Monday, May 28, 2012

A great week for our investigators

What a week here in Mexico.  We are just running on full cylinders all the time, so right now I am really enjoying my preparation day.  Just cleaning the house and stuff.  Thanks a ton for the pictures.  I loved them glad to see that you are all doing well.
This week was key for a lot of our investigators.  We went in to teach one of our investigators, Angelica this week, not really knowing what we where going to teach, and we sat there and listened.  Just after listening for a couple of minuets she started to cry, and said that she feels really bad for things that she has done in the past and said she knows that we can help her.  It was awesome!!!  Listening is so fundamental in missionary work . . . and in life.
I went to the offices to renew my visa this week so I got to see all my old friends from the MTC (Missionary Training Center).  It was good to see them, we will be going to the Mexican Embassy to tie up loose ends this next week. 
We had the baptism of Fransisco this week, the old man who sells hub caps, he asked if I could baptize him.  It was a really cool experience and he said he felt awesome.  We are gearing up for a couple more baptisms this week with Jeni and Karen.  Satan is working hard on Jeni right now, everyone in the world seems to be against her in this decision,  but she has received an answer to her prayers and I hope that she can remain faithful to that.
I have had the opportunity to see a lot of people change this week.  I know that through the gospel of Jesus Christ    people can change for the better!  Everyday I try to be better and try to live more like the Savior. 
I love you all!!
Con Muchisimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell

Monday, May 21, 2012

I love serving my mission in Mexico City

it has been a great week here in Mexico.  The heat is really picking up so I am pretty burnt on my face, but my arms are as dark as my Mexican companion ha ha.  I am glad to hear that you all had a good week at home.  Good job at state Dal, I am sure that you will take it next year.
We baptized Victor this week and it was an awesome experience.  The ward is really gathering around him.  When we got to the church before his baptism, we found the ward mission leader standing there, he said that there was no water in the church, Luckily it is a stake center so there are 2 baptismal fonts but the other one was half-way filled with dirty water and dead bugs . . . but I wasn't going to postpone Victors baptism because it was the only day his dad could make it.
So we went into the young men's classroom and said that we needed their help, I took off my suit jacket, rolled up my sleeves and me and my companion started filling up garbage cans with water and the boys would hall it out of the church.  We were lucky enough to finish before sacrament meeting, but I had to talk in sacrament and I had slipped in the watter a couple times, and was all wet, so I gave my talk in wet cloths, but the baptism was awesome!!!
This week we knocked a door of a lady that said she wasn't interested but asked if we could help her fix her TV antenna on top of her roof.  So I jump up on the wall (all houses have walls around the house in Mexico City) and then the roof.  My companion was about to jump up on the wall when I stopped him because the top of the wall was embedded with glass from broken bottles to stop anyone from climbing over the wall.  I don't know how I didn't slice my hand open because I slid my hand right against the glass with all the weight of my body.   I fixed the antenna and consider that a miracle,  I am glad to know that someone is watching out for us up there.
We found a really cool investigator this week.  Her name is Azucena, she is different from other investigators because she is Jewish.  We have to teach her a lot differently because she doesn't have the Christian background like almost everyone else we teach.  We asked a couple of missionaries, but not one of the other missionaries has ever taught someone who was Jewish.  Even President Chavez said that he hadn't.  She really has a deep interest to know whether this is true or not, and she is reading the Book of Mormon, and we are praying that through it, she can obtain a testimony that Jesus is the Christ, which is her biggest doubt.  I love teaching her because she always has so many questions.  Through teaching her I have come to understand Jacob 5.  And The book of Isaiah has become my new best friend!!!
This is one of the many reasons why I love serving my mission in Mexico City, you teach, find and meet so many different kinds of people, and there is one solution for everyone and that is Jesus Christ.  I am grateful for him and all that he did and does.
I love you all and hope you have an amazing week.
Con Muchísimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell

Monday, May 14, 2012

It was great talking to the family yesterday!!!!!

