Monday, November 30, 2009

Nov 30, 2009

Hey Momma

Sounds like Thanksgiving was a pretty good day for ya all. To tell you the truth my Thanksgiving was a pretty normal day. No one really does anything for this day as you all know it is an American Holiday. So tell me how did grandma and grandpa like going down to Mexico? There are sooo many people like the family that they helped. So many don't have a house let alone food to eat. I am 100% sure that that family will never forget what happened Thanksgiving day!!!
Well I guess now it is time for the news of Mexcio. I don't have changes. Everyone was telling me that I was gonna get changed but looks like I will be having another cylce here in Neza. I am excited to stay here though. This last Sunday we had a family of 6 go to church and hopefully we can prepare them to go into the waters of baptism in 2 more Sundays. It is amazing to watch how the gospel changes the lives of families. I am so thankful for the opportunity to be in this marveloues work.
So has the weather been changing over there in good ole AZ? Over here it is cold in the nights but really hot during the days. Its pretty weird. All in all everything is really nice though.
Well me and my companion had the opportunity to baptize a lady named Rosa this past Sunday. Oh man and let me tell you how much patience I have gained teaching her. She comes from a big christan church so to start off she had alot of incorrect beliefs. Little by little I could see the spirit enter into her life and see that she had a desire to know the truth. We visited her quite a bit but I realized that all we do as missionaries is teach and invite the spirit to touch the hearts of our investigators. It is up to them to feel the spirit or not. This week I was praying that Rosa would recieve her answer and well it happened. It made me realize how important it is to have the spirit with us when we teach!!
Well I kinda ran out of things to say but I hope all is going good for you all. Always remember that you are in my prayers and thoughts

con mucho amor

Elder Reed

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Nov 23, 2009

Hey momma

Well it was really good to hear from you even though the computer is down. I can't tell you how much I love to see when I get on to see an email from my momma.
Sounds like everything has been kinda calmin down now over there in Az. Things here in Mexico are well.... just normal. Me and my companion are workin hard but it seems like the Lord is just trying our faith right now. All the families that we have progressing right now just don't seem to want to progress. I think one of the hardest things that we have to do as missionaries is to find the people that are chosen and ready to hear the gospel but the next hardest thing is to let the people go that aren't progressing. That is what my comp and I have been doing lately.
Our mission had the great opportunity to hear from the area presidency this past week. Elder Johnson spoke to us and you could really feel that he was and is a chosen servant of the Lord. He taught us alot of things but I would just like to share one thing with you. We started talking about Repentance and Elder Johnson gave us a question. he said " we are goning to imagine that I am a person that lives in Iraq, I am a good person that likes to read the scriptures, prays to God, help the naked and the hungry, and repent of my sins that I commit every day, I have not had the opportunity to hear the restored gospel of Jesus Christ because right now the missionaries can't enter into my country to teach me. I have not taken a baptism in the correct way. Can I receive a remission for my sins by repenting even though I have not been baptized." Let me tell you that it got me thinkin quite a bit, as well as the other missionaries. Some elders said yes other said no. I started thinkin that as Zone leaders we have the opportunity to interview the investigators before they get baptized. There is one question that we have to ask them and it is if they have repented of the sins that they have committed in the past. I started thinkin that a person has to be worthy to be baptized and well that means that the have to receive a forgiveness for their sins. I thought that this person really could receive a forgiveness for their sins even if he wasn't baptized. Let me tell you that I was wrong. A person can't receive a forgiveness for their sins without receiving a true baptism even if they repent of there sins everyday. We read that in the 4th article of faith that we believe in faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, second repentance, third baptism by immersion FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS and fourth laying on of hand for the gift of the Holy Ghost. Elder Johnson taught us that this is why Missionary work is so important, If we don't receive a correct baptism we can't receive a forgiveness of their sins in this life. Baptism is the FIRST STEP into the kingdom of God. We must always look for the people ready to change their life. the people ready to receive a remission of their sin. THERE IS NO GREATER WORK UPON THE FACE OF THIS EARTH.
Well I just want to share with you what I learned this past week. I hope you understood everything. I don't know why but it is getting pretty hard for me to write in English. Well I want everyone over there in the house to know that I love them sooo much. and please let me know if you need anything!!!

con mucho amor

Elder Reed

oh I forgot to tell you that we will be having transfers the up coming week so we will see what happens. I only have 3 cycle here in Neza and I am feeling like I will be here one more cycle. But we will see what the lord says ;) LOVE YA!!!

Nov 16, 2009

Hey momma,

How has everything been for ya. Sounds like this last week was pretty crazy for the family and for alot of other people. Man I can't believe that Ben Davis is married. Man time is just flying by!! So how was the wedding. I hope everything went well for him and Lacie! I sure wish I could of been there but right now I need to be here in Mexico. Well this week was a pretty good week for me and my companion. We had the opportunity to baptize a family a 3 this past Sunday. It was kinda weird because this time it was the wife that caused problems for us. She was tellin us that she didn't want to change her religion so we really had to pray alot and have patience! But everything finally worked out and we baptized all 3 of them. It was a really great experience.
Well enough about me how is everything going for you? I hope all is well over at the house. Is Jared doing good in School? Well I just want you all to know how much I love you. and please let me know if you need anything

con mucho amor

Elder Reed

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Nov 9, 2009

Hey hey hey

How how everyone been? Well, this week has completely flown by. I don't know where the time goes! Me and my companion have been pretty busy. We had to change our house this last week which made everything pretty crazy. I felt like we really didn't have that much time to work but we still had the opportunity to baptize a guy named Jesus. He is really awesome and has completely turned his life around. I know that one day that he will be a great leader for the Lord. We are hoping to baptize his wife and little girl this next week. She is a little more hard headed but hopefully the Lord will touch her heart this week. It is kindof crazy huh hearin about a man that is more willing to keep the commandments than his wife. Things sure are changing. Well to the QC news. That is pretty crazy to hear the Jenna is engaged but I am happy for her. It is so crazy how things are changing in good ole AZ. I really feel like I am in a different world. It is kinda neat;) Well all in all I am doing good. I just want you all to know how much I love you and please let me know if you need anything!!

Love Elder Reed