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campana-on to another adventure

This week was definitely pretty interesting. Today was transfers and well…I am heading off to Sabio!!! It in the zone that borders Zarate so I wont have to travel that much.

This week was a big week of faith for me. We had to stop teaching familia Niz on Monday. They hadn’t attended church in almost five weeks and the mom was offended that we were having to look into the whole deal with her husband to see if he could be baptized. We dropped them and I have to say that it was one of the hardest things I have done on my mission. I am sure that some time in the future they will make it back to church. I am just a little disappointed that I couldn’t finish what I had started with them.

But, as you probably know…miracles happen when we take a step of faith like that. A couple of days after we dropped them we came across one of our old investigators that had disappeared one transfer ago. So, we are starting to teach him again and it is great. He couldn’t make it to church this past week but I am sure that there is a lot that will come from this blessing.

But the miracles don’t stop there. This past Saturday we were supposed to have the baptism of David. Just days before his last lesson, he got in a fight with his mom and ran away from home. For like a day or so, no one knew where he was. Eventually, he turned up at his grandmothers house. Turns out he is going to be living there pretty much full time. I was so sad, I just did not understand why this was happening at all. But now I can see the blessing behind all of it. The grandmother lives in my new area! I am a little shocked but it’s not the end of the story with David and me. I am way excited to see what happens.

Well, thats really all the time that I have. I will send pics next week because I am a little short on time this week! Wish me luck in Sabio!!!

Elder Justice

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Hello everyone!!!!

It hasn’t been such a long time since I wrote last Tuesday…but a lot sure has gone on!

For starters, we have what looks like a baptism this coming Saturday! So, for the past two weeks we have been working with a kid named David. He is the son of an older investigator that we started to teach again a while back. One day, we just asked him if he wanted to be baptized and he told us yes…so then we went and asked his mom, she sad yes as well!! He is probably the best investigator I have ever had! Not only does he look forward to our visits, but he remembers the stuff that we are teaching him! I dont think I can put into words how that makes a missionary feel. When someone actually wants to learn and remembers what they are learning, it makes our jobs as missionaries so much more fulfilling. So, he has his baptism scheduled for Saturday and he is about as excitied as I would be to go to the Super Bowl!

We also had interviews at the mission home this past Thursday. That was pretty fun. It took forever though. We didn’t get back to the pension until like 00:30. We were there for probably thirteen hours. It was a way long time, but the following day we got permission to sleep in until like 08:30 so that made up for it.

Oh! I forgot to tell you guys…last week we got bikes!!! It’s so fun being that classic missionary riding around on bikes and all that stuff. All of the kids want to teach us how to do the “wheely” I am learning a little bit…Elder Esquire isn’t the biggest fan but I think its pretty fun. Somehow neither of us have gotten into any wrecks…they’re not kidding when they say that the Lord protects his missionaries.

Well, I don’t really know what else to write about this week other then it was another week here in Campana. This is the last week of the transfer so in a week we will know if I stay here in quiet peaceful Campana or if I am off to explore another part of Buenos Aires! Hope everyone has a great week back home!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Justice

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Well I am still alive everyone! I am writing a little late because the entire mission didn’t have a PDay yesterday but thats chill because we have PDay till lunch today. This week was crazy!!! I was only in my area for about three days of the week. We were traveling all over the place.

So, on Tuesday we went and on divisions with the Zone leaders in Zarate. It was pretty cool to get to know another part of the zone and it was way cool because we put a baptismal date with one of their investigators while we were there! It was also the first time on a bike in the mission. When we were on our way back to the apartment, all the lights went out and people started going crazy in the streets! Elder Yeoman and I just started flying on our bikes to get to where there was light. But then we got a call from the sister and we had to go rescue them because they were stuck in an area that wasn’t the best place to be during a power outage.  So, the Zone Leaders and the District Leaders both live in the same apartment, there were six of us in the apartment at the end of the day…such a fun time!

Then, on Friday we went as a zone to an area called Bardadero for a giant stake activity with a ton of youth. It took like two hours in bus to get there and it was just fields the entire way. The activity was to have a group of the young men and women with two missionary guides to go and do some street contacting. It was pretty fun to see these kids at twelve years old talking to seriously everyone and sharing LDM’s with the people in the street. At like 15:30 we found out that there was only one bus that would get us back to our area and it left at like 16:00! We had to leave our group (there was an adult with them don’t worry) and run to the bus station. We were so far away. We ended up flagging a car down and asking for a ride for the station. This guys said yes!!!!!!! We got to the station at 16:00 and asked if the bus had left yet because it wasn’t there. The lady told us that it was running like an hour behind and wouldn’t be there till 17:00…that was good because there wasn’t anyone from our zone there either. But in the end we all made it back to our areas at like 21:00.

