Monday, February 29, 2016

Transfers and I'm staying in Bacobampo with Elder Sanchez

Hello everyone hows it going :) sounds like the Provo Temple openhouse is going on thats pretty cool :), I have seen the videos and it looks amazing, that is such a blessing to be able to go through the temples and see whats in them, but its cool and all to see the temple from the inside, but even more special is to work and bring about the ordanances in the temple, that is when we comprehend the signficance of all the things and why they are. I have truly develoveped a testimony of the temples here in the mission, its amazing and I love to see the members here get so excited about going to the temple, because its such a blessing for them and also a sacrafice, but they are willing to do it, because of the blessings, and the promises they have made with our Father in Heaven, I hope that we can all take advantage of the blessings of the temple, and always draw nearer unto the house of the Lord.

It was a pretty good week this week we had a challenge with the sickness this week lots of people got sick! and it really affected the work, but we are hoping that they are feeling better, so we can keep on working with them, we did divisions this week, with Huatabampo, so that was pretty cool, haha I'm sorry my mind is super blank right now and i dont have a whole lot of time but, just to let you all know super quick we had transfers today, but I didnt get Transferred I'm still her in Bacobampo! haha with Elder Sanchez we are super exctied to keep working together and we hope to see lots of miracles this week, Rosa went to church again and knows she has to get baptized but ahhhh wont accept a baptismal date!! ahhhh haha, but we are going to keep working with her she is basically a dry member.. a investigator that hasn't got baptized haha, but thanks for all your praryers and everything sorry for the Email, I'll be sure to get you guys a better one next week thanks for all your love and support, This is the true church, share it with others and you will see the blessings through sharing the gospel! :)  

I love you guys so much
Love Elder Tanner 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Hello everyone I hope you guys had an amazing week :) it was a pretty good week, a lot happened, but we also realized that we still have a lot of work to do :) Tuesday we went with Rosa in the morning and we talked to her about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and she really liked, it is amazing how Christ truly took upon himself the sins of this world I don't think we will ever comprehend the suffering of our Savior in Gethsemane, all we can do is thank him and do everything to please him, we also went to visit Jesus and Andrea that live super far away, we went in hitchhiking and we had to walk a little ways but we found a member that gave us a ride all the way to their front door ha-ha super cool :) we taught them about the Plan of Salvation, one of my favorite messages, because it gives us such a perspective of the life right now after and before, I know that we have to know where we came from to know where we are going :)  we also had to put a move on it because we had a appointment with a less active sister named Griselda and well she's a little crazy ha-ha I like to say that it would be like Uncle Parky but in lady form ha-ha, and I didn't realize that we were late when we finished the lesson with Jesus and Andrea and my comp was like hey we have an appointment with a person in like 5 minutes and I asked him who and he said Griselda and I didn't even answer, I just starting running ha-ha and he was like hey WHY ARE YOU RUNNNING? and I answered SHES GOING TO KILL US IF WE ARE LATE!!! ha-ha well we got there on time. 

Wednesday we went with Jesus and Andrea to talk about their marriage plans, and it was super cool, they want to get married in the temple and be sealed!!! ahhh super cool, but we have to work little by little, so we talked about the plans, and explained that we are going to help them do it!! but they have to do their part, in studying and saying prayers, and Jesus was like and the most important thing is To have Faith :) it was super cool he has truly grown so much spiritually, we also taught Eva the Restoration and she loved it. It was awesome! we talked to her about her baptism and she's a little scared but wants to do it :) ha-ha we also spent 20 minutes with a sister explaining that God is our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is his son ha-ha she was a little grandma and couldn't quite understand it ha-ha we used a ton of examples ha-ha patience is the key in the mission :)  

Thursday we went to Navojoa for a conference with Pres. Munive and Sister Munive and it was super good Sister Munive was very serious about our way to dress and how we act that its important that we look and act like representatives of Jesus Christ, because its the first thing the people see its like that sticky note Dad has in Triple T, the customers Eyes. I always liked that because its really true :) We also had our family home evening in the house of Prayer and me and my comp gave the message about the Sabbath day and how to respect it and live it :)   

Friday we worked in some of the little towns and I'm getting a little better with speaking the Indian Mayo ha-ha its super fun to learn, but we had to travel a ton because we went to like 4 different towns and we were super tired we were returning home on a little dirt road at night ha we couldn't see a thing and I just about fell in a ditch super cool :) 


Saturday we got all out of work done but we went with Rosa and she is still doing super good, and learning lots and wants to get baptized but wants to wait till May so that her kids that are out of town are home to see her get baptized we talked to her about it and explained that its better to get things done rather than wait, because we loose blessings so, we are going to keep trying to help her understand that, we also went with Jesus and Eva and Eva wants to wait a little bit more to get baptized... we made another baptismal date with her for the 19 of March so we are going to help her and Jesus get married before this day, they are super excited, but Eva is a little nervous. Please pray for her about baptism and marriage. 

