Monday, December 29, 2014

Natalie December 29, 2014

 A new year has come!.. Almost :)

I am excited to start another year! I can't believe how fast time goes and that exactly a year ago from last Saturday, I submitted my papers to serve a mission. A lot has happened in this last year- mistakes were made, difficulties were experienced, many friends were made, and many laughs were shared. But what I love most is that at the end of it all, the only way to live is the Gospel. I can't live without it. Without knowledge of my Heavenly Father or a belief that Jesus Christ is my Savior, life is meaningless and pointless. At this time of year, I love that it is a time of utmost reflection. 

Reflection and admiration of what we can do better to improve our habits and acheive our goals. Reflection of who we are and who we want to be and can become. I don't know about you, but this next year, I am going to work my hardest until I have no energy left but even then I keep going because I have the strength of the Lord with me. Like my Mission President! I am always in admiration of how strong he and Hermana Kirkham his wife are. I sometimes think to myself, how can they keep going and going hardly thinking of themselves and giving this mission their all? I am working on that, and really learning how to put my trust in the Lord. 

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the season. May we never forget that we can keep this Spirit alive with us always. It's not easy but it's possible to really put ourselves out of the focus and be there for someone else with love and the most desired attribute of Christ: Charity. Charity which is the pure love of Christ. Moroni 7:41-48

This last week I have been noticing more and more why Hermana Gijon is my companion. I am so grateful that yes, she is very sweet and loving and her testimony is amazing. We are getting along great. True at times I am noticing how we might but heads or disagree but the beauty of a companionship that I love is that we can learn how to adhere to each others needs and serve each other. I thank you for the constant encouragement because that is one of the keys I have been learning-- we just need to keep going, keep moving forward. Thank you so much for who you are and for in some way, caring and being there for me. Talk to you next year! ;)

Hermana Newman

Enjoy the photos!

Jason December 29, 2014

 ...and a happy "almost" new year!!

hello everyone!

hope everyone had a great christmas! i sure did! it was so great to be able to talk to my family and spend time with the missionaries here, as well as the citizens of Cuauhtémoc. I am so grateful for the birth of My Savior, Jesus Christ, and for the love and affection he had for every single person he came in contact with, as well as the love he has for us today. I know that he lives and loves us, and that if we draw nearer to him, obeying his commandments and living his góspel, we have the assurance that we will be ableto live in the Kingdom of our Heavenly Father, and we will be co-inheriters of that kingdom with Christ.

it snowed here a few days ago!!!!! now i can check that one off the mission bucket list :) its been really cold here lately, though. its cause the city that we are in is a lot closer to the mountains.

I am still learning soo much in regards to being a leader. Leadership is pretty hard, because you are constantly reevaluating yourself, and just wondering what to do first out of so many things to do in  a day! but i am loving it because its even more of a way i am able to prove to Heavenly Father that I am worthy of his priesthood power and authority, and I am able top help so many people with it along the way. i am getting the hang of it, but it is still kinda tough. but its like my aunt teresa said: Newmans can do hard things!!

We have a lot of investigators, and many to contact, so this week we will mainly be focusing on "filtering our pool" of investigators, meaning really focusing in on the ones who are going to progress so that we are using our time adequately. I invite all of us to just evaluate what we are doing in our daily routines and "filtering" the things that arent necessary, out of our lives, and making the more important things more of a priority. examples of priorities that Disciples of Crist have are Families, Personal prayer and scripture study, service, and obedience.

Elder Johnson is doing great. he is getting better at spanish little by little, but as we have decided to wake up at 6 everyday to study the language more, i know he will get it and we will be able to teach better.

lots of good things are ahead, and though its gettin mighty cold here in cuauhtemoc, we are loving the mission and serving with all our heart, might, mind, and strength. I pray that we can all recognize the powerful hand that God plays in our lives, wether we are members of his church or not. Heavenly Father will always love all of his children, but may we all have that same love for him by following the Perfect example of our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am definitely ready for a new year, faced with new adventures, friends, fun, family, trials, challenges, and moments of triumph. I love you all and hope you all had a wonderful christmas, as well as a happy new year!!

Love,

jason

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Jason and Natalie

Christmas Skype 2014.  Hello from Mexico!

Natalie and Jason wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  It's cold for Jason but Natalie was walking down the street last night in 75° weather with her companion eating ice cream that a kind old man bought for them.  

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jason December 22, 2014

 merry almost-christmas everyone!

CHRISTMAS TIME!!!! i love you all!

how is everyone doing? I am doing a lot better than my first week in this area. As you all read last week, I got made a district Leader, trainer, and pretty much opening area, so it has been rouhg, but this week was a lot better. we had a bit more of success in finding new pwople to teach and contacted a ton, so this week we will be focusing more on contacting the contacts that we found, making them new investigators and hopefully a lot of baptismal dates. 

In terms of new investigators, we had one of the biggest miracles ive ever seen on my mission, and probably THE biggest for elder Johnson, since he doesnt have a ton of time. SO, we were coming home from a very busy day, full of work, and we got home a bit early. The Zone Leadewrs called, and when I told them that we got home a bit early, they told us to go back out and work. so, i said "all right, we will go back out and contact ne more person." and Elder TOlbert, ZL, is like "thats what im talkin about" haha. so, we went over to the owners of the apartments where we are living, and rang their doorbell. we were just a bit nervous, but what ended up happening was this lady came out, and we asked if she was the owner (weve never actually met them). She said no, rather she was a cousin of them living there. so, in sharing the gospel she then asks "so what are you guys doing here?" - IN ENGLISH!!! haha i was so happy for elder johnson so that he could understand. so we get talking and sharing more, gave her a restoration pamphlet and a book of mormon, and she had mentioned to us that she had been looking for a good church cause she just moved here, and that she not only loves to read and study, but she LOVES to pray. (ding ding ding--what every missionary wants to hear). Her name is imelda, and we are going to put a baptismal date with her this week. 

the other cool thing from this week was the mission christmas dinner. there was like 50 turkeys, 227 missionaries, and members of the stake/district presidencies. it was an all day event, and we had a lot of fun. It was good to see all my missionary friends and am just overall excited to see what the mission has in store for me and for all of us. my favorite part of this dinner was that there was a "candy bar", which were tables of candy/fruit, and chocolate fondue fountains. it was legit!! I am grateful i was/am able to spend this christmas season with friends here in the mission. 

well, my friends, as we all cant wait for it, it has finally come--CHristmas is in a few days!! may we all stay excited and grateful for not only what we have, but grateful for the circumstances we are in. I love you all and have the best christmas yet!! May the Lord bless you all in all of your endeavors this week. Feliz Navidad!

Love, 

Jason  

-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Monday, December 15, 2014

Natalie December 15, 2014

Another week in the Work of Salvation... as my Mission President would say :)

Buenas noches to all :)

This week was kind of hard because hardly anyone could recieve us to teach them. So many people are a part of the Catholic church and they all have there novenas because of the Christmas season or in other words there nights where they recite prayers to the virgin Mary or Guadalupe. Eeek lol we have to remind them that we believe in the ten commandments and that we don't worship anyone or anything else other than God. But the most we can do is teach the doctrine and that Christ is the most important person this season. It's even harder when Jehovah's Witnesses tell us that we shouldn't celebrate the birth because His death was more important and because the bible doesn't say it was the 24th or 25th of December. 

I never imagined or more like I didn't even think about how Catholic it was here. I knew people were but wow there sure are many Catholics lol. That's why I am so grateful for this message that the church wants everyone to share: He is the Gift. 

Yes it is amazing what this message can do and is doing. It is so simple yet so powerful that Christ is our Savior and if we just accept Him and what he did, has done, and will do for us, we will be able to feel the power of the Atonement. This week we shared it with so many people but one I can remember so clearly, maybe because it was just Sunday but also because she truly was touched. I know she felt how I did when I first saw it. 

This less active member works every Sunday but I know that she felt the Spirit touch her heart. She had tears in her eyes as she told me that the Lord knows exactly what they need. She needed to be reminded that truly Christ has great meaning in her life. She was so grateful and said there is someone at her work who she knows she can share it with, she already was thinking of someone.I just loved seeing her feel the Spirit of the Lord work within her.

 Although this week wasn't the best as far as teaching many investigators and finding new ones, we were able to teach less active members and share this message, 'El es La Dadiva' with so many people! We are learning how to work together and I love Hermana Gijon. I know I will learn a great deal from her. She is a great example and I am so grateful that I can improve my Spanish even more.

