Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Cambios! (Week 30)

      This week we contacted a lot of future investigators, so that’s good, cause we kinda ran out of investigators. haha So we contacted a bunch and now have a lot of new appointments this week. But nothing too exciting going on here in Huehuetoca. But I am being transferred to Chilpa! It’s going to be more city life and my comp told me it’s dangerous, so hopefully I will have some cool stories! My new companion has a little less time than me in the mission and has been in the area for 4 days because of emergency transfers, so we will pretty much open the area. I am really excited! This change with Elder Ortiz has been kinda tough, but I have learned a lot and am really motivated to be better this transfer!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week for my studies I have been studying one chapter of scripture everyday and I have learned so much! One of those chapters that I love is Mark 10. This chapter is full of doctrine! But I love the story of the rich boy who asked Jesus “Good master what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” and he responded “thou knowest the commandments”. Then the boy says he has kept all of them since his youth and Jesus says “One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come take up the cross, and follow me.” The Lord is always asking us to make sacrifices and it is hard. Sometimes we may do what this boy did and “go away grieved”. My favorite part about this story is the Lord has made this promise with us too. If sacrifice is a part of our lives “thou shalt have treasure in heaven”. Our treasure on earth seems really nice but can you imagine the treasure that is waiting for you in the heavens? I think the treasure up there will be better and last a lot longer! All we have to do is sacrifice temporal treasures so we can have eternal treasure. I’m pretty sure that’s a fair trade. Let us take up our crosses and follow our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that we will all be blessed more than we can imagine! I love you all so much, thank you for all the support!
Con Amor, Elder Herman 

Elder Herman's adopted dog, Jimmy, she's a girl.  Haha.
It's hard to say goodbye.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Two Baptisms! (Week 29)

Elder Herman, Jamelyn, Itzel, Elder Ortiz
      Welp we didn’t really have a productive week this week. We had interviews with President and that took up the whole day then Elder Ortiz has some knee problems so he had to rest up at the house. But the good news is we had 2 baptisms! Itzel and Jamelyn. It was a very special experience! Something interesting is that they are both scared of water and one of them has a phobia so it was a little hard getting in, haha. But they are amazing and already have testimonies of the church! It’s so cool to see progress in the people we teach. Our first visit with them they didn’t know who God was and they didn’t say a word, but now they are amazing! The young women have been very good to them too. It's good to know that they are in good hands. Also, Tuesday we had some good ole intercambios and I went with good ole Elder Schiess! We had a great time!

      Spiritual Thought Of The Week
This week I have been thinking a lot about repentance and how amazing it is! Everyone commits sin, but thanks to Jesus Christ and his atonement we can be clean. I believe that repentance is one of the most important things you have to do to gain a testimony in Jesus Christ and have desires to be better. Thanks to the fall of Adam and Eve we have feelings, and we can progress. If you never feel sad how will you know what joy is? Sinning is not fun. You feel guilty and you have less of the joy of Christ in your life. But once you repent you feel free and are closer to Christ, therefore you can enjoy the joy that he has! This is all part of the great plan that God has for us. We sin everyday, repentance isn’t just when we break a commandment or something big it’s a daily thing. This has blessed my life so much! Every night kneeling in prayer asking for forgiveness of all the sins I committed in the day, and I feel so much better and ready to attack the next day. If we truly repent we turn away from our sins and do them no more. Our desire to follow God grows stronger and deeper. Nobody is ever lost in the fold of Jesus Christ. Ezekiel 34:12 “As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.” We have all fallen into dark and cloudy places. But the Lord will seek us out and deliver us out of all the places where we have been scattered. No one is ever too far in the hole to be saved. Through the mercy of Jesus Christ you can be saved if you have the desire. You must knock first then you will receive. I love you all so much! Siga adelante!

