Tuesday, December 22, 2015

December 21, 2015- Feliz Navidad

Hola Familia y Amigos!
  This week week we started with an exchange with the Topsham Elders.
I went to Topsham and Elder Jenkins stayed here in Farmingdale. The
exchange went super well and while I was in Topsham we were able to
teach four lessons so that was pretty good for that area. We then
exchanged back on Wednesday and we have been walking around the entire
week because we are basically out of miles now which is fine with me
because I feel more like a missionary when we are walking instead of
in a car all day. We saw the Peters again this week and R who is
the Father of the family is still struggling understanding the
Restoration so if you could pray that he will receive an answer of the
truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the Restoration that would be
great. We also were Finally able to see Todd on Saturday and had a
great lesson with him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He feels that
the things we are talking about are true but he still isn't sure if he
should be baptized so if you could also pray for him that would be
awesome. We also saw Anthony yesterday and shared the A Savior is Born
video with him and he understands how important Jesus Christ is and is
going to do better the rest of this Christmas season to remember Him.
We also had Zone Conference this week and we talked a lot about the
Enabling Power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. This is the power of
the Atonement that gives us strength to help us overcome Temptation
and anything else that we go through in life that weighs us down. We
also talked about our new mission vision for next year and it is super
awesome! We are going to be focusing on having Members invite Families
or people that they know over to their homes and then inviting the
missionaries over to teach the lessons not only to the people that
they invite over but us as missionaries will also be teaching the
Members the Missionary Lessons. It will really help to build unity
with Members and Missionaries and the Investigators will have an
immediate support system that isn't only the missionaries but also the
members. It is going to be super awesome when we start it and I would
invite everyone to invite the Missionaries into your homes.

    I know that this is the work of the Lord and that as we as
missionaries and members come together on the same team. The Lords
work will progress faster than we have ever seen it before. I am so
grateful to be a missionary and to be able to serve the people here in
New England hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and take time to
serve someone everyday of this week and remember the true reason for
the season! Have an awesome week.
-Elder Espinoza

December 14, 2015

Hola Familia y Amigos!
    This week was really good compared to last. We saw tons of
miracles this week. We were able to go to a former investigators home
named the Peters Family. They invited us right in and we were able to
teach the father and we were able to see them on Friday and  teach the
rest of the family then. We then went to visit with them yesterday and
they feed us dinner and we were just expecting to visit with them.
They are super awesome but if you all could pray for them to be more
open to accepting the message of the Restoration that would be great.
     We also just had a lot of success talking to and meeting new
people. I am super grateful that so many people were willing to talk
to us this week. It's the greatest feeling when we can at least talk
to someone for longer than two seconds before they slam the door in
our faces. It has been pretty fun here in Maine even though there
isn't as many people to talk to. All the members here are great and
are willing to do missionary work which is also really cool because I
haven't seen this kind of willingness for missionary work since I was
in Lawrence.
      I am grateful for this Christmas season and for the opportunity
I have to serve our Savior by serving others here. I am grateful for
the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ and especially for the knowledge
of the Plan of Salvation. This knowledge helps me to know and I do
know that this plan can bring greater peace and happiness into life
and it is all possible through Him whom was sent here for us. I love
my Savior Jesus Christ and would invite all of us during this
Christmas season to make more of an effort to remember Him. Hope you
all have a great week!
-Elder Espinoza

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