Arizona Mesa Mission Address

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 2, 2012

Hey Family,

I enjoyed reading mom's talk she gave on me in sacrament meeting.  As far as your questions go, I did receive the second package about 4 days a go I believe.  The Wal-Mart hoodie's zipper broke the very first time I tried to zip it up hahaha.  By the way, I think it's better you send packages directly to my apartment because the Mission Office was the reason it was delayed in getting to me.

Last night we took the Cervantes family to the temple to see the Christmas lights which went really well.  All of the little girls in the family love me so much because I am always playing with them (actually when we go to teach them, I split off and teach the girls in English while Elder Camarillo teaches Gabriel and Evangelina in Spanish).  While we were in the Visitor's Center they were climbing all over me.  A Sister Missionary, Sister Avila, who has only been out for like 3 weeks asked, "what is this?!?! little kids climbing on Elders???!?!"  It was kind of funny.  I attached some pictures I took last night of the Cervantes family at the Christmas lights.

I also attached a picture of the brand and flavor of Japanese-style noodles that are my favorite.  So the next time that you want to send me some, you can just send me all of that kind -- they are so delicious!  I remember that I used to just clear out that Japanese store of every single one they had when we went.

This week was kind of frustrating in terms of finding new investigators -- something we are trying to focus on.  We didn't find any but we have a bunch of potentials and referrals from the Christmas lights that we contacted and set up appointments with.  Also due to people staying out late on New Years Eve, there were not many people at church.  We had one investigator, Nancy Zuniga, whose husband is less active and is going to get baptized with her son on the 21st of January.  The subject of one of the talks was reverence during Sacrament Meeting.  It was a really good talk but the Branch President was completely knocked out for the whole thing.  Some of the families in the Branch were laughing because one of the things the speaker focused on was concentrating on the speaker and not falling asleep.  A lot of people were super tired and barely made the decision to come to church.

One really cool experience we had this week was in a lesson with Nancy Zuniga.  We were teaching her about the Plan of Salvation* and I shared with her a scripture in Acts 14:22** which talks about how it requires us to pass through tribulation to be able to enter into the kingdom of God.  After that she shared an experience about revelation that she received while reading in the Book of Mormon about the story of Nephi retrieving the plates from Laban.  It was so awesome.  She told us how she knows that God always provides away for us to succeed but allows us to pass through trials to test our faith.  I told her right after that that she had received a revelation from God -- she told me she knew she had.  We are seeing a lot of miracles with the families we are teaching.  We just need to find more!!!!

I hope that everything is well in CT and that you had a great New Year's Day.


Elder Kinney

*Click on the link (on the rights side of the blog) to view a short video describing the Plan of Salvation.

**Acts 14:22 - Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much atribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

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