Then yesterday I had the oppritunity of a lifetime to meet Elder Nelson from the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles! He came and talked with our whole mission and with the Buenos Aires west mission as well. It was such an amazing opportunity to hear him speak. My testimony grew so much yesterday. Hearing an apostle testify of Christ and his doctrine was definitely something I will never forget.

Here is a quick update of the people we are working with…

This week went really well! We saw a ton a miracles that I am never going to forget! The first one has to do with Rafiel. He’s had a problem with smoking pretty much his entire life but when we started teaching his daughter a while back, I think thats when things really turned around for him. He and Rosa worked really hard to get married and to help him drop his smoking habit and they have finally done it! They are married and Rafiel hasn’t smoked in like three weeks! Now the next step with them is to get them baptized but there is a complication that we will have to overcome.

The next miracle that I saw was with Liliana. We found her about three transfers back as well but she would not get baptized for some reason, so we ended up dropping her. Just this transfer we decided to start passing by again and it has been going really well! We brought up the topic of baptism and again she wasn’t sure if it was for her. We challenged her to read the LDM and pray about it and then we told her we would pass by the following day to see how it went.  We passed by and as soon as she came out of the door you could tell  something had happened. She told us that she had done what we had told her to do and that she had received an answer. She had a desire to be baptized! That was the first time in my mission so far that something like that has happened. It was really a neat experience.

Well I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Justice

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Hello everyone back home!!!!!!!!!!!

For starters, we are in the middle of a storm here in Campana! It was raining pretty much all day yesterday, throughout all the night, and is still raining right now! So much water!!This week was full of all sorts of stuff and I feel like learned a lot. At the beginning of the week, everything seemed to go really slow…we almost saw no results at all. But we kept at it seeing how that was the only thing we could really do. Once friday rolled around is when we started to see everything paying off.

We had a great Zone Conference where Elder Esquite and I learned a lot. I think what I took from the conference that helped me the most was the importance and how to go about putting baptismal dates. Before the conference, I knew that it was something way important for us as missionaries to do seeing how we are here to baptize. But when I had tried to put a date, it always felt like I was laking something in my approach or something. After hearing President Smith explain it and hearing how important it was for the investigator to understand what was happening, it all just seemed to come together for me.

So, I decided to put that into practice and this Sunday we were able to put baptismal dates with two of our current investigators. This time with the knowledge that I had gained from the conference, it went so so so much better. We were able to put a date with an investigator that we have been teaching for a while now. The situation is a little interesting to say the least. Her name is Julieta and she is the girlfriend of a return missionary…but the are living juntada. She is showing a lot of progress and so is the return missionary (Juan). The have a marriage date for the 12 of May and her baptismal date is the 13! Its been awesome to see how they are progressing together!

We also put a baptismal date with an investigator named Liliana and her niece. I actually started to teach them back in my first transfer here in Campana but because she didn’t want to accept a baptismal date, we didn’t pass by much at all for a whole transfer. Just the other week we started to pass by again and we extended another invitation to be baptized. We challenged her to read the Book of Mormon and then to pray about it. She said she would do that and give it some thought. We passed by the next day and she came out to talk to us and said she had done what we had asked. She didn’t know how to describe it but she just had the “feeling” that baptism was something that needed to be done! Its interesting how when people do what God asks of them the receive an answer! That was a huge testimony builder for me. Our Heavenly Father is never going to leave us in the dark. He wants us to know the truth and if we go to Him in prayer he will tell us what it is that we should do! These two moments really made all of the hard work we put in during the week pay off.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Justice

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Wow, why do the weeks keep getting faster and faster? Here in Campana its getting colder!!!!!!!!!!! I love the cold!

Well, we finished the week with two awesome sessions of General Conference! Never before in my life have I looked forward to Conference so much and neither have I ever been so sad to see it end. It’s funny because here in the mission its like we are watching the Super Bowl or something when conference rolls around every six months. Luckily, I was able to watch it in English again. I feel that I learned a lot of things that I can apply in my personal life as well as missionary work here in Campana.

