June 29, 2015

Hey!

Changes meeting went really good last week, i was able to say bye to a lot of friends. We have a mini party planned in downtown SLC towards the end of August before everybody starts school. But it was good to see my friends one last time in the mission!

My new comp is named Elder Campa! He is from Idaho and his parents are from Mexico. It’s my first American companion! Haha it’s so much different! I cant speak English and feel like a tool talking to him in Spanish, it’s a lose-lose. But he’s awesome! He plays the uke as well and everything. It’s his first change as zone leader so he’s a little nervous but he’ll do a good job. 🙂 He has one year in the mission.

On Sunday we will have the baptism for Wendy! She went to the temple on Saturday with the stake, and I also had 5 converts that went and entered to do baptisms. Really cool to see converts progress in the church! Wendy will also be a good convert. Speaking of converts, I am going to talk to the bishop of Nahuizalco today to see how a family I baptized is doing. There is a chance they get sealed a day before I go home. We’ll see!!!

It sucked to see Elder Brown leave, I love that kid. It isn’t really the same now here. I dropped off a package with him for my family though, so you guys have to meet up this week to get it!

Last week we had 3 new people go to church, including a mom named Dina with her kid who showed up out of nowhere. They were a reference from Santa Ana that we called and invited to church and they actually showed up! We are wanting to baptize them on July 26, so we’ll see how it goes!

Everything is still good here and always excited to work.

Elder Slack

Hey! This week we have changes, can’t believe how fast this change went by! Entering my last change as a missionary, it feels kind of weird but the work continues as always!

This week was a really good one! On Thursday we had a meeting with Elder Alonso that I had been looking forward to for a while. The assistants called us on Monday night and asked to talk to me and I had no idea why! They asked me if i was excited for the multizone and I said yeah, and they said good, because you’ll be conducting it. hahaha no! I was super nervous! Monday through Thursday I was practicing with the missionaries in the zone, kind of like how my dad did when he started out in the bishopric haha. But this was more intense, because a general authority would be present. I always practiced saying we would sing hymn #24. I finally got the agenda on Thursday… and read the opening hymn would be #24. hahaha I knew everything would be well. I was super nervous, but feel like I ended up doing a good job!

The multizone was pretty intense. He started out by saying he couldn’t feel the spirit like he had hoped he would during the teachings by President Spjut, and said he would begin to do questions to random missionaries to see if he could figure out which missionaries needed to be interviewed by president. Naturally I felt nervous knowing he had been watching me conduct the entire meeting, but he seemed to like me

He got talking about some really interesting things. The last Thursday of every month, all the general authorities of the church get together in Salt Lake and go to the temple. He says they partake of the sacrament and do things in the temple we don’t do as regular members. He says he is a special witness of Christ and has experienced things he can’t share with anyone else because they are sacred. He then talked about being judged after the resurrection and told us we will be judged in the temple, which makes sense although I had never thought about that. He said that is why we always need to have a valid temple recommend. At this point, he walked over to me and gave me his recommend. It was different than a regular recommend because it didn’t have anythings besides four signatures, his and the three signatures of the first presidency. It was really cool and I analyzed it for a sec before giving it back to him. He asked me when the expiration date was and I told him I didn’t see it and wanted to take another look. That’s when I realized it didn’t have one. It was a really cool experience for me and something I’ll probably never forget. The power he spoke with was a strengthener for my testimony. I’m excited to take more advantage of the temple when I get home, i didn’t really understand the importance of it before the mission.

He closed by giving us a little scripture study. We dissected 1 Nephi 8, about Lehi’s vision, something we as members have studied a lot, but it was crazy because he took it to a whole new level. He told us it really teaches us about the Plan of Salvation. Verses 5-6 the pre earth life, 7-8 the creation, 9 life on earth, 10 the atonement, 11-12 applying the atonement, 15 ordinances on earth and in the temple, etc. It was really cool. He ended by having a missionary write the names of the sons of Lehi on the whiteboard. Laman, Lemual, Nephi, Sam, Jacob, and Joseph. Of the 6 sons Lehi had, one third chose to know follow the plan of God, just like in the pre-existance.

