"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014 Cunduncan

It's a party outside!
Slaughter outside of our apartment. ugh

Companionship waiting for a lunch appointment.

December 8, 2014 Cunduncan

Waiting at church

E.Proctor opening his Christmas package early.

December 1, 2014 Cunduncan & New Companion Elder Galindo

E. Proctor has been sending voice messages and has been travelling frequently to visit other parts of the Zone to interview investigators.
Bishop's family takes the Elders out to dinner.

New companionship

November 24, 2014 Cunduncan

Hey Ya'll,
This week My companion had transfers.... haha Elder Coombs left to go be the junior companion in Vereacruz while I am the district leader with an elder named Elder Gilando. Hes from Monterrey and has only 3 months in the mission =) Hes pretty sweet though and Im glad hes my companion. Hes really chill and I am getting along with him really well so far.
Apart from that, weve been working really hard this last week. Im trying my best to be the example that I am teaching to those around me and to those that I teach each week. If I teach it I have to do it... if not, whats the point of me being a leader. Ive realized that I want to be that type of a person and that I dont want to be just a normal leader, but a leader with values that knows how to get the job done and then, on top of that, knows how to act on the things that he teaches. Its not only that way in the mission, but in life as well. And I know now, that this is how and what I want to do and then also the type of man that I am trying to shape myself into. 
The only special thing that happened, thats really worth talking about, is the transfers. Oscar came with his daughter Yetti, to church yesterday and they both really liked it. We puta date with Oscar for the 6th of december and are hoping that it follows through. His daughter doesnt live in our area, but we are working on trying to send the missionaries over there also to talk with her. Shes really cool =) 
Thats about it for this week, the recordings cover all the rest, so Ill leave it to you guys to fill in the blanks in this weeks events =) 
I love you all and I hope that things are all going well =) I wish you a very happy thanksgiving and I hope that you all eat a lot of turkey! I cant wait to celebrate everything with you guys again =) I miss it a lot, but I know its worth it. 
Kia Kaha!
Traveling companions.

E.Proctor's companion made him a USA strap for his bag.

E.Proctor sends virtual flowers to mom.

November 17, 2014 Cunduncan

E.Proctor and E.Coombs had a baptism.

Looking over the green area.

November 10, 2014 Cunduncan

Whaddup Everyone!
Well, I don't have that much to say today because of the fact that my district baptized 2 people this week and I wasn't able to be in my area for very long. I was busy traveling to the interviews of these people and I wasn't able to work here... Triste, but it was worth it to see these new baptisms come in. We took a solid 4 buses on Thursday that lasted all over an hour each, and then a couple little conveys and what not throughout the day to get to where these interviews were. It was a crazy day and a lazy day full of traveling. I loved catching up on some sleep though =) 
Apart from that, the life of a missionary remains the same. We plan to baptize Hilaria this week even though she didn't come to church this week. Shes been baptized once before but the tristes misioneros lost he record for her baptism.... So, we tried looking for it all over the place. We even called the central offices of the church to see if it was recorded there... Nowhere to be found. So, we have to baptize her again. Nothin like getting your sins washed away twice right?=) I think its pretty schveet =) 
Oscar came to church also! Hes such a stud and I cant wait to put a baptismal date with him. He reminds me a lot of dad. hahaha Hes such a champ. He prayed in the Gospel principles class and nailed it. haha I was super proud of him and I cant wait to see him be baptized. Haven't put the date yet, but this week, we plan to put the date with him and his oldest daughter Isis. Shes super sweet too, just needs a lot of her doubts answered about the catholic church =) I am good at answering those ones.... =) If you know hat I mean... haha 
Anyways, that's about it. I love you all and hope you have a  fantastic week =) You're the greatest!
Kia Kaha!
Blue candy

"Sandlot anyone"

