September 30, 2013

September 30, 2013


This week hasn't been a very productive week for our schedule. I feel like something has happened everyday this week from working as hard as I would like. One thing that was awesome about this week is that we had interviews with Pres Curtiss. I love talking to the President. He gave me so much advice on how to help the area of La Libertad. On Friday it was super hot. The whole day we were sweating a ton and then at 6p.m. we visited some less actives and the sun was still up. But after being in the lesson for 5 minutes clouds came from nowhere and it started to rain harder than I've ever seen and the wind was blowing really hard and then the lighting came. I've never seen lighting strike so close in my whole life. The lightning hit the tree in front of the house we were in and then again once the raining stopped. When we got to our house our neighbors told us that one bolt hit our house and one hit their house as well. It made all of the light bulbs in our neighbors house explode and it made one explode in our house. It was crazy.  Another thing that happened is that it killed my battery charger for my camera. It was plugged in when the lightning hit so it burnt out.
Besides that there isn't too much to write. I know that this work is true. I know that I'm serving God and this is his work. I know without any doubt that there is nothing better I could be doing with my life right now.
Elder Simon

September 23, 2013

September 23, 2013

Wow this week was a very busy week. On Tuesday I traveled up to San Andres where we waited for our companions. On Wednesday they arrived in Santa Elana and then from there we went down to La Libertad. Right now I love my area. They split up La Libertad into two areas. The other Elders here are awesome. One is Elder Gomez and he is from Argentina and is training a new missionary from Peru named Elder Rodriguez. And my new companion is Elder Lutz. He is from Grangeville, Idaho (not too far from Spokane) and I feel like this will be a very good transfer. We weren't able to work too much this week because we had to help the Elders in La Libertad 2 move into their house, but besides not working that much it was a good week because we finished the week with a baptism  We baptized a 15 year old kid named Marco. He goes to seminary every night and has been going to church for two months straight. It was a great experience because almost all of his friends are members and I feel that they are really going to support him. Well besides that there isn't too much to much to write about. 

I love everyone back home a ton. I love this work. I know without any doubt that this is Gods work. And that this is his church 

Elder Simon 


September 21, 2013

September 16, 2013


This week has been ok. I haven't been working in my area but its been ok. This week I'm finally going to have a companion so I'm going to be back to work in La  Libertad. Another thing that is going to happen is that they are going to divide La Libertad into two areas. Four missionaries will bless this branch so much. Oh and an exciting thing is that this week we should have a baptism, so that will be great. This will be the fourth baptism that the area has had this year.
Another thing that was exciting this week is that we had our transfers this week. We found out that I'm going to be training and it is already confirmed that he will be a gringo. So I'm pretty excited to have my first gringo companion.
I'm so happy to be where I'm right now. I know that without an doubt that the Lord has prepared me to be here in this time. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that any man can bring himself closer to God by living the teachings in that Book.
Elder Drew Simon





September 10, 2013

September 10, 2013


Ok well this week has probably been the craziest week of my mission. On Tuesday I got a phone call from the Zone Leaders and they told me that Elder Tamayo would be leaving the next day. But there was one problem! There isn't any companionship of three in the whole mission so they would not have anyone that could be my new companion. So I had to leave my area and go down to an area with other elders in my district. Its terrible! We have so many things going on in my area and so many investigators that are getting ready for baptism in the upcoming weeks! So right now we have been going to La Libertad once every few days to work there and then we are back in their area for 4 days. But this won't last too long because next week we have transfers and I will be getting my new companion in those transfers. So I just need to aguantar one more week. Oh something exciting that happened was that we had the first baptism in La Libertad in 6 months. It was a great baptism. 61 members showed up! Oh and we had the highest church attendance in the history of the branch. Before the highest ever was 89. This last week it was 112! Its growing so much. And its sounding like my area is going to get divided this next transfer and they are going to add 2 more elders to La Libertad!
I'm so happy to be here as a missionary helping the growth of the church. I know that this is God's work and that he has a plan for everyone of us. He wants us to be happy. I know that through the gospel of Jesus Christ all men can change and be better people than they have been.
Elder Simon













September 2, 2013

September 2, 2013


This week has been very productive! We had so much success and this week we are going to have a baptism. I'm very excited, Its going to be the first baptism in the area in 6 months! And in two weeks we should have two more. We are really changing the face of this area with the help of the members.
Well I have ran out of my email time, but I want to let everyone know that I love this work and I love being a missionary. I know that when we are obedient to Gods commandments he always will bless us.
Elder Simon