Saturday, July 19, 2014

Letter 33/34

Sorry about last week's lack of letter everyone.
We were in the office, and I took a long time writing my reports to President and time escaped me. But, now I have more time to write to you all and there's a bunch of stuff to tell you all about.
So a quick wrap up of 2 weeks ago.
Elder Webster and I held our very first Zone Conference 2 weeks ago here in Juarez. It was a 2 hour conference, and we had a lot of fun doing it. We tried to make it not so..boring. So I made a little presentation, and slapped a couple of jokes and giggles to the conference. I think it went pretty well.
We did some mini-divisions that week. Elder Webster and I split off and worked with 2 of the District leaders in our zone. I went with Elder Beltran and Elder Webster went with Elder Jackson. During these "divisions", we usually work for a whole 24 hours with another companion to get an idea of how they work, the teaching methods they use, and their strengths and weaknesses. We then give them a small feedback, and send them on their way.
After our divisions, it was back to hard work. We really started wipping out lessons and working with our investigators to have them all at church this Sunday. One thing we learned was that the proof of our labors are shown with how many people actually go to church on Sunday. 4 new invesitgators at church that Sunday.
Now up to this last week (June 14th to today).
On Monday, President called us into his office and asked us if we had any plans for Tuesday and Wednsday. We are never really sure how to answer (sometimes it's a trap), so I told him same old same old. He laughed and asked us if we wanted to accompany him on a trip he was having. So Elder Webster and I packed our bags and headed on a little rode trip with the Jefe. We left Tueday morning at around 7 am and drove to a bunch of little towns that are dispersed around the state of Chihuahua. First off was Ascencion, Chihuahua. Ascencion is about an hour and a half away from Ciudad Juarez, and is a pretty decent sized middle-of-nowhere town. President Derbez had a meeting with the Municipal President of Ascencion and talked about how the missionaries can really be a great benefit to the community in various aspects.
After Ascencion, we headed over to Janos where I had to do some immigration stuff. After Janos we went to Casas Grandes and met with their Municipal President, President Baca. We were accompanied in this meeting with President Derbez's other counclir, Hermano Jeffrey Jones. Brother Jeffrey Jones is this big 'ol white cowboy who lives in the Mormon Colonies. He speaks amazing spanish (if you close your eyes, it sounds like a regular NorteƱo Mexican) and has been a Federal Senator, as well as a Diputado (like a State Representative) for Chihuahua. It was such an astounding experience being part of this meeting.
After the meeting, Elder Webster and I headed over to a local Church and took new missionary profile photos for the missionaries in the Colonies. That night, we ran some errands with President, had some dinner and stayed overnight in this little hotel.
The next morning, we woke up, had some breakfast (pancakes and chilaquiles), and headed over to another town, Galeana. We had ameeting with their Municipal President, President Areola, and then continued to the next town, Lebaron. Lebaron is a pretty well-known polygamist colony here in Chihuahua. It was a pretty amazing view, because as you drive down the desert, all of a sudden you come over a few hills, and you can see a bunch of green-ness, Nogales trees, grass, and huge Mansions are what make up this little colony. There are thousands of polygamist there, and they are all American-looking (most of them are bilingual). There is also 4 missionaries serving in that town, and the next one over, Buenaventura.
After stopping to buy some water melons and cantalope, we drove over to Buenaventura to run some errands with President.
Once we were all finished in Buenaventura, we drove to Villahumada to meet with their Municipal President (except he wasn't there). We stopped by a little town, Flores Magon, to get some ice cream first.
After Villahumada, we finished by stopping by in Ejido Benito Juarez and then we drove back to Ciudad Juarez.
It was a really neat trip, and we got to talk a lot with President and see his missionary skills in action while meeting with the Municipal Presidents. Presdient Derbez is super incredible at applying the Book Of Mormon to all situations. Let me give you an example, while we were meeting with the M.P of Casas Grandes, he whipped out Mosiah 2:17 and then talked about King Benjamin and how he had to be a rightous leader and also serve his fellow man. The Municipal President read the scripture aloud and BAM, the Spirit was there testifying left and right!
I learned so much from this trip, and I am thankful that I had this opportunity to be a part of it.
Well, until next time.
Elder Velazquez

Our travels, and places we visited.

President driving

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