Adam’s Missionary Letters #28

November 11-12, 1999

11-11-99

Well I decided to write again, I can’t believe I let this slide, I I know how important it is, especially now; this is such a crucial time in my mission. The decisions and choices as to what kind of missionary I will be are made now. I am glad I have a trainer that feels the same way Ii do about the mission. Believe me we don’t waste a minute. Often we run between appointments and skip meals also. We are blessed though.

Today we had charlas with Graciela. She needs to stop smoking for one more week before she can be baptized –Don’t think she’s not going to make it, she has a great testimony. If we could get her husband, Pedro, in the charlas, they could support each other – we’ll keep praying.

With Leontina and Teresa (two old sisters)(very very funny), we shared a scripture 2 Nephi 25:26, next visit we will give the 2nd charla.

Here with the Mission President. We space all the six charlas with charlas in between that are premade on index cards (charlas of progression) to develop testimonies and lower menos activo rate. The amount of charlas to new members is amazing.

Got to go, 10:30 —- Ciao

 

11-12-99

Well this morning was a little disappointing, three contacts fell through; one was not interested and two were busy, they usually are when we come by. But everyone will get the chance to listen to this message if not here somewhere else.

Then we knocked doors; that was pretty fun. We always catch people off guard. After lunch we had divisions. I went with Elder Smith from another area. I like divisions because I always learn something that I need to do, and what I should not do. Through divisions we can learn all different aspects of teaching, assimilate them and mold our own.

One of my goals is to be 1. more simple and direct in my teaching; don’t worry about time so much, as much as they understand the principle. Also I can take time and speak more slowly so to organize and translate my thoughts into more coherent sentences. A great way to do this, to practice explaining and teaching, is with children. I can also make lots of examples for teaching with them also.

  1. I also need to be more a part of the B.R.T. (Build relationships of trust). Have no fear just speak, let them correct you. I’ve found when you do this they see how hard you are trying and they love you. Also it puts you on an equal plane. They can help you speak Spanish just as I can help them understand the gospel.

Well I will practice.

Nos Vemos

Adam’s Missionary Letters #27

10-27-99

Mom & Dad & Family,

What’s up? Sorry I don’t have as much journal entries I am repenting I will do better.

I have so much to write about each day just not enough time to do it when I return. We have some awesome families and contacts its exciting. Getting accustomed to the mission life was really difficult. A little more so since my trainer is Latin, but it humbled me and required me to pray a lot.

I am doing great! This city is crazy like I said it’s a lot like an Italian city, probably in to many respects. First the members always have missionaries over for lunch and afterwards they want to talk. But this is a waste of time. Second they can get offended and leave the church real easy. Third so many people here are Italian – meaning Catholic. It is difficult to get in the door – meaning we don’t baptize all day every week like some other parts of S. America, especially in the city of Montevideo. It is really tough. Don’t get me wrong though, the Catholic Church was a wonderful tool for preparing many to hear the gospel; all just aren’t ready yet. Fourth – the women here wear hardly anything during the summer – everybody wants attention.

My Mission President is awesome. He’s fun and he wants us to have fun. He places missionaries in almost all the cities in Uruguay (Uruguay/East Mission), so they can get a taste of the country. He lets all the missionaries attend one soccer game during their mission, and when Star Ward, & The Prince of Egypt came out, he let them go see it. He always encourages (us) to have fun.

Before I left he told me to “jump in and enjoy it”. That’s what you have to do, Fortunately I have no other choice but to speak only Spanish, so the language is coming quickly. My companion is patient and loving, he is sensitive to other’s feelings and always doing things for me. I have already started dreaming in Spanish, it’s weird!

Next subject is …. Oh yeah the exchange rate and monthly pension. Stuff is not too expensive down here; but we only receive about $120 a month, which hardly ever stretches I am told, and experiencing, because we have to pay the bills for our apartments. We do receive reimbursements but only the next month. Lucky I was able to save a little money in the MTC, thanks to my monthly allowance or this week me and my comp would not have food.

We get one meal a day from members, usually lunch, for dinner and breakfast we usually don’t eat much to save our money. Don’t worry though, the Lord provides. I have not had an emergency large enough yet to substantiate use of the card which is good. I am told the city is most expensive and in the surrounding cities it is less.

P.S. I have a little surprise for you in about a month.

