BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
I have thoroughly enjoyed my six months here in Trelew serving the Lord, but tomorrow I´m headed back to the island. It looks like I´ll be serving my last months in Ushuaia. :) I am going to miss everyone here so much and I´ll never forget everything I have learned both the temporal and spiritual. I have a very strong testimony that our transfers are made by revelation from the Holy Ghost and I am excited to see what the Lord has prepared for me to accomplish in Ushuaia.
This last week was a lot of fun as we were able to do some divisions with the elders in the zone, and play soccer with the young men and a bunch of their friends and potential investigators. Leo and Carla received callings on Sunday and they are doing great. I was able to say goodbye to everyone in both of the wards and yesterday we ate lunch with los Antipan.
A sweet miracle on Friday morning, we taught Nadia for the second time, an investigator we found a while back but could not keep in touch with due to vacations. She messaged us and wanted to meet again to learn more, so we invited a sister from the ward about her age to come with us to teach. Turns out the two were friends from childhood but had lost contact after Nadia had moved away to study. We shared the message of the Restoration of the Gospel with Nadia and she was stoked to read the Book of Mormon!
The Lord knows his sons and daughters, and we are instruments in his hands to bring them to a knowledge of the truth as long as we are worthy and willing. I love the Lord and have come to know him very well. I love the people I serve and hope to be able to help as many as possible in my time remaining as a representative of Jesus Christ.
¨The highest manifestation of love on man´s part is seen in his devotion to God; the next, in his attitude toward his fellow men. But love of God is found only among those who love their fellow men.¨
¨If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.¨ (1 John 4:20-21)
Bruce R. McConkie
see ya in Ushuaia
This week was super fast and filled with lots of good times.
Today we went to Puerto Madryn for the morning and checked out the beach and stuff.
The first of this week we had zone conference and it was a ton of work.
Rino (pronounced reno) is a stud and came to church for the second time! We taught some cool lessons and had a lot of cool experiences being guided by the spirit. That was basically the week!
Transfers are Saturday! Oi have been in Trelew since late September so there is a good chance I will move for the last 4.5 months of my mission. Time is flying by.
¨The greatest truth known to man is that there is a God in heaven who is infinite and eternal; that he is the creator, upholder, and preserver of all things; that he created us and the sidereal heavens and ordained and established a plan of salvation whereby we might advance and progress and become like him. The truth pertaining to him is that he is our Father in heaven, that he has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s, that he is a literal person, and that if we believe and obey his laws we can gain the exaltation that he possesses. Now that is the greatest truth and the most glorious concept known to the human mind¨ Bruce R. McConkie
Good morning everyone!
Alberto got baptized on Saturday! One of his friends from work, who happens to be our Elders Quorum President was able to baptize him. A really good experience for the ward. He was super excited all week and passed his interview with flying colors. He invited all his family and one of his daughters came with her kids to support him which was really cool. He´s already doing missionary work and wants to go visit people with us this week haha. During the baptism, neither the quorum president or Beto can sing good at all, and they were both singing super loud haha it was great. When we confirmed him yesterday he was super emotional and it was a special sacrament meeting.
We are working a lot with the priests in the ward and the returned missionaries. Its basically just like a big group of bros on Sunday haha its great. We try to get them excited to serve missions and learn what it takes. We were able to get a 15 year old kid we are teaching to church yesterday too thanks to that.
I´m deep in the depths of Alma right now in my Book of Mormon studies, this will be the 5th time reading it on the mission. I love the Book of Mormon and don´t know where I would be without it!
Alma taught the poor that when our trials and unwanted circumstances test our faith; if we can only work up just enough faith to desire to believe in the Savior and his redeeming power, we can nourish that desire to a point that it will let us more fully trust in God´s words through his prophets, the obedience of which will bring us happiness, peace, and salvation. I know that this is true.
¨But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.¨ Alma 32:27
Hello everyone happy Monday.
This week was very busy with a huge leadership conference in Comodoro and preparing for two baptisms in the zone.
Leo baptized his wife on Saturday!!! I am so grateful I got to be there to see that after all the time that we had with Elder Ekblad getting to know them and teaching them about the Gospel. All we really did was help them recognize the Spirit and they taught themselves! Saturday was a very emotional day for us and them.
Beto in our area is getting baptized on Saturday, along with two others from the zone. The ward is starting to want to help us more and more. With the new changes to goal making and verification that have been made in the mission, I think in a couple months from now the number of new converts will be sufficiently higher. President was talking about the change that we have made as a mission, and that we should all feel apart of that change and the blessings that have and will come because of it. I am super proud of us, and I have learned so much through the hard work we have done.
