Saturday, March 24, 2012

March 20., 2012

Hey guys!

It was another good week here in Mexico. This week we had 3 baptisms, Librado the husband of Wendy and Margarita, and Karina a Mom and daughter. It was way, way cool this week with these baptisms which were way spiritual. We have 2 people ready to go for this Saturday, Jesus and Ivon. Jesus is the friend of one of our converts, Teressa and Ivon is another one of Margaritas’ daughters. We had a little bit of a calm week of work because my companion is dying of a hemorrhoid and he isn’t shy about it. He’s always showing me stuff I don’t care to see. It’s seriously, freaking disgusting! We have to call the doctor tomorrow and find out if he’s going to be operated on. If he has surgery, he’s going home after for a 6 month recovery, so who knows. Mom, haha, that’s a month or so away. You’re already thinking about that? Yeah, you guys just have to buy a webcam and make an account on skype and that’s all. I’m planning on emailing all my pictures I have on this memory card home next week. Just remind me so i don’t forget, because I’m gonna’ explain some of them like who the people are and all that. Joe told me he put his papers in. I’m pretty excited about it. I told him he needs to get his call for my mission so I can train him, haha. Yes Mom, I promise I’ll do that next time I injure myself. My knee is all better, don’t worry Mom, haha. Dad I’m way mad about Peyton Manning but happy about Reggie Wayne. It should be interesting what happens with all that. I miss the temple, but I’ll be able to go a lot when I get back to live in the state of the factory of Mormonas, haha. So this week my companion and I watched Charley when he wasn’t allowed to go anywhere. I cried more than i have in like 4 years, haha. That’s a good movie. My companion doesn’t let me live it down about crying and makes fun of me all the time and tells all the members about it. It’s all good though, I don’t care at all. Oh hey dad, she wrote me once and that was last week. She’s way cool. So I’m way glad to hear everything is going good and that you’re all having fun. Keep doing that! I love you guys and miss you. Hey watch Charley for me and have a good cry please. Love you!

Elder Lowder

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 12 , 2012

Hey guys!

Well this week was very good! We baptized again yesterday and it was way awesome! Before we entered into the faunt, Wendy (my investigator) started crying and I was thinking, ah dang she’s not gonna’ want to do it! So, I asked her what was wrong and she looked up and said that she’s never felt this happy in her whole life. The spirit was so strong and the ordinance was way special. We are going to baptize her husband on Wednesday and the kids Margarita and Karina on Sunday and Jesus next week. We’re being blessed so much and I’m so happy to be a part of such great a cause. So Last Monday we had an activity for our zone and we went to these soccer fields that were nice. They were artificial grass and we got a shirt for our zone and it’s the soccer team of England and on the back it says Lowder number 14 la perla because that’s my zone. It’s cool. When I was playing I was running with the ball and when I kicked the ball to try to score, I fell and scraped the crap out of my knee, hahaha. It was pretty funny, but I tore up my leg pretty badly and it was bleeding, but you know me, I kept playing with it and all that. I got back to the house and asked my neighbor for some alcohol to clean it. She gave it to me and I touched the leg and it stung so bad so i didn’t really clean it very well, which is a surprise because I’m pretty good with pain. My companion told me I didn’t clean it good enough, but I decided not to listen and put some Neosporin on it and a band aid. The next day I woke up and all was good and started working. Later that night, we were teaching the Golden family and it started leaking and so I took off the band aid and it was infected and the Mom of the family was like, ew its infected and told me I needed to clean it as fast as possible. I had a plan to do so when i got back to the house but we stopped at a member’s house so that they could go with us to teach someone. When the member saw my leg, He was like, no we aren’t leaving this house until I clean that leg! So they sat me down and my companion started cleaning it. He put agua hexonada on it and it hurt so bad every time he touched it I seriously was flopping everywhere. They ended up cleaning it for like 20 minutes and they used agua hexonada, alcohol and my favorite of them all limon! They asked me after how I felt and I said like I just got out of labor. They had a good laugh at that, but it’s still infected, but not bad, just a little. Ii visit a doctor that’s in my ward and she put a cream on it that’s working magic. So, my companion, this week I realized who he is. HEDGES! He is Brenden Hedges in Mexican form. I’m dead serious. He looks at his muscles and is always talking about them and football and baseball. He always thinks he’s right about everything. Every single story he tells, he has to put in there, “yeah and during this time I was a lot bigger muscle wise!” The best one so far is last night, we were teaching a family the word of wisdom. One of the members of the family that is 17 likes to drink. My companion started to tell a story about before his mission he liked hanging out with this friend that liked to party and they went to a party and his friend ended up saving his life. The funny part is that he starts talking about how his friend likes drinking and smoking but he was pretty nice muscle wise. He keeps going in the story but he stops and regresses just to tell them that he was much bigger than his friend. I about died laughing at him in the middle of the lesson. It was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard in my whole life! I’m losing my mind listening to his stories about muscles or this or that, but it’s all good. I’m staying calm and just ignoring him, but he doesn’t know it because I say si or que chaffa or que padre. Haha.
So to tell you about the Golden family, Wendy who I baptized on Sunday is the Mom of the family. It was way, way special teaching them because the spirit was, way strong every lesson. Her husband had a problem with smoking but we promised him that if he wanted to, he could quit smoking in one week and then gave him a blessing. He quit smoking in 4 days. What a miracle. It was way awesome! He told us after we fasted with them that he doesn’t have the urge anymore. I was so thankful for the power of the Priesthood and for the power of the fast that helped him change. He’s going to baptized on Wednesday. The kids aren’t old enough to be baptized yet but they’re obsessed with my eyes. The 2 daughters asked their parents if it was ok if I was the boyfriend, because in their words I’m the most handsome white boy they have ever seen, hahaha. They’re way cool this family.
So the pictures that are on facebook are pictures that my neighbor’s daughter took of me just being dumb or during times of fun. She tells me every time I walk in hey this person liked this picture or commented on this one. I have to say my favorite is that Breanna put in Spanish that she’s happy to know that this family is taking care of me. So Mom I can buy one here, yes, but I’m pretty unsure about sending my memory card home. I’m nervous because it has pictures of the MTC and here, so i don’t want anything to happen to it, but let me know what you want me to do and I’ll do it.