Con Amor, Elder Herman​​​​​​ 

Elder Schiess & Elder Herman

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Temple! (Week 28)

Elder Herman at the Mexico City Temple
      WE MADE IT TO THE TEMPLE! The temple is without a doubt my favorite place in the world! We didn’t go in 'cause we had investigators, but the visitors center was amazing! We got there and there were some sister missionaries that took us on a tour and taught our investigators. It was so amazing. We went to the famous statue of Jesus Christ and there was an audio and man it was so powerful looking at the statue and listening to Jesus Christ talking to you. Not gonna lie, I cried a little bit. But ya, wow! It was so amazing! The spirit there is so strong and I know our investigators felt it too and they are excited for baptism! Also we got a family to do baptisms for the dead for the first time! And with one of our converts, Dany! She was baptized about a month ago and she had a real good experience in the temple! Her mom, Daniela that got baptized 2 weeks ago, could have gone and done baptism too, I don’t really know how that works, but she didn’t 'cause she had her baby with her, so she hung out with us.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week I just want to rant to you all about how great the restored Church of Jesus Christ is! There is not one doubt in my mind that this is the only true church in the world. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and saw God the Father and Jesus the Son. Through the restoration we have the fullness of the gospel and the authority and priesthood keys of God. The church is so incredibly amazing I can’t express it enough! I love living the gospel every day. I can testify to everyone that the gospel is happiness! I like being happy, therefore I love the gospel 'cause it brings me so much happiness! I want everyone to try to get as much of the gospel in your lives as possible. The verse in 1 Nephi 8 verse 12 explains exactly how I am feeling. “And as I partook of the fruit (the gospel) thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.” I along with many others have partaken of the fruit and I can promise anyone that if you truly live the gospel and make the gospel a part of your daily lives, you will be so happy! Everyone wants to be happy and there is a way! Study your scriptures and be in constant conversation with our Heavenly Father. As you partake of the fruit you will be filled with exceedingly great joy! I would also like everyone to take advantage of having temples so close to you and just go to the temple grounds and feel the spirt that is there! I love the gospel so much! I love being a missionary and I love all of you! I hope you have a great gospel filled week!

Con Mucho Amor, Elder Herman 

Elder Ortiz and Elder Herman

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The Lord's Work (Week 27)

Elder Herman, Daniela, and Elder Ortiz
at Daniela's baptism
       Welp what a week! We had the opportunity to have the baptism of Daniela Sosa Flores! Truly was amazing! Our district sang “Families Can Be Together Forever”. I thought it would be good cause about a month ago we baptized her daughter and they were both there so it was really awesome! Then later when Daniela gave a little testimony she said she is excited to bring her husband into the church as well! The only problem is he is in the military so he is never home with them. But it has been so amazing helping this family become members of the church! Seeing the difference in both of them is so awesome! I love being a missionary! J Also our President said we can go to the temple with the Branch tomorrow if we have 4 investigators, wahoo! I am so excited! And we have 4 investigators committed, so please pray that they don’t bail! Also gave a talk yesterday and I wasn’t too sure what I wanted to talk about. I prepared a little but then right before I changed it all up, haha. I was kinda all over the place, but a couple people told me it was just what they needed to hear! So that’s good!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week I read a pretty cool talk by Elder L. Whitney Clayton called “Choose To Believe”. He talks about a little 7 year old girl who was in a plane crash and her mom and dad died. She was lost in the wilderness by herself. She saw a light in the distance and fought her way to it. She could have done a lot of other things in this situation or could have done nothing. Think about it she is 7 years old. But she saw the light and had hope that she would be rescued by that light. She knew it, and then she went to it. And ended up finding someone that rescued her. To be able to recognize the Saviors spiritual light we have to be willing to believe! Belief and faith require our personal CHOICE and ACTION. We seek before we find and we knock before it is opened unto us. We will not accidentally come to believe in the Savior and His gospel, we have to seek to find and knock for it to be opened unto us. We must put our beliefs to action. Our actions are evidences of our beliefs. If we look for the light of the Savior in our lives and believe that we can and then put our beliefs to action we can be rescued too! When we do this we are promised the merciful love of God, the healing light of the Savior and great joys! Doctrine and Covenants 59:23 “But learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward, even peace in this world, and eternal life in the world to come” Thank you all for the support! I love you and want the best for you! Have a fantastic week!

Con Amor, Elder Herman  

Elder Herman, Dany, Daniela, Elder Ortiz.