Teaching Oscar who is to the right of E.Proctor

November 3, 2014 Cunduncan

Hey guys!
Well this week wasn't really that exciting. Haha I gotta be honest. We have been traveling all over the place this last week for divisions and haven't had that much time in the area. WE did have to the chance to go to Jalpe this last week and eat with a lady named Velia. Shes the mom of the stake president here in Cardenas.She is about 70 years old and said a few things to us that really hit home for me. She lives an hour away but has come to church in a taxi ever since she became a member of the church along with her family. She said, "yes, I have a lot of sons and daughters of high rank here in this church... they 're all great leaders. They have good heads on their shoulders and are well respected by everyone for what they have done. But, the higher they get, sure I congratulate them for all they've accomplished, but also, I worry for them more and more the higher they get." For me this really hit hard. I didn't really realize that being up there in the ranks worries family members... not worry in the fact that they're worried about them being respected or things like that, but worried in the fact that they'll do it right according to what the Lord wants done and not what they want done.To me, as a new district leader I worry for myself sometimes in this aspect. That each district class that I teach will be acording to what the Lord wants to be said and not what I want said. I dont know if this lady meant to come across like this, but she did and it hit me hard. I'm very grateful that I had the chance to talk with her about this.
We went to the graveyard and contacted people while in Canales on Saturday afternoon. It went well, but there weren't many people there. Everything happens on Sunday here. Not Saturday. So we missed it by a day. TRISTE!
Sandalo is progressing and getting there baby step at a time. She told us last night that she is divorced, but has been having a relationship with another man and is somewhat "in love" with him.... in my eyes its just a rebound, but who knows what goes on in this lady's head... haha. Shes a very intelligent lady, but when it comes to addictions, her body takes control of her and doesn't allow her mind to do what its supposed to. Its sad, but I can only sit back and encourage her to continue to do what she knows to be right. We taught about Eternal Families and the importance of baptism in this process. I really hope that what we taught her last night took hold on her and she is now acting on it =)
I love you guys and hope you have a great week this week =) Kia Kaha!

We have the same ties.

Cacow Fruit

Add capThis is a foto of my District =) Three of them finish their missions on the 24th of november.tion

Sunday, November 2, 2014

October 27, 2014 Cunduacan - District Leader & E. Coombs

Beautiful plaza, and more rain.

How we organize.

Candid with E.Proctor & E. Coombs.

Crazy huge butterfly's.

October 20, 2014 Cunduacan HAPPY 20th BIRTHDAY

Hey Guys!
Well, youve recieved the weekly recordings, if not, ask my mom and dad for them haha. But I wanted to thank all of you for the birthday wishes! I had a great day and I am very happy that you all were thinking of me during my 20th bday =) Your guys are the greatest!
This week was nothing overly special. Started off great with a good district class given by yours truly =) Talked about the Book of Mormon and how as missionaries we can teach it better. The offices send out a lpaper that says what I need to teach each week, so I dont get stuck planning something and that really helps when youve got such a busy schedule like mine. We didnt have that much success as far as teaching goes this last week... ended with a solid 15 lessons total. My comp decided to present me to everyone instead of teach them... I disagreed but I didnt want to start off on a bad foot with him. (dont put that on the blog mom) But things are going well here and I realyl like the ward. I planched the ward council yesterday hahaha... it had to be done. They were sittin there talkin about things that had nothing to do with Missionary Work, so I stood up and said look, we are missionaries for a missionary church, if we arent gunna talk about missionary things, then we are gunna head out and do what we were set apart to do. We can sit and talk about this stuff all day long, but until we go and act on it, nothing is gunna happen in the outside world. Lets get it together =) I felt really good about myself afterwards =) I feel really good in this wward and area. The area is Cunduacan. We had stake conf this last weekend also where I recieved your Bday Package =) THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE NICE THINGS IN THERE! I LOVE IT! It whas rained basically everyday this week so its kept things going slow because of how much water there is, but the work goes on. Lovin it, and lovin the new area =) Nothing like carmen, but the work, overall, is the exact same. The field is white.... very very very ready to harvest here. I am going to thrust in my sickle with all my might and git r done. =) 
Thanks guys for everything =) I love you all! KIA KAHA!

