Well we had a better week this week J Sorry if my last letter was a little depressing, haha. But we are better now J
Some fun things that happened this week:
-Thursday night, it started to rain. We had an appointment, so we didn’t have time to go back to the house to get rainboots. It floods pretty bad in the main street in our area, and when we left the appointment and were going home, we realized that it was all flooded. There was a lot of wind, so we were already soaked from the rain (Hermana Castro was battling with her umbrella, it kept turning inside out haha), and since we had to be in the house at 9 pm, we decided that we had to cross the road although it was flooded. We were so soaked!! The water reached the middle of our legs haha and I’m sure the people in their cars were laughing at us. And to make things better, when we got to the house, I realized I had left the window open and my bed got all wet, included all the papers I had on the dresser. Awesome! But we just flipped the mattress around, so I didn’t have to sleep on the wet side haha. I guess that’s not too exciting, considering that everyone at home is in a hurricane. Haha.
– I ate sweet beets. They had an interesting flavor…
Well, we have some good news! We are having We are having a baptism this weekend! 2 girls are going to be baptized. I think I told y’all about them like a couple weeks ago. Their names are Manya (pronounced Manja) and Aitana. Manya is almost 10 and Aitana is 8. Their mom was inactive for about 5 years, but they found us in the street and told us they wanted to come back to church. They’ve come the past 3 weeks! So Manya and Aitana are going to be baptized this Saturday J We also have stake conference this weekend! So that’s exciting.
The Fernandez family has had some challenges. The dad’s schedule at work got changed and now he might have to work Sundays. The mom told us that she didn’t feel ready to be baptized, that she wanted to go to church more (but she hasn’t come in like a month). The daughters want to be baptized. So we are working with them. Please pray for them!
We also have another family that is progressing! The Martinez Family! (The family of Jose – I wrote about him last week I think). Jose’s wife is sick, but this week an hermano from the ward picked them up in his car and Jose, his wife Guadalupe, and his 2 granddaughters came to church! They are really excited. We teach them almost every day. Jose and Guadalupe accepted a baptismal date!
(with the Martinez Family)
(Ariadna and Aline)
We are doing well here 🙂 We finished our first transfer of training! Hermana Castro is a great missionary, and has learned a lot! She’s taught me a lot too 🙂 One more transfer to go with her!
I hope y’all are doing well and I hope y’all stay dry in the hurricane haha!
(Last district meeting!)
Well… had a tough week here. We saw a lot of challenges – but that’s part of the mission. If it wasn’t hard, it would be interesting!
First, I’ll start off with some fun things that happened this week (and last)
– So last week, they told us that a hurricane would be coming in. They told us to stock up on food and water, and that if it was raining too hard, we could wait it out in our houses until going back out again. The only thing is… it never even rained! I was expecting a huge storm, and it just got cloudy and drizzled for a couple hours…. hahaha 🙂
– So as I’ve probably said before, it’s very normal to be yelled at by guys, especially when they see that I’m american. So yesterday as we were walking to an appointment, we passed by a guy who looked up and yelled "good evening!" Of course we ignored him, but he started to walk beside us. He started to yell in spanish "Precious girls!!" and "I’ve seen angels! Angels are falling from the sky!" I guess he had somewhere to go because he crossed to the other side of the street, but continued yelling loud enough for everyone in Puebla to hear "Angels are falling! I’d like to die so you can take me with you!!!" "Gueraa!!!" It was sooooo funny. I had to do everything I could to keep myself together. When we got the appointment we both burst out laughing hahaha. The men here yell but the good thing is is that they don’t do anything to you. Haha.
So about this week…. yeah it was really hard. The saddest thing was is that our golden investigator, Xochitl, decided not to be baptized. Her husband is basically an inactive member, and the second time they went to church he got offended by some things that happened (nothing really happened at all, he was just looking for an excuse I think), and the next appointment we had with him, he started to say a bunch of negative stuff about the church. We were going to have another appointment to try to answer his questions or talk with him, but he and Xochitl just cancelled on us. Then they never answered our phone calls. We decided to fast Thursday, and then Friday morning we got a text from the husband saying that he didn’t want anything to do with the church and that he didn’t want us to come anymore. It was super sad. We tried to talk with Xochitl too but she never answered us. Our ward mission leader talked with her and she said that she "needed time." It was really REALLY sad. I couldn’t believe how things could change so fast. Our ward mission leader called us and asked how we felt, and I told him that we honestly wanted to cry. He told us that it was okay to cry. Crying for an investigator meant that we really loved them and cared about them. So I cried a little haha. It’s really sad to see people throw away something so good, something that will help them so much. It’s hard to see them throw away blessings. But we can’t control people. They have their agency. We just keep praying for Xochitl and her husband. I feel like Nephi when he said
"For I pray continually for [my people] by day, and mine eyes water my pillow by night, because of them; and I cry unto my God in faith, and I know that he will hear my cry. And I know that the Lord God will consecrate my prayers for the gain of my people" (2 Nephi 33:3-4).
