Monday, January 30, 2017

Weekly Update -- January 30th, 2017

Hello everyone,

There has been a huge change in the missionary world this past week via worldwide transmition (transmission/broadcast) from the Executive missionary counsel presided by Elder Dallin H. Oaks that all the missionaries were able to see. One big change: Only four key indicators (Baptisms/Confirmations, Investigators at Church, Investigators with Baptismal date and New investigators). The other big change involves the schedule basically giving us freedom to move around aspects of our daily routine (personal study, exercise, etc.) before leaving the day. We're all very excited and I'm happy to see how all of missionaries are humble enough to take on the changes. One even said 'In leadership counsels we've been talking about how to solve a problem like putting bandages on a flesh wound. This is the change we've been looking for.'

I personally feel like these changes are helping me to adjust to coming home, BUT I'm not trunky (=wanting to come home). In fact, we are working a lot with the seminary teacher and youth leaders with the branch mission leader to use the extra freedom to focus on those between the ages of 15-25. We know they are especially important based on the words given by the institute Director/stake President Tapia (from Anahuac) and the Seminary 2nd counselor who came to the zone conference last Thursday. One said, 'Let us help you by bringing people to a place where they will be surrounded by the gospel and good friends their own age.' Good enough for me. The branch's seminary teacher is also much more enthusiastic seeing some help from someone else.

I invite you all to talk to the seminary teacher in your ward (wherever you might be) just to get to know him/her and ask if there is something you can do to help with the youth. Something that the seminary counselor told us to do as well. I know Heavenly Father loves the youth of His Church. If you're like one missionary who said 'But what if our seminary teacher is inactive?' do as he responded: 'Activate her!' Gotta love the mission. Love you all, thanks for your prayers!

-Elder Allgaier

Elder Charles before the transmition (transmission/broadcast)
new schedule (if you can make out the blur)
Missionaries who came
 'What's up dog?' -Elder Fernandez
Pekey in Fernandez's jacket
How we call for dats
Heading to Santiago for pday to fish (these police stands are pretty common in Monterrey) (we didn't have any poles to fish today, so the activity was postponed...)

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Weekly Update -- January 23rd, 2017

Hello everyone,

Thank you for those who accepted the challenge last week to study a Christ-like attribute, I hope it was an edifying experience. I certainly liked studying by topic as well, here's what I learned...

I completed the study of reading the passages of faith in PMG and the references of those scriptures. In the three sections (what is faith, how do you obtain faith/what can I do with faith, what blessings come through faith) I was able to learn a few new things. Concerning the first question, what is faith, the scriptures teach that we cannot have perfect knowledge while having faith. The example in Alma 32 is the clearest to explain that principle and is strengthened with another account when we read the brother of Jared's story when he trusts in the Lord's plan to build a boat, though he has no sure knowledge on how to do so. Leading us to the second question, how to obtain faith and what can we do with it. Having so much faith, not only trusting to do what the Lord wants, but taking initiative and adding his own part to the same vision by giving an idea on how to have light in the boats, allowed him to see God's finger. Testifying that miracles can and WILL procede trials of faith is one of my favorite verses in Ethere 12:12. The entire chapter mentions the word 'faith' some 34 times (left the exact number in my other book of mormon), but that scripture in particular was noted a significant number of times within the references to the scriptures in PMG.

Thank you President McArthur for the challenge.

In recent news, I'm really enjoying my last change here. To keep me focused, I'm taking the advice of Elder Barrientos who said 'It's ok to think about home, but only on pday.' And the results are visible. This last Sunday, Oliveria (Bella) was confirmed and is loving learning about the Gospel through her personal study and asking us and other members the questions that come up every once in a while.

Meanwhile, I'm finding it very easy to apply my fùtbol talents that Heavenly Father has given me in the missionary work. This morning, for example, us four missionaries decided to take a couple hours to conquer the nearby cancha or fùtbol court. There came a group of about 6 kids between the ages of 11 and 16 to play with us in less than 20 minutes. Lots of fun. Juega bonito, joga bonito.

Just a small invitation to read Moroni 10 to find out more about your spiritual gifts. A quick read in the Gospel Principles wouldn't hurt if you want to read a little bit more in depth about the subject. Thank you for your continued prayers and efforts. Love you all!!  

