Bien ahí loco
In Trelew it has been a nice week for working. Lots of sun but pretty nice temperatures. I have a nasty tan line on my head from my sunglasses and on my neck from my collar. Every day some punk dog that thinks he´s way sick, tries to rip out my hamstring from behind, and my rock throwing is on point.
Leo, who has been inactive since he was baptized at ten, has been coming to church for a month now!! We had stake conference the other day it went well. Leo and Carla have been together for a long time and have 2 children. We have been teaching them a ton and its literally the best time. He´s 20 and she´s 19 so we just hangout and literally they have like taught themselves. They are reading the book of mormon every day together and seperate and basically know it better than us haha. This week they are going to get an appointment to be married in November!!! Then Leo is going to be ordained a Priest and he´ll baptize his wife!! They have big plans for the temple and everything and it literally is the coolest thing to be apart of what they are going through.
This week also we were able to find and teach a catholic family that were pretty interested. They said they just needed to talk about God, that it was lacking in their life. Estefaní and Gonzalo wanted to see how close what we believe as members of the Church is to catholicism. Haha we started that one easy. What really was cool was to testify and feel the Holy Spirit super strong and to see in their eyes that they also felt that presence. I am so grateful to have the authority to testify and promise blessings that comes from my calling, and to have the power that comes from keeping my sacred covenants. I know without a doubt that the power of our Savior´s sacrifice is something available to us every day of our lives, and repentance is a daily process for me. I love the Lord and his trust in me is my most valuable possesion.
¨For he is the same yesterday, today, and forever; and the way is prepared for all men from the foundation of the world, if it so be that they repent and come unto him.¨ 1 Nephi 10:18
Love you all,
Alan and Facundo got baptized on Saturday!! The baptism went great and we spent almost the whole day getting it ready. Luckily the water was super warm! We had cake after, it was way good too. The cakes here are like 1000% better than american cakes, thats the truth.
Besides the baptism, we worked super hard this week, and taught a ton of people! The Lord provided in every aspect and He prepares the way every hour of every day here.
Leo and Carla keep coming to church and last night in ward council we made plans to help them so they can get married in November!! Then he can baptize her!! That will be so cool, they are both way awesome and the spirit is so strong every time we teach them. Leo just tells her all about the book of mormon and we are just there to answer questions basically haha. The first time she prayed out loud it was a super cool experience. We are going to have a family night with them soon.
I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time in Spanish! I can honestly say I know it´s the word of God in two languages. If you read it, it will change your life! I really have developed such a close relationship with my Father in Heaven and it is my most valuable possession. The joy of sharing the Gospel has transformed me as a person, and I feel like I am becoming the person I really want to be.
This week was super tiring as we visited all the missionaries in the zone in the mornings and cooked breakfast and worked with them. It was a good time to get to know everybody and hangout with my friends. I also got to visit this other little town where the sisters are serving, took a bus out there, its super pretty, and way chill.
We also experienced a ton of miracles in our area. This Saturday A and F are getting baptized! They are super good kids and their grandma is taking good care of them. Every time we teach them they always say the sweetest most sincere prayers, its super humbling.
We were asked to speak yesterday in sacrament meeting and it was mothers day here. Love you Mom! I talked about the spirit and the joy of sharing the gospel. I feel like it went pretty good. I am super grateful to be a missionary and I love these people. Every day, little things just help me so much as a person, and I really have strengthened my testimony more than I would have ever imagined.
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This week went by crazy fast and I´m way tired today. We had a three day trip to Comodoro for a meeting and so we only had three days to work here in our area. It was amazing how the Lord made the time we had worth a lot and it was insane all we were able to get done. Yesterday we had 3 people come to church so way sick. Two kids we are teaching that are getting baptized the 21st, A and F. 13 and 9. Their mom died recently and they live with their grandma. Basically their whole family are members so they have lots of support. Also L who is a member just getting active after 10 years, he´s 20, came with his kid and baby and his wife. She is not baptized so thats what we are going for coming up.
On Saturday we talked to R, the same girl that we found who like a year ago had read the whole book of mormon. She told us she prayed and had a super spiritual experience. She felt the spirit and felt ¨like peace and that everything was going to be ok.¨ Super cool like so legit. Literally when Heavenly Father answers someone who you are teaching as a missionary its like better than baptism. Because when you think about it baptism is just a direct result of that experience. We all teared up when she was telling us this it was so sick.
It´s getting pretty hot so definitely about to get wrecked by the climate. I already have experienced an exponential increase in freckle count from day one until now and the forecast looks to be making some fresh skin cancer. I´m super stoked to be serving a mission and hope to be able to serve as best I can.
This week was a super good experience. We talked with a lot of people and taught few lessons. Trelew is a little different than what I´m used to.
We were able to put several baptism dates on the calendar and we found a girl who met the missionaries like a year ago. They left a book of mormon and then she never saw them again, but she was so interested she read the WHOLE THING! Super sick! We both just stood there like uhhhhh wow ok haha. So we will be teaching her this week! We couldn´t get her to conference but we did get Alan and his little brother Facundo. They are 14 and 9. They just lost their mom and they have a lot of need for the Savior´s healing power in their family.
I really loved Elder Nelson´s talk about the book of mormon. If you couldn´t see it, go back and watch it, and if you haven´t been reading start now! The Book of Mormon has changed my life and I have seen it change so many others. The promised blessings await us if we heed to the counsel of our modern-day Prophets.
¨For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.¨ Romans 8:38-39
Moms note : Here are a few details I pulled out of him this week. He still has to go someplace and pay to use a computer but he says the internet is really fast. He said he can't carry his camera on him very often so I am guessing this area is a little bit rougher. They live in a apartment above a member family. He and Elder Ekblad are the Zone leaders so I am guessing they will get to travel some as the area is pretty big. He is in a ward for the first time instead of just a branch. It is so far North that it is warm. Big difference from Rio Grande where it is still snowing some days. The high today was 69 and the low tonight will be 45. Spring has arrived just as we go into Fall. He has a white shirt on that we bought at the Travel store in Bountiful. It is supposed to be mosquito repellent and it has reflector on the collar. Thats why it looks funny in the picture. No explanation on the pictures.
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.