Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 78 Letter September 8, 2014

Hello Family!
Hope everything is going well back home. It’s starting to get wet down here in Minatitlan.  The rainy season has definitely begun.  I haven’t really missed being wet but it’s time to get used to it again.

We had a really busy week this week. Apart from the getting to know a new area and a new zone, we went to Villahermosa this Thursday.  We had leadership council which went really well.  We also got to go to the temple again which was a really awesome experience.  I was able to learn a lot I think it also helped the unity that Elder Peterson and I have.

Elder Peterson and I have gotten along really well so far.  It was a really fun week.  There is a lot of work to be done in this area.  The fun part is that the area is really small so most everyone know members or the missionaries.

The members here are very excited to work as well.  Most of the members have been here a long time so they know a ton of people.

We have some really good investigators already.  We met a really awesome couple this week named Carlos and Nancy.  They have some friends who are members and while they were at their house, the missionaries dropped by and taught the first lesson.  They are really interested in the church.  They are also extremely nice.  They offered us their house and food any time we need it. Even though they are extremely busy they are extremely willing to have us come by.

We also found another investigator name Mario.  We contacted him in the street and it turned out that his cousin is a missionary.  We went back later in the week and taught him about the Book of Mormon.  He is really excited to read it.  After I asked him why he thinks it would be important to read it. He said, “I think I need to read the Book of Mormon to find Salvation.” He will be a great investigator.

Thanks for all of your help and prayers
Sincerely,



Elder Lightheart

Monday, September 1, 2014

Week 77 Letter September 1, 2014

Hello Family!
Transfers have already come again.  This one passed by really fast with Elder Castaneda. Well, the news is that I got transferred away from Coatzacoalcos. It was great to spend the last seven months there with elder Alvarez, Elder Struthers, and Elder Castaneda.  I feel like I really grew to love the people of this ward. It honestly feels like I am leaving home.  I will miss them and Coatza but it is my turn now to move on.

I am being transferred to Minatitlan, Veracruz, Barrio Tecnologico.  It isn’t really that far from Coatzacoalcos.  You can actually see Coatza from Minatitlan.  I am going to be serving with Elder Peterson and we will be the Zone Leaders for all of Minatitlan.  It is going to be fun to be able to still serve as a zone leader.  My favorite part about it is getting to know all of the Elders and I am excited to keep on doing so.

Well, I don’t know this new area very much yet.  Nor do I have very much time so I’m not writing much but I will write more next week!

Hasta Pronto!

Elder Lightheart

Monday, August 18, 2014

Week 75 Letter August 18, 2014

Week 75
8/18/14
Hello Family,
We had another really good week here in Coatzacoalcos. Even though I may not have much time left her in this area, I am really glad for the time spent here so far.

This week was really busy as usual.  We are finding a lot of new people to teach which keeps us running all over the place.  It has been a lot of fun.

Jajhanna, Pamela, and Angelo had a bit of a rough week.  They are still very excited about the Church.  Jajhanna told us this week that she knows that this is the true church.  Unfortunately, they were not able to go to church because their grandfather died.  Today, we are going to go teach them and I feel like it will be a very spiritual experience as we teach them about the plan of salvation.  We have a baptismal date planned with them for the 30th of August.

We also have a new investigator named Artemio.  He is Awesome.  He came to church this week.  He said that it was unlike anything that he had felt before.  He is the friend of Hermano Hector so he should have a lot of support from him.  We haven’t set a baptismal date with him yet, but I feel like he will be baptized soon.

We also started to teach a young man name Noé.  To me, it was kind of like seeing me as an investigator.  He has many of the same interests as I do: studying medicine, working.  He is an all round good guy.  But he lacks the direction that the gospel brings.  We have only taught him once but he has already felt the need to change.  That the church will truly bring him happiness in his life.  I am really excited to begin teaching him.

Well, that’s all for this week.  Thanks for all of your love and prayers.