Finally got a package.

Sister missionaries bought a birthday cake for E.Proctor.

Them's some skinny cows.

E.Proctor meets up with E.Gonzales at stake conference.

Sneak peek at the new area Cunduacan.

October 13, 2014 Cunduacan

Hey guys,
I dont have a lot of time due to the fact that I was transfered from Aeropuerto to a city called Cardenas just outside of Villahermosa. The are in which I will be serving is called Cunduacan with an elder named Elder Coombs. Hes 20 years old and has 20 months in the mission. On top of that, I will be the district leader here now =) Im not entirely sure how i feel about it, but I cant judge to quickly. We shall see how this birthday week turns out for me. The are is huge and will take a lot of getting used to. THings are very different here and the adjustment to the DL will take some work, but I am up for the task. Just like always =)
I hope everyone has a great funfilled week =) I love you all and I hope you have a great one!

E.Proctor with member friends.

E.Proctor with a family and a dog named "Black".

E.Proctor and E.Gonzales on the bus transfer.

The gang says good-bye at the bus station.

Good-bye to E.Marcel

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 6, 2014 Aeropuerto

Fun with cameras at General Conference.

Zone at General Conference

September 29, 2014 Aeropuerto

Baptism of their Land-lady.

September 22, 2014 Aeropuerto

Well this will be for the blog and along with it I will send a picture of the week for you guys also =) 
I wont take that much because no one has told me if the recordings can be put on the website or on the blog. I am sure its possible... you'll have to check into that one. 
Anyways, this week was kinda boring. Didn't have too much success like wed planned for, but we did our best like always. The highlight of the week was the fact that we got Hermana Angela to finally commit to a baptismal date for the fourth of October. She seems to be super animated about it and I am to. We have been working with her... sort of working with her.... since February and have tried to put a date with her for months now... Its kinda insane but she seems really open to it all and has made it to church about 3 or four times without anyone asking her to go or inviting her. Holy Crap that's dedication right? hahah that's a joke for keaton... 
Other than her, we are still waiting on Gabriela. Shes SO READY. Just waiting on some more Oks and shes good to go. I am so stoked to baptize this girl. I've waited for such a long time to baptize her and now that her mom has finally allowed her to be baptized, it makes things so much better. I didn't want to have to force it but now that shes given the OK then its time to start the race right? haha well we will have to see what happens with her. 
That's about it for this week. Nothing huge other than the fact that a member from Puerto Real took us out to CHiles to go eat on Friday =) I enjoyed eating a nice big hamburger from MURICA! =) haha I need to get out more... oh well. 
Love you guys and hope you have a great one this week =) You're awesome and always remember to KIA KAHA!
Elder Proctor

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

September 15, 2014 Aeropuerto

Spreading the Gospel in The Magic Kingdom

September 8, 2014 Aeropuerto

Elder Proctor sent voice recordings this week.

September 1, 2014 Aeropuerto Baptism

Baptism of Hermana Karin
Elder Proctor is now sending voice recordings as he journals each day of the week.  He had a baptism with hermana Karin this week.  Transfers were this week but E.Proctor is staying another 6 weeks in Aeropuerto with E. Marcel.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

