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elderjimmyjustice-buenos aires north mission

savio-so you’re saying there’s a chance

Well we had a good week… there were baptisms!!!!!!!! Familia Maidana was baptized and it went great! There was a ton of support from the ward so that made everything like 100x´s better. Afterwards we were talking to the Mom (Hma Nancy) and wondering what her feelings were towards her baptism now that her family had done it. She told us that it was something that she wanted to be sure about and really feel it in her heart that it was the right thing to do. I don’t know about you guys but to us that definitely did not sound like a “no”. Now we just have to help her find her answer and we are set!!!

This week for us was a little slow because I might have messed up my knee a little bit. So we spent a lot of time in the apartment just taking it easy waiting for my knee to get a little better so I can hit the pavement again and start working. So, since nothing besides the baptism happened this week, I will tell you what we did for Pday last week because it was wayyyyy fun!

So, last week for Pday we went to a place in the Capital called Puerto Madero. It’s a really cool place!! There is a street called “Florida” that is just filled with a bunch of cool shops and stuff. So after checking that out for a bit we went and ate at an all-you-can-eat asado and sushi buffet and then went to go walk around so see the sights. It was so fun!!!!!!!!

Well I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Justice

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savio-feeling grateful

Como estan todos!!!

Well I am sorry but this week is gonna be a little short email because I have to be getting to work here soon. We had a pretty awesome Pday though…so that was fun! But not nearly as important, so if you really want to know ask me about it next week.

The Maidana family made it to church again for the third time! They are set to get baptized this Saturday, so pray for them as they get ready to take the biggest step thus far in their lives! They are seriously the best! I love them so much! We are working with the Mom though, at the moment she doesn’t really want to do it with the rest of her family but its a work in progress, it’ll come, just with time is all.

So Thursday was different. We came back from a service activity to do weekly planning and…I fell…Hard. Anyone who knew me before the before the mission, know that my knees have always been a problem. Well as luck would have it, I landed 100% on my knee that I had hyperextended and everything. It starting swelling almost instantly. I was just lying there on the ground for a second and the first thought that came through my mind was, “I am going home…”.

Well, after a couple days in the pension it starting getting better. The swelling went down but it was still pretty bruised. Sunday came around and lucky me, I was able to make it down the stairs of the apartment by myself so we went to church. It was fast and testimony Sunday so I was thinking about the week like I normally do in church and I kept thinking about that moment I was on the floor, convinced that I was gonna be on my way home because I messed up my knee.

As I thought about it, I realized something that had such an impact on me that I ended up getting up and sharing that with the ward. While I was on the floor after I fell, I was more afraid then hurt. There was more fear in me then there was pain. I was afraid to go home. Here in the mission has been the first time, and maybe will be the only time in my life where I will be 100% dedicated to purely helping other people. I dont want to lose that. That Thursday afternoon lying on the dusty floor I was afraid that I had done exactly that. I was afraid that I had lost my opportunity, my privilege, to help people by inviting them to come unto Christ. They say you dont know what you have till its gone, I think I understood a tiny bit of what that truly meant this week. I am fine now and am looking forward to a good week with a lot of work to do. And I am so grateful that I am able to say that.

I know that this church is true and that I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a missionary. There is absolutely nothing that I would rather be doing right now in my life. I LOVE THE MISSION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Elder Justice

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savio-organ soup

Hola a todos!!!

Sorry about last week…I didn’t have a whole lot of time to write because we threw together an awesome asado with some of the Elders in the district. So, that ate up a good chunk of our P-Day. But I have plenty of time this week so I will try my best to remember all that went down.

To start things off, we had Lorenzo’s baptism on Saturday of last week. It went great and you could really see just how happy the entire family was that he made such a great decision. On Sunday, he was confirmed a member of the Church. The prayer was said wrong so, they started over with the prayer and everything was okay. It turns out that that very Sunday in Elders quorum they had planed to do a practice where they make sure all the Elders in the ward know how to perform the ordinances of the priesthood when they are called to do so. When Lorenzo realized that in his confirmation they messed up his prayer, he raised his hand and asked that because the prayer had to be repeated, did he receive the Holy ghost. Elder Cantos and I got a good laugh and then he was assured that he indeed had earned the right of the company of the Holy Ghost.

