August 7,2017

IMG_1278HEllllloooooo everyone!! love you guys:)
My week went well.. Seirously, I don’t remember what happened- we are SO busy! HAHA. I know we had consejo which was awesome! We were mostly in the offices and just worked hard:) I did some reports!

On Wednesday my new compi came!!! Elder Barboza came and he is super awesome!! He was a zone leader and was one of the bests. He is SUPER awesome! I love going and teaching with him, because you can see he just has power -that’s super cool! I know I am going to learn a LOT from working with him! I AM HAPPY to learn from him:)


I love it here:) I am so happy! I love you guys too! You guys are awesome! Keep up the great example for me and ALL of the other people who are out there watching you!!!

Keep your thoughts virtuoso!!! LOVE YOU!
Elder Hammond

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“While it is called TODAY”

HELLOOOO everyone! I am super sorry I wasn’t able to write on Monday – We had several emergencies and I had A TON of stuff to do in the offices. Working in the offices means our P-Day gets moved around sometimes-based on the needs of President and other elders. However, my week went well!!!
We got to teach a TON of new people so that was cool. We found three new families that want to follow the example of Jesus Christ- so that’s super happy. I LOVE working here. There are definitely lots of opportunities to learn and grows, but it is SOOO worth it!!! We should be having some baptisms this next Saturday so that is so EXCITING! I really have grown to love our investigators here and I can TOTALLY see how the hand of God has prepared them to meet us! I love it here:)))
I got to teach a Class in Consejo de Lideres (Leadership Council for the mission) so that was fun! I had worked hard and was very prepared and I went to President the night before and said, “Hey President, this is a ten minute class right?” He replies, “… uh, no, it’s 45.” HAHA But it went well and now I feel like people are motivated to contact their referrals:)
MY NEW COMPI IS COMING TODAY!!!!!!
Elder Barboza is his name and he is sadly not a pirate, but an AWESOME PERUVIAN MISSIONARY! He is super cool! I have met him before and love this guy! I am excited to see how he fits in here at the offices:)
In other news, this week we played soccer very hard, so that was a very unstressing thing:) BUT the hypermaxi ran out of rootbeer, … sad.
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We had a really cool experience this week. One of the missionaries came to the office and had some things to tell president and sadly had to go home, but he talked to us and told us some things that made me think a LOT!!! He talked about how if he would have realized his calling that he would have served with his heart. As I pondered that, I felt so sad, because I’m guessing that is how many of us will be before God. “Yeah, I did know that I was supposed to be a member missionary, but I didn’t know what that meant – didn’t feel it in my heart.” That’s … Sad! I feel like we all should be “examples of the believers”. One of my favorite scriptures, idk if I have shared this with you, its in D&C 64:25
  25 Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called atoday.
I LOVE YOU ALL!! be good examples while it is TODAY!
Elder Hammond

July 24 – Happy Pioneer Day

Hello everyone! My week went really well -I am really happy:)DSCF7712[1]

We have been trying, more and more, to be focused on having the spirit with us and loving others. Finding their needs and adapting the lesson to suit those needs and try to help. We really felt like we COULDN’T just be robot missionaries who “leaned unto our own understanding” but we had to be servants and true representatives of the Lord.

I love this work. I know that God helps us in everything. We have been focusing on teaching the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. We teach the restoration through Joseph Smith…but what he helped to bring back was the Lord’s Priesthood and the Restored GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. He brought back a knowledge of how we can be saved through Christ! He was able to receive revelation so we can do the things we need to do to return to the presence of God! That is the important part! Through Joseph Smith, Jesus Christ brought back the sealing ordinances so that we can be families FOREVER! I love this church because WE HAVE THIS JOY. the joy of the knowledge that We are going to be together forever! I am so happy when I think about this -because its literally the best blessing ever!!!DSCF7678[1]

This week was fun because we were in a trio. An elder came to go to the hospital and so he was with us:) we worked hard and did some fun divisions with others! SO we got lots of new investigators and are trying to work well with them. We had an AWESOME lesson with a family who all want to be baptized -so that is super cool!!! PLEASE pray for Georgina. She was one of the best investigators ever, and now has disappeared. So, we need to find her and see what is going on. Please help with that!!DSCF7705[1]

I also had an amazing opportunity to attend the temple with daisy! Not suret if you all remember her baptism from Bella Vista, but she is doing GREAT!!!! Going to the temple was awesome. Her family is starting to listen to the missionaries and her siblings want to be baptized too. I am so happy for them because they are getting one step closer to being an eternal family!!!DSCF7682[1]

I love you all! BE examples of the believers!!

Elder Hammond

July 17-

Hello everyone!!

I had a great week this week!!!! I have completed a WHOLE YEAR IN BOLIVIA! Its super nuts. I feel like it has gone by SOOOOOOO fast. Its kind of exciting and I’m mostly happy because it means I have a WHOLE YEAR LEFT!!! I really like it here:) I love the people, the culture and teaching the gospel!

