Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Christmas!! December 25, 2015

Kelton send home Mexico Soccer Jerseys
for all of us for Christmas!

Christmas 2015 

Skyping with Kelton

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 20, 2015 Pictures

 Baptized two young women from the ward

The girls families

Our Zone

Our Zone with President and Sister Whitehead

Monday, November 30, 2015

We Baptized This Week!! November 30, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Great Week in Mexico!! November 22, 2015

Super Long Week! November 16, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Humbling Experience October 22, 2015

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

One of the Best Weeks in My Mission September 16, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Trials In Our Lives September 9, 2015

Family and Friends,

I dont have much to say about this week, but we are having a really good time here in Mexico. I cant even begin to explain how thankful I am to be here in the mission and be able to share the gospel with all of those people who need it so badly. The one thing I can truely say that I have gained from the mission is my personal testimony on how important this gospel is in our daily lives, and how it can help us overcome the difficulties that this life has for us.

This week I was thinking a lot about challenges that we face. We all have a hard time with something. Whether they are small things or big things. I always have wondered why such rough difficulties come to people that are trying so hard to do the right things, and why they have to have it so rough. So many missionaries have a hard time in the mission. Whether it is because of family problems or some other personal reasons. In my opinion missionaries are some of the most righteous people that are living and for some reason they are having some of the toughest difficulties while they are here in the mission.

I have come to my conclusion, and I always teach this to my investigators, and it is that there are two types of blessings. First would be those great things that come into our lives and allow us to be happy. The other one, the one we usually dont recognize, are the worst things that come into our lives. The challenges that allow us to become better. The challenges that allow us to become better people, and allow us to become stronger in faith and in character.

The best part is, is that we have the gospel to help us overcome them. How would it be, going through our challenges without knowing how to pray? or without having a Book of Mormon? or without having the sacrament? Or without having a ward family? Personally if I didnt have these things I wouldnt be the person I am today. Life would be a very difficult thing if we didnt have the gospel in our lives. This is what gives me the motivation to share the gospel with everyone here in Mexico. Even if all we do is teach them how to pray. Or teach them about the Book of Mormon. Every small effort counts. Please share these things with all the people that dont know or have these things. Also share it with those who have forgotten how big of a blessing these things are. 

I love you all, and hope all is well. 

Elder Hirsch 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Things Are Great Here In Mexico! September 3, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015

Working in the Mission Home with President Whitehead August 24, 2015


This week was great. It was a little slow because life is a lot different here in the offices. We spend most of the day here in the offices and then like 3 or 4 times a week we head out and work from 6 to 9 at night. The ward here is really great, but we live in one of the riches areas in Mexico and there arent a ton of people walking around like in other areas, and the people that are in the street arent from here, they just come to work. I am really excited to be working here and we have a lot of fun, but I am going to really focus on learning more about the scriptures here, and also using the short time that we have at night to work really effectively. I know our main responsiblity here is to help with the management side of things but I truely believe that we are going to find great people here who are ready to learn about the gospel and be baptized.

We are going to have a great couple of weeks here in the mission. On Saturday Elder D Todd Christofferson is coming to the mission to talk to us as a mission. He will be here for two hours and the entire mission is going to be there. This will be the first time that we have had a reunion with the entire mission so it will be an awesome couple of hours. Its an amazing spirit that is there when there are so many missionaries together! Then we will hopefully have a chance to go to the Temple open house. They just finished remodeling the temple here in Mexico City so we are going to be able to go to the open house and then on September 13 we are going to go to the temple dedication. Its going to be a great few weeks here! I am really excited.

My companions are great. I am going to be here with Elder Lowe for at least the next two months! Elder Demars is going to be headed out to the area that I was just barely in. He leaves tomorrow and he is going to baptize all the people that I found with my companion!

In the offices we are still in charge of a ward, so they still give us food every day, but it is a way rich area and they arent always home so a lot of them give us money to go eat in restaurants. This week I went to an Italian Restaurant, Carls Jr, Burger King, A breakfast place that is like the Ihop of Mexico, and one family made us some american Hamburgers! haha we basically live in the America of Mexico! We have a really nice apartment but it is where all of the elders come when they have to do something in the offices or when they are going home so it doesnt get maintained as good as it should!

Everything is going great here. Our Pdays are going to be different every week because we basically just choose the day that we have the least stuff to do. Please tell everyone to write on Sunday and that I will write back sometime during the week! I hope all is well and that everyone is doing alright. I love you, have a great week!

Elder Hirsch 

Elder Hirsch & Elder Demars & Elder Lowe

Transfers!!! August 17, 2015


I know you are probably worried about me but everything is just fine. We had changes on Monday so we didnt have time to have our P day. I got transfered out of my area and got moved to be President Whiteheads secretary. I am going to be working in the offices of the mission and helping with the management part of the mission. I am in charge of all of the visas and passports. Also in charge of travel plans for missionaries that are leaving and also all of the cell phones in the mission. It is going to be weird working here because we only go out on the streets at night from 6 to 9 so there isnt a lot of time, but I am hoping that the Lord blesses us with a little bit of success while I am here! I think I will be here for at least 6 months, which means I will be coming to the end of my mission when I leave here. I am not sure how excited I am to be working here in the offices but I think it will be a great experience to learn from President and see things from a different angle!