I don't have a whole lot of time left I know I didn't write a whole lot but I'll do better next week :) Thanks for everything guys I Love you all so much :) 

Love Elder Tanner 

Monday, February 15, 2016

hello Everyone, sounds like your all doing good, and that's awesome that its the open house for the Provo temple ahhh that's so cool enjoy it I bet its beautiful!! so I don't know if it told you guys but we bought some bikes, because ha-ha President Munive didn't want to buy us Motorcycles... ;) but we bought 2 bikes from a pawn shop here, that are pretty good ha-ha they don't have breaks but, its all good, and now we are going to work a little bit faster and easier, because of the little towns. 
Tuesday we had our district meeting, it was good, than we got back to Bacobampo, and ate and then we had to start our trip so remember Andrea and Jesus, how we are working with Jesus and his baptismal date is for the 27 of Feb. well they live pretty far away, in a little town, the first time we went it didn't seem to far way because we went with our branch president in his truck, but yeah its far away ha-ha so we left on our bikes and we were trying to find it, because its just a little dirt road and your cutting through fields, but we got there and we were able to teach them a really good lesson, we taught about Joseph Smith the restoration and the Book of Mormon and its so cool because they are reading as a family in the book of Mormon and praying together and everything and when they have a question they work together to solve it they are awesome! so we taught them and finished and, as we were returning back to Bacobampo it got dark so we were riding our bikes on a dirt road without light ha-ha it was pretty intense, but a car passed us and we watched it as it fell into a ditch, ha-ha, I think the dude might have been a little drugged, but we pushed his car out of the ditch and it tore off his front bumper head lights and all ha-ha, and he got out and was like woops, ha-ha didn't see the ditch, ha-ha we pushed him out and he went on his way with his front bumper and lights dragging ha-ha, it was the weirdest thing haha. but we got back to Bacobampo safe and sound haha,  

Wednesday we had a lesson with Rosa in the morning and we had to teach her about Adam and Eve, ha-ha its always an interesting lesson with people that have been in different lessons, but we were able to explain it well and she understood the importance of them partaking of the fruit, she accepted to be baptized but still doesn't want to accept a date!!! ahhhhhh haha its so hard to hear that when we know that she is ready!!! she knows its true and she knows she has to get baptized ahahha! but thanks you for your prayers and please keep praying for her :) she will get baptized  

Thursday we were able to have a lot of success! we talked with and taught a lot of people and were able to find some new investigators we taught a guy that has a awesome mustache its so long that he had pony tails in his mustache that are like five inches long I was going to ask him how long it took to grow it, but I didn't haha, he's  a good guy, but we also went with Randy because we ate with his grandparents who are members, and we talked to him a little bit about baptism and he also wants to get baptized but doesn't want to accept a date either!!! We invited him to pray about the date we put with him and he said he would pray, but I asked him if God answers his prayer that he should be baptized the 26 Of march would he get baptized and he said no, that is something normal that I have heard on the mission, and it truly does amaze me that the people are willing to deny the answer from God, and its really sad because they are putting the Natural man first, The invitation from and example that our elder Brother set was to do the will of the Father, many times when making decisions in life we should do an introspection and ask ourselves what it is that God wants us to do and not what we want to do but we are going to keep working with Randy :) also we went with Eva, and had a lesson with her member husband Jesus Ramon, and we talked about the Prophets and the importance of a prophet in these days :) they understood really well and we asked Eva if she would be baptized and she said Yes!!! whooo, but she wants to learn more before we put a date so we left them with some homework to study about baptism and we told them we would come back in a few days to see if they have questions, and to help them understand it better :) we also explained to her husband Jesus Ramon that is member that he would be able to baptize her and he got really excited about that so hopefully that helps them :), we also went with Jesus and Andrea that live in a far away town ha-ha I'm just going to call it far far away like in shrek haha, but this time we went in hitchhiking, we had a lot of luck and got a ride from a member that is from Navojoa, and I was able to talk to him a little about Navojoa since I was there for a good while haha, he took us right to the house of Jesus and Andrea, and we were able to give them a quick lesson and, then we went back to Bacobampo in a bus, because as we were walking down the highway a bus passed so we hopped on and got back to Bacobampo :) they are still super excited about the baptism but there is a little problem, they aren't married... and Andrea is married with another guy but doesn't live with him obviously, so we have to divorce Andréa and her ex-husband and marry Andréa and Jesus so he can get baptized, its going to be interesting but we are asking Pres. Munive for help and he gave us the number of Lawyer in Obregon that is member so we are going to call him tomorrow and see what he can do for us :) please pray for them so that they can prepare and do the things necessary to get baptized :)  