 I know that it all starts with a desire and faith- that is probably the biggest lesson I'm learning that can be applied to anything. Because with a desire and faith, miracles can happen and we can be unstoppable. But we have to be the ones to make that decision, no one can make it for us. 

The work goes on and we must believe that Heavenly Father is there for us and that truly, Christ is our hope, the same hope and love and peace that came when Heavenly Father sent His son. My challenge to all of you is to this week, share this simple message 'He is the Gift' with at least two other people and remember to pray to have opportunities to do so. I promise you that with faith, sincerity in heart and the desire to do good, Heavenly Father will bless you the chance. 

He is the Gift

christmas.mormon.org

navidad.mormon.org

Love you all!

Hermana Newman

Jason December 15, 2014

Hello from Cuauhtemoc!

Family and friends, 

how is everyone? I hope everyone is staying excited and happy during this christmas season, for it truly is the best. I am so grateful for this chance to be able to spread the gospel in a formal way during christmas, and that I can let everyone know the real reason why we celebrate it: To celebrate the birth of Christ. 

So, as i mentioned briefly last week, on tuesday I had transfers. I had I am now in another city called Cuauhtemoc (coo-waww-teh-mukk). its a great city!! its pretty cold here, and some people have said it has snowed here already. woohoo!! there are 2 branches here, another branch in a little town like 20 minutes away, called Anahuac (uh-naa-wok), and the 2 branches in the Sierra are also part of our district. Its really exciting, because there are so many members willing to help us, so that together we may be able to see a skake here in Cuauhtemoc in april or so. Nevertheless, its been tough, because...(drumroll)... im kind of opening area. and training. and district leader. wow. no but its great! It has been the hardest week of my entire mission, but I know that If i continue to trust in the Lord, he will help me get through it. 

So with being a district leader, i have seen it ben done all through out my mission with my different district leaders, but its so much harder and can be stressful when youre actually doing it. it was confusing and veryhectic, because before i got here, the 2 zones were doing a ton of exchanges and the trainees werent being trained well, and it was just kind of a mess. but now that after the first week, i know my district better, I know my area, i know how to get to and froçm the chapel, and im starting to get to know a few members, its getting better. just keep me in your prayers, por favor. :) 

with opening area, its been a bit tough. although its a very small area, its tough because my companion only has 6 weeks and in those 6 weeks he went with al kinds of elders in different areas, really not being able to work in our own. so we only have 13 investigators, none of which were able to come to church, and while we did have a quick baptismal service for 2 people, Janeth and cesar, it was just kind of weird because really Neither Elder Johnson nor I knew them. but we were happy to see them get baptized and confirmed, of the which are the most important. so we are doing everything we can to work in our area and find people, and this next week we will be focusing on visiting the members in our area, and asking them for references. 

and last but not least, Training. My new companion is Elder Johnson. He is AWESOME!!!! he is from orem too, and guess where he went to high school...nope, not orem- Mountain View. haha enemy territory!! (Orem and Mountain View are rival schools). no,  weve had a good laugh about it, and actually know a few of the same people. we have a lot in common, and though he has only 7 weeks in the field and doesnt know the language quite yet, he has a big heart and is willing to serve the Lord with It. I know it will be hard trying to focus on these 3 new responsibilities, but i know at the end of the day (literally), i do my best to focus on training and making sure he feels happy and comfortable all the time. Im excited, though, to see how things go this cycle. 

And last but not least, the MISSION CHRISTMAS PARTY!! its this saturday, and we are very excited. It is always fun to be with other missionaries. from the city where we are, it takes about an hour to travel by bus to get to Chihuahua. but its all good...one of these days ill get to go back to Chihuahua. i just love that city.  

if anything, i learned this week that to be a leader, one has to take initiative, and be a step ahead of things, not a step behing. actually, it was great, last night we had a meeting with all the leadership in the entire district (branch presidents, district presidency, missionaries in leadership, high council, etc.), and as you can imagine this entire week i have been praying and asking "What am i supposed to do as a district leader, Heavenly Father? How can i fulfill this duty?", and I think the Lord made me wait a week in order to get my answer. a brutal week, yet endured with patience, I then recieved an answer yesterday in this meeting. our district president said, with tears and bearing testimony "The purpose of a Leader is to motivate and to edidy". It hit me to the core, and after being touched by the sirit in that moment, I know that things will be better now, and hopefully not as stressful.

I hope everyone has a great week this week, and I love you all! Keep Serving the Lord, and he will serve you in return. Feliz Navidad!

love, 

Jason 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Monday, December 8, 2014

Jason December 8, 2014 PS

i have transfers!

hey everyone, just to let everyone know, I have transfers. just recieved the call from our zone leaders, and tomorrow at 10 am i will be in the offices. exciting news next week! love you all!!

Jason 

-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Jason December 8, 2014

Much Prayer and Fasting...

Hola, buen dia a todos! 

just as a heads up, tonight, we will be recieving "that" phone call from the leaders to let us know if we have transfers or not (transfers aretomorrow)

Man, this week was different. Great, and unforgettable, but just full of different adventures. First of all, on Monday, we had a Zone activity where we were able to play a little bit of Basketball/Soccer (only 2 on 2, mission rule :P ), as well as made some smores and scones and what not. then, we all watched the movie "Ephraims rescue". it was a great time, as we were able to all enjoy the spirit during the movie. elder Womack and I were on the same team for basketball. it was a lot of fun. 

then, all the way until thursday morning, we had exchanges, where Elder Perez went to saucillo and our District Leader, Elder Smith, came to work with me in Camargo. It was a LOT of fun as we were able to get to know eachother a bit better, and work really hard. He is from lehi, UT, and we are definitely going to spend time together after the mission. Normally, we only have exchanges for one day, but he stayed until we were able to interview Abril for Baptism. 

Abril is (was) an investigator that had come back to church after not going for a while, and had decided she wanted to get baptized saturday, and that she wanted her friend, Jesus (member) to do it. so we made her the first priority this week. it was a battle at times getting to teach her and interview her, but all worked out in the end, miraculously, thanks to much prayer and fasting. she was baptized at 8, and confirmed at 9 yesterday. we are just amazed day by day the many miracles that there are present in ouir lives, and especially here in the field of labor. I bear my witness that when we fast and pray properly and in the way that Christ established, the Heavens are opened, and we recieve help fron on High that is needed to overcome any and all of lifes challenges. We are firsthand witnesses of it as missonaries, not only because of this past week, but from the many miracles and experiences we have seen/will see over the course of these 2 years. 

We are more and more excited for CHRISTMAS!! the mission dinner, the skype call, the loads of contacting we are gonna be doing, the lights on the Houses (although here in Mexico there arent too many)--love it all! just be sure, everyone, to visit the website www.christmas.mormon.org, and to not only watch the video but share it with others! it is a wonderful time of year (the best there is, really), and when it comes to the Love and Light of Christ, it is available to and designed for all. 

may we all focus a bit more on the REAL reason we celebrate Christmas, which reason is to remember and be thankful for the birth of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ: The Son of God. I love you all very much, and thank you for your prayers and support! till next week! 

love, 

Jason


-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Natalie December 8, 2014

Todavia en Cozumel!

Hi everyone! So first big piece of news I'm still in Cozumel!!! We had transfers but I'm still here only with a new companion! My traning is over and my new companion's name is Hermana Gijon (Hee-hone) It's kind of difficult her name but she is really sweet and is from la ciudad de Mexico! (Mexico City) President told me that she is to help me with my Spanish even more so that I can soon train. He said they have a lot of confidence in me but my Spanish still lacks. Of course it could always improve lol because right now I can get by but I want to excel and I'm excited that she will help me with that and that I can learn other things. I'm so glad that we have so many people we can learn something new from. It's a new adventure even though it's the same place. I'm so grateful that we can always improve and be even more diligent and exercise our faith even more. 

Have you seen the new video from the church He is the Gift? I absolutely love the video. When I watched it for the first time and even the second I was in tears. I think it was mainly because it made me think about how it was a gift from Christ to us, His atonement. Not only that He was a gift from Heavenly Father. I want to learn so much more about Him. I want to be able to share that with others that He is the one who matters. I am learning so much and I know that this change of companions will help me a lot. Hermana Andersen helped me so much but I am happy to have Hermana Gijon too because I know we can learn so much from different people as I previously mentioned. I know she will teach me much as well and I can't wait to work with her and continue to grow. 