I really had a great week! On Tuesday, we had some friends come in from the outside zones, and they came and stayed with us and we did some tramites.  (I honestly have no idea how to say that in English HAHA- It has to do with visas and like stuff so you can get into the pais and stuff:) You all got that right? like to get their carnet, which is like their IDs. HAHAHAH I have no idea. its tramites)

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Anyway, it was fun because they were all new missionaries, and they were super fun to go and work with. We found a lot of people to teach and had some amazing miracles. There is a girl named Gabi who we are teaching. she has had a lot of problems, with alcohol, drugs, and that kinda stuff. And really has some problems with self esteem. She will meet with us, but says she doesn’t believe in God. I was just so sad for her because she is super cool and we just love her and she has so much potential.  We wanted to show her that, and that GOD loves her a TON! I feel like I had experienced some of this before the mission, with a few people (who obviously weren’t as sad or had as many problems), but Satan convinced them to have SUPER low self esteem, they worried about judgments, or people jumping on them for saying/doing something. I just KNEW that I had had these experiences so that I could help Gabi.

It was super cool we just went talked with her for like 30 mins. She was crying and talking about her problems, and so we just told her everything we loved about her! That she was awesome and amazing and had potential to be a SUCCESSFUL AMAZING daughter of god. That she could do anything she wanted to, and that she mattered. We were all just crying in the end, and it was a really spiritual lesson for me. It just really made me think of Christ. Because in His ministry, he did not just go and teach usually. He just went to the people and loved them. Christ didn’t go to preach and teach to the woman who committed sin, he just went, reached out to her, loved her and told her hey, You can do better. I LOVE THIS!!! I know that when we love people, we can help them feel the love of the Savior and change. I know that.

I had a really spiritual experience I want to share:
Sunday I had a lot to talk to the lord about. Just some personal thoughts and a LOT about our investigators. I probably prayed for like an hour and a half straight and it was SO cool because I was praying about what we need to teach a specific family, and a really odd thought came into my head  – teach the law of chastity. I was like, “haha what? why would I do that?” But then I asked God if we should teach that, and I received a powerful answer! We went and taught that lesson and IT WENT SO WELL!!! It was so weird, because the mom has hated that fact that we come teach and then we taught this and she was like, “okay I want to be baptized too.” I KNOW that revelation comes from God and that He directs this work. I KNOW that He loves his children and when we are WORTHY to have the spirit, the Lord can work miracles among us. PLEASE be worthy to have the spirit in your lives! Pray before you do ANYTHING important!!! the Lord will let you know what you need to do! Its the BESTTTT!!!!!

I love you all! seriously. Have a great week! Stay awesome:)))

Elder Hammond

ONE YEAR! July 10, 2017

So this week was weird. It felt like it FLEW by, and then we realized what had happened during this week and it felt like it was three weeks actually. HAHAHA
However, it was a really good one!
At the beginning of the week we had a Leadership Counsel and it was really awesome!
(we had bbq sandwiches from an American place and it was so FOURTH OF JULY! haha, I felt SOOOO AMERICAN:))) )
I have only been in one other meeting like this with our old president, so I loved the opportunity to learn from the president and assistants. I loved president’s message about 3 nefi 27 – it was SOOO POWERFUL! I realized that we don’t do anything that leads to conversion. BUT we are the ones who can invite the spirit to testify and BRING conversion. I love that. I really tried this week to focus on personal revelation and revelation of the companionship. DSCF7592[1]

Here is some of my journal entry from Friday: Thursday was a day that I won’t forget for a very long time. I woke up just feeling like I wasn’t doing everything I could. I felt like there was something that was holding me back and not letting me become a missionary of the Lord. OR a preach my gospel missionary. I felt like I needed to repent and figure out what it was and correct my path. I know that THAT was a prompting of the spirit.

I went up to the little attic and repented of everything that I could think of, obivously nothing major- because I’m a missionary trying my best, but the little things. I just really WANTED to have the spirit with me and to be able to feel it ALWAYS. That is my new goal, that I can be temple worthy and worthy to have the spirit with me-always.
SO I prayed and felt something different. A bit light actually, like I had lost some of the weight on my shoulders. I then had my study and was working to figure out what we should share with our investigators. I was studying PMG and I felt that in EVERYTHING I should do I should talk with God first. I remembered 2 Nefi 32: 9-

“But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul.”

I HAVE to pray before doing anything, get that confirmation from him and then ACT. I did that. I looked hard and “studied it in my mind” and then prayed about my proposal of what to teach and presented it to God. I felt confirmation on some of them and some I felt no. The YES was so powerful, just asking God, “should I teach this scripture to Gabi?” and then feel that burning feeling in my chest- it was so COOL!  I just love the Lord and His spirit which gives us revelation.
But am I perfect? far from it. I knew that God had given me that revelation. And then, what did I do? I let us go to a lesson with Gabi and let my comp change our lesson plan. It just felt like something was off. I got home the next day and today in the morning I just couldn’t feel the spirit. I couldn’t feel what I needed to do.

I prayed and prayed for a bit more than an hour, and just felt badly, like something was dragging me down. I realized that the spirit was offended by me. That I had done something to not have him with me. I ended my prayer and just kept thinking what I had done. I repented some and still couldn’t recognize what it was. I went and read a talk by Elder Bednar “Ask in Faith” (thanks mom:))  and I FINALLY realized that I hadn’t had the faith to just teach what God wanted Gabi to hear. I hadn’t  been strong enough to ACT in my answer. I just felt bad… super bad.

