Monday, October 16, 2017

My last week!!!


Well what else can i say? this is going to be my last week in the mission field... pretty crazy to think about it honestly, i cant believe how fast these 2 years have gone by. i remember when i was in my training i would pray for the days to go by faster, wow am i kicking myself in the butt for saying that now haha, because my prayers are just for the days to never end. not a whole lot to mention this last week. the best part of all our last week was that thursday we went and visited our investigator mariana, shes 15 and is golden honestly, but we never thought we would baptize her because her parents have said no over and over again. by some miracle we got her mom to sign the baptismal cedula on thursday! you can best believe my companion and i were dang excited! the first thing we did was get home and shout for joy(because she lives a block away from us). and the second thing was put the baptismal record in a VERY safe place haha. since that day we have constantly been praying(and fasting) that her mom doesnt change her mind haha. so that is going to be awesome, i will end my mission with a bang and as they say, come home with a wet tie haha. on friday i also had my final interview with President Assante, he basically just told me to get home and get married haha, im pretty sure thats what every mission president says. this next week is going to be pretty interesting to say the least. visiting people today, tomorrow we will get the baptism ready, and all day wednesday we will stress about the baptism but then we will enjoy it haha, thursday we will plan and ill pack, friday i have to be in the offices, saturday we go to the temple and to the buffet, and sunday we will have the last supper. i will be getting home monday and i dont think anyone needs to be reminded about that haha. i look forward to seeing you all in just one week!

now as far as my testimony goes; the mission has without a doubt been the best two years of my life, i thought i was happy before the mission, but ive found true happiness by growing closer to my Heavenly Father. I know that He lives. I know that He loves us and that He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to come to this world to teach, heal, guide, show us the way to a perfect life, and more important that anything he paid the price for our sins. i know that they are there for us whenever we need them. i know that when we TRULY repent, we can be forgiven of all of our sins (D&C58:42-23). I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, and that it was translated by a prophet of God named Joseph Smith, who also restored the church of Christ in its fullness. i know that the ONLY way to truly be happy in this life and to find joy in the next one, is through obedience to Gods commandments. I will forever be grateful for this opportunity i have had to serve my Heavenly Father with all my heart, might, mind, and strength. i invite anyone that is thinking about serving to not think twice and just do it, i promise you wont regret it. I have found the pearl of great price, and it does not matter how much it costs, i will do whatever is necessary to keep it in my life. i love my Saviour, and He loves me. should anyone ever feel alone, our Father is only a prayers distance away. These things and many more i have learned over the past 20 years of my life, but they have been set in stone in my mind, and my heart over the past two years, and i know without a doubt that they are true. i say these things and i testify of the truth of these words, in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Crazy day at the Mall!!!

Hey everyone! so this week was pretty normal haha, honestly not a whole lot of crazy exciting things have been going on, just normal missionary work, i like that thoughbecause i think ive gotten a little tired of all the craziness after 2 years haha. we had divisions this week with another companionship, i got to be with a missionary from virginia, he talked the whole time about hockey haha, it was fun though. this week we have been trying reaaaaaaally hard to work with the 2 investigators that we of them is still just waiting forher moms permission to be baptized, we reaaaaaaallly hopeshe gives it this week, and the other one has a tough choice to make, be baptized now, or wait for her husband to comehome in december just so he can see it, hes not a member or anything. weve noticed she is way too comfortable in the gospel now that we visit her alot, which means she isnt progressing and doesntwant to. so this week we are throwing a hail mary and not gonna visit her all week just so she realizes how much she does need the gospel in her life, hopefully that will make her realize she needsto be baptized too. another coolthing that happened this week is we finally got to teach a guy thatwe have been wanting to talk to since i got here, we finally sat him down and after having more of an hour question and answer session rather than a lesson, at the end he said "i like mormon doctrine more, it makes more sense!" my companion and i were pretty happy haha. then saturday was really fun since we got invited to eat breakfast at an investigators house and for the first time in a long time we actually had a legit breakfast that filled me up! thats this week in brief. today i think we might have played too hard haha. a member told us he was going to take us to the richest mall in all of guadalajara.well he took us there, fed us at outback steakhouse, and brought us home, but crapwas that a long ways away haha, the mall was awesome and the food was great, but pday ends at 630 and wejust barely got back at 830.... whooops haha....anyways this week will be fun, divisiones again, final interviewon friday, and my last sunday in this ward. i love you all and miss you tons! two weeks and ill be home so dont miss me too much! have a great week! Love Elder Griffin

