Thursday, May 29, 2014

Week #84: Tamaulipas 1.1 - XIV - Week 28

Well, this was a good week overall. We were able to go ice skating on Monday, which was pretty fun. We also had two lessons that day, which was nice. We have an investigator named Juan Manuel, who seems to be progressing well. He has come to Church four times, and we have covered the first three lessons with him, meaning now we just need to cover the Commandments (Lesson 4). We are hopeful with him, and he seems to like a lot what we share. In fact, yesterday we had a lesson with him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and when we talked about the Sacrament he really liked it. He was really impacted. He said, "Wow!" about how the Sacrament renews us each week, renews our baptism. That was a cool lesson for sure.

We worked hard to reach our goal of 100 contacts per week, Elder Anderson and I having 37 contacts yesterday. However, we could focus more on the quality and feeling of our contacts for sure. I talked with President Bird about that today.

I had my interview with President Bird today to renew my Temple Recommend. It was a nice interview. I was able to address some questions and concerns with him, and really just be open. I know that this is best with our Priesthood Leaders, and our friends and family. We need to do our best to be good, and when we need help there are people we can trust, who can help us. I enjoyed the interview - maybe one of if not the best I`ve had with a leader. I appreciate President Bird and how he helps me.

On Saturday we had a baptism. Well, the Sisters had a baptism, but Elder Carbajal and I had taught him while we were together, and he was able to make it to baptism. I felt pretty good having somebody finally make it after so long. Here are some photos of us, and of him and his family.

Well, time is short. I love you all and wish you well! Have a great week! Keep me in your prayers!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Week #83: Tamaulipas 1.1 - XIV - Week 27

This past week was pretty good. I felt more focused that the week before, and it was nice to be able to work better, and feel the Spirit work through us more. Elder Anderson and I (and the Zone) learned about making commitment invitations, and verifying these, and we were able to put it in practice. It was good, and we felt good applying it. It helped us be more direct and powerful in our lessons and commitments.

We worked really hard and were able to once again reach 100 contacts in the street. It was a "slow and steady" effort more this week, and we´re going to keep it up. We were able to have more success this week as well. It was nice.

Overall, life is pretty good, and I felt pretty good. This weekend should be Narciso´s baptism, so that should be great too. Finally some more success after so many months. I am grateful to the Lord now for each day that I have to serve Him as a missionary, and continually pray to be able to do what is right and finish well, and make the best of the time I have.

Well, I´m off. Sorry that the email was short this week. Next week I hope to have a longer email home. I love you all and wish you well. I appreciate your love and prayers! Have a great week!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Week #82: Tamaulipas 1.1 - XIV - Week 26

Today marks six months in this area for me - that´s a pretty good, long time if I do say so myself. I´m still enjoying it here, in spite of the difficulties and stresses that come along with that. There hasn´t been a lot of visible success so far, but there is time to keep working and make some progress here in this part of the ward. I sure have learned a lot here in Tamaulipas, and I will always remember what I learn and experience here (and there´s more to come).

This was a tough week in the area, with lots of days without a whole lot of lessons - we had the lowest lesson count in many weeks - months I think - but we were able to contact over 100 people again this week, so that was at least something to be happy about. However, we had no investigators in Church this week. We should have tried a bit harder to get them to come, but that´s for next week.

Sunday was really nice, because I was able to chat vocally with my family one last time as a missionary. It was really nice to be able to just visit and chat. We spoke from a member´s home, on his cell phone, and it was a good chat that we had. We talked about life at home, life here in the field, I told some of the Spanish jokes / puns I´ve learned (Dad got a kick out of those), and most special of all: we got to say a prayer as a family. Before ending our call, they asked me to say a prayer in Spanish, and it was a great moment for me. I loved being able to pray for my loved ones, with them present. It was the first time in almost 19 months that we have prayed together, all six of us, and it was really cool. I appreciate that they thought of this idea, and I hope to remember it and put it in practice in future missionary moments in my life. I love my family very much.

Once again, I wish a happy Mother´s Day to all of the great moms in the world, especially to my Grandmas who I wasn´t able to talk with on Sunday.

I love you all very much and wish you all a great week!

Sincerely, Elder Izak T. Erekson

Oh yeah! I forgot. I got bit by a dog this week. That was a first in my mission. Don´t worry, it wasn´t anything serious. We were walking to our house and this little dog jumped out and bit me. It didn´t make me bleed, but I could see the bite mark and it seemed bruised in that area. It did tear my pants though. Here´s a photo of my "battle wound."

Also, I finally bought milk that expires after I do. I finished it off today. But, I should be home before the milk was supposed to go bad.

The last photo is of me skyping home. If you can zoom in you can see all of us. I love you!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week #81: Tamaulipas 1.1 - XIV - Week 25

This has been a pretty good week, and a bit stressful too. There was going to be a baptism this weekend, but it didn´t work out. Hopefully it will happen soon. I´ll keep you informed as to the progress of this investigator. Besides that, the week was pretty good and chill overall.

Our District did change - Elder Bautista headed out to Tres Caminos as a District Leader, and we got Elder Harper as a new member of our District. I already know him from before, and he´s a really cool Elder. I´m glad to have him in the District, and I look forward to getting to know him better as his District Leader on intercambios and other things like that.

This coming week is Mother´s Day! I´m looking forward to calling home. We´re going to Skype from a member´s house here in our area. It should be really good to talk to my family and see them and hear them. This will be my last missionary phone call home - the next time I see them and hear them I´ll be home. That just means that I´ve got to enjoy this call, and work my hardest for the rest of my mission, so that I can feel good about it when I go home.

Last week´s water balloon fight was really fun actually. The Sisters bought normal, blow-up balloons, so the balloons were really tough. Some of them could be thrown, hit the ground (asphalt) and still not pop. It was a really fun activity, and I liked it a lot. It was a good way to end the transfer as a Zone, even if not everybody was there. It was fun though.

Here´s a paragraph from my email to President Bird:

"This week Elder Anderson and I worked really hard to meet the mission goal of 100 contacts, and we were able to reach 101! After talking with you about the goal of reaching 100 contacts, and how you mentioned that we are sometimes too complacent about our goals, we tried harder the last few days of the week and we were able to make it to the goal. It felt good to do that, and we were able to teach 21 lessons in this week too. It felt good to reach the goal. However, the rest of the District was a bit lower than the 100, so it´s something that we´re all going to keep working on. Elder Anderson and I are going to try and make it to the goal in a more steady pace, not having to repent and do so many contacts towards the end of the week."

I am very grateful for my Mom and her love for me. She is always such a good support to me in all of the things that I need to do. Every week she writes me and sends me support, testimony, and love. I am very grateful for her, and that she is my mom. I am also very grateful for my Grandmas, who also love me. I appreciate when they write me and send me their love. I am grateful for the wonderful moms in my life and wish you all and all moms a Happy Mother´s Day!

Everyone keep on working and progressing towards where you need to be! Trust in the Lord, and do what is right, even when it´s hard. I love you all and wish you a great week!