Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Well, I don't have much time today because we hiked a volcano all day so this has to be fast...

We are still teaching some awesome families and should be having some baptisms in the next few weeks! We are pretty excited for all of them. We have actually been finding a lot of new investigators that we don't have enough time for all of them. My companion and I thought of an idea of passing a calendar around in the elders quorum and having people sign up to do splits with us to help us be able to teach all of these people. We were pretty nervous about if people were going to write their names but to our surprise, almost every day for the next 3 weeks has 2 names. There are some days where 3 people wrote down to come with us. We are really excited to see what kind of success we can see with this much support from the ward.

Have a great week!

some pictures of the volcano. It isn't active anymore so we hiked down in the crater and ate tostadas.

Elder May








Tuesday, November 14, 2017

First off, my mom told me that I sent a picture of a grasshopper instead of the death squad. I couldn't see what picture I was sending and I guess I guessed wrong. But the grasshopper is a different story. We found him in our house and caught him. We didn't know what he eats so we gave him some pancakes and juice. He died the next day. I guess he doesn't eat pancakes and juice.

We had another week full of miracles here in Los Hornos. We have been working with a lot of great investigators. We only have one worry though. Just about all of them need to get married. It looks like we are going to be planning about 4 or 5 weddings in the next month or so if all goes well.

We have been working with a family named the Torres Belmont family. They are so amazing. The mom is a less active and her boyfriend and their two daughters are investigators. They love the church and are progressing so well. They also love to give us food and that is an extra bonus. The mom works selling quesadillas and tacos so she cooks really well. The girls love church and even bought some new shoes to match some of their dresses. They are 9 and 8 years old. We are hoping to get them baptized by December 2.

We have been seeing the death squad more and more and they are doing okay... They are all men except for one. The one woman in the group is named Dominga. It is in front of her house that we meet with all of them every time. She is the only one who doesn't drink or do drugs. She is the one who always invites us because she wants all of them to change and stop drinking. She is really funny and so loving. She is one of the poorest people I have met out here but it is impossible to visit her without her giving us something to eat. She gets mad if we keep refusing. We invited her to church and honestly didn't really expect her to come because the church is about 30 minutes away from her house (walking). But she came all by herself and it made our day. I don't have any pictures of her but I will try to get one this week.

We are seeing so many miracles in this area and I come to love these people more and more every day. Mexico is really one of the most amazing places I have ever been.

Have a great week!

--
Elder May

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hello everybody! I feel like I say this every week, but this last week was pretty great! With halloween and el dia de los muertos we have some interesting stories.

First of all, these people know how to go trick-or-treating. I don't think I have ever seen so many people knocking on doors asking for candy. They had kids in lines waiting up to 30 minutes to knock on some doors. There were also some random horses in the middle of the street with no owner. That made me feel like I was back in Grantsville for a second. Halloween was fun and all, but it actually made it a little hard to work for about 3 nights in a row. However, we were still able to see many miracles this week.

We received a referral from a member to visit a lady who works in a quesadilla shop. We found the shop and everything and found the lady. We didn't really know what to say to her, but I had a cold this last week so we just walked up to her and  I asked her for a napkin to blow my nose. She kind of looked at me funny and didn't really say anything. Luckily though, there was another lady there who is missing half her teeth and seemed a little crazy. She offered me a napkin and we started talking and eventually got a good conversation going. The crazy lady is named Dominga. She lives in one of the poorer houses that I have seen, She has no electricity or gas in her house. She does all of her cooking on a fire pit outside and also warms up her bathing water on the same firepit. She is very humble but one of the nicest people I have ever met. She asked us if we could visit her on Saturday and we agreed. I'll be honest, we didn't know what to think of her. We meet a lot of crazy people here and weren't too sure if she was just going to be another one. We came to the appointment and she had set up in the street in front of her house a little table with a nice table cloth and buckets for seats all around. She had invited about half of the neighborhood and they were there waiting for us. It was her and 5 other old guys whom we have met before. These guys are garbage truck workers and are always drinking and sometimes give us a hard time. We ended up getting to know them and they are great people! They call themselves the death squad. They call themselves by that name because with their drinking and drug habits they never know when they are going to die. I tried not to laugh. We ended up teaching them the power of repentance and that we can all change. During the lesson, every time that someone would walk by in the street they would invite them to listen to us. A few people would come and listen for a while and then some would leave but it was a really cool experience to teach a lot of people in the middle of the street like that. At the end they all left feeling really motivated and excited that they can change. They all gave us hugs and thanked us for helping them. These men are some of the most humble people I have met and we could feel their desires to change. It may not be easy, but we know they can do it. Keep the death squad in your prayers!


I am very happy that I have the opportunity to share the power of Christ's atonement with people. It has brought me so much hope and knowledge that we really all can be cleansed and perfected through the repentance process. I know that God lives and that Christ is his son who was sent here to suffer for us. And he suffered for us to give us the chance to be changed and be happy.

have a great week!



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Elder May

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hola everybody. This week has been pretty great. I explained a little bit about the Velazquez Guzman family in the last letter. They were confirmed last Sunday. We went to their house on Wednesday for another lesson. We were going to teach them about the temple and prepare the dad and the 12 year old son to receive the priesthood. We had it all planned out and when we all sat down and were ready to give the lesson they gave us a nice surprise. They said "so yesterday we went to the church for the young men's activity and the bishop ended up giving us the priesthood. Also Aldahir (the 12 year old) is going to go the temple tomorrow. He even has the information to be baptized for his grandpa.". It was a pretty cool surprise, I'll be honest. They had already taken the initiative of meeting with the bishop and doing their family history.

