Monday, July 24, 2017

Red Hot 7/24/17

pretty marvelous week, the transfer is over, i have 6 weeks left and i am being transferred to corpus to be companions with an Elder Harris. Elder Ortega and I had a great run and i am very thankful to have spent at least one transfer with him. we were able to see many many miracles and able to truly follow the savior. i dont really know what else to say but this was one of the best transfers ever. Be Believing and Fear No Man.
during the week we contacted this women who was a little crazy and she told us to not contact her neighbor, but something told us to. so we went over and she was outside. she told us she was visited in the past by missionaries. she said that they told her church was 3hours long and that was to long for her, we then explained how church was, and after she said "oh wow that actually sounds not to bad. id love to go and so will my husband" how awesome guy:) Later that day we were visiting the recent convert javier and he said that while he was reading the book of mormon the night before, the spirit reminded him who his missionaries were when he was in mexico over a year ago, their names were Elder Ortega and Elder Gonzalez. javier is so awesome!! there was this day where we kinda felt like things should be different with our plans, we ended up heading over to some gated apartments to see a member and they werent home so we decided to walk through the courtyard in this apartment complex instead of knocking doors we just knew there would be someone out in the courtyards and there we met Mari, she was sitting at a table with a friend and as we should up the friend just booked it inside and we ended up having a very spirit filled lesson full of tears about the atonement and how we can be forgiven, in that moment we truly knew that the lord had led us there. I dont really have much to say other than the lord has been so merciful to the zone and we've seen many miracles of families coming out of no where and also families being completed. I know God lives and that he knows me and each and every one of you. share the things from your heart and he will reveal so much to you, you wont have any idea what to do with it.
Picadily
ahhh plane!!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Minerva 7/17/17

Many great things are going on, many baptismal interviews we are very excited for these families. the misison really is a great experience. so at the beginning of this transfer about 5 weeks ago we made contact with this women and she said back in the day her son would play basketball at the church but he wasnt home and she couldnt talk to us.. so we tired to come back later y nada. well weeks later and many phone calls, she told us a few weeks ago that her son tried to commit suicide and that she really wanted us to visit when her son was there.. well finally this week.. we were rolling through the streets and saw her outside doing some yard work.. errrrkk we stopped the car and got out and walked over, she immediatly walked inside and there was her son.. her son then invited us in and we started talking and everything was going great and then all of a sudden...... he says.. i was baptized like 4 years ago in edinburg which is a city 30 minutes from hidalgo... we were like what.. no way.. he then went and got his baptismal pictures. wow what a great moment, and his family is really wanting to go to church.. ahh que milagro. we are also able to take out youth with us in the truck so thats what we have been doing and we've seen some very crazy powerful lessons with these youth and people even stopping us mid lesson asking us where the church was cause they would be there. the truck accidentally ran over a wild rabbit.. it was pretty sad.. also Lariza and Rosa were baptized!!:D it was such a blessing and this weekend was easily one of the craziest weekends of my life, running around and just being crazy, the mission is the best. the members are amazing and always come in clutch. the glory is not ours but the lords, I know God lives, the mission is just the best thing in the world, i invite all who have not gone on one that can to go. not for you but for the lord and our brothers and sisters out here that need to hear the power from the restoration.
Golden Corral with Agustin again..
At The Bodega
Met up with Javier and he's wearing this. #bestfriendsalready
Out with Brandon a YM in Sharyland
Live at the Dive ( Lariza, Rosa y Remplis)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Behold! A Royal Army 7/10/17

miracle of today

so we had just got done digging and we were on our way to walmart to get food and all of a sudden a cop rolled up behind us and pulled us over, i was driving. the cop comes up and tells me i was speeding and asks for my license and insurance. i gave it to them and my compa and i just sat in the car thinking..i wasnt speeding at all. the cop comes back and asks where we were going we tell him walmart. then he tells me that he tried to look up my license and couldnt find it at all anywhere. he asked me when i got it. he then said that we were good to go even though he couldnt find my license anywhere. que milagro!!!

