Monday, February 29, 2016

No rain yet 2/29/16

No, it still hasn't started raining yet. The middle of April is when it starts raining constantly and until then there might just be small showers. Don't worry it's coming though. They say when it's rain season all of the streets in our area flow with 2 to 3 feet of water.  Needless to say my companion and I are pretty excited, We've found some pretty decent boots now we just need to find insoles that match our feet.

That's such a good idea about each family having their individual mission plans. We might talk to Bishop Ibarra about that and see what he thinks. The Bishop here is such a nice man. Hes about 65 years old and has been a member for 18 years now. He's an ex professional soccer player and an ex I dont remember the word, maker of bread? panadero in spanish. With his help we started doing sports night every Friday with the youth last week and we had an awesome turnout of about 40-45 people and a lot of them were nonmembers. We're going to be doing that every week and movie night every other week to try and increase the unity here in the barrio and help our investigadores find more friends in the church. So far its been going great!

I love you guys! I'm sure dad has a Preach My Gospel.  Chapter 9 has a lot of good ideas for missionary work. You might find somethings the family can do in there. Remember, D&C chapter 4, if you have desires to serve god you are called to the work. Have an amazing week!

Elder Wixom

Monday, February 22, 2016

Doing well 2/22/16

Saludos de la tierra juacalero​!

Soo my companion and I are doing really good! It has been really really hot but we've been looking and found 3 part member familias that haven't been to church in a while. We're still fairly new to this area so right now we're praying and trying to determine what it is they need in order to more fully come unto Christ. We're going to to a ward sports night Friday and inviting everyone to come play volleyball at the church. All the Church group leaders are very excited, we're just trying to excite the members to bring their friends. The key with missionary work is there always needs to be a member present. It is very dificult to study and apply the teachings of Christ by yourself. If you ever see the missionaries at church or in the street ask them who they'd like you to visit with them or offer to take them to your friends house. Like Derek said in his letter this work is by everyone for everyone.
Here's one of the mosquito nets my companion and I use at night, we sleep like princeses!

 Anyways Tapachula Izapa is amazing, here's a photo of our zone.

This Wednesday we had a zone activity out in a little town in the mountains called Cacauhtan. It was super pretty and we got to see a bunch of really beautiful waterfalls with the President George. I'll send you some more photos.

This week in church I was asked to give a talk about Prayer and its been on my mind for a while now. I really have gained a testimony of prayer. I know God hears our prayers if we only just learn to listen. I know he loves us. I know when he asks us to pray always (2 Nephi 31:8-9, D&C 6:36, Alma 34) he really means that we pray always. That we let our thoughts become prayers and that we address our Heavenly Father always. I know as we do so we are blessed. I love the Lord and have felt His love and protection in return. In the name of Jesucristo, amen.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Companion 2/9/16


Hey so I'm writing today because my companion got really sick yesterday so we couldn't leave the house. Don't worry he's doing better now. He's Elder Chavez from Utah. His dads from Cuba so his last name is Latino but he never learned Spanish growing up. He's about the funniest missionary I've ever met. I love him to death.

 That's true mom, I always have really liked D&C 6:36 Mirad hacia mí en todo pensamiento; no dudéis; no temáis. Sorry it's in Spanish but that scripture has always made it so simple. We always need to remember our Saviour. Anyways I'll send you the photo of Kimberly next week, she just got baptized Saturday! I love helping families become eternal.

Anyways I love you guys, que tengan lindo dia!

Elder Wixom

Monday, February 1, 2016

New Area 2/1/16

Yeah I kinda know what you mean. I'm just trying to find out how to give everything to the Lord. Serving a mission is really hard and there are a lot of distractions​ but I just want to be completely consecrated to the Lord. I was kinda bummed out when they sent me here and I wasn't going to be a district leader anymore but last night I prayed and remembered that the Lord knows me and he knows whats best for me and I just have to put in my part and he'll take care of the rest. Thanks for the letter dad, cuidese!

Elder Wixom
Saludos De Tapachula!

Wow this whole week has been insane. I got called from a tiny little fish town to the middle of a huge city. It was kind of a big shock. I had to take the bus for 8 hours by myself and get to just about the whole coast of Chiapas and it is really pretty!​ This really is the promised land. The bad thing is the bus had air conditioning and I got sick and lost my voice for a couple days. I felt fine and didn't have a fever but I couldn't say a word to save my life until Tuesday. But now I'm fine don't worry. I've been called to serve in the Indeco ward, and that's the came colonia where we live. There's about 100 people who come to church every week which is a huge difference than what  I've been used to. We've visited a lot of members and I've seen the same thing here as in all of my other areas, there are some kids a lot of women and very little active worthy priesthood holders. We've been talking and thinking about what were going to do to find more families and fathers. We made a really cool ward plan for this year and we think it's really going to make a big difference in the participation of the members in the missionary work, after all we are all missionaries.
this was a lesson we taught outside with los chemacos. I couldnt speak so i found scriptures and they read them and explained what they learned, i think thats how we should be teaching always.