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!
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.¨
at 6:17 AM
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
at 1:12 PM
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!
at 9:02 AM
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!!
at 12:59 PM
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:for my birthday a member bought me a cake and it was suppper good, and then our photo shoot after lol
at 8:41 PM
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!
at 2:04 PM
Well this week we had a conference with our mission president that was super powerful. He focused on the sabbath day the importance of it. He talked about how almost all of the churchs in the world have taken out the 4th commandment which is to keep the sabbath day holy. How important are all of the commandments to be able to live with God again! Well the first transfer with my kid already passed... so crazy how fast the times flying. But we are both staying here, so Ill be finishing his training! Well this week we had to street contact a freakingggg ton. So many appointments fell threw it was pretty annoying because they said they would be there but then they werent and wouldnt answer their phones haha. But we were able to find 13 new people this week just straight street contacting so that was pretty sweet. Our mision goal is 15 every week so we fell short but we´re working out here. So here in Bolivia so many people have heard of the mormons but almost everything is bad haha. The most popular is that we have our own bible and we worship Joseph Smith. But then we explain what the Book of Mormon actually is and who was Joseph Smith and they always get super interested that Jesus Christ actually came here to the Americas. So its pretty awesome to be to teach about the restored gospel and authority that we have. But yeah everything is going good out here. This Saturday we had a baptism date for Uber but he couldnt attend church this sunday so we have to postpone it. We are working with a ton of other people right now but i dont have a ton of time, so for next week! Miss and love you all!
at 10:55 PM
Well fam don´t got too much to say honestly haha. This week was super awesome tho. The biggest miracle is that this Sunday we were expecting about 5 investigators to go to the church but then all of them said they wouldnt be able to go. So we were just sitting in sacrament meeting and then one of investigators just walks right in! It was super sweet. It was his first time to attend church and he said he liked it a ton, so yeah he has a baptism date for 2 weeks so he has to attend this Sunday too to be able to be baptized. This week we gave out a book of Mormon almost day and we were able to testify a tonnnn about the Restored Gospel, now we just have to pray that our investigators read and have the desire to know the truth! This week was pretty horrible to walk in the streets tho. It was suppper windy and its just straight dirt everywhere so i basically just walked with my eyes closed for a week. Also its supper humid so literally when we get home I have to wring out my garments because they are soaked with sweat. So yeah pretty chill down here! This is the last week of my first transfer with my son, and its pretty crazy to see how much he has learned and how freaking fast the time is moving... Also wouldnt mind to hear how everyones going so go on and shoot me an email :) Love you all!
Photos: My District and Zone, Last district meeting for this transfer
at 11:38 AM
Well conference was pretty dope this weekend. Sad we didnt get to listen to Thomas S. Monson but still super powerful. One theme that kind of stuck out to me is how we have to strive harder to be more like Jesus Christ, do what he would and treat others as he would. So awesome to listen to the apostles and prophets! So been pretty good wayyy down here. So we always talk to a ton of people in the streets and just anywhere so Wednesday we talked to this 13 year old in the street and he said we could pass by Friday and I was like yeah we will see if they will be there. So i went pretty doubtful to that appointment because we didnt have a number or anything just a road number and door color haha so we went found this house and his parents let us in and wow they are a family of 5 and suppper awesome and spiritual. So yeah the Lord works in his ways and we just have to do our part! How awesome that we have the fulness of the gospel. All of the knowledge we need to return with God someday is in our church what a blessing. Well love and miss you all, Write me!! :)
at 10:05 AM
Hola fam! Well a fairly good week out here. First off shout out to Noah Suarez fro being baptized this weekend, what a stud. Also suppper stoked for conference this weekend, conference is literally like straight gold now. We can receive so much personal revelation and answers when we listen to prophets and apostles, they are so inspired and so yeah just super excited haha, also for the all gringos missionaries they let us watch it in engish at the stake center so yeah even more dope. So this week we had appoinments planned every hour from and we would go to the appoinments and they wouldnt be there so in total we had about 30 appoinments flake on us this week lol, it was super dissapointing in those moments but then we would knock on a door nearby and do some contacting and almost everytime they would let us in, so the Lord wanted us to be there for a reason and maybe most of the time it wasnt for the appointment we had planned. So this week we had a lesson with one of our investigators named Uber who has19 years old. Weve been teaching him for about a month now and we had a lesson this Tuesday and he told hes been reading and praying and hes received an answer and knows that the Book of Mormon is true! So that is one of the best things a missionary can hear but then came his challenge, all of his family is catholic and they go every Sunday to church, he told us he doesnt know what to do so we urged him to continue reading and pray for the strength to now act on his answer! So hopefully some good news about that next week! So yeah a pretty good week, just out here walking 15 miles a day destroying my shoes haha, but gotta love it. Well fam thats about it, miss and love you all!!