we had MLC this week it was a 2 day meeting this time the first day it was literally a 12hr meeting, 9am-9pm it was crazy. it was great to receive trainings from presidente torres and an area seventy. the mission is wonderful! i cant even explain how great revelation is for people you are helping. it brings me such comfort to know exactly what we are doing on an eternal perspective. it truly is what keeps the fire going. we also found out that zone leaders and district leaders will now be training as well so thats exciting. the mission is changing and we are doubling everything. even tortillas. hah jk about the tortillas. we got rejected super hard last week. we knocked this door and this man swung the door super fast open and then yelled at us for knocking his door, it was really a great moment, but back to mlc i was really grateful to just be a part of this work. its life changing and really just something that has changed my heart as the time goes on out here. we had a great visit with this man named Fidel last night and we bore pure testimony to him of conversion. the spirit is the teacher and there is just a verse in alma 5 that really stands out to me

14: And now behold, i ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?

Through the book of mormon not only can it change your heart but it also binds families together. I am super super grateful to be here and i love it more and more each day. God lives and loves us so much.

🐨🐒😁
Briones
Tag
Hidalgo

The Cleansing 7/3/17

we went to china buffet again with Agustin a recent convert and almost exlpoded again haha. we had a bomb lesson with Javier and Elder Ortega asked him so what are your plans for after your baptism. javier paused for a moment and then he said that he wants a calling in the church. wow what a thing to hear right?:) we are so beyond grateful for this experience.

so we've been having some great visits with Javier Silva, its amazing to see someone grasp the book of mormon and truly apply the principles in it. a member came with us to a lesson and told him that he can just see the power of the spirit working through him as he studies on his own. the power that comes from the book of mormon is so real, just ponder and pray. He continues to tell us how he feels the spirit and how he wants any calling after he gets baptized. His next goal after that is to be sealed. we also had interviews with the mission president and it went very well. being an example is key when you are a leader and just in general. do whats right always. we got caught up with some things at the office after the interview and just as we were leaving we got a call from a guy that just moved down with his GF and he needed help giving a her a blessing. it was honestly perfect timing cause we were on our way back. we gave the blessing and just as we left plantation and we got another call for another blessing somewhere else close by, its crazy how things work out. we met oscar who just got out of federal prison he's a pretty dope guy. also someone tried to snatch our bikes off of the bike rack one night haha que awkward cause we were sitting in the car hahaha. on friday we had a crazy day, after weekly planning we got a call that a member we just visited the day before was in the hospital and she needed a blessing so we raced over there and the room was empty.. we thought awesome... ha found out she just went downstairs for an mri and it takes around an hour. so we left and prosed around the hospital well an hour later we came back and it still was empty but her husband was there now. so we started talking to him they had just got their paper and recommends to go to the temple and be sealed. they are in their late 60's. well the wife finally makes it back and she is in super bad condition it honestly looked like she was going to die. they told us to leave the room and like 15 other nurses and doctors rushed in w/ machines. the husband told us that whenever they came close to God something happens but he knows that god always wins. we then gave her a blessing and everything is going to be alright. Hmna trevino came by and was cheering her on and telling her that everything will be fine. later that night we went by a LA that we have been trying to contact and we knock the door and i hear some people singing to what sounds like corridos so i thought sick these people are going to be awesome! this lady opened the door and immediatly said come in, she had a veil over her head and it was kinda weird and just as we set food in the door we had no idea what we were getting into, we ended up walking into the middle of their "church service" and it was actually kinda scary, all the women had veils over thier faces then they all got on their knees, cried and screamed to god all of their sins. it was actually very frightening and sad to see the look in one of the persons eyes, there was a girl there that had to be like 16 and she just seem full of fear and worry..we honestly felt super bad for all of them, we tried to say a few words but the spirit was just telling us to get out of there. man many times out here do you come across things that really really push and try and break your testimony, remember who you are and what you stand for!!
also Javier was Baptized!!!!:)
With Briones at the hospital
Found this in a church parking lot..
Javier was baptized!!!, Hmna Trevino came in clutch with the ride.
Service

