Monday, February 25, 2013
President Salinas expressed their excitement at the growth of the church there in Mexico and told the missionaries to pray for the incoming Presidents, as they are doing. He encouraged his missionaries to not become distracted by the upcoming changes, but to continue to pursue their current goals and work. The decision about which missionaries will serve in each mission has not yet been determined. Pres. Salinas encouraged the missionaries to not concern themseves about it, that everything would be handled with order and inspiration.
We will see which mission Elder Jaussi will belong to in the coming months.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Taylor said, "My new area is a little pueblo named Escarcega. Right now we're waiting for a bus which leaves in about 3 hours so we decided to write the fam. We're closer to missionaries in the other mission, Tabasco, than we are to the other missionaries in our district. Something else to shock you, I'm district leader now. From what I understand we have two wards there and we spend about 5 hours at the church every Sunday. Our area is HUGE and we walk and walk and walk and walk like pioneer children. It might be tough to keep up with Elder R. because he is 6 foot 5! Whoo doggy!"
Elder Jaussi said that it was hard to leave Valladolid. He was able to leave a note for his companion, Elder G. They thought they would have another transfer together. Taylor said that Elder G. was really a good companion and always "rarin' to go." The ward mission leader and his wife came by to say good-by and to write in his book. He is going to miss the members and recent converts very much. He said that the things that they all wrote in his book meant a lot to him.
Taylor went on to say, "Speaking of notes and such, I haven't received any mail for about a month... I'm thinking it just means I'll have an explosion here soon or at least that's what I'm hoping for. Haha I know for sure that I'll be getting Mother's weekly letter so I at least have that to look forward to. :) "
"Elder V. (his first companion) called me this morning and guess what?? He's in my zone so I'll be able to see him one more time before he goes home! It was really good to talk to him and I went kinda crazy because I was so excited. At first I didn't believe it was him but then he used our wonderful phrase 'Somos amigos!' And I knew it was him. Good stuff!"
"I am really sad to leave Valladolid because of the members and converts but at the same time excited for a new task at hand. I love you guys all so very much and I hope all is just dandy back in the USA.... I'll be sure to take in the ocean for you all, the view at least, when I drive right by it in the next few hours! How crazeee is that? So anyways... (Nacho Accent) Take care and everybody love everybody!
Monday, February 11, 2013
A member in our ward passed away this Thursday and the ward was really torn up by that as can be understood. He was a guy that lived down the street from us and he came to be a really good friend of ours. He had cancer pretty bad so it wasn't too surprising but the thing that was hard on his family was that he was getting better and looked like he would pull through. The family called me Thursday morning to tell us he had passed away and then asked if I would play the piano at his funeral. I prayed so hard to not have any mistakes so that the music I played would just comfort the family. Once again, the Lord blessed me an awful lot because I played the songs perfectly; some I had never even played before. Hermano G. was a really good man and his family shared really strong testimony. It is a great opportunity for the family to share the gospel with their extended family members who aren't members. You could tell who was and wasn't a member by the way they looked and acted. The Plan of Salvation sure does give us hope that "the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ."
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Taylor was kind enough to send us a picture of ......his pen along with a simple request that we send him some replacements the next time we get a package together. We really do prefer photos of our handsome missionary, his companions, the people and country. Maybe next time.....