Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Week 51

Thanks Mom for the email . Im so sorry for not writing the other Pday, but well here is your email.....

M- We had a district meeting, but I was super sick , becuase , after the last Pday, I threw up like the whole night it was awful!!!, anyways then we had intercambios, which I stayed in the area , but luckily E Reyes was a big help to me. He is pretty young in the mission but he knows his purpose , and has lots of desires to serve I just felt bad because I was really sick the whole day.

M- We had interviews with our mission presient which went well , then we had to mange the whole thing which wasn't to bad , because the missionaries did a good job on being on time and everything so that was good!Oh Also president  invited us to Subway so that was good. And then we were helping the other missionaries practice english while they were  waiting. I feel bad for the wife of our president because she doesn't know any spanish at all,. But with 3 years In Colombia I am sure she will learn a ton!

J- We had concilio , which is bacicalñly a big meeting with all the zone leaders, and president, which went well, we talked a lot about obedience, and working with the members. . Then we went back home and had a meeting to plan the activity that we will have in the church this coming firday for Halloween. My first one in the mission. 

V- We had intercambios once again , I stayed in the area again they went well , I am getting better with talking to people , but it stll is one of my weaknesses for sure! 

S- we had correlacion misional with our mission leader in the ward which went well,  then we went to Cajica a smalll town in our area but no one was home :( 

D- In church they had the primary program which was super great it was way awesome! , then we went with N_ who came with us on a bunch       lessons, we didnt have to many people come to church because yeasterday they were voting all day which was crazy , stinking politics, but we did find 2 new people to teach so that was good!

L- So today we had a zone activity we played a bunch of games ate pizza and played micro, couldn't ask for anything better, I wish they had micro in the US!!! 

Have a great week, love you guys! 
Love, Elder Fuerte

Monday, October 12, 2015

Week 49 I love to go to the temple!!!!

Thanks Mom for eberything you are truly the best ! It is great to hear about Kayden and Josh doing so well in soccer ! Someone needs to continue the Tradition!!!! Next PV soccer palyers!!! 

Anyways so another week in the land of the Lamanites...

Miercoles: we had a district meeting then we went with a young man from the ward to go visit members! It went really well we even found a new reference from a member but her husband is super carholic like most of colombia, but I think in Spain it might be worse , so I have heard haha, No but Seth will do good! 

Jueves: We did a lot of palnning hopefully it will help us become better and have more people to teach. Then Colombia had a game to qualify for the world cup so everyone was busy for three hours and we didnt have a lot to do . so lots of walking trying to find people to teach!!!

Viernes: We had our leadership meeting . which went well then we inertcambio so I satyed in Chia with elder Sanchez who is knew to the zone , but he is a great guy ! We had a few lessons in the afternoon but for some reason, at night know one was home which is weird because usually it is the other way around. Anyways lots of walking again. Oh then one of the Sister missioanries got super sick so we went to go give her a blessing and now she is a lot better. 

Sabado: We had lunch with this old couple who arent members but their daughter is , so we ended up talking with them and they love to cook , then they asked if I know how to cook , so I told them , I really only know how to cook no bake cookies , but they got really excited and  now they want us to come back and make cookies with them jaja! 
then we did lots of contacting and knocking doors , because almost all our lessons fell through! But it was cool because we found someone that is super interested, and her freind is a member and everything! So hopefully it will go well with her! 

Domingo: My comp gave a really good talk basically on how missioanry work is the work of the members and how the missionaries are just here to help, so that was really cool , and way true! Then in Principios del evangelio they talked all about eternal marriage , I don't know why but it seems like therer are so many talks about marriage and the family and everything , but it is cool , because a lot of our converts have the goal to go to the temple and get sealed by the end of the year. 

Hoy: So we had the opportunity to go to the Temple today !!!!!!!!! It was way sepecial , and it was great to go back after almost a year! I love the temple so much, it is such a good way to feel spiritually strenghted and filled with the spirit! It is amazing. Then we went out to eat Hamburgers with the District!

so the family of five , well they have a few problems well the father with his ex wife , so I dont know we have been out of touch with them , because he is working alot but hopefully we can start teaching them again , because they are great! Oh Tell Jared I said hi !!Really he is applying to byui right now ? I dont know if we can do that here, but Im not sure where I want to go either.