Road Rash 6/26/17

we had a pretty bomb p day last week, the whole zone came down to play chair soccer. it was awesome to see everyone there. it was like having the whole family together. being here i just really want ot see others be happy and really enjoy the work. the missionaries just mean so much more to me now. our proselyting time didnt really go as planned that day. just believe and everything will workout.
theres a lot of things that i wrote down that really impacted me that im just going ot say. one thing i heard was before you ask someone to change , you might want to ask yourself, what do i need to change in me? Dreams -> Passion -> Success
we went out early one morning to catch some people home and i got my dead call.. hah it was pretty interesting. dead call meaning the office called me to set up my flight plans hahah. alright so there we've been pretty low on miles and we were talking about what we were going to do and we decided that saturay we would bike the whole day, use 0 miles.. and it sounded pretty good cause we only had 4 for sure set things and they were all spread out area. the first appointment was in mcallen which is like a 15 minute drive..well we made it in 40 minutes on bike and let me tell you this little trek out there was hot, it was about 2 in the afternoon.. easily over 100 with wind feeling like a blow dryer on blast. we biked non stop till we got the apartment. immediately as we started biking doubt filled my mind but i really felt that the day would be a day of miralces. just as we get there the family showed up and we had a bomb lesson. i literally felt like falling asleep while i was riding my bike haha it was so crazy!! so after that first appointment we are on our way this hobo starts yelling, ELDERS!! ELDERS!! I LOVE YOU!!! ELDERS I LOVE YOU!! YOU GUYS ARE DOING TOO MUCH!! OH MAN I LOVE YOU ELDERS!! it was pretty awesome to hear that and we finally get to our appointment and here is the miralce! AHH haha so we knock this door and this man tells us no not this door, knoock the other door. so we go to the side of the house and this little old woman opens the door all excited and invites us in, we sit down and theres 2 little kids playing and running around and then she introduces us to her son in low whose name is Javier, we sit down and then he tells us that the missionaries were teaching him in mexico cause his wife and his suegra are members. he tells us that he wants to be baptized and and that they just got married 2 weeks ago and theyve only been in america for 3 weeks. we are like alright next saturday you can get baptized, he was literally about to jump out of his chair he was so happy and he is already wanting ot be sealed in the temple.... well we have a few other cool moments in the day and faith riding which is calling people and getting random rides from appointment to appointment. it worked out, well sunday came around and javier and his family didnt have a way to get to church but hmna trevino came in clutch and crammed them in her car. we see them at church finally and i go and sit by him and he is just in tears and in my mind im just thinking like oh man what is going on.. but he enjoyed sacrament, the next hour we are talking and he tells us how the night before he prayed and asked god if the church was true.. and on his way to church he wasnt feeling anything.. he didnt feel any peace of gozo or just anything.. once he walked into the church.. he was hit by a wall of joy and just began to cry as he was talking to me.. he said it was something he knew was from god and he's never felt like this before and he knows this is the place that he needs to be. he then told us of an experience he had when he was living in mexico. he was on his way to work and his first son had just been born and he got stopped by some men on the road and they were yelling at him pointing guns asking who he worked for.. they ended up taking him out of the car and took him to where there were more people blind folded that these crazy guys were going to kill. they continued to yell at him and wouldnt listen to what javier was saying.. one of the gunmen felt that javier was telling the truth and that he didnt work for a cartel.. but the other gunmen just wanted to kill him.. javier prayed that god would let him get away from these man and go back to his family.. the gunmen finally said alright you can go but if you make it across this river we'll kill you cause that will mean you work for someone.. well he made it across and the other gunmen that believed that he was telling the truth picked him up on the other side and took him back into town, after that javier knew that god lived and that he actually cared about him.. man it was super crazy to hear all of that but his whole family was hear at church and they loved it!!:D

God is good and he really does listen to you.


