BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
Bueno, y así ya fue una semana más
This week was pretty sick the family that the missionaries have been teaching for like a month are getting married on the 27th and baptized on the 29th. It is something way special to see a whole family change little things in each person and like as a whole. They are from Córdoba and are super humble and way fun to teach. I always learn tons of new stuff through the spirit teaching new people.
There´s also this 19 year old kid we are teaching that I am pretty sure will get baptized that day too, but hopefully this Saturday.
The best part of the week was that last night Milton and Noelia called me from Pico Truncado my first area and we talked for a bit. They are getting married the 28th and baptized the 29th too!!! So freaking cool I was like legit about to cry just listening to how happy they are and how much they have changed! I barely had like a month in the mission last October and we were knocking doors with my trainer Elder Torres. I remember wanting to head back and eat some lunch and we just decided to finish the block. Literally the last house we knocked, turned into our first lesson with them that night. I have never seen a greater example of the love of our Savior and the miracle of the Atonement like I have with them. Super happy for them like wow. I´ll send pictures when I get them.
Another cool thing that happened is we taught this girl who was friends with the missionaries for forever, and her boyfriend was there that is atheist. So we start teaching, and the Spirit is just cranking like way strong. I´m talking and those two and another girl that was there are just like looking at me with the look of like the Spirit just potent like 100% pero super fuerte. Then at the end after we have invited them to read the book of mormon and everything, the kids like, ¨I don´t believe in this stuff, but I am going to read this and I will give you one chance¨ it was totally sick like the Spirit totally did everything there.
I am super grateful for everyone and everything in my life. I feel way blessed and loved and I hope you all know you are sons and daughters of God. I´ve got a year left from today so going to make sure I do my absolute best to be the Lord´s instrument here in Argentina. Thanks for all the support and prayers.
Buen día todos
A super fast week with a sick transfer and a super sick area.
Tuesday morning I left Rio Gallegos at about 9 in the morning to head down to Rio Grande. We passed the Chilean border and took a ferry across the Strait of Magellan, then crossed back into Argentina. I was sitting next to this guy named Daniel from Bariloche and we chilled and talked about skiing and traveling it was sweet. When we head down to Ushuaia for zone conference I´m going to call him to have lunch. Got into Rio Grande at about 5 or 6.
My new companion is Elder Romney from New Mexico he´s sick we are having a good time. He is my first companion that speaks English so these last few days have been really weird. I just keep talking in Spanish mostly though. For right now we are living with the zone leaders until we can find a new apartment. They split our area like 3 weeks ago due to the massive amounts of new missionaries so we have lots of work to do. We are preparing a family of 6 for baptism that have been investigators for like a month and so it is super exciting to see that. We hope they can get married the last week of the month and baptized that same Saturday.
We also had some cool experiences just knocking on doors these past few days. On Thursday we contacted a deaf man and it was super weird but cool. Definitely don´t know sign language so we said we would come back another day, well wrote that out obviously. Then the next day we were eating lunch with some members, and just before we left I asked this one sister who is just visiting from up North if she knows sign language. She served a mission in Peru like last year and she definitely knows sign language so that was sick. We are going to teach that guy this week so that should be fun.
Excited to work this week, the people here are a lot nicer and more open to the message than in Gallegos. Hope everyone is well donde sea que se encuentren.
¨And it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings he said unto his disciples; Enter ye in at the strait gate; for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad is the way which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein, until the night cometh, wherein no man can work.¨ 3 Nephi 27:33
Elder Hollingsworth has been transferred to Rio Grande. It is further south.
We were out of range for service and he knew we could not chat. He just sent a short email saying he was moving and it would take all day. That he would send a letter next week and that he knows wherever he is going it is direction from our Heavenly Father.
He sent a few pictures of him saying goodbye to the awesome people in Rio Gallegos.