OH, and a shoutout to the best mom in the world who is going to have her birthday this Friday! i love you Mom! i hope you have a wonderful day and that you can know howmuch i love and miss you! early friday morning i will be having my final interview with president so it should be an emotional day for the both of us. Thank you so much Mom for everything you have done, 2 more weeks and youll see your little boy again! i love you!!

Monday, October 2, 2017

My last general conference in my mission!!!

Hey everyone! so yeah i can feel the clock really clicking down on me now, of course i dont need to tell anyone how much time i have left since you all remind me each week anyways haha.  This last week wasnt too eventful as far as the life of a zone leader goes, monday night we had a little scare though. we played soccer for about a half hour in a grassy field with some investigators, and after my companion started turning red and puffing up from an allergical reaction. so we took him to 2 hospitals that were closed, until we went to a pharmacy and they injected him with something there haha. that day was fun since we got home at about 1030 at night and had both the president and his wife sending ALOT of texts to us to stay updated. tuesday was fun, district meeting then divisions with another companionship here. i was in the other area since i still dont know our area too well (with so many streets and buses here, its really easy to get lost if you dont know your area). so divisions were pretty fun. Wednesday we ended them and then just worked in our area, we have also dedicated alot of time this week to try and find a new house, since ours has alot of cocroaches and is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere haha. Thursday was what i would call a "lazy day" thanks to our bishop. first off we spent the whole morning doing weekly planning, went to lunch and came back to have our studies. the bishop had told us earlier that he wanted to do visits with us on thursday, so we called him and he said he would be there at 5. well 5 rollled around and of course he hadnt gotten there, and knowing how impuntual mexicans are we waited. 530... he wasnt answering his phone and we decided to wait because if he did end up showing up, well lets just say the members are kinda sensitive about that haha. finally at 6 we left to work. so didnt do alot that day but at least we did learn to make EXTRA sure whenever we have appointments with people. Friday was awesome since we finally had our first coorelation meeting with our ward mission leader. we were able to talk about all of our investigators, and he gave us lots of good tips for what to do with them, and also assigned members to help them. that night we also visited a family of recent converts who fed us A TON! it was great haha, and i slept like a baby. Saturday was awesome. before the mission you would have had to had a buffet in the church if you wanted me to be there the whole day, but now i love it! we were there with 4 other elders, and after the second session we all went to a taco buffet close by to pig out again haha. and of course sunday we listened more to general conference. I loved everything i heard! the general message i got was, 1 get off your phone! 2 get up and help someone. 3 read the book of mormon! thankfully i dont have a problem with any of these being a missionary, but i will have to work very hard to apply them after the mission. i hope you could all enjoy conference as well! thank you all for your love and prayers! they truly mean the world to me, i hope you all have a great week! Love Elder Griffin

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

No I haven't felt any earthquakes!!!

