Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Miracles are in the Air :)

(Sent 7-17-17)

What is up my dear friends and Family?

Double Zone Conference

The rains came down and the floods came up!


All is well here in Cuauhtemoc! Nice and rainy every day.

Just got to witness the baptism of Leticia Vasquez. She was a miracle from the start. She got married to a member like 3 months ago and, due to the calling of that member, we didn't ever see them in our branch. BUT! They showed up and asked us to teach her the Gospel. 


Still trying new things - Sriracha bun




They started reading the Book of Mormon together, and you could see the change of light within Sister Vasquez. She is incredible. As she gained more light, she understood more things about her Savior. That was an awesome thing to see. And her husband got to baptize her. It was beautiful. :)

Miracles are in the air.

Love you all! Have a great week of miracles!

Elder Greenwood :)
Famous Cuauhtemoc Sign with Both Zones




Monday, July 10, 2017

Buenas Tardes!

4th of July Celebration - Subway, Rootbeer, Chips, Watermelon

 This week was a great week full of stuff! We were visited by our mission president and learned how to become more consecrated missionaries. We also saw many miracles in our week.

The Mendoza Family - Love them!
As it turns out, the father of the father of a family that just got baptized in another branch is an old investigator of ours! This father has noticed the big change in his son that comes from living the gospel and now he is down once again to listen to us! We called him up Saturday night and he showed up to church by himself Sunday morning! Crazy!

AND, we contacted a lady this week who seemed pretty cool. We set up an appointment, showed up for that appointment, and she wasn't home. We called the number she gave us and it said that the number had been changed. So, we forgot about her.

Family Home Evening Activity


Later on that day, SHE CALLED US from another number. We set up another appointment for Saturday. The problem was that that Saturday we got stuck and had to help another lady, who will be getting baptized this week, to move houses. So, we couldn't go with this lady who I'm talking about. Her name is Maria de Jesus. So, I called her afterwards and told her sorry, and she said "don't worry about it, oh, and I still want to go to church with you all tomorrow. At what time is your church?"

Bus Station



She showed up by herself the next day AND she stayed for the other classes after Sacrament Meeting. We started to talk about the blessings that we had had this last week as a class in Gospel Principles. She shared her blessing of the week and started crying, saying that she just had felt so much darkness in her life, and then 2 young men knocked on her door, and that now she was there in church feeling true peace.

The gospel is true. There is no better feeling than being an instrument in the Lord's hands.



Love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Greenwood :)



Monday, July 3, 2017

Going Strong!

Aitele todos mis hermanos de la fe!


Trust Activity


This week was yet another great week in the mission. Lots of heat, still learning new things.

A special thing that happened to us this week was when we were out knocking doors (there was no one to talk to in the street so we figured that they must be in their houses), we were not having any success. The people we found were less than interested. BUT WE KEPT GOING!


Strength & Endurance






Just like President Uchtdorf said in a talk not too long ago that is called FOURTH FLOOR LAST DOOR, we kept going. And we ended up finding several houses in a row that told us how confused they were with so many churches on this earth. BEAUTIFUL!





Reward!




And another lady who told us that her father had just passed away. PLAN OF SALVATION! The Lord has prepared and is preparing people to hear the gospel. Now it is our job to find them and help them. And that we will!

Love you all,
Have a great week!

Elder Greenwood :)



Monday, June 26, 2017

Miracles

Hey everybody! This week was a pretty fantastic week!!!

Elders Z, Nicoll, and Greenwood at Mall in Chihuahua



Highlights include:

- Confirmation of Javier
Elders Nicoll & Greenwood (??)

- Francisco Macias (recent convert) blessed the Sacrament


AND

- Miracle of the Week: While we were out knocking doors, we knocked on a particular door and no one was home. 







THEN, the elderly neighbor lady peeked her head around the corner from her house and said, "Hey, nobody's home." We started to talk to her a little bit and, as it turns out, THIS LADY¨S SISTER HAD JUST GOTTEN BAPTIZED INTO OUR CHURCH like a couple weeks ago. This lady that found us (named Elena) told us that she was actually going to ask her sister if she could go to church with her this Sunday! AND, her grandma was a member and they did tons of family home evenings when she was younger! Talk about miracles! She is a gift from heaven.

Impressive Face Pancake



















Miracles are out there!

Go Get 'Em!

Elder Greenwood :)



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




Monday, May 1, 2017

English as a Second Language

Heyo! This week was pretty awesome!

Training Meeting Object Lesson
P-day Paintball



We are helping the father of a family stop smoking. The poor guy has been smoking since he was 13 and lights up a lot of cigarettes every day. But, he is making a real and true effort to get over it now so that he can get baptized. We called him the other day and he had dropped 4 cigarettes from his normal amount daily! What a stud! Little by little this guy will be ready for his new life. :)


P-day Paintball Pain (Hope it was worth it!)





Speaking of a new life, I got to do some interviews and help a couple of people get baptized this last Saturday, and it was an especially special service. Aside from the fact that it was in Anahuac (MY BIRTHPLACE), it was special to have seen the progress of those people as they prepared themselves. And now, they are down and ready to continue on and learn more!




(I don't even know...)


Yup, The mission is great. And I'm learning invaluable things here. Love it!

Elder Greenwood :)


(Mother there are a couple of spelling errors here. I don't know English. Hahaha)

[Don't worry Child, I've got you!]