Elder Lightheart

P-day!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 74 Letter August 11, 2014

Week 74
8/11/14
Hello Family!
Well another week has gone by and we had another baptism! Arturo was baptized on Saturday, Now the whole family is together in the church.  Miriam, Mariane, and Kevin all gave their testimonies.  It was a very sincere spiritual experience.  I was able to do the baptism.  It had been a while since I myself had done a baptism.  Actually, the last one I did was Mariane.  It was really cool to see the entire family sitting together in the church on Sunday.

Well, we had another really busy and crazy week.  Not only did we have the baptism but on Friday we also had a zone activity.  The President came and taught us then we played soccer and volleyball together.  I actually played on the President’s team which was a lot of fun.  We also made hamburgers.  Elder Castaneda’s family own two burger joints and he had been working there since he was 12 so he made some really good burgers.  It was a lot of fun to spend some time with the President and the zone.

Paul and his family are progressing really quickly.  They all want to be baptized and we are planning a baptismal service for them on the 30th of August.  The only issue really will be Paul’s health.  This week he couldn’t go to church because he had to go to the hospital yesterday.  Hopefully he will feel well enough soon.  Pretty much once he is healthy enough he will get baptized.  I hope I will be here for his baptism.

Well, yesterday was a really cool sacrament meeting.  First of all, Arturo was confirmed a member of the church and then all of the talks were given by my converts.  Anabella, Fredy, and Miriam gave talks.  It was really cool to see that.  Anabella has a super great testimony.  I am excited to see what callings they are going to get.

Well that’s all for this week.  Talk to you all the next.

Elder Lightheart

Monday, August 4, 2014

Week 73 Letter August 4, 2014

Week 73
8/4/14
Hello again!
It has been a fun and kind of crazy week.  When we’re all over the place, it has been a lot of fun to get to know more of Coatzacoalcos.

We had leadership council this week which meant another trip to Villahermosa and Elder Castaneda’s first council.  But he wasn’t the only one.  There were a lot of new leaders.  A lot of the familiar faces were either transferred or went home last transfer.  It was kind of different now being on what would be considered the experienced Elders.  I have really enjoyed this time in a leadership opposition.  It has been an amazing learning experience. And a lot of fun to get to know the Elders.

Well, now back to Mirador.  Although we were in Villa for a couple days, we were still able to have a lot of success.  Arturo is going to get baptized this week!  He was a little unsure during the week.  He felt like he was not ready to be baptized quite yet.  So we went with him and taught him the doctrine of Christ and why he has need to be baptized.  At the end, we all knelt down together and he offered a prayer to know if he needed to be baptized the week that is coming.  The Spirit came and testified that it was the correct decision.  He has now told all of his family that he is going to get baptized.

Paul’s children came to church as well on Sunday.  Jajhanna, Pamela, and Angelo all came.  Paul couldn’t come still because he is still not doing so well.  His kids are really excited about the church though.  We have a baptismal date set for the 23rd of August.

I am extremely excited for the success here in Coatza.  It brings a lot of joy to be a part of the work of salvation.

Elder Lightheart

Monday, July 28, 2014

Week 72 Letter July 28, 2014

Hello Again!

Hope that all of you had a great week! Shout out to Sister Lightheart who now has two months in the mission! I have a lot of fun telling people that I have a sister in the field.  Keep on working hard, Sis!

It’s nothing to compare with my companion though.  He actually has two siblings in the mission: a sister in Chile and a brother in Oaxaca.  It is awesome to see how the Lord is hastening the work.  It has been fun serving with Elder Castañeda.  So far, he is a bit more serious than Elder Struthers, but we still get along really well.  He is a great worker and a great teacher.

We had a really good week, even though everyone is on vacation.  We spent a lot of time knocking on people’s doors and having them not be there.  Despite that, we had a lot of lessons. The best part was that we now have an interview set with Arturo for next week! He had been feeling a bit unsure about his baptism but we helped him to realize that he is ready and that he has already made the necessary changes. 

