Monday, September 12, 2016
Dear family & friends,
We received the news that Mattias will be coming back home to be released as a missionary next week for medical reasons on September the 21, 2016. Mattias's hips had begun giving him problems again for quite some time now. He has been seeing several doctors in his mission area, but they can't do much while he's serving his mission. To go through this again has been pretty frustrating for Mattias. He has loved his San Jose California Mission so much! He loves his mission president and his companions. He loves the people there and has met so many people there that love him, too.
We are so proud of him! He is one of the 5% of missionaries that do return to the mission to serve as full-time missionaries after having been sent home for medial reasons.
Mattias has served a pretty interesting mission. While serving in the MTC, ready to go to his mission in Argentina, his whole group of missionary friends from the MTC received their visas in time to leave to Argentina, except for Mattias an another sister. Mattias was sent to the San Fernando California Mission to serve there for six weeks until his Visa finally came.
After serving in the San Fernando California Mission, Elder Malzl left to his Mendoza Argentina Mission where he served so happily until he had to came back for medical reasons.
Back home, while recovering from his first hip surgery, he served as a service missionary at the Bishop's Store House. For this calling he was set apart and served wearing his missionary service tag.
After his second surgery, Mattias while recovering and waiting and hoping to be called again to a full time mission, he prepared to be a temple worker. He had his interviews and he was ready to be set apart as a temple worker when he received his mission call to the San Jose California Mission! Mattias was so happy that he went out to celebrate with ice-cream with his his best friend.
Mattias has given his best to serve the Lord as a missionary. As his parents we want him to feel absolutely confident and content knowing that he has served a full time and completed his mission. We are so proud of him for having given his best in the mission field, regardless his challenges with his hips.
In one of his letters Mattias wrote the following:
"I love the mission so much, and I don't want to come home, but I'm willing to follow the will of God. He knows me better and knows what's best for me. I'm very grateful for all these things I have to go through. This week Ether 12:27 has been on my mind a lot. It lets me know that if I'm
humble and trust in God, he will make my weaknesses become absolute strengths. It's comforting to know that."
Mattias will arrive Wednesday, September, 21 at 1:07 pm at the Salt Lake City Airport. He is traveling with a group of missionaries that come home having finished their missions as well.
We will all go to receive him with signs, the Argentina flag, the California flag, balloons, etc. We would like to invite you to come to the airport in support of his arrival. We want him feel loved and supported by his family and friends.
We understand if you cannot make it. We know that many of you have work, live far away, and have other responsibilities.
If you can come to the airport on that day, please bring a sign or balloons or just be there to hug him.
Mattias's Home Coming Talk at Sacrament Meeting:
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm
at the White Church in Mapleton (31 West Maple Street
It's the same week that he arrives.
With much love,
Christoph, Laly, Melanie, Kiana, and Daniel
Monday, July 18, 2016
Thursday, June 30, 2016
Well, this felt like the longest week, but we got A LOT done!!
We organized a Family Home Evening, and 20 people showed up. They even went out of their way and bought Pizza Hut for everyone. I presented my light show, and we sang hymns afterwards. We talked with many of them and got many return appointments for this week. I love the mission very much. I'm looking forward to what this week brings! I love you all.
Monday, June 27, 2016
This was a great week for us. I feel happy to feel the Spirit guide me through the mission. I love connecting with the members here. I feel something special when I'm around them. We had quite a few big miracles happen this week. I'm lucky to be where I am at in life.
Some members took us out to a BBQ place this week and I was able to talk a lot with a Sister from Argentina. She has experienced a lot of things. When she first heard my story of my mission, that's when they wanted to take us to dinner. She told me that she felt impressed to tell me some things that I need to know, and so she told some amazing things. It really touched me and opened my eyes to what God has done to me.
This week, I was asked to give another talk in the English ward, so I spoke on how the gospel blesses families and shared my experience of finding my first converts in Argentina and about the dream I had before the mission 2 1/2 years ago. It felt good to talk about it.
Next week I will send you guys a link to VLOG that the youth in my ward has set up. Elder Larsen and I are in it and we did song with some of the youth. We are focusing a lot on getting close with the mutual group. They have many non-member friends that are genuine and would make fantastic members.
I love you all and I will try sending more pictures.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
This week was a good one! My companion, Elder Larsen is a great, genuine guy! We worked a lot with members and getting to know everyone personally. This Sunday we were sitting in the Spanish branch sacrament meeting when during the middle of it, I got pulled out of the meeting and was told that the bishop of the English ward felt inspired to ask me give a last minuet talk/testimony. I was surprised and felt a bit nervous. So as I was waiting my turn to speak, I was praying so hard for the spirit to guide me through this. When my turn came, I shared my story about my mission experience so far. It lasted about 15 min and to be honest I don't remember hardly any of it that I said. But afterwards, the English ward members were all coming up to me saying how my story has given them the inspiration to have more faith in God and to trust in him and move forward with faith. I'm grateful that I prayed for the Spirit to be with me.
Heavenly Father guides us to those needing to hear the gospel. While being out here in San Jose, I have witnessed that come to pass in several instances. I will share our most recent experience with you:
We went to ward BBQ this last weekend and we were visiting with members, when a Sister asked us to come to her car to help carry some water jugs. As we are going to her car, we were approached by a Latino man. He asked what church we were from, we told we are missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints also known as Mormons. He proceeded asking us if he could have a card with our number. He shared with us that he has had a drinking problem for a while now and how he and his wife are both looking for a church to join so they can change their lives. He has a family with three kids. Elder Larsen and I were both surprised on how this man came out of nowhere and approached us. It's funny, as right before the BBQ I was getting frustrated about not having much success with finding people to teach. But before we had left the apartment, we prayed that we would be able to find a family to teach. God has answered that prayer. I will keep you updated.
I have many more stories to share with you, but that’s for another day. I am really enjoying the mission and I am grateful that I am able to serve the Lord fulltime.
I hope everyone is doing well! I miss you all and I love you very much!
Elder Mattias Malzl
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Mattias reports that he is in a great area and his companion, Elder Larsen is excellent, energetic, and passionate about the work! They are serving in the San Tomas and Moore Park area. Mattias really likes his mission president as well. The members and investigators really spoil the missionaries there. They have been invited to lunches, dinners, and even to a tour of the Winchester Mystery Mansion. Mattias also had several opportunities to do his famous light shows. Members are starting to book them for Family Home Evenings. Mattias is very happy and excited serving in the San Jose Mission!
Elder Malzl and a member of his ward, originally from Chile, who knows Gonzalo Sepulveda!
At Famous Dave's BBQ, invited by Tom Walker, a local member, who had served with Mattias's Dad as a missionary in Switzerland