Monday, February 12, 2018

Week 29 - Feb 12, 2018 - Pereira Week 23

Q&A

Q: How is your health?
A: I am feeling really good.

Q: New words that you have learned this week?
A: Qué hubo? = Whats up?

Q: Favorite scripture study that you have had?
A: I was reading about Nephi and his bow breaking, and just thinking that even in bad times God is always with us and provides a way for us if we have faith.

Q: Are you happy?
A: Yes, very happy it was a great week!

Q: Favorite food that you ate this week?
A: Bandeja Paisa

Q: What did you do for you P-Day
A: The whole zone went to the river and had a picnic.

WEEKLY RECAP

Monday - We had a bunch of missionaries spend the night in our apartment. That night we were talking and one missionary jokingly called me Shrek, so I got up on the bed where he was at and started wrestling him. While wrestling him we heard a pop sound and then we were on the floor. The beds welding broke! So we all ended up sleeping on mattresses on the floor throughout our apartment.

Tuesday - We took the bed frame down the street to get the frame hinge fixed. This guy took it and welded it really quick and painted it for like $3.50. It is now better then we had it originally. It is supper strong and doesn't wobble anymore. Then we went and followed up on a street contact that we did. We ended up teaching a family of 6 and there are super awesome. They really liked listening to us explain the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they had some questions and really felt the spirit. They asked us when we could come back, and we set a date for another visit and lesson. It was a good night!

Wednesday - We were walking down the street and got contacted by this guy. He invited us to go get Ice Cream, he bought me this huge Snickers ice cream bowl (Blessings). He is a member but has been inactive for a long time but wants to start coming back to church. It was pretty cool talking to him. Then we went to teach Edison, and he asked if he could bring a friend (we told him no we can't do that, just kidding). So we met at the park and taught him and his friend, Daniella, the first lesson again (we had already taught him). He is an awesome guy and really understands the lesson and helped her understand it also. The lesson went super well and both of them really seemed to enjoy the lesson and want to learn more.

Thursday - We had lunch at the Bishop's house and his wife is an awesome cook. She made us Bandeja Paisa, which is Colombian's well known plate of food. It was super good! Then we went and visited Isabel and talked about Prophets. She had a lot of questions about President Nelson, so we will have to find a bunch of information about him to share. Her sister even came out her room and listened to us. Usually she would always go to her room. She told us that she thought we were weird, but after getting to know us that we are pretty cool and funny. I jokingly told her that I thought she was weird because she would always go to her room and didn't want to talk to us. Then we went to look for a reference family that the Family Rivera gave us. We didn't have that great of directions to their house, and as we were walking my companion says forget it lets go home. I was like if God wants us to teach them he will put them in our path. Right after I said that we crossed the street and there they were outside talking. It was awesome! We laughed, and knew that God wanted us to teach them! I have learned that investigators give really good references.

Friday - We were on exchanges and I was with E. Miranda. I like him a lot, he is like Coach Wolcott to me, he teaches by example and he is not a hypocrite. He works really hard and is obedient. It was a super awesome day with some great lessons and we made some awesome street contacts. We meet with a family that is going to be baptized in a couple weeks, they are super funny and we had a great lesson with them.

Saturday - Found out that E. Miranda is getting transferred and going to the office tomorrow. The most spiritual thing that happened this week was the baptism of Isabel. It was very spiritual, I looked over and saw Isabel's sister start to cry, I know she was feeling the spirit. Then this other guy cried in our lesson that night. It was a great day.

Sunday - The Salgado family came to church and we taught them a lesson, they are a golden family. They are so prepared to receive the gospel, it was awesome teaching them. Then we went and taught Jessica, I made real good friends with her father, at first he didn't like the missionaries but know he comes out and talks to us and listens. We went to Antonio's house and visited with them, they have become active and met with the Bishop, it is awesome to see their progress since I've been here. Antonio then gave us a reference and called him over and we taught him, and he committed to come to church next week. We visited like 5 families that night and shared a bunch of messages. Then we had to take E. Miranda to the bus terminal very late at night.

Monday - We went as a whole zone to the river and had a picnic, it was fun! Rode in the back of a truck there and back, it was very interesting.

Great Week,
Love you all,
Elder Moore
Our Zone in Pereira
Doing Service work with bamboo
At Isabels baptism
At the river
Traveling from the river
E. Miranda he is a stud missionary
Isabel's Baptism

Monday, January 29, 2018

Week 27 - Jan 29, 2018 - Pereira Week 21

Well its been awhile since I have updated Elder Moore's Blog, but here we go!