Then I got on Facebook this morning when we got home and found a post by a Missionary mom from Logan, Utah. He and Elder H. have worked together before and it looks like they were traveling south together. Elder C. is headed to the bottom of the world, Ushuaia! Elder H. will be about 3 hours above him (north) but still be in the same zone! So thankful for the Missionary Moms I have met and for the pictures and information they share.
Buenìsimo que placer BOCA saliò campeon asì que no salimos a festejar pero casì.
We are looking at about 2 hours of daylight for proselyting so thats great news! The effort is real but the cold, como dice las escrituras, hace que los corazones de los hombres se enfriaràn. Literally. The good thing is the people that do take the time to talk to you are the ones the Lord has prepared.
We are also starting family nights with the members using the Book of Mormon as we are implementing the new inciative to ¨fill the patagonia.¨ The first one is tonight so hope it goes well.
This week we spent the weekend with President Salerno as we had a family night on Friday, Zone Conference on Saturday, and Sunday meetings. Talked about lots of good stuff and made plans to work hard. We will see what happens with transfers with the call on Thursday night.
Hope all is well, here its colder than I can even explain. The dogs that live on the street freeze literally solid in the night no joke. In the morning its so cold it hurts to breathe almost haha! Today we woke up with frozen water again so great!
I am very grateful to be where I am and to have the trust of my Heavenly Father for this work. I know the small difference we can make becomes a lot greater when we leave this life. I know more than anything we are children of God, and I hope that knowledge will affect your decisions as it should, now and always.
¨And whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, which is right, believing that ye shall receive, behold it shall be given unto you.¨ 3 Nephi 18:20
Well it was a cold cold cold 7 days down here in the bottom of the world. On Tuesday we received a letter from President that we should be expecting a ¨cold wave¨ and there was several things we had to do to prepare. Good thing we got some extra water because Friday we had no power or water! They cut the power in the whole province due to the lack of payments and all our water pipes froze. Now you`re all thinking ¨well you just had to leave the faucet dripping overnight¨ but the water system doesn`t work like that here and we would have just drained the tank asi que callense por favor.
The best day of the week was Thursday when we woke up to snow! We left way early and didn`t get back until the last minute it was the best. I missed the snow so much! We passed by to help some of the members and had massive snowball fights. I took one snowball directly in the left eye and was running blind for a bit but its all clear now. It was a super cool opportunity on Thursday to serve others, and to be able to explain to them that through the Atonement of our Savior they can be made clean like the white snow.
We also met with Julio a lot this week and talked the whole time about sharing the gospel. He is dying to tell everyone about his testimony and so we go over lots of ways to explain things and how he can share with his friends and family. The power of sharing the Gospel is impressive in just improving the life of the sharer. I can tell you with 100% certainty that if you ever feel kind of down, testifying of the Savior and His Gospel will make you happier than any other thing you could possibly do.
We are starting a big iniciative with the Book of Mormon down here and I know we will see miracles. I cherish the daily time I have been given to study it, and it has made such a difference in my mission and me as a person. I invite you all to read it!
¨Therefore, whoso repenteth and cometh unto me as a little child, him will I receive, for of such is the Kingdom of God. Behold, for such I have laid down my life, and have taken it up again; therefore repent, and come unto me ye ends of the earth, and be saved.¨ 3 Nephi 9:22
BOCA is still ahead by four and getting very close to the end of this campeonato asì que, estamos muy contentos. If they win their next match they basically win.
We have seen some very cold days here this week. I put on more clothes than I would wear skiing or even hunting some days so you can imagine. I think I have lost all nerves in my ears and I am losing some hair quite possibly.
The work has been slower in terms of people progressing towards baptism. Which is basically the whole work haha but we actually teach a lot of people per week. As things get colder people get a little colder and the whole city moves a lot slower. Not to mention there are a ton of protests due to the lack of payment to basically all departments of provincial government here in Santa Cruz. We have permission to not use proselyting clothes downtown, but I doubt anything would happen. Overall we are enjoying the time we have here and making the most of it.
