Letter #60 11/28/11 Transfers- What???

Matt and Elder Piquet and Elder Luna

hey fam!

so i´ve got some news!   looks like i´m leaving zapata!   they just
called me.  i´m leaving tomorrow to villahermosa for a conference with
all the other zone leaders,  and they told me and elder luna that we
need to bring our bags because we´re getting transfers.    they didnt
tell me where or what i´m going to be doing, i might be zone leader
still or maybe i´ll be training again, idk.   they havent told me

i´m a bit bummed because we´re looking at an awesome month.  we have a
good 10 people that are going to baptized here this month of december.
  that would have been more than in any other month of my mission.
but i know that the lord calls you to serve where he needs you.  and
obviously i learned what i needed to here.   honestly when he called
i just got this heavy feeling in my heart, but right now i´m feeling
a lot better.  i learned a TON here in two weeks.  this has easily been
the best companionship i´ve had.  elder piquet and elder luna, both super
experienced super hard workers.  but honestly right now i just have even
more desires to do even better than these past two weeks.  i want to arrive
to the next area and be even more obedient, and consecrated.

yesterday the mission president and the temple president came to our
branch.  it was a really spiritual meeting.   i could feel the spirit
so strong in my heart. during sacrament meeting the president spoke
about being able to hear the voice of the spirit and letting it guide
us in our lives.     which is intresting because i´ve been thinking
about that all this week.  The mission president knows exactly what to
do and what to say and who to help and how to help them in every
minute.  he doesnt rest he doesnt stop. he´s always doing something.
every moment.   and i know its because the voice of the spirit is
guiding him and inspiring him to know what to do.  i have felt that
way as well in moments of the mission but not in every moment,  and i
think thats what i´ll be focusing more of in this next transfer.
learning to rely on the lord to know what to do.

in the afternoon yesterday the mission president spoke about his
childhood and i realized how he became the man he is.     his mother
and him read the book of mormon together.  she asigned 10 chapters a
week to each of her children and then in family night would ask them
questions ranking in difficulty 1-10  and with the years he grew to
love the book of mormon with all his heart.     so much that at the
age of 10 he could activate his father,  his father wasnt paying
tithing and because of that they werent sealed in the temple.  but he
said that every week he and his brothers met together and made plans
of how they were going to help their father.  and eventually after
like a year of working with his brothers, they had a famly night that
was so powerful that their dad committed to do whatever it takes so
they could be together forever and their family was sealed in the
temple soon after!!!

anyway.   to answer your questions

-yes i´m eating.  i dont feel like i´ve lost weight.  i´m eating more
here than ever before.  i eat oatmeal every morning!! and we always
eat a big lunch.       idk. i´m going to start excercising better
though so maybe i´ll muscle up a bit and look a bit bigger =) haha.

-thanks so much for the christmas stuff!!   the decorations are great.
  and the tape is super super funny.    i do have to say to jack and
slater though that my video gaming desires have almost completely
left.  its weird.  i dont even have any desires to pwn some newbs or
zergling rush some protoss bases.....     --

-tell my grandmas that they are in my prayers and i love them so much.
   how did grandma b fall??    i hope she´s doing alright!   i love so
much getting her emails!
- also -- i received grma B-s package and ronettes,   i´m going to
have to open them up though to fit them in my luggage -- i´ll do my
best not to look though!! ha

any way, gtg.  have a great week!

-elder lloyd

Letter #59 11/21/11 Zapata!!

so i didnt have a chance to read your emails,  i printed them
off and i´ll read them later in the day.  but the way my new
companions like to do things is a bit different.  they like to do all
the writing in the morning.   in carmen i always printed off the
emails in the morning read them in the day and in the afternoon i
wrote you all.  but here it´ll be a bit different.   there are two
options,  i can read your emails first and then send you a weekly
letter thats shorter. or i can send a letter without reading your
letters and it´ll be a bit more detailed. -- my guess is you´d like
one a bit more detailed. but you guys can decide.

