Sunday, August 23, 2015

August 19, 2015

August 19, 2015
Before anything else this morning I was thinking in the shower and did some quick math in my head.... I realized that I have 81 days left before I finish my mission.... that means that each day that passes by is more than 1 percent of what I have left... Honestly I’m really starting to feel it, Im its really started to hit me hard that I’m going home, maybe because its my last area, this is the ward I will get sent off from, but no matter what its still getting hard to think about, I don’t want to go home. I almost bust out crying every time I think about leaving the mission, leaving behind all the wonderful memories that I’ve made, all my friends that are still here, the wonderful converts that I love... it just seems to be going by way to fast...

On a totally different topic, this week has been a roller coaster of emotions, coming to the end of my mission that’s how it should be, right?? I am trying to fight the feelings of "dying" here in the mission, or in other words, not working hard, thinking too much about home, or what Ill be doing after the mission. Its something that happens to a lot of people as the finish their missions but I’m doing everything I can to fight it. It was also hard because this past week somebody really died. On Friday night my companion and I found out that one of the missionaries in our zones dad passed away... Elder Thompson ended up going home with an honorable release but it made me think a lot about my mission and about my family. I started to think, "if my mom or dad died while I was on the mission would it have been worth it?? Did I make the best of my time?? Or did I come and screw around and then after screwing around never get to see my parents again??" Luckily I was able to answer that it would be worth it, I have made all that I can of my time here in Mexico, and I have working really hard but it did make me start working hard than I have been, because I have been letting myself slip a little. Either way whether I work hard or not Don’t any of you dare die!! I’ve only got 12 weeks left and I would hate to have that happen, it would be the hardest thing to deal with, and even though I wouldn’t come home, I would finish out the 12 weeks that I have left and I want to see you all in the airport, so don’t do anything stupid!! ;)

To let you all know I’m writing right now on Wednesday because I an area change... After 6 transfers as zone leader my President put me down to train a kid, opening area. This is easily the hardest test I’ve had in my whole mission but I love the challenge because its making me work so much harder than I ever have in my whole life, it makes me depend so much more on Heavenly Father. It’s SO hard opening an area where you don’t know ANYTHING and even harder to do it while training and newbee.... My companion and I are opening an area called Sauces, its a little county town north of Toluca. My companions name is Elder Solis and he is from Tijuana. It is a great experience, and even though it’s really hard I’m really happy for this great chance. The other Elder Adams and I are doing it together. We are both opening areas with kids and our companions were actually companions in the MTC.

This change should be great, not only will it be a fun roller coaster of emotions but there are so many things happening, we have the open house for the Mexico City Temple that we will be going to with investigators this Friday. Next week we have a zone conference with President and also next week we have our mission conference with Elder D Todd Cristofferson. The temple will be rededicated the 13th of September and we will also have the training for new missionaries and their trainers.... ALL IN ONE CHANGE! What a great time. Well I love you all and hope you have a great week!!


Elder Adams

August 19, 2015 photos

1. The APs and us our last day in the Molinito 2.
2. Us with Paola (one of my favorite converts in the mission)
3. Elder Peguero didn't want to say goodbye to me.... ;)

August 10, 2015

August 10, 2015
Well this week was just a very normal week, we had concilio last week so I feel like I was just writing you all. There is really no one to write right now and all the desires to write have just gone out the window, so now is just a good of a moment as ever to share my testimony.

I want everyone to know that I know God exists, I know that I am his child. I know that he is our Heavenly Father and he loves us each individually. I know without a doubt that this is his church, the only church lead by Jesus Christ himself, our savior and redeemer. I know that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God. I know that he was the prophet of the restoration. I know that Jesus Christ is our savior and redeemer and that this is his work, we are hasting his work in these last days. I never want to stop being a representative of Christ, there is no greater honor than wearing his name next to my heart everyday, to represent his church. I know that the plan the plan of salvation is Gods plan for each and every single one of us and that our families can be together for every thanks to the ordinances found in the house of the Lord. I love this gospel with all my heart and never want to stop being an instrument in the hands of the Lord in bringing his work come to pass.

