Monday, March 28, 2016

Hello everybody!!

So we had another solid week with 4 people that went to sacrament meeting!! It was however a pretty quiet week!! We didnt do a whole lot but it was solid!! We were able to find a lot of new investigators and even put a baptismal date with one of our investigators for the 16th of April!! So we are pretty stoked!! This week we had to do quite a few Baptismal interviews which is always good cuz that means more souls saved!! We also had divisions this week and Elder Arlington an Elder from California came here to the area with me!! And it was awesome we were able to contact a lot of people.

We even met this drunk guy named Carlos who speaks english.  He told us that he had lived in Salt Lake and had heard about our church and liked it a lot but he said his problem was that he adores the Virgin Mary.  He says that even though he knows its not the right thing to do, he like is obssessed or something but after talking with him for a little he was like yeah ill come to church.  We told him if he wanted to come to church he had to be sober and so he said ok ill stop!! So we were like cool and then left!! Well we passed by like an hour later and Carlos was still sitting there drinking his keg of beer so sadly he didnt go to church on sunday, but it was still fun talking in english with a borracho (drunk) haha!!

Anyways on a different note, i think i told a lot of you a couple weeks ago that i didnt get the chance to meet the Pope when he came!! Well that all changed this week cuz we actually found his number in the street and called him and he came to our area and we took a pic with him!! Here is the pic i hope you enjoy hahaha!! Hes quite short!!!

I also heard about the bombing and thats crazy!!I hope that they are doing ok!! To be honest i dont remember the person that you guys are telling me about but i hope that he is ok as well as the others!! Im digging the easter egg hunt that you guys had and also the pic of dad and the bros sitting on the rock.....thats pretty funny!! Mom here is the scan i hope it is what you needed!! I hope that you guys had an amazing Easter to be honest we didnt really do anything well besides destroy a bunch of empty beer bottles which were scattered in the desert!! It was awesome!!

Anyways i love you guys a ton and am super pumped for GC this week!! Keep It Real!!
Love Elder Imlay

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hello Everybody!!

So we had a solid week this week!! We had 6 investigators in church and they are doing really good. Actually we are planning to put baptismal dates with 2 of them this week for april and then more in May and we are excited!! We were able to find a lot of good people this week and we had a super spiritual and cool experience with an investigator who is pregnant!! We went and visited her with a member from the ward and after we explained about the BOM and how she was going to receive an answer, the hermana or member who was with us told her that she would receive her answer from her baby and that her baby would move a little!! In that instant the investigator started to tear up and said that that is what she had felt the first time she prayed about it!! This investigator has gone thru so much in the last little while and it is amazing to see how the church and the gospel have helped her to have more peace in her life!!

On a funnier note we also met a guy in the street who is the owner of 2 houses and the houses are like pretty nice!! Probably 2 of the nicest in the area but the funny part is that him and his wife live in one of the houses and then he has the other house where his 2 dogs live and just to be clear this is not a dog house where they live, it is like a full on house and like pretty nice and i just though it was funny that 2 dogs were living solos in a house haha!! Only in Mexico!!

The Pics of Kob in the Newspaper are pretty sick haha!  Actually his hair is the coolest part but it sounds like the soccer team is super solid this year and im glad to hear that kob and k are doing good!! I havent gotten the package yet and i cant believe that its already Easter again like holy cow time is flying!! Anyways it sounds like everyone is doing good and im doing fine!! I love the work and am excited to keep working here in Parajes!! Keep It Real!!


Oh also it was a little bit of a sad week cuz on Monday elder cox got changed but i did have the chance to say goodbye to him and also im going see him in 4 months anyways so its all good!!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hello Family And Friends!!

So we had a really good week and lots of joy and hapiness for the newest members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was quite a crazy week and we almost didnt have a baptism but then after a super awesome lesson and a super powerful testimony by our investigator herself her mom allowed her to be baptized!! We also had the baptism of Nancy and Alejandro which was really cool!! We have been teaching her for the last 4 months and she has been really awesome but for one reason or another was not able to be baptized. But after lots of work and Sacrifice on her part she was able to be baptized this last Friday!! And the best of all was seeing her on sunday giving her tithing to the bishop after sacrament meeting and also seeing our other convert Citlali participate in the Young Womens Program here in the ward!! I can honestly say that they were two prepared souls by the lord and am so excited for them and for their future in this gospel!!

We have had lots of meetings this week and there is also a new initiative that the Church came out with called #Hallelujah.  Its pretty sick and i invite all you guys to watch the video and share it with everyone!!

Sounds like things are going good with soccer and im pumped that the Utes are headed to the big tourney!! For the big news on transfers well there is no big news haha...i am staying here and more than likely am gonna finish my mission here in Parajes haha jk!!!

The Bahamas Trip sounds absolutely amazing and yes it would probably be better to do the homecoming until August!! Things are good here in Juarez.  This week we didnt find any crazy people but last night i was contacting on a bus and when we got off we invited the guy to take a tour of the church with us and he accepted and it was just a cool experience because lets just say that normally the people on the bus are not the most friendly haha!!

Anyways thats all ive got for this week!! Here are some pics from the baps and just know that i love all of you and Keep it Real!!

PS  Oh also dont worry about the wound i have on my head!! We were walking down the street this last week during the night and it was really dark and i ran into an electricity cable but fear not all is well now haha!!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hey guys!

So I didnt receive moms letter this week but im 100% sure she sent one it just probably didnt get to me!! Anyways we had another miraculous week and wow it truly was a huge testimony builder!! So i think i told you guys last monday but one of our investigators (Nancy) who decided not going to get baptized this week because of something that had happened in her family and she was super depressed and it seemed like she didnt want anything at least for a little while well that all changed this week!! So last Saturday or 2 saturdays ago we decided to do a special fast just for her and literally this last tuesday we got a call from her in the which she asked us if she could get baptized this saturday which is the 11th of March and then we went and visited her and she is actually doing really good and shes really excited for Friday and yeah it was just a huge testimony to me that Fasting works!!

Before the mish i didnt really fast that much but i have learned so much out here and have had so many faith building experiences and even though there are times when i ask myself why i am here and there are times when i get depressed i am so grateful that i made this decision because it really has changed who i am and what i want to be!! I would recommend it to anybody who is deciding to go on a mission and can promise them that you will not regret it!!

I still havent been able to hear the voice message that you guys sent me but am gonna try again!! We continue to work hard here in Parajes and its weird to say but this is the last week of the cycle and next sunday we are gonna get the call about changes so we will have to see what goes down! We also had hot water this week so that was a bonus as well!!  But anyways we had a few meetings with Pres this week and so it was pretty awesome!! I always love going to meetings with that man because i learn so much!!

Also here is a foto of the Pope on one of the billboards here and let me just tell you the whole street was just filled with pope stuff!! And a picture of me and Elder Cox on divisions.  Anyways i love you guys and hope that you have a wonderful week!!

Elder Imlay