Monday, December 29, 2014

2 weeks of emails

I was not able to post an email last week because I had a glitch in my email.  I had to wait for Logan to resend the email from last week.  His email from this week is not to long since we spoke to him on Christmas day.


For Family: So family for Skype on Thursday we are only supposed to talk for 40 minutes, but my companion and every other missionary I have talked with is going to for an hour. The week had some cool experiences others funny and some that I learned a lesson from. I hope you are excited to see your missionary on Thursday. I won’t tell you a ton, because I’m going to talk to you soon, but I do want to say this that a mission has been the best decision I have made even though I don’t have a lot of time in the field. It’s hard, its tiring, and its frustration, but it is fun, spiritual, and a chance to lose myself in a work that is Marvelous Beyond Description. Note for Haley: Tell her to brush up on her Spanish because I’m going to talk to her in Spanish. 
I Love You All
Elder Perfili

For the Blog:
So this last week was definitely one I will remember because of so many reasons! So again I’m sorry I may not sound too exciting, but sometimes the work doesn’t happen at the pace you’d like it to. It’s tough right now because we’re are still looking for more to teach and our investigators were hardly home this week. Nonetheless I still know with all my Corazon (heart) that God has prepared people for us in Las Americas we just need to find them and work harder. A very amazing experience about that this week. So one night during planning we had already gone through the Area Book almost twice and none led us anywhere. So my companion decided to call Antigo’s investigators on our Cell Phone and one picked up and told us to come the very next day. So we left thinking that she was in our area and discovered that she was WAY out of our area. Still we find the house after calling her a few times and as we were walking down her street she called out to me and Elder Mendez as if she had already knew us. Ortencia (the woman) then invited us into her home and told us her story. She and her brother Eduardo are both don’t like there Church’s and were looking for something different. The day before we called her she had been talking with a taxi about this and he was a recent convert and he told her and the good about our church and the change it made in his life. Shortly after that Elder Mendez called her saying that it’s the Mormon Missionaries, and she knew God answered her prayer. When I heard this I was too much in shock I could barely talk to her and her brother. Both are reading the Book of Mormon and know how to pray after teaching them. It was an amazing experience to be a part of and my testimony that God is real and answers prayers has been strengthen. So the rest of the week was fun. On Friday was both the Mission Christmas Activity and the Ward Christmas Activity. For the mission activity we gave gift to the other Elders and Elder Hermansen gave me a lot. The poster I have says J-Biebs Never Say Never, because in the mission the secretaries and other missionaries have a joke that I am Justin Bieber, along with the gifts I got my green card and am now legal in Mexico!! (Hahaha) President shared a message with us and we sang. We also had some really good food, por emploj we had Tamales and I mean authentic Tamales after Turkey, gravy, potatoes and corn (it tasted like home).  We had our ward Christmas Activity later that night and Elder Mendez and I sang in the Choir and helped with the piñatas. The ward also asked me to be Santa Claus for the kids and I just couldn’t say no to that! This is for all who have seen the Santa Claus as I was putting the suit on and putting the pants on I couldn’t help but think in the movie when he lifts the pants and says, this guy must have been huge! So that night I took pics with the ward as Santa and handed out candy to the kids and Ward Members. It was very fun and something the ward members will never forget. The rest of the week was okay. 
Small Christmas Message now. So a favorite Christmas story of mine is the Polar Express. If you’re not familiar with it a boy on Christmas Eve struggling in believing in Santa is invited to go on a magical train to the North Pole to see him with other children. He decides to go, but is still not sure. Once he gets to the North Pole he with the other children wait for Santa Claus. As they wait the Sleigh is ready with the Reindeer and toys. The Reindeer are wearing bells and all the Children can hear except him. One of the bells fly’s off the Reindeer and lands at his feet. He tries to ring it, but it won’t work, he finally decides to believe in Santa and the bell rings. Santa then chooses the boy to be given the first gift of Christmas and he chooses the Bell. Now why do I tell this story because it doesn’t sound like a lot to do with the gospel, but here is the connection. Think of the boy as you before, now or in other parts of your life where your testimony in Christ may have been hard for you to believe and have faith. The boy takes the journey on the train which I liken to the Gospel. He begins to experience all that it has and its great, but he’s still not sure. Finally though it is when he has the bel and decides to discover the gift and desire the faith that it rings in his ear as a familiar sound. The boy later says that the bell began to stop ringing for others, but he could still hear it in his old age. As members of the Church we sometimes struggle with our testimonies, it’s in this moment that we should jump on the train of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and discover the marvelous gift our Savior has given us, and once we do this we then can hear the bell ring in our ear again and have it ring for the rest of our lives. I know without a shout of a doubt that Christ was born of Mary and his whole life was an example of how we should live and how we can return to the father. I know that he performed the perfect atonement for all and that it is a gift for all and is gratis (free) we just need to believe and accept him. I promise you too can hear this bell ring in your ear. Always remember that and remember the true meaning of Christmas the Birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Love You All
Elder Perfili
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
We’ll be underneath the Same Moon


