Monday, January 8, 2018

President Monson was a prophet of God

Well I was pondering recently and I realized that, nuts, I haven't sent a photo of myself in a long time. I know you all are pretty concerned, but I just want to reassure all of you guys that I still look the same. This past week, I had my other leg amputated but besides that everything is the same. I don't know how I am going to run with two prosthetic legs but I'll make it work. The mission doesn't have enough money to buy the legs for me so I'll be walking on my hands for the next year, should be interesting.

I'm just kidding - both my legs are working just fine.  This week was really exciting. I don't know why but I think that we have found every single person in Amadora that is not married but living with another person. Basically, all of our investigators have that problem.  It's alright. We are trying to help a couple of them get married.  It should be fun.
President Monson passed away.  We found out on Wednesday. It made it pretty hard to testify that we have a living prophet. But I was reading today in the declaration 1 and 2 after the Doctrine and Covenants. Since President Monson passed away this past week, I think this quote applies to us. It was given by Wilford Woodroff.  He was talking with respect to the office of president of the church. He said that the Lord would not let anyone lead the saints in the wrong direction or to the wrong decision. I believe completely in that statement. I know that President Monson was a prophet of God but I also know that god still calls prophets and that his next prophet is still going to be a prophet also.
Elder Fogg

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year

Estimados Familiares,
This new year's eve was lit.  It was crazy.  The mission going into the last hours of Sunday faulted 2 baptisms to achieve our goal. So we all went to work chasing down who ever had already gone to church, who ever had been taught more than once, and anyone that would hear us. We worked our butts off. It was crazy and we ended up completing our goal.  It was really good to see how the Lord blesses those who have faith and try hard. Then, we went to bed at 11 to woke up at 11h59 to see the fireworks. In  that moment, I had a panic attack that I had less that a year left.
On other side of things, I have been studying Preach my Gospel with more rigor. It has been going well.  I have been seeing what I am doing good and what I can do even better! I have been making goals on how I can apply the stuff I learn in my life. I started out this past week studying about planning. It was really cool to see as I worked hard and pondered about the principles taught, I received revelation about how I could apply those principles in my life. The mission is really great. I feel like I am doing better than I was.
Hope this new year goes well!

Monday, December 18, 2017

Staying in Amadora

This week was interesting.  I will get a new companion.  He's Asian and from Utah. I will be staying here in Amadora. Nothing much changed. It's going to be great.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Natural man is an enemy to God

This week was good. We have been working. We don't work differently even if it's Christmas. We have been working really hard and have been getting a lot of rewards. I have been working on being a better person. Trying to develop patience. I am seeing more the natural man in me. He acts really fast, it's my job to see how he is acting and to stop and think, "Will this help or destroy the situation?" I am really stupid because even when I know that it will destroy the situation, I do it. I would say that I am getting better but that would be marginal at best. I hope that you guys are doing well. Until Christmas. 


Monday, December 4, 2017

Pics - Baptism

Not all investigators are the same

This week was a rush I will tell an experience that happened. Not all investigators are the same, they are very different in needs and in responses to invites that we leave with them. This week we had two different responses between the two women we baptized recently.

1. Filismina: The elect. She was found by Elders that arrived before me in the street. She is from Angola. She has two kids and they are the greatest. She was taught the restoration and accepted baptism right away. She already lived all the commandments. She arrives at church 30 minutes before any of the actual members and she arrived at her own baptism an hour before anyone else. That is what we call an elect.

2. Epifania: Another type of elect. She was found a couple of weeks ago. She has gone through a couple of difficulties in her life. She was not living all the commandments when we found her. She had headaches and other illnesses the day she was supposed to be confirmed. We had to call a taxi so that she could arrive in the church. 

Both were baptized but they show that people are different. Everyone needs what we have, not depending on what ever circumstances that they have or commandments they are or aren't living now. Everyone is a child of god and needs to grow closer to him through baptism.

Elder Fogg