Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hola everyone. Another week has come and gone, this week was a crazy one. One of the most crazy events was that there was another earthquake, this one a lot stronger. But don´t worry, todo esta bien. All is well, here in Nativitas,Mexico City. And, as a missionary, I am protected as long as as I serve as good as I can and do the best that I can do serve. Well, This week, we experienced a mini miracle, my companion and I here in Mexico. This week, there was a member who invited us to go and eat with him at a restaurant place, this was Thursday, so we went. And there, the exact time that we were there, there was a less active member who we had been trying to contact for 4 weeks! It was a miracle that we were able to contact her and we actuallyl have another appointment with her this week. Mini miracles like this are what I love to see, especiallly because that day, was pretty hard for me and my companion, none of the peopel who we were goign to teach were there.

Also, this week, the day after that, we got to eat at another restaurant with some members. The name of the restaurant is called VIPS it is actually really good, it´s kind of like dennys or something like that, but it is really good. Anyways, before I explain why, let me explain more about the background information. Before we went to eat with these members. It was about 6 oclock, on Friday. WE had an appointment with these less active members in their estetica(hair salon) and we were going to have a noche de hogar(family night) with them. We planned to talk about the atonement with them, and we ended up talking about the plan of salvation. We were talking about the spirit world, and they started to understand that to go to spirit paradise, they need to go to church and partake of the sacrament each week so that they can have the blessings of the atonement. so, that is exactly what they did. They hadn´t been to church in like 3 years, and they were there this Sunday. It was aweome, but i want to talk more about the lesson. It was really powerful. The spirity was there and when me and my companion were bearing testimony about the atonement and applying it directly and personally into the lives of the less active members we were teaching, they felt the spirit and commited to go to church, and they were there! It was awesome. They then decided to take us to dinner afterwards, which was nice, i ordered a chocolate chip cheesecake, and it was delicious, but the lesson was what was more important to me. Seeing that there are children of our heavenly father who have become a little lost of the path of righteousness and that I as a missionary and representative of Jesus Christ have the oppurtunity and blessing to teach and testify of the mission of Jesus Christ, is such a blessing. This lesson strengthened my testimony of the power of the atonement.

Also, there was another lesson that we had this week. With a family, Hernandez family. They are less actives, the mom, hadn´t been to church in over 2 years, and her son, actually served a mission in Utah, her served in the prove mission in Lehi, which was cool because that is where my c9ompanion is from and they knew some fo teh same members. But anyway, he hadn´t been to church in like 5 years, he finished his mission 10 years ago. But, this lesson as well was powerful. WE taught and testified of the power of the truth to make us free(John 8:32) and testified and connected it with the atonement and the restauracion, that we have such a great message to share, to help free other children of God from mistakes and to help rescue, and the returned missionary felt the spirit there, he told us that he would be excited and honored to go to church the Sunday that was yesterday, and he went. His mom wsa there as well, and we talked with them, and they felt the spirit and were grateful to have the atonement back in their life. It was another testimony builder of the atonement for me.

The reason why we have been focusing so much on the atonement this week, is because, we actually had a lesson on the atonement, in our zone training meeting with the whole zone of ermita. It was an awesome zone conference, I learned a ton, and most of it was about the atonement, that really everything we do as missionaries is centered in the atonement, so that is what we taught this week, and we saw miracles. Families who hadn´t been to church in an extended period of time, came because of the power of the atonement.

Also, the investigator who we contacted in the micro(a bus) like 4 weeks ago, was at church. He is so ready for the gospel, and he loved church. WE will be working with him this week, and I think that he will be baptized, I sure hope so. The work here in Mexico is progressing, and I know that is is the work of the lord. Spanish, no longer is much of a problem, I understand almost all, and this is the last week of my training, in one more week, I will no longer be a "greenie". I also might be in a new area next week, I´ll let you know. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, I know that the atonement is real, and that it applies to all of us, not only to those who are lost. I am so grateful for the blessings of the atonement, and the gospel. I know this church is true, and I have seen lives changed because of it. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

P.S. Thanks for everything, and I hope everyone has a happy thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hola everbody! This week was crazy, let me just start by explaining that, this week, I experienced an earthquake. don`t worry, it wasn`t anything big or anything, but still. this past week, there was a big earthquake in Guatamala, and here in Mexico City, I could feel it. I was in my apartment with my companion studying, and the building started to shake, it was weird, because i wasn`t moving, but at the same time I was. Don`t worry though, everything is all good, it was just a small one in mexico city, but still, it was interesting.

