Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wesley's Letter 8-18-12


Another week later and I’m still alive. The offices are still pretty fun. Good news, the mission just got us new desks and stuff like that so now I’m rockin my own work place, got all my favorite pics set to my background, and I have every little thing personalized to increase office productivity, LIKE A STRAIGHT UP BOSS! That, and every p-day I’m rockin it hard core doin crazy stuff with the APs and going to fancy places to eat. I’ve been eating so much pizza con al pastor from Trompos hahaha.

Whelp in terms of missionary work our area is on the up rise. We’ve been getting more and more people committed to getting baptized, so this should start looking better real soon. But unfortunately I still don’t have quite as much time working in the field, as I would like, so it’s going to be a lot harder for us to have success, but that’s ok.

It was pretty hard for me the first 3 weeks to be here in the offices because I just like being out in the field a lot more, but I can’t deny I do have a lot of fun experiences that no other missionaries in the field have. For example because our p-days are on Saturday and that’s the only day of the week anything is opened, we do have a lot more fun p-days than most. For example all these photos are from when we went to the zoo just now about 2 hours ago and it was pretty sweet. The zoo here is owned by the city or something so we got in for free, and it was actually a lot better than I would have thought a free zoo to be.

Anyway, how’s everything state side going? I found out the way to know if you’ve been in the field for along time is when everyone kind of forgets about you and stops writing. I’m getting to be a pretty experienced missionary it looks like haha.

I’m not sure if I had told the Brummers or not but thank you so much for all of the delicious chocolate you got me, it was super good.

Also, tell Alec I miss getting his letters. He used to be awesome and write me like every week now I haven’t gotten like a single letter from any friends for like 3 months.

Love you all,

Ek√≠icubaah Tsama´le!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Wesley's Letter 8-11-12


How we doin? I wrote you a little late today. I did get a little set behind on my schedule because although it was P day, today we tried doing a ward mission activity. Needless to say no one showed up because we had forgotten all about it being the same hour as the Olympic game between Mexico and Brazil hahaha. And man all of the streets were completely empty.

Well the good news is that we’re taking home the gold ha-ha! Today it was sweet seeing all of the Mexico pride, with people driving around with flags out their windows and honking!

This week has been another crazy week, running all over the place, and this next week even more so because there’s a lot of kids going home a little early to get to school. Also they’ve been closing a lot of areas for lack of missionaries, so that also makes it crazy with zone conferences and all that good stuff. Man the thing is, for a normal missionary with my amount of time in the mission field, time is already flying by, but a being a missionary in the offices time flies stupid fast! We are literally running all over the place, always. But we have been eating a whole lot more pizza.

In terms of the work here in Aero Puerto I’m feeling pretty good here. We still have yet to baptize, but we have been finding a lot of potential people. As for the next few weeks, I’m feeling better as time goes on, things should only be getting better.

Unfortunately I didn’t have more time or pics but I think you will all understand.

Just I’m missing you all tons.

Here’s my inspirational quote of the week.

"Better is to hear a rebuke of the wise than for a man to hear the song of fools."
(From the Bible Old Testament)

If you don’t understand it then I’ll explain it. It is a good “missionary works scripture” that means it is better for someone to help correct what you are doing wrong in your life than to just live in an ignorant bliss, even if it seems offensive. Sometimes as missionaries we have to be blatant and blunt about things, directly telling someone if what they are doing is ok or not. If someone tells you that your not doing something right, the key is to not be a baby about it, it is for the edifying of your character. To extend a house you’ve got to knock some walls down first.

Those are some inspirational words for today.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Wesley's Letter 8-4-12

Baax happenen? Hey fam-ers how we doin today, good? AWSOME.

Yeah, so this last week was super hectic and kind of stressful. I’m glad I’ve finally gotten it all over with, because once a month all of the zone leaders call me to tell me what all of the materials are that they want for their zone and I have to go order them and put them in boxes to go give to them. Every zone got 4 boxes of the Book of Mormon and then a fifth box with all of the things they wanted like pamphlets, posters, calling cards, everything, and their mail. It was only really a pain because while you’re in the middle of organizing everything you start getting calls from random kids in the mission complaining about not getting their package or letter yet. But yeah, I made it to p-day, whoop!

Yep, so the offices are totally hectic. Whenever someone goes home we have to wake up at 4:00 am to get them to the airport and stuff. It’s definitely the most bitter-sweet calling in the mission because I get to see all of my friends in the mission a lot and have a lot of unique experiences that you wouldn’t be able to have as a normal missionary. For example, the mission provides the first hammock for the new guys that come in and I’m the guy that gets to buy all of the hammocks for them. Basically you just go into a big room filled with folded up hammocks in bags and they say go choose 50 of them, so I just go up grabbing whichever ones look the coolest. So Josh, tell me what colors you like and I’ll save you a hammock like that. Really there’s like a bunch of other things but I won’t be able to tell you all of them for lack of time.

But the down side of being secretary is that you have like 0 time in your area, so naturally I’m going to probably not be able to have as much success in terms of baptizing as I had before. But I will still try my heart out to start baptizing here. It was kind of depressing leaving Champoton because I had spent the last 3 months helping to raise it up to be an awesome area and right when it gets good I get changed and the process starts all over again. My new area is DEAD. The missionaries before me left like 1 investigator. But it does have a lot of potential as an area and it’s slowly but surely on the rise. And we should start baptizing again real soon.

I did talk to Elder Babbitt the other day and the 2 other couples we were teaching and that were planning to get married, whelp they got married and Champoton should be baptizing, all of the people I had grown to know and love, for the next like 8 weeks straight. Sad I won’t be there to see it, but I know I had done my part of it. Maybe I’m just made to be a seed sower during my mission.

Anyways, time is on a spinning downward spiral right now and it has been ever since I hit the year mark, and in the offices it goes even faster. I will see you all in what will feel like tomorrow.

Peace out brown trout,

Smitty out