Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday July 17th, 2017

Thanks for all the pics and the videos! I've really missed swimming! Especialmente con este calor!!! (Especially with this heat!!!)




This week was quite difficult. Like to the point where I was starting to get down a little bit. Just about no one wanted to accept our message. Just about everyone told us that they live with their in-laws and that they don't like to talk about religion, so we can't stop by their house. But they say that they're always in the park downtown in the evenings, so if they see us down there they'll yell out to us. I'm just like, are ya kidding me?  It was quite frustrating. 




But one cool thing is that I got to watch a chicken fight. It was pretty interesting. They hold their roosters and bring them close to each other, then separate them, bring them close again, separate them again, and then let them loose to fight. It was pretty cool.





We're continuing to teach Ramón and his family. We're now teaching 9 people in that home which is pretty cool. The hard part is that Ramón´s wife is really invested in her religion, and wants us to show her in the  Bible where everything that we teach is. One of the questions that she asked us is Where is the Spirit World. That answer doesn't come in the Bible. I've found a scripture that says that the Bible doesn't contain everything, and I also found a few contradictions in the Bible to read when people try to tell us that the Bible is perfect. I don´t want to be rude to her at all, but I think that it's almost time to share these scriptures with her to help her realize the importance of the Book of Mormon more, as well as the other scriptures.




It was a pretty slow week as far as missionary work goes, but the time saddle is flying by!



















Have a great week! I love you guys!

-Elder Radmall




Questions:

Dad: Like crazy!!!  (Do you feel like the time is going by super fast too?)

Mom: I want to go up to the mountains.  (What vacation would you like to take as a family when you get home?)

Holly: Yes. When I draw, it takes me quite a while to finish.  (Do you take time to work on your drawings?)

Sam: It depends. If I´m gonna start up my own business, I´ll start the fall semester. But if I´m gonna go work at CAT, school doesn't start until January.  (How many months/years do you plan to wait before attending college?)

Dylan: It´s not a game, but my companion and I really like to talk about the deep doctrine stuff. 
(What's your favorite game to play with your companion?)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monday July 10th, 2017

Wow! What a week! 











One of the coolest parts is that one day, we had planned to visit a really small town a ways away. While we were riding the bikes downtown to exit the city, the brakes on my companion's bike started to put pressure on the tire so that it couldn't be moved. They're new, so it really sucked. But I took apart the brakes, thinking that we could then at least push the bike or ride carefully to a bike shop, but the tire still didn't move. We decided to pray and read the scriptures about what we should do. When we opened the scriptures, we read the scripture that says that there are people here that need the gospel. It was a really cool experience.

                          




                                     

(They must have been good!  :) )


We decided to go to this a little park here in Navolato kinda like City Park, but smaller, and there was a group of 7 guys that we went to contact. They were all older guys and had lots of questions that we were answering. One buy one they all left except 2. It was about 8 at night. One of the guys was legally crazy, talking about how we´re creations from aliens and that they come and check on us once in a while and such. The other guys was sitting next to him looking at me, then looking at that guy, then rolling his eyes ha-ha I let my companion talk to the crazy dude, and I sat on the bench next to the other guy. He started out by telling me that that guys is really crazy ha-ha but then he started asking me questions about the Plan of Salvation. He told me that a few years ago one of his daughters died of anorexia, and only had one other daughter, and his son. Two months ago his son disappeared, leaving behind his wife and two kids. He told me that his son was a really good guy, and he´s not sure what happened. He said that some people tell him that his son is dead, and others say that he´s alive, and he´s really worried. He and I talked for a little while, and I could see that my companion was ready to leave ha-ha so I asked him if I could write down his address so we could come visit him another time. To this he replied, "Can you come visit my family right now?" It was awesome! I checked the time, 8:30, and said of course, let's go. He gave us a ride to his house, had his wife come out to the Living Room, and called his daughter-in-law. When they all got there, we just talked with them and shared some scriptures to help comfort them, and gave them Priesthood Blessings. The wife of this guy said that she could feel a power go through her body. It was really cool! 









On Sunday two people came that we didn't recognize.  After the meeting we went to talk to them and they told us that they are looking for a church to join because they don´t like the Catholic Church. They stayed all 3 hours, and we have an appointment with them tomorrow. It was an awesome week!

   
Elder Azarte's birthday
    




            Bus ride                  











Close...

Closer...

