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Monday, September 27, 2010

Week 2 in Mexico Pictures


Week 2 in Mexico

All is well!!
I am having a great time!

Oh what to start with?
I think there was a hurricane this week or something. Not really sure, but every night our area flooded,(not where we live). On saturday night we walked home with water up to our knees. The lightning is pretty awesome too. The rain really reminds me of home, but the humidity doesnt. I am already used to the temperature though. It is not bad. It really is not very hot right now, it has cooled off quite a bit in the first few weeks.
We had a baptism the other day, too bad it wasn´t because of us. It was the baptism of a little girl in our ward. We had 39 people at church on Sunday and none were our investigators. No one seems to want a second visit with us. It actually is kind of a problem that everyone here is soooo friendly because almost everyone will talk and listen to our message, but they really don't want it. SO we really could be finding people who are ready to listen. Oh well. This is the way of the farmer right. You have to plant seeds and let them grow before you can harvest. Elder Carvajal and I are just replanting the area now. One of these days we will be able to harvest and baptise. Hopefully soon. Our goal is 3 baptisms for the month of October. Please, please keep our area of Moderna in your prayers and that we can meet our goal.
We have Zone conference tomorrow with President Walker. Im actually pretty excited for that. We were all asked to prepare a 10 minute talk about the 4th Article of Faith. That will be fun, we will see if I get to talk.
I am also SUPER excited for General Conference this weekend! We get to go to all of the sessions. It is a little ways away, but none the less, I am really looking forward to it.
We are working right now on getting our ward to work together. They are not really close right now, so this is another one of mine and Elder Carvajal´s goals. ALso please keep our ward of Moderna in your prayers, that they will work together to move the work along.
I really enjoy all of the elders that I live with. All really funny. Especially Elder Navaro. El es bien chistoso. I am teaching him english right now. He has 3 months left in the mission. He asked me if he had a chance with any of the girls from back home. I told him he had to learn english first. So now he is all excited to learn english.
Well that is all for this week.
I hope all is well on the other side. (everyone here says´´oh... you are from the OTHER side.
Send me questions that you have so I have more to write about.
Love,

Elder Funke

Monday, September 20, 2010

Mexico - 9/20/10

¡Hola!

Isn´t it way cool that I can make the upside down exclamation point? It's right here on the key board!

Well, I have been here for a week now and I love it! I have been assigned to the area of Moderna here in the city. My area is the furthest area into the west in the entire mission. Elder Carvajal is my companion. He is from the state of Mexico. Way nice guy. We are the first missionaries in this area for quite sometime. So we got the chance to open up the area. President Walker told me that it would be a challenge, but what better time to have a challenge when I have the fire of a greenie, right?

We live in the colony of Modero with two other elders. It's not in our area so we have to walk a little ways to get to our area. Since the ward hasn´t had missionaries for some time, they are all super happy to have us and super excited. Our ward only has like 30 or 40 active members. And that is only about 15% of our ward in a whole. There are a lot of inactive members so we are working to get more members to church.

My first sunday here, not even 6 days into it, I had to speak in Sacrament. That was interesting. I spoke for 10 minutes or so about patience, pleading for the members to have patience with me and the language. The language by the way is fantastic! It's coming along great. The first 2 or 3 days I was very shy and timid because at times I don't understand all of what the people say, but now things are going great. I understand almost all and don't have a hard time speaking with the people. I am very glad that the language has come easy for me thus far. That would have been a huge challenge without the help of the Lord.

The other two Elders we live with are Elder Thomas and Elder Navaro. Elder Thomas is a skinny, little, white guy from Utah and Elder Navaro is from Pueblo Mexico. He is super funny! I can´t even look at him without laughing.

The food is sitting well with me, besides the fact that they practically force me to eat as much as I possibly can. I haven´t been sick yet and actually I love, LOVED every bit of food I have eaten thus far. The other day we ate with a sister (by the way we eat lunch with the members here, not dinner). She made me eat so much I was literally holding back from puking, there was so much in my stomach. I hope I don't come back fat. (Don't worry, I won't let that happen.) We even ate off of a street food stand the other night. (I didn't know at the time. The other missionaries bought it.) We are told to never eat off a street stand because we will get sick. But all was fine with me and it tasted sooooooo good. (Elder Thomas won't eat off the street stands.)

We have an investigator who has been working with the missionaries for quite sometime before the area was closed. He has really changed his life around. His name is Tito. He used to do every kind of drug you could think of and now he doesn't do any. He smokes 4 cigarettes a day and that is what we are working on right now.

I have a feeling it is going to be somewhat of a slow start here since there haven't been missionaries for a while, but we are working as best we can.

Well, that is all for now. If anyone has any questions they can email me and I will include it in the weekly email update. My email is: aaron.funke@myldsmail.net

I love you all and please please please pray for the work here in Moderna and for our investigators specifically.

