Tuesday, July 28, 2015

August 18, 2014

This week was a great week!!! We were able to reach high goals and help many people!! The best part of this week was that a member gave us a reference of a young woman, 26 years, that wanted a BoM and a blessing. She also told us that she suffered from depression. Well, we went to contact her Thurs. morning and it was an interesting experience. She answered the door crying, we entered into the house and began to talk with her and about her life. She has a daughter 1.5 years old named Pilar or pillar in English, because a Pillar is something stable. She's studying to be a literature teacher and she recently separated from her husband. We don't know the cause of her depression, but we know that the gospel can help anyone with any problem!!! We started to talk about the BoM and about the blessings of the gospel and we could see a smile slowly appear on her face. By the end of the charla the Spirit was strong and we gave her a great blessing. We went back Friday and Saturday and she went to church on Sun. She is still depressed, but we can see that everyday she is getting better. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the most incredible gift that can be given to anyone!!! Why? Because it doesn't matter if they have questions about this or that, if they've followed the commandments or not, if they are sad or happy, the gospel will bless their lives and give them a whole new life, literally!!!

I love being able to share the gospel with the people I love so much! I can't even imagine the love the Lord has for us if I can only feel a part of what he felt for these people! I just want to be able to dedicate my mission to these people and forget about myself for this last year!!! Like it says in Mosiah 5, I have a richness that these people don't have, the gospel! If I don't share my riches, that falls on my head! There is not a greater responsibility that I could have, and I hope you guys can feel the joy I feel every time I see someone accept the gospel! The hardest part of the mission is when the people don't accept, but I know I'm doing what I can.

My comp's family is supportive. His mom served a mission and his sister is serving in Brazil. His dad is less active, but that'll change one day!!
August 26, 2014
This week went by really fast!!! I'm not even sure what we did... The weeks are just blurred together now. I remember at the beginning of the week we went to help an older lady paint part of her house. We got there and she was mixing up paint to make the color she wanted, so we started to paint and everything was going good, then she decided to mix up more paint and change the color. So we started painting with that color and painted everything, then she came oh, I like the other color better.... We told her that like 3x, but at that time we had to leave and go to lunch, so I 'm not sure if she changed the color again or just left it at that???? It's still always great to be able to serve the people!!!!
We don't get a lot of referrals from members, but the last time we did it was Irene, the girl we found last week! We haven't been a able to have a lesson with her since last Monday because she's been sick and then had her family over, so she didn't go to church either, but that's ok. When we went by on Monday, she was happy and telling us jokes and it was awesome. Lets just say she is incredibly smart and talented!!!! We learned she knows Portuguese, Spanish, German and English... She learned English by copying people from movies and her accent is super good!!! It was super awesome to see how she changed!!! This Saturday and Sunday we had stake conference so we traveled to 33 on Saturday at 3pm (3 hour bus ride) and we got back to our house at 1.30am.... We walked in flipped on the lights and our power went out... We finally got the power fixed yesterday afternoon. The conference was incredible though!!!
On Sunday, Elder Bednar gave a talk, through satellite transmission from, he was in some church here in S. America. He gave a talk about the need to repent of our sins and lets just say it was awesome! He talked about how repentance isn't just change, we have to feel it and we also have to confess it. It was great! Also, Sunday, 3 people from our ward received the Melchizedek??  I don't know how to write that, priesthood. 2 young men preparing for missions and a recent convert, Claudio. One of the best members I've met and he's been a member 2 months! He has a testimony that is super strong. I actually was feeling really sick this weekend and yesterday so I asked Claudio to give me a blessing and he did, it was an incredible experience for him and for us. The 11 year old twins that we have been teaching are getting baptized this weekend and the Mom who didn't like us before and the step dad who didn't even want to see us before are always letting us in the house and cooking us food, lets just say when you give missionaries food, they automatically love you, it's been great!!! I think I'm getting a little fat here because we have lunch with the members every day and so we just spend our money on snacks, which here in Chuy is super cheap!!!! I think I'm gonna start eating healthier.... maybe.... But, yesterday we visited this family that lives a little far in Brazil, far walking, and we ate ¨"dinner" with them, dinner is just like taking whatever is in the fridge and eating it: sandwiches, yogurt, little biscuit/scone things. Guess what they brought from brazil!!???!!! Turkey!!! I haven't eaten turkey for over a year!!! It was super awesome!!!! That was pretty much our exciting week!!! 
Oh also we received changes. I'm staying in Chuy A, my comp is leaving, here comes the crazy part. The other two elders in our house, 1 is going to train in a white wash and the other is switching from Chuy B to Chuy A to be my comp! Elder Oliveira from Brazil, he's a super stud and we're gonna work super hard together!!! Also coming in to Chuy B is Elder Rydalch, he's got 3 months left in the mission and he just got done being assistant, so I'm gonna be learning a lot from him!!! He's gonna be training a new missionary. We are also switching houses this weekend. 
September 1, 2014
So a huge miracle happened this week! We had been trying to talk with Irene all week this week and she had been busy or didn't want to or I don't know, but we invited her to come to music classes that our DoM started on Sat., our DoM was in a band and so he's teaching the electric piano and it was pretty cool! But Irene showed up!!!! We had a little charla with her after and then she went home! Sunday we were sitting in church and she showed up to church alone at about 9.30!!! We hopefully are going to be able to teach her again and get her baptized soon!
Working with Elder Oliveira this week has been great!!! He may be newer in the mission, but he is an incredible missionary and he works super hard!!! He also has a lot of faith, so we are definitely going to see a lot of miracles this week!!! Elder Rydalch's oro is also an incredible missionary!!! He is obviously not experienced, but he's got a strong desire and he is an incredible teacher!!! 
The best part of my week was to be able to really see how much I love the missionaries in my district! This last 2 weeks, Elder Sunday from Nigeria, has been very worried!!! He has seen bits and pieces of the news and has seen the horrible things going on in Africa. His sister hasn't been writing him and his mom doesn't know how to use a computer so he was very worried!!! On top of that he hasn't even seen his family in over 7 years!!!! Not even through skype!!! I learned that I truly love these missionaries as I listened to his worries, but luckily the assistants were able to talk with his mom, kind of , she speaks some weird African language, but they were able to find out that his family is fine! Also, as I talked with Elder Rydalch last night I learned how much I cared for him. He may have been an assistant, but he still has normal missionary problems, just not with obedience or anything like that, he's a super stud!!! I love the mission!!!
The reason I don't really talk about anything that bad goes on is because I've learned that who cares about that stuff! I just like talking about the good stuff I'm learning and the miracles I'm seeing!!! Plus, there really isn't a lot of bad things that happen. I think the worst thing that happened this week was I was cleaning the bathroom super good this morning and it took like an hour and a half. We still haven't switched houses by the way. we're working on that! 

