Monday, 29 February 2016

Baptism set up

         Hello Everyone,

         This week has been good. 
         We found a new investigator this week which is awesome! His name is Luis and he is super excited and wants to get baptized. He was investigating the church back in December but for issues with his working hours he hasn't been able to attend church. He also just recently moved into our area so we are teaching him now! His baptismal date is for March 12th. Its a miracle! 
         The Island here is pretty sweet. Lots of tourists that's for sure. Last week I also met some Canadians in the church meetings. They are from Sherwood Park, Alberta and they said that they know some of the Strates! Thats cool! 
         Being a zone leader is a lot of work! I can't write very much because we have to report to president every week about the zone and all. Sorry! 
         Thats about all for this week. Have a great week everyone!


                  Elder Strate  
                                                Me with Elder Vargas

Monday, 22 February 2016


         Hello Everyone,                                               February 22, 2016
         I will try to write all that I can because time is short! We email from a little building with public computers, called a cyber.
         I do have a companion now, and his name is Elder Vargas. He is from Cuidad Juarez, Chihuaha. That has to be close to Aunt Mona and Uncle Sam I think. We get along great and he loves working too!
         Its pretty hot here in the Island! But there is a lot of wind so that helps.
         We also had to help some Elders move houses this week into another house. Other than that, the work has been normal. I hope that everyone had a great week. Congrats Derek for getting into BYU!! Hopefully I will get to go somewhere haha! Have a great safe week! I know that Jesus Christ lives! The Church is true and the Priesthood Power is real!
Elder Strate 
                               Picture from our rooftop

Monday, 15 February 2016

Into a trio

      Hello Everyone,

      This was another hectic week!! Wow, that's two in a row. That usually does not happen often...
So I had to take my companion to Cancun because he got pretty sick. And unfortunately he had to go home :( and I am now companionless. So I am now in a trio with two other missionaries- Elder Vargas and Elder Nunez.

       So now there is just one zone leader. Its a little bit weird, but I think president will solve the problem pretty quick here. So the trip to Cancun and everything took a few days to straightened everything out. But my companion is now getting the treatment he needs and it should all be fine. Poor guy, I feel bad for him. All we can do now is pray for him. 
        On the other hand, we had a baptism on Saturday!! Despite all of the traveling and business, we got it done! Her name is Sugeyli (Soo-hey-lee). She is great and She has a lot of support from the young women in our ward.
                                          Elder Vargas, Sugeylo, me and Elder Nunez
     Well, thats what happened this week. Looking forward to another fun filled week here on the Island!! Have a great week everyone! 

      Elder Strate
                         The boatride between Cancun and Cozulmel
                                                                        Practicing the piano with Elder Nunez
                                     Elder Norcross
                                                                 Cleaning the kitchen

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Busy Busy

Hello Everyone,

      This past week has been a little hectic. Lots of running around! 
      So, as a Zone Leader I now have lots of responsibilities. So on Tuesday we traveled to Cancun for a special meeting on Wednesday morning. It was great! Learned about how we all need to teach repentance and baptize converts. And some other things that we need to change as a mission. And we also had our Zone Meeting the next day here in Cozumel. 
      There are 10 missionaries here in the Island. The island is fairly big. There is one church here and two wards. I am in the sedond ward. We are 3 companionships in this ward, and 2 in the first ward. May I just say, the Island is great! The members are really excited to work with us and I feel like we should have lots of sucess here. Actually, we have a baptism planned for this Saturday. Hope everything falls through! 
      We also could not work much this week. After we finished the Zone meeting, my companion got sick. So we had to stay in the house a few days...which was super boring. However, he is a bit better now! 
      Well, thats whats going on right now. Sorry, I dont have any pictures. But next week I will have some! Thanks for all the love and support. Until next week!! 


Elder Strate

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Where's Cozumel?

Transferred to Cozumel - made a ZL

     Hello Everyone,

     Sorry for not writing yesterday. We had Transfers!! I have been moved to the Cozumel Zone with Elder Alvarado. Thats right, we are on an Island!! Yay!! And guess what else? We are also the new Zone Leaders here. Its my first time being a Zone leader, so I am really excited! I am going to miss Ucum...I attached some pictures below. 
      So, Elder Alvarado is also from Veracruz and from the same stake as Elder Dominguez(my previous companion). Things are going great here. We are still getting to know the area and eveything, but its great! 
      Its super humid here on the Island. I have started to sweat a lot more. But its great and I love it here!! My new companion is great and hes got a great desire to work! 
     Well, thats about all for this week. Sorry for not writing much. We have to go now because we are out of time. Thanks for all the love and support! Keep working hard and I hope everyone has a safe week!
         Elder Strate
                                                                Familia Canul Pascual
Familia Alvarez Sunza (Investigadors) 

                                                           Ucum Ward Council