Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Time Just Keeps Flyin' (Week 51)

      Another great week in the books! This week was good we really saw a lot of progress in some investigators. We taught the family Gonzalez Zarco about the Word of Wisdom and they have a lot of difficulties with that haha. But the lesson went great! They all committed to stop drinking coffee and we took the coffee and sealed it up with tape, haha. So that was really good and then they went to church yesterday too! And the family Torres Cello got confirmed! I have just been filled with joy being able to be in the service of the Lord.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well I have been listening to a lot of conference talks and also reading them lately. And also with the passing of our prophet, Thomas S. Monson, I have been thinking a lot about prophets. We are so blessed to have prophets in these latter days. As we follow the prophets we can be closer to our loving Heavenly Father. President Eyring said in his talk “The Lord Leads His Church”, “Jesus Christ is the head of the church in all the earth. He leads His church today by speaking to men called as prophets and He does it through revelation. He gave revelation to his prophets long ago, still does, and will continue to do so.” How cool is that. This church is directed by Jesus Christ. We are the church of Jesus Christ. We must listen and appreciate the prophets and their teaching because it is from Jesus Christ! It makes me so happy and so sure that this is the true church of Jesus Christ because we have a prophet and 12 apostles. I know with all my heart that Jesus talks to his prophets so that we are happy and know what we need to do to return to live with our Heavenly Father. The authorities of the church are people prepared and called of God. I love listening to them and learning more about our Savior Jesus Christ. I love you all!
               
Con Amor, Elder Herman

p.s Sorry I don't have pictures :(

Thursday, January 4, 2018

One of the Best, Hardest Years of My Life (Week 50)

      Wow, wow, wow, how crazy 2017 is over! This year has been one of the best, hardest years of my life! In 2017 I left my family, friends, and home for 2 years to serve the Lord here in Mexico! And man it has been a crazy ride. I have become familiar with a new country, learned a new language, and the best part, I have grown so close to my Heavenly Father. I have had the best time of my life helping other people come unto Christ. I have been pulled out of my comfort zone and have relied on Christ more than ever and I testify that he does live and loves every one of us. I am so grateful for all the ups and downs of 2017 to help me be a better man and an instrument in the Lords hands. I have met many amazing people and seen lives being changed by the true restored gospel of Jesus Christ. This year has been tough. It has been a time of tests and challenges and a time of improvement. I can never thank God enough for the life and opportunities He has given me. Also some achievements of the year. Haha, I used the same toothpaste, shaving cream, shampoo and soap the whole year! Making everything last baby! Also the other day I was wrestling with my comp and got a rug burn on my eye..whoops!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well the Bishop here sent me a text Sunday morning to see if I could give a talk. He asked if I could speak on the Plan of Salvation. It is honestly my favorite thing to talk about. I love being able to know this great plan that God has given us. We need to always remember that our purpose here on this Earth is to be tested and to progress, with the goal to return to live with our Heavenly Father again. Our Father in Heaven shares the same goal as us. He wants us to return to His presence. We accepted this plan and are now in the time of trials. When we talk about the eternal life we need to remember we are already in the second stage of this life. We have already passed through the pre earth life. We must prepare to meet God again and now is a perfect time to be setting goals and seeing what more we need to do in this life. What do I lack? We must help God so He can help us. Set goals and later show them to God so he can help you achieve them. Just like the Brother of Jared did. He had a problem and asked the Lord what to do and the Lord said “What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels?” God wanted him to figure it out. He wanted a plan and then the Lord would do his part. The Brother of Jared went and prepared stones and asked the Lord to touch them so they could have light in their vessels. That is what we must do. We must present God with a plan and He will later give us light in our vessels! I love you all so much, thanks for everything! QUE TENGAN UN PROSPERO AñO!!
               
Con Amor, Elder Herman

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Presents! (Week 49)

