Hey everyone here’s a quick update of the week. I’m in the same area and I got my new como Elder Wells. I was companions with him back in June in the woodlands so it’s been fun to be together again. This is his last transfer so I’ll be killing him. We had a crazy week cause Elder Wells is struggling with some health issues so we were inside for most the week and in and out of the hospital. He is doing better so we hope to get back to work soon. It snowed here which was pretty crazy to see I never thought I’d see that here in Houston haha. Sorry this is short! Happy birthday yesterday Treyton!! Love y’all.
I was so cold ha
Monday, December 11, 2017
Monday, December 4, 2017
We had exchanges and I went with Elder Hadley again. We were able to give a girl a blessing that has been struggling with depression. She has gone through some hard stuff and so we gave her a blessing and invited her to read the Book of Mormon and pray. We haven’t been able to see her since so we are hoping to get in again this next week.
We found a new family from Cuba that we have been teaching for a couple weeks. Let me just say that Cuban accents are soooo hard to understand haha. Especially when they are older... I understand about half of what the parents say and so a member there is essential lol. They were able to come to church yesterday and they brought their grandson as well! It really pumped up the ward to see them there and it’s getting everybody excited about missionary work. We are excited to get in with them again this week and set some bap dates!
Our investigator angel that came to church a couple weeks ago wasn’t able to come to church but we did set a baptismal date with him for the . It was the coolest lesson ever. We went in to talk about the tree of life and holding on to the rod of iron but as we started reading I stopped and asked him what he understood of the story and he already had read it and understood it perfectly. He is a super awesome guy and we are gonna do all we can to help him get baptized in a couple of weeks!
Being a missionary during this Christmas season is so amazing. I love being able to testify of our savior and help people out during this time of year. Our whole zone is super pumped about it too. We found 44 new investigators this past week as a Zone and are seeing so many miracles. I’m so thankful for my Heavenly Father and for his grace and mercy to help me and everybody I work with even through all of my imperfections.
We got transfer calls and I’m going to be stayin here in Louetta and my comp will be leaving. I’m so happy to be staying here with all the stuff going on. I love this area and ward. I have seen more ups and downs here and grown more than any other area. Love y’all and and I hope you have a great week! #LightTheWorld
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Hey everybody! We had a super good week full of miracles.
Btw I’m super sorry for slacking on the emails lately to everybody. I’ve had some super busy pdays lately...
This week we found awesome new prepared people!! One was a young guy from Cuba named Luis. He’s lived here for about a year. When we knocked his door nobody answered and we stood there forever and then as we were walking away we heard the door open and he says hey come back!! So we talked to him and taught him about the Book of Mormon. He is working here to provide for his family back in Cuba. He is a super humble and loving guy. I’m so stoked to go back and teach him more!
We also met a part member family that we’ve been trying to get in with for a long time. We seem to always go by when nobody is there... but this time the 17 year old daughter that hasn’t been baptized answered. She said she has had all the lessons from the missionaries before. She’s had many baptismal dates but then they have never gone through. We asked if she’d be willing to set a goal for baptism and to work up to it again she said yeah so we are excited to go back and help her understand the blessings that come from being baptized and coming to church!
We met another family from Cuba! Lemme just say real quick that old Cubans are soooo hard to understand haha. They speak so fast and deep and don’t pronounce their words but Elder Gibby and I got through it somehow lol. We met them when we were looking for a less actives apartment. While we were walking around the complex, an older lady come up to us and said “hey I’ve seen you guys before!!” We started talking to her and it turns out that missionaries taught her awhile back. She said they told her in Cuba that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored in the americas. So ever since she’s been here she’s been looking for it. We explained a little how it’s been restored and about the Book of Mormon. We are excited to teach them as well!
The lord is truly blessing us with so many people and it’s been so fun. I’m truly so happy doing the work of the lord. This area has been difficult and I haven’t seen very much success here. But through that time I learned and grew so much. This thanksgiving I’m so thankful for the trials I’ve had on my mission. I have learned that sometimes no matter how obedient or righteous we are, the lord still puts us through trials. I’ve learned how to continue on with faith and being happy in those difficult times. I’m thankful for the atonement of Jesus Christ that strengthens me everyday to improve myself. I’m thankful for the opportunity that I have to change through him. It gives me hope each day. The church is true!!
