Monday, April 25, 2016

Week 43: Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Hey y'all, how are y'all doing! This week it flooded a ton! So much rain! It only rained about 3 days and it was so much water! But also this week has been really mind blowing! We have had a ton of great experiences! Today I don't have too much time but I will tell you all about yesterday!

We had the chance to give a church tour to our 3 main investigators and they came to church. It was so cool to see them at church and they were amazing! It is so cool to see people come to church and feel the power of the spirit! I absolutely love going to church. The spirit is so strong and it is so much fun sharing the spirit to those who need it most in their lives! After church we had the chance to go finding, well when we left it was pretty clear but as we started, the rain began to come down hard. We got drenched! But we found a great family. It was funny because we started talking and they were having a Barbecue and they were like, oh come and eat. So they were pounding us with food as we were sharing our beliefs. It was so cool! We said a prayer with them at the end, and there were at least 10 people who we were talking too! It was so cool! You know what they say, when you go the extra mile, God is going to bless you! After, we got to go to a fireside and sing in front of a ton of people. Every 4 months, or so our Mission President does a fireside for all those who speak Spanish, including recent converts, members and investigators! It is so cool! The spirit was so strong, especially at the end, when we sang the EFY medley in Spanish. All the missionaries singing their hearts out! It was so amazing! The spirit just illuminated! Oh, on the random side, we got attacked by a Pitt-bull dog. It was so crazy because it charged Elder Phister at full speed jumped in the air to bite him, but then all of a sudden he flew back! We didn't see the rope around its neck, but it was literally inches from chomping Elder Phister's knee! So we were very blessed again.

This week I am in Alma chapter 1 and in this chapter the Nephites are going against the Lamanites to battle! In the chapter it says that the Lamanites are as many as the sands of the sea. Although the Nephites are outnumbered and the odds are against them, they looked to the Lord and they drove the Lamanites back!

I have seen the blessings from trusting in the Lord big time! When we trust in the Lord and work through our adversities anything is possible and we overcome the pruebas (tests) of this life!

I know this to be true! I love this Gospel and I am so happy to be out here serving! I love you all! Have a great week!

Love Elder Heiner

Monday, April 18, 2016

Week 42: Tornadoes and Flooding!!

Man! This place is amazing! Elder Phister and I have been working so hard and the blessings really piled in this week. We saw so many miracles and the members have been helping us out so much. It took us a long time for this area to start picking up and now it is so cool the blessings that we are receiving. I'm pumped to tell y'all a few of the miracles that happened this week! 

We got the chance the chance to teach Carlos again and this time his wife's sisters husband (I hope you got that) was there. So we got the chance to share the Restoration with him again and I'm glad we did because they forgot some of the most important parts but we explained them again and the spirit was so powerful. At the end we were explaining the Book of Mormon and the Why of it and Carlos' wife bore her testimony, about how the church has to be true because it all makes sense. It was such a powerful moment.

Another miracle that we had was we had the chance to go on splits with a member yesterday and Hermano Chavez and I went to go see a new person we are teaching. We had found them a couple weeks back, and they seemed so solid and yesterday was the first time we could see them when they were all there. So we taught a 13 year old kid named Dominique, and a mom and a dad named Sarah and Jose. Sarah is from here, and doesn't speak too much Spanish, and Jose is from Guatemala and doesn't speak too much English (Sarah and Jose are married and I'm not quite sure how that works, people are fun!). So during the lesson we taught Sarah and her son Dominique in English and then translated everything to Jose in Spanish. It was so cool! The lesson was so powerful! They are so golden. When we were finishing up the lesson we told them we need to get going and they said, oh dang it do you have to leave, we Love This! It was so powerful and the spirit was so strong!

This week was great! I’m so grateful for the blessings that are occurring here in The Woodlands. We have been doing a lot of finding and working hard at bringing light into others’ lives. I invite all y'all to find someone to reach out to this week, who may need more light in their life!

I love all of you! Work hard and always stay faithful. Throughout this transfer Jesus Christ has been carrying Elder Phister and I and now we are running alongside of him, finding those lost sheep and bringing them back into the fold!

Love Elder Heiner

Monday, April 11, 2016

Week 41: The Fair And The Church Is TRUE!

This week was loads of fun! Elder Phister and I are working so hard and we saw the blessings come! Here in the Woodlands it is really hard to find Hispanics. It’s like finding a needle in a hay stack. But Heavenly Father really guided us to find those needles. We found many new investigators this week, and 3 who are so promising. Before I get into my email I just want to express how grateful I am to be serving a mission here in the Houston area! I have seen so many blessings as I have worked to find those ready for the blessings Heavenly Father is ready to give them. I know that in this time Heavenly Father is strengthening my testimony as well. There are a lot of people who are confused and like to bash us, and disprove our beliefs; and yet in all their attempts our testimonies of the truth of the Gospel will never falter. How grateful we are to have the gospel in our lives, the same gospel that Jesus Christ taught and preached. I know THE CHURCH IS TRUE. Ok let’s get down to business. This week was super eventful; I’ll tell y'all the highlights!

