Sunday, December 27, 2015

Just one of those weeks

This was one of those weeks where you thought you'd be super busy and
then some things change here and there and your luck just kinda runs
out. But we still had a decent amount of lessons and now Angel is
progressing! I talked about him last week a little bit. We also have a
lesson with him on Christmas so I'll be able to talk about that with
my family! Here are the highlights from the week

1. As I just said Angel is progressing and he really wants to know
more about what we teach. He's been praying and reading and now he
just needs to find a way to come to church. We had a super good lesson
with him on Thursday about the plan of salvation which is one of the
harder lessons to teach for me since I barely understand it since it
hurts my head. I was also afraid my Spanish wasn't enough to get the
points across but at the end of the lesson, he said he understood it
all perfectly. So that was really good!
2. A really big spiritual experience I had was with Valentin when I
used the "As a representative of Jesus Christ" phrase for the first
time and basically told him everything Christ would want him to know.
I felt something super strong within me and it was just so unreal.
3. Ryan is getting baptized on Saturday!!!
4. We had a ward Christmas activity this past Saturday and the Luna
family came to that again! We also got to be part of a play and the
members also expressed their gratitude for the missionaries which felt
really good. And of course I ate way more food than I could handle
5. As for something a little less serious, elder Wagley was feeling
really tired one day and we had to bring something to the zone leaders
so we were talking with them for a little bit. Well, when Elder Wagely
said he was tired, Elder Gill said he had something that can wake him
up. Without asking any questions, elder Wagley drank this drink that
Elder Gill made which turned out to be pre work out which I guess
gives you way more energy than you'd ever need. For a while he didn't
feel it and then about 45 minutes hit him. And man I've
never seen him so crazy, so happy or so  funny! We were helping people
move so that energy was definitely used for good. Long story short, he
wasn't tired anymore.

I also got the Christmas package from my mom on Saturday and I just
want to thank you select few who gave me a tie! They were all super
awesome and I can't wait to wear them all!! Starting yesterday I'm
having a straight 12 days where I just where those ones. So yeah
thanks again and hope you're all doing well! Keep on keeping on!!

Pictures! Too lazy to explain so use your imaginations! 😊

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Short but Sweet

Well this week I don't have too much time to write but I'll do some highlights!

1. I gave a super bomb blessing to Valentin Monday night and I've
never been so sure of what I'm saying came straight from the spirit.
It's like I started talking but then something came over me and I
couldn't stop. I've had a similar experience before but it wasn't
anywhere near as strong as that one.
2. Elder Wagley contacted this guy a couple weeks back named Angel and
he seemed pretty interested but can only meet Thursday's which is one
of our busier days. We tried two weeks ago but still nothing. Then
this week we saw him at his work and he gave us his phone number so
this past Thursday rolls around and we were able to get a hold of him
and have a super strong lesson with him about the restoration. And it
turns out his mom and sister are both members!!
3. We were doing member look ups and we went to this one lady's house
but the person who we were looking for wasn't home but her cousin was.
So what do we do? Share the Christmas video with her then talk about
the church! She said she would like to talk with us again and that she
really wants her kids to hear about the message as well. #score
4. Finally, last night we had to do weekly planning instead of
Thursday or Friday how it normally is because of meetings and stuff
like that. Well, at the end of weekly planning elder Wagley had the
impression to call this look up and, well, we have a lesson with them
this week now! Pretty cool stuff! We ended up doing that a couple more
times and now we have 9 other lessons set up! So we are hoping for the

Okay now I'm going to go into the weirdest zone training meeting I've
had yet. You see, one of our zone leaders is dying (going home this
transfer) and he decided to try something new and crazy. Well, there's
this thing called a hot seat where you sit there and people ask
questions. And to make this one better the zone leaders bought here
peppers that were pretty spicy and everyone had to eat at least one
while being asked questions...videos will be attached. Mine got
butchered...sorry about that. But that about does it for this week!
Hope you all are doing amazing!!

"I just don't care what happens in public anymore"

What a week. What a week. What a week. That's literally all I can say.
I really don't know if I can fit everything into one email so let me
just try and split up everything that happened this past week into
categories. First we'll start out with the lessons!

