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Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend 2011

Hola everyone,
We started working a week ago in a part of our area that we hadn't known of before. It is like an hour on bike from the house, which seems a lot longer in 100 degree weather. It is a new colony that got started about a year or two ago and all the people out there have little huts. They find wood and then use it to make their house. Usually the houses are 12 foot by 12 foot. pretty small. It is just a single room. They don't have running water and only a select few have electricity. But like I said, they are very humble and really accept the things we teach. The problem is that they live so far away from the chapel. It is literally like 3 bus rides just to get to church and no one has cars out there, so we are trying to figure out what we can do. I am talking to the president about opening up a branch out there with a prayer house. Pretty much it is just like any of the other houses, but we have the three hour services out there. If we ended up doing that, Elder Toone and I would be moving out there too. So that's something new and interesting. We have been super blessed this week. We started the week with 0 people on track for baptism and now we have 8. that is literally a miracle in the missionary world. So I feel super blessed. Elder Toone and I also got to do some fire fighting this week. We were knocking on the door of one of our investigators when the neighbors started yelling and screaming. We looked around the corner and their house was on fire. So Elder Toone and I dropped our bikes and bags and picked up buckets and started going to town on the fire. We spent 10 minutes going back and forth with buckets of water. Ends up the people that lived there weren't even home. It wasn't actually a part of their house it was a little room that they had behind it. Luckily nothing was lost except the room. The chickens that were in there escaped and everything was OK. So that was a fun experience.

We are going to celebrate the Holiday today and buy pizza tonight. It is a tradition we have here in the mission when you complete months we buy pizza. I and the other three elders complete months in the same week. Today i complete 11 months in the mission. Elder Toone is finishing up 4, Elder Rosales 22, and elder Talavera 6

Love you,
Elder Funke

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

March 7, 2011

Hello to all of you in all parts of the World!

How is everyone? I hope that all is well wherever you are. Things have been a little bit LOCO the past few months here in Matamoros, Mexico, where I'm at. But I have been enjoying all of the great experiences. I'm sure you are as well.

What a great and marvelous work we have to do. Nothing has brought me this much HAPPINESS this FAST in all of my life! It is incredible! I feel like I'm taking "Happy" pills every morning. Now, if I could only find a way to not be so tired. Someday (when I finsh the mission) I am going to sleep for a few days.

I recently was transferred to a new area just a hop, skip and a jump away from Texas. At times, I can see the other side. I'm not gonna lie -- the grass looks brown on both sides. I am serving in a city called Matamoros. We have the beach in our area and whatever we want from the United States at our fingertips.

Bueno--the best part of the mission is TOMORROW... always. I don't really understand it, but there is always something to look forward to. Maybe we don't have anything planned for the next day, or something that we really don't want to do, but nonetheless, we can find something to be happy for. One is that we are the Lord's missionaries. If I could make a plea to all missionaries in the world, it would be "DONT WORRY! Everything is going to be fine. Be happy. Forget yourslef and serve the lord"

I love you all for the service you are doing. I look forward to when my wonderful mother sends me the newsletter so that I can see how everything is going for you all.

Love always,
Your brother in the work,

Élder Funke

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Where Am I ???

Hello Everyone.
Again this week I don' have a huge amount time so I will be writing a more general email.
On Friday we had zone conference and at the end, President Walker stood up and told us that transfers are inspired from the Lord, And proceded to tell us that one companionship was going to have a special transfer because new missionaries have arrived from the states. Elder Muñoz and I instantly knew it was us. So, at about 5 o'clock on Friday afternoon, We recieved a call from our leaders telling us that we were going to have transfers. Elder Muñoz is still in Moderna with a new American and I traveled 6 hours on Saturday morning, and am now in the Ward Tecnologico 2 in the town of Matamoros. I believe that if you were on the border, I could yell and you would be able to here me. We live about a half of a mile from the border. Maybe a mile, And we are in the very most Northeastern corner of Mexico. I was sad to leave Moderna, but happy for a new experience. My new companions name is Elder Vera. He is really new and has been out about 3 months so far in the mission. We have opened this area. It has been closed to missionaries for about a year. Who knows why? But we are excited to work hard and baptize alot. Everyone here knows Matamoros as the`promised land, because it is the most succesful area in the mission. In two days work, we have 2 people on line to be baptized so that is pretty exciting. I'm sorry that I dont have time to write you all personally this week. Just remember that I love you all and I appreciate every single one of your letters and emails.

With love and burning fire in my bones,

Elder Funke

Monday, January 3, 2011

New Year

It is incredible how time flies. I can hardly believe how long it has been since I have seen the beautiful green of Oregon. Six months have gone by very fast.
On Saturday we had a baptism. His name is Bernardo Cisneros Rodriguez. Truely an amazing person. At first, he questioned the Gospel, but really had a desire to learn. We continued to teach him. With patience on our side and on his side, he came to a conclusion that this was the path that the Lord has for him. We showed up to the church in the morning to make preparations for the baptism. We swept the entire block where the church is to make sure it was super clean. Then we had to figure out how to use the hot water heater, but first we had to find it. It ended up being in a shed outside that we did not have keys to. I had to use my amazing skills to break in. It was interesting, but in the end we got to the hot water heater. When the water began to flow in the font it was a nasty orange color. It continued to be orange until the font was almost full. So then we had to empty the font. But what do you know, the pump to drain the font did not work. So we got a bunch of buckets and started emptying by hand. Quite interesting, but all was well in the end, and the water was not freezing. The baptism was amazingly spiritual and all present could feel it so strong. The following day Bernardo recieved the Holy Ghost. After church the Bishop decided to interview him. We left and went to some other appointments. In the evening we went to his house to eat dinner with him and he proceeded to share with us that the Bishop decided to give hime the priesthood! haha! crazy! So in less than 24 hours, he was baptized, recieved the holy ghost and also recieved the priesthood. He has a testimony super strong and already is inviting his friends and family to listen to our message.
I know the gospel is true and it changes lives. I hope all is well in the other parts of the world where everyone is at. Be strong and serve faithfully. Never give less than your best and the Lord will bless you and those you teach.

Élder Funke