Monday, October 28, 2013

October 28, 2013

Hello everyone….
     Oh yeah, can you believe that!!  It really is pretty crazy how fast the time is going by. Sometimes I just can’t believe it! You feel old?? Hahaha oh plz….at least you still look young hehe.

     Well, I’m still doing very good. Trying to love every single moment of my mission:) So today we had cambios and I did not get changed. I’m still here in Martaredonda…thank goodness. I got a new companion though. His name is Elder Garcia. He seems pretty cool…so I think I have been really lucky with all my companions. They have all been super cool. So it was really crazy all of my old companions were there in central dismorning.  They were all being transferred somewhere. So I got to see all of them and we took a picture. It is probably the best picture in my camera haha! We were all there together… the whole gang. It was super cool haha.  I can’t send it right now because this computer is really slow but I promise I will send it when I can ok:)

    I want some good stuff for Christmas plz…some good stuff haha. Also do you have the cream for arthritis? An older man in my church who is my friend really needs some. I would love to help a brother out.

     I can’t believe its going to be Halloween this week. I just wish this computer worked to send photos. Oh well, what do ya do?  I love you all so much.  Have the best week ever ok:)

Elder Lawrence

Monday, October 21, 2013

October 21, 2013

       I am doing super good!!! I feel like I just got done writing you, and here I find myself writing you all again hahaha:) Its super crazy how fast time is going by…super crazy! So this week was really good.  We had a good week because we got the awesome opportunity to get to know Elder Ringer a little bit better this last week.  He is the assistant to the president.  It was good to have Elder Ringer with us one day for divisions.

      This last week we had the baptism of Rosalva. It was so spiritual!!!!  I really felt the spirit so strong during the baptism and I was reminded of my baptism. The service really was so beautiful and we had a great turnout for MartaRedonda. It was awesome because one of the members brought her friend Margarita.  God has really prepared her because she felt the spirit super strong, and now we have a new investigator. And after the baptism we watched “The Other Side of Heaven.” It was sweet!  One less active member that we have really been working with showed up. His name is Oscar and he is pretty inactive. So it was a great blessing to see him there. He really enjoyed the movie a lot.

     I’m so thankful for the spiritual experiences that I receive all the time that remind me what the purpose of the mission is. My companion and I  have some good goals here in MartaRedonda.  This last week we worked a lot with members that don’t have the priesthood and a lot with members. Our goal is to get these guys going to church again and to get the priesthood strong here. Everything is going really good with my companion I haven’t had any problems at all. He is from Mexico by the way.

      So your box of candies came that you sent me for Halloween. Thanks so much. I love you all. Have a great week. 

Elder Lawrence

 This is the day I gave a talk and it rained so much on the way there...haha

 When we went Golfing.. Elder Riley, Mendoza, Santeliz

This is who got baptized. Rosalva Martinez de la Rosa

Monday, October 14, 2013

October 14, 2013

Hello everyone…

Thanks for your email. It made me laugh pretty good!! Haha got to love those Arvigs!! Sounds like you guys had a really great time at the fiesta…that’s good stuff!  I’m glad that you have been enjoying my emails. I know that they are nothing compared to Elder Stockards haha but hey I try;)

     So yeah, I counted it up and I have been to the temple 6 times in my mission!! Wow isn’t that super awesome? Really not that many missionaries get the opportunity to go to the temple as much as I have gone. It’s really great too, because every time I go I see miembros from my old wards. I feel pretty famous here haha but really it seems like I know so many people… it’s awesome!!

     So another thing you won’t believe that I got the opportunity to do today on this beautiful Monday in Mexico!!! Yep you didn’t guess it…. I went golfing!!!!!!!! yeah dog!  My companion and I went with the Zone Leaders. Haha well you know how I am good friends with everyone. They invited us to go golfing. We got permission from Pres. Jordan.  Some members that Elder Riely the Zone Leader knows works at the golf course. So we got to golf for free!! It was so awesome haha!!!  Yeah, that’s what happens when you are obedient you get the blessings jeje!! 