Elder Hernandez and Elder Herman
      What an amazing week! One girl this week was convinced that I was a model, and then we met this crazy Christian guy who was SOOO drunk, and he said a prayer yelling at God telling him to bless us, and he was touching our faces and kissing us, then banged the ground yelling, it was kinda freaky. Definitely one of the most interesting experiences of my life. We have also been very blessed and a lot of people let us in their house while contacting! It has been awesome. Then Sunday was just amazing! The baptisms of the family Torres Bello! The Dad is a member and moved here about the same time I got here, then his family came and they weren’t members, so we have been teaching them and they are so great! The baptisms were very special. It was amazing seeing how happy the Dad was seeing his whole family in the waters of baptism! It just makes me soo happy! The Dad compared his happiness to seeing a triple hamburger, hahaha. And then we got to talk to our families! Man I have an awesome family. I love them so much. It is crazy I have already been away from them for about 1 year! It was really good for me to see them and it made me even more motivated. I could see how fast time has gone and I know that the next year will go by faster. And don’t worry everyone, Tayson is still playing baseball everyday. J And man I love Chilpa. 2 families came and brought us food last night for Navidad! Que bendicion!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      What a great time of year. The time the whole world celebrates in unity the birth of a Savior and Redeemer of the world in Jesus Christ. How grateful I am that God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son so that I can have eternal life. Mateo 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” If it wasn’t for Jesus the Christ I would have to live in my sins forever and would never be able to be in the presence of my Heavenly Father again. Thanks to Jesus Christ I have an example of what I need to do and what kind of person I need to be. Thanks to his teachings I know how I can return to live with my Father in Heaven again. Thanks to Jesus Christ I can be happy in the highest of highs and the lowest of lows.  I love my big brother so much, He suffered so much for me and I will never be able to pay Him back! I love you all so much. I hope you all had a merry Christmas!!

Love, Elder Herman



Baptism!

CTR Rings for the baptized family and missionaries.


Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It's Not Beginning To Look Like Christmas (Week 48)

Food and Fun!

      This week some cool things happened. So first there is an awesome family here that takes care us of real well! Their daughter just got back from a mission and they said they didn’t have enough money for a Christmas tree this year, and they are super festive! So Monday night we went and bought them a tree and surprised them with it, it was super cool! I LOVE CHRISTMAS. Me and Elder Hernandez have progressed a lot together and are getting closer so that’s good. We found an amazing family who is really prepared. I hope they progress! The Dad says he wants to find God and he contacted other missionaries. When we were teaching them he also got chills so we explained it was the Holy Ghost and then invited him to be baptized. They accepted and the lesson was very powerful! I love being a missionary! Also changes are tomorrow, but we are staying the same here in Chilpa! I’ll have 6 months here and I am so excited!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Man I love life. It is super hard but I am so grateful I understand why I am here. We are here to progress, to be tested, and to have joy! I like the scripture in 3 Nephi 12:48 a lot. It says “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect”. That is the goal, to become perfect. We will never reach perfection here on this earth, but we must try! We  must progress. It makes life fun! It makes life a challenge! But most of all it makes life worth it. I like to think about an ice sculpture. You start with a big ol block of ice. Its ugly. Then you start chipping away and making it pretty. We are like the ice and God is the sculptor. He gives us tests to break off chunks so one day we can be an amazing, perfect, ice sculpture! But its not easy. We always have to be reading the scriptures and finding things to get better at. We need to repent and grow. I really love this life and I love the Plan of Salvation and am so grateful to have this knowledge! I love you all so much, keep on pushing on!

Con Amor, Elder Herman


Sharing Christmas!

The Missionaries.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

WHAT A WEEK! (Week 47)

Elder Wegner & Elder Herman
      Wow, another amazing week. I love the misión so much and now time is flying! I am already coming up on a year mark! But some highlights of this week. Tuesday we had a Christmas “devotional”. We played minute to win it and just had fun all day! Broke piñatas and Presidente ven le tus watch Elf! Then they gave us some awesome Christmas presents! I really love President he has made the misión a lot better! He has been really creative, and also yesterday we had a big Light The World activity with 5 zones of missionaries in one place contacting the world! We were in a central park and a whole stake of members were there. There was a choir and a ton of balloons with lights on them and the little Light the World cards, and people wrote messages to light someone's world! A ton of speakers and screens showing videos, it was unreal! I went in the middle of traffic just handing out Light The World calendars to all the cars that passed, haha, it was fun! President was even contacting everyone! Also Campestre, my first área, was there! SO I saw a ton of them and talked to them all, haha it was cool cause I could actually talk to them well! And my first convert, Laura Oyuki, was there staying strong! They are gonna get sealed soon so I hope I can go! It really was a special day! And also Ana Isabel got confirmed! It made me so happy to be able to see her confirmed a member of the true Church of Jesus Christ. And the primary program too, man how blessed am I! It made me cry but only a little! Cause there was a family of investigators there and the kids participated so it just made me real happy to see them already involved in the church! God is good!
Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well this week I have been reminded how blessed I truly am. Gratitude is something that always makes me happy. I have realized that I have been on the misión for a while now and just looking back and seeing all the opportunities the Lord has given me just makes me want to explode with joy and love!! I can’t express the happiness I have had and will have thanks to my misión! It truly is the best 2 years. J I love you all so much thanks for supporting me! Remember to be grateful and thank God for all he has given you! Que tengan una bonita semana.

