Ministering with Pancakes

Hey Everyone!

Sounds like everyone’s been busy! Good job winning your basketball game Tanya! I’m glad you’re having fun! That sounds like kind of an interesting project Dad. So you finally got it worked out then? That’s cool that Elder Flores and Sister Galbraith passed by. I had seen her a little bit in the mission but I never really talked to her. Yeah, they definitely have Valentines day in Mexico. They take advantage of just about every opportunity they get to have a party around here! Elder Van Tassell got asked to speak in church too haha! I was also a runner up for if the other speaker didn’t make it to church but luckily she came!  It was kind of funny because the only people in the street all day were either couples or drunk guys that were just super wasted and stumbling around the streets saying stupid stuff. I guess those must have been all the single guys haha! It was kind of pathetic though.

Well we got the changes yesterday and I am staying here in Ciudad Labor and getting a new companion, Elder Servín. This will be the 3rd time I have trained a new zone leader, so it should be fun to do it again. I’m excited to have a Latin companion again because I’ve spent the last 7 months with American companions and my Spanish has been suffering a little bit. It will be nice to get back to speaking Spanish better than I speak English haha! This week has been pretty cool. We taught a lot of lessons and we have 5 investigators come to church on Sunday, and they were from 4 different families, so it’s quite a bit of work! It was really fun getting so many of our investigators together in one class and teaching them all at once because they are all so different! They range from 19 to 60 years in age and they all have different levels of understanding and education but it was cool to have them ask questions and then see them teach each other! Also something cool happened with Jasmín. She has been progressing great lately, studying the pamphlets and the scriptures, praying. She has had a recurring dream where she gets baptized and she knows that she needs to do it but there has been one major obstacle: she was working every Sunday. They wouldn’t give her a schedule change, so she quit her job and decided to take a massage therapy course that is Tuesday to Friday, so she will be able to come to church every week now! We are really excited about that and she should be able to get baptized pretty soon!

We had a cool experience ministering to some missionaries in our zone this week. There were a couple of elders that had been struggling a bit and things hadn’t really been improving much, so we decided to go over there and help them out. We got up at 4:30 in the morning on Friday and cruised on over to Hacienda del Parque. We jumped the fences to get into their apartment complex and showed up in front of their house at 6:30 in the morning! They were super confused but we just told them not to worry about it, just keep doing their stuff, and we put ourselves to work making pancakes (we brought all the stuff with us). We ate, and then we did our studies. After the studies we split up to interview them individually and I found out that the problem that we had gone there to help them with wasn’t really the problem, so I wasn’t really sure why we were there. I was sure that we needed to be there though. Anyway, I just started talking to the Elder and pretty soon I figured out why I was there.

Who we are goes a lot deeper than just being children of God. I have been learning a lot about this lately and it has a lot to do with foreordination and our lineage. It is actually really interesting to study that and it is a doctrine that can change your perspective a lot.

Anyway, things are going very well here in Ciudad Labor and I´m excited to keep going! I love you all lots and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Black

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Ciudad Labor Zone

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With Elder Mendoza and President and Sister Titensor

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Surprise Pancakes for Some Missionaries in Our Zone

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A Big Elephant Tree in Our Area

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