Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas Week


It was so great to see all of you last week and talk to you all. It was awesome to see how all of you are doing. You all have changed so much!!

Anyways...this week was pretty awesome with Christmas and everything. Last Tuesday we Baptized Romario. He asked me to baptize him, and that was really cool. On Sunday he received the Holy Ghost, and next Sunday he'll get the priesthood. He is so awesome and is so excited to be a member of the church.

On Thursday and Friday we ate so much food. We were invited to 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 10 dinners over the course of two days. It was really great, but really hard at the same time. We ate everything that the sisters prepared for us because it is very rude to not accept food when it is offered. We ate mole, turkey, spagetti, ham, potatoes, hamburgers, tacos, tortas, pozole....and a whole lot more. It was amazing. I think I've put on a few pounds though:) Our fridge is also full of a ton of food that members brought us.

On Christmas Eve, we had our last dinner with a family in the ward. They prepared a piñata for us...that was awesome. When we got home we set off floating lanterns. There is a sister in the ward that sells fireworks, so she gave us floating lanterns for free. We all wrote wishes on them and sent them off flying. That was really cool. Then we sat on the roof watching fireworks and drinking Martinelli's. (We found them here.) I missed watching ''It's a Wonderful Life''....first Christmas without that movie.....but oh well.

Christmas Even breaking a pinata.
Christmas Eve setting off floating lanterns!
On Christmas, we got up and opened all of our presents, and ate pie for breakfast! Thank you all for the presents. It was really fun. Then I got to talk to you all! That was the greatest present of all.

This week were are going to be doing a lot of divisions. One of the areas in the zone is not doing so well, so we are going out there this week to see what's up. We are trying to find out how to help them out.

I am in the process of writing/creating a devotional/fireside for Agua Dulce about the Restoration. It is coming together really well. I am writing several talks about the different principles and am planning musical numbers. We are going to do it on the 15th of January. Yesterday I invited President, and he said that he would come. I am super excited! I'm just hoping that I can get all the details in my head to work out! The goal is find a ton of new investigators from the people that members bring. We are trying to make it a big thing. There is still a lot to do....but I'll let you know how it goes.

Sorry if my letter this week seems a little scattered. I have a lot of things on my mind and things to do, and my companion is sick so I don't have a lot of help. No worries though...everything will work out:)

I Love you all and wish you all a wonderful New Years!!!!!


Elder Cavenee


Floating Lantern

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

O Holy Night

Hello Family,

Sorry I am writing so late. The missionary mail service wasn't working until a few minutes ago.

So...first off....don't worry. That recording of me singing was at a ward activity. That was not during sacrament meeting. Here, the cultural hall and the chapels are the same room. It was an awesome Christmas party with piñatas, food, and a lot of dancing. (Of course we didn't dance....but it was so much fun!!!).

As for facetiming...we have permission to facetime on the 24th, 25th, 31st or the 1st. So....whenever you guys want to and can do it. I will get on tomorrow to finalize the details with you guys:) I'm going to need the factime account that I have to call!! I am so excited to see you all too!!!!

So...this week has been crazy awesome. We have been so busy. This past week, as zone leaders we were put in charge of finding a service project to do as a zone. We found an investigator that was going to paint his house, so we offered to help and made plans to do it. We worked out all the details of travel and tools, and had everything ready Thursday night to start early Friday morning. Friday morning, we woke up to pouring rain, and a text from our investigator canceling our activity. We went crazy calling people trying to put together a back-up service activity because all of the Elders in the zone were planning on arriving in our area at 8:00 in the morning. We were not finding anything so we decided to pray. We asked our Heavenly Father to help us find someone to serve. Someone who needed something big enough for 8 missionaries. As soon as we said amen, a brother called us and asked us if we could come and help him cut a bunch of grass. We told him of course and that actually we were going to come with 8 elders to help him. He was so happy and so grateful. I am so glad that we did that as a zone and not just me and my companion because I felt like we were chopping through the jungle. It wasn't just grass....it was weeds, trees, bushes, vines...everything. It was super cool.
Zone Service Project

After the activity we showered, changed and rushed into Coatza for our Christmas dinner with President. That was a lot of fun. They catered food from a restaurant. It was super good. It was an all you can eat buffet with shrimp, steak, crab...and best of all....potato wedges. By far the best meal I have had here in Mexico. I was asked by the assistant Elder Johnson to prepare a special musical number for the dinner. That is where I first sang the Oh Holy Night. It was really cool. I got to perform for like 40 missionaries, and President and his family. Then later the stake president in Coatza came, and presidente asked me to sing it again. President and Sister Morales were blown away, and they told me that I should never ever again travel without singing on the bus. So now whenever I travel, I carry my speaker, and sing....then we contact. It's awesome. Sister Morales is planning with the restaurant that fed us that night, to have me come and perform this week before Christmas and to contact everyone there. They were a little mad that they didn't know I could sing for almost an entire year, but they now want to use my voice. They also asked me to prepare a solo for the mission leadership council in January. We are now also planning a Night of Hymns...it'll be like a devotional put on by us missionaries here in Agua Dulce. It should be really good.

On Saturday we had our Ward Christmas party, and I sang again in that for the ward. It was a lot of fun. We also had a baptism on Saturday!!!! We baptized Hermana Mari. She shared her testimony after her baptism, and it was so sweet. It was really cool to get to hear such a strong testimony from a recent convert. We also have another baptism tomorrow of Romario. I am very excited for him too.
Christmas baptism of Hermana Mari

We are so proud of our Zone right now. In the first two weeks of the transfer, we are only two baptisms short of what the zone had in the entire last transfer. We are the smallest zone in the mission, and we are only one baptism short of being the highest baptizing zone in the mission. (The highest baptizing zone is twice our size and only has one more than us!!!). Our Elders are working very hard and we are very proud of what they are doing. It is making my job as a zone leader a lot easier. The assistants still get mad at me for numbers, but they are very happy with the changes we are making in this zone. (Elder Johnson, the assistant that I always report to, told me that our zone was the worst zone in the mission and has been for a long time. We are working really hard to get it up and going, and Elder Barrientos and I have the goal to be the best zone in the mission by the end of the transfer.). All of the Elders in our zone are awesome and we are helping all of them keep up their desires to work hard!
Christmas presents with President and Sister Morales

I am learning to be very organized. As a zone leader I have to know everything about almost every investigator in the zone. Their doubts and their goals. It is a lot of information that we have to keep very organized because the assistants want information fast and accurate. I am learning a lot. Life is crazy, but I am loving every moment of it:)

I am going to go shopping tomorrow for the shoes. Thanks for the help with that.

I can't wait to see you all this week and talk to ya'll. I Love you a ton and want to wish you all a Merry Christmas.


Elder Cavenee

Service Activity and Christmas Presents with President

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Agua Dulce/Tijuana Temple Dedication

Hello Friends and Family,

How is everyone doing?  It is  so great to hear that your're all up to so much and that you're all finding time to enjoy the holidays:)  Really, I miss you guys and all the traditions, concerts, and commitments that we have always had for Christmas. But being here in the mission, it has helped me see this whole Holiday Season in a new way.

