Thursday, January 31, 2013

 Leadership Training 1-25-2013

January 28, 2013


Family and Friends,

This week sure was stressful. I got moved just across the street to another part of Kearns, to be assigned as a District leader over 5 other Elders. It's now my fault if they do bad missionary work. No worries, I have the most powerful being on my side, God!

In my new area, we already had a baptism. It was a very sweet experience. Her name is Elen Robles, and she is the daughter of a recent convert in this area. She knew way more than I expected a 10 year old to be able to understand!

I no longer have time to think about food, exercise, or anything but missionary work. Having a leadership role really helps focus one on the task at hand, and in this case it's baptizing people into the Kingdom of God.

My new companion is Elder Daniel Smith. He's from southern California, near the Mexican border, and he's great. He left the same day I did, June 6th, and we're going to be a great team.

The new ward is awesome, we had 3 investigators come to church, and we just got a new bishop as well. The best support is the ward mission leader, who really does magnify his calling, and helps us doing the missionary work the way it should be.

With Pres. & Sis. Miller
We had a great District Leader meeting down at the mission office, were they instructed us how to be better leaders. We went over a lot of practical things such as "make sure they make their bed!" and a lot of spiritual things to help uplift us. I got to role play how to teach the law of Tithing in front of the group. As my Mother always says, "Fake it till you feel it," and it really does work like that.

Sadly, as a leader now I have to leave this computer and go do some administrative things. I hope to tell you all more about my new area and mission life next week!

- Elder Toborg-

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Jan. 21, 2013

Friends and Family,

Baptism of Nora Mayorga
This week we had the baptism of Nora Mayorga, an investigator who has been taught for over a year, and now has finally taken the first step to returning to our Heavenly Father. Her whole life has already changed. She told us whenever she sees her family go out to drink, she just thinks how sad they look and how desperate and they don't even know it because they're all drunk and she's the only one. She now stays in safe places, and wants to be with her family more. She's starting a new job now, and going to enter into school. The gospel truly changes lives for the better. It's a fact!

This leaves us in a dry spot in our teaching now, for we have no one on date to be baptized. There are so many people but none of them will accept the invitation to be baptized. We believed that Elder Lish, waiting for his visa to Spain, was with us just to baptize Nora. The day of her baptism, he got a call saying that his visa came, and he'll be shipped out on Thursday. We're going to miss him, he was a great influence and Spain will love him.
E. Lish

Our dinner last night gave sort of a "going away" party for Elder Lish. They gave us half a loaf of french bread with meat inside. They then dunk it in salsa, and then dunk it in Tree Pepper sauce. It's Hot. Very hot. We're all had active tear glands, and burning intestines. It was great! Elder Maughan would have loved the challenge. We then had non-alcoholic margaritas; they were a nice reprieve after hot pepper sandwich trials.

E. Allen
This week we had interviews with President, which happen once every 3 months, and he was so loving and in a much better mode than last time we had interviews. He was full of compliments and encouragement. It was a nice change! He has about 5 months left as our mission president, and I’ll be sad when he leaves.

Transfers are on Wednesday, we'll see if I get a new companion, but I think Elder Allen and I are staying in this area. Our 90 year old landlady sister Burbank might sell her house soon, so we might have to look for a house to stay in soon. I'll be disappointed if we have to leave, we love serving Sister Burbank every morning, and she tells us things as if she's our mother, which reminds us that we're not the bosses of anyone, and there is still a little child in us still.

Sister Burbank, our 90 year old landlady
I hope everyone stays strong in their reading, praying and going to church. It's too easy to slip off the cliff in today's world. I would recommend everyone read the 4 lessons in Preach My Gospel that the missionaries teach. Sometimes we think we know the basics better than we do, and the better we know the lessons the better we can share our beliefs with our friends!

Bring forth fruit meet for repentance, and repent every week with the Sacrament!

-Elder Toborg-

Monday, January 14, 2013

January 14, 2013


Today I got shot.

By a needle for flu shots. Apparently the whole mission needed shots, so we had a big gathering this morning to get some shots!

I had a very nice birthday yesterday, in which I have completed 20 years of human existence on this Earth. For my birthday, I took an investigator, Nora, to temple square. The tour was almost twice as long as normal, because Nora had so many questions. As we made our way to the Christus (the giant statue of Jesus Christ) I felt the spirit so strong, telling me that there was no better place to be during my birthday.

