A week of miracles!!

well… I would like to start this off with a quote from Confucius…. I am pretty sure it is some greek philosopher…. I don’t know, some old dude, but he has sick quotes.. anyways…

“The glory is not measured in never falling, but how many times we get up after we have fallen…”

That was an answer I recieved this week in the April 2015 conference by Elder Soares I believe… not super sure… but anyways that made me so happy.

I had interviews with President this week and I asked him this question… President how can I choose to believe… He looked me dead in the eyes. You are doing it. By waking up every morning, by working so hard, by being here, for caring, you are choosing to believe. His answer stunned me. Absolutely left me in awe. And I guess I just had never noticed it. Never thought of it that way. He told me how much of a blessing I am for him. His true love for me brought tears to my eyes. I love my mission President and will forever be indebted to him. hahaha

It's good to have good friends!
It’s good to have good friends!

Now, Dayana was baptized Saturday and it was way cool when she expressed her sweet deep testimony and feelings… but even more amazing was that same day, Olga, who I have mentioned before passed her interview and will be baptized this Saturday! She has listened to the missionaries for 8 months and never has gotten to the point to decide to really be baptized and so we have been working with her and we put the date and she finally accepted, then she passed her interview, came to stake conference, all is going well! After my comp was talking to me and he was like we just needed to put a date, a goal, thanks for your help and I was like anything I do, I do it with you. I love my comp. He is so humble. He expressed to me how hard it was to come out here on a mission because his own family did not want him to go… he is amazing. I love him. I am so grateful to be with him and I hope we have more time together than just one transfer.

Before Dayana's baptism. Awesome!
Before Dayana’s baptism. Awesome!  
This guy is amazing!!
This guy is amazing!!”

And best of all… my doubts my troubles have been comforted… in a very simple yet wonderful way that I will never forget. It is amazing how God uses trials to help us grow in so many ways.

So thankful, and today we are going to the temple!!!!!!!!! woohoo!!!!! Love you guys! Thanks for all your support!

Elder Carter

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What up Cali

So good old L.A. is treating me nice.

I was able to conquer the throne this week so I feel a lot better. Every time I change pensions it either gives me diarrhea or I get backed up… and this week I was backed up… but now it’s flowing nice and smooth. Sorry for the detailedness.

 

Sweet family!
Sweet family!

So this week was good! We helped move a family! They are so awesome! And it made my body feel so energized because I was able to use muscles I have not used in over a year. So that was way sweet!

Elder Balcazar and I, he is awesome!
Elder Balcazar and I, he is awesome!

My comp and I are doing better and talking more… It was just a little awkward at first… but now it is all good. He is awesome and is so firm in his testimony. I love being with him. And this week for breakfast I ate Nutella with bananas on bread and man… I have been missing out big time for so many years… I wished, like always, I had listened to my wise father that I should eat it. I know my family will be shocked… but I love bananas! I eat at least one a day!!!!!!! So ya.. the mission changes ya. hahaha.

Love this guy!!
Love this guy!!

So this week we prepared an investigator who is literally a super solid convert… she cleaned the church, went to the center of Lima to get things for our ward conference… and we gave her the pre interview… and all good…. until this morning… her friend that is a member calls me and tells me… hey she told me that she lied in the pre interview and so he said he is going to find out more and let us know… so right now we are just waiting… my comp is freaking out but I am helping him stay calm! hahaha. He is so funny I love the kid… it is funny though… because he is 26 years old and I am just barely 20…. hahahahaha.

So ya that is what is happening! This week we have interviews with President and also next Monday I will not write… but Tuesday!

This week we watched a video of Joseph Smith and I felt such a pure peace come over me… It was very cool! And Hermana Olga finally committed! The 31! Halloween! Woohoo! But she still needs to keep working hard and doing all she can!

So this week… I recieved a letter from my mom… and the talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland and also Elder Anderson… wow….. and Nelson… all came to my mind…. My mother is absolutely amazing and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t  for… what I have achieved is because she has helped me so much. But the example I have always had that has helped me to be what I want to be has always been my dad. You could call them a dynamic duo. I know that this is true. I know it.

Love you guys! Thanks for everything!

Elder Carter

Our tiny little room where we sleep and study.
Our tiny little room where we sleep and study.

New area… And I am in L.A.

So I was transferred to a new mission… I am now in Los Angeles…. it’s pretty fresh in Cali… soaking up the sun with my new comp… Elder Balcázar… hahahaha.

My CCM comp, me and our trainees. They were CCM comps too! Pretty sweet!
My CCM comp, me and our trainees. They were CCM comps too! Pretty sweet!

Nah, just kidding! But my new area is called Los Angeles and it’s in Vitarte! I am so stoked to be in Vitarte! Everyone has told me how great of a stake and wards it has!

My new companion is very different… President told me at transfers it would be a new change for me and it is. Very new. Here we buy our breakfast in the morning and I love picking what I want to eat! It’s so awesome!

