Monday, March 10, 2014

Week 50 Letter February 24, 2014

Hello Everybody!

I had a great week here in Mexico. It is starting to get hot down here but I am pretty much used to it know which is the good thing. Also here in Coatzacoalcos the wind is really helpful. Every evening there is always a nice breeze which makes it much more comfortable.

This week we taught Pedro alot this week. He is really excited to b baptized. He has been asking a lot how it is going to be. We will be baptizing him the 8th of March. I am very excited for him. This week, one day as we entered the house he told another brother who was with us that you could say that he is Mormon already! 

We are also going to be baptizing Sugey the 8th of March. We taught her the Plan of Salvation this week. It is always great to be able to teach to families the Plan of Salvation. Especially inviting them to be baptized in that lesson. It is like inviting them to live together forever. We also taught her about fasting and she said that she is going to fast this Sunday!

Well those two baptisms are going to be part of a Stake Activity `bautizabado.` Baptisaturday I guess it would be. We are going to have about 12 baptisms that day. It will be a great experience to see all of them take part of that sacred covenant together. I am glad that two of the people that I was able to teach will be baptized that day. 

This week we are going to super busy. Elder Valenzuela, one of the Area Presidents here in Mexico, is coming this week and we are going to have 3 meetings with him. Two of them will be in Minatitlan which is about 30 minutes away but the other will be in Villahermosa on Saturday. I am very excited to learn from him this week. It is always great to learn from the general authorities.

Well thats all for know! Until next week!

Elder Lightheart

Week 51 Letter March 3, 2014

Hey everyone!

Hope you all had a great week! I had a good time down here in Mexico. We were all over the place this week. Thats because Elder Valenzuela, a 70 of the Chuch came to visit the mission this week.

Tuesday and Wednesday we went to Minatitlan. And then Friday and Saturday we went to Villahermosa. We did not have too much time to work in our area, but sure learned a lot. I think what I liked the most was when he talked about the power of prayer. He shared with us 3 Nephi 19:19-24 which says:

And it came to pass that Jesus departed out of the midst ofthem, and went little way off from them and abowed himself to the earth, and he said:

 20 Father, thank thee that thou hast given the Holy Ghost untothese whom have achosenand it is because of their belief in methat have chosen them out of the world.

 21 Father, pray thee that thou wilt give the Holy Ghost unto allthem that shall believe in their words.

 22 Father, thou hast given them the Holy Ghost because theybelieve in ameand thou seest that they believe in me becausethou hearest them, and they pray unto me; and they pray unto mebecause am with them.

So if we believe in his words and pray unto him we will have the Holy Ghost with us. He then urged us to pray more. He told us that we should always be looking for opportunities to pray. To use this tool that the Lord has given us to communicate with our Father. As we use prayer with faith, I know that we can recieve the answer.

I also really felt the importance of having inspired leaders in the Church. I know that God guides and directs the leaders he has called. Each and every one of them has not only the ability but the right to recieve revelation from God to do the work in there organazations. As we work with and through these leaders, miracles do happen. 

Well We are going to have a baptism this week!! Elder Alvarez and I are going to do the baptism together! Ok well Technically I am going to be the only one but since the brother is in a Wheelchair Elder Alvarez will be there to help me out. I am excited for to see him baptized. We will also be baptizing Sugey!

Well thanks for all of your support and prayers!

Until Next Week

Elder Lightheart

Week 52 Letter March 10, 2014

Hello Everybody!

This week was a little crazy! The weather was all over the place, hot one day, cold the next, windy the other, and raining as well. We were busy and going to all kinds of meetings. BUT, we had a baptism so it all turned our well!

So we had two baptisms on Saturday. The first one was Sugey. The rest of her family had already been baptized but she still was not sure. It was great to help her join the rest of her family in the waters of baptism. The other baptism was Pedro, the brother in the wheelchair. For me, the baptism was very special because of the help of the ward with him. All of the ward was asking about him and wondering how they could help us to help him. One of the brothers in the ward, hermano Fred, baptized him and I was also there to help him in and out of the water.