      So this week we have a baptism planned for Saturday and right after the bapitsm we have an activity planned so that we can get new investigators.  We are going to watch a church movie in the will be super awesome.  Con todo.  But last week was good , we were way busy all week.  10 inactivos showed up to church this week...the attendance was a little less....but I'm going to blame it on the rain.  It started to rain super hard right before church super hard!  My companion and I gave talks in church too.  They were pretty good.  We received 3 references right after.  so that was an awesome blessing...because we needed them.  But yeah, the spirit was super strong so it was all good and we were really wet because we had to run to church from our house in the rain haha.  I'll send some pictures.  I talked for like 15 minutes like it was nothin..

      Well... do you think you could by a charger and send it here?  Then I can have two cameras… that would be cool.  Things are going really good with me and my companion.  

      Yes, it’s a river that we cross to get to Mataredonda.  No I didn’t know Elder Kunz because he had only been out one month. That was really sad to hear about.  You know me mom…I’m always careful  Well I love you guys so much I hope everything is going really good, and that everyone is super healthy!  I love you. Good bye .. Adios. hasta luego.. nos vamos. 13. meses,;)
 Elder Lawrence

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October 8, 2013

     WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This week was so good!!!!!!!!!!!! We had so many spiritual experiences.  I’m loving the work here in Mataredonda. It reminds me of Alton so much!! I feel so at home, it’s crazy!! The hand of God really is here working!! At one of the Gen. Conferences we had 45 people show up. That is a lot of people!! With the other missionaries the most people that went to church was about 38. So the work is really growing here and I’m loving it.
     Dang, I don’t even know where to start this letter because so much cool stuff has happened. All I can say is I feel like I’m really getting blessed here and I know that you guys are getting blessed there in Hurricane. The football team no….but I hope you guys are haha. So yeah, me and my companion went to the temple twice this week. We went with a family from Mataredonda who was taking out their Endowments. We got permission and everything from President Jordan. I guess the sister has done a lot for the church and knows the President so she called him first, then I called him. He gave us permission to go with them to take out their Endowments. Then tomorrow we get the oppurtunidad to be testifiers for them when they go to the temple to be sealed… so this will be our 3rd time this week. I guess you could say we’re feeling pretty espiritual here haha.  So it was really awesome…the first time we went to the temple this week one of my friends from my other ward Independcia 1 was taking out his convenios endowments and going through the temple for the first time. So I actually got to accompany him.  It was such a special experience and I really know this is the work of the Lord and everything was planned by him.
     Conference was so awesome too!!!!!!!! I loved all the talks. Especially Elder Valenzuela who talked about my favorite scripture. You don’t even know how much I talk about the little things that bring about great things. I use that with everything to teach haha. But I loved it!!!
     So we played soccer today after the temple and my feet are torn up.  I played bare foot and they hurt so bad!!!!!!!!!!!  But it’s all part of the plan of God haha.  Entonces no pasa nada jeje.  I couldn’t get a charger to work for my other camera so I ended up buying a new camera today. It’s pretty dang tight and it was only 700 pesos. I actually bought it just barely. It’s white and 16.1 mp. It’s pretty sweet!
     So we had a lot of menos activos go to church this last week. 14 menos activos and 4 of them were new members so heck yeah to that!!!!!!!!!!!!  We had a lot of spiritual experiences this week.  We had a family Home Evening that was super spiritual…it really was great. We have a baptism date for the 19th of this month, so we’re getting prepared for that. It’s going to be awesome. Tomorrow we’re going to the temple again…Can’t wait haha! You can never get enough of the temple verdad!!!
     I’ll be thinking about what I want for Christmas. Can’t believe that it’s almost Christmas…well…in a few months! I got your other package with all the candy. Thank you very much:)  I love you all so much. I hope everyone is doing super good and has a great week. Love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elder Lawrence:)