Here I have been able to focus completely on the Birth of the Savior Jesus Christ. It is really amazing. Contacting people, we ask them what it means to them that a Savior was born....or how their life is blessed because he was born. These people that don't even have the Gospel, recognize the blessings of a Savior in this world. It is amazing to hear some of the responses that these people give us. We are then able to testify to them, that really all that we have is thanks to Him and that He came to this world.

I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the World. That He came here to save us. Because of Him, it is possible to make it through this life and be happy. Because of him, we can make it through hard situations. We can deal with a little pain. We can become clean of our faults. And we can return to live with our Father in Heaven.  Remember what that means in your life, and what blessings you have because ''Ha nacido aun Salvador''....''A Savior is Born''.

The people here in Agua Dulce are super awesome. When we contact here, almost everyone accepts us. I am super happy to be here. It reminds me so much of my first área. So...we are more in the jungle than in my past two areas, and I think that is why it rained a lot. That was crazy.  Everything was wet. And it was really cold. We used sweaters for a couple days. Showers were the worst. Imagine taking an ice bath inside a freezer...then getting out and having to stay in a refrigerator soaking wet. That was us for several days. It rained so hard that water leaked into the house and got all of our stuff wet. In the mornings we had to iron everything to try and get them dry enough to wear. Our shoes.... we were putting them in front of a fan, but they would take a couple days to dry, so we started putting them in the microwave!!!!  Can you believe that.?  It Works:)  But...the sun came back, and it is super hot again so now we don't have to worry about that. It's crazy to think that back at home, you'll all be using sweaters soon, and here I am still wanting to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt. But I love it:) There are also a ton of hills here. I mean a ton. Walking is up and down....up and down. It's crazy, but I get a leg workout everyday.

There are two zones based in Coatzacoalcos. One is all in Coatza, and our zone is all of the surrounding pueblitos. We really have to travel a lot, but that's okay. I'm getting to know a lot of places. We are really excited as Zone Leaders right now because every area in our Zone is looking to baptize this next week. (We almost did it this last weekend but our baptism fell through. She got really sick and had to travel to see a doctor in Villahermosa). The assistants told me that our zone has not done that in a very long time.
It is a whole new level being a zone leader. The other night the assistants lit into me really hard. Our Zone was doing really bad in the key indicators. We were not where we were supposed to be in the middle of the week. They told me that President sent me here with my companion because he believes that we have the ability and the desire to change the Zone. (It was one of the worst zones in the mission).  He told me that it was our responsibility to make sure all of the Elders were doing what they were supposed to be doing.  My companion and I are making a bunch of changes and planes to help our zone really grow. I am focusing on winning the confidence of each Elder in our zone so that when I ask them to do something, they'll do it. It is starting to work. I love being able to get to know so many Elders on a personal level. I am learning the names of the members of their families, and what is going on with each one of them. I feel like we have the best missionaries here in my zone. (Here in this mission, the Elders don't have contact with the Sisters. Things happened in the past). Our Sisters are doing really well too. They baptized last week.

Dedication of the Tijuana Temple

I am doing really good now health-wise. My fever was gone by the middle of Tuesday, and by Wednesday I was out working again. We lost a lot of time with me being sick, so now we are trying to recuperate all of that lost time.

Yesterday we got to see the dedication of the Tijuana Temple. That temple is super beautiful. The dedication was so wonderful. Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Oaks were there. Elder Uchtdorf gave a wonderful talk and one of my favorite parts was when he taught that the greatest commandment is love God with all of your heart, and the second is, love your neighbor as yourself.  As disciples of Jesus Christ we should always ask ourselves two questions... "Do I Love God and my Neighbor?"...and "How have I shown that love in my life?"  Really we should think about these questions every moment of every day. What am I doing to show God and others that I Love them?  What more can I do?  In this time of year especially...think about what each of you can do more to show your love. Show and share your love with everyone. There are a lot of people that need it:)

We have two baptisms this weekend. One is for sure and the other is almost for sure. The first is Mari. She is so awesome. We found her my first day here, and she told us that she used to be Mormon when she was a kid, but stopped going at a young age and forgot about the church. We taught her the Restoration and invited her to baptism. She was soooo excited to have the chance to be baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. It was amazing. We then had to search for any records of her baptism (she didn't remember if she had been baptized) and she hasn't been baptized before:)  She is super excited for Saturday...as are we!!!!!
The other baptism is Yara. Yara is a reference that we received from a member, and she has been progressing really fast. She comes to all of the Ward activites, and really wants to be baptized. She is just not sure if now is the time. We are working with her to help her feel ready to make the covenant with God.
We are also teaching a young man named Romario. He also has a baptismal date for the 23rd of December. He is just waiting for his girlfriend to come back from México to be at his baptism.
Really...the field is ripe already to harvest.

Bus ride to Agua Dulce

My companion is 25 years old. He has a really cool conversion story. He secretly got baptized;) I am learning a lot from him. He is also learning a lot. He is a lot like Elder Lopez from my last area. I am teaching him and helping him to work with others and not to get angry really fast. (There is a bit of tension between the members and missionaries because of him that I am trying to work out). Really though, he is an awesome companion and is really helping me to keep working on gaining and using Christlike attributes.

This weekend we are going to have our Christmas Dinner with President Morales. I am super excited. All day Friday we are going to be doing a Zone Service Project that we planned, then we are going to Coatza at 4:00 for a devotional and dinner with President and his wife. For our service project, we are going to paint the house of a family of investigators that we have. The Esparza Family. There are five of them, and we are hoping that they some to church this week.

We cleaned the house super well today and now it feels super amazing. (I always have to motivate the Elders to clean the house when I get to a new area).

I Love you all and I hope that you all keep enjoying the Holidays:)

Elder Cavenee
Pictures: Dedication of the Tijuana Temple
Bus Ride to Agua Dulce

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Zone Leader Adventures

Hey Family,

Today I hit 11 months!!!!!! Almost got that first year done, and I feel like there is so much to do before I finish my first year.

Sorry, this is going to be short this week, I can barely sit up to write. Today I woke up really sick with a fever and vomiting. Getting out of bed, I passed out. The mission doctor came and checked me out this afternoon, and I am now taking a bunch of medicine. (With all of the travel and the medicine, I had to take out some money. Sorry!) If I still have a fever tomorrow, I have to go get my blood tested every three days..:(. Please pray for me because right now I don't have time to be sick. I think it is from all of the traveling that I did this week, mixed with the stress of a new assignment, and not to mention it has been raining non-stop since we got here. The river flooded the other day and we were walking knee deep in water.
Elder Cavenee and Elder Barrientos "The Rain came and Floods Came UP!"

