BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
Worked a ton this past week. I`m super tired but super stoked for this coming week! Julio is getting baptized on Saturday! Also las Hermanas have two people getting baptized too so it`s going to be a good weekend, topped off with Skyping.
Still working with minimal water but its all good! ( I guess that is in regards to the shower issue from last week and the picture of him washing his cloths in the bath this week!)
The church is all fixed and running so no problems yesterday for meetings! We taught the combined third hour and did some funny practices with my companion trying to teach the members how to invite people to church. Working hard to develop a strong mission plan for the branch and get the rusty gears moving.
The cake night was super legit! Tons of cake and tons of investigators! I made a way sick cheesecake with oreo cookies and there was a ton of other way good cakes. I basically starved all day and then ate like three entire cakes. Also the soccer nights on Fridays are going way good and lots of people are coming and bringing friends.
Super stoked for this week and to skype!! Hope everyone is happy and well!
"And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit." 2 Nephi 2:28
Happy Tuesday, I can`t believe it`s May already.
We taught a ton this week! There really is nothing compared to just trying to help people and figure out what they need, and then watching the love of our Savior work miracles in their lives.
Yesterday we met with Julio, a friend of our Branch mission leader who has been living with him for these past few months since his wife kicked him out. He has been coming to church since General Conference. He is a really neat guy and meeting with him is super spiritual. This was the third time teaching him and he is working to be baptized in a couple of weeks. It is amazing how the trials we face humble us and how our Heavenly Father uses them to get us on the right path.
On Thursday I think it was, we were talking to people in the city cemetery like we always do and we met another super prepared guy. We had seen this guy lots of times either leaving or arriving but had never talked with him. We decided to talk with him and turns out his wife died like just a little over a month ago. He goes to the cemetery every day in the afternoon and just sits there and talks to her. After talking to him for a bit and testifying to him that he would see his wife again, that which he was super grateful to hear after 40 years of being married to her, we left him with the little pamphlet of the plan of Salvation. Walking away, I had to take my scarf out of my backpack because I was dying of cold, and I could hear that guy reading the pamphlet out loud to his wife. It was super sad but also super happy that we could share that with him.
Thats the good stuff from the week. Besides that its cold and today its raining. The lights are still broken in the chapel so we had like a 20 minute sacrament meeting and went home due to the lack of heating. We are having a little bit of water trouble in the apartment so I think we are going to have a long week walking to the apartment of the other Elders to shower, which is like 5 miles walking one way. Tomorrow I will have been in the mission for 9 months! Love the work and I am super grateful for everything I have been given.
This week was super long due to some repairs in our apartment and travel these past few days. It continues to get colder here and the time goes faster and faster.
Last week in Church the Branch Presidency released the branch mission leader, and sustained a new one. The new guy is a stud and we are excited to work a ton with the members here in Rio Gallegos. This past Sunday there was a power outage in the whole city which caused a fuse to break in the church and the wires to the heating system caught fire. We had sacrament meeting then left because the whole place was filled with smoke. We are in the middle of organizing an activity for next week that will be a cake contest for the whole district (stake). My companion and I got it organized and we are hoping to get a lot of members and their friends to come and bring cakes. I`ll send pictures if it turns out good.
The past few days I had to travel to Comodoro for a meeting, which included two nights in a row sleeping on a bus, uno de lo cùales se rompìo en el camino a volver a Gallegos. ( one of which was broken on the way back to Gallegos). I am having such a hard time writing this in english you`ll have to translate the last part. One of the buses broke down and another one had to come and save us in the middle of the night it was terrible haha.
We are having a super fun time here sharing about family history with random people on the street. I filled out a little pamphlet and put pictures of my family and also I have the family tree you can print off from family search. We are trying to get people to come to the meetings which are almost every day of the week in another church building downtown. I love going because I can look on my account too.
That´s basically whats going on down here! Tomorrow we are getting flu shots so thats great news. I am having such a good time and learning so much about everything. I love this Gospel and I love my Savior so much.
I wish I could say I ate a ton of food and candy! Outside the church on Sunday, Easter really isn`t a big deal here! You can buy like chocolate eggs and that stuff but thats about it! Just another week for me preaching the Gospel.
Spent a lot of the week with Pace and Revilla (from Peru) due to the washed out highway and totally stopped bus system. My companion finally got here Thursday morning when he should have arrived Monday. He is from Buenos Aires, and we already kind of met from other guys in the mission that we know, he loves the work but he also likes to have fun so its going to be a good couple transfers I think.
