Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Oct 29,2013

Oct 29, 2013
Getting ready for the day of the dead!

My branch the day my comp went home!

I found a pet deer!
Well another week gone.... its amazing how fast time goes by! Im super short on time but have been super busy! I sent a comp home last week and got a new this week! Ive been called as a trainer to Elder Soto! Im super excited to be training but at the same time I hope my spanish is good enough to lead and teach haha! 

 I spent all my time reading birthday letters. Im out of time but love you all and thanks for the b day wishes! Hope to share more this next week!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

October 21,2013

October 21,2013
We found a cool plant outside of a house we were contacting and well I was feeling pretty!

 Me in my area of Tanquian!

 Me and my comp in our zone meeting!
Wow what a great week... I have so much to say and so little time to say it. But first off thanks so much for the letter and questions ! I hope I have answered them all.  I love you and thanks for the support!
This week was interesting but good! I received the grand opportunity to go to the temple and it was wonderful and wow I received the strength needed for the week! I encourage all that can to take advantage of the temples you have easy access to and use them!!

First off this week was a little funny as I felt as I was in a novela (soap opera) all week. So much drama and  my comp kinda likes the drama so we were immersed in it! Some people are crazy! But it sure makes things interesting!

 Second and lastly for the sake of time... This was a week of answers for me and how grateful I am.  I have had several questions of the Alma (soul) that I have been looking for.  As they are personal I have only shared them with my journal haha but it has lead me to want to testify to you all that we truly have a wonderful great and powerful Heavenly Father who knows and cares for each one of us. I encourage you to try his Love with a question or several. I wrote out several questions and put them on my desk as I study and even though it took about three weeks to receive answers I got them and with a powerful and overwhelming feeling of the Lords love for me personally. These answers can be found in the BOM, bible, D and C and church magazines. I encourage you to study in variety and for your personal needs. All we must do is ask and then act... with this we can receive any answer! The Lord loves you all and wants to be a part of your life. Allow him to be with you and you WILL receive the help and strength you need.

 One thing I found and particularly liked in my study this week is found in D&C 84:61-62 with a commandment and a promise to give us all hope.... That if we will remain obedient and serve him in preaching and sharing the gospel we will be forgiven! How great a promise. So with this I encourage you all to clean what sins you have and resort to sharing  this wonderful gospel with all! Because as I have found in the mission through these types of services we will become truly converted and receive a true and lasting forgiveness as we put away our sins and move forward. (conference talk by Edward Dube)
Love you all!
Elder Stoor

Oct 14,2013

October 14, 2013
Me and my comp in the field

This is how I wish I could leave the house to share the gospel ha

  Great week but with tons of sun. Mexico doesn’t know what winter is haha. Anyways not a whole lot of exciting news to share and I’m short on time.

 However some of the things I had written down to share are- first off  there is a lot of coke a cola here in Mexico. I’m getting fatter and I know why haha. I started paying attention and I’m pretty sure in this area we drink about a liter of coke a day! That along with the tortillas has not been the best of diet..... but oh well it’s my time to enjoy free food haha. 

 Second off I still am without a baptism but one of my investigators from Mate is getting baptized this week! We found her by way of MEMBER REFERAL and she was progressing well and was only waiting for a firm response of confirmation that this was the true church. Well on conference Sunday we went into valles to watch conference and who would have guessed but she was the in valles! And not only that, but she was there looking for me to tell me personally that she had received an answer and is getting baptized this week! One happy moment for me in the mission. 

 Well I’ve used up all my time on other letters today but hope all is well and let you prayers go out to the family of Elder Kunz!

Monday, October 7, 2013

October 7,2013

                                                                October 7,2013
                             This is our house of prayer for sacrament and what not.

                              Branch council for the first time this branch has ever had!


This is my branch in priesthood session! 

 Wow wasn’t conference amazing! I have never appreciated conference like I have here in the mission. How great a blessing to have to opportunity to listen to 10 hours of revelation and advice for these next 6 months! 

I feel as a lot of the focus was conversion and families. I know that it is in part because the Lord is hastening his work and this is a time of major point of growth in the church but not just in numbers but in families and members as well. It’s predicted that we will hit 100,000 missionaries in the field next year... not only does this mean better faster and stronger missionary work but this also means that in 3 or 4 years we will have more than 100,000 new families with one or two parents as returned missionaries. Can you imagine the growth and strength of these families?! Soon these 100,000 families will have children who will want to follow the example and serve their on missions. The family unit is a unit of God therefore we must treat it like one. 

So for all those who are married, think of ways you can strengthen your family for this growth as well to help other families to endure to the end. But more importantly those young adults or adults ready or preparing for marriage remember that as stated in conference you will not be able to raise a family in the gospel easily in these coming years. But you know what helps? Having a returned missionary in the home. So for those debating or are unsure of  mission service don’t think twice ... just think of your future family. Because you’re not only sacrificing your own blessings by not serving  but the blessings your family could receive from your service as well!

Just some thoughts....

I pray that all of you were able to receive what was needed from conference this year as I received more than I could take in... love you all and God bless!