Friday we took this day to work in the little towns we worked in 3 little towns the first one is called Campitos, then Rodeo, and Wirachaka, we were knocking doors in Campitos and we were able to teach some people, but the whole town is catholic haha there is just one church and its a catholic so they weren't all to open to hearing us but then we went to Rodeo to eat with our Branch Pres. and work in his town, then we went to Wirachaka we were able to visit some less actives and invite them and investigators that we found to church.  

Saturday we had a power house lesson with the sister Adeliza and Rosa, Adeliza shared her testimony about baptism and we talked about our purpose in this life and we explained that there are 5 principles that we have to live in this life to live with our Heavenly Father, they are have faith, repent, get baptized, receive the holy ghost and endure to the end and we asked her what she lacks and she said it bright and clearer than day baptism haha so we invited her to be baptized and she said yes, but didn't accept date!! haha, we also went with Eva and Jesus to invite them to church and they said they would go so that was awesome! and we were able to visit a lot of people and invite them. 

Sunday!!! whoo the big day we got to the house of prayer 45 minutes early and when we got there Rosa was showing up and investigator!! more than 30 mins early to church!! we were shocked she just said she wanted to make sure she didn't show up late so she could take the sacraments haha!! she has to get baptized! also Eva showed up Adriana the girl that we are teaching whose mom wont let her get baptized, and also Andrea and Jesus came from far far away everyone was befriending our investigators it was really cool and Rosa is going to a relief society activity with the sisters to make desert for the family night we are going to have :)  we talked about our plan this month in the branch council and we explained that we are hoping to be able to baptize Jesus, Adriana, Eva, and Rosa this month but we need the help of the members so we are going to see what we can do and hopefully it will all work out... We know its going to work out, and please have faith you guys and pray for this people so that they can get ready and feel the desire to be baptized this day the 27 of February, I Know that we can do it!! 

Thank you guys for everything and I hope that you all have an awesome week :) and I know that we are going to see lots of Miracles this week :) 