We have come to love the people we are teaching so much, that it’s the hardest thing when they decide not to be baptized. But the good thing is is that Xochitl and her husband signed up to feed us in September so they’ll have to talk to us at some point hahaha 🙂
But we’ve also seen miracles! We saw a great miracle with one investigator we have named Jose. He is 72 years old and accepted a date to be baptized! He has gone to church 2 times, attended a baptism of another ward, and is reading the book of mormon! So we are excited for him!
I hope y’all all have a great week!
(Bishop Sanchez and his family)
(hermana castro enjoying mexican food!)
(picture from the open house we did a couple weeks ago!)
We had a REALLY great week here in Xona!!
We had a zone conference this Wednesday, and we learned a lot!! We talked a lot about working with the members. Working with members is ESSENTIAL to missionary work. We also talked about the story of Nephi building the ship in 1 Nephi 17 & 18. We talked about how all of us have to be doing our part, being obedient, fo the ship to be built. Our mission has a monthly goal of 100 baptisms. We haven’t reached it yet (we’re usually in the 60’s), but the conference was really motivating and we are all doing our part to be able to reach that goal!
(mi hija 🙂
Also funny thing that happened the day of the conference… in the morning before leaving the house, I ironed my skirt and burnt a hole in it…. yep. I burnt it. But I didn’t have time to iron another one, so I just grabbed a safety pin and tried to pin it so you couldn’t see the hole. Then, at the end of the conference, they gave us food. All the food was on a table and I was standing at the end. Idk what happened, but one of the legs on the table broke, and all the food came hurtling towards me. There was a bowl of Jalapeños in vinegar, and of course, ALL of the jalapeños splashed on me. The vinegar got all in my shoes and over my skirt, and now they all smell like jalapeño hahaha. that’s what happens when you live in Mexico.
So we really had a great week. We found a ton of investigators who are really great. We have been teaching an older couple for a while, and this week their daughter moved in with them with her two daughters. The daughter’s name is Noemi. Noemi’s sister is a member of the church, so Noemi and her daughters had already attended church 4 times in Mexico City. They accepted a baptismal date, and they came to church early and stayed the whole 3 hours! We are going to have a Family Home Evening tonight with them!
Xochitl (our golden investigator) is doing really well! If all goes as planned, she should be getting baptized August 26. She is super sweet and awesome!
The Fernandez Family is doing well. The 16 year old son finally got back from vacation. They like the church alot, especially the dad and the 2 daughters. It’s a little hard for the mom because sometimes she has to work on Sundays. So she hasn’t been able to attend church. Please pray specifically for her so that she can come to church the next two sundays so they can get baptized as a family!
We also had to give talks yesterday in church. We talked about missionary work, and it went really well. We then sang a medly of I hope they call me on a mission (it sounded kinda bad, but that doesn’t matter because everyone sings badly here) and then our mission president spoke. It went really well and we talked about how we can share the gospel with people and how to befriend and help investigators/less actives, ect.) We had a huge miracle because a ton of our investigators showed up at church! woohoo!!
Also, as you can note in the title, the season of chiles en nogada has arrived. I ate them last year at this time too. It’s a poblano pepper filled with a mixture of ground beef and fruit (peach, mango, apple, plantain) fried in egg and with a sauce (nogada) made with pecan, milk, cinnamon – it’s really sweet, topped with parsley and pomegranite. Pretty weird combination, but really good!! They’re really expensive and it takes a really long time to make them.
(Happy with my chile 🙂
That’s about all we have going on here!
Espero que tengan una buena semana!
Hermana Zutz 🙂
So we had an awesome week this week in Xonacatepec!!
We saw some awesome miracles this week…
Tuesday, before leaving the house, we decided to do a "covenant prayer" – Basically we promise God in a prayer to contact a certain number of people, do a certain thing, ect, and in return we ask him to bless us with something specific. Well on Tuesday we promised to contact 30 people and in return we asked for a golden investigator that could be baptized in 3 weeks. We started off working and were able to contact those 30 people! We were happy that we accomplished our goal, but at the end of the day, we didn’t feel like we had found anyone that was golden. But we kept hoping that one would turn up. Tuesday in the afternoon, we got a text from a guy saying that he had been baptized in another stake about 5 years ago, but that he had distanced himself from the church and wanted to return. He had talked with one of the missionaries who had taught him, and that missionary researched and found our phone number to give to him. He wanted us to come visit him. We made an appointment for Thursday, and when we got to his house, his wife opened the door. Her name is Xochitl (pronounced "So-cheel"). She invited us in and began to tell us that her and her husband had had some problems, but that now all they wanted was to have an eternal family and be sealed! She isn’t a member, and she asked us when was the soonest she could be baptized. Our Golden Person!!! We told her the requirements, and she has a baptismal date for 3 weeks from now! She is so willing to do everything and she has amazing faith! What a miracle! The first thing that we did when we got home that night was kneel down and say a prayer to thank Heavenly Father for such a miracle! Hermana Xochitl came to church this Sunday and loved it!
