Monday, July 9, 2018

Explosions in Tultepec (Week 77)

Smoke from the explosions from the fireworks factories.
       This week was a good week! Yesterday we had a cool activity that we planned with the ward! We had jeopardy, charades, and some other games to build more unity! Everything was connected to the gospel! A lot of members showed up so that was good! The bishop was really content with how well everything went! Also this week we found a new investigator named Reyna. She's awesome! She hurt her knee a while ago and hasn’t been able to walk well so she hasn’t worked which means she doesn’t have money. We went to read the Book of Mormon with her and asked if she needed anything and she told us that she hadn’t eaten anything all day. So thankfully there's a little store on every corner here in Mexico and we bought her food! It was really cool and then we read with her and she ended up going to church yesterday, wahoo!!
Spiritual Thought Of The Week
       Last Monday we did a family night with Freddy and Rebeca and we talked about patriarchal blessings, man those things are cool! As I was thinking I thought that our patriarchal blessings could be blessings that God personally gave to every one of us before we were born. Thinking of it like that made it seem even more special. We come to this earth and forget everything, but God gives us a chance to have our personal blessings given to us again here so we remember them. Patriarchal blessings are a road map in our life and they also give us a lot of motivation to endure to the end and be obedient to achieve all of our blessings. It reminds me how much my Heavenly Father loves me and I love reading my blessing to be able to study my personal scriptures. I love you all and hope you all can study your blessings often! Have a great week!
Con Amor, Elder Herman
Celebrating the 4th of July in Mexico!

Elder Herman's former landlord came for a visit.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Party With the Pres (Week 76)

      Well another good week down here in Tultepec. Sorry that I didn’t write yesterday, we had our BBQ with president and didn’t get home in time! But man it was so fun! We ate sooo much meat and President's house is so nice, so it was something new, haha. And they decorated their house with Prados stuff for our zone, so that was sweet! But this week we had some cool experiences with finding new people. First off Yael's sister told us that she wants to be baptized now too! She's 9 and she's such a cutie! So we are excited for that and we are going to work for the 14th of July! Also, Yael's mom has been progressing so much lately! She's super active and goes to everything! And the other day she presented us to one of her friends! You can really see a difference in her and can see how living the gospel really makes us happier!
Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well this week I have felt a lot the love of God. As I have learned to put all my trust in him I have been able to see more miracles and be a lot more optimistic. I have also seen that I am a lot more content with the things that happen cause I know that I just need to obey and everything will work out how it needs to. As we obey we can trust that God will bless us in the best ways. I like the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21 that’s says “There is a law, irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundations of this world, upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we obtain any blessing from God, it is by obedience to that law upon which it is predicated.” When we obey we receive blessings. So when we obey we can trust in God that He will complete His part and bless us. We must trust God and His will. Sometimes we need to be patient to be able to see the blessings, but they always come! I know God loves every one of us and we are His children. He wants to bless us, we just have to obey! I hope we can all put all of our trust in God and see how much He really does love us! Que tengan una buena semana!
Con Amor, Elder Herman
Prados Zone celebrating at the Mission President's Home.
Elder Call & Elder Herman

Mission Secretaries, Elder Herman, and Elder Call
with the 8 baptisms they had in their zone last week.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Miracles in Prados (Week 75)

