Monday, February 24, 2014

February 24, 2014

Elder Hardy is hilarious. We're probably the shortest companionship in the mission. So sorry I forgot my pictures! I left my camera at home.
The District had another baptism and everything is going well :)
I don't have much time, but I hope all of you have a great week!

I'll send some good pictures next week!

Elder Castrejon

Monday, February 17, 2014

February 17, 2014

Elder Rock is getting transferred to outer darkness! Haha, just kidding! But he is getting transferred to the most French area in the mission. Its called the City Alma. It is the northern area of our mission, and its boundaries lead all the way up to the north pole. He's super excited to speak and learn French finally! And he was astonished to know that his companion was someone he said: "I would hate being that guys companion" ... I guess The Lord has a sense of Humor, right?

  Speaking of sense of humor... I am receiving Elder Hardy from Washington State. He is one transfer younger than me. And I have to be completely honest, when I heard Elder Hardy was coming to YSA with me, I was confused. He was the last person I saw replacing Elder Rock. Lets just say, I question his social skills. I've met him twice and he is a ball of sunshine though. His attitude is what I love about him. Always positive and smiling. He just had a baptism last week, so he's coming with fire power! haha. But as far as I know, he's this nerdy nerdy white kid. Some sisters say: "You will have to break him out of his shell" ...
  I have no doubt he is an awesome missionary and, I'm just excited and a little nervous to see how he adapts to YSA in an English area. I am expecting some fun stories with this companion! I will get him Wednesday.
  Elder Rangel (the other mexican missionary that I love so much) is leaving our apartment to Montreal. So we will have 2 new Elders in our 4 man. Its going to be so so so different. I think it will be good though... more peace, and less screaming and kicking.
  Everything is going well, just excited to see what lies ahead...

Until next week!
(preaching to every creature)

You should stalk our facebook! We post some funny stuff! Don't add us though... that'd be weird. [DowsLakeElders]

Elder Castrejon

Monday, February 10, 2014

February 10, 2014


Just for everyone's information: On your mission, when you have weeks where you feel like everything is going wrong... that just indicates that a miracle is waiting to happen.

World-wide, missionaries are expected to be teaching a minimum of 20 lessons a week. (yes, for some missions its harder than others, but the standard of excellence for all missionary team is 20 a week)
Not to toot my own horn or anything, but this week, we finally had 22! Never before in my mission have I hit 20. Earlier in Victoriaville, we hit 18. But they weren't the best of lessons.
I can honestly say, 90% of the lessons we taught this week were powerful and meaningful. Teaching-wise, this has been the best week of my whole mission. With some new training we received at Zone Conference, my companion Elder Rock and I applied the things we were taught to do by The Mission. We have been time-managing well, and using all the tools given to us to be successful missionaries. We're going back to the basics, and doing what preach my gospel simply states. See, when you grow older in the mission, you start to naturally forget the fundamentals that The Lord has set out for his work. You start to gain confidence and trust in yourself and sometimes forget what got you to that point. Well, I feel like I started to become that way, and I'm super happy I was reminded of how to really do it right.
I now feel like I'm getting the hang of things. I feel like, I get it. Like, things just make sense and to always remember as we do things The Lord's way... we can not fail. My companion has been here for 5 transfers, and its his greenie area, so he will probably be transferred next week. Elder Rock is kind of sad because he thinks I'm going to baptize like 523487 people once he leaves. But needless to say, we have been preparing a lot of people to receive the blessings of baptism and its awesome!
Hey, if y'all get an email next Monday that says I'm training again, don't be surprised... all the missionaries out here keep casting curses on me that I'm going to train another greenie. Training is so fun... but so energy consuming. I don't know how I feel about that whole idea. And to be honest, I don't know if I'd want that right now haha. I guess we'll keep that suspense until next week where we will have our transfer calls! :)
Singles ward is awesome. Teaching people who are finding their personal testimonies is awesome. We teach young people who are trying to find themselves in life, who want real testimony not something they were born into. We teach people with abstract ideas, and high level of intelligence. We are challenged by theological, and religious students. We come across people who simply meet with us to just make a statement. It's awesome!!!!!
You all know me pretty well, and I'm a person that enjoys logical conversion. I love making "A Loving Heavenly Father" become logical to the common atheist, or college student. There is nothing more rewarding than bringing the gospel into these young lives. And there is nothing more fun than cracking jokes with people my age and hearing about the grammy's and justin bieber getting arrested. As you can see, The Lord knows where to put his missionaries. Lol.
Just the other day I taught a less active, who we're trying to have quit smoking weed. Its funny, because he happens to be a rapper. I asked him: "why and when do you smoke?" he replied: "Not often, only when I'm going to rap. It helps me thing freely, and more words come to my head faster." and I said: "hey, well I can rap pretty fast, and I don't need that crap".
I don't know, I thought that was funny.
Things are going well, just trying to work well with the ward council and kicking things into shape over here in Dows Lake. Just feeling nervous about a new companion, and a little stress from responsibilities... but other than that, I'M DOING AWESOME. Thank you for praying for me, I do feel them help me and my companion.

Until next time,
Elder Castrejon

ps. We're having a WHOLE mission conference March 22, with a member of the quorum of the 12 presiding, a member of the presiding bishopric, and a 70.

(When we heard this news... we pooped our pants.)

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 3, 2014

Julia was baptized and confirmed this weekend, in our district. I had the pleasure of teaching her on splits.
She is amazing and she is learning English.
But, her testimony is one I will never forget.

Two people in two weeks who grew up knowing nothing about their Father in Heaven who loves them. Amazing to see them and their happiness :)

Elder Castrejon