The colts are making a terrible decision! I’m so ticked! Joe told me also and I might have to change teams, who knows!

Well I love you guys and miss you guys a lot. I’m glad to hear everything is going good back home and that you guys are healthy, safe, and happy. Well I’ll talk to you next week!

Love Elder Lowder

February 20, 2012

Hey Guys!

This week was really a good week. We worked pretty hard. I had the opportunity to baptize Teresa and I had to do it 2 times because her foot went out of the water. So it’s way good to hear you guys had a good week and that everything went how you wanted it. Mom, honestly I’m way happy to hear about youth conference and that it was good. How did you find that out about them? Dad thank you so much that you fasted for me and my investigators. I honestly saw the fruits of it this week. We got 2 people for every week ready for baptism and a family of 4 for the last week of March and I’m way excited for them, they’re really great people.

So this past week was pretty spiritual. Our lessons, you could really see the changes happening and feel the love and spirit that Heavenly Father has for them. It was way awesome. So this week’s email isn’t going to be way long. So I just have some questions. You never answered my question about the second coming! So please answer that! Sister Cook sent me a picture of the conference. Looks like they had a lot of fun and everyone is way happy. There were a lot of people I don’t know in there. So I’m just tired because the work is good. We’re really doing a lot for this area and really being blessed by the Lord and really seeing the blessing of the things we’re doing. So when is Coach Clemons gonna be baptized?

So thank you guys for keeping me updated and really being there for me. I love you guys and miss you a lot. Sorry that it’s not very long this week. I just don’t have very many stories today, haha. Sorry guys, keep working hard, love you!

Elder Lowder

February 13, 2012

Hey guys!

So this week was good! Just want to clear things up. This week I realized I hadn’t lost focus or I hadn’t lost my vision. I had an interview with my zone leader who I have a lot of respect for. He was my district leader before my zone leader. He asked how I was doing and how I felt and I explained that I was pretty down. 2 weeks ago, because of the attitude of my companion and just things he said that got to me, I explained how he really killed my confidence in a lot of things. My Zone leader, Elder Ramirez, said look I want you to understand something about your companion. He is a disobedient, big headed punk who has had a lot of problems in his mission, so he does these things to make himself feel better as a missionary. He told me that President told my zone leader to check up on me and make sure I was doing ok and that I was keeping my head up. When I report to my President, I tell him how I feel and everything because I want to be able to receive help from him. Elder Ramirez told me, look I’ve know you since day one here in Mexico when you started, I’ve worked with you on divisions so i can say this and mean it. You are one of the best we have in this mission. I can’t say that about a lot of people who have the same time as you or who have a lot more time then you. You are going to do a lot for this mission. This is just a trial to test your faith and your ability and to help you learn what not to be. Enjoy it, learn from it, don’t get down, keep learning, obeying, and bettering yourself every day. I know you and I know you are ahead of a lot of missionaries in this mission with leadership, knowledge and the fire that you have. Love you Bro. I’m always here for you and you know if there’s ever a problem you know I’ll be there. I felt really appreciative for that interview with him because I got my confidence back as a missionary. I really gave thanks to Father in Heaven last night because of this blessing I have to learn from my companion. I also had the opportunity to talk to an inactive member in my neighbors house last night about a lot of things that were way special. The spirit was so strong with experiences that were being shared and the doctrine that was being shared. I was so thankful for that opportunity. I know that Heavenly Father puts special people in our lives to learn from them and to really help them or be helped by them. I have a month or so with my companion and I have already learned so much about how I need to never get down on myself and who I need to continue being and how I need to continue getting better and continue learning everything I can about the mission. I know that through experiences in the mission and before the mission that this is true. I’ve learned so much from people in my life and it’s such a testimony builder every time that I know that it’s all part of the plan and that there’s always lessons to be learned in every single situation in our lives. There’s never nothing to learn because that’s not how we progress.

