Monday, June 27, 2011


  Voy a escribir esta carta en español obviamente. Esta semana tuvimos poco exito. Pensabamos que a lo menos 7 personas iban a venir a la iglesia el domingo, pero cero vinieron. Estamos enseñando a una Cristiana que tiene miedo del Libro de Mormon. Es lo que dice ella, que tiene miedo. Supimos que era porque penso que el Libro hablaba solamente de Jose Smith. Facil de corregir. Ella es muy padre. Ha estado orando para saber la verdad. La cosa es que Dios nos puso en su camino, pero no quiere aceptar que puede ser la verdad. Dice que queria ir a la iglesia, pero no quiere que su esposo quiera continuar yendo alli. Su hija tiene 19 años y si quiere leer el Libro de Mormon y quiere ir a la iglesia tambien. Es una familia muy especial y queremos mucho que se bauticen. Sabemos que es posible, solo que todos tienen que leer, orar, e ir a la iglesia. Tenemos tres otras familias tambien que son MUY especiales, pero tambien tienen sus problemas. Nos frustra un poquito. Pero esta semana nos dimos cuenta que si en realidad les amamos, tenemos que cambiar y ser mejores misioneros. Tenemos que hacer TODO, ser PERFECTAMENTE obediente a todas las reglas. Estoy agradecido que tenemos otra semana para empezar de nuevo.
  Se que ya les dije que hay unos niños que me llaman "Chicharito" (el futbolista famoso de mexico) y siempre quieren chocar la mano, pero esta semana otra vez pude hablar con ellos cinco. Tendran como 8/9 años. Me hace feliz que aqui soy un heroe, el guerro que no puede jugar muy bien jaja. De hecho, si jugamos un ratito con ellos en la calle. Yo digo que un dia, cuando tengan mas años, van a querrer hablar con los misioneros. Sembrando semillas. Pues, espero que mi español no sea feo. Es diferente escribir en español por computadora que por mano. Les amo mucho!

   Elder Mitchell Pollo

Monday, June 20, 2011

What a Week!

  What a week! We had Zone Conferences Wednesday through Friday. They last until 2 PM and then we have to rush back to our areas to make it in time for lunch with the members. Carne en su jugo. Look up a recipe because I think the hermana just bought it instead of cooking it. SO delicious. President told us a lot of things that we need to apply better in the work, but my favorite thing was when he told us we need to show our love for our investigators by doing things with them that we'd do with our family. He told us to cook them dinner. Bake a pie (!!!!!!). And be creative thinking of other things. So we're going to bake a pie with one of the families we're teaching. I wish I had my recipe book (that Reagan got me)!!! And we brought a pineapple to visit Israel. Basically it's HIS kitchen, so he made US the pineapple water. How? Easy. Cut the fruit. Put it in a blender with water and sugar to taste. Then add more water after it's blended, but in a bucket or a pitcher. So refreshing. Do it with strawberries. Or cantalope. It's one of my favorite things about Mexico. Anyway, he told us that we can never get discouraged. That we need to be EXACTLY obedient if we want to see miracles. "Obedience brings blessings. Exact obedience brings miracles." We did find an awesome family this week! They are looking for the truth. It's sad. A year ago their young baby passed away. The Catholic priest didn't give them the time to come and visit, or to baptize the baby. They felt hurt and rejected by their own religion. But we taught them that yes, baptism is required to enter the gates of heaven, BUT children don't have sin. They therefore have NO need to be baptized (Moroni 8), and should they pass away, they go STRAIGHT to the presence of our Heavenly Father. It was a very special lesson.
Last night was the end of this transfer. I can't believe I've been training an entire transfer! But Elder Silos and I are still companions! Another 6 weeks!
I love you family! I'm so happy that Max's papers will be sent tonight! How crazy! WOOHOO
Elder Mitchell Poirier