September 8, 2014

I love missionary work!!! Honestly serving the mission has been the most incredible experience of my life, there is not a better way to prepare for the future than serving a mission! I have learned to love the people in Uruguay and to love the Lord!!! This week we had a conference and our zone leaders taught us what the President taught them about prayer.

The 3 requirements of prayer 1)We pray to the father 2) in the name of Jesus Christ 3) By the power of the Holy Ghost. I always knew this but we learned what it means to pray in the name of Christ. They did an example. If Brigham asks a girl out, but says, "Do you want to go out with me? But not really with me, I'm asking for Ethan." Brigham is doing something in the name of Ethan, his words, desires and actions are really want Ethan wants. It's the same with prayer, our prayers aren't really our prayers. We must pray in the way Jesus would say, being guided by the Holy Ghost. That is when God truly answers all of our prayers! We learned this Friday and we put it into practice Friday!

We got home from the conference at 6.30 pm and had a baptismal interview for Irene at 7.00. We waited and waited and she didn't show up... So at about 7.20 we knelt down and offered a true prayer, the way, I think, Jesus would do it. Well we got the answer during the prayer. She sent us a text saying she was late, but on her way. It ended up with us going to her house to have the interview, but I know that God answered our prayers!! It was incredible!!! Irene got baptized on Saturday night!!! Then we had her confirmation and the confirmation of Zamira and Sofia on Sunday! I love this ward we are in and I just love the people I am serving!!

The picture is my comp, Sister Alvarez (friend), Irene, Claudio (recent convert stud) and me!
September 15, 2014
This week has been incredible, mainly for one investigator, Andony.  Andony is 19 years old and he is one of the most prepared people I have ever met! He has had a very rough past. His arm is covered in tattoos and lets just say that he has done some things that weren't so great in his life.... He also used to be an atheist, now he has an incredible testimony! The other day we left him with a BoM, Alma 36. He read the whole chapter, re wrote it in a note book, summarized it and wrote questions, mainly words he didn't know. It was incredible! He wants to serve a mission super bad, he's not even baptized yet!!! He asked the bishop yesterday if he could serve a mission with tattoos and the bishop told him the process of filling out the papers and then said, lets not worry about that for now, let's just get you baptized first. His baptism is scheduled for the 27th!
This week has been rainy all week, but we have found a lot of great investigators that I think are going to be able to get baptized. Living with an old assistant has been a blessing because he has a lot of time in the mission and has learned some incredible things with me. I think the thing he shared that affected me most was about Sundays. We all know that Sundays are the Sabbath day, it needs to be a day more sacred than any other day, well in the mission we live some higher laws. But I found a way I could make my Sunday more special, which made the sacrament meeting mean even more to me! So, I invite you all to find 1 way to make your Sabbath day more special. For me, it was studying about the Atonement before going to church.... It can be anything! I love this work and I love the Lord! Thank you for all the help!

September 22, 2014

This week was a rollercoaster ride!!! We started on Monday playing soccer for 2.5 hours, on a court, outside in the rain  with all the youth we are working with! It was super fun, but super tiring!!! Then on Tues, we took the 5 hour bus ride to Montevideo to be able to go to the temple on Wed. Tues night we did divisions and I got to go with one of my favorite missionaries, Elder Pin. He was my District leader and example my 2nd change. It was super fun to work with him, we even went to a family home evening and ate a lot! Then when we went to the "hotel" of the church next to the temple we had dinner... Then Wed morning we had breakfast, then a big lunch, lets just say we ate to much so we weren't feeling to good, but we had an incredible experience in the temple!!! I love the temple so much!!! We are so blessed in Utah to have so many temples so close!!! I'm going to make a goal to go at least once a week when I get home from the mission!!! We also had interviews with Pres and the conference. In the interview Pres shared with me something kinda funny. He told me his first impression of me was the photo we took outside of Joseph's house to send in with my mission papers and he just saw some little 17 year old boy and now he looks at that picture and laughs a little cuz he can see how the mission has made me a man.... I don't feel like a man, but hey it came from the Pres! Then we started a 5 hour trip back to our area. We got home at about 12am. Thurs and Friday none of us were feeling good and then Friday night we ate dinner with some members, the hermana is a cook so it was super good, but It didn't sit quite so well... Elder Rydalch and I stayed in the house all day because we couldn't leave our friend, the bathroom, behind. It was not a fun experience, but at least we feel just fine now. We have dinner with that same hermana again next Friday, but her food doesn't usually destroy us so we'll see how that goes! We weren't able to have a lot of contact with other investigators this week because we lost so much time, but this week we'll do a lot better! Love you all!!!!


September 29, 2014
Playing soccer is a little bit crazy down here in South America because they play really well, but it's a lot of fun. The youth we are teaching and reactivating rented a soccer court inside, its like a YMCA, and so we are really gonna be playing today! Andoni has his interview with the zone leaders and the President yesterday and lets just say they were surprised by how ready he is!!!! It's incredible how the Lord has helped him grow so much!!! He even bought a suit and came to church in his suit! It's so awesome!!! He is going to get baptized tomorrow at 7:30!
This week we've been finding a lot of new investigators to help them get baptized in October, but nobody really exciting for now... Irene, recent convert, disappeared for a few weeks. She didn't come to church after her confirmation and her parents wouldn't let us talk to her, even though she's 26 years old... But this Sunday I was sitting next to another recent convert Claudio and during sacrament he looked over and told me Irene walked in, sure enough, Irene came back to church and wants us to pass by! I was super worried she was never going to come back, but she came!!! Missionary Work is pretty incredible, we see miracles every day!!!!
Also, on Saturday an investigator from the other area got baptized, Roni. I got to do his interview and he is an incredible guy. He's the son, 30 years old, of a convert of about 2 years and he is a very special man. He has cancer and he recently had surgery and so we got special permission to baptize him after only going to church one time, let's just say it was a very special baptism!!!! Normally, we have about 20 people, on a good day, in the baptisms, for his baptism there were 66 people. More people in the baptism than the days in rains for church. It was a very spiritual experience! That seems like everything that has happened this  week!!! Thanks for all the support and sorry that this email is so sporadic!!! Love you all! 

