Well I dont remember if I already said this but my new companion is Elder Larsen from Idaho, we get along well! He loves signing haha. So this transfer more than half of our zone was changed and almost all new leadership and the new zone leaders wanted to help raise the zone up and raise the numbers here in Tarija because they have been superrr low lately so we decided to do another fast as a zone this weekend and wow honestly it was super awesome. The first part of the fast Saturday was tough, no one wanted to receive us so I was alittle discouraged but I still had some hope and by 7:30 p.m.nothing had happened saturday, no appointments nothing, so man i started praying super hard to see a miracle or something to raise our spirits and so at 8pm we knocked the door of some recent investigators they received us and we were able to testify of the Restoration and baptism, and 4 of them acepted a baptism date for the 10 of February. So that was a super cool miracle we saw this week and they came to church sunday! The branch was super excited too cause that was the first family of investigators that had attended the church in almost 2 years. They are called family Vallegos. So we are pretty excited to help them reach that goal. Sometimes the Lord waits for us to put in alll we have and then once we have done everything we can, that is when he carrys us the rest of way. Well this might be the longest letter ive ever written haha, Well thats about it, Love you all! Write me por fa
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Well fam sorry about not writing last week my account wasn`t working. So I had been with my companion, Elder Boggess, for 1 transfer, and we were both supper sure that he was gonna stay, but then we got a surprise call from our mission president and he told us that my comp is leaving and Im staying and.. he`s making me district leader, so pretty nervous about that, i guess there might be something i need to learn haha. Im nervous but I think it should be pretty cool too, to be able to see how stressful it is to be a leader in the mission lol. But my new comp is Elder Larsen from Idaho, I havent met him yet, but they gave me another freaking gringo! I have had so many gringo comps its crazy haha. So my email account has been kind of weird and dumb for these past few weeks. So if i haven`t email you back its because my email wasn`t working. So if you send me an email i`ll for sure respond this time! Email me :) My area over here is going alright, We have a ton of super good people, and some of them are going to church, but we havent been able to put any baptism dates, but there are a ton of super good and prepared people in this area!
at 8:19 AM
Well fam still cant believe Christmas is a week away... pretty wack. But super excited to be able to call my family. Well in my other area we had been working with a teenager of 18 anos and my ex comp just told me he got baptized, so that was a super awesome email to get. In our area here has been a little weird. Some of our really good investigators that we had we havent been able to get in contact with them this whole week so hopefully this week thats coming we have some good news about them! So this week was full of getting chased by a drunk car in his car, being asked to cut the fingernails of babies, appointments falling, and getting lectured by drunk people how we dont follow Jesus. Some pretty funny experiences honestly haha. Alma 26:¨Now when our hearts were depressed we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites (Bolivianos) and bear with patience thy afflictions, and I will give unto you success.¨
I love that scipture because when we feel like we have done everything in our power to, for example, preach the gospel, The Lord will carry us even farther! Well love and miss you all fam! Write me as a Christmas present!
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Well fam first have a merry chistmas! A pretty boring Christmas here, but I had some presents from home to open so that made it better haha. Well honestly do´t got much to say except that it rained a ton and a lot of appointments fell through. But we got a ton of referrals from members this week, so those should be some promising investigators. But everythings going good, I completed a year in the mission so thats about the wildest thing that happened haha. Well miss and love you fam! Hope everyone can think a little more about the true purpose of christmas, the reason for the season our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!Pictures: 1,2-view from the top of the church building, 3-christmas eve with some members, 4- christmas morning haha
at 6:16 AM
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|
at 7:27 PM
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
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|
|sunday Sunday when we had nothing to do we made some maddd french toast|
at 5:43 PM
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
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