Monday, June 13, 2011

This Week in the Mission

                                                           Israel's Baptism


Dear Family!
  We baptized Israel this week!!! Woohoo! He has had such a hard life, but has come a long way. Really, I wish I could tell you about all of his experiences because they really are powerful and inspirational. We'd asked him to write "his story" during the nights that he had to stay awake by the hospital bedside of his godfather. Those twelve sheets of paper are something I'd like to share with you five when I get home. Salvador received the Aaronic Priesthood this Sunday! And Blanca stayed for sunday school! We didn't have the Gospel Principles class because it's so unprepared and boring and small. The Gospel Doctrines is taught like mom would teach it, fun, participation, learning, laughing, spirit. So afterwards, Blanca said, "que padre" which interpretted means "how cool." Oh yeah, Salvador bought us each a sombrero! So nice of him! But now we have to carry it around the rest of our missions. It's huge!
Salvador and me
 I don't have much time, but we brought Janeth this week to an FHE with the Lopez family. She really felt the Spirit as she watched the short Restoration video. She cried during the First Vision. We really want her to get baptized, but she wants to wait until her sister who is mormon comes in september to visit. Janeth's (janette) husband is awful to her, so she's also looking for a job so that she can move in with her mom and support herself.  Basically it was a great week, but our numbers were awful. I feel like I DON'T know what I'm doing as district leader nor as a trainer. Aye. I love you family! I miss you!
Elder Poirier

Monday, June 6, 2011

Love from Mexico

  ¡Que tal? I miss you all! I wish I had gotten some more emails to read (hem hem Max, Cassie, Dad). But anyway, this week was really fast, but SUPER stressful. Basically, it all had to do with Israel, who we were going to baptize this week. But before I talk about that, I have a funny story. Last Tuesday I got TWO packages from you all! The first said that it contained deodorant, vitamins, and other things, I can't remember. But when I opened it, there was a dress, a necklace, and a card addressed, "Daughter." ahahah WHAT? I thought that mom must have mixed up packages to Aleksi and I. But I opened the card and it was not for Aleksi. I got a dress and a necklace all the way here in Mexico that was intended for some girl in Rhode Island. How? Well, the post office must have put the customs form on someone else's package! The other package I received had candy, deodorant, vitamins, etc. but it didn't have a customs form. Funny. So now I have to mail this dress back to the sender. Aye.
  So anyway, Israel has been caring for his padrino (godfather) in the hospital for almost a month now. The padrino is named Eduardo. Eduardo fell the other week and fractured his hip. He's been waiting in the hospital for the operation since. But because he has other medical issues, there has to be somebody to watch over him 24/7. Eduardo's real family has ditched him, so Israel is left to care for him. This week we went and visited Eduardo in the hospital, made him laugh a lot. We gave him a blessing. On Friday he had his operation. Israel told us that everything went well. He was really content. But at 1:45 AM Israel texted us that Eduardo began convulsing and his life was in danger, and basically that he wouldn't be able to be baptized Saturday. We were really bummed. What do we do? 1) Get everything ready to have the baptism and convince Israel to still do it, or 2) just wait until the next Saturday. We couldn't agree as a companionship what to do, so I suggested we kneel and pray to arrive to a conclusion together. After the prayer, we both meditated over it for a little to feel the Spirit's answer. When we shared our feelings they were the same, that we should get everything ready for the baptism, but let Israel decide. When we went to visit him, he looked awful. Very exhausted and overstressed. Basically he decided to wait for this coming Saturday. Poor guy. But we visited again yesterday and just talked about a bunch of normal things to give him company and let him be a little distracted. I pray that this Saturday nothing will go wrong and that he'll have a beautiful baptism!
  Family, the mission is the most stressful thing ever. But it's alright because it's very worth it. And it goes by ridiculously fast. And I haven't even completed my year mark yet (they say that after a year time disappears).
  I love you and I'm glad to hear that two of you are doing well!
  Elder Mitch Poirier
Brother and Son