Work

Work, it seems just like such a simple thing, and it really is. But as a missionary, and in life itself, it means the world. There’s just a certain feeling of happiness and sense of completion when we know we’ve worked hard and succeded.

As missionary how diligent we are in the work determines a couple of things. How much we love God. “If you love me keep my commndments”. We are commnded to come here and serve the lord with all our might, heart, mind, and strength. When we do these things we re blessed. We also show to our God that we love him and care for His work.

I personally have seen this happen. My companion and I work hard, we do our best to invite people to come unto Christ and quite literally, be happy. There is however always room for improvement. We are not the best contactors. One, my companion is sometimes a bit shy, and while I don’t think I am, I don’t exctly speak the best spanish. This Friday and Saturday however we just decided to go a little bit crazy in the area of contacting. If we at all felt as though we maybe should contact somebody. We did it.

How amazing it was too. I have never been so excited to work while I’ve been here. Yeah I’ve had some success as a missionary through the Lord, but honestly I haven’t been the most successful missionary, if that even makes sense to you people haha.

To me a successful missionary is somebody who knows they are trying their hardest, doing their best to share and invite in all circumstances. While I’m not perfect at it, I am trying my hardest to do so. That makes me feel successful. Whether we’re in a bus, in a taxi, anywhere!

One thing it says in preach my gospel, I don’t remember it 100 percent, but it goes like “The secret to missionry work is work.”

I know and testify that it’s true. The most joy we can have is when we are serving our fellow men, and in turn, serving God. This is the Lord’s work, I wouldn’t be this happy and excited working quite honestly 24/7 if it weren’t. And though at time it’s difficult, the result is worth it.

Con Amor,

Elder Arnold

Francisco's Baptism

Francisco’s Baptism

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Happy Birthday Elder Arnold!

Happy Birthday Elder Arnold!

The Mexico Chihuahua Mission is a Rewarding Place to Serve

I can truly say I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but here. There are trying times, times where you wish you were speaking english, moments where you are completly physically exhausted, and I could go on. It’s so worth it, the amount of things I have learned, people I’ve seen change their lives, EVERYTHING! I love this lifestyle, completly focusing my life on the Savior and trying to be more like Him, the life I wish I could continually live, and hopefully always will.

Things that are new:

I am now in the Mission choir, pretty cool stuff.

I am learning how to cook pretty well, I make some of the best breakfast burritos ever. Sorry for the pridefulness.

I figured out pig skin and cow stomach are not foods I like too well. Although cow intestine tastes really good.

We also had three baptisms! Isabel, Eduardo, and Elizbet. All amazing people!

The most amazing story was Isabel. So this lady has been investigating the church for the past 20 years. She’s had problems with smoking, she has family problems, she’s had many baptismal dates, she’s even touched the waters of baptism, and in general she is just an exceptionally difficult lady. But anyways we dropped by her house a little while ago, and she had been free of smoking for about 2 weeks. Anyways we dropped and through the window we could see she was smoking. She let us in, went into another room, and started crying. To be honest, we had no clue what to do. We kind of just looked at each other for a bit. Eventually we started talking about what was going on. She told us that this day had been a really hectic day, her ex-son-in-law came over and apparently her husband and him got into in argument and eventully her spouse pulled a knife out on him and told him to leave. Afterwrds her daughter, who lives in her house left and they didn’t know where she went. So with all this happening she was very sad and with that she started to smoke. Right when that happened we showed up! She said she had never felt so guilty. We then explained to her that she shouldn’t feel guilty with us, we were just there to help. In fact I’ve never felt so wanting to help somebody in my life I think. Anyways we then explained the atonement of Jesus Christ and asked if she would accept a baptismal date. She said yes and was baptized this past Friday.

This work is beautiful. I wouldn’t trade these experiences for anything. I know this church is truly the Lord’s church. I know He loves each and every single one of us.

Con Amor,

Elder Arnold

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Happy New Year!!!

The mission is such a rewarding and fun experience.  I get to learn more fully how to study, work hard, budget, cook, communicate with others, and communicte with others in spanish.  It’s a very worthwhile use of 2 years.

What I truly love most is what I have learned.  I have learned so much about God and Jesus Christ, more than I would have otherwise thought I could have.  How I’m able to see Christ’s love for a person through my own person.  How I am able to invite others to change their lives to become more of what our Father in Heaven wants them to be.  How through me God can work miracles and can bless the lives of his children.

There’s an older lady, named Isabell, who we’ve been teaching, and that has been investigating for close to 20 years.  Well, my companion and I went to their house the other day and wanted to know how everything has been going.  We ended up talking about baptism and what she thought about it.  She didn’t want to give up some of her habits, and that was what was keeping her from it.  I then asked her what she wanted more … Eternal happiness or her habits keeping her from bapism.  She then responded eternal happiness.  Due to her change of heart, and all the work others have put into teaching her she’s now going to be baptized this Wednesday, and her husband is wanting to one day do the same.

I know that his church is true, I know i with all my heart, mind, might, and strengh.  It has changed my life for the better, and I have been able to see it make a change in theirs.  I love this work with all my heart.

Sincerely,

Elder Arnold

Elder Wesley Arnold serving in Juarez Villa, Chihuahua, Mexico

Elder Wesley Arnold serving in Juarez Villa, Chihuahua, Mexico

Christmas in Chihuahua, Mexico

So this week I finally had my first normal study day!!!  It wasn’t even with my normal companion … kind of frustrating, but at least it happened. YAY!!

We had two more baptisms though this week!  Kevin Picharlo and Javier Chivarier, pretty exciting especially since the latter of the two didn’t want to be baptized and wasn’t seeming interested at all, and then somebody in our zone said a few things to him and he said he wanted to now!  He had been investigating for several months at this time too.  All in the Lord’s time I guess.

I also got to be senior companion in my area for about 5-6 hours, because my companion and another trainer in our house had to go to the offices for some immigration things.  It was very entertaining I must say.

We also had a Christmas party this past Saturday.  There was so much food, it was insane!  There were about 8 people per table, and each table had 2 turkeys, mashed potatoes, salad, noodles, and soda.  It was insane!  It was funny because soda isn’t allowed here at all, and they just decided to let us drink it.  A lot of elders kinda flipped out because they hadn’t had it in so long.

Work is getting more and more entertaining.  I love it here.  I love the people, and I love the mission in general.

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​My ward had a Christmas party … and I was Jesus!!!  I got to say “Paz calmense”, which is peace be still.  But it was a little kid play, so I was huge, it was very entertaining.

Also my comp was Santa Clause!!  Such a great combination.  Although he looks a lot more like Santa than I look like Jesus.

Con amor,

Elder Arnold