Whoa...too close!!

The scripture I read that I really like this week is:  "Thou therefore hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."  2 Timothy 2:3










I hope you all had a great week, and will have an even better one this week!

-Elder Radmall

(Isn't this floor beautiful?!!)

Questions:

Dad: They have 5 kids, one is married and living in Culiacan, and one just got home from her mission. The dad owns a little store and works there with his kids. We don't interact with them too much. They're usually doing something, whether that´s work, school, or if they're just having some fun.  (My question must suck, they aren't spiritual...I want to know about the Family you live with, work, kids, do you interact with them, that kinda stuff.)

Mom: We've only had that problem with the Catholics, and we just ask them if they think that a baby can commit sin, and they usually say that they are born with the Original Sin, so we explain that the Law of Moses was completed with Jesus Christ. After we explain that and the purpose of baptism, they usually understand.    (What do you tell investigators when they tell you that they have already been baptized in another church so, they don't need to be baptized again?)

Holly: Well, ordinances are actions, like baptism, and the covenant is the promise made.
Sam: It depends on the person because we teach people, not lessons. It depends on what they need at that time.  (What is the best way to teach someone the connection between ordinances and covenants?)

Sam: It depends on the person because we teach people, not lessons. It depends on what they need at that time.  (What is the first lesson that you teach investigators and what is the first scripture that you have them read?)

Dylan: . .  no :(  (Have you gotten to go to any cool sporting events?)




Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday July 3rd, 2017

Dad, that story is awesome! Thanks for sharing that with me. (See story at the end of this post.)

This week was pretty good. We're able to work pretty normal now, but it feels kinda weird getting back in the swing of things. Well, first things first, we didn't get transferred. But my companion is from Mexico City, and they're known for being able to eat a lot of spicy food, and he likes to brag about that. This week we went to eat with a member whose salsa was almost pure chiles. After just about 2 or 3 bites, my companion was freaking out, sucking in air, and putting salt directly on his tongue ha ha! I hadn't even started to sweat yet! It was awesome! Then one of the members challenged us to eat a spoonful of the salsa, but I made him go first. Nothing happened to him, my companion ate his spoonful, freaked out and started sucking air again, then I ate 2 spoonfuls and was totally fine. It was awesome! 

We also got permission to go on a jeep ride with this member which was really cool. He said he would send me the videos, but he hasn't yet so I´ll have to talk to him.

The other day we made a really cool contact. It´s a husband and wife, and we just started talking to them. He was raised Catholic, and she was raised Christian. At one point I felt prompted to bring up that with just us four there, there were three different churches. And if there is only one God, why are there so many different churches. They said it was a good question, and that they didn't know the answer. So we taught them about how Christ established His church, the apostasy, and the Restoration. It was awesome! The only problem is the he's a cop, so his day off rotates, and they live with her parents, so they didn't feel comfortable giving us the address, but we have their phone number. Hopefully we can find them again!

On Friday night before we went home, we went to buy some Quesadillas al Pastor, which are really good! Each one costs 20 pesos, and we ordered 8. While we were waiting, we noticed a guy that kept eyeing us while he was eating with his friends. After a few minutes our order was ready and we went to pay. When we went to give the lady our money, she told us that that guy paid for us. It was a really cool experience.

I'm not sure what's going on with this computer, but I can't send pics, so you'll just have a bunch next week.

Have an awesome week!

-Elder Radmall

Questions:

Dad: No, even they get sick from it. (Do the locals drink the water form the tap, and is that ever talked about?)

Mom: Mosiah 28:3 (What scriptures have inspired you this week?)

Holly: I liked the talk by Elder Rasband about recognizing the Holy Ghost.  (What was your favorite conference talk and why?)

Sam: The food is really good in this area. Better than in Culiacán. (What is the coolest thing in this area?)

Dylan: lots of fruit trees (What are some trees you have there, that we don't have here?)

