Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Off to a new area! May 27th

Hey family!

Well the first photo is of our little district! Our last photo together since today there were transfers. Turns out both my companion and I are leaving the area and one of the Elders from the district will change from his area to our and receive another Elder. So it is a little sad to see the both of us go but I know the Lord has other plans. I will be heading to Villahermosa (again) but in a different area and will be serving as a zone leader.

The next photo is of Elder Rosales who is a wonderful missionary and does an excellent job at helping members who never had testimonies gain them. He is a great friend.
The other photo is of the English class that we have been teaching and things have been improving! One of the ladies that have been attending English class came to Sacrament meeting for the first time yesterday and made some new friends. We were super happy about that!

It’s hard to leave this area because it feels like we were just getting into the thick of the work but I know everything will work out. I still can’t believe I only have 6 weeks left in the mission. I am looking forward to this last little while though. There are just such great people here and a lot are just looking for that something (the gospel) that they have been missing in their lives.

What a wonderful time and age to be alive! I have been reading the Book of Mormon through and I am in Mosiah 2 and it’s amazing to know that we are part of the fulfillment of the prophecies written by the ancient prophets! What a treat it is to learn about the gospel! I hope everyone enjoying the gospel and has a wonderful fantastic week!

Elder Peine

The District

Elder Rosales!

English class

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 20, 2013

This week we had divisions and I spent a day in another area with two other missionaries named Elder Rivera and Elder Espinosa. They are fantastic missionaries and we had an enjoyable (but rather hot) day together.

Then back in my area the bishopric accompanied us to visit a less active family and afterward the bishop invited us out for some of his favorite tacos! There were delicious!

Yesterday there was a fireside given about education and was held at a members house. The photo is of an activity having to do with having the knowledge to do something.

We are currently visiting an investigator who is rather interested in the church and has actually heard about it before. She was a reference and has been getting to know some of the members. She had 6 children but one passed away and she was rather concerned about that. We talked a little about the plan of Salvation and left her with a pamphlet to read. We are excited that she has been progressing.

An old investigator came to church Sunday and as we walked to class we ran into the Stake President who happened to be there for the other wards stake conference. The Stake President started to talk to him a little about how he has felt in the church and if he feels that it is true. The investigator said that he had felt very good. The President then said hey missionaries, this man need a baptismal date! Teach him and prepare him. The president then told the investigator that he would never regret it and that it would be the best decision he could make that would change his life. And then we headed to class which happened to be about baptism. We look forward to helping this man learn mor about the gospel and progress in the church.

I love you all! Have a wonderful week!

Elder Peine



Youth fireside under the mango tree!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Happy week!!! 05/13/2013

We had the opportunity to attend the Villahermosa temple as a district. It’s about an hour from our area and it’s just so nice to have been able to get away for the hustle and commotion of everything and be in the House of the Lord.

Sister Ruby is a less active who hasn’t been able to come to church since she’s been sick but she is terribly nice and we had a wonderful visit with her. She offered me posol to drink which was sweet of her. Even though I couldn’t finish it all (since it is rather filling) she was nice about it and was happy to have let me try it.

This week we went with the second counselor to visit an investigator who is about the same age. We read 1 Nephi 8 together and they both related well since they have their own children and are doing their best to keep them on the correct path. The investigators family is very Catholic and he has been worried about what they might say or think about him visiting another church. The visit went well though and we look forward to the next.

I have to run, but I love you all and have a wonderful week!

Elder Peine

Villahermosa Temple

Sister Ruby

The famous Posol (interesting drink made of coco and ground corn)

Life is great! 05/06/2013

We have been having a weekly English class which has been quite fun! People are starting to get more and more interested in learning English and we look forward to breaking the ice and practicing languages with some of the members and investigators. It made me remember how I felt when I got here and couldn’t understand anything or hardly speak! I admire them for their desires to learn and we look forward to having more people come out to learn English!

The zone has a great group of missionaries and we are sad that its possible very shortly that we might be changed around and we might not see each other for a long time. But we have enjoyed this time together and we have learning from one another. Each missionary has something that they bring to the zone and I love hearing about their experiences and hearing their wonderful testimonies.

Our area is quite large and sometime we have to travel out to smaller town to visit members. We are trying to just work closer to the church but sometime references live far away. It’s interesting to see how many different ways of life there are and they great difference from the city to the rural areas.
We have a movie night planned for this Thursday at the Church and we have been going around inviting everyone we know to come and we expect that it’s going to be a great night for the families!

I just love the gospel so much. It’s so amazing to think about what is actually going on in the world with missionary work! It truly is a marvelous work and I see small miracles of faith and change every day in the lives of others and my own. Every day truly is a blessing and I feel so happy to be hear and to be serving the Lord. Thank you for all of your love, prayers and support. I think you are all wonderful people with wonderful lives! The Lord loves you! It’s a great feeling to know that.

Con mucho amor,
Elder Peine

English Class!

Out in Mexico!

Cardenas Zone!