Wednesday, November 14, 2012

"Like a laser drew a line in his head"

Dear family,
          We just had a baptism on Sunday of Indra Canchola who is 13 years old.  Her sister Deyra was supposed to get baptized as well but she has some nerves to get over first.  She is 9 years old and loves church and has friends there but she is just nervous about the baptism so we are working with her.  The mom also came and she started crying during the service and really felt the Spirit so we are hoping to set a date for baptism with the mom and daughter tonight when we see them.  We have another family of 3 who I mentioned last week who are preparing for baptism for the 24th of this month and the 10 year old son named Rodalfo followed us over to his neighbors house to teach them with us and he taught them how to pray.  It was really funny and he just thought it was normal that he was teaching people with us and told us how he wants to be a missionary some day too.

           Tell Quinton that he needs to get gel and he might as well starting parting his hair now since it is a rule in our mission.  Lots of missionaries fight it at first and have these half done parts and stuff and then you see as the missionary grows more in obedience and humility and they just have nice clean parts.  It is pretty funny but just tell him that when he gets to the MTC he should start parting it with gel so it is like a laser drew a line in his head.  I am really excited he is coming and know he is going to love the mission!

           I love you all so much and hope you like the pictures.  The one of the sign is a recent convert who is 27 and is really goofy and is running for mayor of his city and painted one campaign sign and put it in the main enterance for the city and it says "vote 4 troy" hahah.  Well I love you and pray for you and hope that you are being a missionary every day because you have people that are READY to hear the Gospel and are just waiting and on you, so stop making them waiting and invite them everyday.  


Monday, November 5, 2012

Killer Dogs? No problem...

Dear family,
               That is crazy that Quintin is coming here!!!!!  I can't believe it, that is so awesome.  He is going to love it here and if I get to train him it would be my last two transfers with him.  That would be pretty cool.  Wow!  I am really excited about that and just about all the missionaries coming out in general.  It is amazing to see such desire in all these future missionaries.  We will have an increase to about 275 total missionaries and 250 will be young missionaries.  We have 190 young missinaries right now so it will be quite the leap here.

               We had two families come to church this week and they are preparing for baptism this month.  We have a baptism this sunday of two young girls, Indra and Deyra, and their mom will get baptized the week after and then their neighbors, which is a family of 3 will be baptized the week following.  It is amazing to see these miracles every day and we are starting to prepare for December right now so we can keep baptizing like crazy.  There are so many people prepared but we need to find them now.  The family of three that is going to get baptized on the 24th found us as we left from her neighbor's house after an appointment and we started playing football outside in the street with their youngest son.  Then she said that she wanted us to give her children "classes" so we started to teach them all and they all set a date for baptism for the 24th.  Then later we were walking and these two big dogs started to chase us but they got close and just stopped and sat there and we walked away.  The Lord definitely watches out for His missionaries.  That is the 3rd time that someone has had a killer dog that didn't bite us and the owners always get amazed about why they don't bite us.  It isn't quite being thown into a furnace but we are protected all the same.

                 I love being a missionary and I love sharing the Gospel with others.  I hope that you are all missionaries everyday.  Read your scriptures and pray daily.  Don't watch trashy TV, R rated movies or even bad movies that aren't R.  "If it would poison a Lamanite it would poison a Nephite"  so if it is bad for a 5 year old to watch it is bad for anyone.  Don't waste your time with filth and garbage.  You are never too old for poison to be poison.  I love you all and pray for you all every day.  Sorry I didn't send pictures.  My camera is at home so I can charge it instead of the car so I forgot to grab it.  Next week for sure!  LOVE YOU!!!
-Love Elder Neeley