D&C 76:22

And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! D&C 76:22

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

So, sorry about the pday thing. We had a ZL-DL-Sister training leader conference yesterday. This whole change is interviews, and Pres is swamped, and the only day to do it was a Monday. So, for that reason, it was changed. nothing giant.

We also had a fairly interesting week. Lots of finding, knocking doors and such. That is something that for a while, I didn`t really do. But here, we have to, because nobody really helps us otherwise. We got rejected pretty much every time. Its sort of sad, knowing what they are rejecting, but I can`t really help them beyond what they want. 

We did get a few very good references this week. We found a lady who we had sort of dropped, Carmen who couldn`t get baptized due to a .......  Anyway, we called a lady in our phone whose name is also Carmen. Or intented to call her. One is under Carmen and the other one is Carmen----, and my comp called the wrong one and set up a cita with the wrong Carmen....but in the end, it turned out to be the right Carmen. She is totally ready to get baptized. She knows its all true...and just needed to see us. I started thinking about how it was that the ¨error¨ of talking to her came to be. It started with contacting a totally different house in a gated neighborhood, and told us to come back, and that her name was Carmen. But we didn`t get a phone number. We went over a few times, but she was never home. Then we found her aunt, who gave us a phone number, and sent us on our way. Due to the length of the name, I had to save it all squished together, which pushed it to a different place on the list of the phonebook. then, my comp calls the Carmen in the phone, talks to her, sets up the appointment, and we go to the wrong house. We figured out what we did, and went over to the right house, and had an awesome lesson. I couldn`t help thinking how Christ had to have set that all up. Like, in the bible with the ass and the triumphal entry, or the upper room for the passover dinner, or Peter and the tax money in the fish. Christ really does know everything, and more important, he knows all of us. 

Then we found another guy, Marcos, who is the uncle of the kid I baptized in Yuscaran, Christian. Small world. He would have come to church on Sunday, except he just had stomach surgery, and he sneezed and a stitch burst. So, he couldn`t come. But we found another family, Marcos and Miriam, who came to church on Sunday, and our lesson was on Saturday. They loved it!!! They live next door to the old WML, so he gave us the reference. They told us that they are looking for the true church, and that they hope this one is it. They are good people who are seeking the truth, and I believe the Lord wants to bless them greatly....

To finish up, the only other thing that is on my mind right now is what happened last night. We have dinner every Monday with a family that aren`t members, but they love the missionaries. The parents both work in Asian restaurants, and can`t get Sundays off.  They have 4 children 3 daughters, 16, 13, and 11, and a 3 year old son. They oldest daughter ....and the other three live at home. But they love us, and feed us, and it's great. They are awesome people. Well, the youngest son has some mental and physical issues. When he was a fetus, his mom had an injection that she didn`t know she was supposed to have pregnant, and it interrupted the development of the connective brain tissue. So his right and left brain don`t communicate so well. he can't walk, can't talk, but always smiles and laughs. He is very smart, he knows when people are speaking to him, and he responds, in his own way....but we had a very spiritual experience with them last night. 

We had planned to talk about the restoration with them....but we got there and the dad started talking about how he doesn`t understand why the son, doesn`t get better faster, if the doctors promised that he would walk, and he has faith in God. I shared the story of the man who was healed in stages in Mark 8, where the man sees men as walking trees after Christ spits on his eyes, and places his hands on him. then Christ makes it so that he can see, and he can see afar, and very clearly. Then Elder Fielding talked about how God loves little children, and about how if their son is like this, it is for a purpose. And that God knows it, and they knew it, but know, they are being tested.

Then, as I was looking at Cristofer, and his giant smile, and trying to pick through my thoughts to find the inspiration....The clearest prompting came, and I knew it was the right one. I was supposed to talk about Tyler.

