Well that was a fast week! Time sprinted by for yet another week. Last week Elder Almiron and I were running all over the place. Story of my life. Last Saturday we finally tracked down after a month Sandra, one of the references that we´d had for about a month. We had a lesson about the Restoration with her son and her dad, and it went pretty well. She was quite happy to receive a Book of Mormon and read 3 Nephi 11. Still a little defensive about everything else. Oh well. We´ll keep working with her.
We also found out right afterwards that one of the less actives that we have been working with was in a really bad car wreck earlier that day, but got away with only a couple of scrapes and bruises. His parents were pretty freaked out. But after talking with the family and sharing a message about the Sabbath Day, the entire family went to church on Sunday. Except for the non-member father Osvaldo. Oh yeah. This was the Tapia Family. Well it is a bummer that Osvaldo didn´t go. But it was great seeing everyone else there! And they stayed for all 3 hours! For Valentin (our car crash buddy) It was his first time attending in over 3 years. Made the bishop pretty happy to see him. 🙂
And then we went out and worked the area! Found some of our other less active families, one that we are helping to get ready to go to the temple in February, and then looked for a bunch of the contacts that we had made. The day went by really fast. But we were able to teach quite a bit on Sunday so that was just fine with us.
And then Monday came right around all to quickly! We finished doing laundry, packed up, and headed to the office to finish up with the normal list of things that we do every Monday, had a quick meeting with President and headed out to Trelew! This time around Presidente Rogers asked us to come up in the Ranger separately so that we could use the truck to take some of the missionaries to an activity later on that week. There was so much wind. So you can imagine how fun it was when semi trucks and buses passed by. The desert is so green though because of the high amount of rain fall we have been getting here lately. We arrived in Trelew and set out visiting some recent converts of Elder Almiron in his old area. We ended up passing by the Guerrero family. They are quite the group. One loves her institute classes, one loves his seminary classes, the mom loves her calling in young womens, another is a ward missionary, another teaches primary. Yeah. Gotta love it when converts are the most amazing members.
Tuesday morning we had zone conference with Trelew South and Trelew North! We rescheduled their P-day to Thursday so that we could take them out to Punta Tombo. It was pretty fun with those two zones together. Most of the stand out personalities are up in that direction. Quite a few of the missionaries gave their last zone conference testimony. Including Elder Pinkston who is one of the elders from my district in the MTC. Pretty crazy. After the conference we hopped in the truck and headed up for Puerto Madryn. We teamed up the 4 of us and went to visit Sofia who is going to get baptized next weekend. While we were teaching her, some of her neighbors came by, including some of the boys that were playing soccer just outside. Well half the boys are members who decided to blurt out the answers to all the questions that we were making about the Restoration as we tried to teach to those that were new. So Elder Guerrero had the brilliant idea of splitting up the groups. So two went in one room with the rowdy boys and Elder Gardner and I stayed to teach the girls who were a bit calmer. Well we were just finishing up testifying about Joseph Smith and how we can pray to know if he is a prophet when all the boys came flying back into the room. One of the most interesting lessons I have ever taught.
The next day we had zone conference in Madryn. That is one of the most mellow zones out there. Not because the missionaries are zoned out. We just managed to put all of the calmer missionaries together this transfer. Never seen that one happen before. After the conference we ran back down to Trelew and had an awesome two lesson team up with some of the Elders there. We were able to visit Hna Muñoz an old investigator that recently has let the elders back in her door. We found out midway through that she has a lot of doubts about a living prophet. So we watched a video of Pte. Hinckley and she loved every bit of it. She said that she feels good now about a prophet and is getting ready to be baptized next week! And then we visited Norma and Valentina. Norma is a single mother in the middle of divorce and Valentina is her daughter that was baptized just before Elder Almiron was transferred to the office. But we had an amazing lesson on the atonement and Norma, although really discouraged and quite bitter at the beginning of the lesson, with a teary smile committed to go to church this Sunday and to get baptized on the 30th! It was quite the amazing two hours. 🙂
And then we went to the zone leader´s pension, slept, woke up, headed to the terminal, got most of the missionaries in a bus, a few others in the trucks and headed out to Punta Tombo to see the penguins. Ok. So when we went to San Lorenzo a few weeks back we saw a bunch of penguins. But in Punta Tombo there are tons and tons of penguins! The chicks are about to hatch so they weren´t moving around too much. But as we got closer to the beach we saw quite a few of them getting in and out of the water. Penguins. Are really cool. They just walk really funny. And then they get in the water and the last word you would use to describe them is clumsy. So many penguins. I must be at the end of the world. 🙂
After penguins we jetted back up to Madryn to have a full exchange with the zone leaders. It rocked. During the exchange I was able to meet just a few of the investigators that they have in their area. Thanks to the help of their amazing bishop and other wards members they are teaching tons of families. We were able to go and teach the Leon family. We focused most of the lesson on prayer because they really have no experience praying. But they are super willing to go and do with things with us. Like go to baptismal services and church. The exchange was amazing and went by so fast. If only the drive from Madryn to Comodoro wasn´t so long, we would have stayed longer.
And then we drove home. Mostly listening to MOTAB at high volume. It´s a pretty legit way to pass a 4 hour drive. Well Elder Almiron did get a bit sleepy so I listened to talks. Did I ever mention the sunsets here in the Patagonia are to die for? Last night the sky exploded in every shade of purple and pink clouds with a deep blue just behind. Yeah. Words and photos don´t capture how amazing that was.
And here I am back in the office. We had a calendar meeting this morning after planning a bit more for the conference that we have in two weeks when Elder Zeballos comes to tour the mission. So it has been quite the interesting ´´´p-day.´´ But that´s why I love life. We are so busy that I have no choice but to be sprinting to the finish every day. Tomorrow after church we get on a plane to go down to Rio Grande. Weird to think that it´s the last time I´ll go to that city. Not ready to say goodbye. But I don´t have to say goodbyes to missionaries until those conferences the last week of the transfer. =D
Well this week I read Alma 5. Amazing Great chapter to be reading at this leg of the mission. So many miracles are happening all around. It is quite the blessing to be a missionary. Wish I had more time, but it´s time to go and do some more work. So I´ll end on this verse:
46 Behold, I say unto you they are made aknown unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have bfasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit ofcrevelation which is in me.
Of all scripture figures, Alma is my hero when it comes to personal conversion. It has been so great to be in the mission for two years to fast, pray, work, and serve. That spirit of revelation isn´t just in the Book of Mormon. I have felt it alive in my life as we work to help this mission grow. Well I might as well get back out to make the most of these two weeks right? Wish me success!
Love you all!