Having fun and celebrating Daniela's baptism.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Life's Good (Week 26)

Life is good for Elder Herman!
        Another great week of the misión! This week I have felt really close to the Lord and in tune with the Spirit and it has been awesome! I have been so happy. J We were teaching a lesson to Daniela, she is so ready for baptism. It is so cool to see people prepare for this covenant! We were asking her the baptismal questions and she said she hasn’t had one problem to quit drinking coffee, and before she drank a ton! But when we said she couldn’t drink anymore she had just barely ran out of it at her house, and hasn’t bought anymore, and it has been great! Then we were talking about temples and I was getting the chills I LOVE THE TEMPLE! And she seems way interested in it too! And the branch is going to the temple on the 25th, so hopefully we can go with some investigators! I hope you all take advantage of having temples so close to you! It is such a great blessing to go to the temple. Also our dog that follows us everywhere is attracting every dog in all of Mexico and then they fight over her, so its been a little distracting at the house, and a little tough to sleep, haha, but all is well! 

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Faith, I love faith! Faith is SO important! Faith motivates everything we do. Everyday we do things with faith that something good will come of our efforts. We work during the days with faith that we will be able to support our families and so on. I like the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 18 verse 19 “And if you have not FAITH, HOPE, and CHARITY, you can do nothing.” I’m pretty sure we all want to do something in life therefore we must have faith, hope and charity in all things. Faith is the start of everything. I like to think about jumping off a cliff into water or something. You have to have faith to jump and once you jump you’re home free! Just a couple seconds of faith and you will be free. Whenever I think of hard things I need to do I just think “just start and it will all work out” Like contacting someone on the street. The first part is the worst you don’t know how you are going to start the conversation and you’re worried about how it will go. But if you just jump into it having faith that all will work out the Lord will give you strength! Have faith that when you go about doing good the Lord will bless and strengthen you! I love being a missionary so much! I am so happy because I have the gospel! I love you all so much, thank you for everything!

Con Amor, Elder Herman 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cambios - Transfers (Week 25)

Saying Goodbye to Elder Wegner.
Elder Wegner, Daniela, Dany, Anna, Elder Herman,
and a cute little girl (I don't know her name).
      This week was good. A Little tough with cambios (transfers) but for the better. My new comp is Elder Ortiz from Colombia he doesn’t speak English so my Spanish is getting real good. J We don’t talk much 'cause we don’t have much in common. Every Latino loves anime and that’s about it so it’s kinda hard to start conversations. But he does like to cook so that is good! We set a baptismal date for a new family we found and they are excited to be baptized and be members of the church! Also, Daniela is really preparing for her baptism which is awesome! She has a lot of support! (Daniela is the mom of the girl Elder Herman baptized a few weeks ago, Dany.) 

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Ok so with cambios and everything it has been kinda hard. I kept thinking to myself, “Why am I not happy? My life is the gospel and that is happiness right?” But then I realized, just 'cause I’m a missionary doesn’t mean I am immune to hard times! I’m still human, I am still on this earth to learn and grow. If we didn’t have challenges here how could we become the people the Lord needs us to be! I thought “The Lord needs me to be better.” There has to be tests so I can progress! This week I understood the great Plan of Salvation that God has for us! We know it’s not going to be easy. We want to return to live with our Heavenly Father we need to prepare ourselves! My mindset and understanding of life has changed this last week. I am so grateful for opportunities like these! Also something I found that I love is in Hebrews 12:1 it says, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God”. Jesus endured the cross by focusing on the joy to come! This made me go to my Patriarchal Blessing and look for the things that it promises me. I looked for my joy to come in this world and in the next world. Now I can do as Jesus did. I can endure this life by focusing on the joy to come! I want to invite all of you to do the same! Study your Patriarchal Blessing and find all the joy that the Lord has promised to you if you are obedient! I am so grateful to be a missionary and to learn and grow as God wants me to! I love you all thanks for the support!

