Monday, July 6, 2015


I feel like I'm back in my very first area (Pigue) once again!  It's very "old fashioned" but I love it and here in Balcarce it's a ward with about 150 active members!  This week I got to know some of the members at lunch and appoints and they are on FIRE!  So willing to help and are excited to do the Lord's work!  So my new companion is Hermana Baldwin and she's from California and already speaks German and a ton of Spanish....she's on a roll!  She is 25 and already finished school at BYU.  She's super great and works hard.  I'm excited to work with her.  We live in a house with 4 Hermanas and we split the area.  I'ts a great apartment except the shower....(Bucket showers)???!!!  I don't know why, but it's always the showers!  On my second day in the area, we got a call from the Elders.  The girls have "tramitias" for their VISAS which means they have to travel all the way to Bahia Blanca which was about an 8 hour trip and guess what...all the Hermanas took a trip down and I was left to feed the ducks. :)  For three days, I went on divisions and I got to know the members, the investigators, and the area real fast.  There is a ton of numbers which I'm not used to, so it was like a big giant puzzle, but it all worked out in the end.  The people here are very friendly and everyone loves to talk.  This week we found a lady (Liliana) who has a sister that's LDS and we got talking to her more and has a lot of interest.  Luckily, Sunday morning with all the craziness from this week, we had 4 investigators at church.  3 from this week we found in the street including Liliana and 1 Progress Christian investigator that has a baptism date for the coming Saturday!  I'm super pumped for this area.  There are lots of changes/differences in this zone.  There area lots of Elders here in Mar del Plata and only 3 sets of Hermanas.  As of now until the July transfers, there will be many changes and farewells to the Parrenos that leave July 1.

We had a zone meeting this week and they talked a lot about "time".

D&C 29:7

And ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts;

They focused it around this scripture and the importance of finding people who are "ready" to hear the gospel and have the desire to change.  It's so important to share the gospel with everyone in our path, but God has a time for everyone.  Some may not want to hear it now, some are ready with an open heart, maybe some already have it but don't want to "act".  I learned an important lesson that those people who have heard the gospel but don't want to act or people who don't want it, we need to let them go.  If we truly love them, we will let them go so that they can progress.  They will come to an understanding of how the spirit touched them and when it left, they will realize that the answer they were looking for was right there.  I'm so excited a a new missionary here in Balcarce to work hard and find those "escogido" who God  has prepared for us.  

From Preach My Gospel:
     "Believe that people who are being prepared to receive the message of the Restoration will be placed in your path.  God will also place you where your good acts and words will prepare people to receive missionaries and Church members.  In all your finding efforts, pray and look for opportunities to serve, help , and lift others.  As you are serving, talk with everyone you meet.  Have the faith that you can share the restored gospel.

     In every way you serve,  you should do so because you love your brothers and sisters and therefore hope, pray and earnestly desire to teach them the restored gospel."

Homework:  As members, I invite you to pray and ask for a missionary opportunity so that we can all be instruments in the hands of the Lord.

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