Andoni's baptism, the best convert I will have in the mission!


My new companion, Elder Santa Cruz from Santiago, Chile!!!!!


Saturday, February 14, 2015

July 21, 2014 - August 11

Hey everyone!!! This week has been an adventure! I got changed to Chuy and so Wed was ridiculous!!! I had to hop on a bus to Montevideo at 6 am, 4.5 hours, to have the meeting with everyone who was changing, then I hopped on a bus for another 4.5 hours then we switched buses and rode for another 2 or 2.5 hours to finally get to Chuy. Then we got a taxi and made it to the house! It was a long tiring day, but oh well! 

I'm here with Elder Cary from Peru, he has about 3.5 months in the mission and he's awesome! He has a super strong testimony and he teaches really well! The only downside is he takes a REALLY long time to get ready in the morning, but I love the guy to death! My area is split in 2: Chuy A, and Chuy B. We have Chuy A which is the plaza and a lot the city part. It's pretty cool because I've never worked in the city before so its an experience, Also, half of our area is in Brasil, so a bunch of people speak Portuguese or Portuñol! I don't understand anything, but luckily Elder Oliveira lives in our house and he's from Brazil, so he's gonna teach me! The ward is amazing here and its got about 100 people that go, kind of. It's gonna be great!!! Not to mention that everything is super duper cheap!!!! And they have American stuff! I bought a Milky Way the other day for like .75 cents!!!! WOOOHH!!! Not to mention all of the FREE SHOPS! It's gonna be great!!!
July 28, 2014
It definitely was an adventure getting to my new area!!! I didn't get to talk to the President about being a leader, but luckily I got to talk to a lot of my old comps who are leaders. And there is this Elder in my district who used to be a zone leader so he's been a helping me a little bit. Elder Cary and I get along great! He is an incredible missionary and he testifies with such power, I'm just trying to help him get out of the house on time so we can be obedient with exactness. 
The city has been really fun to work in and it's been an experience trying to understand Portuguese.... We had lunch in Brazil yesterday with a family in our ward and they spoke Portugese the whole time with Elder Oliveira from Brazil, so I didn't understand anything. It' kind of cool though that I serve half the time in Brazil and half in Uruguay, I just have to cross the street! 
We have been finding a lot of great people to help prepare for baptism, but unfortunately we didn't have a single person in church... The kids went out of town and the rest I don't know, but we're gonna get better this week! We have this CR that got baptized last week, the other missionaries taught her but she lives in our area, that we visited yesterday and her twin sisters they  are 11 went to the baptism and now really wanna get baptized, so we are working with them now!! They are super awesome!! It all started with the grandma getting baptized then 2 granddaughters who are cousins, then these sisters of them, an ex sister in law of the grandma wants to come and some other of her family, it's super awesome!!!!
Free shops are stores on the borders that don't have to pay taxes and they have all sorts of American stuff, like Pringles, BBQ, technology, starbursts, more candy all sorts of cool stuff, it's nice. Plus, the super market we go to in Brazil is a lot cheaper than in Uruguay!!!! The biggest difference in being a DL is that I have to worry about the well being of 3 areas and not only 1... I also get to help other missionaries and get to know them really well. Its super awesome, its also a lot of work! I did go and buy a coat because it is getting super cold at night! I'm glad I'm here in Chuy and not farther south like in Montevideo, they must be freezing to death!!!! 
We're having trouble with the contract with our house, so I think we'll be moving... Oh well! OH also this week we found this super rich guy from Brazil, it was cool because he only speaks Portuguese and English, so my comp didn't understand anything! He is super awesome, unfortunately he recently got married and his wife is still living in Brazil... She is coming down this weekend for a bit and like august 20 they are taking there honeymoon to Brazil for over a month!!!! So, hopefully we can baptize him and his wife before they go!!!! He gave my comp some poem books he wrote, too bad they're in Portuguese!!!! This week was great and we'll see what the next week has in mind for me! 
August 4, 2014
This week was a great week! The whole district saw a lot of success!!! Elder Cary is an amazing Elder and he's definitely helping me to work hard every day! He still has a little trouble getting ready on time but he's getting better! Having part of our area in Brazil is crazy because I don't understand any Portuguese!!! I guess I get a few words, but not really! 
Our work definitely paid off this week because we got the goal of 4 Inv. in church! It was an incredible accomplishment, but we're going to continue working our butts off so that we can do better every day and every week! I'm learning so much about how to be a better missionary and a better leader every day! I love being able to serve the other missionaries like I'm serving now! We should be having 2 baptisms this Sunday, the next and hopefully the next! Like every says, Chuy is the promised land! Cheap stuff and super nice people! I love it here! 
We haven't move apartments yet, but we looked at a couple today. They were a little small for 4 Elders and a little far from the other Elders area, so we are still looking, well there is a couple serving that is looking for our house, but we should have it by today and be moving in next week!!! 
This whole week has been rainy and humid!!! The floor in all the houses and the walls are just always wet! Mold has been getting to some of our clothes and stuff so we're trying to avoid that. But luckily since it's been rainy it hasn't been super cold!  Thats our week, love you guys tons!!!

It was a good week this week, learning my area and how to be a district leader!!! I definitely have grown a new respect and love for other missionaries, especially the Elders in my district!! We had a super successful week, each area baptized!!!! I got to each of the baptismal  interviews and it was an incredible experience!!!! It was amazing to see how these people have grown and used the atonement in their lives!!! It's incredible to be able to be a part of that process, I'm just not excited for the day when someone doesn't have a testimony or has a problem that they need to get fixed before they get baptized...

In our area we found these 2 kids, 11 years old, on friday and we invited them to church. We went by their house on Sunday morning and they were waiting outside for us!!!! They're super awesome and I'm sure they will be our next 2 baptisms!!!

I finally got the package!!! It had some interesting stuff in it, pumpkin spice??? I love it, I don't know what I'm gonna do with it, maybe put it in pancakes or something but its awesome! I'll be able to use all that stuff!!! Just for future reference though,there is cinnamon here. I know you didn't know, all the other stuff though is awesome!! Thank you tons!!!!  Love you guys tons!!!!

August 11, 2014

This week was a crazy but great week! We had a conference on Wed and Thurs and an intercambio on Friday so I think I spent a total of like 18 hours on a bus this week and I slept like 3 nights in my bed, but it was awesome!!! We learned a lot in our conferences, especially about using our time planning better so we can work more effectively! That  is something that we can always be doing better at! 

