Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 94: Living In Paradise!

This past week was stacked with good stuff! It's already a blessing being in one of the prettiest places in Texas, but what's better is that here in The Woodlands you have so many different types of people, food, cultures, and what's best is that when your a missionary you get to experience all of it! We met so many people from Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Argentina, Columbia, and of course Mexico! It was absolutely incredible being able to meet so many people from so many different places and teach them all about the gospel! 

One of our new investigators that we have is named Dora. Si, como Dora la exploradora jaja! She doesn't like her name because she says that's what everyone tells her! But she had a lot of great questions about the Plan of Salvation! She is visiting a member in our ward for a couple months, which is perfect time to get her on board with baptism!! 

Ok I gotta write about the food that we ate this last week! It was hmmm hmmm good! The members definitely spoiled us! For our dinners we had: Carne Asada (de Honduras), Subway (de Am茅rica), gnoiquis (de Argentina), lo mejor arroz con frijoles y carne (de Honduras), m谩s carne asada con pan (de Argentina), and top it off with some Arepas (de Venezuela)! It was so good! It was probably one of the best weeks of food I've had in a long time! Ahh it was so good!!! 馃構 

On Friday I got to kick it with Elder Barrus my old companion. We had our exchange in The Woodlands! It was just like old times, except for now we are old and feeble! We went contacting and after going for a bit, we knock the door of this Argentine guy, and he lets us in! Honestly I could only understand about 50% of what he was saying haha! But he let us in and he told us that he was a member! It was awesome! He told us that he was actually thinking about coming back to church, and then next thing he found, were two missionaries on his doorstep! That's pretty awesome if you ask me! But half way through the discussion, he asked us, "puede entender mi espa帽ol"? I was gonna say like, umm not really, but then Elder Barrus says, "si entendemos todo"! I was like, dang it haha! He was really cool though and is excited to come back to church! At the end of the lesson I asked Elder Barrus if he could actually understand, and he was like, not at all haha! Then later that night we went and taught Dora (la exploradora) again! One thing about Dora is she can talk!!! 馃槻 She went off at the beginning of the lesson for 30 min until we could get anything out of our mouths! But once we finally could speak we taught a great restoration lesson! Dora told us that she already knows that Joseph Smith is a prophet! We want to set a date for baptism with her this week! We are so excited!

We are also teaching someone named Irma! She has a baptismal date for next month but has been going through a lot of trials! Elder Wells and I taught a powerful Plan of Salvation lesson with her yesterday, and we hit hard on our purpose in this life and the atonement! I've definitely seen a lot of trials in my life and I felt the spirit so powerfully as I bore my testimony of the atonement and cleansing and liberating feeling it brings! Her and her kids promised to read the Book of Mormon and find the peace that it brings! 

Spiritual Thought:
Our ward is really missionary minded and it is absolutely incredible! Yesterday in Priesthood we taught everyone how they can give a Book of Mormon to a friend! We asked those to raise their hand who had given one away, and we asked how they did it!. One member said that they had talked about the church before, and it was a easy transition! We then asked all the elders quorum and j贸venes if they had ever shared their beliefs with their friends and almost all of there hands shot up! The Hermano that gave the Book of Mormon away, talked about the amazing feeling that he had when he gave it away! We then role played with one of the youth on how to give a BOM to a friend! After we finished and testified of the power of the Book of Mormon we asked all the brethren, who would want a Book of Mormon to give to their friends? We had about 20 people raise their hand, after giving each one a copy, I knew that there would be so many more people learning about the Book of Mormon! My invitation is the same to all of you! Who is one person that you know, or maybe even kind of know that could receive of Book of Mormon? I invite you to pray about who could receive one, and give that person a Book of Mormon! I know that you will feel a different kind of spirit as you do so! 

Thanks y'all I hope you all have a great week! I love you all so much! 

Love, Elder Heiner!

Elder Barrus and I!

The Woodlands

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week 93: Happy Easter!

Whoa this week was good! It went by extremely fast! We also had a ton of tender mercies as we were obedient! One thing that I've definitely seen in my mission is obedience brings blessing! We also had a very happy d铆a de la pascua! 馃悾 I hope y'all had a great Easter and really spent a lot of time with your families, and or remembering our savior Jesus Christ! It definitely was amazing learning more about him, and remembering his resurrection! 

So this week we had a lot of tender mercies like I said. Start it off on Tuesday! We got the chance to do service at Special Angels. If you don't remember what that is from a year ago, its where we get the chance to serve mentally disabled adults! They truly are angels 馃懠! We played Monopoly with them, and they are sooo fun! I know Heavenly Father has an amazing place for these people in the next life! 

