His life packed in 2 suitcases!

His life packed in 2 suitcases!

Monday, 24 July 2017

Act and Not be Acted Upon and AAAAAAAA......P

July 18, 2017

Well I was gonna keep it top secret but looks like Elder Stones spilled the beans hahaha. I am now one of the assistants to President Nelson, my companion is Elder M from Bolivia, and we will be working in the Heyotlipan Ward! That's why I didn't write yesterday, we were greeting the new missionaries, saying goodbye to the old missionaries, and getting everything set up! Elder M is very hard working and he means business, lots to learn from him. This week my pday is Tuesday, but after today it will still be Monday. I am pretty nervous haha but also very excited! Yesterday we went to President Nelsons house (not even in the misión boundaries) with the missionaries who are heading out (Elder P, my dad went home today). Lots of things should be very different now. 
This week we were able to baptise L and S, the two girls in the picture, and their parents are going to get married in August so that they can get baptised too. Such a great family! The dad works everyday except for Sundays, so it's hard to teach him, but he has been reading the Book of Mormon on his own time, and he told us yesterday that he can now say he knows the Book of Mormon is true because it answers his questions when he reads it. It was very sad to say goodbye to them, even though I was only in the Ward for 6 weeks, I feel a lot of love for them. Pretty powerful. Elder A also had changes, so two new missionaries are there now, Otto Comins boy Elder Allen is one of them! I honestly feel very happy about the work we did in Amalucan. It was known to be one of the hardest wards and zones in the misión, with the smallest area to proselyte, but we didn't listen to what they said and just worked hard! Big lesson there. Also the zone is leading the whole misión right now in baptisms in July! 

The culture of the misión here is changing and I am loving it! Should be a very crazy few months here!
Great to hear about everyone getting married though!

Love you all, 
Elder Lethaby

July 24, 2017

It has been a very weird, crazy week. 
We prepared and gave over 8 hours of training this week, went to the Noche de Salientes (not sure how to say that in English) which was in Presidents house which is very nice and not in the mission boundaries, and I learned a lot of things that we do here that I never even thought about who prepared all that stuff before. It's honestly a lot of fun though! I got to see every one of my companions from my whole mission this week and they are all doing great! Sometimes I feel like I'm not doing anything because we have just been in the office doing things on computers every day, but we have also had a lot of fun, and spiritual experiences. 
That's a lot of things that I didn't expect! Congrats Lance! And Niki (Tagg) and Shane (Cuckow)! And everyone! 
Sounds like things are going good though.
From what Elder Al and S are saying, the fam we baptised last week is going good, they get along with them just as well as we did! 
The white shirts are a miracle (his shirts still look white!)! And now we have a real washing machine and everything! Like the kind where you just push buttons. We also have a lot of cockroaches in our house though :(

I think the main thing I am learning here so far is how to be autosuficient (spanglish?). I still have my companion, but now there isn't a senior or junior companion, there's no district leader to call, and president is a very busy man haha, so I am learning to think for myself. I think before the mission and on the mission we often have a lot of questions like, do I have to talk to my bishop about that? Or does that count as a new investigator? Or is it ok to see that movie? We always want someone else to draw the line for us, we always want an answer of yes or no, and in this process we stop taking advantage of our personal agency. We honestly just have to think about what is the will of the Father in these situations, and do it! We have to get to the point where we think in the same way that the Father thinks, and then the answers will be clear. It's something we are trying to teach in the mission, like I shared in the scripture last week I think, we are to act, not be acted upon. (2 Nephi 2:26) I invite everyone to try to think in this way, to be independent but not selfish or prideful, but to be able to discern the good from the bad. 

That's what has been on my mind, hope it helps someone! 
Have a good week,
Love you all!
Elder Lethaby


Questions Answered:

What service did you give your companion this week?This morning I washed the dishes that they hadn't washed the whole week last week hahaha.

What have you learned to cook??:( oatmeal

Favourite scripture of the week?2 Nephi 2 26, are we people that act? That make things get done? Or just wait and let things happen and hope they're good things?

26 And the Messiah cometh in the fulness of time, that he may redeem the children of men from the fall. And because that they are  redeemed from the fall they have become free forever, knowing good from evil; to act for themselves and not to be acted upon, save it be by the punishment of the law at the great and last day, according to the commandments which God hath given.

What have you learned about your new Bishop, and how can you help him best? (Note: asked before we knew he was transferred)I can't help him much now hahaha because I'm not serving in his Ward now, but he seems to be organizing and training the leaders of the Ward more.

Did you get my letter with the stickers in it? Robyn Mulligan designed those, and sells them…also the patches.
Ya it just got here and they are really cool, Elder Barfuss was hyped too!

Will you travel to most parts of the mission with President Nelson?
Yup! In a few weeks we are just going to go to zone conferences all week with him, and sometimes if he wants to go on divisions with other Elders he will bring us along. 

What do you think of Sister Nelson?
She is one of the most impressive women I know. She does like 1000 sit ups every morning or something I heard, like literally. Has a hard time with the language, but everyone loves her a lot. Big fan. 

Scripture of the week?
2 Nefi 15: 25, and also the whole chapter. But I like this verse a lot because I was feeling kinda disappointed in myself this week but it helped me understand the atonement. 