We usually have to work on Mondays here because all the missionaries need more help on their preparation day, so we will be writing normally on Wednesdays but it will change a bunch because there is always crazy stuff going on. i will write once a week but I cant promise you what day! Also there wont be as many stories because we arent working as much with investigators, but it will be a good experience!

This last week went really well. Unfortunately we didnt have the opportunity to baptize Maria Juana, but I think she will be baptized at some point. It was a tough last week of the trasfer with my companion but the Lord really helped me get through it. I cant say that we worked harder but the Lord blessed us with a lot of new people to teach and we got 6 investigators to church the other day. We received a lot of blessings and thankfully I was able to hang on strong and not get too frustrated with my companion.

My new companions are Elder Lowe and Elder Demars. Elder Demars is training me right now and will be headed out of the offices next week so I will be working here with Elder Lowe. He is a really good guy and he is from Layton utah. He is really laid back and the best part about him is that he loves to play golf! haha we are going to have a good time here. We found a guy that is in our ward that is a member at the nicest golf country club in Mexico and we are going to go play golf in a couple of weeks there with President Whitehead! 

I am excited to be here and experience something new about the mission. Its going to be a lot of fun.

Family and Friends,

 Everything is going great here in Mexico! I just finished my last transfer in the area that I was serving in and we had a ton of success. We were teaching a lot of great people so it was difficult to leave. I am excited to work in my new area and find more of the people that the Lord has prepared for us to teach!

I dont have a lot of time to write but I wanted to share a little bit about what I have been studying this last little while.

I always said before the mission that the gospel is what makes us happy and that by living the gospel that we will become closer to our savior Jesus Christ, but one thing I have been studdying a lot lately is what is it actually that makes us happier than everyone else, and I have come to the conclusion that it isnt the gospel. The answer is LOVE. When the scriptures say that God is Love it is because it is the only way to describe him! It isnt living the gospel that makes us happy, but by living the gospel it allows us to feel Gods love for us. The steps of the gospel are there to help us be pure which helps us to feel more of the Love that our Savior has for us!

Love your neighbor. 

I love you all and hope that all is well!

Elder Hirsch

Fun group of missionaries

This boy is only 14 years old and no one in his family is a member
but they all came to support him. A great experience!

Monday, August 3, 2015

PICTURES!! August 2, 2015

Fun things Kelton bought in Downtown Mexico City

Trip we took to the Temple with all of our investigators and New Converts

We had a great time!!

Mexico City Temple

Mexico City Center

Museum of Fine Arts

Very Fun Trip to City

This little girl asked Kelton to Baptize her, she is a convert from 
Sister Missionaries in District

Her family

Zone leaders

Abie Got Babtized!! August 2, 2015

The good news first! ABIE GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!! It was so awesome to see her get baptized. She went from being so difficult and not even wanting to sit down and talk to us to getting baptized in  3 weeks! She had so many personal problems and so much hatred and suffering inside, but she started living the gospel and everything changed. It was amazing! About a week ago she said a prayer at the end of the lesson and said ¨Thanks for taking away all of the hatred that I had inside my heart¨¨ It was truely amazing to see the way the gospel changed this teenagers life!

Abie was baptized by her Grandpa, Abie is the one on the left

Monday, July 13, 2015

Be your Best July 13, 2013

Family and others who seem to care,

This week in Mexico has gone really well. The work has gone really good and we are working really hard to find more investigators. We should be having a lot of success in the next few weeks. Starting off with Juan Bosco who has a baptism date for Sunday!

We found Juan Bosco about a month ago. We were in the street contacting people and we contacted a woman. She was really nice but wasnt at all interested in what we had to say. As always we asked her if she knew of anyone close by that we could go and visit. She said she works in a house of a family that is very catholic and that they won't want to hear us, but we could check with her boss, Jorge. Well we went and knocked on Jorges door and Juan Bosco answered. He said that his brother, Jorge, wasn't home. We then started talking to him about the church and asked if we could share our message of the restored gospel with him. He told us that he was really busy and that he doesn't have time for this kind of stuff, but we used a little bit of strategy with him and said it would only take 10 minutes. He said "If it's only ten minutes come on in!" Since that day we have been visiting him regularly and he has been reading the book of Mormon. Since day one he has accepted everything that we have taught him and on Sunday he will be getting baptized! 

We have some other really good investigators that are progressing and looking forward to these next few weeks! Thank you for all of your love and support. Have a great week. 

Be Your Best

Elder Hirsch

Keltons new child Elder Reyes

Juan Bosco Baptism

Great Day!!!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Another Brand New Companion! July 6, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

More Pictures June 29, 2015

Back In The City June 29, 2015