heaven”. Our treasure on earth seems really nice but can you imagine the treasure that is waiting for you in the heavens? I think the treasure up there will be better and last a lot longer! All we have to do is sacrifice temporal treasures so we can have eternal treasure. I’m pretty sure that’s a fair trade. Let us take up our crosses and follow our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that we will all be blessed more than we can imagine! I love you all so much, thank you for all the support!
                
Con Amor, Elder Herman 




Elder Herman's adopted dog, Jimmy, she's a girl.  Haha.
It's hard to say goodbye.



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Two Baptisms! (Week 29)

Elder Herman, Jamelyn, Itzel, Elder Ortiz
      Welp we didn’t really have a productive week this week. We had interviews with President and that took up the whole day then Elder Ortiz has some knee problems so he had to rest up at the house. But the good news is we had 2 baptisms! Itzel and Jamelyn. It was a very special experience! Something interesting is that they are both scared of water and one of them has a phobia so it was a little hard getting in, haha. But they are amazing and already have testimonies of the church! It’s so cool to see progress in the people we teach. Our first visit with them they didn’t know who God was and they didn’t say a word, but now they are amazing! The young women have been very good to them too. It's good to know that they are in good hands. Also, Tuesday we had some good ole intercambios and I went with good ole Elder Schiess! We had a great time!



      Spiritual Thought Of The Week
This week I have been thinking a lot about repentance and how amazing it is! Everyone commits sin, but thanks to Jesus Christ and his atonement we can be clean. I believe that repentance is one of the most important things you have to do to gain a testimony in Jesus Christ and have desires to be better. Thanks to the fall of Adam and Eve we have feelings, and we can progress. If you never feel sad how will you know what joy is? Sinning is not fun. You feel guilty and you have less of the joy of Christ in your life. But once you repent you feel free and are closer to Christ, therefore you can enjoy the joy that he has! This is all part of the great plan that God has for us. We sin everyday, repentance isn’t just when we break a commandment or something big it’s a daily thing. This has blessed my life so much! Every night kneeling in prayer asking for forgiveness of all the sins I committed in the day, and I feel so much better and ready to attack the next day. If we truly repent we turn away from our sins and do them no more. Our desire to follow God grows stronger and deeper. Nobody is ever lost in the fold of Jesus Christ. Ezekiel 34:12 “As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” We have all fallen into dark and cloudy places. But the Lord will seek us out and deliver us out of all the places where we have been scattered. No one is ever too far in the hole to be saved. Through the mercy of Jesus Christ you can be saved if you have the desire. You must knock first then you will receive. I love you all so much! Siga adelante!

Con Amor, Elder Herman​​​​​​ 


Elder Schiess & Elder Herman


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Temple! (Week 28)


Elder Herman at the Mexico City Temple
      WE MADE IT TO THE TEMPLE! The temple is without a doubt my favorite place in the world! We didn’t go in 'cause we had investigators, but the visitors center was amazing! We got there and there were some sister missionaries that took us on a tour and taught our investigators. It was so amazing. We went to the famous statue of Jesus Christ and there was an audio and man it was so powerful looking at the statue and listening to Jesus Christ talking to you. Not gonna lie, I cried a little bit. But ya, wow! It was so amazing! The spirit there is so strong and I know our investigators felt it too and they are excited for baptism! Also we got a family to do baptisms for the dead for the first time! And with one of our converts, Dany! She was baptized about a month ago and she had a real good experience in the temple! Her mom, Daniela that got baptized 2 weeks ago, could have gone and done baptism too, I don’t really know how that works, but she didn’t 'cause she had her baby with her, so she hung out with us.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week I just want to rant to you all about how great the restored Church of Jesus Christ is! There is not one doubt in my mind that this is the only true church in the world. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and saw God the Father and Jesus the Son. Through the restoration we have the fullness of the gospel and the authority and priesthood keys of God. The church is so incredibly amazing I can’t express it enough! I love living the gospel every day. I can testify to everyone that the gospel is happiness! I like being happy, therefore I love the gospel 'cause it brings me so much happiness! I want everyone to try to get as much of the gospel in your lives as possible. The verse in 1 Nephi 8 verse 12 explains exactly how I am feeling. “And as I partook of the fruit (the gospel) thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.” I along with many others have partaken of the fruit and I can promise anyone that if you truly live the gospel and make the gospel a part of your daily lives, you will be so happy! Everyone wants to be happy and there is a way! Study your scriptures and be in constant conversation with our Heavenly Father. As you partake of the fruit you will be filled with exceedingly great joy! I would also like everyone to take advantage of having temples so close to you and just go to the temple grounds and feel the spirt that is there! I love the gospel so much! I love being a missionary and I love all of you! I hope you have a great gospel filled week!

Con Mucho Amor, Elder Herman 



Elder Ortiz and Elder Herman