Monday, September 19, 2016

Week 64: #LETSGETPUMPED✅


Hello family and friends! I hope y'alls week was just dandy, I'm super excited to tell y'all all of the happenings of this past week! This week was pretty golden and random! Dejame a explicar (let me explain) πŸ˜ƒ!

So throughout the week we went finding a ton! Our teaching pool is super low right now so we having been working hard to bump it back up! We didn't have to much success, but we had little tender mercies every day! On Tuesday we had a few hours to go contacting in the middle of the day. During the day you always find some crazy people especially because we were in Eagle Lake (a little town in our area)! We talked to a prison guard who sprayed me with his hose (it was a great refresher from the heat), we talked to an Atheist who ripped up my tarjeta of Jesus Christ and threw it my face, and then we talked to the funniest 80 year old lady who was cracking jokes with us! She asked me what my name was, and I responded and said, Elder Heiner, she then asked again, and I repeated my name, and she said, oh tan feo (oh so ugly)!! HahaπŸ˜‚! She asked Elder Child his name and he told her and she said, Oh tan feo tambien, (so ugly too) haha! It was the funniest thing, and we both could not stop laughing! The best part was that she was doing a word search on her front porch and waved us over to help her find a word haha! I ended up doing like half the word search as we talked to her! Good times, good times! We also found this super solid guy named Fernando who we are excited to start teaching! He is living here with his brother from Mexico and he seemed super interested when we talked to him!

Then on Wednesday we did the same amount of finding at the same time of the day but in a different town! But we still had our adventures! One adventure we had was we were talking to this lady and she just wasn't having it with us, so I changed the subject, and she had little peppers that are called pepitos sitting in a cup on one of her outdoor tables, and she saw me looking at it and she said oh those are soooo spicy. I was like do you think I could eat one, she's like no! So I picked one up and put it in my mouth and ate it! It was like the size of a pea and right when I bit down, the spice just flew out! Santa Vaca it was hot! My whole tongue was just numb, but I played it off like it didn't do anything to me! Right then she started to open up more about the gospel! Even though she didn't go anywhere at least we planted a spicy seed😊! We also talked to this guy who tatted up from head to toe, and we asked him what he believed in and he said, oh la Santa Muerte (holy death). I was like, oh great! But Elder Child kept his cool and he said, what made you start believing in that, he said oh I'm just kidding with you guys, I'm Christian but I don't think God has a church for me! We got talking and he seemed super interested! He told us that everyone always judges him when they see him! We told him that the Lord would never judge him and we invited him to church! He said, you know what, don't be surprised when you see me there. So another seed planted, and fixing to be growing soon!

The rest of the week I probably saw the most appointments fall through in my whole mission, it was a big trial of our faith but we worked hard, despite the trials! Then on Sunday we had 3 investigators come to church! One of them, named Maria, loved church! We had a lesson with her after church and we invited her to pray to know that the BOM is true, but instead when she prayed she said, "Heavenly Father I'm grateful for knowing that the BOM is true". That prayer was straight power! The spirit was so strong, and she had a huge smile on her face! So incredible!

Also this week as a district we set 4 baptismal dates, and had 16 people come to church, in our district of 6 missionaries! The miracle texts were going off. Everyone is so pumped and the Lord is truly blessing the Sealy District! I'm so glad I get the chance to work with so many amazing missionaries, and amazing members! The branch is growing, and the spirit is booming! More and more people are coming into the waters of baptism right in front of our eyes! There is no better time to fulfill the work of the Lord than right now! Remember, we are the Angels spreading the gospel (Alma 13:24), and we will shine the light through the darkness, and lift those who need it most! I love this work! It is amazing! I love Texas! I love watching the spirit guide 19 and 20 year old young men and women to help people understand the complexity of the gospel! The gospel, in every way, is true!

I hope y'all have a great week!
Con mucho Amor (with much love) Elder Heiner

#SEALYDISTRICT

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 63: YEAH... FECHAS!! :)

Some of my best friends at Zone Meeting.

 This week was really great! There were a lot of things that went down that were just amazing, let me tell y'all about it! 

So on Tuesday we had MLC (Missionary Leadership Council)! It was such a powerful meeting! Usually it's a meeting that is just for the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders, but this time the District Leaders were invited. We talked a lot about finding and really having that true desire. President Chapel (one of our counselors in our mission presidency) shared with us some things that really stuck out to me, he said: "Imagine this: there is a man who you know who is very wealthy, but also is someone who is very honest and trustworthy. Imagine this man comes into this meeting and he looks at you and he tells you, if you accomplish every commitment that is extended to you, I will give you 100,000 dollars." He talked about how we need to always have this mindset, because we are not only receiving 100,000 dollars but instead we will receive all the father has! Because it is so true! We need to always be fighting for the commitments and covenants that we have been given from the Lord! So cool!