It was a great experience. A lot of people came to see the baptism and were able to experience the Spirit as those two entered into the waters of baptism. It made me smile at how anxious the people were to see the baptism. Even the people who are not members were crowding around to be able to see what the baptism is. I am so glad that the Lord has given us the authority to act in his name and do baptisms so that we all can return to him. 

Well the baptism was a little crazy as well though. We got a call at 4, an hour before the baptism, that nobody had gone to fill up the font. Luckily we were already ready but the problem is that it takes 3 hours for the font to fill up by itself. SO, we took a taxi to get there faster and started filling the font with buckets. Then as we got more help. Elder Alvarez and I took the mop carts outside and filled them up with a faucet. Then we would run them inside to dump it in the font. We probably had a little too much fun with that. However, thanks to our valient effort the font was filled on time!

Thanks for all of your letters and prayers.
Until Next Week
Elder Lightheart

Monday, February 10, 2014

Week 48 Letter February 10, 2014

Hello Everyone!

Hope you all had a good week this week! I sure did. My new area is fantastic! The bishop and ward mission leader are a great help to us already. Without them I dont know where we would be. Elder Alvarez is also new to this area so when we got here we did not know anything. Basically we only knew where the house was. The first day was a little hard. We used a little map to get around. But Wednesday the Bishop and Ward mission Leader went out and did visits with us. It was great. We were albe to get to know almost all the members and investigators of the area in just one week. The only bad thing so far is that our bishop left on vacation!

We already have a couple of baptisms planned. One is for an older man named Pedro. He is a great investigator. So far we were only able to have two lessons with him. We focused on who is god and what are prophets. In the second lesson we asked him if he would pray to know if the Church was true. He told us then that he did not doubt that it was true that in fact he knew that it was true! We are very excited for him and invited him to go to church. It was a little difficult because he is in a wheelchair. He told us that he did not really want to be out of the house to long. But when he got there I could tell that he felt the spirit and the love of the members for him. 

The Church is really such a special place. Sometimes we forget because we go every week but it is the house of the Lord. The Spirit is always there. If we pay attention the Spirit will be able to talk to us. Our questions can be answered and our spirit filled.

We are also preparing another investigator named Sujei to be baptized. She is from a member family and is going to be baptized on her birthday the 8th of march. Her 3 siblings were baptized in November but she wanted to wait to be baptized with her dad. Her dad still has not accepted a date yet but we are working on that. 

Elder Alvarez and I have been having a great time together! He is a great companion and I have already learned a lot from him. We have spent pretty much the whole time laughing and smiling.

Well I hope you are all doing well!
Hasta Luego
Elder Lightheart
Elder Alvarez

Elder Lightheart (I hope your ankle is still holding up)

Monday, February 3, 2014

Week 47 Letter February 3, 2014

Mijail (Young Elder Lightheart)

Rafa, Elder Navarro, and Elder Lightheart
Hey everybody,

Some news for you all! I have been transferred. Real quick and not what I was expecting exactly. I am going to be a Zone Leader in Coatzacoalcos. My companion is Elder Alvarez and we will be doing another whitewash. I am excited but a little nervous. It will be a great experience.

Reforma was a great area. Though I did not have a baptism here my companion is going to have several. This week we gave a lesson to an investigator named Martin. We read 2 Nephi 31, a great chapter. It teaches very clearly the doctrine of Christ and the importance of Baptism. As we finished the chapter we asked him what he learned and he told us, “I learned that I need to be baptized now.” He is going to be baptized the 21st of February. It is amazing that through the Book of Mormon, doctrines such of that of baptism are made clear so that anyone can understand and come to know that they are true.

Well that’s all for this week. I’ve got to do quite a lot before tomorrow

Hasta luego
Elder Lightheart

Monday, January 27, 2014

Week 46 January 27, 2014

Hello Everybody!

