Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 "Out of This World"

We had a pretty strange week here in the mission! On Thursday night we got a call from the Assistants and told my companion that he would be having Special Changes the next morning and he was devastated! We didn't have time at all to visit all the families that we were teaching or anything. He loved working up in our area. On Friday we had planned to have two baptisms and so we were able to talk to the President and he gave my companion permission to come back to my area for the baptisms that we had on Friday! I am now with two other Elders, in a trio! Elder Rodríguez and Elder Figueroa. Rodríguez is from Chiuahua and Figueroa is from Guadalajara.
The baptisms on Friday were incredible!

Humberto was able to baptize his own mom and his sister! First was his mom and when he tried to dunk her under the water she freaked out! So we had his sister go first and it went perfect. Next his mom went and this time it went perfect and when she came out of the water she gave her son the biggest hug and they both were they crying and hugging each other! It was one of the neatest moments in the mission so far! The feeling we all had was something out of this world!

On Saturday we went to the Temple... the day after the baptism of Sandra and Wendolyne. We went there in a van with the Ward and my companion Elder Figueroa sat up front with the driver and when we got there we invited him to come in with us and he had a blast! What we did there is we watched the movie of meet the mormons! It was a great trip!

It is pretty weird to work with three people now. I am so use to working with just two people but it is pretty neat also. I will be having changes on the 2nd of August. I wont know where I am going until we go to the changes.
I hope everyone else had a great week!

Love Elder Ivie

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ripley`s Believe It Or Not - July 18, 2016

This last week we were planning on having a baptism but we decided that it would be better to have it on Friday this week. The Sister Sandra and her daughter Wendoly will be getting baptized by their son Humberto who we baptized the last week! It will be really special. Then the next day on Saturday we will be going to the temple and Humberto will be entering to do baptisms for the dead! He is super excited and has been helping us this week with some of the lessons that we have had! He is wanting to leave on the mission when he finishes his schooling. He is amazing!
Pretty funny story, one day we were walking to a appointment that we had and a drunk guy stopped us in the street and started talking to us forever. I kept telling him that we had to leave but he wouldn't listen to us. My companion didn't know what to do. While the guy was talking to my companion I pulled out our phone and put an alarm for the next two minutes and so when it started going off I was like, ``Hey sorry but the lesson we have right now is calling us and we have to go!`` He barely let us leave and we were late to our appointment.

Today my companion, Humberto and I went to the Ripleys Belive it or not, and the wax museum! It was a pretty great experience. We walked through and looked at all the weird items that they have and all the random things people have done. The wax museum was a bunch of sculptures of famous people... out of wax. It was pretty neat. They had Obama, Batman, Elvis, Hannibal Lector, and a ton more! It was a great day! We then ran to the mall and ate at Subway and then went all the way back to our area. It was a long day!

This Sunday we had a lot of success with getting our investigators to the church! We had 9 investigators show up! 5 of the 9 were there for the first time and they really liked it. We are hoping that more than half of them will be able to get baptized in the upcoming month! Hope everyone else had a great week!
Love Elder Ivie

July 11, 2016

We had another baptism this week! On Saturday Humberto got baptized and he asked me to do the baptism. It was a awesome experience. He brought his grandma that had no knowledge of our church and she liked it a bunch. When we did the baptism I think Humberto was pretty nervous but we
entered the water and he started to feel better. I then said the prayer and dunked him under the water and when he came up I asked him how he felt and all he said was ``WOAH!!`` It was a really neat experience for him and for his family. He then bore his testimony after and he said he couldn't quite put his feelings into words but he has a really strong testimony! We are now hoping that we will have another baptism on Sunday and he will be baptizing his own mother!

This morning we went and played soccer at the church with a bunch of other missionaries and Humberto came as well! It was a lot of fun and I was able to make 6 goals! We then went and walked around at the mall and came back home to get ready for the meeting we have at 5:30. This week we
tried patitas de pollo (Chicken feet). They are really weird but aren't all that bad. You just gotta put a lot of salsa on them haha. Well not much happend in the week but we are hoping for quite a few baptisms in the upcoming weeks and so I will keep you all updated! Hope you all have a great week!
Elder Ivie

Tuesday, July 5, 2016