Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 2 in Moroleon! August 14, 2017




Hey everyone! so my second week in Moroleon has been quite the rollercoaster, from intense hurricanes to almost having a baptism out of the blue and also taking the wrong bus and getting lost, its been quite interesting haha. Last Monday was great because we got to have a family home evening with some investigators and a family from the ward. the members here are awesome because we are always doing tons of family home evenings and the members really try to fellowship our investigators! the family home evening on Monday was extra awesome because the son of the member family is an ex missionary, and he taught the whole lesson haha, that sure felt different, and they gave us hot dogs after so that was a plus! On Tuesday after the district meetings the first counselor in the stake presidency talked to the whole zone and he just fired us up to baptize here! and also told us how important it is to be obedient. i especially liked that part because us as leaders in the mission are always talking about obedience but the missionaries usually never listen to us, but when a member says it, its so much better haha. also i dont know if i have mentioned this before, but when you open area most of the miracles happen when you are completely lost haha, because on Tuesday we were just walking in who knows what part of our town, and a lady yelled at us across from the street "elders your not even gonna say hi?" well that lady is a member haha, and we put an appointment to come back and visit them on Thursday(remember this story). Wednesday was great for two reasons, first is that for lunch the members gave us tacos al pastor(my favorite food down here) and second because we had another family home evening that night with the bishop! after the family home evening got over they gave us hot chocolate and cake! but the family home evening got over pretty late and we had to bookie out of the bishops house, the good thing is that we live just a block from his house haha, so the bishop has been a huge help to us lately in getting to know moroleon and everything else we need! Thursday is when the hurricane hit, well i shouldn't say the hurrican hit here, but it hit another place in mexico and that made it a huge messy and really windy rain storm. we had an appointment with an investigator at 2 but didn't show up till 3 since we were so lost and it didn't help that we had to wait for a member so he could take us since the rain wasn't gonna let us walk in the streets(im not exaggerating, the rain wasn't coming from above, it was coming right at you haha). that was awesome though since the investigator fed us lunch(food is always great down here). now heres the part about the baptism out of the blue. remember the lady that yelled at us on Tuesday? yeah well we found out that the lady who yelled at us is 17 years old and active in the church, but her 12 year old sister isn't a member, so after talking to her for a bit we asked her when she wanted to be baptized, and she said Saturday haha. the member that was with us got really wide eyed(hes not use to people saying yes to being baptized either haha). sadly that baptism fell through because weve had some problems with the parents there, the mom isnt a member, and the dad is inactive and pretty much hates the church, but were gonna see what we can do! Friday we were still having to deal with the hurricane, but it would come and go, so we just would walk to our appointments when it stopped raining, and when it started we would wait in a corner store or a mechanic shop or someones garage, whatever would protect us haha. Saturday was awesome as well because we visited our star investigator Jesus. i dont know if i told you this but we found him just calling old investigators we had registered in the phone and he said that we had called "at the perfect time" every time we leave his house after teaching him, just makes me and my companion both think that its for people like him why we are in the mission. he has had alot of problems and addictions in his life, but he is leaving it all behind and wants to follow god know and give himself to god, so hes our favorite. And Sunday i got quite the surprise, because one of my favorite families from my old area in morelia showed up to our church! so it was great to talk to them, they all commented on how skinny ive gotten haha. and Sunday was a packed day with appointment after appointment teaching investigators. we got home last night tired as dogs but happy as could be! today we played pool for 2 hours since theres not a whole lot to do here haha, i think im gonna get pretty good before i go home! thats a good thing too because i need the practice as rusty as i am. Well i hope you all have a great week and i just want you all to know that God loves each and every one of you! Hes just a prayer away if you ever need to talk to him. the work here is going great and this week if all goes well we will be having 2 baptisms!! i love this area and i love this work! Thanks for all that you do everyone for your love and support! have a great one! Love Elder Griffin

