Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Obedience, A Crater and Alejandro!!

Things are going good here in Valle de Chalco!  Not as good as you guys though! or maybe better???? Haha who knows! 

So just an FYI...
Elder Draper is super cool! it’s a constant party with him! I have had pure awesome companions!  We have been working hard. We baptized Alejandro Vazquez! It was super cool! He got confirmed too, so it’s a done deal!  I felt the spirit super strong in his confirmation and couldn’t help but think that it’s true. The gospel is true, the church is true, and I know it.  That is one miracle that we saw this week or one blessing of this week! 

So this week I was a little stressed with some of the District Leaders. I was reading and found this scripture, D&C 3:2-3, check that bad boy out, that’s some good stuff. 
I learned a lot about it, we choose to get frustrated, and we need to choose not to! 
Frustration is not one of the feelings of the spirit! 

This week we went to a giant crater in our area! It’s on the other side of the hill we have, it was pretty cool!  We have been working hard and we have had some trouble keeping investigators in the teaching pool.  We have been trying several tactics, and we had our multi-zone conference too.  We have been giving our best effort and I know that we will find some investigators; we just got to keep trying.  Pray that I can have the diligence to keep looking! 

They have been emphasizing obedience here in the mission. So we too have been cracking down on the obedience here in the zone.  We don’t like none of that disobedience crap here! GIT R DUN! Ha-ha Larry-the-Cable Guy!  Let’s always try to be obedient, it is the only true way to have agency, to sin is to be subject to the consequences of sin. 

I testify that the church is true! It’s the truth. I testify that repentance is the only way we can truly present ourselves before God clean and pure! The church is true! 

Elder Galbraith! 

Monday, September 19, 2016

New Comp, Mexican Independence Day and More Hard Work!!

Saying goodbye to Elder Morales
Well another week come and gone! They go by pretty darn fast here. This week was a blazing hot one.... one week it rains and the other it burns…wish Mexico would make up its mind! ha-ha!

This week was the first one with Elder Draper! He is super cool! I love having an American comp! Its super fun, we understand stuff on the same level! Ha-ha! So that’s cool! He’s from Idaho so he understands pretty well the Utah way of life!  We get along super good! We've know each other since we started the mission; we were in the same zone together.

This week the work went super good! We have been working hard again and have seen several miracles this week. This week for changes and for the Mexican independence day it was a little difficult for the work. We had to go home early and so we just chilled in the house listening to music, we cleaned a little, and then watched a missionary movie, then went to bed, the  truth...BORING! I would have preferred working! Mexican Independence Day is kind of crazy, but weird, they don’t even care all that much, they barely even celebrate it!  They just stay up late drinking and throwing fireworks! That’s it... oh and FYI, I didn’t sleep very well that night.
Elder Draper and Me

Elder Draper and I have been working and we have found another baptism! This Saturday one of our investigators will get baptized at 6pm, his name is Alejandro Vazquez; keep him and his family in your prayers!
I learned this week about service…some elders didn’t have beds in their house, so we helped the elders with their beds and I felt super cool to help them out like that! Elder Draper came to the area with diarrhea so I got to help him out a little bit, and I felt happy to serve him. I learned that we need to truly love our neighbor, like unto ourselves, and more. If we don’t have charity we don’t have anything, we need to love more, and the rest will make sense, I have been trying harder to love the people here! It hard, but it’s coming along!

I can testify that the Lord knows what is best for us and if we trust in him 100 percent he will take care of us and lead us to the success we want in the life. I have learned to trust in him more and more with the passing time here in the mission! He knows best! I can also testify of the Book of Mormon, IT’S TRUE! Read it!

Tell the fam I say hey! And that I love them!
I love you all!  Keep up the good work.

Elder Galbraith

Being Silly

Monday, September 12, 2016

Changes, a Baptism and Greenies from Utah!

I want to let you all know that changes came, and I was not called this time, but Elder Morales was.... I will miss him, but he will be going to the exact same area where I was just barely in Oaxtepec in Cuautla! Haha crazy right??  I will be staying in Xico and I am still going to a Zone leader as well.  My next comp is actually an American! He is from Idaho! His name is Elder Draper and I know him from a long time ago in Ayotla! So we are already good buds! How cool right?? I am excited for these changes! 

We had another baptism this week! Believe it or not, they are Americans! From Mesa, Arizona, living in Valle de Chalco. They are all members, but the daughter never got baptized.  Now they are all members!! Jocelynn got baptized!  I feel pretty happy for them! 