Anyways thanks for the package , oh about my package , I couldnt send it today becuase it is a holiday here , so it wasnt open, but I will send it as soon as possiblñe!
Love you guys so much , so thankful to have the chance to be with you all forever! :)
Love, Elder Fuerte!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Week 48

Wow it is great to hear about Seth, He is going to be an awesome missioanry! I cant wait to hear all about his experinces. And that is awesome that you have opportunities to share the gosel too, it is super important as members of the church that we share and do our part in missionary work. Every Memeber a missionary! :) 

Anyways so this week went alright ....

Martes: we did a big service project for one the memebers so that was fun, I love doing service , I really which I could just do service all day rather than teach but I guess both are equally important, but serving is awesome!

Miercoles : was probably are best day with lessons, we had a few great ones , and even one of them , said he is ready to be baptized, but he has a problem smoking , so we are working with him on that, but he is really excited! Then as we were walking to our next appointment we passed a lady in the street and then she called us back and asked if we were missionaries. We found out that she is less active but wants to come back to church, only she works saturdays so it is a little hard for her, and she has been   struggling with some challenges with money, but now we have an appointment with her later this week. But it was a huge blessing from God! Then we had a lesson with J_ and his family , we talked about the Sabath day , but unfortunately they weren't able to make it. I dont know but it is so hard to get people to come to church! 

Jueves: we had to go to Bogota to have interview, which went well he passed, and then their family of 5 was able to be baptized on Viernes!!!, Then we stayed the night with the other Elders because it was late, so we ate chicken again! Im getting really tired of chicken and rice everyday! Anyways in the morning we helped clean their house which was a huge mess , but now it is way clean!!! Then we came back and claned our own house. Then we had a lesson with J_, and a few other less actives.

Vierens: it rained a ton , so contacting didnt go so well , so we went to visit some families in the ward and were able to get a few references to visit so that was good. 

Sabado: was super good because ofGENERAL CONFERENCE !! I wasnt really able to watch the 1st session that well because we tried to watch it in english but it wasnt downloading fast enough , so we eventually had to watch it in spanish, which isn't as great , but hey I  Guess I get more practice with my Spanish :) My favortie talk from Satuarday was by Lawerence something like it. But he talked about how we can progress , or what is keeping us from progressing. Also for lunch we had ribs !!!

Domingo: It was also great , the talk form Holland was really great! then for lunch we had tacos and ice cream the best!!!Oh also it was cool to see the new Apostles  and hear them share their testimony super cool! 

Ayer: we were super busy because it was cambios so we had to make sure everybody knew where they were going and where they had to be at certain times , it was a little stressfull but we got through it, but next cambio is going to be worse because , I will be doing eveything by myself , since my comp leaves to his house before then. 

Anyways i hope all is going well , back at home and everything,and yes I got the package and letter from the Guymons , tell them thanks for me , and I have a letter for them that im sending in a package.love you all so much!! 
Elder Strong El Mayor ;) 

Week 47

Thanks mom for everything , sounds like things are going super well in Chico , that is crazy that you ran into Daniel you totally need to invite him to general confrence!!! Also it is great to hear about Seth or should say Elder Strong getting ready to go serve for 2 years he is going to be the best missionary ever!!! Also that is way cool that everyone is doing well in school and in church! Oh i finally bought your birthday gift mom , even though it is a little late , I should be sending it next pday , with some letters!

Anyways so this week in Colombia.....

Martes: We had the leadership meeting with the district leaders which went well we talked a lot on humility because right now there has been a lot of pride in the zone. Then Later I went with Elder Maldonado who was born in Chile but moved to the US when he was three, it was awesome to be with him, we had a great time , plus he likes to work hard and loves the people , which is awesome , he helped me learn a lot. Oh and we also were able to speak english so that was cool! 

Miercoles, we had our district meeting , one of the sisters is leaving tomorrow to go home , but she was able to have two baptisms right before she left so that was great! Also My comp became super sick with a super bad cold , he had shivers and everything, but we still went teaching even though it wasn't to effective.