We found a house to move in to so we are going to be doing that in the end of the month, it's really nice! Im excited! 

We had 4 in church and we had 2 baptisms!!! Julian y Ezequiel got baptized on Sunday! It was awesome! All their parents came and it was a great experience! Saturday our mission president came up here to Chuy with his wife to do some shopping, and while they were up here they took us out for pizza and then they went to a charla with us! It was an incredible expèrience to be able to go to a charla with Pres. There was a lot going on in the house when we had the charla, but we were still able to feel the Spirit! 

We actually visited Julian and tried to put a baptismal date with his mom, she didn't accept... for now! She's gonna get baptized I know it! Julian felt really special, his family too, that a "President" from the church went to visit them! It was really cool! I've really been trying to dedicate my mission more to the Lord everyday, I hope I'm reaching that goal! We've got a whole week to work this week and I know we're going to see a ton of miracles this week! 

My favorite kid in the whole world!

Baptism of Julian and Ezequiel!!!!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Another great week and....I'm STRESSED, I am a new district leader!

July 7, 2014

So this week was a great week!!!! We started with an intercambio. I went to another area with Elder Taylore from Idaho. He has about 8 months in the mission and he is a super stud!!! I loved working with him! On Wed when we were in the bus station to come back and this lady came up and gave us a bunch of "biscochos", I don't know how to spell it, they are like this little bread things filled with carmel(dulce de leche) and jam and cheese and they are delicious!!! She wasn't a member, but her brothers served a mission so she wanted to thank us!!! I love being a missionary!!!!

Then Wed., Elder Sims and I found a miracle!!! We were sitting in a members house waiting for him to give us lunch and this less active girl walked in, Steffany. I met Steffany about 6 months ago and hadn't seen her since... But then her little brother came in, Simón, and he's 9 and not baptized. He pretty much asked us to baptize him and he's a super stud!!! Now we just have to activate his mom.  His sister is super excited to come back to church!!!! Then the other day we found one of my old investigators, Michael. Michael is super awesome and was gonna get baptized but there was always something lacking in the charlas we had with him, and before Sunday I was still feeling that way. So I was studying for Michael Saturday and figured that he needed to learn about the atonement!!! He didn't come to church on Sunday so we went to his house after and had the charla!!! It was incredible!!! That was one of the very few charlas I have had where I've cried because the Spirit was so strong!!! We talked about the Atonement using Alma 7:11-16 I think and explained it all to him. Then my comp asked how he felt and he bore his testimony about the atonement, then I asked how did he feel inside and he recognized the Spirit and truth of these things!!! It was incredible and I'm super excited to see if he's received his answer about the BoM!

Saturday it rained!!!! It poured in the morning!!!! There was water pouring in through the roof and flooding in from the back door!!! It was crazy, the power even went out for a little bit! It was super fun!!!

Sunday we also talked with Milagros, my recent convert who was super firm then went inactive.... We had a super good charla to see what has been going on and it all started with the famous doubt of, "Why do bad things happen to good people and good things to bad people?" It's a doubt that almost everyone has down here.... Especially,"I'm doing what I should be doing, but why do I still have problems?"  We tried to help her but she wants to receive her answer for herself. So we told her that she has to repent and read 2 Nefi 2 and pray about it to receive her answer! I was actually reading it this morning and wow it's an incredible chapter!!! I love studying the gospel and helping people with their doubts and helping everyone receive the blessings of the gospel that I have!!! That sounds like our week!!!!

July 15, 2014

This week has been incredible!!! We got changes last night and we're changing tomorrow!!! I was called to be a District Leader. I'm staying in the zone, but I'm going to an area called Chuy... Part of the area is in Brazil and everything there is super cheap!!! They have American candy and electronics and everything just cheaper than dirt! The bad thing is it's a 4 hour bus ride from Chuy to 33 and then a 4 hour bus ride from 33 to the mission home in Montevideo... I'm super excited and humbled to serve the Lord in this calling! I didn't know how I would feel the day I got this calling, now i know, Stressed!! I'm super excited, but super nervous! I know it's a big responsibility and I start tomorrow! Thurs I get to do my 1st 2 baptismal interviews and Friday my first District Meeting! My new comp is Elder Cary... He's from Peru, this is going to be his 3rd change so he just got done being trained! My mission is just full of Peruanos, 1st comp- Peru, 2-States, 3-Peru, 4- States, 5-Peru, 6-States, 7- Peru!!!! I hope my Spanish gets super good this change!!!!

Our investigators are doing good!! Simon's mom doesn't think he's ready to get baptized, which we know, so there is a little bit of work to do there and for some reason, Michael didn't go to church.... Elder Sims is going to talk with him tomorrow!!

Tomorrow is going to be crazy!!! I have to go to Montevideo at 6, 4.5 hour bus ride. Then we're going to leave at like 2 or 3, and I'm gonna get home at like 11 or 12!! I' excited for the challenge!!!

That was our week this week!!!

I should know if I got your package tomorrow! Thank you so much for the advice!! That really is going to help in the future to remember that!!!! I want a picture of everyone if you can send it!!! I'm scared to see a pic of Clara, especially if she starts playing sports!!! That's good, I'll have time to turn Ethan into a missionary before he even leaves!!!! That's cool that they are having some good activities!! I hope your guys dr. appointments go well!!! I have a lot of people to pray for, my district, my comp, my investigators, leaders, converts and you guys, but lets just say it's all worth it! I have some seen miracles happening here and at home for my prayers. I was reading DC 31 the other day and it talks about the Lord taking care of you guys while I'm here and I can definetely see it! You would adopt to many kids (IF I became a social worker), my suggestion would just be to pray, study your patriarchal blessing and maybe fast if you need help making a decision. I'm excited for you guys and sounds like you guys are enjoying those fruit trees without me!!! That's sweet about Cam (getting ANOTHER raise), what a stud!!! Love you guys tons and thanks for the email!!!!!
Elder Oliver

Monday, June 23, 2014

Becoming a senior companion...

June 16, 2014

Thanks for the birthday wishes!!!

So tomorrow I am going to have another new companion.  Elder De Lama is going to reopen an area that was closed a couple months ago for his last week! He is going to live in our house still, until they find one there, so he has to travel 1 hour just to get to his area every day..... I am going to stay in the same area with Elder Sims, I think he has like 6 months or so in the mission!! I'm super excited to help him develop as a missionary and I'm sure we're gonna go baptize the world!!! It's gonna be crazy for a while because we are going to have 6 missionaries in a house of 4, but some how we're gonna make it work!!

