Saturday, June 21, 2014

Week #87: Miguel Alemán 1.2 - XV - Week 1

Well, I`m in my new area, and it`s going pretty well. My new companion is Elder Joshua William Smith, and he`s from Macon, Georgia. So, he`s a Southerner. But, he doesn`t sound like a Southerner. He just finished his training, so he`s got the same ammount of time as Elder Anderson. Who would have thought that I would get another American companion? Elder Anderson was from the West Coast, and now my companion is from the East Coast. Ish.

We`re in the ward Miguel Alemán, in the Libertad Stake. We share the ward with two Sister Missionaries, and we almost always eat together. It`s been good so far here in the ward, trying to get as much work done as possible. We`ve been contacting a ton of people in the street, so that we can find more people to teach. We had 127 contacts this week, with 12 lessons. We`re hoping to reach a lot more soon though, lesson-wise. We`re also trying to work better with the members too, and it`ll be good.

Here are some photos of me and Elder Smith, and of me on Sunday. I totally wore a different tie the whole day, then realized that I needed to have my Dad`s tie on - so I put it on and wore it in the night. Here`s a photo for that. I am very grateful for my father and the love he has for me, all that he has done for me. I am also grateful for my Heavenly Father, and His love for me. He has let me feel His love so many times in my life, and on my mission. I just need to remember it.

Take care everyone, and work hard. Do your best. Never give up!

Sincerely, Elder Izak T. Erekson

P.S. If you could pray for Pablo and Paty, that`d be great. Thank you!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Week #86: Tamaulipas 1.1 - XIV - Week 30

Well, this is my last letter from Tamaulipas 1.1 - the Zone Leaders told us about the transfers last week, and I´m on the way out. So is half of our District, so the ward will be really different as of Tuesday. It will be interesting for me, for sure. I´ve been here for almost seven months, and it´s been a pretty good chunk and part of my mission. I´ve enjoyed being here in the area, and working with the members, investigators, and people here. It´s been good to work with Elder Anderson too. He´s a good missionary, and we´re pretty good friends. I´m grateful for his work ethic and his friendship.

As for the week, we worked hard, and we were able to reach out 100 contacts for the week, which was great. We had a day of almost no lessons, pure contacting almost, and it was pretty tough. We were pretty tired by the end of it for sure. It felt good to be tired like that, it meant that we worked.

What else can I talk about? I should be back to visit in the ward in a couple of weeks for a baptism or two, so that will be nice. I´ll enjoy coming back, but I´m also looking forward to something new. We´ll just have to wait and see what the future holds. Next week I´ll let you know. 3 Transfers left. It´s going to disappear really quickly. I´ve been stressing a lot this transfer, and it´s been a purifying experience for me. I´m working on, or have worked on, things that I´ve needed to improve. I just want to finish right, and strong.

Thank you to everyone who prays for me and my investigators. I invite each and every one of you to thank the Lord for your blessings, and to pray for personal missionary experiences and opportunities. Elder M. Russell Ballard told all members to have a copy, and study Preach My Gospel as I remember it. I invite each of you to get a copy of the book, and to study it prayerfully along with your personal scripture study. I promise you that as you do, you will feel the power and importance of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in your life, and the importanc in the lives of others as well.

I bear my testimony that the Lord loves each and every one of us, and is aware of us. I am grateful for the mercy, and the chance to be a missionary at this time in my life.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Week #85: Tamaulipas 1.1 - XIV - Week 29

Things were a bit hard this week for us. We failed in the street contacts department, but we´re going to work on it and do better this week. We were able to have some pretty good lessons though, and we´ve got some people who are progressing. The bad news is that some of our investigators who were progressing didn´t this week, and we may have to drop somebody we´ve been working with for a long time! We´ll have to pray and see what happens. We´ll keep on trying. One investigator who is progressing pretty well is a young girl named Paula. She is in a part-member family, and her mom is starting to come back to Church. We´ve got a pretty good baptismal goal with them for her, and she seems to understand stuff pretty well. Good stuff.

We were able to do some service this week, which was nice too. On Wednesday we went to help paint the house of some recent converts, and it was a pretty fun activity. We ended up painting for quite a long while, and then we went back again on Saturday to continue the painting - we basically painted (or were in the process of painting) the entire house, inside and out basically. Lots of painting. It was good though, to be able to lend some service.

On Friday we had our Zone Conference, and that was pretty good. President Bird talked about Elder Bednar´s talk on "Becoming a Preach My Gospel Missionary" and he had some good stuff to say about it. I liked when he talked about the need to forgive ourselves. I´m often hard on myself when I make a mistake, and I´m working on that. The Conference was good though, so that was nice.

Today we´re going to play some "Minute To Win It" games with most of the Zone, and hopefully that works out well. It´s been pretty hot lately, but it´s nothing compared to what´s coming soon. Lots of heat. I´ll be fine though.

I thank all of you who write me and think of me, and pray for me. I love you all very much! I hope that you have a great week and are happy. Enjoy summer vacation all those who are "free!" Take care!