Monday, September 18, 2017

week 66 Baptism, Mission Conference, New comp, New area

Hey fam! This week was super busy and lots of changes happened! 

Elder Blackford and I were together until Thursday where we picked up our new companions! My new companion is Elder Gibby from Brigham City, UT. He is 6'6"!! He's so tall haha. It was so weird looking up to somebody to talk. I haven't done that since I came out here! He is pretty quiet but a super humble and smart guy. He took 5 years of Spanish before the mission so he already knows a ton. It's gonna be fun working together!

Elder Gibby and I are opening up a new area that hasn't been opened since I was here last! I was here in Louetta in may and when I left they took the Elders out and now I get to open it back up. We are starting from ground zero so it's going to be fun!! It's been super cool to see some members that I got pretty close with. This ward is seriously the best in the mission so I'm super excited! 

We had a mission conference this week on Friday. Elder Uceda and Elder Jones came to it. They both gave amazing talks but I specifically loved Elder Ucedas. He talked about Mathew 28:19. In English in the King James Version it says to teach all nations but in every other version of the Bible and in almost every other language it says to make disciples. He explained how we as missionaries are not here to just teach people but we are here to make disciples. It really impacted me and the spirit was super strong. Elder Uceda is now one of my favorites and has changed the way I look at missionary work. 

We are still helping out with houses that were affected by the floods. We worked on one yesterday that hasn't even been touched yet. It was full of mold and it was super gross haha. But we got it almost all the way done. I love helping people out even though the work is pretty tough. It's amazing to see people's hearts open as you serve them. 

The Llorente kids that I was teaching in the woodlands were baptized on Saturday but we got our car towed and so we weren't able to go :(. We arrived right after it ended but we were able to go to their house after and have some dinner. I'll send some pics from that.

We found one new inv this week. His name is Jose and he is excited to check the church out. We are excited to work with him. 

Love y'all and hope you had a good week. Talk to ya soon! image1.JPGimage2.JPGimage3.JPGimage4.JPG

- Elder Cammack -

Monday, September 11, 2017

week 65 A new challenge!

Hey everyone! We have been helping at a food distribution place for people that lost everything in the hurricane. It's been super awesome to be able to help there. I went on an exchange with a new elder in the mission named Elder Hadley. It was super fun. He is playing football at Weber state after the mission. He's a stud. The Llorente family kids will be baptized this weekend so we've been trying to get that all figured out. We are excited for them to be baptized. We went to a sick taco place this week that I'll send a pic of. We got some secret insights for transfers this week. I will be transferred out and opening a new area and training. It's gonna be a challenge but I'm excited for it. The lord always prepares those that he calls. This week we will be helping out at the temple fixing it up. It was destroyed in the hurricane. Im sorry this is super short but we are super busy today! Hope everything is good over there. Love y'all! 

Elder Cammack

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

week 64

Hey everybody! This week our pday got switched to today because of Labor Day and the floods so that we could go out with members and help! This week has been the most busy and tiring week of my mission. Everyday we have been working all day. It's like the whole mission is on pause and we are just all doing service. It has been so awesome to be able to help all these people. 

On Wednesday we were finally given permission to leave our apartments and we went right out to help with houses. It was so sad to see all the wreckage from the hurricane. We had a really cool experience that day. We were helping a member with their house and a couple elders and I decided to go start walking down the road to see who needed help. Everybody on the streets houses were destroyed. It was weird cause it was like we were tracting but to do service instead haha. The first house we got to, a lady let us right in and we started taking everything out. We did her house for a couple hours and then left and went to the next house and did the same thing. We tore everything up. The owner was an older man who lived by himself. He lost everything and had no idea what he was going to do. We fixed up his whole house the rest of the day and you could see the tears in his eyes as we were working. I was so humbled to be able to be the person to help them. People were just standing outside not really knowing what to do. It was a really cool feeling walking down the street in our yellow shirts and seeing everybody watching us and us being able to help them. 

Thursday and Friday we did service all day. 

Starting Saturday morning, all the wards in the Spanish stake met up at the stake center to receive assignments on who to go out to help. We split up in groups of 6 and all received places on where to go. I went with a member family in the ward. We went up to a neighborhood that was completely destroyed. We helped out there all day. In the neighborhoods that are destroyed, they have people in golf carts that drive by every hour with megaphones and food and water and yell to everyone as they drive down the streets who needs water and food. It's really cool to see all of Texas and even people around the world come to help and support this tragedy.

