Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Good Times

(Sent 6-19-17)

Heyo! What's up everybody!




Life is moving here in the mission. A dear friend named Javier just got baptized this last Friday. He is really a special person. We didn't find him. He just showed up to the church one day. He is a special soul.

Years ago, he was an atheist. Then, he started to believe in God again and wanted to find His true church. And now, the rest will be history. :)














I completed 22 official months in the mission today. The time has gone by too fast. But, just too fast. Everything feels like a dream sometimes. But here I am, literally working to help others receive salvation and eternal life. It is still an honor.







Love being a missionary!
And I love you all!

Elder Greenwood :)




Monday, June 12, 2017

Pure Poetry

Happy Summer everybody!

TRIPITAS (Cow Intestines)
Cut up to put into TACOS - YUM! 

Headed to Chihuahua to have dinner with President Montoya






The sun is high and the heat is dry.
It is hot, I cannot lie.
But we shall continue by and by.
Hahaha!

Goals of Excellence Celebration
This week was a great week. We are helping one special investigator get ready for his baptism here this next week. He is an incredibly special young guy, and he has changed a lot.






We also got to go to Chihuahua and have dinner with president for completing the Goals of Excellence! That was a great experience and it was really fun to be with president and a bunch of other missionaries. Just like old times, hahaha!


Elder Greenwood's Award - COOL!




All is well here in the missionary field. We see the hand of the Lord in our lives constantly and that is what brings us our joy. Just like it says in my favorite scripture, Doctrine & Covenants 123:17:


Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.


Love you all!
Have a great week!

Elder Greenwood :)


Monday, June 5, 2017

Classic Missionary Week

What is up everyone!

Elder Greenwood's District +
Elders Viscaya (former comp) and Greenwood

All is well here in Cuauhtemoc. Life is moving really, really quickly. Another week has just blown by.

We are working hard in the summer time! It is nice and sunny everyday, but we hear that the rainy season is coming! Hahaha, Hoping and Praying.

This week was had the opportunity to find quite a few new people who went to church years ago with other missionaries and are now interested again in going.

We were also talking with a certain investigator named Javier. He has been talking with us for a couple weeks now. We talked to him about the Restoration and he just loved it. He used to be Atheist, but a couple of years ago, he changed his life completely and now he has been feeling like Joseph Smith-- looking for the Truth and not knowing where to find it.


Pains of playing goalie!





Normally we teach that lesson first, but he had other needs, and now he has been prepared for that wonderful lesson that only our church teaches that will help him change his life even more. I am super excited for him! He is going to make a great member, and maybe missionary. :)

Love being a missionary and Helping others.
Have a great week everyone!

 With Love,
Your friend in Mexico

Elder Greenwood :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Puzzle Pieces Fit Together

What is up people! This week was a pretty great week.

Renata's Baptism
 We got to baptize the little Renata Coria. Her family has been less active for a couple of years now. But they are all going through hard times and that baptism was like a little wave of light for them.

Service Project
Now their family has a little bit more happiness in their lives and they are coming to church and receiving more blessings!



Speaking of blessings and how God has a plan for each and every one of us, the day that Renata got confirmed, her brother-in-law was able to come to church (he is not a member) AND he absolutely loved it. Now he has a book of Mormon and will be taking the missionary lessons from us so that he can also be baptized and eventually sealed to his member wife (Ivon) in the temple. :)




God knows what he's doing. Members lead us to Ivon, who lead us to Renata, who now have both lead us to this guy, Gabriel. It's pretty cool seeing all the puzzle pieces fit together. :)

Love you all! Have a great week!


Elder Greenwood :)

Monday, May 22, 2017

Testimony after the Trial of Faith

Hello People!

Dad and two sons were baptized!
Work is never done

This week was absolutely fantastic! Continuing the story of the family that fasted together, let it be known that the power of fasting and prayer works.

It helped a man who has been smoking daily for over 15 years of his life and has tried every trick known to man to stop himself without avail, go Cold Turkey. He has changed so much. Just hearing him talking makes you realize that as we put in our effort and try our best, the Lord will help us in our weaknesses.

Brother Francisco Macias and his 2 sons were able to be baptized and confirmed this week into the true Church of God. And they are as happy as can be.

He's famous!
True Colors

Unknown concoction



The Gospel is true. The power that comes through fasting and prayer is real and is a great opportunity that God has given us to sacrifice a little of ourselves so that, in the end, someone's life can change for the better.


Spectacular Sunset!

I love you all! Have a FANTASTIC Week!


Elder Greenwood :)


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Families are Forever

(Sent 5/15/17)

Heyo People!

Trainers and Trainees

This week was pretty exciting. It is my first FULL week with my dear son, Elder. I named him after myself. jajaja (that's Spanish for hahaha).

Elders Jimenez and Greenwood
We have been working hard and loving life here in Cuauhtemoc. We have a special family where the dad is working on leaving behind his smoking addiction. My comp and I talked to them about the power of prayer and fasting and we decided to fast, all 4 of us together, so that we could have a little bit more of divine help.







The awesome thing is that the parents were fasting and they told their kids later that they weren't going to eat dinner with them because they were fasting. AND THE KIDS (WHO ARE 9 AND 11) DECIDED ALL BY THEMSELVES TO FAST WITH THEM FOR THEIR DADDY. There must have been so much love in that house that night.







Also, in that very same night, the mom was reading the Book of Mormon, when her kids came in (these kids always have told her that the Book of Mormon for them was boring), but they came in and said, "MOM! We want to read with you!" And they all sat down, with the dad too, and they read the Book of Mormon as a family.

It was an amazing testimony to me of how the gospel really and truly brings families together-- and sometimes in very unexpected ways. It is something really special.


Families are Forever in this Church, and in no other. And it brings me so much hope and excitement to do everything I can so that I can be worthy to have an eternal family in the celestial kingdom.

Have a great week everyone!


Elder Greenwood :)




Thursday, May 11, 2017

Changes! Busy, busy!

Note from Landon's Mom:

New Companion

Farewell to Elder Calizaya



Elder Greenwood had "Changes" this week and wasn't able to write a group email. He is in his same area training a new missionary. He's always wanted children and is very happy to now have three "sons." We will learn more about his new companion when we Skype on Mother's Day.




Farewell to Elder Radichel (Friend from District)





The work is progressing in the area. They had several investigators at church and have seen many miracles in contacting people who are looking to change their lives. One investigator commented this week about the difference he can feel in his heart when the missionaries are at his home.



Part of Zone at "Changes"






Another is working on quitting smoking and even drank a concoction of milk and cigarettes put into a blender. He then tried to smoke and had to run to the bathroom to rid his body of the sickening mess. A little extreme, perhaps, but he really wants to be done with the addiction he has had since age 13.

Investigators









We are praying that the baptisms scheduled for the end of the month will work out. Mission policy now is that investigators must attend church at least 5 times in addition to being worthy before they can be baptized. It has made a big difference in the dedication level of converts.










Thanks for your continued support of our son! Hard to believe that he will only have one more cycle of changes before he is headed home (12 weeks). We are so grateful for your prayers! Keep 'em coming!

-The Greenwood Family