On Tuesday I had the chance to do an exchange with Elder Sellers in the Woodlands. It was a great exchange. Elder Sellers and I came in together and we were in the same first district, so it was a ton of fun catching up on old times. We had a few lessons and had the chance to go contacting as well. I love learning how other missionaries teach. As Elder Sellers teaches he ties everything back to the Book of Mormon and it was amazing. 

On Thursday we had a lot of exciting things happen. We had interviews with President. I absolutely love talking with President Mortensen! He knows just what I need and what the ward and area needs. He got me all fired up to go out and serve with all my might! One of the things that I really liked was when he talked about the game of basketball. When we play basketball there is two different ways we can play, we can play to have fun, or we can play to win. When you play to win you play harder defense and get more aggressive, and fight for the boards. He talked about how this is the same with missionary work. So he asked me the question. Elder Heiner are you playing to win? I told him I AM! I got so pumped. He gave guidance for some of the ways to better effectively help this area . . .  THE CHURCH IS TRUE! It is amazing that we have leaders who are called of God to help us in our lives. I love President and I am grateful for the guidance he gives. Later Elder Phister and I went out on splits with the AP's. I got the chance to go with Elder Wagner finding. He is an amazing missionary and is amazing at contacting. In our efforts finding, we found 3 investigators who have a lot of potential. Elder Wagner showed me some of the ways that they like to contact. He said whenever you contact, always tie everything back to the Restoration. Because the Restoration is the greatest message we have. It was a great split. Elder Phister and Elder Murdoch also found 2 new investigators in there time finding. So overall the blessings are really starting to come in.

Every week we help at a special needs facility called Special Angels. On Friday they were going to the fair in Conroe Tx and asked us if we could help them out. So we went to the fair! Elder Phister kept saying that it reminded him of Wyoming (his home). It was a lot of fun. I got to go around with a guy named Aaron. He is so funny. He literally said yes to every question I gave him. He was so funny! It was a ton of fun. After I went on another exchange, this time with Elder Pog (I can't spell the rest of his name). We taught one of our main investigators named Angel. We taught him the Restoration again. He had heard it once, but not for a while. At the end of the lesson as we bore testimony of the Book of Mormon, Angel was getting emotional as we shared our testimonies. The spirit was strong! Basically what I'm trying to say is THE CHURCH IS TRUE! 

On Sunday we had another bomb day. We got a referral from a member from Magnolia. He has a friend he works with who only speaks Spanish, and the member (whose name is Creed) doesn't speak a whole lot of Spanish so he gave him to us. Creed was also able to come with us. The lesson was so fun, spiritual, and hard. Since Creed doesn't speak any Spanish, while Elder Phister was talking I would translate the lesson to Creed, and while I was talking Elder Phister would translate. It was a moment I will never forget. We taught Carlos, his wife, and his sister in law. All of them are so interested. They have been through a lot in their lives but have really seen the hand of God bless them. It was one of the best lessons I have had on my mission. After the lesson, Creed (who is an RM of about a month) said that was one of the best Restoration lessons he has heard in any language. It's pretty cool, when we teach by the spirit, the truth is easier to understand. I am grateful for that moment. What an amazing one it was. 

This week I was reading in Mosiah in my personal Book of Mormon reading and I was reading about Abinadi. I love the unfailing testimony of Abinadi. He has been called of God to relay the message unto King Noah, and he bears a powerful testimony about the atonement of our savior Jesus Christ. I invite y'all to read Mosiah Chapter 13, and Chapter 17. Each chapter is chalk full of great guidance! THE CHURCH IS TRUE! 

Nos Vemos! Tenga una buena semana! (See you! Have a nice week!)

Con Mucho Amor Elder Heiner (With much love Elder Heiner)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Week 40: Who Is My Companion?

This week I went on 3 exchanges. I was only with Elder Phister for 2 full days this past week. It was crazy. But this week had some great moments! Also President has told us that we are going to be serving in two wards. One is our Spanish Ward, and the other is a YSA ward. Which also means we get the chance to go contacting on campus at Lonestar College; I'm pumped! General Conference was pretty incredible, if I do say so myself. There were a lot of great quotes given. I'll share some of my favorites a bit later, but it was so great to hear from President Monson. One of the missionaries said to me, "President Monson didn't say much, but the guidance he did give was of the most importance". How incredible is it that we have a prophet on the earth today. It's so incredible. Well I'm pumped to share the happenings of the week. Whoa let's go!!!!!