Later that day, we came back to that neighborhood with some more people. The place we had been working with didn't need help anymore so we drove down the road a little bit and stopped. The young men's president in the ward got everybody together and we decided to say a prayer on where we should go. We said a prayer and as soon as we looked up, we saw a man walking towards us. He asked us if we were volunteers and we said yes. He said his house was the only house on the street that hadn't been touched yet. He had lost everything in the floods and was living on the couch of his friends house with nothing. So we went in and worked on his house the rest of the day and all day Sunday. It was an experience I will never forget. He thanked each one of us by shaking our hands with tears in his eyes. 

Sunday was such an amazing experience. Most chapels got destroyed by the floods and so all the Spanish wards combined into three different chapels. We only went to sacrament meeting and all wore service clothes and all received more assignments on where to go out to work. It was the most spiritual sacrament meeting I've ever had. Everybody sharing testimonies with all of us in our yellow shirts. There was a special spirit in the room. 

This has been an unforgettable week. I have been so humbled as I have helped people who have lost everything. I'm so thankful that Heavenly Father has allowed me to be the one to help all these people. Words can't describe how I've felt this past week. I'm so exhausted but it's all worth it. I'm excited to do this all again this week. Thank you for your prayers. I know these people have felt our heavenly fathers love through these hard times. Have a great week and I'll talk to y'all soon :)

Monday, August 28, 2017

week 63

Hello everyone! 

So really quickly, this weekend we received Hurricane Harvey! The last couple days we've been in the apartment just hanging out. I got super bored and found a gingerbread house making kit so I'll send a pic of that lol. We have had a little bit of flooding but nothing too bad in our area. We are mostly concerned for the people farther down south so be praying for them! We were informed during the week last week that we would receive a hurricane so we did some preparation. In all the stores there is no bread or water and everything is pretty bare. All the gas stations were out of gas as well. It's been pretty crazy haha but we are all safe and everything's good. We have been doing check ups 2-3 times during the day on every companionship in the zone and getting on conference calls with president 2-3 times a day to make sure everybody is good. Some companionships have been evacuated from their apartment but everybody is safe and President is keeping track of everyone. Stake conference was supposed to be this weekend but it was cancelled and so were all church meetings in the area. We are excited for the opportunity to help lots of people out from the floods and everything that has been going on. 

Okay, so, at the beginning of the week before the hurricane hit we were able to see some sweet miracles! We found a couple new investigators from English class and they are so cool! They have been coming to English class for a little while and we were finally able to sit down and talk and teach them. We call ourselves "La Banda" or the squad in English haha. We are excited to keep working with them and get them to church when the weather conditions allow us to. 

We were also able to get in with a potential that we find a little while ago. They are the Gonzalez family. The dad works with a return missionary and has heard a little bit about it. We talked to them about the Book of Mormon and even read a little bit while we were gone! They enjoyed it and we are excited to continue working with them. 

Thank you everyone for all your prays to the people here in Houston and in all of south Texas. Some people have really been devastated from this hurricane so please keep them in your prayers! I hope y'all are doing good and had a good week. I will talk to y'all soon! 

Monday, August 7, 2017

week 60 Aug 7

What's up everyone!? This week was another crazy/eventful week! 

First off I got a new companion on Tuesday! His name is Elder Blackford. He's from Vacaville, California (Bay Area) and he's super cool! He's Filipino but he looks Mexican so all the members ask him what part of Mexico he's from and he just goes with it. They all think he doesn't speak English haha. He's been out for about 17 months and so we have been able to get lots of stuff done. 

We were in a trio until Thursday with Elder Hunt (my old comp) because he is training and his trainee didn't arrive until Thursday. It was super fun!Wednesday we did some service, knocked some doors and taught English class. We went to a new investigator that Elder Wells and I found last week named Isidro. When we came back he had read the first 3 chapters in the Book of Mormon and had a big summary written about each chapter. He loved it! He had some questions so we helped him understand that. We extended the date for him to be baptized on the 2nd September and he gladly accepted!! A couple days later on Saturday, we were teaching a potential that lives right next door to Isidro. During our lesson Isidro comes walking up and gives us a sheet of paper with summaries on the first 15 chapters of the Book of Mormon and explains to our potential investigator that we had just barely met about the first 15 chapters haha. He is so awesome. One thing I forgot to mention is that Isidro has liver cancer. He goes to chemotherapy a couple days out of the week and he's really weak. His family is struggling financially and the gospel is giving him a greater hope for him and his future. Keep him in your prayers!! 