 25 Therefore, is the anger of the Lord kindled against his people, and he hath stretched forth his hand against them, and hath smitten them; and the hills did tremble, and their carcasses were torn in the midst of the streets. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

What cheers you up when things don’t seem to be going the way they should?
This week we weren't able to teach a single lesson with investigators (we had appointments but had to cancel), so I was feeling a lot of that this week, like I'm working hard but I think now that my work has to be focused differently so it feels like I'm not doing much. The scripture above helped me a lot though. 

Strangest thing you saw this week?
The streets at 1:00 in the morning, that is a weird sight. 

Mom saw this sign…You can’t please everyone…you’re not an avocado! Hope you’ve learned to love them! Avocados I mean!
I love them a lot. :) 


Monday, 10 July 2017

Shout out to Sam Turner x 2 and Latino Jesus Picture

Hi Mom! :)
This week was good! We had the stake presidency come yesterday and they called a new bishop which I was kinda sad about because our bishop was a lot of fun, but it sounds like the members are all very happy. The new bishop is Bishop B who was the bishop 18 years ago for 8 years, and they called him again! The old bishop will be able to sit with his family for the first time now, because he has been in bishoprics since he got married! The new Bishop is very strict and he means business which is good news as missionaries!
ALSO turns out Sam Turner served in this ward (Amalucan), found his name in the area book after a less active member asked me if I knew him. Ask him if he remembers Zenif Sanchez! Pretty cool to think about that. The second time someone has asked me if I knew him in my mission. 
This week the girls of the R family are gonna get baptized! L (13) has been going to the youth conference dance rehearsals like 5 times every week and they are both excited! Mom is gonna go try to get married this week too, so she should be coming up quick. Dad is progressing slower because he's only home on Sundays, but he's supportive. We went to eat breakfast with them today, and I shared the maple syrup you sent mom! Big fans. Chocolate pancakes too! They are a very special family, who are following what the spirit has told them even with opposition from other family members. Mom has told us many times that she considers us part of her family :) Her 20 year old son passed away a year ago today, and she was so happy when we taught about the plan of salvation :) Good memories there. 

I loved what you wrote mom, that's very true that lots of times we are super cold in the church. Yesterday, in a meeting with the ward mission leaders of the stake, one brother talked about that, how the bishop, the missionaries, and the ward mission leader should always be at the door greeting everyone to set the example, but you can and should do it too! The whole ward should be like ushers haha.

Good week, still big fan of the mighty Amalucan ward. 
Love you guys lots, thanks for your prayers!
Elder Lethaby

Questions answered:

Do you need new music sent to you?
No we can download the music from the offices of the mission and my current companion was a secretary before so he has it all!

Thanks for the pics of your comp…but I thought you wanted one of you together!
I will try harder this week, camera is dead right now but, I will start don't worry!

Have you taken pictures of each of your apartments? Curious minds want to know!
This one still no, but the other two yes. 

Ever have water issues? Shower, drinking, rain?
No not really, just sometimes we run out of gas so we have to take cold showers. 

Do you ever use music when you teach? It can really bring the Spirit.
With Elder Navas we did a lot, Elder Andazola sings real good so we should get into it. We have been showing more videos though and last night the video brought tears to the whole family! Mountains to climb is the video ( https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2013-01-003-mountains-to-climb?lang=eng ) 

Any advise to give those missionaries that will be heading out in the next couple of months?
Advice: Invite friends to church with you, it's not hard at all when you're at home and you will wish you had done it later. 


my comp with the painting of Jesus with a claw hand, scary eyes, and a laser beam

“EL ESTANDARTE DE LIDERAZGO A LA MANERA DEL SEÑOR”
“En memoria de nuestros llamamientos sagrados de servir a Jesucristo, y nuestras familias del pasado, presente y futuro, y las promesas proféticas a nuestros hermanos de esta tierra prometida.”
“Como líderes de la Misión Mexico Puebla Norte, hacemos convenio con nuestro Dios de que seremos ejemplos a todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas al obedecer con exactitud por las razones correctas, olvidándonos de nosotros mismos, y consagrando nuestra vida al Señor ahora y para siempre. Estamos comprometidos a aceptar lo que merezcamos cuando rindamos cuentas al Señor.”






"THE STANDARD OF LEADERSHIP IN THE WAY OF THE LORD"

"In memory of our sacred calls to serve Jesus Christ, and our families of the past, present and future, and the prophetic promises to our brethren of this promised land."
"As leaders of the Mexico Puebla Norte Mission, we make a covenant with our God that we will be examples to all our brothers and sisters by obeying accurately for the right reasons, forgetting ourselves, and consecrating our life to the Lord now and forever. We are committed to accepting what we deserve when we are accountable to the Lord. " 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

A Very Weird Experience

June 26th, 2017
Hey!
This week was very weird because we had intercambios 2 times, interviews with President Nelson, I went to 2 district meetings, and worked with my companion only 2 days in the whole week. Good stuff though. On Tuesday I went to the mountains (Tlachichuca) with Elder S (my son) and got to work with him. He has a lot more confidence than he did before which is great to see, he teaches exactly how I taught when I was with him and he told me I changed a lot hahaha. I think what changed is that I love the people now. I thought I did before but I also thought about how they were going to help me, not how I was gonna help them. Probs the prettiest area in the mission, but very far away. 
On Thursday I got to work with Elder N again. He has also changed but not that much. We got really wet but also had a super spiritual experience with a sister whose son got home early from his mission for health problems one day before. We talked about the atonement, and testified that HF is very happy with her and her son. Honestly have missed those two lots! 
Getting along great with companion even though we still don't have pics together. He's a lot like Ben Palmer, like he has glasses and tells the same kind of jokes that I have to think about a lot. 

