BOSS IN ARGENTINA
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
COMODORO RIVADAVIA MISSION
This Saturday Daniel is getting baptized!! Vamos!!! We had two killer lessons with him this week and we taught him the commandments and faith and repentance and baptism. Every lesson we have had without fail we take a member with us. It has been extra good because the guy lives alone and has no family here. We have a church open house on Saturday too so it should all go really well if the members invite their friends! They love us, and if we stay here another transfer, hopefully we can work even better with them to baptize more people.
Yesterday we had a sick activity in the plaza in the afternoon. We had the stake choir come and we got all the missionaries together and had members come too and do divisions and share the light the world video. It went really well, we talked to a ton of people and the choir sang really good and this girl was playing the violin too. I took these two kids with me to hand out the little cards and ended up talking to several people for a long time. Just about killed these two deacons haha I don´t know if they´ll want to go on a mission as much anymore haha.
On Saturday we ate pollo al disco with Leo and Carla that was way good. Basically slow cooking chicken with a ton of other stuff in a big bowl over a fire.
I am really enjoying the mission and its going to be sick to be here for another Christmas. I think that during Christmas we really need to be focused on others. Its a sensitive time for those who are less fortunate, and especially for those without the hope and light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. My faith in the Savior has grown so much and I am so grateful for what He has taught me throughout my time in the mission.
¨Faith is a gift of God bestowed as a reward for personal righteousness. It is always given when righteousness is present, and the greater the measure of obedience to God´s laws the greater will be the endowment of faith.¨ Bruce R. McConkie
Light the World
Sick week with lots of great produces. Daniel is a boss and we had two insanely good lessons with him this week, both with members of the bishopric. He is super prepared and is learning so so fast. It will be sweet to have his baptism on the 16th right after the church open house we are going to have.
Leo and Carla are doing really good too! We are reading the Book of Mormon with them and they read the gospel principles book every week to prepare for the class. Their kids scream a lot but its all good.
Yesterday we had zone conference in Comodoro with Elder Bragg of the seventy. It was a really cool experience and I learned a ton. It was fun to chill with all the bros and stay in the hotel, the same one we stayed in when I got to the mission almost a year and a half ago.
On the way back, on the bus, I was bored so I went up front and started chatting with the bus driver. Javier is a sick guy and we talked for like 3 hours, haha basically just shooting the breeze, but he told me that he wants to progress more spiritually and be baptized. I´m all ¨ah great you have a whole bus full of kids that came here to help you do that¨ haha. He had been praying while he was waiting for us to finish in Comodoro that God would help him drive at night because it was hot yesterday and he was tired. We ended up leaving at like 8 and we did not get to Trelew until like 1 am. He thanked me and said it was an answer to his prayer that I could talk to him. Also there was a sick super moon last night.
Light the world this week
This week it was like way cold for a sec and then super windy and way hot! Literally Saturday I probably developed melanoma. Just a nice big hole in the ozone layer down here nothing too bad.
A way cool guy named Daniel just showed up a church yesterday. He´s way nice and we had a cool gospel principles class with him and Carla and Leo and our Stake President. They are getting married the 9th of February, and she´ll be baptized the 10th.
The other day we tried this thing that was way sick. I hid our dvd player (one of those massive bricks) in my bible cover and we carried that around showing people this two-minute video about Jesus called ¨Gracias a El¨ it was awesome. ( ipad missionaries are so lucky) A ton of people let us show them the video and we found some cool people. Also this funny girl from the Dominican Republic, she lives in another area though.
Over all a good week, had some really good pizza last night with the second counselor in the bishopric, the guy is a boss. Literally does not know how to read, all he does is run marathons and serve others. Complete boss.
Our Heavenly Father expects a lot of us, He has blessed us immensely and always provides a way to help us keep his commandments. Our spiritual progression in this life goes way more beyond saying a blessing over the food when the family is together, and going to church once or twice a month. I am so grateful to be the Lord´s servant and to be in constant communication with Him. I know He lives and loves you.
¨Let us not be content with where we are, but neither let us be discouraged¨ Elder D. Todd Christofferson
I don´t have a lot to say about our area due to the fact we were in Comodoro for three days and that we had meetings all day yesterday. It has been super windy and kinda cold but today pretty warm. I can´t believe it´s already almost December. Leo and Carla are getting a date for their wedding tomorrow! They said for January so we will see what happens. Teaching them is the best because they understand super well and they are literally our age.
We are trying to organize a few ward and stake activities for light the world. If we can get a lot of support it could be super sick. Last year in Buenos Aires, they had this thing with music, and a ton of stuff for Christmas, and they let all these balloons go with the cards attached to them. It would be sick to do something like that so we will see what happens.
I´m stoked for Christmas and for 2018. I am so grateful to be on a mission right now and I learn so much every day through other people and the Spirit. Produce para siempre.
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.
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.