Monday, March 27, 2017

Cristian Got Married & Baptized!

What's up family?! Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad! So it was actually a good week this week! First, we got everything setup for Christian's wedding and we got them married on Saturday. So after the marriage was signed then we started working on the baptism because Christian got baptized tight after he was married! He was very excited! I've been able to see a big change in him honestly. He's doing great! 

So lately we've been doing a lot of service and that's been fun helping people out. This week we helped knock down a wall at a member's house so he can add on to his house. His name is Carlos and he's the husband of a recent convert. He's hilarious! We were knocking down this wall and tearing up the patio and as we started tearing up the patio we lifted up a huge piece of cement and these huge spiders as big as your hand and other bugs started crawling out. So we started killing them so they wouldn't get into the house! So Carlos had this metal mallet in his hand and I went to kill this spider with my foot and well Carlos landed the mallet right on my big toe! But I'm good. I limped around for like three days and my toenail is black and it will probably fall off. But it was all worth it because we got a reference out of it...a friend of Carlos' wanted to know about baptism so we got to talk to him. 

Saturday we got to meet Gina, Adilina and Neyra to the Women's conference at the church building. They loved it! This was truly an answer to our prayers! Things are going very well with the Munoz family and they are understanding more and more. They truly enjoyed the conference and are excited for this coming weekend of conference!

So this week we actually found a good amount of new people that are truly interested in the church. One of them is Neyra's sister who came to church this Sunday and loved it! Neyra is the greatest. Since first teaching her I've seen a change in her. She's a lot happier and outgoing and loves to hear more about the gospel. She's received a bunch of answers from God and her one doubt is the BOM. So we invited her to pray and pray and she told us Sunday that the Women's conference the day before truly hit her and she feels she needs to be baptized! So we are HOPING that this will happen next week. 

Reflection of the week: I know Neyra is going to get baptized! She is so ready and I have just seen a big change in her. I think it was Elder Oaks that said you can see when the atonement has worked in one's life through their face and the "radiant light" that comes from them. I've seen that in myself and in Neyra and in many people here in Peru. We can truly become happy as children of God if we desire it and see it. It is possible. I feel as if the experiences I am having are truly going to prepare me to take bigger decisions in my life. It is so true. I have seen a growth in my spirituality and I feel my willingness to be obedient to the Spirit grow the more I obey the promptings I receive. I love you all! Keep praying for us! Elder G. is down to like 11 that's crazy! #doitforjesus #noregrets


Elder Moss

Cristian's Wedding

Elder Moss, Cristian & Elder Guerrero

Cutting Hair!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Being an Eagle Scout Comes in Handy

What's up family!? Neyra didn't end up getting baptized but we are hoping for this week! We fasted with her on Thursday because she truly wants to feel that she needs to get baptized. She's going to continue to pray about it. She did come to church so that always gives us hope. Christian is doing great and is supposed to get baptized on Saturday. She knows the church is true but she's worried about getting baptized twice...because she was previously baptized in an evangelical church. So we taught her about authority. So we asked her to ask God about the authority. 

Sunday we got to see Gina and Andalina. They are doing great! It was such a blessing to have been able to find them. They have read all of lesson 1 pamphlet. They told us everything is perfect and that they love how simple things are to understand. We taught them about the BOM. They asked us to bear our testimonies and they listened attentively and you could feel the spirit very strong as Emilio, Elder Guerrero and I shared them. I could see that what we said touched their hearts. They said they can't wait to see General Conference and hear from the prophet. We told them about Seventies and that we had a member of the Seventy here a couple of weeks ago. She said next time a Seventy comes she wants to be invited and get to know them! We are planning on getting them to the women's session this Saturday. They're determined and hoping to truly feel something different. They told us that they have been looking for the true church for a long time and they feel as if the Lord has prepared this all and the timing for them. They love what we have taught and they are hoping their prayers are answered soon. I'm so glad the spirit guided me to Gina and Adalina. I told them that I feel like I knew them before. 

Elder Woltjen and I went on divisions on Weds. He's from California and is two weeks into the mission and he's a really cool guy. He's going to be a great leader here in the mission. He's real ambitious and wants to speak Spanish to everyone. We had a cool contact that was great with a guy named John. We were actually looking for an appointment with a guy named Claudio but we went to the door and this guy John answered. We taught John about 3 Nephi and got a return appointment setup for Saturday. Elder Woltjen was really excited to get to teach this guy. We had a great experience together. 

