Monday, November 24, 2014

Hello People!

Well I don't really know what to say this week besides the fact that im super tired. Sadly The Guardea family we are probs gonna have to drop because we invite them to church everyweek but they never attend and it is sad but yeah idk. However on a happy note Demetria is still excited for her baptism when her nieces return and we have this new investigator that i think i told you about whose name is  Mary and she is super interested in the church and we invited her to  baptism last night and she accepted. I really feel like things are looking up here and in the next transfer i truly believe that we will have 3 or 4 baptisms and i really hope that i can be here to see it.

Also our heater got fixed this week and halelujah our boiler or water heater also works now so yeah i am very very happy right now. Nothing to crazy happened this week but i actually feel like i am starting to get in the flow of things and can pretty much understand casi everything that everyone says. Not to like prophesy or act like i know everything. But to you future missionaries i would just like to tell you that when you come out on a mission it truly is gonna be the hardest thing you have done in your life and you will struggle a ton. But if you can just understand that and go into the mission just trying to learn as much as you can knowing that you will make mistakes it will be much easier on you and i promise you that if you will work hard every day eventually it will get easier and you will come to love it. Anyways yeah thats my awesome missionary advice for the week haha jk.

Holy cow i can't bbelieve tama's farewell has already happened time is flying out here and at times i feel like a failure because i have 0 baptisms but there is a talk by Elder Bednar that really helped me to understand my purpose out here and that the mission isn't alll about the number of baptisms you have. Anyways just know that i am doing good oh and yes i received all of your packages and they were amazing y'all rock! Anyways gtg.
Love Cam

Monday, November 17, 2014

Hello All!

Well this week was good. We found some new investigators and demetria is still excited for her baptism but geez i hope her nieces return soon so i can be here to see it. haha. We also have another BD for dec 6 for another one of our investigators Napoleon. Sadly the guardeas are struggling and we are trying to work with them but who knows. I have faith in them and hope that they can overcome there challenges. We also have a new investigator mary whos father died recently and she is super interested in the church so hopefully things will workout there. But reallly things are looking good for the future here in La cuesta and im not to worried haha.

Well nothing to crazy happened this week, more dogs but no more drug dealers at least for this week so thats nice i guess haha. I sadly have not received the packages and really want them too because this week i literally froze. Ok actually something crazy did happen this week. So our heater in our house doesn't work and literally every morning and night we put on our jackets and our blankets to study and yeah so we can live. It is literally like the ice age in there. Like seriously i have no idea how but our house is colder than the outside and no its not air conditioning. I checked haha. Oh we also ran out of gas in our boiler so we didn't have hot showers for the last like 3 days so yeah other than that i am doing amazing but might have hypothermia haha. I did buy something at the Sorianna here. It was a scarf and yeah it was pretty easy to buy with the card. No different than back home pero be careful to check it because it was $99 pesos but who knows if that will transfer into dollars in USA so yeah just a heads up.

Thats crazy about rob and yeah i had no idea that preston returned home for a couple days. I hope they are doing well and if they read this just know that i am praying for you and love you so much. Oh today i also get to go on divisions again and will be heading to a different area with the zone leader Elder Birchett from Utah. I cant tell you how excited i am to get to speak english for the first time in like a month haha. Jk i love Elder vilchis even if he can't speak english hahah. Anyways just know that im doing good and love all of you.
Love your guy
Elder Imlay

So this was my get up for the week also what i wore in the house so i didnt freeze to death haha.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hello People of America!

Well this week was an average week and kind of freaking confusing with our investigators. So with Demetria, she is still excited for her baptism but the problem is, is that her nieces may not return from El Pasto until December for christmas break. So to fix this we have been working with the mom or Hna. Rubio to try to see if there is a way that they could return back sooner so that both me and Elder Vilchis would be here to see it but the good thing is that i know she will be baptized, it may not be while i am here but that is not whats important, and i am ok with that. With the Gardeas, things are tough because they are somewhat improving with the cigarette issue but will not come to church for some reason. Every time we visit them they agree and say they are excited to come to church but for some reasonn they do not show up. However i do have faith that things are going to work out.