This week was pretty cool because a missionary that was serving in another part of Argentina finished his mission and came home on Tuesday. He had scheduled an FHE with his family for the following night. We got there and after getting to know him a little bit he asked us if we believed in fast baptisms. We told him yes and then asked why he would ask us that. He went on to explain that his nine-year old brother had waited for him to return from his mission so that he could be baptized. That night we called our District Leader and set up the interview for Friday and the baptism on Saturday. Both went as perfect as they could’ve gone. It was a pretty funny situation sending a kid who I thought was already a member to have a baptismal interview.

This week I also ate a lot of weird food. The Cubilla family invited us over to try a soup that they eat all the time in Paraguay. I am not sure what the name of it was but I am gonna call it “Organ Soup”. It was a fine broth with a chunks of heart, small intestine, kidney, and stomach lining. The kidney is always a little different for me, no matter how many times I eat it. Other then that it wasn’t all that bad. I actually asked if I could have seconds…jaja. I think some day we are gonna get together and Hermano Cubilla is gonna grill a pig head…that should be awesome!!! Well that’s all for this week…until next week!


Elder Justice

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savio-families

Hello Everyone…

This week went well…actually, it went great. Lorenzo was baptized and we found a family of 5 that we are teaching… they came to church!! The dad loved it and is a really good guy. I hope I don’t get the call to pack my bags tonight because they are going to get baptized. It’s so cool teaching an entire family with kids and everything. I think its the first time where I have been teaching a complete family all at the same time. Teaching them has really helped me see how the gospel is made for families. With the plan that our Heavenly Father has for us, a family has the promise to be together forever. I can’t imagine anything less.  The family that we are teaching is la familia Miadana. We have the parents, a 14 year old son, a 12year old daughter, and a four year old son. They are seriously so great.

Sorry for the short email…hope everyone has a great week.

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Elder Justice

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savio-bathroom time

¡Hola a todos¡ ¿Como fue la semana pasada?

Elder Cantos and I had a good week here in Savio. We started working in a couple different parts of our area that we found earlier on in the week, that has really helped us find new people to teach. Elder Cantos and I were also pretty sick this week. I got some kind of rough food poisoning and was in the bathroom for a day and a half. Elder Cantos hasn’t been sleeping in a bed for the past five weeks so his back was jacked up for a day. But he has a bed now so its all good.

Well, sadly we didn’t have a baptism this past Saturday. Diego invited his mom to the baptism and she didn’t like that idea a whole lot. She talked him out of it for this week. We are going to pass by this week so see what we can do. Lorenzo is going strong and is preparing for this Saturday. Everyone is really excited for it, so that’s always a good thing.

Well I am getting around to writing this email a little late so I am gonna have to cut this one a little short. I want to end this email with my testimony of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know He lives. I know that it is through Him that we are going to be able to live with our Heavenly Father again should we choose to follow His teachings. His love for us is greater than we can imagine and He wants us to return to Him. I know this is His Church restored to the earth once again.

I hope everyone has a great week and shout out this week goes to my little brother Sam who I am honored to say will be wearing my old Varsity football jersey going into this coming football season. What a stud!! #38


Elder Justice

savio-el presidente

Hola a todos!!!

Bueno…this week was pretty good. We were able to work a lot but like any other week in the mission, it had it’s ups and down.

For starters, we had interviews with President Smith on Friday…so that was great. President is a great man who is  doing a great job as the inspired leader for us here in the mission. I learned a lot and he definitely helped me find some things that I can work on at a personal level to improve as a missionary.

Both Diego and Lorenzo made it to church this week! This week was Diego’s turn to go the the church all by himself. Well he didn’t quite make it by himself but he made it, so thats all good. Lorenzo´s desire to get baptized is growing so much! His nephew is 7 and will be baptized next year. We were playing a little review game and Leo (the nephew) answered a question about the word of wisdom before Lorenzo could and that made him really happy. Then Lorenzo turns to him and says “Oh yeah, well I am gonna be baptized before you!”. Leo just started laughing along with Elder Cantos and I. He is really starting to see the blessings that this gospel has to offer in his life.

A bit of a bummer, we lost Antonela this week. We are not really sure what happened. The member that pretty much adopted her said that she got back together with her boyfriend and returned to her old ways and left the house. You would think that after a year a missionary would get used to this kind of thing but it just gets harder and harder  for me. Something that gave me a bit of hope though is that the member told us that she took her copy of the Book of Mormon with her. When the member asked what she was gonna do with it she told him that she was gonna keep reading it. Walking away from the house that cold rainy night the thought…that bit of hope for her, stuck in my mind. God prepares those who are ready to accept his gospel. Maybe I wont be around to see her make it to the finish line but I was there to start the process.

