Tuesday, October 27, 2015

October 26, 2015...."Even though I'm a Missionary, I'm not perfect"

Hey friends and fam bam what's up?
 Another week has come and gone. And October is pretty much over. Happy birthday to my Momma on the 31st she's the best. When things get tough I know I can always count on my mom to send me something to cheer me up or send me something that will make me snap outta being such a softy haha. I'm grateful for the support I have back home it helps me so much. Mom I'm not sure what age you are now but I'll guess and say 45 ? I should know but I don't. Hahaha. Still love you though.

 Anyway, this week was pretty good. It started out really slow because Tuesday I was sick and so we stayed in all day and I got to drink some Diet Coke and take medicine (Mission Nurse orders...no really) . I hated not doing anything it's like so annoying when we aren't doing anything but I could barely walk I had such a bad migraine for like 3 days straight haha. Then the rest of the week I was fine the medicine and rest on Tuesday helped me continue throughout the week and now I'm back to normal.

 This week we were invite to attend a missionary homecoming dinner for two guys that just returned this week from their missions. That was pretty trunky hahaha but it was cool they cooked a pig so that was cool. But Sunday was a good day for us. We had church which is always so awesome. Church is the best!. Then we had dinner at the Smiths and they are probably my favorite family in the ward hahaha. Thus are just really down to earth and we always have fun when we are at their house. Then afterwards we had like 4 hours to kill. Honestly, I was so tired I just wanted to go home  but I kept feeling like we should go see a family that is less active and so we did and we had never met them and we stopped by and it was so awesome haha I went to knock on the door and right before I knocked the husband answered and was like hey elders Come on in. And so we did and we talked with them for about an hour and shared a message with them. They had been through the temple and everything and are still super strong in their  testimonies they just simply got out of the habit of coming to church. Work got crazy and so did life and they slowly stopped coming. So it was awesome to meet them they are so cool!. Also, this week we helped a guy change his tire. We were pulling out of our complex and I saw a guy changing his tire and I was like. " ehh I'm hungry " and I wasn't going to stop cuz even though I'm a missionary I'm not perfect but I looked over again and his car fell off the jack and slammed to the ground so then I was like okay we're gonna drop and help and so we pulled off and walked up to him and he was trying to lift his car by himself and he couldn't so we told him we would lift and he could grab the jack and position it again so we did that and we ended up talking to him. He's from Nigeria and he has friends that are members of the church and he said he's going to talk to them about the missionaries and going to church now! He doesn't live in our area but still it was pretty sweet. Anyway, love you guys hope you all had a good week, oh and did I mention when I went to lift the car my pants ripped right down the crotch? Yeah it was pretty funny hahahahaha. 

Elder Armijo

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015....."Although I may fall short, I am worthy to hold this Priesthood"

Well friends and fam bam!

  Another week has come and gone. Time is going fast. I wish I could be at the beginning of my mission again. I miss being a greeny hahaha not really. But anyway, this past week was a pretty good one. Unfortunately, we weren't able to meet with that many people that we found last week but this week will be way better. We have a lot of set lessons with people. But  we were able to come across a less active member who is Super awesome. Her name is "M"  and she is so happy and nice. We were just going through our area book and were stopping by members that we didn't recognize and she was one of them . When we knocked she opened the door and was so happy to see us, the first thing she said was " I was just thinking about you guys" I love when that happens. It just shows me more and more that God knows us. So she invites us in and we get to talking and we find out she used to attend a Spanish branch but it is too far away and she says that reason she hasn't come to the English ward is because the ward isn't as welcoming and loving as the Spanish branch. Which I could go on about that but I won't this time. Save you guys my opinion for once lol. But anyway, her husband is not a member he's actually atheist and he was just leaving but he seemed really nice. We were able to teach her and talk to her about coming to church. She kept telling us to pray for her husband and so we did and we gave her a blessing. This was Saturday, Sunday we were hoping she would come to church but she ended up not going so we stopped by again and she said she couldn't get a ride but she also told us  that later Saturday night when her husband got home he walked in and sat down and told her he felt really peaceful and calm and she said she told him it was because the Mormons were praying for him and he didn't say anything . But that was pretty cool I know it's because we are praying for him. God loves him just as much as he loves the prophet of the church, that might rattle some people but it's the truth, God loves the strongest atheist just as much as he does the prophet of the church. Another highlight of the week was a recent convert asked if I would be the one to give him the Aaronic Priesthood and ordain him to the office of a Priest. I was super happy and shocked he asked me and I was so nervous. It was one of the best experiences I've had on my mission. I know that he will stay active and continue to do what is right and when it comes time for him to be ordained to the Melchizedek priesthood he will be ready. It's awesome how the Lord can use us as his instruments in this work if we are worthy. On my mission I have felt so inadequate in various situations, but my greatest joy is found when someone asks me to help them via exercising my priesthood such as blessings or baptism, or ordaining someone, because I know that although I may fall short everyday, I am worthy to hold this priesthood and when called upon to exercise it there is no hesitation. I'm so grateful for that and I hope and pray that it can stay that way throughout my life. So, to those of you who are younger in High School or Middle School who hold the Aaronic priesthood, remember that wherever you go, you're priesthood goes with you. So always be worthy of it. Remember who you are and when situations arise that would possibly jeopardize your worthiness, ask yourself if what your about to do or say will help edify or help diminish that priesthood that you hold. Because one day you will be called upon to exercise that priesthood and when that time comes you must be willing and worthy to do so. I love you all and hope you all have a great week. Stay active, stay worthy, and if the gospel of Jesus Christ isn't working for you, simplify your life so it does work for you. 
Elder Armijo
1. Me and Elder Bravo
2. Me and Elder Chugg
3.  My shoe
4.  Selfie....Haircut

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015 ..."If We Don't Have That Then We Have Nothing"

Well hello friends and family!

