And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn, when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God. Mosiah 2:17

Friday, November 17, 2017

WEEK 60- this wee has been sick!!! Also, 10 months left...

First off thank you all for the Happy Birthday wishes. I had an amazing day even though half of it was fast Sunday..

But onto the good stuff. Me and my new comp have had a blast the past 3 weeks, but while doing the work. 1. My Comp and I love to explore. 2. Mesa Visitor Center. 3. Cryo Treatments

1.)  For this week we set out on a quest to find the attic to every building in our stake and have Comp Study up there, and boy did we succeed. 4 buildings in 4 days with 4 attics. We had a lot of fun with this. So we have a Master key, and we would go around to every door trying to find the stairs or latter to the attic. It's really creepy up there. It feels like there are people up there with you and they are just watching you as you dip, weave, and crawl over the 2 x 4 beams. Or the air vents.

2.) So 2 times this week we went to the Mesa Temple Visitor Center. Once we went with a Recent Convert, Jason Hair, and we were able to teach him about the power of the Temple. He is so easy going he had no questions.. He just wanted to get right into doing Temple work. And the other time we went was with another Recent Convert, Julia Kearney, and she is the same way. We taught about the Sealing power of the Temple, and how the work that we do in there is sacred. Well no questions came from her either. She already has an appointment with Bishop Thursday to receive her Temple Recommend. But, both times we went it was very spiritual, and cool to bear testimony of something you love. I love the Temple. And I am truly blessed to have a Temple in my mission. A lot of missionaries don't have the opportunity to attend the Temple while on their mission.

3.) Okay "COOLEST" part of my week. You can say me and my Comp have been the COLDEST any missionary had ever been while being on their mission... And I am in FREAKING AZ!!! So their is place owned by a member from my comps last area and he told us to come in on a P-day and come try it out, and we did!! It was crazy! It's called Cold Front Cryo. It's like a mini one body freezing sauna, and boy does it work wonders. You get into this capsule, and they select regular (-284 degrees), intense (-292 degrees), strong (-306 degrees), or extreme (-321 degrees). They turn it on and then the capsule gets filled with Nitrogen, and it is COLD... I choose the -306 degrees for 3 minutes. What it's supposed to do is burns calories, boosts your mood, soothes aches, and takes away soreness. It was amazing! We also got to wear these sick white robs, with old grandpa tube socks, and the best part.... CROCS!!! Me and Chadwick were looking flyyyy!

Well there are the highlights of my weeks! Thank you again for all the birthday wishes! I love you all. Have a good week, and God Bless!!!

















Thursday, November 2, 2017

WEEK 58---"How can sky be the limit when there's footprints on the Moon?"

Alright so I got a new Companion and I am so excited for these next 6 weeks. His name is Elder Chadwick. He has been out 17 months, so only 2 transfers ahead of me. He is from Windsor, Colorado. Just East of Fort Collins. He is a STUD! This past week we have seen a lot of good come from our long hours of biking and the hard work we've been putting in. But let's start with my favorite. A funny moment. This may not be funny to you but it brought a smile to my face.
So we were looking through the area book to see who we could stop by before we went to dinner. Well a name Colette Cordner came up and it sounded to familiar, I was like oh sweet let's go see her. We looked up the address and started to bike there. We got there and I just couldn't figure out why the name was familiar to me. Well we knocked on the door and I just laughed and Elder Chadwick gave me this look like why are you laughing!? And I said, "Hey Sister Cordner how are you doing?? Elder Chadwick meet the former relief Society President." She replied with, "Fine! What can I do for you Elders?" So, we shared with her that we had a referral to stop by her because she had filled out a card at a concert that Gladys Knight put on like a year ago and the referral had just come through. Then she told us she only filled that card out to get the free CD... So this "golden referral" ended up being a freaking amazing member.. Funny right? -_-

Anyways... Investigator updates: We still have a set baptism the Saturday and we are stoked! All we need is an interview and we are good to go. We have a couple investigators progressing really well. Our investigator Wilson just moved out of our area which sucks.. Jason Hair is doing very well and he received the Aaronic Priesthood on Sunday!! As you can see things are doing just fine here in ole' Gilbert, AZ!

This week we were able to meet a few new people who are wanting to know more about the Gospel and it gets me so excited! We met the sweetest old lady that asked us to come back. So we are gonna go back and teach her about the Restoration of the Gospel. We met a young man who said he was interested, but will have to talk to his parents so we will see how that goes. We also met an elderly man who says he hates all religions, but ours has always stuck out to him. He's the one I'm excited for. This next Monday I hope I have stories for you all.

Well I love you guys and thank you for all the prayers I am grateful to have family and friends like you all. have a good week!!

Zone pumpkin carving activity

Tai Pumpkin 1

Tai Pumpkin 2

With Sis. (Maddie) Snow, RM served in the Philippines

My NEW comp, Elder Chadwick

Me and Elder Tanner

Zobe, the miniture camel cow???

Riding in the trunk


The Lewis Family

Me and Elder McKown

Sunday treats from members.....so spoiled!!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

WEEK 57-This is a sad week...