I know that Jesus Christ is my Saviour! 
Love the mission. 
Elder Lethaby

Prettiest Area



July 3, 2017
Hey this week was good!  Very weird experience:
The couple we found 4 weeks ago that want to get sealed got back from their trip but the bf was supposed to be like with the marines for 4 months so when he showed up we were very surprised. The story is that something happened with his mind and he forgot the last 7 years of his life. He didn't remember us, his girlfriend, his son, his tattoos, everything that happened in the last 7 years. Super weird but also can't remember why he stopped going to church which is good haha. He is pretty depressed though because of that. So we were teaching them yesterday and we were focusing more on the gf at first but I realised he wasn't ok, and we changed the topic completely and focused on him. He opened up a ton and shared with us all of his feelings. I felt a very specific prompting to be kinda bold and tell him he had to stop focusing on himself and serve others. It was cool because I think that has been the greatest change in me in my mission up to this point, so I could really testify of it. The spirit was so strong, they trust us more now, and the gf accepted to be baptised! Just gotta love them! AND he wants to prepare himself to baptise her! 

A bit more time in our area this week, lots of miracles in the zone with areas that had had a lot of struggles, that finally got people to church! 

Trying to do things differently a lot here, and the bishop recognised it in his talk at church this week about how the missionaries have started to change things, and they need to follow! Great ward though, we are going to have lots of baptisms I think!

Love the Lord, love you guys!
Elder Lethaby

Finally got a picture of his companion...just not together!
And Elder Lethaby's carnivore instincts are being satisfied...obviously!!

Respuestas:

If a good area means giving away 6 ties…does that mean you could use a few more?
I could always use more ties :) 

How rainy has it been? Up to your ankles rain like Elder Stones has mentioned?
Some days yes. I got to work with Elder Navas again this week and the street was flooded probably like 8 inches .

Have you had tres leche? One of the elders here was asking.
Like the cake? Ya that's like the only cake there is, but I'm not a fan honestly.

When have you felt loved this week?
When our family that's gonna get baptised told us we are part of their family and invited us to go eat breakfast with them today for our pday. 

How do you do laundry in this new area?
WE HAVE A WASHING MACHINE IN OUR HOUSE! It's a pretty cheap one but it works.

Have you been close to the volcano yet in any of your areas or exchanges?
Yup in my first area!

How do your shoes hold up in the rain?
Pretty good still, the brown ones are holding up

Still have your umbrella? Shane went through a few.
No I'm now on number 2

Did you celebrate Canada day in a small way?
Used my Canada day tie (even though a bird pooed on it) and called Elder Barfuss and he invited me to eat poutine but I couldn't go.

English classes? Or harder to organise than you thought? You will need the help of the members, as one on one is important when learning to converse, so you break out into smaller groups and work with the students. I’ve had spiritual experiences in class when we bear testimony of family, or freedom, etc. One student said she felt goosebumps when we talked.
They're going good, this week the bishop talked about how we have to work differently as a ward and used that as an example, so hoping more go this week. 

Best moment of the week?
Stay tuned for big email. 

Best advise from your mission pres?
Mmmm use bug spray and drink water. Wise man, also used to be a doc.

Monday, 19 June 2017

EL TIEMPO HA LLEGADO! MEXICO 2K17 YEEEE


THE TIME HAS COME! MEXICO 2K17 YEEEE

This week was kinda cool cuz Elder Pino, a seventy, came to visit the mission. He spoke to 3 zones on Thursday, 3 zones on Friday, and the leadership council on Saturday. He said he was talking to President Monson and the 12 on Wednesday and asked what we need to change in Mexico to start baptising more. He said the only answer was "work with the members". President Hinkley said many years ago that if we do that, we can double the baptisms every year in the church. Right now the mission is baptising about half or a little more of the monthly goal of 100 baptisms every month, so we talked on Saturday about what we are gonna change to reach that goal. This week we have a meeting with our bishop to talk about a ward mission plan. We are going to try to have a FHE  (family home evening) EVERY night with members and investigators, and when our plans fall through we are going to go visit ALL the members. President Monson got the Canadian mission to baptise 5 times more every year in just 3 years through this process. 

I wanted to share a spiritual thought from this week that we have been teaching with the members. In Matthew 4 it talks about when Jesus fasted for 40 days, how Satan tempted him, and then after all of that angels finally came to visit him and comfort him. I invite you now to read that story again and look at the Joseph Smith translation in verse 11, it makes a huge difference to the story and helps us understand the nature of Christ a little bit more. We have to serve even when we are in the hardest moments.

  1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
  2. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
  3. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
  4. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
  5. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
  6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
  8. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
  9. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
  10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
  11. Then the devil leaveth him, and now Jesus knew that John was cast into prison, and he sent angels, and, behold, they came and ministered unto him (John)

This week was awesome, lots of people went to church again and I feel like the members trust us a lot. That's another thing that Elder Pino talked about, when we walk into a house, the members should feel like Captain Moroni is in their living room, we have to get to that point where the members and investigators just feel such a strong, spiritual presence when we are there. 

