Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday November 20th, 2017

Hey guys!

Wow! What a surprise! I was not expecting 2 huge bags! Thanks for all the letters and stuff. I really do appreciate all the support! It made me really happy.


All the letters and "stuff" from family and friends
































The other day we were street contacting, and we were knocking on a door, when we heard from behind us, "Are you guys from the same congregation from here in Lomas del Sol?" We turned around to see a short Jehovah's Witness Lady. We looked at her and said, no, we're the true church. Nah, just kidding. We told her that we were missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She just said oh, and walked away. But we thought it was pretty funny haha.


Well, Gregorio fell into temptation again on Saturday due to his girlfriend. He has now decided to leaver her once and for all. He also has gotten two of his friends who live next to him in on listening to us and to stop drinking. Yesterday we went by and wrote out some goals and plans such as reading the scriptures, praying, going to church, doing the 12 Steps, etc, and had all of them sign it to confirm that they would keep the rules and help the others to stay in line.





Socorro is still going good! His learning process is a little bit slower, but he's progressing quite a bit.











My toe is doing quite a bit better. My next appointment is in a week and a half. The shoe does help a ton! I can now walk a lot better. I'm just worried that I'll forget that my toe is injured and it'll end up more swollen, but we'll see how it goes.







Mark 8:35

I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Forest

Questions:

Dad: yeah we can, I just haven't. I'll try to take one this week. (Can you still make videos and send them? or have the rules changed?)

Mom: My Mission President hasn't told me anything, and the doctor says that it looks really good. I took a picture of it this morning and sent it to you. (When do you go to the doctor again for your toe or what did he say this week and how is your mission president doing about how much you have been able to do?)

Holly: Not a ton. (Do you do a lot of service labor in your area?)

Sam: We're looking for a new one, but there aren't a ton of options.  (Did you have to move apartments?)

Dylan: Read the Book of Mormon daily. You also asked me to look for a scripture for you in you letter to me, so here it is: D&C 24:8  (How can I make my testimony stronger?)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Sunday November 19th, 2017

Photos and video from Sister Claudia Grover...

Elder Radmall and Elder Antonio

Elder Radmall, Socorro, and Elder Antonio


Sister Claudia Grover, a member from Twin Falls, was taking a vacation to Cabo San Lucas with her sister.  She graciously offered to take a care package to Forest.  Here is what she had to say:

"We pulled up to the church just as his bus was arriving!  Perfect timing!  He had no idea what you were sending.  I told him about the shoes (made special by Ortho Pro for is ingrown toenail to heal) and he was very surprised.  I also told him about the box that is not to be opened until Christmas Eve!  He looked GREAT and Happy!  Thank you for giving me this blessing of service!"






Friday, November 17, 2017


Monday November 13th, 2017


Hey guys!

Well, first, thanks for all the love and support and your fast. My toe is getting quite a bit better. I had a doctor´s appointment on Thursday and the Doctor told me that it was super clean and that it´s improving really well. He also told me that I´m still not allowed to leave the house. But President told me that after if I´m not able to get out and work after three weeks, I´ll have to be sent home to recuperate. This is week 3. It´s driving me crazy being in the house all day, and I´m definitely not gonna come home early, so this week we´re gonna get out and work. At least a little bit. In my area there are a lot, a lot, of dirt/sandy roads, so we´re gonna try to avoid those. If my toe starts to hurt, we´ll head back to the apartment and take a rest for a little while. But that´s the plan. Cause I do not want to come home early. The doctor has not said anything to me about Epson Salt, but he gave me a liquid spray and a cream to put on it.

This week we´ve been following up like crazy with the zone. At the end of last week, the zone had 7 Baptismal Dates, and as of right now, we have 25! My companion and I have three. Gregorio-18 of Nov., Socorro-25 of Nov., and Ivan-9 of Dec. The Lord has really blessed us this week.

We´re most likely gonna be moving houses because the water pump in our apartments has its own Meter, but whoever is supposed to pay it, didn´t. So the Electric Company locked the meter for the water pump. So our brilliant apartment neighbors and "friends", moved the water pump wire to our meter about 3 and a half months ago. When the electric bill came, it was super expensive and we didn´t know why. Last week we noticed that we were paying for the water pump for the whole apartment. So we took the wire off our meter, but our neighbors have tried to put it back on twice. But because we´re in the house, all. day. we notice. They´re getting a little upset with us, but we can´t afford to pay for it. And the guy that we rent from doesn´t answer his phone...

My companion and I are getting along super great! This week I learned that he has a pet monkey! He´s also invited me to his house several times, so maybe some day I´ll be able to see his monkey.

Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall


Questions:

Dad: Not sure with the Epson Salt, and yes, clean water. (Dad: Can you get epson salt and are you using clean water to wash your feet (bottle)?

Mom: About 150 members and about 20 of them are in the primary. (Your ward, how many?  How many primary kids/youth? )

Holly: Because blessing from the Lord are worth more than money. It´s a commandment to give service. And the feelings you´ll get from giving service are worth more than money.  (Why is it important to work even when money is not involved?)

Sam: Because I didn´t go to the doctor for a couple weeks.  (Why do you think that your toe got infected? )

Dylan: An older jeep, or a half ton pickup  (What kind of car do you want when you get home?)


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tuesday November 7th, 2017

Remember the ingrown toe nail that Forest talked about in his email from yesterday...well, this is the email that he sent to his dad's email...