Also, before I start I just want to promote the Christmas video by the
church called a savior is born or if you want to see the better
version of it, it's called ha nacido un salvador. The reason why I'm
promoting it is because during this month, if everything goes
according to plan, I'll be watching it pretty close to 500 times. As a
companionship, the mission president has challenged us to share the
video at least 10 times a day. I already have most of it memorized in
Spanish and English. Also, this will be one of my longer ones so I can
fully explain the craziness of this week. Okay, sigamos!

Lessons: So the first lessons of the week came Tuesday night with one
of my favorite less active families, the Luna's. They're Dominican,
funny, loving, so nice and always welcoming. But, they don't keep
commitments very well. So this time we came in with a bang. We shared
the video and just kind of talked about Christ. We also ended up
singing yo sé que vive mi señor (I know my redeemer lives) and that
was really good too. The other cool thing about this lesson was that
it was only the second time having Hermano Luna in the lesson because
he's usually asleep because of work and the first time he didn't say
much but this time he really opened up. And it all started with a
question. By the way, I love asking questions. Most of the lesson was
questions actually. So anyways, we were talking about Christ and I
asked him, "Hermano Luna, what is it that Jesus Christ can do for you
specifically?" Well, both his face and the spirit changed and he was
just in deep thought. Then he really opened up. It was super powerful
and we really are seeing progress with them now. We also had stake
conference this past weekend (I'll get into that later) so we gave
them the schedule and invited them. I wasn't exactly sure if they'd
come but we always invite! Then Wednesday we were one changes so I
went with Elder Corbett's new trainee for the day and we got a 4
lesson day for the first time in a while! It's just been so hard. But
anyways, it felt so good to run from one thing to the next all day and
Elder Weisler loved it. We also got to spend some time with our bishop
that night since he came with us and he is so super funny. (I'll bring
him up later too) Then the rest of the week we had some good visits
with people but nothing too exciting. Now for some street contacting

Crazy People: This section should explain the title of this week's
email...I don't know what it's been lately but it seems like more and
more crazy people are on the streets than normal. We met a guy who I
didn't know was Muslim before I tried sharing the video with him and
then he just had like a 20 minute discussion with us about a lot of
stuff. He talked about zodiac signs, the devil, rulers, Aristotle and
some pretty crazy stuff. I didn't know what to do so I just listened
since we were on the train already. Then another time I tried sharing
the video with a lady at a train station and first she asked, is it
rated x? And instead of that being a red flag for me I decided to keep
talking to her. Well, according to her, Isis will be coming here to
chop our heads off and it's not going to be fun. But it doesn't matter
to her because her son has a plane so she's going to be flying away
while we're all getting killed. I walked away after that one. Then we
saw this guy who said we're doing some awesome stuff so I wanted to
share the video with him and his family. Well apparently he didn't
like that. The conversation started out chill then all of a sudden he
got a little too excited to talk about the powers of God and was
pretty much yelling at us. So I thought he was mad. But he seemed
really loving at the same time. But he just kept yelling and yelling.
Then he left and said you two have a blessed day and walked away.
That's when Elder Wagley said, "I just don't care what happens in
public anymore." And that's why 😂😂😂 Okay now for some cool