Hope you are all having a great week! Most likely cooler than mine. The hot season is already beginning. Today it is 81 degrees. Its wierd to have the temperature like this in january but im getting used to it.

This week went really well. We are starting to teach a new investigator named Delia. She is awesome! We taught her about the restoration and the Book of Mormon. She did not even doubt them. She is very excited to learn more. She has already read a lot in the Book of Mormon and will be ready for her baptimal date Febuary 14th.

This week we also did a special fast for one of our investigators. She wants to be baptized but her father does not want to let her. We actually did not get the answer we were expecting. We are going to baptize her but not yet. We felt that we need to help her proove to her father her desire to be baptized to help it be something spiritually amazing for the two of them. It was a great experience to recieve an answer although it was not entirely what we were expecting we know that we are doing the will of god.

Well hope everthing is going well!
Until next week
Elder Lightheart

Monday, January 13, 2014

Week 44 Letter January 13, 2014

Mexico Villahermosa Temple: Elder Lightheart and Elder Navarro
Hello all!

This week was great. Although it was quite crazy it was still a good week. We had to go to Villahermosa a couple of time this week but it was to go to the temple and for a zone class. It made it so that we didn’t have as much time in Reforma but I learned a ton.

We are also going to be changing houses this week which should be pretty interesting but it will be good to be in a bigger house.

This week I got to teach English. We have been offering English classes to people and a lot of them are interested. It has been fun to teach my language and to talk in English for a bit.

We have been having a great time here in Reforma. There are a lot of great people here. The members are awesome. This week we started teaching an investigator. She was very interested in the Book of Mormon. It was great to see how the Book of Mormon helps people. She had a lot of questions which we were able to answer with the Book of Mormon. It is an amazing tool that God has given us!

Well, talk to you all soon!
Elder Lightheart

Monday, January 6, 2014

Week 43 Letter January 6, 2014

Hello everyone!
Hope that you are all doing great in this New Year! 2014 already! No way. Hope you have all had a good one so far. 

This week was rather weird. It was hard because no one was home. It was strange to not have anyone around. We were the only ones in the street which is really weird for Mexico. The holidays are really different here. New Years is more celebrated than Christmas. They also have another day that they celebrate which is actually today! Happy Three Kings Day everybody.

The tradition for this day is that the people eat rosco de reyes. It’s a bread that they put some little dolls in. And if you take the piece with doll you have to make the tamales. I have had 3 pieces so far and I already took out two dolls. Not a big fan so far of rosco de reyes. Though it does taste pretty good. 

Well hope you are all doing well!
Until next week!
Elder Lightheart

Monday, December 30, 2013

Week 42 December 30, 2013

Hey everybody!

I’ll be a little shorter this week for time’s sake.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everybody! It has been a little harder for us with everyone and without really knowing anyone. It made it a lot more work for us to reach our goals. Not that it is a bad thing. Just not exactly what we are used to I guess. It has helped teach me more about the importance of work in missionary work. It really is the secret. We could have gotten really down on ourselves or made excuses but we just kept working and working and the Lord did the rest for is. 

I have really loved being able to teach about Christmas. There is really a special spirit in the air and it is always great to help people remember about Christ in this time. We showed the new bible nativity video by the church to a lot of people. I recommend that you all go and watch it before this Christmas season is up!

I gave a talk yesterday on the true spirit of Christmas and talked about gifts. In particular a gift we can give to god. I focused on sharing the gospel with someone. I invited the branch to give a gift to God this Christmas season. And I would like to invite all of you to do so as well. Show our heavenly Father your love to him by reaching out to one of his Children.

Hope you are all doing great and have a wonderful holiday season

Until next week
Elder Lightheart  

Monday, December 23, 2013

Week 41 Letter December 23, 2013


I hope that all of you are having a great Christmas so far! And colder than mine is. Yesterday it was about 80 degrees outside so it does not feel like Christmas so far!