To answer questions, Dad I want you to know that it wasn’t pride or anything that I had a problem with because with my other companion, the things my new companion wwere telling me were problems, I didn’t have with him, if that makes sense. I prayed and asked for help with those things I had problems with and it wasn’t ever an answer that had to do with those things my companion was telling me. Every time it was things of changing my ways of study or little things that I need to get better at. I hope I’m not sounding big headed or prideful because it’s the opposite of that. It’s just I know that it wasn’t my fault. I know that i did nothing wrong and wasn’t doing anything wrong. I have learned a lot of things from this. The blessing is that it’s not things that I was being told I had problems with. I know I was in the position I was in because Heavenly Father wanted me to realize that not everyone that has experience is correct. I hope this makes sense.

This week was way good. We worked really hard focusing on specific streets and specific people. We have 2 different people that have dates to baptize this week. I’m going to really put my whole heart into them to help them make this step in their lives. I don’t want anything to get in the way, so I’m going to really be there and check up on them a lot and help them.
So I had a conversation with a member who told me in the news a lot of people are hearing trumpets in the air. They’re saying that the signs of the second coming are starting to come because of these trumpets. I know that we still have a lot of things that need to come to pass but I know that these things can happen so fast. So I want to really know what you guys think about when the second coming will arrive? Please answer this question! Haha. I know that no one knows when it’s going to be here. I just want to know if maybe this whole thing is just people that are stressing out or freaking out about 2012 and so they’re saying they’re hearing things or what?

Mom Good luck with the YC. I’ll be praying that everything goes how you want it to go and that the spirit is there very strong and that they learn a lot. I know they will. Love you.

Dad, that’s so awesome that you had that opportunity to talk to Bro Clemons. He needs to take this opportunity in his life and really help his kids. Tell him I said that I have confidence in him and that I know that if he does this, it’s going to be the best decision he will make because it’s going to lead to eternity with his family and so much more. Love you.

Brandon, that’s way awesome that you had a good time with baptisms and with the Johnstons. Did you learn anything special in the temple? Get your grades up Brandon. I promise you I know how hard it is and how you don’t want to study or do your work but it’s going to pay off so much in the future. If you have trouble with something in school or life you have me, mom, dad, and especially Heavenly Father there to help! Read, study, believe me, it will pay off! Love you.

Hey I got my package from the ward for Christmas on Thursday, haha. So, tell them thank you so much I really enjoyed reading the cards and everything!

Love you guys and miss you. Keep doing what you’re doing. I’m doing great and really learning so much everyday. I love you guys. Thank you for everything you do!

Elder Lowder

February 6, 2012

Hey guys!

My companion is doing good. He’s working hard and I’m learning a lot from him. Today I was having a lot of trouble, really struggling, because this past week was terrible for me. I didn’t want to work. I was questioning myself and my abilities and while I’m talking to people, I’ve just been really down and sad. Today in my district class, I went there with a lot of anger just at my comp. because he wrote pres and said, my companion wasn’t focused this week and didn’t work very hard. So I was just way mad. I got there and the class was over the importance of receiving revelation at church. I was thinking about what I could talk to my companion about to let him know I didn’t like what he did and that I’m struggling and having a hard time with him and the work. While I was thinking about it, I had a thought about the MTC and how happy I was and how much I loved teaching and wanted to help the investigator and focused so much on them, which made me so happy. When I realized that I was faulting that here in Mexico with the people, I wasn’t focused on them and how I could help them, but more on how I don’t want to mess up or teach wrong or embarrass myself, just things like that. I realized that this is why I’m not as happy as I was and why this week I didn’t feel too happy. I am so ready to get out there tomorrow and start over and just work as hard as I can! I talked to my President and told him about it and how I got an answer and everything. I’m so thankful that I found this answer and that I know what I need to do to find and teach and to really focus not in the lessons and how perfect I teach or explain, but more on them and how they feel and if this lesson is what they need at this time.

I’m So happy to get emails from members telling me that you guys are really the strength of a lot of things and that you guys are helping move the work forward. I love it! Mom you’re awesome. I’m so amazed with your strength with your calling and work and everything that you wake up every day and continue to work and help those around you. Same with you, Dad that you’re being strong and helping the ward and visiting people and doing your calling the way you need to! I’m so proud of you guys and am so happy to be your kid! I want to read that book, Dad! I heard its way good and has a lot of cool and good information!

Well thank you guys so much for the money and for your patience and support! I love you guys and miss you!

Elder Lowder