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 visiĆ³n 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

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Una Buena Semana Pues (Week 44)

Elder Herman is happy to be a representative of Jesus Christ!
      This week was really awesome we saw a couple miracles! We found an awesome family whose parents got baptized like 15 years ago, but moved and lost contact with the church. The Dad saw us in the street and started talking to us so we went to his house and he has 3 kids that aren’t baptized . But when we got there they all told us they wanted to be baptized. It’s a really cool family and I am really excited to help them enter the waters of baptism! Also this week someone in our apartment building died so everyone was sad. We are teaching one of our neighbors and he asked us if we could give a little message to them and some other people in the building. So we taught 3 of the 8 apartments, haha. We are going to make everyone Mormon! And 2 came to church! Man this week was really great, we also had Zone Conference and it was honestly the best one of my mission! Our mission is progressing a lot and I am excited to see where it goes!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week I read a talk about opening the heavens by Elder Yoshihiko Kikuchi. It is a very good talk about how we can obtain power and answers from the Heavens. It says we all need a "sacred grove" so that we can get away from the world and ask for help from God. Just like Joseph Smith went to a grove in 1820 early in the morning to look for answers from God. We need to go to a place that is calm and quiet so we can be alone with Heavenly Father, so we can talk to Him and we can listen to the answers He gives back to us. Prayer is such an important tool that God has given us and we must take advantage of it. We must build our relationship with Him so He can give us strength and guidance here on our earthly journey to happiness. I love you all so much and hope that you can all find your "sacred grove" to talk to God in peace! Tengan una buena semana.

Con Amor, Elder Herman 

Good times, good friends!

Good food.  : )
Mission Fun

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hola (Week 43)

      Another good week in the books here in Mexico! Well, so this week was changes and they opened 2 areas in my District, so now there are a lot of missionaries that I get to talk to, its great! Wednesday we had our District meeting and the assistants came. It was good! This week we have had a lot of success finding people and found a couple of families. We found one family who I really think and hope that they will progress. Gerardo (dad) and his 2 sons Sergio and Mario. Gerardo said he is willing to do anything to help his kids. Mario is kinda lost in drugs but wants to change his life. They were really interested in the Book of Mormon so that’s a good sign! We haven’t had a baptism here in Chilpa so I have been wondering what I can do better or differently, I think this change we will have a couple! But if anyone has advice or some tips, throw them my way!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
Showing off his new mask!
      This week I have been really focused on goals. Goals are SO important to set so that we can have a vision of where we want to be and what we want to achieve. We have to have a vision of where we want to go in this life or we will just go where life takes us, and who knows where that will be. In Preach My Gospel there’s a quote by Elder Ballard “I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our full potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in his life.” I, like Elder Ballard, am also very convinced that we must have goals so that we can push ourselves to achieve not only what we want, but also what the Lord wants. Elder Ballard also has an amazing talk on goals called “Return and Receive” I definitely recommend it! I invite all of you to look at your life and find what you want to achieve and who you want to become and set goals to help you on your way. We are only here on the earth for a little time, so we might as well make the most of it and get to work! I love you all so much! Have a great week!

Con Amor, Elder Herman

The District

Elder Hernandez and Elder Herman

Good Food!

Friday, November 10, 2017

Feliz Halloween (Week 42)

A little Halloween fun!
      What a week! Tuesday had intercambios with Mira Azul then got home for like 30 minutes and went to Ciudad Labor with Elder Wegner! It was super fun! And here in Mexico they do like the “trick or treating” November 1st so it was super fun with Elder Wegner. Two white guys out on Halloween, haha. It was funny cause no one asked us for candy, and then some people gave us candy, and everyone came and asked for candy, haha. We were emptying our pockets. When the kids ask for candy they sing a song “Mi calavrita tiene hambre, hay un dulce por ahi?” Then yesterday had a cool experience. We were going to visit a future investigator and we went and found him outside on his porch smoking. He told us his sister had just died and he was sad so we were able to share with him the Plan of Salvation and also talk about the atonement. It was really awesome except for the fact that all the smoke from his cigarette went right in my face and I could barely breath, but it was so worth it. He said it comforted him and it was a really cool moment. To see that the Lord really does send us to people who 
                                                                                                 need to hear his message in the perfect time as well.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Saturday me and my comp had a really cool experience. In the morning we studied about consecration in our thoughts and actions and the Holy Ghost and how important it is to follow all of his promptings. So we left the house and went knocking on doors. It was unreal. We knocked on like 6 doors and everyone accepted us! And we were able to teach 3 of them. It’s because we truly were focused and had the right intentions. It’s like hitting a baseball. If you take your eye off the ball (God) you will miss. But when we are focused on what is important we can find the sweet spot and hit the ball. It is so important that we are always focused on whats right in all our thoughts and actions. Preach My Gospel says “Your mind is like a stage in a theater; in the theater of your mind, however, only one actor can be on stage at a time. If the stage is left bare, thoughts of darkness and sin often enter the stage to tempt us. But these thoughts have no power if the stage of your mind is occupied by wholesome thoughts, such as a memorized hymn or verse of scripture that you can call up in a moment of temptation.” I really like this because it is so true! The more our mind is blank the more Satan will fight to enter, but we can get rid of temptation whenever with a scripture or hymn! I know these things are true and I know this is the work of the Lord. I am reminded of it everyday! I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Love, Elder Herman  

