BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
I celebrated my birthday just how I wanted to, preaching the Gospel and eating lots of food.
We taught Leo and Carla a bunch this week and she made me an ice cream cake on Friday. Then right after we went to Antipans and had chorizo and chicken and salad and potatoes and then a massive way good other cake. Good times had by all. Thanks to everyone that put cards and stuff in the package my mom sent it was the best ever getting that!
Ok best story ever. Tuesday morning we were walking outside this apartment complex in our area and we passed this lady on the sidewalk. I tried to give her one of the cards we use to contact people the one from easter that just has Jesus on it. She rejected it and began to explain her beliefs and how she already has God in her heart and a bunch of stuff. (typical contact by the way) and so we are just listening to her go off for a sec and then things took a turn haha. She starts explaining that she has been going to her church for many years and that she often comes to this apartment complex to cast the demons out of the youth. She claims we all have the authority and that it is necessary because of the drugs and other activities that have taken over the youth of this apartment complex hahahaha. She´s all, ¨because, we all have the authority right?¨ but she wasn´t asking a question she was just wanting an agreement. I said ¨no¨ haha and she was like ¨no?¨ haha then Elder Ekblad explained the Priesthood authority and she got all mad and literally yelled at us saying ¨sal de este cuerpo!¨ ¨sal de este cuerpo!¨ which means like she was commanding a demon to leave our bodies hahahah and
she´s all like making these crazy motions with her hands, I was so startled. After that she let me give her the card so its all good haha.
¨God´s opportunity is man´s extremity¨ -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
Week 6 and lots of stuff to do to get ready for transfers. The Zone is changing around a bit and I´m stoked for this transfer! Elder Whiting from my group and Elder Revilla from Gallegos are going to be companions and our district is us four.
Honestly sickest thing yesterday. Leonardo and Carla asked Elder Ekblad and I to name and bless their children in sacrament meeting. Legit. So sick. My comp blessed Ian who´s like 1 and I blessed Miqueas the little baby. Haha I was just holding the little guy and he was just chilling looking up at me like ¨what the heck.¨ Haha it was a really cool experience. We had a family night with them this week and this other family and they are just super pumped and want to go to the temple to be sealed for time and all eternity!!!
Alan received the Aaronic Priesthood yesterday and is getting ready to go to the temple and do baptisms for the dead the first week of December. He´s going with his friend who´s basically his cousin another recent convert from August.
I cannot believe it´s already November I don´t know where the mission has gone but I´m loving it.
Thank you for all of the Birthday wishes! I am just hoping for an awesome cake!
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.
This last week in Rio Grande was amazing and full of miracles! We had a killer lesson with Sol and Mercedes and President Salerno was with us to teach for a bit. No doubt they will be getting baptized very soon. We had a mini zone conference it was good!
Then I busted outta there on Monday! Now I'm in Trelew with a way sick comp from Utah. I was super sad to leave Rio Grande I honestly loved it there and learned so much. Three months was super short but I felt like we did a lot of good. I hope to be able to visit before the end of the mission.
So now I'm in Trelew! Way up north. First time in a ward so that will be cool! My comp. is Elder Ekblad from Utah so I´m way stoked he´s a super funny guy. We are pumped to get to work . I have a feeling we are going to have a lot of success here. There is a lot to be done and lots of members and other missionaries to help.
I am so grateful for all the opportunities I have been given continually to learn on the mission. I feel I really have changed a lot and I know its for the better. Please keep us in your prayers!
Buen día todos
Wow what a week!
On Tuesday the wind was so strong like insanely strong. We couldn´t even leave our apartment except in taxi, so we had to do that to go to all our appointments.
We taught a way sick lesson with Sol, who I talked a little bit about last week. She is 25 and her situation is super special, a definite challenge for teaching but nothing is impossible for the Lord. I am super stoked for the privilege to teach her and her mom Mercedes and help them come unto Christ. They both came to church yesterday and they liked it a ton!
Also Daniel came which was another miracle.
Transfers next week so we will see what happens. Thanks for all the love and support!
¨Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.¨ Doctrine and Covenants 121:45
Holy sack can´t believe its already September! 3 more days and it will be a year from when I got off the plane in Buenos Aires.
I have been learning a lot of patience and humility over the last while. The Lord has made us instruments in his hands and He has taught me recently if we ask in faith and have a righteous desire for something, we will always receive it, but it probably won´t be the way we are expecting.
To explain. Over the past couple transfers I have really worked my hardest and just tried my absolute best to do everything right. I just really want to make the most of the time I have here as a missionary. I have prayed and prayed and prayed for success and we have shown our faith through our actions for sure. What has happened is that we have found a TON of people to teach. Like a literal sack ton not even kidding. So sick! Like I could tell all the stories but basically we will just be working or whatever and the Spirit like does all the work, and people to teach just like fall into our hands out of nowhere. Like literally they talk to us not even kidding. Examples from this week were Juan Carlos, Joel, Sol & Carolina, and the Mercado family. We are looking at like 20 people to teach there no joke.
So on Thursday we were coming back from lunch with Estella and we stopped to buy some water at this store that is outside our apartment. I was waiting for my comp and this kid that was standing there came up and talked to me. He asked me if I had been in Gallegos a couple of months back because he thought he saw me in this hair place that his uncle owns. So we made that connection and just talked for a bit. He just moved here so he doesn´t have any family or anything. We are going to be meeting him tomorrow. Then like right after that we are walking in our building and the dude that works there and like fixes and cleans stuff started talking to us. Juan Carlos told us about what he believes and had a few questions for us. We ended up talking to him for a while and giving him a book of mormon.
Yesterday in church this member from Salta, who moved here a few years back with his family, and has been inactive,cameto church. I talked to him after and he wanted us to go by his house and teach his kids so they could get baptized. We went by last night and met his whole family it was super cool. So we taught them and he has 3 more brothers here with full families to teach too. So basically way sick and all we had to do was go to church!
So what´s the trick with all this? All these people live outside of our area. What does that mean? It means the other Elders will be teaching them! Haha it sounds dumb but its the hardest thing. We were totally instruments of the Lord to find all these way awesome, prepared people and then we don´t even get to teach them.
Like I said we are learning patience and humility. I really love the mission and my Father in Heaven lovingly reminds me every day that ¨Its not about you.¨ I am so grateful for Him.
One really cool person we DO get to teach is Sol! She is the daughter of Mercedes one of our other investigators. I will say some more stuff about her once we teach her for the first time this week!!
¨Nevertheless, they did fast and pray oft, and did wax stronger and stronger in their humility, and firmer and firmer in the faith of Christ, unto the filling their souls with joy and consolation, yea, even to the purifying and the santification of their hearts, which santification cometh because of their yeilding their hearts unto God.¨ Helaman 3:35
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.