Saturday, September 24, 2016

23 de Sep

Well this week we had a multi zone conference in Tapachula! It was nice to go home again (; Everything turned out really well. The missionaries were excited to keep baptizing and most of them are healthy! The conference was mainly based on Obedience, the atonement and "find constantly, teach repentance & baptize converts". I felt the desire to let the atonement work more in my life and never give up on improvement. 

Ahorita en nuestra area estamos viendo que Nabor esta progresando y tiene mas ganas para seguir a Cristo. Por 2 semanas hemos estado tratando a llegar a su corazon para que pudiera abrir mas a nosotros y sentimos que ya lo hicimos! El ha estado llegando a la capilla pero no ha acceptado una fecha fijo. Decidimos llevarle a la casa de unos jovenes que viven cerca. Ayudó muchisimo porque ellos pudieron estar alli como su amigo y testificar de todo en la leccion. Con el simple hecho de llevarlo con los miembros correctos El abrio su corazon y expreso mas de lo que estaba sintiendo. Le enseñamos del plan de salvacion y le ayudó entender los "porques" de todo lo que hacemos en el evangelio. La parte clave de la leccion era de la expiacion. Nabor por mucho tiempo ha estado sintiendo pesar por todos sus pecados que ha cometido antes y al enseñarle como recibir perdon de todo eso, se comprometio arrepentirse y dejar las cosas malas en su vida! Estaba mas feliz y comprometido. Esto nos mostro que debemos tener la expiacion en cada leccion y declarar el arrepentimiento con valentia!
Tenemos otra investigadora que se llama Wendi. Ella es familia de un recien converso y ya ha llegado a la iglesia 2 veces! Fuimos en esta semana con ella y platicamos con su papa, Alexis. Alexis nos dijo que va a apoyar a su hija en todo lo que decida a hacer y si decide ir a la iglesia El estaba bien con eso! Ahora que tenemos el apoyo de su papa, Wendi debe poder bautisarse en Octubre! (: Vamos a tener una noche de hogar con ellos hoy en la noche para poner fecha bautismal con ella. 

Im very thankful to be on the mission right now! Its definitely the best place to be for a young adult. Have a great week everyone!  

-Elder Hagues

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Pics from August 2016

President George

September 15th Post

This week has been really good getting out into the area with elder Clark! We have found a new family which looks very promising! The most important thing is that the dad is really open and he wants to support his family as they come closer to God! He already gave permission for his 1 year old daughter to go to church this Sunday! The best thing is that they were a reference from a recent convert that literally lives next door to them! It should be a great family and we plan on taking a lot of different members with them. 

Nabor is not able to get baptized this Saturday, because he drank coffee yesterday, but he seems willing to keep the commandments now that he knows about the Word of Wisdom. 

We just got back from the house of some members and they asked us for a blessing. Luis and his wife Alina are less active right now and we just met them a couple of days ago. We felt honored that they would trust us enough to call us in their time of need. We were able to give Alina a blessing because she is expecting a baby in 3 months and she needs an operation which is really dangerous for the baby. Luis also asked us for a blessing! I could feel the spirit very strongly during these blessing! The spirit taught me in that moment that The Lord gives us trials so that we may learn, but also so that we may turn to him and REMEMBER Him. I could feel the love of the Savior in that room as we exercised the holy priesthood in His name. I know that the Lord was helping them and was with them during this trial. He does not abandon us! I will strive to live worthily my entire life so that i can be an instrument in the Lords hands when he needs me. 

Thanks for everything everyone! 

-Elder Hagues

Sunday, September 11, 2016

September 8th Post

Well this week was pretty sad because Elder Prows went home, but it was fun having him as a companion while it lasted. I’m grateful for being able to have had such great companions in the mission. I’m really excited to be working with Elder Clark now! He is from Idaho!!!! He reminds me a lot of Nick Famolaro to be honest haha so that’s definitely a good thing! It should be a great transfer! 

We found a new investigator this week and he seems really promising! He is the grandson of a member in our ward and he doesn’t have any religious background which gives us open ground. His name is Alejandro and he is 22 years old. He expressed to us that he feels bad about different errors he made earlier in his life and he wants to learn how to receive forgiveness. We taught him about prayer and repentance and he seems really interested! 

