BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
Buen día todos
Wow what a week!
On Tuesday the wind was so strong like insanely strong. We couldn´t even leave our apartment except in taxi, so we had to do that to go to all our appointments.
We taught a way sick lesson with Sol, who I talked a little bit about last week. She is 25 and her situation is super special, a definite challenge for teaching but nothing is impossible for the Lord. I am super stoked for the privilege to teach her and her mom Mercedes and help them come unto Christ. They both came to church yesterday and they liked it a ton!
Also Daniel came which was another miracle.
Transfers next week so we will see what happens. Thanks for all the love and support!
¨Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.¨ Doctrine and Covenants 121:45
Holy sack can´t believe its already September! 3 more days and it will be a year from when I got off the plane in Buenos Aires.
I have been learning a lot of patience and humility over the last while. The Lord has made us instruments in his hands and He has taught me recently if we ask in faith and have a righteous desire for something, we will always receive it, but it probably won´t be the way we are expecting.
To explain. Over the past couple transfers I have really worked my hardest and just tried my absolute best to do everything right. I just really want to make the most of the time I have here as a missionary. I have prayed and prayed and prayed for success and we have shown our faith through our actions for sure. What has happened is that we have found a TON of people to teach. Like a literal sack ton not even kidding. So sick! Like I could tell all the stories but basically we will just be working or whatever and the Spirit like does all the work, and people to teach just like fall into our hands out of nowhere. Like literally they talk to us not even kidding. Examples from this week were Juan Carlos, Joel, Sol & Carolina, and the Mercado family. We are looking at like 20 people to teach there no joke.
So on Thursday we were coming back from lunch with Estella and we stopped to buy some water at this store that is outside our apartment. I was waiting for my comp and this kid that was standing there came up and talked to me. He asked me if I had been in Gallegos a couple of months back because he thought he saw me in this hair place that his uncle owns. So we made that connection and just talked for a bit. He just moved here so he doesn´t have any family or anything. We are going to be meeting him tomorrow. Then like right after that we are walking in our building and the dude that works there and like fixes and cleans stuff started talking to us. Juan Carlos told us about what he believes and had a few questions for us. We ended up talking to him for a while and giving him a book of mormon.
Yesterday in church this member from Salta, who moved here a few years back with his family, and has been inactive,cameto church. I talked to him after and he wanted us to go by his house and teach his kids so they could get baptized. We went by last night and met his whole family it was super cool. So we taught them and he has 3 more brothers here with full families to teach too. So basically way sick and all we had to do was go to church!
So what´s the trick with all this? All these people live outside of our area. What does that mean? It means the other Elders will be teaching them! Haha it sounds dumb but its the hardest thing. We were totally instruments of the Lord to find all these way awesome, prepared people and then we don´t even get to teach them.
Like I said we are learning patience and humility. I really love the mission and my Father in Heaven lovingly reminds me every day that ¨Its not about you.¨ I am so grateful for Him.
One really cool person we DO get to teach is Sol! She is the daughter of Mercedes one of our other investigators. I will say some more stuff about her once we teach her for the first time this week!!
¨Nevertheless, they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the santification of their hearts, which santification cometh because of their yeilding their hearts unto God.¨ Helaman 3:35
This week was a success. We saw lots of way cool miracles and the Spirit worked through us in like everything we did!
Friday night we found these two girls and we were able to teach them a quick and powerful lesson about God´s love for us and the Restoration. There is nothing like testifying of something so true and just looking someone in the eyes and see them feel the Spirit.
Saturday night, we were walking to a persons house that we had talked to a couple days before. Passing the branch President´s house, I was thinking of the friend of his wife who we are teaching and that she had told me she would be coming to church the next day. I could have called her and just let her know but just kind of without thinking I said to my comp ¨I´m going to knock on the door.¨ I knocked and they let us in and just then they had visitors over. His cousin from Mendoza and her husband. They have a 6 month old baby super cute. We taught a way sick lesson with them and they were stoked to get a copy of the book of mormon. I had marked mosiah 2:41 and wrote my testimony in the front like we always prepare them, and the dope thing was that same verse is the one I felt we should share.
