Elder Stockard

Elder Stockard
Mexico Cuidad Obregon Mission

Monday, July 25, 2016

July 25, 2016 - Week 57

Dear Mom,

Heyyy what's going on?? Are y'all dying from the heat like we are, I saw its up over 100 this whole week, that should be fun, haha!! Here it will literally thunder and lightning every single night, sometimes it rains a little bit too, but without fail every night in the summer there is thunder and lightning. It's actually pretty cool, I think it's like a desert thing but who knows. Has it rained a lot in Fallon as well?

So yes, the visa renewal trip went really well. We have a lot of great friends who came here with me since day one, and I hardly get to see all of them so it really was like Christmas being able to see all those guys and chill for a couple days. Next time we´re all together will be to go home, which is super far away but kinda weird to think about still. But yeah, this week was really great. We were really working hard on finding new people who have a lot of potential and this week was an answer to prayers. We found a lot of people and one family that has been prepared to hear the gospel. Obviously there's a lot we need to teach them, but we found them and they went to church in the same week and have loved what they've seen which is great. We also got to baptize Jaime yesterday, and this week we will baptize Diana to complete his family. We´ve seen awesome changes in their family and they have too, so we´re excited to keep working hard to find other people like that. We didn't do anything for Pioneer Day, I had actually forgotten that existed, but we had a ward mission activity which was fun. Probably I'll have to hold off until the ward breakfast in 2017 to celebrate Pioneer Day, lol.

Today we went to bowl as a zone, which was like 20 of us. It was the first time for a lot of the kids, but we all had a really good time. Sister Myers told us it's important to not get stressed out and enjoy our Mondays, take advantage of the time to relax a bit, which I think is important. Sometimes there's not a whole lot to do, but I really like and appreciate all the missionaries here, so it's fun to just get together every chance we get and make better friends, which is a part of the mission I've always loved.

A thought for the week that I've really been meditating lately. Many people who we talk to have been hurt emotionally by family, friends, other random people, and have told us how that has had a very negative effect in their lives. And many of them really have been wronged very badly. But we can receive comfort even in those tough situations if we choose to forgive and accept the Savior and trust that He can heal what we cannot. Elder Kevin Duncan gave an awesome talk about that, and in these weeks as we´ve taught these people how they can choose to not be hurt again, I have seen how forgiving others will open the door to so much more happiness for us.

Anyways, I hope you all have an awesome week and thanks so much for your love and support. You guys are the best. I love you all and can't wait to hear more from you next week.

Elder Stockard

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