ah! man being a zone leader is a lot different than i thought it would
be.  ha.  but i can honestly say these are easily the best two
companions i´ve had in my mission.  we have no problems whatsoever,
we get along so well. we do our contacts, teach good lessons, we
have the spirit.  and its just been super super great this past week.
everything has just gone really really well.     its something that
i´ve never really experienced in the mission.  elder luna and piquet
are sooo good.  obedient, spiritual,  and they really know how to do
missionary work.  we´ve been working with members a lot this past week ---
something that I struggled with in past areas,   and we´ve found some new
families that are progressing really well.   elder luna has 23 months in the
mission and is about to end,  and elder piquet has one more transfer than
me in the mission. but elder piquet is one of those elders that works
miracles,  he´s divided 2 branches and the president always sends him
to the hardest areas.  elder luna was my zone leader in carmen when i
first arrived there.    i´m super pumped to learn from them.  i feel
like i´m progressing a lot better here and learning a ton.

the zone is HUGE,    it takes up a huge area of Tabasco,    on a map,
i´m in a city thats called Emiliano Zapata,  there are 5 elders here,
in 1 branch.      the president loves this branch though and wants it
to grow fast.     but the zone goes to cities like palenque,
tenosique, balacan, Trienfo, Candelaria.    there are more than 20
elders in the zone.   and its very spread out.   the farthest
companionship is like 5 hours away, close to the boarder of guatamala
i think.  i´m not sure, i havent seen a good map of the area.

mostly i´m just super super pumped to be a misionary right now.  i´m
just trying really hard right now to be more and more obedient, and
stay humble so i can learn a lot from my companions and so that the
lord can help me.    i feel really overwelmed,  but i know the lord
will help me to be able to guide and inspire my zone.  the zones in
pretty bad shape right now.   they arent baptizing,  but we´re working
with the elders and we´re excited to see baptisms in december!

- this week i saw elder tlachi!!!  i about died.  i gave him a big
hug.  he´s such a great elder.  he´s serving right now as zone leader
in villa.
- this week i ate that summer sausage you sent me -- that was super
good - thanks
-we had a baptism this week-, a guy named f!  he´s so great.
he bore his testimony in the baptism,  his families been giving him a
hard time but he´s working really hard and i know he´ll stay active!

anyway.  i want to chat, so
love ya´ll
-elder lloyd


no one celebrates thanksgiving here, actually i thought it was last
week --  ha

i´m doing good health wise  i think i´ll probably lose weight here,
we do a lot more walking up and down hills, and a lot of running too.
its weird to not see the ocean,  but theres a huge river by the city.

piquet is from idaho,  luna from monterey

> I'll bet it will be fun living with a group!  What's the area like?  Is it
> hotter?  More jungle-ish?  How many active branch members?

ya its been good this past week. the elders are way fun.  i´m working on
the whole social interaction with other elders thing ha.   because i know
as a zone leader i have to be super super excited super friendly.

its hotter here,  its a jungle,  lots of hills,  reminds me so much of what
I imagine when i think of the lamanites.   this is definitely the land

there are 100 active members of the branch mas o menos (more or less)

>> What's your apartment like?  Do you have a car?

the apartment is big, 1 super big room, and two others, and a kitchen.
 but there are 5 elders living here.

haha,  no we dont have a car, that would be sick though and really
helpful, sadly there are only two cars in the mission,  one for the
president and one for the elderes in the offices!

bah, my times up.  bah.   love you all.  talk to you next week.

just know, i´m healthy and happy.

you all be safe, happy and healthy as well!!
love you, bye

Letter #58 11/14/11 Transfer! Zone Leader!!

Hola familia, como están!!!
Well i havent had a chance to read your emails today, but i´m printing them off so i can read them in the afternoon or tonight!!
Its been a super crazy day.  We´ve been getting everything ready for me to go! sadly, it is finally my time to leave ciudad del carmen!
its been really an incredible time here.   i love the people that i´ve
been able to meet and teach.  i´ve taught soooo many people in the last 6 months here and its been wonderful to have had this chance to
share my testimony with the people of carmen.   i love the members and
i love the people that i was able to teach and baptize.     this week
we had a baptism -- PA.   he´s 28 years old and married,
he says they already have plans to come be sealed in the salt lake utah temple, so i´m pretty pumped that i´ll be able to go with them a
year from now!    P has a huge testimony and i know he´s going to
be a huge help to the church here.
this next week -- after i leave =(  two more people are going to be baptized, R, and his cousin,  his cousin we found thursday.. but get this, she has the coolest name i´ve ever heard in my life --  her
name is Light of Getsemani,   can you believe that.   i was in
divisions when my companion found her, but aparently the minute they met her they asked her her name and then when she said G they immidiately taught her the atonement and she accepted to be baptized
right there-- cool eh.   pretty pumped for them!