Elder Funke

Monday, September 13, 2010

Monterrey Mexico 9-13-10

Hola!!! Right now I am sitting in the Mission, crazy stuff right? Today was an extremely long day. I woke up at 2am to drive to Salt Lake to catch a 6 o' clock flight, That was fun. Im so tired!!! it is almost 8 in the evening here in Monterrey. Our flight in Dallas was delayed for a good hour or more so, when we got to Monterrey we had to go through customs and all that fun stuff. President and Sister Walker were there waiting for us. We were headed back to the mission home to get pizza but they decided to take us to this super fancy restaurant. I have never had better mexican food. It was soooo good. So now we are back at the mission home having interviews with Presidenit walker and chatting with Sister Walker. I already love the Walkers. They are fantastic. Some of the nicest people I have ever met. I cant wait to get to know them better. We are recieving our companion assignments tonight and our areas. I will let you know next p. day. I'm so excited to get into the work. SOOO excited. Tomorrow we head to the field.

I love you all.
I cant wait to share my mission with you!

Love Elder Funke

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

MTC - 9/7/10

Well this week was pretty awesome. We had the opportunity to see the outside world again!!! ahhhaa!!! We went to the Consolate (Salt Lake) on Thursday to take pictures and finger prints for our Visas. That is amazing news!!! They told us that we should be leaving on Monday or Tuesday (yesterday and today). Obviously, that didn't happen. So we still don't have our travel plans, and when we asked the travel office what was going on, they said that the Consolate still hasn't signed them yet!!! AHHHH!! Im going a little crazy here. Especially when they get our hopes up and then things don't turn out like they say. Well anyway, the trip to Salt Lake was actually extremely boring and exhausting. We didn't actually do anything.

So tomorrow we start our 11th week here. Since we are delayed we have had the opportunity to go to the temple 3 times a week. It has been really nice, so I guess that is one blessing of all of this madness.

On Saturday, BYU had their first football game of the season. Only being a block or two from the stadium, it is very easy to hear the game. Suprisingly, the game made me miss home more than I have yet here. Usually, I easily distract myself and forget that I am in Provo, but with the constant roar of the game, I was right back in Provo where I used to be. Kinda wierd. From the sound of the crowd and from all of the cars honking on the street afterward, I would have to guess BYU won. I heard they played Washington or something. All the new missionaries give us updates of whats going on.

I got an email from the Assistants to the President in Monterrey today. There were pictures from a couple zone conferences with the different zones and the mission president and his wife and the area president. I will try and include one, but we'll see. Elder Hinckley of the Seventy talked to us on Sunday; that was cool. He told some stories from his dad's life (President Hinckley).

Love you all. The gospel is true,

Elder Funke

MTC - 8/31/10

Well, this week was exciting for me, but I still don't have much to say. I have been delayed "officially". So yipee for that! On the plus side I get to go to the temple 3 times a week now. They feel bad that I'm stuck here. They also gave me an otter pop. Definitely the best part. Ummm, most everyone from my district is gone. All that is left is Elders Sanchez, Schmidt, Kiser, and myself. So most likely we will just get to study all day everyday, which I am kind of looking forward to. Ummm, what else.... I think I already told you about seeing Elder Holland last week. He is a very powerful speaker. Well I think that is about all, I am just studying alot now. I know this gospel is true without a doubt. I have recieved a witness time and time again that it is true. I am so grateful for the influence of Jesus Christ in my life. I love you all!

Elder Funke

MTC - Week 8

Ok, so I don't have hardly anytime at all this week, like 10 minutes left. So I will try to type fast. Nothing really special happened this week. My new district is..... good. Not bad for sure. There are 11 of us. And a sister. That was definitely a change. Less than 2 weeks until departure!! (If you want to send anything you may want to soon. I am suppose to leave two weeks from monday(yesterday). Still don't have my visa yet though. But, all of the sudden a TON of missionaries have been getting their visas to Mexico on time including a bunch who are going to my mission. So I am praying and doing all I can to be worthy to recieve that blessing. PLEASE pray for it. :) Things here are good. Most of my friends I have made have left(outside of my district.) We are now the oldest district in the zone. I forgot my journal in our bedrrom so I really can't remember all that happened this week that I wanted to share. The time for the last 7 weeks has just been a blurr. I have no idea which week was which. OHHH! I went to the dentist yesterday! That was pretty rad, because I got to go off the MTC campus. They drove E' Kiser and I to the office, dropped us off and picked us up a couple hours later, so we had a little time to wait and talk with people... REAL people. I know it sounds crazy, but there really isn't any other chance for us while we are here. Poor E' Kiser, everytime he tries to talk to someone they say Hi, then see he is a missionary, and they continue on walking disregarding that he is still talking to him. Haha, well no problems with the dentist. They took x-rays and said it was nothing. I love you all!!! Send me something this week if you haven't so I have your address and I will try to write you sometime in the field.
The church is true!

E' Funke