Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday January 15th, 2018

Hey guys! 



Sorry I'm writing so late today. Tomorrow is the Leadership meeting so we had to come to Culiacán and we had to take care of some problems. I actually don't have a ton of time, but Iván is progressing a ton! He went to church yesterday and told us that he loved it and is going to go again next week. When we told him that we had to go to Culiacán, he asked us if we could leave more homework for him to read since we´d be gone for a couple of days. He's so prepared! We moved his baptismal date for the 27th of this month.

We also put a baptismal date with Antonio and Juaquína for the 17th of February. They went to church yesterday for the first time and really enjoyed it. Juaquína wants to invite all of her kids to listen to us! This week we gave some service to them in a different house that they have. They're an elderly couple and we helped them move some dressers and some beds. This week we're gonna help them paint the house.

Sorry this was pretty short, but we don't have a ton of time. Have a great week! I love you guys! 

-Elder Radmall





Questions:

Dad: Yes.  ( Are you ready for a new area?)

Mom: We don't have a Ward Mission Leader..... and with Western Union. I don't know the address, but it´s in the Colonia Lomas del Sol, and it's close to an Oxxo.  (Tell us about the ward mission leader and how he and the ward members help you.  Where is the Western Union to wire you some money?)

Holly: No.  (Did you get to watch President Monson's funeral and will you get to watch the broadcast from President Nelsen on Tuesday?)

Sam: Yes.  (Being in a resort type town, are the stores very "Americanized"?)

Dylan: Pretty awesome! haha  (How do you feel about having just shook hands with and met President Nelsen a year ago and now he will be the next President of the church?)

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Monday January 8th, 2018

Hey guys!




So, we received quite a big blessing this week.  We received a reference from the elders in San José. The guy's name is Iván. He's 20 years old, and is trying to look for ways to get closer to God, and is willing to do what ever it takes to achieve it. In the first lesson we talked about faith, repentance, and baptism; and committed him to baptism. His baptismal date is for the 3rd of February, but is progressing really fast, so we're going to see his progress this week and ask the Lord if he'll be ready to be baptized by the 27th of January. Our first visit with him was on Friday, and we made an appointment with him for Saturday. We had him read 1 Nephi 8, which is Lehi's vision of the Tree of Life. He asked us what the fruit represented, and how he could partake of it. We explained to him that it was Eternal Life, and how he would be able to receive it. When we asked if he had to work on Sunday, (church starts at 9 am), he said, "I don't have to be at work till 3 pm, so let's go to church!" It was awesome!  And when we asked if we could come back and visit on Tuesday, he asked if we could come on Monday instead.  He's really been prepared by the Lord!

We also have an investigator named Soar, who told us this week that he was in Oakland, California from the year 1994 to 1995! I'll have to take a picture with him and send it to ya.  (Forest's dad served his mission in Oakland, California from 1994-1996)

Yesterday, a member of the bishopric asked me to give a talk next week, but not my companion, which I thought was a little weird.

Ever and Teresa continue to progress, as do Raul and Gloria.

3 Nephi 13: 7-8

I love you guys! Have a great week!


(When we bought his shoes, the man told us that they were guaranteed to last for 2 years.  They didn't quite make it!)



-Elder Radmall

Questions:

Dad: He's always ready to get out and share the gospel, but he gets mad really easy and is a bit prideful.  (What is your favorite thing about this companion and what is difficult about him?)

Mom: By text message from the President's assistant.  (How did you missionaries get told about the passing of President Monson?)
Holly: Good question. Honestly I'm not sure exactly how to respond, but according to my knowledge yes, they will see their families, but they won't be a family if that makes sense.  (Will people still see their families even if they are not sealed?)


Sam: No, my favorite area is still Navolato. The people were really awesome there!  (s Cabo San Lucas your favorite area so far if not what is ...Why?)

Dylan: He as well went to the Spirit World until His resurrection. After His resurrection He went into the presence of the Father.  (We go to the spirit world when we die...where did Jesus go?)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Mom's birthday is this Friday.)

Hey guys! Well, I'm sure you're wondering why I didn't write yesterday, well the answer is that we received instructions from President Gabaldón that all the cibers would be closed, so we all had to write today.

This week was pretty good!  We hadn't really been able to find need until this week. We felt prompted to watch a short video about how to strengthen your marriage, and when we watched it, Teresa started crying and telling us everything that's been going out. They both really opened up and we were able to make some plans to help them improve their relationship.