What else to say, but we are doing great and teaching really good families!
Love you all lots, lovin the mission,
Elder Lethaby


PS If you could send me a kendama that would be cool, kinda miss it.


Note from mom: Sent pics of the "new" Bowness High School and Elder Lethaby said, "Wow. Bowness is handsome."

Also sent pics of it being light at 10:30pm, and he said, "My companion doesn't believe it."

Elder Lethaby and Elder Stones together again after the MTC


Calgary Police 1/2 Marathon sweatshirt in Puebla!
 

Monday, 12 June 2017

One of the BEST weeks of my mission

June 5th, 2017

Cambios!

I am now in Amalucan ward, after almost a year, I finally left the Tlaxcala zone. Elder A is my new companion, he is from New Mexico (first American comp but still kinda Mexican because his parents are from Mexico), he is a convert of 5 years, the only member in his family still, used to be secretary in the mission, has 17 months in the mission, very obedient, very humble, hyped! Our area is in the city, which is a change but it looks pretty nice even though its very small. Should be good stuff here, I think we are gonna teach English.
It was pretty hard to say goodbye to Totolac though, especially after such a good week. The picture I sent is of the J and his family. They changed their lives (and keep changing their lives). This week we started teaching the two kids who are there in white shirts. The weren't living with him before, and just got there because they decided how they were living their lives wasn't working out to well.  They told us when they got there, they saw a light in their father that they hadn't seen before, and they both want to change. The one who has a son read up to 1 Nephi 15 in 3 days before we even got there, and 2 days later received a call from the mother of his son asking for his help and he will now see his son 2 times a week. The whole family went to church this week. J and his son D went to help clean the church on Saturday and got there at 7am, before us! He also shared his testimony on Sunday about how he can't wait for his son to go on a mission. 
This family showed me why we are here. I am so grateful to have known them, and will miss them a lot, but also will visit them. One of the sons asked me if I could ask permission to come back and baptise him in 2 weeks, but I don't think I can. 
You can tell it was a great ward for me because I gave away 6 ties hahaha. 
SO SO HAPPY to have had this experiecne and many others in Totolac, and I know I will have more like that here. 
This is the work of Jesus Christ, I am striving every day to do exactly what he would do. I know that if I live like this, I can start to expect miracles in my life. 

Love you all so much!
Elder Lethaby

PS your packages got here, 2 big ones with lots of Canadian stuff, and thanks a lot for that! My companions enjoyed them a lot even though it made packing much harder yesterday. 





June 12th, 2017

One of the best weeks of my mission.
I was honestly pretty nervous to come here because I have heard it is a very very hard area. The first few days this week I understood why I had heard that. We walked all day looking for people to teach, getting rained on, and teaching like 1 or 2 lessons every day. Even the members all work during the day so we couldn't even go meet many of them until the night. We decided very quickly that we have to do things differently because the work here CAN work, but not in the way we had been working, and the way my companion had been working with Elder P for the last 3 months. We decided to make a covenant with the Lord, we started offering service, we organised an English Class, and the miracles started coming!
It's very different in this new area, last Sunday they cut our area which was already very small in half. We still have the half with almost all the members, but we can now walk from one end of our area to the other in about 20 minutes. A big part of it is just a TON of apartments. We have gotten into playing frisbe in the morning but there is also a giant outdoor obstacle course in our area so we can go there too if we wake up a bit early.
We were walking and a couple called us over. The man is a member who has been less active for many years, and his girlfriend isn't a member, but he told us right away that he wants to marry her in the temple in 1 year and he wants our help. They got to church early on Sunday, she loved it and says she wants to go again! He also told us he never wanted to stop going but for things that were happening in his family he couldn't. Still don't know them very well, but that was a huge tender mercy! 
We also have a sister who we are teaching who wants to get baptised, and this week her whole family went for the first time! Her youngest daughter turns 8 today! Her other daughter is 13 and this week when someone asked her what religion she is, she said she's a Mormon! We felt the spirit so strong when we taught them about temples, and that they can be together forever and see their other brother (who died a year ago) again one day. The Lord has blessed us so much so far! We had more people come to church this week than I have had in like 6 months. 

Jesus Christ Lives! I feel his mercy, support and love every day. I know every step, every idea that we have, every success we have in His work is thanks to HIM! So happy to be here, comp is a great guy too!

Love you all.
Elder Lethaby

P.S. The bishop is 33 years old, listens to heavy metal music, plays in a rock band, and is one of the most inspiring men I have met up to this point in my mission. I think he inspired us to do things differently. Super passionate and concerned about the work. WE HAVE TO SERVE IF WE WANT THE CHURCH TO GROW!!!!


Questions Answered:

What do you do with your passport?
It's in the offices of the mission.

Do you have some kind of ID you need to carry in Mexico?
My green card, my Canadian licence and my missionary licence.

Did you know it’s Canada’s 150 Birthday this year? That’s the logo on the shirt I sent. And why all the Canada stuff!! July 1st is the day!
Thought so! Hahaha everyone thought it was pretty funny all the Canadian stuff. HBD!

Did you get permission to go back to baptise J’s son? I also doubt you could, but sometimes you just have to ask! Or get him to!
Mmm didn''t even ask honestly haha but I will get on that, I'm pretty far away now though and we have a meeting the day of his baptism so I don't think I can.