There's a guy named Carlos that we are trying to connect with but he's hard to track down. We went to try to find him on Monday night but he wasn't there. I told my companion that we need to chase him down and so we keep trying to find him and he keeps dodging us. So we went back Sunday and he still wasn't there. 

Thursday was a really cool guy. We went to Melvin's house...he's a member kid who's working on his mission papers. Melvin's my best friend and I taught him some English. He's always helping us with appointments and stuff. We also did interviews for a couple of baptisms in our zone and I interviewed a guy named named Eric and he's really cool. He said on his second time to church he and his wife knew they should get baptized. He asked me on the spot if I would baptize him and we had his baptism on Saturday and I got to baptize him! Eric's wife and his kid got baptized too so a family was completed!

Thursday we also went and did service this week and helped an older member cut down a tree and chop some wood. Elder Woltjen and I helped him out. This Peruvian dude just jumped up and started pulling on the tree limbs which broke and fell and hit me in the face and scratched me pretty good. But I'm okay! And then Saturday we went back again with the whole zone to cut the trees into firewood. So we went up to this house which is up the canyon. We had the whole zone out there cutting wood. They had two hatches and two machetes and everyone started going at it cutting wood. I have four blisters on my hands! Everyone was going at it cutting with a hatchet and thank goodness I got my Eagle Scout because these guys didn't know what they were doing! I had to show them how to do it right. This older couple that owned the house fed us some lunch which was cool, but the food isn't interesting here. The best thing here is Huanes which is yellow rice which is with egg and chicken and hot sauce and they cook it all together in a banana leaf and in the oven and it is way good! 

Reflection of the Week: I can't tell you everything that's changed about me. I can't describe it. President said that sometimes we just realize that as a person we've changed and that's okay because that's what the Lord wants. Any chance I get where I feel the Spirit I write in my journal. I'm always writing things down. I don't know what's changed but something that has happened to me that motivates me. The Lord has changed me and molded me. There's so much left in life and I feel I want to keep converting myself more. Feeling the Spirit is the coolest thing in the world. I feel as if what I owe the Lord is to give him my all these last few months. The mission has done something big in my life. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet...I know it with all my heart. The changes to me in my life aren't possible without there being truth to the message. My life has been directed in a different direction. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. The mission has brought me more happiness than I've ever felt in my life. I can feel it inside that I am happy and content with what I am doing. I love this gospel with all my heart. I feel more compelled to be obedient and I know that the commandments bring blessings. I have the best mission in the world...I have the best mission in the world! I love Peru and the people here. I want to take my conversion here and bring it home because I know that it's going to help me the rest of my life. I'm so grateful for the things we have in the gospel. I know this gospel changes lives. I love you all!


Elder Moss
Huanuco Zone 2017

Elder Moss - Elder Ramirez  Huancayo

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Lord is Guiding This Work

What's up family? It's Sunday night and well we had some really cool experiences this past week. So, we traveled back from Huancayo with President in his car, which was really cool. President Silva is really cool and knows a lot so I got to talk to him for the whole ride. The Assistants stayed with us in our apartment for about three days which was really cool. 

Wednesday we had a multi-zone conference with training from President and the Assistants. President talked a lot about faith and how we as missionaries ought to literally imagine our goals, people, the lessons we teach, all of that. We should be visualizing our investigators getting baptized and depending upon ourselves for the working part but then leaving it to God and depending upon him to get it done. This got me really excited to be able to push through and truly imagine finding people to teach and baptize! 

So, on Thursday I did divisions with Elder Valarenzo. He's from Ecuador and is a great kid! We had a great time knocking like three blocks of doors and found a great guy named Fran. He let us right in his door and we taught him Lesson 1 and he said he was determined to pray about Joseph Smith. He is a very cool guy. He's like 26 years old and owns his own company so he's able to make his own schedule. The lesson we had was awesome and we were able to truly feel the Spirit. 

Friday we found a girl named Gracie that works in a place we call the "Tower of Babel" because it's a big casino that she works in. She was a contact from our efforts on Thursday. She's very cool and we taught her a bit about the gospel and she told us to come back later because we were teaching her on her doorstep. Then, we taught Neyra! She's back from being gone to Ecuador. She's going to get baptized this Saturday. We are waiting on her answer to her prayers but we have a lot of faith that she will come through. So we are very excited for that! Pray for her to be able to receive her answer!

