Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Monday February 12th, 2018

Hey guys! 




This week was pretty good! Sugey's baptism was really good! Her mom and her kids are members and we convinced her daughter who's 14 to say the opening prayer which was awesome! The whole baptism went really smooth but Sugey said that the water was really cold. Oops! haha







Raul continues to progress, his baptismal date is for this Saturday. The last lesson we had with him was on Saturday, and we watched the full movie of the Restoration with him and he really enjoyed it. We invited him to pray about Joseph Smith and the church again and we're really hoping that he recognizes his answer. I'm almost 100% sure that he has already received it, he just didn't recognize it, or doesn't want to accept it. He told his wife a little bit ago that if he ever gets baptized into a church, it'll be this one. He's a really great man! I actually thought that he was a member the first time we visited him. He even went to Sugey's baptism with his wife, and is looking for a job that has Sundays off. (He's not working right now).

We also have another baptismal date, Danial Lopez, for the 24th of this month. As of right now there isn't a huge difficulty with him apart from family problems. He doesn't live with his parents. He lives with his "grandparents" but they aren't blood related. He's 18 and is progressing really well.

I'm doing great! I love the area and my companion and I get along really good! I love you guys! Have a great week!

Mosiah 27:31

-Elder Radmall


Questions:

Dad: Not sure if it's the neatest, but the craziest is Semana Santa-Holy Week.
(What's the neatest cultural thing you've witnessed?)

Mom: I am now able to work a lot harder which I enjoy. We're finding a lot of good people!  (Besides you speaking Spanish better, tell me some differences between when you were in this area the first time and now.)

Holly: They actually understand it really well. It's a little harder for them to understand what happens after death because they usually only believe in Heaven and Hell so it's another concept for them to learn.  (How hard is it for your investigators to comprehend when you teach them about the pre-mortal life?)

Sam: No, I was and am super excited!  (Was it hard to come back to the same area and if so, why?)

Dylan: It's a little spicy, but I really like it. To help us grow and progress eternally.  (Tell me about Mexican candy.  Why did Heavenly Father give us trials?)

Monday, February 5, 2018

Monday February 5th, 2018

Hey guys!



                                                         Elder Torres and Elder Radmall

This week was pretty cool! We were able to commit two people to baptism! One for this Saturday, and one for the next. We tried committing a ton of people to baptism, but only two accepted. We're wanting to commit Marcos to baptism this week for the 24th of this month. The two that have baptismal dates are Sugey and Raul. Sugey's baptismal date is for this Saturday and is super excited for it. Her only problem or struggle is her family. They're members, but less-active and they don't support her a whole lot. She´s the mom, and her oldest son who's about 22 yells at her, hits her, smokes weed, and isn't living the Law of Chastity. It's really hard on her, but her other kids do better, they just don't obey her which is frustrating for her.


 


My companion is also from Veracruz, he has made two rap cds, and he's pretty cool. I'll tell you more about him next week in the email.  There are 22 missionaries in our zone.


Raul is an older guy of about 60 yrs. His wife is a member which is a huge help, but he has cancer, so he sometimes doesn't have a ton of energy. He grew up in a Christian church where they played loud music with drums all that jazz, and he says that in that church he felt filled with the Spirit, but in this church he doesn't feel it. He´s confusing the Spirit with inspiration or energy. We've explained the difference to him a few times, but we´re planning an awesome lesson to help him feel the Spirit strongly.


Likes his food!!

I feel pretty happy to be in this ward again, the member recognized me which surprised me because I couldn't really talk to them before. This is not the ward where Rubén and Wendy live, but they do live in the zone.  I actually get to go to Navolato this Thursday which I'm pretty excited about. 

I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall





Questions:

Dad: Sadly, no. But if I find one, I'll be sure to buy something from it.  (Are there any Mexican cowboy stores there? That could be some cool stuff to get!)
Mom: I'll be good with what ever. (Are you thinking that you will finish your mission in Culiacan and are you hoping to?)  

Holly: By using the scripture that says our bodies are temples. Then using the example of someone putting graffiti on the church building. (How do you teach people that have tattoos that we are not supposed to have tattoos?)

Sam: Being with family and being able to talk about hunting again haha  (What is the main thing that you are looking forward to when you get home?)

Dylan: Pues, aquí en la misión, ninguno, pero a mí, mi gusta mas los juegos de la mesa. Well, here in the mission, none, but to me, I like more the games of the table. (¿Qué juego juegas más a un juego de mesa o de cartas? What game do you play most a board or card game?)

Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday January 29th, 2018

Hey guys!

This week was pretty crazy! On Tuesday, we had splits, and Wednesday, we had splits, and Thursday, we had splits, on Friday we had our Zone Conference, on Saturday, we got told about our transfers, and on Sunday, I got transferred. It was a crazy week! 

