Monday, July 24, 2017

July 17th and 24th

July 17th

Hello everybody,

This week was pretty chill. This week we were focusing a lot on thepeople we have been teaching. Pamela is ready for the baptism, we just haveto teach a few more things. She is super excited for saturday. I dont know if you remember Alfredo and Dayana, but they went to church yesterday for the first time and they like it a lot. Someone gave a talk about FHE and they asked us after sacrament meeting when we could do one with them. They are progressing a lot in the last few weeks. They still arent sure about baptism but were helping them ot a little with that. 

Honestly not much happened this week so theres not too much to talk about. But for some random reason it just decided to get really cold today and it freezing cold but thats about it.

Hope you all have a sick week, sorry for the super boring letter but im kind of out of idea for this whole letter thing.

Love Elder Crisp

picture of the river here

July 24th

Buenos días everybody,
Theres a lot more to talk about this week than last week tis this letter will be a little more exciting. First off Pamelas baptism was pretty sweet and it was super spirtitual. Her dad wasnt going to go again but decided at the last second that he wanted to go, but as he was leaving work to go to the church, his car broke down and sadly he could not make. It was pretty sad but Pamela gave a super good testimony afterwords and she started to cry because she was so happy. It was pretty amazing.

That was something that i was thinking this week is how much this family has changed and how much happier they have been in these few months, and i was reading in Alma this week and i realized a lot of important things and promises that the Lord has fulfilled for me. In my patriarchal blessing its says "You will be instrumental in teaching the principles of the Gospel to many people...and will enjoy greatly seeing the light of the Gospel come into their lives." And in Alma 29, Ammon explains how happy and joyfull he was for the same thing 

9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.
10 And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is MY SOUL FILLED WITH JOY ; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.

I am truly grateful for all the things the Lord has done for me and the people i have been able to teach in my mission, i am trulky happy for them and for what the Lord has done in their lives too. The Lord really does answer our prayers and listens to us when we really need Him.

This week we also had a conference with Elder Carlos Godoy this week, the Presidente of the Area, and he talked a lot about Sacrifice and the Atonement. WHat i like most was his testimony at the end he basically said, " I am %100 willing to dedicate my life to God and his kingdom; my work, my family, EVERTHING for the Lord." It was super powerful and the Spirit was super strong in the conference.

In other news Alicia is going to get baptized the 12 and Alfredo and Dayana also accepted to get baptized the 12th so that last week is going to be dope.!!!
Thats it for this week, i love you all and hope you all have a sick week.

Love Elder Crisp

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10th, 2017

What's up everybody,

How's it going? First off, i didnt get transferred so im going to die here in Valle Sanchez with my son. I am super pumped for that because there is so much work still to do here. 

This week was prett stressful but it was one of the best weeks ive had in a while. On thursday we went over to Cain to confirm his baptism and he was still un sure about it. e taught him a little bit about the importance o baptism and invited him to pray about it. At like 830 he called us and told us that he was going to get baptized this Saturday. I was so happy to hear that he wanted to get baptized. The baptism was at 9 am on Saturday and it was really good. Our mission Pres with his wife, and the other mission pres went with his wife and a bunch of other missionaries went so it was really good. 

We were able to teach also this week Pamela and Gabriela, Sabinas 2 other daughters and they are pretty excited to get baptized. And Alicia also is preparing for all that. Its going to be a pretty awesome last cambio.
I was reading in John this week and i liked a lot in ch14 verse 12.

12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.

If we believe in Christ, that he is our Savior and the Son of God, we will do the things that He did, we will try to live as He did. We will show our love for Him by doing the things that He asks us to do even if it seems impossible to us. I love that scripture.

Thats about it for this week Hope you all have a sick week.

Love Elder Crisp

Monday, July 3, 2017

July 3rd, 2017

Buenos días everbody,

First off the baptism was pretty sweet. And a long with the baptism i was able to strengthen my terstimony about fasting. We decided to fast from Friday afternoon til Saturday in the morning so that we could prepare for the baptism and we had a huge miracle. We fasted specifically for the Mamani Family, (Sabina, Emma, Ivan, Carla) and especially for the dad because he is pretty hard and he wasnt going to go to the baptism. We went Saturday inthe morning to fill the font and clean the chapel and after we finished our fast. About 20 minuted after we finished our fast while we were in the bus going home, Carla calls us tell us that out of nowhere her dad canhged his mind and that he was going to go. He called her like 10 minutes more or less after we finished our fast. I was absolutly amazed at how fast the Lord answered our fast and blessed that family. It was a pretty awesome day.

Cain went to church yesterday and we are going to see if this Saturday he gets baptized. He is still excited and hes still reading and praying. He just told us that he need a few more days to make sure that he ready for baptism.

Other baptism that we have set now is Sabina´s other daughter Pamela. She also has been going to church for a while but was taking the lessons and didnt have permission from her dad but now shes excited to get baptized as well. She is reading the BofM and praying too.

We also invited Alicia to get baptized yesterday and she said yes but she didnt want to put a date. We told her to prepare for the 29th and she said that she would get baptized when she feels that shes ready. She said that it forsure be before ileave though, so thats something to look forward too. We bought her a Triple and shes read all of Moses and is reading D&C too.

This tuesday are cambios but I'm not sure whats going to happen. I'm hoping that I stay because we have a bunch of baptisms for this cambio and I'm looking forward to all that . Thanks everyone, i love you all, have a good week. 

