Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Very Merry Mission Christmas! - Mon 12/18, 4:21 PM

Dear friends and family,
Let's just say that this week was a riot, and a ton of stuff happened, including me renewing my visa (three hour bus rides are fun), our mission Christmas pary, our ward Christmas party, a zone conference, and transfers (I get to stay in Terrazas with Elder Lingenbrink!) being some of the awesome stuff that happened.
The coolest thing that happened this week though was that we had a stake activity with the Church's incitive for Christmas, and that was a blast! The Spirit was so strong, and we met so many new people!
I know that Jesus Christ was born, and that He came into the world to save the world. He came to serve, and we will be blessed for following His example in all things. I know these things to be true, and testify of them in His name, amen.
Elder DuBose
p.s. My generation from the MTC (not all of them, but a lot of them),

 my district's gift exchange.

a Christmas gift from the ward, 

and Good-bye Elder Muñoz.

Monday, December 18, 2017

You'll never believe me....Mon 12/11, 4:02 PM

We made gingerbread houses today.

And I can't really prove it either.
Dear friends and family,
So, with this Christmas season approching, I would just love to share with you guys some fun experiences we had this week. Well, one imparticular.
So, we have been singing white Christmas for the past.... like 12 days, because, well, it's Christmas, and I have this dream everynight. But, like this Friday, it got cold. Like really cold, and it got colder. We got asked to head in to our houses a little bit early. My companion and I were walking to our house, and he looks at me, and said something like is it snowing, and I said, "Well, it sure looks like it!"
But, of course this is the day that I didn't have my camera. You'll have to take my word for it!
God hears our prayers and the desires of our hearts.
I love you guys!
Elder DuBose
p.s. We made gingerbread houses today. Awesome stuff, right?

p.p.s.  (This picture is from my companion. He had his camera.) Can you kind of see the snow?  It was awesome!

My haircut (I look kind of funny)

A pretty looking Catholic church.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Awesome! - Mon 12/4/2017, 4:28 PM

And a haircut too!...It was free.

Dear friends and family,
So, things have been picking up this last week. We got some references from some of the members (always a good sign) and we saw some pretty big miracles this week.
This Saturday was amazing, and I feel like I should share one of the biggest miracles that I have seen in my whole mission. So, we have been focusing a lot on fufilling the goals that we place as missionaries (espicially in finding new people). So, it was Saturday and we still had to find like seven people, and we decided to look for potential investigatores, and ... we might have gotten lost. Just then, as we stood on the street cornor looking really lost, a lady came out of her house, and I thought, why not just contact her and ask for help. I choose a name from the list and... she didn't know who the person was, and didn't really want to be contacted. Then, a guy came up to us and said, "The elders!" He asked to come in and we taught him, the lady we were trying to contact and like five other people. 
People are being prepared at all times and God works in wonderfully mysterious ways.
Love you guys!
Elder DuBose
p.s. No pictures this week. Sorry.

p.s.s.   5:16 PM  Here's some pics, from my companion. I photobombed a few! Just for you!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Little bit at a time! - Mon 11/27/2017 4:31 PM

The sisters in our district had a baptism

Dear friends and family,
So, how have you been?
This week has been really good.The sisters in our district had a baptism, and that was a really cool expereince. It is incredible to see what the gospel will do to help change people. It can change who they are, and it helps them to become much better than they were.
The Church is true, and it has the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ being taught in it. I know this to be true!
Love you all,
Elder DuBose
p.s. a fun little thing that happened, and we got to play pool today as a district!

Monday, November 27, 2017

A really cool story! - Mon 11/20, 2:32 PM

Dear friends and family,
We went to lunch this week, and the sister (Sister G.) that we were eating with shared a really cool story I would like to share with you guys. 
She served a mission in mexico and she happened to have her sister in law with here in that area. She got the chance to teach her brother and her sister in law, and it was in the time when all of the missionary lessons where memorized. They got to the part about Joseph Smith, and she began to the story of Joseph Smith.
As she began, and throughout the whole lesson, he sister in law had like these bug eyes, and she kept looking at her, and looking around like she was confused. 
At the end of the lesson, Sister G. asked what happened. Her sister in law looked at her and said, "You were not the one speaking in that lesson. I looked at you and I saw a man that I believe was Joseph Smith." Sister G.'s sister in law ended up getting baptized and becoming a faithful member of the church for the rest of her life. 
God is a god of miracles. And Joseph Smith was a prophet!
I love you guys!
Elder DuBose
I wore out another pair of shoes

New Shoes

Poco a poquito -Mon 11/13, 4:26 PM

Dear friends and family,
A lot has happened this last week. So, the question is where do I begin?
Let my start with my trainee. His name is Elder Lingenbrink and he is from Washington State. He has a grand testimony, and is working really hard right now. We have a lot in common (mainly that we both don't speak Spanish, but we're working on that) and he is so cool.
We went around visitng the members this week just to present ourselves with them and see if there is any way that we can serve them. That worked really well. We got done with a lesson with a member and asked him if he knew one of the people that we were looking for, and he said, "Yeah! Let me take you to them!" And... he did. He introduced us and presented us to another person on the way there. It was super cool. This ward is awesome! (I think it is called Terrazas, but I'm not to sure how you would spell that...)
God is a God of miracles, and if you look for them, you will find all of the miracles, and there are many!
Les amo mucho!
Nos vemos la siguente semana!
Con amor profundo,
Elder DuBose
p.s. My companion is a little tuckered out,

I ain´t afraid of no ghosts. Jaja

Something crazy happened this week... Tue 11/7, 4:14 PM

Elder Lingenbrink and me.