The ward here is a lot better. They work a lot better and are more willing to work and the only weak point is the Elders Quorum… they need some serious help. But that’s why we are here right. To help them!

It was way cool, in Mosiah 18 it teaches us the requirements for baptism and we were teaching an investigator that had been listening for about 7 months and had never progressed farther than coming to church. We taught her twice this week and after lesson one I felt like wow…. we did not meet her need and so we came back and this time she said two things that were keeping her from being baptized… her husband… and herself… and all of a sudden in my mind it says… ask her if she doesn’t feel worthy… and I asked her and she was kind of taken by surprise and then the requirements for baptism came to my mind and we read it together and then I asked her if she felt like she could complete these from now on… and she said yes… and so then I was like well then will you be baptized? We put a goal for Halloween with her and she came to church and participated! It was way sweet!

My 2nd comp., with his comp who was in the CCM with me!
My 2nd comp., with his comp who was in the CCM with me!

Anyways… about my new companion… well President told me it would be a new change and a new change it was… hahahah. To be honest… to sum up our relationship… would be in one word… awkward. Straight up awkward. I try to make jokes, have fun and he doesn’t laugh… doesn’t understand the joke or gives me a pity laugh. I try to ask him questions and he gives me one word answers and yeah… kills the conversation. I understand why it is a new change now… I love new challenges right… that is what I asked for from my Father in Heaven and so I am going to do all I can to help him and also learn from him!

I got the nice warm welcome from this ward by having the opportunity of talking in Sacrament Meeting and they told me to talk for 5 minutes just 2 days before… ya all good… then they tell my right as the meeting starts that my message will be 15 minutes instead… hahahahaha. Yeah it turned out to be 10 but it went well! hahaha.

Our pension is good… I have been a little backed up lately… but ya all good! hahaha. I enjoy it here and am excited to know new people and see what I can do to help the Lord in his great work!

I read in Doctrine and Covenants today in section 19 verses 29 through 41 and if anyone has doubts about going on a mission serving in your calling, I invite you all to read it.

I know the church is true and am so thankful for all the many blessings I have recieved!

Thank you all! Have a great week!

Elder Carter

A full week

Birthday cake!
Birthday cake!

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Another birthday cake!
Another birthday cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow… what a wonderful week full of spiritual guidance that I needed from the Lord!!!!!

Thank you all for your prayers and support! Well this week we had a ton of lessons planned with new investigators and we were super excited for the new fruits from the hard,long and tiring contacting we did last week. We saw 2 new investigators in the whole week… it was hard and 2 progressing investigators did not come to conference and were busy this weekend so who knows what is going on there… but good old Macario came and man is he faithful! hahaha. He has a remembering problem and thought church was at 6 in the morning so he got up at 5 and went to our church building, he can barely walk, and then when he got there and no one was there he returned. We passed by at like 10:30 to go to conference and he had a big smile on his face and was ready as well to go again. I cannot explain the pure example he is to me. He honestly does not understand much we teach him, and what he does understand, he doesn’t remember, so it is hard to teach him. But he is awesome!

Well my companion, my son, survived his training with me… hahahaha. I don’t know if he always liked me… and I can’t say I always wanted to be with him. We talked about the first day we met and he said he saw me walk in and was like, “no, anybody but him” and I saw him and was like “Naha… its not him”, but the Lord put us together for something and I learned something that is for sure! I loved this time with him even though it was really hard and we didn’t always get a long. I had to take some serious constructive criticisim from him but it made me a better person and I hope he will always remember that I always wanted the best for him.

Well sadly… I think I will be transferred. I talked to Bro. Orellana yesterday and when I told him we might pass by tomorrow to say goodbye he was no, do not tell me that. Freak.

I will miss this guy so much! Bro. Orellana, the best!
I will miss this guy so much! Bro. Orellana, the best!
The Orellana family made me the most awesome birthday cake!!
The Orellana family made me the most awesome birthday cake!!

I am going to miss him and his wife so much! They are the best! We had the best times and wow to see how they attended both sessions Saturday and priesthood. And Sunday in the morning and they have to come to the church building to watch it! I remember in my own house I had the pure revelation from God at my finger tips and was too lazy! Are we making the gospel a priority in our lives? Are there things that keep us from drawing closer to our Father in Heaven? Are we losing revelation from God because we are simply too lazy to turn on the television and participate in the buffet of blessings (like J.J. Norths) hahahahaha.

Anyways, I thank you all so much for all you have done! Until next week! I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet, felt the peace and also I felt the comforting that the Lord was and is guiding me through this wonderful trial!

I love this gospel and the message that President Uchdtorf gave.. are we making this gospel too complicated? I think so… hahahahaha Love you guys,

Elder Carter

Birthday meal my companion made me! Yumm!
Birthday meal my companion made me! Yumm!