Monday, May 26, 2014

90 degrees at 10 in the morning....bienvenidos a la mision!

Hello everyone!! 

This week was great! first and foremost, we had another baptism! ilse was baptized and confirmed in only 3 weeks. She showed a lot of faith, kept her commitments, so we asked president if we could baptize her sooner and he gave us the green light! She is awesome, and Im so so glad we had the opportunity to teach her. Our next hope and goal is to help her mom to see the blessings from living the gospel, and so hopefully soon she can be baptized too. she is Catholic, but she came to the baptismal service and she teared up a lot, along with her daughter, ilse. It was a small baptism, for ilse was the only one, but it was definitely Elder Womack and I´s favorite, for the spirit was so strong! So she is doing well and also, another goal of ours is to help Carlos get to baptism too. he has 3 times assisting church and so hopefully soon we can get him there. We contacted 23 people in the streets last week, and so we have a lot of work to do. Also, we went through our area book and wrote down all the addresses of the former investgators, to see if we can find even more people to teach. the work is going great! 

Another thing i forgot to mention last week is that the president wants a choir for the mission, and so he asked the zone leaders if anyone in their zone could sing. needless to say, there are 20 people in the choir, and 10 are from our zone alone )including me. we´ve only had 2 practices but we love it and are very excited. thats something cool here is that my companion, one of our zone leaders and I can sing and we always love getting together when we can and singing hymns and such. Music has always been a huge part of my life, but i havent appreciated it as much as i thought i would until now. 

It is getting sooo hot out here! its commonly in the 90´s everyday, but the hottest month is in july. One sister in the ward said it gets up to 113 F in july and august...oh boy, am i in for it! haha there are days that go by where we literally sweat for 24 hours straight. we dont even use sheets or blankets anymore, and thats with our fan going all night. p.s. elder womack and I had a wrestling match...i say it was a tie, but of course he says he won. i think ill just let him have it. gotta keep ourselves entertained out here, ya know! 

I love the bus system here. its a great way to get around the huge city of Chihuahua, and its also great for contacting! there are 2 types of cards that you can buy to scan on the bus (thats how you pay, have a card, charge it, and then wave it in front of a scanner that takes off a certain amount of money.)  there is a gen. admission card, and a student card. the student cards charge half the price, and although we arent students, president issued this thing where he printed off a paper for each one of us, stating that we are ¨students of theology¨ and that anything we do is for the benefit of the People of Chihuahua. Love it! so hopefully we will be getting those cards soon. 

well...thats all for now, but i am glad that everyone is doing well, and know that I am doing well too. I love it here, and we are so excited to keep working together and doing our best. The Lord lives and loves us, and knows us each personally better than we know ourselves. therefore, he knows whats best for us (the Gospel of Jesus Christ!). take care, everyone-I love you ALL! 

Elder Newman

Jason 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Wow what a week! We went to the SIERRA . We samiti (how pretty)

Whoa! yesterday was so cool! sorry i wasnt able to write yesterday but we were literally gone all day. You see, in our raramuri class there are 26 of us and our teacher chose 14 of us missionaries to go to the sierra and teach the oh so little that we know to the tarahumaras (tah-rah-ooo-mah-das). the sierra is the northern mountain range here in the state of Chihuahua, and it was so pretty to see.

We woke up at 5 am in order to be at the offices at 6:30 am, then left at around 7:15 amand arrived at about 12. it was a great little road trip and we got to see more parts of the state. But we had arrived, got out of the car, and tried talking to some of the people there in that little village (i forgot what the name was called), and it was in that moment we realized that we really didnt know the language haha...but we said the little that we could and though some of the ladies giggled a bit, they enjoyed it. Most of them understood spanish though, so that was a huge blessing. we sang a few songs to them in english and spanish and they loved it. Oh man, and the kids were just adorable. it was just a humbling experience the whole time to be art of their culture for a little bit. 