So how excited are you for those girl's mission calls? Amy’s has also submitted…playing the waiting game.
VERY! One very close to me and the other very fitting for Emma, she loves the temple! Very excited that Ana is gonna serve there, super close to my mission I think! Also Emma. Their missions suit them. It was about time Ana went to Mexico if she's gonna keep saying she's Mexican!

Still ZL?
Yes still zone leader.

Any tender mercies this week?
Yes, lots, I will talk about them in the big email.

What is the ward like?
They just changed the boundaries twice in like a month, so the boundaries are now TINY! The members are still getting to know each other, but individually are very strong, especially the leaders. The bishop is very young and creative (33 years old).

When exactly are transfer days for you?
Mondays, every 6 weeks.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Eat Cactus when in Mexico! And enjoy "snow"!

May 22nd
This week was nice because we worked more in our area! I don't remember if I told you but a few weeks ago we received a referral of a sister that has been to church lots of times, has been going to institute and that wanted to get baptized! She's gonna get baptized this week! She was sick the whole week and yesterday she couldn't go to church because of it, like didn't even go to university, so we thought we would have to change the date, but we went to visit her last night and she told us she prayed about it and feels that she shouldn't wait! Great example for her family. Only sad part is that I barely know her because it was all so fast hahah. 
O, our X-drug addict has had a hard time with letting go of smoking :( but this week he stayed put the whole sacrement meeting, but he has to stop smoking completely this week if he is gonna get baptized on the day we have planned so please pray for him. Also his mom went to church again and she LOVED it even though she says she's super catholic and is never going to change :) 
We also had our zone conference this week and it was one of the best I have been to! President asked the missionaries who are converts to share their stories, and it was very spiritual. The thing they said was that they don't remember anythig of what the missionaries taught them, they just remember how they felt. We have started focussing on giving our investigators experiences instead of just lessons. We have to do things differently! We have also been focussing a lot on the sacrament in our lessons, and even though the invitation to church and the invitation to the sacrament are almost the same, there is a very different spirit when we teach about the sacrament. 

Scott Wolff does get it! The work is never over! I like your spiritual thought a lot mom, feel free to share it on my blog, and also I was reading in Matthew 10 this week when Jesus called his apostles and it goes along with that too. Spiritual thought:
It’s about being part of a royal army. "Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I sent for many hunters, and they shall have them from your mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” Jeremiah 16:16
President Monson said, "the priesthood represents a mighty army of righteousness – even a Royal army. We are led by a prophet of God. In supreme command is our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our marching orders are clear. They are concise. Matthew describes our challenging these words from the Master: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19)


I will keep Sam Palmer in my prayers, that boy has too much potential to let something like that slow him down, he is going to be a very good missionary. 
Thanks for everything that you do for me! I love to tell people about the blessings of the gospel I have seen in my own family, and try to live in a way that represents the fruit of teaching our children the principles of the gospel. Keep serving with all your heart, might, mind and strength!

Love you all!
Elder Lethaby

May 29th

Hello!
This week was one of the best I have had in the mission honestly. I feel like the Lord is pleased with my progress in the work, and personally. 
M got baptized! She was the golden referal that had already gone to church lots and was going to institute and wanted to get baptized before we started teaching her. 70 people were at her baptism so we had to have the service in the chapel, she has a lot of family that are members. Her uncle that is in the picture was in the font with her and started crying and took a while to baptize her because he was way too happy! After, she shared her testimony about just how good she felt, even if she didnt know everything, she knows it's true because she feels it. That's all we need. After the baptism, her uncle came to us and said, "Thank you Elders, you have no idea how long we have been waiting for this moment." We honestly didn't do much, what did it, was the faith, example, and prayers of her family. She was so prepared and I know that she will serve faithfully in this church for her whole life (and more). I also know that her family will soon follow. 
We also started teaching a man whose girlfriend of like 15 years is a member, but he hasn't been able to get baptized becuase she can't (or hasn't) gotten a divorce from her previous marriage. He talks about how he wants to get sealed in the temple and do baptisms in the temple, and he knows his ancestors are getting impatient with him. We decided to talk to the stake mission leader who also happens to be a lawyer and we explained him the situation and he said he can get them divorced and married again in less than a month! After 15 years of waiting, another prayer is being answered. 
We should never lose hope, or think that our prayers aren't working. Sometimes God needs to test our obedience and patience. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work as the hands of the Lord and for the moments I have had when I know that I have been an angel in the life of someone else. This is His work, we just get to help. But it is so cool to help!

Have a great week, thanks for all that you do for me!
Love you
Elder Lethaby


Questions Answered:

May 22nd
How goes the sister who had the dream about her grandpa? Getting taught?
Mmm havent talked to her because she's not from our area, but her daughter went to church this week (she is from our ward) and we have a FHE (Family Home Evening) with them both tonight so we will see :)

What lesson did you learn this week? Life lesson? Money lesson? Spiritual lesson? People skill lesson? Companion lesson?!
That we can really trust in prayer. We had a lesson with a family of only women because the dad was working and the brother that was gonna go with us canceled so we had to teach outside, but then it was gonna rain so we said a prayer and even though there was thunder and lightning all around us, the rain didn't start until the closing prayer :)

Is it getting hot again? Even in the evenings?
Today it was very hot! The house is always hot at night and cold in the morning. But overall yes it's getting hot

Is it weird that you don’t really get that many more daylight hours? It’s light until about 10:00pm right now here at home, and the sun is up before 5. LOVE IT!
No but I do tell people about that a lot and they don't believe it

Do you have any regrets on your mission so far, and how can you make sure it doesn’t happen again?
Not really because I have learned from them all, and I wouldn't be able to progress without mistakes. 