I explained the whole story, and did as much as I could without crying. But it got to the point where I couldn't keep the tears in. I explained how I watched Tyler change, from August to December, and how, even though my brain didn`t register at the time, terrifying for me to watch. About how he died, and about how that has affected me my whole life. But not just me: his family, as well. Especially his parents. I talked about how I don`t know exactly what they have gone through, or what they had experienced, but that I did know that they learned something from it. About how maybe, just maybe, the 8 years that Tyler was on this earth was for us, more than it was for him. About how all will be made right through the atonement of Christ, and even though now we don`t get it, one day, it will all be so clear, and all the grief and sorrow will be gone. I keep a photo of Tyler next to my manual misional, in my pocket. so I pulled it out and showed it to them. The part where I really broke was talking about how even though he couldn`t talk, or walk, or move, he could smile. And man, did he smile.....

My comp talked about the ":Like a Broken Vessel" talk from conference, and how all will be made right, about how things are just for moments, and God knows why. 

The Dad, Manuel, talked about how when the doctors told him that the pregnancy would be a dangerous one, and they advised him to abort, he wouldn`t, because he had faith in God. And then, when his kid was born with issues, he said he stills feels like his faith betrayed him. 

So I shared the Mark 9 about I believe, help though my unbelief. 

I could truly feel the spirit...and even though it wasn`t what we planned, it was what the Lord needed. I got home and started thinking...and writing the experience down in my journal. and I started thinking.......and thinking.....about all the experiences that have happened to me in my life. About Tyler, MaryLynn, all of that. And how much I attribute of what I know today to those tragic, dark events in my life. Of the darkest times in my life, I realize that I have gained the greatest growth. and then I thought about Christ.

About how he bled at every pore, how he was a man of sorrow, chastised for my transgression, and bruised for my iniquities. About how he suffered sickness, and temptation, and death, to succor me, and to break the bonds of death. About how he trembled, and had angels minister to him, and how they took him like a lamb to the slaughter, not once opening his mouth. About how without breaking a bone, they nailed him to that cross, and how he felt so alone, and so torn...I think of that event, and how it was the darkest hour in the history of mankind....and yet the learning, and light, that came from it. About how much hope and joy comes from such terribleness....and about how one day, we will be in front of Him, who bore it all, and will still not understand, not even in the slightest degree, what he did for me. For me. And how unworthy and such a useless servant. To quote Nephi, o wretched man am I! How many blessings does he bless me with, how deep and unfathomable his love, and how great is acceptance of the work I do, which will never even be close to enough!!!! Oh, How I love the Lord....

Christ lives. We will all live. And we will all be perfect....

Love to all. 
Zach

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Can I get close to you guys?

Monday, January 6, 2014
(This letter was mistakenly left as a "draft."  Now it is definitely out of order.)

So we had an interesting week. I did Divisions with the AP´s, which was fun. The AP I went with was my ZL my second time in the south, Elder Mendoza. Supercalidad. Good buddy here...love him to death. Anyway, that was super fun. He is Mexican, But he looks gringo, and so everybody was saying that we were two gringos, and that he spoke like a Mexican and I spoke crazy mixed Spanish. Super fun. Then we stayed the night in the aps house.

two super important things happened there. 
One. I found a captain America mask. 

Two. I found a reggae boyz shirt. 
family, and soccer buddies, test your soccer knowledge. Reggae boyz. Hint is AW 77. Without using google....if you can. winner gets the present of me coming home in June.....

Also, our investigator Concepcion is getting baptized the 18 of this month, so that should be good. We are working on the daughter, who has been sick lately. So she is a little harder to get out of the house. 

The 31 was super fun. I stayed up till midnight a la fuerza because I couldn´t sleep with all the firecrackers going off. And I am not talking little ones, this crap is like sticks of dynamite. hahaBOOM. So I watched the fireworks from the roof, and went to bed. A member made us pecan pie, but with walnuts, and strawberry cheesecake. We also had homemade lasagna. Super good. 