The next day, Aldahir went to the temple with the young men and he loved it. He actually went by himself. His parents asked us if we could walk him to the church so he didn't have to walk through there by himself. Funny story though... You'd think we'd be responsible and keep him safe as we were walking to the church right? Well I have walked those roads to the church about a thousand times so I was just kind of going through the motions and not paying attention to the things around me. We were walking past this parking lot in an apartment complex and out of nowhere my comp and Aldahir just stopped. I didn't pay much attention and kept walking. Well they stopped because a car was coming and I didn't see it. The car didn't see me either... So I got hit by my first car on Thursday. It wasn't going fast at all and I just kind of rolled off the hood. It was an old lady too and she was freaking out. I just gave her a thumbs up and a smile a kept walking. 


We have been working with another family as well. The Belmont family. The mom is a less active who found us in the street and asked us to come by and teach her family. We went by that same day and had a good lesson with all of them. Her husband's name is Carlos and they have two little girls ages 9 and 8 named Fernanda and Naomi. We taught them a couple times in the week and they came to church yesterday! They had to leave after sacrament meeting because the house of Carlos' sister collapsed in the earthquake last month and they have been spending a lot of time helping her get resettled and back to normal. We are really excited about this family, they have so much potential.

Have a great week!

--
Elder May


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Hello everybody!

I am sorry that I have been slacking a little bit lately with the emails. I need to do better at writing them.

These past few weeks have been amazing, like always. The highlight of these last two weeks would have to be the baptism of the Velazquez family. We found them by going through the area book. We saw that the missionaries had been visiting them about 2 years ago but didn't have much success with them. My comp and I felt that we should go visit them one day and since then we have seen miracle after miracle. The mom was able to change her work schedule to be able to come to church. She works from 7:00 am on monday until 10:00 pm. She sacrifices a lot for her family. The dad stopped smoking and drinking to be able to be baptized with his family. They all read the scriptures and say their prayers as a family now every day and are progressing so well. They have the goal to be an eternal family. They have to be members for one year before they can be sealed as a family. They were baptized on October 14, and want to be sealed next october hopefully before I go home from my mission. That would be the greatest experience i can imagine to have in my mission.

We have also been working with a lot of other families and couples. We have a lot of people who need to get married and with my wedding planning experience, we are ready to go.

We had transfer calls last saturday and I will be staying here in Hidalgo for another transfer to finish Elder Vargas' training. I am super okay with that. He is probably my favorite companion and we have been getting a lot done here. I love this area and love my mission! Time is going by way too fast. Each transfer goes by faster than the last and it is starting to freak me out.

I love you all, have a great week!




--
Elder May





Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Sorry, this email isn't going to be very long, I am a little short on time today.

Highlight of the week, Yael was baptized! I know I haven't mentioned him much in my emails, but he has been awesome. His baptism was really special. He is 13 years old and is the only member of the church in his family. He bore his testimony after his baptism about how the church has changed him. He wants to be a missionary one day to be able to teach more niƱos like Elder Vargas and I have been teaching him. After the baptism he invited his mom to say the closing prayer. She is not a member and had never offered a prayer in her life. He walked her through it and whispered in her ear what to say. Usually it is the other way around when parents teach their kids how to pray, but it was a very spiritual experience to be able to see him teach his mom how to pray.

We also went on a tour of the estadio Azteca. It was pretty cool.

have a great week!
--
Elder May




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

This has been a very interesting week for sure. First off, thank you to all of those who have emailed me asking if we are all okay here with the earthquakes that are hitting us! Everything is okay and all of the missionaries are safe. I don't really have much of a cool story to tell about the earthquake besides the fact that we were in a lesson with Oliver. We were just sharing some scriptures when everything in the house started rattling and gradually got stronger. We all ran outside and all of the houses around us were just swaying back and forth. No houses fell in our area, but there was a lot of damage in the other zones in the missions. Although there has been a lot of damage and sadness, we have been giving so much more opportunities to serve. We had a zone conference on Friday and President Mecham shared this scripture:

6 And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately towards him, and he beheld with great joy; for he beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them, and that they were in a preparation to hear the word.

I have seen that this scripture is true for us right now in Mexico. The earthquakes are really humbling the people and we have had more success than I have ever had in my whole mission. The people are looking to us for answers and are willing to act on their faith.

We had a really spiritual lesson with a family of 5 named the Olvera family. We met them by offering english lessons to their 12 year old son in the street a few weeks ago. We never got into their house until Saturday. We just walked by and they were outside and we got talking about the earthquakes. They invited us in and we shared Helaman 5:12. this scripture talks about how when we are faced with trials, if we have a strong foundation of faith in Jesus Christ, we cannot fall. This scripture was just what this family needed. We were able to testify how everything will be okay and we can continue forward with happiness and hope as we exercise faith in Christ. The spirit was very strong and lots of tears were shed by them. Yesterday they came to church and they loved it! The ward has been so great to welcome them and everyone is supporting each other in this time of need. There has been a lot of damage and sadness this week, but I have also seen so much more happiness and hope that has come from Faith in Jesus Christ. This week has strengthened my testimony in my Savior a lot more as I have been able to really testify to these wonderful people.

Have a great week!

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Elder May