So I have quite a few things to say. First off, Amanda emailed me and let me know that Steve Jobs died. How crazy! I hope I could ever live to work as hard as he did.
So I have lot`s to share. One of the first things is my new funny stories. First, (I guess this isn`t a story) but I have started collecting alfajores. An alfajore is a candy with two chocolate crackers and dulce de leche (caramel mas o menos) in the middle (and some times other creme like peanut butter, or the bon bon creme). But they regard them as much more here and there are more than 130 (that`s the highest any missionary has ever got). I keep the wrappers and am hoping to get a bunch by the end haha. I have 16 as of today because I found some really cheap but rare-er Argentinian ones. Second, is a story that happened while we were out tracting about three days ago. We knocked this ones guys house, he didn`t answer but I knew he was there because I saw him walk back and forth twice across his open door. His dogs wanted us to play fetch them for a bit, so I did while I patiently waited for him to come out. He didn`t however so we went to the next house. As we knocked a woman coming back from her job as a teacher pulled up so we talked to her and set up a day that she would be home. While Elder Shaw was talking to here I saw the man from the other house get up on his fence, unfurl a communist flag, shake it three times, make the “I`m watching you” sign (by pulling down the bottom eyelid with your finger), and then shake it 6 more times to ensure I understood. I just laughed, waved, and then focused back on the woman. It was pretty funny. The crazy people we meet.
Second off, a piece of advice I want you to pass on to every youth who is even remotely considering a mission. I found out that some of the missions of the church require that you have you`re seminary diploma`s. Why? Because in order to get the travel VISA more easily, some countries want you to have proof that you are truly a trained and educated minister. Thus, having a seminary diploma says “yes, this Elder studied for four years the Gospel of Jesus Christ”. I`m pretty sure this is true because Presidente George said something about it, I`ve just forgot to mention it until now. So it would be wise to get the diploma because it will give them the opportunity to go to so many more diverse places.
Second, I`m excited to let you know that one of the investigators we are currently teaching is getting married. His name is Sebastian and he was dating a less-active member of the church. In order to get baptized he needed to get married and we continued to emphasize this in our lessons, even asking him to pray about it. So today, they went down to the court to take out a date. Here, weddings aren`t a big deal, you just go and sign a paper at the court with witnesses that you want to get married. So I`m excited and hope that I`m around when he get`s baptized. Sadly however, we still have two other investigators that also need to get married and they are going to be more difficult. They just keep saying things like, I don`t want to get married because then it brings up the possibility of divorce, as if it isn`t possible they could split without being married. No se. All I can is to continue to teach and hope they make up their mind, realizing that this is the everlasting Gospel of Jesus Christ, that it can bless them not only in this life but in the eternities.
Also, Elder Shaw and I should be moving houses soon. We have the contract signed and the key, but we`re waiting for a better time. Mostly it is just Elder Opie who lives with us in the same appartment right now. He is dieing this change (leaving) so he wants to make sure it is a fun last change and his companion has been sick a lot lately, so we keep him company a lot.
I can`t remember what else I planned on writing before, I left my planner at the casa because we went to the Salto Exhibition today as a district for p-day. I suppose I`ll just reconfirm that I`m in an awesome ward. Obelisco is a really good ward, of the 70-ish is fairly active members we do have, they all have strong testimonies. During this Sunday this was quite obvious and nearly 40 or so of them got up and bore their testimony, one right after another. There is however, a lot of old people that can`t make it to church or simply inactive members. Elder Shaw and I are working on it though, we find one or two inactive families each day that weren`t recorded in the Area Book.
I`d just like to share my testimony of the divinity of this Gospel. As Christ taught in Matthew to the pharises and scribes that sat by, there is no way that he could cast out Devils in the name of the Devil, because then the kingdom would be divided against itself. In the same way, this Church brings forth many great and marvelous works that testify of this Gospel. This restored gospel could have come from none other than God himself because otherwise, like unto the story, the kingdom is divided against itself. It is either right or wrong, and there are millions of members that will all testify of the same thing, that this is the true and everlasting Gospel. There is no doubt who will win in the end and people simply need to decide where they want to lay up thir treasures, on the earth, or in heaven (3 Nephi 13). Decide now what this Gospel is, what side you are on, find out by reading The Book of Mormon and following it`s invitation at the end of the Introduction (or Moroni 10) to pray about it`s truthfullness. I know that doing this will bring the spirit so fully as a witness that it is true, that this gospel was restored by the hands of Joseph Smith and that Christ`s kingdom is now once again upon the Earth. I bear testimony of these things, as I bear to everyone I teach, that this is the only true and complete gospel on this earth, that it has eternal consequences for choosing to follow it. Yeah, even the recieving of Eternal Life, the greatest gift afforded to all the children of men.
Thanks for everything,
P.S. I remembered I wanted to share real fast how much it has been raining. Ridiculousness! I keep letting my shoes dry, and as soon as both are dry, another pair gets wet, so I`m stuck with one all the time. It`s been great. I`m thankful for that jacket the Stewart`s gave me. Pass that along.Gracias.