Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

So crazy how small of a world it can be. Nick, training a buddy from high school in Jake Nilson, and Eric getting his call to Rome, Italy to be with Jake Stout. haha...... Someone better come to Tampico or I'm gonna feel left out. What's the low down on the house? Are you gonna sell it or what?
This week was a really good week. We've really focused more this week on finding new people to teach. And our work paid off! This week we found 9 new investigators!! There are a few way solid ones. We'll be going back to visit them this week and see where they are. But the work is definitely progressing here in this area. From where it was, to where it is now, is incredible. My first 6 weeks with Elder Marin, we found 1 new investigator. ONE. and in my almost 12 weeks with Elder Delgado, we've found 35. Pretty amazing to see the amount things can change with a little change of attitude and faith and work methods.
We've been very blessed to see many wonderful things happen in this area. Irma continues to progress!! She's doin so good and tryin soo hard to stay on the right path. We had to change her baptismal date... it was gonna be for March 1, or this Saturday, but our leaders made us change it to March 8th cuz she missed going to church a Sunday a couple weeks back. Which means that I most likely won't be here when she gets baptized.... becuase the transfers come this Sunday, and most likely they're gonna change me out of this area because I've already been here for 4 months. Kinda a bummer.... but nothing is for sure yet. Who knows, they could leave me here. But if they change me, It'll be sad for sure not to be able to see her get baptized... but, however, I know that I, alongside my companion, played a big role in introducing her to the gospel and helping her along this path. For that, I'll forever be grateful. But we'll see what happens.
This week we had a couple of really powerful lessons. We found this one less-active guy that stopped going to church 20 years ago named Xicotancatl. Ya, if you don't speak Spanish, good luck pronouncing that one :) It sounds like Heekotankalk. haha. But hes a stud... and in the visit we had with him, I felt so powerful in bearing my testimony to him about the truthfulness of this gospel. After I had finished bearing my testimony to him he told me, "Elder, in these last couple of minutes, I've felt something open in my heart. I don't know what it is, but my heart has been touched, and I'll definitely pray to see if this really is the truth." Experiences like that don't happen all that often... but when they do, they're things that you'll never forget. And I know that I'll never forget the spirit that we all felt in that moment. It was undeniable. Things like this don't happen anywhere else besides the mission.... I'm so thankful for this opportunity.
Sounds like things are goin well back home. Miss you all each and every day but I love you all so much. Hope you all have a fantastic week :)
Elder Webb

February 18, 2014

First things first... it makes me proud to say that I still have a dad that's got a little game left in him. Pullin out the stops on Valentine's Day, Dad's still got it ;) hahaha.
By the way, we switched P-day to today because we went to the temple again! That's the one good thing about being in the city is that we have the temple pretty close. But, wow, that's so awesome to hear about Lindsey!! Congratulations :)) Keep me updated on her situation. She still goin strong with that guy? Has Cameron left the basement since golf season got over? Just a few things that have been on my mind. haha.
Things are goin a ok down here in Mexico. This week we had interviews with President Jordan. I just gotta say that I love that man. He's got SO much on his plate but his genuine love for each of us missionaries... couldn't have asked for a better mission president. But this week was alright.... a little slow, but not too bad, nonetheless. Irma keeps progressing!! It looks like she's gonna get baptized in about a week and a half!! She's soo awesome and so good about keeping her commitments. Last night we had a family home evening in the ward, (I wasn't there, I was on divisions with one of the zone leaders in another area), but apparently she got up and bore her testimony in front of everyone. Even though it was so simple, everyone was so impressed with how strong of a testimony she already has. It makes me so happy to see someone progress like that and accept the gospel. The joy that you receive when someone receives the gospel according to your efforts is something that you just can't beat. Mom, when I get home you'll have to come down here to Mexico to meet Irma. You would love her. She reminds me a lot of you, the best woman I've ever met :)
I hope you all know how much I appreciate all of your love and support. I hope you know that your son is doin good down in Mehico. Putting on a little weight, but doin good nonetheless. Love you all ooodles. Keep on keepin on.
Elder Webb