So this week was solid, honestly! It has been great and I've been trusting in the Lord a lot with the Spirit. The Spirit has truly been with me all week to guide me to people that we needed to find.Thursday with Elder Valarezo really started everything and we started out with a good place and then I was able to transfer that over to the rest of the week! The more I knocked doors and talked to people the more I believe in contacting. The Lord truly prepares people we just HAVE to open our mouths as it says in D&C 60:2-3..."But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths , but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man. Wo unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them. And it shall come to pass, if they are not more faithful unto me, it shall be taken away, even that which they have."

Reflection of the Week: The Lord is truly preparing people for us. So Sunday night we had absolutely nothing. Everyone failed us. We were walking around with our Ward Mission leader Emilio looking for backup plans. So we passed a door and I kept looking back at it and I felt like I had to knock it. Emilio and my companion were farther back. So I knocked it and they look at me like I was crazy! So we waited and a middle-aged lady named Gina answered. She told us she had been watching the BYU channel in the morning about Joseph Smith and so we said "Perfect!" and asked if we could come inside her house. She let us in and we met with her and her two sisters that were a little older. They had talked about how they had been searching for prophets and apostles. So we taught them Lesson 1 and Emilio was all animated! It was a way cool lesson and they accepted the invitation to church and a return appointment. Experiences like that always cause me to sit and truly think a lot afterwards. I see that if I wouldn't have listened to the Spirit I would never have found Gina and her two sisters. And they wouldn't have heard from the missionaries for a long time if I didn't do what the Spirit told me to do. The Lord prepared them in the morning while thy were watching TV and this has to be one of the coolest contacts I have had. It teaches me to obey the Spirit and not fear man. Again, D&C 60: 2-3 is the scripture that runs through my head! I love it!  I love you all! Pray for us and the area too! #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Hang Loose in Huanuco - March 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Stuck on The Road for 12 Hours!

Edit: Jake and his companion traveled all day Monday to Huancayo to the mission office for training. They left early in the morning on Monday and due to a rock slide (which covered the road with large boulders) it took them 12 hours to get to Huancayo. So we didn't hear from him until today when they returned.

Hey Family! Yay it's March! I swear I just left Pasco yesterday...time is flying. We had a good week. We've been teaching a good amount of lessons everyday but not a lot of great results. Christian is progressing really well and is still planning on getting married this month on the 25th. A lot of our investigators are either not coming to church and not really progressing. We don't have many people to teach at this that has really been bothering me a lot. We are diligently searching to find new investigators. I know if we don't give up that the Lord will bless us with people to teach.

So I had a cool experience this week! Elder G and I were walking up one of the main roads, Tarapara, to an appointment. I heard some kid yelling so I crossed the street to go talk to him. I started talking to him and it turns out he was yelling at his buddy who lived across the street. I decided to ask him a few questions. His name is Harol, he's 14 yrs old and is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of Lords. He actually invited us to come inside and we shared with him a lot of lesson 1 and a little on baptisms for the dead. He's a really smart kid and he said he would pray and read the pamphlet. We came back on Thursday and after we taught him a lesson he said he asked God to reveal to him through a member of his church if what we taught was true. He told us he asked a member from his church. We told him that they aren't going to know anything about the Plan of Salvation because only our church does. We also told him that the Lord reveals things through the spirit. We decide to drop him but hopefully we left him with a lot to think about. Even though it didn't turn out the way I would've hoped for I was glad I took the opportunity to talk to Harol.

President Silva drove us back from the mission office on Tuesday so we could have a multi-zone with him on Wednesday (today). I sat in the front seat and talked to him for like six hours which was really cool. It was me, my companion and two other Elders in President's Nissan SUV!

Reflection of the week: Prayer is such a vital part of this gospel. It truly reveals if the church is true, if Joseph Smith is a prophet, if the Book of Mormon is true and everything else! It we truly pray with faith and sincerity the Lord will reveal to us the answers we are looking for through the Spirit. Being a missionary has truly taught me how to pray for things I need help with and most importantly for others. I am so dependent on the Lord through my prayers. I'm so grateful to know that he's there listening. I love the people in Peru and I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve them. I love you all! #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Monday, February 27, 2017

Only 3 Transfers Left!