Experiences: So this week there were two really awesome experiences we
had. The first one went a little something like this...We were walking
and I saw a Hispanic guy walking towards me so of course I just say,
"Como está?" Actually it's more like Como ta because I like talking
like a Dominican. But that's besides the point. He walks by and says,
"Como está Elder?" So I make an immediate U-turn and ask hey are you a
member and he says no, but I talked with missionaries when I was kid
in Mexico and I was just like say whaaaat?? So long story short, we
have an appoint,net with him this coming Thursday! Then yesterday we
had a pretty crazy experience which also explains how I good I am at
making stuff up on the spot. We were doing look ups and we just
finished the last one but I didn't want to go yet. We were on East
22nd street but I wanted to go to East 21st street to go see why there
was a big group of people but I didn't want to tell my companion that
because he would've said no. So I said the last look up is over there.
Which technically wasn't a lie because we were actually going to look
someone up over there. Also, you should all know that where we were
was a very Hatian part of town so I didn't think anything would come
of this. Anyways, we are walking and the first number that came to my
mind was 557 and well, that building existed and I was pretty
surprised we were already so close. Then just to keep it going, I look
at the last look up we did and the house number was 5f. Well that was
a room here too. I ring the apartment bell but nothing happens.
Someone comes and opened the door though and we got in. Then we have
to climb 6 flights of stairs to get to the 5th floor and we see 5f. We
knock, and a Hispanic answers the door!!! I completely made up this
look up and a Hispanic lives there who has seen missionaries before,
knows a little about the church and said we can come back Tuesday! But
we already have an appointment with the Luna family so we called the
other elders about it. So I tell them the story and they tell me this:
Dude, we looked up that same building and room number 2 days ago but
no one answered!! #revelationistrue Okay now to finish everything off,
let's talk about stake conference!

Stake Conference: So Saturday night we got there for the priesthood
session and apparently the mission president doesn't have authority to
tell us if we can or cannot do something. We get to the meeting and
the stake clerk of all people starts telling us how we aren't supposed
to be here, we're terrible missionaries. And listen, I've received a
good amount of rebuking a from district and zone leaders but this guy
made me feel worse than ever before. And he tried to keep us in a room
upstairs but a special guest at the conference named ELDER RONALD A
RASBAND heard abo that and invited us to the meeting. But not to sit
with everyone else. To sit on the stand right behind him!!! That was a
super cool experience and just hearing his words and feeling his
spirit was so unreal. Then while I was sitting up there it just kind
of hit me. I'm not going to be a missionary forever. This time is so
short. I hit my 10 month mark this past week and yet it doesn't feel
that long at all! Then Sunday came and that was definitely the best
day of the week. First we got to go to the conference with Joaquin and
we picked him up around 8:30 to walk to the train station and then got
to the Marriott where the conference was at and as I was walking back
from going to the bathroom before entering the conference room I saw
somebody who kinda looked like the Luna's son Arturo so I called out
his name. It was him!!! I asked where his family was at and they were
all there!!! Except for the dad who was working but it was still so
good to see them all! So I was sitting with them and Joaquin and it
was so great. And as I said before, I need to talk about bishop again
because he's now the 1st counsellor in the stake presidency!!! (Elder
Rasband came to change up the presidency) Then we got to hear Elder
Rasband speak and Sister Luna was crying and was just looking at her
kids and it was so cool. I really think they're going to start going
through a really big change.

So that pretty much sums up my week! It was a crazy eventful week and
I don't think it could have gone any better! Well okay, I guess more
lessons could have been nice but what can we do? Just keep trying! I
hope you all had a good week too!!

1) The snow is coming...
2) Me and the Waggles
3) Me and my Hatian
4) #RonnyRas
5) Joaquin!


So this week was quite slow. Apparently people just assume that we
know because of the holiday season that we shouldn't be going around
visiting people so in other words, we contacted like crazy. But
Thursday was the best! We had lunch with the bishop and stuffed
ourselves there and then went to the other chapel in our zone to play
basketball!!! You can imagine how excited I was. Plus I got to wear
the Curry twos for the first time which was even better! But man was I
sore the next day. We also had another dinner appointment that night
and man did that hit the spot. Other than that nothing too exciting
happened this week! Except for how I roasted Joaquin when we were
talking on the phone and now he's teaching me Spanish slang. There
will be more  next week I promise!! There just isn't much to talk
about. Sorry! But here's a picture of what an average serving size is
out here!!

🇲🇽 Elder Rossi 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Ty's Birthday

Thank you to all those who sent pictures wishing Tyler a Happy Birthday! They were put into a mini album and sent in a birthday box. 

Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present

Yeah I just quoted Kung fu panda

First off, WARRRRRIORRRRRRRS!!!!!! I've been missing the games
obviously but I've been hearing a lot about what's been going on so
just thought I'd get that off my chest. 2nd, I'm district leader now!
So that'll be interesting but people have said that it helps you grow
a lot. Which may or may not still be something I need. So to sum up
this week I'm just going to say that it involved helping a lot of
people through life. I won't get too deep into the details from this
past week but I will say I love helping people in any way I can. But I
barely do anything. It's the spirit and the gospel that really truly
helps us. This past week I had a super cool experience where someone
was telling me how they just feel so helpless and hopeless and that
nothing ever works right for them. I honestly had no idea what to say.
So I just turned my thoughts to the spirit. In my mind I asked real
quick, Father in Heaven what can I share with this person to help
them. Then I had one of the coolest experiences I've had in a while.
My thoughts were turned to the Book of Mormon and then I thought of
Moroni 7:48 which goes as follows:

48 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the
energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love, which he hath
bestowed upon all who are true followers of his Son, Jesus Christ;
that ye may become the sons of God; that when he shall appear we shall
be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this
hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure. Amen.

Now, for those who know me pretty well, you know I'm no scriptorian.
So I had no idea what the scripture said before I had the person read
it but I had such a strong feeling that the thought came from the
spirit and I followed it. After they read it, they started crying a
little and said that's exactly what I have to do. It was such an
awesome experience and it just proves that when we are in tune with
the spirit, we can work wonders!

Saturday night we had a baptism for this one lady who the other elders
are working with and that was another great demonstration of how much
this gospel helps people. She said how thankful she was for this
gospel and when she got out of the water she ran right to her sister
who is already a member and said how she literally felt like 1000
pounds was lifted off her shoulders. Then yesterday when she was
confirmed she was saying she could literally feel a difference and it
was really cool to see once again what this gospel can do for people.
The church is true people. Sin ninguna duda!

Now on a not so serious note, with some of the birthday money I
received last week, I went and bought a Mexican flag to put on my
proselyting bag and man was that a good idea! People were talking to
me left and right! I got the most street contacts I ever have in one
day on Saturday. I talked to 29 people on my own! I wanted to get 30
but I realized that my companion needed to talk a little so I pushed
him to go and get a contact. And I realized I haven't talked about my
trainee very much so here it goes! His name is Elder Wagley, he's from
Texas, he knows absolutely everything about the car industry and he's
gonna become an awesome missionary! So yeah that about does it from
this week! Here's the pictures! Sister Majano came to visit this week

1) Just like the old days (ignore my hat hair)
2) Soy de Puebla Puebla México
3) The girl the other elders baptized!

Ty's new hair cut!

Sister Majano sent me some pictures too! She went up to Brooklyn for the Baptism and brought a cake for Ty's birthday!

Monday, November 16, 2015

I ain't afraid of no POlice

Well first I just want to say thank you to everyone who helped my mom
with sending her pictures or notes and for everyone else who wished me
a happy birthday! It was definitely one to remember!! Now for the
recap of this week! The week was pretty slow but we still had some
good moments. We got back in with the less active family, the Luna's
and we also told them about the ward activity we were having Saturday 
night (in other words a birthday party disguised as a noche de
hispanidad😱) and they came! It was the first chug related thing
they've been to in a really long time too. And of course Joaquin
came!! That was my favorite part of the night. And he was having a lot
of fun with the members too. We also saw Ryan who's baptism date was
moved to the 28th and now we have to move it back again for more
complications. But it's okay because he will still be baptized soon.
And that's the most important thing! This Saturday the other elders
have a baptism though and apparently she wants me to sing a song
during the service...which is odd since I can't sing 😂😂

We also had a pretty fun experience on the bus a couple days ago. I
guess this lady was mad that she had to pay to get on because she had
a transfer ticket and she was just hammering on the bus driver. She
was saying stuff like you are a thief, you deserve nothing from any of
us but my favorite went something like this: I'm not scared of you or
the POlice! (She put a lot of emphasis on the po) the POlice is scared
of me! When they pull up and ask for ID and they see my face they go
oh snap and they already know who I am! The whole bus was laughing and
it was absolutely amazing 😂

Oh I also had an early birthday celebration with a pretty good food
challenge! There's this pizza place called Jr. Bella's and on
Thursdays a large cheese pizza pie is only $8.00 and last week the
zone leaders made a new challenge to see who could eat a whole one by
them self. Well I took them up on their challenge because I thought I
could hang...but I failed. Pictures will be included.

