Sunday, September 22, 2013

Week 57 - September 14, 2013 - Sunrise to sunset... gotta work all day ay ay... not much time for play

hahaha gotta love the Lydiksen musicals hahaha! That's how I feel out here though! Not much time for play haha...sacrifices bring blessings :)

This week was a super good week!!

On Wednesday we started divisions with the zone leaders in Zamora 2. I got to work with Elder Dominguez. He is like one of my favorite Mexicans in the mission. He is such a cool dude!! We had tons of success over there too! We found a bunch of new investigators and put 3 new baptismal dates with a few of their investigators! We actually taught a super elect elderly lady. Her name is Maria del Carmen and she is so funny. She can't hear very well so we had to sit right next to her and yell in her ear haha! It was super funny. Anyways, she is like 85 years old and has been a catholic all her life. When she was younger she used to be a catholic missionary and she has been super strong in her church. We taught her about the plan of salvation and I think at that point it hit her. It was such an amazing lesson and she was so happy. Her and her daughter accepted to get baptized on October 12. 

When I came back on Friday from divisions, we went an taught one of our investigators named Martin. He has his baptismal date on September 28 and we are working super hard with him. His son, Orlando, is less ative and he is 18 years old. Last night Orlando had an interview with our bishop and has been found worthy to baptize his dad. We are so excited!! The bishop then talked to Martin in his office and I walked by the door and saw that the bishop was giving him a blessing. Martin walked out of the office and told us he is for sure getting baptized on the 28th. We were so excited. We also have a guy who is preparing for a mission and leaves on Wednesday from our ward. He is super cool. His name is Jorge. He was at the church with us last night and during Martin's talk with the bishop, his son Orlando was talking to Jorge about the mission. Hopefully we can get him out on the mission soon!! That would be sooo cool!! We are working super hard with this family. I have seriously come to love them so much!!

We weren't able to talk to Marcos last week because he has a crazy school schedule and because of our divisions and other stuff we had to do we didn't get to talk to him. But there is a stake yoiuth activity today and I think he is there with his girlfriend. He is starting to meet so many people in the church. We are so excited to continue to work with him as well so that eventually he will be able to serve a mission as well and baptize the rest of his famnily with crazy beliefs haha!

Well that's about it for the week. I am doing great and seriously loving it out here!! I would love to be home to see the family and be with all of you guys but I know that there is no better place for me to be right now. I would be lying if I said it wasn't hard. There are good days and there are definately very hard days. As a missionary, you can't hope for the mission to be easy... we ARE teaching the gospel of Christ; the ONLY true church on this earth. If we want to have a testimony of him, we must have trials of our faith. I'm not saying we need to look for trials or that our lives will be harder than that of Christ, but we must be ready to overcome the trials and temptations of this life. I love you all so much and I am so thankful for all the love and support that each and every one of you guys give me!

Que tenga una muy buena semana! Que Dios les bendiga!

Con amor, 
Elder Mike Payne

On top of the water tank!

I was so scared!  Like dad always says, "do it for the picture" haha
Eating mango with hot sauce... that's when you know you are in Mexico!  And you know you are in Mexico long enough when you start to like it haha
The big Catholic cathedral in Zamora.  The guy is selling tons of Mexico stuff for their independence day tomorrow!

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