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soldati-happy 2018!

Well, week one of 2018 in the books! Man time flies when your having fun. This week Elder Gonzalez and I dedicated a lot of time to finding new people to teach and we ended up talking to a lot of people!

The Cortez family is making real progress. After Maia and Lara´s baptism, the heart of the father seems to have opened up a little bit because he agreed to get married in about a month. It’s really a blessing to be help this family come closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. The father at the moment is still a little hesitant about the whole marriage idea so you can imagine that every time we pass by to teach them, we are constantly sharing something about the family.

It’s awesome to see the importance that the Church puts on families. There are so many different statements, doctrines, and proclamations that the Church has about the importance of the family in the gospel of Christ. I am so grateful for the wonderful opportunity that I have had to help the Cortez family come to that same realization a little at a time.

Transfer calls come in tonight so we will see what happens. I have a feeling that I am on my way to my next area but anything could happen. I hope everybody has a good week!


Elder Justice

 

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soldati-merry Christmas

Hey che, ¿como anda?

This week went good! The temperature is starting to pick up a little bit as well as the humidity, but that doesn’t seem to slow Elder “Gonzo” and I down that much.

This week, we were able to see the Cortez family (a family we have been teaching for about two weeks now) in church! To start out, they just came to the third hour which is sacrament meeting here in Soldati. Even though they only went for the last hour I think they were really able to get something out of it. This week we are going to see if the parents are ready to get married. I would love to see them get married, they are one of the best families that I have come to know here on my mission.

This time of year is definitely pretty cool here in the mission. Throughout the entire mission there seems to be just a different type of excitement that has all of the missionaries pretty hyped. This week as a mission we found about 700 new investigators, an all time high for the mission. I have to say that I am a pretty happy missionary these days!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Elder Justice

soldati-jorge

Well, there was a lot that went on this past week…but to save you all from having a ton of stuff to read, I will just tell you all about the best part. So, a couple of weeks ago I told you all a little bit about a very special man Jorge that we were teaching. Yesterday, Jorge was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The story that goes along with that is what I am going to consider a great miracle.

Just to give you  a quick reminder, Jorge is an investigator that we had been teaching for a couple of weeks now. Sadly, he has a cancer that is slowly killing him… it was necessary to remove one of his kidneys as well as an entire rib. Despite it all, he was really receptive to the teachings that we provided. Due to his delicate physical situation however, baptism was always a touchy topic. About two weeks ago, after having a really powerful lesson with him, we planned his baptism for the ninth of December. In between that time, he needed to make sure he was physically able for the baptism while Elder Gonzalez and I made sure that he was spiritually nurtured and he understood what we were teaching him.

Fast forward two weeks and its the day of the baptism, 3:00 is the scheduled service. My companion and I pass by his house at about 10:30 and Jorge is no where to be found. We knock the door, call him on the phone, ask the neighbors…no one knows where he has gone. We went along our way praying for a miracle and then at 1:00 we got the call from Jorge. He had called his brother to take him to get a couple things done before the baptism…he would be there on time. What a relief that was.

The service was great! Due to his physical condition, we filled the font to the top and then brought a seat into the font so that he could sit down while a member performed the ordinance. I went in to assist with lowering him into the water…it was a pretty neat experience.

Well in turns out that Jorge had given it all he had to make it through the baptism and right after the service was taken to the hospital by his brother for all the pain that he was in. The doctors helped him but told him that on Sunday at 12:00 they would pass by to take him to the hospital where he would be carefully watched over for the rest of the time that he has on this earth.

At 11:00, Sunday morning Jorge was confirmed a member of the Church and received the Holy Ghost as he laid in his bed, too sick to move. An hour later, he was moved to an ambulance and then carried to a hospital.

On his way out he looked to my companion and I and told us thanks for all that we had done for him in a truly difficult time of his life. He then told us how grateful he was for the blessing that he had to be baptized, a member of the true Church of Christ while still on this earth. It was something that I will never forget.

I know that Christ has restored His church once more upon the earth. I testify that Christ lives.  He is our Savior and Redeemer. I am so grateful to be here, especially during this time of year, to share what I know to be true with those willing to listen to my companion and I. I am also grateful for all that my good friend Jorge has taught me in the little time that I had to get to know him. I know that due to that decision that he has made, he will be prepared to enter into the next phase in the Lords plan.

Well that was the miracle of the week, I hope everyone could learn a little something from his story. Have a good week!


Elder Justice

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soldati-no letter this week :(

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soldati-amazing jorge

Como anda a todos?

Well here we are! Another transfer come and gone. I think up to this point in the mission, this transfer definitely went by fast than any other. They tell me that with my time remaining in the field, its only gonna get faster and faster. I sure hope that’s not the case.

Well, Elder Jones and I had a good week.  We did a ton of contacting in the morning and got to know a bunch of different people from all sorts of situations in life. I honestly love knocking doors. It’s like a game to see whether or not they are gonna let us in on the first contact. It’s honestly the best feeling in the world when the people do let us in so we can share our message with them.

