wow here i am

wow here i am man i´m kind of bummed out. the zone leaders just called us with some goofy news. we had cambios yesterday and everthing went really well and elder lugo came with me and just now we got the call and they told us that we are going to have emergency cambios. Elder Lugo is going to durango, and another elder is coming down here. elder librado. it´s just like what happened to me 6 months ago.

last week me and elder quiroz celebrated the birthday of brayan. he was so so happy. we bought him a cake and some marbles and wrote him a card. i don´t think he had ever had a birthday like that before. he seemed so grateful and that was really satisfying. because he didn´t expect it at all. This week we have to prepare everthing for the baptism of brayan. i´m a little stressed about it because we don´t have that much time and with cambios and emergency cambios it´s a little bit complicated.  love you guys. we didn´t have time to write yesterday because of cambios so they told us that …

chancho quest

chancho is a pig.  this week we had interviews with president and we saw general conference and we participated in a chancho quest! i say chancho quest because on monday the district came up with the idea of killing a pig to celebrate the going home of elder brian. and so we spent the whole week looking for a suitable pig that wouldn´t be that expensive. we only wanted a little pig, we found many pig venders, but no one wanted to sell us their little pigs, they only wanted to sell us their big pigs, but those are way expensive and so in the end we bought 7 kilos of pig meat and had a big bbq for just the six of us. i learned how to make guacamole and ate really well. it was a lot of fun. 
Conference was pretty rad. it´s always a great experience in the mission to go to conference. I think the talk that stood out to me the most was the talk about the ropes with elder bednar, i think that rope principle is a really powerful idea in teaching, showing people how the gospel is all tied tog…

Rad Bad Elder Grilliot email

(This was something I included in my letter to my mission president about one of our investigators. he responded simply, typo included, "Thank you for sharing these experiences. They will change you life forever.")
Brayan is a 14 year old kid who is really really smart and listens really well and understands everything we teach him. This week we were teaching him about the plan of salvation, and when we told him about the celestial kingdom, his face lit up and he said "just thinking about seeing God one day makes me feel so good, I can´t wait, that will be so cool." and then we taught him that His baptism will help him qualify for the celestial kingdom, and his face lit up again, like he really understood the importance of baptism. He asked us "When will I get baptized??" Those are really cool moments in teaching, where the spirit teaches people so clearly and they understand the truth. Brayan is a really good kid.
(a friend asked me about the vending machi…


I think I told you last week about fixing the roof of the house, these are the pictures!

look at this mexican vending machine!
me and la hermana valtierraThe freaking coolest little kids ever. they were really fascinated by my camera


They grabbed my photos and took photo

the email number 82

okay kiddos. herés the stuff i promised from last time. i´ll try to get through it all.

the story of Elder Grilliot, Chess Legend. i´m a chess legend here in the mission. I don´t even think that i´m the best player. Elder Saico beat me about half the time, and this one kid elder godinez beat me one time. But really. In the mission gossip travels really fast, and the gossips about elder Grilliot is that no one can beat him at chess. It´s because one time everyone in the zone got together and we played chess and no one could beat me. and now people come up to me and say, "i heard you are the best chess player in the mission" and sometimes they challenge me to a chess match. it´s kind of cool honestly.
A heart touching story about a man who went to church with us. Jose Manuel. My first day here in nuevo linares we were walking around at night and I guy came up to us. I don´t know if he contacted us, or if we contacted him, because it kind of seemed like he was about to say someth…

here we go yall

me at that weird church activity when the ladies danced like babies. you can see some of the ladies there in the back. You can also see how small the room was where they danced.

man it´s been a wild time. I have a lot to tell you guys.

mexico week this week we had the day of independence of mexico. it´s the 16th. we had a cool church activity celebrating it. There are two branches here in chaves, some investigators of ours went to the activity of the other branch so we went to sit with them. and then next week our branch will have there activity. We are going to try to invite people in all the houses that are close to the church.  Also, we are in charge of another branch called purisima, it´s way out in the middle of nowhere and it´s a really small rancho town. We have to hitchhike to get out there. I´m actually saving a lot of money in this area because we almost never take buses, we do almost everything through the power of hitchhiking. The mexico day activity that we had in purisma w…

wow big week

wow it has been a big week and i feel like i have a lot of things to tell you guys about.

nuevo linares is a small town about 30 minutes outside of torreon. it is a lot less developed than durango or torreon and there are dirt roads and horses and junk. This week it has rained a lot and they are not very prepared for it here and there is a lot of flooding and other problems. It rains way more in durango, but here it´s like litterally on disaster alert just because they had a few heavy rains. but it is pretty ugly, a lot of streets are blocked off and everyone had water in their house. we got a little bit of water in our house two but it´s all good, we just use a broom to sweep it off the porch, we live on the second story but the house isn´t very well made so water gets in throught the sliding glass door.
treasure house story oh man this is a sweet story that a member told us this week. Her name is celia, she is from a large family, she has nine brothers and sisters, they are 10 in tot…