Thursday, August 25, 2016

August 25th post

We are going to baptize this week! We talked to Gerardo’s mom and she gave him permission to do it this Saturday! He has his interview today. He should pass the interview with flying colors because he has basically grown up in the church and is going to Seminary right now! He is going to be a great member and help out the young men’s program in the church.

My companion and I are pretty excited about this Saturday because it’s not a normal baptismal service, because it’s going to be with the whole stake! Stake baptisms are always fun. I’m pretty grateful that this stake president wanted to do it. We are going to be singing with all the other missionaries of the zone, "Te Hallare Mi Querido Amigo" which I hope turns out well! I’m going to be playing the piano so I should probably play it a couple times before playing it in front of everyone. I never thought I would play the piano so much in the mission! I love playing though so its great.

We also talked to Alondra yesterday and her less active husband Ian. We feel that they are finally going to get married so that Alondra can get baptized! We went with 2 members from other wards (Albania y Moctezuma) and they both ended up knowing Ian which helped the lesson a lot! They were both able to connect with him really well and Ian seemed more excited about "putting a ring on it"... (:

We found a new investigator this week with all the assistances as well! His name is Nabor and he is 17 years old. He seems really receptive and we hope he can get baptized next week.

Have a great week everyone!

-Elder Hagues

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Leadership Conference

August 20th Post

This week went by really fast because of all the different things we did, but it was really enjoyable! I'm still trying to get used to waking up at 3 in the morning to drop off missionaries at the airport, but it is really a neat experience! On Tuesday we dropped off Elder Armstrong. He was really a great missionary and it was fun to see him before he left!
In this week we went to 2 different activities. 1 in Tapachula and the other in Comitan. In Tapachula we went to Izapa and saw some cool ruins. In Comitan we went to "el chiflon" waterfalls and "tenam puente" which were some other ruins! It was truly spectacular! I loved seeing and getting to know all the missionaries in person. It really helps to be with them in person and see how they are doing. You can really feel how they are doing as you talk to them. Everyone seems to be doing great! We are excited to see a lot of baptisms in the mission this week.
In all the activities we have been having some spiriual moments so that the missionaries dont get distracted. We all sat together and President, my companion and i were able to give a few words to them. President, my companion and i talked a lot about obedience. We also talked about our desires. If we truly desire to baptize we wont be disobedient and we will work a ton to be able to receive what we desire! We talked about Alma in the Book Of Mormon because he was a missionary who really DESIRED to baptize (Alma 8:10, 36:24, 43:1)!!! I love the scripture in Alma 29:4 that reads, " I ought not to harrow up in my desires the firm decree of a just God, for I know that he granteth unto men according to their desire, whether it be unto death or unto life; yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable, according to their wills, whether they be unto salvation or unto destruction".

I loved studying the Book of Mormon this week. It amazes me how much you can learn from it everytime you read it! It is the "clave" of out salvation!
have a great week!

-Elder Hagues

Friday, August 5, 2016

August 5th a Week of Miracles!

This was a great week, full of service and miracles! Elder Prows and I have been working really hard to stay focused on our missionary purpose throughout this week! We try to always talk about how we are going to baptize our investigators and whenever we get off topic we bring it back as quick as we can talking about baptism. It’s funny because sometimes we start talking about the pigs that just went buy in a truck and then we realize that we lost our focus so we bring it back saying something like, "those pigs are so big we would need to have an extra large font to baptize them!". Even though it doesn’t really make sense, it helps us be concentrated on the work and always be thinking about baptism.

We have been working hard to think about ideas for the consejo de lideres (leadership council). Im sure everything is going to turn out alright and the missionaries will be edified by the spirit. We need to help the message of lessons with member get into the hearts of the missionaries and we are trying to think of different ways to do that.

We are really excited about Alejandro, one of our investigators, because he should get baptized this week when he passes his baptismal interview. He seems a lot more comfortable about getting baptized and not too scared anymore.

One big miracle that we saw was finding an investigator that Elder Prows hadn’t seen for a long time! Her name is Alondra and the only reason why she hasn’t gotten baptized yet is because she isn’t married. Elder Prows hasn’t seen her in 3 weeks, but since then she has taken out all of her papers to be able to get married! We put a fecha for her baptism on the 27th of August! We just need to get the money together somehow and get them married! She seems really excited about it!

Thanks for your "apoyo"! Have a great week!

-Elder Hagues