we then split up to teach for a little while. 6 of us went up to the school, and we raced all the kids there, while the others stayed to talk to the older folks. i got to go teach the kids and the look in their eyes just makes your heart melt. really...i mean, you look at their feet and didnt think anything could be so dry and dusty, but then you look at their smiling face and you cant help but smile too. but anyway, we taught them about Jesus Christ and what he did for us and how we can follow him and be happy. It was so fun, and then they all gave us these little bands that they make out of yarn. (see the pictures). 

then we all went back down to the main part of the village and they all ate together. we helped serve it and had an assembly line going, and they all lined up and man i just cant stress enough the humility of these people. i wish i could be more like them, in the sense of their gratitude and happiness. we then after a few hours of being there had to go back to chihuahua because it takes like 4 hours to travel. 

but it was good. i mean, great! this quick little trip was a great experience to use our raramuri, to grow closer to our Heavenly Father, and to really learn just what humility, gratitude, and hope means. I will always remember them and have a love for those people. 

in terms of everything else here in our area, ilse is going to get baptized this saturday and we are very excited. She is so ready and has definitely felt the spirit in these weeks of teaching her. also we are still working with carlos, another teenager, and hope that he can keep coming to church with us. We love our area, and Elder Womack and I are learning more and more everyday. We are all god's Children, and He lives and loves EACH AND EVERY ONE of us, no matter what. may you all have a good week and keep smiling! 

love, 

Elder Newman

Jason  

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**Elder Newman**

some Tarahumara women

Photo taken May 19th 2014

the kids make these everyday. they are called fajas (strips in spanish). They gave us one!

Photo taken May 19th 2014

we taught all the kids in their school!!!

Photo taken May 19th 2014

some scenery

Photo taken May  19th 2014

their school

Photo taken May 19th 2014

Enjoying the road trip!

Photo taken May 19th 2014

our raramuri teacher

Photo taken May 19th 2014

More cute Tarahumara Ladies!

Photo taken May 19 2014

One of the prettiest violins ive ever seen

Photo taken May 19th 2014

Those of us who taught the kids (aka 6/2000 stripling warriors): Me, E. Nava, E. Nelson, E. Norris, E. Randall, E. Maldonado

Photo taken May 19th 2014

My companion and a native

Photo taken May 19th 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

Same area, same comp, same ward and a happy mother's day!

Happy mothers day to all the mothers, aunts, daughters, sisters, and in general, all the daughters of our heavenly father out there! 

what a great week! We had a lot of fun helping bring others to come unto Christ, that we found 5 new investigators this week: Hector, Silvia, Ilse, Elsa and Noah. we are excited to teach them and are anticipating another baptism soon. Also, i am just soo excited to stay here in the ward. I love the members here and they all have been my family away from home. 

So, we love our house and are very cozy, but we had a fun experience yesterday morning. Elder womack woke up to a trickling sound, so he took the covers off, to go check it out, to only find his feet in about a half inch of cold water--our house flooded!! haha its cause they shut the water off here in Riberas (the city were in) between a certain hour, and so when its off, we dont know if the faucet is open or closed. apparently it was open, so we woke up at 5:30, and went to work:sweeping, squeegee-ing, laughing, and listening to music. it was a funny experience, and by 7:00 we got it all out. definitely making memories over here in Chihuahua with the worlds best companion, Elder Womack. 

Also, did I mention I love our area? haha its just fun to ride the bus everyday, and to live in our area. the only thing is that the Chapel is far away, but we are working on getting a branch or ward started here so that will be very exciting. Im glad that we are blessed with so many comfortable necessities that we are able to keep working hard. I know this letter may be short, but i will be sure to note what fun experiences we have this week, and ill write them next week. Im healthy, im having fun, im safe, and im Proud to have such a power and authority as that of all missionaries. 

I love you all and have a great week! 

