Monday, November 10, 2014

"He will make weak things be strong unto us....."

Dear Family,
Thanks for the pictures of your Dallas trip mom and dad. Looked like you had a lot of fun. We are going to try to make the papa a la huancaina sometime this week. I will let you know how it goes. We will try the tallarin verde as well. Members feed us once every two weeks which is a good amount. I am going to try to eat healthier. I have felt we have been doing good eating good but we will improve. I have just been maintaining weight as well. Looks like for Thanksgiving we will be eating with the McCarter family who are amazing cooks. They are an awesome family; both RM and super funny. Thank you for sending a package! I think just a lot of protein bars and snacks will do. Thank you.
This is how our investigators are doing:
Alejandro: He is progressing very well and wants to be baptized. We will have to move his baptismal date November 16th to a couple weeks back because of his lack of attendance at church. He has been having a hard time getting work off on Sundays because of his boss. We decided that we would do a fast and asked if they would like to join. They accepted and designated a day that we would fast which was last Thursday. We met with them last Saturday and taught them the 10 commandments which went very well. He said that he is going to ask his boss on Sunday so we are still waiting for his bosses response.
Ana: She is a new investigator we picked up from Ecuador. We introduced the BOM to her and was not to sure if she will have time to read it. The next time she said she did not read the intro so we read with her. This time she was more attentive and asked the right questions. We have an appointment with her this week.
Victoria: She is the daughter of a less active that is coming back to church. She is nine years old and we have asked to teach her. They are from Haiti and are so awesome. We have taught her the restoration and the plan of salvation and understood it. We gave her a childrens BOM and has read almost half of it already in one day! She is progressing well.
Daniella: She is a new investigator that we picked up from Ecuador with two girls. She said she has not had time to go to church because she works all the time. But said that this is the push she needs to go. We had a great first lesson with her about the BOM and invited us back for next Thursday.
Mario Jr. He came to church yesterday! He really enjoyed priesthood but not really sacrament meeting. We also taught him law of chastity last week and said that he just got married to his girlfriend that he has been living with for eight years six months ago! We were so happy for him. We invited him for baptism but said he needs a little more time.
Rosalino: Taught him the 10 commandments which went very well. He has been progressing well. We are still working with him to understand that there is only one true church. He is great and has a strong testimony of Christ.
Filadelfo: We taught him 10 commandments as well after a couple weeks not seeing him. He is still reading in the BOM and his reading ability is also still improving. He is so awesome still trying to help him understand that keeping the Sabbath day holy is important.
Ruben: This is our investigator we have not seen in a little while. He welcomed us back warmly and we had a great restoration lesson. We committed him to read 2 Nephi 31. He gave us a great summary of the introduction as well. He is awesome!
We are going to start focusing on less actives such as Paul, Glendy and Hermano Chinchilla. My Spanish is getting a little bit better with the help of Elder Muro. Grateful to be a missionary. I really like the scripture in Ether 12: 27. I know it is true as the Lord has strengthened my weaknesses. I love you Dad, Mom, Tanner and Mckay very much!
Elder Plummer

Monday, November 3, 2014

My new companion is my high school buddy, Elder Muro originally from Peru via Orem, Utah!! By small and simple things, are great things brought to pass!

Elder Leon, Elder Stretch, my companion and I.