so first off i know that this last week mexico has experienced many earthquakes and natural disasters, but here in guadalajara we havent felt a thing! so no worries all is well here! anyways this last week was pretty fun honestly, our zone conference and interviews werent too stressful so that was good. this week we have been trying to find a new house since ours is far away from the church, the members, and pretty much everything haha. tuesday we spent a decent amount of time trying to find a new house, we had actually found one but sadly someone else rented it before we could even get the papers started... and we visited a few investigators then got home that night and finished planning for the zone conference the next day! Wednesday was CRAZY!! we got up super early to be able to get to the church on time. ive always said that having 4 zones in one church is a bad idea, but no one really believes me haha. we started the conference at 930, even though it was supposed to start at 9 but our president is excatly the most puntual guy haha. and we had planned to end at 2, but because my luck is the worst in the world, we didnt get over till 6.... the conference went pretty good, President went WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY over his planned time in his training, and that threw things off from the beginning. when we seperated to have different workshops, the other zone leaders decided to do what they want and kinda ruined everything, but i saved the day by telling them to take some missionaries and do practices with them while we finished up. i also had to share my testimony again in front of everyone, it wasnt as hard as it was in leadership council so that was good, just short and sweet. afterwards we took pictures with everyone since its the only time we see each other. then we went to the offices because president wanted to start interviewing people that day from our zone. we left the offices abou 730 and got home right at 9. thursday same story, we got up super early, got to the offices at 9 and started our interviews. they werent too stressful like they usually are, but they did go over time so we had to stay at the offices more time than we thought. i was last to have my interview, the assistents had told me that this would be my last interview since the president was gonna be extra busy this transfer and wasnt gonna have time to do final interviews, but right as i walked into his office he said "today wont be your last interview so dont worry". that was a HUGE relief. We left there at about 3 and went to work that day. Friday and saturday was the same story, just working and trying to help our investigators that we have and trying to find new ones as well. Sunday church was better than last week, alot more people showed up thankfully. in the gospel principles class there were 3 young women that had shown up out of the blue. they said they came to study the church as a high school assignment, so rather than having the gospel principles class we spent the time answering all their questions, it was really cool honestly, mainly because after talking to them for a minute i realized the questions they were asking no longer were because of their school assignment, but because they were interested in our message! so that was really cool. Today we had what i would call a success of a pday! a member here took us to a big nice mall here, where every store has outlet prices, so i bought a new suit and a few under armour shirts since they were real cheap haha. then the member took us out to lunch! he took us to the restaurant cuarto de kilo, the same one where i ate on my  birthday this week, and again i ate 2 hamburgers and got my picture put up on the wall. the funniest part is that i ate the hamburgers and was still hungry after.... your stomach turns into a black hole as a missionary haha. that was my week! im really excited for general conference and i hope you all are too! i hope you all have a great week and that listening to the conference this weekend you can recieve answers to your prayers! i love you all! Love Elder Griffin

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

first week in bosque! September 18, 2017

Hey everyone! well my first week in my new area has been quite the rollercoaster haha. our first day here after i had gotten settled in and we had written home, we set out to work and visit our investigators that we have. well just my luck we ended up not having alot of luck that night and just walked around for 3 hours before coming home haha. tuesday was a little bit better. we just spent the morning doing zone leader stuff (sending reports, asking for materials, printing LOTS of papers, etc.) then we had lunch and ate a typical food here of guadalajara "carne en su jugo" (meat in its juice). that was something i hadnt eaten since i was back in tapatio, so that was pretty awesome to get to eat it again since it tastes amazing. That day i got to know alot more of the investigators, and this week me and my companion have been making lots of changes haha, dropping old investigators and focusing on the ones that actually progress. tuesday i also met mariana, shes a young girl whos 15 years old, she has a strong desire to be baptized but her mom wont let her, we have been working alot with her and set a baptismal date for october 7th, and her mom said that if she sees a change in her daughter, she will let her be baptized(a change for the better). wednesday we had the district meetings. and that is when i came to realize that this zone needs ALOT  of help, looking at the dats of the zone as well shows me one of two things, either the missionaries arent working here, or dont know how to work. so we have to help them with that. my area is quite interesting, because there are some parts that are really nice and fancy areas with huge malls and just a rich person place, and then other parts of my area that remind me more of san jeronimito, dirt roads and really poor houses. Thursday we basically just spent the whole day planning, updating our area book, and studying and getting ready for the leadership council, we were able to visit mariana again thursday night though. A cool thing that did happen that day, while we were coming home from our lunch appointment we stopped to buy some food, and i was carrying a book of mormon in my hand, well the guy that was there asked about it and asked who we were and we were able to teach him all about the book of mormon and we gave him that and a pamphlet of the restoration! he seemed super interested, the only problem is that we can only see him one time a week, so hopefully when we see him again this week he will have read alot and want to be baptized haha. Friday was leadership council, and oh what a day that was! to get to the offices we had to take a bus, 2 subways, then another bus. that was the first time in my life i had ever taken a subway, yeah i prefer the country haha. It was great seeing lots of old friends like always. The leadership council was basically just to train all the newbies, (since more than half the zone leaders are new), so i felt pretty relaxed there haha. when all the zone leaders were talking about things they had done last transfer to help their zone, the zone leaders of aeropuerto(where my last area was) talked about the big bang they did and how we had 14 new investigator and that that area was now going to have 9 baptisms, and when president asked where that area was they said moroleon, and i just kinda started to cry and everyone saw me and laughed, afterwards the president commended me in front of everyone for the great work i had done. his wife also said before we had even started "thanks for coming back we couldn't do it without you". finally i had to share my "last testimony" in front of everyone, my heart was pounding, my hands were sweating, and i got butterflies in my stomach like i haven't felt since i wrestled, its weird to think that i don't have alot of time left, thats why im going to give it my all! anyways after the meeting ended we took picutres and said goodbyes like always. as is tradition we went for a dairy queen haha. that night we were supposed to be home by 7 for september 15th, since the people get crazy here that day, but from 7 to 9 we were in a taxi to come home. saturday was normal. and sunday was sad haha, when we started sacrament meeting there were only about 15 people there... and this is a ward... so yeah we have lots of work here. well my time is up but i love you all! have a great week! Love Elder Griffin