Wednesday I got to go on another exchange with Elder Progroszewski. Don't ask me how many I've done with him, cause I couldn't tell you! We put up English class flyers and while we were doing so, we met a lot of cool people! We put one up at a salon and while we were there we got talking to one of the clients and got a lesson set up! While we there Elder Pogroszewski got his Eye Brows threaded haha! It looked so painful 馃槚! I literally died laughing! We later went contacting at a new apartment complex, and we only had one door open and she was a Hispanic, and she let us in! Blessings!!! We taught a great lesson and we are going back this week! 

Spiritual Thought:
Cada semana recibimos (toda la misi贸n) una carta de nuestro presidente de misi贸n por correo electr贸nico, y la semana pasada el escribi贸 algunas cosas que me impact贸, que yo quiero compartir con ustedes. En su carta el habl贸 sobre el proceso de aumentar la fe, el dijo: I have been reminded of my first experience of going to the gym after my mission. I quickly realized how much strength I had lost, and began the process of building strength back up. For muscle to grow, two things must happen: Muscles need to experience experience stress/tension. The stress needs to damage the muscle so the muscle can be built back up or repaired. If you want this process to happen faster, you need to lift more weight. There is one critical requirement that has to be present to protect you from injury if you are going to lift heavier weight: you need to have a "spotter". A spotter is a person who is there only to help you be successful. They don't necessarily touch the weight, if they don't need to, but they are there to make sure you succeed. A good spotter will push you beyond what you think you can do because they know what your objective is and they want to help you achieve it! He or she will hold you accountable.

Like President Mortensen said, the way for muscles (faith) to be built is that they must experience a huge amount of stress and by so doing must be damaged, so they can be built again! Now, I know that God gives trials of our faith so that our faith can be strengthened, but I also know that he calls amazing spotters! Some of these spotters may be bishops, leaders, parents, friends, and or neighbors. God has called specific spotters to bless our lives! We must always remember to trust the specific spotters that God has called. As we do so, our faith will be strengthened and we will be able to lift the heavier weight! 

Keep on trusting, reading, praying, attending (church), partaking (the sacrament) and following the spirit! As your spotters push you, you will be able to see more blessing come! 

I love y'all so much! 

Love, Elder Heiner

Confetti eggs before smashing them馃榿! 

Confetti eggs after smashing them馃榿!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Week 92: Finding Brings Blessings!

What a week! Elder Wells and I really hit it hard his week! The faith is building so strong here! I was so happy with the success that we had! Every day was a grinder but we never put our heads down, and at the end of every day we saw miracles! It was nuts!

This week we went finding like crazy! It was probably the week of my mission where I have gone finding the most! We found a ton of new investigators! I have never found so many people in The Woodlands! Every single time we found a new investigator, it was when we had knocked for hours, and we had a forth floor last door moment! 

The best day of the week was Friday though by far! We had an amazing zone meeting and I learned all about charity, and how I can be more like our savior Jesus Christ! We then got to go to lunch while the Zone Leader and District Leaders were in a meeting, and while we were there a man approached me and he asked, I just want to know the difference between modern Christianity and Mormonism. I talked to him a little bit about prophets and how God always calls prophets, which led to the Book of Mormon. He had questions on the Book of Mormon and I just bore testimony about what it is and also what are the promised blessings he will receive when he reads! He said he would read it! We gave him a book and set up a time to see him! It was incredible! Then I got the chance to go on an exchange with Elder Christensen up in the Louetta area! It was amazing! Elder Christensen planned a whole day of finding! We went from 3-9pm with a 20 min break for dinner! We passed out at least 100 pass along cards but Elder Christensen told me, "we are finding a family of 5 today"!! We went all day with a lot of rejections, talking to UFO fanatics, asking to use the restroom in strangers homes (it's one of my favorite contact ideas haha), getting a ton of potatoes and fruit from people, but still no success! Until 9:05pm! We were getting ready to leave and we talked to one more person, who . . . let us in 馃槀! We shared the prince of peace video and then tied it into the Restoration, and gave them all a copy of The Book of Mormon! The spirit was so strong in the lesson. When Elder Christensen bore his testimony about the BOM the spirit filled the room! Plus guess what, they were a family of 7!!! After the lesson we got back in the car, and I looked at Elder Christensen, and said, I can't believe that just happened!!! It was absolutely crazy! It was one of the biggest miracles of my mission! And topped off an incredible exchange!