As a mission we are starting an initiative to fill the Patagonia with the Book of Mormon. I have been studying the Book of Mormon a ton and am excited to put a focus on sharing it. I know without a doubt that it contains the words of Prophets of God and the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ, and that reading it will bring us closer to God ¨than by any other book.¨ (Joseph Smith)
Julio blessed the sacrament yesterday he was stoked. Every time we get together with him, he just wants to spend the whole time practicing talking to people about the gospel. It has been super cool to see the changes he has made in his life.
¨Now ye see that this is the true faith of God; yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve us, so long as we are faithful unto him, and unto our faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into transgression and deny our faith.¨ Alma 44:4
A very successful and very cold week for me here in Rio Gallegos. I have been a while without winter, due to the fact I left in the summer last year, so I am definitely not used to being so cold. I have lots of good clothes so there is no problems there, hopefully it snows.
We are teaching two young kids that just moved here a little while ago and have been coming to church these past couple weeks. They have interesting religious background but they are very prepared to hear the gospel and they love everything we teach. I always learn so many new things about myself, the gospel, and our Savior when we teach someone new.
We are hoping to get our water fixed this week. My hands are just about to dry up and fall off doing so much washing in this winter weather.
Time is going super fast I have already been here for ten months! The time feels like it has gone really fast but as far as all the stuff I have learned I feel like I have been here for years. I am super grateful for this experience.
I have been thinking a lot lately about loving everyone more, doing things with full purpose of heart, and relying on the Spirit to work through me and accomplish the things I cannot. I am praying more than ever and I have developed a trust with my Father in Heaven that I hold very dear to my heart. He always, always listens, and little by little He is directing my thoughts, words, and actions towards others and their needs.
¨And therefore, he that will harden his heart; the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God, until he know them in full.¨ Alma 12:10
Elder Hollingsworth has been sick all week. Pink eye, Sinus Infections and bloody noses. Sounds like winter. He was not feeling like writing a letter so he said to say "i'm sick but happy! Hoping to get feeling better so we can work harder this week" "Tell everyone Hi and that I love them. And thank you for all the emails and pictures."
I wish I had more to say! Todo bien! The week passed super fast and the weekend even faster.
The biggest news is that for transfers the district is all staying so thats good news! We had zone conference and interviews with President Salerno Thursday and Friday. The conference was well prepared and it is always good to see other guys in the zone and get packages and letters.
Really cold days and even colder nights but we keep up with it just fine!
On Sunday a young couple just walked into church that nobody had ever talked to before, and it was another proof that our Heavenly Father puts challenges in our lives to get us on the right path and to teach and edify us. We will start teaching them this week.
Super grateful to be in Argentina right now and at this time in my life. I am grateful for all the support I feel. I know my Heavenly Father lives and loves me, and that my Savior paid for my sins and all the pain I will ever feel. I promise He can take it away no matter how terrible, and that He loves you.
¨But if you will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.¨ Mosiah7:33
De 10 esta semana
We had some really beautiful cool, clear days this week for contacting in the cementery. Lots of walking and lots of testifying of Gods love.
We worked really hard this week to get Julio ready for Saturday! He was so prepared it was such a cool thing to hear his testimony of our Savior and how he wants to live now. He is super smart and literally studied the heck out of everything we gave him and taught. He really came to a knowledge of the truth for himself. I am just grateful I got to see him change and that he let the power of the Savior`s Atonement change not only the decisions he makes, but who he is. Brother Romero, a good friend of Julio`s growing up, baptized and confirmed him.
Skype yesterday was great. The time is going super fast and I love representing Jesus Christ here in Rio Gallegos. I know this is the work of the Lord and that He is hastening His work. I have made a lot of friends in 9 months but the closest one is my Heavenly Father. I testify that He is waiting to make us instruments in his hands, and that all He asks is our Faith and our desire to change.
¨I glory in plainnes; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.¨ 2 Nephi 33:6
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.