at 11:28 AM
Hola fam! tudo bem out here in bolivia. So still adjusting to like of a trainer and almost doing all of the talking, in spanish mind you, but its going really good, Elder Beazer is learning a ton and progressing so all good there. Our area had been a little dead recently or there havent been a ton of investigators progressing but this week we prayed alot to be able to find people that were prepared and a little story is that yesterday we were walking to an appointment at like 8 and it was pretty dark where we were walking not a ton of houses or light and so we were walking kind of fast and we passed this house with 2 teenagers playing soccer and I felt like i should talk with them but I kind of shrugged it off because we were late and it was dark so we just passed by them and then we got to our appoinment and they werent there so then we had to walk down this dark road again and i felt again like i should talk with them but it was even later and thought they wouldnt want to listen so we passed by them again and as we passed by them i felt super strongly to talk with him so this time i finally listened to the spirit and even though it was really late and really dark and they let us share a lesson with them and they invited their other brothers and everything and we found 4 news investigators. They are super awesome and prepared, This feeling that came to me was from the spirit telling me to talk to these people because they were prepared by the Lord. This experience was super awesome and stengthened my testimony of the importance of the spirit and our message. The Lord is always preparing people to receive this truth we have! Well a super long letter, but a good read i hope haha. Well we are just working out here in Bolivia bringing souls to christ, what better thing could i be doing haha, Love and miss you all!
|a picture of a youth in our ward that got his call to peru|
at 11:48 AM
Hows it going fam! Well I already said I was going to be a dad, but now theres a face. Hes called Elder Beazer and hes from the factory, good ol Utah, Syracuse. So first he doesnt know a lot of spanish because hes been in bolivia for about a week, but hes already improved a ton in a week so thats pretty dope. Hes working hard so pretty stoked for these transfers with him. Umm... The miracles of this week were just the people we were able to find. We contacted a ton and found some really good investigators that are searching for the truth so pretty stoked for those news ones. Training is different than everything ive done in the mission haha. I literally set the example for him and help mold him into the missionary hes going to be, so a pretty bog responsability. but ive honestly already learned a ton in a week. Well fam its good down here in Santa Cruz, love and miss you all!
at 9:25 PM
Hola familia. Honestly this week I dont have a ton to say. It was a pretty tough week. Almost all of our appointments that we had fell threw, almost all of the investigators that we had arent progressing, and the people we had contacted in the street werent in their house when we went to visit, haha so it was a little tough. But there are weeks like this in the mission so not sweating it too much. There are miracles waiting the next week haha. So they called us with the changes and Elder Owen is ending his mission so he leaves Wednesday and Im going to be a dad! So yeah Im gonna train a new missionary a little nervous but stoked to be a trainer. Its a pretty big responsability but im excited, Ill know who he is Wednesday after a training. Thats honestly about it fam. If you want to pray for the people in my area to be more receptive that would be sweet haha. Miss and love you fam and friends!
at 2:54 PM
Hello family. Well another week in the mission field that just flew by. This is companions last week in the mission so next Monday Ill have a new companion! Dont got too much to write this week. We had stake conference yesterday and our stake president said something that I liked alot. He talked about the prayer that alot of people do in church and say something along the lines of ´please bless the people that couldnt make it to church today´ He said that we should avoid saying that and that we should ask instead for the desires to go and visit the people that couldnt make it to conference. I really liked that because it was a call to action in that we all have to work to help bring others to the fold or back to the fold! Its a work that Im dedicating all of the time to right now. To bring others to christ. Well lifes going good here. Trying to master Spanish and expand my knowledge right now and some soccer in 30 minutes woot. Miss and love you all! Photos: Our district, our zone, and service with machetes
at 3:29 PM
Fam and friends a pretty good week! Highlight of course, the baptism of Carla and Loius, We´ve been working with them for about 5 weeks so that was awesome to see the enter in the waters of baptism. Well yeah other than that, we have some investigators that we are working with to be baptized in 2 or 3 weeks, so pretty stoked for them too! Its a super cool opportunity to literally be able to see the work progressing every day. The Lord directs this work, we are just his hands and instruments. Well everything is going well down here. My companion is going to die , so im helping him not be trunky haha. Well love and miss you, shoot me an email if you love me!!
at 10:12 AM