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

Monday, September 4, 2017

22 Months

well pretty crazy about how 22 months ago today was what i still consider the longest day of my life haha. and i dont need to remind anyone how much time i have left(everyone tells me every week anyways). This week was pretty dang awesome. So on Monday we did divisions with the zone leaders, so i got to be back in tarimbaro! i was able to visit my family of converts there! they were really happy to see me, the sons of the family were especially suprised to see me haha, they thought they were seeing a ghost for a minute! so monday was awesome. Tuesday we had the district meeting, normal like usual. then i went to salvatierra to do divisions with the elders in my district. that was a pretty normal day, just spent ALOT of time traveling, i felt like i was back in san jeronimito again for how much time we spent on the bus. that day was pretty normal. came back to my area wednesday and just worked in my area. Thursday we spent most of the time planning and studying, thats all Thursdays are basically haha, but we were also able to plan for the activity on saturday. Friday we spent most of the day finalizing everything for the activity, and we were able to make a few visits. found a new investigator, David. This guy is so willing to follow God, he said he is willing to do whatever God tells him to, BUT THAT GOD TELLS HIM. so we talked alot about prayer and how he can recieve answers. Saturday was dooooooooooooope. ( i know a missionary shouldnt use that word but it applies here). at around 130pm we showed up to the church to prepare the church for the activity, around 145 all the missionaries started to show up, and at 2 we were supposed to have lunch, but the food still hadnt shown up haha. everyone was real worried but i know the ward here, the food showed up sure but late haha, it was awesome because the entire zone of 18 missionaries were stuffed after lunch! the relief society president even made a huge cake! so we were happy campers. we started the activity with a devotional, then the 18 missionaries took 18 members and split up and started working! throughout all of moroleon a powerful spirit was felt, we got so many new investigators and references from the activity. and a huge bonus, all the leftover food from the activity, we got to bring it home! (hence the picture of the refrigerator filled with bowls of food and lots of bread). and anyways yesterday the church was more full than i have ever seen here! 107 people showed up to church and 14 of them were investigators! im pretty happy here haha. this month we are looking at ALOT of potential baptisms. were going to do our part in teaching, and the spirit will testify, and then the people have to make the decision. Today my companion and i played ping pong this morning, (i still got it in case anyone wants to challenge me after;) haha. i know that this is the most important work that exists on this earth. Im so grateful for each day i have to be a missionary. i hope you all can feel Gods love, and if your struggling to feel it, ask him, i know he will help. I hope you all have a great week! Love Elder Griffin