Paul and his family continue to be great.  They were definitely prepared to listen to the gospel.  They were one of those people who searched for the truth but knew not where to find it.  They are really excited about learning more.  My favorite is his son, Angelo. In four days, he read eleven chapters in the Book of Mormon.  He is only 8! He did understand it about like an 8-year-old, but he loves it.  His daughter, Jahanna, is already eager to learn and is really attentive to the Spirit.  Hopefully, we will be able to baptize them by the end of the month.

We have a ton of investigators right now.  It is so much fun to be running all over the place teaching them!

Thanks for all of your help!

Elder Lightheart

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Week 71 Letter July 21, 2014

Hello fam!

Another transfer gone by.  I said good-bye to Elder Struthers yesterday.  I imagine that right now he is on a plane somewhere over Texas. You will all be able to talk with him pretty soon actually.

Well, the best news is that I am staying in Mirador for another transfer.  Looks like I will be here at least until September.  I am really happy to stay here with these members.  I know that my new companion and I are going to have a lot of success.  My companion is going to be Elder Castañeda. My life is going to get a little more crazy though.  I am now going to be the Zone leader of 24 missionaries.  The two zones are going to be combined into one zone and we will be the zone leaders for both of them.

We also had a baptism this week!! On Thursday, we got a call from Sister Kathy.  She called us to tell us that Yumara wanted to get baptized on Saturday.  It was really awesome.  Her cousin, the first counselor, Juan Carlos, did the baptism and the confirmation.  It was really cool because we had a ward conference on Sunday and we were able to do the confirmation with it.  The ward is getting really excited about missionary work.

Arturo came to church again! He is progressing really well.  He really likes the church.  He shows a lot of faith. We haven’t gotten to the point of teaching him the Word of Wisdom, but because of what he has seen in his wife and kids, he has stopped drinking coffee and alcohol.  He feels like he doesn’t have enough knowledge but I know he will be ready for the baptismal date we have set with him for the 10th of August.

We also had a great lesson yesterday.  We went to visit Paolo again but this time we were able to teach all of his family – his wife and three kids. While we were with them, we were talking about the family and hoe they can become a family for the eternities.  The Spirit was really strong as we explained to them that as they follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they will be able to be together forever.  We put a baptismal date with all of them for the 30th of August.

Well, I’ve got to go. My new companion should get here soon!

Hasta Luego,
Elder Lightheart

Week 70 Letter July 14, 2014

Another week, another letter.  It is once again P-Day and I get a chance to write you all about the happenings here in Coatzacoalcos.

We had an awesome week.  We were able to have a lot of success.  Yumara is progressing well.  Unfortunately, we were not able to do her baptism this week because she went to visit her family in Chiapas.  She really loves the church though.  She is taking part in our ward choir.  We should be doing her baptism either this week or the next.

Miriam’s husband also came to church again.  He really likes the church.  He is a lot more happy now that he has been investigating.  He tells us that the change that he has seen in his family is what is most helping him to want to go to church.  We have baptismal date with him for the 26th of July.  I know he can be ready by that point to join his family as a member of the Church.  Probably the coolest part was that he paid tithing with his wife. 

We had a really great lesson this week with Anabella’s sister, Nadxielly.  We had taught her a couple of times but we haven’t seen her for about a month.  When we got there, we decided to read 2 Nephi 2 with her.  It was a really cool experience.  As we were reading, she would ask us questions and all of her questions were answered within the chapter, It was really amazing to me how the Book of Mormon really answers our questions.  Sometimes, it takes a bit of study, but other times, like this week, they come in the moment. 

We also had a little miracle today actually.  We got a call this morning from Hermano Mexicano (a brother in our ward).  He told us that he wanted to go visit one of his friends with us. It was a little rough because we were washing, but we hustled and got everything done on time.  We went with Hermano Mexicano to visit his friend Paolo.  Paolo has cancer and he feels like there is something he is missing in his life.  We were able to teach him about the Book of Mormon and the Plan of Salvation.  He got really excited to learn and study.  Then at the end, Hermano Mexicano gave him a priesthood blessing.  The Spirit filled the room and we all just sat there in silence for a moment.  All he could say was, “Gracias.” Even though he is sick and actually going to the hospital this week, he said that he would come to church.