Some members from Columbia made me a special birthday dinner that they make in Columbia on special occasions. It consisted of Beans, rice, avocado, pig skin, sausage, a tortilla cake ball thing, a fried egg, and some sort of mashed up dry meat. It was very delicious, though I think I got my sodium content for a year in that one meal.

To complete my birthday weekend, we had the baptism of Amalia on Saturday night. We had over 50 people there, and most of them were non-members! (She invited her drill team to come). It was very simple and sweet, and the spirit confirmed the baptism was seen in God's eyes, after Amalia's boyfriend Joseph Castellanos baptized her. This is the Church of Jesus Christ!

As I turn around the corner of 20, it's a good time to look back on my life and realize how tomorrow I won't be able to get out of bed due to rusty joints and corroding bones... oh wait, I’m just beginning my life! Time to go hardcore and run house to house, searching for the elect who are ready to change their lives and follow Christ! Watch out; time to break some Olympic records for house contacting. Maybe I’ll start growing a beard similar to Elder Maughan's, though I don't think that is a fair fight anyway, he's all man cub.

Someone give Ben Black a happy birthday from me, and then persuade him to start his mission papers! Now that he's 20 he needs to get moving!

I'm reading the Old Testament right now, and searching for all connections it has to the Temple. I'm very surprised at how many there are, and it's great to see those connections. As a mission we're reading the New Testament together, and finding all the times it talks about the doctrine of Christ: Faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. There are quite a lot! I encourage you all to look for them! It's an essential part of God's plan. We must repent and be baptized by authority.

Take care, friends and family!

-Elder Toborg-

Jan 7, 2013

Friends and Family,

As 2012 comes to an end, the work of the Lord starts a new beginning. People are fulfilling prophesy more than ever, and the time of the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is inching its way into present historical events. Our bishop this week warned the congregation to be prepared for hard times coming this year. He could be referring to just this congregation, but I believe it carries to all the world. Life is going to get harder, and the only way we can make it through is with the help of Jesus Christ. Follow His perfect example.

What was his perfect example? A good portion of it can be found in the New Testament in Matthew chapter 5-7 on his Sermon on the Mount teachings, and in chapter 3 where he shows us the example of Baptism. Jesus Christ spent His whole life doing missionary work, and this is something we're failing on as His church. Everyone member is a missionary. Every person, each week, should be looking for someone to introduce to the missionaries to begin teaching.

These are some of the things we're changing in our ward here in Kearns, and we had a quite amazing meeting between our mission president, and the bishops and stake presidency of the Kearns Jordan stake. He told how the stake and mission is a team, and how each ward should be looking for opportunities to teach. President Miller bore strong testimony of how there are many, many people out there who are prepared by the Lord, but we walk on by and don't open our mouths. FOLLOW THE SPIRIT, when you have a thought to invite someone to mutual, or to come to church, or just to go talk to them. Do it. You can only find out afterward if it was a prompting from the spirit. Most of the times, it is!

This last week, we had the chance to meet as a mission and celebrate the passing of 2012. We heard personally from D. Todd Christopherson. His spirit impressed me much more than when I see him on TV. He let us ask him some questions that we have had, and his answers were almost all identical to the answers we've already had from our mission president. Right there is a testimony that each and every one in a calling is called of God to teach the same Gospel of Christ.

Afterward, we got to dress into comfy clothes and play basketball/ watch the Disney movie "Brave." It was a nice relaxing 2 hours, after which we headed home and got to bed by 11:30. This is the first New Year that I haven't stayed up to watch. We learned from Christmas Eve that staying up till 11 would deprive us of too much sleep, so we went to bed as soon as possible on New Year’s.

We've had a cold week, walking around due to the fact that one of our bikes is out of operation. The work must go on, and so will we!

I'm so glad I have the opportunity to serve here. It was fun to see all of Elder Maughan's pictures of Mexico. They are all the same people I teach, just in their native lands.

Thank you for the birthday wishes I’ve gotten so far, I’ve been preparing myself, behaviorally, to leave the teenage years behind and turn 20. I don't think I’m going to like it. Will my joints start aching? Well, I guess I can't complain, regardless of my aging, with a 90 year old landlady who we see every day.

We're going to have a baptism this Saturday for Amollia, a young women coming to our Spanish branch because her boyfriend has been bringing her for 5 months now. Do all you can to be a member missionary!

I've got plenty of snow here in Utah I can donate to anyone who is lacking! Just send money with your order of snow to me and I’ll try and pray for some snow over in your area!

Love you all, keep praying, reading your scriptures, going to church and most of all, do missionary work! Share this love with others!

-Elder Toborg-