Thursday, October 22, 2015

Latin America all unified in one cultural hall!!!

Beautiful October morning overlooking NYC

Semana de la hispanidad

So fun, trying different foods!

Of course, Inca Kola, sabor nacional

A combined dish from different Latin American countries

Hola mamá! Qué tal?
Yo tuve una buena semana! No puedo creer que Mckay mide 6'2"! Estoy comiendo bien. Estoy tratando de hacer una dieta, voy a eliminar todas los carbohidratos y solo comer proteína, frutas y vegetales. También estoy levantado pesas cada mañana y me ayuda bastante par bajar de peso.
Tengo un nuevo compañero y se llama Elder Bennett de Alberta, Canadá! Mi otro compañero se fue porque chocó el van. Y nosotros dos no podemos manejar. Es por eso que mandaron a Elder Bennett aquí. Él es bien amigable y bien trabajador.
Well, we had a good week. It was weird getting a new companion in the middle of the transfer but just because my last comp wrecked the van, they had to switch him. Like I said, Elder Bennett is a funny guy. He is a hard worker. Excited for this transfer! We saw Isabel last night. She has been ready for a while now. She does want to get baptized but does not know when. Keep praying for her. Honnesimo is doing well. He has not been reading but he recommitted that he is going to take our visits more seriously. We saw him more committed than ever before so we will see next week. We are excited for him. We have been working a lot with less actives but we are going to try to get the ward more involved in the reactivation of less actives. So we can focus on investigators.
We had a cool miracle. We were contacting and this guy comes up to us and says he just was praying for help and he felt we were his answer. He was originally born in Ecuador but grew up in Germany and was taught by the elders over there. We invited him to church and he came! It was the primary program, so I don't know how excited he was to be there but he said he felt good throughout the meeting. We set something to see him this week. Super cool. The Lord is blessing us. I love you so much, mom! Thank you for all you do for me!
Tu hijo -  Elder Plummer.

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The Lord continues to bless me with peace and surety....

Dear family,
We had an ok week. We found a couple of promising new investigators.
Ana, Tito and Cecilia told us they are not interested and Ana moved to
New York. They had a baptismal date for the 25th of October. That was
super hard for us. Isabel didn't come to church yesterday and is not
reading. We are going to be more persistent with her. A lot of people
cancelled with us last week. But I am going to keep being diligent and
working hard.
It just hit me that I am going home in 2 months. I will be
honest, I do not want to go home, I love New Jersey a lot. I would not
live here but I am going to miss the people. I am so grateful the
Lord continues to bless me with peace and a surety with all my

We found this Peruvian guy named William and we had a great
restoration lesson. Super spiritual and we taught such in unity he
responded well to it and was super surprised to hear my mom is from
Peru but it broke the ice. We are going to visit him today. We are
also going to see Marcos! We are excited. We have not seen him in over
a month. We also helped an inactive with her sons birthday party. It
was fun and also found a new investigator Katherine. She is from the
DR and is in college. Elder Sullivan used a little flirt to convert to start
talking to us but after that we talked about the church and how this
message can bless her life. She then said she will listen to our
message if I made her papa la huancaina because her sister tried it
and she loved it when I made it for them. So as of now that is the motive
 but when we teach her we hope she will listen to the message.
So that was fun. I love you all so deeply and miss you all. Excited
to see you all before Christmas!
Elder Plummer

Getting to church 

Waiting for our investigators

Friday, October 9, 2015

General Conference and a wonderful service project in Passaic, NJ with Matt Lauer and The Today Show!

Matt Lauer from the Today show and our wonderful zone in Passaic, NJ helping build a park for dear children

Great things happen when Microsoft, Carmax and the LDS missionaries work together - October 5, 2015

A picture of all of us at the end, with the finished project - a beautiful new park in Passaic, NJ

Hey family,
This last week we found some people willing to listen to our
message. We met this lady named Ana from the DR by knocking doors.
That day we learned in MLC to teach the restoration in 4 minutes. So
we tried with her. The spirit was very strong and she accepted to come
to general conference the next day. The next day we reminded her to
come and got her a ride. At the last minute the guy that was going to
pick her up said his car was not turning on. I hung up the phone and
said a prayer. Next couple of minutes the brother calls back and says he
will take his dad's car. Prayer answered! Ana came and was very
attentive in all the talks and was fellowshipped very well. She liked
her experience there and we went by her house that night. We had a
another powerful lesson of the restoration but this time with her mom
and dad. We went more in depth about the importance of baptism and the
need to be baptized by authority. They understood this as well and
when we invited them for baptism for the October 25th, they accepted.
We assigned them to read the intro of the BOM. So cool! The Lord is
assisting us in His work.
I loved the talk by E. Holland about the role of mothers. It made
me think a lot of you mom and everything you have done for me. I
liked E. Uchtdorfs talk on faith. Super good.
Well, I love you all! It is back up in the 70s now.
Love you all,

Elder Plummer

I am staying in Union City of another 6 weeks!!