I love you all and hope you have a great week, keep reading the scriptures, keep studying. Hope everything is going well and Ill see you in about 13 weeks!

August 5, 2015

August 5, 2015
Wow, this week was wonderful, an emotional rollercoaster but full of great experiences and I have no idea where to start.... First off last week my companion and I baptized Paola and Miriam, Miriam is the mom of Poala and that was a great experience I will be sharing. Secondly I had what I believe to be my last concilio, it was so amazing, I had so much fun and learned so much, but it makes me sad to know that my experience as a leader in the great mission is coming to an end. We also had a great zone junta yesterday and today I got stung by a scorpion.... 

Well, lets start with the scorpion story and work our way down the list more spiritually... A few weeks ago my companion and I found a scorpion in the house, we went to kill it but it hid behind the book shelf and we couldn’t find it again... we have known that the scorpion has been roaming somewhere around the house so we have just been careful with our shoes and blankets, but this morning I went to put my pants on and felt a small prick with a sharp pain in my knee. I took my pants off and my companion asked me if it was the scorpion. I responded that I wasn’t sure and then the scorpion fell out of my pant leg... Luckily our bishop is a doctor and the scorpion that stung me isn’t dangerous... It hurt for about 5 minutes and swelled up a little but I am doing well now.

Secondly, this week we had concilio. For those who don’t know the first Monday of every month we have something called concilio which is a leadership training meeting. All the zone leaders and Sister Training Leaders meet up at Presidents house and we have a really cool meeting on what President wants us to do as leaders and what he wants us to teach. The next day we then have a zone meeting and we can share what we learned with President to our zones. This concilio was extra special and I learned so much about how to help the missionaries that surround me so much more. We also played TONS of basketball which was really fun and President grilled us burgers and hot dogs, delicious. The sad part is that this was probably my last concilio, because President has told me that I will probably go down, open an area and train a new missionary for my last 12 weeks. Nothing is set in stone because President can always change his mind or receive different revelation but so far that looks like what’s going to happen.

Also, in the concilio we received an incredible announcement, the 29th of this month Elder Todd D Cristofferson is going to come to our mission and we will have a mission conference with him. That will be such a cool and wonderful experience and I am really looking forward to that experience.

Lastly, this week my companion and I baptized Miriam and Paola. They were references we received from a member about 5 weeks ago with Elder Monarrez. They got baptized on Friday and confirmed this Sunday, they got baptized together but Miriam is moving to the United States. She will be living in Indiana for her job and we miss her a lot. Elder Mathews and I are already planning a sweet summer road trip to go do a ton of fun things on the east coast and visit her. These are two converts that we will be best friends with for the rest of our lives, they have truly become best friends and they are so much fun to be around.

Overall we had an amazing week, filled with baptisms, concilio, great announcements and of course, scorpion bites. I hope you all have a great week and Ill see you all in about 13 week!!

Elder Adams

PS I’m not counting down but early in my mission I found out that the 1st of August is when I will have 100 days left so I now have less than 100 days in my mission....

August 5, 2015 photos

 1. Everyone in the baptismal service (they wanted a small service with family members and the person that helped us a lot)
 2. The baptism, this photo just shows the kind of relationship we have... A laughing one
 3. Our zone from the zone meeting
4. The scorpion that got me

5. Back view
  6. Front view of my scripture cases
 7. The Mexican pillow case another convert sewed me.
8. My granite name tag a convert made me.

July 27, 2015

Sorry Im going to be letting you down another week, we were super busy today. Just a quick summary everything is going well here. We should be baptizing this week and we are working hard. The secretaries are buying my plane ticket as we speak. within 1-3 weeks I will have it in my inbox and I will be able to send it to you all when I have it. Word on the block is that I will be going down to train a brand new missionary opening an area that hasnt had tons of sucsess. Well ran out of time love you all and hope you all have a great week and I will write more next week.


Elder Adams