Monday, June 10, 2013

June 10, 2013

Well, here it  is... What mixed emotions that I feel. I am happy, nervous, sad, and confident...all at the same time. I am not sure if all that is possible.

Thank you all for the Birthday wishes. It was a good and simple day. Elder Bird bought a BOCA Juniors jersey (big soccer team) and the Elders were really kind. We have a great group of office Elders. Elder Moeller is here from Rexburg Idaho, also Elder Rodriguez, and Elder Moriera de Urugauy, and Elder Lisonbee from my MTC district.  Also the Family Tidei brought over a cake. We also had lunch with President and Hermana Parreño. They were really nice. Thank you for the cards.

President and Hermana Parreno

The week was really good. Mosies and Ruth and her husband Ruth went to a dance. They loved it and Mosies met some friends. It was a Single Adult Dance. The Familia Martinez was really kind and they went to the dance with them to help them feel comfortable. They are such great examples and help so much. I love it because they enjoy doing it also. David and Haydee, the grandparents are doing well. Haydee told us while we were teaching with Bishop on Wednesday that she wanted to be baptized. We put a date with her but she wasn´t feeling good on Sunday so she was not able to make it to church,. If she can be a little bit better prepared she might get baptized this Sunday. If not, the 22 of June she will for sure. Her daughter Gabriela is doing well also and is really close. Luis is doing well. He are praying and fasting that he can change his work schedule. He works in a bakery and Sunday mornings are his busiest days. I am certain though that if this Sunday we don´t have two or three baptisims they will be baptized with Elder Bird and his companion. That will be great. The ward is doing well. Mosies was asked to speak in Ward Conference next week, he will also receive the Aaronic Preisthood.

Today I spent some time organizing my things and reading my journal I read some inserts from my Freshman year of college. How wonderful is life and all the experiences that we have. When Christ is our vision things always go well.I also read my first letter that I wrote to President. What a hoot...half English...half jibberish. What a great way to see progress in the mission.

Also this last week we had our Leadership Conference meeting. It was the first one with Sister Training Leader and it went really well. Elder Bird and I talked about not being complacent and being good examples in our Zones. We based our presentation out of Alma 60. President talked about how we have to make connections in every part of our missonary lives to achieve the Standard of Excellence. Sister Parreño talked about comunication and established some rules about the words we use.  Reminded me very much of Papa and Grandma Crouch, the use of "guys".   I really enjoyed that.

Thinking about what I would like to say for the last time.... I think I just want you each to know that I truly love my Savior. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the Gospel is what it says it is. The restoration answers so many of our questions.

Well, I will be seeing you next Wednesday at 12:00 noon. Mom, Dad, Mikesell, Brennen, Alex, Harrison and McCAll.... I love you.... and I am very excited to see you. Please send my love to Grandma and Grandpa Clegg, Papa and Grandma Crouch, Grandpa and Grandma Daw and all of the family and friends.   How blessed we are to be surrounded by greatness.

What a happy time....

Stay safe and I´ll see you soon.

All my love...

Elder Austin

Monday, June 3, 2013

June 3, 2013

I hope that you had a wonderful day. I loved the story of your home run ! You are the man buddy!

Hello there Family!

Thank you so much for the emails and the birthday wishes!

This week was a fantastic week. We received 10 new missionaries from Peru, Columbia, and Bolivia. This week we will receive two from Brazil. That took up a lot of the middle of the week but we took every moment we had to teach the Vasquez Family. The missionaries that got here are solid and well prepared so that makes us feel very good. Every missionary has a story. Some have been members their wholes lives, some only have two years as a member, but all of them will grow leaps and bounds in this time on their mission. I know that God will show them their weaknesses and if they are humble and obedient they will grow so much. 

So the baptism of the Vasquez famliy, was unreal! It was a spirtual power house. All of the family was there. There was a good member turnout. President Parreño and Sister Parreño were nice to come. We were taking pictures right as they got there and as they walked in, Mosies said outloud "What a blessing!" . The Tidei family did the baptismal ordinance and that was really a miracle becuase even though we had taught the family Vasquez with them they had not met Ruths husband, but when they met at the baptism, turns out Hermano Tidei, was childhood friends with him. They hugged and Hermano Tidei told him that his son was going to be baptizing his wife. That was perfect and Luis will for sure be baptized in the weeks to come. Also David, Haydee, and Gabreila were there and they loved it. They are not saying "no" now to our invitations to be baptized, so that is a progress!! We will see what we can do in the next couple of weeks. Ruth and Moises shared their testimonios after the baptism and there was not a dry eye in the place. They talked about how they had been to so many churches, has been so disappointed with so many Pastors, how they had recieved there answer about the Book of Mormon. It was almost too good to be true. I felt like I was watching a church movie. Then yesterday right after they were confirmed by two excellent members (Cisek and Currelef) Ruth, got up first out of everybody and with her Bible in her hand bore the best testimony ever. She challenged her family to take the same step of faith. Shared again her experiences of praying for the Book of Mormon. Then read a Psalms that she said that helped her. I will ask her which one because I can not remember. While she was challenging her famlily to follow...the 2nd Counselor in the Bishopric leaned over and looked at me and smiled. Gal, I love this ward. It was 100% pure joy. Like floating in a cloud. It had to been better than whatever type of drug.:) Then our ward mission leader ( martinez) got up and some other people that were at the baptism. The ward has a huge enthusiasm. I am excited for Elder Bird and his new to companion to lick up what we can´t in the next couple of weeks.

Tomorow we have the Mission Leadership meeting. We have done so many now that if feels so normal. I love the spirit that we always feel and it is always a great blessing. 

Dad- Thanks for your letter and being so kind. Are you doing Dave Ramsey this year? Sign me up if you are. We have been going to the gym 2 -3x times a week in the morning and that feels so good. I love exercise so much. I love you Dad. Thanks for BEING...the best father in the world.

Mom- Thank you for your sweet letter.That was so nice of you. I got your package. Thank you so much. I hope that you can get all that you need to get done for moving. I am sure that it will be great.  I hope that the kids can help a lot.

Mikesell- Thanks for sending the letter. I couldn´t read it, but save it for a while. I hope that you can get rid of your cold. I love you sis. I hope that you are ready to practice your personal training skills.  Love you sis.

Brennen- I bet you have spent the next few days rushing throught the tress on your bike truly living a dream. We are so blessed to have Redfish as a part of our lives. I love you bud. Keep working hard and studying daily.

Alex- I always loved the Buhl tourney. Just tear it up have fun and build a relationship with your team. Great learning oppurtinites. I love you Alex. Keep up the good work. 

Harrision. THE GRAND SLAMMER! I laughed aloud when I read about your home run. What a tender mercy. I hope that you had a great day. I sure love you buddy and I hope that you have a great week.Keep being a stud.

McCall.- I sure love you sweetie! I hope that you have a great week and that your school went well. You are best Call.

Well this week I learned that the best way to be happy is to keep our covenants. The best way to do that is to pray, fast, and read the scriptures. The Gospel is simple but so beautiful.
I know that Christ makes our visions clearer and sin fogs whatever dreams or potential that we have.

2. Nephi 31:20

D& C 128:22

D & C 19:40-41

Well, I will talk to you all next week. Have the best one of your lives. Thank you for your prayers and your support.

Elder Austin