We haven't had a lot of contact with the peoiple we have been teaching because it seems that they are just never home, but this week we are gonna have the whole week to work and it's gonna be great!!! We have 1 investigator that could be getting baptized in the next 2 weeks. His name is Francisco. He is 79 years old and let's just say he likes talking, a lot.... He is a great guy, but he is very difficult to teach... He feels like he knows everything that we are trying to teach him, so that's our biggest problem with him, but we'll get there.

We had the oppurtunity to listen to Elder Cabrera, a 70, and Pres Lyn G. Robins, Presidency of the 70, this week!!! It was incredible. Pres Robins started off by talking about the Spirit and how we don't convert the people, but the spirit does, so we need to make sure we are teaching by the spirit! Then he left the time to answer any question and well he only had time to answer 3 questions, but it was incredible how much knowledge he has!!!! It really makes me want to just soak in talks from the church and scriptures!!!! One day I hope to be at that level that I can answer all types of question using the scriptures!!! We also had the interviews with Pres and it was incredible to see how much he cares for us!!!

Over all this week I think I learned that even when we don't feel the Spirit, it is there with us!!! We just have to learn how to recognize it and when it leaves us, so we can change our actions! This week we are going to see miracles and thanks for everything!!!!

Love you all and thanks for all you do!!!!

Elder Oliver

My new companion is funny :) and a testimony!

June 23, 2014

Thanks for the birthday wishes!!! It went great! We played some sports in the church and then on Tues the Hermanas in our district brought some delicious brownies so it was a pretty good birthday!!! I can finally leave on the mission now..... that's crazy!!! I haven't gotten my packages yet, but I should tonight so I'm super excited!!!

Elder Sims is super awesome!!!! He's 18 years old and lived in West Jordan moved to Bluffdale and then moved back to West Jordan!!! Pretty crazy right!! We actually have some friends in common! He is super funny and super awesome!!! It helps to have a comp that has a ton of comedy acts from Brian Regan, Bill Cosby, Dane Cook and others memorized!!! He has 6 months in the mission so he is still working on his confidence a little bit, but heck, by the end of this change he'll be able to train if he needs to!! He's a great guy! Luckily the other guys moved out of the house so it's just the 4 of us again!!!

Francisco is being a little rough... He kind of does remind me of Dad. I really love him, but he talks a ton and thinks he knows everything so it's super hard to teach him... He also didn't go to church this week so we're gonna fix that! We have some good plans to use a ton of members with him and watch a lot of movies so he'll stop talking!!!

It was interesting, Sunday the members opened up to me more!!! Maybe it's because I've live in this ward for 6 months,,,, longer than I lived in wards in the states, maybe it's because I was a lot happier??? or maybe it's because they finally realized that I have stayed here and have had 3 comps leave, but I'm super excited to work with the members more! That was our week!!!! Love you all and thanks!!!

Also, things I have learned this week is the Spirit is always there, we just have to recognize it!!!! I really learned that as I read the BoM I need a question on a paper, in my study journal, and I need to write down all of my impressions, if I don't write down and follow the impressions of the Lord, why is he gonna give me more???? So I have really have been doing that this week and I don't think I have felt the Spirit more, but I surely have recognized a lot more impressions!!! Also, this week  I trulty have recognized the importance of the BoM, I was actually just reading this talk this morning and it was incredible!!!!!


I especially liked the quote from Pres Marion G. Romney,

“I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity—the pure love of Christ—will abound in our homes and lives,bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness” (Ensign, May 1980, p.67).

I have a strong testimony of the BoM and I would like to invite all of you to read it, ponder and pray about it like it says in Moroni 10:3-5!!!! "Just do it" once  a famous quote by Nike!!! If you have that testimony of the BoM it will strengthen it!!!! If you lack that testimony you will receive it!!! I don't think I did this challenge until the mission and then my answer came to me the first time I testified about this book! I hope you all can learn of the importance of the BoM like I have and like Pres Benson exhorts!!! That's my missionary rant for the day!

Thanks for the email mom!!! It's sad, but Elder _____  mom doesn't really ever write him anything so I'm super happy I always had a letter from you!! It helps me out a ton!! I'm glad you guys are all doing good and moving soon!!! You guys are doing some exciting things!!!! Send me some current pics and some pics of the house when you can!!!! Love you guys!!!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A lot of catch up from Mom!!!!

April 29, 2014

Hey everyone!!! Right now I am living with my comp, Elder Pike from SLC, UT, Elder Lacey who's family moved to Alpine, UT and Elder Bastidas from Lima, Peru. Unfortunately Jefferson didn't go to church this week. It's hard to teach him with his friends around, they're definitely not that great of influences on him... Other than that this week went really well. We had a great week and so did the whole district so that is super awesome!!! The worst part of this week is that I've had this cold going on for a bit, but it's starting to go away!!! The best meal we had would be these grilled cheese and ham sandwiches we made when we didn't have lunch. And I would say the worst was this churrizo stuff we get ever week... It literally goes straight into the trash. I could understand if the people didn't have money, but they own a meat shop, I think they just give us what they can't sell. We've been trying a lot to get the ward helping us out some more, but it's kind of hard. Unfortunately, our bishop works a ton and can't really do anything until he gets a new job or is transferred. He's hoping that it'll happen this month!!! It's been kind of annoying weather because it's hot during the day. but when the sun goes down at like 6:30 it gets really cold!!!
That's pretty much my week!!!

That's exciting that you're starting physical therapy this week, I hope that goes well! Dad wrote me, so I know that his coughing was a little bit more than bronchitis, so I'll make sure that I keep him in my prayers!!!! I'm super excited to talk to you guys on mother's day!!! I'll make sure to let you guys know next week when we can do it because Pres is gonna let us know the rules he's gonna put today, but I'm really excited that Cam is gonna be there!!! LOVE YOU GUYS TONS!!!!

I was just thinking about a couple of things I might be needing in the next package and I was thinking:
G2 pens, but .5 and smaller
a couple of Scarfs

Thats all I've got for now!

