Qùe bien que me siento, de verdad la mejor semana de mi misiòn hasta ahora!
(How well I feel, really the best week of my mission so far!)
What an amazing week! Faster than any week before and filled with more stuff than I knew what to do with. Just a great produce and lots of miracles.
Our investigator that is 19 Daniel finally got the support of his Grandma to get baptized! So we are headed in that direction with him. Not that he needed her permission she is just like his mom so it was important to him that she was ok with it. #milagreishon
The wedding of Tito and Emilia was Thursday. Freaking sweet! Wedding in the morning at the civil building, then party at the church at night! Super fun and lots of support from the great members which made it super special!
Saturday the baptism of the whole family! (menos Aaron) All five al agua! Super special experience for them and everyone that participated in their month and a half journey! The faith of these sweet people is crazy, and every lesson with them I think I was taught more than they were! We are so stoked for them.
Writing from Ushuaia today! Bottom of the world, fog and snow today! Beautiful! Have a good week everyone.
A great week here ¨en la isla.¨
Our main goal for these past couple weeks has been helping prepare a family of 5 for baptism this Saturday the 29th. They get married on Thursday so we will have a huge party at the church. This week is going to be really sweet.
Besides that just work as usual; talking to people and doing the best we can. We were able to find a couple kids to teach this week by praying to know where to go to look for people. We have already taught them three times and they are super funny and receptive to what we share. Also made a few visits to the cemetery here but there aren´t as many people.
Lots of cool miracles every day that I have been trying to take more time to recognize. To save from boring you to death, I just want to testify that this really is the Lord´s work and that if it wasn´t, the things that we can do would not be possible. We really are powerless, but through our faith and works we can be instruments to bring about a lot of good. God´s purposes will always come to pass, a lot of times we just have to choose if we want to be apart of them. I know that as we are worthy and we have righteous desires to serve, the blessings that await us and others are countless.
¨For the eternal purposes of the Lord shall roll on, until all his promises shall be fulfilled.¨ Mormon 8:22
Bueno, y así ya fue una semana más
This week was pretty sick the family that the missionaries have been teaching for like a month are getting married on the 27th and baptized on the 29th. It is something way special to see a whole family change little things in each person and like as a whole. They are from Córdoba and are super humble and way fun to teach. I always learn tons of new stuff through the spirit teaching new people.
There´s also this 19 year old kid we are teaching that I am pretty sure will get baptized that day too, but hopefully this Saturday.
The best part of the week was that last night Milton and Noelia called me from Pico Truncado my first area and we talked for a bit. They are getting married the 28th and baptized the 29th too!!! So freaking cool I was like legit about to cry just listening to how happy they are and how much they have changed! I barely had like a month in the mission last October and we were knocking doors with my trainer Elder Torres. I remember wanting to head back and eat some lunch and we just decided to finish the block. Literally the last house we knocked, turned into our first lesson with them that night. I have never seen a greater example of the love of our Savior and the miracle of the Atonement like I have with them. Super happy for them like wow. I´ll send pictures when I get them.
Another cool thing that happened is we taught this girl who was friends with the missionaries for forever, and her boyfriend was there that is atheist. So we start teaching, and the Spirit is just cranking like way strong. I´m talking and those two and another girl that was there are just like looking at me with the look of like the Spirit just potent like 100% pero super fuerte. Then at the end after we have invited them to read the book of mormon and everything, the kids like, ¨I don´t believe in this stuff, but I am going to read this and I will give you one chance¨ it was totally sick like the Spirit totally did everything there.
I am super grateful for everyone and everything in my life. I feel way blessed and loved and I hope you all know you are sons and daughters of God. I´ve got a year left from today so going to make sure I do my absolute best to be the Lord´s instrument here in Argentina. Thanks for all the support and prayers.
Buen día todos
A super fast week with a sick transfer and a super sick area.
Tuesday morning I left Rio Gallegos at about 9 in the morning to head down to Rio Grande. We passed the Chilean border and took a ferry across the Strait of Magellan, then crossed back into Argentina. I was sitting next to this guy named Daniel from Bariloche and we chilled and talked about skiing and traveling it was sweet. When we head down to Ushuaia for zone conference I´m going to call him to have lunch. Got into Rio Grande at about 5 or 6.
My new companion is Elder Romney from New Mexico he´s sick we are having a good time. He is my first companion that speaks English so these last few days have been really weird. I just keep talking in Spanish mostly though. For right now we are living with the zone leaders until we can find a new apartment. They split our area like 3 weeks ago due to the massive amounts of new missionaries so we have lots of work to do. We are preparing a family of 6 for baptism that have been investigators for like a month and so it is super exciting to see that. We hope they can get married the last week of the month and baptized that same Saturday.
We also had some cool experiences just knocking on doors these past few days. On Thursday we contacted a deaf man and it was super weird but cool. Definitely don´t know sign language so we said we would come back another day, well wrote that out obviously. Then the next day we were eating lunch with some members, and just before we left I asked this one sister who is just visiting from up North if she knows sign language. She served a mission in Peru like last year and she definitely knows sign language so that was sick. We are going to teach that guy this week so that should be fun.
Excited to work this week, the people here are a lot nicer and more open to the message than in Gallegos. Hope everyone is well donde sea que se encuentren.
¨And it came to pass that when Jesus had ended these sayings he said unto his disciples; Enter ye in at the strait gate; for strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leads to life, and few there be that find it; but wide is the gate, and broad is the way which leads to death, and many there be that travel therein, until the night cometh, wherein no man can work.¨ 3 Nephi 27:33
Elder Hollingsworth has been transferred to Rio Grande. It is further south.
We were out of range for service and he knew we could not chat. He just sent a short email saying he was moving and it would take all day. That he would send a letter next week and that he knows wherever he is going it is direction from our Heavenly Father.
He sent a few pictures of him saying goodbye to the awesome people in Rio Gallegos.
Then I got on Facebook this morning when we got home and found a post by a Missionary mom from Logan, Utah. He and Elder H. have worked together before and it looks like they were traveling south together. Elder C. is headed to the bottom of the world, Ushuaia! Elder H. will be about 3 hours above him (north) but still be in the same zone! So thankful for the Missionary Moms I have met and for the pictures and information they share.
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.