On Friday we had a joven from the ward come out with us for the whole day. He knocked doors with us and everything! The very first door we knocked we got cussed out and he was a little shaken from it but he recovered haha. All in all it was a cool experience and he was able to see what missionary work is really like! He's excited to serve his own mission someday. 

Anyways, this next week we have MLC on Tuesday and then Elder Blackford will be going to new leadership training as well on Wednesday. It's going to be another eventful week! I love all y'all and I will talk to y'all next week!!

-Elder Cammack-

Monday, July 31, 2017

week 59 14 months this week

Hey family!! This week was super eventful! 

We were able to get our recent convert Milagro to the temple! She went to a members house during the week and found 4 names to take! They were her brothers and her parents. It was such an amazing experience to see her be able to do the temple work for her family. The spirit was super strong. I was able to confirm her for her mom after. Every time I go to the temple my testimony grows of the importance of the work we do inside them. 

We randomly had to drive up to college station on Saturday to do a baptismal interview since nobody closer could do it so we drove up there for like the whole day haha. It was cool to go up there and see Texas A&M! I'll send some pics of that. 

We got a referral from some English sisters on Tuesday. We set up a return appointment for Sunday. So on Sunday we went by and taught him the restoration. He's been to a Mormon church before and he is super open to be baptized when he learns more! We are super excited to keep working with him. 

We are still working with the Llorente family's kids. They really want to be baptized but haven't been able to come to church cause the parents work on Sundays. Their baptismal date is still in September as well so they can wait for their grandparents to come from Ecuador. We are excited to keep working with them and get them baptized. 

We eat dinner at our ward mission leaders house every Sunday and yesterday we had tacos. I found out that the record for tacos eaten at their house was 13 so I attempted to beat the record. I barely got it down and I was sick for the whole day but I ended up eating 14 tacos lol. I love that family though and I'll send some pics of that. 

- Elder Cammack -

Monday, July 24, 2017

week 58 Howdy

Hey everyone! This week we were super busy and it made the week go by really fast.

President and Sister Peterson came to our district meeting this week. It was a super spiritual meeting and good to hear their advice for us. They even came to language study!! 

We had a less active that came to church for the first time in a long time on Sunday. He was baptized in Georgia and moved here and his records weren't moved over. We knocked on his door just tracting one day and he immediately let us in. We were super surprised cause he acted like he knew us. Long story short, he felt that it was a sign from god that we randomly knocked on his door. He came back to church and it was awesome! 

We also had the baptism of our investigator Milagro. It went super good. She bore her testimony after and the spirit was super strong. The hermanas in our ward had a baptism too so we combined the programs and had the baptism together. It went super good! 

Sorry this email is short and brief. We had a water balloon fight thing today in our district for pday haha

Monday, July 17, 2017

week 57 Ain't a badt week

Hey everybody! Short email this week due to the lack of time. 

This week was super good. We were able to change milagros date to the 22nd of July so she will be baptized this weekend. I went on two exchanges this week. One was with my old companion Elder Hunt. It was super fun and good to catch up with him! We had MLC last week for the first time with our new mission president, President Peterson. He is such a cool guy and is just so loving. We talked some changes that we might implement in the mission and some things that we are doing good with as of now. We have interviews this week with him so that'll be good. We met some awesome people this week so we are excited to continue working with them this upcoming week. One of our investigators is an older lady from Cuba. She is super cool. She calls us to update us on her book  of Mormon reading. We are planning on setting a date with her. I will send some pictures form this past week. Love y'all! 
Country life! Merica

- Elder Cammack -

Monday, July 10, 2017

week 56 la semana llena de milagros

This week went by soooo fast! I feel like I was just emailing last week on pday... in bed... (perks of having an iPad on the mission.) 