So this week I want to tell you all about an investigator that we are teaching. His name is Jorge and he is about 50 years old. He was recently operated on and they ended up taking out a kidney. He also has cancer and the doctors have given him about 6 months to a year to live. Honestly this man has almost every reason to feel bitter about his situation and hate the world for it. A couple years back he even lost his wife. Yet, this man chooses to see the light in even the darkest of circumstances. Its been a great experience to get to know him. He even wants to be baptized, but he has to wait for his operation to heal up a little bit more. He isn’t really supposed to be walking around yet he walks to church which is a good 45 minute walk for us. For him, it takes about 3 hours to walk that far, he is such an amazing man.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving and that you were all able to reflect on the things we need to be thankful for!


Elder Justice

soldati-the Lord’s work

Hello everyone!

Sorry I skipped out on the email last week. I totally forgot about it for some reason jaja. But just so you all know, last week went well. Elder Jones and I were really busy finding a bunch of people to teach because week before last, we went through all those that we had been teaching and dropped all those that really had no desire to progress. Thats always a hard thing to do as a missionary but its also something that every missionary needs to know how to do. We as missionaries carry a message that is so important to all the world. Sadly, we are still human and there is only a certain amount of time that we have to teach what we know to be true. It all comes down to a wise use of time. We can only help so many people come unto Christ at a time so we have to make sure that those who we are teaching really have a desire and the faith to change their lives and come unto Him.

That was probable one of the greatest things that I realized this week. How important the work is that I am trying to do. At times its a little intimidating, a young man trying to do the Lords work. All that one can do is try their best and pray for help. I hope everyone has a good thanksgiving week!


Elder Justice

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sodati-“i’m not counting weeks anymore”

Como anda a todos!!

Dang, this week seemed to go by really slow at times, but then out of no where it just ended. It’s weird how that works sometimes. This week we seemed to always be busy with one thing or another.

So to start it off, let’s take a look at what went down on Halloween. Well, I had a leadership meeting up in the mission home and by the time I got back my body just decided not to work anymore. I literally just hit the floor and called the nurse. She said that I was exhausted (she had a fancier name for it) and just told me to rest for the remainder of the day. The next day, I was fine. I honestly think the picture of me passed out on the floor is pretty funny though.

The rest of our week was full of talking to people and teaching people about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Something that really stood out to me was how we as missionaries share such a unique message with a ton of different people a day and yet, that simple and unique message applies to everyone. There is something for everyone in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The reason why is because we are all sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father who wants us to return and live with him again. He has given us the instructions on how to do that as well. If we decide to do what it takes and follow the gospel of Jesus Christ, we will reach our goal and live with our Heavenly Father again.

I hope everyone has a great week!


Elder Justice

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soldati-the church is growing

Hello Everyone!!!

Well, I have to tell you the truth, getting settled back into Soldati has been pretty easy. I am way excited to be here again and to have another opportunity to help the ward. Now that I can understand Spanish a little better and how things work here in the mission, I hope and plan on really finding those who are ready to hear the gospel so they can receive the blessings that their Father in Heaven would want them to have.

Elder Jones is doing good. I got to know him a lot more now actually being his companion and being able to see how he works. Speaking of that, this Elder loves to work. I honestly knew that he was a great person and we get along great but I did not expect him to have such a drive to work and help the people. He is also really quick to strike up a good relationship with the people that we have been teaching over the past week. He loves the people and the people love him. That is very obvious in the way that he works.

So the big news in the ward is that the stake is going to be splitting and two new wards are going to be added. I am not sure if its really going to affect us but it should be pretty interesting. Most of the members still remember me, or at least, some of them have seen me before and we just didn’t really get to know each other because I couldn’t speak Spanish all that well.

We are living with the other companionship of Soldati as well, so that is a blast. Besides Elder Jones and I, we have with us Elder Webb and Elder Chirstensen. Yeah thats right, four gringos are working in Soldati. Its way fun and we all get along great!

I hope everyone has as good of a week that I am going to have!!!


Elder Justice

soldati-again?!

Well yeah, I am here in Soldati again!! And it gets even better, my good friend Elder Jones is my new comp!! Well to be honest I don’t remember anything from this last week but I am pumped for this coming week! To give you all something, I am gonna include a part of the letter that I sent to President Smith this week.

Something I learned from my last area is something that if I can apply it consistently throughout my life I will be able to really dig deep and pull out my full potential. To be truly honest, my last area was probably the hardest six weeks of my mission so far. My companion and I didn’t click that well, it was a harder area to work and to be honest I think I gave up on myself a little bit there. I know I have worked harder then I did before there and I plan to really learning from my experience there. Constantly, I have to remind myself what it is that I am here to do. I am going to do that though my personal studies and have to keep myself focused. Doing so, I will be able to help the people better and have a better experience overall here in Soldati once more.

It was a long six weeks but I also learned the importance of not giving up, up until Saturday we had nothing and then on Sunday we found a ton of miracles that the Lord had provided for us to finish off the week! I hope you all have a good week!!!!


Elder Justice

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