Elder Call, Manuel, Elder Herman
Ok craziest week of my whole misión. It all started on Tuesday night. We were talking with President and we told him we were going to baptize a lot this week and end with 13 baptisms in the zone for this month. He told us the standard is 14 and a zone has never completed the standard. So he told us to try getting one more baptism. Well lucky enough we had some investigators that were going to get baptized next week. We decided to see if they could get baptized this week. There names are Maria (mom) and Manuel (son). So we went to see them on Wednesday and they said it was perfect and that they will get baptized on Saturday, wow! Then Thursday we were going to do their interviews. So we went to pass by for them and the mom wasn’t there….She had left and we didn’t know when she was going to get back. So we went with Manuel to the church to do his interview. Everything went well but then we heard that Maria had been robbed and they stole her phone. She sent someone to tell Manuel to go home. So we went with Manuel to his house and then his mom got there. She was so sad and down because of what had happened. He tried comforting her and asked if we could do the interview but she refused. She said she felt really bad and her head hurt. So she kept saying another day but we couldn’t another day! I offered to give her a blessing of comfort and she accepted. After the blessing she changed completely! She said her head didn’t hurt anymore and she felt a lot better and started smiling more like she normally does! So cool! Then we asked again if we could do the interview and she said yes. She told our district leader that after today she didn’t want to be baptized. Whatever we were going to tell her she was going to say another day but never do it. But now she was 100/100 sure that God wanted her to get baptized. Then Saturday. So we were amazed because we had seen so many miracles happen this week so that we could complete the standard. In almost every area something happened that scared us but it always ended well. But then Saturday at 2 Manuel calls us and says they are out of town….and they aren’t going to be home until tomorrow so they wont be baptized today.. what? We couldn’t believe it. We refused to believe it. Then they didn’t answer again cause there phone died. Great, what do we do? Well lets fill up the baptismal font! At this time I had never felt so discouraged, sad, and just like God had humbled me to the ground. In the church we said so many prayers and started a fast. We went and saw Yael who got baptized last week and they live in front of Manuel and Maria. We ended with Yael and Manuel and Maria were in there house!! So we ran over and talked to them! Maria was acting kinda weird and ended up saying “later” about her baptism. Great. And Manuel, she said that he could decide and he said that he wanted to be baptized today! VAMONOS! So we went to the church told everyone about the baptism and it was like 7:40 at night so we called our President cause we were going to get home late and he said “who cares baptize him!” haha So we went and the baptism turned out great. It was a very spiritual experience and this whole week has made my testimony grow so much. We just need to trust in God and everything will work out! We are now the only zone in our mission that has completed the standard of excellence! I know that as we put our faith in God and act he blesses us and we can witness miracles. We saw it this week everyday. I love you all and hope we can always put our trust in God and see the amazing miracles that He works!
Con Amor, Elder Herman

Monday, June 18, 2018

Good Week (Week 74)

Elder Call, Yael, Elder Herman
      Good week! We got to see the baptism of Yael Santillan Solano! It was a very good experience. We sang some great primary hymns and his mom also was able to be there! Yael is awesome and said an amazing closing prayer! He is a good example to others as well and is always wanting to do the right. I gave him the famous HLJ (CTR) ring and explained it to him and he says he is never going to take it off! He is now part of the squad, haha. We also went with an investigator named Hugo. Freddy talked to him about the church when he was putting in a new tv network and he is golden! We taught him about baptism and he was really excited, but he's not married. So we talked to him about that and he said it was in his plans, but he wants his wedding to be like a movie. So we got really excited telling him that after he gets married by the law, and 1 year after their baptisms, he will be able to get married in a castle for time and all eternity! I love temples! So he is really excited and has been coming to church the last 3 weeks! Man I love this gospel so much! I love helping other people know of the amazing blessings that God has given us!
Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well this week as a mission we fasted. I have a lot of trust in the power of fasting and I know it works! We also went with Omar last night and we are going to fast so that he can receive an answer for when he should be baptized. I know that God will see his effort and bless him with an answer. Fasting is something we can do when we need something specific. We ask for specific things, put in our part, and then we see miracles! It is something simple but that is hard enough to be worth it! Geez, God is good! I love being a missionary and helping others come to Christ! I hope we can all call on the powers of Heaven and receive the blessings we need and that God wants to give us!
Con Amor, Elder Herman

Monday, June 11, 2018

Milagros (Week 73)

