Did y'all know that everything is bigger in Texas? It is true. Right when I stepped off the plane in Houston, it was 106 degrees and felt like a sauna. I think I was sweating in the first 3 minutes of getting outside. Another thing that is bigger is the lightning storms. We had a small lightning storm last night (what I mean by that is that it was only for about an hour) but the lightning strikes were huge, and literally felt like they were right next to you (or me, which ever one you choose). Also, we have had a few members feed us, and the food is amazing. Just one side note, that McDonalds actually tasted really good at the airport, after having straight MTC food for 6 weeks, so that was just peachy. Entonces One week down on the mission and everything is really real. I know its crazy its actually real, its no longer fake.
|Here are two pics of my new comp. I'll send more next week. Lo siento, I have been slacking a bit on picture taking. Also my new P-day is Monday, if you didn't know already|
That being said, I am so glad I have the opportunity to be here. I want to help these people so much. Yesterday we had the opportunity to teach a man named Lorenzo. He looks like he is his 50's and he is a super nice guy. A member took him to church yesterday for the first time, so he already knew a little bit of the doctrine. So that same member (Hno Robles, the ward mission leader) was present when we taught him. As we taught (let me rephrase that, Elder Christensen taught most of the time, because I can't speak Spanish, but don't worry I did bear my testimony, which might have helped a little bit) the spirit was definitely there. We shared with him how the Restoration could help him in his life. It was an amazing lesson because of the fact that Hermano Robles was there. He talked just as much and maybe even more than Elder Christensen did, which was amazing, because we then had 3 witnesses of the same doctrine. By the end of the lesson, we could really tell that he was focused. Elder Christensen looked at him, and asked him if he would like to be baptized. He said that he would. It was a great testimony builder to see the spirit work that great for Lorenzo in that moment. It really is true that the spirit is the teacher.
One more experience that I would like to share, is that last night we had the opportunity to do service for a member and help move their house, because it was being evicted. It is so sad to see people who have so little, who are members of the Church. It has really changed my perspective, of how I can impact people. We had two other Elders from our district help us out: Elder Walker and Elder Awong, and it was a great opportunity to help a family out, who have so little. I know I am here for a reason. Heavenly Father has sent me here to help bless these peoples lives, and I am excited. I know that the spirit works in so many ways, and will help me bless these people. I know that the Book of Mormon is the key of our church. It really does contain the fullness of the Gospel. I know that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God, and that today we have a living Prophet even Thomas S. Monson. I know that Heavenly Father really does love us. He is watching out for us, and is there to help us when we fall. I love this church. I am grateful for all of you. The MTC was amazing, and looking back on it, it was actually easy. But now I am here, and am excited to go serve, and with the Lords help, change peoples lives. I love y'all. Always remember that God blesses those who ask for help. Do what us priests used to do in Sunday School, ask the Bishop for money (those of you in the mission field, that might not work as well as it did with my home ward bishop, but if you want to you can try it:) . Even though some times he wouldn't give us money back, there were always those times where he would. Our Heavenly Father is the same. When we actually ask for something with a pure intent, Heavenly Father will find the right time to give us what we need. My favorite scripture is 2 Nephi 26: 23-24 (Bryce this for you), I know that Heavenly Father loves us. Because He sent down his only begotten son, for the purpose of loving us, and saving us. For Behold I testify to all of you that the Lord God worketh not in darkness. He loves all of us. I leave that testimony in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
I love Y'all. Hasta Luego.
Love Elder Heiner
PS I have a little side note, for the people who were in my district in the MTC, I never got Elder Flake's Email, and it saddens me to the bone, that I don't get to hear from him, or talk to him. So if one of you could get me the Email, I would love you forever.
PPS Elder Bell have you seen your girl friend? You know I kinda miss saying that to you every night. But don't worry, I say it to you over Email.
PPPS I would love to hear how all y'all are doing. But if you don't write me, then I just cry. Not literally but maybe figuratively. But whatever works, works, you know, cause I don't know. K anyways Nos Vemos.
PPPPS Sorry I thought I was done but I am not. Actually I really think I am this time. K Recuerda Quien Es:)