Also this week, another miracle was experienced by Elder Beatty and me here in our area of Nativitas. WE were visitng this less active member, she hadn`t been to church in six years. We went to her house for an appointment, and visited with her, she asked us if we were cold at night(because believe it or not, here in mexico city, it gets cold at night) and we told her that we were, so... she went to her room and brought us a bag with 5 huge warm, heavenly blankets. The one that I have has a lion on it, it is pretty dang sweet if I do say so myself, and i do. And on top of that, she also gave us 8 ties, and told us that she would give us more ties. She was so glad to have the missionaris back in her home,and now, we are working with her family, her husband and kids. I`m pretty excited to see them progress.

One more thing this week, we were visiting with another less active family, and the head of the family, Hector, was a little sick, so we were asked to give him a blessing. After we taught them a lesson on faith as a matter of fact, his wife asked if we could give a blessing. It was my turn to give the blessing,and I was extrememly nervous because 1 it`s in spanish 2. I don`t have much experience giving blessings 3. The spanish prounous are different when giving a blessing,it`s kind of hard to explain, but yeah, it`s different than when you are speakingk, it`s kind of liek using thee and thou instead of you or something and 4. It`s in spanish... But, I know that as an Elder, I have the priesthood to do so, and whether in english or spanish, it`s the same. So I started giving the blessing, and i only made one mistake with my spanish! Just one tiny mistake, the words just came to me, and it was definitely a testimony builder to me of the power of the priesthood.

An extra addition to this weekly letter, this week, was stake conference. It was all in spanish(of course) but there were speakers from the 70 speaking spanish, and also Elder Scott was speaking spanish too, it was by satelite broadcast. But, one thing I really want to share with you guys, What is the most quoted scripture in the church? IOf you said 1 nephi 3:7 I will go and do, would be wrong. It isn`t <moses 1:39 either. If you said 1 nephi 1:1 "I nephi having been born of goodly parents" you would also be wrong, however, this is the most read scripture haha. But, the answer is the sacramente prayer. EAch week, in every lds church throughout the world, this scripture is quoted, word for word, and it`s because it is so important, remember the significance and blessing of having the sacrament each week.

Also, Friday, we taught a lot of lessons! ÇThe most in all of my mission! 4 lessons without a member present, and 3 with a member, all of our appointments were there. And the member who was with us in the lesson, brought two investigators who we were teaching with him to the stake conference. It was aweome! And the investigators told us that they would return next week for the regular sacrament meeting. There is so much work to do here in Nativitas, but I love it, and I am working hard. I can`t believe it, I`m almost done with my "training" two weeks more and I will officially not be a "greenie" and there is a chance that I will get to train a new missioanry, but I don`t think I`ll be ready, my spanish is pretty good, everyone tells me that it is, but I sitll have a lot to improve. random fact of the day, spanish word for cool= padre. For example, "Que padre" here in mexico, means, that`s cool or how cool. I just felt liek teaching you guys one word for this week. Today, for P day, we went bowling again, it was super fun.

I hope all is well at home, keep me updated with how things go, that`s all for this week, Love, Elder Daniel Limb

On Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 3:34 PM, Daniel Limb <> wrote:
I`m doing great, thanksfor asking. Obedience, is definitely very important, without it, we have nothing. FAith is a big subject, but that makes it easier, because you can go at all

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Hola Everyone, Once again, another week has passed by in Mexico. This week was pretty awesome, I´m just going to jump right in and start to explain what happened this week.

Before I get too carried away, I want to talk about the coolest thing that happened this week, well one of them, but the things that I learend the most from. This is it, be prepared. This week, we had our zone conference for the zone of Ermita for the mission, and we had a member from the quorum of the 70 come and speak to us, and his wife too. Elder Benjamin De Hoyos came and toured our whole mission, and it was just such a spiritual experience, especially hearing his testimony, because he is a special witness of the Savior Jesus Christ. One thing that was really really awesome though, that impacted me a lot was the talk that his wife gave to us. She talked about reading in the book of mormon, some facts about translation and stuff. Here I will provide some of the facts that I learned. The bible was translated by 50 "learned" men, they translated 1 page everyday, it took them 7 years to finish the bible completely. The book of mormon was translated in 85 days, approximately 10 pages each day, by one man, Joseph Smith. This book is the most correct book, and when you read it you will become closer to God than by anyother book, so that was the challenge that she gave to our mission. To read the book of mormon in 85 days, but this time while reading it, we have to mark every name of the SAvior, or every reference to the savior Jesus christ, so that when we introduce this book to investigators, we can flip the book, and they can see the countless numbers of references to the savior Jesus Christ, and know that it really is another testament of Jesus Christ, this impacted me a lot, and I really want to do this challenge, and I would like to challenge all of you to do the same thing, I have only been reading for like 4 days, but already i have gained a greater appreciation and my testimony of the book of mormon has been strengthened of the savior Jesus Christ, that is my challenge for you guys, 85 days to finishe a blank copy of the book of mormon and mark every reference to the savior. Also, hearing the testimony of Elder Benjamin De Hoyos at the end was powerful, I could feel the power behind his testimony, and it strengthened my testimony. I know that this is a lot of stuff on my zone conference, but it was pretty spiritually powerful.