I want to testify that prayers and the scriptures are powerful. The other day I had a specific question in mind and I wanted to pray first so that I could really find an answer in the scriptures. I was saying my prayer and imagined actually opening the scriptures and thinking what I would turn to. A certain book came to mind and afterwards numbers and then with these numbers in mind I opened to the scripture and used the reverse numbers to look at that scripture as well. I found one more reference with the numbers that were in my head so all in all, I found 3 scriptures that I had in my mind no doubt inspired by the spirit and when I applied them to me, it was exactly what I needed. The next day I did the same thing with a different question and again I received an answer. I couldn't believe that it was a 'coincidence' not only that it happened once but twice. 

I am so grateful for the inspiration we can receive and I know that it's only possible if we have the faith, and if we are worthy to recieve it. I hope you all have yet another great week!

Love from Cozumel,

Hermana Newman 

Monday, December 1, 2014

Natalie December 1, 2014

Hey! Happy Thanksgiving hope everyone had a great time! 

Just a few quick words I just want to say that I am learning the aspect of losing myself to find my true self. I remember the talk from Elder Bednar in the MTC about how if you go and do something with the intention of finding yourself you won't but if you serve and learn to love others then you'll find yourself in the process. I can't recall the words exactly but he said something of that idea. And just the other day I found a scripture in my personal study that says the exact same thing! I had no idea there was a scripture that mentions that concept. Maybe Elder Bednar uses it in his talk but I was so happy to have come across it. And actually I can't remember now where it is at the moment but I know it was in the bible! lol I'll go look for the reference in my journal later and give it next week.

 So even though I am doing better, I'm still adjusting and trying to strengthen my testimony every chance I get. But I know that the more we are trying to be EXACTLY obedient we are being blessed. I know that the feelings I get are coming from the Spirit always helping me to recognize not only from right and wrong but what is good, better and best. It's still a challenge everyday. I never realized that as missionaries we have to work even harder to always be diligent and doing the right thing because we have to search for the Spirit.

 I am grateful for my companion who listens to me and truly is there for me and very understanding. I am grateful for the Spirit we are feeling more and more. I am grateful for the feeling or rememberence to diligently wake up and start exercise. (We weren't good at that before as we are now) I am grateful for the Spirit to enlighten my mind with the words of Spanish I need to recall and say. I am grateful for the scriptures. I love finding verses that speak to me and bring joy or feel that 'delightness'. It makes me want to learn more and build up my strength so that I don't feel down or confused. Everyday I am learning and continuing to strive and never give up because I still feel like I lack a little bit of confidence including in myself but Thank you for your support and prayers and love. I sure can feel it!!

Until next week,

Hermana Newman :)

Jason December 1, 2014

Happy December, everyone!

This week was miraculous, as we had a baptismal service for 5 children of God! 4 of which were investigators (Andrea, Andres, Karen, and Pedro), and one was the daughter of a member (isabel). it was a good baptismal service, with cupcakes afterwards :) i am deeply humbled to see just how much the Lord has NOT forgotten us here in his city of Camargo, and as we keep finding and teaching, he truly manifests his power in the work. I love the Lord, and for all that he has helped us to accomplish, as well as all that we have become. My testimony of this was strengthened very much this past weekend, and I love how much we can change thanks to the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

Some of the new investigators that we found this past week are Abril, Basilio and Gloria, and Sylvia. more details about their situations next week. stay tuned :) 

CHRISTMAS!! For me, the entire month of december is Christmas. but, for me, as well as the world, this christmas is gonna be a bit different; a bit more special. As we all know, we celebrate christmas in memory of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. but is that really a part of our hearts and who we are? i too have been able to bbe humbled in recognizing and redrawing my attention to the knowledge that Jesus Christ IS the Savior of the world, and he Lives and Loves us. But, nothing that he did in his mortal life wouldnt have happened without the event of his humble birth. Wrapped in cloth and lying in a basket, the Savior came into the world to one day pay the ultimate price. Think about it: The most humble of births, and yet the most magnificent of miracles accomplished, all thanks to the Savior Jesus Christ. And to help us all remember this, the church is coming out with a few things to help motivate us this season to accept this gift (Christ), as well as SHARE it. attached to this email is the document we recieved as missionaries to let us know of all the things/promotions the church is doing to honor this sacred event of the birth of Christ. invite you all to read it. 

well, I love you all, and hope you have a great start to this month of December. Always here for each and every one of you!

love,

Jason 

-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jason November 26, 2014

hey everyone! 

Sorry about not writing yesterday, I had to go to the Offices in Chihuahua (2 hours there, 2 hours back). i had to do a few things dealing with immigrations, because I have completed a year in mexico (today, actually), and so i need to review my visa. So exciting! I love this place :)

So, with that said, I am now able to write a bittoday, but with a little bit less time. How is everyone? from what i read, everything is going well for everyone. Here in Camargo, we are continuing to serve the Lord and our brothers and sisters in the gospel. We are planning and hoping on having a baptismal service for 4 of our investigators: Pedro, Karen, Andrea, and Andres. So many plans this week to get everything ready for their baptismal service, its crazy! but we are, nonetheless, very excited. 

I am doing my best to continue to reflect on not only the things i have yet to do, but the things i have done here in the mission. I am thankful for My Savior for trusting me enough to serve him and his children, and I bear testimony that when we are repentant and worthy, with a desire to serve him, he will trust all of us to participate in this great work of Salvation. all that is required are ready hands, a broken heart, and a contrite spirit. I have been able to, this last week, notice and enjoy the little things that make these 2 years a joyful experience, and I am glad to be able to continue in the work. 

May the Lord bless you all this week in all that you do, and remember: when we obey his commandments, he helps us and blesses us. #Obedience :) love you all!

Jason 

-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Monday, November 24, 2014

Natalie November 24, 2014

Tender Mercies are Little Miracles

Hi everyone! I just have to say I'm so grateful for the example of my President and his wife Hermana Kirkham. I loved hearing from them on Saturday as well as Sunday! Since we're on an island and our stake is Cancun, we watched on a skype call and had some difficulties but they still perservered to call back 3 or 4 times so we could hear the words of our leaders. It was a testimony to me to think how blessed we are in the states to have conference so close.

But nevertheless I definitely felt the Spirit that conference. When the sound and video stopped working we were patient and I felt like the members were a little flustered at times and really distant from the meeting. But it was something really neat because just as the meeting was about over, we were singing the closing song and the program wasn't working yet again but what happened was when we couldn't hear the music, they decided to just keep singing and I just felt that it was really special. Here we are on an island, far away from the event but that didn't matter because they knew it was important and I thought they were flustered at times but then felt at the end perhaps not because we were there learning and being patient together. I can't explain it but it was something incredible the faith of them.  

In other news, I am gaining a testimony of exact obedience! It's the little things you change that may seem like they don't matter but make a big difference. We have seen miracles this week and lots and LOTS of tender mercies. Especially with our logros (achievements of our goals). Heavenly Father helped us not only accomplish but exceed most of our goals this last week. It was amazing.

Just one example, last night, we needed to have talked to 27 people for HCT (Hablar con todos- introducing the gospel) to meet our goal and the expectation which is 70 every week. This seemed overwhelming since we had 29 for the whole week before but we had faith we could do it. We had just a few minutes left before we had to be home and 11 more people to find to introduce the church. We found a group of 5 people and still had just a few more. We had 5 minutes and very close to our house and I usually would've felt like we should just head around the corner home. But I had a feeling to walk just a few houses up the street from ours to find more people and we found three. We started talking to them and soon one by one 4 other people just came up from nowhere and for each one I reintroduced who we were. Even though I had just said it, usually I would've felt silly to have said it just seconds before but with a strong handshake and smile I felt prompted to tell each person that came up to the group. I can't explain it very well but it was just really special to have that happen. Not only did we get to offically meet our neighbors but Heavenly Father helped provide us with people to talk with AND meet another one of our goals. 

It's the little things that matter. I am so grateful for those tender mercy moments from our Heavenly Father who blesses us with strength and desire to act especially when we need it! 

Here's hoping and praying for the help for another great week for us and you all,

Hermana Newman 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Natalie November 17, 2014

Hello all!
Wow I don't know where the time goes, this last week I completed 3 months in the mission and two in the field. So crazy where the time goes. How is the weather back home? It's cooled down a bit these last few weeks. So much in fact that everyone has jackets and beanies because they are so accustomed to the heat when it's a little chilly its cold for them haha. And to be honest, the Book of Mormon reading in Spanish is going really slow. I think I'm going to start making more time at night and even ask Hermana Andersen if we can wake up a little earlier so I can make have more time because the 30ish minutes for language study is good but we don't have language study M, Th, F or Sun. I want to be reading more so that is one of my goals.