The baptisms of Claudia and Rosa went really well! It was really spiritual and Claudia passed in front afterwards to share her testimony. She started to cheer up and it was a really spiritual moment there. After the baptism of those two, we ran to the wedding of Yenni and Edgar. It was super sweet! They had the wedding in their house but it was decorated really nice and had like 50 people show up all dressy. They were really pumped to get married and then afterwards we had Pan Relleno, which is like an awkward-huge sandwich. Like, to the point where you have to eat what is inside of the sandwich before even thinking about eating the bread haha.

Sunday morning we had the baptisms of Edgar and Fatima, the deaf step daugher, and it was awesome! Everything went really smoothly, without any problems. It{s been really cool because the 7 people we baptized this change are super pilas and really excited to be members of the church. Sunday itself was a really special day, we had 4 confirmations, I was able to confirm Edgar, we put a baptismal date with a girl named Wendi for July 4th, we brought 4 inactives that hadn’t been to church in around 40 years, as well as 9 investigators. It was just a cherry’topper for a really good change. Excited for this other change

It’s a huge blessing to find people that are prepared to receive the gospel and be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to allow the people to receive some of the blessings I have been able to enjoy as a member of His church. Almost no one knows about the Atonement. The Plan of Salvation doesn’t exist in any other church. The relief of repentance and all is never truly experienced in any other church either. A lot of the members of the Church don’t take advantage of majority of the stuff the Lord has offered us, and it really starts with paying tithing, attending the temple, and reading the Book of Mormon regularly.

With all that said… I’m still the same me. 76 days until Cougar kickoff. #BeatNebraska 😉

Elder Nate Slack

June 15, 2015

Hey! Another quick week, man, can{t believe this change finishes next week. It{s probably been the fastest change of my mission! Every week has flown by.

I didn’t really talk about it last week, but we were wanting to move forward the baptismal date for Tania from the 20th to the 13th. She had been keeping all of her commitments and everything and so there wasn’t really any point to wait so long to baptize her. What we decided to do is meet with her on Tuesday to tell her the good news, knowing she had already passed the baptism interview and everything. She got us into the Tazumal ruins for free so we could teach her at a table instead of on the curb like we have taught her for the past month. We tell her we had good news to share and she says ”I don’t want to be baptized anymore!” Haha we were so bummed, it was supposed to be an easy lesson! We ended up talking to her for a bit and tried getting her to pray but she didn’t want to. We hit a brick wall and were trying to finish the lesson and head out when she said, ”I know, I’m just going to pray and you guys can listen as I ask God if I should get baptized!” She sounded so excited as if it were her own idea even though we had been saying the same thing for 15 minutes haha. Well, she prayed, got her answer, and got baptized yesterday. It was a smooth service and we sang Nearer my God to Thee as I played the uke. We have 4 baptisms planned for this next week.

We brought 4 new investigators to church yesterday and are hoping that all 4 can have baptism dates by the end of this week. The goal is to baptize on July 4th and my birthday! 🙂 haha. I think we’ll be able to do it.

This next week we also will have a visit from Elder Alonso, an area 70, who was supposed to give a message to all the zone leaders on Saturday but cancelled on us. Kind of bummed but guess it will still be good to hear him on Thursday in a multizone. Saturday will be the wedding for Edgar and Jenny at 6 and the baptisms of Rosa and Claudia will be at 4, and then Sunday morning Edgar will get baptized with Fatima at 8, confirmations will be at 10. Jenny is an inactive we have been able to reactive. It’s been really cool to watch the whole family grow.

On Saturday we went to inspect some of the houses of the missionaries because Hermana Spjut it nervous for the cleanliness of the houses haha. And she is right. The houses we inspected weren’t bad, some of the houses here in the mission are super gross. We had a deep clean session on Friday morning here in our house, my mom would be proud of the work we did. I imagine the Celestial Kingdom will look similar to our house, just with more BYU decorations.

I wanted to close the letter this week giving a shout out to all the dads and wish them a Happy Father’s Day! My dad’s been a really lucky one having me as a son and all. Even though before the mission I constantly caught more fish than him, blew him out in Saturday morning basketball games, and let him beat me a few times playing NCAA Football on the PS2, he has still written books in weekly emails to me and also 5/6 page letters every 2 weeks the past 22 and half months. What a good sport. Thanks dude.

Hope you guys all have a good week!

Elder Nate Slack