Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday May 29th, 2017

Hey guys! This week was pretty good! but it was quite difficult to get new investigators. We made quite a few contacts that appointments for this week, so hopefully they still want to listen to us this week haha. 

One of the coolest experiences, that turned into a spiritual experience, was having the Valenzuela family come visit. Last Monday we were early to our District Meeting, so we swung by their house to say hi. Rubèn was working, so we just talked with Wendy for a little while. At one point I told her that we didn't have any food because we were waiting for the money for June. We were just talking and joking around, but my companion and I were pretty hungry some mornings and some evenings. Well, the Valenzuela family came to visit us in Navolato! It was pretty awesome! That family is incredible! 

Valenzuela family from Culiacan

Just a fun photo of Elder Radmall's and Elder Azarte's bikes with Wendy and Ruben's daughter, Naylea.

And it just so happened that we got asked to give talks about Missionary Work. The bishop wanted to have a missionary focused Sunday. My talk went pretty well, but it was pretty cool to have the Valenzuela family there. After Sacrament Meeting, they told me they had to leave, but after the 3 hour block, Wendy came walking into the building and told me that they had bought us breakfast. It was really cool, but it was Sunday. Oh well haha.  When we got to their car, the trunk was filled with groceries for us. Cereal, juice, hot-dogs, bread, ham, PEANUT BUTTER, and yogurt. It was incredible! We actually had food in the house haha! This family is amazing! 

So nice that the Valenzuela family traveled 45 minutes to visit Elder Radmall and bring him groceries!  Elder Radmall served in the Valenzuela family's area until a few months ago.  Elder Radmall was able to baptize Ruben on January 4th, 2017.

Isabel is still progressing quite a bit. She´s bringing her friends to church with her, and they want to hear from us! It´s a rule in the mission that we have to teach the every member a missionary lesson to recent converts, and we taught it to her, but she was living that commandment before her baptism. I hope the members of this ward can see her example and follow suit. We get a lot of help from the members with the lunch appointments, but we lack help with the missionary work. 
If you remember, we've been working with a member named Ricardo Abitia. He is continuing to change a lot! One day this week we went to help him paint his house, and ended up spending a lot of time with him talking about the gospel. He knows a lot! 30 or so years ago he was bishop. But yesterday Ricardo came to church in a white shirt and tie for the second Sunday in a row, and on Saturday, he invited us over in the middle of the day just to eat fresh shrimp with him. It was amazing! He is changing so much!

The mission is an awesome experience! The time is going by so fast! I love you guys! Have a great week!

- Elder Radmall


Dad: They farm with tractors. They're actually harvesting a ton of corn right now.  (In talking with Jose Martinez, he gave me a good question, do they farm with tractors or animals where you are?)

Mom: I come up with a question, write it down, then search for the answer. Sometimes the answer takes up pages. But at the end of that study, I have the answer, with the references of where they are in the scriptures. (What strategies are you using for your personal study time?)

Holly: Be the example. If you want them to be nice, be nice. If you want them to speak kindly to others, speak kindly to others. If you want them to pray and read the scriptures, pray and read the scriptures. They're looking up to you whether you know it or not. Whatever you do, they will most likely do.  (How do I be a good older sibling?)

Sam: Great question! It's one of the hardest things to teach, because people can feel the Spirit in many different ways. This is an awesome question, but I'm not going to answer it directly. With this question, I want you to look up the word Spirit in the scriptures, and see what the scriptures say first, then tell me what you found. The answer won't come in 5 or 10 minutes, you're gonna have to really study and pray, but by the end, you'll have your answer. Next week you'll have to tell me how we can recognize the Spirit. ;) good question bud  (How do you teach people how to recognize the Spirit?)

Dylan: Yes! They have snickers! and that's all I need haha They have almost all the candy bars that we have.  (Are there any treats like candy bars that you recognize from home...if not what is there that you like?)

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