For Family: Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me. So the weeks are really kind of dead during Christmas here in Mexico a ton of parties and the streets were practically dead. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and that you pondered on the life of the Savior. I really love you guys and hope that you can feel that. Also please tell Bro Shepard that I’ll be waiting for him when I return. The work is a little slow like I said earlier, but Elder Mendez and I have a goal this week to contact 100 people! I can’t wait to work on this. Well family I have say I Love You all so much. 

For Blog: 
Hola miss queridos hermanos y hermanas, I hope that all is well with you and you enjoyed your Christmases, because I certainly did. This week I don’t have a ton to tell only that during Christmas that the streets here and the people are practically nonexistent. I wish there were more, but sometimes the work is slow. Christmas was awesome and I was able to skype with my wonderful family and I was glad to see every one of them! We ate so much food on Christmas I felt like I was going to explode, but it was all so good. Hopefully I’ll gain a little weight, because all my clothes are way too big for me because of all the weight I have lost from adjusting to the food. This Christmas was so much fun though because it was all with the members of the church and my family. The rest of the week was kind of sloe, but I still have good news because right now German is still on track to be baptized and all of our less active families are coming to church more often. So my message is going to be short this week because well I don’t have a ton to say about the week, because I can’t remember a ton of it either.

Now for a short message from me. So right now in my mission I am learning a lot about the gospel. So much that sometimes I get a little frustrated with myself when I make a mistake. Nonetheless though this Sunday in our Gospel Principles Class all who were there were able to say something about how this year was for them. I thought about it for a little bit, and I thought some more, and I am still thinking, but this is what I know this year has done for me. I began it as a High school student who was everyday looking forward to my papers and graduating. I was working in both my life skills and spiritual confidence, and I get to end it as a Servant of the Lord. This short and I mean short time in the mission field has shown me a lot though. One that the gospel is real I have seen things that year that testify of that. I have begun to learn more and more about this gospel and in doing so it has begun to change me into a better person than I was before. Still I have struggles and I am still learning as any child of God does, but I know that I don’t ever need to give up either. This gospel is so amazing and the spirit I have felt isn’t always over powering or brings tears, but peace. I know though that God is real as well as The Spirit of God, without it I couldn’t speak Spanish and teach the gospel. This church is so true and there are so many things that point to it. A beautiful thing about this church as well is that we can learn more and more about throughout our lives. I feel so good knowing I have a life time to perfect myself, and I am going to use it to do so. I know would like to invite you as well to continue or discover for the first time how true La Iglesias De JesuCristo De Los Santo De Los Ultimos Dias is true this next year. I know God answering prayers and he will answer yours. I share these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I Love You All
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
We’ll be underneath the Same Moon
Elder Perfili

Monday, December 15, 2014

Pictures from this week!

ward he is serving in

Oh what ward are you serving in right now? 