Transfers this week....Elder Guerrero and I are staying in Huanaco. Next transfer Elder Guerrero will be going home. All the missionaries in our zone are now basically training. We have had a lot of new missionaries enter the field and many came to our zone. Sounds like home is great! I can't wait to get home and see my brother and sisters. I have missed them so much. Being out 
here makes me realize how much I love my family. 

We had a great week! Tuesday I was able to do divisions with Elder Albuqueque. We didn't have a single appt that day so we just knocked doors. We contacted a whole street and got 3 return appts set up. For the most part people are friendly. It's always sad when they reject us but my goal is to walk away laughing or smiling knowing that we are one door closer to someone who will accept us. 

Wednesday I went to Cayhuayna. Sadly all the appts failed us. So we decided to try contacting. Also I was able to see Elder Ryan contact and see how much he has progressed as a missionary. He's a great kid and I like being with him! 

Christian is planning to get married on March 25th. Jordy and Jefferson's mom is also going to get married and baptized. We promised her that if she prayed and truly had the desire to keep the commandments (law of chastity) that the Lord would help her. Turns out she received her answer and knows what she needs to do. Neyra is getting back and she has been keeping up on her BOM reading. We are really excited to see her.

With each transfer I learn something new about myself. My desire to work has been strengthened and doing the Lord's work is amazing. I feel like I've been able to take everything that I have learned so far on my mission and use it to help me be the most effective missionary that I can. The Lord has blessed me with energy to work. I don't want to lose a second. 

Reflection of the week: Thank you mom and dad for your letters. I truly feel the spirit when I read them and they have been such a blessing to me on my mission. Crazy to think I have 4 months left. I believe that there are still chosen people out here for me to find and we just have to keep looking for them. I have loved my mission so much and I'm going to miss it so much. It's hard to explain every single lesson that I have learned out here. But I feel one of the most important things that I have discovered is true happiness and joy. I've learned that attitude is so important in this work. I feel such a change in my heart...I love this gospel and the things I have learned. Thank you for all of your love and support. #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Monday, February 20, 2017

Elder Montoya's Visit

Hi family! It has been raining a bit lately but I love the weather here in is perfect! So this week was great but lots of traveling. It was all worth it though in the end. Monday we had P-Day with our district and basically played board games which was fun but P-Days aren't what they used to be. Tuesday we taught a new convert named Rosario. She is the wife of an RM in our ward. They're a great couple, really funny. They remind me of Ben and Marianne! They're hilarious! On Tuesday we also had to get stuff ready for the multi-zone meeting with Elder Montoya. We met with Elder Montoya of the Seventy all Wednesday morning and it was so cool to listen to him. The training we received from Elder Montoya was unreal. He has such a huge testimony and it made me reflect a lot on what is left for me as I finish my mission. He talked about how he had his first testimony of Christ as a missionary himself and what an impact that had on him. He said he's never been the same since. I really connected with this part of his testimony because it is so true...when we see the influence of the Lord in our lives then after we are not the same. I have seen the same thing in myself in my mission. I am so grateful for what I feel and how I feel out here in the mission field. So many changes in me that will shape me forever. I want to finish working hard and with as strong of a testimony as possible. This past Saturday I decided to fast for this to ask the Lord to help me with remaining committed to the work and to doing all I can to deepen my conversion. I felt prompted to read my Patriarchal blessing to find the strength and inspiration I need. 

Tuesday was sad because we sent Bryan (our pension's son) off to Lima. He's trying to get a visa so he can come to the States and go to school. I got to play b-ball with him on Monday one last time. It was sad to see him off because I might not see him again. He was one of my best friends here in the mission. Saying goodbye to him made me realize how hard it will be to say goodbye to the people of Peru when I come home. I love Bryan and his family so much.

So then on Thursday we traveled to Huancayo for more leadership training from Elder Montoya and that was very cool as well. I love President Silva and feel that my testimony has grown so much because of him. He's fiercely obedient and committed to the gospel and he's been a great example to me. 

Sounds like Emily, Nick and Sarah are doing great! I can't wait to see Emily play basketball when I come home. I am so glad for Nick that he's got such a great group of friends and is having a blast with his buddies. The best decision I made was to go to Jordan my Senior year. Thanks Mom and Dad for your support on that. I will never forget the experiences I had there and the great friends I made. I loved every second of it!

