Monday, May 21, 2012

May 21, 2012

Mi Familia,

What is up? Man, sure sounds like it was a super busy week in Fallon! That's awesome, it sounds like everyone is doing so well.
I am happy to say that I finally did receive an enormous stack of mail from various family and friends! That was awesome!  It was so great to hear from all of you. You were right Mom, Brandon's letters were absolutely hilarious and I learned a ton from them! I'll talk about that in just a minute. But thank you so much everyone for your letters and support, I love you all so so much.
So awesome to hear that Had went through the temple! That's awesome, I'm stoked for him. I can't believe that next week Miles hits the MTC! I bet he's super ready to leave haha, that dead period waiting time would be super tough I bet.  Sounds like an awesome week!
Today is the first day of my second exchange here in Tampico. Elder Rindlisbacher goes home this week and so I knew that I would be staying here in Francia and receiving a new Latino companion. Today I got my new companion. His name is Elder Castro, he is from Honduras and he got to Mexico only one exchange before I did! We are both super young mission wise and President Call said he's never put two missionaries so young together before. But everyone has told me what an awesome missionary he is and he really seems like he is! We're both really excited to start working together. I am also sad to be splitting up from Elder Rindlisbacher, he is such an awesome missionary and example and we will be friends for the rest of our lives. But we have had a lot of success in this week and Elder Rindlisbacher and I were really teaching well together. We found a new family that we're teaching named la familia Sosa Cervantes. They are super cool, they have 3 kids ages 13, 10 and 8. The two oldest are boys and they are like super interested in learning about the gospel! We have been teaching them and they are reading and progressing well. They weren't at church yesterday though so we will have to work on that for this week, haha. Merced and Yedid are progressing well and have a baptismal date set for June 9th so Elder Castro and I will be working towards that which is exciting!
But this week I have learned a ton from reading Brandon's letters that I got. He talked in one about helping investigators learn to recognize the spirit by asking them to describe how they feel both before and right at the end of the lesson. When they feel better at the end of the lesson he talked about teaching them the fruits of the spirit and helping them recognize that the reason for the difference is that the spirit is in the room. This is something that we did all week and it worked so well. It was awesome and it helped me recognize the spirit in the lessons better as well. It was great advice!
I miss you all but everything is great in Madero! Thanks so much for all the letters, prayers, love and support.
Elder Stockard

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