Great week here I felt like a lot happened but also not that much. We are all doing great the Spanish is tough but also not that tough. The worst days here are Sundays as sad as that is. We have all these meetings with these old guys, and we feel like we are under oppression haha. They are so strict. But they are really nice and they are serving us so that's cool! Anyway the evil girl that plays the piano for us every week in sacrament is leaving and I am so happy because she is so scary and mean. Haha anyways lots of interesting people here!
Our second week of the chile's was a success! They are so hot it hurts so bad but it's so funny! I have taken a lot of sick and funny videos but I can't send them so ya whatever. I have been selected by the guys who left last week to keep up one of our zone traditions, the Luchador. Basically every Wednesday this crazy guy dresses up in this thing and goes insane and fights another guy dressed as Batman. It is for the new kids because at the end of the first day you think you are in the military and it helps them to know they are not. But the presidency has almost caught us and they are catching on so gotta be quiet! Anyway I have the job of getting everybody all riled up and nuts so that Elder L and Elder F can fight! It's so funny! Both of these guys are studs and we chill everyday! Everyone wants to talk to me at night it's so hard to get stuff done haha.
So yes we are all good friends. Loved all the packages and letters thanks so much. We taught our first legit investigator this week it was insane! Her name is Patricia she is from Uruguay and studying English at BYU. We had three lessons and they were so fun! We just laughed the whole time she is so funny! But I was able to answer a lot of her questions I have definitely felt the gift of tongues! She is so curious and so fun to teach I hope we get more time next week!
Anyway those are the highlights! Basically besides that we just study and have fun! Also don't tell anyone I said anything about oppression because it's rude but it's true haha!
Off to the temple, thanks for all the prayers and love
The first one is Elder R and I. He is from Portland. He's super funny and way chill a lot like myself. These are some dope things we drew.
Me and Elder B at the Temple! Show Jill Eccles Mom! He's a stud we are bros.
Oh baby sending letters! Best thing ever.
Hermano M is legit the sickest dude ever. His lessons were so inspirational and he has to leave because of semester. We were all so depressed. He was in the military and he's a boxer he's so dope.
The other two are self-explanatory!
Then there is me, Elder F and Elder L I could say a lot about these guys but they are such good bros.
Then there is the Elder Hollingsworth late night classic, wheat thins and scriptures. (from Makayla)
Hello friends family and fans,
Well this week was straight up legit. I wish I could think of all the stuff maybe I should write it down. On Sunday night we started a new tradition of eating chile peppers at dinner. When you walk across the street of the MTC there are these pepper plants growing in the flower beds hahaha super weird but anyway on our way back from the temple walk we grab a bunch and then we eat them at dinner. I am not used to hot stuff but even the guys that are get absolutely abused by these little guys. They honestly hurt so bad ahaha, but it's a good laugh and I actually had a sinus infection all week with blood and the whole works so it sort of cleared me out. It hurt but was good. Then we had a killer devotional Sunday. This church is so true it's not even funny.
So then the rest of the week was chill but no chill. Every day we swim through a briar patch of new spanish learning but I am grateful for the opportunity and I am learning a lot. I have totally received the gift of tongues already because when our teacher or investigators speak I totally understand like 90% of what they say. So cool. My trouble is responding and especially conjugating. I'm not dreaming in Spanish yet but it's coming slowly but surely.
Well I've only been here like 17 days but I'm already infamous. I'm known to my friends as Elder Boss, to my district as Elder Clorox, and to other guys in my zone as Elder Nordstrom. Yes they are jealous I am so well dressed. Skinny ties aren't a problem so if you wanna hook me up my favorite brand is 1901 and I like just solid colors I'm not much for patterns.
The work is moving forward with great haste. I got such a spiritual witness this week. I get homesick a lot more than I'd like but I gut it out like a man with lots of praying. The spirit testified to me that this is what I am supposed to be doing and there are people who need my experiences and who need to hear this message through my mouth. So comforting. I am doing great and I love this gospel so much. I have realized just how much I have been blessed with and I realize that serving this mission is the least I can do.
Everyone keep the faith and keep us Argentines in your prayers, we can feel them everyday.
Off to a haircut then the temple, maybe a nap later haha.
Elder Hollingsworth out-
Friends and Family,
This week has been great here in Provo. I have learned so much about myself as well as so many beautiful things about the gospel, and of course lots of Spanish. The district is great as well as my companion. We are all focused and we love the Lord and this work. Some random things that have happened are
-Every day during exercise we play this massive soccer game against the Germans it's way intense
-Pday is the greatest thing since sliced bread, it's literally the best we can even nap
-The only that sucks about Sunday but is also cool is that we all have to prepare a talk in spanish and they call up two people randomly to give them. Way sketchy
-Every day is pretty much like this
Class, breakfast, class, lunch, exercise, class, dinner, personal, companion, and language study, bed
-Tuesdays are cool cuz there is a devotional at night and we clean in the morning, cleaning is so great cuz it helps me sort of decompress, if you know me well you'll understand
-Every night I eat my candy and write letters and read letters and then I wipe down our whole room with clorox wipes! Ah its so great but everyone makes fun of me haha
-I see all the bros a lot and it's way cool to see them succeed!
-I am so stressed that I don't even eat a lot at mealtime, but the stress is good it keeps me focused
-I love all the packages that I have received, but please no more candy I already have more than I can eat! And something weird missionaries can't chew gum in public so that's no bueno
-I love getting handwritten letters too those are great
A cool experience that happened last Sunday was Elder H
was playing the piano for us, he's our district leader, and he was playing and singing the church version of hallelujah that talks about Christ. I was staring at the missionary purpose that I had to memorize in Spanish and listening to this beautiful song about what the Savior did for us, and I just about lost it. It was an amazing moment and the turning point for me here. Before that I was way depressed and overwhelmed, but now I am ready and excited to share the Lord's love with the Argentines.
Yo testifico que Jose Smith fue una profeta de Dios. Se que el libro de mormon es verdadero.
I am going full-send on this mission!
The MTC is so hard at first! I just want to make that clear haha. Such a blessing to have all my friends here who I see every day! I will send pictures next week because I need to get an SD Card reader from the store. Good news! On my license to preach the gospel it says I'll be home on July 17th 2018. I am so excited and grateful to be
a missionary! The Spanish is so hard and overwhelming we have to memorize so much. The gift of tongues is so real though! We taught our first lesson in Spanish yesterday and I randomly started saying things and our investigator prayed! So grateful because I know my Father in Heaven is taking care of me every day! My companion is elder T from Oklahoma. He is really nice but we aren't very alike haha. I'll send you pictures of my journal next week so you can see my thoughts on a day-to-day basis. All you need to know is I am a little homesick, the MTC is an amazing place, and that this Gospel is true! I am gonna be working so hard to get the
language and I know it will come! Thank you for the packages, letters, and all the support!
I am headed to the temple after lunch and we teach our second lesson tonight! Crazy!
Jake Is currently serving in the Argentina, Comodoro Rivadavia Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints. He reported to the MTC August 3, 2016. This blog is for family and friends.