Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Work Moves Forward!

Here I am down in Mexico… I have to express something to you, getting on that plane was easily one of the hardest things I ever did!  But I felt something, something good, something calming that kept me from throwing in the towel and not getting on the plane like I wanted to.  I felt something subtle and without a doubt the spirit testified to me that when we stick it out, something good comes out of it, always.  We just have to have the faith that it will! 

I can honestly testify without a shadow of a doubt, that Heavenly Father is with us every step of the way, Here in Mexico, it’s difficult being a white dude that sticks out like a sore thumb, and having to deny the language I have used for 19 years and talk in a language i have only used for 5 months! But HF has given me the power to talk in tongues and to interpret them, and it works! I struggle sometimes keeping my mind focused and He blesses me, Sometimes I get mad or frustrated with certain situations here, but all ya gotta do is have a prayer in your heart and apply the faith that we have, show him were willing and ready, and like it says in the scriptures, He will give us what we ask for. 

It’s all about enjoying our time that we are given, and it doesn’t matter when or where we live.  I read in Helaman today and he was super upset that he lived in a time of such evil but he continued to preach and teach and please God and in chapter 7 verse 9 he says ¨these are my days¨ and that struck me, we need to enjoy whatever time we are given and make the most of it, because these are our days

This week we didn’t burn a single curtain, maybe a couple Jehovah’s Witnesses! HAHA! JK… nah, but we do teach them.  We have been teaching a kid named Luis who wants to get baptized, he’s only 13 so he needs permission and his parents want him to wait... we will see about that. 

We work hard, contacting, searching, studying, and praying. 
Life is basically the same almost everyday, but at the same time different. 
We have changes in 1 week... I dunno if I will get transfered or stay who knows. 

Pray for me. 

I love you so much. 

Elder Galbraith 

We went to the Mexico City Temple open house! Its gorgeous!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

August 17, 2015

Life is good here!  We played a furious game of soccer today, I had five goals! I am not braggin or nothing buuuuut HAHA MEXICANS! Just kidding, I really love the Mexicans, especially my comp, the dude is awesome! We are super tight and we work super good together! 

Me and my comp...Elder Camacho

Anyways, this week we had 6 people come to church!  Isabel has come for 3 weeks and will be getting prepped to be baptized real quick!  The family Monroy, which is the other 5, they came for the first time and they are really excited! 

So I burnt the curtain.... don't be mad, or judge me...or tell Grandpa...
We had a pretty good week, had lots of appointments, found new people, contacted a bunch and changed some lives. But it’s not all fun and games.  We had to drop 6 people this week.  I used to think that it was my fault that they weren’t progressing, but I have come to realize that there is a time for everything, and it’s sad but hopefully in a couple years they will be contacted by missionaries again and they will change then. 

God has a time for everything, and it’s that timing that we have to trust.  We have to be patient and be willing to accept what he gives us.  He has a process, and part of being patient is accepting his will and living the way he wants us to live.  Sometimes our lives are difficult because we fight the will of God, and when we do that it’s like fighting the wind head on. 

I can testify that when we accept God, we accept his will, and we accept his way.  There is no better way. 

I love you all so much!


Elder Galbraith

P.S. I forgot to mention that they closed the other area in my district so my work just gotten that much harder... pray for me! 

Elder Palascios and I

The new edition of the BOM that we gotta read....Haha jk I found it in our house

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Life is Good in the Hood

This week has been good.  I got some packages, you guys are too good to me. Thank you all so much, I cant thank you all persoanlly because I dont have much time today, but next week I will. I love you all so much. 

I bought some new shoes, they're pretty awesome, my others were trashed. I finally got my new badge but it is in english... What the crap right? who knew?
I am doing good! I am the only American in my district now and its a little frustrating cause all the mexicans laugh at my spanish sometimes and that kinda bugs me, but someday i wont care and the Lord is helping me so it dont matter. We walk ALL DAY LONG..... all day.... walking. All day, it sucked my first little bit but its better now. We cant contact house to house here cause thats what the Jehovahs witness do, so we do pure street contacting! With cards pamphlets or whatever we can find. 

Sometimes, usually on the weekends I see the other missionaries, sunday and monday the majority, but other than that nah, we're solo.

We do divisions once every six weeks, well I get to twice, cause I am with a DL and the leaders have splits with the ZLs so I get to do it twice and its always very refreshing to see another way of doing things, get another perspective! 

Well I had a difficult experience this week. After I was mad for many reasons, but I went to our district meeting and felt a little better and I asked my ZL for a blessing and he gave me a very powerful blessing and I have been very focused in the work ever since. All is good in the capucho (hood).  The Lord takes care of us, he loves us and wants the best for us. He is perfect and wants the same for us someday soon, but we have to choose to be like him, the grace of God isn't free, there is a price we have to pay and We have to be willing to pay all of it. 

