Monday, January 15, 2018

Getting Back to My Roots!!

Hey!!!

Well, I'm getting back to my roots! I had changes, and have to leave the beautiful town of la Junta, and they sent me to... CHIMEX!!!! I'm still a zone leader and all that jazz, but now I'm ZL of my first Zone in the mission!  So, I'll be able to do Divisions in Cerro Grande!!! That'll be super cool!! There's a lot of people that I love and wanna see!

Although I'm super excited to be here, I'm absolutely heartbroken to have left the Junta, and honestly, now the city just freaks me out a lil... so many cars, street lights, I'll be taking the bus again... Everything's a lot more hectic... Definitely not used to that in la Sierra! But it's a change, and change is good!

My companion is Elder Gonzalez... He was with me in my Zone in Chuviscar forever ago and in my Zone in la Sierra just now! And now we're comps!!! He's absolutely awesome, and I think I've mentioned him before... His nickname is Maestro, or teacher, because the Dude knows EVERYTHING about the scriptures. He's super rad and SOOO FUNNY!!!!

Honestly, I'm grateful for the companions I've had recently!  Elder Mamani was incredible, you guys got to know him a bit, hard working and hilarious. Equally hilarious and hard working, and already my good friend is Maestro, and now he's my companion! Someone up there is looking to help me out here in Chihuahua! :)

But this last week I had with Mamani was awesome! We had a baptism!!!  The son of Leonela!!!!!  (He likes super heroes... so we took a super hero pic too.  Guess which one is his favorite!  Ha!)


But yea this kid is way awesome!! His baptism was a really sweet experience. He really wanted to do the right thing. He's such a good lil kid, o chamako, as they say here :) He'll be a solid young man in the near future.

But yea! Not a whole lot is new here, We had changes, I'm excited, and everything seems to be going good!!!

Also I wanna let you guys in on a lil mission secret. They say the good missionaries wear out their shoes fast because they're always walking to find people, but the great missionaries rip their pants because they're always seated with people, face to face, helping them get closer to God :)

And I think I've already ripped like 4/5 pairs up to this point... So, not to pat myself on the back or anything, but according to the saying, I'm thinking this means I'm pretty a decent missionary :P jajajajaja just kidding! :D

Oh! Also, I totally got a package from Grandma and Cards from Abu and Tia! I think I might've got more but I didn't note everything so I don't have a list with me to give proper shoutouts... But THANK YOU everyone for the cards and good wishes that were sent me!

Okay the sweetest thing happened this week :)

There's the sweetest senior couple in the Junta, and one day we set off to visit the Sandoval family, because they're still new in the church and we wanted to make sure they were good. When we got to the church, the older couple, Hno y Hna Olivas, was already visiting them, and having a Family Home Evening with them, singing hymns and everything!  I don't think I've mentioned the family Olivas, but they're incredible. I have loved eating with them every Wednesday. They are so friendly and optimistic, and they always wanted to help us! Honestly, they gave me such a great example to follow for how me and my future wife can be in our senior years. :) And Hno. Olivas gives the best hugs!!!!! They're really just amazing people and I'm super thankful for the time I had to get to know them. :) #Relationshipgoals


But yea!! I love you guys!! I hope you have an amazing week!!!! I love you guys so much, and remember, always choose to be happy:) I'm happy here. I'm really truly happy here in Chihuahua. Theres no place I'd rather be!!!!

Till next time!!
Nick

Monday, January 8, 2018

Such a Small World!!

Hey!!


Well, it's time, one more week in this cycle, and we should have a baptism this week, just to finish up the wonderful cycle that I've had. I think the time keeps going by faster and faster. I can honestly say that I've enjoyed this cycle, this area and this companionship. Mamani is great, and absolutely hilarious. If we have changes, I'm gonna miss the guy. I hope nothiing changes here!

But Okay, the highlight of this week was Saturday and Sunday I think :) Mamani and I have been working with the Young Mens President, and have been making a homemade piƱata, and well, it was ugly but it was SOOOO FULL of sweets! Hahahaha! The kids loved it!!!! We had mutual Saturday and we beat it up. It was way too fun. I really liked it. And well, Mamani and I got to practice our graffiti - or at least painting it! Hahahahaha!