This week we were also able to put a baptismal date with Raul and Gloria. They were both really receptive. Raul had some questions about the Book of Mormon and how the church was restored, and usually we pull out the scriptures, pamphlets, and our testimonies to teach the story; but this time we brought the full Restoration video to show them. We watched the entire 1 hour and 20 min video with them, and it was super powerful! They both understood the importance of the Book of Mormon and a Prophet. The Spirit was super strong. It was an awesome experience.

So, yesterday and Sunday, for safety reasons, we had to be in the house by 7:30 pm, so our District Meeting started at 5 instead of at 6 to give us more time to get back home in time. In my district, there's us, two more elders, and two sisters. Well, we all left the church building at 6:30 to give us plenty of time. At 7:20 we started to call the District Leaders to see if their district was at home, or a least close. All were at home, except for the sisters from our district, who weren't answering. We, as well as their District Leader, continued to call them and send them messages for the next 20 to 30 minutes with no results. I called the Assistant to the President who instructed us to keep calling for the moment, and he would give us further instruction in a few minutes. I told him that the sisters live near a member and that I could call the member to go and check and see if the sisters were in their apartment. When I called the member, she wasn't at home, so she couldn't go and see. We then got a call from President about 10 minutes later telling us to go to the sisters' home to see if they were there. Since they live a little ways away, we would have to take a taxi. As we were getting ready to go, a weird number called us, it was the sister missionaries. They had lost their phone, and had called us from one of their neighbor's cellphones. We let the Assistant and the District Leader know that they were safe and we started  making our dinner when President called us saying that he wanted us to go to their apartment anyway to make sure that all was okay, and to take an extra phone we had in the house to them. When all was said and done, we got back to our house at like 9:15, the sisters were safe, and the taxi didn't charge us very much. It was a crazy night!

Mosiah 3: 17,19

I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall

Food is obviously important to Elder Radmall!



Questions:

Dad: Not a whole lot, mostly about the weather and how many brothers and sisters I have.  (What questions to people ask you about in regards to your family and home?)

Mom: I like to ask the question why do they think they're here on the earth, or what they think will happen after we die, and then start teaching the Plan of Salvation.  (What phrase gets most people to listen to you?)

Holly: By remembering who you are, and what you stand for.  (How can you stay pure even when the people around you aren't?)

Sam: Here, New Year's Eve.   (What is celebrated more, New Year's Eve or New Years Day?)

Dylan: Yes.  (Do you still have to hand wash your clothes?)

Monday, December 25, 2017

Monday December 25th, 2017  

FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!!!!!








I felt so weird in the call home, sorry about that. We're having some problems in the zone with calls to families for Christmas, so I was a little worried about that, and I could hear Elder Antonio talking on the phone in the background with part of the zone trying to fix the problems without bothering me. It was also quite hard for me to think, talk, and get my thoughts together in English, so sorry for that.



Elder Radmall putting his Spanish to good use. 











Holly drew Forest's name for Christmas this year.





This week was pretty good! Ever and Teresa keep progressing more and more. This week we were able to commit them to baptism! Their baptismal date is for the 27th of January. We put it a little far off because they have to get married first.


 

Traditional stocking stuffers from home, thanks to Claudia Grover.  Lifesaver book, crayons, and a stuffed animal.








A  stocking for Elder Antonio too!!




Dylan playing his violin for Forest.  Dylan started playing the violin 4 months ago and asked Forest what his favorite hymn was so he could play it for him for Christmas.


We also have these other investigators, Raul, Gloria, and Marta. Raul is almost always working, so we haven't been able to talk to him a whole lot. We've invited Gloria and Marta to church these last two weeks, but they haven't been able to go. This week we were determined to have an appointment with them when Raul, Gloria's husband, would be there. Well, it worked out. We had an awesome lesson with the three, and we were able to answer many questions that Raul had. All three of them went to church yesterday, and all three really liked it! It made us really happy! I feel like they can progress pretty quickly, but Raul and Gloria have to get married before they can be baptized. We have an appointment with them on Tuesday night, hopefully Raul gets home from work in time for the lesson. It's the last appointment we have for the day, so we're praying and crossing our fingers and toes that he'll be able to make it.


Pizza is a Radmall family tradition for Christmas Eve.



