The next thing that I want to talk about is this new revelation that I kind of mentioned in my last email, how we can´t knock on doors and our contacts are limited to when the spirit tells us to go and contact. So, we have been working a lot harder to reactivate and work with less actives, and members, and still the investigators that we already had before this revelation, but yeah, and I am bout to describe a pretty awesome experience that we had with this experience. So Saturday, there was an investigator that we already had, and he was sick, so we couldn´t teach him. So we had this other "menos activo" less active member, who was in our area book, she was baptized six years ago, and hadn´t gone to church for like 5 years and 8 months. So we knocked on her door, and things just starting being awesome, oh yeah, her name is Maria, but we were working with her, we had a strong lesson, the spirit was there, and she told us that she needed to go to church, we gave her a book of mormon so that she could read the book of mormon again, and invited her to go to church. She told us that she would be there, and she was. And at church on Sunday, she was telling the gospel principles class(class for investigators and less active members) that it was a miracle that we came at that moment, because we were talking about the holy ghost and that she said that she knew that the spirit had prompted us to go and visit her, and we also asked her if she knows anyone that would benefit from our message and she said yes, and so this week, we have an appointment with her again, and hopefully her friend. She also gave us a little tiny plant, and some food, so it was pretty awesome, and she was excited because her prayers had been answered, and now, we are going to work with her to help reactive her and her family again.

One more thing, This past week in Mexico was a holiday, called Day of the dead, it was two days, november 1 and november 2. It´s pretty cool, the people of mexico remember the lives of their ancessestors and it is pretty cool. And... spanish isn´t giving me hardly any problems, I can understand 95 percent, I understand the grammar, it´s just vocabularly now that I have to learn. And, I have learned to love the food, that´s one thing that is difficult for me to do , to remember the names of the foods. I have eaten a variety of foods, all really good, and I don´t know that names of any of them, but just so you know, it´s good, it´s spicy, and I love it, even pizza is different here. Also, this is a surprise to me, but it is actually pretty cold here in Mexico City, it´s been raining and the climate will get colder still, I guess it´s because mexico city is elevated higher than utah, its like 9000 feet or something like that, but yeah, i actually had to buy a sweater to stay warm. But things are going great, it´s basically like Utah in like March/April without the snow, but yeah, I love it, I have adjusted to city life.And I love being here as a missionary, representing the Lord Jesus Christ, doing missionary work, I´ve seen miracles, and I know that I am protected because there have been some pretty scary stories that I have heard about Mexico City, Next week, if you want, I will answer any more questions that you have, but that´s all I have for now. Thanks for keeping me in your thoughts and prayers, and keep being awesome, I´ll write more next week,

hasta luego, Love, Elder Daniel Limb

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hello Everyone, Another week in Mexico has passed by. This week, we had an awesome experience, we invited this family of three to be baptized, two of them accepted. This lesson was so spiritually powerful, because in the first lesson, they told us that they didn't want anything to do with baptism, but with time, and with the help of the spirit, two of them the father and the son, agreed to be baptized! This isn't even the best part. WE invited this same family to come to church, they said yes, which is awesome, because we've only been teaching them for like 3 weeks. So we went to pick them up in the morning, and we realized that we didn't want to walk all the way there, or use a taxi because it's expensive. But, the dad of this family is a delivery truck driver, so he had his huge truck. What was awesome, was that he was dressed in his Sunday best, he had afull suit, and everything, it was pretty awesome, also his weife, we didn't even explain about the process or what to wear, or nothing, but they were prepared. And what was cool, was that we went to church with him, he drove us in his work van, it was pretty sweet, there is a lot of hope for them. The other thing that I want to talk about, is a revelation, that the area 70s of mexico received. From now on, we are not allowed to knock doors, unless prompted by the spirit, or to contact in the street unless prompted by the spirit. WE will be working 100 percent with the members, we have to teach each member the first lesson, and ask for their family that aren't members to teach them, and we have to visit all the elss active members, which is good. Because here in mexico, this is the problem, it's easy to baptize and find people, but to truly convert converts is hard, that is my invitation to you guys, to become truly converted so as to never fall away. so we will finally be doing missionary work how the Lord wants us to do it, this was the reason why the success had been lower, but now, the wards will grow, and more chapels will be needed, I know that this revelation is from God, and I'm excited to work with the members. Just knowing that now we have the oppurtunity to do the lord's work how he wants it, is exciting, more success will be manifested, and more lasting converts, through the families and friends of the members. Also, this week, I had to use my sewing kit for the first time, I had no idea how to sew on a button, but I figured it out, I was pretty proud of myself. That's all for this week, Thanks for keeping me in your prayers and thoughts, I'll write more next week, , Adios, hasta luego, Elder Limb