August 25, 2014 Aeropuerto

Alrighty everyone well this week was kinda hectic for me... nothing really seemed to fall into place on the personal level for me hahaha... I got pooped on while sitting in a lesson. A bird dropped a dookie on my left elbow and then flew off... JERK! We didnt even exchange licenses or proof of insurance... Dang pigeon. It was funny and we had a good laugh about it. 
RUDY FINALLY CAME TO CHURCH! Wow it was pretty cool to finally see him there. Hes from Texas and speaks perfect english, but doesnt really take us seriously as missionaries... its kinda sad that he has so many problems, but doesnt really care enough to change them. He says he wants to, but never really acts on what he tells us so we will see how far that goes.... Wish us luck with him.
Rickity construction bridge and current area.
Hermana Karin came to church also with her younger daughters, Hadi and Gimena. She is preparing to be baptized this saturday and I am super stoked to finally see it happen. Her husband, Daniel, may be able to be baptized as well. Hes only come once, but the assistants to the pres. said it was okay. We need to talk with him to see what he thinks. But the baptism is planned for this coming saturday at 7pm and we have to still teach here three more lessons.... talk about cramped time.... oh well. She WILL be baptized =) 
We havent had any contact with our inactive friend Alfred... its sad, but we are trying to get a meeting with him this week before the end of transfers... He mentioned that he wanted to take us out to eat so we will have to see what happens there. 
We went to Villa and just signed the papers for our Visas and left... it wasn't anything too exciting. I got to see Elder Haglund again and wow the guy has lost so much weight.... he is as skinny as I am.... I couldnt believe it.
Well thats all for this week everyone. I will send a voice recording next week and hopefully it all works out without any issues =) Thank you for sharing the stories about the Color Run and the Star Destroyer,... hahaha sounds like everyone had a good start to the week with all the events that happened =) Keep it that way cuz I wanna be a part of it when I get back ya hear?! Keep it up guys =)
Love you all!
Kia Kaha!
Broken Camera parts = Elder Cyclopse Proctor
Elder P., new member Maria Jose, Elder M.

August 28, 2014 Aeropuerto

Hey there Familia!
This week was rather boring to be completely honest... The only exciting part was that we had a Zone Conference with president and his family. It was normal and everything went fine. We ended up going to the zoo and then  playing sports on the beach in Playa Norte... My old area... haha It was fun trying to watch President hit a volleyball. (Im really getting into it too! I think Id be good at it =) All of that happened on Friday afternoon. It took from 7 in the morning until about 6 at night... it was a very long day for all of us. 
Alfred has really been struggling lately... I feel so bad for this man. He might break up with his GF because he feels that she only mooches off him and takes more money that he doesnt have. On top of that, he lost his wallet and is now trying to sue the bank for something that they did with his credit cards... The man feels like the world is out to get him and I really have to no idea what to tell him. I read the scripture that mom sent me last week, DC 58:3-7 and it seemed like it stuck with him, but who knows. He invited us to go eat with him tomorrow so we will see what happens with that one. 
Ajenor probably wont be baptized this week due to the fact that his marraige papers havent come in quite yet. He is going to let us know about that on wednesday what happens. If they come through, he gets married and baptized on Thursday! oorah!
Daniel and Karin came to church yesterday! FINALLY! Daniel said that he had a good time, and that he really liked the last class of the Elders Quorum. We have appointments with him and his wife this next wednesday so I am hoping that things stay strong with them. Theyre awesome people, just need a little more direction in their lives. The gospel is perfect fot that right? =) I think so =)
I went on divisions with Elder Parra, the new assistant while he was here in carmen and he gave me a really good idea about how to email you guys. He had an MP3 player that could record his voice and then was able to hook into the computer as a USB. He said it really helps him when it comes to writing letters because he can just record what he wants to say and then send it on mondays. I asked him where to get one and he said downtown carmen. They cost about 800 pesos or so though. Thats about 90 dollars mas o menos. I want to know what you think about that. Itd help me out with this writing thing every week. Let me know. I could really use one.
I love you guys and hope you have a great week! Youre awesome and cant wait to see you next July!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