The one issue was that while we were there, it started raining, and not just a little bit, but it was pouring.  We were only like three blocks from our house so we knew that everything, our clothes, our hammocks, and a backpack that been left out to dry were going to be soaking wet.  We came home expecting the worst, but found that almost everything was dry.  We were able to take almost all of our clothes down right then.  Who knows what happened, but with the wet ground full of puddles all around me, I felt like God was thanking me for taking time away from what I have to care for my own physical needs to care for one of his children’s spiritual needs.  He took care of me so we could help Paolo.  It may have been just a little miracle, but none the less, a show of my Father’s love for me. 

I hope you all know that God loves each of you as his children. 

Thanks for all your faith,
Elder Lightheart

Monday, July 7, 2014

Week 69 Letter July 7, 2014

Hello Everyone!

Happy 4th of July! Hope you all had a great Independence Day. Elder Struthers and I celebrated by singing some American hymns.  It was pretty fun.

Well anyway, this week mission-wise was fantastic.  We had a lot of super spiritual lessons and a couple of miracles to go along with it.

Yumara went to church again.  She had been progressing really well and it was great to see her at church.  The best part didn’t actually happen until after church.  We were rushing over to another appointment we had when we got a phone call from Hermana Anita, the recently returned missionary in our ward.  She called to ask if Yumara could change her baptismal date! She told us that Yumara had gotten an answer to her prayer and wants to be baptized this Friday!! We got super excited. We are going to have a baptism this week. It is great to see how the Spirit works in people and helps them to know the truth.

We were also teaching Hermana Miriam’s husband, Arturo, this week.  He shows that he wants to learn, however, he feels that he doesn’t know enough.  He never really has read the scriptures and even though others have come to teach him he had never read from those pamphlets either. This week, we went one night without much time.  He told us that he had read.  We then read the scripture in Ether 12:27 and we promised him that he can receive the knowledge he lacks if he would humble himself before God and ask.  We then all knelt then together.  I offered the prayer and then we all took a moment to say a personal prayer.  We then asked him how he felt.  He told us that he had felt the Spirit and that he felt that what we had taught was true! He now has baptismal date for the 26th of July. 

It was a great week.  I love it when the Spirit testifies of truth.  The Spirit will help anyone who has an honest doubt to come to know the truth.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers,

Elder Lightheart

Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 68 Letter June 30, 2014

Hello everyone!!

We had a really good week again.  We had a lot of meetings and a lot of good learning experiences. 

This week we had zone conference.  It was really good.  I could see that it really helped the missionaries from our zone.  We actually gave part of the conference.  We taught everyone how to have a better planning session.  We focused a lot on how we could use the Spirit in our planning.  I personally learned a lot from what we taught.  We have had a lot better planning sessions since then.

We also had our Stake Conference this weekend.  Elder Montoya from the quorum of the seventy came.  He gave some amazing talks.  I really felt the Spirit and learned a lot from him.  My favorite part was when he shared a story of him saving his child.  His child had climbed upa ladder but had fallen and was barely hanging on.  He began to scream, “Papito, Papito, Ayudame!” He was able to get out just in time to break his child’s fall.  He then compared that to the Savior’s suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane when Christ cries out, “Abba Padre.” It was like when Elder Montoya’s son cried out, “Papito.” But this time Christ’s Father, our Father, was not able to rush to save him.  But rather for the love he has for us, he had to let His Only
Begotten suffer.  It means a lot to me that Christ suffered for me.  The story that Elder Montoya told really helped increase my understanding.

Right after the conference, Fredy received the Melchizedek Priesthood.  We were able to go and watch.  It was a wonderful experience to see how happy Mayra was for him.  I am so excited that my converts now have the blessings of the Priesthood in their home.

Well, it looks like we should have another baptism on the 18th of July! All of the members are really excited and helping us out a lot.  The work is extremely exciting right now and a lot of blessings are being received.