Tuesday was the Fourth of July and it was super awesome! Last year I was in Mexico for the 4th of July so it was super nice to be back in the good ole USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ!! In the afternoon, Davis Killpack who is here selling pest control, came and picked us up for lunch! We took him to a potential that we had but it didn't work out so then we just went to Chick-fil-A. It was super fun and good to catch up with him. Later on in the day we went to a less actives house and they cooked us some BBQ. They live out in the middle of nowhere so it took about an hour to drive there and then an hour back so that took up most of our night! When we got back to our apartment, there was a bunch of fireworks going off outside! I'll send a video of it. 

Wednesday we had a SUPER awesome miracle. We were eating at a members house and the English elders in our area gave us a call and told us that they found records in their ward that they didn't recognize and they had Hispanic names so they told us to go find out who they were. We were eating close to their house so we just drove over. As we were walking up to their house we could hear from inside the house a kid yell, " ¡¡Vienen los misioneros!!" Haha so we got excited and knew it was gonna be good! The mom answered and immediately yelled for her kids to come to the door. Two of her kids came up and the mom says "these are my kids and they aren't baptized yet, can you teach them the lessons so that they can be baptized?" We were like "uhhhh yeah we can do that." Haha so we set up some chairs in the garage and taught the restoration/ set the two easiest bap dates ever! It is a family from Ecuador that just moved to the US. They were inactive for a couple years but when they moved here, they wanted to come back to church but didn't know where it was! They came to English class on Thursday and then to church on Sunday

Thursday we had zone conference to meet our new mission president and his family! They are all super awesome and have a strong spirit. I'm excited to work with them for this next year of my mission! 

Sunday the hermanas had a baptism and so we helped them set up for that. It went well except for the huge rain storm that came that evening. We were trying to visit somebody right before the baptism to get them there and we were running out of the house to the car in the rain and there was a giant puddle right by the car, so I tried to jump it and I made it but I landed in some wet grass and I slipped and fell into the giant mud puddle in my suit.... My companion and I had to teach part of the restoration at the baptism and so I taught it in a drenched, muddy suit haha. 

Let me just say real fast that I'm in the best zone ever!! This week as a zone we absolutely killed it! We got 20 people at church and 30 new investigators!! We have seen so many miracles these last couple weeks. It's so rewarding to see our hard work and diligence pay off. Letttsss gooooo Houston West North Zone!! 

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July this past week!! Y'all didn't get any southern BBQ so it couldn't have been as good as mine but I still hope y'all had fun haha ;). This week we have MLC for the first time with President Peterson on Tuesday then we have a couple exchanges lined up for the week. I'm excited for this week! I'll let you know how it goes next Monday. Talk to y'all soon! 

- Elder Cammack -

Monday, July 3, 2017

week 55 Argentina Takeover ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท

Hello everyone!

This week honestly felt super long haha but we worked hard otherwise!! The more rejection we receive, the bigger the miracle we are going to see!! 

So on Tuesday we had Mission Leadership Council! It was super good and President Mortensens last one. It was sad to see him leave but he did amazing work here and impacted my life in many different ways. We extended a baptismal date later that day to our investigator Milagro. She's the grandmother of a less active family! It went super good and she accepted to be baptized on July 22nd! But we found out later that week that her and her family are going to be put of town for two weeks until the 29th of July. So we are most likely going to push back her date to the first week of August! It seems super far away but as long as she keeps reading the Book of Mormon and we can keep in contact with her then it will work out! We also went to a less actives house. They are from Argentina so we got to know them and drank some mate. They are super cool! We are excited to get them to church! 

Wednesday we had new leadership training and it was the last meeting that President Mortensen ever had to do as a mission president. It was super good and I learned a ton about how to be a great leader not only in this mission but in life. Later that day we had splits with some English missionaries for a pass off lesson. I went with Elder Tweedie who is from... Idaho Falls! He went to hillcrest and is such a stud. We just talked about how sick Idaho is the whole time haha. We have a bunch of mutual friends so it was super fun. There are so many missionaries from Idaho in my mission. We all joke that Houston is just an Idaho reunion for all the missionaries haha. We taught a lesson to a guy that was recently divorced. He is 38 and has 3 kids. It's a super rough divorce and we brought another guy from the ward that is in a similar situation but has stayed active in the church. They hit it off and are hanging out now so hopefully they will start to help each other out! 