This week went really well, work wise. Familia Niz  finally got married! (Forgot the camera so I will get the photos out next week) There wasn’t a lot of people there present at the wedding or at the little fiesta that we held for them in the chapel but you could tell that they were happy with what they were doing. Thursday night we held a family home evening with them. I am not lying when I say this, but I think family home evening really got them motivated the get baptized as soon as possible. We ended up watching the movie, “Joseph Smith, the Prophet of the Restoration” with them. I guess there is a newer version or something because it wasn’t the same movie that I had seen time and time again before. I think this newer version brought the spirit with a lot more power and really covered some key events in the church’s history.

Rafiel absolutely loved it, he wanted to watch it again right after it had finished..jaja. Rosa also took a lot from the experience as well. Before, she was sort of struggling with the concept of Joseph Smith and that there was a prophet here in the earth, but after seeing the first vision play out in front of her on a tv screen I guess helped her a ton with that. I asked here how she felt about the concept of latter day prophets after the movie had finished and she said that it only made sense that there would be a prophet again on the earth. It was a really great experience for them for sure.

Then to wrap things up all of the elders in our district got together to play soccer earlier today and we ended up learning how to play rugby!! Man it was so fun to be able to play again. I am sure I will be feeling a little bit sore in the morning though…jaja.

I hope everyone has a good week!!!!!!!!!!!!


Elder Justice

campana-listening to the spirit

Well, I am happy to say that I have been blessed to stay here in Campana another 6 weeks!!! That also means that I am going to be able to finish training Elder Esquite which is a pretty fun thing to do as well .

This week went really well! I was pretty sick to start the week but as the days went on I was felt better and better. I think we had to waste a day no more in the pension because I was pretty contagious but with a lot of prayer, our Heavenly Father helped make up for the lost time.

So the Niz family is going to be baptized not this week but the following week. After talking with them as a family we felt impressed that President Smith would to have to interview them before their baptism. Even though Familia Niz is going to have to wait a little while longer to reach baptism, they are still excited to get there and are also finalizing their plans for the wedding this Friday! The looked great in church this past Sunday as well. We gave Rafael a white shirt and tie to wear to Church but he hadn’t worn it to church for some reason. Well this past Sunday he wore it and it was awesome! The are really starting to connect with a family within the ward as well. They actually cancelled one of our visits this past week because they were going on a little outing or something like that with their member friends! It is seriously amazing to see how far they have come. The next step with them is getting them to take their kids to church as well. There are six of them and a lot of the time they just leave them at home while they go to church. That’s going to be our focus with them this week for sure.

We have been working a lot in other parts of our area as well so that has been helping us with our finding efforts and has been showing a lot of results. We were walking down this dirt road last week and there was seriously no one. As we were walking, we past a house and I saw a man sitting kind of hiding behind a tree. I felt a prompting to go and talk to him to see what would happen, so I did. His name is Damian and what would you know, he turned out to be really receptive. We actually ended up teaching him a lesson right there in the middle of the road. We found his house a couple days later and retaught the Restoration to him as well as to his soon to be wife (they have plans to get married) and his sister. We continued talking and it turns out that both of his parents and some of his brothers were baptized in the church a long time ago.

After this experience that we had last week, I can say that my testimony of how the Lord helps us here in the work as long as we are listening to the spirit and ready to act on what we are told. It was great and I have high hopes for Damian and his family, thats for sure.

Well this week went pretty well but I am looking forward to working for a full week and seeing what else it is that the Lord has planned for Elder Esquite and I here in Campana.


Elder Justice

 

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Well…tonight I find out if I am lucky enough to stay in Campana another transfer! But on the flip side,  being on the mission has really got me into seeing new places and traveling and all that stuff. So I think I will be pretty happy with whatever happens tonight…either way,  it’s a good thing!

This week went pretty well.  I feel like we finished this transfer pretty strong, found a lot of new people, and ended the week with investigators in the chapel. I am happy with what we were able to do but there is always room for improvement.

So we received a reference for the Hermanas in Zarate 4 that really payed of for us! Her name is Maria and she is absolutely great! She’s a single mother with two kids that live with her. What has really been a turning point in the process of teaching her is that about a year back, one of her sons drowned in a nearby river. As she was telling us this, we could see just how much it pained her to even think about it. She loves her family so much and only wants the best for them. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she seemed to be really engaged through out the entire lesson. That was Friday. We ended up putting a baptismal date with her and then she asked us when the church service was! Elder Esquite and I were seriously floating on cloud 9. It was a miracle to say the least. She was able to make it to church this past week and as she left there was a smile on her face. It wasn’t like any other smile that I have seen her express in the time that we have known her. She came to the Church of Jesus Christ to find happiness in her life that had been filled with sorrow for such a long time, and that is exactly what she found. It’s truly been a blessing getting to know her and being able to teach her that God has a plan for her and her children.