In other news, I would say right now the biggest challenge we have is that our appointments fall through and we use our back up plans and the back ups of our backups and still struggle because people aren't home or can't meet afterall for one reason or another. However, we have found a few families from the lists that we are trying to correct and we couldn't be happier because we are strengthening them and one isn't actually baptized. The parents were but then separated and now their kids are all grown up so we are going to visit them because now they're our investigators! I am grateful that when our appointments get canceled, we can go visit the less active and I'm so happy that they are coming to church again! Also I loved the conference on Thursday we had with President and our little zone of 12 missionaries, that helped me so much. I just need to practice asking more questions and the right ones. Always room for improvement and for that I'm grateful.

As always, so much to do and say and so little time. Be safe and have fun! And challenge, write down a tender mercy every night that you saw from that day! 

Much Love,
Hermana Newman

Jason November 17, 2014

One year later...

Wow. 

im speechless! I cant believe that this day has finally come. I have completed A YEAR in the mission! I have been thinking a ton about all that has happened in this past year, and let me tell ya...i wouldnt trade the laughs and memories, the lessons learned and given, the investigators, and the converts, for anything else in the world. I have become just that much more of a man, and It is still and will continue to be my goal to become that Missionary...that Man that Heavenly Father wants and needs me to become, and I know that the mission has been helping me to do that. Im not sure how it is for other missonaries, but i have been reflecting on it all, the past year that has happened, and also have been setting goals (as instructed by our mission presidents wife): daily goals, weekly, 2-3 months, and yearly ones. I feel that here in Camargo has been the area where I have had the most success, both in terms of the mission and personal spiritual progress. Elder Perez and I are so grateful to be serving together, and we are excited to continue on in our missions, and endure to the end, being missionaries until the day we die. 

i honestly cant really remember what happened last monday/tuesday/wednesday, but thursday/friday we had exchanges and I went to another city, Saucillo (sao-see-oh), with my district leaders companion. we had a good time, and cause he is still in training i got to teach him a bot about leaving commitments, and how we have to 1st invite them to do it, second promise blessings, third is bearing testimony (though this can be done at any point of the lesson), and 4th is following up. Preach my gospel is the best! (chapter 11 of preach my gospel)

Saturday was quite the day. we had a great start by going in the morning to help Raul, one of our newer investigators dig a trench on a part of his property in order to be able to put in a drain pipe. got some wicked blisters! still hurt., anyway, it was nice to be able to actually help someone in terms of service like that because everytime we ask if we can help people, people always just say (oh no its all good), but raul was like "well, ok, lets see what you can do!" haha and after inviting him to church, we left and headed to the house to eat. later on in the night, we went with a sister in her ward and her son to go visit a family that she contacted the same morning. she said they would come to church, and so we found 3 new investigators, thanks to the misionary efforts of the sister that we were with, sister Holguin. then, in route to the next house, we found a "former" investigator in the street (pedro, 12 yrs old, long story). He said that he moved in with his moms house, and its a complicated story, but the point is that he couldnt get baptized where he was due to his living situation, but now he can cause he lives with his mom and she says its completely fine if we come and visit him. so then, that was 3 more new investigators, making a total of 6 in the time lapse of an hour. MIRACLES!!! 

on sunday, we put on our best ties and shined our shoes up real good because our Mission President, The stake president, and Elder Salinas (area seventy) came to our ward! holy cow i was so nervous! its not like we really had reason to be because we had the possibility of having 12 investigators in the church, but it was just nerve-wrecking because noone big ever comes to camargo. its cause its a really small, kind of "off the map" ward. anyway, the sacrament meeting was excellent. Elder Salinas spoke of many topics, but the main one was of how Heavenly Father Cant take away our trials and hardships, because If he did, we wouldnt be able to progress and learn patience, happiness, etc. I testify that this is true, in the name of our master Jesus Christ, that He will not completely eliminate the challenges in our lives, bit we will lift them to the point where we wont be able to feel them on our backs, that if we follow him, he will place himself by our side under the heavy yoke of iron (trials), and will pull that load with us. In Mosiah 24:14-15, it tells us that God does not forget his people, and that he helps them in their afflictions. I know that this is true, for i have seen it in the last 369 days of my life, as well as throughout my life in its entirety. Later, he said that when he comes back,in january, he wants to see 4 deacons/teachers, and 4 priests...so we got some work to do! Proverbs 3:5-6. 

I love you all and i had a great week-i wish the same for you! remember that you are a blessing, a miracle, a son/daughter of God.

love, 

Jason 

-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Monday, November 10, 2014

Natalie November 10, 2014

 Hello everyone! 

I can't tell you how amazing it is to teach by the Spirit. I know it sounds basic but I am so grateful for the impressions that I have been feeling more and more. In PMG it explains that if you listen to what the people are saying and open your mouth, you will know what to say instead of trying to form a response. I have been seeing this more and more and I love it when my words are faster than my brain can think.I can't believe how many miracles we are seeing. I'm not sure if you remember I think in my first letter I mentioned that my companion said she calls this the island of miracles and I can see why. No matter how small, they're still miracles.

 There have been so many people whom when we are in the street, talking to, they say 'oh I'm catholic but I don't really like it' and I just can't believe how many little tender mercies we are experiencing. Another person said, well we're looking for a religion... Hermana Andersen said later..  hmm okay i think we know one! haha and I have discovered our purpose in our area.. along with finding people to teach, our goal is to help the ward gain back animo! Or as Hna. Andersen puts it, 'freshen them up' or something like that. We are planting those seeds and feel that very soon this ward is going to 'explode'! Well I just thought I would share those feelings of success this week.

Also I dreamed in Spanish!! Not the whole dream but at some point someone said a few phrases to me and I remember answering back all in the Spanish language! haha Well I hope you enjoy this next week and remember that sometimes we have to work hard to feel the impressions of the Spirit. This comes with constant and sincere prayer, faith and love for the Lord. 

Hasta proximo Lunes!

Hermana Newman

Jason November 10, 2014

Marlene came to church!!!!!!!

what a great week!!!

first and foremost, in regards to the subject of the email, our investigator that we had finally was able to come to church! her name is Marlene (mar-lenn), and she has been recieving us for about 2 months. normally, we drop investigators after 3-4 weeks if they arent progressing, but i have always felt that she has so much potential, and that i knew if we trusted in the Lord, and kept on being persistent, she would come, and she did! she loved it and we have an appointment with her tomorrow.  The weather has changed, and this whole last week it rained, and has become colder. We pulled out our jackets and sweaters, and are excited for the fall/christmas time weather to come. hooray for sweater weather!! 

On Monday, we had an FHE with our investigator, Mario, at the Familia Holguins house. we taught him about Service, Missionary work, and Family History work. He is so excited to be baptized!! the Spirit was so strong, and I know that he is feeling it. By this day, he had been 2 days smoke free and had completely given up coffee. 

Tuesday, We taught Hermana Gonzalez, a less actuve member, about the Melchizedek priesthood and how her husband (who is only a priest) can be ordained and sustained this december when we have Stake Conference. She didnt really understand the priesthood 100%, but after the lesson, she understood better the role that she and her husband play in the family, and how the Melchizedec priesthood is necessary to have in a Christ-centered home, and to be able to enter in the Celestial kingdom as families. later, we got soaked walking over to the Familia Del Real´s to eat. It rained all day!!! Also did visits with the bishop in the evening, but ended early due to the crazy rain! 

Wednesday, we went to Delicias (a major city an hour away) for our training meeting with the Mission President. we learned about how to better manage our money, and more basic precautions in our house, and in terms of safety while proselyting. Also, every training meeting with president he always wants to see how we are doing with teaching, and so one missionary or companionship always goes up in front of everyone and teaches president. Guess whose turn it was this time...haha it was a little scary, just cause its president and he is just such a powerful man, but we did well. We taught him about repentance, using Mosiah 3:19 and explaining him that the Natural man is one who offends god, and when we sin, we are "natural men", but with repentance, we can change, become humble, and recieve forgiveness through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. afterwards, he took us all out to eat at a restaurant (2 Zones), and it was so good! we ordered the "parrillada" ("grilled", refers to a pllate of grilled food/meat), which Elder Perez and I split. On the way back we were joined by Elder Smith, who interviewed Mario to be baptized and to spend the night to do exchanges. 

