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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
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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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garin-miracles

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 best part about this week were the miracles that we have experienced down here. Our efforts to find people are keeping us busy, we have people to teach but none of them are progressing all that much. I learned that after a solid effort, the Lord eventually blesses us with what we are asking if it is worth having. We were walking around and out of no where a young woman contacts us! That never happens! We talked and she knew which church we were from and she wanted to know more! (Just so you all understand, this does not that happen everyday in the life of a missionary) We set up an appointment with her for the next day and she was golden! Her name is Mickiela and she is getting ready to be baptized this coming Sunday! Keep her in your prayers!

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!

Elder Justice

garin-rise and shout…go cougs!

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.

Lets see…something interesting that happened this week? Well for starters, we started to teach some new people thanks to the blessing form the Lord and our efforts in trying to find more and more people. One man is named Daniel. He is about 50 and a while back suffered from a stroke that left him permanently disabled. He’s a really cool guy though who wants to learn more about Jesus Christ. He’s a funny little guy as well. Like he just says some of the most random things out of nowhere. For example, we were explaining the Book of Mormon to him and then out of now where he just asked us what our favorite food is from Argentina. It’s a good thing my comp and I are pretty good at controlling the conversation because with him, it’s something we really need to do at all times.
Well, in a nut shell that was pretty much my week. On a little side note I am pretty pumped because this past week I was accepted to BYU Provo!!! I just found out today so I definitely feel pretty excited right now! Go cougs!!!!!!!!!

Elder Justice

garin-last transfer (maybe)

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.

Well after getting settled down after my first week here, I have to say that I am pretty excited to be here. I am getting along great with my new companion Elder Bickham. As far as the work goes, we are starting to fill up our teaching pool a bit. When I got here, we didnt really have anyone that  was progressing that well, but as the week went on we were busy contacting a ton of people in the street and talking to members to see if they knew of anybody that we could teach. Needless to say,  now we have a couple of people who are progressing and a handful more who are definitely on our radar as far as good possibilities go.

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! 

 
Another fun fact for all you guys back home. Two dudes from the street robbed me with a paver you use to lay bricks…that was pretty lame. Good thing they only took the phone!!!!!!!!! 

Elder Justice
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soldati-transfers are coming

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!

This week went well. Tuesday the Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles came to speak with us as a mission. Is was really cool because it was really just an opportunity to ask him questions. I think my favorite part was at the end when he bore his testimony of Jesus Christ. It is really awesome to hear a member of the Quorum of the Twelve testify of Christ…a really powerful experience.
Other then that it was pretty much a normal week. We were able to find a couple people who seem to have a real potential in progressing so that is always exciting. Also another big thing was that yesterday Oscar received the Aaronic Priesthood! That is a huge step for the Cortez family! They are doing great by they way, Oscar still doesn’t wear Sunday clothes to church but that doesn’t seem to be stopping him jaja.
 Here are some pictures of the Cortez’s wedding and baptism.  I hope everyone has a great week back home!

Elder Justice
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soldati-baptism!

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!


Elder Justice

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soldati-wedding bells!!

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!

Elder Justice

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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