Monday, June 26, 2017

We went to a small town this week. - Mon 6/19, 4:10 PM

My new pancho

Dear friends and family,

We went to a small town called Real de Catorce for P-day today. It was really cool. I got some cool stuff, and we had some cool lessons this week. 

I was reading in 1 John for my personal study this week, and I learned a lot about the atonement. It was a really good book. And I just feel so grateful for the atonement in my life. I know it is a real thing. Not just something that we talk about in the church to sound impresive. It is a critical part in God's plan for us. I know and testify of that.

Love you guys a ton!

Elder DuBose
The three whitest mexicans I have seen 
  My gringos,

A cockfighting ring  
A bull fighting ring.
Four of the elders in the branch.

 Some selfies. 

 A really big hole in the ground. It was at least 10 seconds deep. 

 Love y'all

Ummmm... So not a whole late happened this week. Except... - Mon 6/12, 4:15 PM

Dear friends and family,
So, not a whole lot happened this week. Except we just ended the long drought of baptisms here in Matehuala, San Luis Potosi! And we didn't even have to do a whole lot, we basically just found the kid. His parents are recent converts, and he had been going to church with them and had had all of the lessons with the missionaries. We just re passed everything, and he was so excited. 

The gospel is true. It changes lives, and it will change your life if you will let it. I have seen that a few times out here, mostly in my own life, but also in the lives of the people that I have been teaching. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ restored again in the earth! And it is the most wonderful news that you can hear. The heavens are opened, and revelation is guiding the church of Jesus Christ here in the Earth. I bear testimony of that. 

I love you guys, and thanks for all the prayers.

See y'all next week!

Elder DuBose
Elder Holdaway
  (if you move the two pictures back and forth really fast, it looks like he is opening and closing his eyes. Haha),
A cool car sticker that we found 
(If you like the Avengers)

 Miguel de Leon right before the Branch President baptized him.
More pictures at his Baptism.

What an adventure was today! - Mon 6/5, 4:29 PM

A view of the Valley that we are in.
Dear friends and family, 
Today was an awesome P-Day! We got to go to a little town in our district called Villa de la Paz and it was beautiful. Like really beautiful. We could see basically all of the county that we are in from up there. 

We bought our food, washed our clothes and headed out to find a ciber so I could write you guys. I wrote my letter to the mission president, and went to write all of you and ... the internet went down. Elder Cornejo walked for like an our to every single ciber in our neighboorhood and everyone had the same problem. No internet. We were about to go back to the house and instead just kept walking, and we found one ciber that no one had told us about. And hear we are. 

Now, that might be kind of silly, but that was an awesome answer to a prayer. I know that God hears our prayers, even the smaller ones, and he will answer them. 

Love you guys,
Elder DuBose
Some modern art
  An old arena (where they made chickens fight to the death).
 Where they kept the chickens.
 More pictures! 
(including some surealist art and 
a super torta)

 I hope the pictures turned out good. I'm not the best at taking them. 

This is going to be fun! - Mon 5/29, 4:18 PM

Dear friends and family,
It's hard to believe that another week has gone by, but I'm writing all of you right now, and I guess that means that it is monday again. Haha

Everything is going well here in Matuehuala. We've just been looking for people to teach. And we have found a few. One is an old investigator of the elders before they closed the area. His wife is a less active, but wants to come back to church, and he has been investigating the church. We meet with him on Sunday, and gave a lesson about gifts that you can recieve from the Spirit. And then we tied it in to how that God wants to give him a big gift. The gift of the Holy Ghost. We extended the baptisimal invataion and he accepted. He's going to keep on studying it out to make sure, but he told us that he believes the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the church of Jesus Christ restored again in the earth. He also believes that the Book of Mormon is true.

And, just like our investigator, I know that it is true. I know that God, because He loves us, has once again restored the Church of His Son, and all things pertaining unto to it, to the earth again. This restored Church, Gospel, Priesthood authority, and all the ordaninces we need to return to the presence of God are found here, in the Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that this is true, and I testify of it, in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love you guys a ton!
Elder DuBose
p.s. i hope the pictures make sense. I couldn't quite see what they were, soo... Good Luck!

Adios, Oriente, Hola Matehuala- Mon 5/22, 3:58 PM

My last selfie with Elder Boyer as we left the house.

