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garin-this is the end!

Wow…this is it! Today is my last day of writing in the mission. Man, even thinking of what to write in this email gives me goosebumps.

Looking back on my mission, it seems too much to recollect. I know for a fact that I am not the same person who said good bye with tears in my eyes in Phoenix two years ago, I have grown up a little bit. haha I have learned so much here on my mission. I have grown closer to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, then I ever thought I would. I came to know people that will be examples to me of perseverance, patience, love, and devotion. I have felt my testimony of many Gospel topics grow an enormous amount. I have made a ton of new friends that I would love to stay in contact with for the rest of my life and I have even learned how to speak a new language! But there is one thing that I have come to love as a missionary above all…
When someone asks me what the best time in my mission has been…after thinking about it for a while, I have to say it has been the times when the Lord has answered someone’s  prayer for help through me and the message that I have shared countless times during my time as a missionary. The Spirit that I have felt being able to help the people of Argentina during these two years is something that cannot be expressed with words. Its a feeling that I never want to forget. It’s the feeling that came when someone, with a most sincere desire to know the truth, asked me where their baby son had gone after passing away. Its the feeling that came when someone told me that recently they had been praying to God for help because they had decided that they no longer wanted to  live. My companion and I knocked their door to share a message of hope and love from our Father in Heaven.
I haven’t been a perfect missionary, but I have learned what it means to truly try to be and desire to do what it is the Lord would have me do as His representative. I love this church and know that it is true. I want to thank everyone that has supported me through the good and the bad times even if they were thousands of miles away.
Well, for the last time…this is me signing off. I know this church is true. The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I know it is true.

Elder Justice

garin-el templo!

Well, I hope everyone back home had a great week. Here in pretty much all of Buenos Aires it was pretty cold and rainy so it made for an absolutely great week! (haha I am so funny) All in all though we did have a pretty solid week. This past Saturday was probably the best part now that I think about it.

So, on Saturday the Mission set up a temple trip for our stake to take all the recent converts that we could to the temple. Aurara and Micaela were both able to make it which was a pivotal experience for them in the conversion. After thinking about it for a little bit, I realized that this was the first time that I was able to watch as some of the converts that I had taught actually made it to the temple. Being able to be a part in that and seeing the effort of other members that were there helping them get already was something really special. Talking to the both of them after they had come back and just being able to see how happy they were was a very unique experience for me. It was by far the best part of the week for me.
Well, I am sorry I am not writing as much now a days. I don’t know why but they days are all sort of mixing into one and it makes it really hard to pick certain things out to write about.
I know that this is Christ’s restored church upon the earth and that The Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for the fact that for almost two years of my life my Lord and Savior has allowed me to represent Him here in Argentina. I continue to learn more and more each and every day and am looking forward to having a great week this coming week!

Elder Justice

garin-happy 25th! happy Memorial Day!

Well this week we had a pretty solid week. Elder Domigeuz and I have been working hard to get into the groove to help the members in the ward with their Ministering efforts, so that has been fun. We are really making an effort to work with the less active members as well and let me tell you, there are a lot of them. Its funny because we will contact someone thinking that they are not a member and it turns out that they have been a member for a while now. Working with the less active members is helping us find a lot people that are not members, so that is awesome.

This week was pretty chill. Argentina’s Independence day was on Friday so we had some of the traditional Locro, that was really good. Aurara and Micaela are getting ready to go to the temple for the first time this coming Saturday, thats pretty exciting. It has been cool working to get them ready for the temple. They both have come a long way since the first day they came to know the church. I am so excited for them to have such a great experience as they effectuate the saving ordinances for their ancestors. There is a special spirit that they are both going to remember for the rest of their life.
Happy Memorial day and of course, Happy Birthday Dad!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Justice

garin-new companion

Well, here we are at the start of a new transfer! My dear friend Elder Bickham left for Bardadero last Tuesday. For one part I miss him, I learned a lot from him. I picked up my new companion Elder Dominguez that same day! Looks like he will be my first companion from Argentina…I guess he will be my last companion as well! Weird.

I was sick with a cold for the majority of the week, yes even on my birthday, but we got out to work when we could. While out on the streets we also had the blessing of finding a lot of new people even if I couldn’t really work an entire day though out the whole week. On Thursday, we had a mission conference. As a mission we are putting a new focus on really working with the members and trying to involve them even more in the work then we were doing in the past. A lot of it has to do with ministering to the less active members as well. All in all, the conference was great. An added bonus was, I got to see all of my friends from the CCM. I can’t tell you how happy I am to see that all nine of us are still here.
I know this is the Lord’s work that I have been given the honor to carry out. I cannot count the blessing that I have felt in my own life as I have seen the Lord bless the lives of others through the message that I am sharing. I know that this is the true Church.
I hope everyone has a great week and just a little shout out to my brother Sonny who graduates this Friday, way to go man!!!!

Elder Justice

garin-happy Mother’s Day!!

