Monday, January 25, 2016

I Love Me My Onions!!

I love me my onions!
The #1 boxer in Mexico.
 Hello from Mexico!

Week 53 in the field!  WOW!

This week was pretty dope.  We had a super sweet missionary broadcast to all the missionaries in the world and many Apostles spoke.  The theme was to teach repentance and baptize people who are truly converted.  I really liked it, but had a bad headache and only captured about 60% I’d say … hahah--but it was great!  We also had interviews with Prez and I sure do love my every 3 monther with him!  He teaches with stories and experiences and really helped me get pumped for this next week of work.  Also, I got to interview 3 little girls before their baptism and they were so funny.  One closed her testimony "in the name of your Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, Amen" but she wasn’t praying, she was sharing her testimony with me haha.  I thought it was so cute.  I just about died laughing and she was so nervous, she was shaking like crazy.  But wow, I’m really impressed how strong the testimonies are of these 9 and 10-year old girls.  They are solid and going to do some amazing things in their lives. 

Two people actually showed up to church today, so we are really, really excited and one has been an investigator for like a year and now is finally getting ready to make the move and get into the font!  We are pretty happy!  He should be baptized in February, if all goes well.  Also, I celebrated my 1-year mark in the field!  Yes, I know I celebrate way too many different marks, but it makes things fun! 

A recent convert sent me face lotion stuff that has gold flakes in it!  I was pretty excited to use it, even though I didn’t really need it!  So I’ll send pics of that beautiful moment. 

A lady in the ward told me that if you sleep with onions, it takes your cold away.   Her husband (the man who cut my hair) has had cancer for 5 years now and he’s never gotten a cold in these 5 years and it’s all because he sleeps with onions.  So heck, I had a cold and got me some onions and man it really works!  I love me my onions!  My comp and I rescued a baby kitten.  We wanted to take her home, but that’s against the rules so we let her go free.  But she was really cute. 

And last, but not least, I met someone famous this week!   I totally don’t know his name, but he’s famous and that’s all that matters!  He’s the #1 boxer in Mexico, so yeah we totally hung out for like half an hour and got pics.  He’s way chill. 

Anywho, it’s the last week in this cambio (transfer) and I’m pretty sure my comp leaves in a week which makes me sad.  We are going to try to make it count with hard work and changes in our area! 

All is well!

Elder McClure

Face lotion with gold flakes!
Here, kitty, kitty!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

That Right There Was a Miracle!

Forgot his camera today.  This is a backup photo.  

We are halfway through January!!!  Holy wow that went fast! 

This week was like pretty good, like ya we worked pretty good and found 3 new people to teach.  That right there was a miracle.  Also I think my Spanish is growing a lot with the help of a Spanish speaking comp, so that right there is pretty swell, too.  We are also doing really well with working with members here in the ward. There are like 40 YSA here and none of them seem to work or study (that’s a lie, I’m sure they do) but yeah lots of youth to take with us for half a day and do some visits.  We are greatly blessed to have so many young adults here.  Also, I might have mentioned it before, but there is a meat shop like 5 houses down from us and it’s owned by a Church member and so we get FREE meat like all the time!  I love free meat.  Wow.  We got some today and, boy oh boy, I like meat. 

OK, a little rundown on a few of our investigators:
Nancy has received almost all the lessons and just needs Church attendance in order to get baptized.
Bro Palafox is the man.   His wife and 2 sons are recent converts and we are working with him.  We hope that he will give us his baptismal date goal next Sunday when we see him.
Jennifer is 14 and she heard the missionaries, before but for some reason never got baptized so we are seeing if that’s an option.
Rosa is our new lady and she’s awesome, but her husband might be opposed and make it difficult.  We will see.
Rachael—she’s new and nice and we hope she will start to progress, too.

This week I did 2 more baptismal interviews for a 13 and 11 year-old.   The 11 year-old was sooo nervous that she wouldn’t talk and so I had to start off showing her pictures I had with me and then singing like a goof till she finally said words!  It was hard!  I think I’ll be doing 3 more this week for a couple of almost teenagers.

