Elder Hollingsworth has been sick all week. Pink eye, Sinus Infections and bloody noses. Sounds like winter. He was not feeling like writing a letter so he said to say "i'm sick but happy! Hoping to get feeling better so we can work harder this week" "Tell everyone Hi and that I love them. And thank you for all the emails and pictures."
I wish I had more to say! Todo bien! The week passed super fast and the weekend even faster.
The biggest news is that for transfers the district is all staying so thats good news! We had zone conference and interviews with President Salerno Thursday and Friday. The conference was well prepared and it is always good to see other guys in the zone and get packages and letters.
Really cold days and even colder nights but we keep up with it just fine!
On Sunday a young couple just walked into church that nobody had ever talked to before, and it was another proof that our Heavenly Father puts challenges in our lives to get us on the right path and to teach and edify us. We will start teaching them this week.
Super grateful to be in Argentina right now and at this time in my life. I am grateful for all the support I feel. I know my Heavenly Father lives and loves me, and that my Savior paid for my sins and all the pain I will ever feel. I promise He can take it away no matter how terrible, and that He loves you.
¨But if you will turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart, and put your trust in him, and serve him with all diligence of mind, if ye do this, he will, according to his own will and pleasure, deliver you out of bondage.¨ Mosiah7:33
De 10 esta semana
We had some really beautiful cool, clear days this week for contacting in the cementery. Lots of walking and lots of testifying of Gods love.
We worked really hard this week to get Julio ready for Saturday! He was so prepared it was such a cool thing to hear his testimony of our Savior and how he wants to live now. He is super smart and literally studied the heck out of everything we gave him and taught. He really came to a knowledge of the truth for himself. I am just grateful I got to see him change and that he let the power of the Savior`s Atonement change not only the decisions he makes, but who he is. Brother Romero, a good friend of Julio`s growing up, baptized and confirmed him.
Skype yesterday was great. The time is going super fast and I love representing Jesus Christ here in Rio Gallegos. I know this is the work of the Lord and that He is hastening His work. I have made a lot of friends in 9 months but the closest one is my Heavenly Father. I testify that He is waiting to make us instruments in his hands, and that all He asks is our Faith and our desire to change.
¨I glory in plainnes; I glory in truth; I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed my soul from hell.¨ 2 Nephi 33:6
Worked a ton this past week. I`m super tired but super stoked for this coming week! Julio is getting baptized on Saturday! Also las Hermanas have two people getting baptized too so it`s going to be a good weekend, topped off with Skyping.
Still working with minimal water but its all good! ( I guess that is in regards to the shower issue from last week and the picture of him washing his cloths in the bath this week!)
The church is all fixed and running so no problems yesterday for meetings! We taught the combined third hour and did some funny practices with my companion trying to teach the members how to invite people to church. Working hard to develop a strong mission plan for the branch and get the rusty gears moving.
The cake night was super legit! Tons of cake and tons of investigators! I made a way sick cheesecake with oreo cookies and there was a ton of other way good cakes. I basically starved all day and then ate like three entire cakes. Also the soccer nights on Fridays are going way good and lots of people are coming and bringing friends.
Super stoked for this week and to skype!! Hope everyone is happy and well!
"And now, my sons, I would that ye should look to the great Mediator, and hearken unto his great commandments; and be faithful unto his words, and choose eternal life, according to the will of his Holy Spirit." 2 Nephi 2:28
Happy Tuesday, I can`t believe it`s May already.
We taught a ton this week! There really is nothing compared to just trying to help people and figure out what they need, and then watching the love of our Savior work miracles in their lives.
Yesterday we met with Julio, a friend of our Branch mission leader who has been living with him for these past few months since his wife kicked him out. He has been coming to church since General Conference. He is a really neat guy and meeting with him is super spiritual. This was the third time teaching him and he is working to be baptized in a couple of weeks. It is amazing how the trials we face humble us and how our Heavenly Father uses them to get us on the right path.
On Thursday I think it was, we were talking to people in the city cemetery like we always do and we met another super prepared guy. We had seen this guy lots of times either leaving or arriving but had never talked with him. We decided to talk with him and turns out his wife died like just a little over a month ago. He goes to the cemetery every day in the afternoon and just sits there and talks to her. After talking to him for a bit and testifying to him that he would see his wife again, that which he was super grateful to hear after 40 years of being married to her, we left him with the little pamphlet of the plan of Salvation. Walking away, I had to take my scarf out of my backpack because I was dying of cold, and I could hear that guy reading the pamphlet out loud to his wife. It was super sad but also super happy that we could share that with him.
Thats the good stuff from the week. Besides that its cold and today its raining. The lights are still broken in the chapel so we had like a 20 minute sacrament meeting and went home due to the lack of heating. We are having a little bit of water trouble in the apartment so I think we are going to have a long week walking to the apartment of the other Elders to shower, which is like 5 miles walking one way. Tomorrow I will have been in the mission for 9 months! Love the work and I am super grateful for everything I have been given.
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.