Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hey Dad!

That is a lot of wood you guys cut! That looks fun. Actually here in Mexico, we do a lot of wood cutting too but with machetes!

So this week was a very interesting week........ Very interesting. First we had the zone class which was good. I think it could have been better but it’s all good.  We had a very cool experience this week.   We changed up some things in the zone so we could get more baptismal dates and it is working very nicely. I was able to do several divisions this week and they were very effective. On Tuesday night Elder Giraldo and I walked out of the Ward Council early to find a cyber cafe to prepare for a zone class and all the cyber cafes were closed, so we had to search all over to try to find one open.  But we could not find a single one. We decided to go down this one street that we had never been down to see if there was a cafe and we found Hermana Basilia buying some stuff. She is the lady who just got baptized.  We saw her and she was super upset at us and told us that she had a lot of things in the head and didn’t want to talk. We calmed her down and she told us that a lot of people had told her some lies about the Church and a bunch of dumb stuff.  We addressed her concerns and resolved her doubts.  She was super grateful that we had found her and explained things to her. That was a testimony to me that Heavenly Father puts us in the right place, at the right time, with the right words to help someone. It was actually a really great and cool experience. It was awesome!

We had changes and I’m in Tampico again.  I’m sad to leave my area, I loved it so much. Tomorrow actually, I am going to Ciudad Valles and opening it up to missionary work, I’m training again and I’m still the district and zone leader.  I’m going to be very busy.

Love you all so very much. Thank you for all the support that you give me.

Take care
Elder Vince Miller

Monday, November 3, 2014

 Hola !

The training is going great of my comp. We are having success and it is really fun being with him. I think that sometimes we need to focus a little more due to the fact that we have a ton of same interests and it’s easy to talk about other things. But it’s great. This week just FLEW by.  We started it like normal but on Wednesday we had to go to Tampico to the new people and training meeting.
It was great. Kind of like the first time I did it. This generation of missionaries is very special. Then that night I had to spend the night with Elder Lazara, my buddy from Argentina with his comp, who is from Arizona. I went to their area in Altamira were we had a great day walking in the streets talking and meeting people. Altamira I the opposite of Huejutla. Just tons and tons of people all packed together in a bunch of apartments and with all real life things. Had some pretty good experiences.

Elder Hallman called me and Elder Giraldo to prepare to teach a class to the council about putting baptism dates. So despite having no time and we weren’t even together, we pulled something together. The next day in the leadership council we talked about a lot of things and just had a great time. President talked so long that we didn’t have time to give our class.  It’s okay.  Not to bummed about that one. There are some great missionaries who are leaving this change who I will miss. They gave their testimonies about everything like always in the councils and it was just awesome. I love that part every time.

We got home and on Saturday we had that Baptism of the Family Del angel! It was so awesome! I found that family my first day here and it’s been a journey to get them into the waters and I am so
blessed to have had a part in helping them come unto Christ. 60 people attended the baptism.  I Iove my ward so much.  My comp was pretty pumped for his first baptism in his mission. Good way to start your mission if you ask me.

 This whole week has been crazy with that Shantolo. One of the people that we are teaching had a little hut and giving out food and invited us to go eat with them and to introduce us to some friends, We thought it would be a good chance to teach Lesson 2, the Plan of Salvation.
So we went to were all the party was happening and we went and ate some pork tacos with pork blood and Guacamole. It actually was really good. The Shantolo was super awesome! Never thought I would see something like that.

Another great experience, my comp saw some white people looking at us. And he wanted to talk with them and there we found out there were French and they didn’t speak a lick of Spanish or English but their son spoke Spanish so we talked to him in Spanish. It was cool to see Spanish as our only way to communicate seeing as we both weren’t speaking our native language. So it was super amazing! Loved every moment. This week was awesome. Hope that the next will be as well. Love you all tons! Take care.

Elder Vince

Monday, October 27, 2014

Hey Dad!

This week was a pretty great week and pretty fun. My comp and I are just working so hard. This week we had an issue with a lack of communication and locked our keys inside of our two story apartment.  We had to figure out how to get in and I remembered that I left one of the windows unlocked.  So, we asked some workers if we could barrow their sketchy ladder and I climbed on up. It was pretty cool. But let me tell you that that ladder was the most rickety ladder I have ever been on my whole life! But it was good.

Something super awesome that is happening right now is the Day of the Dead. It’s basically Halloween here in Mexico. They worship the dead. So we don’t worship the dead as missionaries.... But we sure do eat all the food that there is!!! Man let me tell you that right now the mission is AWESOME.  You have never tasted hot chocolate like the chocolate here.  They make it all from everything natural. It is sooo good. Its super cool to see the city getting pumped up for the holiday this week. Look it up on the internet.

This week we had a lot of good experiences. I gave a talk that went pretty well.  I think the best thing that happened was that for sure Basilia Lorenso and Victoria are getting baptized on Saturday. FINALLY!!!!  On Saturday we went to do service for them and that was fun cutting trees down with machetes.  After we tried to get them to accept a baptismal date and still they wanted to wait more. My comp and I were returning home not quite sure what we were doing to do with them and then a thought occurred to me to call the Relief Society President to have her visit Basilia that same day. Long story short, the reason she keep putting the baptism off was because she didn’t have money for refreshments and she was too embarrassed to tell us. So now it’s all worked out and they will be baptized this week.  That was a great thing to see God answer my 6 months’ worth of prayers and fasts and to see how big and crucial the role ward members make and why they are there in the first place.
I’ve got finish up. Today we went to the city center and took some cool pictures of really old buildings paintings and churches. Thanks for everything.

Love you tons Dad.
Elder Vince Miller

Monday, October 6, 2014


So many things have happened this week I don’t know how I’m going to have time to write everything. Last week we went to the leadership conference and because it was the last week of the change president gave us all the changes beforehand.   They are doing something that has never been done in the history of the mission, with all the new people coming in, president didn’t have enough good trainers to fill all the places.  So long story short, the more experienced zone leaders are now training as well. Therefore, I’m training again too.

My comp is named Elder Funke. He is a kid from Riverton. He just finished high school and is really similar to me. We have a great time. He is super energetic and a great guy. This is going to be a good experience. Gingos almost never train other Gringos. He is very similar to me actually and is really awesome and has a great future in his mission. The assistants and president told me that they put me with him so he can copy my style and learn really young. It’s weird because he is younger than Ian.

Conference was great I loved it. I really enjoyed the other languages element that they put it in. We were able to watch it in English but the time when it was a Spanish talker we ran into the other room. I really love Elder Hollands for all the heart he put into it. Elder Andersons, Elder Christoffersons and Elder Bednars was pretty great. But they all were good.

So we got Visalia to stop drinking coffee but still wants to wait to get baptized which is driving us crazy. Please pray for the Del Angel family. Right now we have two more elders in the house while they are looking for another house. The house is little so it’s not the best. But we are helping them get a house.

Dad take care with everything. We will pray for you. Gave the zone class this week and it went well. A lot of other things I could tell you about but I have to get off now. Thanks for everything. Love you tons! Walk with Christ! The faces of the people who surround you are the show of your success and character. Love you all tons. Till next time

Elder Miller