Jueves: Well with a lot of baptismal dates , I had the opportunity to have my first baptism interview it went alright, and took a long time but after everything was taken care of , we both left with a smile on our faces, and we even took a picture together. He is young man , but super great, and was able to be baptized friday! Then after the interview we had to catch a  bus to Bogota to have more interviews , with a family , which went well , except the dad had a small problem so we told him that we should wait , so the baptism will be for the next week hopefully , because it is a family of 5 and they are really great! . Then we stayed the night with other Elders and ate pollo, because it was late when we finshed.

Viernes : In the mornig we had donuts, then came back to Chia were we had a lesson with J_  and now he is offically rescued ! Then we had to go to Tocancipa to have two more interviews which both went well!!!Then came back to the noche de barrio (ward activity) which pretty failed because only like 10  people showed up!!!! Que Vaina con el barrio! 

Sabado : went well at the beginning we had a few lessons , one with J_ and his family they accpted a baptsim date for 24 de oct. then after the lesson i wasn't feeling to great , please skip the next part if you don't want to hear details...... .................. anyways I started to throw up in the street , it wasn't at all pleasant but then I felt a little better , so we had one more lesson then after that lesson once again in the street !!!! Que asco! but now I feel better, I think it was from driking water out of the tap the night before because we didnt have water , and I was thristy, but I learned my lesson! 

Domingo went well , not to much happened , one  of the members of ward  is leaving to Mexico today for his missiona so that reminded me of Seth so that was cool. 

Hoy: we went to the waterfall and just messed around taking pictures , then went to eat lunch wiht the Family R_ which was good ! 

Anyways I hope you guys have an amazing last few hours with Seth , and that all goes well , and hopefully there wont be too many tears. Jacob looks like the responsbility is yours to be a good example for all the younger brothers , but I know you will do great. Anyways scripture for  this week, Alma 58:40. 
love you all so much have a safe flight seth , and send me your email so we can keep in touch,
Elder Strong :)

ps advise for Seth just lose yourself in the work! 

Week 46

Wow what a great week probably because it was your CUMPLEAÑOS !!!!! Happy Birthday Mom !!!! 
that is awesome to hear how everyone is doing well with everything , Yeah so i wrote a couple of letters , but I wont have time to send them this week , so you will have to send Seths to the MTC or Spain. But that is awesome to hear that she was able to be baptized I hope she is okay and everything. And thats good that Jacob is enjoying the dances, at least he is taking advantage and having fun during high school! jaja.

Anyways so this week not a whole lot happened.

Tuesday we had intercambios with other Elders and I went out of my area with another Gringo, so that was fun we could talk a little in english, sometimes it is hard too  talk in english , but I've be practicing both, but it is hard as leader de Zona to find time to study Spanish , but I need to try to make time!

Miercoles: We had our district meeting , which went well , then we came back to Chia and had some lessons , we went and visited the family with 5 boys they are doing super well the only problem is that she is pregnant, so she feels super sick all time she can barely get out of bed with out having the sensation to throw up. So they weren't able to make it this Sunday to church but they are doing good, and luckily the Dad was a memeber so he has been helping his family a lot!

Jueves: We did a lot of Planning , then later we weren't having a lot of success finding people to teach, so we went to an appointment that fell through, then we went and we had the idea to see if one family was home that we contacted the other week and they were!!! That was a great answer to our prayer, and now we have 2 new investigators! 

Viernes: we had intercambios again, this time I was with Elder Quesada, which went well we had a few lessons, but it was funny as we were walking we passed a Bar these drunk men were singing a song and then a dog went into the bar and started to join them jajaj. Anyways also there is a dog in there area , that goes with them to all there appointments super cool!

Sabado, we went to Bogota to help the sisters in our zone find more people to teach so the whole zone went conatcting in their area , it was kind of successful, I was able to talk in english with someone but they weren't interested! Later we came back had lunch and then we had to prepare everything for thr baptism of the sisters, so we didnt have a lot of lessons.

Domingo. we had church which went well , also a missionary came back to visit Chia where he served so that was kind of wierd! 

Hoy: we got our hair cut , then we had a zone activity, were we played some games, and then after lunch we played Micro!! also we ate Dominos of course!!! 

Anyways I hope you guys have a great week! Remember to share the gospel with everyone!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you guys so so so much !
Love ,
Elder Strong