Good morning family!
So,  I am staying another 6 weeks in Union city with Elder Sullivan!
I am excited. We are going to work hard and have fun! This last week
was crazy! We had a couple of baptisms in our zone which meant we gave a
couple baptismal interviews which took a lot of time Also, we tried to
update our iPads but it froze and then erased everything! We fixed
them by talking with apple support for a long time and got most of our
photos back.
We did not get a lot time to proselyte just because everything was
happening this last week. We did teach Isabel the word of wisdom and
committed her to live it. She did not come to church yesterday and is
still praying on a date. Marcos has been very busy. We were late to
an appointment with him due to helping the sisters so we couldn't see
him. He is still reading but we just need to meet with him. We are
also working with Denise, sapo, and contreras family who are our less
I am still zone leader which I am very excited to work hard and
keeping learning. I love you all dearly!

Love,  Elder Plummer

I can't believe I am turning 21 years old! Elder Christopherson came to reorganize a stake!

It was great to hear Elder Christopherson speak!!

all the September birthdays!

P-day and celebrating birthdays by the bay

Thanks for the Doterra oils, they are wonderful!

Good morning mom!
Thank you so much for the package! I am sending a thank you card in
the mail. The oils have been helping! The cake is super good! And
thank you for the money as well! It made my day. Thank you, I love you!
So I was wondering if you could do me a favor. Some members want me to
make them papa la huancaina and I was wondering if abuelito is feeling
well if he could tell you the recipe and send it to me today. I am
going to buy the ingredients today. I want to try to make it like
    I can't believe I am turning 21! Thanks again for the package! I
will start taking the vitamins this week. I also got the card from
grandma and grandpa as well. This week was kind of slow but towards
the weekend it picked up. Give my best to Bishop Olsen and his
counselors! I know they will do great. Elder Christoferson came to
our mission to add a new stake and realign some of the boundaries.
They called a new stake president and released some as well. Union
city is now part of the Liberty park stake and we now have a new stake
president. Cool experience they talked about how they felt a good
spirit during this whole experience. Elder Christoferson talked about
his childhood here in Somerset, New Jersey and his time that he spend
at the Hill Cumorah Pageant. He evoked a special blessing on all of
that as we live the gospel there will be enough food on our tables
and then said no matter the economic struggles of our time. I left
with such peace and a reassurance that this is the Lords church and
guides it through prophets.
This last week we visited a lot of less actives. We are working a
lot with Denise Lopez from Honduras. She has not come to church in 8
years. She is slowly but surely praying and reading again.
We saw Marcos on the the street the other day and set up an
appointment with him. We don't know how sincere he is but we are going
to gage it tonight.
Isabel is on and off, she reads and then she doesn't but is
progressing. She is still praying about baptism and said she would
like to go to church a couple more times.
Cool miracle happened on Friday night. We were out with a member
visiting our investigators when a lot of them cancelled the
appointment all of a sudden. It continued to happen until the end the
night and felt disappointed because we couldn't teach with the member.
When this guy this comes up to us and asks if he can have a BOM in
English. We said we didn't but asked if we could come by another time.
He then asked if we could tell him more about the book. This is a
missionaries dream. So we started teaching him until we had to get
going. Next day he actually juked out the appointment, but we are going to
try this week though. It was a tender mercy of the Lord. Well, love
you all so much. Thank you for your support and love.

Love, Elder Plummer

The spirit was present - September 14, 2015

Baptismal Interview in Dover, the spirit was present
Hermano Amado from Peru, sharing their delicious Peruvian food, frijoles con pescado

Good morning!
How is every one? Man, we have had a good week. I realized my diet
is getting bad, we eat a lot of quesadillas and fast food. My comp and
I are thinking of doing the Palio diet were we avoid all carbs and
only eat veggies, fruits and protein. We will see if it actually happens
haha. For my birthday I am fine with what ever. Money would be good.
We hear BYU is doing good in football! We are excited! But I am
going to stay focused.
It is getting down into the high 60s with the wind chill. It feels great!
So we have lost all contact with Steven and his mom and when we went
by there house they came to the door and looked through the peep hole
and walked away:( that was hard. Marcos did not come to church so we
are not for sure if he will be on track for baptism but we will see.
We will see him tonight. Isabel is progressing well she is reading.
She is cool we have a lot of fun with her.
We finally got this less active activated named Valarde. He came
to church yesterday and paid tithing! We are excited for him his next
goal is to work on the word of wisdom and then go the temple.
We are finding a lot of people and at first they are excited and
then they do not progress. So, we are going to go back to how we can
teach more simply and make the people more involved. One of my comps
suggested bringing a small white board around and writing the words they
don't know. We will see. Also dad, I like the schedule for BYU looks
good for now. Also, this member gave me some Doterra oils and helped
me a lot, so I would love some oils! Anyways, I love you
all so very much. Dad, thank you for your devotion as a bishop and
having time to spend with us. Great example for me. I love you!

Elder Plummer