(We get to open 1 present on Christmas Eve, it is usually pajamas.  We were able to send presents to Forest with Claudia Grover at Thanksgiving time.  This one was labeled "open on Christmas Eve". )

My companion and I had a pretty good Christmas. We ate pizza, ice cream, and drank Pepsi while watching Meet the Mormons. It's crazy to think that I'll be home for the next one. I don't think that I've completely wrapped my head around the idea that I'll be home in about 5 months. The time has gone by so fast!

John 3:16-17

I love you guys! Have a great week!




-Elder Radmall



Elder Radmall telling of a spiritual experience in Cabo San Lucas.





Questions:

Dad: Yep, Christmas Eve is the big day here.  (I heard from a Mexican waitress here, that in Mexico Christmas Eve is Celebrated, have you found this to be true in your area?)

Mom: Here there are a lot more fireworks and gunshots. (What is different about Christmas in Cabo San Lucas versus Christmas in Culiacan? )

Holly: It can sometimes be hard to accept that not everything we want, is what's best for us in the long run. When you want something really badly, pray to Heavenly Father to help you make the right decision and to do your best, and if you don't end up achieving the thing you wanted, it's because it wasn't the will of God. Which is where trust and faith really come into play. Just remember that God knows you personally and knows what's best for you.  (Why is it that when we work so hard for something, it doesn't turn out how we want?)

Sam: The "right" way to pray is how Jesus taught in John 14:13 which is praying to the Father and closing in the name of Jesus Christ. What you say is up to you. Just remember that it´s a conversation, not a list.  (Is there only one right way to pray?)

Dylan: Reading the Book of Mormon daily will really help you avoid temptations.  (How do I avoid temptations?)

Monday, December 18, 2017

Monday December 18th, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOLLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Holly's 17th birthday is tomorrow)
and GREAT JOB SAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (Samuel had a solo in his band concert)



This week was pretty good! Well, first off, my toe continues to improve, with transfers........ we're both stay here for at least another transfer. We've been working with an elderly couple for a little while, and this week we invited them both to baptism and they both accepted. The husband's name is Antonio and his wife's name is Juaquina. Their baptismal date is the 27th of January.




So, earlier this week, we were on the bus, and when we got off we started to walk to our next appointment when we heard someone yelling at us from behind. When we turned around we saw a lady standing there waiting for us to return. When we returned she told us that she felt like she needed to talk to us so she got off the bus early. She's going through a really hard time with her kids, her husband, and drugs, and she was asking for some advice on what to do. We started to teach her about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Tree of Life vision, applying it to her life. Her husband won't let us come by her house, but we gave her our phone number and we're hoping she calls us soon. It was a really cool experience.

Elder Antonio studying

We have an investigator named Soar who works in a hotel as a waiter. He told me that there are some Americans that work there but in a different department. I guess they try to sell some things, but the main idea is that they make a lot of money. He told me that I should get a job there after my mission since I know Spanish and English to make some money. It could be good, but I'd kinda like to stick around Idaho!

Wrapped presents from home under his tree!!






















We also have two other investigators named Ever and Teresa who are progressing like crazy! They read the introduction to the Book of Mormon, and when we asked them about it, they remembered who the Nephites were, the Lamanites, the Jaredites, Joseph Smith, the 8 Witnesses, and everything. Right now we're working on getting them married. They have the desire, so we're just helping them along the way. Ever even talked to his boss to get Sundays off so he can go to church! They were a huge blessing!

Alma 32:15

Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall



Questions:

Dad: It's really made me think on the changes I've made in my life, and how I can better my own life. It's really strengthened my testimony of the Atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. (How has seeing change in others, changed you?)

Mom:  We've been doing a lot of service and giving out contact cards with the name of the video and the webpage for Light the World.  (In what ways have you been able to participate in the Light the World initiative?)

Holly: Getting family and friends together and eating a ton of delicious food :)  (Tell me about your favorite Mexican tradition at Christmas?)

Sam: No.  ( Do you and your companion exchange gifts?)

Dylan: ummm if you can, A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, if not, Nearer My God to Thee  (What hymn would you like me to play for you on the violin when we Skype on Christmas?)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday December 11th, 2017

Hey guys!

Well, first off, my toe. It's doing a ton better! The doctor still hasn't told me I can get out and go like normal, but we're doing it anyway. This week I started to use my normal shoe because I've gotten sick and tired of my sandal ha-ha!  It seems to be working just fine!

