I love my Savior and I am always praying and thinking about all of you.
Alma 29:14 But I do not joy in my own success alone, but my joy is more full because of the success of my brethren, who have been up to the land of Nephi.
Alberto came to church yesterday! This guy is a stud and super prepared to be baptized. We are stoked for him. Lots of miracles here in our area and the zone and I am loving the mission.
Elder Ekblad came to do divisions and just so happens Leo and Carla our investigator from before got married on Friday! Carla gets baptized this Saturday and Leo received the Priesthood yesterday to baptize her! We went to their reception at the church then we attended the church meetings in our old ward. Not to mention a killer lunch with los Antipan.
That´s pretty much it, we are going to keep working hard as always. I appreciate all the prayers and support. It is felt on this end!
This week was a good time. We witnessed a ton of miracles and we worked super hard as a companionship and a zone. It was pretty hot most days and it makes things interesting.
We were trying super hard this week to get together with an old investigator and help this guy get on the right path again. He finally moved out of his dads house and broke up with his girlfriend, so we were thinking it was probably the time, and not to mention we ran into him every day for like three days straight. So we find out where he is staying and long story short, he lives with his friend who in reality is living with his grandpa. Alberto is the grandpa and we meet this guy and start teaching him. Right off the bat we figure out he`s gone through some nasty stuff with his family and needs a lot of help. He accepted a baptismal date for later this month and we taught him a few other times during the week. We had a really cool lesson with him and Hermana Pacheco who came with us and they shared similar experiences which was cool. Then yesterday after calling a bunch of members to help us get this guy to church in the morning, the only one who answered was the quorum president. Turns out this hermano is a friend of Alberto from like 20 years of working in the same factory, and he knew a bunch of other people in the ward as well.
I`m pretty sure we are the best zone in the mission haha no but we are doing really well and
I´m really proud of the obedience and diligence everyone has committed to. Elder Romney is now in the zone in my old area so headed to hang out with that guy today, I´m stoked.
This work is the Lord`s. There is no other way we would be able to do what we are doing here.
¨Now this work in which we are engaged is true. And the doctrines which we proclaim are God’s eternal truth. And as the Lord lives, they will endure in time and in eternity. He has placed us here in a mortal circumstance and commanded us to seek him and to strive to be like him. He has given us an abundant amount of revealed truth in the holy scriptures. They are before us; they are available to each of us on the same basis.¨ Bruce R. McConkie Mystery of Godliness
No email this week. No time. He said to tell you all he is doing great and has never been happier. Working hard helping with transfers today so only a few pictures for his mom to enjoy!. Haha
Sick. Another week flying by here in the mission. A whole lot of drinking water, walking and sweating in these days. We spent most of the week working in other missionaries areas to help them find new people to teach, and doing some tasks to make one of the baptisms possible this last Saturday.
I was listening to a talk this week by Truman G. Madsen where he discussed the power of the Abrahamic tests. He tells a story about his visit to the Holy land with Elder Hugh B. Brown, an apostle at the time, in which they visited the supposed site where Abraham famously almost sacrificed his only son. He says that he asked Elder Brown about why it was necessary for the ancient prophet to endure such a test, only to be stopped by an angel of the Lord. Elder Brown´s response was ¨because Abraham needed to learn something about Abraham.¨ He goes on to explain that following this experience, Abraham really could in all sincerity pray and hope that the Lord´s will would be greater than his, and that this confidence made him the great prophet he was. It made me reflect a lot on the things I aspire to and desire in this life. I think we all need to gain an understanding of the importance of trusting God and asking and working to accomplish His will.
So that´s all for this week just some thoughts I had for you. Hope everyone is well and enjoying the cold temperatures. Here I am getting cooked alive......can't wait for Fall!
buen día familia y amigos
To start of the year we had our first Consejo de Líderes this week in Comodoro on Wednesday. President and the Assistants presented a new plan for the weekly and monthly goals that is going to really make a difference once we get it rolling.
When we returned from Comodoro I was feeling pretty under the weather so I tried to take it easy for a couple days but we still had lots of people to teach and things to prepare for zone conference (yesterday). We prepared a training as well and I conducted conference. We gave a super dope 15 minute training and ended with this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=au9KiwEpyrw
Getting everyone pumped up to baptize and all that.
So that was basically the week, looking forward to teaching a lot more this week and getting a bunch of baptisms locked down for February. We are doing good so far this month so it has been fun. There are a lot of really good missionaries in our Zone and it is good to have friends and people you can trust to get the work done.
The Lord leads this work, and He will continue to apresurar su obra hasta la día de su venida. Pues pronto vendrá.
Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
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.