Elder Pieper was the Man!  Wow.  He speaks English, Spanish and Russian fluently and he has dedicated like his entire life to this work.  We asked questions about missionary work and he was answering them with examples of marriage and getting married and just weird stuff, but I sure loved it!  One thing that caught my attention was what he said about investigators that aren’t progressing.  He told us to drop them.  If they don’t progress, they aren’t ready.  So we’ve got to drop them and move on and find those that will progress!  Really cool.  I like it.

Two sisters from my district were put into another district where they were needed, so now we are just 6 missionaries and we all get along great.  My fear of sister missionaries is still there, but just not quite as strong.

The work is slow and we are a little bummed, but we are keeping at it—work, work, work.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Wow, It's Been a Week!

Back to Ajusco with Elder Miller for the baptism of someone we taught.

She brought me all her toys.  The lady behind me is 100 years old.
Hey y’all,

Wow, it’s been a week!

Surprisingly, a lot of people wrote me this week and now I find myself with very little time to tell you all a little about my week!  To start the week …yes, President showed up to my district meeting!  AGAIN!  It’s now kind of a habit … I’m pretty used to it.  But yeah, he showed up and we learned about obedience, which is always good to remember and as a district we decided to be 100% obedient this week-- like extra-- like we always try … but we were going to try extra and see the results.  

With that said, this week was one of the hardest weeks I’ve ever had, not especially in a specific way … but it was just hard.  Every single one of our investigators disappeared and our appointments fell through and my comp and I got super discouraged and it was just terrible.  It was one of those weeks when you have to constantly remind yourself why you are on a mission and tell yourself to just keep going.  On top of that I had the chance to do 2 baptism interviews and that just stressed me out like crazy because they were the first ones I’ve ever done and I got super stressed and I was freaking out!  AND I got a flu shot and I hate shots and I was freaking out like Crazy!!!!!!  BUT, Sunday night, at the end of a terrible, terrible, terrible week, we contacted a lady who seems GOLDEN and we have an appointment to visit her on Tuesday.  It was an awesome contact.  I hate contacting, but it was awesome.  I don’t know if she will continue as a golden investigator, but I do know that that was a little blessing from the heavens.  Even after such a terrible week, Heavenly Father let me know that He’s still there watching over me and helping me in this very work.  It was exactly what I needed and maybe it doesn’t seem that cool to y’all, but to me – wow, I am greatly blessed.

Any who, Elder Pieper is coming to our mission this week!  I‘m super jacked!  Our conference will be this Thursday.  Yay!  I got a haircut.  I look incredibly Mexican.   All the Mexicans here have this haircut.  The guy who cut it is a professional and cuts hair for politicians and famous boxers and people like that.  But for me… it was FREEEEE!  I also drank a coconut!   Yum!

This week is gonna be better!   I just know it!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Feliz Año!!!!

Sister Mecham at our District Meeting tonight (Jan 4).
Hey, Ya’ll!!

Wow.  2016.  Time flies.

I feel like nothing happened this week--probably because it was just normal and after having Christmas … it just feels bland.  But nevertheless, it has been a great week!

We worked, worked, worked and NOBODY was home because everyone was gone celebrating New Year’s so that was rough!  But we got through it with happy faces!  That’s what counts.

We are teaching a lady named Nancy and she’s really nice and we have a baptism date set for the 23 of January.  Hope it happens!  She’s awesome and is finally progressing a little bit.

No one attended church yesterday--not one investigator.  That was rough.  I think it was just because everyone’s on vacation!  Hope next Sunday is better!  My first District meeting with my new District went good--normal and good and wow, it’s a whole different scene with so many sisters.   haha   They like to talk!

On Friday we took a little trip up to AJUSCO and visited Lety and Tania!  SO FUN!  We took pics and ate tacos and visited and it was a blast!  I really did enjoy the quick visit.  Back to work we are!  Hope this week is really productive and we can find new investigators and see some progress!  I’m excited to see how it unfolds!




New Years Day back in Ajusco!