Con Amor Elder Herman

Elder Ortiz and Elder Herman

Showing off the mountains from home on his planner, along with his name tag.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Good Life (Week 24)

Happy 4th of July from Elder Herman & Wegner
from Mexico City!
      Well this was a good week! We found a family that contacted some other Elders cause they want their daughters to learn about us Mormons. We taught them and I’m pretty sure they are going to be really good! They came to church yesterday so that’s awesome! Also we were talking to Dany's mom about the Plan of Salvation and then went on to talk about baptism and she committed to a date! If she gets baptized it will be super good for Dany to have her mom a member too! This week I feel like me and Elder Wegner really improved our teaching and because of that the Holy Ghost taught the lessons! It was amazing! Also tomorrow are tranfsers and Elder Wenger is leaving to another area and will be District Leader! I am staying her and will have a new comp!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      This week I have been studying a talk called “War Goes On” by Larry R. Lawrence. It talks about the war in the premortal life. We know that God's plan won! 2/3 of the people in heaven chose to follow our Father and the other 1/3 chose to follow Satan. And the important thing to know is that the 1/3 of Satan's followers are here on the earth with us. They came to the earth to provide opposition for us. But they will not be able to have the eternal life that we will have. Satan's army is trying to capture as many souls as he can before they are done. Satan wants to make men miserable. He targets all men but especially those who have the most potential for eternal happiness. Brigham Young said “As the church grows so does the power of Satan” Welp the church is growing and so is Satan! SO we need to be prepared to defend ourselves against his powers! The talk says Satan's first strategy is temptation. Satan whispers unclean and unkind thoughts to us. How can we resist these temptations? Well an example I like that Heber J Grant said is “Mr Devil, shut up.” We can memorize scriptures to recite to get him out of our heads. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Other strategies Satan uses are lies and deceptions. Satan is the father of lies. He says things like “You never do anything right” “You’re too sinful to be forgiven” “You will never change” “No one cares about you” “you have no talents” We all know that none of these are true and we need to resist them! Others are “One time won’t hurt” “everyone else is doing it, its ok” Well no its not ok! Sin is addictive and we need to tell Satan that you don’t want to go to the Telestial Kingdom even if everyone else is going there! Satan lies, that is why we have to be close to the Holy Ghost so we can hear the truth! Third strategy is contention. Where there is contention the Spirit leaves. Remember his timing is predictable. Watch out for it before church, before family home evening, and before going to the temple. When there is contention make peace. The last is discouragement. Realize who is attacking you and don’t let Satan win! You know his strategies point them out and fight back! Serve others, listen to good music, and my favorite count your blessings! Remember that there are limits to the powers of the Devil. Satan doesn’t know your thoughts or intentions unless you tell him. Don’t murmur! Careful what you say, Satan is always listening and takes careful notes when we murmur, complain, and criticize. He will expose your weaknesses if you tell him them! I hope you can all recognize that Satan is attacking you and defend yourself with the power of the Lord. If we always have our Lord in our minds Satan won’t have power to overcome us! I love you all so much and hope you are all fighting on the Lords side! Thanks for all the support!

Con mucho amor, Elder Herman 


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Baptism! (Week 23)

Elder Wegner, Dany, and Elder Herman at Dany's baptism.
      This week was good. A couple let downs though. L So the family Angeles Rosales said they weren’t ready for baptism yet so we need to work with them. But we weren’t able to talk to them much after they said they weren’t ready and then they didn’t go to church. L But the good news is that Dany got baptized and confirmed! It was a very good experience. She gave her testimony at the end and it was awesome. Makes me really happy to see someone make the decision to be baptized and enter into the Kingdom of God! Also had a cool experience with another investigator his name is Ceaser. His mom contacted some missionaries cause she wants to have a better family. Her son (Ceaser) does drugs and she wants to fix everything. Last week we went and picked up Ceaser and kinda made him come to church, haha. He really liked it but when we visited him this week he was talking to us crying saying something has changed. Right after church his wife, who he hadn’t talked to in a long time, called him. Their daughter has been having some health issues and they thought she might die, but Sunday after church she called and said their daughter was going to be ok! I have seen a change in him. It is amazing to see the gospel working in peoples lives!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      On this weeks special of “Spiritual Thought Of The Week” I’d like to talk a little bit about the amazing gift of prayer and gratitude. Prayer is something so simple but so powerful. We can talk with our Heavenly Father about anything. He is always there for us no matter what the situation, no matter what person. Every one of us are children of God.  He wants to hear from us, and he will bless us when we talk to him! Something muy importante is that we are grateful. Gratitude is the attitude! I have seen in my life that when I pray and I thank God for everything I realize how blessed I am and I am much happier! Just like the Hymn says “Count your many blessings name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done!” This is so well said! We also often hear the quote “You don’t know what you got until it’s gone” well if we count our blessings and show gratitude now we will truly know what we have while it’s still here! I honestly think that this is what makes a happy person. Gratitude is the attitude. We all know that when someone isn’t grateful for something we don’t want to give them anything else. Well I’m sure it’s the same for God. But when we are grateful God will want to bless us more! And then we will have more to be grateful for! How great is that. When we are sad we can count our many blessings and I promise that when you do that you won’t be too sad anymore. You will see the hand of the Lord in your life. But remember to be grateful on the rainy days AND the sunny days! This will bless your life so much I know it with all my heart! I am so grateful for every one of you and for all your support! I am also so very grateful for my opportunity to be a representative of Jesus Christ and learn and experience new things every day! I am grateful for every trial I have passed through to make me stronger in my testimony and as a person. Last but not least I am so grateful for the Gospel. It truly is the answer to everything!