May 29th
Did your referral sister get baptised?
YEEEEEE she got baptized real good!

How’s Oscar doing on his smoking? Buy him big packs of gum!
Mmm not too good :( 

What hard life lesson did you learn this week?
I learned to be more punctual; a family we were going to teach left when we got there 10 minutes to the lesson and when we called them they said "well we were waiting for you at 8:00 like you told us you were going to come."

Name some service your companion did for you. Name a service you did for him.
My companion always does little things for us when I am showering or calling someone that I don't notice until after, like call the lunch appointment for the next day to give them their reading asignment or just get things organized. I have to repent because I can't think of how I served him this week, hoping that means it has become so normal that I don't remember and not that I don't serve him. 

Any new foods you tried? New region sometimes means new foods (or spices).
We eat gorditas, nopales(cactus), and tlacoyos. Those are some very comon foods here. (Note from mom: See the pics I added from the internet)

Tlacoyos recipe













SNOW!!!!



 Zone Conference (Elder Lethaby back, center and Elder Barfuss far left)


San Juan Totolac 


Thursday, 18 May 2017

We saw Pyramids - pics

Hey we went to a place called Cacaxtla today and also to a bull ring and it was fun but we don't have much time now so I will just share this weeks hits:

we had a cool experience with another reference of a member who went with her friend to the temple on Saturday. We went to visit her after and she told us that she had a dream a little while ago that she was in a room with her grandpa and her kids and that her grandpa (who died a long time ago) told her to take care of her kids, and that when she went to the visitors centre, she recognised the pictures of the temple from that dream! 

We started teaching a woman and her sister who went to church with their uncle when they were little but now they haven't gone much but then she got a blessing and was healed and started going to church again in another ward and institute by herself but now we are gonna teach them and hopefully their family and they're gonna get baptised. 

Recent converts went to temple for the first time, the girl I sent a picture of a lil while ago and her dad and brother! First time I have seen that happen with people we taught or baptised! 

Talked with the fam and it was nice. :) I am so grateful for my family. I feel like I have changed a lot though hahah.

We have been so happy and busy and we have spiritual experiences every day! LOVE being a narry.

Love you all so much!
Elder Lethaby


Pyramid Visit



Elder Barfuss 



Pyramid 



View from the pyramid



Bull Ring


Sunday, 14 May 2017

Sacrament is Personal

YEEEE
I like what you said about enjoying it all and not getting to stressed and just work hard and have faith but ENJOY it!
This week I learned an important lesson about that. In a meeting with President Nelson and a few other missionaries this week we were talking about the importance of the Sacrament and that maybe by focusing more in that, more investigators will come to church. We learned a lot about the importance of that up to the point that we decided that the key indicator of "Investigators in sacrament meeting" will now be "Investigators who are there for the sacrament" meaning that if they get there late, it doesn't count! I think President has a very good point, if we aren't participating in the way Heavenly Father wants in the sacrament, nothing that we do in the week really counts! We have to teach that to the investigators to change the culture of the church! We applied that this week and I was able to have a more spiritual experience and enjoy the moment to sit still and think about how I can improve in my service, and love this week. Presidente also said something like, "The whole week we are to be thinking about everyone else, but during the sacrament is the only time the whole week that you can think about yourselves, so enjoy it!" So glad to come from a ward where almost everyone gets there early!

We also had our MTC for members activity this week and it was honestly really spiritual. We talked about some ways that we can share the gospel, but the main theme was forgiveness. When the ward mission leader suggested that I was pretty confused, but then I got it. How can we build up a ward if the members don't get along? Someone new will come and they will feel the contention right away. We watched a video from Elder Holland that I don't know what its called in English but it talks about just letting other people repent, don't dig up the past. And then we showed the way we are going to work with them! We have been working with the members so much that honestly we don't have too many investigators, but these last two weeks, the result has been that the way we find new investigators is by contacting them in sacrament meeting because their friends are bringing them! One sister brought a friend and she is also gonna take her to the visitors centre in the temple this Saturday! I like the way we are working and I think we will start to see a lot of success now. Love the things I am learning on the mission every day. Love my Saviour Jesus Christ, and I know that we really can talk to our heavenly Father in prayer. I hope everyone is happy and free of stress at home! See you next week! 

Love,
Elder Lethaby

P.S. Got to work in Teotlaltzingo for the first time since I left the area and a brother that we started teaching in my last week there is gonna get baptised and I got to teach him again! 



Questions Answered:

Did you make it to the pyramids?No the youth and YSA of the ward had the day off so we all went to play soccer instead but next week!

How are your eyes doing? Still 20/20?I think so! haha

Do you wear sunglasses?Never

Did Cinco di Mayo (probably butchered that!) go away pretty quietly, or was a it a big deal?Hahaha honestly didnt even realise that was a thing. We went to Puebla for a meeting that day and that's literally where all of cinco de mayo started and we didn't see of hear a thing.