Zone Meeting Picture: Bound to the Commitments we make

On Wednesday we had a bomb lesson with the Castillos. But first when we went into their home they were pulling out a cake and presents and we then realized that it was their son Alanee's birthday. We were like oh dang it, we totally forgot😬! We had our ward mission leader there and we were planning to have this outstanding lesson, but we thought we would have to share it another time! So we talked for a while and had some cake, but then everyone had to go! I was like wow, we might get to share something with them! We then just start talking about the church and how much they loved it! Then baptism started to come into the conversation, and then the spirit just took the lesson! Holy moly it was cool! I didn't really know what I was saying! By the end of the lesson we set 3 dates with the mom and the dad and the son named Alex! It was insane! At the end of the lesson the mom said that she had never heard some of the things that were shared that day! It was just incredible! They will be getting baptized October 16! We are so excited!πŸ˜‚


This week we have been really trying to involve the branch in everything that we do! It was so cool because members kept saying, hey go visit this person, and this person, and this person! Many of them were less active but it was so cool because 3 of the families that were less active came to church! The Lord is really starting to bless Sealy! I absolutely love the work that is happening! 

Well another amazing week is in the books! Things are going absolutely wonderful! Just always remember that Heavenly Father is always waiting to answer our prayers and fulfill our dreams, but he can't . . . Until we pray and until we dream! Remember to always reach out to him! He loves us and will bless us every time!

I love you all! Make it a super splendid weekπŸ˜ƒπŸ‘!
Love Elder Heiner


Gerson Jr (one of our investigators) and I! He is probably the craziest 13 year old kid I know!

Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 62: I Have a Child?... (Elder Child) ;)

Hola hermanos, hermanas, amigos, y todos! This week was fantastic! So last week I talked about how Elder Guzman and I were staying together, but President switched it at the last moment, like literally that morning of transfers! So my new companion is Elder Child and he has been out for 11 months! He is 6'2", so we are back to having the twin towers! I also got the chance to talk to our President and he said that he is very close to shutting down the area of Sealy and that its up to Elder Child and I to change the culture! So this week we worked harder than I have in a long time! And we had so many blessings!

The Lord truly blessed us as we went out and did his work! We worked extremely hard at finding!!! We knocked and knocked and knocked! We didn't find anyone all week until yesterday when we taught a guy named Justin, who got out of Prison a couple years ago! He let us us in right off of the door step because the rain got really bad right then! So we taught the whole restoration with him and he loved it! He wants more peace in his life because he saw it spiral down after his brother and mom passed away. He is a stud!! The gospel will bless him in so many ways!

We also have been teaching the Castillo Family and they are solid! They invited us to eat with them and they told us how they all read the Book of Mormon and absolutely loved it, Arlette (the mom) told of how she read the first 14 chapters and loved them!! Alex Sr. also read the Book of Mormon for the first time ever and understood it so well. They told us they all know it's true and they all want to be baptized!!!πŸ˜†πŸ˜† They promised to do whatever it takes to be baptized!

Then Yesterday at Church the Castillos and a part member family (The Abregos) who we have been teaching all went! It was like straight fire!!!πŸ•―πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It was exactly what the branch needed! We only have about 40+ people in our branch so everyone just swarmed our investigators! It was incredible! One of the members who teaches Gospel Principles was telling us that this whole week she had been super sick and it was just horrible, especially on Saturday, and then she received a blessing and had the impression that she needed to do what it took to be at church on Sunday. She knew that the Lord would bless her, and she followed the prompting! In Gospel Principles and Relief Society she was able to befriend Arlette and help her with a lot of the things she was struggling with! At the end of church she came up to us and told us the experience! It was absolutely incredible! The Lord works in such wonderful ways! I know Heavenly Father is beginning to bless the members lives here in Sealy, and He is strengthening the faith of many of His children who are not yet part of His church! What a privilege it is to be serving in such a wonderful place!

I absolutely love this work and love this area! Elder Child and I are beginning to blow it upπŸ’£! So many miracles happen when we trust in the Lord and do his work 110%! Remember never to stop the things that will bring you the most happiness!

Love, Elder Heiner