Friday, January 30, 2015

Elder Pincock's update for Jan 12th, 19th and 26th

Jan 12th, 2015

Hola Amigos,

We had a great week this week! We're finally finally starting to see some success from our work here in Ambo. We had 11 new "investigadores" and 5 of them came to church.  We also had 8 less active members come to church which was awesome.  The problem is that very few of them stay for the 3 hours, but it's a good start. 

The funniest thing that happend this week was during a lesson. I set my backpack down next to me. When the lesson was done, I put my backpack on and I realized it was covered in fire ants... During the entire lesson it was on top of an ant hole, and they starting biting me like crazy and so I'm still a little itchy from the other day... 

I've been reading a lot in Acts this week and a part that's awesome is in Acts 5:40-42
"And when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go. And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ."

It made me think about how I would feel if I was beaten. Would I be able to walk away happy and rejoicing that I suffered for my testimony and I was able to feel just a taste of what Christ had to go through when he suffered for us? 
It's something we can all think about, and evaluate how strong our testimony really is. If we're not willing to give everything including our own lives for Christ, we aren't a true disciple. 

There was as Elder named Elder Jones in our mission that passed away this week. Him and his wife were serving as a couple working on family history, and he got very sick a few weeks ago, and now passed away. I admire him for the way he died, while serving the Lord. It made me think about the question Alma asks in The Book of Mormon, that if we died in this moment, would we be prepared to meet God?  Something to think about during the week. 

I love and miss you all, and hope you have a good week!

Our Bishop

Our ward mission leader (AKA, our pension's husband)

Jan 19th, 2015

Hola todos!

We had another good week here in Ambo, and we're starting to find more and more investigators and have more and more success with them which is great. We did a fast as a zone this week, and definitely saw the blessings from fasting. Sometimes we forget that God has already given us all we need, and its up to us to use the tools he gives us, and I testify that fasting is one of them. 

We had a family of investigators come to church, and found a lot of new good investigators this week. It truly is through small and simple things we acheive the bigger things in life, but it completely depends on us to do the small and simple things. Other than that, we had a normal but good week, and we're just moving forward and working hard because that's what we're here for. 

I love and miss you all tons, and hope yall have a good week!

Jan 26th, 2015

Hola, had a great week here in Ambo,  with a bunch of funny experiences. 

The best one was a dog bit me one night and ripped my pant leg which was pretty funny, it didn't really bite the skin just ruined my pants... haha 

I've been teaching English classes in the church, and this week a bunch of little kids came and I taught them head shoulders knees and toes in English and I felt like my mom when she was a preschool teacher... but it was super fun! 

We knocked doors like crazy this week, and found 13 new investigators by doing so which was awesome! We're starting to see more and more success from our hard work, and hopefully we'll have some baptisms this next month in Feburary. 

The training is going well with my companion, and he's starting to get the hang of the mission life little by little.. 

This week I have to go to Huancayo for a district leader conference so that should be fun getting to see some of my old companions that I haven't seen for a while. 

Everything is going great here in Ambo, and I love and miss you all tons!
Futbol time

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dec 22nd, 29th and Jan 5th Update

December 22, 2014

I can't believe Christmas is already this week it feels unreal to me how fast time is flying by here in the mission. I've been thinking a lot this week about how I can give the best gift possible to The Lord just by serving him as best as I can. 

A scripture that I've come to love is in Matthew 20:28 which in Spanish is "El Hijo del Hombre no vino para ser servido, sino para servir, y para dar su vida en rescate por muchos". It's easy to forget that we're here to serve, not to be served. Christ gave the perfect examply of this. I know if we serve him with all that we have, we'll be blessed for it. Not just as missionaries, but as sons and daughters of God which is all of us. I hope this Christmas can be a special one, and we can think more about what we can give, instead of what we want to receive.
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We had our multizone conference this week and it was a ton of fun! We did a sketch and I was a Pharise, or like a hyprocite in the time when Christ lived, and we did a bunch of funny stuff. Our sketch was the 12 days of christmas and it was by far the funniest one in the 5 zones that were there. I'll try and sent the video but I doubt it will go through. I'm super excited to call and see you guys this week I just hope the connection is good and the internet is fast. I'll call Christmas day and 6 I think. I love and miss you all tons, and have a good christmas!

Multizone  P Day:  Guess what we did?  Yeap, you got it!  FĂștbol!!!!!


December 29th, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

Well I can't believe Christmas has already came and gone, and this week is new year's! It's crazy how fast time is flying and it freaks me out that we're almost in 2015! A lot of people in our area have been traveling for the holidays so it's been tough finding people this week a lot of our appointments have been falling through. 

There's a ton of problems in this ward mainly between the members with a bunch of gossip and things like that, and we're trying to fix that before moving on to bigger things. The most basic things in the church have to be working before we can accomplish the greater ones. This week we're changing to a new pension and he's a returned missionary and seems to be super cool. He said he had a companion from Texas named Elder Bradshaw and the way he described him it seems like it could be the Bradshaw from our old ward in Texas!  

I've been having my patience tried this week in a lot of ways, and I'm trying to stay calm and get better with my patience. I lack a lot, but I'm trying to get a lot better. Learning to trust in The Lord and becoming more Christlike is a life long mission, and I've just barely started. It requires diligence and hard work, things that are sometimes undervalued in this world, but to God it's always been important.

 I hope you all have a great new years this week, and hopefully we can all strive to be better people in 2015. The time we have on earth is short, but very important. Every year, every month, and every week we should try to progress a little more, and become better people. If we do, I know we'll find peace and happiness in this life.

Love Elder Pincock


January 5th, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I seriously can't believe it's already 2015 crazy…

 Well this week was a big one for me.  We had transfers this week and President Henderson called me to train again! Now I have 3 sons in the mission! 

My new companion is Elder Valencia from Colombia and as green as can be. I had to travel to Huancayo Tuesday, we left at 10:30am and had some problems with traffic and got to Huancayo at 7:30pm so it was a long day of traveling. We stayed in the office that night, and Wednesday morning we got our new assignments and had the training. Since Huanuco is so far, we stayed the night again in the mission home Wednesday night which was New Years, but I slept through the fireworks and all the noise I didn't hear a thing… 

Thursday we got back to Ambo around 4:30 and went straight to work. Our first contact together let us in and accepted the invitation to get baptized and everything, and yesterday we found a new family to teach so we ended up having a good week. 

We changed pensions this week and the new one is AWESOME! Seriously, she cooks so good.  Even though I pigged out in Huancayo with Pizza Hut, Burger King, KFC, and Popeyes... That's the best thing about going to train we eat like crazy! haha things are a lot better now and I'm excited and happy to be training again. I love and miss you all tons, and hope you all had a great New year!

Here are some interesting Pics I got:  This is the water I'm showering and brushing my teeth with : D