We also found a guy named freddy....I thought it was a reference of a member of an investigator, but it is an inactive member. It's 730on a Sunday night, and we are like, we might as well. Comes to the door...sandoval from RSL style hair, and just looks at us from the door, bloodshot eyes and all, and says... Me puedo acercar a ustedes?? (Can I get close to you guys?) I looked at him weird, and said, mande? what??

and he says again, Me puedo acercar a ustedes??
I looked at my comp, and we both said...uhhhh....yeah???

And then he walked out side. Weirdest conversation of my life I think he was drunk, But whatevs. And then I cant even remember what happened. But oh well. Super weird. Come to find out he is already a member, yada yada. 

OH and sorry this is a super adhd letter. Our investigator, Concepcion, is going through some really rough times, so we hooked up a food basket from the RS and got the Elders quorum pres and his dad, the HP group leader, to take it. We hid in the car. She literally had nothing, and its due to her pension being canceled. So they took her food. I don´t know how it went, or what was said, but it doesn´t matter. She needed it. 

Apart from that.....not much going on here. Our zone looks pretty bad for the next month of January, but we should pull some stuff out of who knows where. But we have changes this week, and consejo, so this should be interesting. 

Apart from that...nothing to out of the ordinary. Pretty normal week. I will send you photos next week of me in the mask. It's legit. 


OH MY GOSH I ALMOST FORGOT

We have nerf guns, little pistolas, and we were playing with them in the house yesterday, and umm....my comp hit a bullet that I threw up with a bullet that he shot, like clay pigeon shooting. ON THE SECOND TRY: it was one of the coolest things EVER. We tried to do the math to get the probability, but my brain couldn´t take it. I did remember the pythaodijasf thereom thing and d=rt. boss status. 

but apart from that.....oh. We also went to Valle de angeles last week for pday, which was fun. I bought some stuff for the garndparents...and a HARLEY DAVIDSON shirt for dad. its dope. Any
ways....

Oh. And there is a guy in my ward who makes Mayan art from jade, bone, horns, stuff like that. So i am getting some as a family souvenir...Everybody gets one. Specially made and hand crafted. So yeah. 
That is pretty much it.

I love you all!!

Zach

Week of Meetings

Monday, January 20, 2014

So this week was super long. And stressful. But it turned out being a decent week in the long run.

Last Tuesday we had Consejo de lideres de la mision....its a monthly thing for all the zls and hermana training Leaders to get instruction from Pres and the aps. But this time we had Elder Laboriel, the area 70, there and he instructed us very well. It started with an examination to see if every Elder had their scriptures. Bible and Ttriple. And then he quizzed us on the 13 articles of faith. I had to recite the 7th one, ...I mostly knew it. Gifts of the Spirit. And he talked about the importance of being leaders, and leadership traits, and used the story of Ammon to do it. It was super good. But it took a long time, with all the instructions given by Pres, the hermana, and the aps, plus a super in depth verification of the baptismal dates and stuff. But it was good. Lasted from like 8 in the morning till like 5 ish at night. Then they told us there that our zone had interviews the next day, and president likes to do them in Elders' houses. So we cleaned our house a little bit, and the next day at 9 we were with president and we went from house to house. His wife would share a message, and then he would do the interviews. It took quite a while. And then he also took us to lunch, which was nice of him. But it took literally all day, and he couldn´t even finish with ours because he had to go back to the mission home to let some people in who were leaving the next day. So that was till like 7 at night, and my comp was dying sick. So we just went to go eat.

Thursday we had to teach all the elders in our zone what we learned from consejo, and the messages that were shared. I found a quote in consejo, btw, that I loved. Strength grows in proportion to the load. Think about it. 

Then Friday, a member took us to a local market, and we bought fresh fish, and clams, and then his mom made us food!!! I ATE A TWO POUND FISH. it was delish. I don´t have pics....but soon. Very soon. 

Then on Saturday was our baptism, which was awesome!! There was no light in the church, but that is whatevs, it still worked out. Then on Sunday we confirmed her, and everything went swimmingly...hahaha. baptism joke. 

