Monday, April 30, 2012

April 30, 2012

     Wow . . . it is getting pretty hard to switch my brain to think in english when i start my email, it gets harder and harder every week haha i think im gonna start writing my emails in spanish and dad can just translate haha! Well im happy everything's going good at home for everybody, i bet New York was pretty cool, BUT NOT AS COOL AS MEXICO!!!! Well i have some crazy news, Im being transferred tomorrow!!! its actually really sad, i have been in this area for 4 and a half months, and i have met people and had experiences that i will never EVER forget, but its life, and im being called to another part of the viña del Señor ( i cant remember how to say that in english). Coatzintla (my area right now) is in the northern part of the mission, but now, Im headed south!! The Zone i will be serving in is called Los Tuxtlas, probably the most loved zone of the whole mission. Missionaries love Los Tuxtlas because it has a TON of vegitation (its the jungle) and because the people there are really humble (its one of the poorest places of all of Veracruz). The area i will be serving in with my new companion is called Catemaco. Catemaco is a very well known area . . . for alot of the stuff that happens there, i will just leave it at that. I am really excited to start working in this new area!! i will be compañero mayor working with another mexican missionary that cant speak english :) i really think in 3 months time, i will forget english completely haha!
      So Elder Garcia and i had another baptism this week! We baptized a 10 year old boy named Luis. His baptism was so so cool, i will never forget it. Luis lives with his grandparents and his parents, they are all members but everyone in his family is inactive and has been inactive for about 10 years, that's why luis was never baptized. So what we did was we started meeting with their family about 4 weeks ago, to get them to go to church and to start reading the book of mormon and praying again. Luis is only 10, but he is the smartest 10 year old kid i have ever met. He accepted baptism, and because he accepted baptism, his family has completely changed. They are coming to church, reading the book of mormon as a family, and praying. When i had my final goodbyes with Luis yesterday, He told me that he KNOWS that this church is true, he also told me that he wants and will serve a mission! He is only about the age of Karly, but i believe with all of my heart that he will serve a mission.
      I am so blessed to have served in this area for these short months, and i CANT WAIT till i get to come back after i have finished this mission. I am also really excited to talk to you all in about a week! i will let you know what time i will be calling you next week in my letter. But in your letters this week, please send me your skype information so i will have it, Thanks!
                                                             with love, Elder Snow

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

    Hey everybody! Whats up up there in Utah! I got that picture of grace, she looks so much bigger!! her hair is longer and everything! That was really cool to see, can you send me more pictures of the family? after seeing grace i want more pictures haha! CASSIDY IS GETTING MARRIED!!!!! Holy cow time is flying by fast!! Well tell her felizidades from Elder Snow! I need to do better at writing my friends letters, im so bad at that! we have so much to do here that alot of the time i forget, but i will do better :) So mom, here are some answers to your questions,

1. Yes we are allowed to Skype, but we need to set it up with some members in their house, I will let you know more as we get closer to mothers day.
2. The whole mission gets their mail through the mission office in Veracruz, the Zone Leaders pick up the mail about once a month for the missionaries of every Zone because the mission is so big there is nobody else to take the mail to us. Alot of the time mail just sits in the mission office until the Zone Leaders have a conference or something, so i bet my package is sitting in Veracruz right now, I will get it the next time the Zone Leaders go down to Veracruz to pick it up :)
3. Right now we have everything we need, but 2 or 3 more white shirts would be nice :)

    This week was good for us, so many things have been happening down here that i just dont have time to write you on the computer!! i will start mailing you written letters so i can give you more details on some really cool things that have been happening. I cant WAIT to talk to you in about 2 weeks!! And tell Allie that i am in the process of writing her a letter :) ADIOS!!!
                                    Elder Snow

