February 23rd 2015

This week was really good! My new companion, Elder Christensen is way good. He's this tall and he's way cool. This zone is way good too, they're all sisters but they all work really hard. We have had really spiritual lessons this week with our investigators. Our mission is really focusing on studying Preach My Gospel and it's changed my life! Los Angeles is so nice. I love the weather here, still way hot. We were shopping today and we met an actor, I recognized him right away. He's in the movie "God's Army 2" if you haven't seen it! Watch it! It’s so good and he was way cool. Not much happened this week but I still love being a missionary! 
Love you all! 

P.S Happy Birthday to Caro and my Grandma! <3

Elder Puertas

Pics: One of my good friends Elder Valenzuela finished his mission! 
the pic with the Actor in God's army 2.

February 16th 2015

My older brother just had his first beautiful child! Her name is CHLOE PUERTAS; she is the tiniest most beautiful baby ever! I'm officially an uncle! I can't believe it. This week was way good though. We went to visit some people named Luisa and Rosario and wow! We started off with a prayer and we had Luisa say it and it was one of the most powerful and spiritual prayers I have heard on my mission. She felt the spirit so clear and so strong it was amazing. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and they were just ALL ears. Then we invited the Mom (Rosario) to say the closing prayer and again, the spirit was there. They're prayers were both so sincere and so powerful, amazing people. On Valentines Day I was on splits with Elder Reynolds and we get a call from some sister telling us to come meet this guy at the Visitor Center. We get up there and we met Edson (E-ju-sao) he is from BRAZIL and he is sooooo tight. We taught him in  Spanish/Portuguese, it was so cool. He is way sincere and he said, "I have no doubt O livro de Mormon is true" He wants to be baptized! He came to church and everything. He is the coolest person on earth. The mission is so good. The people are amazing. Tomorrow we have our transfers so last night we got a call, well Elder Patterson is leaving  :( he really was so cool. I learned a lot. I am staying in my area and I will be getting Elder Christensen. He's a very tall red head. He's way cool. I'm going to be a Zone Leader again. They are bringing the Zone Leader area to our area now, but I'm excited to see how it goes. I love you all and I’m still in love with my beautiful niece Chloe! 

Love, Uncle Puertas

February 9th 2015

This week we had the chance to have a mini missionary with us. It's when the youth can be assigned with some missionaries for about 3 days and you just work. Our mini missionary was named Alan Antuna. He is way cool. He was baptized about a year and a half ago and he has such a huge testimony. I learned a lot from him actually. He's 20 and he just really wants to go on a mission. I wish I were as prepared as he is. In our Ward this missionary that served in Provo Utah just returned home too and EVERY time you see him you just see the biggest smile on his face. He truly loved his mission and I am sure did everything he could to give it his all. I have really had the chance to ponder this week and just think about my future a little. Think about how I want to end my mission because really "The way you end your mission is how you will start the rest of your life" and I know that to be true. Sometimes it does get tough but honestly it really is the biggest joy when you see people apply the teaching of Jesus Christ in their lives and change. Seeing others smile just lights up your whole day. I love Jesus Christ and his Gospel. It has changed me completely and I am so thankful for what he has done for every single one of us. Because of him we have that opportunity to return with our Heavenly Father one day! I really do love my mission and I love the people here, though agency stinks at times, it's an amazing gift God has given us to be able to choose between Eternal Life or Death. (2 Nephi 2:27)
I love you all! I can't believe Carrie is having a baby! I am going to be an Uncle!!! Uncle Puertas! I like that :)
P.S I got a haircut today and it's CRAZY short! Like Buzzed short! :) life goes on though... <3
Elder Puertas!