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savio-diligence

Como Estan!!!!

Well, this week was a basic missionary week. We focused a lot on opening our mouths every chance we got to share a testimony whenever the circumstances permitted. We focused our tracting efforts in this one little nehiborhood that we have in our area and we found a lot of good people to start teaching!

One thing that I learned from our finding efforts this week was the importance of diligence. Every morning that we went out to street contact and knock doors it seemed like we wouldnt find anything for the first 15-20 minutes. But as we continued to do what we knew we had to do we found someone who was willing to listen to us! But the tricky part was sticking with it until we eventually found someone. This goes for anything and almost anything in life. If we keep doing something, eventually we will see the results. The key is not giving up. If we had given up knocking doors or street contacting who knows, the next house or the next person could have listened to what we had to share!

Transfers come in tonight at like 2030 so we will see what happens with that. I think that my time in Savio is coming to an end. I would be way excitied though if I could stay though. I love the area and the ward is full of a lot of good people. Well we will see what happens next week I guys, I hope you all have a good week!


Elder Justice

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savio-rains have come

Hello everyone!!!

This week went well! Filled with rain and a lot of mud here in Savio. Due to the awesome rain we got we had to work extra hard to contact in the streets. But after days and days of doing it we had gathered a good number of people to go and visit this coming week… that is always exciting.

We had our zone conference this week so that was pretty fun. President Smith is starting to invite the members of the wards to attend the conferences which is turning out to be a big success! Here in Savio alone, the members seem to feel more involved in missionary work and seem to be more excited about it as well which is always a big help to us!

This week was really tranquilo due to all bad weather. This past Sunday I drank some expired milk and really paid the price for that one. Not fun at all.

Oh! One of my old companions is now a zone leader here in Escobar so its been pretty fun to catch up with him! Elder Ortiz just has a couple of months more then I do in the mission and he actually started his mission here in Savio. He tells me that we are going to do divisions some time this week which would be way fun but we will see what happenes.

Well other then that the week went pretty by the book. We have transfers coming up in the next week so we will see what happens there. I think this could be my last week here in Savio but I guess we will just have to see what happens. I hope everyone back home has a good week!!!

Elder Justice

savio-families and temples

Well, I am writing a day late, but don’t worry, I am not a trucho missionary. Yesterday was national kid day so nobody was doing anything, there were barely buses that were running.

This week went well. It was the last week for a couple Elders in the zone so it was cool to learn all that I have in the time that I have known them.

Elder Cantos and I have been teaching the Maidana family about the temple and the family history work that we care so much about in the church. Its been cool to answer a couple of their questions and to help them along the way. Now they have a couple of relatives that hopefully they can get all of the information they need to be able to take their names to the temple.

I think this week Elder Cantos and I are going to pick up the work in a couple of the parts of our area that we have left a little abandoned. The area is just so big that its literally impossible to work in every part during the week. Well I hope everyone has a good week!

Elder Justice

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

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