Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 8 and April 15. 2013 letters

This is a Hna (Sister) who is helping Logan get the spots out of his white shirts!
This is heartwarming!

April 8, 2013

Querido familia que amo muchísimo...

This week has been a little bit difficult because we don't have any progressing investigators right now but that is what we are going to try and fix this week. We are on a quest to find work to do for the Lord. I think the general conference really helped me because it helped me answer a few questions. There were so many talks about missionary work there is no doubt in my mind God is really pressing us to our limits by sharing the gospel. Which is the best because there is no other way we are going to grow if we do not try! :) And my favorite talk was with Elder Holland. Besides the fact he says the funniest things like "i hugged him until his eyes buldged out" and "that's like trying to stuff a turkey through the beak" he always has such a powerful authority with him! I can't wait until May 25 to hear him in person to see how he really acts and what he says to a small crowd of missionaries like us! But I liked how he said it starts with beliefs and as we nuture our testimony it becomes a knowing. It reminds me of the Brother of Jared a little bit when he believed in Christ until it became a knowledge and he actually saw for himself. The biggest goal I have on my mission and I can feel that it is becoming true is... That my testimony becomes sufficient to be the base of all of my decisions. I want to live a life that is based on the teachings of Christ and so that I can make God proud of me for the way I am and live :) And no I really can't believe that I almost have a year underneath my belt. And I am excited to see what God has in store for me because I love the experiences that I have already been given. My companion and I are doing good and I think we are building a strong bond by this point. Tomorrow we have interviews with the President so I will see what he expects and what guidance he can give me. Also I am so glad we have a Prophet today. I feel like he really knows  and loves us when he talks and gives us guidance. What a blessing :) And I loved the letter of Carli. It sounds like she had a "mess" of experiences and it will probably "stain" her life forever with all of the things she saw and lived (referring to how she was sick all the way home from Spain)! That poor boy that sat next to her on the plain :P Hahah Carli I am proud to say that you most likely experienced a little bit of what dad and I had to go through for like 3 months on the mission. No one understands us and we never understand them. But that is crazy with your monkeys (again referring to Carli's Spain trip when monkeys would come up to her and pull her hair). They were bananas for you it seems. And Ryan and Breanna look alot bigger and more mature. I hope Ryan is pushing dad with the p90x because I am still counting on that promise that he made me when he said I won't recognize him :) and I still have written in my journal every day. (I only missed one day in the MTC) So I have every day minus one. Dont judge me :) I love you all and keep me in your prayers! (And no i have not recieved any packages of Easter or still from the Ritcheys either.. I hope they got through!)

Love Elder Cramer!!

April 15, 2013

Dear my friends and family!

This week was full of lovely and interesting things! The first thing is that I am glad that my tapes made it safely to the states :) First off my main man Alejandro Cordonado finally got baptized with us after being an investigator for over 6 years. He is such a great young man and smart and I hope that in about a year he will serve the lord like I am right now :). With him being baptized they can be sealed in the temple as a family so that is so exciting. I will attach a few photos of that in the end (above). Also I recieved permission from the President to baptize two young boys that we have as investigators because their parents are trying to get married to be baptized but it is a lengthy process but the kids wanted to be baptized for 2 months now so this Saturday that is coming Misael and Marcos will be baptized and I will be baptizing little Misael of the age of 9 :) So that is really exciting! And Elder Holland will be coming 25 of May to visit us.

And also something that I will never forget that happened this week is that I got jumped. Three gangsters started tripping us and laughing and the third time I stopped and stared at the 5 foot 10 man. And he got scared but then his little gangster friends came so then they made us give them our cellphone and the cell of the member with us and then they snatched the ID of my companion but the good part is that they did not do any harm to us or anything. A member told me ¨well if you never got robbed you never lived in mexico¨and so I am just glad God keeps us safe and protected :). But I am glad you loved the tapes (Logan sent some voice recordings) and I am looking forward to recieving your end of them! Also I got your Easter present and I am really grateful for the scripture pictures :D Also I just bought a few piano and violin songs on itunes just to let you know for the studies! And yeah my shoes and all of that are holding up good! And the only thing I really need is sunblock of at least 80. Because I am becoming liquified here in Mexico and everyone tells me not to worry because the worst is still to come so I am like uh oh.

I think that  will be changed (locations) here in a few weeks because I have already been here in Filadelfia for like 5 months now. For some reason the Lord is having me stay in this area :))

I hope everyone knows that I am happy to be here and that I am trying to be a great disciple of Christ. I feel happy being able to invite others to come unto our Redeemer and to be able to do covenants with our Father in Heaven! That is the  best gift I and any other missionary can possibly give!

Love Your Elder Cramer :)

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