Elder Herman & Elder Wegner!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hola (Week 41)

      Well this week was good. We focused on Rosa Maria and her family a lot this week. She said she wanted to be baptized the 4th of November (this Saturday that’s coming up) but she didn’t go to church yesterday so she can’t get baptized until after Sunday. So that’s a bummer, but on the time of the Lord she will get baptized. But it’s super cool to be able to teach them, they are literally golden! They’ve had so many spiritual experiences and their lives have truly changed! It just makes me so grateful to be a missionary and be able to be an instrument in the Lord's hands. We have seen a lot of people start to progress so we are looking forward to this next month! I really love this area a lot, the members are awesome! Even though I think yesterday was the first time we started sacrament meeting on time, haha.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week I have been studying la caridad y amor (charity and love). These Christlike attributes are so important! Moroni 7:46 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, if ye have not charity, ye are nothing, for charity never faileth” Here we see that if we don’t have charity, well, we are nothing. Charity is one of the most important things that Jesus taught us. The first commandment is to love one another, and charity is the pure love of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 13:4 it explains really well what charity is. “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up” I think this scripture explains my mom perfectly. She has definitely suffered long when I was in the house being a crazy teenager, but has always been kind. I think the envieth not is really important also. I feel like my mom has always been happy with what she has. I am very grateful to have a mother who is full of charity! She has taught me by example all these years and hopefully I will be able to be charitable as she is and as Christ is. Les quiero mucho! Que les vaya bien esta semana! Exito! (I love you very much! Have a good one this week!)

Con Amor, Elder Herman


Monday, October 23, 2017

God is Good (Week 40)

Elder Wooten & Elder Herman
      Wow folks what a week! Started off with intercambios in Mira Azul. It’s a pretty cool area! I was with Elder Wooten and we got to find some pretty cool people. Best part is that there is a street called “Calle de Hambre” there’s just a ton of food all along the street, it’s amazing! But a couple days ago we got to see a miracle! So in the morning I said a prayer to find someone in a yellow house. We went knocking on doors and had a little bit of success but not too much. Then we needed to leave, but I saw a yellow house at the end of the street. So I went to it and the door was open and it was a papeleria (stationary shop) so I walked in and talked to the people then just started preaching! It was a daughter and her mom. The daughter seemed interested but the mom not so much, but later we found out that the mom is friends with Rosa Maria! So we talked about that and told her to talk to Rosa Maria about our message! And she opened up a ton. Then leaving she gave us a soda. Our Heavenly Father answers prayers when we pray with faith and do our part! I have seen it time and time again here on the mission! Also the progress of Rosa Maria and her daughter Laura is going great! They both came to church and loved it! The only problem is that Laura isn’t married but living with a man. So that makes it a little hard. But she’s figuring it out and the Lord will bless her! Also I got the opportunity to baptize an 8 year old kid! We found his mom in my first week here in the area. They were less actives but now they have been coming to church lately and the kid wanted to be baptized, but his Dad couldn’t do it so they asked me to. It was a very special baptism just to see the joy and excitement that was there!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
       This week I would like to talk about the Holy Ghost. Something that is so amazing that we have. The 3rd member of the Godhead is given to us after baptism. That’s pretty dang cool! God communicates with us through the Holy Ghost because it is a spirit and can enter into our bodies. On the mission I have come to know the spirit pretty well, but I would like to know him more! It is amazing to see the miracles you see when you follow the spirit. The spirit has many functions. One thing I have come to love is that the spirit is a comforter. In life we need some comfort a lot! When I have felt discouraged or lonely or anything I know I can pray to my Father In Heaven and he will send me his comforter. John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” After baptism we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and also when we partake of the Sacrament we are promised that we will have the spirit to be with us. God loves us so much he gave us a God to dwell inside of us! Man I love this gospel so much! I am so grateful to be a missionary and to help other people come unto Christ. I especially love all the chances I have to become more like our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ. I love you all so much,  que tengan una bonita semana! (Have a nice week.)

Con Amor, Elder Herman

After the baptism.