The purpose of this blog is to highlight the beautiful city of Guadalajara; the faithful members, the valiant missionaries who serve here, as well as the people, culture, and food.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Baptisms for the week of 8-14-17

Here are some of the newest members of the church.
Baptisms for the week of 8-14-17

1.



We ran into Araceli´s spouse when we were contacting, he told us that he was a member but that he was inactive, he was alright with us stopping by and visiting them. As we began to visit him we met his wife, who we started to teach. She was very receptive and she began to pray and to read the Book of Mormon and attend church. Now she has been baptized and she wants to continue following the Savior. Now she wants to enter the temple and be sealed to her husband and her children. Thanks to this her husband reactivated and prepared to be the one to baptize her.
Elder Esteban, Elder Velázquez  
Encontramos el esposo de la hermana Araceli en un contacto, él nos dijo que es miembro, pero estaba inactivo desde mucho tiempo y el acepto que pasemos a visitarlo. Pudimos conocer a su esposa, a quien empezamos a enseñar. Ella fue muy receptiva y empezó a orar y leer el Libro de Mormón y a asistir en la capilla. Ahora tomó la decisión de tomar de un bautismo y seguir al salvador. Ahora anhela entrar al templo y sellarse con su esposo y sus dos hijos. Gracias a eso su esposo se activó y se preparó para bautizarla.

2.

Jandro is a young man who learned of the church by a few family members. While he was attending church his desire to be baptized was growing. Now he has decided that it was the right time to be baptized, his next goal is to be able to pass the Sacrament!
Elder Shehee, Elder Padrón
Jandro es un joven que conoció la iglesia por medio de algunos familiares. Conforme fue asistiendo fue aumentando su deseo de tomar un bautismo. ¡Ahora el decidió que era tiempo de poder bautizarse y su próxima meta es poder repartir la Santa Cena! 

3.

Sister Virginia was a street contact in one of the areas that we didn´t have investigators. We thought that she was a member, but as we found out she was not a member we started to teach her. She is really a strong convert to the church, in which she will not separate from, she told us. God gave us the power of finding someone who is prepared to receive the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Elder Anderson y Elder Godínez
La hermana Virginia fue un contacto en la calle en una colonia en la cual no había investigadores. pensamos que ya era miembro, pero al saber que no era miembro empezamos ensañar. Ella es una conversa real en la cual nada lo va a separar de la iglesia, Ella nos comentó. Dios nos dio el poder encontrar a una persona preparada para recibir el Evangelio de Jesucristo.

4.



Sister Taily got Baptized! Taily is a Young woman who is very diligent and patient. She has a firm testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and God, our loving Heavenly Father. Taily wants to be a missionary. Many people who attended her baptism were investigators who she invited.  
Hermana Velasquez, Hermana Andrade
¡La Hermana Taily se bautizó! Taily es una joven muy diligente y paciente. Ella tiene un firme testimonio del profeta José Smith, el libro de Mormón y que Dios es nuestro amoroso Padre Celestial. Taily quiere ser una misionera, la mayoría de las personas que asistieron eran investigadores quien ella invito. 

Church in Tuxpan Guzman 8-20-17

We had a wonderful day today in Tuxpan Guzman.


Branch President Fernandez (far right)
and his counselor brother Garcia (far left)
with President Clayton (center)


Elder Elmer and Elder Garcia are serving there at this time.


Our new senior couple!

We are so thrilled to welcome Elder and Sister Bingham
who have just arrived to begin their service with us
here in the mission!
What a marvelous blessing for us!
 Welcome, welcome!!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Vallarta Stake Conference

Great day attending the Vallarta Stake Conference.


Afterwards, we went on divisions with 
 companionship's coupled with several of our
children who were visiting with us.
What a wonderful experience!




Monday, August 7, 2017

Baptisms from last week 7-31-17

1.

Brother Cesar had the opportunity to follow the example of Christ by being baptized this Saturday. He is the only member from his family, but we know he will be the change in the hearts of his loved ones to help them have the strength necessary to act in their faith. We know that this beautiful day was due to team work, because many members helped us to see this miracle. Brother Cesar has hunger and desires to preach the Gospel to those around him, because he will feel joy in doing so. We are very happy to have had the opportunity to teach Cesar, he is a chosen son of God  
Hermana Urbina, Hermana Hernandez  

El hermano Cesar pudo tomar el ejemplo de Cristo al ser bautizado el sábado. Él es el único que es miembro en su familia, pero sabemos que él va a ser un cambio en el corazón de sus seres queridos por poder tener esas fuerzas necesarias para poder actuar conforme a su fe. sabemos que este día tan bello fue un trabajo de equipo, porque hubo unos miembros que los ayudaron bastante para poder ver este milagro. El hermano Cesar tiene ese hambre y ganas de poder predicar el evangelio a los que le rodean, porque él se siente gozoso de poder hacerlo. estamos muy contentas de poder tener el gran privilegio de poder enseñarle, él es un escogido!!