Thursday, we had a few lessons with Mario, La Familia torres, and Manuel, a few of our other investigators. I felt the Spirit in each one and I know that as we were patient with our investigators, the Spirit provided us with what we needed to say. 

Friday, we also had lots of lessons and visits, of which include teaching Marlene about the Spirit World, Resurrection, Judgement, and the 3 Kingdoms of Glory. she understood it all and is very excited. she even told us in this lesson that she was talking with her boss the other day, who is a member, and her boss had asked her "so you know that its all true, right? what more are you waiting for?" and she had realized "yeah, youre right!" and so that was her motive and reason for finally coming to church. She had previously recieved her answer from our Heavenly Father, and even though it wasnt the answer she was expecting, nor was it a big great and powerful manifestation, but rather a still small whisper, she humbly accepted it and knows the Church is true. She even taught her own family about the trinity, and the nature of God. AWESOME!!! 

Saturday was great because we found some new investigators, Ramona and Raul, both of whom we contacted in the Plaza when we put out our table with pamphlets and copies of the Book of Mormon. excited to teach them this week. and also, Mario was Baptized this day!!! It was a small baptismal service, but we are so happy for him as he has now joined his family and is now a member of La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días! 

and Sunday, He was confirmed, and also we had other investigators in sacrament meeting other than marlene. their names are andrea and andres, and they are excited to get to know more about the church. they are 14 and 10 years old, and we are planning to have 4 baptisms (Marlene, Karen, Anrea, and Andres) the 29th of november. We also spoke in Sacrament Meeting, and we got to choose our topics. Elder Perez spoke on how we should not judge one another, and I chose the topic of the difference and relation between Testimony and Conversion. It was based of David A. Bednars talk from the October 2012 General Conference. Its so neat, because its really easy to understand how a testimony will not be enough to save us when the Savior comes again, rather both a testimony and Conversion are necessary, and he uses the parable of the 10 virgins (matthew 25:1-13) to explain it. all ten virgins had lamps, but only 5 had oil supplied with their lamps. the lamps are our testimonies, and the Oil represents conversion. Knowing you cant light the lamp without oil, what good is our testimony if we are not also fully converted unto the Lord? I know that if we strive to become more like him everyday, keeping his commandments and following in his footsteps, we will be able to be converted unto the Lord, and we will "have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually". I love you all and wish you all the best week possible. Thank you so much for the part that you (the reader) have played in my life and I know that we all are truly Sons and Daughters of the Most High God. take care, everyone!

love, 

Jason 

-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Alma 26:12

Monday, November 3, 2014

Natalie November 3, 2014

I just have to say I am grateful for Hermana Andersen my companion and her abilities to work with me. And I mean that literally- she is willing to be so patient and truly is there for me to try and understand all so that she can learn how to help me. I am so grateful for her strong desire to do all that she can to teach me well. She is such an example of how we can truly learn to serve others. She wants me to learn the best that she can teach and takes her position as a trainer seriously, meaning that which I have already mentioned: she is trying her best to teach me how I can be my best. I hope that makes sense but more than anything, I am thankful for the chance that we have to work with each other and learn how to kinder to each other's needs. And she is right there with me encouraging me to read the Book of Mormon so I can grow and continue to develop. Thank you for your support! I love you all and am kind of homesick but I'm continuing to think of the people that need me here!

Hermana Newman

My favorite scripture I read this week was 2 Nephi 4:15-16. We should delight in the scriptures and I am so excited for the opportunity we have to study and divulge in the scriptures! Have a great week.

Jason November 3, 2014

Hey everyone! sorry i have such little time this week, but I wanted to let everyone know that I am doing great, that even though i got sick again this last week (flu), the Zone leaders were able to come over and help us work, and they put 8 baptismal dates with my companion! wow, mucho trabajo! still have a headache, but its nothing i cant handle...but therefore i didnt go out to see anything. but we are very excited for this aturday, where our investigator mario will be getting baptized, and i feel really humbled and honored when he asked me to baptize him. more info next week, but know that all is progressing well here in Camargo, and that I know that My redeemer lives, and I KNOW that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints IS the Lords Church. I love you all and wish you all the best. take care! MORE NEXT WEEK! 

love, 

Jason 

-- 

*Elder Newman*

Misión

November 2013 - 2015

Monday, October 27, 2014

Natalie October 27, 2014

Week 7

Hi everyone! So to be honest last week I was having a really hard time. I am really not sure how to describe what I was feeling other than the powers of Satan very strong. I don't like the adversity. It was really difficult for some reason to remember that satan has no power of me. I am so greatful I recieved a blessing from President and I have decided to just keep moving foreward and remember to have faith. Truly I am feeling much better.

 I read a talk that Hermana Andersen suggested from April General Conference entitled, If Ye Lack Wisdom. It was really good and I especially liked the scripture he shared from Alma 32 about not casting out the seed by your unbelief and letting it grow. I love that chapter of Alma yet I forgot about that part. I have been remembering to simply trust and have that faith. I was also very grateful that I was able to teach this to an investigator. She has doubts about the Book of Mormon and I shared this with her and a scripture my mom shared with me in Alma 17:10and 11 that says we need to be patient in our afflictions. 

The blessing I received from my mission President was so powerful and very strong. He gave me a task. I am so excited for my task because it is to read the Book of Mormon out loud and in Spanish! I don't know how I'm going to do it but I feel like I can. Something else I was thinking of from the first blessing he gave me, which was my first week here, he mentioned that for me, Cozumel would be my personal sacred grove. I thought that the meaning was just a nice, peaceful quiet place but after talking with him and Hermana Kirkham on Tuesday I realized that it had another meaning. And I was so grateful that the blessing said after I read the Book of Mormon out loud in Spanish, I will have developed a testimony so strong of the Book of Mormon that could never be shaken. I am so excited for this time in which to accomplish that and this past week I have been realizing what they mean when they say the teacher is really the learner because I am learning so much as I am trying to teach this people. 

Fun facts about this week was that I ate chicken feet. I ate a chicken's foot! And it was actually pretty good, kinda fatty but alright lol I wish I had a picture but my companion took it on her camera. Here I have included a picture of our "generation".. The missionaries that came the same time I did and their trainers. We are moving along here in Cozumel and I can't wait to see what lies ahead this next transfer (cambio). The message for this week I want to testify of is TENGAN FE! Have Faith. I know we will constantly be working on this every day and I now know just how important it is to read in the scriptures EVERY SINGLE DAY. We need to be exercising faith and that is one of the most important ways. Much love,

Hermana Newman

 

Jason October 27, 2014

Wow, what a crazy week!

we had a blast this week getting excited for saturday, which was our birthday and a baptism we had. more about that in just a sec. First, just want to testify to all of you that We have a Father in Heaven who lives and loves us, and is always watching over us, giving us countless blessings and miracles and what not. We saw a lot happen this last week, and I feel that it was our best week yet in the whole campanionship...

...and not the last, because we did NOT have transfers! 6 more weeks in Camargo and w/ Elder Perez! woohoo! apparently, only one missionary in our whole zone had transfers, Elder Woods, who is in our district. what can i say, it has just been so busy here in the mission life. we have been working with various investigatorsw, who are progressing, and though its hard to come to church sometimes, we continue to feel a powerful love for these people. Mario and Karen both have baptismal dates for this month, and we hope to put one with pedro, another one of our younger investigators. 

Ok, our birthday was the best!!!!! we are just constantly blown away at the fact that this very well could be the only birthday in our entire lives that was spent with someone who has the same birthday as us, and who has the same age! (elder Perez and I), and who wouldve thought that it would be here in the mission, and that let alone us 2 would be companions! coincedence or revelation? ... it was a great day, as we had ward council in the morning, and went home after. before we went home though, we first went to the gas station to buy milk because we ran out, and it turns out our credit cards were declined, and we didnt have cash. we thought "oh, thats weird", so we just went back home....only to have Hermano Del Real (a member) knock on our door to give us a cake, and each a birthday card, and whaddaya know? a little liter jug of milk :) haha MIRACLE! it was pretty great. after that we went to teach Marlene, and we still love her, even though she still hasnt made it to church :( its all good. then we went to the chapel to filll up the font for Felix. He had been so excited all week for his baptism. anyway, we then went to eat with Hermana Solis, our favorite Member, and we had tacos de Carne Asada (steak tacos) - YUM! after, we took pictures and had our cake. i was SO full afterward! we then had a few lessons, and at 6 had the baptism for felix. it was so fun teaching him, he is such a hoot! even got to see his mom come , who is a less active member, at the baptism and the confirmation! and afterwards, we went to a members house and had a fiesta/siesta type setting, with chicken and tortillas. It was a great day, and the weekend ended with the phonecall from the district leader saying we would NOT be having transfers. so we are very happy :) 

the Lord continues to bless us and protect us as we are safe here in ourt little city, and in those times where we feel we are alone, we know we have you all to support us, as well as eachother, ELder Perez and I. We love you all and are continuing to Serve the Lord with all our Heart, Might, Mind, and Strength. have a great week, everyone!