Love Elder Tanner 

Monday, February 8, 2016

1 Nephi 19:17

So this week was pretty awesome! even though I got kind of sick we were still able to see lots of miracles and blessings :) Tuesday we were able to find a guy in the street,actually he found us haha his name is Felipe haha we were in front of the house of prayer waiting for a sister to arrive and accompany us to a lesson, but she never showed up haha.. but while we were waiting there, Felipe showed up and was like hey are you from Utah? I told him yes and he told me that he had lived in Ogden for a long time, working washing windows for the banks, he said he really liked it, we invited him to have a lesson in the house of prayer with us, but he said he was busy but we made an appointement with him for that same day in the night and so that night we had a really cool lesson with him and he explained to us his desires to change, but didn't want to get baptized.... haha oh well, we are going to keep working with him, because I think he just needs to learn more about the church and the importance of it and of baptism, Wedensday we had a family night with a sister that is so amazing her name is Sister Adeliza, she's like our little grandma haha she does everything for us, she always washes our clothes and makes us little treats, and she is the only member in her family and she really wants her family to be members too, so we decided to have a family night with them and it was pretty good, we were able to teach some of her kids and grandkids, but they explained that they are already in a church, and she and us understood that and we had to respect their decision, but it was still a really big sucess because we gained the confidence of them and it was a good family night, Sister Adeliza really liked it :) but this day and Thursday is when I didnt feel so good :), so we couldn't get a whole lot done but we were still able to visit some people. Friday we had our zone conference in Navojoa, it was really cool, they talked about the importance of using members in the work and it is so true we really can't do it without the members. We got back kinda of late, and this day we had to go to a little town far away so didn't get to eat until really late like at 4 or 5 but it was alright because we had a lot of luck because a guy pulled off to the side of the road and gave us a ride so that was really cool :)  We had a lesson with Rosa Saturday haha there are times when I realize how much the mission has taught me patience because there are alot of times when I'm ready to break out yelling and running down the street because the person knows that the message is true but doesn't want to accept it haha, so the lesson with Rosa was super good, but thats the thing, she knows its true, she loves to read the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets that we give her and she knows that she has to get baptized, but she doesn't want to do it haha she won't accept a baptizmal date, haha so we are battling with that, we think that we have to bring members with us so she can feel the influence of the members and feel their love and maybe that will help her get baptized :) we were able to invite lots of people sunday and wow we truly saw the blessings and work of the Lords hand this day because we had a tone of people come out. Sunday we changed the time schedule from 9 to 10 because its super cold in the morning , and we thought that it would make it eaiser for the people to get ready and also so that the people who live in far away towns can come on time :) we had 30 people in the house of prayer !!! it was awesome and even cooler is that we had 6 investigators!! haha I'm sure it doesnt sound like a lot for you guys but we have been having 12 or 15 people every Sunday and it doubled this week super awesome and we had lots of investigators, and so many things happend sunday haha i want to talk about it and I hope that I have enough time to write it all, so sunday we had a lot of people come out Rosa came, Adriana, A family that we are teaching that lives in a little town super far away!! and Eva the wife of Jesus Ramon that want's to be sealed some day!! super awesome also some less actives from a little town came! that was super awesome, but I'm learning a lot as councilor in this little branch I'm sure I dont know how dad feels but I think I'm getting a little taste of it and its cool I love it and I'm sure he loves it too thats why he spends so much time in the church sundays and mutual days :) thanks for the amazing example Dad and Mom for always magnifing your callings, but this sunday a girl from one of the towns came out she was a really active member but she got sick because she recently had a baby, so she hasn't been able to come but she is starting to come back, with her Mom and Dad, but she doesn't have the support of her husband he is a member but isn't active, so she showed up with her newly born baby and she had told us and the branch Pres. earlier that she wanted to present the baby girl and give her a blesing one Sunday well it was this Sunday and it was cool and all but I was a little suprised when we asked her who she wanted to give the baby the blessing and she choose me haha, so I had to give a baby blessing this Sunday without knowing before hand haha super crazy but it was cool, all sorts of stuff happens in the branch haha but it truly was a really special spirit, I'm sure its how Jordan felt when he gave the blessing to Camden just a couple weeks ago, but I also had to direct the music. That's right, Elder Tanner that before the mission didn't even sing hymns had to direct the music, haha I have really learned the beautiful spirit of the hymns they truly are so beautiful haha I'm sure I looked a little goofy directing the music but it was cool :) I also gave my testimony this week about love, and I was able to talk about my Mom the very best teacher and example of true love, I testified that the love of our Heavenly Father is simliar to the love of a mother, I also talked about the importance of the parents teaching and guiding and the children being obedient, me and my comp gave the sunday school class lesson and we talked about how to have more hope and patience it was super cool :) 

But now its time for the story that I talked about with the photos haha so the family that we are teaching that live in a little town super far away their names are Jesus and Andrea and their son is Luis. Andrea and Luis are members but the dad Jesus isn't, we are working with him and he loves the church, he loves to learn, and we decided to take the branch to them and their family in the town, so we talked are branch president into giving us a ride out there and when I say out there I mean out there haha, we loaded up the truck after church with a lot of members and we headed out haha its, a town were you have to be on the highway and get off onto a little dirt road and drive a little ways to get there and thats what we are doing in the pictures haha on that dirt road heading to the little town, haha it was a lot of fun and it was super cool to see and feel the spirit of the missionary work in the members :) we finaly got there, and it was starting to get late so we decided to share a quick message with them haha I felt like a missionary preaching on a soap box because there were like 30 people listening to us in this little town, we had the parents of Jesus and Andrea and there cousins and everyone it was awesome! and the members shared their testimonies and it was super cool, then after it was super dark because there weren't any lights and it was getting late, but before returing they gave us some hot chocolate so that was super yummy, and we were able to take Jesus and Andrea off to the side and talk to them about baptizm and Jesus aceepted to be baptized the 27 of Feburary! and Andrea was talking about being sealed in the temple super cool!! we are going to keep working with them, and we hope that they will keep looking for that beautiful feeling of the spirit and will accept it, Jesus always tells us that he loves the feeling that he feels in the House of Prayer, haha so it was an awesome Sunday! but the crazy part was geting back haha it was super dark when we left it was like 730 or 8 and Pres was flying down that dirt road haha really for a second I thought I was in the baja 1000 haha in the back of a truck flying through the dessert, haha it was a pretty ineteresting and mircale filled day :) but we need some prayers please pray that Jesus and Andrea will be able to do the things neceassry to prepare to be baptized . Rosa so that she will feel the desire to be baptized because she is ready.
Thank you guys so much for your prayers and I hope that you all have an amazing week!! I love you guys 