Until next week,
Elder Lightheart

Monday, June 16, 2014

Week 66 Letter June 16, 2014

Hello Everyone!
Happy Father’s Day! Thanks Dad for all that you do and have done for me.  I am constantly using and applying the things that you have taught me.  They have been of great importance for me here in my mission.  I am very grateful for all that you have helped me with in my life.  Thanks, Dad!

Well, we had an extremely busy week this week.  For starters, we had several ward activities this week that we helped out in.  They were great activities.  We had a lot of investigators and members come.  It reminded me of some of the activities that we did at home.  The best part was having our investigators interact with the members.

We also went to Villahermosa for our leadership council this week.  It was a great meeting.  We were able to go to the temple the night before and I felt that I got a lot of my questions answered and we definitely left edified.  The council was great as well.  We both learned a lot about how to become a better leader in the mission.

Despite being busy most of the week, we were able to have some really good lessons.  We had a couple of lessons with Yumara and Jose.  They are really excited to learn more about the church.  They went to both of the activities this week and are progressing really well.

We also had Miriam’s husband, Arturo come to church on Sunday.  It was only the second time we had ever seen him.  We had a really good lesson with him about the Book of Mormon and we have an appointment to meet with him on Saturday.

We started a Preach My Gospel class with the members.  They are super excited about missionary work.  They all committed to talk with one of their friends this week about the gospel.

Thanks for all of your support and Happy father’s Day!

Elder Lightheart

Monday, June 9, 2014

Week 65 Letter June 9, 2014

Hello Family!
Hope you are all doing well! How is everything going? It has continued to be hot in Mexico, but it’s OK because we have been at the work of the Lord.

Well, the best news about this week was definitely the three baptisms we had! Miriam, Mariane, and Kevin all got baptized.  They were very excited all week long and it ended in a great baptism service at the end.  A lot of people from the ward were able to go.  Mayra gave a talk and it was awesome.  She spoke like she had been a member her whole life and she had been a member her whole life and she has just barely completed a month as a member.  She shared her experience of being baptized with everyone and it really strengthened all of us.  Elder Struthers and I performed the ordinances.  Probably the best part was that Miriam’s husband came.  It was the first time we had met him and we could definitely see the effect the spirit had on him.

Apart from that, we are also going to have a baptism in the coming weeks.  Estefania is still really excited for her baptism.  She also came to the baptism and she really enjoyed it.  She told us afterwards that she wants her baptism to be just like Miriam’s.

She has accepted everything we have taught her so far.  She did have a little difficulty with the ward of wisdom.  She felt like it would be hard to leave behind coffee and tea.  Luckily, mayra and Fredy are a big help.  They assured her that it can be done.  That they were able to leave it all behind to follow God’s will.  We only have a couple of lessons left to teach her and she will be ready for baptism. 

The rest of the week went really well today.  We actually learned how to make hammocks.  One of the elders in our zone, Elder Mayers, came over to our house and showed us how to do it.  It was a lot of fun. It took a couple hours and we were only able to make one about 6 inches wide.  But it was really fun to learn!

Thanks for all of your prayers,
Elder Lightheart


Monday, May 26, 2014

Week 63 Letter May 26, 2014

Hello Family!
Hope you are all doing well! How is everything going? It has continued to be hot in Mexico, but it’s OK because we have been at the work of the Lord.

Well, the best news about this week was definitely the three baptisms we had! Miriam, Mariane, and Kevin all got baptized.  They were very excited all week long and it ended in a great baptism service at the end.  A lot of people from the ward were able to go.  Mayra gave a talk and it was awesome.  She spoke like she had been a member her whole life and she had been a member her whole life and she has just barely completed a month as a member.  She shared her experience of being baptized with everyone and it really strengthened all of us.  Elder Struthers and I performed the ordinances.  Probably the best part was that Miriam’s husband came.  It was the first time we had met him and we could definitely see the effect the spirit had on him.