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

First Week in Moroleon! August 7, 2017

Hey everyone! well this has been an excellent first week in Moroleon for my companion and I! On Monday we hardly had time to unpack since we got here, ate since we hadn't all day, wrote home and then we did divisions with the members here! i should also mention that our house was filthy when we got there, but think my mom has really gotten to me over the years because all week long we have been trying to clean it little by little and finally got it almost spotless today! (i say almost spotless because were still 20 year old boys and probably wont ever learn how to clean perfectly) anyways Monday night i was in a family home evening with the bishops family, some recent converts and a few investigators, and my companion was in another family home evening with another investigator! all week long we have been walking ALOT, but i mean OH MY GOSH ALOT! haha each day this week we have gotten home dead tired, and each morning it has been harder to get out of bed. our area looks small on the map, but the blocks here are HUGE so getting anywhere does take a little time, but we are slowly getting use to it, just getting to know our area this week sure did take its toll on us haha. We have established a great relationship with the members here as well and especially with the bishop! we are working shoulder to shoulder here in this great work and i think we will being seeing the fruits of that work very soon! Thursday we had the district meetings, that was weird since i haven't given a district meeting in almost a year haha, but its just like riding a bike. during our weekly planning my companion decided to call every single investigator we had registered in our phone to see if they would still like us to visit them, most said no or the number no longer was in use, a few people said yes. there was one person who said that he really needed our help right now and that we called at exactly the right time. his name is jesus antonio and we visited him on Saturday and he told us all about his problems that he is going through and we just shared a little message with him, but he said he was willing to do anything to change his life and he showed up to church the next day and we are going to work alot with him! We have a few other investigators that are golden as well, people that showed up to church on their own and we are getting their baptisms ready in a few weeks but i don't want to jump the gun on anything haha. Church was awesome yesterday because we had 10 investigators in sacrament meeting! thats a personal record for me in my entire mission! that pumped both my companion and i up alot to get working here! and yeah that was pretty much our week. to give you a little more info on my companion, well he has the same time as me in the mission so we just might be opening and closing this area together haha. he is from mazatlan sinaloa and so far we have gotten along pretty good this week and have worked well together! today we played pool in a place we found here in the town square(its easy to find pool tables here, but dang near impossible to find ones that don't have people drinking and smoking and with bad music). and more information about my area, they make more clothes here than i can believe haha, our own bishop even said this town is the town of piracy(i think thats how you spell it) because everything is pirated and fake down here haha, but everyone works in the clothes factory's or printing clothes or something that has to do with clothes. so its all really cheap here! oh and the food here is also great, the traditional food of moroleon is this thing called a huarache, its like a huge taco with lots of meat and tons of cheese, and then you can put salsa and whatever else you wanna throw on it. also there are tons of places to eat at nights, unlike my last area that hardly had any taco stands(and this is mexico people, there should be taco stands in every corner). so like i said we've worked really hard this week and we are enjoying every minute of it! I hope you all can have a great week as well enjoy whatever you are doing! have a great week! Love Elder Griffin






Sunday, August 6, 2017

Transfers!!!

Hey everyone. well i cant really say a whole lot about last week since me and my companion didnt really do anything haha. the only thing we did besides just the normal work in our area was we went to the farthest area in our zone to do a baptismal interview. That was pretty cool because we went to a little teeny tiny town where the people spoke a different dialect haha, but it was cool to see the culture that was there and the traditional mexican life style, and the food was great too! hand made tortillas, not the machine made ones that everyone normally buys. Besides that me and my companion Elder Rojas just worked in our area normally this week and sorry to say nothing super spectacular happened haha. Only that on saturday we got some long awaited news about our transfers! And you will never guess where i am at! MOROLEON! Thats right im back in The aeropuerto stake! just an hour from morelia! this was some very unexpected news, but hey im here haha. my new companion is Elder Jimenez and he seems like a pretty cool guy so far, ive only known him for about 6 hours though haha. this area is super pretty and the bishop is awesome! he picked us up from the bus center and took us home and he was just telling us how he has lots of plans to work and he said that we have alot of baptisms coming up so thats good news! actually tonight me and my companion will be splitting up to go to a few family home evenings with some of the members and investigators here! its awesome! so yeah im excited to be here, ill probably end my mission here since i just have this transfer then one more. OH, btw, im no longer a zone leader, im just a district leader now. i was hoping to train my last two transfers since i had never done that but i guess it just wasnt in my cards to train, oh well not a whole lot i can do about it now! just am gonna get to work and do the best i can in this area and ill let you all know how it goes next monday! love you all thanks for all your love and support! have a great week! Love Elder Griffin