This life isn't easy because salvation is not a cheap experience - Jeffrey R Holland. 
We have to be willing to feel something, just a little bit of what Christ felt, we have to be willing to walk something of the path he walked. That is why this life isn't easy, but we shouldn't focus on what is hard, like the pioneers we can choose to stare into the face of trial, and SMILE. Satan wants us to be mad, and feel worthless, but if we stare into the face of trial and SMILE we will win.  Don't get down on yourself and feel worthless, that is how satan wins and I will not let him win. i will push forward and I will fight on. We will win. 

This week we worked like Mexicans. I cannot exaggerate this, it's not racist, it's just true!  All Mexicans do is work, and that's what we do too because we are trying to change the life that has been set into this people for hundreds of years of catholocism.

We walked all day everyday this week, and we were rewarded, we contacted over a hundred people and we were rewarded, we have good days and bad days and we we rewarded in ways that I could see and others that I had to focus a little bit to see. 

We found 11 new investigators and we put 7 baptismal dates with them.
Another lady, named Isabel came to church again, she is reading the BOM and progressing quite rapidly, life is good! 

There are so many blessings the Lord gives us we only need to look for them, we need to be a saint, and help others recognize their blessings too. 

This church is true!! 

My cousin, Brayden shared with me this quote from the one and only Rocky Balboa. I love it.
It keeps me motivated. "It's not about how hard you can hit, it's about how hard to can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward, that's how winning is done!" Wise words from my boy Rocky Balboa, these words have inspired me and 
keep me going!

I love you all so much!!

Elder Galbraith

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Life is Killer here in Mexico!

Life is killer here in Mexico! 
I love it actually, I am really enjoying the mish, some times are harder than others but life is great here. 

I got a package from Patricia, Greg and Bella, full of treats, ties, and toys, me and my comp are enjoying them wonderfully! Patricia, Greg and Bella are awesome! Love you guys! I just left the offices in Chalco and they called me again and said I have another one! You guys are awesome and take such good care of me!!

This week was RIGHTEOUS! haha! But really! We had two church tours with investigators and one was on Saturday and she came to church the next day! Her name is Isabel! And she came to church! I am so so happy! She has one son named Felipe and he is only 7, they’re very good people! 

We are finding a lot of people to teach and we are becoming very successful here, I am loving it!  We contact 20 people daily! and total this week we contacted 133 people! We keep pushing on! We are filling this part of the world with the gospel! I feel like almost everyone knows the Mormons, mostly because I am white... and they all call me guero, which means, white boy, or white man. haha whatever! As long as they know who the Mormons are!! 

Something very powerful I learned this week is that no matter what, we have no excuses. We can make them, and we can use them, but overall they won’t have affect when we stand in front of Jesus Christ.  We have many ways to share the gospel and we have many different ways to do so. We also have many ways to magnify our callings, our power, and our responsibilities. Really we are so blessed, we have so many blessings and when times are tough, we have the opportunity to say all is well instead of why me.  I have learned that when it’s rough, or when it’s hard, it’s really only for a little bit, and we learn a lot. 

We are so blessed we have no idea. I read an article in a Liahona magazine that says people often say I am so glad I didn’t have to live in the time of the pioneers but have you ever thought if they could see this age if they would say the same.  We have many reason to be happy in this world, we need to praise God and give thanks even when times are hard, even when it just plain sucks, because we know there is something more powerful and a lot bigger than us after this life. 

My Comp Elder Camacho and me in our Casa
 I had a couple days this week when I was feeling kinda lazy and not really all that excited to work, but I put myself on my knees a lot and prayed for what i needed and what i could do better, and what i got was a list of things i have to remember and to do to be successful and to have the spirit, and that’s exactly what I am doing. I feel very strong and very excited now, some days are still harder than others but I feel tons better, and my Comp Elder Camacho, is more of a friend than a comp and he helps me a ton! 

I know that my mission, it has to be right now, my only baptism, Maria de la paz, has told me many times that she shut her door in countless missionaries faces, and when we talked to her she felt different, power of God right?  This work is amazing, I feel so happy, even when I am mad, it’s weird to describe.  I can’t speak in English anymore, it’s like hard!  I talk Spanish 24/7 with Elder Camacho, and English is almost a thing of the past for me.   It will be funny to hear me speak someday for you guys. 

I love you guys all so so much and I am grateful for all the goodies and packages. I will never deny cookies or snacks, those keep this guy going!!! 

Thank you guys all so much, everything you do helps, prayers, packages, letters, or simply support.  You guys keep me going, and keep me happy, 

Remember to SMILE!! And be happy! 

Elder Galbraith 

We saw a drunk cat!