|It´s been SOOOOOO long since I´ve had a microwave oven! And even longer since I´ve had microwave popcorn!|
Monday, January 30, 2017
Monday, January 23, 2017
|The flag monument|
Monday, January 16, 2017
Bought a new memory card (virus free) and I will start to send pictures once again.
Good news: Victoria and Junior from Venado Tuerto got baptized!! 😁🎉
More good news, those three boys that have the baptismal date for the 28th went to church, even though it was raining cats and dogs yesterday!!
One of them though, Lucas (13), is struggling a little bit. He is having a lot of doubts about whether he wants to get baptized or not. So, please be praying for him.
His brothers though, Leo and Santi, are doing great and are SUPER prepared!!
This week we were able to program (give baptismal dates to) two children of less active families. One of these kids, Matias Acuña, is the son of a man who served in the Bahía Blanca Argentina Mission. This man, Hno. Acuña, wants to get active again really bad, and is more than willing to help his kids get baptized. Prayers for his daughter Silvia would be appreciated. She is 12 and is deciding if she wants to be baptized too with her brothers (the youngest is 7, Gabriel and will turn 8 the 23rd of February). Matias and Gabriel will get baptized the 25th.
The other kid that has a date is Milagros Barrios (it was the friend of her brothers to whom my comp rapped). She has the date of the 18th of February. But, I do not know if she will make that date, mainly because her mom isn´t showing much interest. Pray for them too please.
My new area is really awesome. I feel like I got picked up out of Venado Tuerto and dropped off in an area molded perfectly, just for me. I feel like I am seeing WAY more results here for my efforts than in my other areas. It is honestly hard to get out of my comfort zone now and progress because I feel like this area is just perfect for what I am. I feel like the Lord has prepared me in my other areas to get ready for this area. I know I need to give more so this area can become the best it can be. I really love this place.
Mosiah 2:9-17 (how to be a good leader)
Monday, January 9, 2017
This week was plain awesome. I loved it. It was hard. I was so far out of my comfort zone. I learned a lot though. Something I am really seeing is that the more fun I have, and the more I push myself out of my comfort zone, the more progress I see.
So you are all probably wondering what my title means. I shall explain.
We got a hold of the ward list, and have been visiting a bunch of people, or at least trying to.
We went to visit a less active family, with the last name of Barrios. We got there, and Elder Argyle goes "Oh, here? I heard that these people are SSSSUUUUUUPPPERRRR inactive, and when they went to church, they wouldn´t do anything. Let´s try though." WE clapped, and a little girl came out. We told her to go get her parents, she went back inside, and came back out. She said "What do you want?" And we said that we were missionaries and wanted to meet her parents. She went back inside, and we thought that she was about to come back out and tell us to come back another day. Instead, a 18 year old kid, came out, unlocked the gate, and let us in. We had a sweet lesson, and started teaching a friend of theirs, who´s named Eric Rivero, and raps. At the end of the lesson, when I was talking to the mother to set up another appointment, Elder Argyle asked Eric and the older sons "What kind of music do you like?" They said "We like rap," and I said, "Elder Argyle is a really good rapper" haha I totally threw him under the bus (I didn´t realize in the moment), and they started trying to get him to rap. He gave in, after a bit of persuading, and sang the McDonald´s Drive Thru rap. Haha it was really funny. They didn´t understand a word and went nuts. Then Eric sang us one of his songs that he wrote for his depressive brother. It was honestly really good and interesting to hear.
On Sunday, a man dressed up in all black showed up to church. Leonardo is his name. He asked us to stop by his house and teach him because he wants to get baptized. We were super pumped to be able to teach him. Super pumped, that it, until we found his teaching record, and saw that an Elder had written "Has mental problems. Recieve permission from Pres. Zanni before passing by." We called Pres. Zanni, and he said the following "Is he the man with a bunch of tattoos?" "Yes" "Does he say weird things and give off a strange vibe?" "Yes" "Don´t go to his house. He is insane. He thinks he is from another planet, and is part of a superior species of humans." And explained how this man is crazy and can´t get baptized. Not gonna lie, it was hard not to laugh out loud when I heard Pres Zanni say this guy thinks he´s an alien. Poor dude though, can´t get baptized. God understands though.
We started teaching three brothers of a recently reactived sister in the ward. Their names are Leonardo (16), Lucas (13), and Santiago(10) Godoy. They all went to church on Sunday and will be getting baptized on the 28th of this month. I love my new area!!!
My comp lent me a talk titled "People on Other Worlds". It really put things in perspective and made me really realize how insignificant we as human beings are. Then I started thinking about how incredible God´s love is. He has created SSSOOOOOOOOOO many things, and has SSSOOOOOOOOO many kids, but, he would still do ANYTHING to have ANY SINGLE ONE of us return to his presence. It is really amazing how much a being so perfect can love people so imperfect and be so patient with us. I truly stand all amazed.
Next week, I´ll include fotos
Monday, January 2, 2017
I can´t believe I forgot to tell you all how awesome my last week in Venado Tuerto was.
Junior- Got his baptismal interview. If nothing bad happened, he will have gotten baptized this last Saturday.
Victoria- Super, super, super, super prepared. She basically already was LDS, even before we started teaching her. Obviously we had to explain some things, but, she was too prepared. She will (hopefully) get baptized this Saturday.
We had a sweet week. We were able to help a couple that didn´t have love each other, to love each other. We read "The Family: a Proclamation to the World" and watched a Mormon message video about an old couple who are sick and continue caring for one another. At the end of the lesson, they were sitting really close and were being really playful, just as a newlywed couple would be. It was awesome to be able to help them.
We had a sweet weekend. We had to stay in the pensh the whole time. We cleaned and studied and all that jazz. Afterwards, we made an AMAZING asado, called "Matambre a la pizza", basically cow abs with cheese and salsa (don´t worry Mom, we bought mozzerella). It was fun. As always, the fireworks were sweet. New Years down here is way bigger than in the US, and the amount of fireworks set off is more than in the US for the 4th of July.
Love you all! Sorry for not sending pics 2 weeks in a row (see email heading for details).