My wonderful trainer, Elder Jeffries

Ok, this is so cool to have my high school buddy, Elder Muro as companion

We are working hard and also having a great time!!! 
Gorgeous New York State

Dear Family,

What a great week! I now know the basics of French like introducing myself. It has come very handy. So my new companion is....ELDER MURO!!!!! We cannot believe it!! We were put as companions last Tuesday. It has been dropping into the 40s but we are staying warm. This is how our investigators are doing:
Rosalino: This was Elder Muro's first lesson in New City and they hit it off very well. We taught him the importance of scripture study, church attendance and praying. We then invited him to church but said he has work. We promised him as he made an effort to put church first he will be blessed economically and spiritually. He said that he will make the effort and will come next Sunday. Such an humble and awesome guy.
Glendy: She is less active but is planning to come back to church. Last week we taught her the plan of salvation which answered some questions about were her grandmother is going to go after this life. It was a very good lesson. We are planning to visit her weekly to clear up some questions she has about the church.
Adriana: We found her after a month and a half. She has been in the Dominican Republic for a couple weeks. But we had a good lesson on the importance of being baptized by someone with the authority of God. She said that she was baptized and does not want to keep getting baptized. We asked why do you think Jesus went to John who was far away in Galilee? We then explained the importance of correct authority. We felt like more of the problem was her testimony of Joseph Smith. We invited her to pray about the church and Joseph Smith. Great lesson.
Mario: He has been busy with work this week. We have set up an appointment this week though. Alejandro: Has been very busy with his family but we will see him this week.

Elder Muro has helped me with my Spanish already. I have learned so much. This week we have been working with many less actives and helping Elder Muro know the area. It has been a great week. One of my favorite scriptures is in Alma 37 which says, "that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise." I have seen on my mission that truly the small things like reading scriptures and praying bring a power that is great. I love you Dad, Mom, Tanner and Mckay so very much. Grateful to be a missionary!!
Elder Plummer

October 27, 2014 - "If God be with us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

The languages spoken in our district
Our awesome funny district

Hermana Montero makes the best Dominican food around:)

Emmanuel (our Haitian member) best team ever!

Cómo están?
Another terrific week and many miracles!
I had a great experience last Thursday night. We were at a ward activity when suddenly I had the impression to call a potential member that we contacted a week ago. When I called her she was  happy to hear from us and was more than willing to set up an appointment with us for this weekend. We went that Friday and ended up that she was not there but her husband was and invited us in. He is from Ecuador and speaks quechua! I told him that I knew a couple vocab words from my dad and grandmother and was very surprised. He then explained that there are many types of dialects of quechua,  it was a fun conversation. We then introduced the BOM and explained that the record could be of his ancestors. That really perked his attention and said that he will read the introduction. Great lesson! His name is Ruben and can not pick him up as an investigator until the second lesson to see if he has more commitment, but sure we will pick him up soon.
This is how our investigators are doing:
Rosalino: I taught Rosalino when I was on exchange with our district leader Elder Leon who is from Lima, Peru! We finished the Plan of Salvation and responded very well. We invited him to be baptized again but said he needs more time. Then, Elder Leon taught him how to pray but we are working with him to say his prayers vocally. He is so awesome.
Glendy: She is an less active that we finally found her after two and half months of not seeing her. She said that she has had some doubts about the church and the organization. We reminded her that it is ok to sometimes have doubts but to go to the source of all truth which is ask of God. We shared James 1:5 and encouraged her to not listen to the lies that her sister tells her about the church but to ask God with real intent. She said she will and we have an return appointment next week.
Iris: We taught her the first half of the plan of salvation and said that this is a beautiful plan and has always wondered where she came from. We had to stop half way due to time but she really wanted to know where we go after we die? We left her with that question and some homework in the plan of salvation pamphlet. She responded well to the lesson and we will see her next week. We are working with her to read the BOM and pray, but says she is always taking care of her kids and has some opposition from her husband. But she is trying.
Alejandro/Rosa: We taught them the importance of church attendance, praying and reading scriptures by using an object lesson with pennies to direct our life's towards Christ. They really like the object lesson and had some friends of Rosa and Alejandro that listen very intensively. Great lesson. Alejandro found out that his boss said that he can not go in early to work on Sunday so he could be able to go to church at 10am. He said though that is not going to stop him and is going to talk to someone higher up in rank. He is so awesome and is excited for his baptism on November 16th. We just got to get him to attend church three times before he is baptized. I know the Lord will provide a way!!!
Mario: We taught him as well the importance of scripture reading, church attendance and praying by using the object lesson the pennies. He liked it as well. He said that he has not been reading in the BOM due to a lot of work but really wants to go to church. He has been trying as well to get work off but his boss is very harsh but said he will be passively persistent. It was a great lesson.
Bishop: We had dinner with bishop last Saturday night and we had pork, potatoes and salad which was very good. Bishop Weiss is so funny! He grew up in Europe and knows Italian, German and a little bit of Spanish. He has a fun accent and has some dry fun humor. He told us his conversion story in New York City through his wife who was a model in Manhattan. He was amazed by the peace and selflessness of his wife at the time that he wanted so badly to get that peace. It was a really cool story. They are a very service oriented family. They are awesome.
Moses: We taught him the importance of tithing and shared the scripture in Malachi about the promised blessings for paying. He understood it very well and said that he will pay when he is baptized. We also talked to his mom who is a very devoted Catholic about him going to church and mutual and that she will be able to meet the adult that will be picking him up. That was her primary concern that adults she did not know picking up her son. She said that is ok and said we will bring our member next week. Our member is also Dominican so we think they will hit it off great!
Evia: She is from Mexico and is a referral that the sisters gave us like a month and a half ago. She just had a baby and was recovering these past couple weeks which is why we could not see her. She started off saying that she only believes the bible and that she will not change from being Catholic. We introduced the Book of Mormon in a way that she could experiment to see if the book is not true. She responded well to our approach and said she will give the book a try and pray about it. She said that she will call us when she has read the chapters we assigned her to read and prayed about it.

