Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Mother's Day (Week 69)

      Well this was a good week! I hope all you mothers had a great day with lots of love yesterday! It was great being able to talk to my great family and I love them so very much! The next time I see them will be in the airport. How crazy is that! But ya, good week, haha. We had some cool experiences contacting. We knocked on a door and a lady came out really mad kinda and said “Aw I already know you guys you just want money.” I was like, uh no. So we offered her service and asked if there was anything she needed and she said she needed tortillas, so we asked where the closest tortillería was and went and bought her a kilo of tortillas. She obviously didn't know the missionaries, cause she was not expecting that we really were going to bring her tortillas! So when we showed up with tortillas she was in shock, haha, she changed completely and accepted us. So that was cool!
Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well this week I’d like to talk about enduring to the end but with faith.  Many times we are faced with opposition and we get discouraged. But that is part of life, we need opposition. Like it says in 2 Nephi 2:11 that it is necessary that there is an opposition in all things. I have seen many times in my misión where things are not going my way and it would be easy to throw in the towel. But I always find that God always blesses me with something to be happy about and to motivate me to keep on pushing on. The scripture in Ether 12:6 defines my misión. “I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” We must act first with faith and then we will see miracles happen. Its like in exercise or when someone is learning a new thing you must struggle learning to be able to learn and move on. I know our Heavenly Father love us so much that He let us come to this earth to figure things out and to struggle a little and see that when we have faith everything turns out well. I love His plan and I love Him. Have a great week!
Con amor, Elder Herman

Monday, May 7, 2018

Ministering (Week 68)

Elder Passeri & Elder Herman
      Well what a week! The president of the área of Mexico came and talked to our whole misión! He taught us about ministering and it was really cool! I’ll talk about that in my spiritual thought. J Also this week was a little crazy with everything. A lot of stuff happened, haha, but we are also doing good in the área. Edith and Jackeline came to church for the first time so that was real exciting! We are focusing a lot on daily goals and it has helped so much!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Ok, well I am PUMPED about ministering! We must minister as Jesus ministered. Elder Pieper told us what it means to minister. He said that ministering is taking care of other people in the way that Christ would, and to help satisfy spiritual and temporal needs. Some principles to ministering are love, spiritual guide, and to find the needs of others. If we can apply these principles to the people we minister to we will be able to minister as Christ did. I love this church so much and I know it is perfect. It is always getting better and we as members must be able to complete what God commands us. Have a great week of ministering to everyone!
Con Amor, Elder Herman

Package from home.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Ups and Downs (Week 67)

      Well.. got some bad news the other day…Lucero sent us a text saying that her parents aren't going to let her get baptized and that she had to drop everything….So thats really sad and tough. We feel so bad for Lucero cause she is sad that she won't be able to get baptized. But we prayed a lot for her and her parents and yesterday we ran into them in the street, haha. They stopped and talked to us and we got to put another appointment to see what happened. So that was disappointing, but we are hopeful! Then Omar was going to get baptized next weekend also, but he says he's still not ready and wants to talk to his mom about it all.. So it was kinda a rough week, haha, but all is well!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Something I have learned on the misión is that we must accept the Fathers will. Many times we find ourselves, in our lives, disappointed because things don’t always go our way, then we get upset. If we could learn to accept Gods will, and if we could completely understand that what he has planned for us is much better than we could ever imagine, we would live life much happier. We will always have our expectations, hopes and dreams. But we need to put those to one side and think about what God wants for us and what God has prepared for us. As I have been able to do this I have been able to see more clearly why I am going through trials. I can see what God is trying to teach me. I can see farther than just the now and see the way that God is making me a better person. When we accept the will of God we are at peace and we are comforted. We all must go through trials so that one day we can be perfect and have the same glory as our Heavenly Father. It is not a cheap experience, but it is worth it. I love the example that Jesus gives us of accepting the will of God while he was suffering in Gethsemane in Luke 22:42 “Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.” And also in John 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgement is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.” As we follow the example of Jesus Christ, and realize that we can do nothing ourselves, and accept the will of the Father we will be happier. I love you all so much and hope you have a great week!

Con Amor, Elder Herman

Monday, April 23, 2018

Changes (Week 66)

      This week was good! So the biggest news is that Lucero told us that she got her answer and that she wants to be baptized wahoo!! So that is really exciting. And this week are transfers! I am going to stay here in Tultepec with Elder Passeri haha so we don't change, but pretty much our whole Zone is going to change. So it will be a good adventure. But this week we had a week of miracles and had 4 baptisms. Oh, and they gave us a new touch phone! But its nothing too special and we cant do anything new haha.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
       So this change we were really focused on having faith. Having faith that our investigators would progress and that we could have more success. And this last week we could see the results of having more faith! We could see miracles and as a Zone we had the best numbers we had ever had in the Zone! I love the scripture in Mark 9:23 “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” A lot of times God sends us trials to see if we really believe. He puts us in situations where we have to believe in things that are unseen. Like the example of Peter walking on water. What a miracle that he could walk on water. He walked because he had faith and then he had a trial and lost the faith and sunk. We too can “walk on water”. But first we must have faith and act. We must jump off the side of the boat with faith, knowing that with faith we can do all things. I know that I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. I am so very grateful for this great gospel we have that is perfect! I hope you all have a great week full of faith! Les quiero mucho, cuídense!