Today was a great day! This is about the only English I have anything to do with now. I speak Spanish all day because my companion does not speak English hardly, but he is so awesome, I have never met anyone as loving and understanding. He is a wonderful teacher. I learn so much from him. I can’t believe how happy I am also. This is such a great opportunity to share my closest feelings and thoughts with everyone and tell them that I know God has a plan for all of us and that He loves each and every one of us.

This morning it rained so hard, we went out and got soaked. I want to show the Lord how much I want it and why I am out here. At our first charla, we talked to Graciela, a lady that has a problem with smoking and her children. We shared a talk out of the Liahona. I am told she has come a long way, she’s committed to baptism. Then we visited Rosa who is less-active. We committed her to come to church, she was awesome. Then we visited the family Fernandez, we gave them the 4th discussion for new members. If you have noticed we have a large portion of our work in retention. We get less baptisms, but we make sure we baptize strong members. Our retention is climbing hopefully when the temple is built, actually I know our retention will skyrocket. The temple brings a power of its own.

Well we did a lot more but it’s late. Today was so awesome!

Nos Vemos

 

 

 

 

Adam’s Missionary Letters #26

10-20-99

Well, I am back from the first of my last 2 years in Uruguay. It was awesome. We taught the 3rd discussion for new members to a Hermana named Patricia. She is only 16, but has such a strong testimony and talks really fast.

My trainer is awesome, he has so much love; I am learning so much. Our apartment is pretty nice. Its looking better and better as I see others homes.

The other family we went and saw were Nilson & Adriana. They have three girls. I had the opportunity to bear my testimony and teach a little. They already received the first charla, the proclamation to the world and we did a discussion called verification of baptism and all of the scriptures in 3rd Nephi 2. They committed to baptism. It was awesome on the first day out I have already got a taste of the fruits of the mission field.

Unlike the MTC, when I share my testimony the people listen and concentrate on me. (I hope it’s because of the spirit not because they don’t understand.) Well I’m so tired.

Nos Vemos

Adam’s Missionary Letters #25

10-12-99

Sorry it’s been so long, I have been so busy studying Española among other things. A most extremely serious incident has occurred in our district. Two Elders who I have been praying about a lot broke some serious rules. As a matter of fact I fasted for one of these Elders last Fast Sunday. They both have girlfriends and distractions, thus they hav had obedience problems. They have some troubles getting up on time and to classes on time. Saturday night they snuck out of the MTC and went to the BYU football game among other things. They didn’t return until after 6:00 A.M. Sunday morning.

When they came back their roommates told me. I told the Branch President. This was tough, but I knew how much responsibility I had. Sunday I did not feel very good. I felt as if I had not done my job well enough, maybe this is true. I now realize how much a responsibility I have to them.

The MTC President came the spoke to our district and reiterated our responsibilities to each other. I found out that they had done this more than once but for only little things, pizza and then they went out all night. About three Elders in the district knew, but did not say anything. They however aren’t in any trouble.

I have tried as hard as I could to be a good example and to show love, maybe to inspire them to be better missionaries. Leadership is the most difficult skill to attain and to use. Right now we don’t know fore sure about their future as of yet. They were informed the MTC President had met with the brethren and one of the twelve was praying about them.

Satan is real! He works through exactly the same ways he always has. He starts little at first with flaxen cords until he has you chained down and submitted to his will. What I learned from this experience is a vast array of subjects from obedience to responsibility to dedication. The safest assumption for me to make for myself is that this can happen to anyone and we as missionaries need to be leaders with an eye single to the glory of God, not followers.

Well I just got back from the Tuesday night devotional. I had the chance tonight to talk with an Apostle!!!! It was incredible. I know that Elder Scott is an Apostle of God. He was asking doctrinal questions and a microphone was going around. I had the opportunity to answer that faith can grow through patience and works into a perfect knowledge. He responded to my answer and shared some more with me about faith.

The Church is true, I love the gospel, I feel so charged to share my testimony with the world. The best way to describe it is Alma 29:1-2 (My new favorite scripture) Well its been a along day, I will rest my worries with my Father in Heaven tonight and wake up charged with answers and strength for the following day.