Who are you teaching right now, and what’s the best thing about one of them?We are teaching one man named O that is the brother of a member in the ward and he used to have SUPER heavy drug problems but then he went to rehab and now he isn't using drugs (still smoking) but he wants to change a lot. He can't control his body very well because of the effect of the drugs and so he is like really really shaky to the point that others have to feed him. Despite all of that though, with all the health problems, he made it to church for the first time and today we are gonna invite him to be baptised! Lots of problems but he is showing a desire to change.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Short!

Wowsers! Elder Barfuss is in our zona hahaha so we decided to go to their district meeting this week so I could see him hahha and my companion did a practice with him and was pretty surprised by how well he's doing with the language. We gossiped a bit too :) I think we are gonna invite them to go see some pyramids this Monday too! Good guys, him and his trainer are twins haha. 

Gained the trust of the members a lot I think because we decided to go visit ALL of them and work with ALL of them and today we are going to 2 FHE's (Family Home Evening).
The singing in lessons is going good, brings the spirit a lot and then they remember who else needs to hear the gospel. Mmmm ya that's about all I got time for haha so sorry, will write more next week. 

Highlights of the week cuz not much time:


Taught a lesson in a tree, kinda fun I guess, but didn't go to church :(


F got baptised :))))



Love ya
All good here. 
Elder Lethaby 


Questions Answered:

How’s the new companionship working out?
Just great! He's got a lot of experience and good ideas of things we can change and improve here but also is very humble and open to my ideas and I feel more confident about everything now. I am still the junior companion but I feel like we are very 50 50 in everything :)

Do you want help with ideas for doing a Family History Fair?
Sure!

Will you be able to Skype on the 14th (Sunday), or will it be on your regular p-day?
No the 14th is our plan

Favourite scripture this week…most meaning or “aha” moment?
In Alma 10 where it talks about the way Alma as a missionary was working with the members (Amulek), and we are going to share it in a bit in a FHE. Should read it and think about how you can help!

Monday, 24 April 2017

Dead dogs but kinda pretty?

Hello!
We had changes today! I'm still here in Totolac but now with Elder P from Monterrey, the second one from there! He is another very good missionary haha. He has 19 months in the mission and is super humble and obedient and diligent from what I have heard. Super excited to be here with him! I don't know why I have been so blessed with good companions, but this time I think it's because we have a lot of work to do in the zone. The 3 district leaders here all have less than 6 months and are all Americans that don't speak much Spanish and 2 of them are district leader for the first time haha so we had a lot of questions from them today. Also like 15 of the 22 missionaries in the zone are arriving today, 4 areas opening their area. I know a lot of people won't get what that all means but just trust that it's crazy. 

This week was hard but we also learned a lot. We had to travel a ton (6 hours one day) so we weren't in our area much but we started our project that we are going to do with our new ward mission leader. He just got back from his mission so its kinda like having another companion. We are going to visit EVERY member of the ward and teach a lesson with 1 Nephi 8 that we prepared that includes praying on our knees and singing hymns and really, really invite the spirit. Then we are going to invite them to think about the blessings they have received through the gospel in their lives using this story and invite them to a missionary activity that is gonna be like an MTC for members (CCMM). It will cost us a bit of work and we might not see the results right away but we are confident that it will work and we basically plan to assign members as district leadesr that we will call every night and they will work to complete goals of how many friends they will invite to church in their "District". There are people who haven't found the truth just because they don't know where to find it, and others who haven't shared the truth just because they don't know how. So we're gonna teach them! I sent a bit of this plan to Bro Velazquez so I hope they can do something similar in our ward. The members have to help and I know they are willing in the Tuscany Ward, we just have to learn how.
READ PREACH MY GOSPEL! 

I have been very tired but I feel the spirit pushing me on. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that he love us so much! This is His work and if we don't embark in it, we are missing out on so many blessings. Help the missionaries, trust in them, pray for references to give them. That is how we have been able to have success here, and I know we will have more soon! 

Love you so much!
Elder Lethaby



Questions Answered:

So, did you get your box of treats? Take a picture so I can get a deal!
still no :(

How’s the rain…still wet? Does that mean your area actually has a spring, with trees blooming and flowers coming up?
No isn't raining much and its pretty brown with dead dogs a lot but its also kinda pretty 

If you had to make a list of qualities you want to improve on, what would they be?
Being friendly, being less serious, being more humble, studying better, and seeing people like God sees them.

Have you listened to the conference talks and then taken action on anything? What?
The talk that you sent me a quote I think about acting on the first impression, gotta do it or God won't trust you 

Who have you observed exhibiting kindness this week? What was it? What did you learn?
A sister woke up at 6:30 to cut our hair this morning because we had to go to Puebla for the changes and Elder N had really long hair hahaha

Where are you reading in the Book of Mormon right now?
I am reading in Alma 45 or something around there. Bien power 

Who is your favourite person right now and why?
Well Jesus Christ but that is always so I will give you a more temporary answer. Elder N! Because he honestly taught me so much about why we do this work. I understood before that we had to do it and that we had to work hard, but he taught me to do it for the right reasons and that is something that I really needed that will change my life. 

Did you get special Easter dinners…new traditional foods?
*Semana Santa dinners* because Easter isn't really a thing here. But no not really honestly haha the food was the same. 

