Chase is serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Arizona Phoenix Mission. Spanish Speaking
Monday, February 29, 2016
This week was really cool, I'm super duper excited for this transfer with Elder Plourde and Elder Benolerao. Elder Benolerao is a really cool Filipino missionary who was trained in Wickenburg and hails from The Big Apple. His Spanish is rocking which is nice, it's good to have three people running around getting things done. We were able to go on splits every night this week and doing so, covered a lot of ground.
Efrain Old man who's been 'enternigating' the church told us this week that he sent off a letter to Mexico to annul the marriage of his girlfriend who's been separated from her husband for 32 years. Bout time they cleared that up! But seriously it shows his sincere desire to get baptized and hurtle over those tough obstacles. Lessons are a little difficult since he runs a tienda/store out of his house and everyone who lives in Oasis West knows it so in ten minutes you can expect to get interrupted five times for customers.
Along with Efrain our other progressing investigators, Deyanira and Maria are doing great. Unfortunately they didn't make it to church and we'll find out tonight why but we had some great lessons where members came and fellowshipped outside of the lesson! ¡Neat-o!
This Sunday, Elder Cespedes and I gave talks in church just like good old times in Wickenburg/Wenden. We both talked about the attributes of Christ but in different ways. He took it in breakdown of the scriptural events and how Jesus responded while I talked on what it means to become like a little child (see Mosiah 3:19). I feel like it helped grow the trust with the ward.
Uke We have been focusing on teaching members how to be missionaries and the many ways to accomplish that. We set up some family home evenings with members and in introducing elder Benolerao we played hymns that helped focus the topic (I love to see the temple o I hope they call me on a mission) on his Uke and sang all together followed by the discussion. It's been sweet so far and is helping get the members amped.
Next week is the mission tour with Elder Arnold of the 70. He's asked us to prepare with a bunch of different documents, scripture passages and bringing lists of members. I'm stoked for all that's coming. Easter is on its way!
Love, Elder Bryan
February 23, 2016
Maria Rosales Of all of our investigators, Maria has emerged as the most progressing (and still on date for that matter). You can see a difference in her eyes and it's just awesome I can't explain it. Her only hang up was not going to church, something always came up. This Sunday after sacrament meeting, Carmen the recent convert/best missionary ever motioned for us to come over and talk to her. Behind her was both Maria and Deyanira who was referred to us by Maria a month ago but just had surgery so we haven't seen her in forever. Made my week. Neither of them had shown up since I've been here, éxito! María is super pumped for her baptismal date on the 19th.
Service Day Saturday morning was Glendale's 10th annual day of service and our whole zone participated; each ward was assigned to a project and we went with our respective wards. Great JustServe find and we established good relationships with the city as well as the peacocks that protect the library where Solano was stationed.
English Class A couple who used to attend the Barrio Solano teach a English class twice a week and invited us to check it out. Wasn't expecting much but was surprised to see that ten people were there, most have been coming for several years-all of them non members. I was praying for an opportunity like this so elder Plourde and I could better our Spanish and possibly teach some people, the kind of people who keep appointments and can travel to a church building. Tonight we have been asked to present a message for the students and regularly attend/practice teach with them the English lesson. Super beyond stoked for that.
People who left for Mexico are still nowhere to be found. There is rumor that Gloria is coming back Saturday. Who knows, maybe we're experiencing the winds of change.
Love, Elder Bryan
UPDATE: I just got called by the assistants and it turns out that Elder Plourde and I will be joined by elder Benelero, been out a year who's from New York and is Filipino. I'm so excited. It's going to be crammed but such a fun ride #sleepingonthefloor4life