It has been a great week here in Mexico with a great ending (talking with you guys.)  It was kind of a busy week and we had a lot of meetings.  I like meetings, but sometimes  I just need to get up and walk around.  Its hard to stay seated for 7 hrs when you are used to walking around in the street all day long. 
Like I said on the phone, this Saturday we went to the Temple to see a family get sealed together for all time and eternity that Elder Brito had baptized a year ago.  It was an awesome experience to see a family sealed together.  I hope I get to see it again before I leave but hopefully with my own converts.
We have this new investigator and her name is Jeny and she is super cool.  She is a friend of a member who invited her to come to church.  It was cool, this last Sunday she told us that after our lesson with her at her friends house she went home and her mom was really mad at her sister and took it out on her (jeny) too and said that she is waisting her time with us (the missionaries and the church). Her mom left and she was thinking about what we had taught and she decided to pray to see if this was true and if that she could be comforted.  She said she immediately felt better and she new that it was true, and then her mom got home, and was happier and said that she was sorry and that this was something good that she is doing and that she would support her in this decision.  The mom also said that her other sister should come take the lessons with her to come closer to God.
Another Testimony that God listens to prayers and answers them.  It was a great highlight for the week.
My work-out consists of the basics: running in the morning,a variety push ups, sit ups, etc.  Oh and we have a pull up bar, or we made a pull up bar ha ha.  We only have 30 minutes to work out but I like to work out longer on our preparation days.
I went to look for shirts today and they didn't have any short sleeved.  I don't know if you could send me some?  I can send you the pesos that they gave me for the reimbursement.  Let me know what works the best.  I am still good on peanut butter, fortunately all of my (Mexican) companions hate peanut butter.  I am guess-ta mating that I will run out about the end of July, but I will let you guys know. 
I was thinking the other day of how we have the little DVD players in the house to watch the missionary training stuff.  I was thinking it would be super cool, if you guys could burn me some talks from conference  (videos in Spanish) and send them to me, if not, its all good, I just thought it would be cool.
I love you all.  It was awesome to talk to you all yesterday.  Take care and I will talk to you again at Christmas.
Con Muchisimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mothers day

We all got to talk to Joe today!  It was awesome and he sounds so good!  He does have somewhat of a Mexican accent and he struggled with his English a little bit.  He is still serving in Istapalapa and truly loves his mission.  His companion and him are both really hard workers and they are getting a long well. 
He has gained about 20 lbs and now weighs about 180 lbs.  He said he has been working out daily and his health is really good.  The area he is serving in is kind of rough but he says he feels safety in keeping the rules.  The kids were so excited to talk to him and we gave each of them about 5 minutes to just chat and tell them what’s been going on in their lives. 
As we wrapped up our visit we had a family prayer together in which Joe prayed for each one of us separately and we said goodbye. 
Even though we miss Joe we are so proud he has chosen to serve a mission and the people of Mexico.  May God be with him and keep him safe. 
Elder Joe Fuell’s Mom
Happy Mother’s day to all the Mom’s out there!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Two Fuell's in Mexico!!!!!

Wow, what a week!
The big news here is that there is another Fuell in Mexico (Katie).  I keep telling everyone even though they could probably care less, it is a big deal to me ha ha.  Sorry to hear that you guys got the flu, that is no fun.  I have been really blessed with good health during this last year (that has been extremely quick!)  I am looking forward to my one year mark, I think it is on Friday and celebrating my amazing mom, and talking with you all this Sunday.
This week has not been one of the easiest in my mission.  It was actually a pretty hard week, and no one let us in and we got really sun burnt' well  I got sun burnt,  Mexicans usually don't get burnt.  Sometimes  I think of when the Savior was born and no one would let them into the inn because it was full.  I am glad that he had a stable and didn't get sun burnt (NOT SAYING that I suffer more than the Savior, just saying I am grateful he had a stable).
But we received some amazing blessings after the trial of our faith.  Saturday we found a family of six,  I love teaching families because this is a message that can really bless them.  It was way fun and they were super interested so I am excited to see how this pans out.  Jesus and Vici, and Amanda! wow! What a lesson, one of the best in my mission.  The spirit was super strong, and afterwards Jesus said "I know this is the true church by this feeling that you bring into my home. I know you have the authority to baptize, When can I get baptized" followed by his wife Vici asking when she could get baptized as well.  But the best part was when the mom of Jesus told us, I am going to have to tell my church that I am getting baptized with the Mormon Brothers because I feel their love.  I know that people really can feel it when you love them,  and that really is the best thing you can do for anyone.
I am expecting to see some amazing miracles this week, so I can tell you about it on Sunday.  I love you all so much.  You are in my prayers.
Con Muhcisimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell
p.s. I know I will send more, pics but the computers I have been at lately don't have a USB ports to put in my camera thing, so when we find one with a USB I will pass all my pictures hopefully soon.  I have a lot of pictures.

Elder Joe Fuell

Elder Joe Fuell