Monday, January 28, 2013

Another Great week in Mexico

Joe and King Tut

It has been a great week here in Mexico and we saw a lot of miracles.  It has been pretty fun and I am learning a lot.  Especially with my companion. We still don't have a lot of new investigators and we have been trying to do a lot of things to find them but I guess that we will just continue doing all that we can and keep praying every time we get a chance.
We were working really hard with a family this week, the familia Cedillo.  They are a young couple with one kid and they are super cool.  They always read and they have been progressing really well, but they haven't come to church.  We did everything we could to help them so they would be able to come to church and they didn't make it.  It was a bummer, but when we got to the church, one of our old investigators who hadn't been coming showed up.  He had found out that one of the guys in his class is Mormon, so they started talking and his friend invited him to church and went and picked him up.  It was pretty cool.  I hope we will be able to work with him now.  I know that if we work really hard, and have good attitudes, it could really be a good week. ha ha.
We have 4 missionaries in our ward and the other 2 are going to move in with us in two weeks.  The member's house,who owns the place we live is adding on to our apartment, so it will be super cool to live with them. I am looking forward to it.
I went on intercambios (exchanges) this week in the delegation Benito Juarez.  It is one of the richest parts of the city, so working there was really cool, and very different than other times.   I am loving being a missionary and really looking forward to this week.  I am sorry to hear about aunt Danette, that is sad. 

Send my love to the family.
Con Muchísimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell

Monday, January 21, 2013

No Water! So Gross!!! (Titled by Katie Fuell)

I was thinking about the week and wondering what I was going to write you guys and then I looked back in my journal and saw a ton of stuff that happened this week.  It was a really good week.  We are struggling to find investigators right now, as is the whole district, but the ones we have found have been awesome.  We have made some pretty awesome plans to find new people this week so I will have to tell you how it goes. 

We are teaching the daughters of a recent convert, Maritza and Karen.  They are very cool and always read what we leave for them but they are super shy.  I don't think there are two girls in the whole world who are more shy than they are.  The really cool thing about them is that they received their answers from God.  There testimony is simple but powerful so I know the that they really have received a testimony from the Holy Ghost.

We also had the opportunity to give a lot of blessings this week.  That was also really neat.  One of our investigators, Hermano Othamendi, who we gave a blessing, has been in critical condition.  I don't know how much longer he will make it, but it was amazing just to see the change of a character after the blessing.  It was nothing short of miraculous.

Another investigator that we found this week is Alicia.  She is in a family where 5 are members and 10 are not so we are trying to help all of them.  Alicia, who is the head of the family is also very religeous.  We had an awesome lesson with her in which she felt the spirit very strongly.   She prayed for the first time where she prayed to our Father in Heaven.  It brought so much peace to her that she said she is going to continue praying like that.  She says that her prayers have always been recited prayers and says that praying for specific things  and thanking Heavely Father for the things in her life is the way she wants to pray for the rest of her life.  I know once we can help her it will be easier to help the rest of the family.

I finished the Book of Mormon this week.  It is amazing.  I wish people would just read it because it is so good.  I have read it several times now and I can honestly say that I never get bored of it.
We did not have any water until Wednesday so that kind of stunk . . . literally!!! We could not bath or wash our clothes, but now we have water.  I hope it stays that way.  We also had a zone conference it was pretty cool.  I love it when we have meetings with the President.  He always just inspires me to do the best and gives me ideas on what I can do to always help others.

Today we went to a pretty cool museum with a bunch of things from King Tuts Tomb.  It was especially cool because the exhibition talked about a lot of the similarities between ancient Egyptians and  and ancient native Americans.  Most of the similarities where with religion more than anything else . . . it was super interesting!

I don't have a way of talking with the Ayala's right now. Dad could probably do it through facebook or something.  I have their phone number but I cant call them right now.  If you can contact one of the sons online it would probably be the easiest way.

That's about everything.  Love you guys lots and hope you have a great week.

Con Muchísimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell

Monday, January 14, 2013

Sacrament meeting was full

It has been a great week here in Mexico, and the weather is still nice.  It has been pretty fun with my new companion Elder Carver, he is from Plain City Utah.  He has 6 months in the mission and I have been helping him a lot with his Spanish and things are going great and I am sure that we will have a very successful month.  
Not a lot happened this week because I was in meetings all week, a little boring, but really inspiring.  We did find a new investigator this week, her name is Alicia Balderas.  She is very cool and has accepted everything really well.  She has a lot of problems with her family so she is looking for relief in Christ, and until now all the lessons that we have had have been pretty great.
We had a ton of less-active people that came to church yesterday, which was awesome because we have been visiting a lot with them so it was great to see them all there at the church.  The sacrament meeting hasn't been this full for a long time.
This week during our meeting with our ward mission leader he told us that he was going to be released.  He has been the best ward mission leader that I have had during my whole mission and when he said that I almost cried.  He is going to be first councilor in the the Elders Quorum presidency.  So that is still good, he will be still be able to go with us to appointments and work with us on the retention side of the missionary work.
This week has really tested me in many levels and I am grateful for the opportunity to have trials and problems that come up in my life because they teach me to rely on the Lord more.  Its during times like those when one feels closer to the Lord.  Thanks for everything glad to hear that you are all doing well.
Con Muchísimo Amor,
Elder Joe Fuell

Monday, January 7, 2013

Amazing discusson this week

Joe with Elder Rios and a family who was baptized

It has been another great week in Mexico.  It is cold here where we are writing and my fingers cant move very fast but I will do my best. ha ha.  Big news: we have cambios (companion changes).  I am kind of bummed because I really have enjoyed working with Elder Chronister.  We  have had a lot of success together and a lot of fun.  We both thought that we would have one more cambio and were a little bit shocked at the changes.  I will be staying here in Iztacalco.  I have been reassigned to be the new district leader here.  It will be a lot different from last time I was a district leader (a lot bigger district in an upper class area) but I am really excited to give it my all.  My new companion is going to be Elder Carver.  He has 6 months in the mission and has trouble with his Spanish.  So we will be working on that a bit.  He is from Ogden or somewhere close to that.  I have been on intercambios (exchanges) with him one time and we did great together so I bet this will be an awesome cambio.

We eat Rosca every 6 of January to celebrate Christmas still.  Rosca is like a cake that they put little plastic baby Jesus´s in.  If you find one in your cake you have to bring Tamales on the 2 of February.  I got three in my Rosco this year.  It was kind of ridiculous ha ha but it was fun.

My companion had  surgery on his toe this week because of an ingrown toenail so we had to take it easy.  He was super scared.  When the doctor pulled out the shot he turned pale and started sweating a ton.  But it is healing well.  Its always fun to talk with Doctor Ruiz. We always swap stories from the OR ha ha.

We are teaching an older couple,  the family Othamendi.  They are awesome!! We had an amazing lesson with them this week on the Restoration and about Joseph Smith,  They have been taught by the missionaries for a while but really never understood what the missionaries where teaching.  We had an awesome lesson and the spirit was super strong.  While I testified of the first vision, I felt the spirit so strongly.  I did not see what Joseph Smith saw, but I felt what he felt.  They are now reading the Book of Mormon everyday since that visit and they came to church.  It makes sense to them about Christ visiting the Americas and talking to prophets here.

I am glad to hear that you are all doing well.  I am glad to hear that you all had a great New Years and a great time up in Logan.  You are all the best.  Have a great week.

Con Muchísimo amor,
Elder Joe Fuell

Elder Joe Fuell

Elder Joe Fuell