Sunday, August 20, 2017

Secretario Ejecutivo, Week 18

Hey que tal!

This week was pretty uneventful, but on the good side we got to work in our area a ton due to the new plan I put in place for the secretaries! So that was a really cool benefit of the week, otherwise though, I basically just invested this week into my second week of training the new Secretary! If all goes to plan next p-day I´ll be writing from my new area!

Well anyways this week was pretty plain like I said earlier, but in the afternoon we got to work super hard knocking on doors, all day, every day! How I´m looking at it right now is that I´m going to be leaving here next week, and so I want to try my best to leave some great investigators for elder Dustin so that he won´t have to dedicate so much time to finding new people to teach (we honestly waste so much time just trying to find people, that we could use so much better teaching). Because of this we haven´t really done anything other than work in the offices in the morning, eat, and then knock on doors and contact for the past 2 weeks.  It has been great! I feel like a regular missionary again! It feels like I´m starting the mission over again though because I´ve been more or less out of action for so long that it feels so strange to spend the entire afternoon working in the field.  So while we are working it brings a whole new air of excitement! I´m psyched for wherever I´m off to next! Although I´m really hoping I get sent to the jungle or the forest, I´ve got some really good friends over in those zones and quite frankly I´m getting a little tired of all these desert areas hahaha. 


Well not much more happened so I´ll explain the plan I put in place for the future secretaries of the mission in order that they will have the ability to work more in their areas. Well previously me and the financial secretary were together as companions and in my line of work I finish all my work by 1:00 (that´s when the government buildings close), unfortunately my companion doesn´t have a work schedule so he often would work all afternoon (that´s when the restaurants were open to get receipts), so we ended up almost never getting the opportunity to work in our area for long periods of time. In order to fix this I came up with an experimental plan to place regular missionaries with certain characteristics with each one of the secretaries in order that both the secretaries can work in their own areas when they have free time due to having a regular companion. We put my experimental plan in place about 2 weeks ago at the end of the cycle, where normally the 2 new secretaries and the 2 old secretaries are all one companionship, we separated the both, putting the financials in one ward, and the executives in the other. And well these past 2 weeks we have seen amazing growth with the 2 companionships, the financials work all morning in their area, and we work all afternoon in our area! And because of the success, the actual plan of action is going to be put in place when I leave here in 1 week! It has been awesome to help out the future secretaries and I´m hoping it goes well!

Well that´s about all I have this week… Oh, and I burned my shirt! So that was pretty cool, I used one of my super old cotton shirts that I feel like I´ve had since I was Nate’s age (it was so tiny, I just used it to provide baptism clothes to teenagers). Great stuff!

Have a great week, don´t kill the goats or sparrow quite yet, and sounds like everyone is doing about the same, Henry still is whiny, and sounds like Charlie is a Minecraft pro! That´s pretty cool I guess hahaha.


Con mucho amor



Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión
Secretario Ejecutivo 



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Secretario Ejecutivo, Week 17

Hey que tal!


1 YEAR ON WEDNESDAY!!! 


Well your thought was half right, I´m getting transferred, but in about 2 weeks since I have to train the next secretary so he knows what to do! So in about 2 weeks I’ll be able to finally get back into the field! I´m hoping that I get to leave the city and will get sent to some small village but we shall see in a bit I guess haha. But due to this whole training process, we have been super busy and I haven´t had time to do literally anything that I used to do in my free time.   That is also why I didn´t end up writing last Monday, due to how chaotic it all ended up.  Almost the entire mission had changes whether in the area or with their companion! Only 7 companionships didn´t get changes out of 140 missionaries! Super chaotic day for someone that has to organize a large portion of it ha ha. My new companion (future secretary) name is Elder Dustin and he´s pretty cool and lives down in Provo, about 7 minutes from BYU.  He ´s going to UVU so he´s alright ha ha. Elder Mendoza is training Elder Consospo (future financial secretary) which is pretty cool because Elder Consospo is my younger brother in the mission (same trainer).  So that was super sweet! The hardest hit to our district though was that the Samoan Sister missionary Brown got changed after 3 cycles.  She was one of the hardest working sister missionaries in the mission, if not the hardest working one overall ha ha.  In her place we have a sister missionary from México who is fresh from the CCM.  She´s pretty cool and is working hard to fulfill the expectation of who she is replacing, super cool!

