Monday, October 23, 2017

Monday October 23rd, 2017

Hey guys! Dad, that sucks about your bull. (Hunting, Matt didn't get his bull elk.)  Are you gonna put in again next year, or for your goat?


Elder Meadows, Elder Burkholder, and Elder Radmall were all in the MTC together.

Elder Meadows, Elder Burkholder, and Elder Radmall...members of the 7B (They dubbed their district at the MTC the 7B).



 

More with Elder Radmall and Elder Burkholder

This week was pretty decent. We walked a ton!  We were super busy!  We had to do two baptismal interviews, which is awesome, but takes time away from working in our area. But, you feel really good after an investigator passes an interview.


Elder Radmall and Elder Atkins...went to high school together and both from the Twin Falls South Stake!!









Elder Hernandez, a former companion, and Elder Radmall























During the week we were eating with a member, and there was a less-active, ex-missionary in her house as well. He returned not too long ago and told us that he's inactive because none of the young members wanted to be his friend so he went with other people and started drinking. He now has a job were he could go to church in the morning, but chooses not to. I was super direct with him explaining about how he already knows about the judgement day, and who he's fearing more. Hopefully he comes back to church soon. He's a pretty cool guy and told us that we could   call him if we were ever hungry or needed anything.

So, Gregorio was progressing super fast! He'd stopped drinking, he's reading the scriptures, going to church, and everything. But on Sunday morning he called us super early telling us that he had been drinking, feels really bad, and is a little sick. We tried to help him realize that he needed to go to church, but he didn't want to. Later in the day we passed by his house and he was still a little drunk. There were a ton of beer cans all over the floor, so we cleaned it all up and started talking with him. We taught more about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and how it's important to have good friends that help us become better. He has often expressed to us how his friends just want to be with him to drink. So we encouraged him to put his foot down and tell his friends that they're welcome at his home, but without alcohol. We're also gonna teach a lot more with members from the ward to help him overcome this habit. His baptismal date fell threw, but we're gonna keep moving forward with him.

We have some other investigators that are progressing, but time is running out, so I'll have to tell you about them next week!

Have a great week!


 

(Good to see all those years frying food at "Shake Out" coming in handy!)


-Elder Radmall


Questions:

Dad: In Navolato, yes, we were exceeding our goals. Here it's a little more difficult because the area wasn't progressing like we had hoped. So we're basically starting from ground zero. But we're getting there.  (So your Mission Goals changed, I wonder...were you making your old goals? So often we want to make big goals without ever making our old lesser ones. I hope your goals are achievable.)

Mom: It's more expensive for the tourism. There are a ton of taxis! My companion has been out for 18 months.  (How is the transportation system in Cabo San Lucas?)

Holly: hmmmm... I would have to say Charity. Just because it's so extensive, but it's also the most important. Because the scriptures teach us that if we don't have Charity, we don't have anything. (In your opinion, what is the hardest Christlike attribute to develop?)


Sam: I'm not reading the Book of Mormon from one end to another. I studying more specifically for my investigators. But do you think that you can finsih the Book of Mormon before I get home?
(Do you think you can get through the Book of Mormon again before you come home?)

Dylan: hmmm not sure what it's called...but there's a little green lizard that's always in the house. It eats bugs and makes little noises.  (What cool animals, that are native to Mexico, would be fun for me to research?)

Monday, October 16, 2017

Monday October 16th, 2017

Hey guys!

This week was pretty good! On Wednesday we had to take an hour plane flight to Culiacan for a Leadership Meeting. On Wednesday we worked with the Assistants to the President. One of them, is Elder Meadows, so I got to work with my companion from the MTC which was really cool. We were able to find quite a few people ready for the gospel, and we were able to commit 3 people to baptism. It was a lot of fun working with him again, but this time in Spanish haha!

