Sunday, October 15, 2017

"Let us always choose the harder right than the easier wrong"

9/25/17 Another week down and the grind continues, this week we had 2 baptisms for a father of a part member family and a young adult of 18 years. It was awesome to see their progression, but still it makes me nervous when the ward doesn't help too much with accepting them into the fold. I just hope that well get some more help from them so that our converts don't drop off the face of the planet like a lot of them do here (retention is a really big problem here).

Other than that the area is doing well, but we really need to find more people, we have a family that we are teaching and they're suuuuper excited to learn, especially because they have a lot of money problems and they want to change their lives. It was actually kinda funny teaching them about prophets because when they asked if god still talks to us now and we told them about modern-day-prophets they pretty much flipped out and wanted to get baptized then and there. Its really something when you find the people who have been prepared to receive us, and honestly its the best.

So yeah, there's not too much going on other than the work, and that's really how it should be, i guess i'll finish up by sharing my favorite scripture so far (I think I've already shared it but it was a while ago) its DC 64:33-34. Its helped me and keeps on helping me, seriously an awesome scripture. Read it, study it, love it! Have a great week! -Elder grover

10/2/17 Well that was tooo fast haha, its been so long yet so short. This week was interesting, we didn't get a whole lot done but we have another family on date! super excited for that, just need to money to get married haha. We really need to find more people who have real interest, its not that fun looking through a needlestack to find a piece of gold (hay doesn't relate the importance of a human soul haha). Its alright, just enjoying the journey and trying to work hard. As far as news goes, Elder Falabella is coming to Iquitos and will be in our leadership council this next week... so we gotta be prepared for some crazy burning haha. Other than that things are going well, just gotta keep on rolling on forward to do the work! Love you all! -Elder grover






10/9/17  Another week has flown by and I have no idea where it went... the thing is that it was really slow in the moment, but it doesn't matter now cause I'm already here at a really worn-out keyboard haha. But all is well and i am healthy and happy workin' up a storm out here in Iquitos! this week has been great in regards to the work, were finding new people to teach and we have another baptismal date for the end of this month. Zone leader responsibilities are what I'm focusing n now, trying to help the rest fo the zone get it together haha.

This past weekend we had conference and recently i saw one of the topics really come to light while i was working with my companion. Sometimes it gets difficult helping other really see why its important to do things with love and compassion, but when there's a complete rejection it gets even more difficult to help them. Sometimes it makes you want to explode on them and straighten them out completely right then and there, but it really doesn't work that way. I remembered a talk that was about hard things, and while pondering the topic it hit me, hard things are good when we react well. It wasn't easy but I was able (mas o menos) to continue showing love to the Elders. And with that ill end with the quote from Presidente Monson, "let us always choose the harder right than the easier wrong". AMEN, have a great week! -Elder Grover

10/14/17 The first thing that your gonna say is, "why the heck did he write us on a Saturday?" Well thats a very good question haha, and the answer is the big news that i mentioned last week! From now on my Pday is on Saturday because i am the new Assistant to the President of the Peru Iquitos Mission! So yeah, big change... To be quite honest i was shocked when President told me that i would be going to work as an assistant, and im still a little dumbfounded... NEVERTHELESS, i am overwhelmingly honored to be here working alongside President. I now have access to just about the best of everything and i get to sleep in AIR CONDITIONING. But still no hot showers... its aight, in this area i will be working normally when time permits it, i will have a lot to do with this assignment and the responsibilities that come with it. I only had one transfer in the Secada Zone as a Zone leader, and that was a blast, kinda feel bad for leaving behind Elder Gemin, but i know that if the Lord wants me to be here, then here i will stay. My new companion is Elder Culquicondor (i know the name is interesting haha) which is pronounced koolkeycondour. ill send a pic of him after this letter. so yeah, theres the big news, theres not much else haha. From now on well be in touch on Saturdays and next week ill give you all the scoop on whats goin down. I LOVE YOU. -Elder Grover


pics of a mission-wide service we did (beach clean up) and this is my zone! also i burned a shirt haha. 


 
My new companion!




Wednesday, September 13, 2017

I Will do His Will and Comply with my Purpose and Calling



8/22/17
Well another week has gone by and not much has changed. We've been workin' hard and there's a lot goin on in the area but our investigatores are being kinda tough so well have to really crack down o the doctrine if they are to progress. Man this stuff is stressful but in the end oh my gosh is it worth it. I don't have much to say but i do have an experience to share with you.