--Elder Allgaier

 Elder Fernandez's new haircut (similar to the egg)
Nice coke shot
Less active Lazaro who came back to Church yesterday
Another shot

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Weekly Update -- January 16th, 2017

Hello everyone,

It looks like I owe you two updates this time... Last week was a bit crazy being Elder Barrientos' last day in the mission field visiting some converts and members from past areas. Really a fun experience seeing how excited he was and the impact he had made on so many people. Of course, I still have a long way to go until I do that...

The day before (Jan 8), we had an interesting baptismal service for Oliveria Garcia Hernandez. She came late due to a previously scheduled hospital service, which we were expecting. What we were not expecting was an absence of gas to heat the water and fill the baptismal font! There were doubts if we were going to be able to go through with it at that Church, or if we were going to have to postpone it until the next week. A recent convert then butted in saying he had a little tank of gas at his house. We hurried over and filled it up, running in our suits whenever we could. We didn't know, but we broke a rule hooking up that tank to the chapel boiler and started to fill the font. About 40 minutes later, Oliveria was baptized and I was able to perform the ordinance in semi-cold water.

This week, I'm with Elder Fernandez, who I actually met in Anahuac as Zone leaders in the same stake (but different zones). Really fun, hardworking missionary and he'll be excellent to work with until the end. A funny experience

Ended the week without fruits, but we had our zone activity watching Finding Dory and playing fùtbol with some Tamas (even better than compechanas). An invitation that President McCarthur extended to me in my last interview, I will now extend to you. Pick an Christ like attribute from Preach My Gospel (chapter 6) and study every scripture at the end of the section, as well as every footnote scripture within those scriptures and then send me a report of what you learned. Mine was faith. I'll even give you all a report next week! Love you all so much!

--Elder Allgaier

 In the office before leaving to visit converts with E. Barrientos
First house
Free tacos on the restaurants grand opening 'tacos che'
The 'che' team
 Last companionship picture with our baptism saver (Chepe)
Elder Fernandez and me
 Last leadership counsel (ZLs) Zone Leaders
Recognize anyone?
Knocking doors way up in the mountains
Playing fùtbol in the house the night before
The famous cow horns which go to the zone of the change (most baptisms)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Weekly Update -- January 2nd, 2017

Hello everyone,

So for short time, I'll just say I love being Zone leader in Roma. I love the missionaries and the good experiences we've been having thanks to our hard work, obedience and diligence. Of course there are problems, but I feel that humility, even humbling experiences, has brought us together. We're looking to finish with the most baptisms in the entire mission as a zone. Considering Roma usually finishes with the least, it's quite the feat for our work. Thanks missionaries!!

Just a quick invitation, share your goals that you made for new years with your family, it will help you to complete them this year. Love you all, have a great week!

--Elder Allgaier

Monday, January 2, 2017

Weekly Update -- December 26th, 2016

I am so sorry!  I am not intending to be selfish, but I totally forgot to post this email from Elder Allgaier last week!  Look for his new update from today by tonight or tomorrow morning.

Merry Christmas,

Short email, because we had a very Christmas activity filled week and I told my family a lot of what's going on. Just a short story for Ricardo Romero who was baptized yesterday!! Such a great guy who is here from Vera Cruz separated from his family, but has since found a lot of happiness in the repentance process and the importance of the family in God's plan. Elder Barrientos found him 5 weeks ago just knocking on doors and just yesterday he was also able to perform the ordinance. We're excited to see him continue to progress in the Gospel and help others as well.

Quick invitation to make some meaningful goals this week approaching new years, something that will help you to be wiser, not just older in 2017. Something spiritual, something intelectual, something social, something physical and something familiar (with the family). Love you all, happy new years!!

-Elder Allgaier

Christmas decorations in the house
Cool photo in the area
Divisions picture
Another divisions picture
Some birthdays at interviews this week
Moving service with the Garza family on Christmas eve
Garza family's kid
A few tomales we ate, very few of the many we ate these past weeks
Christmas party with the Acosta famiy
Pre-baptism pic with Ricardo
Post baptism pic!!

Best zone activity today! Secret santa, perfect game movie, fùtbol!
Screenshot of skyping with family on Christmas day!