December 11, 2107

Well fam a pretty normal week out here in Tarija, Bolivia. Its been like 70 degrees all week but it feels super cold because ive been so accostumed to the heat. But this week was pretty sweet because we were able to work a ton with members and recieve referals. We are working with some really good people right now in the area. There is one girl thats been to church 3 times in a row that we´ve only been able to teach once called Jimena. She´s super awesome and prepared for the gospel so we should have some good news soon with her. Elder Bogges and I get along really well so its pretty fun. Im his first gringo companion in his mission, he has had 5 latino companions. We did some service on a farm this week and we drove out suppper far and just like fed and watered cows it was pretty fun. They just like let their cattle run free and hope they can find them, not the best system. Its still been pretty cold out here, im not used to it. So honestly dont got to much to report. During the Christmas season everyone just feels the Christmas spirit and its been sweet because alot of the people we found this week were expressing desires to change and follow Jesus Christ. So this week I have been studying a ton about the Spirit and how important it is that we always listen to spirit when teaching investigators. If we are tune with with spirit and we follow its promptings our words will be as if they were from God himself, pretty cool to think about that. The challenge is recognizing it and then acting on it. Well fam Im pretty happy out here in mission field which is weird to think sometimes because its pretty hard at times. But I wouldnt trade this learning experience for anything. Love and miss you all!

Exchange with an elder, some family cooked and madddd barbeque.

some wild donkeys

-a pretty sweet pic of my area

December 4, 2017

Hows it going everyone. So first my area here, like you are going to see, is super dope, there is a fairly rich part more by the city but then there are some other parts that are suppper far from the city that are prettydope. There are also some tiny villages like an hour fom where we live that are like straight in the jungle that we might be visiting soon. But our area is super awesome and the members here are super ready to help also. My comp and I get along super good, and he`s teaching me the guitar so thats super dope. They had elections yesterday and apparently its fairly dangerous so we couldnt leave and there wasnt church in all of Bolivia and the people cant use cars, it was a weirdly silent day. We just rested, studied, and played the guitar haha. The people in Tarija, the city im in right now, talk super funny, they like sing when they talk is pretty funny to listen to them. Well as Christmas gets closer and closer its impossible to not be thinking about Jesus Christ. I am super grateful for this opportunity I have to be his represantative and preach his gospel! Its blessed my life and thats why Im here, to give them the chance to follow Jesus Christ and be immensely blessed! So in my area we are branch, we arent a ward. I havent been to church yet, but my comp said theres only like 60 people that attend. They dont have a chapel here its just a house they rent out, i forgot to take a picture tho, but Im super stoked to be here in this area to invite everyone to come unto Christ. I was reading a talk by an ex-missionary and something he said really stuck out to me. "I fear no man." "Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life."  3 nephi 5:13
Love and miss you all!!
Pictures:1,2,3-flying into tarija 

4,5,6,7,8- pictures of my area

a super sad and tiny park 

a super sad and tiny park 

a gang sign or something no clue 

a big grape vine (they love wine here haha) 

a random little jungle that we have cross about everyday to get to a different part of our area 

my area
sunday Sunday when we had nothing to do we made some maddd french toast

November 27, 2017

Well fam a pretty interesting week. So we would able to find 14 investigators this week which is pretty normal, but here a lot of the investigators you find stop being investigators in like 2 weeks, so thats why we our mission teaches that its so important that we find new people every week so that we can the find the people that are ready to receive the gospel. And the cool thing this week was that in all of the lessons with the new people this week we taught the BoM in almost every lesson and they were all super interested to hear the Jesus Christ came to the Americas. Well Saturday night they called us with the transfers and they told me im going to Tarijia! Its a department in Bolivia. So I was in Santa Cruz in the city, but tarija is pretty far. So today in the morning at 6 am we had to be at the offices and they we took a plane to tarijia, its only like an hour flight, but super far from everything haha. But its super cool here and a tonnn cleaner than Santa Cruz and less hot. So Im pretty stoked to now the area and everything. My new companion is Elder Bogges from Billings, Montana, another gringo!! Pretty crazy ive only had 1 latin companion in my 5 companions. But hes super cool and im stoked to be with him. Well thats about fam. It was pretty sad to leave my old area, but the Lord needs me in a different place haha. We didnt do anything for Thanksgiving because they dont believe in that here so that was dissapointing. Well love and miss you all!!
Photos: 1- a weird bus thing we took Pday and went all over Santa Cruz and saw some dope things, we even got to go into a different mission 2,3- members that we were really hard to leave 4- bishop and his wife and some other members 5,6,7- photos of the flight to my new area and the plane we took, its super old haha