So, on Tuesday I went on splits with Elder Verde (Elder Green) haha who is a greeny. He's just barely starting his second transfer. He's from Mexico City and doing really well!

On Wednesday I went on splits with Elder Shunk, who is a new elder from Utah. He's just barely starting his second transfer as well, and is progressing a ton! We worked really well together!

On Thursday, splits were normal, I worked half a day with Elder Flores and half a day with Elder Huntzinger. Elder Flores is from Puebla and Elder Huntzinger is from Utah. We had a pretty good day, we found quite a few people who want to progress in the gospel.

The Zone Conference was all day long, but it was pretty cool. Elder Antonio and I talked about the importance of teaching the doctrine of Fornication and Adultery correctly. It went pretty good!

Ever and Teresa are still progressing a ton! Because they're not married, they have to one, get married, but to do so they need to present certain documents, so Teresa went to Guerrero this week to get them. They're an awesome couple! I'm really sad that I won't be able to see them continue to progress.

Ivan's baptismal date fell through because his job changed his working schedule and can no longer go to church. We were all sad about that.

Well, I'm sure you're all wondering where I got transferred to, so I guess I'll have to tell ya. I don't know if you remember, but I started my mission in and area called Jardines. Well, in that building there are two wards that meet there, Jardines, and Villa Verde. Well, these two wards combined and formed a ward called Barrancos. I have been assigned to work in this ward. I even live in the same house as before. The cool thing is that I can now talk with the people in Spanish. It's awesome! I'm still a Zone Leader, and my companion's name is Elder Torres. He's also from Veracruz, but from a different part then Elder Antonio. I'm really excited to work hard here!

I love you guys! Have a great week! Oh! I forgot to say that one, thanks for the suggestions dad, and yes I do read your emails, and I forgot to grab the cable to camera, so I'll have to send the pics next week.

-Elder Radmall


Questions:

Dad: In the Baja, but I like Sinaloa more.  (Where do all the Missionaries want to serve the most?)

Mom: The plane ride is about an hour and a half. The plane is super small! Only 12 people fit. It's honestly a pretty boring flight because there's nothing to see. All you see is a ton of water. Yes, the ocean is beautiful, but an hour of seeing a mass of blue water without anything else is a little boring. And it's worse when the person sitting next to me doesn't want anything to do with the gospel because there's no one else to talk to.  (Tell me about the plane ride from Cabo to Culiacan and back.  How long is the ride, how big is the plane...etc...)

Holly: I like using the scripture in Matthew that talks about Jesus' baptism.  (How do you teach people about 3 separate beings in the Godhead?)

Sam: Yes. I think it's mostly because I'll have to adapt back to life and I won't be able to the same thing I do here.  (Are you nervous to come home and if so, why?)

Dylan: Most likely in the flooring business. But I'm not sure.  (What job are you wanting when you get home?  I have grown about 6 inches by the way.)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Monday January 22nd, 2018

Hey guys!

Forest put on his coat for the first time since being on his mission and realized that he had a hunting call in his pocket from the last time he wore the coat back home.  

So, this week we had the Leadership Meeting in Culiacan which was pretty cool! The meeting lasted all day, and afterwards we, the elders, arm wrestled. I only lost to Elder Meadows. It was awesome, but I was pretty sore the next day. On Wednesday we went on splits with Elder Meadows just for the morning, and we were able to put a baptismal date with one of his investigators. At noon we had to be at the airport and on our way back to Cabo. While I was in the plane, almost to San Lucas, I saw one of the coolest things I've ever seen in my life! I was looking out the window right as a whale jumped out of the water and came splashing down. It. Was. Awesome!

Elder Antonio after a long day.

Also this week, we taught Ever and Teresa, who are not married, the Law of Chastity, and during the next lesson Teresa pulled out her pamphlet and said, I just feel really good with you guys, and I want to read something I wrote. She started to read her letter which talked about how much she loved Ever and how she's been waiting for him to ask her to marry him for 7 years and he hasn't done it. She then asked him to marry her and part of the promise was that he has to continue to read and pray with her so that they can become an eternal family. He said yes. It was awesome! The Spirit was so strong!

I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall


Questions:

Dad: yes and YES  (Will you take a picture of your Casa for us? and are you ready for a new companion?)

Mom: No, we didn't get to watch it.  (Since you were in Culiacan for training on Tuesday, did you get to see the broadcast and the press conference from President Nelsen?  There was a question from someone in Mexico and President Nelsen mentioned how much they loved the people of Mexico.  It was cool!)

Holly: We all have little things that can impede us from walking with the Lord. What we need to do is try our best, learn as much as we can about the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and apply it to our lives. We'll all make mistakes, but what we learn from them is what counts.  (Do we have things that make it hard to walk with the Lord, and how can we overcome those things?)

Sam: It's crazy scary!  ( Is it weird for you to think that I can take driver's ed right after you get home?)

Dylan: How much?  (Guess how much I have grown since you left?)

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?)