27 May 2016

27 MAY 2016 - May's Emails, a New Area, Pictures, and a Spiritual Thought

23 MAY 2016

Hey Guys! I'm doing good, this week we've been having a lot more success!

We are finding a ton of new people, one of them, Matias is his name, came up to us and asked, "You guys are Mormons right? I've always wanted to go to your church!" So we gave him our number and the times for him to come to church and we put a cita with him... that fell through so we assumed he wasn't interested... until he showed up at church this week! haha we weren't expecting that!

Another family we met yesterday, Angelica and her son Danilo, we visited the house of a less active member and taught Lesson 1 and put a fecha! with them both!

Its been a really interesting week, the only problem is that almost EVERY person we've found lately live in the other Elder's area so we have to let them teach them... :P Its still good that were finding these people but it would be nice for US to have some more work haha, but so far we ARE teaching Angelica and her son, Matias along with the others are for the other Elders.. The things here in Allen are really picking up for us and the other missionaries! I"m excited for this next transfer!

Anyway, I love you guys I hope you have a great week!

16 MAY 2016

Hey Everyone!

This week was a lot better! All of the Parra Kids came to church this last week (not yesterday) and we are finding more people. There is still a lot of work to do but I guess it is better that there IS work to do haha.
But for the lack of any specific story in my mind right now, here's a spiritual thought from this morning...
There is plenty of rain in Argentina
So this week had its ups and downs but this morning with my comp we read a talk called "The 4th Missionary," (primarily for missionaries as you could presume haha) but it talked about one's own free will. He made note that of everything we have there is only one thing that we can give back to God that he doesn't have already, our free will. The key factor in his plan for us is just that, our Agency or ability to choose. He can't force us to choose Him, but He will always try to convince us that the only way to truly be happy is through Him. When WE choose Him, we are giving our all to Him and He can mold us into the people we can become.
Anyway, I love you all, have a great week and remember, He wants to help us. Talk to you next week!
"It gets muddy sometimes"

        2 MAY 2016

Hey Como Andan Todos!! This week has been a lot better!

As far as investigators, we have a few, but they are progressing really well! The first is named Jose Catalan, he is with an inactive member and the sister missionaries before us were visiting them a lot. This past week we went by and taught the Restoration to him, and he payed a lot of attention and understood it all really well. At the end we invited him to read and pray and he said he would, then we put a baptismal date with him. He said if he got his answer he would and that he wanted to see what a baptism is like before he does it. The other Elders have one this Saturday! He told us he was going to do everything he could to go!

The other investigators are named the Flia Parra. They actually listened to the missionaries a few years back but those missionaries weren't too.. focused :P for lack of a better word so they didn't teach too much. Now we got to know them and they are a super cool family! They all go to different churches so they all listen and participate! The best part is that they told us that they are praying to know if the church is true!! They said they will come sí o sí this Sunday!!

Other news from this week, we had a big meeting this past Thursday with Elder Gonzalez from the Quorum of the 70 in the church. (he is actually in charge of the church in all of the area of southern South America) So a big group of missionaries got together like we did 8 months ago when another Elder came, Elder Teixeira.
It was super cool, he talked to us about being bold.. a lot of times, as missionaries we don't want to offend people or feel bad for not going by to visit them if they aren't progressing, but we cant be like that! The reason the missionaries in the scriptures had so much success if because they didn't fear what man could do, they did what God demanded of them with all their power and authority. As a missionary today, we have the same authority, but we don't use that power. He talked about letting go of that fear (which is normal for us humans) and being bold in proclaiming the gospel. Presidente Casariego talked about desires too. He said if we have good desires, we will give good efforts and have good success, but if we desire something with all our heart might mind and strength... we are going to put all of that in our efforts and we can accomplish anything! Even more so with God on our side!

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you have a great week!

Darren is now serving in Allen outside of Neuquen.  These photos are from saying goodbye to families from Plottier.

Elder Bramell loves the kids...

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