Las Americas in the Aguascalientes Stake

I will add a couple pictures from this week also.

1st Cambio (transfer)

So my first transfer is down and I can’t believe that the time moved by that fast!

To talk about the work I don’t have too much to say. Right now I’m learning to contact because we are concentrating all our efforts on finding investigators. Exciting news though we do have a Baptismal Date for the end of December with our investigator German. It’s also pretty cool because he found the church through a member and came all on his own, he has come for 4 weeks now. We’ve been working with the less active members a lot and it’s awesome to see that they are coming to church right now.

So I learned on the 12 of December that it is a big holiday here in Mexico, It’s the Virgin Mary’s Birthday. Let me tell you that day was interesting because the streets were dead until night time when all the people were having there parties. My companion told me it’s when the Lamanites come out also, and he was right! Here they have a group of dancers come out and they are wearing Indian type clothing and they perform a dance for the virgin Guadalupe. It was an interesting day. Me and my companion are getting along for the most part and have a lot of fun. We are now able to understand each other a bit better because my Spanish has gotten a lot better. The gift of tongues is real and I thank God for that.

 Also I almost forgot the stake had a big Christmas Choir Yesterday on Sunday. It was fantastic! It was different hearing the music in Spanish, but the spirit I felt was still strong. My favorite was when they sang "Carol of the Bells", it was powerful. They also had a really powerful number with some missionaries were they sang Noel, but in Spanish, English, German, Japanese, and Portuguese. The missionary that sang in Portuguese is in my district and were are pretty new to the mission so we get along really well, but he sings like Andre Boceli it’s really cool. It’s different though when Cambios come around because missionaries that you get to know and enjoy their spirit sometimes have to leave, and this week 3 missionaries that I got to know left. Cambios also can be exciting because my district now has 3 missionaries in training including me! It should be fun. 

Now for the part I love the most. So this week I want to share a Christmas Message. This week I was studying the Christmas story in Matthew, Luke, Helaman, and 3 Nephi. As I read I was reminded of all the times at Christmas we read the story of Christ’s Birth. As I read I could feel the spirit and the same nostalgia of Christmas with my family. Christmas is a time to spend with family and share love for one another this isn’t my message though. In Alma 7 10-14 and Luke 2 in the last few verses we learn about Christ in a very profound way. At the end of Luke we read about how Christ grew in stature and wisdom, and how he was found at the temple conversing with the doctors about God. Mary then asks where were you and why didn’t you tell us as a mother would, but I love Christ’s response. In a way he says this, I am your son on earth, but I am the Son of God and have a work to do while I am here for a short time. In Alma 7 10-14 we read that he is born of Mary and would suffer all manner of affliction so that he would better know of to succor his people. In Spanish succor means “to run to”. My message is this because of the birth of Jesus Christ and because he is the Son of God he came to earth like us human subject to all manner of difficulties and problems, but he did it because of this. One it was the will of the father and a gift from the father to his children that he loves very much, and also to better know how to run to our aide. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that Christmas is to remember his birth, life, and sacrifice for all. I know that Christ knows how to succor his people and that he loves us all so much, of this I testify in his Holy Name Jesus Christ. Amen 
Love, Elder Perfili
God Be With You Till We Meet Again 