Ok so this week the cold finally arrived and the water heater in our house wigged out and didnt work for almost the whole week. So we took cold showers and i literraly at times thought i was gonna die haha jk. But i would like to thank cammy for her blanket it saved me from dying of frostbite during the nights also it was nice not to have to use the blankets that they provide in our house because im pretty sure they have diseases in them haha.

Ok So elder Vilchis is super sick aand super chill. He can speak literally no english well pretty much no english but i can say that my spanish has at least somewhat improved because we are actually able to communicate and survive, so thats nice. Something kind of cool is that him and Preston were companions right before i entered the MTC and yeah so thats cool. So with the phone i broke it the first day i got here and threw the battery in a dumpster so yeah nothing to cool.I have not been sick yet which is nice and i think that i have put on some weight which is nice. I am also eating more than i ever have in my whole life like literally yesterday i ate a whole pizza and then had a bowl of cereal afterward haha.

This week nothing to crazy happened except for at one of our investigators houses (Miguel) well they own a dog and it literally hates me and elder vilchis. So usually when we go visit them one of the members of the family has to hold him back while we run in the house haha. But this week when we were leaving the dog broke free and came chasing after me. Luckily i reached the gate in time before he killed me haha but other than that nada mas. Actually in some colonies here they do celebrate Thanksgiving haha. I think Juarez is like the most americanized mexican city ever haha so hopefully i will get to celebrate thanksgiving but Quien Sabe? To dad sadly we have not gotten to do any service projects yet but hopefully we will get too. Anyways just know that i am Doing good and love all of you.

My new companion Elder Vilchis

My district right before Elder Beltran left

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hello All!

This week was a crazy week yet again. So to begin my new companion is Elder Vilchis. He is from De Jefe or Mexico City for you Americans haha. He has been out 7 months and is 19 years old. He's super chill but knows literally 12 words in english haha. So its time i start picking up my language game. This week we visited Demetria and she is still excited for her baptism. But the problem is, is that her neices live in El paso and wont be here until december but we are going to work with there mom and i think everything should be alright all i know is that she will be baptized one way or the other and thats whats important. The Guardea family is doing good, we met with them a couple times this week and last night we went and visited them with our bishop and it was amazing. So our bishop has only been a member of the church for 4 years and before he was a member he had problems with smoking and when we visited them last night, he bore a powerful testimony and helped them in a way that we couldn't. They commited to not buy cigars this week and if they can accomplish this they can be baptized in 2 weeks. So hopefully all goes well but all i know is that things are looking up here in La Cuesta and im really excited for the future.

Anyways on a different note a bunch of crazy things happened to me this week. So to begin we met another drug dealer guy and this one was insane. He tried to get us to come to his house and smoke marijuana with him and other stuff and yeah it was really scary haha. Also like 3 dogs almost killed us this week but i have officially learned how to defend myself against them so thats a nice thought i guess haha. Also we saw like 3 dead dogs on the side of the road and then we also saw a dead lamb on the sidewalk which was super weird because yeah there aren't lambs here haha so yeah. Halloween was kind of different here i mean yeah there are kids out trick or treating but also there are a bunch of cholos or gangsters who roam the streets and it was kind of freaky but fear not i am ok.

Mom and dad if you see Danny that would be so sick and if so tell him i say hi. haha. Oh i also saw the big man this week (Preston). We had like this meeting for all of the missionaries in Juarez on friday. It was super long but i got to talk to him for like 20 or 30 min and he seems to be doing pretty good. He is a little sad but he knows that this is where he should be and yeah it was just really nice to see a familiar face. Anyways just know that i love you all and love America. Hope y'all have a wonderful week.
Elder Imlay 2.0