We also had a fun missionary activity- we organized an open house in the church. We gave tours through the church, explaining a little bit about what we believe and do. It was really great! All the missionaries from the stake came to help us. Lots of members came too to decorate rooms for primary, young men/young women, family history, relief society, ect. There were two Elders dressed in white that ushered people to where the baptismal font is and explained to them the importance of baptism. The young men and young women from the ward were contacting people outside with us and trying to get people to come in. It was really fun and some really interested people came in! Our Ward Mission Leader took a lot of pictures, but he hasn’t sent them to us so I think I’ll send them next week.
The Fernandez Family is doing well. It’s a little hard because the mom has had to go to Mexico City the past 2 sundays and hasn’t been able to go to church with her family. The dad and the 2 daughters came, and the son is still on vacation. We hope and are praying that they can all come to church as a family and get baptized as a family. Keep praying for them!
Guadalupe wasn’t able to come to church this week, because some of her aunts have been in the hospital. But we are seeing a lot of progress with her so that’s exciting!
Next Sunday Hna Castro & I will be speaking in Sacrament Meeting. We will be speaking on missionary work (of course), and our mission president is coming to speak with us too! Pray for us that we’ll be able to motivate the members to share the gospel!
I think that’s about all I have to say. I hope you guys are doing well!
Today we had a district activity – our district is now 12 because our other district leader and his companion closed their area. We played volleyball with waterballoons and towels.. haha launching the balloons from the towels over the net, and ate tacos and watched the jungle book. haha it was fun
Something interesting we found… here in Mexico the catholics are really attached to "The Virgin of Guadalupe" – basically the virgin mary. There are pictures of her EVERYWHERE, including shrubbery lol
Well we had a pretty good week this week! It was a little hard because we had a ton of appointments fall through, but we’ve still been able to see some miracles!!
The Fernandez family is doing well! We had some really good lessons with them this week! The 2 girls also were able to attend the Youth Conference this week – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. They had a lot of fun. Their parents are happy because they like that the church teaches their children good values. We also taught them about the word of wisdom this week. The dad told us that he drank about 7 cups of coffee a day and every once in a while smoked. But after teaching them about the word of wisdom, he told us that he would give up coffee and smoking- and he’s done it! His wife told us that when they went to the grocery store, she asked him jokingly, “Aren’t you going to buy your coffee?” and he responded “Coffee? I don’t drink coffee!” He hasn’t drunken coffee in about 4 or 5 days! What a miracle!! They are a really great family and are reading their Books of Mormon, praying, and receiving lots of blessings! They weren’t able to come to church this past Sunday because they had to work, but keep praying for them so that they can attend church and be baptized as a family!!
We had another miracle! We were walking Saturday night to an appointment, and I had a really strong feeling to go knock on the door of one of our investigators, Guadalupe (the one who showed up to church unexpectedly last week). I thought it was weird because she’s never home Saturday nights, she gets home really late. But the feeling was so strong that we went and knocked on her door, and she was home! She asked why we had come since we didn’t have an appointment, but we told her that we felt we needed to visit her. She let us in, and we had a really great lesson about the sacrament. The spirit was so strong. We talked about the story of the 10 lepers that Jesus healed. 9 of them went off happy, but one turned back to thank Him. After talking about the atonement, we asked her if she wanted to be like the 9 lepers. Obviously she said no, and we invited her to come to church so she could take the sacrament and thank Jesus Christ for what he did for her. She accepted and came to church again! It was such a great experience!
(on exchanges with Hermana Ferniza, and Guadalupe, our investigator!!)
We are doing well. Working hard each and every day! Keep praying for us!
(Reunited in our trio!! – I tried to be short and they tried to be tall!) We had a meeting for trainers and trainees so I got to see Hna Santizo and Hna Castañon again!!
Hola everyone!! So as you can tell by the title… this week was filled with a TON of walking!! I think I walked like 10 miles everyday haha!