Con Amor, Elder Herman 

Happy baptism day for Dany with Elder Wegner and Elder Herman!

Celebrating Dany's baptism with family and Elder Wegner and Elder Herman!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Wow! What an Amazing Week! (Week 22)

Picture of the baptism Elder Herman talked about.  A member in
Mexico sent it to me (his mom) Saturday night, June 24, 2017.
     This week was amazing folks! This is the Lords work! I saw that more this week than any other week. First off we ran probably a little less than a mile in 4 minutes to get home on time! Theres the first miracle! And then I have truly seen the Lord prepare his people. This week we went to a baptism for the Elders of Huehuetoca. It was really good, but the best part was that a member brought her friends! So we had 2 investigators there and then we went over to their house later to teach them and the girl told us “Quiero bautizarme” (I want to be baptized). I think that’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard! I have already seen a change in her. It is so amazing! 2 weeks ago in our lessons she would just be on her phone the whole time and not listen, but now she is so interested and excited to be baptized. So we are baptizing her this week cause she already has gone to church enough times! Then we had a lesson Saturday night for a family that is getting baptized this Saturday also! Except we realized on Thursday that we haven’t taught the Word of Wisdom or Law of Chastity. So we were a little scared they’d have problems with these and have to wait to be baptized. But we taught the lesson and it went so well! They understood it all and promised to not drink any more coffee and to keep these commandments! I didn’t expect that at all but the Lord has prepared them! It is so amazing seeing the change in these people when they make the decision to be baptized. Next week is going to be a very good week!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      Alright this week I want to talk about Missionary Work. This is the work of the Lord without one doubt in my mind! There is no way two 19 year old boys could come to Mexico, learn another language, and convert people into this church without the Lords help. This is also a testament that this is the true restored church of Jesus Christ. We are all sons and daughters of God and he wants us to be happy. So he gave us the gospel of Jesus Christ. God wants his children to be members of La Iglesia De Jesucristo De Los Santos De Los Ultimos Dias. He is preparing people everyday and this work isn’t only for missionaries with name tags. I hope no one takes advantage of being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and that you share this gospel to others. Even if you’re in Utah where “everyone's a member” you can be a missionary to less actives, actives and just about everyone! Everyone needs the messages. Study the basics in the gospel and you will be reminded of how blessed you are to know this gospel. Go watch a Restoration video. Study the Plan of Salvation that God has prepared for us. And remember to have faith, repent, remember your baptismal covenants, remember to listen to the Holy Ghost, and to endure to the end! Every one of these simple missionary lessons we teach are so powerful! And every one of them are so important. I promise that this gospel is pure everlasting happiness. It is the answer to everything in any situation! I can’t express how much I love this gospel. It has helped me in every moment of my life and is helping me more than ever here on my mission. I love you all so much! Sigan adelante!