Con Amor, Elder Herman

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Count Your Many Blessings (Week 65)

Package from home makes a happy Elder!
Love that smile!!
      Well started the week off on Monday running to get home on time and it was raining and well..I fell hahaha, so that was funny! And I ate it right in front of a guy walking on the sidewalk and I was so embarrassed! Then this week, well nothing too new. On Saturday we fasted with Lucero and Alondra so they could get an answer that they need to be baptized and that was good. They are awesome! They have been coming to church every week and going to mutual too!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well this week was kinda hard, but man I am so grateful for hard times! I love having challenges and being able to get closer to my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for the Plan of Salvation and that I know that God has this perfect plan made for me, so one day I can return to live with him and my family forever! In my study journal there is a part in the back that is a gratitude journal and I love it! How important is it to be grateful! Whenever I have hard times I start thinking about the blessings that God has given me and it makes me feel a lot better. Like the Hymn “Count Your Blessings” says “when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done” this is one of my favorite Hymns and I know it is true. It is very important that we are grateful for what we have and that we always remember the promises that the Lord has made with us! I love you all and am very grateful for every one of you and I hope that tonight you can count your many blessings and name them one by one! I promise you will feel a lot of joy and you will feel a lot better!

Con Amor, Elder Herman

A little bit of Mexico.

Damage from the fall.

Monday, April 9, 2018

It's Great Being a Missionary (Week 64)

​​      Another great week in the work! This week my comp and I have been really focused on Preach My Gospel and wow it is an amazing guide. Our investigators are progressing really well and we are hoping for a couple baptisms real soon! Lucero and Alondra are 2 teenagers that are awesome and already seem comfortable in the church. But the only problema is that their mom is really Catholic, and well, she gave them permission to get baptized, but they feel like they are letting her down kinda. But they are great. Then also yesterday we had a lesson with Omar and he is so cool. He has been going to church for a while now, but yesterday he told us that he finally received his answer and he started crying, it was really cool and a good spiritual momento. So we are very happy for him!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well this week I was reading a talk and I loved it! It talked about how we as missionaries (and members too) must be worthy. We must be worthy of the Holy Ghost so that he can guide us in all things. Using the scripture in Helaman 4:24 that the Spirit of the Lord does not dwell in unholy temples. For us to have the spirit we must repent. We, as disciples of Jesus Christ, must be repenting everyday so we can be worthy of the divine companionship of the Holy Ghost. And when we have the Holy Ghost we know that we are worthy and repented. D&C 97:8 “Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice-yea, every sacrifice which I the Lord shall command-they are accepted of me." We should strive everyday to have the companionship of the Holy Ghost to guide us, comfort us, and to give us joy! I love you all and hope you all are becoming closer to Christ everyday, repenting, and following the spirit! Que tengan una bonita semana!
Con Amor, Elder Herman

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Lord is Hastening His Work (Week 63)

What a great weekend of General Conference. Also...we got to see Coco! The 70 wanted all the missionaries to see it so we could use it in our teaching. Man what a great movie! It was really cool comparing it to the góspel truths we know. It shows how there is a spirit world, a Paradise where they are happy and remembered and a spiritual prison where they are getting forgotten. It shows us the great importance we have to do family history and temple work. And one of the most important is that families can be together forever! I loved the movie, it was great! And I will use it a lot here on my misión. Also General Conference, wow! A lot of changes. I love how the Lord is hastening his work in its time. Man I love being a part of the true church of Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
Where do I start. I guess I’d just like to share some parts of the conference that called my attention. I liked the talk by Lynn G. Robins that talked a little about failure. Failure is a key ingredient to success. He used some examples, like when someone is learning something new, like playing the piano and learning a language, they mess up a lot. It is part of learning. He talked about how when we fail we must not lose enthusiasm, and that is so important in this life! When we fail we must repent and not lose the enthusiasm, we must understand that failure is not the end and it is part of our progress. I also really liked Larry Y. Wilsons talk about the typhoon and how the man prayed and asked what he could do instead of a normal prayer that we usually do and just ask God to fix it all. This example made me think a lot about how we are really instruments in the Lords hands and must act for him sometimes. Many times we can be the answer to someones prayer and God works miracles through us. But many times we also just pray that God will do it all or that someone else will do it. And our great Prophet Russell M. Nelson talked about personal revelation. Something that really stuck out to me was that after we pray and look for guidance we need to give time to listen to our Father, and even write down answers we receive. Thats something I want to start doing! Writing down my revelation more so I can be an instrument in the Lords hands and act. There were so many great talks and I can’t wait to study them more and apply them in my life! I hope you all had a chance to see conference and receive revelation. We are so blessed to have a Prophet in these days to guide and lead us. Our Prophet knows the way back to our Heavenly Father, we must follow him! I love this church so much! I love our dear Prophet Russell M. Nelson and every Messenger that God has sent us to guide us towards Him! I love the misión and I love life! Have a great week and remember to apply what the Prophets and Apostles have taught us in your lives!
Con Amor, Elder Herman