Saturday, February 15, 2014

February 10, 2014

Hey, Family!!
Glad to hear everyone is doin well!! Except for the sad news about Unce Sheryl... I still remember to this day how he would always confuse mine and Cameron`s names on purpose just to try and be funny. In all honesty I didn't know him very much but it still makes me sad to hear about his condition. I wish them the best!
Dad, I think I understand you a little bit when you have to get up in sacrament and direct a meeting. (Notice I said a little bit haha.) Because now that I'm district leader, every week I have to get up and conduct our district meeting. Which sucks. Haha but it's alright.... It would be much more comfortable if I could do it in English but I'm comfortable with Spanish, too. So it's no big deal for me now but when I was first put as district leader, man was I nervous! haha. You'll have to let me know who gets put in as the new Stake President. For basically as long as I can remember President Nilson has been Stake President. It'll be weird for me, that's for sure, to see a new one when I get home! But I love President Nilson. Send him my best, please.
This week was pretty sweet!! The work's goin good.... and me and my companion are finally tight and having a good time. We're starting to find new people and continuing to progress! Our investigator, Irma, as well as her 8 year old son who I guess you could consider an investigator, weren't able to come to church this week because she went to visit her family in Veracruz (another state in Mexico). But she is progressing really well! The other day we were teaching her the law of chastity and the word of wisdom. We finished teaching her about coffee and tea and stuff and she goes, "Look, I can drop coffee like a snap, but I can't promise you anything about Victor (her 8 year old son) cuz he looooooves coffee!" Hahah we had a good laugh about it, but I'm tellin ya she's golden. We just gotta get her to come to church! Our other investigators are alright, Faustina and Sabina are falling backwards... we weren't able to teach them this last week for some reason and they didn't come to church either. We'll see with them.... but who knows. But things are pretty normal here.... alllllll gooood. haha. Lovin every minute of the mission.
Love you all so much!!! Thank you all for the love and support. Hope you have an awesome week. Next week, I'll have a sweet spiritual experience or thought to give to you guys :) Love you all--take a whole bunch of care! :) (Hahah--something you would say in Spanish).
Elder Webb

Thursday, February 6, 2014

February 3, 2014

Hey Hey Family!!
How goes it?? Dad got put in the bishopric again--no way!!! Haha that's so smooth. Best of luck to ya Dad :) You'll do great. But I can't help but laugh when I think of Dave Beck, Garret Seely, and Dad all in the Bishopric. That's a Bishopric of all-stars right there!! Haha let's hope that they don't mess around too much and that they can get some stuff done ;) haha. Mom, thanks so much for the great letters every week. I feel bad becuase sometimes I don't write the best letters home but I can always count on Mom to give me a great letter every week :) Thanks Mom, love ya.
This week was alright! Good things are happening in the area. This week, President Jordan came to our zone and told us all about the plan that the area seventy have for Mexico. The plan this year is all focused in BAPTISMS!! But not just baptsims, baptisms of CONVERTS. But I can say that since that meeting on Tuesday, we've seen a great deal of the hand of the Lord in helping us find new people to teach and helping us progress with our investigators (I give a lot of credit to Mom and her prayers as well).
But Irma is doing good... she is soo smart and understands everything right off the bat. She wasn't able to come to church yesterday because her son got really sick the night before and she had to stay home and tend to him. But she's progressing quite nicely towards her baptismal date on Feb. 22nd :) We hope and pray that all continues to go well with her.
Faustina and Sabina are doing well too... They're super aprehensive in setting a baptismal date but they are progressing. Yesterday, they came to church but they showed up in the middle of the sacrament. They could see through the little window on the door and saw that we were "busy" and so they left. Kinda funny though. But we are doin good... and finding new people to teach every week. We're finally progressing a little out here :)
I hope everything's well back home. I really miss you guys, and I try not to think about back home too much. But it helps me get through each and every day all the love and support that I receive from back home. So thank you all... Love you all soo much. Have a fantastic week!! :)
Elder Webb