Saturday, April 21, 2012

April 16, 2012

     You have no idea how happy i was to get your emails today!! I was getting worried something was wrong at home or something, is your computer not working right or is it your internet? because i thought our mac was invincible haha! im glad to hear that things are going well at home! thats awesome that all of you finished the book of mormon so fast!! it has been one of my favorite parts of the day in my personal study to read and study that book. When i was at home, i barely even read it! i finished it once at home and i didnt even really study it. It has been a real blessing to be able to read and study that book for the past 5 months, it has completely changed my life. So this week here was really great! for the first time in almost 6 months, I FEEL LIKE I CAN SPEAK SPANISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! these past 4 weeks with my new companion have been great because i feel like im forgetting english. When i talk to people, i can pretty much understand most of the words they are saying, and i can respond with my feelings and thoughts without struggling to much. IM A MEXICAN!!!!!!!!!!
      So Azael told you that my companion is a soccer player? no . . . even better, he is a runner! and he is flippin fast haha before he left on the mission he was running to represent mexico in some huge competitions. He was also sponsored by poweraid haha lets just say if he would not have left on the mission, he would probably be running in the olympics. Elder Garcia makes me look like im fat when we run in the morning haha i grew up at 5,000 feet and im running at sea level and he still kicks my trash! its very humbling haha
      Elder Garcia and i are working really hard here to baptize every week (the goal of the mission). we have baptized for 6 weeks in a row and we have schedueld baptisms for the next two weeks :) The work here in Coatzintla is great!! the reason we are having so much success here is because our ward is so flippin awesome!! we have referencias (i cant remember how to say that in english) out the WAZOO! its a blast. Its hard though, really hard. We eat, sleep, dream, study, walk, work, and sweat the needs of our investigators. Its great to see peoples lives changing!! Like i said in other emails, there are seriously miracles happening in mexico, and i am so blessed to be a part of it. For some reason over this past week, i was thinking about Scott Bradshaw. You NEED to give his name to the missionaries again, and chase, you need to go on splits with the missionaries when they go to teach him. Because if me and my companion were serving in Layton Utah right now, we would go to his house, teach him, and have him baptized in less then 3 weeks. Write me next week about his progress :)
      Well i gotta go, i will write you next week at around this same time, OH YEAH! and tell Peyton i love him, and that if he climbs Kili without me, ill kill him haha
                                                       Elder Snow

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

April 9, 2012

Hey family!!
       Hey everybody hows it going! I hope everything is going well up in utah, things in mexico are going pretty well :) we did have a little trouble with our house this week though . . . when i woke up on wednesday i found a bunch of magets all over our floor . . . like 200 of them . . . OUR HOUSE ISNT EVEN DIRTY, WE CLEAN IT EVERY MORNING!! i have no idea how that happened but Elder Garcia said that its normal here in mexico . . . so mom, dont freak out haha! it rained a TON yesterday, it was great! i love it when it rains here because its kind of a warm rain haha its great! well we are still working pretty hard here, there are lots of people that want to hear our message. We had another baptism this week!! he is a 21 year old guy named Isain. on the mission, we are always looking for people that we call ''the chosen ones'', people that are really ready to hear the gospel, and Isain is one of those people. We found him because about 7 or 8 weeks ago, a family in our ward brought him to church, he really liked it and wanted to learn more. We could only teach him lessons on sundays and sometimes monday because his work schedule is really messed up. It is SOOO cool seeing people change to become closer to christ. Isain had some trouble with smoking and drinking, but he has dropped all of that to join the church. Well i gotta go, we have an interview with one of our investigators and our district leader to see if she is ready to be baptized! her name is Kastelly, her baptism is tomorrow!!! anyways, I will talk to you later! I havent gotten an email from any of you in 2 weeks, its probably just MyLDSMail is having problems or something, but when you have time, please write me :) ADIOS!!!!!!!!!
                Elder Snow
                               Elder Snow

Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday April 2, 2012

      Sorry about last week, i couldnt write you because we had so much stuff to do and i had like 5 min on the computer, but i have a full hour today so its all good! So i got a new companion! His name is Elder Garcia! Hes awesome!!, and yes, he is a native that speaks no english . . . im not going to lie, its pretty hard haha right now my spanish is alright i think, i can mostly understand what people are talking about, and i can respond alright, but i still have a long way before i am totally fluent. But i will get there :) These past two weeks have been really good! Elder Garcia is probably one of the hardest working people i have ever met! he definatly knows how to be a great missionary,hes a great example to me. We had 3 baptisms in the past 2 weeks, Coatzintla has alot of people ready to hear the gospel. There names are Daniela, Juan Carlos, and Miguel. Daniela is 13 and Juan Carlos is 9, they are brother and sister. Miguel is 16 and has two members in his family. It really is a blast teaching out here!!
      So over the past few week, i have spent some time thinking about things that i am thankful for. As missionaries, we help people with there problems, and especially here in mexico, alot of people here have some really hard problems. it gets kinda depressing at times, to see all of the stuff people have to go through, whether it is there fault of not. A few days ago, i started to think about alot of the things that i have, that so so so many people in the world dont have. I was raised in a home where we always had food to eat, with a father that has a good job where he can support our family. I was raised with a mom that has supported me in everything that i have had going on in my life. I have a father who has kept himself worthy to hold the prieshood in my home (you wont ever know how thankful i am for that), and pretty much every single member of my family is a member of the church, and i am sealed to them in the temple. So many things like this have been coming to mind in the past 3 months that i have never really pondered on before. I want to say im sorry, for being such a spoiled flippin brat when i was living at home haha, i have had so many blessings in my life that i havent really recognized till now, and i am so greatful to have all of you as my family.
        Now i really dont like sappy emails haha but i just had to say all that. I hope everything is going well at home, i love you all and miss you all a ton! i will write you next week!!
                           Elder Snow