In the branch they released the mission leader and called a new one that is a boss. We are going to have a ton of success working with him, and between us 6 we already have a lot of people preparing for baptism. Excited for this time here and for the colder days! Time is going super fast and I feel like I was just here yesterday writing emails.
What a beautiful time, Easter, to be able to remember the greatest sacrifice of our beloved Savior. With everything that is happening in the world, what a blessing it is to pray and thank our Heavenly Father for our countless blessings. I hope that you can focus on the positive in life and center yours around the Lord Jesus Christ. He understands you, and is waiting to take away your burdens. I testify that He lives, and I wish you all a Happy Easter.
Great week six, of my first transfer here in Gallegos. This was my companions last week here after six months and Elder Mancia`s last week in the mission, so we took it a bit easy. Mostly spent time visiting a lot of members and taking pictures and packing bags. My new companion is from Buenos Aries I think, he will be here on Wednesday.
Super excited to start this next transfer. We have two really cool families that we are visiting and with a few miracles I think some really cool stuff could happen. Also excited to find some more people in the Cemetery to introduce to family history, I love going to the class because I can look at my own stuff too. A few weeks ago we talked to one guy that seemed interested so we got to stop by the class and I actually found some more names to do when I get home. Family history is super cool and it is a great way to share the gospel.
So if you have heard anything about the flooding, its bad. If you haven`t heard anything about the flooding, there is flooding and its bad. Luckily not here but this transfer was super complicated due to washed out highways and stuff. My companion, who would normally be taking like a 16 hour bus ride up North is having to take a plane today haha. My new comp is just coming down from Comodoro and from here to there the roads are at least open.
I have been thinking a lot about something that I believe Elder Uchtdorf said in conference when he spoke on Charity. "The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most" I have thought about that as I have been trying to forget myself a little more and love everyone. I know this is true and I know we can find so much happiness in forgetting our own needs and losing ourselves serving others.
"And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him." Helaman 12:1
Not much to say!
The work goes on! Bless up because I am in Gallegos and not Comodoro! If you want to see some insane stuff look up Comodoro Rivadavia flooding its crazy. We really haven`t gotten that much rain this week down here.
Transfers are coming up and this one went by super fast. I have been in the mission for 8 months today. Conference yesterday was super good and it is worth taking some time to watch it over. I would do it, but I have to pay like 20 bucks to use the computer for an hour so it's not going to happen.
Here are some of the penguin pictures from last week! Super fun!
Just wanted to say the Church is true and all is good! I will have more news about the work next week as we get focused on the people and their goals.
"Christ`s love will make us more forgiving, more caring, and more dedicated to his work." Elder Uchtdorf
Buen dìa todos
This week lots of rain again and lots of fun. Elder Mancia from El Salvador is headed home in 2 weeks so we spent a lot of time with those guys working, serving, and having fun.
Tuesday we found a really cool family while looking for some old people from the Carpeta del area. Had a cool lesson with this old lady and her grandson who is twelve, but when you talk to him you feel like you are talking to a thirty year-old who has 5 college degrees. The gift of tongues had to help me out because I think my vocabulary in Castellano is like 6th grade haha.
On Sunday like half the branch was gone to Buenos Aires to the temple to be there for the sealing of a young couple, so we had a lot of work. Sundays are always a little bit harder to get out and walk, due to all the sleeping I did on Sundays at home haha.
Yesterday was sweet we got to go to Monte Leòn National Park and see penguins. About a two hour drive in a little bus we rented and it was super foggy all day. We had to walk a few miles on the beach which was pretty fun. The penguins live in little bush villages its sweet. They do bite in case you wanted to know if I tried to hold one. Definitely the sickest p-day of the mission so far.
I love being a missionary and I feel so blessed. The knowledge and testimony I have of this Gospel and the confidence I have in my Savior help me so much in every aspect of life here. Every little test we have in life should be taken with patience, charity for others, long-suffering, and the glorious hope of eternal life. Being truly converted to Christ is not about what we do or don`t do, but about who we are and who we want to be.
"Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually." Alma 57:27
No se que decir pero me voy a poner algo!
A super fast week holy the time goes so fast its crazy. I am just going to talk about a few things that happened and new stuff.
Our investigators Silvana and Lionel are doing really good! She has depression but she is feeling the influence of the spirit and the atonement in her life and she is really excited to be baptized. This week we are hoping to find some new people as well.