Love Elder Tanner


Monday, February 1, 2016

Boom Boom

Wow sounds like its super "chill" in Utah right now haha ;)  well that's too bad because here its nice and toasty... haha, super good to hear from you all :) That's awesome that Syd got to go to Sweethearts with Dallin, looks fun, Holy Smokes Payton is taking a ton of classes with Auto Body and wood work, and welding haha that's awesome, that's got to be a lot of fun! I think ill need him to teach me how to weld again its been a while I always want to talk to someone that's welding and offer them a "service", so I can practice haha, and that's a pretty awesome picture of the equipment Weston is using haha, but I still think the Frontier was stronger ;) 

So it was a pretty good week, we got to see a lot of Miracles , haha I had a companion that would always say that Luck doesn't exist its the Hand of the Lord working Miracles in our Life, I really like that because it is true there are so many examples of the existence of God our Heavenly Father and the amazing things he does for us everyday, but lots of times we don't take the time to stop and realize these amazing miracles or blessings of A Loving Father in Heaven :) 

but wow there are some days that are just frustrating haha, like Tuesday, wow we had a ton of appointments with lots of people and only one was home that whole day so we had to spend a lot of time looking for new people or people that were home, haha and nobody was home I think there was an evacuation in the town and somebody forgot to tell us, but we were able to have success this day and it was cool :) Thursday we had a Branch Family night in the house of prayer, and... one sister came :/ haha, so we decided to clean the house of prayer super fast, and she helped us and all it was cool, but as we were leaving an hour later 5 more members showed up haha, so we decided to share a message with everyone super, quick I shared one of my favorite stories from the primary the wise man built his house upon the rock :) haha it was super cool, I have learned that the gospel is so simple that can be taught and understood by a child, but it is also so profound and deep that can help us resolve and overcome challenges and temptations when we comprehend it and live it, its the small and simple things that open the door of the heart of people for the spirit to touch the heart :) and Friday oooh Friday well we had to wake up at 3 in the morning again to go to another conference with President and Sister  Munive in Obregon, haha its pretty crazy walking around in the street at 3 or 4 in the morning! haha its super calm, but we talked to a guy later that day when we got back and he asked us if we heard the gun shooting that was in the street last night, and we were like at what time last night and he told us early in the morning like at 4 haha, we were like haha well we were in the street at that time haha kinda crazy, but we had an awesome conference with Pres. it was really spiritual but i was helping President unload his car with all the packages and stuff and there was a big white cooler with yellow tape on it and we asked him what it was and he told us energy shots ;) we later found out that the church headquarters sent the mission flu shots.. whooo :/ haha, but it was super funny see missionaries freaking out haha like my zone leader Elder Coello the same elder that did exchanges with me the other week was almost crying haha he wouldn't let go of me he was practically hugging me while they were giving him the shot haha, it reminded me of Sydney when we went to get shots haha, but i took it like a champ ;) but it was kinda funny Elder Guardado was giving the shots because he studied medicine before the mission so i told him he has to give it to me soft or ill never share cookies with him again haha, and he did, but super funny Elder Coello, we didn't get back to our area till 6 that day super late, but we were able to make a sandwich to eat and get working again, 
Sunday was super cool because we were able to see 3 investigators in the House of Prayer :) 

we have the Sister Rosa haha she is super funny, she is really trying to learn, but lots of times she doesn't understand the things because what the other churches have taught her and we have to tell her Rosa forget everything that they taught you before, and just accept what we are teaching you, haha no its a joke we don't say that haha, but I want to also she gets distracted a lot, haha but she is super good, we are trying to get her to accept a baptismal date. 

Also we have a super cool kid that we are teaching his name is Randy he's 14 but a super funny kid we found him through some less actives his grandparents are members and he is super excited to always learn and he went to church this week and we are working with him to baptize him the 27 of Feb. we are super pumped because he is such a cool kid :)  

also we have the sister Adrian another youth that her cousins and aunts and uncles are members and she wants to get baptized but her mom wont let her we are going to talk with her mom this week and ask for her permission 

Please Pray that they will all have the desire to get baptized and that the mom of Adriana will give her permission also with Randy and that Randy will feel good about his baptism :)   

Thank You guys for everything I love you all so much :) 

Love Elder Tanner