Mexico City Temple

Mexico City Temple

Monday, July 20, 2015

Youth Conference...[July 20, 2015]

This week was sort of similar to the last one. We didn't have all the success that we wanted, but honestly things don't always go your way in any aspect of life. The good thing to know is that when we do our best, it is enough.

This week we went back to a village more or less far from us called Tepatlaxco. The people there are very receptive and I feel like there is a lot of potential out there. We will probably end up going every week there.

The youth conference happened in the chapel this week so it has been a little bit crazy in that aspect. English class basically was cancelled because of that, but we will be having it this week, so all is well.

Also, a whole bunch of less actives came to church this week. I feel like we don't even deserve a tenth of what we get as far as success goes in this aspect, so I feel really humbled and grateful.

Have a great week!
élder Seymour.

Ever tried bagged milk?

 Drawing I did for a baptism on the chalkboard

My comp and I got crepes one night
(...wait they are in Mexico
and not France, right?)

We got back into pitaya season

A member gave us rootbeer this week.
It basically doesn't exist here.

Monday, July 13, 2015

A mighty change of heart...[July 13, 2015]

It has been a little challenging this past week.

Our 15 year old investigator has been slowing down in progress a whole lot these past weeks. When we talk about baptism now it almost seems like a bother. We decided that to get him more excited about it we were going to visit him every day and get him reading and praying constantly. However, even as we did it, not much was happening inside him. I don't think worried can even begin to describe what I was feeling. Almost all of my prayers have been directed so I could know how to help him.

We had a lesson with him Sunday. The Spirit wouldn't have been there if we weren't and it was one of the most difficult lessons that I have had my entire mission. Near the end I was practically begging him to receive the blessings that Heavenly Father had for him, but he wouldn't. I think I understand a little better how Christ feels when we don't repent. Wanting to help people so much, but they won't let you. He is going on vacation with his family this week for about a week, so we won't see him for a bit. I said the closing prayer and was crying during it a little. Honestly, that was one of the hardest moments of my mission.

The exact same day, one of our other investigators accepted a baptismal date and has the light of the gospel in her eyes. It would seem that the mission many times is a giant roller coaster full of ups and downs.

Well, I hope you have a superb week!
élder Seymour.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The bad apartment...[July 6, 2015]

So we met President Nelson and Sister Nelson this past week. They are a bit different from the Christensens in the sense that They are a bit more serious when they give talks. My trainer who is one of the assistants told me that he can be quite funny when he is doing normal things. ( I find it a lot harder to explain myself well in English now... I just hope you can understand.)

We found a new investigator while looking for the address of a less active member. She is a bit older and is amazingly quite a bit excited to learn more. Her Grandchild is a member that lives in the mission, but quite far away. She is getting her grandmother excited to learn more and everything, so that is going quite well. I feel like there is a lot of potential there.

My companion is really good at doing the work and every day I get more surprised at him. It helps me have a bit more trust in his judgment and I can just let him teach and he does it a lot better with the spirit than me. They put him with me so I could teach him, but I honestly end up learning a lot from him.

We also tried to change apartments this week because we thought our apartment was pretty bad. The office secretaries told us that we couldn't move and it ended up making me feel a little more humbled. Why are we not just sometimes a little more grateful for what we have? Why do we always have to look at something that someone else has and stop being grateful for everything God has given us? I honestly still have so much to learn.

I hope you all have an excellent week!
élder Seymour.

17 Months

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Round 2...[June 29, 2015]

Well, I think I'm coming down with parasites again, but this time I am prepared. There seems to be so many things that I simply can't control, but I have learned to do at least the absolute best that I can in what is given to me.

I am training now. It is quite different than I expected and I really am grateful for the opportunity to do it. As you are working and trying to help the new missionary the best you can, you realize all the help that you need and have needed. It's quite an eye opener.

My trainee is élder Armenta. He is from Obregón, Sonora, México and is 21 years old. It is a bit funny because he is older than me, just like I was older than my trainer. Honestly he is quite amazing and surprises me all the time. He was baptized when he was 13 years old and now all of his family except for his dad are members.

It was a little weird saying goodbye to President Christensen this Tuesday, but the work goes on. It will be interesting to see how President Nelson is and we have a conference with him this Thursday.

I hope you have a great week!
élder Seymour.

My MTC District
My last photo with the President.
It felt kinda weird and I was still thinking
on something he said when they took the photo.


My companion's last photo with the President

I decided to invent and try new things,
so I opened up a concha and
put blackberry jam inside. 
It was a lot of sugar, but it tasted fairly good.