So regarding the work...well, in between training and traveling we met with the Ponce family again...all of the ladies! They all read the things we asked them to in the Book of Mormon last week! They are awesome and excited to learn about the true church on the earth today. We taught them Lesson 1 and they had a ton of questions and it was pretty funny to hear all of their comments and questions! I love finding new people and I believe in the contacting challenge and goal we have set 100%. I know it is the most effective method for our mission and the type of areas we are in. Christian is great and so is Angelo. These two are progressing the most and they both came to church on Sunday which is great. Amazing how the work moved along this week even though we had a lot going on with Elder Montoya's visit. 

Reflection of the week: I realized on Sunday during church how blessed I have been to have been raised in the gospel. We were in Elder's quorum class and were reading the manual and it is a real struggle here because these people are truly pioneers and this is so new to them. It is tough and it makes me sad because I love them so much and I hope they'll keep pushing forward with faith because the gospel is the greatest thing in the world. It can heal us and make us happy! I love it out here and I know that I have a little time left and need to use it wisely and stay committed to the work. I love you all! #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Elder Moss, Elder Christensen, Elder Guerrero & Elder Islas

Elder Moss, Elder Campbell, Elder Walker, Elder Ramirez, Elder Christensen

Saying goodbye to Bryan (our pension's son)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Slow travel to Huancayo!

What's up fam? Well it took us a really long time to get to Huancayo for the training last week.  We didn't arrive until around 10:30 PM. The driver of the van was ridiculously slow and he asked us if one of us wanted to drive because he was really tired. Of course we aren't allowed to drive. When we finally got to La Oroya we bailed on this driver of the minivan and found another car to take us to Huancayo. When we arrived at the mission home we had a cold dinner waiting for us. We all crashed in the mission home. In the living room they have a bunk beds set up for the missionaries to sleep on. The AP's did a lot of the training but President Silva took a few minutes. He talked a lot about the importance of being obedient. We shouldn't obey just for that moment we're in, we should be obedient for eternity. Obedience will truly permit us to live with our Heavenly Father again. I love President Silva and I'm so grateful for all that he does for us.

We returned home on Wednesday and I was able to go on division with Elder Ryan (from Utah). Elder Ryan has been out in the mission for about 6 months. He's a great missionary and I enjoyed spending the time with him. We spent the day contacting. I have so much faith in contacting. I believe it's one of the most effective ways because it teaches you to open your mouth and be bold and courageous. We found some new people and we're able to set up return appts. It's such a blessing getting to know the missionaries in the zone and being able to learn from them.

Friday was solid! We taught Russell, someone we found contacting, and he's going to let us come back next week to teach him. We visited a referral named Cristian. While we were in his store talking to him a drunk guy walks in and starts hugging us and sits down next to us. He says."Alright Hermano we're going to say a prayer." He starts saying In the name of the Father, & the Son and the Holy ghost and then points to me and tells me I don't know how to pray. You gotta love them! 

Saturday we were out contacting and found a family of all girls to teach.....Aunt Luisa, Ingry, Juana and Cindy who are all very Catholic. The Aunt told us to come back later that day. When we returned we realized that there was no man there and we had to run and get Bryon (our pensions son) to be there with us while we taught. At the end of teaching them they asked us how we know it's all true? We told them that we pray to find out that answer. Elder Guerrero, who was converted 3 years ago, told him that he had investigated a lot of churches and not one of them asked him to pray to find out if it was true, until he met the LDS missionaries. We asked if they've ever prayed to see if the catholic church is true and they said no, we go because it's tradition. I testified to them that if they read the pamphlets and sincerely asked God if this is true they would receive an answer. 

Reflection of the week: The Lord is blessing us for our efforts. Elder Holland promised the missionaries that if they would contact 20 people a day (600 a month) that the Lord would bless them with one baptism a month. I truly believe that we will find people if we have put our trust and faith in the Lord and work really hard. I know it is true...I have seen it with my own eyes. The spirit guides us. I love this work! Pray for me to have the strength to push ourselves even more. I love you all so much! #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Elder Ramirez, Elder Moss, Elder Christensen - Huancayo Leadership training 2017

Elder Moss, Elder Christensen & Elder Walker's road trip to leadership training

Monday, February 6, 2017

We're Heading to Huancayo

Today we are headed off to Huancayo for training. We are traveling in a mini van this time because it's a lot faster and less money. That will be a fun little road trip with all the Elders! I'm sad to be missing basketball today. It's been a blast playing with Bryan and his brother Kevin.....they actually play b-ball well. I love our pension's family. Lily is the mother and she's married to Carlos and they have 3 kids....Bryan, Kevin and Karla. Bryan served a mission in Brazil. He's trying to figure out a way to be able to study at BYU or SLCC. So I've been trying to help with this. We are so blessed to be a part of their family. They are such a humble family, who I have grown to love a ton! I will always remember them.