Con Amor, Elder Herman

Monday, June 12, 2017

Life's Good 😀 (Week 21)

Elder Herman on a moto taxi.
      This week was good, we have been putting in some WORK! Highlight of the week was we had 8 investigators at church yesterday! And all but one have baptismal dates! There are 2 families, one the family Angeles Rosales (Yareli and her kids Kevin, Brian, Joselyn, and Evelyn) and the family Carlon Martinez (Manuel, Guadelupe, Diana, and their little girl Alondra) and then a members friend, Dany! Sunday was kinda crazy running around getting them to church, but it was great! Also had a really good lesson with family Angeles Rosales and broke the ice with them a little better cause they didn’t talk much, but ay va! And they said they are still feeling good about their baptismal date the 25 of June! So that’s great. Also the other night it was raining so hard and I looked outside and saw poor little Jimmy (our dog) all curled up getting soaked! So me and my comp went out and made him shelter! We are so good to him!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      I just wanna say, how blessed are those that know the gospel and are obedient! This week we had a lot of lessons with members, and their testimonies are so awesome! In every converts testimony they say their life has changed. We can see changes in ourselves and others when we are living the gospel. The gospel principles are the answer to every problem that anyone will ever have in this life. A couple months ago in Campestre a guy on the streets was saying how Mormons always have nice houses and are living good. All I could tell him was welp, we are blessed! We just have to do our part and God will do his and take care of us! There are so many temporal blessings that we can earn with obedience in the gospel. I can testify that living the gospel honestly helped me to be a better baseball player and so many other temporal things. Doctrine and Covenants 130:20-21 “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 was predicated.” We have so many blessings just sitting up in heaven waiting for us to earn them with our obedience. God wants to bless us but he also wants us to learn and grow and to go get the blessings! There are also spiritual blessings. Blessings of feelings like peace and happiness in our lives no matter what the situation. Mosiah 2:41 “And moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in ALL things, both TEMPORAL and SPIRITUAL; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of NEVER ENDING HAPPINESS. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it.” Wow. That’s pretty dang cool. Keep the commandments (there are a lot more than just 10) and you will be blessed in all things! You will dwell with God in heaven in a state of never ending happiness! How great is that? But, that is if you hold out faithful to the end. It’s not free. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it! And remember, remember that these things are true! For the Lord God hath spoken it! I love you all and I want everyone of you to earn the blessings that God has for you. Be obedient. Do what you are supposed to do even if it isn’t the easy thing. Read your scriptures. Say your prayers. Go to church. And build from that. Remember why you are here and who gives you everything. God wants us to be happy. He wants us to return to live with him in a state of never ending happiness. One more time. Be obedient. I love you all! Go get those blessings!

Con Amor, 
Elder Herman

Jimmy the dog under his shelter and out of the rain.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Church Is True (Week 20)

Elder Herman & Elder Wegner
      This week was good. Man time is flying though! We had 5 investigators at church yesterday so that was great! We were expecting more, but we will get them next week! We also keep finding a lot of people that are interested so the work is going great! We taught a woman how to pray this week. She had never prayed before and she is somewhere around 60 years old. We asked her to say the closing prayer and it was great, and she really liked it! Also I talked to a guy that believes in death.. They are called Santo Muertos. Everyone here believes in Saints, like virgins and stuff, but these guys believe in death cause after we die we are going to be skeletons. So I asked if he believes in eternal life and he said ya. So they just focus on the body part of death, I guess? I don’t know, the dude couldn’t even explain to me what they believe in. He believes in Jesus and God but doesn’t believe the Bible, so we asked him how he knows Jesus is real and he said cause we are here. He couldn’t answer half of our questions about his own religion but he still didn’t want to learn more about Jesus. This world is so lost.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
      On this week's special of “Spiritual Thought Of The Week by Elder Herman”, we are gonna take a little look at some scriptures in the Bible and Book of Mormon! Wahoo! First off in the Bible John 10:16 “And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice: and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd”. Hmm, who are the other sheep that Jesus is talking about? Boom 3 Nephi 15:21 “And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.” The Book of Mormon is true! I hope you guys had the chance to read and pray about the Book of Mormon this week! As you do you will have a greater desire to learn more and will grow close to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! This church is SO true! The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and if we read it everyday we can have more of him in our lives! We will have the spirit with us to comfort us and guide us everyday! I love being a missionary! Thank you all for your support, I love you all!
Love, Elder Herman

Must be a typical day on the road in Mexico.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Life is so Good (Week 19)

