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Monday, October 25, 2010

October 25, 2010

Hello Hello!

This week was a fairly good week, a little different than usual. All of the mission leaders had a conference here in the city. They needed somewhere to sleep so I got sent off to a different part of the city so they could use my bed. I was in an area called queretaro with Elder Brockbank. I really liked the area, and Elder Brockbank seems like one of my friends from back home. We worked super well together and had a ton of lessons. In one day we had something like 15 lesson, 5 more with a member present, and various baptismal dates set. It was awesome!!!

Here in Moderna things are moving along as well. We had a few investigators at church this week. One we are hoping will be baptized here in two weeks.

Still hot here in Monterrey. Is it wierd that I am actually looking forward to the cold. Too bad I wont be in Utah to snowboard. naw. I think I would give up snowboarding for the rest of my life to be here for two years.

Ok well I love you all,

Love Elder Funke

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Oct. 18, 2010

Hello all,

Im gonna be short this week, because 1) I was sick and not a lot happened and 2) we are in a cyber cafe and i REALLY have to use the bathroom and we have to go back to the house before I can.
This week wasn't much special. We found some really promising new investigators. Hoping to baptize them soon. Like I said we were all sick this week. We havent figured out what it is yet, but with the symptoms, all the sisters in the ward say its dangi, or in other words. West Nile. haha its not, no worries. I feel like everyone exagerates EVERYTHING here, especially sickness. This last week we went to El parque Fundidora on P day and to the center of the city. I have some pictures that I will try to send.

Lesson learned this week: support your leaders, dont murmur.

1 Nephi 3:6
Nephi knew his father was a prophet and did not murmur at the commandment given him. There are so many things in the first say 6 chapters of the Book of Mormon. I encourage all to start at the beginning and write down 1 thing that they can learn from every verse. It is very helpful and helps us realize how much doctrine is right there in the first few pages.

As always, I love you all and I know our Heavenly Father does too.

Love,

Elder Funke

Monday, October 11, 2010

October 11, 2010

Hello Hello!!!

All is well here in Moderna. The weather is fantastic. The work of the Lord is moving along quickly. I can feel the love of the Savior as we testify of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I especially feel this love as we testify of the reality of the atonement, the suffering of Jesus Christ for our sins. It is real! With the atonement we feel closer to the Savior and our heavenly Father. We become clean of our sins. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, the Holy Ghost, and perservering to the end. These are the things we need, and with these we will be happy for all eternity. What a great promise! And how simple. I feel as though it could be in an infomercial. "In 5 easy steps you too can have ETERNAL JOY!" But really, it is that simple for us. Why is it that the really simple things always seem to be the things we put off or forget? I pray that I never again forget what the Savior has done for me. That I never forget the simplicity of our Heavenly Father's plan.

Ok , well here is a little funny story for the week. Maybe it really isn't that funny, but in the moment it was hilarious, and Elder Carvajal and I had to fight back from busting out laughing. We were teaching a rather elderly man of ummmmm 90 YEARS!! He is really an amazing guy. He has gone through a lot and unlike most of the other elderly, very open to the gospel. He wants to learn. I'm not sure if he wants to change, but none the less wants to learn. During our lesson we were teaching him how to pray. We wrote out 4 simple steps for a prayer:

1. Start by saying "dear Heavenly Father"
2. "I give thanks for..."
3. "I ask for..."
4. end with "in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen"

He was reading the steps and as he came to the third he read, "I ask for three periods" and as he finished, he didn't read the amen correctly. He said, "A...W...E...N... What does that mean?" I couldn't respond because I was fighting back the tears from laughing. Like I said, for you it probably isn't that funny, but I was dying.

I know this gospel is true. That is why I am here. Besides, two years is going to fly.

I love you all,
Elder Funke

October 4, 2010

¡Hola!
¿Como EstaĆ­s?
All is well here in Mexico!
Conference was awesome yeah?
I enjoyed every bit of conference. This weekend was probably the most relaxing weekend I will ever have on my mission. All day saturday we were able to watch conference and sunday we watched at worked. Last night we taught an older lady that is catholic who had some very interesting questions. Why do we not worship Saints and why do we not have pictures and symbols of Jesus Hanging on the cross? Elder Carvajal and I were able to answer her questions quite easily with the help of the spirit. I feel as though I am super full with the spirit after conference. I hope I can make it last. This conference and the words that were said have set deeper in my heart than any other conference before. I think it may have been because I was actually listening with intent. I cant wait to read the talks over.
The food is still setting well with me and I am not sick, so that is good news. I actually really like the food and there are some things that I wonder why we dont have them in the states because they are soooo good.Im sick of frijoles (beans), haha. We eat them with every meal. They arent bad, im just tired of them.
Lately we have been running every morning through the parque fundidora. Look it up on google. It is a pretty awesome place and I am only 8 or so blocks from it. We start running in the dark and as we head back the sun lights up the sky with crazy colors from behind the mountain, It is quite a sight.
We finally have a list of investigators, but are ever searching for more. It seems as though the young people 30- are more accepting to our message. The only problem is finding the young people. I would say that 98% of our area is full of old people. So finding those who will accept the message is a bit difficult. But none the less, EVERYONE needs this gospel, young and old. Ours is the opportunity to give everyone the chance to act and accept the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. We are inviting every single person we teach to be baptized, so that list is growing too. We are definitely staying busy.
For anyone who worries about me, or other missionaries in other parts of the world, STOP IT! We are with our heavenly father. And especially here in Mexico, everyone is nice to us. They know that we are here to share a message about God and Jesus Christ. The most dangerous of people, the fowlest of all the earth are humbled as we walk by and know that we are messangers of our Heavenly Father. The only way that something bad is going to happen is if I decide to jump off the roof or something (dont worry mom, my wild side is gone... well at least for now.)
I know that this is the work of the Lord and that this message we share is true. Everyone needs the opportunity to choose to accept it. Those who have the opportunity and do not accept, will be held accountable in the life to come and I pray that they have another chance and do accept the message some day.
Love,
Elder Funke