On Thursday we had the Leadership Meeting. It was awesome! I really liked it! We discussed and settled some problems we've been having in the mission and made new standards of excellence. The old standards of excellence were: Baptism & Confirmation- 2/ month, Baptismal Dates: maintaining 4 every week, Investigators at Church: 6 every week, New Investigators.: 12 every week. The new standards of excellence: B/C: 4/month, Baptismal Dates: maintaining 8 every week, Inv at Church: 9 every week, New Inv.: 12 every week. It took several hours and lots of discussion to come to a conclusion on the new standards, but I really like them and believe that they are accomplish-able, but only if we rely on the Lord and put forth our best effort, and stay obedient.

Gregorio now has a baptismal date for the 28 of this month and is super excited for it! He's been drinking alcohol for over 40 years and has stopped cold turkey. Even his friends are surprised at the changes that he's making. We're super proud of him and we know that the only reason that he's able to change so quickly is through the power of the Book of Mormon. He's reading every day, including the pamphlets that we leave him.

Here are a few scriptures that have stood out to me this past week: Moroni 10: 32, Alma 13: 28-29, Mark 1:17- We're all fishers of men, but sadly we're not all fishing. I hope that we can all drop a line in the water and share this great message.

I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall

(The internet is slow, so I can't send the pics, sorry!)  


Questions:

Dad: Yeah, it's there, it's just kinda expensive. (Can you get peanut butter at the Costco, or is it still hard to come by?)

Mom: All the things we bought at Costco we can buy in a regular store, but the thing about Costco is that we can buy things in bulk, so we save money in the long run.  (What kind of things did you buy at Costco that you hadn't been able to buy before?)

Holly: No, we're so busy with our area and the zone we don't have time.  (Do you play any games with your companion...if so, which ones?)

Sam: Share and help more people.  (What could you have done to be more Christlike while growing up?)

Dylan: Bull Elk, Mule Deer (South Hills), and Antelope (South Hills) (What animals are you going to put in for on the hunt when you get back?)


Monday, October 9, 2017

Monday October 9th, 2017

Hey guys!




It's getting cold in Idaho, and still burning hot here. The nice thing is that it's not humid like in Sinaloa, but the sun is more intense. This week was pretty good. We were able to find 15 good new investigadores. One of them is named Gregorio. He's about 50 years old and says that it´s time for him to stop drinking. He was actually drinking when we contacted him, but when we went back, he was sober and waiting for us. We talked a little about faith and repentance, and left the Plan of Salvation pamphlet for him to read. When we went back a couple days later he had read the entire pamphlet and understood pretty well. We clarified some points and answered his questions and it turned out to be a really good lesson. He also went to church with us and really liked it.  We're planning on putting a baptismal date with him on Tuesday.

When we got to the church building, there were two rows of Americans haha!  A family from Utah, and 2 elderly couples from Meridian, Idaho.

My companion and I are still getting along pretty well. It started off pretty rocky, but we're doing great now. We didn't get lost at all this week, so that's good. This area is pretty big, and there's a ton of streets made out of dirt and sand which sucks to walk in.

I'm feeling almost normal, I don't know if I have lost any weight.

I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall

Questions:

Dad: I feel safer here in Cabo than I did in Navolato.  (Do you feel safe in Cabo, does it feel different than Navaloto?)

Mom: Driving a car! jk ... walking :(  (Are you driving a car, riding a bike, or walking in this area?)

Holly: No, that's the duty of the priests.  (Do you ever get to take the sacrament to people that are unable to come to church?)

Sam: It's awesome! I really like it. I feel more like at home.  (What is your new ward like?)

Dylan: I don't know. I guess we'll find out in 8 months haha  (Do you think that you can still do a back flip on the trampoline since you are so out of practice?  (Dylan just learned how to do a back flip.) )

Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday October 2nd, 2017






This week was decent. I was actually really sick for most of it, so we didn't get to work like we wanted to, but oh well. I had to go to the hospital to have some tests done. Not sure what the sickness is called, but it was a bacteria. I´m taking 1240 mg of pills every day. I'm livin' the high life haha!

To add on top of the sickness, our apartment didn't have water for 5 days, which sucked! It made life quite a bit harder, but we now have water, which makes the apartment seem even nicer.  I'll have to take some pics of the apartment so you can see it.