Well Both Be Underneath the Same Moon

Monday, December 8, 2014

1 month down in Mexico

So I have a Month in the mission already I can’t believe it! I don’t have a ton of news this week about my area. The work is kind of slow right now and were trying to find new people. Down here we can’t knock doors so it’s a lot of contacting and referrals. It’s interesting though because it doesn’t feel like Christmas fully without all the streets being light up with lights, but there is the occasional house that has its tree in the window and lights out front. I hope that you all have seen the new video the Church produced called He is the Gift or en Español El es la Dádiva. When I was in the MTC I actually got to see it as a devotional and learn how much work the Church has put into this. Right now on Time Square the Church has a huge ad for this video and the ad is the background for a show on MTV. The church also bought an ad on YouTube so that this is the first video people can watch on YouTube. This Christmas share the Gift. Share the knowledge that you have a Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ was born in a manger, grew up as we do and served his mortal ministry among us. That he died on the cross so that we all may return to live in the presence of God if we choose to accept him and believe on his name. 
My Short Message:
Next week I will share a Christmas Message, but I want to share a message from the Book of Mormon. I was reading 2nd Nephi this week and I just love those first four chapters. If you don’t know it is when Lehi is speaking with his children on his death bed. He tells his sons to wake up and to shake the dust off and put on the amour of God. Later he tells of how the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith as a prophesy. Lehi dies and Nephi then writes his Lament. My message is this every day we fight not against flesh and blood, but against the devil and his followers. The armor of God is essential, Wear the Breastplate of Righteousness and have you feet shod with peace, carry the shield of faith to protect yourself from temptation, wear the helmet of salvation and wield the sword of the Spirit of God which is the Word of God. Every day you leave home wear this armor and you to like Nephi you soul will arise and AWAKE with the knowledge that that you don’t need to yield to sin because of your flesh, but that you have a Savior and if you believe him ALWAYS knowing that he has a plan for you, you can have happiness in this life and the life to come.  
Well Both Be Underneath the Same Moon
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
Elder Perfili        

Pictures from town center in Auguascaliente

Birthday cake! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2 Month's out

Some of the Language must be sticking into Elder Perfili's brain because you will notice he spells Nephi two different ways in his letter.  That is because in the Spanish Book of Mormon it is spelled Nefi. 

Thank you to all who have sent him messages and letters I know he is getting them unfortunately he does not do a very good job right now of replying to them.  Please be patient with him like I am trying to be (because he doesn't answer half of my questions either) and continue to write him if you are able to news from home is always welcome.

Again I have to begin by apologizing because my message is going to be short. We spent a lot of time in Centro today looking at the stores and the sites.

I’ll have pics for you all next week. There is just never enough time in the day for anything though. None for studying, none for proselyting and none for resting, but hey that’s missionary life. I'll include the highlights of the week.

So it was my birthday this week. My district surprised me at the district meeting this week with a cake and they sang to me. I also found out its tradition to have your face thrown in the cake. They don’t celebrate Thanksgiving out here! So I didn’t get my turkey and mashed potatoes, but all was well on my birthday. Today I got to have Costco! Also I went to Centro and got to take photos of the Church’s and buildings there as well as do a little shopping. 

Now for the best part. So this week we had interviews with President Villarreal and Hermana Villarreal. In my interview there is a small thing I want to share and it’s similar to last week, but I know its revelation because I have been told the same thing three different times in different forms. It is "Have Righteous Desires". When we Desire we are letting the Lord know that we are ready to work and keep our commandments. In return according to our faith and our obedience he will always help us fully receive and understand what we desire. The weeks haven’t been easy we have been having a rough time finding people, but this week a desire came through and that is an investigator has started to progress. I thank God a lot for this. I also have one more thought. I was reading 1 Nefi 18 I think, but it’s the chapter when Nefi is commanded to build a boat. His brothers begin to mock him and delight in it. Nephi then talks and is filled with the power of God. What I like though is what Nefi says to his brothers. In a way he says this, "You have seen an angel, and witnessed the lord speak to you. You have been blessed every day in the Wilderness with food and the help guide of the Liahona. You know that God led the children of Israel out of Egypt and called Moses as a prophet to do so, and still you deny it and don’t know it." My message is this sometimes we know we need to pray, but were to tired, or read the scriptures, but I don’t have anytime. I’m not perfect with these things all the time either, but just as Nephi I strive to follow the commandments and do those things even though the natural man in me is tired and ready to sleep or not want to. I know that as we are obedient and STRIVE as Nephi we too will be filled with the Spirit and Power of God.

I Love You All
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
We’ll be underneath the Same Moon
Elder Perfili