So we have implemented the 4 key indicators that we learned about last week from the worldwide mission broadcast. It's actually been really great not to have to worry so much about how many lessons we have taught during the week. We have been able to turn our focus on finding new investigators and the most important goal...baptism. 

We had the chance to teach Angelo this week. I was so happy that he made it to church again. He's a hippy older guy...really cool. He's doing good but I think that fear is holding him back from taking the next step. Please pray for him! We found a new investigator, his name is Christian. He was a reference from a member. He has a wife and one child. He's young and recently lost his job because of problems with alcohol. As we were talking with him he broke down and told us that he is willing to change his life and feels like this is the right place. He told us that he thought he would never set foot into a church. While I was talking with him, I felt the spirit so strong as I was listening to this man. It was the spirit testifying to me of how strong and real the atonement is. Sometimes people don't understand that they can be released from their torment here on this earth through the atonement. I felt this huge wave of love for him. He's motivated to make his life better. I truly felt the Savior's love for him as we were able to share with him the healing power of the Atonement. We have another visit with him on Thursday. He's also planning on playing soccer with the Elder's quorum this Wednesday.

Reflection of the week: This week I was able to see and feel how much my love for these people has grown. Sometimes it's overwhelming. As I sat and listened to Christian I mourned and prayed for him. It has been a goal of mine to love these people more. In the beginning it was hard, but with time it has increased and I feel as if I can share the Lord's love with them more now. As it says in D&C 4:2 "Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all our HEART, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day." This work will never advance without love. Love is what motivates me to open my mouth and teach these people. My love for my Heavenly Father and these people makes me be better and constantly repentant. I love you all! #doitforjesus

BTW...Eduardo is in Ecuador and Neyra is in Lima still....can't wait for them to return!

Eating Suri...a grub that lives in coconut trees in the Amazon jungle. A delicacy in Peru!

Conference in Huanuco - January 2017

Huanuco Zones - January 2017

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Big Changes to the Schedule

Hey are you all? Things in Huanuco are going well. This last Wednesday all the missionaries attended a world wide mission broadcast. We heard from Elder Oaks and Bednar as well as other leaders. The main focus was on teaching repentance and baptism. Then they announced changes that will allow missionaries to customize their own schedules, of course with the approval of your mission President. They want us to be more of a free agent. We also now do our planning in the mornings which is such a blessing. Coming home after a long day and having to sit down and plan for the next day sometimes can be challenging. They also told us that p-days begin at 8 AM! 

So after the training, President Silva talked to all of us about the changes and then gave a little training on his own.  President Silva is a very spiritual leader and is very inspired. I truly love listening to him. He told us that we weren't going to be doing much schedule training but there are going to be changes with recording numbers. There are four key indicators that the missionaries report to us.......baptisms, baptism with a date, who came to church and new investigators. So reporting contacts and lessons are no more. Crazy stuff!! So we'll see how it this goes!

We were able to see Neyra this last week a lot. She's going to be leaving for Lima for a month. She is so awesome! She already has a testimony of this gospel. We just have to wait patiently to baptize her when she returns in March. She will be a solid member of the church.  She loves reading the BOM! We also visited a guy named Angelo. Angelo is 30 years old, kind of a hippy.  He's really a great guy but we've really struggled with helping him progress towards a baptismal date. So we decided to take a step back and do a lesson on trying to figure out what was holding him back. We must have been inspired to do this because the Spirit was there helping us out. We were able to find out that Angelo is scared and wants to feel clean from all the mistakes he has made in his life. It was really such a cool lesson. I know how important it is to really get to know the people you are teaching. It makes the lesson 100x's more gratifying to find out how we can help them.  I was so excited to see that Angelo made it to church.  Hopefully this week we will be able to find some new people .  

