Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the Lord, and they shall fish them;
and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain,
and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks. Jeremiah 16:16

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My Spirit of Service y Love (or How to Eat Fried Ants)

We visited a family who went outside and got a lot of ants y
 cooked them up in a frying pan for us. It was good! 
Well, what a week! We are getting some new investigators poco at a time. We still only had Hna Gina in church yesterday but that is fine. Well we taught Emma again about the prophets y God. Y yesterday we found two new investigators named Flor y Ricardo. We just answered all the questions y they said they will visit church next week.

In interchanges with Elder Reyes we helped an investigator 
cook cookies in a wood burning oven. 

  On Friday I went on interchanges with Elder Reyes, a zone leader here in Comitan. We had a great time working together y he loves my spirit of service y love y he told me to keep working on my Spanish.  I will get there soon just working. But it was a great changes. We did a lot of service sweeping members y investigators houses.

Well yesterday a elder who is in charge of everyone who is sick called y asked about what type of sickness because he had all my receipts from my medicine. He said, “wow. You are one lucky elder, to still be here in the mission after all the times you got sick!  The others they will send home.” So I was kind of happy about that.

Well there is a very good video on youtube y I invite you to watch it as a family. It is called “Missionary Work and the Atonement.” It is such a beautiful video. Y this week we are really going to visit the investigators a lot y help them progress y we are going to visit a lot of members also, to help them continue having this faith. So that was my week. Love you all y thanks for all.

Love Elder VanBuskirk

I’m great! How are you all? Say hi to all for me y that I love them.

So how is it there in Tahoe? Have fun. Buy me something there.  How long are you going to be there? Bye! Have fun. Love you all.  Thanks for everything! Love you so so much! xoxoxo
Mate from Argentina

Just a good candy!

Elder Merrill: on a mission!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Wind Y Hail Y Rain

So this week we got some new investigators. They didn’t visit church, but they are good. Well one is named Jorge Sanchez. He likes to talk about all the news, but he wants us to teach him. Then yesterday after church we taught a hermana named Emma y she is really great too. But this week we are going to work hard with the members to help us in this work too, because it is for everyone, not solo us.

The storm in my story

Well, on Wednesday we planned on having Andres with us all day from 11 to 9. But kind of, because we had meetings all morning. Then about 3 to 4 we were walking past the church and it was all sunny but it started to get dark. So one street after the church it was so dark y a lot of wind y hail y rain like I’ve never seen before in my life! So me y Andres were on one side of the street with nothing y my companion was on the other side with an umbrella. But the hail was hitting the backs of our necks, our faces y arms. It hurt so, so bad!   Then we decided to run to a member close by, but the streets were rivers, so when we finally made it to the house we were soaked from head to toe y we were shaking. So the member took us home y we changed our clothes y went back to work. Then Andres told us he doesn’t want to come with us any more. But wow, it was bad!

Andres on his last Sunday

 Well yesterday was Andres last Sunday. We took photos y said goodbye y good luck y he gave us each a tie. He will be such a great missionary.

 Well on Friday President George gave us interviews. He just tells a lot of stories like always.  He told me a story about the French Revolution y an elder who missed his plane.  He asked about my family y he said he loves me y I’m doing a great job.

So that was my week. Love you all ADIOSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hi mom. Go on Dropbox.  I have a surprise for Nate. It is a Russian language course.  Well a member went to BYU for one year to learn English y his friend was learning Russian so he had a copy. Then he put it on my usb then another member who has internet let it download for almost 3 hours. So let Nate work on it.   It is the same course they teach in the language learning building at BYU. Have Nate print some of the book to practice on your trip.

Did you send the package?  Wow thanks. I really love you y miss you the last package got here in 10 days

Wow that is awesome that Nate is helping coach water polo. How are you y dad? So how is the unpacking going?

Are you ready for another vacation? Lake Tahoe sounds fun.  Have fun!

 Well my comp Elder Merrill is leaving on 21 of Decembre y we speak all Spanish. But it is kinda hard with another gringo because we want to speak English.  He has had 5 areas y he corrects me on my Spanish y he helps me on it everyday. I always do listen to him and work hard. We have no problems. I just love him.

I bet you do want to squeeze me - like all moms.  Love you!
Bye mom.  Love you a ton. Have a safe trip. SAY HI TO EVERYONE for me y that I love them. Don’t have too much stress ok? You y Dad both. Love you all. Be safe y thanks for everything.

a new place for us 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Our Sad Week

We were in the bus station for two days
 waiting for the zone leader’s new comp.