The lesson was sick and they came to church yesterday!! President told us yesterday that that same night the dude (Paulo) was standing there talking to him after and smoking. And then
he´s all ¨something weird is happening idk what is happening to me¨ and he chucked his cigarette. You want a more instant example of the power of the Atonement? You won´t find many. Super sick. Paulo reminds me of scotty from star trek haha.
Also a kid named Rafaiel came to church yesterday and got super excited when we gave him a book of mormon. He gave us a big hug and was super stoked. He´s 16 and we play soccer with him on tuesday nights.
All in all we are seeing the fruits of obedience and diligence. I love the scriptures and the mission and these people. Going full send if you know what I mean.
¨Do ye suppose that God will look upon you as guiltless while ye sit still and behold these things? Behold I say unto you, Nay. Now I would that ye should remember that God has said that the inward vessel shall be cleansed first, and then shall the outer vessel be cleansed also.¨ Alma 60:23
Yesterday we had the privilege of watching a multi-stake conference broadcast that was broadcast from Salt Lake and Buenos Aires and covered Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay. President of the Area Sudamerica sur Elder Texeira spoke from Buenos Aires and he was followed by two more seventy and Sister Cordon. Then Elder Rasband spoke at the end.
The messages were super powerful and they spoke of love, service, and of spreading the gospel. I got super pumped to work and last night we taught a ton of people on the street it was super sick. I witnessed the gifts of tongues and discernment like never before, the spirit was with us super strong. Just one of those times when you can testify with power and authority and promise blessings of the gospel to all of Heavenly Father´s children.
Time has gone by super fast! We spent a good part of the week moving so we are super stoked to be living where we do! Super grateful! Got lots of help so as to not destroy my back like the last time. Nicest place I have lived here so far but we are still washing our clothes in the tub! No washing machine.
We have lots of cool people to teach! I feel like we really are helping a lot of people so thats awesome.
The Calderón family who just got baptized are doing really good. Trying to help them because its hard with everything new!
Daniel too is going through lots of hard stuff. His family is all Catholic so he really just doesn´t want to offend them. I understand its super hard so we aren´t pressuring him or anything to get baptized. He is a super nice kid and I know he will make the decision when he is ready.
Thats basically everything. Once again I am just super grateful to be here and to have all I have and know all I know. Have a great week everyone.
¨And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, (the liahona) behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.¨ Alma 37:40
Good times in Rio Grande for week one of this transfer! Elder Nelson went up to Comodoro so that was a bummer we had a fun 6 weeks us four. Elder Campopiano is Elder Coles new companion he´s a good guy. Only five weeks left for him so working hard.
This week we are for sure moving apartments which will be awesome. I already have the keys and everything, I just need to get a washing machine and get someone to help us take all the stuff over and up onto the second floor. We have a sweet view of the river and the ocean, and we are right across from the plaza. The move will definitely allow us to work faster and more efficiently, and we will be closer to everything downtown.
We have a lot of cool investigators that are basically all young kids in their twenties. The trouble is getting a hold of them, but once we do, teaching it is straight fire. This week we hope to commit several people to baptism and get lots of people to church.
I love being a missionary and feel so privileged to be able to be a part of the Lord´s work. I promise more blessings than you can imagine as you strive to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it blesses families and I know it is our way back home.
¨Yea, he that truly humbleth himself, and repenteth of his sins, and endureth to the end, the same shall be blessed-yea, much more blessed than they who are compelled to be humble because of their exceeding poverty.¨ Alma 32:15
Great week six as it warmed up quite a bit for us. Week 6 of this transfer.
We were able to find this really cool lady who works for Nuskin which is a Utah company run by members of the church. So with that contact we had a really sweet lesson with her and she is super prepared to hear the Gospel! She is reading the Book of Mormon so I will keep you updated.
