"For there are many yet on the earth among all sects, parties and denominations...who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it--Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things [out] of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven--these should then be attended to with great earnestness."
Sunday, September 28, 2014
So we got to go prosyliting this week, and it was so much better than last time! Last time we didn't really get anyone who was that interested. They just ignored us. But this last Sat, it started out that way, but then we found a husband and wife just sitting outside their house watching the grass grow. We went up to talk to them, and we ended up teaching them a full lesson for an hour!! They were so recpetive, and they wanted to know more and more! they committed to coming to church, and they wanted more missionaries to come and teach them! HOLY COW! I don't even know spanish and we were able to teach them! I know that the gift of tongues is real!
We leave October 5th! That like a week and a half away! HOLY COW!!!! I am so flipping excited!!! Prosyliting has been so good for me! It really is like I'm serving two different missions! one in Buenos Aires, and the other in Uruguay! I know I was supposed to come here, Especially for that family we taught! There names were Eva and Ricardo and they were golden. They said that they were evangilists, but that they really didn't believe in the doctrine. We gave them the whole restoration lesson, and a book of mormon, and committed them to read, pray about it, and attend church! they were so eager!! I taught a little about families, and temples! I showed them the pictures of you guys, Ricardo said that me and you have the same smile! hahaha But I am just so filled with love for them mom! I love them so much, and I want them to be baptized!
Hey dad! I know! I know it was no coincidence! They were so receptive, and the spirit was felt! I love them, and I hope that our referal with reach the missionaries serving in Buenos Aires! they need the gospel!!!! I love you tons, and I'm so grateful you served a mission! It is so worth it, and I feel that my spanish is progressing. We just got new Latinos, and it's been fun being able to communicate with them! And we started to learn Subjunctive! AY CARRUMBA Is hard! But It's helped me be able to teach better! I love you Dad!!! I love you mom! I have to go, but good luck this week!!! Tell grandma good luck for me!!!!! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Holy cow this week went by so fast! There were two big things that happened, We got a whole new group of missionaries. Half are Latinos, and the other half North Americans. It is so weird to be the old missionaries here, I feel like we just got to the CCM! But the Latinos are SO AWESOME! I room with two, one is from Panama and the other is from URUGUAY MONTEVIDEO!!!!! Holy Cow, It´s awesome! I´ve had so many questions for him, and it´s been awesome being able to talk to him. I feel like my spanish is progressing, because I can comunicate with the Latinos pretty well. Hahaha it´s all in broken spanish, but you have to start somewhere!
The other really big thing was Proselitismo!!!! We got to spend 5 hours in the middle of Bueños Aires, prosyliting! Hahaha they just dropped us of and said "meet back here at !" It was so crazy! Our area was about 7 blocks, and there was a Catholic church Right in the middle of it. EVERYONE we talked to was Catholic and didn´t want to know what we had to say. But we got to practice a ton of spanish, and they were willing to talk to us, seeing that we were eager to learn their language. It was really so cool, I felt like a REAL missionary! In the CCM, you feel more like a student, but when we get to prosylite, you are literally Seeking out the righteous, where ere they may be! It´s Awesome! There were a few people that weren´t as strong catholics, and kind of wanted to hear our message, but it was siesta time when we were out, so everything was closed, and everyone was resting. Dang Siestas! But I´m excited to go again this Saturday! Hopefully we can find at least one person who will accept our Libro de Mormon! Hahaha but even if they don´t, it is a wonderful thing to be apart of this work. Salvation is not an easy task, so missionary work is never any easier! It´s such a wonderful thing! Man, We only have 2 more weeks in the CCM! Where did the time go! It is so crazy to think about how soon I will be in Uruguay! My Uruguayan roomate is just so humble, and I´m starting to feel the love that Heavenly Father has for each one of us. The Latinos are all so humble, they´ve all come from such humble circumstances, and they just love being here. They are so forgiving of my horrible spanish, and they kindly correct me when I mess up. It is such a great thing.
And I just want to give a shout out to my Miller Ward PRIESTS!!!! What´s up guys! I hope you are all making preparations to serve missions! You really don´t know what you are missing out on until you serve a mission. There is no greater call. Being here, surrounded by all of these worthy young men, who know this church is true, is a testimony to me that this church is true. We wouldn´t be out here if we didn´t know it wasn´t true. Believe me, the mission is hard! I have had days that I really don´t want to keep going, but my testimony keeps me going. I know that we were among the army in the pre mortal existence that cast Satan out. We were all there, and we are here now as missionaries to do it again. Don´t let anything keep you from serving a full time mission! I love you guys, I know you´re doing awesome things! God Speed!
P.S. I heard about the crazy rain storm! Holy cow, I just missed it!
Monday, September 15, 2014
I'm here in the CCM in Buenos Aires and It is so cool being a missionary! It doesn't feel like its been only been 2 weeks, Ive learned so much already. The spirit is so strong here, seeing all the missionary in training, who are all striving for the same goal. We have gotten to teach several fake investigators and track there progess, and they are all completely in spanish. It can be so frustrating knowing exactly what you want to teach in a lesson, but not being able to communicate because you dont know how! But I can feel Heavenly Father Blessing me with my spanish, I know that the gift of tongues is real!
This week has been kind of crazy. When we got here, there were about 30 missionaries already here, who had spent 4 weeks in the CCM. This past week was their last week, and they left on Monday. That means that we are now the oldest missionaries in the CCM. Its kind of weird, I still feel so inattequite, but I know that as I am obedient I will continue to be blessed. Hahaha this Saturday, because we have been here now for two weeks, we get to go out into the city and proselyte! I am so excited, but super nervous! It will be a lot of "apredemos espanol" and " Mas Despacio Por Favor" But I cant wait! I know that that is how I am going to learn!
Well, I dont have much more time, there are new missionaries coming in today. There were a few lantinos that came in last night. I was able to communicate with them a little, its pretty cool! I have gotten to meet so many elders and hermanas from different parts of the world. Ive met Elders from Peru, and Panama and Columbia and Brazil. I got to room with a Lantino from Peru, Elder Longombardi. He was so cool, he left Monday.
The church is true! Missionary work is so important, and I am learning so much everyday!
I love you all!
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Hey guys! I am here at the CCM safe and sound, and I am loving it! I have my badges already and my companion's name is Elder Perkins. (He's from Las Vegas!) We are both brand new, so that will be fun to learn spanish together.
AHHHHH! I'm a missionary!! This is seriously the best day of my life! It's nothing like I expected, and it is super overwhelming, but I love it!
Just so you know, Thursday is my P-Day while I'm in the MTC and That's when I will get to write! I get an hour in the morning (like or 7:30ish).
Anyway, I have to go, but I love you all! Know that I am safe and having a awesome experience already! It is wonderful!