This past week we visited this part member family where the only member in the family is a 16 year old girl named Laly. She was baptized about 2 years ago and she is very very strong... We visited them to help her parents understand what the gospel is and how it helps us find happiness. So after sharing something with them, Laly asked for a blessing because she has a problem with one of her eyes. We complied and in the blessing I felt prompted to talk about her personal strength and testimony of the savior and his atonement. It was a very powerful experience and after, She bore testimony of the truth to her parents. I thought their hearts would just break in half, the spirit was so strong and it was a testimony builder for me. I don't know if her parents will ever soften their hearts because even after that they showed resistance but I know that at least that girl is destined for something great. 

That's all for this week, hope you have a great week and enjoy this pic of the best 12 bucks I've ever spent! (its a hammock!)



8/29/17
Hola! This week wasn't that different from the rest, but I feel like it was a bit harder than normal. We really have trouble with getting people to church, and it almost literally hurts to wait and wait for nobody to show up. ahhh oh well, This week I definitely learned a lot, especially about having a good attitude about the things that don't go well. I guess you could say its a principle of faith and hope. we had a lesson in the church by our branch mission leader about how we need to give more. As i thought about what he was saying, I realized that, although I had felt like I had worked hard this week, i needed to give more. much more. Its a simple concept that sometimes we forget as we make excuses to not do everything in order to achieve a specific gal, in my case it would be getting investigators to church. We always can give more, and when we cant is when the Savior will bring us the rest of the way. Its how grace works- 2 Nephi 25:23 . I really need to put this in practice if i am to do the will of the lord. Although its hard, its worth it. Have a great week! -Elder Grover

p.s. sorry for no pictures, there's not too much interesting goin on... yet!

9/4/17
Well, it happened. My comp "died" haha. He went home on thursday of this last week ad boy was it an interesting time with him. The last few days with him he would not stop talking abut home hahaha. Kinda drove me nuts but ya know what can I do. Anyways, I was alone for a couple of days (not really, I was with the other Elders here in Yurimaguas). It was kinda tough being without a companion, and that was mainly why this week has gone by so slowly... Well that's alright here we are starting up the new transfer, so that's exciting. Its very likely that ill stay, so there shouldn't be that much surprise this week, but my new companion should be interesting. I excited to meet him and get to work! 

Really there's not much to say, I've been busy as usual. To be honest I'm not very satisfied with how this transfer with. I'm not blaming anyone other that myself, it really just haven't been satisfied with what I've done here. So if there's anything that we can take from that is that the principle of diligence is something that is very important in order to be successful, satisfied and happy. Maybe i haven't been doing more to help these people and that's simply my fault because I'm not perfect. but that simply means that I need to step it up. the funny thing is that the only way to be truly, fully happy is by giving it your all. I've heard this not only from the scriptures but from members, maybe they don't have all the money ion the world but they're always happy because they always give it their all. 

Its been a crazy time here, but i need to make more of it. Have a great week! -Elder Grover


 


9/11/17
Hi, I know I said that nothing new would happen other than a new companion, and I really thought that nothing was going to happen, but life is full of surprises. IM IN IQUITOS, I have a new companion, zone, area, and assignment! My zone is called Secada, its the area farthest from the center of Iquitos and boy is it hot... My companion is Elder Gemín, he's from puira and he's short haha, David and Goliath part 2. And the new assignment, well I'm the new Zone leader of the Secada Zone! That was the biggest surprise for me because I still feel like I needed to improve as a district leader... So to be completely honest, I don't know exactly why I'm in this position, but what I do know is that if the Lord wants me here, all I can do is serve with all my heart, might, mind and strength and if I have my eye single to the glory of God, I will do his will and comply with my purpose and calling. The area is small, as are all the area in Iquitos but that doesn't really matter, because we have a new ward that is awesome and a lot of awesome people that we are teaching. I'm simply just excited to be in a new area with a new companion that wants to work.
I'm suuuuuper excited for this area and I know that if I continue serving I will be able to bless others and myself. All I have to do is stay focused on my purpose and it'll all be alright! HAVE A GREAT WEEK, and sorry for no pics the computer is awful. -Elder Grover