Apart from that, we are also going to have a baptism in the coming weeks.  Estefania is still really excited for her baptism.  She also came to the baptism and she really enjoyed it.  She told us afterwards that she wants her baptism to be just like Miriam’s.

She has accepted everything we have taught her so far.  She did have a little difficulty with the ward of wisdom.  She felt like it would be hard to leave behind coffee and tea.  Luckily, mayra and Fredy are a big help.  They assured her that it can be done.  That they were able to leave it all behind to follow God’s will.  We only have a couple of lessons left to teach her and she will be ready for baptism. 

The rest of the week went really well today.  We actually learned how to make hammocks.  One of the elders in our zone, Elder Mayers, came over to our house and showed us how to do it.  It was a lot of fun. It took a couple hours and we were only able to make one about 6 inches wide.  But it was really fun to learn!

Thanks for all of your prayers,
Elder Lightheart



Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 62 Letter May 19, 2014

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great week! We had a fantastic week here in Coatzacoalcos.  This area is amazing.  I am very glad to be serving in in Mirador.

It was a great week mostly because I finally was in my area all week.  We had been really busy recently with mission related travel so it was great to be a little more calm throughout the week.

We did start with divisions (exchanges) this week. Elder Struthers went over to a town called Allende.  A new Elder named Elder Hernandez came over here.  He is from Cancun and only has one month in the mission.  We had a ton of fun and a lot of success.  We gave a lot of extremely good lessons during the day and I felt like we were able to help out a lot of people.  We also were able to help one family paint part of their house.  It was fun to help them out.  Elder Hernandez left super excited about missionary work.

Elder Struthers returned and we continued to have a very successful week.  The best news is we will be having a baptism on Friday! Actually, it should be a family of three: Miriam (the Mom), Mariana (13-year-old daughter) and Kevin (11-year-old son).  Sister Miriam is the daughter of Sister Lulu who was baptized about a year ago.  Miriam is extremely excited to be baptized.  She has changed a lot in a very short time that we have been teaching her.  At first, she did not want much to do with us and nothing with the Book of Mormon. Now, she calls herself a member.  She even came to the church on Friday to help with cleaning the chapel! I'll let you know next week how the baptism went.

Probably the coolest part is that Miriam has two siblings in Oregon! They are from the town of Florence, Oregon.  Hopefully, they will also be able to listen the the gospel someday as well.

Mayra and Fredy continue to be amazing.  Fredy has basically prepared his sister to be baptized in two weeks.  We have a baptismal date set with Estefania for the 7th of June.  He is also going with us to visit a sick brother tonight and he is going to make food for him as well.  I am excited to see him bless the sacrament on Sunday.

Apart from the work, Elder Struthers and I had a ton of fun this week.  We went out and played soccer in the street with the kids and it was a blast.  I am sure we looked like idiots but it was fun to play with the kids.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers.

Elder Lightheart

Monday, May 12, 2014

Week 61 Mother's Day Phone Call May 12, 2014

It was amazing to talk to Elder Lightheart by skype on Mother's Day.  He looked and sounded great!  He has always been such a happy person and it was fun to see that again.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week 60 Letter May 5, 2014

Hello Everyone!

Happy 5 de Mayo! Hope you are all having a good one! It has been a fun one down here so far!

Sorry for not writing last week! I kind of got a little busy, I was helping out the President quite a bit. I had to go to Villahermosa twice and both times and short notice. It was a great week despite being a little rushed all week.

I was not able to tell you last week but we had three baptisms!!! Two Saturdays ago on the 26th of April we baptized Mayra, Fredy and Anabela. We actually had two seperate baptismal services. We baptized Mayra and Fredy first. Elder Struthers and I had the opportunity to do the ordanance for them. It was a great service. We had lot of members there and they were all really excited to accept them into the ward. Probably the best part was when Mayra bore her testimony at the end of the baptism. She is so happy to be a member of the church. The change in this couple really amazed me and I am glad that I was able to be a part of their conversion. 