I will be back logging Nov, Dec, and January updates in the next few weeks.

So let me give you a quick update of where I am at and who I am with. I am still in Pereira (20 weeks) and it is still my first area, but I love it here. Everyone says that this is the best area of the mission, and it is the best apartment to live in. From our balcony I can see all over the place in the city. I love hanging out on the balcony and looking at the city. I am on my third companion here, his name is E. Steadman. We live in the apartment with E. Miranda and E. Cox and we get along super well.

My companion and I get along great, he reminds me of Noah Clark, and we are really working hard. So I now eat the food here and enjoy it and don't even mind eating rice. We eat really well, and we can get American food very easily. They have like a Costco here with all the Kirkland brands and stuff.

On Tuesday we taught this family about the "Word of Wisdom" and another family about tithing, it was a good night and they even feed us. They gave us this huge (4 liter) bottle of Coke-cola. While on they way home this man stopped us and started asking all kinds of questions. He said he used to live in New York for like 18 years, then he lived in Panama, but then he got deported to Colombia. Not sure exactly all that happened, he said his mom is from NY, and he was trying to save money to buy a plane ticket, anyways he talked with him some more, then we decided to give him the bottle of soda. We invited him to church and he said he would, so we will see.

On Wednesday we had a meeting with President. We spent a lot of time setting up and getting things ready for the meeting on Tuesday. It was a really good meeting, we discussed how to better start lessons, how to invite the spirit to be there, and how to help make and keep their commitments. Then the President and his wife came and inspected our apartment. We got in trouble for a few things, some of the things were like that before I even got to the apartment and I didn't want to clean it up. We got in trouble for having dirty dishes, but that was mainly one E. dishes, that doesn't like to do dishes. Bathroom had a few issues and President's wife showed us how to clean it better.

Every transfer I feel like I am learning to use my time more effective. This week I felt like we were very efficient with our time. We taught a lot of lessons and family home evenings (FHE) we were super busy the whole week. This means we did a lot of walking up a hill down a hill and then up another hill and down another hill. We had a FHE at Cesar's house, they are an awesome family, he is super funny and she is super nice. They remind me of Pam and Jim from the "Office". We found a few new people to teach, and we lost a couple that we were teaching. That is the life of the mission with its ups and downs. I love talking to people on the street, or in the taxi, I contact everybody. I figure the more people you contact the better your odds you will get to teach them, the better the odds they will feel the spirit and what to be baptized. We also taught Isabel this week and she is still on track to be baptized, so that is super cool.

This week we had a ward talent show, it was pretty good. We the "Los Misioneros" sang a song. At first we were going to sing Hero by Enrique Iglesias, but then we were told not to have any love song, so we changed it. It went pretty good, except we forgot to turn the mic on, but the 3 Americans sang and E. Miranda played the ukulele. It was a fun night, a couple of young men played the guitars and they were really good.

So today for P-day we played soccer with like three different zones. It was fun, they same I'm not a gringo on the soccer field, because of my moves, they say its because I have Spanish blood in me. I did okay today, I only scored like 5 goals, I had a chance to make a lot more, but I missed them either high or left or right. I wasn't on top of my game today.

Love you all,

Elder Moore
This is the building just outside our apartment, they were on the 2nd floor when I got here.
Reminds me of an Arizona Sunset
Los Misioneros Live at the Ward Talent Show
Futbol with the Elders
Thanks Grandma for the A-1 sauce!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 12 - Oct 16, 2017 - Pereira Week 6

Q&A

Q: How is the work going?
A: It's going good we are working hard and seeing fruits of our labor.

Q: New words that you have learned this week?
A: Despacito = Slower haha!!!, Olvidar = Forget, Fin = End, tratar = try, Corazon = heart, Arbol = tree, Deseo = desire

Q: Favorite scripture study that you have had?
A: Ether 12, 6, and 7

Q: How our your investigators?
A: They are doing good they are progressing and come to church on Sunday! We had 16 investigators at church, 5 different families!

Q: Favorite food that you ate this week?
A: Arepas con Huevo (Arepa with Egg)

Q: Did you get transferred or did you get a new companion?
A: I am staying and I got a new companion E. Olson from Ogden, Utah

WEEKLY RECAP

So first off we had transfers today and I am staying here in Pereira. I got a new companion E. Olson he is from Ogden, Utah, but he is a recent convert, he is super cool.

