This week was super long due to some repairs in our apartment and travel these past few days. It continues to get colder here and the time goes faster and faster.
Last week in Church the Branch Presidency released the branch mission leader, and sustained a new one. The new guy is a stud and we are excited to work a ton with the members here in Rio Gallegos. This past Sunday there was a power outage in the whole city which caused a fuse to break in the church and the wires to the heating system caught fire. We had sacrament meeting then left because the whole place was filled with smoke. We are in the middle of organizing an activity for next week that will be a cake contest for the whole district (stake). My companion and I got it organized and we are hoping to get a lot of members and their friends to come and bring cakes. I`ll send pictures if it turns out good.
The past few days I had to travel to Comodoro for a meeting, which included two nights in a row sleeping on a bus, uno de lo cùales se rompìo en el camino a volver a Gallegos. ( one of which was broken on the way back to Gallegos). I am having such a hard time writing this in english you`ll have to translate the last part. One of the buses broke down and another one had to come and save us in the middle of the night it was terrible haha.
We are having a super fun time here sharing about family history with random people on the street. I filled out a little pamphlet and put pictures of my family and also I have the family tree you can print off from family search. We are trying to get people to come to the meetings which are almost every day of the week in another church building downtown. I love going because I can look on my account too.
That´s basically whats going on down here! Tomorrow we are getting flu shots so thats great news. I am having such a good time and learning so much about everything. I love this Gospel and I love my Savior so much.
I wish I could say I ate a ton of food and candy! Outside the church on Sunday, Easter really isn`t a big deal here! You can buy like chocolate eggs and that stuff but thats about it! Just another week for me preaching the Gospel.
Spent a lot of the week with Pace and Revilla (from Peru) due to the washed out highway and totally stopped bus system. My companion finally got here Thursday morning when he should have arrived Monday. He is from Buenos Aires, and we already kind of met from other guys in the mission that we know, he loves the work but he also likes to have fun so its going to be a good couple transfers I think.
In the branch they released the mission leader and called a new one that is a boss. We are going to have a ton of success working with him, and between us 6 we already have a lot of people preparing for baptism. Excited for this time here and for the colder days! Time is going super fast and I feel like I was just here yesterday writing emails.
What a beautiful time, Easter, to be able to remember the greatest sacrifice of our beloved Savior. With everything that is happening in the world, what a blessing it is to pray and thank our Heavenly Father for our countless blessings. I hope that you can focus on the positive in life and center yours around the Lord Jesus Christ. He understands you, and is waiting to take away your burdens. I testify that He lives, and I wish you all a Happy Easter.
Great week six, of my first transfer here in Gallegos. This was my companions last week here after six months and Elder Mancia`s last week in the mission, so we took it a bit easy. Mostly spent time visiting a lot of members and taking pictures and packing bags. My new companion is from Buenos Aries I think, he will be here on Wednesday.
Super excited to start this next transfer. We have two really cool families that we are visiting and with a few miracles I think some really cool stuff could happen. Also excited to find some more people in the Cemetery to introduce to family history, I love going to the class because I can look at my own stuff too. A few weeks ago we talked to one guy that seemed interested so we got to stop by the class and I actually found some more names to do when I get home. Family history is super cool and it is a great way to share the gospel.
So if you have heard anything about the flooding, its bad. If you haven`t heard anything about the flooding, there is flooding and its bad. Luckily not here but this transfer was super complicated due to washed out highways and stuff. My companion, who would normally be taking like a 16 hour bus ride up North is having to take a plane today haha. My new comp is just coming down from Comodoro and from here to there the roads are at least open.
I have been thinking a lot about something that I believe Elder Uchtdorf said in conference when he spoke on Charity. "The people who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most" I have thought about that as I have been trying to forget myself a little more and love everyone. I know this is true and I know we can find so much happiness in forgetting our own needs and losing ourselves serving others.
"And thus we can behold how false, and also the unsteadiness of the hearts of the children of men; yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him." Helaman 12:1
Not much to say!
The work goes on! Bless up because I am in Gallegos and not Comodoro! If you want to see some insane stuff look up Comodoro Rivadavia flooding its crazy. We really haven`t gotten that much rain this week down here.
Transfers are coming up and this one went by super fast. I have been in the mission for 8 months today. Conference yesterday was super good and it is worth taking some time to watch it over. I would do it, but I have to pay like 20 bucks to use the computer for an hour so it's not going to happen.
Here are some of the penguin pictures from last week! Super fun!
Just wanted to say the Church is true and all is good! I will have more news about the work next week as we get focused on the people and their goals.
"Christ`s love will make us more forgiving, more caring, and more dedicated to his work." Elder Uchtdorf
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.