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Last week in Moroleon

Hey everyone, yep thats right this was my last week in Moroleon... sadly i had transfers again. i thought for sure i would end my mission there but i guess the Lord has other plans in store. and just my luck im a zone leader, again haha. Now im back in Guadalajara in the reforma stake, my new ward is Bosque. (it means forest, but trust me its a huge city again). so yeah im a little upset about that, mainly because of how hard i had worked in Moroleon and all the fruits that were showing it. The missionaries that are there should easily baptize 10 people this transfer, its no fair haha. but oh well here i am. Anyways my last week in Moroleon was quite interesting! Monday was supposed to be an awesome day since we had 3 family home evenings planned, and every one of them fell through. but we were with the bishop and he at least fed us dinner that night haha. on tuesday we were invited to go "hunting" haha. we showed up to an investigators house and they told us they needed our help killing a giant rat that was in their house. so after about an hour of work and flipping the house upside down (literally, we left the place a mess) we found the huge thing and killed it haha! Wednesday we went to a members house at about 10am to eat breakfast with them since they invited us over, then from 11 to 3 we painted their house. and after we got done they fed us lunch as well! it was sweet haha. After lunch we had to go straight to salvatierra so i could interview the investigators that the missionaries baptized there. thursday was pretty normal, lots of planning and lots of work in the afternoon. Friday was when i got the bad news that i was gonna be transferred. at about 10pm Elder Ulloa called me, and when i saw his number i knew i was in trouble. he explained my transfers, and told me if i wanted to cry i could use my tie to wipe my tears. saturday was pretty normal, only that if our plans fell through we would go home for an hour or so, so that i could keep packing. Sunday was pretty awesome at church because alot of leaders from the stake presidency and stake high council came and said how happy and impressed they were with all the work that we have done. and i t was pretty sad having to say goodbye to everyone. the bishops family made us pancakes that night, and especiallyfor me they made a huge pancake mountain! and i after they smashed my face into it i ate it very happily haha. today we had to leave moroleon at 5am to get to the bus center on time. oh also guess what?! my new companion is an american! i can hardly believe it haha. his name is Elder Belnap, and hes from atlanta! so yeah it looks like im gonna end my mission here in Guadalajara. who knows how this transfer is gonnna be. And of course today i got to the house and the first thing i did was clean the place up so i could live comfortably, my mom will be pretty happy to hear that haha. Well thats it for this week! i will let you all know how my first week goes in this area. i hope you all have  agreat week!  Love Elder Griffin