Monday, October 5, 2015


Conference was great, but it just isn't the same in Spanish. We tried watching it in English, but we were only able to for the Priesthood session because of interenet cositas [issues] with the other 4 sessions. But, we did see the 5 sessions. It was super cool, of course hearing things I can improve upon, but also teaching and concepts to implement in lecciones [lessons] with less-actives or investigadores [investigators].

I liked what Ronald A. Rasband said Sunday Morning that aunque Dios no condena ni ama al pecado, ama al pecador igual [even though God does not condone nor love the sin, He loves the sinner just the same]
I’m confident that there is no choice, sin, or mistake that you or anyone else can make that will change His love for you or for them. That does not mean He excuses or condones sinful conduct—I’m sure He does not—but it does mean we are to reach out to our fellowman in love to invite, persuade, serve, and rescue.
Also the words of Sister Neill F.Mariott que Dios no dice 'todo saldrá bien ahora'.  [that God does not say "it will all work out now"]  
President Gordon B. Hinckley said: “If you do your best, it will all work out. Put your trust in God. … The Lord will not forsake us.”  Our family motto doesn’t say, “It will all work out now.” It speaks of our hope in the eternal outcome—not necessarily of present results.
 Also Francisco J. Viñas' words about examining yourselves before the sacrament to repent. It was all good. Hey Mom, "ponderize" in Spanish is "meditizar".

I lied last week, there are only 16 missionaries in the zone, 4 of which are hermanas. The hermanas here are great and not so problematic. Elder Velazquez and I are really trying to motivate the zone and also the Armenia District to get this vision of a Stake here, and to double all the work we're doing.

We're focusing a lot on the 15 families list and the list of the 24 months of conversos recientes [recent converts] and directions desconocidas [unknown]. It's a bit rough here in Álamos because of all the prep and vueltas [rounds] that we've got to do, and the last cambio they kind of just left the area to die. Velazquez feels really bad about that but is really motivated to give it new life. We're putting a ton of work into it, and it's coming back to life, but there just isn't a lot of time that we have as zone leaders.

There are a couple interesting people we've met in the last bit. One is the familia Llanos Ruiz. They are actually MARRIED which is totally crazy and their names are Kerith and Ambrosio, though everyone calls him Moncho. They've got a 7 year old daughter named Valeria. They're really receptive and willing to keep commitments, that is until it comes to coming to Church. They read stuff and they pray, they just don't get to church. Moncho works every other day, So every other Sunday he works, but we're going to work on that. Also they've got this super hyper pit bull named Athena. The familia is super cool, they just aren't getting to church.

The other guy is Daniel, who's got a massive criminal background, but has a lot of desires to turn his life around (well, he already started the last time he was in jail) but he wants to do it right to help his two little daughters who are 8 and 6 years old.

Hey, how tall is Sierra in meters? There's a 10 year old daughter of the Pta of the SocSoc and she's way taller than the other girls her age, but looking at the pictures from the wedding, it seems like Sierra is pretty tall also.

And hey mom, Elder Velazquez también te manda saludos [also sends you greetings, basically saying "He says Hi"].

I would attach fotos of something, but my camera ran out of battery and I only have a cable to connect it because my adaptor broke, so it's a bit rough for the time being.

Juiciositos [which translated is like being wise and putting judgment into your decisions],

Always Great,
Élder Hicken

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