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

7/17/17  Well another week has disappeared and I don't know where time goes... anyways this week has been awesome and I am simply loving life down here. Transfers are coming up and its possible that one of us will go, so I'm either going to another area or ill get a new comp... either way there'll be a change! This week went well, still working with that family and finding new people consistently, just need to turn the numbers into baptisms! Its a process but i know we can do it. There's not much new news this week so ill finish up with a scripture: Mateo 16:24-25. Its awesome and it really applies to those in the mission haha. So that's what I've been focusing o lately, and I hope that some of you will be able to apply it!  Love you all! have a great week -Elder Grover

p.s. our baptism this week and his family (members), and a peruvian version of an enchilada haha




7/24/17  Hello good ol USA, hope everyone had a great week, my week was mas o menos but I am sure to improve this coming week! So today are transfers and I don't think ill be going anywhere, but you really never know. My comp is pretty much ready to go haha he really wants to see another part of the mission. This week we baptized Jherson Vilca, and he's the best, right now were working with the rest of his family and we should be seeing fruits from them next month! Other than that we have a few people who are also very interested and were loving our time here. 

I'm not going to write a ton but I would like to share an experience... We have an investigadore named John, and he's been to several churches before but never found interest in any of them. A member of the branch one day invited him to the Church one day and he thought yeah why not. He went and met us and after the first 2 lessons he was praying to know if the church was true. Yesterday he related his experience to us and the most unexplainable joy came over me when he began to try to describe what the holy ghost feels like. The scripture DC 18:15-18 came to mind, and it explains it perfectly. I have never been a parent, but I think I can guess as to how it feels to watch your child take its first steps, or say his first words. John was prepared for us and we simply have the blessing of watching him begin his journey on the straight and narrow path.

This time that I have here is precious, and I need to make the most of it. I know that its only a short period of time, but its the best time there is. I hope you all have a great week, and ill see you all next week. -Elder Grover

7/31/17 Well a lot's happened and I wasn't expecting any of it, things that haven't changed: still district leader, and other than that nothing is the same haha. Right now I'm currently in YURIMAGUAS, a city out in the middle of the jungle and there's only 4 missionaries here. Its pretty much isolated from everything and as district leader I have to maintain everything. Its pretty much a mini-zone, and I'm seriously stoked to be here. its hot, but not too hot, and its very different from Moyo. the people here will actually talk to you! its a miracle seriously haha, in moyo the people were kinda hard, but here its nice and easy, there's really no worries about talking to someone, cause they almost always listen.

I've been here for about 4 days so I'm still semi-lost, but it'll come with time. Other than that I'm doing well and my health is back to normal. My companion is 'named Elder Belone, and oh boy is this one interesting haha. He's actually from an Indian reservation in Arizona! He's from the navajo tribe and he can speak officially 4 languages (navajo, apache, english and now spanish.) hes also known in the mission as the "lamanite". On top of that he's a little special, I think he has a very mild form of autism or something but to put it short he is the best haha. I'm blessed to be able to work with him, especially as he is going to be finishing his mission at the end of this month. Seriously blessed, I don't have a picture of him yet, but ill send one next week. 

The area is huge... and there are a lot of people to talk to haha, the great thing is that the members are awesome, and we receive  a lot of references... so its more looking for people in the mess of the city rather than knocking doors. there's that and I'm back in the mess of the jungle life, where people love to be naked and families don't really exist, just a whole lot of people who live together and reproduce like rabbits haha. Its a bit chaotic, but such is the mission, ADELANTE. Hope you all have a great week, and ill let you all know what's up next week, Chao! -Elder Grover

SURPRISE! Contact from someone else in Peru... a couple from Texas mentoring teachers in his area.. via text: "We meet your sweet son and his companion at church Sunday. you've done a good job raising a fine young man. He seems t do very well. I will call you when I get back to Texas" and a pic! 

8/7/17 whelp another week down and I'm still alive so I cannot complain! Seriously its been a week and I've had a ton a fun here already. Yurimaguas is a really cool place, and I've already seen a ton of blessing during my time here. Firstly, Elder Belone is still awesome and very interesting, he will be finishing his mission in about a month so... so sometimes his desire to work is kinda low but when he works he works haha. We had a baptism this past weekend (pics of that and their wedding!) so that's awesome, and there's more on the way! I still feel kinda crummy cause these people were all prepared by someone else... but still i get to see the miracle of baptism so I cant complain!

