Monday, March 28, 2016

Still in La Castellana

Zone Training
So ya I still haven't been transferred which is just as well because we have a potential for a lot of baptisms. We are working really really hard. We actually had a 3 baptisms one was a child of record this past Saturday. But the cool thing about those baptisms is that it completed the family so basically all of the members of that family who can be baptized are now baptized. They are looking forward to the temple. Especially when I gave a talk in sacrament meeting about tithing. When we were leaving she told us that she went straight to the branch presidents office to start paying her tithing so she can go to the temple. They're awesome!
We also had exchanges with the Manggapsang Elders. Me and Warnick had a good time. Just no food. Hahaha. We ate some of the other elders food, because there are 4 of them in their house. Hahahaha

MT Canla-on
This past week was Holy Week. So people have been going crazy. This whole week people have been re-living the last week of Jesus. On Sunday they brought palm leaves to the church. Thursday they had the last supper. Then on Friday they do Crucifixions, yup Crucifixions. I haven't seen one live but one was a tv when we passed by so ya it was freaky. But that's just how it is here. Not everyone does it but it does happen. Then on Sunday they have a big party because it's the resurrection! It is pretty awesome!

I love you FAMILY! I'm sending pictures this week!!!!!

Elder Rivera

The Brave!!!
Wrapped around my waist

Tuesday, March 22, 2016


Ya so I'm good. How was Jeremy's Farewell? I've been wanting to ask this question for while now...... When did mom get an IPad?

So this week we had a mission tour with Elder Haynie of the 70. It was really cool I had a lot of spiritual impressions on how to improve myself to become a better missionary and person really. 

This week we had this one investigator who is kinda shy and only came to church when the one investigator with the missing toe. But this week she came all by herself and started making friends at Church and really started loving it. She is making huge progress. She is a true miracle!!!! 

Also we have this new investigator, well family. And they are prepared by the Lord! They are super receptive. They cry every visit. After the first visit we were already invited to the daughters birthday later at 3 pm! They are Awesome.

I might be transferred. Next week. But nothing is for certain in the mission....

That's my life this week.

Elder Rivera

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lost a toe!!!

Regarding your trip to Toronto, the aquarium is awesome I've been there once. The Science Centre would be better, because it has all that cool stuff that's like interactive and stuff. But that's just me. So Farley is really ours like for real? He is always going to live with us? That's awesome! 

So this week. Our one investigator that would have been baptized on the 12 had something go wrong. We found out when we visited that she..... Lost a toe. It was in a tricycle accident, and the story is pretty gruesome but none the less she is one toe short out of 10. She can't walk, or even limp around she is confined to sitting and lying down in her bed. She is still looking forward to her baptism, it's just going to take a little longer. We are praying and fasting for a speedy recovery.

So we are keeping up the work here in La Castellana. We are beat tired everyday we come which is a good thing. We have been experiencing a lot of appointments falling through but in the Bacolod mission we don't wait for the lessons to come to us we make the 

I love you!

Elder Rivera

Monday, March 7, 2016

Through God's Eyes

Lishan said that she was at the same building where you saw Russell M. Nelson speak, but later that day for a funeral.  One of the missionaries in your mission (who served one year in India) was there - it was his grandmother and she asked him and his companion if they knew Elder Rivera.   His companion said that he came out of the MTC with you.  Unfortunately, she did not remember their names.

Yes I remember his name is Elder Seabock. 

You guys almost had a snow day. Here they have almost rain days. Seriously, if it rains too hard they cancel school. especially if it's a storm. I'm just looking forward to snow again.

Our whole Mission with Elder Nelson
So this week we had a really hard trial happen. On sunday we had zero investigators, I was devastated. So when we got home from Church we basically had 2 choices, to sit and mope or do something about it. So I decided to have some personal study. I read some scriptures, then had the impression to read, the General conference edition of the Liahona. I read the message by the new member of t he Quorum of the Twelve Elder Renlund titled "Through God's Eyes."  It help me to get my head back in the game. We are going to push ourselves harder than before!!!! It will be a good week.

Today we went back to the zoo. We actually got to hold the snake. In the picture I look like I'm freaking out. I hope I can send it but this computer might not let me. If not you'll see it next week for sure.

I can't think of anything else that happened.

Except I went to Bacolod and got my blood test done finally. Something cool happened in Bacolod. When we were eating at this pizza place, we asked for the bill and found out some one already paid for us! It was so cool! 

Elder Rivera