Other then that we had a pretty good week, it seems like all the people that we are finding have a lot of really good potential and a desire to hear the message that we have to share. This week was truly an answer to a lot of prayers that I have been offering for quite some time.

I feel that I have learned a lot this transfer. It was my first transfer as the senior companion and I was training. I hadn’t realized how much I have learned in my time in the mission thus far. But more importantly I realized that I still have a lot to learn on my way to reaching my full potential as a Missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ.

I hope all is going well back home and that you guys enjoy the nice weather before the heat comes! (Things are just starting to cool down here, so nice!!!)

Eder Justice

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Well, I am going to have to be short this week. The computer place closed pretty early but I will try to get an email out to you guys…let’s see how this goes.

This week went pretty well. We did a lot of finding and a lot of dropping investigators. The latter is always a pretty hard thing to do. I remember my parents telling me time and time again that “you can lead a horse to water…but you cant make him drink”. I am sure that is a lot different coming from a parent but I am starting to understand what they were trying to say. As a missionary, you could have all the investigators in the world but if they don’t want to hear what you have to say, there is not a whole lot more you can do for them. There just comes a point in time where in the end, its their decision. It’s always a sad moment having to drop an investigator because as you have gotten to know them, you come to love them. They are just not willing to change sometimes and there is nothing more that can be done at that time. Life is a long time…hopefully a good seed has been planted.

We are working on trying to get some more people married…I never thought I would be involved in stuff like this on a mission. Turns out this couple knows the church pretty well seeing  how  one of them is a returned missionary as of three years ago. Now, his girlfriend has a lot of interest in getting baptized and so we figured it would be best to get to know them better.  It’s pretty neat because when you have appointments with them, it’s like we are in a trio because this returned missionary (even though he may be a little inactive) believes in the church and has the testimony of a return missionary! Its a pretty cool thing to be involved in at the moment.

Well I am sorry but that is all I really have time for at the moment. Hopefully the sever wont close so early next week so that I can get a better letter out to you guys. Have a great week!

Elder Justice

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Well, hello everyone!!!!!!!!! Man this week was something else thats for sure. Full of lots of talking and lots of traveling and interviews with President Smith.

Before I get any further in the letter, I need to give you all an update with some of the people that we have been teaching. So a while back we baptized a little girl by the name of Candela. Her two older brothers are members of the church and now she wanted to be baptized. We got permission from the parents, taught her, and she was baptized. Well, now for an update about the parents. The parents have decided to follow the example of their kids and get married so that they can then be baptized! Their wedding date is set for the 31st of this month and and they have a baptismal date set for the first of April! Its a little ways away but to see the change that they have made in their lives has been such a testimony builder for me. Anyone who knew them before can tell right off the bat that something has changed. There seems to be a happier spirit within their home. It is something that I am so grateful to have witnessed and know that they are going to make a great family within the church! Keep them in your prayers!

Not a whole lot happened this week. One thing that we were able to do was be really bold with the people that we have been teaching to see if they really have desires to progress or no. Sadly enough, many were not ready to make that change that the Lord was asking of them. That…and our top investigator got kicked out of his house and now lives just outside of our area means that we have a lot of finding to do in this coming week.

Elder Esquite is really starting to open up with the people which is awesome! Once he gets going he’s seriously a powerhouse with a really strong testimony. I am definitely one blessed missionary to have the opportunity to train him.

So, Thursday we had interviews with President Smith. They went great! One thing that really stuck with me after my interview was the word, “Desire.” President explained to me that if we really want to lose ourselves in the work of the Lord, we have to have desire to do so first. Little did I know, that would not be the last time that I heard about Desire this week. The next day, Friday, we had a meeting in the mission office. It was a training meeting for all of the new missionaries that have come to the mission within the last two transfers. As you can probably tell, the main topic of this training was “Desire”. Just in this past week my desire was changed a lot. I have taken to time to really think about why I am here serving a mission and what it is that I am doing. Every time I think about it I just feel happy. Its through me and my words that the Spirit of the Lord will have the opportunity to change the lives of those who are willing to listen. When I think of desire now I think of an example in the Book of Mormon. The scripture I want to leave with you guys this week is found in Mosiah 28:3. It talks about the Sons of Mosiah and how strong their desire was to do what they were called to do. We need to take a moment each one of us and think what it is that we are called to do, and what level of desire do we have to complete what it is that we are called to do.

I hope everyone had a great week this past week and hope that everyone has a great week leading up to spring break! We will be working hard here in Campana doing what we have been called to do!


Elder Justice

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