Sunday, December 10, 2017

Del Norte, Week 1

Well changes came in this week and I got changed!  The worst part is that my companion who has 4 months in that area got to stay and i got changed!  The cool part is I got made a zone leader, but I really liked that area and we had many more families to baptize! But it will be cool to see what it is like to be a zone leader.  I´ve gotten out of it so far due to my desire to train, but it looks like the leaders didn´t care this time and raised me hahaha. I have been moved to the area of Del Norte and I am the zone leader of the stake Tecnologico.  It is a massive area that doesn´t have very many missionaries, but due to this there are many people that are hidden and waiting for this message!

Well anyways this week we spent most of the week helping my companion say goodbye to all of the people which appears to have been in vain since he is staying hahaha.  However it was a fun experience to see everyone one last time and even though I didn´t say goodbye to anyone it was nice to talk and enjoy the good experiences.

This week we decided to go to an area called the Quemada.  It is a super far off area that takes about 30 minutes to arrive on bike and about 2 hours on foot.  Due to this most missionaries never went and when I say most, I mean just about everyone.  Anyways due to buying bikes we decided to see what the area had in hold, and wow it was an amazing experience.  It is a super poor colony both in money and in spirit.  Almost everyone we talked to accepted our message and invited us in their houses and fed us and gave us lots of coke! It was amazing! We found several amazing families and several people that used to attend church before they moved to this area and since the missionaries never visited they didn´t know that there was a church in Delicias. All in all, it was an amazing experience and a miracle to see how the Lord prepares his children to receive his message and prepares the missionaries to teach them as well!

On Saturday and Sunday, we had a 70 come down for the stake conference, his name was Elder Montejo, and dang I have never seen such a dynamic speaker.  He was super animated and knew how to get the attention of everyone and taught such basic principles, but with such an intense spirit! It was super cool and it was funny to see the leaders of the stake talk with such nervousness that they looked like new members haha. The Seventy was such a powerful speaker and when he finished he came and shook all of the hands of the missionaries and gave us all homework of how we can improve due to what he felt through the handshake, super awesome! I´m pretty sure he gave a general conference talk about the Holy Ghost awhile back because he told us a story that I knew and well it was a story of his life so I believe it was him who told it in conference. All about when he ignored the holy ghost and then his wife felt the same prompting and made him follow the prompting and help a widow. All in all, it was an amazing talk. Which we will get to see more of this end of week as the Elder Oaks comes to Chihuahua to talk to all the missionaries and then to all the members. It should be interesting and he is going to iron us a ton, he is the apostle over the missionary work and so when a mission needs to improve a bit he makes them improve a ton! It´s going to be great!

Well that´s all for now, my camera is still in repairs (they can´t find the part still) so I don´t have pictures yet!

Have a great week, con mucho amor,

Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión

Del Norte

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Delicias Mexico Part 2, week 5

Another great week here in the blazing heat of the Chihuahua dessert.  Unfortunately, my camera broke a little so I don`t have it to send pictures today, but don`t worry I took it to a repair store and I’ll be getting it back tomorrow.  Besides that this week was pretty cool.  We had a massive Thanksgiving feast, we had a Mexican night in the church, and I’m still pretty good in volleyball!
Well I guess the biggest abnormal event of the week was on Thursday with the American tradition of Thanksgiving. Sister Brown (the Samoan sister) somehow convinced a family in her ward to giving Thanksgiving to all the gringos in the zone. In the end there was about 10 missionaries, 3 of which were white guys, and the rest were companions. It ended up being a really cool experience.  We ate with an older couple only one of them could speak Spanish, the other only speaks English, so we had a great time speaking in English with everyone. We ate a massive Turkey, some ham, several dishes of food, and pies! It was great! And we took tons of photos, the only problem is that my camera fell and the zoom button broke and is being fixed so I can`t send anything, but next week I’ll most likely send some haha.

On Saturday, we had our Ward Mexican night, apparently it was for the revolution here in Mexico.  I didn`t know that happened because from what I understand the politics here still aren’t the strong suit here haha. But anyways, there were lots of parades throughout the week and the ward had a huge party where we ate tacos, pozole, and elotes (corn on the cob mexican style) while listening to one of the members that has quite the gift musically.  I believe he may also be a little mad with me since he arrived late to church and I took his place on the piano for the introduction hahaha. Anyways, in the end the activity was super fun and we got to show some investigators. that the church likes to party a bit, which was nice because many think we are like the Jehova Witnesses or Catholics or Christians and that we don`t do parties (honestly I don`t understand the churches here, I feel like in other parts of the world they are a bit more normal haha).