 Another week has come and gone and so has transfers. So my new companion is Elder Wilson and he's from Albany Oregon. He's a chill guy and we get along pretty well. I've been kinda trunky lately since my last comp Elder Ferrin is home right now in Arizona haha it's weird to think about but this week was so awesome! Hands down best week so far in this area. We decided to just go through our area book in the former section and stop by every person that had met with missionaries before but were dropped due to dumb reasons. So we did that and we found 5 new people to teach this week. Not to mention we received a media referral for a lady who requested a Bible and so we go over there and she said she doesn't remember requesting a Bible but she allowed us to share a message with her and we did and she invited us back and now we are teaching her!!! We are super pumped to finally have people to teach that has been the struggle here the last 6 weeks. So we are gonna just keep finding and finding until we have everyone in our area book stopped by or teaching. Diligence is key. Work work work, there's no satisfactory substitute. This all happened within like the first 2 days of us being together so I'm super pumped for what's to come with these new people and with the people we are yet to find. I hate not having people to teach and places to go. Nothing bugs me more than not having anything so I'm just super pumped. I'll be honest when I first got to this area I didn't like being here. But now I love it. I love the ward and I love the people here. Not to mention we are full car now which is good because we don't have to bike anymore but also bad because I'll probably gain some pounds I don't need lolol. But don't worry when I hit 18 moths I'll be doing 6 months to sexy so I can be slim again when I return. Anyways I love you guys and I love this mission. I love my Savior Jesus Christ. I think that's so important, to have a relationship with Christ. If we don't have that then we have nothing. The Book of Mormon , Joseph smith, the church they all mean nothing if we first don't have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, this is his church and no one else's. Love ya guys have a good week! 

Elder Armijo

1. Me and Elder Ferrin at transfer meeting RIP Elder Ferrin 
2. This is my new companion Elder Wilson and his 400 ties 

At transfer meeting

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015...."THEIR WORDS SPEAK TO MY SOUL"

Well friends and fam bam Another week has come and gone and on
Saturday I hit my 10 month mark. That in itself is a miracle. Lol. Jk
but kinda. The time has just gone by so fast. I know I say this every
email but I can't fathom the fact that I have been out for 10 months.
It seems like it's only been 1 month. Not to mention all my friends
who have been out longer than that it's just crazy. This week was a
crazy week. We started off the week with Tuesday and we weren't able
to see anyone at all. We tried and tried to see people but there was
no one that was willing and if they were, we weren't able to get to
them due to being on bikes. Then Wednesday came along and it was a
little better. We had Book of Mormon class and that was good. We read
from Mosiah 3 where it talks about King Benjamin and his address to
the people. We read that in preparation for general conference which
was the bomb. Then Thursday I was on exchanges with the one and only
Elder Chugg. He's so funny haha. We had a pretty good day we saw 4
people and 2 of them were investigators. We finished the night off
with some good ole street contacting and we decided to walk instead of
bike. Bad idea. We live about 2 or 3 miles from where there are
actually people and when we got to the main road and stuff there was
literally no one out to talk to so we walked around for 2 hours and
nothing.  So, we stopped by an investigator in the area and talked with
him for a bit. After the walking we got home and the soles of my shoes
came off haha I have a pic. Then Friday elder Ferrin had his departing
temple trip so we had to wake up at 4 to get ready for a ride to get
us at 5:30 then we drove with some other elders down to lake Mary
which is kinda by Orlando and then all the missionaries who are going
home left to the temple and then us, the companions, stayed with 2 zone
leaders for the day. Yeah I know lame that we don't get to go to the
temple with them.
       Then Saturday and Sunday were General Conference and let me
tell you I freakin needed it. I received so much personal
revelation and I'm so stoked about the new Apostles. The talks in
every session were awesome I learned something from all of them. But
of course my favorite was Elder Holland. Usually I'm expecting him to
throw down hardcore haha but this time he spoke about Mothers and it
was awesome. There is no such thing like Motherly love. So to my
Mother, who has stuck by my side no matter what, and who has taught me
this Gospel, I love you and will forever be indebted to you. Thank you
for your example, and for showing me that there is always more to be
grateful for. There's no better words to describe it other than the
words of the stripping warriors concerning their faith and
righteousness; "We do not doubt our Mothers knew it ". So like them I
don't doubt, because I know that my Mother knows best. She always has.
        I'm grateful for living Prophets and Apostles who lead and
guide us today. Every time I listen to them I am reassured by the Holy
Ghost that they are indeed called if God. Rail and slander them as you
will but I know them to be true servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Their words speak to my soul and the spirit confirms to me that what
they say is true. I hope each of you were able to watch conference and
were able to receive and answer to a prayer or a question that you
had. Because I know I did in many instances. I love you all and hope
you have a good week. Transfers are tomorrow so I will be getting a
new companion again so I will let you know how that goes.

Okay some pics
1. Me elder chugg elder bravo and elder ferrin before Saturday sessions oF GC
2. District picture from Wednesday
3. District picture when I look Asian and like I'm in love with elder bravo
4. Duck face selfie for all the haters