Dear friends, family, and all of you in between,
We celebrated the day of the dead in Zacatecaz this last week. They have two days, the first where they remember the dead children and the last when they remember everyone else. Both days, the kids get dressed up and go ask for candy. Instead of saying like trick or treat, they have to sing a song the goes: El muerto pide camote si no se le cae el bigote. La viuda quiere una ayuda para sus povres criaturas. And, if you don't give them candy, they curse the house.
So, we had transfers this week and... I'm back in San Luis. That was a fun Saturday night. My district leader called and gave me my companions transfers (he stayed in the area) and then told my I might want to sit down. 
To make a long story less long, I'm training a new misionary here in San Luis. His name is Elder Lingenbrink and he is from Washington. Our new area is pretty amazing, and I feel like we are going to have a lot of success.
I know that the church is true, and I love you guys a ton!
Elder DuBose
p.s. Day of the Dead!

 Barrio Mineros!

My piano class

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Let me just tell you about MINE adventure! - Mon 10/30, 6:40 PM

Happy Halloween!  Love, District Mineros.

Dear friends and family,

One of our investigators came to a baptismal service this Saturday with us. It was a really cool expereince, and it really strengthened his testimony. It is a wonderful thing to see people willing to make commitments and change their lives.
Today, we also got to go see something called the Mine of Eden. It is an old mine here that they have turned into a tourist attraction! It was awesome!
And... that was about it for this week.
I know that the Church is True!!
Elder DuBose
p.s. at the start of the tour, 

the krypotonite used in the fith super man movie,

And the work goes on! - Mon 10/23, 4:39 PM

A beautiful promise (see the story of Noah in the Bible)
Dear friends and family,
Another week has come and gone super fast, and I just have to say that I'm so grateful to be here. 
It was a really good week. We had companion interchanges this week, and it was an awesome experience! I learned a lot of new stuff and I am so excited to start applying it! One of the hardest things about this area is just finding people to teach, but our district leader came and showed me that it is a lot more simple than I was thinking. Haha.
I know that the Church is true, and I am so happy about the impact that it has had in my life. God knows and loves each one of us, and He is constantly hoping that we will love Him in return!
Keep on being great people!
Elder DuBose
p.s. An awesome miracle!, 
more pictures,

and... Let's just say I'm the boss.

P-Days, Just the Way the I Like 'Em! - Mon 10/16, 4:38 PM

Dear friends and family,
Once again, P-day has come and gone. And, it went by so awesome!
None of the elders in my district has a lot of money left, so we went to the zone leaders house and played Monopoly and Clue. Even though it sounds really cheesey or weird, this has been one of the best P-days ever!
And, this week was really good. I had been praying that we could find more people to teach, but a lot of people just don't answer the door or say, "I have to be somewhere else when we talk to them in the streets." I was feeling really down, and thinking about how nice it would be if someone would call and give us a reference. Then, the phone rang. (It felt kind of like that scene from the Best Two Years.) I picked it up and a member said, "Elder DuBose. Two people just came into the chapel looking for the missionaries. We have their address and phone number. They would like it if you could call them right now."
It felt just like the scriptures say, that you are saved by the grace of God after all you can do.
Miracles are a part of the church, and sometimes they are hard to find, and sometimes they are easy to find. But they are awalys there. I know that this is the true church of God, and that His authority can only be found in this Church. He is a God of miracles; He always has been; and He always will be. 
Keep on being awesome!
Elder DuBose
p.s. the computer won't let me upload any fotos. Sorry!

Being guided by the Lord - Mon 10/9, 3:36 PM

Dear friends and family,
Wow. I wish I could just tell you all of the incredible things that happened this week, but I don't have that much time. Or that good of a memory, so I guess well just have to see how it goes. 
This week, we had an investigator comit to baptism. What a miracle that was. Our investigator (E.) was talking to us about baptism and said, "When the time is right, I would like to make the decision to be a part of this church." And one of the biggest miracles of my whole mission happened. I'm not that good at Spanish, and often backtrack on what I've said becasue it doesn't make sense. I just looked at him and said that we had prayed for him to see when he would be prepared and that the answer came to us as the 28 of october. We asked him if he would prepare for that date and E. just said, "What do I need to do? Tell me and I'll do it." 
There are so many people being prepared to recieve this gospel. And the people that are preparing them are members. E. told us that he has had so many people influence his life in this direction to prepare him. Most of them were his neighbors and friends just living the Gospel and some of his friends recognizing a dificult situation and inviting him to church. To share the gospel can be as easy as just being a friend to someone in need. I know this is the truth. I love it. This is the true church of God on the Earth today, and it becomes every man to warn His neighbor. 
I love you guys a ton. Thank you for the prayers and for the wonderful examples.
Elder DuBose
p.s. We went to sam's, 

a picture a member drew of our Savior. Love you guys!

Another EXCELLENT Conference - Mon 10/2, 4:51 PM

Watching Conference with my family
Dear friends and family,
We got the chance to watch General Conference this week. It was awesome. Another elder in my district and I got to watch a little bit of it in english. So, cool.
The messages were really important, and there were quite a few topics that ended up repeating themselves. What I'd really like to say is that I'm so grateful that we have living prophets who guide us in these last days. And, I'm super grateful for the Book of Mormon. 
I would like to share my testimony of it with you guys. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It has taught me so much, and is the base of a lot of my testimony. I know it is real. That Joseph Smith translated the book by the power of God. Joseph Smith was a prophet, and Chirst's church was restorted to the earth through this prophet. I know it is true because I have read it, pondered it, and asked God. I have received an answer, and cannot deny it. I would invite all of you to read this marvelous book, and allow it to bring you closer to God, and teach you that God is our Father, and Jesus is the Christ. I promise that if you do so, with real intent, nothing doubting, Our Father in Heaven will manifest the truth of it unto you. 
I love you guys a ton!
Elder DuBose
p.s. Some sheep beneath our house, 

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