Sunday was also incredible, because of testimony meeting. The Sisters that got baptized in November shared their testimonies!!! Everyone of of them!!! The Spirit was super strong :) I almost cried. These girls were so strong, and so firm, it made me super happy. What I loved most is when one of them said, 'I dont need the missionaries to visit me. I love it when they come and share something, but I know this church is the church of God and I will be here every Sunday whether the missionaries come or not.' 

As a Missionary, that is the best news you can hear!!! And she said it so strongly... it was something that touched me deeply. I'm grateful for the experience that I've had to get to know her and feel her testimony.

And I just about cried when I opened up my email today... Here's why...


WHAAAAAAAAAAAT?!  RECONIZE THEM??????????? THEY'RE ROOMMATES!!!!!!!!!! TOVYN BERGASEN AND MITCHELL WHITE (ELDER WHITE) YEA, THE SAME ONE THAT WAS MY COMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, I almost cried right here in public with strangers everywhere. It just made me way too ridiculously happy!


 Silly Junior Prom Pic of Nick & Tovyn (Hard to find a snap of these two that isn't silly ;))
And a Comp Snap of Nick & Mitchell from the CCM in Mexico


But yea, that's what's up for this week! :) It's been a good one, and we should have another good one this week! :)

Changes will be announced next Sunday evening, so, I'll let you guys know what happens then!!!!

Till next time,
Nicki :)

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Starting the New Year with Multiple Updates & Photos!!

Dec 18, 2017

Yo Fam!

Well another week in the books... and it's been a good one! Honestly it was a long week, but it was a good week. Even though it felt long, I swear there was not enough time to do everything that I wanted to do! But that's okay :) 

Elder Mamani and I are doing well. We get along super good and we pass the day laughing. But we also work a lot and we've seen a LOT of miracles in our short time together! For example, this week we were knocking on doors and exploring areas to find new people to talk to, and we found a lot of cool people, but the coolest experience was when we knocked on a door and the people inside were super nice and after talking a little bit they told us that they've wanted to talk to us, but they were intimidated to approach us? They told us that they had been praying that we would arrive at their house. :) That was a super sweet moment to be in for me. It happens more than I ever thought would happen here in the mission. There are a lot of miracles to be seen in the mission... Like a LOT!!!

But yea, actually right now I'm in Madera! And it's snowing here!!!! It's awesome. But, the internet is bad. like realllll bad. I can't load fotos soooooo give me until next week okay???? We'll have the SKYPE and I'll see if I can't send you guys some fotos then :)

Everything is really good here :) I'm really happy and we're always busy, in our own area teaching and talking with everyone, animating members, and traveleing to diferent areas! Know that everything is really good :)

I dont have a whole lot to add... Its a short one, and without pics I know Im the worst son ever but they'll come dont worry hahahaha :D

I hope you guys have a good week and a wonderful Christmas... In one short week we'll be seeing each other!!! This has been the longest time we'll have to go without visual contact. I basically have 9 months left and that freaks me out. Time is flying and it'll be 2018 before we know it!!!!

Anyway, just give me a week and everything will be up to date okay?? 
Love you guys!!!!
till next time!!!!
Nick

Dec 24, 2017

SKYPE!!

Christmas Eve we were able to talk to Nick face-to-face!  It was so good to hear his voice and see his smiling face!!  The internet was so poor, we weren't able to have much of a conversation... we just kept connecting and reconnecting.  So Nick was able to try again at a members house later in the evening, and we were able to get in a few minutes more!!  Seeing our missionary was the BEST!!





Dec 26, 2017

Hey!!! I loved being able to talk to you guys :) Yesterday everything was closed for Christmas day, so they gave us permission to send emails today :) I love you guys so much!!!! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and were able to remember the true meaning of Christmas siempre :)

I love you guys a bunch!!!!!
Nick


Jan 2, 2018

Okay, I'm starting the last year of the mission... Whaaaaaatttttt?!

So this week has been cool, it was rather short, and being in my little pueblo (town), there wasn't a lot of movement here. Almost everything was closed, and for that I wasnt able to write yesterday. I hope you guys got my pics last week! 