2.
Hugo´s girlfriend is a member of the church, at the beginning of their relationship he respected her religion and agreed to listen to the Missionaries, but he was clear in telling them that he was not going to be baptized but only wanted to listen, with time he started attend church… and he started to feel something different. After more than two years he accepted that it was the influence of the Spirit that he felt and that helped him become a better person, and have desires to follow Christ. We started to reteach all the lessons from the beginning. One day he called us and told us that he wanted to follow Jesus Christ by being baptized. He is an example of conversion and conviction, now he is ready to serve others.
HERMANA HERRERA Y HERMANA VEGA

Hugo es novio de una joven miembro de la Iglesia, al inicio de su relación él respetó su religión y accedió a escuchar a los misioneros, pero fue claro al decirles que no iba a bautizarse y que sólo escucharía, con el paso del tiempo comenzó acudir a la Iglesia... comenzó a sentir algo diferente. Transcurrieron más de dos años para que el aceptara que era la influencia del Espíritu que sentía y que lo hacía ser mejor persona y tener deseos de seguir a Jesucristo.  Comenzamos a darle las lecciones nuevamente y un día llamó y dijo que quería seguir a Jesucristo por medio del Bautismo. Es un ejemplo de conversión y convicción, ahora está dispuesto a servir a los demás.  

3.
The Baptism of Manuel, Brenda, and Gabi. These three people were references of our recent convert, sister Francisca. Manuel is twenty-three years old, Brenda is thirteen years old, and Gabi is twelve. They are awesome people, and they are excited to continue forward. They accepted all the lessons with excitement and were investigators of gold. They are all ready to enter the Temple, and Manuel is prepared to receive the Aaronic priesthood.
Elder Barlow y Elder Schank

El Bautismo De Manuel, Brenda, y Gabi. Estas 3 personas fueron referencias de nuestra recién conversa, la Hermana Francisca. Manuel tiene 23 años, Brenda tiene 13, y Gabi tiene 12. Son muy buenas y están animados para seguir adelante. Ellos aceptaron todas las lecciones con mucho ánimo y fueron investigadores de oro. Todos están preparando para entrar el templo y Manuel está preparando para recibir el sacerdocio aarónico. 

4.

The family Herrera Silva´s challenge was helping them understand the veracity of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They had rejected us quite strongly by telling us that they did not understand anything that they had read, neither when they had gone to church and that they had not felt nothing after asking God, and that they just didn’t want to see us! But that they wanted to continue in their religion. So, we talked to them and told them to let the Gospel into their hearts and to return to doing these three things with real intention and if they did not feel anything, then we would never return but we promised that they would feel an answer. And they did those things with all their hearts, and the day arrived that they accepted baptismal dates. And now their goal is to be sealed in the Temple as a family.
ELDER MONROY Y ELDER CABRERA

La Familia Herrera Silva fue un gran desafío poderles ayudarles entender de la veracidad del evangelio de Jesucristo. ¡Ellos nos habían rechazado muy feo diciéndonos que no entendían nada cuando leían, ni cuando iban a la iglesia y que no sentían nada al preguntar a Dios y ya no querían vernos!  y seguirían en su religión, pero les hablamos con severidad y les dijimos que le den cabida en su corazón al evangelio y vuelvan hacer estas 3 cosas con verdadera intención y si no sentían nada nunca más volveríamos, pero les prometimos que si sentirían una respuesta. ¡Y lo hicieron de todo corazón y llego el día en que aceptaron por fin ser bautizados y ahora su meta es sellarse como familia en el templo!!

5.
This is the Arredondo family, a family with the goal to be an eternal family and to be pioneers in the town of Alcareces, Colima. We could really see so many miracles in their lives, as well as in ours. They have a great desire to serve God, the sons have desires to serve missions. They share the Gospel with all their friends, neighbors and family. They always leave with their Books of Mormon in their hands, and they have a great testimony of that book. They are ready to help in the growth of the work here in Cuahutemoc.
Elder Garcia - Elder Sustaita
Esta es la familia Arredondo, una familia con la meta de ser eterna y pioneros en el pueblo de Alcaraces, Colima. Realmente pudimos ver muchos milagros en su vida y en la nuestra. Ellos tienen un grande deseo de servir a dios y sus hijos tienen el deseo de servir una misión. Ellos comparten el evangelio con todos sus amigos, vecinos y familiares. Siempre salen con su Libro de Mormón en sus manos y tienen un gran testimonio del evangelio. Están listos para ayudar en el crecimiento de la obra en el área de Cuauhtémoc.

6.
Brandon was baptized. He has made lots of changes in his life and he has felt the power of the Atonement.
Hermana Lyman, Hermana Velasquez  
Brandon se bautizó. Él ha hecho muchos cambios en su vida y ha sentido el poder de la expiación. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

August Mission Council 8-1-17

August Mission Council!
We had a great day together.



President Clayton's welcome and introduction.




He then had the council join him in a few
stretches and exercises. 








What kind of tool would you use
to cut open a grapefruit??


a can opener?
a spoon?
a pair of scissors?


How important is it to use the 
right tool for the right job?


The pamphlets are some of the most effective tools 
we have been given to aid us in this most 
important work.
President Clayton asked the missionaries to 
practice teaching the Restoration
using just the pictures in the pamphlets.












Building Leaders



Where can we give one more degree of faithfulness?





Our Assistants, Elder Long and Elder Torres
 teaching about Divisions









President Clayton's closing remarks