His uncle Nabor is another investigator we have and he came to church on Sunday! He accepted a baptismal date for the 17th of September and we are excited to keep working with him. The young men’s president in our ward is really excited to help us out with him. We had a lesson with Nabor last week in the temple too and it went really well! He felt the spirit and was very impressed by everything in the temple. He could really feel the peace inside the waiting room and when we walked out he told us that he could feel the difference outside of the temple. 

I’m not sure what else to a great week! 

-Elder Hagues

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Se Bautizo Gerardo!

The fruits of Fasting and Prayer

September 1 Post

This has been a great week! Doing cambios for the mission was a great experience! I was really able to feel the spirit and see how the spirit can guide us to the same conclusions. I am confident that this transfer will be a successful one especially because 21 new missionaries are coming to the mission. They always seem to bring extra "ANIMO"! 

Our area is really progressing well as far as investigators. We are finding a lot of people that can be baptized this month and we can feel that they have true desires to change their lives. 

The highlight of the week was definitely Gerardo's baptism! It was truly a miracle to see this joven of 15 years old get baptized! 

Gerardos conversion story is a long one! Gerardo is actually the son of a high counselor in the stake! Gerardo's mom isn't a member of the church and so for many years she has not given Gerardo permission to be baptized. He has attended church for years now off and on. I think it was one of my first Sundays hear when i heard Gerardo's dad share his testimony and mentioned that his son, though he wasn't a member of the church yet, had attended EFY and had loved it! When my companion and I heard this we were VERY interested in talking to Gerardo and seeing what the situation was haha. So the next Sunday when he came to church we set an appointment with Gerardo. The President of Young Men, Eduardo Gonzalez, also wanted to come so we told him about the appointment as well. 

During the ward council that we had we mentioned to the bishop that we were going to start teaching Gerardo and the bishop gave us some really good information of why he hadn't gotten baptized. He proposed that we should do a fast, with Gerardo and his dad, so that he could get permission to be baptized!!!! It was pure inspiration that Bishop Fierro received! 

So the appointment came and we went with Eduardo to see Gerardo. He and his little brother Pablo received us really well! We ended up just them the baptismal questions to see where they were at in their understanding of the doctrine and they were both more than ready!!!!! Gerardo really wanted to get baptized, but Pablo still didn't really want to do it. We hope that Pablo will desire to get baptized soon. But anyways, we ended up focusing in on Gerardo and mentioned to him the idea of the fast. He thought it was a great idea to do a fast, so him, Eduardo, his dad, the bishop and us did a fast so that Gerardo could receive permission from his mom to get baptized. 

Gerardo was true to the fast! He didn't even come to the ward talent show that night because he knew that there was going to be food there and he didn't want to be tempted. 

When we went to ask his mom if it was ok for Gerardo to get baptized the 27th of August, she gave it to him really easily! It was really crazy to see! She just said that if he really wanted to do it he could! We were really excited about it and we started planning for the baptism! But, just like every other baptism, there was opposition ahead...

When we showed up to do the baptismal interview with Gerardo, his dad answered the door and with really sad eyes said that Gerardo wasn't going to get baptized that Saturday. We started to talk to his dad and learned that Gerardo and his mom had been fighting during the week and there was a lot of contention in the house. His mom didn't want him to get baptized anymore... 

None the less, we still had faith that he would do it!!!! We talked to Gerardo's dad and he let us do the interview with Gerardo which he passed with flying colors! After the interview, we talked with Gerardo and his dad together for like an hour.... In the end of our conversation, Brother Pavon could see that his son really DESIRED to do this! This gave brother Pavon more confidence and we went through with our plans! We tried to talk to his mom again, but she didn't accept us. In the end Gerardo's faith and desire won out every other opposition that he had and he was able to be baptized last Saturday! 

I learned a lot from this experience. I admire the faith and determination that Gerardo has. He stood up for what was right and DID NOT back down. We learned that if you fast with faith, God will answer! But opposition is also part of the package. Our prayers may not be answered as fast as we want. A solution to a problem may not by as easy as we would like it to be, but the solution will come. God answers our prayers if we ask in faith. 

Have a great week everyone! Remember that fasting and prayer is key to building a strong testimony. 

-Elder Hagues