Elder Holland's story as mentioned above:

Elder Holland closed by relating a story — being careful to protect the privacy and anonymity of the participants — of a young man from southern Idaho. One night the young man stormed out of the house and set off to join an infamous motorcycle gang. He succeeded in that resolve and for 20 years became immersed in a culture “of temptations yielded to and degradation's explored,” never contacting his parents, who feared that he was dead.
Eventually ending up in Southern California, he one day was sitting on the porch of a rented home when he saw two LDS missionaries making their way up the street.
“With a rush of memory and guilt, regret and rage, he despised the very sight of them,” Elder Holland recounted. “But he was safe, because he kept all visitors at bay by employing two Doberman Pincers who viciously charged the gate every moment that anyone came near.”
The dogs startled the missionaries as they passed by and continued on, “our man on the porch laughing at the lovely little drama he had just witnessed, wishing only that the gate hadn’t restrained his two dogs.”
Then, the two elders stopped, looked at each other, conversed a little, “likely said a silent prayer,” then turned around and approached the gate.
“The Dobermans on cue charged the gate again, hit it, snarling, frothing, and then stopped in their tracks,” Elder Holland said. “They looked at the missionaries, dropped their heads, ambled back to the front steps and lay down.”
The man on the porch was speechless as they missionaries opened the gate, walked up the path and greeted him.
“One of the elders said, ‘Are you from this part of California?’
“The man said, ‘No. If you want to know, I’m from Pocatello, Idaho.’
“There was a pause. ‘That’s interesting,’ the elder said. ‘Do you know the [such-and-such] family in Pocatello?’
“With a stunned look, our biker paused, and then, in very measured words, said, ‘Yeah, I know them. They are my parents.’
“ ‘Well, they’re my parents too,’ the missionary said. ‘God has sent me to invite you to come home.’ ”
The younger brother had been born after the older boy had left home. The elder brother did not even know of him.
“Mom and Dad have been praying for you every morning and night for 20 years,” the younger brother said. “They were not sure you were alive, but they knew if you were, that someday you would come back to us.”
The wayward son invited the two in, and they talked for the rest of the day and some of the night. He did return home, returned to Church activity and, in March 2015, was married and sealed in the Boise Idaho Temple.
Commenting on the account, Elder Holland said, “This is a story of the role of Almighty God, the Savior of the World, and the Holy Ghost involved in the work of the ministry to which we’ve been called.
“The Holy Ghost prompted those parents to keep praying, to keep believing, to keep trusting. … The Holy Ghost inspired that rebellious boy to come to himself like the prodigal he was and to head for California. … The Holy Ghost influenced that younger son to serve a mission and be willing to accept a call to Southern California. … The Holy Ghost inspired one of my brethren in the Twelve, who was on the assignment desk that Friday, to trust his impression and assign that young man for service not a great distance from his native-born state. The Holy Ghost inspired that mission president to assign that young missionary to that district and that member unit. The Holy Ghost led those missionaries to that street, that day, that hour, with big brother sitting on the porch waiting, and, with Doberman Pincers notwithstanding, the Holy Ghost prompted those to elders to stop, talk and in spite of their fear, to go back and present their message. …
“And, through the elders, the Holy Ghost taught repentance and brought true conversion to one coming back into the fold.”
Elder Holland said the young elder, without realizing it, gave the missionary speech of all time, when he said to his brother, “God has sent me here to invite you to come home.”
“We are sent by God to invite His children home,” Elder Holland concluded. “We do that through the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, on the strength of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Welcome to the divine companionship.”

Talk given June 27th, 2017 to new mission presidents at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, UT



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday June 26th, 2017

It was a pretty decent week. On Tuesday we had splits with our District Leader and his companion, so we spent the night at their house on Monday after our District Meeting. In their house they have a barbell, and they wanted to have a competition to see who could do the most curls with 40 lbs. Elder Muñoz went first and got 21, then Elder Buitrago who got 56. Elder Arzate didn't want to go, so it was my turn. I wasn't gonna let my District Leader beat me, so I knew that I had to at least get 60. Well, I got to 60 and felt like I could do a couple more so  I kept going. I decided to stop at 150 reps ha ha! Needless to say, my arms were very sore for a couple days, but I won!  ha ha!




During splits, I went with Elder Muñoz and it was alright. He been in the mission for about a month, so it was like training from the beginning again, but he did pretty good. The only thing that sucked was that he had one appointment on one side of his area, then the next appointment was on the other side, then we went back to the other side for the 3rd appointment. But oh well, he´ll learn.

On Wednesday we had our Multi-Zone Meeting which was pretty good. It´s nice to actually know the majority of the people that are there now. The Multi-Zone Meeting was also on the day that we completed one year in the mission, and Elder Meadows and Elder Mockbee were there. We only missed Elder Burkholder which was pretty cool! This year has gone by so fast! The Multi-Zone Meeting was pretty focused on finding new people to teach, and making sure that we invite everybody that´s in the house to hear our message. 