It has been a crazy week so far! As I told you last week we had a transfer last week and so I am now in Reforma Chiapas with Elder Navarro. He was in Minatitlan so we are new here in Reforma. Basically we were lost all week. A different experience but it went pretty well actually. We had quite a bit of success considering.

Reforma is a great ward. The members are great so far.  The first day one of them came to pick us up. And then they made us hamburgers! I was not really expecting that but it made me excited to work here! The members were such a great help this week. Showing us around the town, giving us directions, showing us the investigators, giving us references. I feel that we will have a lot of success here!

My companion is great as well! Elder Navarro is from Tijuana. He is pretty crazy but we have been having a lot of fun together. And we do not really stop talking. I am excited to serve with him! We have had the Spirit with us a lot so far which has been great we had one lesson this week in which the Spirit came very strong. Everybody felt it. The Spirit really has so much power to touch the hearts of men.

One thing that has been different is our house is super small. We moved things around today which helped but there is not a lot of room to move around. We are renting a room in a non-members house. They are great people and have helped us out a lot! I hope that they will be baptized some day.

We were able to set a baptismal date this week! Her name is Maria. She is very ready to be baptized. Her baptism will be January 10th and I can’t wait!

Don’t forget to have a great Christmas!
Elder Lightheart
Hermano Manuel and Elder Lightheart

Elder Navarro and Elder Lightheart

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Video from flooding in MEXICO

Week 36 Letter November 18, 2013

Hello Everybody!

We had a pretty crazy time this week. It was way fun though

Well first of all we had another baptism this week!! I told you that we were going to have it already. Well it went very well. His uncle Antonio baptized him and Elder Galicia confirmed him. Nefi was super excited for the baptism. It´s great that he finally got baptized. I’m glad that I was able to be a part of his baptism.

Like I said this week was crazy. It pretty much rained all week long. Also it started to flood and it got pretty bad. Everybody is leaving their houses and the military came to help out. I think it was on the news here in Mexico. The good thing is that we aren´t near the flooding. We did spend three days this week helping people out with the flooding. It was good to be able to do a lot service this week but it was weird to not do as much proselyting. 

With the service we had a lot of opportunities to teach new people. We are starting to teach 4 new families this week and we are very excited for them. They are all very interested in the church and 2 of them already have family members in the church.

Well that’s all for this week!
I hope that everybody is doing well!
Hasta Luego

Elder Lightheart

Week 34 Letter November 4, 2013

Hello Everbody!!

We had a pretty fun week this week! It was pretty crazy. We were running all over the place. We had several different meetings during the week. We were not really in Las Choapas though it was  a good week.

First of all we had divisions this week. I was with an Elder named Elder King for the day. He is a great elder and we had a lot of fun during the day. We did all of the normal stuff but the best part was when we went to play some basketball. It was really fun to play basketball again though the both of us were sore the next day. I have missed playing basketball. It was fun to get back to it this week.

We also had our Stake Conference this week. It was a great conference focused on missionary work. In particular focused on the missionary broadcast we had this year. Our Mission President was also there and he gave a great talk on how members and missionaries need to work together. "Somos Uno." It is what we need to do to have success and to bring about the work of the Lord.

Also we are going to have another baptism this week! I am really excited for it. He is from a member family but still has not been baptized yet. So do not be surprised that we are baptizing Nefi (Nephi). It will be next Sunday and I will let you all know how it goes!

Until next week!

Elder Ligtheart

Monday, October 21, 2013

Week 32 Letter October 21, 2013

Hello everybody!! 

Hope you are all doing fantastic!! Everything is going great down here!! 

Well in case you didn't know, I'm going to have a birthday this week!! I'm not sure who’s most excited: my family, the people here, or me? Who knows. The people here are awesome!! One of them has already promised me a cake!! And her cakes are AMAZING. I am excited for that. Oscar wants me to by him food on Thursday... We will see about that.

Well in the next two weeks we should be having a couple of baptisms. We have one with a nine-year-old kid and later with a family of five! I am super excited for them and it should be a great couple of weeks with all them.

