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!

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


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

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

Monday, April 3, 2017

Holy Mother of Pearl It's Not Hot (Who's Pearl?)

3/20/17 So unfortunately not much new happened this week, yes we had another baptism and that was super awesome to see another person take the first step on the road to happiness. The investigators name is Kaily, and she was actually an older investigator from other elders, the which didn't do a very good job at leaving her easy to find haha. But we got-er-done and shes super excited to continue progressing! As far as other news goes we have another family preparing for baptism and are looking for another... only problem is there are transfers right around the corner (tonight) and its almost certain that either me or my comp will leave... we shall see. 

I guess the lack of news means i get to share sumtin special... here we go! This past week i learned a lot about weaknesses. Of course we can read about them in the Book of Mormon and other places but really we don't understand what is being said until we live it ourselves. Before coming out here i definitely didn't think i was perfect... but i didn't think i had nearly as many weaknesses as i actually do haha. When my patience started being tested is when i realized i REALLY lack patience, and when it comes to being obedient, i lack that too! But like Ether explains to us we are GIVEN weaknesses to be MADE humble... doesn't sound very fair until we continue reading. If we SHOW Christ our weaknesses and further humble ourselves, he will MAKE our weaknesses strengths. Notice that humility comes up twice, and also alot of the work is done by him. Humility is the key to allow him to change us, if we really are susceptible to his will, we will become more like him. It wont happen overnight but oh will we change. i Invite anyone who hasn't fallen asleep yet to think about your own weaknesses, and think about how you can make them strengths IN HIM, not by your own strength. Might be worth a shot :) that's all for now, love ya, have a great week. 

-Elder Grover

the pics this week are of 
1. wood carvings given to us by our convert carlos!!!
2.Elder Garcia, finished his mission and returned with honor to Mexico

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TRANSFERS ARE BEAUTIFUL THIS TIME OF YEAR. So yes, you will no longer find tall awkward skinny Elder Grover in dusty, rainy, sunny, muddy pucallpa. IM IN MOYOBAMBA BABY. Elder Llamoca stayed behind to train another greenie, and im here opening an area again hahaha. My new comps name is ELDER COYA, He is also from Arequipa (same as llamoca), loves animals (same as llamoca) and loves playing video games (also same as llamoca). on the flip side, HE IS SUPER CLEAN. I arrived to the house first and found an absolute dump haha so i did a little organizing, dusted a bit and put my clothes away. He gets to the house and has a mini heart attack because "everything is covered in dust". If he were in Pucallpa i think he might actually have a heart attack. Elder Coya came from another mission in mexico, he had to have a change because it was literally too hot for him. Now he is here with me and he has a total of 4 months in the mission, he also has forgotten alot of what he learned in the Mexico MTC and now hes with me... I have 2 months more than him... NADA MAS. At first i didn't know what to think... but i guess all i can do now is keep on trekking. 

Moyobamba is found in the mountains kinda in the north-central area of peru. It is GORGEOUS, and sorry for the lack of pictures of anything actually amazing because that will come later. The 2 best parts of the city is 1, it is probably the closest i will ever come to finding anything that looks like the US, and 2. 
 ITS NOT HOT. OH SWEET MOTHER OF PEARL IT IS NICE AND COOL. There are mountains, a river, apparently cool hiking and most of all: 7TH DAY ADVENTISTS. Everyone loves Moyo but no one wants to be here for long, because the adventists and jehovas witnesses love to bash with us, and the people here in general are very stubborn. so far i haven't had trouble with any of it but I'm sure i will in the future. 

I have one cool experience to share, we received word from a member that a mechanic was interested in "learning more about the church". We thought, "AWESOME, we gotta find this guy!!" so we went and we did. the guy came out of his dumpy shack next to his garage to talk, and starts going off about some crap about having been with 9 women and how he has more life experience than anyone in the world haha. He then claimed that life experience is what is necessary to preach the gospel, that we are awful people because we try to preach without life experience, and that god loves him and hes going to be saved. This poor old guy doesn't even get the half of it hahaha. so during all of this i asked him if he keeps the commandments... "only on Sundays"... hmmm interesting let me share a scripture with ya- JOHN 14:15 baby. invited him to repent, wished him a good day, and we left... kinda feel bad for that one but when the people refuse to understand you gotta be straight up with them. 

Anyways that's all for this week. Scriptures id like to share? 2 Nephi 32. loved reading that short but sweet scripture recently. hope you have a great week, and ill see y'all next time. -Elder Grover (below is a pic of the new area)

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4/3/17 So this week has been interesting  Unfortunately we didn't get much done, and no im not making general conference an excuse but we pretty much have had a 3 day p-day... so there was that and also we had the zone conference with the mission president on Wednesday. So yeah lots of time sitting and listening to people, but for the most part it was uplifting and really helped because at the time i needed it... especially general conference. For those of you who don't know what opening an area is its basically when an area goes dry, so the president takes out both missionaries who were working there and puts in 2 new ones to "start over". So that's where my comp and i come in... and let me tell ya, knocking doors for a couple hours a day is not fun at all...and to top it off the other elders left us next to nothing in transportation funds, so we couldn't take a mototaxi anywhere... that translates to walking haha. other than the walking i can now sympathize with elders from the states...

