Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A quote from one of our former converts.



A letter to Dad on Father's Day

Dear father,

There once was a small boy who you taught the gospel of Jesus Christ.  That boy grew to the age of 12 and he received the office of a deacon, and at the age of 14 he received the office of a teacher.  Then he was going a little off the path, then at the age of 16 he received the office of a priest.  And now I am 19, and on a mission.  And I would like to share my conversion story of why I came on a mission.

In High School and Jr. High I hung out with some kids who were from some less active families, where their parents didn't care what they did, just as long as they did housework, so that their parents didn't have to do it.  I slowly followed them down a path where I didn't realize where they were going.

So as soon as High School came, some kids from that group left going to who knows where!  And I started to hang out with another group that were destructive and not good for my spirit.  Then met another guy who I became friends with who introduce me to another group and then I started reading the Book of Mormon "solo".  And I found Alma 34: 17-32


This scripture dared me to pray.  I know that the Book of Mormon has the true teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ, just as the Bible does (but more of it).  And that God wants us to continually pray for spiritual strength to overcome hardships.  I know that most of the things that you have taught me went through one ear and right out he other.  But I am striving to follow you and my Father in Heaven.

Elder Travis Hill

Monday, June 10, 2013

A Close Call.

Saturday night we got a phone call from the mission office in Albuquerque.  The mission president's wife was on the other end who had told us that Elder Hill was involved in a head on collision but he was fine.  She later explained that they were on splits in Belen and that Elder Hill was with another companion who had been driving and was waiting in the intersection for a left hand turn when another car came through the intersection hitting them head on.  The other Elder got out of the car and fainted so they took both Travis and his companion to the University Hospital as a precaution.  Both were declared fine and checked out with only minor scratches.  The blessing of this incident which could have been a tragedy was that it happened right in front of the police department and that nobody was seriously injured.  I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that watches over his children.

19th Birthday at the Mission Office in Albuquerque.

I find it reassuring to know that he is being taken care of on his birthday.

Monday, June 3, 2013

The past week we did things like eat at members houses, teach discussions and do lots of service.  For service we done things like fixing swamp coolers, helping people move, doing yard work, cleaning etc.

Baptisms



T's baptism.






R and A's baptism.

Tome Hill




Every Easter the Catholics hike Tome Hill to throw rocks and hang their beaded necklaces.   The necklaces carry the amount of rocks (the amount of sins) and then they carry them to the top of the hill then they throw away the rocks (throw away their sins) then hang up their necklaces.

June 2013



Our hike to Tome hill

Found this lil' guy in our apartment