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.