I brought most of my stuff out here to Cabo.  Church is at 10:00am.  I was not able to eat my birthday cake.  A family in Navolato made the cake, but then I had to leave early.  The weather is super hot...I really miss the cold.

Snake skin
 


While we were contacting the other day, a drunk fell down to the ground and started waving his hands and arms up and down worshiping us and grumbling some words that we didn't understand. My companion felt pretty uncomfortable, but I just thought it was funny. haha!






Since my companion has a Costco card, we went to Costco to buy food for the month, which was pretty cool. It's been so long since I've been to Costco. We made sure to sample a lot of stuff, and eat a foot-long hot-dog with refillable pop for only $1.75 in dollars. It was awesome!






While at Costco, I saw more Americans than I have in my entire mission. I felt really weird hearing a ton of English. But I met a guy named Stanley, who's from Washington State, but is retired and living here in Cabo San Lucas. He's been living here for 33 years, and has been married for 65 years. He said that I was a good boy, and that I reminded him of his grandson.

I also ran into a fishing guide, and made sure to get his business card for some future day :)



The work is going ok. The elders that left the area to us left it pretty broken. But we're putting on our duty boots and goin' to work. We're ready to go with all we got this week!

Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall

Questions:

Dad: The nice brick one. My ward is called Cabo San Lucas 2. This Zone is pretty big. There are 10 Sisters, and 10 Elders. Stop laughing at how many sisters there are and start praying for me hahaha!  No, President doesn't come over here too often. Which means that a lot of missionaries aren't being super obedient. But we'll fix that.  (Cabo has two church buildings, that I can find on Google Earth.  Which one to you go to? Old white one or nice brick one?)

Mom: I really liked the talk by Dallin H. Oaks. Because he talked about rejecting any and all things that are not up to God's standards, and that Exaltation is a family matter.  (What was your favorite talk in General Conference and why?)  Link to that talk below...

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2017/04/the-godhead-and-the-plan-of-salvation?lang=eng


Holly: Having to call all of the missionaries and to help fix their problems.  (What is the hardest thing about being zone leader?)


Sam: I was sick on my birthday, so we didn't do much.  (How was your birthday?  Did you get your cake?)

Dylan: No, we didn't have cake.  ( Did your face get shoved in the cake on your birthday again?)

Monday, September 25, 2017

Monday September 25th, 2017 (Today is Forest's 20th birthday)

Hey guys! 



Wow, these transfers were pretty tough. I felt like I was leaving home again. But I didn't cry ;) Haha! Our ward mission leader, Bro. Fidel, is 73, and is like a grandpa to me. He helped us a ton! After the church services he gave me a hug and said, don't ever forget me. If you do, it´s a sin. Haha! He's an awesome guy! I was able to take a lot of pictures this week which was nice, because I won't be able to see these people for quite a while, not even in a stake conference because I was transferred to Cabo San Lucas on the Baja.  My area doesn't have any beach. But since I'm a Zone Leader, I'll be able to have splits where the beach is.

















                       





My companion's name is Elder Antonio. He's from Veracruz. His dad owns his own sugar plant. He's pretty cool, so we'll see how it goes.


Elder Juarez (left) and Elder Radmall with some members
















I'm pretty excited for this new opportunity to serve, but a little stressed out as well. It doesn't help that I'm also a little sick. :(

Earlier this week, we had splits with the Zone Leaders in Culiacan for 50 hours. Since they live really far from our house, we had to spend the night in their house. The splits were pretty interesting. Elder Morales and I made a contact in English which was weird. And it didn't help that the guy said that he's Joseph from the Bible, and that Mary is in Salt Lake City Haha! It was pretty weird. We were in splits for so long because we had a baptismal interview for Efrén in Navolato, so one of the Zone Leaders had to go, and the sister missionaries in my district had a baptismal interview as well, but in the evening. So I worked in Culiacan again with Elder Johnson, and Elder Juárez went with Elder Morales to Navolato. Since we got back to Navolato late, they had to sleep in our area.
