Part of what we learned on Tuesday was the importance of the articles of faith. elder Laboriel told us that we all needed to have them memorized, so I learned them on Saturday morning. all 13. In Spanish, not in English. my brain not working well in English. alñskjfalskfoasidfa. Anyways....

I love you all!!!!
Zach
 
There really are missionaries taller than Zach!



 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Treat insomnia and tiredness at the same time. .....

Monday, January 13, 2014

So the subject is a thing I heard on a bus today. That you can buy a pill that can treat insomnia and tiredness at the same time. . . riddle me that. I don´t get it.

So this week has been interesting. We have been making progress with our baptism for this weekend, Concepcion. She was saying a prayer, and she expressed in her prayer that she believes that it's all true....Book of Mormon, church, all of it. It was one of the greatest prayers I have ever heard. She is always super sincere, and I have truly seen how the gospel has made a change in her life. She has been prepared to be able to accept this gospel. She was literally a golden investigator. I have truly enjoyed being able to teach her, I have learned so much from my time spent with her.

Also, we went out with an ex missionary that served in Guatemala. Carlos Lagos. He is cool beans. He lets us use his computer to write. He helped us to get into some houses,....one of which was a bad idea.

Snakes. (dad is maybe slightly chuckling right now.) ,

A girl. 19. And we thought the interest was in the gospel....hahaha NOT. We left folletos with our phone number, and she made no delay to call us and tell us that she wanted us to come to her house, which is outside of our area. In a different stake. She also asked if I was going to be at church with my wife....that is when the red flag went off in my head....I explained that we cant have girlfriends or wives, that it is not allowed....she didn´t quite get it. She told me that sucks, because I was super guapo, and that she wanted us to teach her. At that precise moment the phone dropped the call. She had originally called to reset our appointment, so I called back to see when we could talk to her aunt....and she told me not to be mad. I told her that I wasn´t mad, and she told me that I was, and that I hung up because she was making me fall in love with her, and that I got mad. Okay, she just gave herself a little too much credit there.... So I stopped caring, and the phone cut off again.  She called back and told us not to come over, and to come over a different day.....and she asked if I thought she was bonita. ( at this point I was praying for the call to drop again.) But it didn´t drop, so I just acted like I didn´t hear the question, and asked when we could talk to her aunt. I heard in the background somebody talking about how she was making me nervous, and to lay off a little bit. Then I said see ya and hung up. Bad news bears. The sad part was that her aunt was super pilas, or at least seemed it, but now I doubt. So I don´t think I will be going back to that house. Ever. In a trillion years. With a ten foot pole.....

Apart from that, my week was fine. We had changes, and saw some of my buds in the mission. Good stuff. I also got my temple recommend renewed, (two years already????) and we have consejo de lideres mañana, which should be good. The area 70 will be there.
I also got a package from Aunt Jean! Talk about surprises....that was not waited for. She sent some Christmas stuff, which was super nice of her. Pancake mix, Lehi roller mills stuff. Yeah buddy I am going to write her back to thank her.

ALSO.. I was at changes, and moving stuff out of my packpack and my camera fell out, in its case. It broke. I got it looked at, and they told me it would be cheaper to buy a new one, so I think I am going to. At the costco here, it shouldn´t cost more than 1600 limps...so that should be in the next two ish weeks. I am going to use my home card....so please make sure that there is a little bit on there. Thanks guys....

I don´t really have much to tell this week. The pic is me in my reggae boys t shirt. It's a xxl. it's giant. I love it. And nobody told me what the reggae boyz was...I am still waiting. Trivia on. 

And dad....the lord is preparing you for big things. Just wait and see. You could be in the nursury again!!!!! que divertido seria estar alli, va? con los chiquititos, y el vomito, y diarrhea, y toda la onda!!!! (Translation:  Something about poop and throw up.)   Mom....funny how the lord is always in our lives. And Erin....good luck. I never thought my sister would go dress shopping.  But oh well. It's fine. 