Reflection of the week:  I have learned so much out here in the mission. One of the biggest things that has brought me such a sense of peace is that I have learned to sincerely love my mission president. I've learned to cherish every moment on my mission, even the hardships. The mission has changed me so much and I will live this gospel till I die. Thank you mom and dad for everything! I LOVE YOU ALL! #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Huanuco 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Work in Huanuco Rolls Forward!

What's up family? So this last week was great! We have had some awesome lessons and Neyra and Eduardo are progressing very well. We were able to visit Neyra three times this last week and we've almost completed all of the lessons.  She is progressing very fast and teaching her has been such a wonderful experience. The spirit has been so strong in the lessons.  I know that she has been feeling it. Bryan (our pension's son and also her friend) was with us while we taught her lesson three. Bryan shared his testimony at the end.  Elder Guerrero and I also bore our testimonies of why we know this church is true.  She has accepted a date to be baptized in March and she's so excited! She is awesome and literally writes everything down and studies everything we give her.  Neyra is so prepared and I know that through our hard work the Lord has blessed us with teaching her.

Elder Guerrero and I have truly enjoyed our first week together. He is from Lima and is 22 years old. He is a convert of 3 years. He is the only one in his family that is a member. We have kept up with contacting people and the work is moving forward.  

I'm really enjoying my time Huanuco! The weather has been pretty good and hasn't rained much. We have a great pension. She cooks American food all the time and healthy stuff too. It's great to have things like lasagne, pizza and food we're used to having at home. 

I will really miss Elder Burt...he's truly a great missionary and someone who taught me to use every available minute to do missionary work. He was always trying to search for the Spirit in everything we did. I love that guy and can't wait to see him again when we go home together. 

Reflection of the week:  This week I was studying in Alma 14 and had the chance to read about Alma & Amulek. I was giving a talk in sacrament and was able to share this story. As I was sharing the events of this story I felt the spirit so strong when I was telling about how people had died for believing in Christ and that Alma and Amulek witnessed it all. Also how much they personally had to suffer. I just know how true the BOM is when I read and share the stories of the missionaries who gave it their all.  I know as a missionary that we can give it our all. I know that if we put aside our problems and desires then we can experience miracles as missionaries.  I love this work. I feel as if I grow every week and feel the spirit more and more. I love you all! #doitforjesus

BTW...I just learned this week how to knit a tie. Also I'm learning to play the Quena.  It's a kind of like a flute that is so cool!


Elder Moss

Saying goodbye to Elder Burt - Huanuco 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Transfers & Miracles

What's up family?! Well, we had a miraculous week which was full of the Spirit! First of all, on Monday we went by bus to the mission office for leadership council with President Silva. It is about a 6 hour process to get there. We started by taking a decent-looking bus from Huanuco to Cerro de Pasco for the first three hours and the bus was packed with people and it stopped a ton to let people on/off. So that was fun! Then, in Cerro, we headed to Huancayo on a better bus but it took forever to finally get there. We had a great training with President about contacting with the Spirit and really trying to get to know the person before we present our message about the gospel. We've been doing what president has asked us to do and being more loving to people and getting to know the person when we are contacting and it has worked out well. So that was great! In other news, apparently an Apostle is coming to visit the mission at the end of this month but we don't know who it is so we'll have to wait and see. Also, we've heard that there are some changes to the morning schedule coming soon and that we will have a less-structured morning routine so we can decide for ourselves how much study, planning and other things need to be done. One fun thing that president did at the meeting is he gave us all laminated cards with exercises on them...president is worried because missionaries are getting fat, having injuries, etc so we've been doing these exercises and running every day.  