Elder Herman & Elder Wegner showing some good old
patriotism in Mexico on Memorial Day!
     Well this week was full of adventures! So we had cambios (transfers) on Tuesday and now I am with Elder Wegner! Funny thing is, lol, after I got my call I went on to Twitter and searched my mission to see if anyone else was leaving soon and I found Elder Wegner! I sent him a dm and now 9 months later we are comps! He is from Arizona and played football and soccer in high school and we are getting along really well! Also we have a 3rd comp, Jimmy! He is a dog from the streets and he always follows us everywhere! When we go to a lesson he sits outside and waits for us and then when we get home he sleeps outside and then in the morning comes with us again. haha It’s awesome. I freaking love him! Our area is Cincoc 2 in Atotonilco! I love the area! Also our house is way nice and the members have already helped us a ton! We set 3 new baptismal dates this week and found 8 new investigators! I’m real pumped to be here and really happy!  : ) One funny story, haha, so we went to our food appointment and the Hermana gave us some Little Caesers Pizza and we went to a park to eat it. We tried sitting down to eat but Jimmy kept trying to eat it, so we went up on this little ghetto slide and ate haha we were in this little street and all the Mexicans were looking at us and laughing lol two white guys eating pizza on top of a slide. Also we have been jamming to some good hymns and singing a lot, haha. I freaking love it! We are having a good time. Also, I would love it if someone sang some hymns and sent them to us! Also, because I am new, people have been asking how much time I have in the mission and when I say 4 months they are amazed by my Spanish, and some have asked if I was almost done! God has helped me with the language, don de lenguas is real!
Spiritual Thought Of The Week
     This week we had a pretty cool experience with an investigator Manuel. After our lesson we invited him to pray and asked if we could kneel. We didn’t talk about the Book of Mormon too much and they all said they already know the book is true. But I felt like I should ask him to pray to know if the book is true. He acted a little surprised because he had said he already knew it was true. He told me “I already know it’s true” I told him it doesn’t matter he can do it as many times as he wants. So in his prayer he asked to know the truth and if the Book of Mormon was true. At the end of his prayer he struggled to close his prayer, but after he did he looked amazed. He said he felt something and was holding his heart. He said he felt something so strong it almost hurt, haha, so we asked if it was good and he said yes and we all know exactly what he felt. We told him it’s the Holy Ghost, testifying of the truth. Family and friends, the Book Of Mormon is so powerful! And when you combine your reading with prayer you will find the truth. You will find answers to your prayers and feel of the love that our Heavenly Father has for you. There is power in the book and in prayer. I want to invite all of you tonight to read the Book of Mormon. If you don’t know where, read Moroni 10:3-5, it’s the classic. Read the book and most importantly pray after. With a sincere heart, real intent and have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be able to feel the love of God and know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon for yourself. I love this work so much. I am so grateful to know I have a Father above that loves me more than I can imagine. I am so grateful for the scriptures that help me everyday. They give me comfort and knowledge. Last but not least I am so grateful for the power and gift of prayer. How amazing is it that we can talk with our God whenever we want and about whatever we want? He is my best friend and my loving Father in Heaven.

Love, Elder Herman

Pizza at the top of a slide.
Estados Unidos = United States


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Church is True (Week 18)

Baptism in Villa Del Carbon
     Welp nothing too special happened this week. Except our zone had 4 baptisms this week! There was a family of 3 from Villa Del Carbon and man they are special! They have had some awesome experiences and the baptisms were so powerful! The mom said when the Elders invited her to be baptized she could just see a bright light and a voice told her she was ready! Crazy! Theres a lot more details but that's just the short story, haha. We also sang at the baptisms and I love singing with a bunch of missionaries! I get the chills every time! Also transfers are tomorrow! And last night I figured out I’m leaving my area already! Elder Ibarra and I are both leaving and they are bringing 2 new missionaries to our area. So crazy! I did not think I was going to be leaving. I’m a little bummed 'cause we have been doing a lot of work and the area is definitely moving in the right direction! But I am excited to go somewhere else and also a little nervous, haha. My first real cambio.