Today the zone decided to go and play some Soccer and Volleyball.  I’m still not the best in Soccer and spend most of my time as the “best” goalie in the world! I like to focus on using the fear tactic by yelling at my foes as they try to hit the ball in the goal.  Most of the time it distracts them long enough for me to steal it and get it to a teammate. After winning our soccer match the sister missionaries decided to try their luck in a game of volleyball.  So we headed over to a super cool beach volleyball court that is here. I ended as team captain of one of the teams and we once again used my yelling tactics to animate our teammates and to inflict fear into our enemies. We ended up dominating them using the power of pure force (oh and the sister missionaries were on my team, so I did not end up brutally taking out any of them, just elders this time)! 

A cool experience that we had this week was with the mother of one of our investigators.  We have been teaching a 19 year old girl about why church is cool and why our church is the coolest church to go to even if it is a little far (got to take a bus to get there).  She has been super cool and has been progressing a lot recently.  Anyways her mom asked my companion one day if we could go and visit her mom because she had been super depressed recently. On Friday we went with them to visit her. After a super powerful lesson with the grandmother she ended up telling us that she had been baptized in our church when she was 23.  This ended up being quite the shock to everyone in the room especially the mother and daughter. In the end all of them now wanted to come to church and see why their grandmother got baptized in the first place and to know more about the power of the holy ghost.  The best part is that it is a family of 4 that can be potentially baptized here soon if everything goes well!

Well that was my week here.  This week is the last week of the cycle and it is almost for sure that my companion will be leaving Delicias after 5 months.  He`s a little sad because we have many investigators that are super cool, but he is also excited to see what else the mission has to offer! Either way it has been an excellent journey with him these past 6 weeks!
con mucho amor,
-- 
Elder Bunch


México Chihuahua Misión

Panamericano

Delicias Mexico Part 2, week 4

Well I´ve got around 20 minutes to write today.  We have spent about 2 hours trying to find a computer lab but they are all closed for the Mexican holiday that is a lot like the 4th of July.  So my letter might be a little shorter today haha.  This week was a pretty good week, I made some awesome pumpkin cookies and some great popcorn balls for a family home evening with investigators and we are teaching two different gangs here! It´s great!

Well this week started on Monday when I was looking through a previous package and found the pumpkin cookies.  I decided to make a cool lesson out of it for the district meeting, the only problem was that the package required a can of pumpkin... We don´t eat pumpkin pie here or pumpkin cookies, and when nobody here ever cooks with pumpkin it makes it extremely painful to find a can of pumpkin. We ended up spending all of Monday looking and we didn´t find anything.  Then on Tuesday we said a prayer to find a can of pumpkin and we were led to a random isle in Walmart (all the workers swore that they had never seen pumpkin in the store) and in the very back of a shelf with only 3 cans left, we found a darn can of pumpkin haha. And better yet the cookies turned out awesome even after all the Latinos told me I was crazy to cook with pumpkin haha.

On Friday we decided to teach alma 32 to a family of 7.  The only problem is that 3 of them are super young and the majority of lessons we have with them the kids just sleep.  I decided to mix it up a bit and convinced my companion to help me out.  So we taught a lesson about the seed of faith (popcorn seed) and what happens if it grows (or in our case when you cook it in hot oil, basically the same haha), and then in the end how does the fruit of the gospel taste. It turned out to be a great lesson. And although they didn´t have the opportunity to attend the church this week, the next week they are coming! I´ve started to realize more and more that if you want to teach someone something, you´ve got to find a way to incorporate food into the lesson, especially when you have a companion that can teach for a hour solo haha.

Throughout this week we have dedicated ourselves to talk with literally everyone including the "gangsters" I say gangsters because they are groups of youth that have dedicated themselves to smoking marijuana and breaking minor laws, and most of all because they call themselves gangsters. Anyways every day at about 800 we head over to local parks and teach groups of about 5 to 30 youth, we play a quick game of basketball with them or soccer and then once we are buddies we teach them a lesson about how they can change their lives.  We have had a lot of success, many of the youth that we teach make fun of us, but there are always 1 or 2 that come up to us afterwards and ask if we can visit them in their house. Some of our strongest investigators. are some of these youth, all we need now is that they convince their friends to come to church as well! It´s been pretty fun though!
Well that´s all the time I’ve got hahah.  Have an awesome week, I´m pretty sure I’m 34x34 in pant size, or maybe the same, all my pants still fit and are more or less loose haha
con mucho amor,
-- 
Elder Bunch

México Chihuahua Misión

Panamericano