Mexico, Monterrey West Mission

Mexico, Monterrey West Mission

Monday, July 30, 2012

Week 4 - Baptisms!

Hello everybody!!   Which event do I start with?   Huge week. Well, we'll go with the baptisms first.  This is 42 year old B. and 9 year old N. We found B. about a month ago searching for the address of a less active.  We came to a halt in the street looking at our map.  We figured it's easier to ask someone that lived near, so we turned left and saw this man with an incredible mustache sitting outside playing with his dog.  As we were asking him about the direction I figured out that what we asked wasn't even the right number, but he oddly offered to take us to the house.  We were about to say no, that we were going the wrong way, but we figured it's an awesome opportunity to share the Gospel for a few minutes.  As he was taking us to the supposed house we were looking for, we asked if he wanted to hear our message.  He said yes.  We asked when, and he told us when we are done visiting our appointment.  We went back and taught a short principal and invited him to church.  He and his wife showed up the next day. Later on, his wife told us she was extremely confused because every time preachers come to the door, he wasn't interested, and when we showed up, he told her that he was going to church and asked if she wanted to join him.  For the first few weeks, he tried working around the baptismal invitation, not feeling ready.  So we visited with him once or twice in the week.  We decided to fast on a Friday and went back to teach him Saturday and he accepted the baptismal invitation for the following week!  His wife is really excited for him, she bought him a new white shirt and pants.   For N., she is the daughter of an active mom and sister. They are recent converts of about 4 years and go to church every week. We're not sure why they never got around to planning her baptism but the mom one day at church came up to us and asked if we could start teaching N. the lessons so that she can be baptized.   Thank you for your prayers.  As you can see, they were heard. 
We also had our Zone conference this week. It went really well. The themes were helping investigators become agents rather than objects. As well as helping ourselves as missionaries become agents. What this means, is that we help people find their own reason to follow the Gospel, rather than making people follow it because they should.  Also, we had an activity with the stake where our zone and many young men got together in an area and went out and contacted the people. It was a cool experience showing these future missionaries what its like to share the truths we know.  I love the work. My testimony is strengthened every day because of it.  It's all true.
Love you all, Elder Warner

HI my sweet mom!! How are you doing!?!? How was your week? How is it going in the hospital?  
We're doing awesome over here, as you already know. To answer a few things, I love my companion. He is a great guy and super funny. We get along really well. President and sister Swapp are awesome. They talked a bit in the Zone conference. The zone is doing all right, there are a few companionships that are struggling, which makes things a lot more difficult. Tomorrow were going on splits to see if we can help any. The weather is tolerable.  I'm sweating a storm right now as I write you. I really liked the story you shared about technology last week.  Alot of it is very true.  I have seen it play a great example while being here on the mission.  There are times you would love to have your ipod, phone, computer, etc. but we are privileged to be reminded of what's important while we continue to live without these tools at our fingertips constantly. 

I loved the pictures of the parade in Bountiful and the Stripling Warriors! I look forward to going next year.  About Mexican customs and sending packages, all I need is the journal. We're almost finishing up the second book I bought. I hope you are doing well and loving every day. You're the best mom and person that exists. I love you dearly. I hope you know that!Love your son, Bryan

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