 Dear Friends and family,
This was a little bit of a bitter sweet week for me. So, ummm..., we found a golden investigator back in Oriente. We taught him one lesson on Saturday, he accepted the baptismal invitation, and Elder Boyer and I were doing awesome. Then the zone leaders called later that night, and said, "We have your transfers." and I got moved to Matehuala (you might have to spell check me on that) to reopen an area with an Elder Cornejo. It's going to be awesome! 
We got here this morning at about 10, and got all our stuff moved into our house, and then we just kind of walked around. There are two branches of the church here right now, but Elder Cornejo and I have plans to change that. It's a lot smaller of a town than San Luis was, but I feel like I'm going to like it a ton. We've meet a few of the members and they are extremely helpful.
I just love being out here.
Elder DuBose
p.s. My last selfie with the elders of Oriente (theyre all still there, if you want to go visit them)  

My first selfie with Elder Cornejo. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Dear Oskar, Thank You for the Reference - Monday 5/15/2017 4:48 PM

Look for the american quarter.

Dear Friends, Family, and anyone else that is on this list,

We had an awesome experience this week with a reference from the Church headquarters. We were sitting there, in our house, about ready to leave for a long day of trying to talk to random people in the street when suddenly our phone started going off like crazy. (I was going off for like three minutes straight with text messages. I thought it might explode because it is just a simple little thing without a lot of memory). We couldn't even open it up because when we would try, we would get another message. When it finally stopped, we had not only one, but two references from an elder in Mexico City named Oskar, who referred us to his aunt and his uncle the lived in our area. We went to go contact them, and ... the aunt wasn't interested. So we went allllll the way next door to the uncle's house and his son answered. We told him that we were here to share a message with him, and asked if we could give one right then. He accepted, but told us that he doesn't really believe in God all that much, and that a lot of people had tried to convince him otherwise, but no had succeeded. We taught about prayer and I shared my testimony of prayer with him. He said he would ask tonight if God existed and we set up an appointment to meet him the next day. 

When we showed up at his house the next day, he looked pretty happy. We talked to him a little bit, and then began the lesson. We asked him about the night before and he said that he felt "a peace that (he) couldn't really describe." He still says he doesn't know for sure if God's there, but he is definitely sure he felt something that he had never felt anytime before that he had prayed. I know that what he felt was the Holy Ghost and that if he keeps asking, that feeling will get stronger. 

And I know that feeling. That feeling of peace that you can't really describe. I know it was God talking to me, and I know that "if any of you lack wisdom" and you decide to "ask of God" (see James 1:5) He will answer you questions through the Holy Ghost and through other people that are in you live as well. All you have to do is look and listen for it. 

I love you guys a ton. 

Elder DuBose
A spider that was chilling in our house

Elder Cortez tried to write the word Andy on my left shoe when we were in a meeting. 

Thanks for the chance to see y'all - Monday 5/15/2017 4:32 PM

Cinco de Mayo- Mon 5/8/2017 4:18 PM

Dear friends and family,

This week was Cinco de Mayo. I learned a lot. So, basically what it is is a commemoration of the battle of the Puebla. (And for those of you who don't know what that is, That's okay. I didn´t know either, but here is what I learned) The battle of the Puebla was a battle that the Mexican people of the state Pueble won against the french. 

We had exchanges that day, so I had the pleasure of heading off with our zone leader Elder Muñoz. From Puebla. And here I was with my ancestors from France. Yeah, I don´t know how funny that is looking at it written down, but it felt pretty funny when it happened....

So anyway, on to something a little bit more spiritual. Elder Muñoz and I contacted a lady and (it was so cool, and I wish you guys could have seen it) Elder Muñoz just kind of started talking to her. After a few seconds, he pulled out a copy of The Family: A Proclamation to the World and asks her to read a paragraph. She said we could maybe come back and visit her if she has the time (which is awesome), but I would like to talk a little about what he shared with her. So, what he shared was basically that families are stronger when we pray and follow the example of Christ in our homes and families. And how true that is. There is a power that we have in prayer. There is a power that we have in following the example of Christ. The better we become, the closer we come to Him, and the happier we become. 

Really, I love families and I love prayer. These are two gifts that God has given us to help us in this life. I know that's true. 

Love you guys,
Elder DuBose
p.s. Don´t really have any pictures this week. Sorry.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Another week has come and gone...-Monday May 1, 2017 5:56 PM

Tracting we found a Green House.

Dear family and friends and everyone in between,

This was a cool week. So, I'm pretty sure it was sometime in the last two weeks that we randomly meet a member from another state here in our area. We talked to him, said goodbye, and ran into him again in like an hour. He was a really nice guy. Then, he asked if he could introduce us to his sister and her family. Of course, we said yes. 

We had a lesson with them this past week. It went really well, so now, all we need to do is invite them to church. 