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
     Well this week I shared a scripture a lot because well.. I love it. Mosiah 7:33 “But if ye will turn to the Lord with FULL PURPOSE of heart, and put your TRUST in him; and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.” This says it all. When we turn to the Lord with full purpose and have faith in Him, He will help us in whatever situation we may be in. And I love the part that says “according to his own will and pleasure”. He loves us so much He just hopes that we will make the right decisions so He can bless our lives. He wants us to be happy. We just have to do our part. I want everyone to remember that our Lord is always cheering us on. He wants us to be happy! I promise when you turn to the Lord in all things you will be blessed more than you can imagine! I love this gospel so much and I am so grateful to be a missionary!

Love Elder Herman 

Not sure what's happening in this picture,
but Elder Herman is looking mighty handsome!

Chicken foot soup!!  
When the font needs to be filled with water in a hurry.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Man What a Week! (Week 17)

Happy Mother's Day love from Elder Herman!!
      This week was bien loca. But first I wanna tell all my many mothers out there that I love you all and Happy Mothers Day yesterday! My mom says it had to take more than one mom to get me to where I am today, so thank you all you’re all amazing! Alright so here’s my week. Saturday we had a baptism for Hermana Laura Oyuki! It was very special and I felt the Spirit a ton! I was a witness and almost started crying the Spirit was so strong! It was such an amazing experience, and also her confirmation. Pure joy! J Then we also set 2 new baptismal dates, which I am very excited for, but we still gotta work with them a lot! This week was really productive! Also I bought a sombrero that I freaking love! I kinda look like a Jehovah's Witness but it’s all good. Haha, especially cause now we can knock on doors (which I love) so I am kinda acting like one too, just in the right way. J Also a bird pooped on me but luckily just got my hand and then some transgenders were hitting on me. Definitely shook me up a little haha.. Very adventurous week I’d say!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week

     Alright I studied a talk thingy on the other day called “Why It Will All Work Out”, man I love this topic! So get ready for a bunch of great quotes by the optimistic Gordon B. Hinckley! “Stop seeking out storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight.” Also it talks about Faith. Sometimes life requires us to take a leap of faith. The requirement for faith is that we act first. First we act then the power comes. If your trust in the Lord is firm you will be able to conquer the fears that this life brings. “If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God, and move forward with faith and confidence in the future. The Lord will not forsake us.” Gordon B. Hinckley. Also we need to see the long view. When we see life with the long view none of our fears that we deal with in mortality should feel unconquerable. “It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning.” Once again Gordon B. Hinckley. Realmente puedo testificar sobre estas palabras. We will always have challenges in our lives but if we have faith that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, He will not forsake us. He will always be there to support us! Heaven is cheering us on today, tomorrow, and forever! No failure is final because of Jesus Christ.  Love you all thank you so much for your support!

                Con Amor, Elder Herman

First Baptism!!

Lookin' good!

Be careful, 'cuz you know it's not true!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Mission Keeps Getting Better (Week 10 in Mexico, 16 overall)

     This week really was great! The mission just keeps getting better! I felt the Spirit a lot and our lessons went really well. We set a baptismal date for a dad in a part member family. The only reason he is not baptized is cause he smokes. So we are gonna work with him and get him in the waters! Also we are having a baptism this Saturday, wahoo! : ) We found a lot of new investigators this week and I am really excited to work with them! Also got to talk to the fam bam yesterday and it was so great! I don’t know how I got blessed with such a good family!

Spiritual Thought Of The Week
     Ok I wanna talk a little bit about opposition. We will always have opposition in our lives. Satan will always be there attacking us, telling us things like, “It’s too hard”, “I can’t do it”, “I am alone”, and many more that we all know and have heard in our lives. I like to read Moses in the Pearl Of Great Price for this. In the first chapter Moses sees God face to face and when God leaves his presence Satan came tempting him. But Moses was strong and knew where to turn, so he called upon God and received the strength to command Satan to leave, and after, Satan began to fear and he left because the power of God. We need to always be aware of this. When we are on spiritual highs or doing really good we need to watch out for when Satan is going to attack. We need to be prepared by studying the scriptures and having a good relationship with our Heavenly Father. We need to be on God's team because it is the winning team.   

 Love,  Elder Herman

Skype with the fam!