Jason 

-- 

**Elder Newman**

Monday, October 20, 2014

Natalie October 20, 2014

Natalie sends her love.  She has been loving her hammock.  Its the bed she sleeps in.  Weather has been hot, hot, hot.   Lots of humidity too.  Until next week. 

Jason October 20, 2014

Slow and steady wins the race!

Hello everyone! 

Esta bien suave lo que estamos viendo aqui en camarg--haha whoops! hows everyone doing!? this week was slow, but im keeping my head up and all is well! it is still SO hot here in Camargo, but interestingly enough, for the first time in a while it rained here really hard last night. 

so first off, we got sick this week, and wether it was a stomach infection or just bad pains, we got sick and had to stay inside a few days. so we didnt work a whole ton this week, but we know that the Lord is hastening the work in Camargo in HIS own due time...

...because of the Investigators that we DO have!today, if i may, share a little bit about Felix and Mario. 

FELIX is 9 and he is going to be baptized this saturday. we are very excited and know that the only one who can prepare the way for him is the Lord, as well as the one who will be preparing the things that need to happen in order so that we may have the baptismal service. he is such a hoot, and we saw many blessings this week in how we were able to teach him 2 of the lessons. short and sweet, of course, cause his attention span isnt very big..But we love him anyways. Yesterday, we had a great object lesson with him that shows how he can be made clean from sin if he is baptized. he loved it and is very excited. 

MARIO is progressing very well. he amazes us every time we see him and teach him. It just amazes me how people can change, with the gospel as part of their lives, as he is giving up coffee and smoking rather quickly. He is the husband (we married them) of Our recent convert Delfina, and diego (also recent convert) and his sister marisa are their grandkids that live with them. (they were the ones we were walking to church with on sunday.) ANYWAY, so we taught him a lesson on the woord of wisdom last week, and he accepted to give up those substances that have been weighing him down and we also planned our next lesson for the next day. when we returned the next day, we asked him what he ate for breakfast and he didnt drink coffee! we were so proud of him, and in teaching him about fasting and tithing and fast offerings, he said to us "ok, so starting monday...no, TODAY, im gonna fast" and HE DID!!! we can tell he really wants to get baptized and have what his family now has. 

the lord Prepares us in so many ways. this week, though we got sick, we learned more patience, and really just counted the blesing s that we do have. 1 corinthians 10:13: i know that the Lord will never give us a challenge that is too big, and that with whatever challenge or trial that we do have, he will prepare a way for us to bear it (1 nephi 3:7), and prepares us for it. 

Have a great week everyone, and know that I love you all!! ¡que tenga un buen tarde!

Jason 

-- 

**Elder Newman**

Monday, October 13, 2014

Natalie

All my mosquito bites !!!!! Itchy!

Natalie October 13, 2014

Wow it has been so crazy here! Hermana Andersen and I have been working Hard. We felt a little discouraged after conference weekend because we felt like all of our effort wer all for nothing :/ Hardly any of our investigators came. I think one less active member came or two investiagtors but that was it. And we told so many people, wrote so many reminders and made the initiative to put the post its on ther fridge and yet, the people who said they would definitely come and who we really thought was going to never did. but oh well thats how it goes. So this week we had 2 investigators come to church!! We have been w3orking with a family of 2 investigators and their baby girl. The father Omar and the daughter Suemy (9) went to church! Hermana Elide, the mother, said that she would LOVE to come but can't because of her job. She works every Sunday. Well she didn't get to come but we asked if she wanted to be baptizedbut before I could even finish the question she said yes shaking her head as if saying, of course! I was so happy! The only porblem is to be baptized they want the investigator to attend church at least 5 times and she saidwanting to look for a new job anyway. the hours are long for how little she gets. And the other problem is that they aren't married. So she would have to wait for that to happen too. Sooo I don't know when that would happen when they are going to get baptized but we're working with them and I think we want to ask him again because he, the father Omar, has really been progressing. He has finally prayed and really felt the spirit. We have the same difficulty with 2 other investigators.. they aren't married but we working on it!! Anyway just a little of what we're doing! I have to go.. good luck this week! Bye!

Hermana Newman

Jason October 13, 2014

Its always sunny here in camargo!

Hello friends!

we had another calm week here in Camargo. We are having many successes, and also many challenges, but through it all, the Lord is providing, as he always does, and we are loving being able to participate in His work! We are teaching various families, and have the possibility of a few baptisms this month and next month! it is pretty hard here, because we are the only 2 missionaries out here and we walk all day. But nevertheless, we are enjoying our missions and working always, finding new ways to find new investigators, etc. In fact, yesterday we again went to the plaza and were able to contact a few people (ill send pictures). Its always fun to put up a display, and be proud of who and what we represent. 

this weeks letter is going to be a bit short, because we are having lots of successes, but things are a little slow cause yesterday we had 0 iinvestigators at church. baptismal dates fell, but we are NOT giving up! so there will be more adventures next week. 

If anything, the main thing that happened this week that was my favorite was how Elder Perez helped me on one particular day, where i was feeling down, and lets just say he has such a big heart and always helps me through the hard times. He said a few things to me that really stuck out, like "take control of your mission", and shared the scripture joshua 1:5, 9.  I probably wouldnt survive out here if it wasnt for him. He is helping me to become more humble and I love him. 

all is well out here in Camargo. I am really having great experiences, and if all seems like its going bad, i know that I have Elder Perez out here with me, as well as the Lord. I love you all and am forevermore grateful for your support. have a great week everyone, and know that we all, as Heavenly Fathers children, are so loved!! 

love, 

Jason 

-- 

**Elder Newman**

Monday, October 6, 2014

Natalie October 6, 2014

Two months today!!

Wow today marks two months since I've already been a missionary. Crazy how time flies. So for this short letter I wanted to just share a few things about Mexico!

The first is that never do you say hola or hello first it's always Buenas tardes or Buenas Dias or buenas noches depending on the day. Thought that was interesting!

We watched conference this weekend all in Spanish! :( really hard to understand but I got a few good thoughts and Tuesday we are going to print off some talks!

Other random thoughts:

-it takes us 45 minutes to walk to the church... never have had to experience that before

 

-The hammock took some getting used to but it really helps when it's hot and you don't sleep in it the long way like you would think it's the other way so weird lol

-There are taxis here! It costs 25 pesos which is really about 2.50 in American dollars but the pesos thing still throws me off haha just today I saw a tv in the store for 7,500 which is like 750 american dollars haha

-We have tortillas with every lunch meal 

-I have spoken to so many people!!! 92 the first week, 71, then 74 and that's just who we say the name of the church to.

-Oh and this week in our house we had two huge cockroaches. yay! (gross)

Haha sorry again I have to log off but I hope you all have fun!

Love all around,

Hermana Newman

Jason October 6 ,2014

¡amo La Conferencia General!

hello everyone! sorry if its a little short this week!

this week was probably one of the fastest weeks that went by. we didnt work in our area too too much this week, because we had to go to another city 2 days in a row, but we still were able to find 4 new investigators, and had a great experience at conference. For general conference, it was different, because here in camargo, being the only white kid for miles, i joined in with my latin american brothers and sisters and listened to it in spanish. It was different, but truth is still truth, and it doesnt matter in what language we recieve it. My favorite talk was by Quentin L. Cook in the priesthood session. he spoke on making our daily choices be the kind that will help us achieve our future goals. It helped me alot, and I am continuing to be edified everyday by the messages we recieved from conference, My companion, and the everyday experiences we have here in our little city. 