So that pretty much does it for this week! Hope you all are well and I
hope you enjoy this week's pictures!

1) It literally was a half a table of pizza
2) What was left
3) Selfie from the ward (birthday) party
4) District picture with Bishop and Joaquin!! After he saw this he
called himself a midget 😂
5) Now one with Hermano Wigglesworth and Joaquin. Hermano Wigglesworth
is straight from Britain and served his mission in Spain so he speaks
Spanish with a British/spaniard accen!
6) Ward singing happy birthday
7) My message to everyone here

We took Tyler's Big Head out to celebrate his birthday. We took him out to Chevys for dinner and they even sang to him! And brought him a hat AND ice cream! Tyler thought we all belonged in a Mental Hospital! We all had fun!!! (except Chris who was embarrassed and also thought we belonged in a Mental Hospital!) Here are a couple pictures and the video of them singing Happy Birthday!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

My boy Joaquin

Well sorry for not writing anything last week! Allow me to explain
why...we had a super awesome week filled with lessons like crazy. 14
to be exact! That's the most I've had in one week!! It was awesome and
they were all filled with the spirit and we're making progress with a
lot of people now! Ryan now has a baptismal date for the 28th of this
month, Valentin is still working towards baptism. But yeah that's my
very quick update of what happened two weeks ago. Nothing too crazy
happened though. Yesterday has definitely been the best day of the
transfer though...JOAQUIN FINALLY CAME TO CHURCH!!! It only took about
10 weeks but it finally happened! I was so happy. Oh! And two weeks
ago a Peruvian lady was walking past the church one day and was
confused as to why the doors were closed so Sunday came around and she
decided to just walk in and check it out. She's been here for about a
month and last week was her first time coming to the church and she
loved it! So now she's a new investigator! Her name is Rita, she's
visiting New York until the first week of December and then she will
go back to Peru. So what we were thinking is prepare her enough to
send her info off to Peru and then hopefully she'll get baptized
there! Or we could baptize her here which would be just as awesome!
Okay now back to Joaquin.

The two of us have gotten super close and honestly, I don't ever want
to leave Midwood because of this guy. And to make everything better
he's Mexican, loves metal, watching sports (mainly soccer of course)
and he's a bro. Wednesday night we had a lesson with him and at the
end of the lesson he told me thank you for your support. You're doing
so much for me. And I was just like man I love you!!! Something else I
said about him is that he's the kind of guy that you get so annoyed
with since he won't come to church and then as soon as you talk with
him about the gospel and hear his prayers, you can't help but want to
give him a bro hug. He's definitely my favorite person thus far. And
now I'm going to help him stay active and have a desire to go to the

In other news, Wednesday I went on exchanges with elder Peña and
because I love doing role plays with others so much and make them
super crazy so elder Peña wanted to do the same to me since I'm always
the investigator. Well, he tried his best but I think I still
prevailed. That video is about 10 minutes but there is another one
where I was the investigator and I will add the video of that one :)

Okay now for a serious note. This past week I said something that was
both deep and intelligent. I don't have many of those moments so I
kind of want to elaborate on that. I was talking about life
experiences and stuff like that when I said, "The experiences we have
make up life, but it's what we do with those experiences that make up
OUR lives." Yeah deep, right? I feel like I've heard something like it
before but I'm still taking credit for it. Pretty much what I want to
say is that, yeah, life isn't easy. Life takes us down so many roads
we aren't ready for. That's what happens during life. But it's how we
learn from those experiences, what we do with them and whether we let
them weaken or strengthen us that makes the difference between our
lives and someone else's life. Y que es lo que tenemos? We have the
atonement of Christ! And we can use it each and every day so that he
can help us through every difficult time that we have.

So that was the serious moment of this letter! Hope everyone is doing
well! Now enjoy some pictures and the video of the role play!
1) the role play
2) Barclay's center
3) Oracle is still better
4) my nice early birthday surprise