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.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Time's Flying (Week 39)

Elder Herman playing catch for the first time in 9 months.
      What a week! Started off great. So on Tuesday we went with an investigator named Carla. She is awesome and has been telling us she would go to church for a couple weeks now. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she was so interested and happy. She accepted a baptismal date and then came to church yesterday wahoo! Then later the most powerful experience of my life. We went with Rosa Maria and her family. Rosa went to church last Sunday and her daughter wanted to but couldn’t. They both read Moroni 10:3-5 and both prayed after. Laura, her daughter, was SO excited! Like literally she was so happy and smiley. She shared her experience how she prayed and after she felt something, but like really strong peace and said she has been feeling different since and a lot better! And her mom said she has seen a change in themselves and that after she prayed she had been feeling so much better from experiences that have happened and all. Her cousins died in the earthquake and she felt really bad, so she has been going to a psychologist. She was going to go yesterday cause she was feeling really bad, but then after her prayer she felt fine and ended up not going! I could see the spirit working in them. Right when we got there they were just so happy, I almost cried tears of joy! Experiences like this make all the rejections worth it! I love being a missionary! Haha. Also had a slumber party on the ground! But it’s not the same as sleeping on nice soft carpet, like at home, haha, the tile is pretty hard. Also a little tender mercy, I got to play catch today! First time in 9 months! Man how happy was I!  : ) 

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well from this experience I’d like to talk about the power of the Book of Mormon and prayer. I got converted through The Book of Mormon and prayer, and now seeing other people doing the same, and being able to help others, just makes me so happy. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and when we open it and read it everyday we have the spirit with us and we can know without a doubt that this is the true church by reading it and asking God. Just like it says in Moroni 10:3-5. I’d like to invite you all to read these 3 verses and ask God if this is true or not. Even if you already know it's true. I have done it a couple times and every time I do I am assured that I am in the true church of Jesus Christ. I love you all so much and I love missionary work! Cuidense mucho les quiero.  (Take care. I love you.) J

Love, Elder Herman

Sleeping on the hard tile floor.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Life Sure Is Somethin' (Week 38)

Elder Hernandez & Elder Herman 
      What a busy week. I don’t think I have ever been so busy in my life! We are running everywhere trying to make all of our appointments! Don’t worry though I am not complaining! We have found a lot of people to teach lately and now we are just trying to get them to conversion! On Saturday we went with a girl named Ana, she is awesome. The last time we saw her was about 4 weeks ago cause after the earthquake she went to help. But when we got there she said she had read some of the Book Of Mormon and said that she feels something while reading it! She was saying it’s like other books, but you can feel the difference between the Book Of Mormon and any other book! So we were really excited about this and she has been doing awesome! Also got a sweet new camera that’s a touch screen and has filters so I am pretty happy! And only 800 pesos! J

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Well I would just like to share my testimony that I know that we are never alone and the Lord always helps us. Knowing where I am now and what I am doing is crazy compared to where I was before my mission. I have grown so much. I have given myself to the Lord and He has made me an instrument in His hands. When we turn to the Lord we will always make weak things become strong. “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then I am strong” 2 Corinthians 12:10. I know that first we must be weak and then when we turn to Christ He makes us strong. “Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever”, Alma 26:12. I am so grateful for the scriptures that help me everyday of my life! I know the church has been restored by a Prophet, Joseph Smith and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to declare this message to the people of Mexico! I love you all so much cuidense mucho!

Love, Elder Herman

Elder Wegner & Elder Herman
Having fun with the new camera!