The baptism of Efrén was really cool. Today, Monday, he had surgery on his arm due to a motorcycle accident. He was supposed to have it last Tuesday, but since his baptism was scheduled for Saturday, he didn't want to chance not being able to so, he moved his surgery date. He wasn't able to plug his nose due to his right arm, but Bro. Fidel baptized him very carefully and all went well.



















It was a great week! I just wish I could get feeling better. Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall

YIKES!!!
































Questions:

Dad: No, it was at night and we were sound asleep. (We received an email from your Mission President about an earthquake in your mission, did you feel it?)

Mom:They shout something, but I'm not exactly sure what, because we weren't allowed to go. Other than that, just a lot of beer haha (Tell us about Mexico's Independence Day celebrations and things.)

Holly: Honestly, it's sometimes hard. Especially when there are a lot of distractions like kids playing around, music in the street, or if the t.v. is on.  (How is easy is it to teach by the spirit?)

Sam: I'm not sure what it's called, but it's in the shape of a star, and yes it's really good. The water they make from it is really good as well.  (What is the weirdest fruit or vegetable that you have eaten on your mission and did you like it?)

Dylan: We don't have a ton of time to play games which kinda sucks. "young colt"  (What is your favorite game to my play on your mission?..."Old man"!!  :))




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Monday September 18th, 2017

Congratulations Holly!!! (Holly was recently asked to the Homecoming dance.) 

This week was pretty decent. We didn't find a ton of new investigators, but it was good because we were able to follow up on the new investigators that we've had in past weeks. We now have 4 baptismal dates: Efrén- Sept. 23, Sandra- Oct. 7, Sergio- Oct. 7, and Diana- Dec. 9
Diana's baptismal date is so far away because she's not married. She and her "husband" are only 17, and according to the new laws here, they can't get married until they're both 18, and Diana turns 18 on Nov. 30. So we have to wait. But they're progressing a lot! Her husband, Carlos, is a less active member, but is now going to church.





















This week we had a Zone Conference, and I was asked to play the piano. It was pretty cool. My companion and I were asked to be the missionaries in a practice teaching deal, and we did great! We found the necessity, and used the scriptures to answer the questions that the investigator had. It was awesome! He and I get along great! It's gonna suck when I have to leave this area. All of the members are inviting us over to eat since it's most likely my last week, and for my birthday. (Forest's birthday is on September 25th. Transfers are on the 25th too.  Missionaries are occasionally transferred to different areas in the mission.  These transfer days come every 6 weeks.  Forest has been in Navolato for the last 6 months so, he is guessing that it will be his turn to be transferred.)  But we're not allowed to eat dinner with the members unless we have a family home evening with investigators there as well, so I think that we'll be having lots of family home evenings this week haha!  I'm gonna have a family make the cake, because we don't have an oven. (We sent him a cake mix, frosting, candles, balloons, and birthday hats in his birthday package.)  The temps are still hot here. 


Enjoying the Mountain Dew from his birthday package!!  (Mountain Dew is imported in Mexico and is not always available.)




President Gabaldón challenged us to read Alma 5, write down the questions, and answer them. There's a ton! But I encourage you to do it. It's a good testimony check.


 
















So, I was able to buy a flag.  (Mexican flags are hard to find unless it is Mexico's Independence Day...September 16th.)  The guy told us that it was worth 300 pesos ($16.90 US dollars), but we talked him down to 170 pesos ($9.58 US dollars).  Since he went down so far on the price, we didn't believe him, but when we got home, we found a sticker on it that said 300 pesos. It's an awesome flag! So, for Mexico's Independence Day, I had my flag out, and I was wearing my hat from Sinaloa.  (Forest loves this hat!  It says SIN on it for the state of Sinaloa but, it is funny that it says SIN since he is a missionary.  :) )




Forest is holding up the #4 for the 4 upcoming baptismal dates. 







I also received the two packages, and a letter from dad. Thanks for all the support!

Have a great week! I love you guys!