So another cool thing that happened this week is that I found this American store that has all kind of American food so that I can cook something besides rice.

We have been doing a lot of running in order to make it to all of our appointments and FHEs. Sometimes its due to bad planning on our part and we end up climbing up the same hill three times a day. So hopefully we can plan out FHE and appointments better so we are more productive. From all the running I hurt me knee earlier in the week, but it is feeling good now. Other then that everything is going good. I love you guys so much and can't wait for the package next week. I am going to have to go get my pants tailored so that they are smaller, they keep falling down even with a belt. We had some really good lessons this week and had a very productive week. My companion left his clothes in the washer and ended up flooding the whole apartment, so we got to clean the water up. Had an awesome birthday parties with members and our district. We taught this awesome family who really love what we are teaching, however they don't believe they will be able to keep the baptismal covenants and so they don't want to be baptized yet. We had to stop teaching a few families because they were not doing the things we asked, they love having us over but they are not reading or praying so we had to move forward because we are really busy.

So here is a really funny story sort of, we went to lunch today with this family and this lady loves American missionaries so she asked what we wanted to eat so I asked for pasta, it was good. She also made us some juice and she was like I think it needs more sugar. Then she sat the pitcher down and left the room, she was gone for a long time, so I went and decided to help out, I opened up the jar that said azucar (sugar) and started shoveling a few spoon fulls into the pitcher and my cup of juice. After I started to drink it I realized it was salt and not sugar, it tasted so bad, I ruined the juice.

So we always try to take roads that we know cops are on so we are more safe. Although I don't know why because the cops here don't really do anything. Everyone calls them Avocados, I thought it was just a missionary slang word for them but its a Colombian slang word for them because everyone says it. I think because they have green uniforms and just sit all day doing nothing. Anyway we walk along this rode and everybody comes out in their Colombian soccer shirts, there was a game tonight Colombia versus Peru. My companion is from Peru, so we had to be a little careful. Anyways there was a stabbing on this road, so I guess its not as safe as we thought.

So at district meeting I was talking to E. Dawson and he is ready to go home, he leaves this transfer. Anyway he is from Arizona also and we were talking about him going home and what he is going to do. He said the first thing he is going to do is go eat some Barro's pizza, I am so envious of him. He is so trunky though and is super excited to go home and see his family.

We taught this one Hermana, she is awesome and feeds us really well. We taught her some really good lessons and she likes it a lot and she felt the spirit. We went and did some service at Hermana Olga's house. She is a super nice lady and I love teaching her. We had another lesson with Gina, and her mom is awesome, she is not a member but she helps me out a ton teaching the lesson. She is the best. We had a really good week this week and taught had some really awesome lessons and Family Home Evenings (FHE). It was good to see the Lord's hand in the work.

Love and miss all of you!

Elder Moore
My new companion E. Olson
E. Olson and my filters on my camera
E. Olson isn't he dreamy?
Beautiful picture of the Savior
E. Dawson made it home to Beautiful Glorious Barro's Pizza!!!!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 11 - Pereira Week 5 - Happy Birthday to Me!!!!

First off, I want to say thanks and give a shoutout to all of you who sent me birthday wishes, I love you all!


Well of course since it's my birthday today the computers here at the internet cafe are not working that good. I will try to send you pictures but it's not working very well and having issues.

So since my audios didn't upload I will have to just give you a quick recap.

The work is going good, we have a lot of investigators that are progressing and coming to church, we are working really hard and I come home exhausted every day! I had some good scripture study and I was able to remember them and use them in the lessons we taught. One that was really good was in Ether, it was on point for the lesson. My knees are hurting but they still work, so I guess we will continue to climb these hills. We didn't go to the waterfall, but we went to a zone gathering instead and it was great, there were like 20 missionaries playing, like both Elders and Sisters. We didn't have time to go out to the restaurant, Gauchos, but instead found this place nearby that had some good chicken. I still haven't received the package, hopefully I will by transfers next week. We got to do some service this week, it was good, I'm loving it here, except for the rice. I only have one more thing of peanut butter so I am going to use it sparingly and make it last until you can send some more. The language is coming along and I am getting better at speaking, I think they can actually understand my Gringo accent!

Love you all and miss you!

Elder Justin Moore

Pday/Bday Gathering, E. Dawson about to go home

Pday/Bday Gathering

Our Zone

They celebrate Mormon Missionaries here, except we don't have bikes

Cool sign to Pereira, The Capital of Eje

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 10 - Pereira Week 4 - General Conference Week

Q&A

Q: What do you have planned for today?
A: We are going to visit my companions last area and "His" family's house

Q: How is the language going?
A: I'm still learning poquito por poquito.