I really don't have much to write, since I really am actually pressed for time this week, but before i go i wanna say something about faith. Oh my goodness have I learned a lot about that this week. everyone can say the standard definition, but applying it is really hard haha. Right now this is my focus, to be able to have acts of faith, not just "work". I hope that in our lives we can all learn what are acts of faith and how we can be more humble and willing to do the lords will. It really does change ones perspective of things... I love you all and i hope you have a great week!!!



8/14/17 Another week gone and all i can think of is weeeerk. I really dont have much time, i just hope that you all understand that the work that one does here is real. recently i was reading through my journal entries abut what happened in the beggining of my mission and wow was i different. i dont feel like it now but from what i read i fel like alots changed. And i have no doubt in my mind that its because of what the Lord has done for me. when i first got here, i did not understand what it meamt tp give yourself to him, but it makes a lot more sense now. He can make more of you than you ever could. If anyone is thinking about a major life decision, or maybe thinking abut the mission, always always always do what he wants for you, and you will come out stronger. He loves us so much, thats why its hard sometimes. Its becasue he wants us to rely on him, and if we do we will become even more. Its the truth, ive seen it happen and im experiencing it. I know he loves us and that if we do his will, we will become more than we ever thought we could be. LOVE YOU ALL have a great week! -Elder Grover

Thursday, June 22, 2017

The Right Place at the Right Time

5/29 Well its been a long week but oh has it been worth it, for starters last monday we climbed the morro calzada, which is a big hill that is just outside of moyo and it was awesome... kinda sucked because it was raining during the climb so we got soaked but it was super amazing to see what there was to see (not much with rain but in the end it cleared up). So pday was awesome, and during the week we were able to find some new people who look like they'll be awesome, but they need to change... alot. haha so they'll be projects but in all honesty those people are the most satisfying to teach...

SO the big news, THE FAMILY WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH FINALLY GOT IN THE WATER. Oh my gosh its been a long hard interesting journey with them but they're finally officially members of the church. Their names are Richard, Noemi and Alexander (dad, mom, kid) and they are seriously the best. After over a year of being investigators they're finally married, and living the way they should!!! super excited and happy for them, and sincerely grateful for the opportunity that I've had to get to know them. They'll be super powerful members in the future. 

So yeah, other than that there's not much else going on, always busy and always working... but that's what its all about right? I'm just grateful that i haven't had any health issues #blessed. For scriptures this week id definitely give D&C 4 a read, i always knew that it was awesome missionary scripture but this week I've really been trying to apply it! Even though you're not in the field you can still apply it too! LOVE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEK -Elder Grover





6/5/17 What a week, ill make this short because i don't have much time. In general this week felt normal, but really we've been seeing miracles all week long, big and small. Having baptized the Caballero family last week, it kinda felt like we were starting off on square one, but that same weekend we found another family of 7 people who ALL have interest in the church. None of them are married so that is kind of a stumbling block, but i know that they will all progress and enter the waters of baptism. what a blessing. Other than that we've been focusing on finding complete families in order to have investigators who progress TOGETHER. And we have been super blessed in that aspect. There are families that pop up out of nowhere and it seems like were just in the right place at the right time... (we really are haha). Man I'm telling ya the lord will work through you if you have faith. Be obedient and have an attitude of gratitude and prayer. LOVE YOU ALL, Have a great week -Elder Grover











6/12/17 Another week gone and transfers are here! we will know by tonight if we get transferred so were kinda anxious but still working hard! Seriously transfers make everything crazy and it makes me anxious, however my feelings are pretty much neutral in regards to the transfers, and if i go i go, but if i stay está bien too. My only hope is that this transfer we will see more success in the area where i will be working. We are finding people here and that's awesome but they're all projects, every one of them has crazy problems and little desire or motivation to change, and really its just a result of iniquity. I never really realized how many problems are caused from disobedience to basic commandments, and now i am watching it happen and trying to help people find the outstretched hand of Christ. One of my favorite things to say nowadays is "pueblo iniquo" or in other words, people of iniquity, mainly because the reason for which people don't want to follow Christ is their own sins. Some will say they already know Christ but really its just an excuse to not change. Really my heart has been aching for the people here because i know that they can find indescribable joy in the gospel, but simply don't want to repent. A scripture that i found describes my feelings pretty accurately, Alma 13:27-20. I Invite you all to read it and meditate on the words Alma speaks. And if anyone reading this has something to repent of, do not "procrastinate the day of your repentance", i Testify that repentance is the key to joy and salvation, and only through the blood of Christ can we be saved. Have a great week. -Elder Grover