Here are the pics of my toe. I'll leave it up to you if you want to show them to mom or not. Also, if I'm not up to par in two weeks,  I'll be sent home to finish recuperating, so please pray for me.
Please pray for healing so that he can finish his 7 months in Mexico!!





 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday November 6th, 2017

Hey guys! 

View of the city from their apartment...not too close to the beach.

This week was quite difficult! So, for the past few weeks I've had an ingrown toenail. Three weeks ago we went to the doctor to get it taken care of, but it was infected and really swollen. So they gave me some pills to take for a week. When we went back two weeks ago it was still infected so the gave me a cream to put on it. Last week we went and the actually removed the ingrown toenail, but since it was infected before, they were worried that it was still infected on the inside, so they had to remove some skin as well. So, we spent the entire week in the house, it sucked! Some elders from our district came over twice so my companion could go out and see our investigators for a couple hours this week. I have an appointment with the doctor tomorrow to see if I can finally get out and work.


The one time I got to leave the house this week was to go to our Zone Conference, which was awesome! My companion and I talked about the need and the importance of teaching repentance correctly, simply, and directly so the investigator understands the importance of it, and will have a greater desire to be baptized. I also played the song "I'll Find You my Friend" while some Sister Missionaries sang it. President Gabaldón said something that stuck out to me, "Exact obedience doesn't exist. Just obedience, and disobedience. It's not partially obedient. You're either obedient, or you're not."

This week I got a letter from the Higginsons, and a package from Maddie. Thanks for all the love and the support!

Sorry it's not a ton, but we couldn't really do much this week. I love you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall


This photo came to Alisa's phone as a text with the following conversation:
Ran into this kid in Cabo...says he knows you.  :)  I'm a Bishop in Huntington Beach, CA and my family and I met him and his companion at church.  He's doing GREAT!  Had a flip flop on with his big toe bandaged up from an ingrown toe nail or something but, was still smiling and his companion seems like a really like-able guy!  Your son is getting quite the experience.  Cabo San Lucas is much more ghetto Mexico than I anticipated but, we felt 100% safe so, put your mind at ease but, there's a lot of poverty there.    (Thank you Joe Parks!!!  What a fun surprise!!) 


Questions:

Dad: It starts at 10am.  Col. Hojazen close the the UGC University  (What is the address to your Church and what time do you meet for Sacrament?)

Mom: Go to the beach  (What is the favorite thing for people in Cabo San Lucas to do in their free time?)

Holly: When is it easier to walk in the mountains, during the day with the sun, or at night without the moon? During the day. This is just like our lives with Jesus Christ. When we have Christ in our lives, we see things so much more clearly, but it we start to distance ourselves from Him, life becomes lots harder. (What is your favorite object lesson to teach investigators?)

Sam: Yes (Does the church in Cabo have basketball hoops?)

Dylan: the guitar (What instrument do you wish you knew how to play?)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Monday October 30th, 2017

Hey guys! 

Elder Brown and Elder Radmall

This week was pretty good! Dad, just so you know that I read your emails, the first thing that I'm gonna do is respond to your question. En nuestra día de preparación estamos bién ocupados con limpiando la casa, lavando ropa, haciendo las compras, escribiendo, etc. que no tenemos tanto tiempo para hacer otras cosas. También, mi compañero no le gusta hacer muchas cosas entonces, pues ánimodo jaja.  (In our day of preparation we are well occupied with cleaning the house, washing clothes, shopping, writing, etc. that we do not have so much time to do other things. Also, my partner does not like to do many things then, because encourages haha.)

This week we had splits two times. The first time, I went to San José with Elder Brown. Splits with him were pretty good. He's from Utah. He's been out for about 7 months and speaks pretty good Spanish, but still has a little bit of fear to talk to the people, so we worked on that a little bit. I made him take the initiative on every contact that we made. We also had their meeting with their Ward Mission Leader which was really interesting. He believes that aliens come and visit us, goes to conventions, tries to take pictures of when the come and visit, and lots of other things. He's kinda weird, but it sounds like he helps a lot with missionary work.

The other time we went on splits, I went with Elder Calvo here in my area. We had a great time. I really felt the Spirit a ton while he and I were teaching and contacting, which I've had a hard time feeling with Elder Antonio, but we're working on that.

Gregorio went to church yesterday and hasn't had anything to drink at all this week. He's really been strengthened by the mistake he made. He feels really bad about it. He´s also started sharing the gospel with his wife.

Ermilo and Socorro also went to church with us yesterday. They are two of the new investigators that we had this week. We´re wanting to put a baptismal date with them this week. One difficulty that we have with Socorro is that he doesn't know how to read.
But all in all it was a pretty decent week!

I love  you guys! Have a great week!

-Elder Radmall


Questions:

Dad: The ward is quite a bit bigger than in Navolato, but the members don´t seem to be so excited about sharing the gospel. It´s a difficulty that we´re having. For the leadership meeting, yes we flew on a small plane. It had a propeller in front. (What is the ward like in this area?)

Mom: The Primary isn't super big, I´d say about 15 or so kids. and what happened to Bryan, the last I heard he was still in the mission?  (Does the ward use the missionaries much?  Tell how.  Also, how big is your primary?)

Holly: By really focusing on their needs, and really listening to them when they´re talking, even when it doesn't pertain to the lesson.  (How can you show love to those you teach?)

Sam: nope.  (Do you guys get to watch the Face to Face videos?)

Dylan:  We get to listen to music every day. Just music produced by the church haha  (Do you get to listen to any music on p-day?)

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 finish 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"!!  :))