May 5, 2014

Alrighty then! This week has been pretty great!!! We were able to see a lot of success as we went out and worked this week! Actually this week our whole district, even our whole zone had a lot of success this week! The weather is being really annoying this week, it's been really hot during the day and sometimes it's warm at night and sometimes it's cold at night, but it definitely is getting colder! I don't know how well I prepared for this winter, but  I guess we'll find out! The lunches this week were a lot better! We got Milanesas about 3 times this week and those are awesome!!! Unfortunately, every Tues the same family gives us the same nasty food because they can't sell it in their meat place.... But this week we have food every day!!!!! And we didn't even have to do anything!!! We occasionally visit this member who is awesome!!! He used to be the branch pres and his daughter is on a mission right now, so this week he filled up our lunch calendar for the next 2 weeks!!!!! HE is probably one of the only people who are really helping us right now in this ward. It's kind of difficult with the ward right now because our bishopric is kind of absent, but I have a feeling that is going to change soon. Either we're getting a new bishop. or our bishop is going to get a new job so that he'll be able to help the ward!!! Oh, we got to go on splits with the Stake Pres this week and I had the opportunity to go visit a less active family with him! He is a capo!!! He's a return missionary that served in Colombia and he is just awesome!!! The lesson we had with them was just so spiritual and it was incredible how he just told them exactly what the 70 had told him to do with less active families and the love he had for them!!! I learned a lot in that charla! I also learned that stake presidents are really busy people, always meeting with 70's and always having meetings!!!! It was a sweet experience!!! This week unfortunately only Jefferson came to church, but that means he is going to be baptized this Sat!!!! The biggest challenge we are facing right now is that our investigators are never home when they say they're going to be home, but we're starting to do a little better with that!! Thank you for all that you guys do for me!!! Love you all!!!!

That's good that E's doing so much for you guys!!!! Poor Brig, everyone has a bad lesson every once in a while!!! Even we do as missionaries! That's exciting that you guys may be getting new callings!!! Let me know how he's doing!!!! And I hope that you're physical therapy goes well!!! CAN YOU TRY TO FIND MY SKYPE INFO AND SEND IT TO ME!!!!! I was thinking that I will Skype at 3 pm Uruguay time. We only get 40 mins this time! Glad you guys are doing well, well except for Dad, but he's always sick, he'll get better!!! Love you tons!!!

May 12, 2014  Funky Muffins :)

Well we just talked yesterday so this week is gonna be pretty short... I did forget to tell you that on Thurs in the morning, they cut the lights in the whole city from 10-12, well, this is when we do our weekly planning, so we had to plan using candles!!! It was actually really fun, a little distracting because we were playing with the wax and maybe burning some things but it was cool. It really makes me appreciate having electricity! This week was really awesome though! We've really been feeling the Spirit a lot in our lessons and we've been working really really well together! This is gonna be a really good week as well!! For those who don't know, Jeferrson got baptized this week and it was super awesome experience!!! Oh also the Pepsi-Oreo-Dulce de Leche cake was delicious! This morning we made it with Guarana soda and lemon!!! It's so good!!! Thanks for everything and love you all!

A couple things that I forgot.
1, if you can send 17 Miracles that would be awesome, we can watch it in the mission!
2, If you could send Uncle Ryans email that would be super awesome!
3, If you could keep looking for Dad's journal that would be the best!!!

Oh also there was a song that I listened to this morning, it's super super sad and you'll probably cry, but the ending is super awesome!!! It's called "The Little Girl" I'm not sure who it's by, but it's great!

Muffin Recipe: Don't hate on the Pepsi Oreo muffin recipe
3 cups of flour
1 cup of sugar
3 spoons of baking powder
1/2 spoon of salt
3 eggs
2 spoons of oil
milk (or whatever, we used Pepsi)
You can also add whatever inside like Oreos (Oreo and Pepsi is delicious)
Cook it for who nows how long, like 11 mins, at like 265 deg. celcius, something like that
Then we put Dulce de Leche on top (Kind of Carmel)

May 19, 2014

This week was a little bit difficult. Looking at the numbers, it's actually pretty terrible. We weren't as focused as we could've been, but luckily we had a conference with Pres Cook this week and that got us pumped up to work!!! We may not have seen good numbers, but we saw some incredible progression with a couple of investigators!!! Unfortunately none of them came to church, something we are working a ton on this week, well actually we had one come to church, but the main entrance is in a weird place at our church so he got confused and left..... but we're going to have a family home evening in the church Wednesday with some members and we're working to have him there so he can get to know the church!!! The members are being a lot more helpful lately!!! The stake pres has started something that the prophet is telling everyone to do which is start leaving with the bishops, missionaries and the members!!! We had a good turnout to do that this week!!! Its really helping the less actives, but its also really helping animate the members and the bishop!! When we start to feel the joy of missionary work and the atonement in our lives we just want to share it with everyone!! Our bishop is working a lot harder now and doing some incredible things in the ward!!! That was pretty much the week! Thanks for all your support!!! 

That's awesome that Dad is doing a little better!! It's rough that he's stuck in the house! I'm sure that's rough on him! But That really strengthens my testimony that Heavenly Father is answering our prayers!!! If you guys moved back to Saratoga Springs that would be pretty cool!!!Also I need ideas that we can use for activities for the youth and family home evenings!!!!

Love you tons thanks for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 26, 2014

Hey everybody. This week was a good week!!! It was a lot of walking, but it was still a good week! The members in our ward are helping us out a lot more now!!! Also our bishop is helping out and getting involved in the ward as well! We have this one investigator that we are really working with right now named Angelica. She comes from definitely a different background and I'm not gonna lie, I was skeptical about knocking her door, but we knew that her husband was a member so we knocked anyways. That was a great decision! Her husband is less active, but he seems to be fine with coming back and their kids love us!!! Bryan is 7 and Esmerelda is 6 I think!!! They're a little bit rowdy, but they're incredible!!!! Angelica has a true desire to stop smoking and follow God's commandments, including baptism!!! We have some great plans to work this week and I'm sure we are going to see many miracles!!! We had a stake priesthood conference and it was really awesome to be in a room with that many priesthood holders and just learn how we can become better! Also, this week on Thurs Pres Gonzalez from the Pres. of the 70 is coming down to talk to us!!! I'm super excited!!!! He's also going to be checking the cleanliness of all the houses, so we've got some cleaning to do! Love you all and thanks for all of your prayers!!!!

I've learned to get over things fast in the mission with all the rejections we get, what are you gonna do? It's their choice. The only choice we have is if we are going to be brought down and mad and sad for other peoples actions. Why should we ruin our day, week, month for things we can't control.... I'll definitely be praying for you and for mom!!!