I know that this church is true. I know that our Lord and Savior loves us more then we can imagine. This is Christ’s church, restored to the earth once more. How great is this opportunity, this blessing, that I have to share the knowledge that I have with the people here. I hope everyone has a great week and for those in Arizona, enjoy your last two weeks of summer break!


Elder Justice

savio-a lot of work

Hello Everyone!!

Sorry but I totally forgot to make a group email the other week. And I also don’t really remember what happened last week so, sorry about that. This week went well and I remembered to make a weekly email so I guess it’s all good.

We worked so hard its crazy this past week. So as of right now we are teaching three people who are on the road to baptism. The first is Antonella, she is 18 and doesn’t really know anything about her past (her parents to be exact) A member in the ward here ended up accepting her as a daughter and at the moment is living there with this family. She is great and really has a desire to turn her life around and accept the Gospel as a part of her life.

The second is Diego. We actually contacted his mother and when we went back for the return visit Diego came out to tell us that she was not gonna be able to talk at the moment. We asked him if he would like to hear our message and since then we have gotten to know and teach him. As of right know he is progressing great and has the goal to be baptized on the 15 of this month!

Then there is Lorenzo. This is truly a miracle. So we got back from our Zone Conference last Friday and we get a text message from one of the members in the ward telling us that she wants us to pass by her house tomorrow if we want someone new to teach. So as missionaries, we passed by the next day. It turns out, the member’s brother who was living in Paraguay just moved to Argentina to live here and find work. He is really a good guy. He left his wife and his daughter behind so he could come here to find work. He also told us that he knows that there is a true church out there somewhere and that he needs to find it in order to help his family back in Paraguay. He even made it to church this Sunday!

Well I hope thats good for this week. Happy early Fourth of July for everyone back home!!!!


Elder Justice

savio-why?

Hola a todos!!!! Como anda?

Well to start things off, I do have a new comp! His name is Elder Cantos and like my last companion he is also from Ecuador! He is way older then I am (24) but he is way chill and super funny. Before the mission he was the director of an elementary school or something like that so thats pretty cool.

That being said, we really got to work this week. Everyday at ten o´clock we head out to contact until like 1300 when we normally have lunch. In doing so we have gotten to know some pretty cool people. We have a goal of contacting at least 40 people every morning so that we can share 5 copies of the Book of Mormon. It pretty fun to head out in the morning like that to say the least.

We were able to teach a lot of lessons this week, a result from all of the people we talk to in the morning. As we were teaching a lesson, I realized that so many people have one question in common it seems like. The big question of “why”. Why is this happening to my? Why am I here? Why aren’t things going the way I want them to? Everyone has the question why. Specifically in this lesson, our investigator want to know why she had passed through so many struggles with so many things so early in her life. I felt impressed to talk about how our Heavenly Father is perfect, He has a perfect knowledge, a perfect plan, and a perfect love for each and every one of us. I know he knows each and every one of us individually. He knows our divine potential, what we truly can do and accomplish. Sitting there in that one room house I shared that with this struggling young woman. It was definitely a spirit filled moment that I’ll never forget.

But its true, our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly, and loves us perfectly. He wants the best for us and as we go through this life summiting our will to his, we too can discover something of that divine potential that our Heavenly Father sees in each on of us. I hope every has a good week and until next week…nos vemos!!!


Elder Justice

savio-transfers coming

Hello Everyone!!

Well this week was alright! Elder Santos and I were constantly on the move as we went on two different divisions this past week. Both of them were in Garin (the area right next to ours). I went to the hospital again with Elder Jones…that was a blast as usual. I don’t think that he will need to have any more operations on his toes, so that’s a good thing. Elder Santos had a good time with our DL, Elder Villa. The two of them are really great companions and really good friends of ours.

We kinda ended the week a little slow because we both got really sick. First, Elder Santos had some more problems with his nose so it was like bleed for a good couple of hours and then he just felt really weak after, due to the blood lose. Then, as he started to feel better the next day I started to get a little cold. At first it wasn’t too bad but the following day I was wrecked! It was funny because as we were making our way back from lunch I was so out of it that I almost stepped right into a sanga which is like this giant trench near the side of the road that is filled with an un-identified liquid that at times really smells quite bad. But luckily my awesome comp was able to help me make it back to the pension all in one piece.

Well we should be getting the transfer calls sometime today. I am pretty sure I am staying here in Savio. The question is Elder Santos…this is his first transfer here and so that means he could very well be on his way to his next area here soon. Well I guess we will just has to see what happens. I hope everyone has a good week!!


Elder Justice

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