Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Elder Thorpe and Elder Fabian

February 24th, 2014

Congrats to my little bro. on getting his mission call to la misión Perú Trujillo. That is super exciting. I can't wait to be able to start talking in Spanish in front of mom with all of the guys of the fam. haha just kidding mom. This is such an awesome blessing for our family and I am super excited that we will be having two missionaries out in the crazy world. The Lord really is Hastening his Work!  I look forward to talking to him more about it face to face on Mothers Day!

Well this was an awesome week. Elder Fabian and I had some pretty good success with finding people to teach and new investigators. One day we ended up having 9 visits. It was awesome as we saw the hand of the Lord in our work. It has been such an awesome time working here in Juarez and I love the mission. Now the sad tale to this story is that Elder Fabian and I will no longer be companions. Today the Zone Leaders called me to tell me some exciting but sad news. The sad news is I won't be in Aeropuerto anymore. The exciting news is that I am being transferd to Casas Grandes, to an area called Laguna. I'm super excited to be going to Casas Grandes. Almost all the missionaries want to get sent there at some point during their mission. I have already visited the church of the area and it's just like a church in Utah. I'm so excited to start working in a new area. Oh and my new companion is an American who is still new. He just finished his training. We will see how it all goes.

If you haven't had the chance to read the message from the first presidency yet I encourage you all to read it it is awesome!

Well love you all!

Elder Thorpe

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17th, 2014

Well hey Fam,

So I did end up getting transfers but I'm still in the same area but with a new companion. His name is Elder Fabian and he's only got 3 month in the field so he's still pretty new. I was kind of surprised that I didn't get changed from the area because Elder Polanco went to a training on how to train new missionaries. Normally that means that he would be staying in the same area training a new Elder. Well that wasn't the case he's actually in Oasis and he's finishing training a new Elder. I actually find it very funny because it's like me I was in Oasis and got changed to Aeropuerto 2 and he was in Aeropuerto 2 and got changed to Oasis. The nice thing is that we will be able to see each other every Sunday. My new comp seems pretty cool so far, well I've only been with him for about an hour so far

Well I didn't end up getting better I actually got worse. But luckily our ward mission leader knows a ton of people so he knew a good doctor and we went to talk to him and we got better medication for me to take. I hope I end up getting better because I really do not like being sick. But we are going to work as hard as we can. I know I'll be blessed if I put all my strength and effort for the Savior.

Well we have decided to change things up with the area and were going to be starting to work a bit different. We haven't had a ton of success with our investigators so we are going to see what success we can have working with old investigators. We are also hoping that soon we can start to get the members more excited to work with us. That's probably the hardest thing is having visits with members present. 

Well all in all its been a struggle, but that's part of life I know that. Sometimes in our path there are going to be pebbles, or rocks, or even sometimes mountains that we have to climb. But eventually we are blessed and Heavenly Father will recognize our efforts and put in the helping hand. That is the thing I have learned most from my mission so far, is that life is not easy, and it never was meant to be. Thats why its called a trial. I know that in the end we are blessed and we all live together forever happy as a family, and that's what is most important than anything in this world. Our Heavenly Father loves us so much, I know that!

I love you all!

Elder Thorpe

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

February 10th, 2014

Hey todos,
I am so sorry to hear about uncle Carleton. But thanks to our knowledge of the plan of salvation he truly is in a better place. My condolences go out to all affected by his death.

Well this past week hasn't been too crazy. I'm actually going to start off with the bad news. Well I got a throat infection not sure if that's what it's called in English but basically I'm sick with a cough and am taking it easy. Everyone tells me it's from the climate change. The weather here is super weird. I swear one day it's 17 degrees and the next its 60 it's ridiculous. But all said I'm taking medicine and I am not happy with getting sick it's terrible. I think I'm catching up on all of the sicknesses I missed when I was younger and am experiencing them all in the mission, I don't get it because I never get sick.

We actually had a pretty good week we found a new family to teach so that is super awesome. There's a part in PMG that is about talking with everyone and that's what we did. They are actually our neighbors. They've been to our church once but never been taught by the missionaries. They said they would be interested in our message we'll see how it all goes.

Next week are cambios, so we'll see who gets changed. I can't believe it actually this transfer went by really fast. It's been an interesting run with my comp. he's definitely the most interesting companion I've had. He's nothing like what my friends are so it's been a different adjustment.

But all in all it was a good week.

Elder Thorpe

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February 3rd, 2014

Hey what's up Fam,
To be honest I really could have cared less who won the Super Bowl this year they both didn't deserve to be there for many reasons in my opinion. The Broncos proved why in the Super Bowl. The Seahawks are just not a good team and got in for bad calls(also my opinion). The real team that deserves to be there (but not really because of there performance this year) is the "Wall of Steel" The Pittsburgh Steelers! Maybe next year.
Alright in better news our ward had a baptism this Sunday and it was awesome. It was from the other Elders but, really it's just great that the ward continues to grow. At the end of her baptism I felt prompted to read 3 Nephi 11 where Christ appeared before all of the people in the Americas. 

9 And it came to pass that he stretched forth his hand and spake unto the people, saying:

10 Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.

11 And behold, I am the light and the life of the world; and I have drunk out of that bitter cup which the Father hath given me, and have glorified the Father in taking upon me the sins of the world, in the which I have suffered the will of the Father in all things from the beginning.

 (3 Nephi 11:9-11)

As I read that part I once again felt the love of my Savior, and Heavenly Father. They truly love each and everyone of us no matter our choices. They are disappointed like any parent or sibling would be but they still love us!

We had an interesting training with President Derbez. He told us that we need to learn to be more humble as missionaries. He actually said that the key to missionary work is humility. I found that interesting. He then went on to explain that if we are humble then we are willing to submit to the will of the Father and in other words we are obedient. It was a cool training. Oh and now we can't spike our hair up any more which stinks but oh well.

Well I love you all and hope you have a great week. Good luck Austin with the mission call!

Love, Elder Thorpe