So...I am Zone Leader in Cuotza. My companion is Elder Barrientos and we are in charge of 10 elders and sisters. It is crazy being a Zone Leader. Apart from worrying about you own area, we are responsible for making sure all of the others areas are completing  their goals. Our zone is a bunch of areas spread out with about an hour commute in between each area. We are constantly on the phone with the assistants or with our district leaders to see what's going on in every area and to give reports. It is very stressful.

Normally when it is an Elder's first time being a zone leader, they are put as junior companion, so that they can learn from their companion how to be a zone leader. Elder Barrientos only has 6 months in the mission, I only have 11and it is the first time being zone leader for the both of us. They called me as Zone Leader 1, that's senior companion, so we have no-one teaching us how to be zone leaders. It is very exciting. As zone leaders we are going to be traveling a lot to do baptismal interviews for our district leaders and divisions with the rest of the Elders.

Elder Cavenee and Elder Barrientos Zone Leaders of this Zone
Elder Barrientos and I are like twins. We have the same ideas, like the same things, and work in the same way. He is an awesome companion, and I feel that we are going to have a lot of success together. He really wants to work, fast and hard...which I love:)

My new area is 4 Caminos in Agua Dulce Veracruz. It is an awesome area. I don't know if it is better than Frontera yet, but it might be. The difference is that here it is always raining and there are so many hills. The people here are so nice. They almost always accept to listen to us. It is amazing. We were going to have a baptism this last Saturday, but the nerves got to her, so we have to work with her a lot this week to get her to feel the Spirit and help her be confident. We also have several other investigators working towards baptism too. Right now though, we are praying and working to find a family, or several families to teach. We set a goal to baptize 15 this transfer, and I think that we can do that. Pray for us and for all the people that we meet…that they might be willing to listen to us, and that the Spirit will be able to touch their hearts.

We decorated the house with the lights that you sent, and my companion bought a little Christmas tree. It is so fun getting ready for Christmas. We are helping the ward plan several activities. My companion and I are also planning a Christmas dinner for the bishopric and their wives in our ward. This month is going to be super fun.

Matching Ties....Brett's request for Christmas.  These are Christmas ties.
Right now we are using the new Christmas video that the Church put out called ''Ha Nacido un Salvador'' or ''A Savior is Born''. It is a really awesome video and my favorite kid is the little black one. He talks with a ton of emotion and excitement.

During this season, remember the true reason that we celebrate Christmas. Yeah...it's fun to get and give presents, or decorate every inch of the house, but the true meaning is that Christ was born. Think about what our lives would be like without Him. Remember Him.

I Love you all and hope you have an amazing week. Any of you can use any of the things that I sent home:) Enjoy them.


Elder Cavenee


Zone Coatza
The rains came down and the floods came up
Matching Ties

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


On Dec 1, 2015, at 4:21 PM, Brett Cavenee  wrote:

 Hello Family,

 I Hope that all is well with you, and I was pleased to hear that Thanksgiving was super exciting for all of you. I miss all of that food and family time together. This week Thursday came and went and I totally forgot about Thanksgiving. It is not celebrated here, and I didn't realize until Saturday, that it had passed.

Sorry for not writing yesterday. I got transferred!!! They called me Sunday night and I went into Villahermosa on Monday morning. We were in training meetings all morning, then I worked the rest of the day as a secretary in the offices, helping them with all the stuff they have to do for the end of the year. I got called as a Zone Leader:) My new area is far away...in Coatza Veracruz, and there is a meeting on Wednesday that I have to be at in Villahermosa, so...President just had me stay here in the offices until then. I still don't know what zone or who is my companion. I will find out tomorrow.

 I got the packages:) Could you send me the music files in emails? Just put them as an attachment from iTunes:) The package that I sent home has several things in it for you guys. You can open it:)

So this week has been super awesome. On Tuesday we had divisions with the Zone Leaders. I had the opportunity to go and work in Las Rosas, the area of the Zone Leaders, with Elder Thaller for a day. That was super awesome, and we worked really hard. I don't know why, but during divisions, almost always all the plans fall through, so we prayed that when that happened we would be able to find someone that was ready to receive the Gospel. At the end of the day, after lots of walking, and very few lessons, we were on our way to visit an old investigator. On the way, we passed by a less active youth in the ward that was with one of his friends and we stopped to offer them a lesson. They accepted and we had a really awesome lesson with the Spirit. This young man was ready to accept the gospel. He accepted baptism and felt the Spirit really strong. I hope that he keeps progressing with the zone leaders and that he will be able to be baptized.

 Elder Lopez and I have been working really hard trying to find more people to teach. One thing that we are really focusing on right now are references from members, and having members in lessons with us. This has really helped find new investigators and get investigators progressing. When an investigator has a friend in the church, their progression speeds up two or three times as fast. We went with our Young Women's President to visit a reference that she had. When we got there, this lady....Mayra....was so surprised. It turns out that she was baptized when she was 12 years old, and after 2 years, she went inactive. Now....20 years later she has her family and had completely forgot about the church. We taught them lesson 1, The Restoration, and it was really cool to see her reaction as she remembered this wonderful message. She was really interested to learn more about Eternal Families and Temples. Her husband is getting home from work this week and were had plans to go back and visit them. They should be a really cool family, and I hope they keep progressing with the Elders that are still in Frontera.

On Friday we had a really awesome Zone Conference. President had us bring members, Less-actives and investigators, and we practiced teaching all of the lessons for like three hours. It was really cool to practice with people other than missionaries. I learned a lot and I will be applying it to my teaching.

Afterwards Sister Morales had us decorate the offices for Christmas. That was super fun, and It reminded me a little bit of Christmas at home.

So, like I mentioned earlier, transfers came. I was really sad at first because I had a baptism planned this Saturday, and I didn't want to leave that area. By far it has been my favorite area in the mission. On Monday, saying by to several members and investigators before I left was super hard. The majority of them were crying. It's crazy in how short of a time you can come to love people. I'm going to miss them.

Anyways....sorry it's not that long this week, I gotta go, but I'll fill ya'll in more next week.

 I Love You All So Much!!!

Elder Cavenee
  P.S. Goodbyes Christmas Decorations

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Thanksgiving Week

Hello Family,

I hope that you all have an amazing Thanksgiving this week. It is a wonderful time of the year to remember all that you are thankful for, and to thank God for all of it. This week I invite you once a day to say a prayer of just thanks. Thank God for all that he has given you. I started today, and there is so much to thank him for. As you do this, it will be easier to see the miracles that happen in every moment of you life.

I'm going to miss Thanksgiving. Take a lot of pictures and videos:) And eat an extra piece of the $25 chocolate pie for me:)

Jenna, I am so happy that you had an amazing Birthday. You are so beautiful. And are growing up really fast!!! In just one year from now, you will be old enough to head out on your mission. I hope that you still want to serve. It will be the best thing you have ever done in your life. I Love You a ton and I hope that your Birthday was amazing. (A sister in our ward sent you birthday wishes from me on your Facebook:)) I'm glad that you are having a good time. How is Gilbert High, and being a senior?