I have had this new idea to contact in the cemetery in the morning. Sounds weird but its actually super legit and the one contact we had there this week was super cool. We are sharing family history and the plan of salvation a ton and now with the Easter #principedepaz or prince of peace, I think we are going to find some really prepared people by contacting there. Also I just like it because its so different and all the coffins are above ground in little houses.
We had conference with President on Saturday and it was good. We are really trying our best down here despite all the roadblocks. He brought down my packages and letters so I was super happy. Time is going super fast and I am loving the mission.
I Wish everyone a good and safe week! Our Heavenly Father knows and loves each and every one of you. I hope you will take time to thank Him for everything we are blessed with and then live according to that gratitude. I know He lives, and I know the things I do in this life matter. I am in awe with His love and mercy for me and the people of Argentina.
"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalms 46:10
Just going to give you the run down of the week.
Monday was weird because I had been used to doing nothing for p-day so to play soccer was fun. Also different because I have to type a lot faster but whatever its all good. We have to go to a place that has computers and pay to use them and the internet.
Tuesday was Zone conference and I got a package (from home) that Brother Nate Graham traveled to Argentina with and shipped to me. I also got a bunch of letters so I was stoked! Also apparently one of these weeks we are going to see some penguins, lets see if it happens. It honestly rained all week! Not like chill rain either, like wrath of God rain. Then one day it was nice, then the next rain again, and today its like gale-force winds.
Something really cool this week was teaching Silvana and Lionel. Investigators from a few transfers ago that we haven`t been able to get a hold of until this week! She is like 35ish and the kid is 7. Had a sarpado (sick) lesson with them and they came to church! Boom. Also super fun, I`m just chilling in the chapel about 30 minutes before sacrament meeting and they asked me to talk. "Haha! No problem!" I said hahaha. Totally whipped it out of nowhere, not even sure what I said, but they all told me it was "very profound and powerful" so howabout that eh.
Friday we cooked steak and burned a shirt for my companions one year in the mission.
Another fun fact, teaching this one young dude named Gabriel who is in a wheelchair, and his baby pitbull is biting the crap out of my ankles. Try to testify of something super deep while you have ripped socks and bloody ankles its great.
All good here in Gallegos. Thanks for all the support! I am so beyond grateful for everything I have and I know without a doubt this is the only true Church of our living Savior Jesus Christ.
"And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me." Alma 29:10
Carne for Gonzalez 1 year mark.
Buen dìa from Rìo Gallegos
Super weird saying goodbye to everyone in Pico, lots of really good friends, it legit felt like my house. Luckily we got Monday to hangout and get more stuff done. I left Caleta for Gallegos at 9 pm on Monday and got here about 7ish in the morning on Tuesday. Saw a couple of sweet movies so that was sick.
It rained almost all week and was super cold so that was different than the last 3 months haha. Someone is looking out for me because I got another stud comp and he is from Rosario so still speaking Castellano like I was born here. The area is a little bit nicer than where I have been until now. More money and not as much dirt. There is actually some grass so thats sweet.
This week even though it was way cold and rained a ton, we found some really cool people to teach. It was Carnaval the first of the week so there was lots of people dressed up and I took a pic with this one guy. On Wednesday I think were trying to find a guy to teach that my companion already knows, and next door there was this huge truck and these two young guys unloading a bunch of stuff. We helped them and they almost dropped a fridge on me and killed me haha. Just helped them unload some stuff really quick and then left. The other day we passed by and turns out this kid, Andres, used to play basketball with the missionaries in Esquel when he was a kid. Got to talking with him and the next day we helped him fix a wall since they just moved in and got to teach him a little. He is interested and we are hoping to be able to teach his wife and two little kids too and get them to church. They are married so thats like more miraculous than sliced bread che.
Friday we didn`t get to go play soccer with everyone because we had a meeting with the branch but whatever its all good. The thing about Gallegos is its bigger than what I am used to
so there is actually stuff to do, haha weird.
Transfers kind of suck sometimes, its a lot of work, but there are always reasons. One reason is the children of God that are waiting for us to find them and bring the light of the gospel into their lives. I am super excited to find them and let them know that their Savior lives and loves them. I hope you all know that too.
"And thus we see the great call of diligence of man to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing, sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life." Alma 28:14
"Therefore, O my son, whosoever will come may come and partake of the waters of life freely; and whosoever will not come the same is not compelled to come, but in the last day it shall be restored unto him according to his deeds." Alma 42:27
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.