August 11, 2014 Aeropuerto

What a crazy week this week! Man, I cant get over all the stuff that has happened.... 
First off, we met with a member named Jorge Ramirez... turns out that he studied to be a lawyer in the US and lived about 5 minutes from our house! Crazy right! He lived right next to Harmons where the church is there on the corner almost... He explained that he loved it there, but knew that god had a better plan for him here. He is the Sunday School President in the ward now and works as a full time masoos.... (not sure how to spell that one...) But he is a really cool guy. Likes to talk a lot, but is as solid as a rock as far as the gospel goes. Hes a big inspiration to me as a missionary. He is always looking for ways to help someone else in their needs and has always been very nice to us missionaries. 
We were invited to Hermana Angie's 3 year old birthday party yesterday night (the youngest sister of Maria Jose.) It was really awkward for us as missionaries walking into a house full of catholic people but we had fun watching this young girl whack the pinata and scurry around with her friends for the candy. We got invited so we couldnt turn it down. Their family has always been so great to us and I couldnt refuse the invitation. I love them and their family so much. I cant wait to be able to baptize her sisters... they just need permission from the parents. Pray for em!
Ajenor, Daniel, and Karen are still going strong... but not one of them attended church this last week... TRISTE! Ugh its really frustrating when you get the text saying, "yeah, we slept in instead..." It kills me because I was always an early riser and never had problems planning ahead of time if I had previously made an appointment, but its whatever. We are still planning for the baptism of Ajenor on the 21st. Karen for the 30th and Daniel on the 13th we are thinkin about that one still... not sure whats going to happen with him. 
Hanging with Sergio

A good friend of ours, Sergio took us out to Applebees on wednesday morning because he "was lonely" and wanted  friend to go with him. Of course he calls up to missionaries =) We had a blast being able to chow down on some pancakes  =) I had a good time, and I was super stuffed afterwards. I love that guy =) 
Crab caught in a members home . . . dinner?

Fuzzy grape fruit, take the fuzz off before you eat, expensive but good.

Elders P and M after the rainstorm.

Well, thats it for this week! I love you all and hope you have a great week!
Kia Kaha!

August 4, 2014 Aeropuerto

With the disappointments of last weeks events, this weeks letter I am sure will be cut very short. But, like always, I will try my best. 
Things were rather tough, not because of the events that happened, but because of the fact that we found out a lot of information that shocked elder Maciel and I... Hermana Karin came to church yesterday with her two young girls and said she loved it! Oorah! But, her husband admitted to us the saturday before, that he had been committing adultery with a woman living in the house in front of the house of Hermana Karins mom, Gloria. Along with that, they two of them both told us that Hermana Gloria had been just cheating us and telling us, the missionaries, what we wanted to hear... She doesnt care about what we say. It was really tough to hear because we thought she was such a great investigator. Hermana Karin is amazing and still going strong with everything. She really wants this change in her life and its great to see it all coming into place. She has a baptismal date for the 23rd of this month and her husband wont be long afterwards... he just has a lot of doubts that are rather touchy to cover and answer sometimes. We are working with him though. Hermano Ajenor, the son in law of the bishop, has plans to be baptized on the 21st of this month on the same day as his marriage.... I cant wait to see this one fall into place. Hes super cool, just hard to get into contact with due to his work schedule. We are both working with him and praying that things are still staying strong with him.

Those are basically the major events of the week. Nothing overly huge or exciting, but hey, we are working our hardest and trying our best. Its tough to hear the things we did this week (let alone the things that I've been through this week also) but I cant really do anything about it. I am praying, asking for the success that we have worked so hard for and I finally feel that its coming in. Just gotta keep moving forward. I am obedient. I am working harder than I ever have. I am trying my best. I am proud of the way I have served. I am proud to be a missionary. I am proud to be a Proctor. 
Love you all, hope you have a great a fun filled week.

PS- Yeah we had a Zone Class this last week and I received word that they packages got stuck at the border... dang government.... But Elder Sepulveda told me to tell you not to send things through DHL because they always get checked harder and more intense than through other shipping methods. Just send it like normal and we wont have any issues like this. I am fine on contacts to last for a few more months... I wont have to resort to glasses quite yet. But thank you for sending me the necessities. Love you guys!
Hungry Elders waiting for pizza.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

July 28, 2014 Aeropuerto

Well, with the new companion things are going alright. I feel like I'm training him and that I am teaching about 90 percent of each lesson. I am doing my best but its getting difficult here again. Hes a cool guy but really is new to everything still. I am doing my best with him and we get along just fine, its just with the fact that when we teach he really doesn't talk during lessons. When he does talk, its tough to get him to open up. I'm working on it.