This week was a pretty long week on my part due to not really doing anything.  Now that I’m training I don´t have any work to do in the offices other to check every once in a while to see if everything is going well.  So basically I have just dedicated myself to studying the bible throughout the week, I got through hechos (Acts) and I’m halfway through romanos (Romans).  I’m fairly convinced that Pablo (Paul) was the most powerful Apostle of that time in terms of converting thousands and having literally no regard for his own life. Super cool guy ha ha ha.  Yep, that was basically how I spent almost every day this week when I wasn´t working in the area in the afternoon.

The coolest moment of this week and maybe my mission so far was the opportunity I had to return to Ojinaga on Wednesday… So the day before the President asked the assistants if they wanted to go to Ojinaga or if they should send Elder Bunch (due to it basically being his second home).  In the end I won out and I got to go to Ojinaga.  So on Wednesday the president passed by the house at 8 am, and little did I know, but it was just him and I in the car for the entire trip.  Ojinaga is about 3 hours from Chihuahua city.  On the way up we talked about life before and after the mission, family, friends, favorite foods, favorite books, drones, insects, etc. basically just a whole bunch of stuff! When we finally got to Ojinaga we went to the new prayer house (we went up to see if everything was good to open the prayer house).  it was super cool and I got to see a few members and the branch president again! It was awesome! Before we went home President asked the branch president where there was a good place to get some tacos because he had a strong desire to eat tacos.  Unfortunately, all the good taco places were closed so we settled on a steak restaurant and we had grilled cabrito, it was super good! On the way home President asked me to take him to the famous Pei Wei canyon that is up in Ojinaga because this would be the only time he would be able to take the curvy scenic route that leads to the canyon (due to his wife´s bad car sickness).  When we got to the canyon we took a few pictures and then he began to try and through a rock to see if it could reach the water down below…it didn't. I tried as well and couldn't even get close, so I started pushing massive boulders down, and after a bit of trying we left without success ha ha ha (turns out I also gave president nightmares where I slipped after throwing a boulder and fell into the canyon ha h aha).  On the way home he shared an instruction that only the new mission presidents receive in order to start their missions well. Afterwards he asked me how we could do better in the mission and we focused a lot on how the new Secretaries can be better, and be more missionaries than secretaries. It was a super cool experience, and felt a bit like a 10 hour interview with president haha, great day!


Well that was my week!


Hopefully Maren´s muteness has healed ha ha ha


p.s. Here´s a few photos of my week, and so you get to know who my mission president is a little more!

Con amor,

Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión





Secretario Ejecutivo 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Secretario Ejecutivo, Week 16

Hola!


Canada sounds pretty cool, and the weather sounds a lot like it has been here recently in terms of the temperature, because we´ve been caught up in massive rainstorms all week and next week! It has been great! Lot of flash floods though, but better to have rain than deadly heat! And hey Amazon delivers hear as well only that it first goes through the Branch president in Texas hahaha, not quite as fast, but it kind of works haha. And I guess Chihuahua actually get´s more visited than I originally thought due to how much tourism we have to deal with when we go the airport (all the Americans trying to speak Spanish with the airport attendants), it is more like a big national park, kinda like the Grand Canyon only without the swimming part as often. It is more of a bring your jeep and journey the mountain and the waterfalls, it´s pretty cool, and then you go to a steak buffet for the best steaks in México! I´ll probably visit when I get back when all the wars start settling down in a year or two, it´ll be sweet! And cool to hear I’ve got another cousin! I’ve lost count…How many do I have now? Hahahaha, and cool to have another red head, I always thought that trait was on dad´s side, maybe not… hahaha. And darn i´m going to miss a lake Powell trip, that´s a bummer, maybe next year I guess, I could go for a striper bass feast one of these days haha. And I shall be looking forward to all the packages, right now the president of Ojinaga is in the states visiting his kid so he won´t be back for a week or two, but soon I shall receive all the packages!