Q: How is the mission going?
A: It is super fun, I am very happy! There is never a break, we work super hard and the Lord has blessed us.

Q: New words that you have learned this week?
A: Cascada = Waterfall; Caer - Fall; Finca = Farm; Ayer = Yesterday; Enojar = Angry; Conducir = To drive; Bacon = Tocino; Bacon = Tocino; Bacon = Tocino; haha!!!

Q: Favorite scripture study that you have had?
A: If you love me keep my commandments.

Q: How our your investigators?
A: Great they all came to church on Sunday!

Q: Are you eating well?
A: The rice is destroying me, I am so done with rice, rice and more rice. Thanks for the Domino's pizza, that made my day! I have made macaroni and cheese 4 times this week!

Q: Did you buy a new backpack?
A: Not yet, my companion came in clutch this week and sewed mine back up, so I'm still using it.

Q: Did you get our package yet?
A: Not yet, I probably won't get it till the 20th of October

Q: What was that picture that you sent us with your hand, we couldn't tell?
A: Toilet paper roll, I had a little issue because I ran out of toilet paper! hahaha.

Q: What do you have planned for your birthday next week?
A: My companion said we can do whatever I want, so we are going to go to the waterfall, then we are going to go to Gauchos (The restaurant that dad recommend).

WEEKLY RECAP

So first off General Conference was awesome, I think its the first one I haven't fallen sleep! I even took a bunch of notes, you all would be proud. We were able to watch it in a separate room in English so that was nice! It was sad to hear that E. Hales passed away 🙇 My favorite talk was by President Henry B. Eyring, it really talked to me. I liked Pres Uchtdorf's quote "Swimming upstream when needed" meaning sometimes you need to go upstream against the current, because if you go with the flow downstream you could end up going off like a huge waterfall. We heard all about the storms in Texas and Florida, and how people are serving there. I liked the talk by Russel M. Nelson and talking to the tribe guy and how his translator was prepared with a Book of Mormon to give him. That is super important, that we are always prepared to share the gospel especially having a Book of Mormon to give someone because we never will know when the Lord will put someone in our path. One tender mercy I noticed was the great breakfast I had for conference morning on Sunday. I bought some muffins and milk and they tasted just like the Magdalenas at Yaya and Yayo's house (Grandparents from Spain, that I really miss seeing), while eating the muffins I felt like I was in heaven!

Another tender mercy happened after conference when we went to visit a family to have Family Home Evening. I love visiting this family, it reminds me of visiting Grandma and Grandpa's (US Grandparents) house (I really miss them!!!!). Anyways they are like the same age as Grandma and Grandpa, and she feeds us really good like grandma, and she tries to make me happy by giving me really good food, she just knows what I like. Her husband reminds me of Grandpa with all of his stories he tells and his jokes he tells. It almost feels like being at Grandma and Grandpas house. They are recent members, only like a month, but I love going there!

So, I was talking to E. Cottam, he said Pereira is the best part of the mission, that it has the best missionary apartments. He told me to enjoy it, because on the coast it is hot and the members feed you twice as much rice. Please pray for me that I don't get sent to the coast! Quick funny story; E. Cottam bought a machete when he was on the coast, so today as we went walking in the jungle we found these purple bananas so we cut them off to take home. As we were walking I had the machete and he started throwing the bananas up in the air and I started playing fruit ninja except it was live and not a game on my phone. It was awesome, the bananas when split open were like white sparkly crystals. 

All of our investigators are doing awesome, we are working super hard and the Lord has blessed us. It is nice to see the Lord's hand in the work, as long as we are doing our part he will do his! We still have our ups and downs, but it is awesome to be teaching the people here in Pereira!

It was a great week,

Love you all,

Elder Moore

Painting the lady that I talked to last weeks house

This ain't no bull!

I could see myself eating some of these with RICE!

Not sure if these are investigators or members - DAD

Not sure if these are investigators or members - DAD

The TRUTH!

Thank you guys for buying me Domino's, at least it was one meal without rice


Our short little climb to the top to talk to the families we are teaching

My new friend who accepted the Gospel

He is ready to become a missionary!

New word I learned this week, Dilema = Running out of toilet paper

Me and E. Castillos traveling to his old area to visit "his" family