That's awesome about your callings mom. Enjoy them...primary is the best:) When are your concerts? Take videos and pictures.

Elder Lopez was in the offices today, and the packages haven't arrived yet, but don't worry, they'll get here. What service did you send them with?
Service Project: Cutting tons of weeds with a machete:) Yes I have Blisters.
 This week has been another awesome week. It was a little slower, but full of wonderful experiences.

Last Sunday we were working with ward council to find and reactivate some more less-active families. The Elder's quorum president invited us to go visit a family about 30 minutes from Frontera. He took us out to visit them twice this week, and they are an awesome family. There only problem (like most of the less active families here) is that they have a lot to do and it is hard to get it all done. So they don't come to church on Sundays. We had two really nice lessons with them about the covenants that we have made as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints...and the covenants that we can make. This family was baptized in January, so the time is coming up that they can go to the Temple and get sealed as a family. (It is a one year wait after baptism) We talked about when we were baptized, we made the promise to take upon us the name of Jesus Christ, and to always keep his commandments. Then we talked about the Sacrament, and how it is a commandment that he gave us to participate every week, to remember his sacrifice for us. As we talked about the atonement and what it meant for their lives and their family, the Father and Mother began to cry. In that moment the Spirit touched them, and they remembered what it felt like to feel the Spirit. They shared with us how they wanted that back in their family and that they wanted to go to the Temple. The next visit we talked more about the Temple and eternal families. Once again, they were touched by the Spirit. They came to church on Sunday!!!! It was really awesome to find them.

When we make the effort to attend church and participate in the Sacrament every week, we will have an added measure of the Spirit in our lives, and this will help us in everything that we do. The Spirit knows everything, and he knows how to help us in any problem that we can/could/would/will have in our lives. If we live worthy of his companionship, and listen to him, we can come out on top of any problem that we are faced with in our lives. I know this is True.

This Family gave us a reference of their neighbors. They told us that they need the Gospel, but that they probably won't accept it. We went to visit them anyways. That was the first time I have ever been yelled at and attacked on my mission. We met him and asked if we could share a message about Jesus Christ with him. He started yelling at us and was angry because I am only nineteen and he is 64 and that I want to teach him. He also said that I was wasting my time...and that I needed to learn how to do real work. He said that I am a gringo and that I have never worked a day in my life. I thought he was going to hit me, so we got out of there as fast as we could. All in all, it was the first time that anyone has been that angry with me in the mission and all just because I am from the United States and young. It was very interesting. (He also told us that if we were Catholics he would have listened to us:))

This week we have been working with Lorena (Maria Estela's sister). On Thursday we read the Book of Mormon with her in Mosiah searching for how we can find more peace and joy in our lives. In this part of Mosiah, King Benjamin is talking and teaching all of his people how they can have that joy and peace. It is by keeping the Lord's commandments. We then were talking about this chapter with her, when she opened up to us. She shared with us some problems that she is having with her family. Crying she told us that she didn't know what to do or how to do it. We then talked with her about the Holy Ghost. Reading scriptures and asking questions, we taught her that the Holy Ghost can teach her what to do; can help her make decisions. We then asked if that night she would pray and ask God if she needs to get baptized and receive the Holy Ghost. She told us that she would.

The next evening we went back to visit her. She told us that she didn't pray the night before, but then she started to share this experience with us. She told us that she was up late doing a project for her son. When she finished she laid down for a second, and fell asleep. While she was sleeping she had a dream. In that dream she was talking with Heavenly Father. He told her that she needed to read the Book of Mormon…that the answers and the help that she needs are located in it. Then he told her that she needs to pray and ask about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. She then woke up. It was 6:00 in the morning. She said that she got down on her knees and prayed. She shared everything with God (she told us that normally she doesn't pray) and was on her knees for 20 min. She then told us that she needed to get baptized!!! Talk about being happy as a missionary!!!! It was super awesome. We are planning her baptism for this Saturday.

On Friday, all of the Schools here marched. It's like a giant parade. It was super cool. Everyone marched...from the little first-graders to the High-Schoolers. The little kids were all in costumes and were super cute, and all the teenagers made some really cool pyramids. It was awesome, and they passed right in front of our house. Living on the second story we had a really good view. It was November 20th...the Revolution of Mexico.

School Parade
Anyways...everything is going really good here. I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving and remember all that you are really grateful for. I am praying for you all everyday.

I want to share with you what I have been studying this week.

I have been focusing on how I can become a better leader. How I can earn the respect and love of all the Elders in my district. I have been study the attributes of righteous leadership in D&C 121, Preach my Gospel, the Missionary Handbook, and the example of Jesus Christ.

The Keys to righteous leadership are persuasion, patience, kindness, and humility. I am learning how to lead by example and avoid conflict at all costs. In moments I need to correct, but it is always one on one, and with a lot of love. I am learning to apologize really fast and asking how I can improve in these situations. I am finding ways to serve and like you mentioned Dad...really getting to know the Elders. What they love, what they miss, who they are, and what their strengths and weaknesses are. We are all learning from one another and becoming better and more unified.

A leadership assignment is a sacred trust from the Lord and should be treated like that.

Everything is going super awesome.

I Love you all!!!

Elder Cavenee

Monday, November 16, 2015

District Unity

Hey Family,

I MISS YOU GUYS!!!! I hope that everything is going super awesome in all of your lives. Life is so sweet and sometimes we don't realize how sweet it is until those moments pass. Live every moment:)

Jackson and Vanessa!!!!! You guys are growing up!!!! WOW! You guys seriously look way older that you did 10 months ago:) That is really awesome that you got to share your testimony in Conference. And your pictures turned out really good.

That is awesome to hear about all that you guys are up too. ALA EVMCO, holiday parties and all:)

Jenna!!!!!!!!!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!! I know it's not until Saturday...but Happy Early Birthday. You are going to be 18! That is crazy. You guys are all growing up so fast.

Everything that happened last week, I cleared it up. Thank you for all of your advice. I talked to President and apologized to him. I also cleared everything up with the other Elder in my district. He still tries to find things to fight with me about, but like you said mom...in the moment I just agree with him. It is really helping to avoid contention. I am also looking for every opportunity to serve the Elders in my district to earn their love. I am really learning a lot about patience, humility and love. Sometimes...most of the time it's better to be wrong even if you're not. I have seen that really, in most of the moments when I want to say something or correct someone, it is over something that is not even important. By staying silent, or agreeing with them, it avoids contention and strengthens relationships. With a specific Elder, he always tries to find reasons to contend, so I have been focusing on eliminating all the possible reasons that he would want to contend. In this, we are all learning...and becoming more unified as a district. On Monday night I was praying for help to know what to do to unify us more, and a really good idea came to my mind. On Tuesday, in District Class, we did a district inventory. In weekly planning that is something that you do in companionships. You talk about your strengths and weaknesses as a companionships, then you share with your companion what strengths and weaknesses that they have. We did this on a district level, but focusing on the good things.