Everything continues the same: work, work, and more work! it Is crazy to think that in a week, I will have 11 months, almost a year, and in 19 days, i will be 20. Life is changing speedily, and I know that the Gospel is something that has been helping me to adjust with all these changes. Being here on the mission, i think the biggest leson ive learned so far is the magnitude and importance of the Plan of Salvation. My eyes have realy been opened up to the eternal perspective, meaning that this life isnt everything, for we truly lived with God before coming here to earth, and the time here on earth is so short in comparison to an eternity. may we all continue to live in such a way that will allow us to become the person that God has intended for us to become! 

I love you all, and pray for you always, 

Jason 

-- 

**Elder Newman**

Monday, September 29, 2014

Jason

Deseo, la fe, y el fruto

(desire, faith, fruit)

Hey everyone!

oh man, this week was SO much better! we had lots of fun and success, and learned even more how important it is to rely on the lord in ALL that we do. we are finding more work, and more and more teaching opportunities are being made known unto us as the Lord is preparing more and more people in our little city. we are getting to know our area better, as well as the members and who they are and everything. The members are so wonderful here. theres not too many that are really strong and active, but the ones who are are so helpful and support the lord in his missionary work. life is good :)

Also, we are so excited for general conference this wekend, as well as for our birthdays on the 25th! im pretty sure i mentioned, but My companion Elder Perez and I have the same birthday! haha its awesome. and we eat with my favorite member family that day! 

As the week went on, we had some great lessons with our investigators. Here are a few updates as to how some are doing: 

ANDRES: andres is technically not an investigator, because he wont get baptized (he is mentally special and so there is no need - only came here to earth to get a body :), but we did go and visit him and his mom wants us to visit him cause she knows what our church is about and so cause he stays at home all day, we came and took him over to the park and we taught him about the restoration as we all ate popsicles. im sure he loved it - hes a great guy. 

FELIX: felix is 9, and is part of a less active  family, but he never got baptized. He loves it when we come over and this week we were actually able to teach him all of lesson 1: the restoration. Im so proud of him for having sat through the whole thing, and actually was amazed at how he understood what the difference is between apostasy and dispensation. hes such s champ...when we asked him "so, felix, for you, who is God?" and hes said "Hes my dad. well, ok so actually i have 3 dads: Santa clause, My real dad, and God". haha we got a kick out of that one. 

LULY/PEDRO: Luly is the sister of one of the really strong members. She is cathiloc and has told her sister that she will never change religion. but, by all means, she wanted us to come over and give her house and her a blessing. we ended up giving her whole family blessings, and the house, and they said we can come back whenever we wanted. its so nice and comforting to hear people say that. "cuando gusta, este es su casa" ah. love it. anyway, also so her husband is a reporter and he interviewed us, being young people, and asked us about what we thought about the recent tragedies that are happening in the world, teenage suicide, etc. we bore testimony of the Atonement, and how Christ already suffered for our sins, pains, affirmities, afflictions, sicknesses, sadnessses, etc., so that we wouldnt have to. and we dont have to. 

DELFINA AND DIEGO: this was a miracle for sure. so, the week prior to last week, delfina had told us that she wants to get separated in order to be baptized, and we werent really sure what to do, until she had told us that she had changed her mind and that she was thinking it would be better to get married in place of getting separated. So, after much of taking initiative and trusting in the Lord with all our hearts, "and leaning now unto our own understanding" (proverbs 3:5-6), we were able to get all the papers and signatures together and we got them married. then, even more of a miracle, instead of getting Baptized on october 11th, they changed their mind and decided it would be better to get baptized on the 27th of september. we got a little baptismal service thrown together for them and even bought cake for everyone. it was great and I felt honored to know that Diego asked me to baptize him. it was a crazy weekend. 

phew. lots of typing. ok so we got permission from the goverment building to put up a table and pamphlets and such, to be able to preach in the plaza. it was a lot better this time, because we had a white board with the plan of salvation all laid out, and it attracted more attention. we got 10 contacts in, and will be passing by for all of them this next week. it was a lot of fun and i truly felt like a representative of the Lord as we sang hymns, Elder Perez and I, while waiting for people to come. 

OK, Last thing, so this morning Elder Perez and I studied a little bit more in depth the question "what role does faith play in the life of an investigator" and we came to the conclusion that its much more than faith that is shown from an investigator, rather that before faith can be displayed and shown, a DESIRE (a want to change) is needed. this is when we have the seed in our hand. then, once we have a desire to learn, the actual process of learning (taking the lessons) is where the FAITH is shown (keeping commitments, praying, studying, etc.) This is when we have to plant the seed, water it, care for it, give it fertilizer, sunlight, etc. then, as we know, the FRUITs of our labor will be shown (baptism, other covenants, etc.), and we will be able to partake of that fruit, which is a fruit that is so delicious. This is a principle that can be applied to anything in our lives, and not just to investigators. (See alma chapter 32)

I know the Lord lives and Loves us, and that we are his children. he wants the best for us, which is exhaltation, and he has provided the way for us to have that. its called the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and its only through Jesus Christ who makes the entire plan of God even possible. 

Have a great week, everyone. I love you all! 

Jason 




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**Elder Newman**

Jason

Me, Diego, Delfina, and Elder Perez

Natalie

Hi Friends!
Okay so didn't have much time today because I was reading and responding to emails but here is a picture!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Natalie

Buenos Tardes de Cozumel!

Hey again!

 I am loving it here! I was so scared and nervous the first few days but now I am settling in. I think I felt for lack of a better description, claustrophobic. I felt like I was in a box... I had no sense of direction, the streets are confusing as are the addresses, I didn't like sweating ALL THE TIME, and I hated the fact that I could barely communicate. Nothing was familiar, everything is just different and I wanted familiarity. I knew it was going to be different but it definitely took some getting used to. 

Everyone here is so respectful and humble. They don't have much at all and I was previously expecting to be in houses made of cement but once again it's different actually experiencing it. Some of the homes here are literally one BIG room and everything is in it, the bed, their clothes, the kitchen, their books and toys for the kids, and their tv all together. Everything has its place but for most homes, nothing is partitioned off. Some of the members homes we have eaten at do have more than one room but some don't. It amazes me how the people are humble and live with so little. And most of it is probably because they know no other way to live. 

My trainer is so great. She is such a sweetheart and I don't know how, a miracle, but somehow, I feel so much more comfortable with Spanish, I can understand more and more everyday. I am gaining more confidence in talking to people all in the streets and Hermana Andersen is a wonderful companion. She has just the right amount of balance in being a lider no leader haha sorry it's happening: My Spanish and English are mixing even more! But as I was saying, Hermana Andersen has just the right balance of being a leader and friend. She pushes me when I need it but helps me too. I don't know how she does it. She is a natural at being kind and a friend but being firm and guiding me when she needs to be. I think it's because it's a part of her to be both.

Well I would say more but again I have run out of time. I will also try again next week to attach some pictures, I have lots! Thank you all and I hope you have a great week!

Hermana Newman

Jason

New companion.  Elder Perez. 

Jason

Hola from Camargo!

Hey everyone! 

got a new companion! His name is Elder Perez, and he is from Mexico City. In getting to know him, and asking questions about him, I asked him "hey, so when is your birthday?" and he responds "october 25th". i just remember thinking to myself "oh this is gonna be a good cycle". haha we have the same birthday! along with a lot of other things in common. He is great, and actually speaks a bit of english, and I am glad to be able to help him. 

Things are slowly taking off here in Camargo, as we are continuing to get to know the entire city and are always looking for more and more people to teach. We have about 15 Investigators and a LOT of work to do with the members and Less actives. The ward is a little small, and so with that this area might be less baptisms, and more re activating of members, but In my eyes, and Im sure in Heavenly Father's as well, thats still missionary work. We do hope and anticipate to have a few baptisms in October though. 

One of our Investigators, Marlene, is going great. We are still working with her on coming to church, but I loved and wanted to share our experience we had last week with her. We had a great lesson on baptism, Recieving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, Enduring to the End, and interestingly enough, Temples. She always has questions, and through the words that the spirit puts into our mouths, we are able to answer and eliminate her doubts. We explained to her that as husband and wife, we can be sealed together for time and all eternity. she said "what to you mean by time and all eternity? isnt eternity time too?" and we said that time refers to the time we have on earth, and eternity refers to the time after this life, and we can still be married after we die, thanks to the sealing in the temple. she was so excited to hear that, and I remember she was like "Oh, now I understand!!" it was just great to hear that she understood, and we will definitely keep working with her. 

a little shorter this week, but i just reassure all of you that the Lord lives and Loves us, that His Father is our Father, even our Heavenly Father, and that if we give heed to his counsel through the Holy Ghost and obey his commandments, he will bless us here in our earth lives and in our lives after death. We will all resurrect, and through obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we can be exhalted and recieve the highest degree of Celestial Glory! I love you all!

love, 

Jason 

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**Elder Newman**

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Natalie's First Area

Natalie - In Mexico!

