05 March 2016

Service Projects, Struggling and Turning 20 years Old - 29 FEB 2016

29 FEB 2016

Hey Everyone!

Another long week here in Argentina but this time with revived enthusiasm!
Thanks to those of you who wished me a happy birthday, and if you forgot or didn't have time to write, don't worry you all know how terrible I am with remembering dates :P haha

So before getting all deep and such, there is one pretty crazy story. So the other day we provided service at a members house. We were laying cement on the roof of his house and when we got about

Home where they were working on the roof
halfway done, all 6 crossbeams broke in the middle, so we took it all off then used it to add more concrete on the ground :P haha. Afterward we finished cleaning up Abuelo Santiago´s patio and he made us an asado! Gaucho style haha.  He put the meat on the table and handed us forks and knives We also made the juice in a bucket :P

Anyway, the news is that Elder Bednar went to Buenos Aires this last week and talked to all of the area missionaries, including us and to sum up everything I learned, is that sometimes the only thing we can do is keep working. One missionary asked how we could speed up the work and they explained simply that its not up to us, all we need to do is work so that when the moments come, we are there to be the instruments God needs us to be.

Lately we've been struggling a lot trying to help the ward fulfill its responsibilities, find people to teach and attend church, and a lot more struggles and what I've learned is that I just have to keep working, I cant stop and get discouraged because that is when Satan wins and keeps us from reaching our potential.

I don't know why its been so hard lately, but I do know that I am learning a lot!
I hope you guys have a great week, I'll talk to you soon!
The Elders with Abuelo Santiago

Picking Peaches

An Asado for the Elders - Gaucho Style

Personal Study and Inspiration - 22 FEB 2016

22 FEB 2016

Hey Everyone! 

So to be honest this week was kind of flojo on our part.  We haven't been teaching as lot recently and our numbers are pretty low, but its going good.  I don't have a lot to write about this week, we did have a service project digging up weeds and plants in a members house, I had the special tool of a pick-ax haha, it was good though!
A Doodle of Darren's District
The other Elders did have a baptism this week though! it was nice to be able to attend one! I know we can have one too before the transfer ends in March! Speaking of that I actually feel really inspired today! Today in my personal studies, I was studying in 3 Nephi about Christ's visit to the Americas. Part of that was to organize the scriptures they had (the Book of Mormon) exactly how it needed to be, so that we could read it now in our times. Before leaving, Christ told 3 of his disciples that, for their desire to share the gospel they will have a fullness of joy.

That's what I'm doing here! Reflecting on that I realized that, the Book of Mormon is true. I always knew it was, but studying this morning the Spirit testified to me that it really is. I now know it is.
I know that the reason I'm here teaching these things is so that these people I meet can have that fullness of joy. Through the Book of Mormon we ALL can feel the love and happiness of God's plan for us.

I've learned a lot here in Argentina and I am glad to be here.  I love you guys and I hope you have a great week!
An early birthday present from a member in Argentina

Handmade Scripture Case

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