Well, we had some rain this week but that didn’t stop us. Micaela was confirmed so she was pretty happy about that. She was so excited that she even got up and shared her testimony that very Sunday, it was really cool to see. She has gone through a huge change but that change has defiantly made her a better person.
Well, happy Easter everybody! I hope you all had an amazing conference weekend! My weekend was full with an amazing conference and a great baptismal service. In between conference sessions on Sunday, Micaeal was baptized and she seemed really content with the decision she has made to accept the Lord Jesus Christ into her life and to follow Him the best she can.
Well…I hope everyone is doing well back home! Here in Buenos Aires, Elder Bickham and I are enjoying the missionary life. We are loving it even more now that the weather is starting to change a little bit.
The Lord works in mysterious ways but always with the idea to bless his children! I know the Church is true and I that He has provided a way for all to find out!
Well, we were hard at work this week. In order to find more people to teach Elder Bickham and I chose one spot in our area and we just knocked all of the doors and talked to all of the people that we could. It is pretty tiring at times but at the same time, it’s pretty fun. You meet a lot of very interesting people that way. You also never know what is behind the door so literally anything could happen if they open the door.
Well, I was transferred!!!!!! I have been assigned to one of my old zones in Provincia. Its the Escobar zone in the area of Garin 2. Its really cool because I have two of my good friends from the CCM, Elder Ryan and Elder Christensen, they my zone leaders and are right here in the same ward as well. My companion is named Elder Bickham and he has about 8 months in the mission. I met him a couple of times before and is a great guy.
Its a little bit of an adjustment coming from capital to provincia. Its a lot calmer then Soldati was and the people are mainly all Argentine. But its pretty chill. The ward seems really solid and just this past Sunday we received a ward mission leader so we are all excited about that. All is well here in Garin!
Well, tonight is the ever fun transfer call! It’s crazy that in total I have been here in Soldati for nine months now. Its been a long time but its also been a very fun time. I guess we will see what happens with the call tonight!
Well, how else am I going to finish a great week here in the work of the Lord except it be with a baptism! Carolina’s baptism went off without a hitch Saturday, she was really excited. Honestly, our whole experience teaching her was so easy…just another daughter of God wanting to come closer to Him. Throughout the whole process we really didnt have trouble with anything. Sometimes that in itself is a great experience.
The Cortez family is doing well. The plans for the wedding on Friday are pretty set. Oscar says he is going to show up to the wedding in nothing more then his underwear…we will see what happens jaja. They are also working towards their goal of baptism this Saturday. They are done with the cigarettes and alcohol but it was a pretty tough thing for them to do. To put it into perspective, about a month ago Romina was smoking 25 cigarettes a day, now she is really putting an effort into not even smoking one. Some prayers from you all back home would really help them put their addictions behind them for sure 😉
Other then that it was work as usual for the most part, we had a pretty fun family home evening with Carolina and Felica the night before the baptism making tacos. They turned out pretty good as well! I hope everybody has a good week!
Well, sorry I didn’t get an email out last week. I was pretty dang tired. We played soccer as a district for a couple of hours in the morning and that had me pretty beat. We had a good week last week, we set in stone the marriage date for the Cortez family. They are going to get married on the ninth of next month. The ward is really rallying around them too, which is a pretty neat thing to see.
As of right now we are working with the both of them so that they can stop the whole smoking and drinking thing. For Oscar (the dad) its pretty easy, but for Romina (the mom) its a little bit more difficult. She is making some very good progress though…she has dropped from smoking 25 cigarettes a day to only smoking 30 in one whole week! My comp and I are so proud of them both for the effort that they are putting in to stop these habits.
So, yesterday in our Gospel Principles class I had a pretty cool experience. We were talking about our eternal family and about why we were here on this earth during this specific time. I testify that we are here for a reason, our Heavenly Father knows us perfectly. He knows what we are capable of because He saw us do great things before we came to this life. That is why He sent us at such a crucial time. He being our perfect Father in Heaven loves us with a perfect love that us…as human beings, we cannot even start to understand. The Cortez family, mainly Oscar, came up to us after the class and told us, after learning those simple yet powerful truths, everything about this life seems to have a little bit more clarity. These type of tiny experiences, I will treasure for the rest of my life.
I love what it is that I am doing here. I get this weird feeling in my stomach every time I think about how fast the time has gone by. Five more months is all I have left. I am giving it all I have though and we are starting to see how the hand of the Lord plays a role in his own work. I hope everyone has a good week. Keep the Cortez family in your prayers for us!
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!