Monday, July 24, 2017

RAIN=FUN, July 24, 2017

Hey everyone! well this week was another roller coaster in the mission. Monday was really fun since we went to Uruapan and visited the beautiful national park. Tuesday was great as well since i was able to do divisions with  my cousin Elder Ashford. we were able to work well together and also enjoy our time together and have fun and laugh alot, especially Tuesday night when all 4 of us were together in one house and thats when the real fun started haha! so that was one of the ups of this week. a down is that Tuesday we visited our investigator that was going to be baptized and we told he to show up to the church the next day at 11 for his interview and he said he would. well we were waiting for him but he never showed up... tried calling him and he didn't answer for the longest time. finally when he answered he was... upset to say the least. said he would not be coming to the church, and to quit calling him. that was a big bummer and both me and my companion took it pretty hard. we kept working throughout the week afterwards, a little slower than normal though sad to say. passed through Thursday and Friday. Saturday we decided to cut the grass around the church since it was up to my knee or higher in some parts, that took two hours in the hot sun (yes mom i got burnt, yes mom i forgot to put on sunscreen, yes mom I'm dumb and i want skin cancer haha) by the time we finished i had blisters on my hand from cutting and raking so much. but it made us feel good and the church looked alot better after. that night we had a ward activity planned that had been in the works for over a month. well when it was time to start, not one investigator nor less active had showed up, and just our luck it started to rain, HARD. and when it rains in mexico no one leaves anywhere, so we knew that no one was gonna come, and even though we are missionaries we still like to have fun, so me and my companion went and played in the rain with the young men from the ward and ended up SOAKING wet. it was well worth it though haha. finally a member showed up with a friend that had never been to the church before, so we started the activity. we gave him a tour through the church and in each room we had decorated the church to explain a different part of the plan of salvation. i was dressed in white to talk about what we need to do while we are on the earth( be baptized). so while the activity didn't turn out too well, we had lots of fun! that was an up and a down at the same time haha. and that was our week! This next week we wont be doing much, we get to travel to the area farthest away for a baptismal interview, and my companion will be getting a wisdom tooth taken out and he will need to rest after. next week are transfers as well so ill let yall know what happens and where i will be ending my mission! thanks again to everyone for all that you do! have a great week! Love Elder Griffin



















 This is a Sister Missionary, he said they just wanted it to look like a baptism for the picture...


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Work hard and play harder... July 17, 2017

Hey everyone! well this week i again lived up to my motto of work hard and play harder haha. Monday night we spent the whole night preparing the church for the zone conference the next day and finished planning out some little details in our trainings(even though we had been planning them for a week). Tuesday was the zone conference and everything went really good actually! i would say perfect but sadly it wasn't haha. The Mission President really pumped us all up though because he talked alot and told us alot of the things that he learned in his training in salt lake and whenever he had something come to his mind that he wanted to share, he just got up and started teaching us haha. So yeah he talked alot but it was good. My companion and I had 2 parts, where we talked about the importance of obedience and consecration, and personally i think we rocked that part. The only thing that didn't turn out too great was when the sisters wanted to  "help" out haha. But its ok we were able to work it out. and we had started at 9, and ended at 4 with a break in the middle. it was a long conference too but it turned out great. Afterwards we spent the whole afternoon in the church because the president started interviewing people that live far away. We also had a meeting with the stake president that night and all he said was that he was really happy with our work and the work of the missionaries in the stake, and that made our Mission President happy and that made us happy haha! We left the meeting at 830 and had just enough time to go eat with a member since we were starving!(conferences and trainings create hunger like nothing else). Wednesday we started interviews again at 930 and ended them about 2 o clock. The president said he was really happy with our work here, that the zone is doing good for the most part and before he left he said "i can leave Zamora without any worries and know that all is well" so that made us happy haha. Then we finally got to work in our area a bit. Thursday was a normal day, lots of planning and a little work and yeah haha. Friday was also pretty normal, worked and visited people and yeah. Saturday was alot better day since we finally found our investigator that we had been looking all week for! if all goes well this Saturday we will have an awesome ward activity and afterwards a baptism! the first one for this ward in all of 2017 and who knows how much longer! then yesterday we spent the day preparing our parts for the ward activity and also visiting a few other people. now all of that was the work hard, and the play part was today! Our Mission President gave us permission to leave the zone and go to uruapan! its the greenest zone in all of the mission, and its famous for its national park! well me and my companion had a blast there and took a whole lot of pictures!(your welcome mom). this place was literally a jungle forest, it was even cooler because there was water running along the sides of the pathways and since it was cloudy and drizzling it really just made everything nice and cool! the bus ride was a little long, but it was worth it, and ill let the pictures explain the rest. Well since everyone has been reminding me ill just let everyone know that i now have less than 100 days haha, still feel like that is alot of time but i know it will fly by fast, 20 months went by alot faster than i thought it would! I hope you all have a great week and thanks for all your love and support! Love Elder Griffin



































                                                        We found a trout farm!