Elder Call and Elder Herman
      Wow this week went by fast! My new companion Elder Call is awesome. I am so excited to be with him! We are already working so well together and seeing miracles. But sad story.. Tuesday when we were at transfers the grandma of Yael called me crying and said that Yael's mom wasn't going to let him be baptized. This was 5 hours before the baptism. It killed me man, it made me so sad. But it was his birthday, so we went and gave him a cake and some candy. Yael is the sweetest boy, he was so sad, but when we got there and gave him his cake he got really happy. Then last night we went and did a family night with them and his mom was with us. She is a member but she's just inactive. So in the family night we talked about the armour of God in Ephesians 6. Then at the end we asked the mom about Yael's baptism and she said this Saturday! Wahoo! So that was a tender mercy and his mom's pretty cool and needs our help. Freddy was there with us and he gave her a blessing and she started crying. It's great using the priesthood! Then another miracle. We went with Jesus this week and reminded him of his baptism and he said he is ready for this week, on Saturday also! Whattt?! So we are hoping for 2 baptisms this week and about 9 as a zone! The most we have ever had in a whole month. So we are looking to make history! I am so excited!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
       This week I'd like to talk a little about what we talked about in the family night last night with Yael and his family. It starts in Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Then in verse 12 it says “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Then it goes on to talk about the armour we should put on. It is so important that we have this armour to be able to overcome spiritual wickedness. Day by day we are challenged and tempted and if we are not ready he will attack us where we are weak. We must strengthen every part of our armour and we will overcome everything. Then in verse 18 it talks about prayer. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit. And watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” Prayer is a power that we must always use. I hope that we can all be strengthening our armour so that we can win this battle here on earth. Our Heavenly Father has sent us to fight and has also given us what we need to come off conquerors. I love you all so much! Always remember to do the simple things!

Con Amor, Elder Herman

Transfers (Week 72)

      Transferssssss! Well I am staying here in Tultepec! I am going to have 6 months here! Haha. 1 year and just 2 areas, crazy! Elder Passeri is leaving and Elder Call is coming and its funny cause Elder Passeri trained Elder Call! But he is a really good Elder. He has trained and been district leader his whole misión. He is from New Mexico so another gringo! And well we worked with Yael a lot this week and he has changed a lot honestly! He is only 11 years old but wow! His grandma bought him pants and a white shirt to go to church and he was excited for that! He already passed his interview and will be baptized tomorrow! So we are excited about that! Also this week we could have 7 baptisms as a zone! So that would be awesome! I am really excited for this transfer, I am going to make it the best of my misión!
Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Last night we had a family night with Edgar and Rita and a lot of other people, it was great. First off, I love Edgar and Rita so much. They are awesome! They got baptized in December and are really strong in the church! But we talked about the importance of putting God first in our lives. We had lemons and dirt and they had to put it all in a cup. The thing is if we put the dirt first, then the lemons, its doesn't work. We have to put the lemons in first and then the dirt. In our lives we must put the important things first, like the góspel principles. And then we can put in the dirt, like things of the world. If we put things of the world first we cant fit all the important things. But if we put the important things first like the principles of the góspel everything fits! There is a scripture in 3 Nefi 13 in verses 32-33 that says “For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have a need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” If we seek God first everything else will come. We must have the faith sufficient! Sometimes we trick ourselves with putting the dirt first and about 3 lemons fit, but it doesn't all fit! Be careful because that stage is dangerous and it tricks us. I promise you all, that life is much better putting God first. I have seen it in my misión! I love you all and hope you can all seek God first and see the blessings that you will receive!
Con Amor, Elder Herman

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Mission Life (Week71)

      Wow what a week! So we saw some miracles this week and that's always a good time! First off, Monday night Freddy introduced us to a guy that put a different cable company in his house (this guy knows the importance of missionary work). And as we were teaching him I just got so many chills it was crazy, and we invited him to baptism and he accepted! It reminded me that God really does prepare people to listen to our message! Then another day we were knocking on doors, and its been kinda tough lately with the people, but I said a prayer so that the next 8 doors we knock on they would all accept us to come back another time, and boom, 6 in a row accepted us! Not quite 8, but man that was really cool too! I know this is the work of the Lord and that he is the one that works the miracles. Also we found a part member family and there is a kid that is 10 years old, and he came to church this week! He wants to get baptized on his birthday on June 5th. So that's really good!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Lately I have been studying the scriptures a lot better, and I have definitely seen a difference! I got a note book just for scripture study and I am learning a lot more! I have such a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon, and have seen in my life, when I really read it to learn, I see a change in my life. I remember when I started reading the book everyday, my life truly changed. I always testify to people here that if they just open the book and read at least 1 verse a day, they will see a difference in their life. It is something that is so simple and easy that we just don't do it sometimes. When we read the word of God we have the spirit with us more and we are protected against the opposition. If we stop reading everyday we are vulnerable to so many things. I love the Book of Mormon and it has blessed my life so much. It has been my protection. I hope you all are reading at least 1 verse a day to show God your love for him and to receive the blessings that he has promised us.

Con Amor, Elder Herman