We all had so many things that we admired about the other Elders. We talked about how in the moments that we want to fight, or are angry one with another, we need to remember these good things. It has helped me a lot. When I get angry with some Elder, I remember these things, and the anger passes, and we avoid conflict. It is awesome.

As for the week...it was super. Our baptism fell through, but that is okay. We are going to keep working with Felipe. Hopefully we can get him ready sooner than later:) He was progressing so well and was ready for his baptism this Saturday, but when the Zone Leaders showed up to do the interview...he didn't want to get baptized. He asked for more time. He is really progressing though. He stopped drinking coffee and is coming to church every Sunday...it's just a matter of time:) 

Right now we don't have any baptisms planned for this weekend, but we are going to see if we can get one planned this week. We have several investigators that are super close. We are planning on several lessons this week with the goal of inviting the Spirit and giving these investigators the push that they need to take that step.

We have an investigator named Lorena. She is Marie Estela's sister (one of my converts). She is progressing and is almost ready. We had an awesome lesson the other day about the Plan of Salvation. We talked about eternal families and exaltation. The opportunity that we have to live with our Heavenly Father again. The Spirit was really strong in that lesson. She was crying as we were talking about how she really wants to be with her family for Eternity.

We also taught a really powerful Plan of Salvation to William's mom. She is so close to taking that step of Baptism. She keeps saying that she just needs more time, but she is completing all of the commitments that we leave her, and she comes to church every Sunday. We talked with her about how she feels being separated from her son. She obviously misses him. We talked about how she would feel if she could never see him again. Then we asked how she would feel if she could be with him forever. She really wants to be with her son forever...it was a really Spiritual lesson.

This week Elder Lopez and I started working in the outskirts of our area. We have this little town (Four Streets) called Francisco Madero about 30min from Frontera. We didn't have any money, so we hitch-hiked to the little pueblito. It was really fun trying to get a ride. Elder Lopez didn't want to do it, so he told me that I could get one faster because my eyes change colors. He bothers me all the time with that. Elder...you contact because your eyes change colors...you do it because your eyes change colors. I guess they do. Sometimes they are brown, other times green, and sometimes grey. This day was really hot, and Elder Lopez kept telling me that I looked like a tomato trying to get a ride. I'll attach a picture. After about 10min, I finally got a ride, and it was a car with air-conditioning. This guy was on his way to Villa so he gave us a lift to Madero. He was listening to this talk therapy (''You can do anything'' type talk therapy) so when we got to Madero, we felt like we were going to conquer the world. We had a really nice lesson with a woman named Maria Bertha. She has a family of six, but none else was home. She accepted baptism and is going to invite the rest of her family to our next visit. Elder Lopez is going back tomorrow with one of our Zone Leaders.

Tomorrow I am going into Villa to do divisions with the Zone Leaders. That should be fun to work in another area, but I don't want to leave my area. I love Frontera...but Elder Lopez has all of the plans and I trust in him.

 As for studying....I Love Studying everyday. Elder Lopez has a ton of knowledge and he is teaching me a ton. It is so awesome and feels so good to learn about these eternal principles.

Elder Lopez and I are working really well together. He feels like a brother to me. We have such a great time. That is something I have been blessed with in my mission so far. I get along really well with my companions:) He told me that I have a different way of teaching than any other missionary he has met. He told me that I am able to connect with people in a way that he has never seen in his 16 months in the mission. He told me the other day that he can see that I really love the people. It's true...I really love the people here. It's a kind of love that is really special. I feel like I really knew them before and that I was sent to help them learn the Gospel. It is really special for me, and Elder Lopez told me that he is learning to have that same love too. We are learning a ton from one another.

Question....When is Thanksgiving? I have lost track of dates.

Everything is going really well here, and I can feel all of your prayers for me. Thank you all for everything, and know that I am praying for all of you too.

Love Elder Cavenee

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Dia De Los Muertos

Hello Family,

How are you all doing? I hope that everything is going amazing back in Arizona!

I am still doing really good. Sometimes I have bad moments, but they pass, and I forget them really quickly because there is so much good happening everywhere!!!

So, this week was super awesome. I feel like I say that about every week, but it is true. They are so awesome. On Monday, after writing, we went to the cemetery to contact people and teach them about the Plan of Salvation. When we got there, there were only a couple people there. That surprised me because everyone had told me that all the people gather in the cemetery all night long for Dia de los Muertos. It turns out that everyone was in the cemetery Sunday night:( We went on the wrong night!!! We were pretty bummed, but we made the best of it and contacted everyone we could find. It was really cool. In a moment when these people were thinking and missing their loved ones, we were able to teach about the Plan of Salvation. We shared with them, where there loved ones are, and that it is possible to see them again. Then we would sing hymns for the dead people. We got some pretty awesome contacts, but none of them lived in our area. Then we took pictures!!!

On Tuesday we went to visit an old investigator. His name is Felipe. I was teaching him when I first got to Frontera, but he wasn't progressing so we had to stop visiting him. One of our appointments fell through, and we were nearby, so I told my companion that we were going to stop by and see how he was doing. Felipe is an older man...he's 81, and has problems with his back...but is very nice. He lives alone so he loves when we visit him. We taught him a very simple, but spiritual lesson and invited him to be baptized. He accepted and is now preparing for this Saturday. We met with him two other times last week, and have several appointments planned with him for this week.

Wednesday, I did divisions with Elder Piña. A new rule for the district leaders is that we have to bring every elder in our district to our area at least once a month in divisions. That way, they can see how their leaders work and have success, then go back to their areas and apply what they learned. I brought Elder Piña to come work with me for the day, and we had a blast. We taught some really good lessons to less actives, and new converts. Elder Piña has only been in the mission for only two weeks, so he is still learning a lot, but he teaches so powerfully. I focused on baptismal invitations with him. In a baptismal invitation, you need to help the investigator realize why they need to be baptized and what blessings they are going to receive from doing so. Then when you invite them, you have to be super direct. Lot's of missionaries say things like, ''Would you be willing to be baptized?'' or ''Do you think you should be baptized?'' in order to receive these blessings. I have learned that the most effective way is ''Will you follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized in order to receive this blessing?''. Then I invite for a specific date....normally two or three weeks later. I always do this in the first lesson so that I can find their doubts and fear in being baptized. It is very effective, and most of the time, they accept a baptismal date. Elder Piña learned a lot, and at the end of the day, his baptismal invitation was really good and strong.

Thursday was another normal day. Working super hard, finding new people and Weekly planning. I Love weekly planning!!! We plan everything that we are going to do in the next week. Everything....from baptismal services, to every lesson that we are going to have with every investigator, and how we are going to help them progress towards baptism. Every lesson we are going to have with recent converts and less actives and how we are going to help them progress towards the Temple. It is awesome!!! I LOVE IT!!! It is a way that we can give an accounting to Heavenly Father that really these people mean something to us. We care about them, and we desire the best for them.

