Monday, March 21, 2016

A commute to the next apt and a typical ward party

I can sing, its just that I don't know the words...
Mi nombro es Elder Scoubes. Soy de Utah. Sabe donde esta eso? No? Pues... sabe donde esta Las Vegas? Si? Si. Cerca de eso.
I had to work 6 months for that. Oh yeah...
yay. go me. 
wow... that was really fast. to think that 1/4 of the mission is gone. Wow. ee ahh wow.
All was good this week! We had little success, but were getting there. Remember. Diligence is the CONSTANT work that we are willing to do. After that work, we reap the rewards. 
This week we had the opportunity to go to the temple. well my companion went, but i was able to be in the gardens for a few hours. that was amazing. The things that i learned?
What makes us good missionaries? The people we baptize? the number of hours we teach? the number of doors we knock? no. What makes a good missionary is a person who learns something, and then applies it to make themselves better. 
We learn from Elder D. Todd Christopherson that: "If we are to meet the Lord's high expectations, there is one attribute that we must apply to our lives. Being willing to accept, and even seek, corrections." 
If the Lord is merciful enough to teach us a principle, who are we to not do something with that?
Apply what you learn. it is the only way that we can get better.
I hope you all are happy! I am happy.
From Las Villas in Tijuana, Mexico.

con amor, Elder Scoubes

Monday, March 14, 2016

Mar 14 2016

I did not like rain at home, and much less here.

But ni modo! (oh well)

Life moves on.

This was a week of hard work. Elder Zavala and I have made a goal to talk with EVERYONE that we see. And that is what we have been doing! We have had the most contacts of our district. And as a result, we have 21 lessons lined up with 21 different people/families next week! Whew.

What can we learn?! 

We must do our best to work hard in the thing within our reach. I can not control that someone accepts a baptismal invitation, or that they go to church. Much less that they even accept to listen to up. But what I can control is the number of people I contact. 

If we are showing the Lord that we are doing everything that is in our power, he makes up the rest. 

I have also thought about that in contrast with the Atonement.

It is like piano lessons.
Mom pays the teacher. She pays it in full. 
The only thing that we have to do is show our appreciation through the practice that we do. It is the same with the Atonement.

The Savior paid it all. He paid it in full.
The only thing that we have to do is show our appreciation through the things that we do. We must repent, always strive to be worthy, constantly work on the areas that we lack.

And if we do that, we recieve the gift of his grace. We can return to live with our Heavenly Father.

Highligh of the week? This morning, i found a spider hanging off of the end of a broom stick. I ran up to Elder Zavala, to threaten him or something like that. To my dismay, he is not afraid of spiders. Also to my dismay, i am. He then grabbed the spider with his hand, and chased me out of the house, and all around our area. Woo. Go companion. You are great. yeah. mm.

All is well, I am still breathing. Haha, no. I am fine.

Con amor, Elder Scoubes

Monday, March 7, 2016

Hello Friends and Family! 

This has been a good week. Slow in the success, but good work. 
Unfortunately, our weekly numbers did not demonstrate our work. And our my District Leader noticed that too.
We started the morning with a nice chat.
Nuestro Leader de Distrito nos plancho. (our DL ironed us.)
It's all good. 

This morning, I was studying in Predicad Mi Evangelio. Preach My Gospel.
And I was studying about Diligence. There are a few things that I would like to point out that I learned.

1 - Diligence means that we CONSISTENTLY work on the things that we want to accomplish. 
We can not simply put in an spike of effort, and hope that things work out for the best. We learn, and teach others, that we recieve many blessings from the Lord. But there are merely the blessings that slip through His fingers. If we are CONSISTENTLY showing the Lord that we want what we want, He will open his hands, and blessings will fall upon us openly. 

2 - I dont remember who said it, but someone once said,

 "Sometimes, people are suprised to learn that the key to missionary work... is work!"

                       -Someone Important

What can we learn from this? The Lord teaches us that, diligence is our acts of work. CONSISTENT WORK. Only when we really show that we are willing to sacrifice for the things we want, we recieve the help that we need. 

I encourage all to study about diligence. It is a broad subject.

Story of the week! 

I got another stomach infection. But worse. 

I woke up Wednesday morning at 1:00am. And something did not feel right. I retired to the bathroom, just to be sure that nothing went wrong in the bed. I waited, sweat dripping, and yup. 

Vomit. Ew. 

I "got sick" about 3 other times that night, all a few hours apart. 
The next three days included, feeling like death, million pills, and a nice Injection in the bottom.
(the shots so I didnt "get sick" every time I ate.)

So all is well here in Mexico!

I wish you all the best. Stay safe, dont eat in the street. 

Con amor, Elder Scoubes

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Moms favorite new song "Two years"

I love love love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! please listen to this beautiful song

I love and miss my missionary!!!!!!!!!!!  Elder Trevor Scoubes

Video of missionaries coming home

 I gotta get off face book.  I can barley see.  I noticed its the moms who are exploding with emotion when they see their child again for the first time after 2 years.   I was thinking about this.  I don't think I could justly explain what it is like to birth a baby through so much pain only to love and care for his(or her) every need for 19 years.  To providing all his food,shelter, clothes, comforts, and council.  To go with him through every step of  his childhood life, to talk out all his options with him whether its "should I join the soccer team" or "what school should I attend" or "what do you think of so and so".  To know he needs you so desperately.    I knew and prayed the day would come when Trevor would decided to serve a mission.  This day still bring sooooo much joy.  From decision, to paperwork, to watching the mail box, to the announcement, to the preparing and packing, to the airport goodbyes.  These are such tender and amazing experiences so full of love and pure joy.  That being said the moment he walked through airport security turned around and waved goodbye to us, it was over.  His childhood with us is complete.  It will always be ours to remember forever.  It is a very real  shock to the heart to have your child removed  from your daily life. The next two years belong to The Lord.  These are Trevor's memories exclusively that he is wonderful enough to share with us through Pday communication.  Missionary Moms all around the world hang onto every Monday.  Proof of life, I have heard it called.  Letters and pictures showing him moving successfully through life in Mexico serving the Lord. Learning and transferring from boy to man.  Evidence of happiness and struggles.  Most important, proof of an ever growing testimony.  Even though separate from her child a mother continues to go through all this with her child. Every up  and every down. We feel from here when they are discouraged or sick.  We hurt with them through every trial.  We celebrate every accomplishment.  For two years we cling emotionally to them because that is all we have.  Unless you count wondering periodically through their empty rooms to to feel close to them.  I think that is why a mother is bursting with emotion when she sees him again in the airport.  I imagine that day often and can not wait. Ill try not to explode when it is my turn to see my child running towardss me but I can't promise anything.  I am bursting with emotion now and I am just think about it.  We still have 1 1/2 years.  Trevor told me one of the main reasons he chose to serve a mission was because he had faith that it would bless the people he loves most.  He was correct.  We are very blessed.

A beautiful Missionary Medley