that good good chorizo con huevo
random hammock i had to try
on our way to Rio Grande city for an interview and this is what we saw.. haha making things happen
its called a Tuna and its super good
Gratis, some kids were selling them and gave it to us!
this dog was super depressed when we first met it. come to find out it had a tumor behind one of its eyes and the 2nd time we went over the eye was gone. Pelochin. 
homies!!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lozin Must

quote of the week

"Si no pica, no es rica"

get the chile out orale!!

also a taco isnt a taco unless the tortilla is dipped in oil before tossing it in the pan.
thats all we get down here haha.

also another little Hidalgo update is we were in walmart today and bachata just started playing through out the store. haha thats a regular thing. and yes it was Aventura. nothing like some bachata while shopping.

Elder Ortega is my new comp, he's originally from Puebla Mexico but came from vegas, its kinda funny to see everyone's reactions whenever he tells them he is from vegas, everybody is in awh about it haha. he's the only member in his family and actually is a convert of 2 years.

we had a pretty great week, had some awesome miracle lessons with people who used to be very rude to us. we had one lesson where the guy said no and that he didnt have time and then all of a sudden he said you know what i have like 5 minutes. we sit down and by the end he is laughing and just having a great time and invited us over again to teach all his family. we stopped by on saturday for like 5 minutes cause i had to use the bathroom.. while im in the bathroom i hear a bunch of yelling and im like what the heck is going on, so i run out and the father and son are fighting and arguing and the father was like defending us about being missionaries and how we deserve to sit inside, it was crazy but they rushed us out and told us monday would be better so we'll see how it goes today. also the son is like 32 but it was quite the experience. one day during this week our cell phone service went out in Hidalgo so it was pretty hard to get a hold of people so we decide to go out in the morning ot try and find people. we finally got service when we were in mcallen and we got a phone call from pedro, so we got a text from his wife a week ago saying that they were being seperated. pedro really felt that god was leaving him so he went to reynosa and we had no contact with him. but then finally he just called us it was a miralce and we visited him later that night and he realized that he needed to come closer to god now that he is going through some hard things. Ether 6:5-12 what did they do in verse 7 when they were encompassed about many waters? they cried unto the lord as we should cry unto him always but especially when things are hard and your head is barely out of water. what a great experience it was to have that lesson. im so thankful for the spirit and the power that comes as we read the scriptures and like it to us. God Lives!! and he knows our hearts. the mission is the greatest experience of my life!!! there is also this breakout of a skin eating bug called mites lol pretty exciting oh and Zika. we also knocked on a door of a part member family we have been trying to meet. the wife opened the door and explained to us how excited she is to have us over to learn about her husbands religion. what a great thing to hear right??:) Elder Ortega and i decided to fast for a miralce for the month. we had some great visits the spirit was strong and we rolled up to our only set appointment and there was the miracle. this part member family. we go inside and they were very happy it was our first visit with them and we taught the restoration and the wife was the one we were teaching and she had great questions and she is excited to read and the husband is very supportive. It was awesome and then later we got a couple phone calls of some baptismal interviews needing to be done this week. the zone is bumping. also the sisters in our ward had a church tour with this small family, its great to see peoples success. its pretty cool how everyone has a story of just things theyve gone through and where they are going. i feel that my compa and i are pretty similar. man so many cool things went on this week. later today we are going to swing by this place that sells peruvian food. should be pretty exciting. also just wanted to say a little something something about how great my father Martin Gonzalez is and how great of a father he is. i remember this one time we were at scout camp and he brought the good ol astro van we had. R.I.P. but we were on our way to the camp after we were fishing and we noticed that another scout leader in a truck was on his way back as well so we started racing him in our van and we won!!! lol my dad is so awesome!! not to mention we were on a dirt trail the whole time haha also all the many times he made potatoe salad or macaroni salad and barely had any of it cause all of his kids ate it.. lol or even whenever he would make egg salad and it was all gone in 10 minutes. he's the best and he deserves all the neccos and peeps he could ever want. happy later fathers day but i just wanted to let everyone know how much i love my dad!! he's a stud and is a random trivia master. give him un abrazo for me.