This week has been really calm, we got to see the movie Coco, and holy cow I loved that!!! That movie is incredible. One of my faves. Or maybe it's because I haven't seen a real movie in 15 months... who knows! Hahaha! But I really enjoyed it! And I totally want a 'Day of the Dead' inspired guitar like that now. Way cool! :)

This week I also gave a talk. It was about new years resolutions? But yea, basically the point is not to worry if a goal seems out of reach, or if you feel inadequate or insufficient. God has always used, uses, and will use imperfect people in perfect ways. For example Moses, he was one of the greatest Prophets of the Old Testament and when God called him as a prophet to free His people, Moses was concerned.

And Moses said unto the Lordmy Lord, am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but am slow of speechand of slow tongue.  And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not the Lord?  Now therefore go, and will be with thy mouthand teach thee what thou shalt say
And that is just one example of his many concerns. But the idea is that even though Moses wasn't feeling like he could do it, God helped him so that he could. And the same goes for us. If we have a goal, and it's a good goal, if we ask for help, God will help us. I myself have various goals for this year that follows. It's my last year in the mission and I want to be able to have a great one. I want 2018 to be amazing, and I have some goals to help with that! Hahaha, I guess we'll see how I do when I get back in 9 months hahaha. :)

I loved seeing you guys this Christmas! Honestly that was the best. I wasn't expecting to see so many people, but it made me so happy to see all of you guys!! Crazy to think that I'll only see you guys once more on SKYPE before I take off. But, I still have 9 months of work to do here! 

I hope you guys have a great year and a great week. I'm always praying for you guys, and I feel your prayers.

Until next week! 
Love you guys,
Nick


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wow! What a Week!!

Hey fam!!!

Wow, Okay, WHAT A WEEK!! 

Hey hey... I'll try to make sure I don't forget anything...

First off, my comp and I are doing really well!!! He's really awesome and super funny and yes, now I have photos of us!!!  And well, guess what happened this week???


It snowed!!!!!!!!! Like a lot here in la Sierra!!! The pictures from Madera were crazy!!! It literally started to look like Tahoe!!!  We were with some of our recent converts when snow began to fall, and we went outside for a snowball fight! Haha!! It was way coool!! :D And when we came in to Chihuahua for our Mission Conference this weekend, it even snowed there too!  And that never happens!




I also got the package from Aunt fer!!! Thank you so much!!!!! The jersey is awesome!!! And my comp said I definitely look like I'm Mexican in it!! Hahahaha -- so that makes me SUPER happy! :DDD

We went to Chihuahua this week!!! That was way awesome. Friday we had a leadership conference and it was one of the best we've had in a long time! :) Really, I enjoyed it so much. I felt like we got back to basics. I like simplicity, and I've found that everything goes better when things are simple. 

And then Saturday we had a special meeting with Dallin H. Oaks, the Apostle!!! That was way cool, and my first time meeting an apostle. Everything he said was incredible, but a few things really caught my attention... one, was when we were waiting for him. When he finally arrived, I felt like a wave hit me. The thing was, I didn't see him first, I felt it, then I looked up and saw him and everything made sense. That man definitely had the spirit with him, and it was made clear to me without even seeing him. I literally felt him before I saw him, and that doesn't just happen.

The other thing that was cool was that when I shook his hand he told me 'hola'... He thought I was latino at first. That was neat! hahah :)

But the other thing I really enjoyed was the way that many times he seemed to be speaking to me directly. Something I really liked was that when someone asked him a question, he almost always took a moment to listen, both to the question and to the spirit before answering. It's something that I'm going to reflect in my life, and I'm gonna do it much more often. :)

It was also awesome seeing every missionary in the mission!!! I saw so many familiar faces and that was just fun to live in for a moment. I think in all my time as a missionary I wont again be able to see all the mission together like that. It was something cool:)



Then Sunday, was also really awesome!! All of the areas in the mission didn't have services, and we went to a huge conference center to listen to Elder Valenzuela de los 70 and Elder Oaks. The messages were incredible and direct and on point, so that was great, but it was also so cool seeing SO MANY MEMBERS THAT I KNEW!!!!!  Seeing that I was in the City a full year as a missionary, and that the conference was in the city, I was able to see so many members!!! I saw friends from Cerro Grande, a bunch from Girasoles and Centro, and some from the north of the city too!!! And the best part for me was seeing and talking with so many people that I love so much!! It was an incredible experience honestly.