So, the other day we were walking to an appointment in an apartment. The apartment that we were going to is set behind an apartment where a member lives. While we were walking up to the apartments, the Sister walked out of her apartment smoking a cigarette! In my mind I was like what?! When she saw us, she got really embarrassed and hid her cigarette behind her back. We actually eat with her every other week, and she's got a good sense of humor. I walked up to her, and just smiled and said, "Let's see if we have a gift for you haha!" I reached inside my bag and pulled the pamphlet entitled "The Word of Wisdom" and handed it to her smiling. She started to laugh a little and just shook her head. She felt awful though. I don't know if she read it or not, but I had to lighten the mood for her a little.




Well, I haven't really described what Cabo San Lucas is to you guys, so I guess it's time. My area is the area farthest away from the beach, which means it's the area furthest away from the touristy parts. The touristy parts are really cool according to the pics that I've seen, but my area is a little more poor. There are a lot of sand/dirt streets with a lot of homes made out of scrap wood and metal. There are a ton of little kids and dogs running around everywhere. If you'd like to look it up on Google maps, our area is from the Colonia Lomas del Sol to the Colonia Gastelum.




My companion and I are getting along pretty well, and I honestly don't know what's going to happen this transfer. It's possible that we both stay here, but I don't think so. I think that there's a better chance of him leaving, but who knows!

Have a great week! I love you guys!

2 Nephi 9: 41-43

-Elder Radmall





Questions:

Dad: Yeah, but the appointments are at lunch time, because that's the big meal of the day here.  (Do you have regular dinner appointments set at church?)

Mom: Some eat turkey, but according to our investigators, a lot of them are going to eat Posoli.  (What are the traditional foods eaten at Christmas in Mexico?)

Holly: As missionaries we don't really go into depth about the 2nd Coming with our investigators but, the signs are being completed. In my personal opinion, it's very close. Nobody knows the time or the hour, but before I got to the mission, the other mission president felt the impression to say in a missionary meeting that many of the sisters and elders present, would be alive during the 2nd Coming. I also have felt the impression multiple times that it's close. Make sure that you keep holding on the iron rod, so that you're prepared to meet your Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ.  (How hard is it for your investigators to comprehend the second coming and how fast it is approaching?)

Sam: The great food!  (What are you looking forward to the most on Christmas besides talking to us?)

Dylan: Ha-ha! the food. I love it!  (What is your favorite thing about Christmas in Mexico?)

Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday December 4th, 2017

Hey guys!




This week was pretty good! First, I'll let ya know how it went with the Doctor. He said that it's doing really well and that it'd be hard to get infected at this point. He told me that I can now work half days in streets without dirt, but I've been working in the dirt full time for the past two weeks and the Lord is healing my foot, so I think I'm gonna keep putting my trust more in the Lord than in man. I still have to wear my sandal, but we're working hard.


  

























Our week was a little crazy. We had a baptism, a zone conference, stake conference, splits with the Assistant to the President, and a ton of reports.

The baptism went pretty good, but it was on the day that we had to buy all the food for the zone conference, so it was a pretty packed day. His baptism was on Friday, which is the day that we do weekly planning, which took up most of the morning. After weekly planning we went to the church, which takes us about 30 min by bus. We filled up the baptismal font and started planning out our report for the zone conference. When the baptismal font was full, we left to go to Costco to buy the food for the zone conference, but Costco is about 40 minutes from the church building. We bought all the stuff and then went back to our area. We didn't get back to our area till about 4 pm, and we usually eat at 2 pm, but since we didn't have time, we ate at 4 pm. Once we ate, we passed by for Socorro, and went to the church building for his baptism which started at 6 pm. It was a pretty crazy day!




The Zone Conference was really good! President really focused on the Sister Missionaries, and the power that they have to share the gospel. It was really cool! In Stake Conference he talked about his favorite super hero, the missionaries. He explained what exactly we do, and that we need all the help we can get from the members. It was a really powerful talk!

Helaman 5: 9-12

I love you guys! Have a great week!




-Elder Radmall


Questions:

Dad: There are quite a few stray dogs, and my comp is afraid of them haha and the food from the street vendors smells amazing!  (Cabo have a lot of stray dogs? and How are the street vendors:)? )

Mom: ice-cream and tacos  (What did you buy with the pesos Sister Grover gave you?)

Holly: Humility and a desire to serve.  (What attribute is key to being a good leader?)

Sam: I just open my scriptures and share the first scripture I see. (How do you decide what scriptures to send to us?)

Dylan: We don't have time to bake treats :(  (Do you ever get to bake treats? and if so...Whats your favorite? )