Half of the Hidalgo Zone last transfer
Elder Hodgson and I before he went home, i was compas with him and Moser in Sinton while gunderson was in the hospital. what a stud.
Elder Hawkins, he was in my first district in Laredo, so sad seeing all these homies go finish their mission. best pal.
Plantation Paradise
Scenic Way

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Peggy Sue

hola, transfers came and im staying, my new comp is elder ortega.
the mission is the best and im not able to write a whole lot but there are many awesome stories and things that happened this week. its heating up down here and i have a baby pansa, quote of the week is

" como quieres que te oiga si tus hechos no me dejan"

dale gas guys dont give up!!


here are some pics
hmna trevino, she's dope
bike day miracle
apartment checks
this is an abandoned house and at night random people come running from this home into a car that just randomly pulls up. pretty crazy but its Hidalgo for you.
this is me in front of that home
party at a members house as a zone, it was dope!!
half of Hidalgo zone, they are all super dope!!

Rise Above 6/5/17

Rad week!! we are still working with the Elizarraras family and had a great lesson. the father is in a lot of pain from his work like he can barley walk and stand up and we gave him a blessing and honestly it was a miralce and so great to be a part of it. right after the blessing he stood up full of energy and was so happy and said that he could feel his knees tingling and his feet and just felt amazing!! he couldnt believe it and so did his wife. que milagro. we've been working with pedro to send a name to the temple come to find out today is a year since his mother passed away. we were also offered 3 live chickens from a random guy haha. theres been a scripture of lots of help Mormon 5:23 "know ye not?" wow we live in a world where crazy miracles can still happen. idk its just unreal the things that can happen in day. kind of like that blessing or a random phone call of a place we need to go to when our plans failed. which has always been happening, whenever our plans fail, we all of a sudden get a phone call and its someone that needs help in that moment or needs a visit its crazy but so awesome knowing that the lord trusts us. we had an awesome mlc honestly it was a mission changing meeting. we really talked about having a good attitude. when we have a good attitude you have high hopes and having high hopes helps you grow in faith as you act.The greatest Ideas are the simplist. we learned about the law of reaping and sowing. you cant put negative energy in and expect positive results. "You become what you think about" I felt like my eyes have been opened. be Believing. we came across this family who was wanting to leave the church it honestly made us a little sad. as we were talking to them the plan of salvation came to my mind, the pre existance and how we decided to come down and get a body and follow gods plan and here we are now baptized as members of the church enduring to the end and then we brought things into an eternal perspective. the mom was wanting to leave the church and part of living with our families forever it is essential to go to church and read and pray. she was a little shaken but she had a quick change of heart. Our actions and faithfulness here are what we are accountable for, yes there is repentance and forgiveness and its all a process, but most importantly CTR. follow the spirit because i know its telling you something.
another sick moment this week we got a referral to visit this LA and we swung by and they were all outside and we were about to share a lesson and one of the daughters said "wait let me go get jacob" she came back with her boyfriend and immediately jacob says" Hey i know you, you came to my house in San Benito" come to find out jacob just recently moved to mcallen from San Benito. so i came across jacob when elder frandsen and i were looking for his brother who was a former but we ended up talking ot jacob on his way to work. Let me try and put this into perspective this encounter is like me talking to someone in centerville utah and then 5 weeks later coming across them in a random house in Murray utah. Not to mention Jacob and his girlfriend have been wanting to go to a church. God is good. RISE ABOVE!! RISE ABOVE!! RISE ABOVE!!
the best breakfast
Skate And Destroy
Only in the valley
Magnet on a members fridge
All White Everything.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Alien 8 5/29/17