Tuesday: I went on an exchange with Elder Self. He has been out just a transfer less than me, and it was a lot of fun. Some of the crazy things that happened: We were going to a lesson and we got on the feeder road and then everyone just stopped. There were ambulances and police cars trying to get past all the traffic because there was a huge accident. We were stuck in the same place for 45 minutes. When we finally passed the accident we noticed that the car was just shredded up. We missed our lesson, but our investigator is super awesome. Well we got the chance to go do service at a mental facility with the Hermana's. When we got there the Hermanas, asked us if we saw the accident. We told them we had and they said that there was a burning car on the Freeway as well. Everything is crazier in Texas!!! All of our lessons fell through but, man, it was a crazy day!

Wednesday: Elder Phister and I exchanged back the night before but then split off again. I went on another exchange, this time with Elder Basset. I had the chance to go up to Conroe. It was funny because Elder Basset is new to that area, and all of the lessons he had planned fell through. So we had the chance to go finding for close to 3 hours. We found so many good potential investigators. There are so many people who are from Honduras who live in Conroe, and it was so much fun talking to some of them. Contacting is one of my favorite things to do as a missionary. It is so much fun meeting new people. At the beginning of my mission I dreaded it, but I absolutely love it now. Elder Basset has amazing Spanish. He served most of his mission in Costa Rica but then got really sick and had to come home for 6 months, and is finishing his mission here in Houston. He is a really funny Elder. We had a great time together. There were both things that we have been working on and we were both able to help each other out. He also has some really fun music. So we jammed as well! Had a ton of fun.

Thursday: Every Thursday Elder Phister and I now have the opportunity to go teach Family History at an Old Folks center here in The Woodlands with the AP's. So we got the chance to do that, and it was so much fun talking to some of the old folks. They are all so nice! We also got the chance to plan for our week! We did it at the church and we were both really cold and the only warm place was in the entrance doors of our chapel. So we got one of the couches and put it in there and planned in there. Sometimes you just gotta switch things up.

 Friday: Was very interesting. First we had Zone Meeting and we received a great outline for helping people understand the importance of the Sabbath day. We are so excited to go use it this week and help people understand the blessings they can receive as they go to church and partake of the sacrament. After Zone Meeting I went on another exchange. This time with Elder Marquez. He is a stud. He started in this mission, and about 7 months in he had to leave. He was gone from the mission for about 8 months and finally came back this transfer. We had the chance to go finding first. We contacted a lot of people who weren't very interested. But we came across some of these high school kids who loved the message we shared with them. We are so grateful for them and the opportunity that we have to share the restoration with them sometime in the future. After contacting, I started to feel really sick. I was feeling a little bit under the weather all day but after we went contacting was when I really started to feel bad. We were driving home and we hit really bad traffic and the pain was unbearable. When we got back to the apartment I couldn't work, eat, sleep and laying or sitting down did nothing to ease the pain. Elder Marquez asked if he could give me a blessing of healing. He did so. As he gave it, the spirit came upon me so strongly. The pain subsided as well. After the blessing, I thanked Elder Marquez and immediately went to my room and fell asleep in seconds. That moment was very powerful for me, because no matter what I did, the pain wouldn't stop. But immediately after Elder Marquez blessed me with the power of God, the pain stopped. How incredible is it that we have the power of God on the earth today. I know that it is absolutely incredible. 

Saturday and Sunday: General Conference was the highlight of these two days. Here are some of my favorite quotes. Dieter F Uchtdorf said one of the funniest things in the Priesthood session. It was. "If there was such thing as a perfect woman, do you really think that she would be interested in you?" But I loved the talk that he gave, as he shared his thoughts about families. It made me think of my own family now and also my future family. I also loved the talk by Bonnie L Oscarson who asked the question of “do we really believe?” Her whole talk was a testimony and it was so powerful. We need to be asking ourselves, do we really believe? There were some more great ones. Holland definitely owned it! I love him! As he was speaking I couldn't help but see the love that he has for all of us and especially the Lord. Conference is amazing. I invite all of you to look over and study once again the messages that were shared. We need to make sure they are engraven into our minds as we are preparing for the 2nd coming of the savior. On Saturday I had a dream that the world was ending and everything was black and gloomy. In my dream though, I was still a missionary with Elder Phister and we were still accomplishing the work of the Lord. The prophets and apostles have been telling us for some time now that the 2nd coming is coming very soon, so we need to do everything we possibly can to be ready for it.

Love, Elder Heiner