April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013

Here are 2 more pics that Drew sent yesterday to Lance.  A little background.....When Drew and Derek went to Spokane Shock arena football games, they were always a part of the fan group called, "Goal Line Bandits" and so in these pics he is showing his support of the Shock and Goal Line Bandits.  The Bandits have a page on FB and they shared Lance's pic yesterday on FB and did a little tribute to Drew and his continued support even from the jungles of Dolores, Guatemala.  Pretty cool! :)




April 29, 2013

Well right now there isn't too much to mention. This week I've probably worked harder than I have in all of my mission. Its been hot!! But we are still getting a lot of work done. We did a lot of contacting this week and found a lot of new investigators and we were able to put out 2 new baptism dates. The problem is that its almost impossible for the people to go to church. All of our investigators told us that they were going to come, but nobody arrived. We had an attendance of 9. And we have 30 investigators.
Also within this last week our house has become rat invested!! I kill 4 almost every night and they keep coming back and get into our food. Some rooms in our house don't have lights (Mom so that headlamp you sent really helps) so we have to search for them and drive them out of the house. I really don't like the rats, but they are sure a lot easier to kill than the bats I had in my first area.
I know that this work is the work of God! Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and the church was formed under the direction of Jesus Christ. I also know that the Book of Mormon has the capacity to solve all of our problems. 
Elder Drew Simon









April 22, 2013

April 22, 2013

Well this last week was a lot longer than a normal week. Last Sunday my companion went to the capital to have his final interview with the president, so I had to stay with the Zone Leaders until my companion arrived on Thursday. But I was also with another missionary in the ZLs house who was waiting for his companion as well. On Tuesday and Wednesday we didn't get to work that much. The ZL's only told us to stay in their house while they went out to work. Two very slow days! But I spent the time with a very awesome new missionary, so it was nice talking to him. On Wednesday we received the phone calls to find out who our companions were going to be. I found out that I'm now Senior Companion and I'm with another Latino missionary. My companion has been out 11 months. He has already been a senior comp and trainer before, but he has made some mistakes during his mission and got put back to JR comp. But right now he is trying to be a really obedient missionary and wants to prove himself this change. I really think we are going to baptize together. 
 
Our attendance in the branch was very sad. We had an attendance of 7! But My comp and I are ready to change that. This week we worked really hard and got a new baptism date. I'm really hoping it doesn't fall through.
 
My time in this area has been the hardest time of my whole life. Missionary work is hard here, but I know that there is a reason that I'm here. I really do believe that the message we share as missionaries is the message that everyone needs in the world. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and can help us bring ourselves closer to Christ. I also believe that The Book of Mormon is the keystone to family unity. 
 
Elder Simon

April 9, 2013

April 8, 2013

Well this week we had a great General Conference. I loved it very much. The talks that really stood out to me were by L. Tom Perry in the Sunday morning session and Jeffery R. Holland in the afternoon session.
This week was filled with some crazy news! My companion is going home next week!! President gave him the option to end his mission one change early and he took it. But by consequence of this he became more baggy (trunky) than ever. But its only one more week. I would really like us to push super hard for his last week. Next wednesday I will be with my new comp.
It is still hot down here! I hate sweating, but I love the people here! They are all very funny and relaxed. Right now we dont have any investigators. The work here is very hard, but this week we recieved a refrence from a recent convert who wants us to start teaching her dad. So that’s something I’m really looking forward to start off this next change.
Well I know without a doubt what I’m doing is the Lord’s work. I’m where I need to be right now because its where the Lord wants me here. Living this gospel brings great happiness!
Elder Simon

April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013

Well this week has been rough. It is really humid and hot down here and I'm sweating like crazy every day. My companion and I have been having our problems right now, but besides that we have been working really hard. We don't have any investigators that are progressing right now, but we still work hard every. A lot of the people here have been attacking us about baptisms for the dead and its hard for them to understand baptisms for the dead until the can come to the understanding that this Church is the only church in the whole world that has the authority of God here in the earth.

We had a pday yesterday where we went on a hike through the jungle and had to cross a bunch of suspension bridges. Scary! But at the top of this mountain we took some pretty amazing fotos.

This weekend we are going to have general conference and I absolutely cant wait! I look forward to hear what messages the Prophet of the Lord has for us to hear this Saturday and Sunday. I'm just hoping I will be able to find it in English because it would stink to hear a translated version instead of hearing the prophets natural voice.

This area sure has been tough but I have faith to find some success in the area. I know that when missionaries teach with the spirit others cannot deny it.

I don't have any doubt that this work is the Lords work. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God! The most correct book in the whole world. I also have a testimony that the Book of Mormon is the keystone to family unity.

Elder Simon