Last night we were able to watch the face to face event with Elder Oaks and Ballard. I wanted to write a few notes I took from it. They explained how every person needs balance between spirituality and worldly things. They explained how those who keep the sabbath day Holy have a built in balance between those things. We are more happier and confident in ourselves when we keep that one simple commandment. Another thing I really loved was some advice that he gave to a recent convert of the church. He was directing it towards recent converts but I think it can apply to every member. He talked about how we need to analyze our lives and apply righteous routines. He gave an example on if one persons weakness was with the word of wisdom, and he walked by a bar everyday going home, he would need to apply a righteous routine by going a different way home. We all have our own weaknesses. We all struggle with certain things. If we apply righteous routines in our own daily lives we can overcome these things with time.
Sorry this email is super long... Idk if people even read these things anymore after 18 months lol... but for those who do thanks for stickin with me for all this time! 6 more months to go... Love you all! Have a great week.
1. Our zone flag!
2. Throwback to the bikes
3. Lunch after district meeting
4. Guy riding a horse in the middle of Houston in PJs lol
5. Me going down a slide after tracting
Monday, November 6, 2017
This city has been so pumped from the World Series it’s been super cool to see. To have this city win the World Series right after Hurricane Harvey has been amazing!
So this week our investigator Angel came to church. We had a super good lesson with him with a member of our ward. He had some really cool questions about what happens to people if they die without the restored gospel. Our member answered them perfectly. He is such a miracle. We are excited to set a baptismal date with him this week.
We found some awesome new people this week that are so prepared and excited to learn. One is a young couple that is about to have their first child. They are scared to have a kid in this crazy world. We explained how the gospel will protect them from the dangers of the world. We are excited to go back and talk to them again.
In this week in personal study I focused on humility. Im gonna focus on one Christlike attribute each week til the end of the year. I felt myself change as I read and focused and humility. It is something that is changing me and my mission.
We got a car this week so it’s gonna be a lot easier to get work done.
Love y’all have a good week!
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Monday, October 23, 2017
Hey what’s up guys!? It’s been a pretty crazy week. Lots of stuff to tell!
So to start out on the bad news... I dropped my iPad and shattered the screen lol but luckily our ward clerk works at a phone repair shop and is hooking me up... #bendiciones
We went on exchanges with the assistants this week and it was super fun. I went with elder bailey. He is from Huntsville UT which is a small town just through the canyon from north Ogden. We knew some of the same people from there so it was cool to talk about that. He is a stud!! We had a super cool miracle while on exchanges. We were riding bikes and we pulled up to a stoplight. A guy with his window down was stopped next to us. We talked to him at the stoplight and gave him a card with our info. The next morning he called us and said that he couldn’t get us out of his mind and he had a burning sensation that he needed to call us. So we met with him at the church that day and taught him the restoration. He said it hit home and it’s the message he’s been searching for a long time. He sadly doesn’t speak Spanish so we referred him to the English elders but it was a really cool experience.
We also got a sweet referral from one of our members this past week. A members friend came to our ward party and then we had a noche de hogar with that family a couple days later. They said he enjoyed the party and said we show go stop by. We meet by and taught him and he is super awesome. He is from Honduras and has had a crazy life. He came here looking for something better. We explained that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is what he is missing in his life and is what will change him. We are excited to continue working with him.
Lately, we have ran into a lot of people that have had questions on why they have had to come to this country. They don’t want to leave their homes and their families but their countries are in such terrible conditions that they don’t really have another choice if they want a stable life. A scripture that I found that I really love that applies to this situation is found in the Book of Mormon in 2 Nephi 1:6,9.
6 Wherefore, I, Lehi, prophesy according to the workings of the Spirit which is in me, that there shall none come into this land save they shall be brought by the hand of the Lord.
9 Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.
I remember awhile ago my mission president telling me that as Spanish missionaries in the United States we have a special responsibility. People come here for a better life. They come here searching for something that they might not know exactly what it is. It is our responsibility to help them understand that what they are searching for is the restored gospel Jesus Christ and that god sent them here for that purpose. love sharing these scriptures with the people that have these questions. The Book of Mormon answers questions of the soul. The Book of Mormon brings peace into peoples lives. The Book of Mormon is true.
We got transfer info and Elder Gibby and I will be staying together to finish out training! Im looking forward to another great transfer! I didn’t take any pics from this past week so I will send one from about a month ago that I never sent of Milena and Lucas baptism and a random selfie of elder hunt and I lol. Love y’all. Have a good week.
- Elder Cammack -