-Elder Radmall


You can take the boy out of Idaho but, you can't take Idaho out of the boy!  (Frozen French fries from Idaho)


Questions:

Dad: Yeah, but I´m excited to get to 21, so I can get my concealed firearms permit.  (Is it weird leaving your teenage years behind?)

Mom: I don't know, I haven't had to go to a dentist, and yes I got both of them. Thanks!  (How is the health/dental care where you are?  Did you get both of our packages?)

Holly: A ton, but I wish that I would've taken it more seriously.  (How well did mission prep prepare you for your mission?)

Sam: Yes!  (Do you wish you had paid more attention in church?)

Dylan: They're okay.  (How comfortable have your beds been?)


Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday September 11th, 2017

Hey guys! Oh Sam... one hunt with a cast, and another with a boot.  (Samuel had surgery this morning on a dislocated, fractured growth plate on his baby toe.)  What's next year??? Haha!
This week was really good. The mission goal for New Investigators every week is 12, and we usually get close to that, but this week we had 18! It was awesome!




We have an investigator named Efrén, who flat out told us that he wants to get baptized. The only problem is that he may be having shoulder surgery due to a motorcycle accident he had, but he has a baptismal date on the 23rd of September. He's progressing a ton!  He's good friend with Hermano Fidel, who is our Ward Mission Leader, who also gives us a ton of rides to visit people. Whenever we go anywhere, Efrén goes with us. So he's receiving like three times the amount of lessons a week as other investigators.

In a little town called Realito de Sataya, there are some members who will be leaving to serve a mission in January, but have to decided to start serving right now. They've been going around sharing the gospel and bringing us references. It's amazing! The work goes so much smoother when the members do their part.




We received a reference from a 14 year old girl in the ward this week as well. His name is Sergio. Sergio even goes to seminary with the member, Maricel, at 6 in the morning. When we went to visit him, his sisters wanted to listen to us as well. From one reference, we found 3 people who wanted to hear the message of the restored gospel.

This week Abél told us that he's trying to save some money to but a white shirt and tie for church, so on one of our visits, I gave him one of my white shirts, and a purple tie I had. I'll have to take a picture with him.

Yesterday, my companion and I got pulled in to young mens to have a question and answer class with us about the mission. One on the young men asked us, "What's one thing that you wish you would've done before the mission?". At the same time we both said, "Share the gospel with my friends." This is the Lord's gospel, and many people are looking for it. Jesus Christ is coming. Look at all the earthquakes and flooding that's going on; it's close.   (Large earthquake hit Southern Mexico on Friday morning...8.1 magnitude.  Many category 4 and 5 hurricanes are hitting in the Caribbean, Southern United States and Eastern Mexico) Share the gospel with as many as people as possible. Here are some scriptures that I like: D&C 18:10-17, 21 and D&C 100: 5-8

My companion says that things are way worse in Honduras as far as danger goes. He says that compared to his country, he feels completely secure here. He has family that live in the U.S., and he visited them for 3 months, so he knows quite a bit about what's over there. His family lives in Georgia.

My package has been found, and will be given to me on Thursday. :)  (A package that we ordered from missionarypackagemx.com was delivered on August 9th but, was misplaced.)

Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall

Questions:

Dad: Not really. I´ll ask for one this week.  (Has your comp shared anything cool or scary about his native country?)

Mom: It´s ok...  (Do you have good milk/chocolate milk there?)

Holly: nope :)  (Have you wrecked on your bike yet?)

Sam: I can ride without hands while standing up on the pedals.  (Can you and have you done any tricks on your bike?)

Dylan: no, it was almost as awesome as your huge paper airplane!  (Was your plane ride scary?)


Email sent by Forest's mission president to the families of his missionaries after the earthquake:

Dear Brothers and Sisters:
We wish to inform you so that you can be calm that our mission was not affected with the recent earthquake in our country. This earthquake was in the southern part of our country and our mission is located in the northern part; therefore, we didn´t even feel it. All of our missionaries are doing well and doing their duties on normal schedule. We would like to hear about the families of our missionaries that do live in the southern part of our country. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. May the Lord take care of you and protect your families.

With love,
President & Sister Gabaldón