We put three dates this week. One with Ajenor, a friend of the bishops, and the other two were from a reference that we received. Only Ajenor came to church so we may have to move the other two, Daniel and Karen to another date. We will have to see what happens there. They're golden investigators, but they really are just a little lazy with things.... They have a date set for the 23rd of August and are hopefully planning to attend church this week. Put them in your prayers.
We dropped a lot of oldies this week that weren't really progressing... including the family Diaz Cruz. They were cool at first, but they lost the fire because they were never home to let us teach them. We'd set a date or an appointment with them and then they'd flake on it every time. We dropped Nataniel because he was never home either... its sad, but it needs to be done. I hate to see that work we put in go down the drain, but the seed has been planted and its up to them to make it grow. We have met with a lot of people that speak English and Its really fun to get to speak the native language to someone every now and then. But we have found a new investigator named Lupe from a less active member named Alfred. Its his girlfriend. He lived in the US for the majority of his childhood and was deported and put in prison for three years for the US losing his papers to be considered a citizen. It was so sad to hear his story. He said," How would you feel if you were thrown in prison for three years for a crime that you never committed...?" It was heartbreaking. His family is there, his job and life was there... now he says over and over again that he hates it here. I feel so bad for the guy, but he has helped us out with his girlfriend a lot and we hope to continue to teach them... wish us luck. 

That's about it for this week. Kind of a rough one for me, but I am doing alright. Thanks for everything guys. Your letters, your support, and your love. I know you'll always be there for me. 
Love you guys,
Kia Kaha,
This is the only picture I have this week. Sorry. Its of me and a menos activo named Antonio. He saw my camera and wanted a picture. 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July 21, 2014 Aeropuerto

Hey Guys! 
Well the Lord must have something special cooked up for me here in Aeropuerto because I am here at least until September now.... hahaha Elder Smith got transferred as Zone Leader to Palenque and Elder Ricks was transferred to Villahermosa. Elder Roberts is tranining and I am Senior COmp with the elder that my MTC comp trained... Elder Mociela or something like that. I still havent met him because he comes tonight. But he sounds like a decent fellow... We shall see and I will let you know next week how he is. From what I hear he is a big boy... 
I had a great testimony builder this last saturday. I got super sick... the sickest that Ive ever been in my enitre life. I cannot even begin to explain how bad it was. (Dont worry mom, Im okay now.) But it was something that Ive never experienced before. I was perfectly fine on saturday morning, but it got worse and worse as the day went on. We went back to the house at about 4 or five and ended up staying there all through sunday as well because I literally couldnt move....Elder Roberts and Elder Ricks gave me a blessing and said some really cool things... After the blessing everything was fine and I went back to bed. But I wasnt throwing up anymore.... I went back to bed and I didnt have anymore problems other than having to wake up to use the bathroom a million times. It was a huge tesitmony builder to me of the power of the priesthood. I still felt bad, but it helped me get through the rest of the weekend. 
Because I am here one more transfer, I am positive, more than positive actually, that I will me leaving in September. But that means that I have a lot of work to do here to finish up and leave on a good note. I have to baptize the sisters of hermana Maria Jose and then I have to baptize this familia Diaz Cruz. My goal is the get these people baptized before my time is up here =) 
Its tough. Saying goodbye to the people you've grown to love, but I know that the things that we have done here are something that will last beyond this life. I am proud of the way that we have helped these people.
New Pet?
Anyways, that's all for this week! I hope you have had a great week! I didnt hear much from anyone this week so I dont really know what happened. But oh well.... Seems that everyone starts getting bored with the things I say... sorry guys, workin on it. Love you guys and hope you have a great week!
Another Pet?
English Class Fun
Kia Kaha,