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!