Monday, December 14, 2015

Beautiful Teacapan

Hey everyone cómo están?

Me on the rocks
Well, I am doing just fine here in Mexico! Things are going well with my companion and I.
Elder Castillo caught a baby sting ray today
We had a little bit of progress by our investigators this week which was good to see. One guys that we contacted told us that he wants to be baptized which was a bit of a shock because we have barely taught him anything and we didn't even challenge him to baptism. It's amazing what the Spirit can do to people. Another young couple that we are currently teaching are doing well with our lessons with them. They were amazed when we told them that children don't need to be baptized when they are children because they don't sins. They have two young kids and they are so willing to listen to us and hear our message about the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. We also had a great first lesson with a young lady named Alejandra. She was really interested in our message and we have a appointment with her tonight.

Fish that we caught and ate last week

This last week we were contacting in the street and not having any success on Thursday I believe. I had a prayer in my heart that we would find more people to teach and immediately the Lord answered my prayer and we found 4 contacts which was a lot in just one day. Once again, I know that God does listen and answer every prayer we offer.

Cross on the Malecon
Last Tuesday we went on exchanges with the missionaries in Escuinapa and I was with Elder Adrian, our district leader, here in Teacapan for a few days. We traded ties and I got a sweet blue tie from Peru. We had a some good lessons with members in the time that I was with him. I also received a package from my Grandma and Grandpa Koski which was pretty exciting. On Wednesday we went to the store in Escuinapa called the Ley and bought groceries. The store had a bunch of Christmas stuff and Christmas music which reminded me of home a little bit.

The Plaza is all decorated with lights
Christmas here isn't as big as it is in the United States. They don't play Christmas music on the radio and not many people put up Christmas trees. However some people do get into the Christmas spirit than others and every once in a while we will see someone wearing a Santa Hat, lol. The kids don't think that Santa brings presents, Santa is just a figure of Christmas in Mexico. They believe that Reyes Magos (Wise Men) brings presents for all the kids.

Beautiful Teacapan
We had an interesting weekend. On Saturday, it poured all day long and we couldn't leave our house which was unusual. We just stayed in the house and read articles in the Church magazines and studied the Book of Mormon.

Saturday was the day of the Virgin in all of  Mexico, I don't think the Lord wanted us to work that day

On Sunday we had the opportunity to witness the dedication of the Tijuana Temple which was a special event. President Uchtdorf dedicated the temple and told a cool story of how 200 sisters traveled to the nearest temple from Tijuana (San Diego) and cleaned the church before and after every dedicatory session and had trouble crossing the border but with prayer, fasting and faith they all made it. After the dedication we watched the Cultural Celebration and saw thousands of youth sing and dance which was amazing.
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This week I really realized how much of an impact not only I am having on others but how much the mission has allowed for my own personal testimony and faith to grow. Through studying, testifying, and teaching of Christ everyday I really have grown to love and be more like Him. I am so grateful for his love, grace, and mercy for us, especially for His great act of love for us by accomplishing the Atonement. I know He lives and that He wants all of His children to come unto him.

The Sea
We are looking forward to the multi zone conference this week where we will have a Christmas party with a bunch of missionaries and with Pres Velez and his wife. We will probably hit a pinata!

Thanks for the love and support! Feliz Navidad!

Elder Bennett

The Malecon
 Pictures from last cambio:

Eating at a taco place after playing soccer

Elder Moreira esta "muerto" which means he finished his mish

Me and Elder Villeda

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