Monday, April 25, 2016

Week of 4/25/16

Como estas Mama?! I am doing good, we had a good week, not much new, just working hard and trying to find new people to teach! We haven`t had the chance to work with Paris much this week, because she lives alone and we need a male to go with us to the lesson that is 18 or older, and a lot of the members work, so we are pretty limited with help. But Brother Aguayo visited her the other day and invited her to church again, but she didn`t show up yesterday, so we are going to pass by to see what happened. We had 4 investigators come to church! A member had invited a friend of hers last week, and she brought her grandma and her little sister this week! We are going to visit them this week to get to know them a little more, but it seems that they like the church, I am very thankful of the members that help in the missionary work!

We also went to visit some people on Sunday with a member and he showed us some people he knows, we visited a less active family. The parents are only members but they have 3 kids that can be baptized! We want to reactivate the family and help them to enter the temple! We are also helping a different family that has been sealed in the temple to return and attend church again, we have been blessed with new people to teach and work with, and I am very thankful for it.

I`m glad to hear everything is good at home, I can`t believe Abby is going to graduate soon, I remember when I used to walk with her to school when I was in 3rd grade haha. Thanks again for the email Mom and the pictures, hope you have another good week with work and the family. Thanks again for everything Mom, can`t wait to hear from you soon! 

Te Amo,
Elder Spiro 

Alex's district and zone leaders

Monday, April 18, 2016

Week of 4/18/16

Gracias por su carta y estoy feliz a saber que todo esta bien con ustedes. This week was much better, it has still been really hot outside, but I always make sure to wear sunscreen haha, and drink a lot of water. Something that helps us when we are contacting a house is asking for water, a lot of the times the people just say "another day" when we show up to a new house, but when we ask for water, they´ll come to the door/gate haha. We did unfortunately have a family tell us that they are going to stay in their church, and they didn´t need us to come back anymore, but I know we have planted a seed for future missionaries to come and teach them!

We didn´t have any investigators that we had invited show up to church but a member brought 2 friends from her school that were interested in learning more about the church. And on Sunday, we went with Brother Aguayo to contact some references that their family had given us, and we had a lesson last night with a lady named Paris. She is going through some problems right now and she is searching for a church to help her. She had gone to the Catholic church but she had attended the Mormon church when she was younger so she wanted to learn more. We talked about the Restoration and I felt the spirit really strong, and at the end of the lesson she turned to me and said she knows God has sent us to help her and she wants to attend church this Sunday too! I had tears in my eyes at the end of the lesson, I have a testimony of how the spirit can testify to the people we teach, letting them know it is the truth.

Not much else new, we will be going to the temple as a mission on May 3rd, so I´m really excited for that. The Aguayo family hasn´t gone through the temple yet because they have to wait 1 year to be sealed as a family, and they are planning to invite us, so that will be super awesome too. Thanks for the packages you sent, I´m sure the food will be gone within the week haha. Hope you have a good week Mom, thanks again for the updates and pictures too! Can´t wait to hear from you soon, I keep you all always in my prayers!

Te Amo Mama!
Tu hijo,
Elder Spiro

FHE with one of the members

A sign the elders found at the church haha

Monday, April 11, 2016

Week of 4/11/16

Hola Mama,

Sorry, but I don`t have any new pictures this week, lame I know. To answer some of your questions, my week has been good, we worked hard and it was super warm all week, but rained on Saturday and Sunday, and here, the people usually don`t do anything when it rains so we only had about 30 people in church. Our investigators didn`t come either, but I`m not sad, I know that we will always have successful weeks and other ones when we don`t have much success, that's just part of the mission. I felt a lot better on Sunday after taking the sacrament and listening to the testimonies of the members. Fast and testimony meeting is always my favorite Sunday. My companion is from Guatemala, and its funny because I had another companion named Elder Lopez from Guatemala too. He is really cool, we get along well and he has the same sense of humor as me, so we don`t have any problems. I have learned a lot from him about the Book of Mormon, because he has read it a lot of times, so that helps.

Not much else exciting happened this week, just a lot of walking haha, but we have been working with the Aguayo family that just got baptized. Brother Aguayo received the priesthood on Sunday and they are planning to go to the temple this Saturday, they already have names of their ancestors that they want to do temple work for. We also started to teach another family that at first was a reference from other members, but after they didn`t really want to talk the first few times we showed up, but one night we came and asked if we could just share a 5 min message with them, and they listened, and the next time we came by we talked with the whole family and the dad had a ton of questions, it was pretty awesome.

Thanks for the package Mom, don`t worry about sending shoes or anything big for now, I bought some here recently and are working good, and thanks for your spiritual thoughts and ward updates. Thanks for the pictures of Grandpa, it is cool to see how different looking the missionaries were back then, I`m going to try and take a picture like one of his haha.  For now I`m doing good, I keep you in my prayers every day, and can`t wait to hear from you!

Te Amo Mama!
Elder Spiro

Monday, April 4, 2016

Conference Weekend

Hola Mamaaaaaaaa,

Mi semana fue super buena, yo disfrute la conferencia mucho, and I hope you did too! To be honest, the general conferences here in the mission are better than Christmas, I just love hearing all the talks and getting the most out of every word. I noticed they talked a lot about families in this conference, and a lot about the duties of a priesthood holder. To answer your question, our zone all goes to the stake center to watch the conference, and there is a room for the English speakers, who want to listen there, so basically, all of the American missionaries haha. I really like the talk that focused on the needs of the refugees too, to show that it is a very big issue, and we can do our part in the smallest of ways that will help largely. 

We found a new family that we are teaching, they had talked to the missionaries before but only their kids got baptized. We are helping the dad drop a few addictions, and also we are helping the mom to support him more in this big change in his life. They are a very nice family, we had a family home evening with them and also it was the birthday of one of their daughters. We have also been working with Celzo, but the only problem is that he needs to attend church, and we think his parents aren`t giving him permission. But we are going to keep working hard, and using what we learned from the conference. I forgot to tell you I didn`t get transferred from the area, and my companion didn`t either, so all is good.

Thanks for your email Mom, hope you have a good week with the family and I`m glad to hear Camille enjoys her art class. Thanks for all of the pictures of the family and of grandpa you sent, and I keep you in my prayers every day too! Can`t wait to hear from you!

Te Amo!
Elder Spiro 
Church in Posta Leiva

Watching conference with the other missionaries at the stake center

Taking the bus to watch conference