Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vicky's Baptism was great!! "If the leaders are strong, the mission will be strong." Such a cool training by President Taggart

Vicky's Baptism was awesome!!!

Hello Family,
I cant believe that Dad has a short time left as bishop! I am glad the bishopric Christmas party went well. Vickys baptism went great. The night before she did not show up for her baptism interview because her dad forgot. We finally got a hold of her dad and said he could bring her in the morning. We did an emergency exchange with the zone leaders and they did the interview and she passed! The service went well and there was such a great spirit! Will not forget it. Tomorrow we are going to the Manhattan temple! I will let you know how it goes! Love you all!

Elder Plummer

Hola papi
Pues no ha nevado aqui tampoco. Qué chevere que Elder Perry vino a nuestra estaca! This is how our investigators are doing:
Natalia: We talked about her coffee addiction and really wants to give up coffee. She has been drinking coffee for over 50 years and is very dependent on it. We still are going to give her the coffee substitute and for now she is going to try to give it up. We got her for baptismal date for January 11th! She is really showing that she will prepare.
Andrea: We were contacting this complex building when we felt that we should try the basement. It looked old and beaten and we were a little scared to go in. But we knocked into this kind Salvadorian family. We asked if we could share a video called He is the Gift. They pulled it up on their smart phone and said it was beautiful. They invited us in and we introduced the BOM to them. They said they will read it. The video was perfect to bring in the spirit. We saw them a couple days later and we went into the lesson planning to teach the restoration. As we were having some small talk we both felt impressed to teach Plan of Salvation. They were all attentive. Andrea, Christian and his sister. We found out that Andrea was investigating our church down in El Salvador and has been wanting to keep investigating. The spirit is amazing!
Alejandro: We started reading 1 Nephi with him when he started to have an intense headache. He asked if we could come another time. We actually saw him today and gave him a blessing of healing. After he said he felt ok and explained to him that he needs to show his faith. We taught them the word of wisdom last time and we found out today that the wife and the children have stopped drinking coffee and Alejandro is slowing drinking less. It was great to hear!
Adriana: We had a good discussion on how we can know what is truth. We explained to her that the spirit plays a huge role along with study and prayer. We invited her for baptism on January 11 and said she is going to pray about it. Pray for her.
Yahoni: We read with her the whole introduction of the BOM with her. She really wanted to know what this book is about. The spirit just filled the room and asked how she felt. She responded that she felt peace. Such an amazing lesson.
Ramon: We went through the Word of Wisdom and Law of chastity with them. When we committed them to live the word of wisdom they said they would follow it without hesitation! Ramon though said he knows that this is right and said he is going to reduce his coffee drinking until he does not need it. This family is so ready to be baptized. They just need to attend church a couple more times and they are ready. We are excited for them.
Just want to share a quick story. The other night we went to this taco restaurant that a sister recommended. We went and as we were ordering the waitress stopped us and asked if we are Mormon missionaries. We said yes and said that she was meeting with missionaries back in El Salvador and was baptized and has been looking for the missionaries for a long time. She said that she has been feeling something is missing in her life. We found out she lives in New Jersey and gave the information to the missionaries down in Northern Jersey. It is so cool we found these two Salvadorians that were looking for us and how the Lord guided us to them.
It has been a humbling experience as District Leader. I have learned so much already. Last Friday I went to Leadership training and was such a great experience. President Taggart gave a great training on the importance of leadership. He said," if the leaders are strong, the mission will be strong." Such a cool training.
Well,  I love you all!
Elder Plummer

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Grateful to be a simple tool in the Lords hands!

I'm going to miss Elder Leon from Peru (to my right) 

