Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Week #12 I'm not sunburned yet!!!

!Miran so mas delgato. Ja,ja,ja,ja...tambian pueden ver las cobjas del Elder Garcia.

Hey mom! things are going great!

love you happy dia de amor 

I'm going to be staying here in my area with Elder Garcia, It's his last change so I'm his last comp. 
This week was super hard but super cool too. 
SO remember how the Bishops family and parents were there to support him, well we got their address and visited them on Tuesday. We talked for a little bit and then the Bishop showed up. Oh man, this is a lesson with his parents!
Yeah so we were teaching them and then it got to my part of the lesson. Which is the invitation to be baptized. Mom it is the scariest thing that I have ever done. Especially in these circumsrances. But the spirit was telling me so strong that I needed to invite them to be baptized. They said yes! What the heck? It was sooooo cool and so rewarding mom!
Also I saw that Elder Weidemeier is coming to my zone how cool is that! well I havn't been sun burned yet but it's starting to get hot up in here. I can't imaging 130 mom hahahaha im going to die. 

I love you soooooo much! 

-Elder Stockman
Elder Stockman and Elder Garcia.

Dad you need to make Abbie learn to drive the Mazda it's a requiered life skill. Speaking of traffic I sure miss America when it comes to crossing the street. jajaja I dont know how it was in bolivia but there arent any crosswalks here. You just go for it! jaja and its totally legal.... I think

Thanks for cleaning out part of the mazda and yeah your welcome for the donuts and the trunk scares me too but I think I left my air horn in there you can have it to scare off perros si tu quieres. como Milo jajaj.

Estoy muy bien. It is killer hard to learn a new language. It's wierd though I swear that I stoppedhaving dreams when I came to the mission. I think most of that reason is because my body is still adjusting to a reasonable amount of sleep. but now that I think about it I should invest in an airhorn. Im going to be staying in Tecnologico con Elder Garcia! wooo more spanish. I don't want an American comp until Im comfortable with the language. but I do want an american come eventually. Things here are getting back on track. It's a dead area lets face it. We're both surprised that were both not leaving. but we have got a baptism lined up for the beginning of Marzo we are going to be legendary. other elders have baptisms every week but were going to be the Elders who did baptisms for the dead! ( thats actually pretty cool I just made that up) 

Thanks for the laughs and tears dad! (tears because you used my money to buy donuts and ate them without me) jajaja

Con mucho amor
-Elder Stockman
​Monclova. Where the weather changes are worse then Utah.... I'm going to die!!!! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week #11 "Tons and tons of walking"

(Working hard. Ja,ja,ja. You can also see my bed in the back ground)

Hey momma!
This week has been really hard. Tons and tons of walking and walking with not much results. Our area is probably one of the Hardest in the mission. It hasn't had a baptism in like a year and a half and there hasn't been a bishop for a while and our ward mission leader is inactive and there is no ward council. Yeah so we actually have 2 progressing investigators but neither of them were at church on sunday. We had ward conference this Sunday and it was crazy. We finally got a Bishop and he is a really cool guy. Everyone knew that it would be him, and turns out that all of his brothers and sisters arent members or his parents but they came to support him. Well we had an answer to a prayer because we really need church attendance in this area and we ended up having 8 investigators in church because of his family and that's absolutely unheard of for this area. But this area might be closed soon I heard rumers that Pres. Rdz. might be closing it. But we are so totally going to change that in the next change we are expecting 2 baptisms or more. 

Haha mom I know all about hot Februarys... it's pretty toasty down here! I'm already dying and the people tell me that I'm going to die. hahah thanks.

I don't know Elder Townsend but I hear a lot about him from Elder Garcia. He is in the area that is right next to mine in Guadalupe but it is in another stake (Area) so I dont know him. 

I never did get the Christmas Card but you are more than welcome to keep trying ^^^^^jajajaja

By the way look up the story of "Guadalupe" (catholic in mexico) its actually a pretty funny story. 