6/19/17 So no I'm not in Iquitos, I'm not in Pucallpa, nor in another part of the mission, I'm still in nice and breezy Moyobamba! But honestly I'm perfectly fine with that and I'm actually excited to keep working here, sometimes the people are hard but really this area is the best haha. A lot of the people really do need our help, and i know that i can help them (if they let me...). So yeah there's not any changes respecting the are in which i work, but there is a change in the leadership of the zone... our district leader was transferred out of the zone to Iquitos, and so someone had to replace him... and i don't know whose bright idea it was to make a tall awkward gringo district leader but hey if they say it was revelation its fine by me. So yeah I'm the new district leader here in Moyobamba! kinda exciting huh, i was pretty shocked. So other than the normal responsibilities i have as a missionary i now have to take care of my fellow Elderes that are working here, kinda fun and definitely a cool change. 

The area is progressing and for that i am really happy haha. we are seeing more families pop up and i cant wait ot see their progression. I can only hope and pray that they will progress and have the strength necessary to change (commandments man, COMMANDMENTS). but i have faith that they will be able to pull through and follow Christ. other than that its just the usual, not much crazy happens over here other than the harvest of souls.

This week i studied Enos 1, and boy is there a lot to learn there. before reading i didn't know what Fervent prayer really meant. But after trying to apply the scripture there was a huge difference. If we pray fervently and sincerely, He will always respond... ALWAYS. I definitely recommend that scripture for a bit of study. LOVE YOU ALL and have a fantastic week. -Elder Grover (Below is Jordan's sketch showing the "armor of God")





Monday, May 22, 2017

Progress in Paradise!

5/8/17
Well to put this week in one word, it'd have to be: Searching. Now one can apply this in several ways so ill go ahead and explain. really we spent most of our time searching for new people haha because like i explained before, we have no one really who is progressing. So that meant a lot of contacting, but really we focused more on the members, because there isn't a better way to find people than through the members! So that's a whole process that should produce good fruits but there's another way we've been searching that i havent explained. Really ive been searching for my talents, and not the talents that are obvious like "being tall". the ones that you need to find and develop... we had a lesson in sunday school about talents, and it made me think, What are mine? So ive decided that i need to find and give it my all to develop my talents in order to move the work forward! May sound kinda corny but i don't care, to me it sounds fun and like a challenge! so onward with that!

Ill go ahead and share an awesome scripture with you guys now because I have nothing else to say! (way to go gringo) MORMON 9:27-28. If we ask, he will comply, but make sure it is for a righteous cause! love you all, have a great week! -Elder Grover

P.S. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY 

(Jordan's picture is what he took during Skype... of us!)


5/22/17
Yes we finally are seeing some progress here in paradise! Firstly the family that we've been working with forever got married and now they have a green light for baptism, hopefully that happens this coming weekend. So there's that and we are starting to see people come out of the woodwork as we continue working with the members and contacting through our own efforts. We have several people who are very likely potential baptisms, and i cant wait to see them all progress. 

Today for p-day we have something special planned, were gonna climb the MORRO CALZADO, in other words the freaking huge hill that's just outside of moyo. they say that the climb sucks but the view is beyond amazing, so i should have some pretty rad pictures by the end of today. Super stoked!!! 

My comp and i have had some interesting talks lately, and I'm starting to see just how weird he really is... I'm not saying that I'm perfect, nor that I'm not a little bit weird, but my comp confuses me sometime. Last night he lost his sweat rag that he uses to wipe his face every 5 seconds (he sweats a lot) and at first i thought he lost the one thing in the world he truly loved. Heck i thought there'd be a funeral or something for his 100% cotton 6 inch by 6 inch sweat soaked cloth haha. i have no idea but to each his own right?

This week i found a super awesome scripture in DC 64: 33 and 34. i heard that right when i needed to, from small things come the big things. LOVE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEK -Elder Grover

(Family with couple getting married and ready for baptism this weekend!)





Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The people are stubborn and religious, best part about that is so are we :)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Progress? What's Progress?!

P.S. The latinos continue to boggle my mind and my comp especially is interesting haha when we work believe it or not i do the vast majority of the talking, and the funny thing is that i can say I'm from Argentina and people will believe me lol. its awesome but sometimes he does things that just confuse me. for example in the mornings we are almost always late to breakfast because he takes 35 minutes to shower every morning... and before that when we wake up he will get out of bed and lay on the ground and stare at the ceiling for 20-30 minutes... no idea