Monday, October 27, 2014

Week 22~~~

Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 21 ~~~

Pictures are from Kevin's apartment that was below standards - he has moved to a new one!!!  THANK GOODNESS!!!!

Well this week was certainly a little different. There were little hiccups with the visa, and apparently I have been living in Mexico for like 100 days illegally (whoops), but everything is fine and taken care of now. Also, we finally moved houses, and so now that I am out of the gutter, I am in this new house where I have air conditioning, no snakes or leeches, and dragon ball z drawings on the walls (it was an internet cafe before it was a house. Honestly its pretty darn cool. 

As far as things with the area go, we are moving along just nicely, we have found a girl whose mom told her she wants her to wait until she is 18 to get baptized, but the girl is awesome and has a real testimony, so it feels really weird to be giving her advice, because like its just like me, the only difference is she is 14 instead of 16. I honestly have really come to know just how important it is to get married to the right person. So many people get married and can never get a divorce here. It is honestly bad, and so many people are unable to receive the ordinances they need to be saved because they are not married and for no other reason. 
We did divisions this week, and I got to go out with a gordito (that translates to little fat person, but in spanish it sounds a lot nicer) named Elder Roque. He is honestly just so kind and loving, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This week I have really been questioning about the role of leaders here in the mission. A lot of times leaders tell missionaries to do things that are just flat out wrong, or if not wrong, they are certainly not what is best for the person (baptizing when not ready, or leaving people who really are just progressing slowly), and I have been pondering about if our leaders are our bosses in that we should just do what they tell us to, or if they council more than anything else. A ward member mentioned to me (ex-missionary) that it was the latter (he is why I have been thinking on this), and I do not see anything in the manuals about obeying leaders, but I dunno, I am just a little conflicted. 

This week like I really realized how important it is to ask questions, like not just any questions, but questions to help people learn, questions to understand people, and more than anything, questions to make sure people understand what you are trying to tell them. Its honestly essential to everything we do as missionaries, and I really have such a long way to go.  Anyways, that's it for me for the week. I am excited, I love you all lots.
Elder Standridge

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week 20 ~~ Kevin Misses; Harry Potter; Weight Lifting; and his BED!!!!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Week 19

Kevin is back in the city of Veracruz, and his living conditions are terrible...all your prayers would be appreciated!!!

(everyone) Well this week is going to be super short, but I am just going to share a little bit about what has been going on this week, and how awesome that conference was (that was honestly the best). So I got transferred from my little Santiago (I will be getting rich some day and buying a summer home in that place because I love it so much) to Progreso Veracruz, Veracruz. Which means that I am in the ghetto section of the city of Veracruz, and all I will say is that Santiago may have been poorer, but they really did not show it like they do here in this section of the city. My house, lets just say is basically borderline inconsistent with our calling(the bathroom has no roof, and there is no shower), that said, I really have treasured the chance that this has given me to grow here. Like I really really enjoy getting to experience a new trial and become a different person from living in pretty poor conditions. Another thing, never ever ever ever pray to not receive someone as a a companion, first off you will definitely receive them, second off, you might get along with them better than you think. I did that my first transfer about my current companion, and they just put me with that guy (I swear that God really has quite the sense of humor). With that in mind, I am getting along with my companion wel enough, its not a divine companionship, but we each do what we have to according to the others likes and dislikes. They say that each companion tries to teach you something about your future wife, if that is the case, I had better start with some yoga because I will need to be super flexible. My new area is gigantic, like I cannot describe how big it is and I am just talking about the area I work in. I could not run from one side to the other, and remember in mexico it is all walking. My companions former companion just finished his mission (we say he died) so he kind of stoppped caring about this transfer, which means that we have no one really to work with right now, which is awesome. I´ve been pushing my companion really hard to go contacting more, it isbashed on a ton by so many people, but I have found my absolute best investigators just through sheer pounding the 
pavement work. Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the conference, I loved it, and it was wonderful. I wish
 I could write more, but out of time, loveyou all,

Elder Standridge