Well....that is sort of it. 

I love you all.

Zach
Seriously, forgot how blue his eyes are!  Love you Zach!  It appears he sleeps on a bunk bed.  How does that work for your 6'4" body?

Zach:  "I found a reggae boyz shirt.  Family, and soccer buddies, test your soccer knowledge. Reggae boyz. Hint is AW 77. Without using google....if you can. Winner gets the present of me coming home in June....."

Monday, January 6, 2014

Christmas y ana neuvo

Monday, December 30, 2013

So, this week was good. Way too many dinner citas, and eating way too much food. I am kinda sick of being full all the time. But hey, who am I to complain?

We had two interesting experiences this week. One was super hard for me to deal with...

Which was our investigator, Conepcion, was very open with us, and really let us into her world and her life. she came to the ward Christmas party, and we had a good chat about the articles of faith. Then the next day, Saturday, we went to her house, and she showed us her `reality,` as she called it. She has been retired for many years, and has lived well off her pension from being a teacher, but she told us that her pension and retirement fund have been canceled by the government. It has left her with literally nothing. Her house is hers, and she doesn`t make payments, but she has no money. Nothing. She hasn`t told her daughters because she doesn`t want them to worry, but she told us all this with tears streaming down her face. I knew at that moment that she was talking with us because it is her time to be baptized, and so we talked about that a little bit. We are doing some service, some secret santa stuff for her, tonight, so that should go well. But it was so hard for me to watch her literally break down in front of our eyes....

The second one was that I found a church history book in my house, and I have been reading it. The restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the fulness of times, but it's in Spanish. It literally starts with Joseph Smith`s family history and goes until like right after Erying got called an apostle. Like 1300 pages. In reading it, I have been able to see how Truly, there was no way that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day saints would have survived if it wouldn`t have been, truly, the church of God, like it is. The events, the way things happened too perfectly, the protection and the Divine guidance. Everything that has happened in the history of the `Mormon` church is a testimony that It really is Christ's church, and that Christ lives. I have loved reading it, and have come to truly appreciate the sacrifice and the work of those first saints, Especially the Prophet Joseph. I testify that really, truly, Christ restored his church through a modern day prophet, and that it truly is His Church!!! I am so touched that God trusts in me to preach His eternal truths to His beloved children, and to bring them the salvation that they need so much!!!


I love you all!!!!!
Zach

Christmas

Monday, December 23, 2013

Sothiswillbeafairlyshortletter.iwillbewritingwithoutspacestomakeitsmaller.also, I am kidding.

Sooorry, as the canadians say, but this letter will be short, due to the fact that I get to see your beautiful gringo faces on Wednesday!!! But that being said, as I write I am trying the other computers to see if they send pictures, cuz this one doesn't. 

And freaking you people in Scotland!!! Gosh darn lucky people. 

Don`t die on the wrong side of the road.

And enjoy of the snow. 

Well, we can pretty much talk on Wed. I am going to try to get on in the morningish hours, like 9 or 10 ish here. So do the math...I don`t know what that is there. No clue. Probably like 4 or 5, I would imagine. But yeah. We will be skyping from a member's house. So it should be good. They have wifi. 

Pics...me and beesley...and it wouldn`t be christmas without butter cookies and mate, or butter cookies and eggnog. And there in the background is my tree, with my 6 ornaments and the fake snow that Mikelle sent on it. 

That is pretty much it. I did give a talk on Sunday. Sounded like people kinda liked it. It was on mercy. I had like a week to prepare, which is really long notice here. So I had time to actually prepare. I think it went well. 

Alright. That is pretty much it. I will send some more photos, mom....

Love you all!!!!

Merry Christmas!!!
love
Zach
Zach and Elder Beesley.

Real Christmas.  Butter cookies and egg nog.