So we returned to Huanuco on Tuesday night and that's when the miracles started to happen. The work has been great! Just golden after golden after golden! It honestly has been a miracle and I am so excited to see some great people be baptized soon. Let me explain...Wednesday we decided to contact on a small street and so we started knocking doors and well no one wanted to listen. So as we were coming to the last house I saw a house on another street and it caught my attention for some reason...I don't know what it was and I said to Elder Burt, "Elder Burt, that is the house!". I pointed at it knowing that was the house we needed to knock. So we knocked on the door and met a guy named Eduardo. We got to know him a bit more and he invited us into his house. He told us how he is looking for a church that is closest to the one Christ had established. We testified of Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel in the latter-days and we made an appointment to return and teach him more. Eduardo is 29 years-old and has to be the coolest guy. He absorbed all of lesson one and he said he understood and is coming to church this coming Sunday! And that is just the beginning! We found a girl named Ney and she is 23 years-old and a lawyer. We went searching for Enrique and we found Ney and had an awesome lesson with her. She is very interested in the church and says if she receives an answer to her prayers she will get baptized. And yesterday she came to church and brought a friend! Then Friday, Bryan (who is the returned missionary and son of our pension) had us teach his friend Neyra. She is 22 and is going to Honduras to study in June. She is a person very prepared and excited to hear the gospel. We've had two visits with her and she's soaked up all of the good news of the gospel. She read all of the lesson one pamphlet and came to church as well. The Lord has honored his promise through our mission president that if we contact people and talk to as many as we can, he will bring us people to teach. Miracles beyond miracles this week! I know that the Lord guided us by his Holy Spirit. I know that we have followed his impressions and for that the Lord's work will advance. 

Reflection of the week: I have such a firm testimony that if we do what the Lord asks he will bless us and will guide us with his Spirit. The testimony I have gained out here will never break. I love what has happened to me out here on the mission and I just want to push myself hard these last few months. This change has been one to remember and one full of the Spirit for me. I love this work and I don't want to leave it. I just realized yesterday that I don't want to go home because I love it out here and all that I am experiencing has been such a blessing for me. I can't wait to send Nick off when I get home, it will be great to see him go!  I am so grateful for Elder Burt...he's leaving today for Huancayo and I am sad he is leaving. I learned so much from him and he is a great guy. But Elder Guerrero, who is from Lima, is coming to be with me as my new companion and I am sure it will be an awesome change and we will do great work with those we have found. I love you all and this gospel! #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Training - Huancayo, January 2017

Training - Huancayo, January 2017

Training - Huancayo, January 2017

Jake's Missionary Apartment (middle wooden door) - Huanuco, January 2017

Elder Burt, Elder Moss & a Creepy Clown in Huanuco

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dari got Baptized!

Hey family! It was such a great week...We had another baptism! Dari got baptized on Saturday. She is so happy! She has been so excited about getting baptized.  I know she's going to be a solid member. She told us that's she's already indexing names in the family history center. She's also already really involved with the young women. 

Last P-day we made tacos with Elder Walker and Elder Ryan. Then we were able to play basketball with some members.  

Tuesday we had divisions.....I went with Elder Vichemez and we visited some really cool people who live up on the mountain. 

Wednesday Elder Burt and I started contacting doors on a little street. We found a kid named Miguel.  He is 19 years old and is studying engineering.  He let us into his house and we were able to introduce the BOM and he was really excited! We were able to come back the next day and Miguel gave us a complete run down of the intro, testimonies, and first chapters of cool! He is really interested in the church. We are going to see him again in about 3 weeks. Then some guy named Carlos contacted us and told us he was taking the missionary discussions and is living in Huanuco and wants us to come over and teach him.  After a tough week last week I feel like this week we made up for it.  

I look back and see how much I have grown up by being courageous and opening my mouth. Sunday night at 7:30 P.M. we needed 30 more contacts.  We passed by a funeral place and we saw a viewing starting.  So as we were running back to our place I was telling Elder Burt how we were going to get 30 contacts in 30 minutes. So we grabbed a stack of pamphlets and hurried back to the viewing. We just started talking to everyone on how our Heavenly Father has a plan for us! I did talk to a girl who was really interested so I'm going to pass her info on to the missionaries in Cerro. It was so cool to see 2 white kids in white shirts going and talking to complete strangers about the Plan of Salvation. I never thought I would do this. I was able to talk to several people who were from Pasco and tell them to visit the church. I also told them that there is always hope after this life! I love opening my mouth even thought it's frightening sometimes.  But I know the spirit is there to support us if we do our part.  

Reflection of the week:  I was able to fast this last Saturday and bring myself closer to our Savior.  The more I fast, work, pray, read and teach I become happier and happier. At the baptism I was looking at a picture of Jesus Christ and I just had this overwhelming feeling come over me so strongly.  It was the coolest thing......I just wanted to sit there and just give so much thanks to Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for my mission and what it has taught me.  I love you all so much!  #doitforjesus


Elder Moss

Elder Moss and Elder Burt - Dari's baptism - Huanuco 2017