Anyways we really are doing well, Elder Coya doesn't have much experience but that's alright, were learning together. The area is progressing and this week we plan on giving it all we got to find people and get them on the track to happiness. 

the conference i loved, and for the first time in my life i watched every session. Elder Rasband, Holland, and President Monson all gave amazing talks and i felt a deep understanding of the doctrine through there words. Oh how i love personal revelation. If any of you haven't watched or heard their talks i EXHORT you to do so :) 

All is well here in the cool hills of moyo and next week you will probably hear something more exciting. Love you all and I hope you have a great week. -Elder Grover

p.s. sorry for the lack of pictures, forgot to bring my camera to internet :P

Monday, March 13, 2017

Favorite Day in the Mission by Far!!

Yelo, So yeah loved this week, a little frustration but for the vast majority this week was fantastic. First off because of the baptism we had! it was incredible and i loved it so much. the spirit was incredibly strong, and the fact that we worked and taught him from the beginning made it even more rewarding. And then to top it off HE BROUGHT A BUFFET. My favorite day in the mission by far... Other than that we have 2 other progressing families and another baptism planned for this Saturday. Loving it!

Additionally the stake here put together an activity in order to find more investigators through members. They put together a stake-wide talent show! It was super awesome, with popcorn and a lot of funny fairly well done acts. An elder here is very good a beat-boxing too so he performed and wowed everyone. There was a ton of stuff and all of it was super awesome, but the sad truth, we found almost no investigators out of it... so yeah, cool activity with few results.

As far as I'm concerend i'm doing well, Spanish is coming along nicely, and I've been able to communicate just about everything I need to since the beginning of February. I just need to be more savvy when it comes to conversational Spanish, as sometimes i really feel like a robot missionary... Trying really hard to break that mold haha. 

I dont have too much spiritually this week to share, other than the baptism. It was amazing explaining what the holy ghost was and how the feeling our investigator felt was really the HG testifying to him that god loved him. And then we had the opportunity to explain family history and he was overjoyed to hear he could be baptized for his grandparents. He REALLY wants to go to the temple haha. Scriptures for this week... I'd recommend giving 3 Ne 11 a read. Its awesome reading about the Savior's teachings... That's all fo this week, hope you all have a great week and ill catch the people who actually read these grammatical disasters next week  (I fixed some of them, don't worry buddy! Love, Mom) haha. -Elder Grover

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Got the Package!

From Mama: The package sent 1/10 arrived! Whew! It costs about $70 to send a pretty small shoebox so this was a relief. We crammed some new shirts in there and some fattening treats!  "Some good news this week, Package arrived!!! it was awesome getting those socks (currently wearing the Jordans) shirts and candy, although most of it was gone within 15 minutes after I shared a lot of it. thank you so much for that, it was awesome to get it and i'm super grateful." 

Hola! This week was pretty cool, we were able to do a lot of good and we are finally starting to see the fruits of our labors! Although this weekend was a little frustrating for a variety of reasons, all is well and we are super excited for the next 2 weeks as we should be able to see 2 more baptisms by the end of transfers. the best part about that all is there is even more people who are progressing and even whether I stay or leave the area I will have people to teach and eventually baptize. 
This Friday we have a baptism planned for a referral we received last month and he is honestly the nicest guy I've ever met. He works as a chef in a firm of some kind and the food he makes is magical.... best food I've had here by far. not only that his hobbies include, cooking, visiting sick neighbors and feeding hungry children. Yep that's about it... Pretty much an angel, cant wait to see the good he can do in the church. 

For those who want more pictures here are a few pics of a turtle we found while proselyting. the owner is a 70 year old guy who looks like hes 40 and I've pretty sure he'd beat me in arm wrestling... kinda crazy haha. (take a picture of this guy, Elder Grover!!! oops sorry... back to his letter) The other is a picture of a random street in the center of the city. please note that it is nothing like the area in which I proselyte. 
For a spiritual message I want to share the experience of Ammon and King Lamoni. When Ammon defended the flock of the king, he had the power of god with him, and with that power he successfully overcame his enemies. When the king wanted to talk to him Ammon was humble, because he knew it was through the power of God he was able to accomplish this feat. The same can be applied in our lives. Sometimes we are able to accomplish amazing things, but when other recognize this we often will take credit for our accomplishments, and forget that really God gave us the ability in the first place. Its the same here in the field. There are some who look for as many baptisms as possible in order to gain the glory of man, when really it is God's glory. Unfortunately I was among those missionaries, but right now I am working to break out of that habit and to realize it is God's glory. Alma 17, 18 and 26 are good reads if you would like to study this. 

That's pretty much it for this week, sorry for the lack of experiences. I'll try to write more about those next week. Love you all and I hope you have a great week. 
-Elder Grover