Monday came and we did not get an email from Tanner but we got one from Elder Gomez all in Spanish. Que gozo nos da informarle que su hijo, Elder Parada ha llegado a la misión. Nos sentimos muy bendecidos al tenerle con nosotros y compartir con Él el deseo de predicar el Evangelio a toda criatura. Es un misionero maravilloso y agradecemos por Él. Su entrenador es Elder Bundy; un excelente misionero que ayudará a su hijo a desarrollar su máximo y pleno potencial.
Saludos a la familia Parada. So we google translated it and find out what it said. What a joy it gives us inform you that your son, Elder Parada has come to the mission. We feel very blessed to have you with us and share with him the desire to preach the gospel to every creature. It is a wonderful missionary and thank you for He His trainer is Elder Bundy . ; an excellent missionary who help your child develop their full potential and full .
Stop greetings to family. So glad that we could translate it so we could know what it said and maybe tell us why Tanner did not email us.
On Tuesday Tanner emailed us. He was very happy to tell us that he was not tranferred and that now he was a trainer. His companion is from Mexico and just came from the MTC. Tanner said that he is going to work really hard with this companion because he thinks that this will be his last area and last companion because he only has twelve weeks left.
Tanner received mail from home this week and one of the letters was a postcard with a monkey on it. He told of using it for a teacher moment. In the district meeting I was the investigator in the practices and they had to find out what my problem was and how to solve it. My wife was abusive was the problem. I used the postcard to show them a picture of “my wife”. It was a very interesting practice because Elder Gardenhire acted as my wife and came home angry at me for having the missionaries over. Weird practices. Elder Gardenhire is a scary wife and isn’t very pretty either but he does know how to cook. I am glad to know that the postcards that I send him can be used as props for teaching.
I asked Tanner the best and worst of his mission. The best thing so far is when you are able to teach a good lesson and feel the Spirit guiding you to help this person. The hardest thing is when you have nothing and you have to struggle to find people that want to listen to you.
Good week this week. Tanner and his companion were able to have fourteen lessons this week and working hard to get more. The sisters that Tanner teaches in his district tell him that they like the way that he teaches. He makes them talk by basically asking questions. He makes them read scriptures and then will ask them what they thought about the scripture. Good plan.
We told Tanner that we were cleaning his room and getting it ready for when he comes home. He asked that I not throw his guitars or CDs out. Like I would do that. Silly boy!
Tanner told us about a family that he is teaching. He said, “we are teaching a woman named Alejandra who has an autistic boy named Diego. He’s always running around naked, but it kind of helped me explain why Adam and Eve needed to eat the fruit in order to understand everything better.” I told him to use pictures because Diego would really like that and his mom would be impressed that Tanner could entertain her child. He said that when they come over to teach that the mom just has Diego take a bath. I guess that why he runs around naked all the time.
Tanner sent a link about the Philadelphia temple. He really like the pictures. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/open-house-begins-philadelphia-pennsylvania-temple?cid=HP_TH_4-8-2016_dPAD_fFSRCH_xLIDyL2-2_
Transfer day!!! Tanner did not get transferred! He is staying in the same area and with the same companion, Elder Gomez. He is happy. He did get sick from something but not sick enough to stop him for working hard. He said, “Its becoming normal to get sick sometimes. haha!” I feel bad that he feels it is normal to get sick now. I hope that when he comes home that he will not get sick from eating the food here and drinking the water here.
I told Tanner to read Helaman 7:5 ” Condemning the righteous because of their righteousness; letting the guilty and the wicked go unpunished because of their money; and moreover to be held in office at the head of government, to rule and do according to their wills, that they might get gain and glory of the world, and, moreover, that they might the more easily commit adultery, and steal, and kill, and do according to their own wills—” because it totally described the world today. Tanner said’ “Wow. Well this world really is going to hell in a hand basket isn’t it? Yesterday in church someone said the Mexican government is wants to make a law that will make it so we can’t contact in the streets or knock doors. Everything will have to be through references from members. But who knows if it will actually pass or not. But no matter what the wicked do or what Satan does, nothing will stop the going forth of this Work. It is the work of our Almighty God and it will go on and not only change the world but cover it and save those that want to be saved. See Daniel 2:44-45. ” 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall breakin pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” Tanner commented, “Well, we just have to keep our standards up high and cling to the iron rod and never let go. The world will go against us completely sooner or later. We must be strong and continue in our path of bettering ourselves to be like our Saviour. God will protect us.”
We got Tanner’s travel iteranary for his trip home. He will be home November 14, 2016. So excited.
Last week Tanner said that they had 30 lessons but what he meant to say that 30 lessons a week was his goal. But that they had 11 lessons for the week which was double to what they had the week before.
Tanner told us to listen to this song if we wanted to cry. I did listen to it and I did cry. It is a really good song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rvaIZ3voOdk
For some reason we only received one email from Tanner this week. Normally we are able to email back and forth but not this week.
He said that he had a better week. They were working hard on getting more lessons. He said that they normally have only five lessons a week but this week they have 30 lessons. Big jump!!
He is still getting along with his companion. They joke around a lot because a mission can be stressful. I am glad that so far Tanner has had good companions and have gotten along with them.
We sent him a package with beef jerky in it and he loved it. I guess that you can’t get beef jerky there so it was a nice treat fro him.
Tanner is reading the Book of Mormon aloud in Spanish to help him with his pronouncation. I love that he only has four months left and he is worried about how he pronounces things.
Tough week for Tanner. But they are going to work harder and give it their all this week. They plan to contact someone every five minutes. I can only imagine how hard that would be for someone like Tanner who would rather not talk to someone without knowing them first. Tanner said, “We put our own barriers in our minds that tell us we can’t do it. but if we increase our Faith we can rip down those barriers and have success in anything we want to. I need to give everything I can. I only have 4 months left.” Love his attitude.
Even in Mexico the people bother Tanner about his “countrymen” and ask what he thinks of them. He just tells them that he really does not know what is going on in the United States and then they leave him alone. He said that he does not want to be there when the elections happen because the Mexican people will be bothering him about who wins until he comes home. Tanner will be able to vote with an absentee ballot.
Happy Fourth of July!!! First week with the new mission president and Tanner seems to like him. He said that he was cool and really relaxed so far. No changes yet! His new mission president President De Leon is from Idaho. President Hall was from Idaho also. We told Tanner about trying a new Mexican place to eat and that his dad tried Al Pastor tacos and that he thought that they were pretty good. Tanner said that he would be the judge of that when he comes home. Guess he is now an authority on Mexican food.
Last year for 4th of July a family in Tanner’s ward prepared him an American meal of hot dogs and decorated the house with American flags. I thought it was a very nice thing to do for missionaries far from home. I asked Tanner if there was a family in the ward that was like that. He said no and that he tried to avoid families like that because they would waste a lot of valuable time with them. They were good people and only meant well.
I told him that if it made him feel any better that we were not doing anything special either. He said to watch “The Patriot” but that it probably was not a good thing that a missionary was telling us to watch a rated R movie so he said to watch this talk instead. http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/elder-christofferson-religious-freedom-under-fire
Final words for the week- “Remember that we live on the promised land” True words.