November 20, 2017

Well fam this is the last week in the this transfer and the last week being a trainer! Pretty crazy how fast these 2 tranfers have passed by.. But its been a super cool opportunity to be a trainer and to learn a ton from my companion, Elder Beazer and he`s taught me a ton too. How to serve and just love more and be more christlike. Pretty cool how we can learn so much from people that the Lord puts in our lives. So church attendence has been super tough for us recently. Saturday we passed by 2 families that said they were going to come to church yesterday but they didnt come, so thats always a little sad and frustrating, but 1 investigator came that is named Daniel. He has his baptism date for this Saturday, he is super prepared but he has a little fear about being baptized. So Im hoping he makes the decision to be baptized saturday, we´ll be praying for him! You all can too if you would like! haha Well fam all good down here, other than sweating gallons of water everyday and getting rejected a ton everyday, its all good! Haha love and miss you all! Write me! 😁

November 6, 2017

Well fam not gonna lie a pretty tough week out here in the field. We had a tonn of appoinments planned but almost every single appointment this week fell through which in total was about 25. So it was pretty dissappointing to go to every house and have them not be there. But sometimes we have weeks like that in the mission, the work goes on haha. So we had a date for the Saturday for this youth Daniel but he couldnt attend church this sunday so we are going to have to push his baptism date back. So yesterday a youth, Jose Louis came to church for the 2nd time in a row and really liked it again. We have a date for him for the 25th of this month. But yeah we are trying to help our investigators progress right now. Hoping and praying that this next week we can see some miracles. But its all going good here, just gotta work harder, pray harder, and teach with the spirit! In spite of the trials that we have in the mission, I will never ask why is this work hard. How can the work of salvation be easy? Its not easy. It was never easy for Jesus Christ, and it will never be easy for us. Im super glad to be out here in the mission, its changed my life. Love and miss you all!!

October 30, 2017

Wow so a pretty interesting week out here. I turned 20 years old, i completed 10 months in the mission and we had a ton of miracles. So just a couple of things that happened this week. The biggest miracle we saw this week was that Saturday we were going to an appointment with an investigator that we had taught the other week and so we got to his house and this his wife and his kids accompanied us for the lesson. So we were just sitting down and then his wife starts coming over with some sort of book in her hand. Then as she sat down and we started talking i realized it was a book of Mormon. I was thinking she mustve been a menos active member or something like that so then we started to ask about the book where the she got it and everything and then she told us that about 3 years a friend had given her the book and she reads it a lot and whenever she has a bad day she reads the Book of Mormon and she feels calm and peaceful afterwards. So honestly that was a super cool miracle that we saw this week. Next is that we have been wroking with this teenager named Daniel that has his baptism date in 2 weeks. We had a really good lesson and he told us that the lesson really helped him to remember alot of things and to have more desires to follow Jesus Christ. So yeah everything is going good down here. I know that Im doing the Lords work, its so cool to see the Gospel working in the lives in others and to see their desires increasing every day to follow the Lord. We are in the true church! Love and miss you all!
Picures: Tuesday for my birthday a member bought me a cake and it was suppper good, and then our photo shoot after lol

October 23, 2017

Well pretty crazy cause i turn 20 tomorrow and I offically wont be a teenager on paper, but in my heart forever. So the week was fairly normal. We had some pretty good lessons this week. Well right now our next baptism that we are going to be able to help some do is looking like in november. We had some baptism dates but they all fell for lack of church attendance or desire. Satan is working hard with our investigators to discourage them so we are working hard to help them out. We are working with a joven right now named Daniel who has 18 years. He has a date in about 3 weeks. He came to church yesterday for his first time and he had a great experience so we are super stoked for him. This Thursday there was like a monsoon here and so many houses flooded and all the streets were flooded as you will see in the pictures, and our house flooded so that was kind of sucky but not too bad. But everything is going good here. I was a little sick this week and when you get sick in Bolivia you lose at least 10 pounds in 2 days.haha. But all good now. Love and miss you all!​