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.