Besides that, just a good week walking and teaching and waiting for transfers. Not too many changes in the zone so thats good! The zone is way sick right now. This week we should be moving into our new apartment although we have had a ton of fun living with Elder Nelson and Elder Cole. They are great missionaries and good friends now.
Tuesday was Elder Romney´s birthday so we did a bunch of stuff. Perfect timing because we went and got the package from the post office Tuesday morning. My mom is the best, she hooked me up fatty style. I´m going to be kicking it in my fresh US jersey playing soccer today.
We have lots of great people to teach so we are stoked to get started full-speed this week! Trying to implement some new ideas and find lots of people. I love the mission and I love the Gospel. I am so happy and blessed to know what I know is true.
Elder H is now the District Leader. He is staying with Elder R for the next 6 weeks.
Somos la bautizona loco
Super sick week of finding and teaching like a boss. Monday and Tuesday were spent in Ushuaia at the literal bottom of the world and in the most beautiful place I have seen so far! We weren´t able to hike due to a ton of rain and mud but I was able to get to know the city and do some shopping. Also got to see a lot of friends from around the mission and chill with them.
Wednesday we did a lot of service that took up most of our day. Thursday I had one year in the mission so we got some sweet pizzas from down the street. That one year went by so dang fast I don´t even know where the time went. I feel like I just got dropped off in Provo no joke.
Daniel will most likely get baptized this Saturday!! So that will be sick. We fasted yesterday for more baptisms as a mission but we are doing pretty good right now as far as numbers. I am excited for this next transfer and for things to hopefully warm up a little. We have lots of people to teach and new people every day. Really amazing how when we trust in the Lord and pray always he leads us to the people that need our help. I have learned principles of Faith and trust in God like crazy over this past while and I know that will help me a ton throughout life. I try to see the positive always and all the little things my Father in Heaven does for me every day.
¨Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom-
¨For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that I come quickly, Even so. Amen¨
Doctrine and Covenants 33:17-18 Matthew 25:1-13
Moms Note: Elder H and his Comp Elder R are still living with the Zone Leaders. He says they are having a blast and working so hard! Transfers are next Monday, he will most likely stay as he has only been in the area 6 weeks.
Qùe bien que me siento, de verdad la mejor semana de mi misiòn hasta ahora!
(How well I feel, really the best week of my mission so far!)
What an amazing week! Faster than any week before and filled with more stuff than I knew what to do with. Just a great produce and lots of miracles.
Our investigator that is 19 Daniel finally got the support of his Grandma to get baptized! So we are headed in that direction with him. Not that he needed her permission she is just like his mom so it was important to him that she was ok with it. #milagreishon
The wedding of Tito and Emilia was Thursday. Freaking sweet! Wedding in the morning at the civil building, then party at the church at night! Super fun and lots of support from the great members which made it super special!
Saturday the baptism of the whole family! (menos Aaron) All five al agua! Super special experience for them and everyone that participated in their month and a half journey! The faith of these sweet people is crazy, and every lesson with them I think I was taught more than they were! We are so stoked for them.
Writing from Ushuaia today! Bottom of the world, fog and snow today! Beautiful! Have a good week everyone.
A great week here ¨en la isla.¨
Our main goal for these past couple weeks has been helping prepare a family of 5 for baptism this Saturday the 29th. They get married on Thursday so we will have a huge party at the church. This week is going to be really sweet.
Besides that just work as usual; talking to people and doing the best we can. We were able to find a couple kids to teach this week by praying to know where to go to look for people. We have already taught them three times and they are super funny and receptive to what we share. Also made a few visits to the cemetery here but there aren´t as many people.
Lots of cool miracles every day that I have been trying to take more time to recognize. To save from boring you to death, I just want to testify that this really is the Lord´s work and that if it wasn´t, the things that we can do would not be possible. We really are powerless, but through our faith and works we can be instruments to bring about a lot of good. God´s purposes will always come to pass, a lot of times we just have to choose if we want to be apart of them. I know that as we are worthy and we have righteous desires to serve, the blessings that await us and others are countless.
¨For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.¨ Mormon 8:22
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.
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.