Monday, August 18, 2014
August 18, 2014
Good News!!!!!!!!!!!! Buenas noticias!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So this week was a super good week for me. We found out that because of the missionary and ward mission work we are going to have to divide the ward because we don’t all fit in the building we are in! That is so cool for me to be able to see a ward grow so much in just 7 months. We have tripled the assistance of the ward, and have almost 50 new converts in the church! So, it is a great thing to watch the work of the lord coming to pass and helping to grow a ward so much that it needs to be divided:) When the ward and the missionaries work together we can do some super dope stuff:)
The other amazing news is that our neighbors, (the people that I always talk about in my letters) they are all members except for the mom her name is Gabby. She isn’t a member, she likes coffee, (NBD) and to work on Sundays. She was super offended from the sister missionaries and the other missionaries that were teaching her. She really didn’t even want anything to do with the church, but after talking with her for like 3 months, and sharing my own personal experience’s with her, 2 days ago she made the decision to get baptized!!!!!!!! It was such a cool experience to watch someone who has been listening to the missionaries for 4 years finally make the decision to get baptized. So cool to be the hands and mouth of God in this situation. Plus she is like a mother for me, cooking for us almost every night, washing our clothes, repairing them when they are damaged, giving us medicine when we are sick, and just laughing with us and being almost like a real mother for us. So cool to see!!! I love being a missionary:)
Hope everything is going well at home I love and miss you all::)
Monday, August 11, 2014
August 11, 2014
Subject: Mexico... Sweet Mexico:)
So really this week not a lot happened. We haven’t baptized in a while, which is okay because we are helping a lot of people still. This week we found out that one of my converts here in the ward moved out of his house where he lived with his mother, and he moved in with his girlfriend... super sad to see satan working on him. He was going to go on a mission, and now he has a girlfriend that has a kid, and I’m pretty sure they are doing the dirty. So, it’s been rough to see someone who has such a bright future slip away from the path for a second. So, this week I am going to work hard with him and get him to go on a mission. This work that we do on the mission is way more important than any other thing we can do here on earth. President David O. McKay said that the greatest responsibility that we have on this earth is to be teachers of Gods children. So gotta work with him so that he can have this experience. As I am here it really does change lives of tons of people including the missionary! I am so grateful to be here in the mission field, and to be learning and growing so much here in the mission. I love it. Well don’t have to much to write but I love you all, and if you aren’t doing some super fun stuff this last week before school starts again you need to rethink your life:)
Love Elder GrowswithTrees
Monday, August 4, 2014
August 4, 2014
From Your Favorite Grandson,
Dear my wonderful Grandparents, I got the news and was completely awestruck. I am so sorry that this is happening to you, but I know for a fact that Grandpa is going to pull through this. I hope that you first off know how much I love you guys! You have completely changed my life, and are a huge example to me. I constantly think about you guys and am always praying for you. I know that our Father in Heaven loves you and wants the best for you. This is a trial and will help us grow physically mentally, and most importantly spiritually. We are so blessed to know that death is not the end, not even close. But it is not grandpa’s time. He will pull through this cause he is stubborn, and cancer cannot beat stubbornness. You guys are the best and I am constantly praying for you, I will be fasting this week to help the doctors hands and heads, so that they can come together with the inspiration of God to beat this cancer. Grandma stay strong, keep the faith, and never forget to pray. I am here always, and am always thinking about you guys even though I suck at writing personal letters. I hope you know how much I love you guys. You helped me so much to get out and stay out on my mission. I will be forever grateful for this. Please be safe and keep me updated on the news. I love you more than you will ever know and I am out here as a representative first for Jesus Christ, and second as a representative of our family. I am so proud to be a Rodabough even though it’s hard for people to say the last name here in Mexico. I have a great sense of pride every time I think about our family, and how great you guys have done raising so many wonderful children. Thank you so much and I look forward to seeing you both of you guys in less than a year. Never forget how much your grandson loves you. Talk to you soon keep me updated. Love you.
August 4, 2014
Cancer Sucks but miracles happen!
Cancer Sucks but miracles happen!
Dear Man from whence I came,
So I've been thinking a lot about you and I lately and I just wanted to shoot you a quick message first off telling you how much I love and miss you:) I haven't had a lot of time recently to write well hardly anyone. But I wanted to shoot you an email.