Friday we had zone conference. That was one of the best zone conferences I have had in my entire mission. At the beginning, President told us that in the past week, he had to send home two missionaries for disobedience. He talked to us about how sad he was to do that...Sister Morales was crying. We talked about how during the mission we are supposed to become the best person we have ever been....and that these two missionaries were going home worse then when they arrived in the mission. We then talked about being the missionaries that our families and parents think that we really are. He then had us ''call home'' using our missionary handbook, and share with Mom or Dad, everything that we were doing wrong, or the things that we weren't doing, so that they could know really what kind of missionaries we are.

Afterwards President asked us how each of our calls went, and what our parents said. We then talked about becoming these powerful missionaries. Then he invited us to stand one at a time and make a covenant with him and with God, that we would be 100% obedient to the commandments and the mission rules. That was one of the best things that President Morales has done for the mission. I stood and made a covenant with God and with President, that I would be 100%, and as a result of that, baptize every week.

I left from that conference filled with the Spirit and with a determination to become 100%. To become the missionary you all think I am. Could you send me a description of what kind of missionary you all think I am, or want me to be? Be specific and honest so that I can complete that and be that kind of missionary.
Baptism Picture with Norma and her family
Saturday we had another baptism!!! Norma is a convert that was baptized two weeks ago. On Saturday her mom, sister and brother were baptized!!!! They were a little hesitant at the beginning of the week, but with more visits, we conquered their fears, and helped them to be prepared. They were all super excited and happy Saturday morning before the service. Saturday night, they had to travel to Carmen for a family emergency so they haven’t been confirmed yet. They will be confirmed this Sunday. I am so happy for this family!!! They have progressed a ton. When we taught them about the law of chastity, the mom kicked her boyfriend out of her house…in that moment. It was really cool. We finished the lesson and she went inside, packed his stuff and told him he needed to leave...and he left. That was amazing.

Really, everyday I have the blessing to experience things like that. People feel the Spirit and are willing to do anything in order to feel it more. It really is one of the best gifts that our Heavenly Father has given us. Listen to Him....He will guide and comfort you.

Saturday I completed 10 months!!!!! How fast the time has past!!! Christmas is right around the corner, and then I hit my year mark. I feel like I haven't done enough this year!!! I am working super hard to try to make up for time I lost and I am setting goals so that I don't lose any more time. These two years are nothing and if you blink....a year is gone.

Anyways....I am doing super well and having an amazing time with Elder Lopez. He is really funny, and when he talks in English (he knows a lot) he sounds like Gru from Despicable Me. He has a Russian-ish accent:) It's awesome.
Motorcycle Races (No worries, we didn't really drive them. Just turned on the lights)
I know that there is no other place that the Lord needs me right now. I know that when we put our full trust in Him, He uses us to do His miracles. I am eternally grateful to be His instrument. I Love my Heavenly Father. I Love my Savior Jesus Christ. I Love the Gospel. I Love the truth and light we have in our lives. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that today we have a prophet called by God to lead and guide us. He wants us to be happy, and He wants us to return to Him. He is Good.

I Love You all sooooo much.


Elder Cavenee

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Temporal Blessings

Dear Family,

I was very happy to hear about the proceedings of this week, and to see all of the pictures and videos. Seems like you guys are really enjoying life:) Life is so sweet, and really it is something that we can enjoy fully when we apply the principles of the gospel to our lives. Many people in the world try to make you believe that you have to sin in order to enjoy and experience fully life. It is not like that. We can come to find more joy when living the gospel and dedicating our lives to serving God and others.

So this week has been another crazy week filled with awesome experiences. In the scriptures God promises us that if we obey him, he will bless us physically and spiritually. After two weeks of spiritual blessings, this week was of physical blessings. For me they are spiritual as well.

Starting Monday after I wrote home. The whole day on Monday William was with us because he was set apart as a missionary so he couldn't do anything else. After writing we went to eat dinner with his family. We ate pancakes for dinner!!!!!! I love pancakes!! We then had a really nice lesson with them, and then headed out. As we were leaving, I got a call from President Morales. When President Morales calls you, it's either really good news, or your in trouble, so it surprised me that he was calling. I answered it and he told me why we needed to be in Villahermosa the next day. My companion had transfers. So we went home, and Elder Reyes packed up all his stuff. The next morning, we said goodbye to William, then went into Villahermosa. I ended up staying in Villahermosa for the rest of the day waiting for my new companion, but that was super cool. I got to be with all of the new Elders and Sisters. The ones straight from the MTC. I got to practice teaching with them and share advice on how to be an awesome missionary.

I then got to be present in the trainer meeting. President had me translate for the new missionaries. I CAN TRANSLATE!!!! Let me tell you that translating is super hard. You hear what is being said in Spanish, then you have to translate into English in your head, and then you have to say it in English. All three steps happen at the same time because the speaker doesn't stop talking. it was way cool, but my brain hurt afterwards. That meeting is when the new missionaries get put with their trainers. It is so Spirit filled and it caused me to remember when I was in that same meeting nine months ago. President and Sister Morales give talks about missionary work and obedience. Then the new missionaries pass in front to read the letters they wrote to their trainers. Things that they expect, things that they need help with, and express their love for their trainer. The trainers all listen, then by the Spirit, one stands up. With the confirmation of President, they the receive their new missionary. This is done one at a time. It is so amazing to see the Spirit speak to these trainers and tell them who they are going to train. All of them make perfect sense too. I want to train!! I know I have a lot to do before that, but I hope I can have that blessing during my mission.

After that meeting I got my new companion. His name is Elder Lopez, and he is from Columbia. He has been in the mission for 15 months. He is super awesome and we get along super well. President also called me over to talk to him. He asked me how my area is doing, and what baptisms we have planned. I told him that we are looking at baptizing every week in November, as is the standard in this mission. He then told me ''Elder, we have very little missionaries, so you have three weeks.'' I thought three weeks for what? I thought that maybe they are going to close one area in Frontera, so I have three weeks to prove I want to stay, or something like that. Anyways, I was called a district leader in Frontera, and then Elder Lopez and I were sent out to our area.

On Wednesday, I got a call from President. He gave me a special invite to the mission leadership council on Thursday. This is the meeting once a month where all the zone leaders and the assistants gather with President to have a council about the mission...and I got invited. That was super cool. Thursday morning I traveled to Villahermosa, again.

For this council, we started in the Temple. That was so amazing to be in the Temple again. I haven't been since April. The Temple is so peaceful and is an amazing place to receive revelation. I sat in the Celestial room for half an hour just being filled with the feelings of the Spirit. It was amazing. Then we had the council. We talked about how our vision as a mission is to baptize. How everything we do as missionaries, is to help people make this covenant with our Heavenly Father. We discussed about the ways we can help all the members of our zones (I applied all of this at a district level because I am not a zone leader) baptize every week. It was super cool to be a part of this council. President at the beginning introduced me and said ''Elder Cavenee is here so that we can see if he is ready to be a zone leader''. So....we'll see what happens with all of that. To be honest though...I would rather stay in Frontera working as a normal missionary. I don't feel ready for more responsibility yet. But, it is all up to the Lord. I'll go and do what the Lord asks of me and he will help me with my weakness. President also told us that our mission is #3 (unofficially) in all of México. He also challenged us to be #1. ''It's not a competition Elders and Sisters, but can we be number one?'' We all answered yes, of course. At the end of the council, we had a BBQ!!!! That food was so good!

