BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
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."
Happy New Year!
This week was a good time and we did a lot of my favorite thing; preaching the Gospel. We were looking for people to talk to one night, so like always we said a prayer to know where to go and who to talk to. We walked a few blocks and came to another corner where we didn`t know for sure what to do. Its basically like, me-¨where should we go?¨ Elder Powell-¨hmm ya I don`t know¨ so we pray haha. Works every time, next block we are walking and we run into this family from the Dominican Republic and start teaching them. They are super cool it was legit.
Also we ate lunch with this less-active family on Sunday and turns out we were totally sent there by revelation, something we are used to but often take for granted, and don`t take the time to recognize it as the power of God. The member really needed what we shared with them that day and also they had invited this neighbor kid over to eat with us. We talked with him and he was so cool and receptive. We gave him a Book of Mormon and will be going back in a few days.
These two simple stories helped me a lot this week as I thought about the year we just ended and all the things I was able to learn, do, and experience thanks to my Heavenly Father. They also helped me make goals for this coming year, and I have gained such a testimony of these two principles; the faith in God & the humility to recognize Him at all times and pray for guidance, and the hope and trust that He will guide my actions for the benefit of others, so long as I am worthy to have the companionship of the Holy Spirit.
So what are my goals you may ask?!? I`ll give you just a taste of this sickness.
Hope every one can make some goals and plans to accomplish them. Our Heavenly Father expects much of us in this life and we have just a short time!
Alma 34:32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
Hey everyone, lots of crazy stuff this week but kinda boring for me to try to think of it to write and even more boring for you to read it. So I´d just like to share my testimony today.
I know without a doubt that we are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. I know that He, being all-knowing and all-powerful, and having created worlds without end, whose dominions expand infinitely into the universe, is aware of each one of us individually.
He has a plan for us, his children, and he wants more than anything for us to be worthy to one day return to his presence. I have a testimony of that plan, and I know the only way it is made possible is through our Savior Jesus Christ. We must follow Him, and keep his commandments, and live as He lived, in order to one day be able to be saved through his atoning sacrifice.
His love for us is infinite and eternal, and his invitation has, is, and always will be ¨come, follow me.¨ I feel extremely privileged to be able to represent Him, and extend that same invitation every day to everyone.
So transfers came this week. They are merging the two zones here in Trelew. So I´m moving áreas one over basically to the other stake. Still a Zone leader now with Elder Powell from San Diego. Our zone is a lot bigger now and we will be working with two stake Presidencies so that will be interesting. A lot of good elders are coming up to the zone and some good friends so this next transfer will be dope.
Last Monday the sisters lost their keys so we had to go on a nighttime bus ride to give them a copy that we have in our apartment. At first it was a pain, but when we got on the bus, the driver put on Metallica ¨Nothing else matters¨ so that was basically a tender mercy.
The church open house on Saturday was fun and we got some good references. The members love us, so it was hard having us both leave, but I´ll be here to help them figure things out and to take good care of our converts and investigators so no worries.
Daniel´s baptism was insanely good! He was so spiritually prepared, we came out of the Font and he just broke down into tears. Then he gave an insanely good testimony that was super good for all the members to hear!
Elder Ekblad went to be assistant so that was sad. (I taught him everything he knows) haha no but he´s a stud and he helped me a ton as a missionary I´m going to miss that dude as a comp. I can´t believe it´s already Christmas! That I´ll be home in 7 months. I love the mission.
This Saturday Daniel is getting baptized!! Vamos!!! We had two killer lessons with him this week and we taught him the commandments and faith and repentance and baptism. Every lesson we have had without fail we take a member with us. It has been extra good because the guy lives alone and has no family here. We have a church open house on Saturday too so it should all go really well if the members invite their friends! They love us, and if we stay here another transfer, hopefully we can work even better with them to baptize more people.
Yesterday we had a sick activity in the plaza in the afternoon. We had the stake choir come and we got all the missionaries together and had members come too and do divisions and share the light the world video. It went really well, we talked to a ton of people and the choir sang really good and this girl was playing the violin too. I took these two kids with me to hand out the little cards and ended up talking to several people for a long time. Just about killed these two deacons haha I don´t know if they´ll want to go on a mission as much anymore haha.