Thursday we drove up to Conroe for a baptismal interview and also got a referral form an English member. They are an inactive member family that lives in Utah but came here for the summer to sell directv. They originally are from Argentina though! So we met them, drank some mate and set up a return appointment to eat some รฑoquis with them!! I love Argentina so much haha. This ward has like 4 families form Argentina and they are all so sick!! I get an automatic in with them cause I can just say my step mom is from there and that boca is my favorite soccer team so shoutout to Lina for being born in Argentina! ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท 

Friday we had district meeting and did some weekly planning but that was about it other then some tracting. Also our new mission president and his wife arrived! Welcome to the best mission ever President and Sister Peterson!! We have a zone conference on Thursday and that is when I will be able to meet them for the first time!! 

Saturday we did some family history and I've got to say I've become quite the pro at finding new names for the temple!! Other than that we just went tracting and tried to follow up on some potentials 

Sunday after church we ate with another family from Argentina and drank some more mate. Then just tracted the rest of the day. It was a super good Sunday!! 

I'm so thankful for the hard times on my mission. I know that through these times is when I can prove to the lord that I will not give up and that he can trust me as one of his faithful servants. I know that through these times is when I grow the most and learn the most!! Thanks for the emails and support this week. I will talk to y'all l8ter! 


Monday, June 26, 2017

week 54

Hey everybody!! 

First off, I have been transferred to the Woodlands 3rd ward! The Woodlands is a super cool area. In order to build Houston they have cut down a ton of forest areas but they wanted to preserve the trees in the woodlands (hence the name woodlands) so they have left as many trees as possible here. It is like you are driving in a forest/jungle all the time. It's super pretty I love it. It is a pretty wealthy area and a lot of the Houston Rockets/movie stars houses are here. Beyonces house is like right down the road from the church haha. I was also called to be a zone leader here! It has been a humbling experience so far and I'm loving it so much. My new companion is Elder Wells! He is from Alpine, UT and is super cool. He is a super good, hard working missionary so we have been getting a lot done this week! 

So we started out this week with 0 investigators and it wasn't looking to good. We decided to go through some old investigators and some less actives to see what we could find there. We weren't seeing many fruits from it during the week. Then on Friday we had 3 or 4 that we were planning on stopping by. We knocked the first one and they didn't want to listen to us so we started knocking doors around their house. We knocked the first one and it was the same story. And then the same with the third. The fourth one we knocked on, a guy quickly opened the door as soon as we knocked. He had a huge smile on his face almost like he was expecting us haha. It kinda caught me by surprise. We started talking and it turns out he and his mom had just recently moved here from Brazil. They didn't speak very good English but it was so sick because we talked with them in Spanish and they would respond in Portuguese. Haha they understood our Spanish a lot better than we understood their Portuguese so they responded in their broken English sometimes. It was super cool. But anyways they said they had talked with mormons before and had been to the temple in San Diego. They took a giant road trip across the United States to find out where they should move to and start a business. After driving through the whole USA they decided they are going to move to Utah because they felt the same type of "energy" there that they felt when they went to the temple in San Diego. We taught them the restoration and it all just clicked for them. They weren't able to come to church but are planning on coming next week. We were so excited! 

Later on that week, we went by a less active family. They came to church last week so we went by to get them there this week. We found out that the grandma is not a member and wants to hear our message. She came to church and we are planning on setting a baptismal date with her this week. We also found a new family from
Venezuela and they are super interested in the Book of Mormon and we are excited to continue working with them!! 

This gospel is so true. The lord truly guides his servants. I've seen it over and over again on my mission and I continued to see it this past week. If anybody has thought of going on a mission but can't decide what to do or doesn't feel prepared to go, just go. The lord will help you out along the way and it'll change your life for eternity. I'm am forever grateful this time I have to serve my savior Jesus Christ.

This week we have Mission Leadership Council on Tuesday and Wednesday we have new leadership training. Friday our new mission president arrives so I'm excited to meet him!! 

Shoutout to Abby for hitting the big 17 yesterday! Happy birthday!!! 

Shoutout #2 to Dakota as he will be tying the knot this Friday!! I will be there in spirit. 

Have a good week everyone! 

Elder Cammack ๐ŸŒถ