but about the transfers--
i´m going to a new area --  its called Zapata!   and i´m going to be
in a trio,  with elder luna and elder picket.    and -- i´m going to
be a zone leader!! when they called me this morning to tell me i was shocked.  but i´m super pumped to go down there and get working.  i´ll be working with elder luna and picket which are two excellent missionaries and i´m so excited to be able to learn from them and
progress as a missionary.    not to mention that zapata is the zone
that is baptising the most people right now!!   super excited to get
to work.     every transfer is like another chance to start over and
to commit to be even better.  and thats what i want to do,  i´m excited to move to a new area and start fresh.  work with all my heart and really love the people there.  i think thats the key to missionary work. loving the people and being humble enough to do the lords will and not your own.

elder jepson will be staying here with his new companion elder Robison.  i was in the mtc with elder robison, and he´s a great missionary, he and my companion will be able to do a lot of good work here.  there are sooo many people soooo close to baptism here in carmen!
well i dont have a ton more to tell but next week will be like a novel so i can tell you all about everything!

-- elder lloyd

Letter #57 11/07/11 An Impromptu Concert!!


its been a busy week here in puerto real.  we´ve been working a lot to
get things prepared for the new elder who´s going to come here.  we´re
not 100% sure about cambios, but i´ve been here for 4 transfers so my
guess is i´ll be going soon.  transfers are next week.  but this week
we´ve got two potencial baptisms,  a man named pablo alejandro,  who i
started teaching in august,  didnt really teach in september at all
and not much in october but we went back with him a week ago and he´s
very excited now to be a member of the church.  its pretty interesting
how the lord prepares his children.  many times if someone isnt quite
ready if you just leave them for a week or two and come back things
have changed and their heart is more open.   its just proof that the
lord does the greatest part of this work, not the missionaries.    the
other baptism we´ll be having for this week is a boy named ricardo
thats related to some of the members of the ward.   he´s super good,
he goes to seminary every day and wants to go to the church high school
they have here in mexico!   we´re pretty pumped for the both of them.

this week we also had interviews with the presidente, that was a great
experience like always.  i love talking with him.  he always helps me
so much to see how i need to change and be better.   he told me i
really need to help my comp to be prepared so by the end of the
transfer it´d be possible for him to be a companion mayor.  idk if
he´ll actually be a senior companion this next transfer but my guess
is soon!!

my companion and i really want to give everything we´ve got with
this last bit of time we´ve got.

cool story-- yesterday when we got back to the house, one of the two
evangelical churches on our block (fuente de auga viva)  was having a
party with music that was sooooooo loud.  we could hear it from blocks
and blocks away. --  and we are like the house right next door
basically.        so the music was super loud in our apartment. the
band that was playing had guitars and drums and piano, -- one of those
christian rock groups.  and while we sat there we had the idea come to
our mind that we should go and sing to them--- so we left the
apartment and asked the guy in charge of the concert if we could sing
-- and he said yes, so me and my companion went on stage and sang "god
loved us so he sent his son"  it was intense because there were a good
50 people there eating and partying and  the atmosphere totally
changed. my companion and i felt the spirit as we testified reverently
of our testimony of the savior through song, we didnt have time to
talk to very many people after we sang but just went back to the
apartment,  it was a pretty cool experience and i´m hoping that some
of the people who heard sometime when missionaries pass by their house
will at least be interested in knowing more about who we are and what
we believe in!

as for goods for the packages --

i´m good on the socks i believe, maybe a new shirt or two would be
good, fitted would be nice,   music-- i would like the hymns in
spanish if they have them --- idk.  or if they dont have them in
spanish you could send them in english but i really just want hymns.
or primary songs,  i´d love primary songs -- and if they have them in
spanish itd be better!

as for food- what ever you send will be great.   i dont know if i can
buy cake mixes here i havent checked.  but that was super super good
the day i had it!

well i gtg.
much love