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Monday, November 29, 2010

November 29, 2010

Hello Everyone!

I'm not going to write much this week because I want to have time to write to someone really special. My pops.

OK new week, almost a new month, and we are getting close to a new year. So many things are starting over. And alas, baa baa baaaaa!!! A new companion!

Elder Carvajal finally decide to throw in the towel and quit. (not really, he was past due, in the mission for 26 months.)
And now my new companion is Elder Muñoz from D.F. Mexico. He is a recent convert and is super strong in the gospel. He has been here in the mission for 8 months and has only served in one area before this. Before, he was serving in Sen Fernando Tamaulipas (incase anyone wants to find it on a map). But now he is here and we are working like crazy.

We started teaching a man named Bernardo this week. He is awesome and we can all feel the spirit so strong in the lessons.

I want to share a Scripture from this week.

Job 19: 25-26
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see god.


I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior.
I also know that In the flesh I will see God once more. I know that plan that God has for us. It gives me peace and joy to know that I will return to live with him once more.

Love always,
Elder Funke

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

11-15-2010

Hello hello,

Happy Mexican Revolution! (This Saturday)

Not much to update everyone on the week. It was a very good week filled with zone conference, fantastic investigators, and great talks on Sunday.

In the zone conference we talked a lot about keeping the Sabbath day Holy and how we can help our investigators to keep it Holy. But really we focused on what it means to sanctify the Sabbath and what we can do to sanctify it. To sanctify, more or less, means to make Holy. When we focus our efforts on Sundays on keeping the day Holy and sanctified, we need not worry if the things we are doing are good or bad. In the gospel principles manual, there are questions that we can ask ourselves. One of which is,``Is this helping me to come closer to Heavenly Father? I know that when we keep the Sabbath day Holy we receive many blessings and it is a great blessing to put our thoughts and actions to the Lord.

Love always,

Elder Funke

Monday, November 8, 2010

November 8, 2010 - Mexico

Hello All!

The grand old saying is true, ''Time flies when you´re having fun.''

Things are going great here in Mexico. I really can´t say enough about how great it is and how much more enjoyable it is when you can understand what people are saying. It's incredible!

I am meeting some awesome people and some ´´interesting´´ people as well. Funny story for the week : Elder Carvajal and I were walking down the street one night and there was this guy sweeping out in front of his house. From far off, he was sweeping away nice and calm, but the closer we got he began to sweep more vigorously. As we approached him, he yelled out, ´´What says Dios!?" As we continued to walk, he came up to us and Elder Carvajal asked, "How can we help you?" Just then the man yelled, ´´SHUT UP! I want to talk to this ugly gringo (whitey)!´´ I almost busted up laughing right there. It's a good thing I didn't. He started clammering off about this and that. I have learned that when you don't want to talk to someone, it is really easy as a foreigner to just say, "Sorry, I dont understand you." So this is what I said. He continued to ramble on. I told him we had another place to be, and this aggitated him a bit. We began to walk off, and he yelled, ´´What says the bible?!'' I yelled back, "to repent!´´ He proceded to throw slices of bread at us that really didn't do anything. See what I mean when I say interesting people? But we´ve got to love them all, right?

This has been the best experiece of my life, and I am only 4 months in. There is no greater blessing that I or any other young person could have at this time of life greater than this. At times things seem difficult, things try to bring us down, we preocupy ourselves with other things. I know, I have a great testimony that we can make it through. ´´I know that the lord gives no commandment unto the children of men without preparing the way for them to accomplish the thing that he has commanded them.´´ Things are tough, but they are wonderful. Everyday is another opportunity to show our appreciation to Heavenly Father. We show this as we obey his commandments. And everytime we complete a commandment, we recieve a blessing. ´´There is a law decreed in heaven´´ that as we will follow the commandments of the Lord, we will recieve blessings. It is incredible how at times it is so clear. I have seen it with people here on my mission. For example, we have a member in our ward who has a brother that is not a member of the church. Both of them were diligently searching for work. One Sunday we invited the two of them to church, promising them that if they came, the Lord would bless them with work. They came and fullfilled the commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy. The following day, the both of them found new jobs. The sister continued coming to church. She knew that Heavenly Father would continue to bless her. She had faith. Her brother saw the blessing of the Lord instantly but didn't believe that it was the Lord who had blessed him. It was so clear that He had blessed the both of them instantly. One had faith and is continuing to recieve blessings and is very happy. The other is not happy at all, and has not progressed one bit in his work.

I know that Heavenly Father is waiting to bless us. If we will but keep his commandments, he WILL bless us.

Love always,

Elder Funke

Sunday, November 7, 2010

November 1, 2010 - Mexico

Hello! Hello!

Yeah, I really dont have much to tell you this week.

Yesterday was Halloween. It's a little different here but for the most part it is very similar. We got a TON of food from random people in the streets yesterday. We had 2 lunches and throughout the day, different people gave us different things: a HUGE loaf of bread, candy, drinks. Ahhhh, livin' the life!

Like I said, I don't have much to write this week. Time goes by super fast. I was thinking yesterday about Thanksgiving. We need to remember our blessings and also remember that Heavenly Father is waiting to bless us more if we will only stay firm in the sure path of Christ. He will be there to bless us if you follow him.

Love always,

Elder Funke