Elder Crisp

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 26th, 2017

What's up everybody,

How's everyone doing. Hope everything is going good. Everything is progressing pretty well here in Valle Sanchez. We are starting to see a lot more success and people are starting to listen more. We had 11 investigators at church yesterday and they all loved it. Sadly this wek we were not able to teach Diana because she had a few tests and things for school so this week she wont get baptized but well see about next week. Caín told us that he does not feel ready for his baptism. He came to church yesterday and everything but he says he needs a little bit more time. We are going to visit him on tuesday to see how he feels.

But good news is that we are still going to have a baptism this week. The Sabinas youngest daughter, Carla, has been wanting to get baptized for a long time but her dad never wanted to give her permssion, but this week he said yes so shell be baptized on Saturday. She is pretty cool, she is 11 years old but she goes to church every sundayand she is always reading the BofM and all that.

Other than that this week was pretty chill. We had a conference with President this week and we talked about the Atonement and Repentence. I was thinking a lot this week about what was said and i learned a few things as well. In the pamphlet theres a part that i really like "Repentance does not always mean making big changes. Often it simply requires an increased commitment to live according to God’s will." 

Thats something I had never read before but I liked it a lot. We aren't all terrible people, and a lot of times we don't commit terrible mistakes, but as we repent of the little things we will feel the influence of Gods light more in our lives and will become better everyday. And I love in D&C 64:33 "Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great."

Thats all I have for this week, hope you all have a good week, I love you all.
Love Elder Crisp

(This is a random pic that i thought was pretty funny)

Monday, June 19, 2017

June 19th, 2017

Hola everybody,

I'm super pumped for this week. We put dates on Cain and Diana, both for july1. They are both super excited and prepared for their baptisms. We visited Diana yesterday and we invited her to get baptized. SHe started to cry and we asked her how she felt. She told us that she knew this was right and that she needed to get baptized. She is so happy and she invited her mom and her sister to meet with us too. She also went to a YSA activity this week and made friends with all the members and was pretty happy for that.

Cain is so happy. When we invited him he had some doubts about if he would really be ready and that he didnt want to make mistakes after, ut we explained to him that he is definitely ready and that ,mistakes are part of life and that they help us to grow. He has been going through a lot of tough things and evertime something else happens he gets stronger and more anxious to learn. 

Alicia went to church again and like always is pretty excited. We were talking about temples and families this week with the and she said that that is a goal she has to go to the temple and all that. And her husband who hasn really been to receptive is starting to open up and listen to us, so we are going to try and put a baptismal date on them too. 

Other than that this week was pretty chill. We are having a lo of success and im super grateful for that. The Lord is defintely preparing the people here in ths area.

I love you all. Have a good week.

Love Elder Crisp

Monday, June 12, 2017

June 12th, 2017

Hola everybody,

Another sick week here in Bolivia. We are having a lot of progress with our investigators. Im super excited because there was 2 new investigators at church almost all the inv. we have are progressing. One of them is a guy named Caín haha, and his son Abel, hahahaha. There were a referral from the President of the othe mission in santa cruz and he is super cool. Hes passed through a lot of problems and afflictions in his life but he loved church yesterday. He is super humble and he accepts everything we teach, this week we are going to put a date for his baptism. 

Another was Francisca. She came for the first time yesterday. She has been super sad because her husband passed away 2 monthes ago and a convert here invited her to church. She lives a lone now with 2 little kids and she needs a lot of help, we visited her yesterday after church and she had a lot of really good questions nd she is super excited to keep learning too. 

We haven't found to many new people to teach these past few weeks but those that we have found are super prepared to learn and accept the gospel. Enrique's mom went to church again and she is excited too to keep learning. I'm so pumped for these next few weeks because we are going to put dates for baptism. 

That's it for this week. I love you all. Shout out to all the dads out there, hope you all have a sick week. hahaha

We went to Johnny Rockets this week which was pretty sweet,
and we ran into a llama in my area, he spit on me shortly after i took this picture

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

June 5, 2017

Buenos días familia,
This week has been full of a bunch of miracles. Probably one f the best weeks o the mish. Yesterday at church there was 80 people which is pretty insane for this little branch and 8 investigators went.There were also a few converts that attended for the first timein about 3 monthes so it was a really good day. We fasted this weekend too and our fast was immediately answered.

Last week we were walking to a cita that was pretty far away and the road to get there is pitch black at night. As we were walking a girl asked us where we were going and she walked with us to nt be alone on that road. We talked with her as we walked and set a cita with her. We taught hera little bit about repentance and she accepted to go to church. SHe went and she told us that she loved it, that she felt peace and that she was super happy to go. We taught her again yesterday and she is super excited to keep learning. She is super prepared for everythingand the YSA here is really helpful so it wont be hard to make friends.

I read a part of a message in the April Liahona by Uchtdorf. He tells a little story that i like a lot,

There is an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God. One day as he was walking with a rabbi, he said, “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it?”
The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt.
“There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?”
The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.”
The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”
The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt.
“There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?”
The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.”
The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.”

It just explains the importance of living the gospel. We have to act and live the principles to see a change in outrlives.Thats somethingthat a lot of people dont understand, they just think "if God gives me something, then ill believe", but its necessary that we do something before we receive the blessings.

Thats all i have for this week.Happy Brithday Dad, I love you a lot and hope you ahave a super sick week. Thanks for everything you have done for me.
Love Elder Crisp