A quote I just got about the priesthood! Love it!!!

“Let my assure you, Brethren, that some day you will have a personal Priesthood interview with the Savior, Himself. If you are interested, I will tell you the order in which He will ask you to account for your earthly responsibilities.

First, He will request an accountability report about your relationship with your wife. Have you actively been engaged in making her happy and ensuring that her needs have been met as an individual?

Second, He will want an accountability report about each of your children individually. He will not attempt to have this for simply a family stewardship but will request information about your relationship to each and every child.

Third, He will want to know what you personally have done with the talents you were given in the pre-existence.

Fourth, He will want a summary of your activity in your church assignments. He will not be necessarily interested in what assignments you have had, for in his eyes the home teacher and a mission president are probably equals, but He will request a summary of how you have been of service to your fellowmen in your Church assignments.

Fifth, He will have no interest in how you earned your living, but if you were honest in all your dealings.

Sixth, He will ask for an accountability on what you have done to contribute in a positive manner to your community, state, country, and the world.”
― David O. McKay

June 3, 2014

This week was a week of miracles!!! We first got a reference from an awesome lady in the ward and she wanted to help us baptize this family so bad!!!! We ended up going to their house with her on Monday and we had a great lesson with them!!!! Funny thing is, the mom had rejected us before, but when we went with Hna Gomez, she accepted us in a heart beat!!! When Hna Gomez got home she was so excited and happy that they had listened to us!!! Unfortunately, it's not that easy..... We went back with the Hna on Wed and they had read the folleto (pamphlet I think) but they weren't interested.... they were to comfortable with the church that they had.... but that's ok because we planted the seed there to be harvested by some other missionaries! Then we also found another miracle this week and her name is Dahiana! Dahiana is a friend of a recent convert of the zone leaders! Dahiana has got to church 3 times already to church, in a row, and to the baptism of Antonella, her friend!!! She is incredible!!! She's about 25ish and she has the most adorable daughter in the world!!!! Her name is Abril, she's 1.5 years old!!! Cutest little girl ever, but anyway, Dahiana is incredible and has a true desire to learn the truth!!! The biggest problems we have with her is 1. she isn't married.... biggest problem we have as missionaries I think. 2. She doesn't have a lot of time 3. We have to get her to come to our ward and not go with her friend, that won't be to hard though!!! She is definitely going to get baptized, as soon as she gets married!! We've also been getting a lot more help from our bishop!!! He hasn't had a lot of time to work, but he is doing everything he can to help us!!! He's awesome!! Oh, we received changes.... I'm staying for my 5th change in this area.... that's 7.5 months..... That's a really long time for missionaries!!!! I was kind of upset, but this change is gonna be great!! I'm super excited!!! I'll be with an Elder Western, I'm not sure who he is, but I'm stoked!!!! Jefferson, our 10 year old convert, is doing fantastic!!! He's already in Alma!!!! And he's been reading the whole thing with his Mom, who isn't baptized yet, but sure will be soon!! We have this investigator Fransisco, very old, but very awesome!!! He also has a lot of potential!!! The biggest problem we have with him is he just talks so much!!! It's hard to get a lesson in, but he's very smart, nice and humble!!! That's about my week, but I love you all and thanks for all your prayers!!!

There's nothing that we can do except be the examples!!! I've been praying that Dad gets better latley so I hope all these studies and changes will really help him! That's super exciiting about the new house and specially the new ward!!!! Now here's the real question... are there any sister missionaries from that ward serving right now???? No I'm just kidding!!! I've got another 14 months left on the mission before I can start thinking about all that stuff. I'm really excited for you guys though and that's so cool about Cam's job and that he'll be a Crowe!!!! You never would've saw that coming when you guys first got married!!! I really am happy about that!!! It's been incredible, and difficult, but mostly incredible to have had 2 great Dads, both very different, help us to grow and progress in this life! Thanks for the letter Mom!!! Love you guys tons!!! 

June 9, 2014

First of all, something a little crazy, my comp isn't Elder Western, It's Elder De Lama! He's another Peruvian!!! He only has 3 weeks left in the mission :( so I will have a special change soon, but I'm learning so much from him! He was a district leader for 4 changes and a zone leader for 6, so more than half his mission he has had experience as a leader and it's incredible how much I'm going to learn in 3 short weeks!!!! I'm very excited and I've realized how blessed I've been with my awesome comps that I have had, every single one has been a great leader. This change Elder Pike got put as a zone leader!!!! Oh and the other 2 missionaries in my house are the same! I'm excited. It is a little difficult here to find people that are married! They either don't see the importance or they don't have the money. It's kind of a long process and it's hard to get all the documents needed. People usually don't even have birth certificates for them or their kids.... Jefferson is doing good, but we haven't had a whole lot of contact with him or with his mom so we need to get a good charla with them! We are still getting fed well! This week has been a lot colder in the morning and at night, but still during the day it's normally warmish, so you're always putting on and taking off your jacket. This week we found a friend of Milagros, her name is Lucia and she's 15 years old. She is super awesome and very smart! The biggest problem we have with her is that her parents don't want her to be baptized, but that's because we haven't talked with them yet!!! This week we lost a lot of time to work, but this week is going to be better, even though we're going to lose more time... We have a conference/interviews with Pres on Wed and Thurs we have to travel 4 hours to Montevideo because we have a combined conference with the other mission and a 70 from the Pres of the 70. That sounds like our week!!!!

That's awesome!!! He'll get there, it'll probably be better so that he doesn't break himself during the move!!! That would be awesome if Uncle Ryan moved to Utah with all of us!!!  That'll be super good for Clara and Ethan!!! Vamos Arriba!!! That's really cool about Cam!!! I'm super excited about him getting married too!!! Brig is definitely gonna find something in Orem... It's home of the genius mormons and all the boy scout clubs, he'll be able to find a great robotics club and some great friends!!! That's super cool that he's building his own computer, what a genius!!!

I definitely will pray for you guys and I'll send Ethan a letter, make sure he reads it. He really doesn't need to worry about the mission because I'm gonna get home and pound this stuff into his head!!! Something good would be if he really studied Preach my Gospel, or even as a family!!! Especially in chapter 3, it has all the lessons!!! Plus he can ask for the pamphlets from the missionaries, that would be great and simple. Honestly, I got to the mission and didn't know very much at all, but you learn so fast!!! There are missionaries who come in the mission and literally know NOTHING, but they get it done!!! Thanks for the letter and love you all tons!!!!!!! Oh and something that would be awesome is to do Family home evenings with the missionaries!!!! Ask them to prepare a lesson and activity and you guys the treats!!! There's a family in the other wars that does family home evenings every Sunday and all members, converts, less actives and investigators are invited, it's really helped their family and some investigators!!!!