I got on my knees again and prayed hard asking forgiveness for not acting on that inspiration. I feel so much better. I am making a goal today, that I will just say what God wants me to say. I know that it’s the spirit who does everything. I just hope that I can be a servant in God´s hands. Its funny but that’s really the only thing I want. Just to finally be consecrated, to put His will above my own. To have this love for all of the people. I just want to be “true and faithful in all things” like it says in my patriarchal blessing. I have faith, but need to grow in it more. I know God WANTS me to be a missionary who is following inspirations and His will. I am going to go back and fix the error I made, and try to appease the Spirit.

This was a cool experience I had this week. OBVIOUSLY I’m not perfect, and I know that the Lord knows we aren’t perfect. I also know that sometimes we learn the most from moments that are hard in our lives, and things we’ve messed up on. But I am trying my best!

We also had a conference of ALL the missionaries from Cochabamba:) Everyone got to meet the new president who is so cool!!!
It’s really funny… the more I get to know him the more I realize he is like the latino, mormon version of MR: NOWLIN!!!!!!! HAHAHA Presi Montoya was the head teacher in Peru in physics – he is a genius! He also has the same standing position and voice of Mr Nowlin -it’s just super funny how SIMILAR they are!!!! hahahahahaha

 

Anyway. that’s my week:) I am feeling really good, physically and spiritually:) I am trying my best to be like Christ and have pure love for others and just try to receive revelation on what are their needs.

I love and miss you all!!!!!! Here’s to another year of preaching the gospel and helping the work move along:)))

Elder Hammond

7/3/2017 Visit back to Bella Vista

HEllloooo everyone! Today was SO HAPPY for me!!!! I finally got to go back to my first area – Bella Vista and got to see some families that I missed SO MUCH!! 

Its so weird on the mission – we just meet these people, gain all of this love for them and then we are out- on to the next area. Usually its hard for the missionaries to go back to visit, so I was so happy and lucky to be able to go see some converts and see that they actually stayed “Coverts”! 


This week was a bit nuts! We had lots of stuff going on. President hansen sadly was trying to clean up the mission before the other president came, so we sent a LOT of elders home 😦 But i think it was for the better. I kind of miss President Hansen, but I know that the new president is going to be great too. AND WOW. met him this week!!!! HE IS JUST THE DEFINITION OF POWER.
We went to the airport to pick him up and it was so funny! He just came out like the new missionaries- kinda in shock and like ‘why are they singing Called to Serve in a large group of people here’. HAHA You could tell that it was just an overwhelming situation. Flying like 29 hours from Provo, and then being tired and not knowing ANYTHING about the mission. 🙂 hahaha

SO, We had a meeting with him last night from 6-8, just the secretaries and the assitants, and then they gave us ice cream and we just talked, like they were our parents!It was so funny, they like waited for us to leave and didn’t want to kick us out! hahahaha the meeting was SO COOL! 
Our new President was a 70 and you can tell that he was one- hahha he teaches everytime he talks! and EVERYTHING he says is in a short quote that is like from a general conference- like I wanted to write EVERYTHING he said down! 

He is definitely more focused on doing things simply and efficiently, and on PEOPLE. He has changed a lot of rules, and at first we were like WHATTTTTT but then we realized they were all to help the missionaries be more consecrated.
But this week we met an AMAZING FAMILY! they are ALL interested and just so willing to sacrifice what they need to so they can follow the example of jesus christ!They really are an example for me!:) I love you all!!!!!!
Elder Hammond

The Blessings of the Temple

DSCF7524[1]This week was AWESOME!!! If I named my week, it would definitely be “THE BLESSINGS OF THE TEMPLE!” We got to go to the temple with some converts from my last area, so that was awesome to go see them do baptisms! Plus, it just made me so happy to see them and know that they are reading the BOM and going to the temple all the way from Potosí! They really are converts – they are changed, not just people who were baptized. I really missed them too. Their mom is hilarious!!! hahaha

We worked a ton in the offices, and also in our area! We were just street contacting like crazy when not in the office and it was a blast! I really have gained a love of just going up and talking to the people here:) It’s so funny, they get really scared sometimes! I have to say,  “CHILL, I’m just a dude trying to make you happy and change your life!”

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I think the big lesson of this week was “and me third.” My comp told me this story about how once a general authority went to a house of a member and on his wall was a giant sign that said ” Y YO TERCERO” (AND ME THIRD) The gen auth, asked what it meant and the member replied that it meant that God is first and the rest of the people are second, and he, the member himself, is third. I LOVE THIS!!!! I want this to be my personal motto because if we are third on that list, then we have charity for EVERYONE!!! Just putting others’ needs above our own is the way Christ lived, and I have to focus to be more like him.

I think that was my week, We went to the temple as a mission this morning and it was such a RECHARGE of my spiritual battery! It was so AWESOME!!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Stay happy!
Come what may and love it! And us third;)

Elder Hammond

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