(When missionaries reach their 1 year mark of service, they burn a shirt...)


                                 


German has his baptismal date for this Saturday, the last Saturday of this transfer, but he hasn't gone to church the last two Sundays, and he hasn't been in his house when we pass by. He´s working in the farm fields, so hopefully the reason that he hasn't been home is because he´s working, but we feel like he´s not ready for his baptismal date, so we´re gonna have to change it which is sad.

My companion is walking a lot better. We went to the Chiropractor today, and he told us that in these next two days he wants Elder Arzate to walk without his crutches. And if everything goes good, we´ll be able to use the bikes again this Thursday, which will be really nice. Without the bikes we can´t go around our area like we need to to visit our investigators. So hopefully this week is almost a normal week!

I love you guys! Have an awesome week!

-Elder Radmall





Questions:

Dad: It's really helped me realize what's really important in life, especially with the Gospel.  (How has a Mission changed your perspective on life?)

Mom: Right now my companion has to do some exercises with his ankle, and I have to help, so getting to bed on time right now is a little tough.  (What part of your schedule is the hardest to keep?)

Holly: I would say the story of Joseph Smith. We get told that it's a fantasy a lot.  (What is the hardest part of the gospel for your investigators to comprehend?)

Sam: Lots of mosquitoes... (Have you been stung or bit by anything yet?)

Dylan: So far no, but I've heard that they have some strange animals in the mountains.  (Have you seen any strange animals there that are not in Idaho?)



Monday, June 19, 2017

Monday June 19th, 2017

HAPPY FATHERS DAY!






(This is the tree's natural colors!!)










Hey guys! Well, it was another week in the house. We were able to go out and work a little bit, but not a ton. I'm kinda thinking that it's a blessing that we can't get out and work like we want to. In these past couple of weeks, Navolato has gotten quite a bit more dangerous. They're killing a person or two every day, and not just at night. A week ago today, they killed a guy at three in the afternoon downtown. They shot him 8 times in the head. They're also kidnapping a lot of kids, which makes contacting a lot harder, because the "bad guys" are impersonating other people, so people are staying in their homes more.

We have a new investigator, who's a really good guy! He has lots of questions for us, which I love. 

On Wednesday we had special splits. We went with the elders from Nuevo Culiacan. Elder Gummow and Elder Cardona. Elder Gummow is writing a new song for the mission, and needed to be in the church building all day. Since my companion can't work very much, we went to Culiacan so he could be with Elder Gummow, and I went with Elder Cardona to work in Nuevo Culiacan, that way there weren't two areas not working.



Helping a pregnant sister in their ward move her water business to a new location.

I bought a new study journal this week, so now I can study more how I want to. I really encourage you to write down what your studying, where it's found in the scriptures, and your thoughts. It makes your study a lot more meaningful, and you learn a lot more!

Yesterday, we ate with the Abitia family. They're awesome! They were making Carne Asada for Father's Day, so we helped them cook. Ricardo Abitia, the dad, had saved steaks for the end, and since we helped cook all the food, he gave us a big steak. It's the first steak I've had in a year! It was awesome!!!!

Not a ton happened this week either, hopefully this next week we can work how we want to.  

I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall





Questions:

Dad: Lots of bread and some bracelets  (Are there many hand made goods sold in the area?)

Mom: I'm studying the Plan of Salvation in depth. I'm at the Judgement, and I have 12 pages of notes. It's been awesome! (What are you studying in the scriptures this week?)

Holly: One of them actually called me a Prince hahaha  (Any ladies hit on you yet?)

Sam: pics are your answer from last week. This week: First, great questions bud! In the Spirit World there's a division: Spirit Paradise, and Spirit Prison. The Spirits in Spirit Paradise are the Spirits who have a knowledge of the gospel, made covenants with God, such as baptism, and were firm in the faith. These Spirits are teaching the gospel to the Spirits in Spirit Prison so they can have a chance to live with God in the Celestial Kingdom. Here's my question for you: If a person has the opportunity to accept the gospel in this life, rejects it, but accepts the gospel in the Spirit World, will they live in the Celestial Kingdom?  ( What do our spirits do after we die?)

Dylan: Rumikub  (What will be the first game that you want to play when you get home?)