Well here´s to another week in Argentina!
No lie, this was a long week. (There are no bad weeks/days, only long ones). Every time we feel like we finally have made a breakthrough with an investigator/less active/ Recent convert (almost always less active as well, something comes up and their progress is slowed or stopped. BUT there is ALWAYS something good about every day and week. We only had 1 investigator in church this week which is much less than we want, BUT we rejoice in the fact that Bruno Bonano has that desire to learn more about The Savior! Enough so that he postponed work to go to church with us. It’s an amazing thing and I can see how the Gospel of Jesus Christ is changing him and (part) of his family.
So in our mission we strive to be “360 degree missionaries” meaning we don’t just work to baptize, we strengthen the barrio (ward) by working with less actives and trying to get them back to church, and with Conversos recientes (recent converts) to keep them in the church. So we work a lot with less actives, of which there are many, and I’ve seen a pattern in why they have stopped going to church, believing, etc. They have gone inactive because the Gospel lost its luster for them. They forgot the feelings of peace and joy that they found in the church. And above all, they were complacent in their conscious efforts to become better every day through the atonement of Jesus Christ. So I ask all of you: What are you doing right now to become better than you were before? And what are you doing right now in order to feel the joy that comes from internal progress through the Gospel and especially the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Missions aren’t about numbers but we still keep track because we cannot afford to be complacent in this work. It´s the same in all of our lives. If we are not constantly self examining and striving to improve and be better, then we become complacent believers and none of us can afford to do that. It says in Alma 5:26 “Y ahora os digo, hermanos míos, si habéis experimentado un cambio en el corazón, y si habéis sentido el deseo de cantar la canción del amor que redime, quisiera preguntaros: ¿ Podéis sentir esto ahora?” which in english is “And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?” We need to always be striving to be better and thus renewing our love and testimony of the love and power of The Savior. That is my challenge to you all. Look at your lives and see what you can do better, then do it! Always call upon the power of the Savior and his atonement to help you in your efforts. He will never let you down! I love you all and I know that this Gospel is true. Jesus Christ is the head of this church and leads it today through the prophet Thomas S. Monson. I love you all!
Livin´ the Dream,
(Answering some of mom’s questions)
P.S. -I bought toilet paper and I am a happy man!
-The reason that the bathroom was all messed up was because there was something stuck in the drain. The plumber pulled it up and IT WAS A BAT. LIKE WITH WINGS AND SUCH. Anyways our shower works perfectly now!
-Sorry for the lack of pics, I can’t take pictures during proselyting so I don’t have any good ones haha!
-Spanish is hard, Castellano is harder, and Tucumano Castellano is flipping nuts but I´m getting it haha!
-I have tried an empanada and it was bomb but i’ve only had one so that stinks
– At home I only drink filtered water but I can’t do that outside. so I’ve had a lot of water and juice (water with flavor packets) but everything’s good so I’m happy about that haha