Oh and mom I'm doing so great I love everyone here and our first changes are coming. It's going to be so hard to have to say goodbye to all of these people that I love. Especially the other Elders in our District. Elder Evans, my brother in generation, is in our district and He is so funny if we get seperated it will be really hard. He is the only one of my brothers in the Monclova Stake. 
I don't need anything like in a package for now, I will be sure to let you know as soon as I do. 

Love you!

-Elder Stockman 

(By the way I have no idea what he's talking about "brother in generation". Maybe he was talking about in the Mexico MTC) 

Sunset view from our apartment.

Hola padre. whats up. hahaha

I'm glad to hear that Zach is still crackin one liners. I sure miss you guys but hey can you believe that I already have 3 months. 
Only 21 to go! haha

Dad I love you so much and thanks for all of you example that you are to me. You and Mom will never know how much it means to me. I've heard so many horror stories of missionarys and I promise you I will represent the Family name well, but more importantly I will represent Jesus Christ. 

I'm so happy that Zach will get the Priesthood on my Bday that will be crazy wierd. But super special. 
If you see Elder Schaefermeyer again tell him that I love him and give him a hug for me. 
Your the best dad. Love you!!!!

-Elder Stockman

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 10: I'm going for it.

Hey there mom! 
I love you so much! And yeah, this is definately the hardest thing that I have ever done but I'm going for it! It's soo worth it!

Our area is probably one of the hardest in the mission is what people tell me. It's because the people here are worked like dogs and so they never have time. They don't ever assist church meetings because if they have work off they are most likely going to be sleeping. 
Haha funny story. There are always people who want nothing to do with us. We knock on their door ( I say knock but really its banging on their gate with whatever you have, I use a Dolphin keychain it seems to work really well.) anyways... People have the funniest excuses. We had this lady tell us that we could come back when it isnt cold anymore. We also had this other lady that told us Oh sorry im occupied, ok well we can come back another day. And then she said that tomorrow she would be taking a shower so that wouldnt work... wait what? you need a whole day for that? ah they really have no excuse its just funny. 
Its really sad because we had to Drop a couple of investigators this week. That is the hardest thing because literally we could keep visiting them but its just a waste of our time. This one guy has been recieving the lessons for like 6-7 months and still hasnt been to church. Adios... But it is so hard.

Then again we do have 2 progressing investigators right now! woooo!!! we are going to set a goal this week for their baptism dates. Juan Pablo lives on a really busy street corner and his wife wont let us tech him inside, it gets really hard to teach him because he can never hear. It doesnt help that he is over 70 years old! haha he also never reads the assigned stuff because he forgot his glasses in Monterrey. ah what a character...
Marlen is our other progressing investigator she is 17 and owns a tienda that sells junk food, Her dad also won't let us pass by so we have to teach her in the middle of the store so whenever someone comes in she has to take care of them. 

Mom I'm so happy that you guys are hanging in there it is super hard but it is so worth it! I love you more then I can tell you!  Your going to get a pretty big hug in 21 months.
love you love you love you............ 
-Elder Stockman
Hey dad,
que pasa 
I'm glad to hear that you guys are hanging in there. Tell Andrew that I love him!, Happy Birthday, and that he needs to write me because I don't know which is his email. 
That's funny that that dog from hell wanted you dead. haha I can definately relate dad... hahahaha
The ones that want me dead are usually behind some sort of gate.

So we were in church this week and this guy comes walking in with only a couple of minutes left. We could kind of tell that something was up with him. We went over to talk to him after to welcome him and stuff and he told us that he was guided here becuase he needs to change his life. We took him into another room and we were talking to him, we sang him a hymn and he said that he felt better. But man was this guy a borracho. He said that he needed to leavve to go buy more alcohol because here they dont sell slcohol on sundays after 12:00. So he had to go. it was so sad. But something that he said was wierd he told Elder Garcia that he has the word and then he kissed my cheek and told me that i have the appearance and the glow of an angel. Haha ok?

Anyways thats the crazyest that happened to me this week. 

I'm having the best time of my my life Dad I really am. This language is killer hard to learn. but I'm getting there. I think It's probably at like 60 percent. Woo hoo. Only got 6 weeks left of training!
Love you Dad
-Elder Stockman