Monday, April 25, 2016

April 25th Baptism!

April 25th Bautismo!

Well this week was pretty crazy because our investigator Cecia was going to move with her mom to some rancho in the middle of nowhere and we were going to lose all contact with them! The owner where they were renting kicked them out of there house on Thursday and we were looking for a house for them to stay in in our area. We luckily found a member in our ward that agreed to lend them a small house that he has! We were so grateful and especially Cecia, her mom Dilcia and her brother. Thanks to this member we were able to keep them here and baptize Cecia on Saturday! 

The ward was happy for the baptism and a lot of members showed up. Dilcia gave the opening prayer and gave thanks to our Heavenly Father for helping her daughter make the decicion to be baptized. Elder Thomson baptized her and she was really happy during the whole baptismal service! The nest day during her confermation she really looked like a new person. It was really an amazing experience to be able to help her on her path toward the celestial kingdom. 

What really helped Cecia progress so rapidly was her reading of the Book of Mormon. In our first visit we gave her the Book of Mormon and she started reading 3 Nefi 11 and continued to read a lot throughout our teaching! In the second visit we had with her she already felt and knew that the Book of Mormon was the word of God and that this was the true church. The promise in Moroni 10 was put into effect quickly in her conversion. 

We were able to take another one of our investigators (Dorian) to church this week too and he should be able to get baptized this Saturday if we get permission from his parents! Its sad to see that there are many youth in the zone that want to get baptized and follow our Saviors example and their parents impede them from progressing... 

Martin is ready for baptism, but he doesn't want to accept  it yet. We are trying to help him follow the answers he has gotten from God because he has definitely received a testimony of the church. We will try to baptize him this Saturday too! 

I'm going to enjoy this last week of transfers! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

April 18th Post Lluvia!

Well my companion and i are excited to be here in Tapachula right now for 2 reasons. 1-We have some progressing investigators and 2-It rained for the first time last night in like 4 months! We are very grateful for the blessings God has given us! 

Yesterday one of our investigators, Cesia, was able to come to church again. Cesia and her mom Dilcia are from Honduras and they are basically like refugees here in Tapachula. Honderus is really dangerous right now. They just got here about a month ago and Dilcia was praying to be able to find a church to go to and that same day we found them! Dilcia is actually a member of out church, but has been inactive for 30 years! When we found her she was ready to come back to church and told us from the start that she was Mormon! Her daughter Cesia is 14 years old and is really smart! When we gave her the Book of Mormon she started eating it up. She loves reading the Book of Mormon and like all who read it with real intent and sincerity, she gained a testimony and is excited to be baptized the 30th of April! There is another sister in out ward from Honduras that lives close to them and we started to take her with us on our appointments and now we are having all of our lessons in the house of this member! Members really are the key to baptizing. 

Martin is going good and he finally accepted a baptismal date for the 7th of May! He came to church yesterday. We are going to see if we can baptize him sooner because he already has a testimony and has been to church 8 times. 

Unfortunately the 3 jovenes that we were going to baptize this Saturday didn't come to church, so we aren't going to be able to baptize them. We will see what happens with them. 

We found a less active youth this week (Ernesto) and we were able to take the only truly active young man that we have in our ward to see him! Ernesto came to church and is now preparing to get the aaronic priesthood! We are pretty excited to have 2 strong young men in the ward haha. He seems to be really excited to come back to church. We should be going out on visits with him this week too. 

While i studied the Book of Mormon this week the main message that i got out of it was that we need to be humble and avoid pride at all costs! Pride is the root of all evil, not money haha. I hope that i can get rid of all of my pride becuase like Alma says in Alma chapter 5, if we are not stripped of our pride, we are not prepared to meet God. With all of the things happening in the world right now... we really need to start preparing! 

Elder Thomson and I are going to change some things in the zone so that we can have more success. We are both excited to start this new week and we are committed to work even harder so that we can see miracles! 

-Elder Hagues

Monday, April 4, 2016

April 3rd post

Well this week went well for my companion and I. We had some ups and downs with our investigators, but at the end of the week we saw some real miracles! The members in our ward are really helping us out a lot! They love going on visits and the spirit we feel with them is always strong. I hope that every member in the church is able to have missionary experiences every week because they are unforgettable. 

This whole week we have been brought back to the basic principle of the gospel that God our Heavenly Father loves each of us. During all of conference i was able to feel the love he has for us. Also my companion and i had an intense spiritual experience with a part member family we have in our ward. This family has been going through some difficult times so we felt the need to go to their house. We were able to give a blessing to the non member dad of the family and during the blessing and later during the prayer we did all together knelt down, we could feel the love that our Heavenly Father had for that man and his family. The dad of the family has been doing some pretty bad things in his life. During the blessing my companion and I could feel the divine truth that our Heavenly Father loves all of us and wants us to come back to him. No matter how many mistakes we make in life, our Heavenly Father will always have his arms extended toward each of us! 

Quentin L Cook gave an amazing talk about temples this week that inspired me to have my mind and heart fixed on Christ and the temple. 

I hope that we can apply everthing we learned this weekend from the prophet and apostles.

-Elder Hagues