So, for Halloween we have to go home in early on the 30th and the 31st at 6pm due to a lot of pranks that happens on those two nights. So we will be most likely planning, cooking or watching 17 Miracles. We will see. I love my mission and I have grown so much spiritually. Just want to share Romans 8: 31 which reads, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" I know that is scripture is true that with God on our side all things are possible and that there is nothing that we can not overcome. Love you all.
Elder Plummer

October 20, 2014 - Pressing forward!!!!!

Hello Family,
What a great week. The temperature is now dropping below sixty but actually bought a sweater a couple weeks ago and have many warm jackets. Thank you for checking mom. :) I just bought some protein as well and looks like it will last me a while. This is how our investigators are doing:
Alejandro: We taught him last Wednesday the Plan of Salvation with four or five of his friends that were there. It went very well and the spirit was strong and after we taught the kingdoms of glories Rosa turned to her husband and said,"this all makes sense." It was so cool. Alejandro is still set to be baptized November 16th! Rosa asked the question why we do not pray to the virgin Mary and explained the scripture that we pray to the father in the name of the son. We then felt prompted to go over the steps to pray. After we explained it, one of Alejandro's friends said that he has always wondered the step to prayer. It was really cool! The others that were present were very attentive and understood everything we taught. There were some that showed interest but most of them said that they are Evangelists. He said he is in the process of able to go in to work earlier so he can attend church. It was a great lesson.
Rosalino: Taught him the first half of the Plan of Salvation and was very attentive. He really enjoyed it. We are working with him to try to get work off on Sundays. He is so awesome and works almost 14 to 15 hours a day of manual labor and is trying to get his kids over from Peru. He also still finds time to read the BOM a couple times a week.
Justin: He was very busy this week and said we can come back next and teach him a lesson. He lives with his Aunt and a lot of the time is not home.
Natalia: We taught her a short lesson at her door about the Word of Wisdom. She said that she has tried everything to get off coffee. We then felt prompted to ask if she has every tired Orca, a substitute for coffee with out the coffee bean. She said she has not and we are going to get her some this next week. She was excited to try something new to stop her addiction.
Bicente & Dora: We did not see them this last week due to over time at work but said they are going to try to go to English class tonight!
We have been mostly working with our less actives this past week such as Paul who has not attended church for three weeks. He has been working so much and has been sick as well. He wants us to teach his daughter to get her ready for baptism. We had a great time with him this last week. He has been teaching us some French which helped him to open up a lot to us. Also we have worked a lot with Hermano Chinchilla helping him to find the desire to come back to church. He has had a hard life back in El Salvador. He is great guy. Last Saturday we helped the first councilor in the elders quorum finally move in to his new house after six months living in a rental. They are from New Mexico and are an awesome kind family. We moved all day Saturday and cleaned a lot of his house as he finalized the deal with the realtor agent. This might be my last week with Elder Pearson but we will know for sure this Sunday. Well I love Dad, Mom, Tanner and Mckay all so very much.
Elder Plummer