Well, next week is Christmas. Like many of you we have already started celebrating. This last Saturday we had a huge stake activity based on the Ilumina El Mundo church thing. I think in English its something like Light The World Campaign 2017. Anyway we had a choir prepared with our ward and with all the Elders of the stake. Went super well! Way too many hours practicing, we didnt get like anything else done this week, but it was pretty cool anyway.
Shoutout to Elder Frandsen, a newby in our ward who also lives in our building, cuz this Thursday was his birthday and we made tacos again to celebrate it. No pictures though for now haha.
So right before the activity, which was held in the Stake Center, in my old area in Catán 3, we did a Tormenta Blanca where I went and worked with a member there in my old area, it was pretty cool to see some people and familys that I used to visit. So that was a blessing.
Also this last week we had Zone Conference. It was pretty cool. An Elder named Elder Hurst was called as Assistant. Is called the right term? Anyway I remember back in the good ol days of Banfield 1 when he started his mission. Made me feel like an old missionary. I guess I kinda am.
Sorry got off topic, the Zone Conference was great. President Calquin is a beast. I`m gunna miss these conferences. I wish my comp were able to understand everything, but I know he could feel the Spirit there either way.
I hope everyone enjoys the Christmas season! My PDay will be Tuesday these next 2 weeks so that theres internet cafes and stuff like that actually open, due to the Monday Christmas/New Years thing, so dont freak out mom! Love you all!
Well it was a good week down here in Gregory of LaFerrere. We`ve been forming a choir as a mission zone to be able to present it at the zone conference for the mission president and his wife, and this last monday at practice an elder in my old area, Catán 3, told me that one of my old investigadors was getting baptized!
But wait, theres more!
She had asked that I baptize her! Me and my pennsylvannia hillbilly comp Elder Jesson had found and started teaching this one family called Familia PasoGuillén (picture below of the lesson the first night). The now 13 year old daughter Camila has since been reading the Book of Mormon and going to church, even though her mom and older sister are not supportive of her and before, didnt want to get baptized. Thats how they were when I left Catán (the second picture).
I dont know how it happened but they finally decided to let her get baptized this last week! And, on top of that, the day of her baptism, Wednesday the 6th of December, was Camila´s birthday! Thanks to the Lord I just happened to be right next door, in LaFe, and with my mission presidents permission, I was able to go and baptize her! That was also the first time I had performed the baptismal ordinance too! And the first baptism in that side of Catán 3 for almost 2 years!
Well, to say the least, it was a miracle. And I am super grateful to have been able to see it and take part in it. Camila´s a baller and heres a couple pictures of the baptismal service/birthday party.
Well, I was gunna attach an epic picture of me and my son and the second counselor of the Area Presidency, Elder Bragg, who surprise visited our ward yesterday, but the picture thing aint workin.
Anyway, last man standing is Elder McConkie. All my other mission comps ever are officially in their houses. It´s a wierd feeling knowing im one of the oldest buddies on the mission field.
Anyway yeah Elder Bragg came down to good ol LaFerrere, it was awesome. Him and his wife are legit. They also had a meeting with the Ward Counsel afterwards that apparently went pretty well.
So we´ve been workin with our investigadors, and finding some new ones to teach. A couple weeks ago this guy named Juan (but everyone calls him Toro (Bull)) came to church. None of us missionaries knew him, but apparently he had come awhile back, never got baptized though. Yesterday we finally found him and had a lesson with him, one of the most humbling lessons I´ve ever had. He is in a lot of emotional pain, and is looking for a way out. When most people these days would look into any other means but God to escape pain, Juan dont. So yeah we´re pretty excited for him.
Dont have much time left but I love this work and I love the Lord and I love you all and hope you all come to know the Lord so you can take part in this work! Nothin else makes people truly happy.
Have a good week everyone!
My little sons a transfer old in the mission now! Not counting the MTC of course.
Anyway this week was pretty solid. It was Thanksgiving! Me, my comp, and this other newby gringo yankee in the ward made tacos. Classic American Thanksgiving. I think I have pictures. They were pretty good though, and relatively cheap! The other kid had brought some taco seasoning from home.
We also had intercambios this Tuesday with my DL and his son. We switched kids for a day. His name is Elder Beckstead, he´s from Utah but his parents are from Venezuela, we had a good time. My son also had a good time with my Paraguayo DL.
Things are goin good down here! We´re finding a lot of people that seem super ready to recieve the gospel, sometimes it just seems impossible to find em again! But I´m ready to keep working with em and finding more. I was in my last two areas very little time so I kinda forgot how it felt to know my area and know that I still have time to work here.
Also my son met my dad! The classic family pic is of my mexican dad and my californian son. My dad finishes his mission today, along with my last two comps, Elder Jesson and Elder McMillan.
Oh yeah I think I also threw in a picture we took in Gibson street back in Adrogué.
Well here we are in La Fe, things are goin pretty good, my comps dope, the other missionaries in the apartment building are dope, and La Fe is dope, and the ward is dope.
I dont have pics of the apartment yet, but i like it, its not too big, but its roomy. And the bathrooms newish.
It´s been basically a whitewash cuz my comp has 3 weeks in the mission, so I dont blame him, but I´ve just been trying to find and keep up with some of the investigators they had before. I´m likin the area though.
Some of those investigators are still going strong, so thats good. A nearby ward was recently closed, so the area of it was divided between my ward and a different ward, so now we´ve got some new members in our ward and things are a little hectic, so we´re gunna be working with the ward leaders and helping them, so thats gunna be good. I´m pretty glad I got here, I mean obviously I´m glad to finally fulfill my dream of training, but also to help the ward, and show some people Christ´s true church.
Haven´t sent pics in awhile so heres to make up for it.
Halloween and stuff, some of the other elders in the pensh, the pensh, and yeah.
And here´s me and my son! Elder McConkie!
Well, this week we did actually paint a couple of places, one of which being the apartment in Las Flores¡ my first area¡ i hope i can get some pics up here, we´ll see. But we were also able to do a decent amount of proselyting with the little time we had so that was good¡
Also sorry for the ¡ ,this computer cant quite produce a normal exclamation point, but thats life.
So on Saturday I got a call from the assistant. They called a new assistant this week because one of the current ones goes home soon, so some elder had to take his place as Zone LEader, then some other Elder had to take his place, and they called good ol Gibby to take the 3rd elders place as trainer¡
I´m now with Elder McConkie from Orange County¡ I got here a couple hours ago but I can already tell he´s a baller. We´re gunna have a good time, and I´m gunna be able to work hard here to finish my mission instead of helping out with the offices. I´m not complaining about having been there half in the offices, but I am super excited to be here. My ward is called La Ferrere. I had been here once before because its close to my old area, Catán 3.
So thats the biggest news for now, I´m super excited, and even more grateful. God lives, he loves us, and nothing is a surprise to him¡ He prepares us for the future, we just gotta be humble enough to realize, accept, and make happen all the stuff he wants us to do. This Church is true, I love you all, and I let you know more about this place next week.
No pictures yet again, sorry peeps, this computers a little slow and i also forgot my adaptor thing in Adrogué, so next week for sure hopefully.