Anabela´s baptism was also great. Her boyfriend Edgar came to do the baptism to do the ordanance and brought most of his family. It was great to have the chapel full for both of the a baptisms but with all different people. Anabela´s sister, Nadxiely also came to the baptism. It was a great experince for the two of them. Anabela for her baptism and for Nadxiely as she was able to feel the spirit. We are now teaching her and she will hopefully be baptised soon.

Well this Sunday was a little crazy because we had change in bishop. Hermano Fred just became our bishop. It made church rather busy but we are very excited to work with him as our Bishop. We know that we will have a lot of success with him as our bishop.

Thanks for all your prayers!


Elder Lightheart

Monday, April 28, 2014

Week 59 Letter April 28, 2014

Just a quick letter right now. Things got a little crazy with the transfers. They decided to do them on Monday instead I am staying in Mirador with Elder Struthers. However, one Elder got stuck so I have to go with him to the offices. I doubt I will have time today to write you all. I am goin to try and get on tomorrow if I have a chance.

Love you all! Talk to you soon!


Elder Lightheart

Monday, April 21, 2014

Week 58 Letter April 21, 2014

Hello Family and Friends!

Another week come and here in Coatzacoalcos. It was another extremely fun and very succesful week.

We did have an extremely fun activity this week. This week was actually the Holy Week here in Mexico as celebrated by the catholic church. So everbody was on Vacation. The church took the opportunity to do FSY this week. FSY invited President Morales to come and so he asked for our help. So we went and gave a class at FSY this week. It was a ton of fun! There were over 1000 young men and women there from all over the mission. We got to see a bunch a people from our past areas and talk with them for a while. It was a little exhausting but a great experience.

This week we had a couple of new investigators in the Church. One was named Jesus and the other Montserrat. It was their first time at church and I could tell that they really liked it. After the services, I asked him what he had learned about during church and he said that he really liked the class that we gifts of the spirit. We talked a little more about them and then I promised him that he could have those gifts, all that he has to do is to be baptized. He acepted a baptismal date for the 17th of May. Montserrat also said that she would be baptized on the 17th. 

Anabella, Mayra and Fredy will all be baptized this Saturday!! We already have the invitacions and program done and a ton of the members are going to go! I will send pictures this upcoming week!

Thanks for all of your support!

Elder Lightheart

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 57 Letter April 14, 2014

Hello Everybody! Family, Friends, whoevers reading this letter. 

Everthing is going great here in Coatzacoalcos. It was a great week. It cooled down a little which was really nice. We actually went to Villahermosa for two days as well. It was a little hotter in Villahermosa but that was okay because we were inside most of the time because of meetings. It was good to get back to Coatzacoalcos though. 

We went to Villahermosa for a conference with our Mission Presindent. It as a great experience. I really enjoy being able to learn from the Lord´s servants. He talked alot about how the Mission is the changing point in our lives and that the things we do here are what take us to salvation. We also read in First Thessalonians 2 the Chapter heading where it says that the glory of the missionaries is the converts. So the people we convert here in the mission are the glory that we will have in the heavens. It is a cool thought and it has been great to look back at the people that I have helped throughout my mision.

Mayra and Freddy are doing great. We are preparing them for there baptismal service on the 26th of April. This week we went by and went over the baptismal interview questions with them. In that lesson they bore many testimonies of the church. They have a very good understanding that it is the Church of Jesus Christ. They have done a lot of things that have suprised us such as plan a Family Home Evening with a ward member this week! It has been very exciting to see their progress so far. 

This week we also set a baptismal date with Anabela. We are preparing her to be baptised on the 26th as well. We had a great lesson with her this week. We taught her about baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. As we taught her how the Holy Ghost talks with us, the Spirit came very strong. The sister that was with us bore her testimony and we then invited her to be baptized. It was a very uplifting experience. Then on Sunday when she came to Church she had a notebook and was taking notes during the classes. I have really enjoyed seeing the change in her until now.

Thanks for all of your support and prayers. I would like you all to know that this Church is true, that this is the Lord´s work, and it has the power to change anyone who enters into it. 


Elder Lightheart