Have you had Mole yet?
Yes we eat mole a lot!


Elder Barfuss got here today (cousin of Ben) :) Now I am not the only Canadian and he has a very good trainer. 

Monday, 17 April 2017

2 weeks in one (because mom was busy getting through training!)

April 10, 2017

Ugh so sorry for being bad at emailing, its the second most stressful part of the week (next to waiting for the investigators to arrive at church).

One family that we were thinking about dropping at the beginning of the week had a super powerful spiritual experience and the one sister was literal on her knees crying begging her Father for forgiveness after just a super simple Book of Mormon story. This book is so powerful, if I have learned one thing in the mission it is just how true that book is. She didn't make it to church but she talked to her boss and he's gonna let her take Sundays off now so that she can go to church! And her mom and 2 kids went to church! One of the kids was super bored and hungry in sacrament meeting but then he left primary HYPED! So I think they will keep coming haha. Every time we teach them, more keep coming. Honestly we felt the spirit carrying us from lesson to lesson, guiding us so much this week, and I feel that its because we (I) am learning so much about humility, something that I never knew I had so little of until I got to this area. 
A super weirdly large number of people died this week here, like every excuse we heard for why they couldn't go to church or why they had to change the appointment was that someone died, so I get to testify of the plan of salvation this week lots! 

I have been helping my comp with his English a lot this week haha trying to get him to teach me in English with the Book of Mormon  and he normally just says, "Book of Mormon, I love you!" But really that's all they need to know!

I love my Saviour so much, and I am so grateful for the opportunity He gives us to progress and change and repent in this life. He has helped me progress so much with the language (by the way that really was a miracle how real the gift of tongues is), with my teaching, with my diligence, with my patience, with my ability to stop judging others, with my ability to use the scriptures. I have so far to go, but I really have now seen His hand in bringing me to where I am today. I know He has a perfect plan, even if the experiences we have are super horrible, we can learn so much from them. I know that God answers prayers, that the authority of the priesthood is real and on the earth today, and that we can literally become like Jesus Christ one day all thanks to His atonement. I love my Father so much!

Loving the mission because I am learning and progressing a lot, but Elder N is also helping me learn to enjoy every moment of it too!
Love you all!
Elder Lethaby

April 17, 2017

​Hey how are you!
This week was kinda weird because its semana santa and that means everyone leaves so there was nobody home and they have some super different traditions. 
We were in our beds at 11 at night and a parade passed by and they had a guy dressed up as Jesus and other dressed up as the saints and they walk them down the street whipping them and kicking them and stuff, pretty violent, but also an exciting surprise before sleeping. 
We were kinda bummed because it was hard to teach and find, but then on Sunday a ton of people got to church and we got 2 new investigators who we grabbed them both to teach them after and they both accepted baptismal dates! One who used to go with his grandparents when he was a kid and he remembered it and liked it so he decided to go back this week. 
We learned a really good lesson this week on splits with another missionary from Peru. He had the goal of 4 new investigators in the day and it was 8:40 at night and he was almost gonna go back home but I told him we had to go keep looking even though it was super late. We said a prayer and then we started walking really fast and the first door we knocked we found a family that they had contacted before but couldn't find them again and we taught them and found his investigators even though we had to run super fast to get home by 9:30. Prayer works!
We also baptised the 9 year old boy of the less active family we have been working with this week and his older brother brought a nonmember friend to church on Sunday that we started teaching! Super powerful experience in the baptism, his aunt was there giving a talk and I don't know what she said but everyone was crying hahaha he's gonna serve a mission. 
We got a new ward mission leader too that is a recent rm(returned missionary) and he's super excited. I love him so much! We have a plan that I'm gonna send to bro V of how we can basically turn the ward into a zone and get all the members helping us. The members of the church are SO important. We have to read D & C 4 every day I think to understand really how important it is. I have been serving with all my mind and strength but now I'm learning the need to serve with my might and heart too! :) Love feeling the spirit, and plan to do it as much as possible this week.

D&C 4
  1. Now behold, a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.
  2. Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.
  3. Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work;
  4. For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;
  5. And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work.
  6. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.
  7. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.
Love you all.
Elder Lethaby

Questions Answered:

How goes the Prince of Peace initiative for Easter?

www.mormon.org 

Haven't heard about it! Easter isn't really a thing here haaha its "Semana Santa" and they are more into worshipping images and I think some people get nailed to crosses and stuff, so stay tuned, could be an exciting week.

Busy Catholic holiday all week…any special rules for you missionaries?
As of now haven't heard anything, most people leave the little towns, so I think it should be pretty quiet.

How’s your blue-house family doing? Hopefully they recognised the Spirit when they felt it again.
Ugh they feel it but they weren't there when they said they would be and when we looked for them again we just found one son and had a super spiritual lesson and he just said the feeling is like vibrations from the universe or something

Do you ever get to use FamilySearch as a missionary tool? Invite people to the church to do family history? Of course I asked this!
Mmm not much but one sister asked us to organise a stake wide missionary and family history activity this week so we are planning on getting on it

Have a wonderful, dry (?!) week!
not raining too too much, just a lil



Art we won in the ward activity because we helped with a game of gospel trivia.


The beginnings of Semana Santa from the roof of our house in Totolac



"Las casas azules"