Made it to México!

Well hi everyone! I made it to México! I don't have much time today because I had to write president first and then it took awhile after for the internet to work faster but I just wanted to send a quick greeting that I'm here. I'm tired, sweating a lot, worried with how little Spanish I know, and a little nervous but I'm here! I'm here and persistent on not letting my fears get to me.

I would love to write more of a greeting but as I mentioned we don't have a lot of time today but I will tell you this, I love my mission president and his wife. They truly are amazing, and that man has a powerful spirit. I could feel their love simply by looking at them when we walked out of the airport and saw them. 

We stayed at their house last night, the mission home, it's like a mansion! Seriously compared to the other homes we are around now, it's extremely nice and beautiful.

My first area, I have been sent to Cozumel!!! It is the island next to the peninsula. There are 90,000 people here! Also if my email ends abruptly, just know that it's because the lady here cuts us off when it's time and I'm not sure when that is but just fyi, heads up I don't mean it to sound that way lol

I knew it was going to be hot but man is is HOT!! I have never felt so much humidity in my life. I am sweating all the time. Ps, shout out to mi mama, thanks mom for the hankerchiefs!!

Love you all I have to go! 

Hermana Newman

Monday, September 15, 2014

Jason

Goodbye Elder Warner...

¡buen dia a todos! 

wahoo! i completed 10 months in the mission last saturday!

aw man! sure enough, Elder warner has transfers. we had the best time, though! He has helped me a lot and I will miss him. Im pretty nervous, because I only have 2 weekds here in our area (the CITY of camargo), but it was cool cause Elder Warner reminded me of something. he said "that probably means that president trusts you a lot because you only have 2 weeks in the area". so we will have to see how it goes. Dont know my new companion, and dont know if ill move up in the ranks or what. 

We had a good little week though! we worked so hard to talk to all the investigators we have, and had some marvelous lessons. In particular, I think the lesson with Elsa was the most powerful. we didnt even put her in our plans, but Elder Warner had the impression to just go a different direction and to go see if Elsa was home (she is a former investigator, meaning for various reasons, the missionaries stopped visiting her cause she wasnt progressing). but sure enough, she was home! Elsa is about 50 and apart from her daughter occasionally visiting her, she lives alone. She is very smart and now, more than ever, is so "hungry" to know what it is exactly that God wants for her. With the passing of her dad, she is desperate to know. So we had a long lesson on the plan of salvation, and the spirit was so strong. It will be a bit of a journey for her, but we hope to help her reach the point of baptism. Im grateful for Heavenly Father and for how he guided us to her house that day. 

just one of many experiences we get to have on the mission. Also, I finished reading the book of mormon this morning (first time in spanish!), and I feel so much happier. I am reflecting in my mind on its teachings, and though i have a testimony of it, i am following Moroni´s counsel and am pondering and meditating. Im grateful for the Book of Mornmon and how it has been such a blessing for me, as well as the bible and other books of scripture we have. 

Not too much to write this week...mainly because we are anticipating the transfers with elder warner and such, but all is well here in the mission, and I am loving every minute of it. thank you ALL ffor your support! 

Love, 

Jason

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**Elder Newman**

Natalie

At airport

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Natalie

Goodbye MTC!

Hey all!!

So this week has been crazy with getting ready to leave and everything. Yesterday we had In-field Orientation and I loved it :) They taught us key points about actually being in the field. For example they talked to us about not being afraid to ask the members for help in our efforts of missionary work, the importance of goal setting and making plans and then adjusting if goals aren't met, it doesn't stop after baptism. They have stressed so much that baptism isn't really the goal; it's the temple and eternal life but the only way to get there is through the first ordinance which is baptism. 

We have heard so many stories about how missionaries tend to "forget" investigators after they are baptized and if they don't have any support, they are going to leave and go back to what they know and what is comfortable. It's a big change for people and we have to do all we can to be better member missionaries to be of service and offer our time to befriend and welcome all those who we invite to learn of the gospel. 

I am constantly reminded that our purpose is not to baptize but to simply invite others to come unto Christ. I am so grateful for this, I have been reminded that while missionary work can be challenging, we aren't trying to convince anyone of anything but simply, Inviting.

As my companion Hermana Bloomfield said a few weeks ago, "it never hurts anyone to have a little more love in their life". Whether it be love you are giving or receiving, the principle remains the same. Charity is one of the most amazing gifts to have- to love as Christ loved/loves. If we don't have Charity, nothing else matters. 1 Corinthians 13:2-4 ( The whole chapter is really good though actually, it's only about 15 verses long or so I can't remember exactly.)

I am so terrified but so excited for this mission. I pray that Heavenly Father will continue to strengthen my faith, nothing wavering and always remember Him. Thank you for your support and friendship. Have a great week! T-minus 37 hours!

Hermana Newman <3

Monday, September 8, 2014

Jason

Challenge accepted!

Whoa!!!!! 

where to begin!? this week has been very fun and different. I am now in a new area, and its not in the city of Chihuahua anymore. yep, thats right-i finally left the city! I will miss it, and always love the city of Chihuahua, but im at a different point in my mission now. I am now serving in a city called Camargo. it is about 2 hours south of the City of Chihuahua, and Our area is the entire city!!!! whoa! we are the only misionaries out here in the entire city, and the next closest city is called Saucillo (sau-see-oh), which is about 45 minutes away. We feel like we are on a little island! Its a city of about 57,000 people, so its not terribly big, but still...in the past there were 6 missionaries here and now theres only 2, so...lots of work to do!

My new companion is Elder Warner! he is so hilarious, and Im surprised at how easy it has been to transfer areas, and not feel sadness or nervousness or anything, but i can credit a lot of that to Elder Warner. He always keeps me laughing and smiling, and we always talk! He is from Holladay too, just like Elder Goldsberry (2 companions ago), and he completed a year in the mission a few days ago! i cant believe im close to that day...man, the time flies by! He has been here for 6 months or so, and theres only this next week left in the cycle before there are transfers, and he thinks that hes gonna have transfers (6 months in an area isnt very common), but i want him to stay for another cycle, so he can teach me the area. Its just really hard to learn our area in 2 weeks, seeing as how its a whole city. But i know that if he does get transferred next week, it will be for the best, and i might even train! haha idk. we will see...

The ward is...a little different. it should be a branch, because there really arent too many full time tithe payers/melchizedec priesthood holders, but the stake doesnt want to go down to a district, so they are still calling it a ward. The members that I have met so far are really nice, but Elder Warner says that there are a lot of complications in the ward. I just know that I am excited to have a change and to just work the best that I can out here. But to give you an idea, Elder warner and I participated in half the ordinances/program at church yesterday. We helped pass the sacrament, Bore our testimonies, Helped teach the priesthood class by giving a few blessings with Consecrated oil, and my favorite thing, we each gave a baby a name and a blessing. 

That was something I never thought id be able to do until i was a father with my own child, but that was one of the most tender experiences that I have had on the mission. The Bishop asked us to each bless a baby, and I had only heard the wording and terms used in english, but sure enough, I took the baby from the mom, held it in my arms, and elder warner and I gave her her name and a blessing (the mom already picked the name out.) I dont remember the name, but I will find out and write it next week. But really, the spirit was so strong and I look forward to the day where I will bew able to do that for my own children in the future. Im thankful for the Priesthood and for the fact that God has entrusted his Sons with the authority to exercise this power for the salvation of the Children of God. 

Our investigators are sweet! we only had one come to church yesterday, Delfina, but i am excited to teach them all! Some of them are Delfina, Memo (hes my favorite-so funny!), Erika and Adrian, Marlene, and Cinthia. Elder Warner has been with all of them since the beggining of their time with the missionaries, and so there is a pretty good relationship with all our investigators, all thats left is to help them enter the waters of baptism!  

Well, i will save more for the next email, but know that im doing all right, but more importantly, I pray that all of you are ok and happy. I know that The Plan that Heavenly Father has for us is real, and that He lives and Loves us very much. take care, and until next week! love you all!!

love, 

Jason 

**Elder Newman**