Buenos Noches

Adam’s Missionary Letters #24

10-8-99

Another day gone at the MTC, I am excited and sad to leave. This place really feels like home. I don’t know any better way to explain the MTC than the movie, Ground Hog Day. Every day feels the same, we get the opportunity to do everything a little better and we grow each day. I have lost sense of time, it even feels like I am stuck in a holding pattern. It’s hard for me to remember before the MTC, because the mission has become the definition of me. It’s hard to explain. I’m almost done with memorizing the 6th and last principle in the 1st Discussion. Someone can quiz me at the airport and listen to my testimony in Spanish. I’m also done reading the Book of Mormon. Anyways I got to go.

This is what I need: pictures from my farewell, shoetrees, anything else you think I might need. Yes, I got the shirts and the goodies they were awesome! The whole district loved them!

Love Elder Weber

P.S. I should not have bought any ties before I came, Nordstrom’s donated tons of ties to the MTC. They’re nicer than any that I bought.

 

 

Adam’s Missionary Letters #23

October 2-3, 1999

10-2-99

Wow, what a great day! Sorry we missed abit. Just because its been missed doesn’t mean those days weren’t awesome. Today we went to conference. I have never looked forward more to conference than I did this week. I loved the talks, believe me I got about 10 pages of notes and my comp recorded it so we wouldn’t miss anything.

I finished reading the Book of Mormon. I have never done such an in depth study. Elder Boyd K Packer is right; there is definitely a power that begins to flow within you when you begin an in depth study of the Book of Mormon.

I know its true. The prophets in this book are my friends and heroes. I think about them all the time. Right now I am taking to heart the teachings of Aaron the missionary where he says, he and his brethren did take unto prayer and fasting that the Lord would impart His spirit unto them.

I have been praying about all of the district this week and one missionary is always brought to my mind. So I am continuing to pray for direction and I am fasting for him also. I can’t explain the love and concern I have for this district.

The Lord has blessed me so much I can’t believe the spirit He has poured out upon me at all times. I feel spoiled. I also feel so full of gratitude for such wonderful parents who raised me so well even though I might not have listened all the time. I can’t wait to go out to the field and testify of the truth which brings my life so much joy. I have some great dreams of the work. I will serve like my Book of Mormon heroes.

Buenos Noches

 

10-3-99

Well the session is over, conference was awesome! I forgot to mention last night I gave one of my comps a blessing. It was such an awesome opportunity. Tonight we also had a fireside. The couple that talked are friends with a cardinal in the Catholic Church. He ranks about third highest.

He told his story about how he explained the Church to him. Unfortunately, the cardinal came to the conclusion that we are not Christians, because we believe in continuing revelation. Not everyone is ready for the gospel yet. But everyone will get the opportunity to hear it and judge for themselves. Well its late I got to go.

Buenos Noches                      Elder Weber

P.S. My plane leaves Salt Lake at 1:08 P.M. 18, Oct, American Airlines; Flight 1798. I will probably be there and waiting at 11:30 A.M.

 

Adam’s Missionary Letters #22

9-28-99

I just got your letters Mom & Dad. I’m sorry that you haven’t got mine yet. In it I explained that I sent it without an address so it is about a week behind.

I’m so grateful to hear from you that I decided to write you right away. Dad I am little worried for you. If I were there I would give you a blessing. I will remember you in my prayers. I have had some sleepless night here also. But they are only caused by spiritual hunger. I have gained or better realized my testimony of the Church.

Mom I read your scripture, it was awesome. Read D&C 128:22-23. This is an awesome missionary scripture. Missionaries work is all of our responsibility.

Allison, Joseph, Ii meant to send cards for your B-day. Believe me I thought about you. Joseph you 15 wow, one more year to your year of jubilee and 4 more years till you enter the Lord’s army. Like I told you before study your scriptures, write me.

Allison keep up the writing and send me those bookmarks, 12 of them, like the one you gave me. I need them before I go. Good luck in school. I know you are getting A’s. Tell Miss Z. I met the president of FCCLA. He’s going to Russia on his mission.

Joseph be careful in football. Eat a lot, if you are chubby enough you won’t get hurt. Just kidding.

Bonnie I didn’t forget you, how’s school? How’s the spoiled, most loved, youngest child’s life?

Well I’m putting this in the mail right now!

P.S. Yes I got everything Dad! Muchas Gracias!