Last thing is I have really learned the importance, from my mission pres and the stake pres, of the importance of family home evening, daily scripture study as a family and nightly prayer as a family!!! I really hope you guys could start doing all that, even if it's just for a short time every night!!!!!

Elder Oliver

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A Cool Experience and a picture:)

Alrighty... So, this week has been a week to remember!!! We started out with the hike to the Quebrado de los Cuervos here in 33. It's one of the biggest "mountains" they have in Uruguay. It was actually a super fun hike and we had a great time!!! Then the week was pretty normal up until Thurs!!

Thurs we went to this place called Vergara, it's about an hour away, with an Elderly Elder, Elder Pugmire. We had to help him pack up some stuff from the house out there because they took missionaries out of that area. After we helped him pack up we passed by this girl ,Cristin, that was supposed to get baptized but then the missionaries got taken out. We passed by her to see how she was doing, because I was the only one who knew were she lived. She was doing great!! We decided that she was ready to get baptized that day because there are no missionaries there, it would've been hard to do other days... So, luckily, Elder Pike had brought baptism clothes and I brought baptismal clothes for her, so we started to plan her baptism. We didn't have a key to the church or anything, and there's only 2 active priesthood holders in this branch, one lives an hour away. So we got a key to the church, but he didn't have a key to the font.... .So after a long time, we decided that the only place we could do the baptism was the river... So we stopped by her house, she's only 9, picked her up and went to the river. When this Priesthood holder got there, we had 2 witnesses for the baptism and we did it, in the cold, muddy river. Luckily there was no complications because she has heart problems, but it all went great!!!! Unfortunatley we didn't have camera's, but let me tell you, it was an experience!!! That was my awesome experience of the week!!!

Liliana decided, for now, "not to get baptized".... We actually think it's because of her boyfriend, so that's kind of crappy, but we'll get there!!

We only had Jefferson come to church, this 10 year old kid. We weren't expecting it!!! he's kind of a punk around his friends, but we didn't even invite him and he came to church so Vamos Arriba!!! Easter was kind of  a bummy day... There was nothing special done at church or anything, just another day. And our new MP is a super capo. He'll stick of for every single one of us for everything!!!! I'm not sure what his focus is but I definitely know he cares about us beyond belief!!!! Oh and I'll be staying with Elder Pike for another change so that'll be great!!!!!

(For those of you that know Bailey, you know that the buzz cut in this picture is NOT LIKE HIM!!!!  He said that he was cutting his hair himself and the attachment fell off, so he ended up having to buzz it:))

This drawing was done by a child in Elder Oliver's ward because he thought he would be leaving the area and he wanted to give him something.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Testimony, a birthday wish and PICTURES!!!!

April 7, 2014

So this week was a rough week, but it ended up being pretty good! We worked Mon- Thurs with almost no success, but then I went on an intercambio with one of my zone leaders on Friday, Elder Lacey, and we started doing great again.

Obviously this week was great because we had general conference! It seriously is such an incredible experience in the mission! You receive answers for investigators, we're spiritually uplifted and its just all around awesome!!! Unfortunately we didn't have as many investigators come to see conference, well actually only one.., We wanted more to come because we knew they would feel such an incredible spirit, but everyone has there agency so, that's kind of bummy.

My comp and I are still doing great together, we are having difficulty in our area, but we are learning a ton from each other and we have a lot of potential baptisms!

When I was on the intercambio with E' Lacey, we actually found a lady who was "atheist", then we slowly found out that she's not atheist, it's just sometimes she doesn't wast to believe there's a god in her life because of her difficulties, but she said, in her weakest moments, she always goes back to asking for help from God. We found out that a couple of years ago her son got sick, we're not sure with what yet (we haven't asked). He's only 9 years old and every month they have to travel 3.5 hours to Montivideo to go to 4 different doctors... Her and her son ask, why him??? The mom says, why him and not me??? That's probably the most common and the most difficult question we get. Why is it difficult? That's a question we have to answer through our studying and through our prayer. The scriptures give us some "answers" but it's not quite satisfying to the people. The reason I believe we suffer is because we decided to come down and accept the challenges that we have in our families, we accepted it all, we knew it all! Our trials are here to help us, it may not seem like it, but if we thank our God, during our good and bad times, we will truly see that we are blessed with the true gospel, that we have the hope and faith that we will live our families forever and our trials will only be for a short time!!! The gospel is awesome!!!!

If we all study the Atonement like Richard G. Scott said in conference, we will understand everything better!!! I know that to be true! The Atonement rocks!!!! Love you all!!!!

I did finally get the scriptures, they are awesome thank you!!! I'm glad that you're all doing great and with family! Especially that you're movin up with your cast!!! love you tons!!!

April 14, 2014

I didn't forget!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! FELÍZ CUMPLEAÑOS!!!  Happy Birthday mom!!!!

Conference was super incredible!!!! We had some great experiences and it helped us a ton during this week!!! We also finally got to meet our President and we had some incredible interviews!!!

This week was a little rough because Liliana still hasn't gotten baptized.... But we'll get her there!!! Her boyfriend is in town this week and he's a capo so were gonna baptize her by baptizing him!!!!

This week the weather has dropped so now it's super cold at night and in the mornings, but during the days its still pretty warm!

The zone is struggling getting people to  come to church because it's cold now and it's there "fall break" here. Unfortunately Uruguatians are a lazy people, so when it's not necessary or super fun, it's hard to get them to do anything.... But that's why we're gonna show them that it's fun and necessary to go to church!!!

Thanks for the pump up about praying and fasting! It's really true, through those two things we can see miracles!!! That's awesome about the ward and all the missionaries headed out!!! That's gonna be awesome!!! I didn't know that people fell away because of what happened with Dad... Usually here it's because they dont come for a couple weeks and nobody goes to tehre house... It's interesting to see why people fall away. it's sad, but it just goes to show you need to  be friendly to everyone and do home teaching and vistiing teaching!!! Good luck with everything!!!!

That's a pic of what we do Sunday nights when we turn in our numbers... We go home at 8 and not 9....
Missionaries at there finest!!!!