Thursday, June 12, 2014

June 9, 2014

Alright so this week has been crazy!!!! Just crazy intense!! We taught over 30 lessons this week. Which may not seem like a lot but I've never been over 23 lessons in a week so this is pretty impressive. Not because of me. But we are being more obedient and talking to everyone. I've always had a problem talking to people partially because well my last 2 companions weren't very good at it and didn't like it so like we never talked to anyone. Which now that I think about it how did we ever get new investigators? oh well. But Elder M is a boss at talking to people and so I've had to really step it up and get going. I'm not comfortable with it but I'm getting comfortable with the uncomfortableness of just stopping next to people and talking to them on the side of the road.

We have been working hard and teaching everyone we see. Basically if we stop and say hi and they stop and talk to us and if we feel prompted we pull out a restoration pamphlet and begin teaching. It has been very successful. After we teach we ask if we could stop by and talk to them more. They feel the spirit and they almost always say yes so we send the addresses those who speak English as referrals to the English missionaries and we follow up with the people that speak Spanish. It has been totally awesome how many prepared people we have found. We have sent about 8 people to the English missionaries and we found 5 new investigators this week!

Ismael is a total boss! We had a lesson with him this last week and taught him about the Word of Wisdom (which to anyone who doesn't know. The Word of Wisdom is a health guide to help keep our bodies physically and spiritually clean and health. It involves eating healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and meat sparingly (sparingly mostly meaning when you have meat it’s accompanied by other healthy foods) and it warns against the use of Tea, Coffee, Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drugs and Addictive Substances. Because well those are bad for our body and we feel better and are stronger and healthier without them.) and the Law of Chastity(which is a commandment from God that deals with abstinence from sexual relationships before marriage). And the lesson was awesome and he had been having some doubts about baptism. Mostly because he wanted to be sure that he was ready. That he knew enough. And we promised him that if he prayed that he would receive his answer and that maybe he wouldn't be totally sure before his baptism but we told him that after his baptism and after he is confirmed and receives the gift of the Holy Ghost he would have a greater capacity to understand and that he would know it was the right thing to do. And well He prayed and we asked him about it and he said he was praying and he asked if it was the right thing to do and he says he heard a voice. And that voice told him that he should be baptized. So he is 100% set on doing this. We are so excited for him!

Other than that we have found Alex, Jessie, Jerry, Alejo, and Manny this last week. We don't know tons about them but we have return appointments for this week. So we hope to be able to tell you more later!!!

We are starting to see miracles in the mission. People who are prepared are being put in our path so we can find them and I know they can be put in your paths too if you pray and ask to be blessed with experiences to share the Gospel. I can feel and see my ability to teach, my ability to speak Spanish, and my receptiveness to promptings of the Spirit increase little by little every day. This last week has been awesome! And I can't wait to see the improvements during this week!

I hope everyone is doing good and having a great summer vacation!!!!

Love you all!!!!

Elder Zachary Gore!

May 27, 2014

Ok so to start off for this week it’s been alright. We didn't have a lot of crazy stuff. Really the thing that is the saddest is that Elder R is leaving. He is being moved to Rialto and he is going to be in an AP trio. Like what the!!!! 3 AP's its madness!  But it'll be good. It’s probably time for a change I've learned a lot from Elder R about leadership and teaching and especially Spanish. 3 transfers with only hearing Spanish. Yeah I don't have any problems with accents. I mean sometimes my mind wanders a little but yeah. I'm really going to miss him a lot :/ Oh well. Other than that nobody else in the branch is leaving and my new companion will be Elder M ,coming from Coachella. So this is crazy I guess Heavenly Father is entrusting me with an area. I hope I don't mess anything up.

Other than that we had a good lesson with Ismael and his family. They are progressing and it’s really exciting! They love church and they feel good there and they are learning and they feel happier in their lives. I'm so excited for them!!!!

That's really about it. We had a zone conference and well musical instruments are no longer allowed. So even though I wasn't being disobedient with it I'm going to send home my uke :'( And I won’t play another one until I get home from my mission. Man this is going to be hard >.<

My Spanish is getting better and I'm getting better at teaching. We are working to be exactly obedient and our area is growing. We are excited and happy and ready for the next transfer but I'm really going to miss Elder R :/

Hope everyone has a good week! I'll talk to you later!!!

Elder Zachary Gore

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