We also started teaching two new families this week! They are both awesome as well. One of them is just a couple. They are really excited to learn and so far it has been way fun teaching them. The other family is enormous!! There are like 20 people to teach in the house! It will be great teaching them as a family.

Well that's all for now!! Hope everything is great for all of you
Elder Lightheart

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Week 30 Letter October 7, 2013

Hello everybody!!

Hope everything is going well! I had a great week this week. I am so grateful that I was able to listen to Conference. I am excited to be able to share my experiences with you of all that I have learned.

First of all, as I have a new companion straight from the MTC. His name is Elder Galicia. He is from the state of Chalco Mexico. It has been fun getting to know him this week. He is really excited to go out and work as a missionary and I am excited to get to train him. He also really likes cleaning. We spent all of this morning getting the house sparkling clean. I think even my mom would be satisfied!

I have received a lot of blessings from this responsibility I have to train him and also in being a senior companion. It has really helped me to get an even better focus on the work. Also, more importantly to draw closer unto the Lord. I am excited for this time I will have as a trainer to make a difference in his and my mission.

General Conference was really great. I had the opportunity to watch the first three sessions in English with the other elders in my district. They came over here to Las Choapas to watch it with us. Then I watched the Sunday sessions in Spanish. I learned more when I was watching it in English but I also really enjoyed it in Spanish. One of my favorite things was that Richard G. Scott translated his talk into Spanish for us. It was awesome to hear his voice but speaking Spanish.

I also really felt the importance of having modern day revelators in these times. Probably the talk that made me think about it the most was Jeffery R. Holland. It is amazing to receive direct revelation for all those who are handicapped. I could not help but think about my Aunt Tara when he talked about the joy we will have together when we are in the heavens.

Thanks for all the support you give me and the letters I have received.

Until next week!
Elder Lightheart

Week 29 Letter 9/30/2013

Hello Everybody!!

Hope you are all doing well!! I am doing great here in Mexico and I am really excited to be able to write you again.

Well first things first, we had transfers this week!! Elder Ygnacio is going to leave to Minatitlan. So I only had one transfer with him. But I do get to stay here in Las Choapas!! And I am going to train!! I won’t know who my companion is until later in the week so I’ll have to tell you next week. I am really excited for this opportunity and to welcome an elder into the mission.

Everything is great here in Las Choapas. Our investigators are doing really well and the branch is doing great as well!! I am really grateful that I get to spend at least another transfer here. It is a great area. It will be really fun to introduce my new companion to my first area.

Well I am going to be busy this week. I have to go to Villahermosa which is three hours away and I am not exactly sure when I will get back to Las Choapas. Hopefully soon! We have a lot of work to do here!

Well I don’t have too much time today so that’s all for now

Until Next Week!
Elder Lightheart

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week 28 Letter 9/23/13

Hello Everybody!!

Hope all of you are doing well!! I am having a great time here, burning in the sun and drowning in the rain but an amazing time!!

We worked really hard this week!! In fact we had the best week of our time together. But the baptisms all fell through. It was a little disheartening. However, the Lord reminded us that if we put in the work, he will carry out His work. This week on Sunday we were talking with some of the members and one of the families told us that we are going to have a baptism this week. One of the children of the ward is going to be baptized. His name is Miguel Angel. We are really excited for the baptism and the help the Lord gave us in our work.

Our other investigators are doing really well too. Blanca is really excited to learn and has been reading a lot of the Book of Mormon. She does have a problem in her family though so she has not been able to go to church. The doctor we are teaching is also excited to learn. He has some really different ideas about religion but he is beginning to learn really quickly. 

We have also been teaching a lot to the Castillo Sevedra family. We are really excited for their progress. Especially for one of the sons. He just turned 19 and is really excited about serving a mission. He had been in Mexico City and just came back. He is going to be the one who brings their family back to the church. I am really excited for him to serve a mission.