We heard a lot of good stuff, and received a lot of advice, but something I liked a lot was what Dallin H. Oaks said. He gave us the simple advice of 'just do your best.' It doesn't really matter what happens as much as what we did to make it happen, if that makes sense. If we try our best and see the results we want, perfect. And if we dont, pues ni modo, we gotta try again. I really enjoyed his frankness and simplicity of speech. It made it easy to get to my heart.

Everything is really good here in la Sierra -- it's cold and amazing. I really like the cold. :)

Everything's good, and I hope you guys have a good week!!!! 

Just do your best and everything will be alright :)

Till next time, I love you guys!!!
Nick

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Changes!

Hey! 


We had changes! I'm still here in la Junta, but my comp is leaving... And he's going to my hometown Chuviscar! He's gonna be in Centro, one of my favorite areas in the mission. He seemed excited, and I'm sure he'll do well there. 

My new comp is still traveling from Chihuahua, so I don't have pics of him yet. His name is Elder Mamani, and he's from Bolivia. I already know him and he's really cool, so I'm sure we'll get along great. He likes soccer, he's shorter than me, and super funny. He was comps with Elder Templeton and Temps told me they got along great, so I don't think well have any problems. hahaha! :)

But life has been really good here, We've been working a lot with the youth here in athe Junta... They need a lot of help. We thought we were gonna get another companionship here in the Junta, because before us there were three... Now we're just 2, so it gets hard to divide the time between members and our new friends and investigators that we're talking with. :) We've continued to meet a lot of cool people. Not as many as we'd like, but we're meeting a lot of em! It's really cool to be here, and I really like it a lot. 

But time for a spiritual thought... :D

This week I was thinking a lot about how we do things as missionaries, and I was reading the story of David vs Goliath. And a couple things called my attention...

Something that I like a lot is the faith David had. He was so sure that he was going to obtain his goal, but what I really liked his motive... When he explains himself, and his cause, he says that 'This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand...  that all the earth may know that there is God in Israel'.

Somthing I really like is that he wasn't worried about getting rich or becoming known, like the other soldiers were - He was simply determined to do the will of God and be His servant.

It's something that I admire and simply try to reflect. Anything that I do I just want to do for the cause of Christ. 

This week has been a good week, and we've seen a lot of progress. I think we're gonna keep seeing miracles here in the Junta, just like David did against Goliath. We're excited, and we should see miracles!

A couple of promised photos from our travels in la Sierra.




I hope you guys have a good week.. 
I love you guys a bunch!!!! 
TIll next time!
Nick

Sorry I'm Late...

Hey Fam,

Well we were in Chihuahua AGAIN so we were traveling and busy all day yesterday, so, I didn't have time to do just about anything.  But now I can write you guys :D

This week has been crazy awesome!!!!! We had baptisms!!!!!!!!!!!! SO AWESOME!!! THESE PEOPLE ARE AMAZING!!




So that happened!!! It was the first time I had the oportunity to baptize a whole family. It really was the coolest thing. The feeling of love and support there was incredible!

I really loved it, and I love them, and God loves them even more! :) Incredible really.

But that's starting with the end of the week!

The beginning of the week was awesome too! We went to Madera, and we stayed there a day to visit the missionaries there. They're great and I love being in Madera. It's really a cool town. But getting there was fun, we manged to stop by some places in between! There are members in some towns in between so we stopped by to see them. Pictures to come :D
But this week realyl was a good week and I learned something cool!
 
Its Matthew 8...

23 ¶ And when he was entered into ship, his disciples followed him.
24 And, behold, there arose great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.
25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.
26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearfulye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was great calm.
The interesting thing is how we apply this story! the first thing the disciples did was follow Jesus. Then, came the tempest, and then Jesus performed a miracle.

I stopped to think for a moment, and I wondered if some disciples thought in the moment, 'why on earth did I ge ton this boat??? If I didnt, I' still be safe on the beach!'

and well, a lot of us have the misconception that upon following Christ, life becomes super easy. It'd be cool if this were the case, but it's not. Many times we follow Christ and then comes a tempest, trials or tribulations or temptations or whatever, and sometimes it causes us to doubt. But, if we stay on the boat, Christ can perform a miracle in our lives. If we jump ship, or never follow Him to start, we'll never see the miracle. And it's always worth seeing the miracle! :)

This was something I liked this week, and I hope you guys have a good week!!! I love you guys a bunch!!! Send me questions, let me know what's new, send me photos, and fill me in!!!!

Till next time, I love you guys!
Nick