Well I have learned that we can’t expect blessing from the Lord if we aren’t reading the scriptures. There are many people who pray for blessings or pray for answers, but don’t read the scriptures. We simply can’t expect blessings if we don’t fulfill our duty and our promise with the Lord. My life makes a lot more sense now that I have been reading the scriptures regularly. I have been able to feel the spirit so much stronger. It’s honestly a blessing to have the scriptures, a blessing that we take for granted sometimes. 

We had to go to the offices today and we found all the new missionaries there! Ha-ha! They all look so.... new! And green! Ha-ha I know that I looked that way when I got here.  I met 2 new Elders from Utah.  One of them is from Provo! He went to Timpview! I don’t remember his name though....I love how excited the new elders are!  They all bring new love and excitement to the work. 

This week I have been pondering much. I got bored with the routine a couple times. And in my studies I was reading in first Nephi, when Lehi was reading the brass plates about his linage and all that, and I learned very clearly from the spirit, they were willing to risk their lives for those plates, they had better be very important. Then it dawned on me, they had to have read those plates like 50 times, but it was the same thing over and over.  That is the beauty of the gospel.  It might seem to be the same thing, but I can testify that there is always something new and marvelous to find.  The spirit will teach us and show us those things, but we have to open to it.  I have tried harder to pay attention to the spirit and to ponder the words.  It has changed my perspective. 

I have also come to the shocking knowledge of my time as a missionary, which saddens me, it’s too fast! But I realized how little the time is.  Whether we are in a mission, or at home, at work, or wherever we are, we need to take advantage of our time there.  We will waste our time if we are constantly thinking that tomorrow will be better, no, right now is perfect and we need to make it that way.  We have been given much to appreciate it, not to wait until the next one.

I love you! 
I know that my Savior lives! 

Elder Galbraith

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Elder Morales Got His Cast Off Today!

Waiting Room at Hospital
Well first off, sorry for writing home late! Today we had to go to Mexico City! The day came! Elder Morales got his cast off today! His arm is super skinny and stinky.... But we are free! We are done, what’s next? Therapy.... that will be fun!  I would like to stress that hospitals suck.  We went to a different hospital today and we ended up waiting forever again... not my favorite thing to do, wait in waiting rooms.  The good news is that Elder Morales is all healed up! We have seen the Lords blessing here, his arm is healed PERFECTLY, how cool is that??? 

Second, I can testify that our devices aren’t worth the time we waste using them.  My eyes were opened when I came on the mission and left my phone behind.  There is a beautiful work in front of us and we don’t need a pathetic screen to see it. Start a trend! Every meal everyone leave their phone is a basket. NO PHONES AT THE TABLE! 

Today as well we had our zone conference!  Elder Morales and I changed it up a bit.  We assigned some other Elders and the Sisters to give trainings.  We had 4 different stations and we had to change and rotate.  It was super fun and super spiritual! I loved it actually! We talked about several things, loving each other, service, being successful, getting up on time, lots of good stuff.

Public Transport in Mexico
The changes are coming again.... they are coming faster and faster every time.  I think the cycles are getting faster....I don’t know for sure, but it’s possible that today was my last zone conference as a zone leader.  Maybe I will be ZL another cycle, maybe not, who knows. Just pray that Gods will be done in my mission.  I would love to stay with Elder Morales another cycle!  The truth is that he is a champ and one of my favorite comps! I love him! 

Something else I learned this week, love. 
We got to love more. Although we think we got it, we usually don’t. And if we do it’s much easier to love our family members and our close ones, lots harder to love the neighbor, the old lady taking forever in the check our stand, and the crazy drivers!  What are the 2 first commandments? Love God with all we got, and second, love our neighbor like unto ourselves (sorry if it’s not perfect, English is my second language now)  Our heavenly father loves us soooo much, despite all of our imperfections he loves us, and our savior loves us so much he gave his life for us. Sometimes we wouldn’t give even a dollar for someone we barely know. 

I have learned that it’s hard to love the people sometimes.... they are STUBBORN. 
But I have worked a little harder to love them, to see things from their perspective, to try and discern how they feel. I am not perfect but I want to love more.  With love comes patience and wit patience comes a better life.  Let’s read Matthew 5:44-45, it’s a killer scripture!! 

Just so y'all know I have been craving pancakes. 

I am blessed to be a Son of God, I was blessed to be born in this gospel and I am blessed to be a missionary! 

I love you all so much! 

Elder Galbraith