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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

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My Leg is fine! It just hurt for a week but we're all good now, don’t worry. [We heard he had injured his leg] And the photos [from last week] were of a sunrise. I can't believe Sayre is home! That leaves Ryan Bos and... well then it's me! It's hot here, but not that hot! I got lucky in that Tuxpan gets hot but not as crazy hot as the next city over. It is very humid though! We sweat nonstop all day and it gets kinda gross but that’s ok. It's starting to rain a lot, these past couple of days it rains pretty hard in the morning. Still wondering if I'll get to see a hurricane!

Elder Rodriguez is the bomb! He's from Cuernavaca, if I didn’t tell you, and now has 4 weeks left in his mission. He's teaching me a lot and we're working like crazy. Had a cool and then a kind of saddening experience this week. We were struggling quite a bit to find new investigators, and have a goal as a zone that everyone baptized the 19th, and the people who would have sufficient assistences [attendances] to be baptized that day would have to assist the first time Sunday (yesterday). We fasted on Thursday, forced the members [of the church] to do a bunch of divisions [splits] with us, and ran all over the area contacting people and looking for opportunities to teach. The people who were willing to listen weren’t really willing to do anything and by the second appointment were already losing interest and denying invitations to read and go to church. We kept our confidence in the Lord and in the fast we had done in that we would find the family we had been praying for.

Saturday came along. The goal is that every day of the week you find 2 new investigators. In the morning we contacted several people who weren’t really interested, but then in the afternoon we talked to a woman who we had an appointment with, and while we were talking in the doorway, about ten people walked into her house, from age 9 to 25 more or less. I asked her if they were friends or family, she said they were family, and then invited us inside. THEY WERE ALL FAMILY, WHAT!!!!! Several of the nieces and nephews left before we started teaching but we taught the mother and her 3 sons and their cousin who lives in the area of some other missionaries, and they accepted all of the invitations. Then we went with the neighbors of some other members and they accepted everything as well. We got home with 6 new investigators and a ton of excitement for Sunday.

Unfortunately, the only investigators who went to church were 2 people who had gone previously, and are making progress for their baptism. I was really put out, even though this is basically what happens every week. It's hard now that I'm senior companion because I really feel responsible even more for how things go for us. I was asking myself all day, what more could I have done? I was working with the members, I was putting goals and then making plans, I was praying, we were united in our purpose as companions, we practiced in the morning, what was it that I hadn't done? What was I missing?

Then I read in the Book of Mormon this morning and got my answer. Oh, also I finished the Book of Mormon again! I'm also reading 6 pages a day in English though, outside of my study time, for a goal the mission president gave us, and in English I was reading in Jacob 5 and that's where I got my answer. The reference is Jacob 5:40-41 and 47. Forgive me, my internet is in Spanish and I don’t want to use my time changing it.

40 Y el fruto silvestre del último había sobrepujado a esa parte del árbol que produjo buen fruto, de tal modo que la rama se había marchitado y secado.
 41  Y aconteció que el Señor de la viña lloró, y dijo al siervo: ¿Qué más pude haber hecho por mi viña?
47 ¿Pero qué más pude yo haber hecho en mi viña? ¿He relajado mi mano de modo que no la he nutrido? No, la he nutrido y cavado alrededor; la he podado y abonado; y heextendido la mano casi todo el día, y el fin se acerca. Y me aflige que tenga que talar todos los árboles de mi viña, y echarlos en el fuego para que sean quemados. ¿Quién es el que ha corrompido mi viña?

[40 And the wild fruit of the last had overcome that part of the tree which brought forth good fruit, even that the branch had withered away and died.
 41 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard wept, and said unto the servant: What could I have done more for my vineyard?
47 But what could I have done more in my vineyard? Have I slackened mine hand, that I have not nourished it? Nay, I have nourished it, and I have digged about it, and I have pruned it, and I have dunged it; and I have stretched forth mine hand almost all the day long, and the end draweth nigh. And it grieveth me that I should hew down all the trees of my vineyard, and cast them into the fire that they should be burned. Who is it that has corrupted my vineyard?]

Sometimes it isn't my fault. There's still room for improvement, but sometimes it just won't work out. It's not because I'm BAD. The same thing happens to the Lord. Anyway, that was my week! Here’s Elder Rodriguez!

Love you guys!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

 First things first.. PHOTOS

Soliciting 2 employees, with a lot of desire to work, responsable. This made me laugh haha.
Anyway, I'm doing well. I found out two days later that I'm not the district leader haha. The zone leaders weren't sure and assumed it was me but found out later that its an elder in another area. I'm not complaining though, I still get to be senior companion and I don't have to call so many people every night! My companion is named Elder Rodriguez, and he has 22 months in the mission! Thankfully he's still very excited to work and make his last days count. We've had some success this week and we're looking to improve a ton in the week to come!!!

Love you guys!!
Elder Wadman

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Monday, June 8, 2015

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Oh sorry!! Yes the package got here!!! [we shipped a suit just over a month ago] The waist on the pants fits great, but... well... the legs are so ridiculously tight I can barely move and no one needs to see my butt in that much detail... So the suit may end up being gifted to someone else in the future, I hope that doesn't upset you guys! I have an investigator who has lupus that we've had some really incredible experiences with, and since he's so skinny and weak from the effects of the disease and medications over 12 years, the suit just might be perfect for him.

To be perfectly honest, some very powerful and unforgettable things happened this week, but I'd argue that they verge on the side of sacred, so you guys might have to just wait until Christmas to ask me about it, and we'll see if God thinks it's ok if I share. I just want to say that God keeps good on his promises, even though it doesn't always play out the way you expected.

Changes came yesterday. Elder Gonzalez is leaving :(. I really enjoyed my time with him, we got along very well and are pretty similar people. My new companion is going to have less time than I do, and I'm going to be the new district leader in this area. I don't even know how many missionaries will be in my district because they are combining two zones, but it looks like I'll be making all sorts of phone calls to take datos every night. I don't remember how to translate datos [statistics]. Not sure what my companion's name is because there are two versions. Haha next week I'll know though.

Sounds like things are going well at work and at home, I'm glad to hear it!!! I love you guys a ton and I'm so grateful for all of your support. Can you believe it's June already? Are you missing all those years of summer vacation? I was going to ask you something else... well one of these weeks I will remember. Love you a ton!

Elder Wadman

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

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Hey guys!

My week.. my week... well it was...

AWESOME!!! and then less awesome but still great. We worked like crazy people and dragged members with us wherever we went and really got some people excited about the gospel. We had a family that we taught in the doorway twice, who just didn't really want to let us in and just asked a ton of random Bible questions, but then we brought an old friend of theirs who is a member with us, sat down inside, and ended up right in the middle of their marriage problems. I think when they finally understood the magnitude of what we were promising, they really came to be more interested in whether the message is true or not, and accepted with animo [zest] their baptismal date. We also found a sister who was inactive for 30 YEARS, but has a 23 year old son with lupus who we started teaching. He's already talking about if he could potentially go on a mission. Unfortunately of the 19 people we were expecting in church (4 of the 23 decided they didn't want to listen to us anymore) only 2 came. We're going to get these people more excited though GAHH!!! We also baptized a girl this week who missionaries have been teaching since she was 9, and she is now 23. Talk about preparation. When we got here she already knew the Book of Mormon was true. Getting a testimony of the need for baptism was another story. Anyway her active member mother and grandparents were very excited. We'll see if her dad will follow!!!

She looks very tired because she is pregnant haha! We had to put her in a primary chair in the font so she didn't have to bend over so much!!!
Love you guys! Have a great week!

Elder Wadman

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