Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015


Well the week and the progress of missionary work has begun to turn around. In the beginning of the week we were a little worried on what exactly it was exactly that we were going to do to find more people this week to teach. Good thing though this week we have three investigators after this week! I know that may not sound like a lot, but I feel confident that we should be teaching these people. I don’t have too many experiences to tell right now about what happened in the week sorry I know boring, but the work is starting to move along that I am sure of. The greatest thing to see this week though was a Chapel full of members and investigators. The feeling I had seeing our chapel full and the family that we had brought and the two investigators that the sisters brought was a feeling that I would like to have with me always.

Mensaje (Message): 

So as some of you might know, and others maybe not, missionary work is tough. It is hard work with many ups and downs and times that you think what am I doing wrong or what else can I do?  Is there anything I can do? All these thoughts I’m not going to lie have gone through my head every now and then. My thoughts and the experiences kind of reminded me of the experience of the Apostles on the sea when a grand storm is raging, and all are scared that they are going to die. The apostles then wake up the Savior and say in a way, Master help us!! In this moment it is in the fourth watch of the night and the Savior arises and commands the sea by saying, "Peace, Be Still". In missionary work and our lives we sometimes are in a boat on a stormed tossed sea holding on a trying your best to believe that all will be okay. You’re at your limit and you just don’t know if you can hold on any longer....The fourth watch comes and Christ, our Savior and Redeemer, comes to calm us and the sea. This week I learned that we sometimes just need to be patient in our lives and in our work as missionaries and just trust and hold on for as long as we can and then the fourth watch will come and Christ will take care of the rest. It is Christ who is at the Helm of the Ship and the winds and the waves obey his will. Trust in him and know that he will come we just need to trust in his timing. I leave this message with you in the name of Lord and Savior who is Master over All, 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, January 12, 2015

100 Days

Hello Again!

I can’t believe it, but I passed the hundred day mark on the mission already. So again I’m sorry, but the weeks are kind of the same right now. We are looking and searching for people that we can teach and continuing to work with less actives. 

A very cool experience that happened though this week came while doing just that. Elder Mendez and I had been tracking down Less Actives and either none were home or still lived in the addresses. We were both pretty bummed out and then decided we should both pray. We returned to the apartment and once we finished we left for the next house and again nothing, but I saw a man and waved to him in his house. Elder Mendez then said that we should contact him. He then let us into his home and it turns out that he and his family are all members except his youngest daughter. We felt so good that we were led to this family and because of it were are teaching this family and their daughter. The Lord really does hear our prayers, but he also knows when it’s the right time and the right place. I was really glad to see this small experience in my week, and I think that I can contribute it a little to the fact that when were are truly and fully obedient and striving to do better that the Lord is bound to bless us. The rest of the week has been a blur right now Elder Mendez and I are solely focusing on finding people and working with the members to find people. Missionary Work couldn’t be done without the missionaries, but it’s almost impossible without the help of members. 

So my short message this week is what I talked about last week. So if you remember I talked about being obedient to the Lords commandments. The truth I’m not perfect and nor do I think I ever will be. Sometimes when we realize this we get brought down and think well if I’m not ever going to be perfect is there anything that I can even do or maybe we just want to give up sometimes, but that’s the wrong thing to do. For the time I’ve had hear these thoughts were in my head for a little bit and I thought well maybe I’m not being obedient enough and that’s why we haven’t taught a ton or maybe the people just don’t want to hear us so they avoid us. I now think about these thoughts and I probably should have been more positive, because the truth of the matter is completely opposite. If we are doing everything we can to be obedient, but forgetting to be positive in our work then that is what were are going to yield. If we think that this week is going to be great and I’m going to do everything in my power to make it great, the likely result is that it will be. If we think that it’s going to be an okay week we reap and okay week, and if we think poorly, well we get a poor week. Missionary work is all in the State of Mind as well as life. My message is this that we may both realize that our thoughts and actions lead us to our results and if we try to do the best we can then the results will follow. There’s a poem that I love and the last line is this, "It’s when things seem worse that you mustn't quit". Let your thoughts lead you to never give up and receive the rewards that you work and desire. I know that if it is Just that God and Jesus Christ will help us along the way. I testify of that in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

I Love You All,

Elder Perfili

"God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
"We’ll Be Underneath the Same Moon

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

P-day basketball and football (the real one)

Feliz Ano Nuevo

Feliz Año Nuevo or Happy New Year everyone. So again I apologize, but there hasn’t been too many exciting developments this week. Our investigator German hasn’t meet with us in a week and we also haven’t heard from him in a while. The work this week was frustrating I’m not going to lie because a lot of the people were preparing for New Years. Something cool and terrifying at the same time this week was when we had exchanges. For exchanges normally Elder Mendez would go with the Junior Companion in the companionship, but because Elder Meacham is new and American he thought it be a good idea if I went with him in his area. So two greeines for two days work in an area that Elder Meacham hardly knew as well as a language that is still a little foreign to us. All in all though it went great really! We did a lot of contacting to find new investigators and I and I mean both, but I talked I contacted a bus completely full of people. It was a little embarrassing after, but in two days two Americans contacted 50 people!! It felt good after. The rest of the week went slow after New Year’s. Interesting fact here in Mexico the whole country practically shuts down on the first of the year. It almost looked like the Walking Dead. Other than that I having lots of fun and I’m learning a lot about the person I want to be in life. 
For a short message I would like to share the blessing of a New Year. So a New Year is a time to refocus our vision and our goals for this Next Year. As a missionary I have 3 months down (NOOOO!) and I have been learning a lot, about God, Jesus Christ, Mexico, and especially myself. Through all these things I have learned in 2 months and after reflecting on last year as well, I see now what I want to do with this year.....I want to be completely obedient as I can be to become the Missionary that God and Jesus Christ WANT and NEED me to be. New Year is a perfect time for me and for you to rededicate yourself to learning about the Savior Jesus Christ and his Atoning Sacrifice for all. I hope that whatever your goals are that at least one includes the Savior and God.
I Love You All 
"We’ll Be Underneath the Same Moon"
"God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
Elder Perfili