On Saturday we ate pollo al disco with Leo and Carla that was way good. Basically slow cooking chicken with a ton of other stuff in a big bowl over a fire.
I am really enjoying the mission and its going to be sick to be here for another Christmas. I think that during Christmas we really need to be focused on others. Its a sensitive time for those who are less fortunate, and especially for those without the hope and light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. My faith in the Savior has grown so much and I am so grateful for what He has taught me throughout my time in the mission.
¨Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness. It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the measure of obedience to God´s laws the greater will be the endowment of faith.¨ Bruce R. McConkie
Light the World
Sick week with lots of great produces. Daniel is a boss and we had two insanely good lessons with him this week, both with members of the bishopric. He is super prepared and is learning so so fast. It will be sweet to have his baptism on the 16th right after the church open house we are going to have.
Leo and Carla are doing really good too! We are reading the Book of Mormon with them and they read the gospel principles book every week to prepare for the class. Their kids scream a lot but its all good.
Yesterday we had zone conference in Comodoro with Elder Bragg of the seventy. It was a really cool experience and I learned a ton. It was fun to chill with all the bros and stay in the hotel, the same one we stayed in when I got to the mission almost a year and a half ago.
On the way back, on the bus, I was bored so I went up front and started chatting with the bus driver. Javier is a sick guy and we talked for like 3 hours, haha basically just shooting the breeze, but he told me that he wants to progress more spiritually and be baptized. I´m all ¨ah great you have a whole bus full of kids that came here to help you do that¨ haha. He had been praying while he was waiting for us to finish in Comodoro that God would help him drive at night because it was hot yesterday and he was tired. We ended up leaving at like 8 and we did not get to Trelew until like 1 am. He thanked me and said it was an answer to his prayer that I could talk to him. Also there was a sick super moon last night.
Light the world this week
This week it was like way cold for a sec and then super windy and way hot! Literally Saturday I probably developed melanoma. Just a nice big hole in the ozone layer down here nothing too bad.
A way cool guy named Daniel just showed up a church yesterday. He´s way nice and we had a cool gospel principles class with him and Carla and Leo and our Stake President. They are getting married the 9th of February, and she´ll be baptized the 10th.
The other day we tried this thing that was way sick. I hid our dvd player (one of those massive bricks) in my bible cover and we carried that around showing people this two-minute video about Jesus called ¨Gracias a El¨ it was awesome. ( ipad missionaries are so lucky) A ton of people let us show them the video and we found some cool people. Also this funny girl from the Dominican Republic, she lives in another area though.
Over all a good week, had some really good pizza last night with the second counselor in the bishopric, the guy is a boss. Literally does not know how to read, all he does is run marathons and serve others. Complete boss.
Our Heavenly Father expects a lot of us, He has blessed us immensely and always provides a way to help us keep his commandments. Our spiritual progression in this life goes way more beyond saying a blessing over the food when the family is together, and going to church once or twice a month. I am so grateful to be the Lord´s servant and to be in constant communication with Him. I know He lives and loves you.
¨Let us not be content with where we are, but neither let us be discouraged¨ Elder D. Todd Christofferson
I don´t have a lot to say about our area due to the fact we were in Comodoro for three days and that we had meetings all day yesterday. It has been super windy and kinda cold but today pretty warm. I can´t believe it´s already almost December. Leo and Carla are getting a date for their wedding tomorrow! They said for January so we will see what happens. Teaching them is the best because they understand super well and they are literally our age.
We are trying to organize a few ward and stake activities for light the world. If we can get a lot of support it could be super sick. Last year in Buenos Aires, they had this thing with music, and a ton of stuff for Christmas, and they let all these balloons go with the cards attached to them. It would be sick to do something like that so we will see what happens.
I´m stoked for Christmas and for 2018. I am so grateful to be on a mission right now and I learn so much every day through other people and the Spirit. Produce para siempre.
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.