Well this week was good for only two things: the weather all week has been in the low 70´s y raining – perfect!  Not hot like where you are. haha Y the second reason,  yesterday we had a lot of less active families visit church again after we visited them a lot. Yesterday in church we had one investigator, Gina, y no more so we were a bit sad.  Then we saw a lot of less active members visit who didn’t visit in a long long time. But after we visited them they decided it was time to go to church, now so that made us happy. We are not doing good with the investigators, but we are the happy that the less actives are visiting again y to be once again part of the fold of Christ. 
Well, this week was a very, very, very sad week. Well last Sunday in the middle of church David’s dad came y picked him up early from church then a day after we called y he said his dad won’t let us visit him or go to the church any more. He is 14 and  was such a great investador. Then we visited Ady yesterday for church but her grandma told us she is not going to church any more y don’t visit her because we are a family that goes to one church y we don’t want Ady going to a different one.  She is 15. We were sad about her too.  The week before she visited church y an activity y let us teach her. So that was our sad week.

We don’t have investigators but this week with the help of members we are going to find more y bring them in the fold of Christ. So please pray for our area, Balun Canan 1, y for us to find new investigators. Thanks for everything, I love you all. Love Elder VanBuskirk

Hi mom. How are you? Hey, can you send the banana bread recipe again? We are going to make it as a ward in two weeks. Can you buy a new Meet the Mormons for me?  I will pay with my own money. Thanks. Love you.

How are you doing?  I’m fine. I had a really hard week. How is grandpa? So grandma gave you 100 dollars for me? Nice.

‪Did you find a lot of my things cleaning out the garage?
A smart phone will be great!  It will be my coming home present.  Wow!  I love you.

Am I happy?  Why wouldn’t I have a great time? This is the mission. I love it y the members!

I’ve got to go.  I love you.   Say hi to all and give them my love.  Thanks for everything Mom. You are the best.

This is Andres. He is leaving to the Brazil MTC in a week,
 then on to Africa for his mission.

‪ 1000 bags of carbon‬ (coal).  A member sells it.   
That is his job. When we visited he was all black.

The grasshopper was on our front porch.

Monday, July 6, 2015

God Answered Our Prayers

Hi!  So this week we did a “meet the Mormons” activity. There were more investigators than members y everybody loved it. There was also nachos y soda for all.  It was a great activity.

We visited David y he is really having a hard time with his dad because his dad wants him to be baptised in two years. So I had a great idea to do a fast yesterday for him. He even joined in y the Andres family. David knows it is true.  He feels good all the time when he reads the Book of Mormon y visits church. So please pray for him.

 Well, we try to teach Socuro but she has no time, y the same for Antonio, so we teach a 5 minute lesson. They are great investigators but don’t have time. 

Well, on Wednesday we contacted one girl named Ady y we taught her one time outside her home because her grandpa doesn’t like us.  Then we invited her for church y she said yes. Then before church we went to pick her up y she was ready, then at church after each hour we ask if she wants to stay y she said yes. She even prayed in one class, so that was great. We were praying all week for a good contact to come to church y God answered our prayers.

So today we went to some waterfalls about 40 min away with the Andres family y Hna Paopla. It was hot but humid but a lot of trees y the water was so so so blue y beautiful.  You are allowed to swim, but we can’t. Oh well. But it was a great time.

 I’m here for another six weeks. It will be great. Love you all. Adios!!!!!!

Sorry I was late. I was at a waterfall. It was so beautiful.

No transfer for me today. I’m here until the next time. My comp too. I’m so so happy!

Sounds nice at the beach. Here it is raining like y a lot of cold wind. Say hi to all!

Hey, I really need a new camera. Every time I turn it on or take a photo it buzzes y the screen is blurry y a lot of time when I look at a picture it is not there y it says “read error.”

Wow Dylan is so so funny in that video!  What about Derek? Derek will be a lot worse. I think. We’ve just got to wait to see. How are you y dad? Tell him I love him too.

I would really like some like some little cards with all the blessings on then, but I would like some in Spanish.

My Spanish is good a lot of people understand y they said in 3 months it will be good.

Thanks. I got to go but have a great week.  Say hi to all y that I love them. Thanks for everything!  Now go surfing Mom.