Spiritual thought: 
Esta semana pasada estaba leyendo sobre las historias de Ammon, Aar贸n y sus hermanos en El Libro de Mormon, y me encanta uno vers铆culo en Alma cuando Alma se libr贸 sus hermanos. Es Alma 20:29 que dice: Y cuando Amm贸n los vio, se entristeci贸 mucho, porque he aqu铆, se hallaban desnudos y ten铆an la piel sumamente excoriada, por haber estado atados con fuertes cuerdas; y tambi茅n hab铆an padecido hambre, sed y toda clase de aflicciones; sin embargo, fueron pacientes en todos sus sufrimientos.

A veces es dif铆cil a ver la luz adentro de la obscuridad. Me imagino que Aar贸n y sus hermanos pudieran murmurar, quejarse, o perder su fe! Pero eso no es lo que hicieron! Ellos ten铆an fe, ten铆an caridad, obedec铆an los mandamientos de Dios hasta que hubieran librados! Este historia es similar a nuestras vidas. Porque, vamos a pasar por medio de aflicciones que son tan dif铆ciles, pero cuando recordamos la misericordia que Dios tiene, y damos nuestras vidas a El, eso es como podemos ser librados! Eso es como podemos ser mejores disc铆pulos! Cuando leemos en el libro de Mormon y oramos y asistimos la iglesia, especialmente durante los tiempos que no quisi茅ramos,  pero cuando los hacemos porque estamos dispuestos a seguir, eso es cuando recibimos las bendiciones que deseamos.

Thanks y'all for all the prayers! I love y'all so much! Have a great week!

Love, Elder Heiner

Service at the Butterfly farm in Spring Tx
Elder Christensen represents! #Milagros 

We are ready for Star Wars!

Bowling with the District!

It's a Christmas miracle!

That security on that house tho! Haha

Monday, April 3, 2017

Week 91: Goodbye Houston! Hello Again Woodlands!

So last week I got transferred out of the Houston 3rd Ward, and it definitely was hard to leave behind so much! But my new area, or old area you could say, is The Woodlands! Exactly a year ago I served here and I am so excited to be back! It was absolutely incredible being with and seeing so many families that I love! Plus we saw so many miracles this week as we put our faith in the Lord! Plus we had General Conference, so overall you could say that it was an incredible week! Let me tell y'all all about it!

My new companion is Elder Wells! He is from Alpine Utah! It's so weird having a companion from Utah and even weirder because we grew up so close to each other! But he's a stud, and has definitely worked me hard in this area! The best feeling is coming home and just feeling exhausted from all the hard work that we put in from the day! Missionary work is amazing! 

Alright time for some Miracles!!! One of the investigators that I was teaching a year ago, that was going through a lot of struggles, is being taught again, and has a date! His name is Julio and his moms name is Irma! They were a knocking miracle that Elder Phister and I had, and now they are progressing super well! Yesterday they followed us to General Conference and absolutely loved it!! Julio is 18 years old and he has a baptismal date for April 22nd and tonight we want to set a date with his mom Irma! We are super excited!

On Saturday we had a cita set up for this kid (he's like 18) named Mike (It was set up at the beginning on the afternoon session of conference), and we started teaching a tiny bit about the restoration and taught what prophets were! Then I had the prompting to clarify the difference between a disciple and a prophet! Then we turned on General Conference on his phone and literally 2 seconds after we turn it on, Elder Hales starts his talk on what it means to be a true disciple!!! Elder Wells and I looked at each other like, no way haha馃槃! At the end of the talk Mike loved how it talked about how we can't be part time disciples (I love this guy)! The Lords timing was absolutely perfect 馃憣!!  

So this week we had a commitment to find 5 new investigators and going into Sunday we had only found 1, but yesterday at 8pm Elder Wells was prompted to go to one of the houses that he thought was a former investigator. I don't think it was the right house with the former inv, but there we found 4 new investigators! We shared the new video prince of peace (if you haven't seen it, you definitely should), then got into this huge conversation about prophets, and religion! They loved it and are willing to learn more! We are going back on Tuesday! What miracles! 

I know this letter is a little bit long but I just wanted to add that I loved Conference! It was such a spiritual experience for me! One of the take aways that I had is that many of the talks if not all of them talked about how we can be more Christlike and become more like Him! I loved the emphasis on the Christlike attributes! I know that as we have faith in Jesus Christ and remember "His" atonement, we are diligent in doing all the small tasks (like reading the BOM, praying, going to church, etc.), we will be brought out of bondage! I definitely know that when we do our part line upon line precept upon precept that we will receive the light of the perfect day! Thanks y'all for everything! Make it a great week!

Love, Elder Heiner

This Is Heber from H3! Definitely going to miss him!

 Saying goodbye to some of my favorite families in Houston 3.

Elder Wells and I at the start of the new transfer!

Priesthood Session with the Elders Quorum! We had the best
dinnerand then we were spiritually fed! (Bendiciones 馃榿)

This is what happens after a long day of contacting!