Con Amor, Elder Herman


Merry Christmas from Elder Herman






Elder Hernandez & Elder Herman

Monday, December 4, 2017

I Love the Mission (Week 46)

      This truly was an amazing week! A ton of things have happened! First off Light The World started! So day one was “de gracias recibisteis, de gracias dareis” (freely you have received, freely give), so we went to these train tracks and gave a ton of clothes to these homeless people. It was super cool. Then Saturday was “tuve sed y me diste de beber” (I was thirsty and ye gave me drink), so we went to the train tracks again and gave everyone water bottles! It is really awesome being able to help others and participate in Light The World! The ward has also been awesome in supporting us and helping us! Then Sunday was the baptism of Ana Isabel, but she had to make it to church on time, so Elder Hernandez and I did splits with members to be able to go for her and other investigators. The family I went for wasn’t home so we got to the church and Elder Hernandez showed up and wasn’t with Ana Isabel! So we were all bummed cause she wouldn’t be able to be baptized. But then a member came running out and told us that she was already in the church! So that was a miracle! She came all by herself! Then after church we went out with some members and contacted everyone we saw. It was really awesome! But then the best part of all! The baptism of Ana Isabel! It was so special! The members here are awesome and there was a lot of people at her baptism and the spirit was so strong. She cried when she got baptized and you can just tell she felt the spirit! Then after we went and ate with them, haha, they had a mini party! But this week really was great it is good to see all the hard work and fasting pay off! God is good!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well in these times of Christmas I would like to talk about service! Remember to look at the calendar and watch the videos of “Light The World” so that everyday you can serve someone else and light the world! Preach my Gospel says “One of the greatest blessings of membership in the Church is the opportunity to serve. When we give loving service to others, we are serving God. When we are baptized we COVENANT to give such service.” I love the word covenant. In the church we make covenants with God. Or we make agreements with Him. We accept to live His commandments and He promises to bless us with happiness and eternal life. Mosiah 2:17 “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.” Man I just love God so much and it makes me want to love everyone, so that I can serve Him more! God has given us all so much it is our duty to repay Him and be instruments in His hands to help other people, or His other children, and our brothers and sisters, to be happy! I love you all so much and I hope you all can light the world everyday this month!

Con Amor, Elder Herman  


Elder Wooten & Elder Herman

Monday, November 27, 2017

Ilumina tu Mundo (Light the World) (Week 45)

      Welp, a pretty crazy week here in Chilpa. First off, one of our investigators Belen, whose husband is a member, had a baptismal date for the 24 of December, cause that’s when their son completes 8, so they would get baptized together, said she wants to get baptized sooner! So she and her daughter might get baptized this week! And then we went with Ana Isabel and she said she wants to get baptized this Sunday! So we are seeing some miracles here. I am always reminded that this is the work of the Lord and he is always here helping us do his work. And fam Torres, who we found last week, all went to church this week and liked it a lot, so thats good. We are seeing a ton of progress here in Chilpita!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week I would like to talk about 1 Nephi 8, the visión of Lehi. So Lehi partook of the fruit of the tree of life and had great joy, and his family also, besides Laman and Lemuel. They were led to the tree by the iron rod. We always need to be focused so that we are following the iron rod, because many times in our life we will pass a mist of darkness and be tempted to fall away. 1 Nephi 8:23 “And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceedingly great mist of darkness, insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way that they wandered off and were lost.” Let’s not be like the people who got lost when trials and challenges happened. We need to be strong and endure to the end. Verse 24 “And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught the rod of iron; and they did press forward through the mist of darkness, clinging to the rod of iron, even until they did come forth and partake of the fruit of the tree.” We need to always be clinging on to the iron rod so we can always be partaking of the fruit that is desirable above all other fruit and fills our soul with exceedingly great joy!  But also beware of the people in the great and spacious building who don’t want us to partake of this fruit. Who mock us and try to make us fall away from the iron rod. I can testify to all of you that life truly is happier holding on to the rod and following the straight and narrow path rather than doing the easy thing and falling away in the mist. I am so grateful for scripture passages like this that help us be guided and find strength. Always remember to do the simple things, read, pray, and go to church! If we do these 3 things constantly we will always follow the straight and narrow path and be able to partake of the fruit of joy and happiness! I love you all so much. I am so grateful to be serving the Lord! Les amo!

Con Amor, Elder Herman