This friday, we went to a pueblo we have in our area called Tepatlaxco. It’s far away, so we have to take a bus to get there. Well we walked a ton in the pueblo looking for some directions that we had. When we had to go back, we got on the bus again. But when we were going to get off, the bus didn’t stop. Since it was filled with people we were shoved in the back, and couldn’t get to the front in time to get off. So we got off at the next stop, but it was pretty far away. They let us off on the side of the freeway, and we asked a lady how to get back to where we were supposed to get off. She told us that it was pretty close and we could get there by walking. We took her advice and started walking along the side of the freeway. But we walked FOREVER! It was SO NOT close. We walked for over half an hour! Not sure how many miles, but by the end of it, my scalp got sunburnt hahaha! We wanted to die haha. The whole day we were running because all the walking made us late to the appointments haha! I can honestly say that I slept like a rock that night!
(View of Popocatepetl)
(Hna Castro & I)
But other than all the walking we did, we had a great week. We are seeing a lot of progress with the familiy of 5 I had talked about, the Fernandez Family!! This week the Mom, Dad, and their 2 daughters came to church with us! The girls are 11 and 12 years old, and they really like the church! The son (15 years old) is on vacation with one of his uncles, so he hasn’t been able to come to church. But the rest of the family is really progressing. They love reading the Book of Mormon. We leave them a chapter to read, and they read 3 or 4 haha!! They have seen real blessings in their family, and they are progressing nicely! Please pray for them!
We also saw another miracle with another investigator we have. Her name is Guadalupe and she is a referral from her daughter, who is a member and lives in Merida, Mexico. Her daughter gave the missionaries the information of her mom almost over a year ago, and they have been teaching her off and on. Her progress has been really slow because we only see her once a week, and she has never attended church in that whole year. She likes learning about the church, but she says she never wants to join a church. Well we are teaching her, and every week we invite her to church, but she never comes because she is busy. But this week we had a really good lesson with her. We talked about the Book of Mormon, and she asked us how we knew that the book of mormon was true. We were able to share our experiences and our testimonies, and at the end of the lesson, we left her the homework to ask her daughter how she knew that the book of mormon was true. We left, but never thought that she would come to church. Well lo and behold, 5 minutes before sacrament meeting started, guess who walked in??? HERMANA GUADALUPE!! I was so surprised and soo happy! I think she liked it, because during the talks she kept nodding her head like she was in agreement with what the speakers were saying haha! What a miracle!!
Raul and Irma are doing well! Raul invited his sister to be taught by the missionaries!! She lives in Cholula (Puebla South Mission), but we talked to her on the phone and gave her information to the missionaries there! So we are really excited about that!
That’s about all I have to say! I hope y’all are doing well!!
So we had a great week this week! It was the last week of our trio, so we tried to enjoy it the best we could!
As you can see from the pictures I posted, Raul got baptized! He was so happy!
We saw a huge miracle with him this week. So we have been teaching him for about 5 weeks, and he had wanted to be baptized for a while. The only thing was, he didn’t want to tell his wife that he was going to be baptized. She knew that we had been teaching him and all, because she was there when we were there, but she didn’t know that he was going to be baptized. And for a person to be baptized, they have to tell their spouse. So we told him last Sunday that if he wanted to be baptized, he would have to tell her. We didn’t want to do anything behind her back. Well he did NOT want to tell her. We had a lesson with him Tuesday where we tried to explain to him why he had to tell her, but he just didn’t understand and didn’t want to do it. He told us he was afraid that she would make fun of him a little and that would make him angry. At the end of the lesson, we were pretty frustrated. We thought that he would need more time before getting baptized. He was dead set on not telling her. Then, almost at the end of the lesson, Hermana Santizo felt a very strong prompting to tell him that sometimes we have to make sacrifices. She told him that people had made fun of her for being a member, for having standards, for not drinking, ect. but that she wouldn’t trade being a member for anything. As soon as she started to speak, I started to cry because I felt the spirit so strongly. After she spoke, Hermano Raul changed completely. He said "You know what. I’ll tell my wife right now". He did a 180 in 1 second! We couldn’t believe it. In that moment, he called his wife over and told her that he was going to be baptized! It was so crazy and unbelievable! We were so happy and it was such an unforgettable experience. We as missionaries, don’t really have any power. The spirit has the power. The spirit changes people’s hearts. The day of Raul’s baptism was so nice! A lot of members came to support him, and he was so happy! Yesterday after his confirmation, they also gave him the Aaronic Priesthood! We are so happy for him!
Today we had cambios!
(With hermana Alvarez – she finished her mission today!)
So I have news… I will be training a new missionary!! I will be staying here in Xona until October. Our mission president called me Wednesday night to tell me that I would be training! I’m kind of nervous, but excited! My new companion’s name is Hermana Castro. She is from the Dominican Republic!!
(Hermana Castro and I)
She seems really sweet and I know we’re going to keep seeing miracles in Xonacatepec! Please keep praying for us that we can find the people who are prepared to receive and accept the gospel!!
Hope y’all are doing well!!