Love Son, Brother, Elder Weber

 

Adam’s Missionary Letters #21

9-26-99

Today was without a doubt one of the best yet. We had our Sabbath services and activities as usual. In sacrament I was concentrating and pondering, especially the emblems and the meaning. Then in the talk that followed, about Christ, I had an awesome experience.

I was thinking about my Savior and his sacrifice for me, when all of a sudden into my mind popped a sentence from my patriarchal blessing. It was,

“You knew your elder brother Jesus Christ”.

When I felt that I just began crying and could not stop. This was such a strong witness to me and I know that by serving Him and studying His teachings my relationship with Him is being brought back to my remembrance.

I’ve dedicated myself more fully to His call to serve. I love to pray. I have some ugly calluses on my knees from prayer, it’s so awesome.

The scriptures are true! They live within me! I can’t wait to share the message with the world. I know that if I just open my mouth, the Lord can use me for anything.

I love you all so much. I exhort you to do the same just open your mouths. Read D&C 60:2-3. The spirit of the work must be urgency!

Buenos Noches                      Elder Weber

 

Adam’s Missionary Letters #20

Sept 23-24, 1999

9-23-99

Another week gone at the MTC, I love this place the Spirit is every where. I finished with the third principle and started on the 4th. My method now is to record my voice speaking the charla about 7 times. Then I listen to it all day between classes and at lunch, sometimes at night too. Then when I start memorizing it, it takes only about 2 hours depending on the length. If I keep it going I should get the entire charlas done before I go. It will help so much, I already have noticed an increase in my speaking ability. The thought I had today was just “love one another” despite any way others might treat you.

Buenos Noches

 

9-24-99

Wow what a night. I just got done with district interviews. The interviews went awesome this week. I spoke with an Elder in the district who I have been praying for. I shared a scripture with him. I found the scripture during my personal study and felt prompted to share it. I bore him my testimony and shared an experience. He has been having a tough time; his girlfriend lives about 5 blocks away. But I think he will be okay.

Another missionary in the district was having a tough time and crying because he hasn’t heard from his girlfriend. He thinks she is dead. We gave him an awesome blessing. Girlfriends before a mission are a big mistake! I am glad I have no serious feelings or relationship to hold me back from the work. But I can sympathize. We are all young naïve boys.

Another elder came in and we had a good talk. I shared a scripture with him, about him, and how grateful we are for him to serve with us. He came back and shared an excerpt from his patriarchal blessing about himself and told me his feelings and testimony. He told me how he had received a letter from his parents with their testimony and how his father had said, “Now we are both servants in the gospel.” The spirit was quite strong tonight. I can’t believe how great a part the gospel is in my life.

Adam’s Missionary Letters #19

Adam’s Letters September 19-21, 1999

9-19-99

I am doing excellent! Today was another great Sunday. Yesterday the temple was great. I got the chance to talk to everyone in the district. We are such a strong district. I also met a friend of mine in the temple. He worked with me at D-TV. He is from Africa. It was cool to talk to him.

I continue changing everyday. Today a missionary I had never met before was acting quite rude to our district in the lunch line. If I would have been at home I might have said something back. But my automatic reaction was to put my arm around him and remind him that this is such a special time in our lives and we need to remember who we represent. He obviously felt bad and apologized. I think I made a friend.

I love to listen to the messages shared here and to partake of the Spirit. I feel an amazing sense of urgency to serve and learn and to prepare. The wonderful thing about the gospel is that it is limitless. There is no limit to how obedient one can be or how much you can learn about the gospel. Every time I read I gain greater understanding and dedication. Every time I feel the Spirit. I get a glimpse of how important this message is and what great things are happening.

I just want to do my part.

Buenos Noches

Elder Weber

 

9-21-99

Tonight we were so lucky to get in the gym for the devotional. The speaker was Elder Oaks, his talk was awesome. He talked about not focusing the mission on yourself, don’t call it my mission or fill the time with taking pictures or collecting souvenirs. This is a full-time calling. I felt a little guilty, but nothing that I can’t work on.

Everyday the Spanish gets easier. One of our tasks was to testify some truths about Joseph Smith. The other day while I was working with my comp I was testifying all of a sudden the Spirit hit me and I began to cry. I realized how much I believe in the restoration of the Church and how great a man Joseph Smith was!

Well it’s late.

Buenos Noches

Elder Weber