On Friday we traveled to Villahermosa again for Zone class. It was really awesome too. We have a new zone leader named Elder Alverado. He is very powerful and teaches very well. We learned the same things that were discussed during the leadership council, but I learned even more because our zone leaders teach in a different way then President. I learned different things.

Saturday and Sunday we had Stake Conference, so we had to travel too and from Villahermosa those days too. The Conference was really good, and I was invited to sing in the stake choir. That was really fun, to sing with a choir...sing in parts. I've really missed that. Sister Morales gave a really good talk about working hand in hand. Missionaries and members for the work of salvation. Sunday night, a sister (inspired by that talk) called me up and we planned for the whole month to have a member accompany us every day, and to have set aside a few hours to visit references of those members. It is really cool to see how much a ward really can help in missionary work.

Sunday was the first day that I saw a lot of members this week because we were in Villa so much. But everyone, when they saw me told me ''It's good that you're still here'' or ''We are so happy that you didn't leave.''. It is so awesome to have the support of ward members. Whenever I need something, the ward members are so willing to help. I am so grateful for every single one of them.

This week we have a baptism planned for Norma's family, but they are a little hesitant right now. We are meeting with them tomorrow to try to help them overcome their doubts and fears. They are an awesome family.

Yesterday and today is Dia de los Muertos. Tonight we are going to the cemetery to contact, sing hymns for the dead, and teach about the Plan of Salvation. Everyone goes to the cemetery on this holiday to visit their loved ones that have died. That should be super fun. For Halloween (they don't really celebrate that here) Elder Lopez and I changed nametags!!!

So...I am doing super well and just enjoying life as it is. Working like crazy, and sleeping like a rock every night. Being a missionary is the best thing I have ever done my entire life!!!!

Sorry my letter is a little short this week. I sent a huge letter to President with the progress of all my investigators and less active members, so I didn't have a lot of time.

I Love you all so much and I wish you the best week ever!!!!!!

Elder Cavenee

P.S. Ward Family

Little Kids are the best!!! They all want to come back to the United States with me.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Blessings in the Smallest Moments

Hello Family,

I hope that you are all doing well. Sounds like you guys are still keeping busy back at home. Can you guys believe that Halloween is this Saturday!!! Time is just flying by. Let Jessica know that I am praying for her. I hope that she is alright.

As for Christmas treats...I would love to make the stuff that sister Ayers always gives us. Can you send me the recipe? I can find almost all of the ingredients here. Sending food in the mail, takes a lot more time because it is hard to get through customs. But I would like some Butterfinger bars. They don't exist here:( Also, if you guys could put a ton of Christmas music on a micro SD card....and recordings of you guys...and send that to me for Christmas too....that would be amazing!!!

That's crazy that Randa, and Shannon are married!!!! Let them know that I am so happy for them, and wish them all the best.

Here in Frontera we are having a blast!!! I know I say that every week....but it's true. The mission is such an amazing experience. We had some pretty big storms this week and a lot of flooding. I know that a Hurricane hit Mexico City. We got a little hit of that.

I took out another ingrown toenail this week. It was pretty big, and hurt a ton, but after 20 min, I was able to get it out. Elder Reyes took a video of it. It looks pretty cool. Right now I have a whole in my toe!! No worries, it will be okay.

This week we were preparing a ton for our baptisms this weekend. We had to get several lessons in before our investigators would be ready to pass their interviews. We taught a lot of lesson four this week. Lesson four is all of the commandments. They are so fun to teach. One thing that I have noticed is that all commandments are given to us, to help us be close to the Spirit. When we teach the commandments we focus a lot on that. We keep the Word of Wisdom so that our minds will be clear, and that our bodies can be in a state to listen to the voice of the Spirit. We pay tithing in order to receive all the blessings that God has for ourselves. Really, living the commandments isn't a restriction on our lives....it is a way that God has prepared so that we can receive more blessings from Him.

So...remember William? He is leaving on his mission TOMORROW!!! I have no idea what we are going to do without him. He knows almost everyone here in Frontera, and he is always taking us to visit his friends. He is going to be an amazing missionary. He has been the only member of his family for a whole year now. His family has always supported him, but to see the testimony that he has is amazing. For an entire year he has done everything Gospel related all by himself. When he got his mission call, we started teaching his family. They are amazing, and though they are progressing slowly, they are going to take the step of baptism soon. William has been praying for it for a long time now. On Saturday, he got to baptize his cousin Maria. That was such an amazing experience for me and for him. He was sooo happy that finally he has another family member with him. To watch him perform his first Baptism was priceless. And the huge abrazo between them both afterwards was even better. He is so excited to get out into the field.

On Friday night the young single adults organized a ward family home evening. They put us in charge of the message about missionary work. We had an amazing time. We taught members how to contact and invite their friends. Then we showed the last part of Meet the Mormons (about the missionary and his mom). Afterwards, William shared his testimony with everyone. Everyone was crying with the Spirit....including his Mom!!! It was a great night.

After the activity, we went over to his house with the rest of his family to eat dinner. Then I shared some magic tricks with them. It was a super fun night.

We also baptized Norma on Saturday. She was so excited to be baptized, and after she came out of the water....she was crying. That of course made me start crying. It is so amazing to see these people change their lives, and experience the Spirit. Her mom was there and felt the Spirit really strong. We are going to teach the rest of her family tomorrow.

Baptism of Norma and Maria.  William, who baptized his cousin Maria, is leaving for his mission tomorrow.
This weekend was the last week of the transfer so we were all waiting like a little kid for Christmas. Really, waiting for transfer calls are like that. We got the call Sunday night at 10:00. Elder Reyes and I are staying together here in Frontera!!! We are so happy and so excited for another transfer together. We will see what this next transfer has in store for us. BTW this transfer ends in December! I am so close to one year!!!!

President called us into Villahermosa tomorrow...no idea why....but we'll see tomorrow!

I love this area, and this week I got to see how much they all love me. All the members and our investigators kept saying things from ''What will we do without you'' to ''If you leave, I am going to cry!''. When we called some members to let them know we were staying, they started to cry. It is amazing how in such a short time you can fall in love with a place. In my case, this ward! I Love serving here.

On Friday night I had a sister in the ward ask me if I would bless her baby on Sunday. I made sure that is was okay with Bishop and President Morales, and accepted. I didn't really know why she asked me.