This week we did exchanges. Elder Ygnacio stayed here and I went to Cuichapa with Elder Estrada. I had a great time with him. He is a great Elder but is about to finish his mission. It was great to get to know him a little better for a day. I also really liked Cuichapa. The members are great and really work hard. I would like to serve there during my mission.

Well that’s all for know. Next week are the transfers and I’ll keep you all posted with what happens!!

Take care!
Elder Lightheart

9/22/13 Letter from the Mission President

Dear Family:

The most recent meteorological reports about the country show that hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel have caused floods and damaged several States. Nevertheless, no zone of the Mexico Villahermosa Mission, where your son is currently serving, has been harmed. All of the Tabasco state as well as the sectors of Campeche, Chiapas and Veracruz included in the Mission district are safe for missionary work.  

 It has been raining constantly throughout these days, but it is not a risk for the safety of the missionaries. We have been tracking the weather news and we have informed all the missionaries about the circumstances.

The Lord revealed to Prophet Joseph Smith “…if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear” so we had followed His advice. The Mission has security standards that will be applied if necessary. Up to this moment, proselytism will proceed normally although missionaries have taken precautions.

 We all are serving our Savior and we trust He will protect us always because we are working for the salvation of souls. We thank you for your prayers and we invite you to keep praying for the missionaries. We will inform you if the instructions change.


Pres. Israel Morales GutiƩrrez

Week 27 Letter 9/16/13

Hello Everybody!!

Hope you all are doing really well!! I do not have too much time this week so I will not be able to write too much but I will do what I can!!

We had a really great week actually!! We saw a lot of changes in people that we were not expecting. It helps me remember how much we need to depend on God and not on what we can do. He is preparing the people and we are here to find them and help them learn about the gospel. Without him, we cannot do anything.

One of the changes is in a new investigator from this week. He is a doctor from here in Las Choapas. My companion calls him doctor loco because he is a bit crazy but in a good way. He is really energetic and really excited to learn about the gospel. He told us what he feels is going to happen with three words. Read, Believe, and Make. Read what we give him to read, Believe what we teach him, and Make him a Saint. A Latter day Saint!! We are really excited for him.

Blanca has also been making a lot of progress. She does have an obstacle with her family. It is the only thing impeding her though. She really wants to know if it is true and is reading a lot!! She understands really well too. Because of her family she has not gone to church but we feel that when she does she will really feel the Spirit and know that it is true.

We also had a Noche Mexicana this week. This week was independence day for Mexico so we had an activity in the church. We had a lot of fun!! I really enjoyed being part of the holiday. The members brought a lot of non member friends. All in all it was a great activity.

We also had a lot of people at the church this week!! It was great to see the chapel full. The branch is really changing and I am excited for all of the people here.

Well that is all the time I have
Until next week!
Elder Lightheart

Week 26 Letter 9/9/13

Hola Familia!!

Another week gone by here in Mexico!! Everything is going great! I am learning a lot and feel the help of the Lord every day as we preach the gospel!

It was a pretty fun week the week. Mexican Independence Day is just around the corner and the people here are going crazy. Everyone is in Red, White, and Green and extremely excited for the holiday. The Center has been converted to a fair and there are all kinds of rides and stands right in the center of the street. It is super crowed there. Basically a party all day long. Makes me remember our Independence Day. Different but just as crazy.

Well all of our investigators are still doing well. The best part of this week was our lesson with Ismael. He told us that he now believes that the Church is true!! We put a baptismal date with him for the 28th as well and I am super excited for him.

Unfortunately, Eduardo got sick this week. We were not able to see him all week and he was not able to go to church. Sounds like everything is still going well though and we will be going to visit him tomorrow.

The Campos Sanchez family is all doing really well. They are continuing to prepare for their baptism the 28th as well. Blanca is having some doubts but the good thing is that she is reading the Book of Mormon. I feel that she will get an answer. Daniella had to go to Coatzacoalcos this week so she was not able to go to church either.

Thanks for all of your prayers and support. I am having a great time here in Mexico and hope that you all enjoy sharing in my experience!

Elder Lightheart