This week was my last week with my favorite companion. We've seen good success in this area. We've been able to see changes in those we have taught. Elder Mckown taught me that there is multiple ways to do missionary work. It isn't a wrote, scripted work. You have to be human and you can be You. Just more mature for me. This transfer has been real.
But let's get into the good stuff.
Here is a funny moment.
So we went to say goodbye to a family that Elder Mckown was super close with. And as we were leaving I heard and big slap and I looked and the oldest daughter was still grabbing Elder McKown's butt. I. Was. In. Shock. I died laughing while Mckown turned like 100 shades of red in .3 seconds. Long story short she was dared by hee sister to do it.
Here is a miracle.
We are teaching this girl. Her name is Julia. And she is awesome. And she is amazing. We call her the platinum investigators. She's another Jason. If you remember back to my last email a couple weeks ago. Julia is ready to be dunked. We just have to teach her the lessons. She is living the Gospel. She has met all the requirements. We are just waiting for her baptismal date which is November 4. Our second lesson with her she told US that she had a date for baptism. She's just awesome. So she is our miracle for the week.
Now not a whole lot has happened this week. Besides my companion packing, visiting families to say goodbye, having lessons, talking to people on the streets and getting rejected 100 times a day. But one thing I will remember was one of the talks given in sacrament meeting the an RM gave about families. I love my family. I am grateful for my family. I don't know what I'd do with out them. In his talk he said that without families God's plan wouldn't be complete. It wouldn't work. And I agree. I don't think if be able to make it through life on the right path with out a family to keep me on it.
With that I love you all and I hope you all had a good week. And I hope you all have a better week this week. Keep it real.
Love,
Elder Matua

That's our cowboy....what a dork!!!!

He must be missing his Kujo

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

WEEK 55----DUNKED!!!!!!

This week has been a wild one. And whenbi say wild I mean wild!!!! Crazy busy so let's get to it. I'm only going to be telling the important things throughout the week.

Tuesday: We had an amazing district meeting. We learned how to better work with our new technology and how we can help our investigators through Facebook. Let's just say me and my comp killed it. We got a few lessons set up and we had a couple lessons over Facebook messenger. Later that day we had a lesson with Jason Hair to finalize his baptism program and set up a daybfor his interview. Let me just tell ya. Jason is amazing. We tell him what he needs to do and he does it no questions asked because he said, "Before I even started taking the lessons I knew it was true." Which if you didn't know never happens. So it was cool to see someone act without thinking because of how strong his faith was.

Wednesday: We had our last required lesson with Jason. And of course he said he would commit to living the 20 commandments and the law of Tithing which is amazing. So many people get caught up on those things. Anyways. That's the only my important thing about that day.

Friday: See as a missionary our weeks are very different than yours back at home. We dread Fridays and look forward to Mondays. So we had weekly planning as usual and that sucked, but afterwards the day went awesome. We had a lot of referrals to stop by and all of the answered the door except one and we got to talk to them and set up return appointments. It was awesome. Later on we had Jason's baptismal interview which went very well. All we had to do then was get him in the water and dunk him. AND IT HAPPENED, but more on that tomorrow. We then had a lesson after the interview with a family that is amazing. They are less active, but we have good lessons with them. They actually came to church on Sunday, so hopefully we can get them started backup again.

Saturday: The only really important thing that happened on Saturday was Jason's baptism, and it was a amazing. He was so ready, and the spirit was so strong.

Sunday: We had church for 7-8 hours...... Not important I just complain about that a lot. Haha. We also threw a child in a pool.

Well that is about it. I love you all I hope you have a good week. Talk to you next week!!!





Monday, October 2, 2017

WEEK 54?---This Week Has Been Chill

I'm sorry I've been slacking on emails. But today I'll start with something I heard this week that I will probably apply for the rest of my life. It's from Elder Natress of the Seventy, and also former Mission President of the Arizona Gilbert Mission he said, "Plan precisely, but execute flexibly."  I love that quote. As missionaries, not everything goes to plan. Lessons get cancelled, doors get slammed in your face, you go to contact people and they say they're not interested, etc. But you either have a back up or you have to be light on your feet to come up with something to do to be effective. I've found this quote to have already helped me in this work. I've never not been busy this transfer, and I'm loving it. Although my comp goes home this transfer and is a little trunky. He still realizes that he's not done until he's been set apart. So it's been a good transfer so far. 

Here is a quick funny moment of this week. So, we were having a lesson with our investigator this past Thursday, and we showed him a picture of Jesus getting baptized. And he said, "Woah is that guy really trying to slap Jesus!?" And his girlfriend (She's a member.)  called in from the other room and said, "NO!? That's him getting baptized!" We all started to laugh I felt bad cause of course he didn't know, but I couldn't help it. 

Well I haven't sent you an email for about 3 weeks and I'm sorry. So here is a run down of those 3 weeks. My new companion is Elder Ethan Mckown. He's been out for 23 months. He is from Odessa, Texas. We have been able to teach quite a few people. We have 4 investigators in this area and all are progressing which makes me so happy.  