To all the wonderful Mothers in the world, but more importantly to mine, happy mothers day!!!! It was great to talk to the family yesterday and catch up a little bit with them. Everything seems like its changed though…that is pretty weird.

Our week leading up to today went well. The Ferrera family is progressing with keeping their commitments but due to a family issue they couldn’t make it to church yesterday so that was sort of a bummer.
We went on divisions with our District Leader, Elder Morel from Paraguay and his companion Elder Tucker who is from…Utah (Surprise!!) It went great. I went with Elder Tucker for the day and we were able to visit some of the investigators that they are working with in that part of the area! They are teaching a lot of great people over in Mateu.
This is the end of the transfer for Elder Bickham and I. Man, it feels like the past twelve weeks really went by fast. We had a great time together. Seeing as how this was Elder Bickhams third transfer here in Garin, we are pretty sure he is on his way out. He seems a little disappointed to leave such an awesome area but I know he will do great things wherever he is assigned next.
As for me, I will be receiving my last companion if everything goes as I think. That is a pretty crazy thing to think about so I guess I just wont think about it too much. All I am going to do is put my head down and keep working. I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Justice

garin-50 days (but who’s counting?)

Elder Bickham and I had a solid week this week. Recently, we have really been focusing our teaching efforts on a great family that Aurara, who was confirmed only last week, found by inviting them right off the street to listen to us. As of right now, we are teaching the mom, Maria, and two of her daughters, Ana and Camila. They are a small, humble family that needs a lot of peace in their home. What a blessing that Aurara is going to be in their lives as they continue to progress in the Gospel.

We also had our interviews with President so that was chill. I have to say, President Smith really wants to help his missionaries the best that he can. Personally, there have been times when I have questioned that a little bit, but looking back on it now I can see that he just wants me to become the best missionary/young man that I can become. I am far from it but I know that he is there to guide me as far as my prideful self will let him.
So yeah, overall we had a solid week. If we do anything fun in the afternoon I will try to get on and send some pictures. I really didn’t take any this week. I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Justice

garin-the hidden villa

This week went well. We were able to do divisions with our district leader Elder Morel…that was great. I went to his area to work with him, it was pretty cool to see how he works. I ended up getting a little sick the day after we had done the divisions so we so lost a day with that. We struggled to find new people to teach but on Saturday we were contacting in the morning and discovered a really humble part of our area where we had never been. Elder Bickham and I got really excited over this little discovery of ours and we just went crazy and started to knock all the doors that we could in this place that we call “The Hidden Villa”. It ended up going great! A lot of families were really nice to us and we agreed on returning this coming Wednesday. One family even let us in right on the spot and we were able to get to know them a little and then share the message of the restoration. It was a great experience!

Aurara´s baptism was great. Thank you so much for coming down after the stake conference to share such a special moment with her. I have to say, hands down she is probably the happiest convert that I have come to know throughout my time as a missionary. I have learned a lot helping her get prepared for her baptism. It’s hard to get her very excited about family history work because she had a rough time with her family or she didn’t know them that well growing up. She is really excited to make it to the temple though.

I want to give a shout out to my younger brother Sonny was recently assigned to serve in the New Zealand Hamilton mission. When I get back we will have a little under a month before he leaves but I think that will be enough. I am so proud of him and can’t wait to see what sort of adventures he is going to be having here soon. I hope you all have a great week!
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garin-the wet season

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.

Other then that there wasn’t a whole lot that went on this week. That being said I am going to share something that I learned this week. I was reading in 3Nephi as christ is ministering to the Nephites. As he is teaching them about the true order of prayer, he teaches a concept that really stuck out to me. In Chapter 13, He teaches that our Father in Heaven is perfect. He teaches that if we ask him in humble and sincere prayer for help or strength, that he being perfect, will give us exactly what we need. I think I shared this little spiritual thought at almost everyone lunch because to me, it just makes so much sense. My father here on this earth seems to know me even better than I know myself, he has helped me through so many things in my life. After reading this scripture I thought about not only my father at home, but also my father in heaven. “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?”
Our Father in heaven is perfect and he knows each and every one of his children perfectly. I hope everyone that reads this, if there are people that still read my email, can ponder this simple message and come to know the great joy that I have come to know myself.
Have a great week!
Elder Justice

garin-happy Easter!

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.

We were watching the conference in Spanish so while I was able to understand everything, it was a little hard to stay focused on everything that was going on with the talks. I feel that I received my confirmation of the sacred calling of President Nelson after thinking about all that changes that will be made throughout the church. After thinking about it, I realized that every single change that was announced was going to make us stronger as a church in some way, shape or form. I know that President Nelson has been called of God to lead this church in this day and age and thanks to his spirit of revelation and prophesy we will be able to follow the straight and narrow path that our Father in Heaven has laid out for us.
I hope everyone has a great week! I know this church is true and I am proud to be a representative of our Lord and Savior durning this time in my life!

Elder Justice

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