No letter this week. Elder Hollingsworth is doing great. He sent these two pictures of his Zone. He calls them his army.
A really long week this week!
Tuesday we were super busy getting a lot of zone items taken care of and finishing transfers, and then Wednesday we left for consejo in Comodoro Rivadavia. We were fortunate enough to fly up to Buenos Aires and get a connecting flight to Comodoro. We ate Mcdonalds for the first time in two years, which you guys know I´m not a fan of, but after being in the mission it was like candy. I realized I can eat a lot more than before. (hence the 3 big macs)
This week I started an exercise as a study help with the book of mormon, that President Nelson did last year and invited us all to do as part of his message in October. He said ¨Since President Monson’s challenge six months ago, I have tried to follow his counsel. Among other things, I’ve made lists of what the Book of Mormon is, what it affirms, what it refutes, what it fulfills, what it clarifies,and what it reveals. Looking at the Book of Mormon through these lenses has been an insightful and inspiring exercise! I recommend it to each of you.¨
So that´s what I have been doing and I testify that it really is insightful and inspiring as he said. I testify he is a prophet of God, and that the Lord Jesus Christ leads His latter-day work.
Another really fast week came and went.
We were very occupied this week with all of the preparations for the Multi-Zone Conference and visit of Elder Packer. Grocery shopping for over 60 people and making sure every little thing was exactly as desired by President. :)
The conference went very well, and Elder Packer had a lot of really good things to comment and suggest about and for the mission. The Spirit was super strong and I really enjoyed having an interview with him. He thanked us for all of our efforts and in that moment I felt a whole lot of love through the Spirit; it was as if the Lord was thanking me and it made me feel really good.
I am excited to keep working for the Lord and I hope to do everything possible to leave a positive impression on the mission and the missionaries, as well as our members and investigators.
Super good week in Tierra del Fuego. We had some really really cold days and nights, and luckily we are blessed with good Mothers who sent us with warm clothes. The Lord blessed us with warm houses to enter in and great people to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We were working really hard with a family this week to try and get them to church, they didn`t make it. Bummer, but this Friday we`ll have two baptisms in our district! A bunch of miracles happened and right when Elder Packer of the Seventy will be here we are having some baptisms ladies and gentlemen.
We are producing nothing but positivity and time in the street for the last stretch of the mission. I have never felt closer to my Heavenly Father and I am excited to keep learning and serving in this last little bit.
Its week three and that means 9 weeks left fam. I think it just hit me skyping for the last time. How grateful I am for my awesome family and companions.
This week we witnessed a lot of little cool miracles that testified to me of the love of our Heavenly Father and His faithfulness in keeping the promises He has made to us. I know that when we keep the commandments and always strive to remember our Savior, not just through our thought but through our ACTIONS, we truly can always have the companionship of the Holy Ghost.
A week of transfers, miracles, and bugers that I always get when its cold. Elder Mac and Elder Allen went up to Comodoro a couple days ago for consejo, I stayed back to help Beatriz and her daughter get to church yesterday! And they came! And I also stayed because I am way sick of traveling ha.
The other day we were taking this trail in a neighborhood in the forest that is made of pallets, and this family was like cleaning off their patio and getting a bunch of garbage out of their yard. We started helping them take all the stuff out to the dumpster which was pretty far, and we made several trips until they had finished. Just by themselves they started to ask us where we were from, what we were doing, etc. We started talking with them and found out they have a big family and that after 15 years of being together they got married in January. They are friends of some members of our branch who had previously tried to share the gospel with them but they just were not ready it seems like. They were super nice and we have an appointment this week!
Things like that happen every day and they remind me of the true Omnipotence of our Heavenly Father. He knows His children perfectly, and as we put our faith in Him we are led to those who are being prepared to accept the gospel. How blessed we are to know the truth and to understand the great Plan of Happiness that has been prepared for us. My Heavenly Father has blessed me so greatly in His work, and has made known unto me by the Spirit how I can improve and progress and how I can help others do the same.
Have a great week.
Ok here is your friendly neighborhood group email comin at ya from Ushuaia.
This week was week 6 of this transfer which means lots of work and time on the street! Elder Macdonald and Elder Allen and I will be staying one more transfer here in beautiful Ushuaia, which will be Elder Macs last and my second to last.
It is an exciting time to be a missionary thanks to the new ministering program in the Church! The new focus lets us work closer with the members to help them make friends with the new converts and investigators. We are also starting a big push with family history work as a mission, trying to share more about it and do activities inviting non members to start their family history.
Today we did a short hike to a glacier, there was a little snow and it was icy and muddy but fun to get out of the city. I want to take advantage of every Monday left in such a beautiful place.
Wow how time is flying!
I am super grateful to be able to serve the Lord in such a distinct and beautiful place, and for all the new things I have been able to learn in this transfer. Every move during the mission has been inspired to move the work along and to help me progress personally.
I will continue to learn as much as I can these last two transfers! All I want to do is work work work!! I feel a great need to take advantage of every last minute remaining I have to teach and testify of the blessings of living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How grateful I am for my leaders here in the mission, and for the keys that have been delegated by the laying on of hands to carry out the work of the Lord here in this part of the world. I feel privileged to serve my fellow missionaries and I learn so much from each one of them. The changes made possible by the Atonement of Jesus Christ are so incredible up close and personal in the lives of our investigators, and equally if not more amazing in the lives of the Elders and Sisters with whom we serve. I strive daily for the companionship of the Holy Ghost, and invite all of you who read this to do the same. It is the most precious gift of which we can enjoy here in this life. That is my testimony, and I wish you all a great week!
The pictures are from the last p-day adventure to an Ice bar. Jake says it is a room made of ice with ice cups and you drink soda.
From the internet: Ice Bar Ushuaia invites you to enjoy a Thematic Gallery of Antarctica Argentina and the experience of entering the interior of the bar with previous equipment of layers, gloves and crampons anti slip, to stay between 20 to 25 minutes, with an average of -15 -18 degrees below zero. In this way you will get to know our Ice Bar totally designed as a warm bar but with the extreme temperature of the low zero, also the plus of observing the sculptures made completely in Ice.
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.