November 24th 2014

Here are some pics!
1. Elder Okerlund and I with Karina and Taskia (saying bye)
2. Me and the Familia Ponce (saying bye)

3. Just some FISH we had! yumm!!

November 17th 2014

We had Transfer calls again last night! I am leaving Wilmington. After just 1 transfer here. I am going up to Santa Monica now! I’m not going to lie; I am pretty excited about it. I hear it's really hard, but a good area. My new companion will be Elder Fierro, he is from Oaxaca, Mexico. He's only been here for 6 weeks. I met him about 3 weeks ago and he's way awesome and super nice. The mission is crazy! I love it though. I will miss this area for sure, every time I am on exchanges with some other elder in a different area, I tell people that I am serving in Wilmington and they automatically say "Whoa, be careful, it's way dangerous there" They say the Ghetto parts of L.A. are Wilmington, Compton, Watts yeah.... not really. Well at least no one messes with us. It’s actually kind of nice.  Compared to Huntington Park! But I am leaving now :( I met some AMAZING people here in such a short period of time. Got to love the mission. Everything else is good. Getting ready for Thanksgiving next week and then it will be Christmas! Time is going by way too fast. Other then that everything is good!

I love you all and thank you so much for all the support.

Love, Elder Puertas



1. Me, Michael and Sandra (Michael leaves on his mission to Honduras on Wed.)
2. Me saying bye to the familia Chacon. They bought shirts for their kids for Christmas and they let me put one on for the picture. They are awesome.
3. Me and Hermano Cardoso, he's in the bishopric in Wilmington. Way cool guy.

November 10th 2014

First off Monday Bowling is the best! It was just good to relax and have some fun. We paid $15 to play for 2 hours, we bowled 4 games and it was great. Well on Tuesday we had a meeting with some missionaries and had some great trainings that were great. We also got to hear the testimonies from the departing missionaries that are finishing their mission. The Spirit is so strong, it really is. They all said how crazy fast time flies by and to enjoy every second of your mission, even the tough times. Some sisters I came out with are going home next week. Transfers are next week already!!! So ill be emailing all you about if I got changed or not. We'll see :)
We had an awesome miracle about 2 nights ago, we got a phone call from Mexico and it was a member there that had a referral for us. She said that the referral is very interested and that it is "Una Familia Complete" we are meeting with them tonight so I am excited for that. We also got the chance to go to the Visitor Center last night with this less active lady that's returning and her daughter Tashkia. She's 8 but turns 9 in 2 weeks. She's also not baptized so we are helping out with that :) They are from Mexico and just got here about 3 months ago! They are so great! Well that's my week! I love you all!

Happy Birthday Grandpa Louie and to my Sister Ashley! Te Quiero y te extrano mucho!

Elder Puertas

Pictures: Bowling.
District Picture at our Ward mission Leader's house.

Visitors center with Karina and Tashkia.

November 3rd 2014

This week was really good. A lot of things happened. We had a chance to have Zone Conference this week and it was good. Elder Okerlund and I gave a training on "Sincere Prayer" and just preparing for that training helped me a ton. My prayers have changed a lot. It's so much more personal then before. We are literally talking with our Heavenly Father, He's there and He is listening to us. It's just being honest and specific with Him. It's really just pouring out your whole heart to Him. The time's I've done so I have felt so much peace and love come to me. The power of prayer can change so much. It was a prayer that changed the world forever. I learned a lot and the spirit was defiantly there.
HALLOWEEN! Well this year I decided to dress up as a missionary... ha because that's all we can dress up as. We had to be in by 6 so we bought a "GIGANTIC PIZZA" and took it back to the apartment. We have some other elders living with us for a little while so it was super fun. It was a rainy Halloween here though and it's starting to get cold. We have to wear sweaters now, I know.
The mission is super fun, way tough some times, but way fun. Time just flies but we talk to so many people everyday and it's just good to hear their story and help their faith grown in Christ. Our message is unique and can truly bless everyone.
I love my mission, I love this Gospel and I love my Savior.

Love, Elder Puertas