Elder Newman

Jason 

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**Elder Newman**

more attempts of the area were in 

Photos taken May 11, 2014

team supreme, 5:30 am

Photo taken May 11, 2014

when the house flooded (hard to see, but the entire floor was covered.)

Photo taken May 10, 2014

2 kids in this village, kids of an investigator of the other missionaries (i was on divisions). Me, Angelica, and Ulises :)

Photo taken May 6, 2014

Me on planet tattooine (haha no its just a house in a village close to our area, not in my area)

Photo taken May 6, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

Weekly letter! Cant believe it's May already!

Hey everyone! lots to report this week! 

First and foremost, we got a new house! So there are 4 missionaries in this northern part of chihuahua, where we are, and and the other 2, elder gallup and elder tonconio, had to change houses because the owner of the house they lived in was terrible, charging them  ton and such. but whats cool is that they found a new house for us. so the plan was they move in our house and we move into the new house. it took an entire afternoon, to move everything, but we did it and E. womack and I are so excited to live here. the house is a lot bigger than our old one and its nicer too. and it has a fence! our owner is really nice too, she is this lady who was just sweet about everything. i think her name is elma...but yep, we changed houses and are living like kings now ;)  haha, oh and the best part: its in our area! for the first time in our companionship, we are living in our aewa so that will be really nicce. 

in terms of investigators, we only found one new one this last week, but alot of good things are happening in our area! 

Carlos: 

A 16 year old who is progressing greatly! we have only been able to teach him once, due to him not being there, but with that said, he has come to church twice and participated in a youth activity all by his own effort and interest. we put a baptismal date for the 24th of may! and I know he loves church because a few of the priests in the ward have already befriended him. 

Claudia:

She has recieved the missionaries for a while, but hasnt been baptized. actually, they have come over since her whole family got baptized back in 2012, but she never got baptized. but we have been passing by visiting and teaching her for about 2-3 weeks, teaching her the importance of baptism and helping her recognize the spirit, and thanks to the lord she was able to get BAPTIZED LAST SATURDAY!! we are so happy for her and now her whole family can go get sealed when they go to the temple in a month. Such a beautiful thing...I love the Lord. 

Leslie: 

She also is one who youd think was a member already, due to how much she attends, but she hasnt been baptized. she is 10 and in a tough situation what with her parents not living together, and so that makes it hard to find her in her dads house (in our area). But we have been trying and trying to help her get to baptism for a few weeks, but she is just too nervous. Weve given it everything, but we wont give up on her. she knows its true and has felt the spirit, so we know that soon she will be able to enter the waters of baptism. 

ilse:

We ate at a members house last week andd there were 3 ladies who made the food for us-flautas (delicious!!)...anyway, two were sisters, and members, and the other was not a member. Her name is Ilse and she is 17 and she accepted to hearing our message. saturday, we passed by, started to talk to her about who she is as a daughter of god, and by the end, she accepted a baptismal date for the 7th of june!! so we will definitely be working hard with her. 

the members are great, and I can honestly say i dont think i will love another ward in my mission as much as i love this one. 960 members in total, 280 active--lots of work to do! haha its great. 

all is well here in Chihuahua, and i really hope i dont have exchanges this next week cause i just wanna stay here the whole time! but know that i love you all, and that Heavenly father loves you al ltoo. more than we can ever understand in this life. 

Happy mothers day to all you moms out there, and if you are a misionary mom, know that we love our mommas! 

have a great week everyone! 

Sincerely, 

Elder Newman 

Jason 

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**Elder Newman**

1st time trying avocado flavored ice cream! (not that bad, actually)

Photo taken April 30, 2014

Our new house! 

Photo taken May 1, 2014

Familia Ortiz, and us 4 missionaries in riberas (members)

Photo taken May 4, 2014

Familia Mendoza Silva and I (members)

Photo taken May 3, 2014

Elder Womack, Claudia, and I

Photo taken May 3, 2014

Baptism of Claudia Tovar Yepiz - family

Photo taken May 3, 2014