so we are working with Francisco, ( Pedro's father in law) we had a visit with him last monday and we said to each other im not sure if he is fully understanding the lessons.. and then we went over and he told us how he has spent all day watching lds videos and told us all about joseph smith we look at eachother and almost wanted to start laughing cause it was just an unreal miracle hahaha.
we also had a super good zone conference there were some key points were having a positive attitude, doing things the lords way and not your own, and trusting in the lord its his battle. just be believing!!!! the lord provides!! had a sweet exchange with elder Hernandez he is a convert of 2yrs and is from Vegas. so last week i shared about a guy who's car broke down in the church parking lot, well yeah we had a church tour with him and it went super great!! haha got em. we were later in this place called Old plantation its a giant gated community and this guy just started talking to us, well we had a return appointment with him so we met him in the golf clubhouse and while we were talking ot him this woman asked ,"are you guys elders?" well yes we are. "im a member and i knew you guys were elders" we got her info and later visited them and set a bd with her son chris! there have been quite a few great miracles. all i really gotta say is just smell the roses and enjoy life. study the doctrine and pray about it. God lives and he truly does listen to you. the only one that teaches you not to pray is el diablo. so do it. 🐨😁

Yummy
The Border
One of few cool things in Hidalgo, the Pump House
Papasadas
Hernandez and I
for my dad.

Choose to Stay 5/22/17

Pretty solid week..just a few things, making plans and presenting them to the lord is everything. we've been doing that and we've been finding genuine people that want to come closer to christ. i sat in on this district meeting this last week and they were talking about comp inventory and we really talked about the importance of being open with your companion. first things first im gratfeul for all the companions ive had and have and the help ive received and also been a part of. being open is very important, clean up something small from the beginning so you dont have to pick up a great mess later. cut the fluff and get to it! we came across this guy named fernando so we were actually looking for this member so we parked the truck on a random street near by where we thought the house was. walked down a block and no luck so we walked back to the car but as we were walking back we noticed this guy shooting hoops out front of his house, we didnt see before. we started talking to him, next thing you know we had one of the best plan of salvation lessons, he's a stud and actually wants to find joy in this life, we later had a bomb lesson with this member family, we shared about the importance of genealogy and temple work and at the end the brother was like "wow this is a big sign from the lord, my pb talks about me doing lots of geneaolgy and i kinda felt that i should get a start on it, thank you" we were amazed. we later had a great lesson with Pedro he is excited to someday preach the gospel as well, during the lesson i had crazy deja vu and in that moment my heart was filled with the spirit but i truly knew we were exactly where we needed to be at. it was a moment i hope to never forget. we also had interviews with Presidente Torres, in my interview i asked him if i could call President Robertson my old mission president from argentina, he straight up looked him up and gave him a call..no answer.. my heart was racing but president torres gave me his email. i really just wanted to thank him for calling me this one sunday, this one sunday after i had gotten home from argentina, i skip out on church and stayed home.. as i was home alone someone called our house phone and i picked it up and i heard, hello is this elder gonzalez, i said yes and then it ended up being president robertson just calling to make sure i made it home fine and that i was doing well. what a great guy you know. Just serve the lord, open your heart and give it your all, dale gas as they say you know. we really learned alot about having faith, just have an single particle of faith and your life can change and your belief and testimony can grown. I know christ lives, countless times have testimonies been jabbed and beat up, stand strong and remember who you stand for,
Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

the Lord knows our heart and what we can do. dont let him down.
we also learned that at one time for a month straight border patrol was catching 1200 illegals a day.. A DAY!! its dropped down to 600 a day, and its kinda getting slower now that Trump is president so on a busy day they might catch 400. also that there is about 35 tons of marijuana being smuggled across the border every week in Rio Grande City, its a city in our zone and BP is usually only able to catch 1.5 tons of it a month. lol do the math.

a lot of other crazy cool stuff went down but most importantly Pedro stepped into the waters of baptism and we had a recent convert of 3 months baptize him!!

only in south texas
Border Patrol Boats
see that fence in the back, yeah the other side is Reynosa
Me, Karim (RC), Pedro, mi compa
so fuzzy
the water legit has blue dye in it