BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
This week was super tiring as we visited all the missionaries in the zone in the mornings and cooked breakfast and worked with them. It was a good time to get to know everybody and hangout with my friends. I also got to visit this other little town where the sisters are serving, took a bus out there, its super pretty, and way chill.
We also experienced a ton of miracles in our area. This Saturday A and F are getting baptized! They are super good kids and their grandma is taking good care of them. Every time we teach them they always say the sweetest most sincere prayers, its super humbling.
We were asked to speak yesterday in sacrament meeting and it was mothers day here. Love you Mom! I talked about the spirit and the joy of sharing the gospel. I feel like it went pretty good. I am super grateful to be a missionary and I love these people. Every day, little things just help me so much as a person, and I really have strengthened my testimony more than I would have ever imagined.
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This week went by crazy fast and I´m way tired today. We had a three day trip to Comodoro for a meeting and so we only had three days to work here in our area. It was amazing how the Lord made the time we had worth a lot and it was insane all we were able to get done. Yesterday we had 3 people come to church so way sick. Two kids we are teaching that are getting baptized the 21st, A and F. 13 and 9. Their mom died recently and they live with their grandma. Basically their whole family are members so they have lots of support. Also L who is a member just getting active after 10 years, he´s 20, came with his kid and baby and his wife. She is not baptized so thats what we are going for coming up.
On Saturday we talked to R, the same girl that we found who like a year ago had read the whole book of mormon. She told us she prayed and had a super spiritual experience. She felt the spirit and felt ¨like peace and that everything was going to be ok.¨ Super cool like so legit. Literally when Heavenly Father answers someone who you are teaching as a missionary its like better than baptism. Because when you think about it baptism is just a direct result of that experience. We all teared up when she was telling us this it was so sick.
It´s getting pretty hot so definitely about to get wrecked by the climate. I already have experienced an exponential increase in freckle count from day one until now and the forecast looks to be making some fresh skin cancer. I´m super stoked to be serving a mission and hope to be able to serve as best I can.
This week was a super good experience. We talked with a lot of people and taught few lessons. Trelew is a little different than what I´m used to.
We were able to put several baptism dates on the calendar and we found a girl who met the missionaries like a year ago. They left a book of mormon and then she never saw them again, but she was so interested she read the WHOLE THING! Super sick! We both just stood there like uhhhhh wow ok haha. So we will be teaching her this week! We couldn´t get her to conference but we did get Alan and his little brother Facundo. They are 14 and 9. They just lost their mom and they have a lot of need for the Savior´s healing power in their family.
I really loved Elder Nelson´s talk about the book of mormon. If you couldn´t see it, go back and watch it, and if you haven´t been reading start now! The Book of Mormon has changed my life and I have seen it change so many others. The promised blessings await us if we heed to the counsel of our modern-day Prophets.
¨For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.¨ Romans 8:38-39
Moms note : Here are a few details I pulled out of him this week. He still has to go someplace and pay to use a computer but he says the internet is really fast. He said he can't carry his camera on him very often so I am guessing this area is a little bit rougher. They live in a apartment above a member family. He and Elder Ekblad are the Zone leaders so I am guessing they will get to travel some as the area is pretty big. He is in a ward for the first time instead of just a branch. It is so far North that it is warm. Big difference from Rio Grande where it is still snowing some days. The high today was 69 and the low tonight will be 45. Spring has arrived just as we go into Fall. He has a white shirt on that we bought at the Travel store in Bountiful. It is supposed to be mosquito repellent and it has reflector on the collar. Thats why it looks funny in the picture. No explanation on the pictures.
This last week in Rio Grande was amazing and full of miracles! We had a killer lesson with Sol and Mercedes and President Salerno was with us to teach for a bit. No doubt they will be getting baptized very soon. We had a mini zone conference it was good!
Then I busted outta there on Monday! Now I'm in Trelew with a way sick comp from Utah. I was super sad to leave Rio Grande I honestly loved it there and learned so much. Three months was super short but I felt like we did a lot of good. I hope to be able to visit before the end of the mission.
So now I'm in Trelew! Way up north. First time in a ward so that will be cool! My comp. is Elder Ekblad from Utah so I´m way stoked he´s a super funny guy. We are pumped to get to work . I have a feeling we are going to have a lot of success here. There is a lot to be done and lots of members and other missionaries to help.
I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been given continually to learn on the mission. I feel I really have changed a lot and I know its for the better. Please keep us in your prayers!
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.
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.