On Sunday morning, when I took that baby in my arms, I was filled with such a calm, loving, peaceful feeling. It was amazing. I gave him his name...Iker Alonso Chable Solano...and then started giving him a blessing following the promptings of the Spirit. As the words started leaving my mouth, I began to cry. This amazing little baby had a spirit so strong. And the Love that God has for him, was overwhelming. I blessed him with things really specific following the Spirit. It was a miracle for me.

Afterwards, the miracle continued. This Sunday was fast-Sunday because next week is Stake Conference so we all bore our testimonies. This little baby's Grandmother got up to bear her testimony and shared this story. The little boy was born early and dead. After about five minutes, he started to cry, and was alive. They then started a bunch of tests on him to help get him healthy. After all that was done, he fell asleep as all newborns and everything was normal. A little later, the Grandmother had a distinct impression to check his diaper. I guess that is something you do with a newborn, and she thought that it wasn't needed. She then had the same impression again, so she checked. When she checked, she found out that the umbilical chord (I don't think I spelled that right) was not wrapped correctly, and the baby was bleeding out. She immediately called for a nurse and they saved him.

After these two miracles the little baby was fine. His mom started thinking about the blessing and started talking with the Grandmother. They talked about several priesthood holders in the ward (the baby's father is not a member) but none of them felt like the right choice. The then thought about me...and the Spirit testified to them that I was the one who would give the blessing. I started crying for the millionth time this weekend. I was so humbled. God gave me the opportunity to experience such an amazing thing. After hearing the story, the blessings that were given to this baby made sense.

Elder Cavenee had the privilege of performing the baby blessing of Iker Alonso Chable Solano.
I know that God gives us moments like this. They are moments to remind us of how much He loves us. Sometimes they are big, but mostly they are small...almost invisible. That it why it is important to look for these blessings in every moment. They exist, and they help us change our hearts and become better people. I am eternally grateful for every single one of these moments that I have. They are small witnesses to me that everything I believe and teach is real. There is no doubt in my mind. He Lives and He Loves Us. We are his children, and he wants us to be happy. Everything is possible because and through Him. He is our Savior, and Redeemer. He is our brother. He is the Son of God...Jesus Christ.

I Love you all so much and I hope that you enjoy this next week. Look for the blessings in every moment and always give thanks for these blessings.

Love Always,

Elder Cavenee

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Blessings of Dedication

Dear Family,

Another week down.  It was a very exciting week.

First off, on Monday after I wrote, we went to visit a reference that we received from a member. Her name is Norma. She is the girlfriend of a member in the ward. We went at 8:00 at night to visit her, and there is no light in her house. We had the lesson outside with only the light of the moon. It was really cool because we couldn't read out of our scriptures, so we recited all of the scriptures that we needed to use by memory. I didn't realize how many scriptures we have memorized in Spanish. It was a really cool lesson and she accepted a baptismal date for the 24th of October. We went back to visit her on Wednesday, and asked if she had prayed to know if Joseph Smith was called as a prophet, the Book of Mormon is true, and if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same church that Christ established in the Bible. She told us that yeah...she knew it was all true. She had prayed, and had received her answer that is was all true. That was super cool for us. She has accepted everything that we have taught her. This week we are focusing on the commandments, then her baptism is on Saturday! 

My companion and me in our new apartment.
Also on Monday, I received a special invite to a District Leader Conference in Villahermosa. It was super cool. We had a specialized conference/training about all of the responsibilities as a district leader. We focused a ton on the new protocol of the Mission. Working week by week. Focusing on all of the smaller details so that the larger picture turns out more and more perfect. Every week we contact for the next week, visit the contacts from the past week and baptize the investigators that we found two or three weeks ago. For every person that we find within a week the goal is to have them ready and baptized two or three weeks later. He taught us that as district leaders we are like the Bishops of the mission. It is our responsibility to be the model for all other missionaries. President told us that all of us were in that meeting because he sees us as the missionaries that can be the model. If not...''you will not be here in the next conference''. The model is the example in everything. Obedience, teaching, contacting, and baptizing every week. I am not a district leader right now, but I am applying everything that he taught us in the meeting so that I can become a better missionary. I don't know why I was called to that meeting...what that means for me in the future...but we'll see:)

Also, I have become the chorister of the mission. Every single meeting that I go to, my name is in the program as the Chorister. It's cool.

On Wednesday we met with William's family. They have been progressing and coming to church, so we went with the intention to put a baptismal date with all of them. We had plans for them to get baptized on the 24th of October so that William could baptize them all before he left on his mission. (He leaves on the 27th!). We had a really nice lesson with them about the Plan of Salvation and at the end we invited them all to be baptized on the 24th. All of them told us that they needed a little more time except for his cousin. She accepted with a ton of enthusiasm. William is going to baptize her this Saturday. We are going to keep working with the rest of his family to help them come to the point where they feel like they are ready.

Thursday we went to Villahermosa to visit the doctor for Elder Reyes's knee. The doctor ended up telling us the same thing that he told us last time, but we got to go to Villa. William came with us. After his appointment we went and bought clothes for Elder Reyes. We went to a mall. That was a little weird. I haven't been in a mall for nine months! Everyone thought that we were super rich because we were in white shirts and ties. They were all trying to get us to buy the most expensive stuff.

On Thursday night I went with Elder Lopez to visit Javier and his family. We taught them about the power of the priesthood. We talked about how baptism is not our goal for them. It is the Temple. That a year after their baptism, they can be sealed as a family in the Temple. We are going tonight to teach them more about Temples. Hopefully the Spirit comes with us and we can get over the speed bump of the Sabbath day. They are an awesome family and I am praying that we can help them prepare for the Temple.

Saturday we had another baptism. Ernesto Rosaldo. He is 85 years old, but is the sweetest little old man. His baptism was super awesome and he received the Holy Ghost yesterday. He takes care of his two sisters who are as old as he and are sick. We are going to visit his sisters this week to see how we can help them out. We are also teaching his nephew, Eduardo, right now. He has a baptismal date for the 31st of October. 

85 year old Ernesto ready for baptism.
Working Week by Week

Elder Reyes and I have figured out how to work super well together, and to have success. We always invite our investigators to be baptized in the first lesson. With that, we can find their doubts of fears. I have started singing hymns in our lessons to invite the Spirit too. It works:) We are focusing now on growing our work. Right now we are having one or two baptisms a week. We are trying to grow that and have more. We are really seeing the blessings of dedication.

Transfers are this week. We are going to get calls on Sunday for transfers Monday. I am hoping that I don't have transfers. I want at least another transfer here in Frontera with Elder Reyes. We'll see what happens. Wherever I go, and whatever happens, it is what the Lord wants. Gotta trust in Him.

As for the weather here....it is pouring rain almost every day and every night. It is really nice because although I am still wet all day, it is now from rain...not sweat. It has cooled down a lot and I am in love with the weather now.

Anyways...I am doing really well and I am Happy. It is so fulfilling when you work hard and focused, and then the Lord blesses you. Remember always to be thankful for your blessings.

I Love you all so much. Have an amazing week!

Elder Cavenee

P.S. Estan Invitado. These are the invitations that I made.