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Monday, September 21, 2015

#12: A Big Goal to Try and Reach

Hola!  Comó esta?
This last week has been pretty good.  I feel like the days are kind of long, but the weeks truly fly by so quickly.  On Monday after P-Day, we had a multi-zone meeting with Elder Larsen who is an assistant to the (mission) President.  He extended a goal to each of us to double the attendance in sacrament meeting these next two weeks!  Our plan to achieve such a goal is by reaching out to the less-actives, and recent converts.  In order for my companion and I to double the attendance, we'd have to have 40 less-actives/recent converts in church!  It may not seem like much, but that's a lot to my companion and I.  All this week, we were spending about 80% of our time with less-actives, planting that seed of faith to attend this Sunday.  We had many families say that they would be there!  When Sunday rolled around, sadly, that wasn't the case... I was devastated!!  We tried so hard to rekindle the desire to come to church but ultimately, people have their agency to heed the words we share or not.  We have one more week to achieve our goal.  The most important thing is, to not lose faith, but to put our faith in the Lord.  It is by great faith, miracles are brought forth.

On September 16th and 17th was Mexican Independence Day.  (Some of the pictures below are from that day)  I really love the salsa here!  It has amazing heat to it and I have a couple recipes I will want to make for everyone back home! They're pretty simple recipes. Mom-I have a couple scriptures for you that I came across in my scripture study.  I think it applies really well to you and you will find peace. Doctrine & Covenants 75:23-24

23 And again, thus saith the Lord unto you, O ye elders of my church, who have given your names that you might know his will concerning you—
 24 Behold, I say unto you, that it is the duty of the church to assist in supporting the families of those, and also to support the families of those who are called and must needs be sent unto the world to proclaim the gospel unto the world.
As far as learning the Spanish language, it's coming along slowly.  Each day is better than the last and it's exciting to see the progress I've made thus far.  Fro me, I think the hardest part is hearing the words which are spoken, and be able to comprehend what they are saying.  It's defiantly much easier when it's gospel related, compared to just casual street conversations.  But the Lord has defiantly helped me along the way.  He has opened my mouth several times to speak and I don't know what I'm saying 100%, but the people understand and they can feel the Spirit in which we bring.  I've been thinking about Landon (his cousin who will be leaving on September 30th to serve in the Mexico-Cancun mission) and the things which he will endeavor!  Super excited for the kid! :)  It's crazy to think that this transfer cycle is almost complete!  The mission has taught me many things that I'll be eternally grateful for.  I'm excited to see what miracles the Lord will give us this week!

I Love you-Forever and Always,
Elder Fowler

September 16-17-Mexico's Independence Day Celebration

"Los Arcos" Three grande pizzas, 3 pitchers of lemonade,
and 5 milkshakes for $550 Pesos, that's like $35 US dollars
Not too bad if you ask me ;) 
Today's lunch...3 hamburgers for 40 pesos... That's like $2.30 in US Dollars