It was also Elder Boyer's birthday this Saturday, and since all the members were at the Mexico City Temple, they threw a little party for him today. 

That was about it for this week. 

Love you guys a ton!

Elder DuBose
 A picture one of the other elders drew of me on the Bishops white board. 
Elder Boyer and I with our cake. 
The one time I forget to put on sunscreen.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Well, where do I begin... Monday April 24, 2017, 3:31 PM

Dear family and friends,

Elder Boyer and I didn't have a lot to do this week, most of our investigators couldn't meet with us. So, we went tracting! For hours! and days! And, we found a few people that didn't want to meet with us. 

Yup, but we did meet with one sister that seems nervous a lot of the time. Hopefully, we can help her find the peace that comes from following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

I know that even though life gets hard, and sometimes you feel like no one is listening, there is Someone who knows. And He can take away your pain and fear, if you will just let Him. And all He asks is that you follow Him. I testify of that, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love all of you guys!

Elder DuBose
p.s. I left my camera at the house, but I don't think I had any pictures, so... maybe next week?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Sí, somos americanos- Monday, April 17, 2017 4:44 PM

My Birthday Package

A belated Christmas Card

Elder Boyer and me on our first Sunday.

(But how luck is that, to have Christmas, my Birthday, and Easter all in the same week!)

Dear friends and family,

This week was a little slow. So, it was (as far as I can tell) Spring Break, and on top of that, the week of the Passover. So, everyone was either out of town, had family over for the whole week and didn't have the time to talk to us, or was busy being Catholic for the Holy Week and just didn't really want to listen to another religion. Yet, I managed to learn a lot. 

That is one really awesome thing about having an american companion. There has been a ton more people talking to us, so ... yeah. (If only they hadn't been busy) Sure, my accent hasn't gotten better (but it hasn't gotten worse), but I have learned a ton of new words, and how to study a lot better during language study time. It has been an awesome week. 

I hope you all had a good Easter Sunday! I just want to tell you all that I know that He lives. The tomb is empty, and He is alive. He lived, He died, but, most importanly, he rose again on the third day. 

I love you guys.

Elder DuBose

Monday, April 10, 2017

Hello, Bishop, this is my new companion... Mon April 10, 2017 4:48 PM

Elder DuBose, Elder Can and Elder Boyer

Dear friends, family, and the guys at the CIA that constantly monitor everyone´s e-mails,

So, we got the call last night that, since I've just finished my training, we would be having transfers. Elder Can has been moved to the state of Aguascalientes to the same ward he was in for a year as the secretary of the mission. This was his prayer for who knows how long (he really loves that ward. Like a ton) and it just testifies (mainly because he said nothing about that to the mission president) that someone really does hear and answer your prayers. I'm still in the Barrio Oriente and my new companion is Elder Boyer, another six foot tall American from Utah. And all the girlies say we're pretty fly for some white guys (and if you get that reference, I'm sorry but I had too.)

But anyway, before we got that call, Elder Can and I had a baptism! It was awesome, but I unfortunately don't have any pictures of that, yet. Elder Can said he would send them to me the minute he gets the chance. Look for those next week. But that was awesome. There is a power that God has over you, a change that will take place, if you'll let him into your heart. I saw it really strongly this week with Eduardro, and it's kind of hard to describe, but you know it when you feel it. 

Love you guys tons, and can't wait to see you next week. 

Elder DuBose

  My last photo with Elder Can

 A funny little thing with some older Book of Mormons
Our last district meeting with Elder Saquic who will be arriving at his home today

Toothbrush #3

Monday, April 3, 2017

I hope you all saw General Conference this weekend - Mon April 3,2017 4:30 PM

and could maybe tell me what happened...

Dear friends and family,

Just kidding. I think I understood most of what happened. (Though I might have fallen asleep for one or two talks...)

Really, though. That was an awesome conference, wasn't it? The best part was definately seeing and hearing the testimony of President Thomas S. Monson of the Book of Mormon. That was one of the most heart warming things I've seen in a long time. It was so beautiful. And we had an investigator with us when he gave it. I know for sure that our investigator felt the Spirit during that time (mainly because he still wants to get baptized!)

We had a lot of training this week, and I learned a lot of stuff. Really this work is awesome. 

I'll also be finishing my in-field training this week, so that means I could get transfered next Monday. So, if you don't hear from me next Monday, you'll hear from me this tuesday or wednesday.

I love you guys, and I know God loves you guys too.

Elder DuBose.
p.s. we saw a muesem of masks this week. Here are the pics