Emmanuel, he is the bomb, our 24/7 team 

David, another great helper

Alex, a wonderful new member 

Teaching Doctrine Class on Sunday 

Nelson, a faithful great member

Brother Perpingnand, our ward mission leader 

Our first counselor

The Vargas family, they are wonderful 

The Baldwins are a great support to the missionaries

Plainfield reunion in Newark with our investigator Efrain

We take our workouts very seriously 

Dear family,

Last night we got the transfer text and Elder Muro and I are staying together for six more weeks! I also received a call to be a district leader. I am really nervous but excited for the task.
 I am grateful to be in New City. We had a great week. Here is how our investigators are doing:
Alejandro: He is doing great! We taught him the word of wisdom and said that he does not drink or smoke but has a cup of coffee every morning. But when we taught him that he said that he will slowly give it up and we suggested trying Orca, a coffee substitute and said he is going to try it. We also visited him last Friday and we decided to read with him 1 Nephi 1 but we had to end early because of he got a migraine that he has had for years and doctors can not figure it out. We are going to give him a blessing this week.
Kaylee: We taught her the Plan of Salvation with her husband. They where both distracted with their smartphone and their children and at the end her husband said that they were Catholic and are already saved. We invited them to pray about the church and read the BOM sincerely. They said maybe. We are debating dropping them but we are going to pray about it.
Rosalino: He is reading everyday in the BOM but sometimes does not know what he reads. So we read a chapter with him. He got alot out of it and we are now going to read with our investigator the BOM. He is progressing slowly but surely.
Yahoni: We found this Dominican lady by contacting this apartment complex. We shared with her the restoration and responded well. We saw her two days later and we decided to reteach the restoration but was very distracted. She is reading the BOM and progressing.
Ramon: We went over the 10 commandments and encouraged to keep reading. He is just embracing the gospel and wants him and his kids to be very involved in the church. We are going to invite him to baptism soon.
Vicky: She is going to be baptized this Sunday. We went last week and sang some Christmas carols and had a good time.
Yanilsa: She is Adriana's daughter and has alot of interest. She is reading but sometimes does not understand what she reads. But we are now going to read with her.
Biombi: We met him at his Seventh Day Adventist Church which was all in French. We found him a couple months ago and turned him over to the sister but had to drop him because he was getting very attached to them. But decided to pick him up as an inv. We stayed for the first part of it and we felt a good spirit there. Knowing that they were trying to find God was really cool. Their pastor introduced to us this program to learn to be baptized in their church. It was interesting to be the investigator at their church. They gave us their vision of the Bible and a Spanish 7th day Adventist book. We shared with him James 1:5 about asking for truth. 

Last Saturday night we were with this member to help us teach this investigator. Ended up he was not there so we felt that we should visit Sister Mendez who has been fighting with terminal cancer. When we got there she was wondering if we received a call from Sister Pena to give her a blessing. We said no and was surprised because she asked her to call us. We gave her a blessing of healing and I had the opportunity to seal the blessing. The spirit was working through me and blessed her that she would be healed as the afflicted were healed by Christ. I could not believe what I said but the spirit was very strong. Grateful to be a simple tool in the Lords hands. Well, I love you all so very much! All of you have shaped me to the person I am today. The Lord truly is guiding our lives.
Elder Plummer

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Love being a missionary! This month the focus is on Consecration!!

Thanksgiving was amazing!!!

Surprise party for a ward member, keep calm and never give up 

Our own snowman

Elder Muro, Elder Plummer and our new investigator, Mr. Snowman

Supporting the great party!!

Hey family!
I can just imagine Thanksgiving with all the Cooks, Ortizes, Tia Pilar y Tio Mike y las bellas. Sounds like fun! Send them my love as well! We also had fun playing Turkey Bowl in Paterson, NJ. We played with two other zones and some members. Our team was 1-5, haha it was fun. Thank you so much mom for the packages! I am excited to receive them! You are the best! I use the magic bullet daily for green smoothies. I put strawberries, spinach, honey, bananas, peanut butter, and a little bit of protein powder. I also do have a nearby JCpenny's. That is so nice of Grandma. I will make sure to thank her.
We had a great Thanksgiving with the McCarters! She is an amazing cook! She made amazing mashed potatoes with turkey, bread stuffing, cranberry jam and a lot of veggies. We also had so many pies to choose from. I will send a picture of them. We have not made the papa la huancaina yet, but we will!
This is how our investigators are doing:
Ramon: I was on exchange when Elder Muro and Leon visited them. He said that they taught the first half of the commandments and went very well. He had work yesterday so he could not come to church but he is going next Sunday!
Adriana: I was also on exchange but Elder Muro said they had a great plan of salvation lesson. She is still trying to find time for church and is making an effort.
Vicky: She will be baptized on December 14th by the first councilor Brother Wilson! We did a fun jeopardy game review all the five lessons. She is still reading and doing great and the next lesson we will go through the baptismal questions.
Jose T. we saw him last Friday and had a good lesson on reading the scriptures based of the simple scripture 1 Nephi 1 12, about how Lehi was filled with the Holy Ghost when he read the scriptures. The spirit was very present. He then gave us some yam dish from El Salvador. It was really good.
Filadelfo: It was a great lesson. We taught them the word of Wisdom and law of chastity. It went very well. We are helping him work on the simple things like reading, praying and going to church. Such a loving family.
Andrea: We found her contacting in the streets. She is from Haiti and we had a great restoration lesson! She actually had been taught by the missionaries before and had a huge bible that we give out for the visually impaired. She is so golden but we have to pass her off to the sisters.
Dora: She has been struggling in paying rent and has not been able to come to church. We showed her the new Christmas video and she absolutely loved it. She is still reading and praying and progressing well. She is planing to get baptized in January.
This months focus is on consecration. It is when we remove all distraction and try to be exactly obedient. I was reading in personal study in Jacob and read a scripture that perfectly highlights our purpose. It is found in Jacob 1:7 and it says, "Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest, lest by any means he should swear in his wrath they should not enter in, as in the provocation in the days of temptation while the children of Israel were in the wilderness." This is way we labor diligently to bring salvation and eternal life to man. Being a missionary is seriously the best thing! I love each and every one of you so very much. You are all the best!
Elder Plummer