First off I am so sorry that this is happening with your dad. I can't begin to imagine your pain. I could not imagine losing you first off, and I'm sure you feel the same about your dad... But, as a missionary it is my job and privilege to share with you the plan of salvation. We are all going to die, I'm going to die, moms going to die, Jax (our dog) is going to die, it's part of life as you know. I personally do not feel it is grandpa’s time. Miracles do happen! My companion Elder Vasquez had a lady he was teaching that had cancer too. She had been diagnosed with only a few months to live and was concerned with her salvation, so she wanted to talk with the missionaries and get stuff straight before she passed away. My companion Elder Vasquez had the prompting to give her a blessing. In that blessing he promised her a long life, and that she would be healed from her cancer, he had no clue why he said that but was guided by the spirit to do so. Well they left and came back to visit her a few weeks later. She shared with him the following experience. She had an appointment to get treated again for radiation, (it was her 1st time ever doing radiation) when she got to the doctors and they were scanning her body the doctor said, "well your finished with your chemotherapy??" she said, “no this is my first time…” and the doctor responded with "well you are 100% clear of any type of cancer"! Later they did more tests, and could not find a single piece of cancer in her whole body. It was a miracle.
There are 2 things that are necessary to have a real miracle take place:
1. It needs to be the will of the Father.
2. We need to have faith and hope sufficient for God to bless us with this miracle because it will change our lives forever.
I feel and have faith that it is the will of the Father that grandpa will be healed, but my faith is not enough for it to happen. Grandpa needs your help dad, and he needs your faith. Grandpa needs to have faith in God, not the doctors. It's way easier to have faith in the doctors, we can see them, we can see them working and doing the best they can, but maybe that's not enough. We need the help of the master, we need the still hands, and mighty power of our Father in Heaven. Through Him all is possible!
We can read in the Book of Mormon when the sons of Mosiah who were rebelling against their father, an angel appeared to them. Do you know why that was??? The prayer of their fathers, they needed that miracle; they needed that angel to appear to go to change their lives. It was all because of faith and hope that it would happen. God may have another plan, maybe it's grandpa’s time, but maybe it's not. Lets have faith that he is going to live! Because I feel he will! But it doesn't just depend on me or you, it depends on many people, especially grandpa. He cannot lose hope! Neither can grandma! Miracles happen, not just little ones, but huge life changing ones. Ones that will leave us saying "God lives"!
Now talking about you and me. When I get home I want things to be different. I want a better relationship. Not that we had a bad one, but I don't think that it was as strong as it could be. I want to have a stellar relationship, I want to go on trips, go camping, fishing, do all these things like father and sons. You’re my example and I want to have a lot of experiences together. I feel like we are short just a few super amazing experiences. So be thinking about that cause its gunna happen when we get back. Lets go to Alaska. Sounds fun to me, and it would be cool for you to go back. I love you so much dad.
August 4, 2014
So as many of you have heard my Grandpa Rodabough was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. He is such a strong man and a fighter. I can just picture him saying "this stupid cancer isn’t going to win" haha! I love him more than I can ever explain, but I am very calm and at peace because now is not his time. He has been a huge influence on me, and will continue to help me grow and become a better man. And maybe if it is his time (which I feel it is not) he’s will have a great work to do beside our father in heaven, and our brother Jesus Christ. Grandpa you will be in my prayers and I will be fasting every other day to help show my faith. God is the master planner and whatever happens, it is the will of God.
There have been millions of success stories with cancer, and this will be another! Modern medicine is amazing, and the doctors will do everything to get him back to normal. Just need a little bit of faith. And just remember that faith without works is dead. He is going to be fine I just know it.
Well on a little bit of a lighter note. Today I will never be able to say "this time next year I will still be in Mexico." Because today I complete 1 year in the mission. I usually don’t like to talk about the time factor of my mission cause I feel like that rules the minds of every missionary. Like they are always living in the future and waiting for things to come and pass by, without actually living in the moment. This has been the fastest year of my life, and everyone says that the second year is way faster, and that scares me. I am not ready to come home, and face the real world yet haha. I love the mission and am learning so much. I learn more in 1 day here than I would learn in like a week in the real world. The mission has blessed my life immensely and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings! Life is good.
You are all in my prayers, and especially Grandpa and Grandma Rodabough, please keep them in yours.
Love your favorite Elder Rodabough, soon we will have 2 Rodaboughs in Mexico, congrats baby cousin on your call to Monterey, your gunna love Mexico.