Well this week was awesome! It rained all week keeping the weather cool to the point where we had to use blankets again to sleep! We got a baptism we were pretty sure wasn´t going to happen, and I got to eat some more Menudo even though it is usually only served in the winter! Awesome week!

Well let´s start with the rain, on Wednesday is when it all began, at about 4 the rain started and by 5 there was a river in the street about a foot deep! We went with our chofer to do a few tasks and it felt like we were surfing with how much water was coming over the car, there were parts where it was so deep that it moved our car with the tide, when we finally got to our destination me and my companion had to get out of the car and we were outside for about 30 seconds and we were already soaked, on the return back to the car my companion fell into a big hole that looked like the sidewalk and well he got soaked and was not happy about it, to say the least hahaha. But I thought it was super cool due to not seeing sufficient rain in a year haha. I´ll send a pic when it was starting and we were in the middle of the city!


Onto the unpredicted baptism, well a little while ago I put a goal for the district to baptize every week, and well we´ve been pulling it off! We were a little worried that we wouldn´t keep our goal because this week the Hnas. Had a date for an inv. And everything was going well until Friday when I went to do another baptism interview and my companion went to do the interview with this inv. Of the hnas. Well my interview went well but the inv. Of the Hnas. Wasn´t in his house so they couldn´t do the baptism interview, so we postponed it until tomorrow, only problem was that on Saturday we had to go take a missionary to the airport for certain reasons… Anyways we called the zone leaders up and they went to do the interview, only problem was that the inv. Called and told us he was in the hospital with his niece who had an accident and couldn´t come, and so that go rid of that option. So our last resort was today(Sunday) during the second hour during gospel principals he asked us for a blessing to help him for his travel (oh and he is leaving the area for 2 months, because of this it was a bit rushed to get him baptized), after the blessing we asked him if he would like to be baptized, and he said yes, but only if we did it then because he was leaving the next day. So we talked with our mission leader and he organized it all, and boom I got to baptize him! It was awesome! And well that was our week here in México!

con amor,

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Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión
Secretario Ejecutivo 



Secretario Ejecutivo, Week 15

Hola ¡que rollo!

Sounds like Canada went pretty well, if it is anything like how Alaska was then it must´ve been pretty sweet! Right now I´m trying to convince the assistants and president to send me to Madera.  It is an area In our mission in the mountain range and also happens to be the coldest area in all of México.  I´ve been coming up with some pretty good arguments but we´ll have to see how it goes.  It has already started to cool down over there, and during the winter it averages about 15 degrees Fahrenheit in the day! But apparently it is a super cool place with a lot of pine trees and Yellowstone type animals! It would be fun to go there though because Ojinaga is the hottest place in the mission (in the spring/summer) and Madera is the coldest (in the winter) and to have the two of them on my list of areas would be sweet hahaha
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This week was another week dealing with lots of river flooding and just flooding in general, it was sweet! Apparently it is super common during this time in the year and that the waterfalls in the mountain range are amazing (another reason I hope I go to the mountain range haha). Luckily nothing to bad has happened yet due to the flooding at least that I know of haha. This week we also continued with our baptism per week goal. This week was pretty cool because the other elders baptized an inv. That I met during her first lesson with the missionaries.  The only thing was back then I would´ve never thought she would get baptized.  She was super serious said she was a faithful Catholic and wouldn´t open the door but one of her daughters opened it. It´s a miracle that she got baptized! And she is so different now.  She is super cool and makes us some awesome food! This next week the sister missionaries have another baptism of a widow they found a while ago and she has 4 daughters that range from 9 years old to a 1 year old.  She´s super cool and has a strong desire to be baptized as well as her 9 year old daughter! It looks like we are on track to win the balero (ball and stick thingy) again for the zone! Assuming that everything goes well!

Another great week in Chihuahua,

Con amor,


Elder Bunch
México Chihuahua Misión

Secretario Ejecutivo