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

Monday, May 21, 2018

Baptism! (Week 70)

Elder Herman, Tabata, and Elder Passeri on baptism day!

      This was a good week! Tabata got baptized and confirmed so that is good! Finally had a baptism wahoo! She is really cute. Her whole family are members but she completed 9 years so we got to baptize her. We taught her how to say cheese in English and when we want her to smile we tell her to say cheese and she smiles real big haha, she's a cutie. Elder Passeri baptized her and I got to confirm her it was really cool. We also had Zone Conference so that was good. And now we can listen to EFY music wahoo! So we have been jammin' out to that lately.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
       Well yesterday I was studying the scriptures and was reading the famous Mosiah 2. This is a great chapter in the Book of Mormon that talks about serving others and how when we serve we are only in the service of our God. I love verses 23 and 24. “And now, in the first place, he hath created you, and granted unto you your lives, for which you are indebted unto him. And secondly, he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?” I love this so much, it is so true! God gives us EVERYTHING! And we owe him a lot! And then when we obey his commandments he blesses us even more! So we owe him even more! We must be grateful for the overflowing blessings that he gives us. And we must give him credit as well because, well “what do we have to boast?” nothing just our God that is in Heaven! I love my Heavenly Father so much and I am so grateful for all the things he has given me in my life. I know that when we are obedient to his commandments he blesses us even more than he already has. I love this gospel and I love living it! Have a great week!
Con Amor, Elder Herman

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

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