We are teaching a lady and her 2 kids. Here's what's cool they are FLDS, so they already have a testimony of the BOM and Joseph Smith. We are just working now towards how there is a prophet on the Earth today.  We have a guy named Bob. He is in a part member and he is a stud. Last week he came to church by himself without his wife although he only stayed for sacrament meeting he still came and that's progress. 

Here are pictures of me and Elder Mckown at a Greek Orthodox Monastery. We went and we had a blast learning about these people who don't even leave this place, and the lives they live and how they worship. It was cool. All of them asked us about our lives and our religion so it was a win win.

I am having a blast in my new area and I love the people here. We are having a baptism this weekend for a stud, Jason Hair, he is so knowledgeable, and he us so open to everything. We are too stoked.  I hope all is well. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Matua 

Greek Orthodox church visit

My new comp, Elder McKown







Thursday, September 7, 2017

WEEK 49- I Love Bella Vista!

Well this email is going to be short cause we have a lot to do this week, and we are running everywhere to get things done, so this week we have seen so many miracles with the people that we are teaching, and even the members doing missionary work. But, first let's start with some funny moments this week.
1. I scared THE CRAP out of Mama Hoopes.
We stopped by to grab some left overs, and to chat for a second. It seemed as if no one was home because they were all in their rooms. Well we walked upstairs to find out where they were, and we heard the door unlock so we started walking back down to see who it was, and PERFECT! Mama walked in totally clueless that were there, and I let out a most girlyest scream and it was amazing. To me it was, but Mama started crying. She said, "I thought my family was dead!?" I felt bad, but I loved it.

2. We tried to talk to this guy on the street. He was in his drive way just standing there. We started to approach him, and as we tried to start a conversation with him. His big ole' wifey come stormin around the corner, and just starts screaming at us. This guy was like a child when she came around. She was saying like, "I'm tired of this s***. We are not doing this today! Jimmy move your a**." And the guy shut down, and put his head down, and started walKing with her saying, "Sorry guys. I really am." And she would scream at him to shut up and not talk to us. It was sad for him, but we just laughed our heads off after they walked inside.

3. We had Zone Sports with the Florence Zone. We played scatter ball. ULTIMATE SCATTER BALL. So scatter ball is just a free for all dodge ball game. But this time we had 2 teams the Bella Vista Zone, and the Florence Zone. The Ultimate part of the game was we were playing with huge exercise ball. Well like always I show no mercy, and this sister was getting mad because our Zone was winning and she doesn't take losing very well. Anyways I was getting fired up and I was going HAM. Well I had the ball and the Sister was in my sights. I cornered her and I took that ball, jumped in the air and chucked the ball at her. Yeah that was a mistake. Her face turned bright red, and she yelled at me so bad that it went from yelling to sobbing in a matter of seconds. Did I feel bad?? Not really cause she was only mad that they were losing.. So yeah. It was a funny moment to me, but not to her. Hehe oops!?

Well I know I said I had a lot of miracles, but I have to go, so I can't get to them this week, but I will for sure get to them next week! I love you all and I will talk to you soon! Love you!!!






Thursday, August 24, 2017

WEEK 47-CON FUEGO!!!!

Okay this week was so busy, so I will hit the main points.
1. We had a baptism for Alex Caraveo.
2.Our Investigator Katie is making leaps and bounds to make it
to her date of the 26th! (This Saturday)
3. I will not be listening to any Christmas Music this year.
4. We thought we broke our 2017 Toyota Corolla....

1. So Alex's baptism was amazing. It was kind of hectic, because first there were no more baptismal suits, because our zone had 6 baptisms play the Stake baptisms.. Elder Endrizzi and I got there late due to our dinner. But everything else was amazing, I got to speak and witness. His dad baptized him, and it was just perfect. Alex is such a stud and he knows his stuff. Now let's all pray that Viri will come around.
2. Katie is doing amazing!!!!!!!!! We only need to teach her 2 more lessons, and have her interview. She came to church and LOVED it! She told us she had A LOT of questions from Church. She is just way solid, and loves the gospel. She is going to make an amazing member hahah.
3. Alright, so Elder Endrizzi and I have not any music in the car except the freaking Christmas album from Pentatonix.... I am so done with it. I have the whole thing memorized.. each part, each song, and what order the songs are in...... Therefore we will not be listening to and sort of Christmas Music come winter...
4. Okay so in our area we have like 36.5 miles which is 1332.25 miles total. as we were driving around finding a house. Our car which is a brand new car, literally only 300 original miles, started squeeling like a freaking pig that just got shot in the leg with a 22.. Anyways we were freaking out cause we literally just got the dang thing. Well as we continued down the road we discovered it was the front passenger side wheel. So we pulled off to the side of the road and propped our heffer up and took the wheel off. We then discovered it was a small little pebble that was lodged in between the brake disc and the brake caliber. if that's hoe you spell it. It was an adventure haahah.

Well there is our week. I am loving this area and the people here. I love you guys and I will talk to you next week!!
With the Caraveo Family

Elder Endrizzi


Oh So TRUE!!!