Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Through Small Means"

Hey, family!

This week was a little slower than the rest, not much new stuff going on. Last Monday we went over to Villa Tesei to spend P-day with the other elders, and we played a lot of UNO! I lost (but the other elders cheated).

I am sitting here trying to think if anything happened this week and nothing comes to mind. It was just a normal, good week of work. Sometimes the weeks are very exciting with tons of things going on and sometimes we just need to keep working the rough patches. The best thing about this work is that it is the Lord's, He directs us. Even when we don't know what to do, I am confident and have faith in the Lord that he will make His will known unto us.

We taught an investigator this week named T, who has been investigating for about 6 months. He is 22. We already taught him all of the discussions and he still has a few doubts. I hope we can help him make it to baptism. I see lots of potential in him.

I have felt a lot of humility in the mission. I am amazed how the Lord is willing to work "through very small means" (or in other words: me) to accomplish His eternal purposes. I love this mission!

Sincerely,

Elder Gygi

Saturday, July 8, 2017

New Mission President Resek

Hello Friends and Family!

We met our new mission president! President Resek is great! He is very excited and full of joy for the work. We had a meeting with him and his family yesterday. They showed us the video of when they opened their mission call and President Resek started jumping and screaming. It was very funny! He was so excited because his son is here in the mission right now! President Resek was in the translation department of the the church and was in charge of making the new Spanish translation of all the Standard Works. It took him 14 years to do, so imagine he knows the scriptures inside and out. I will have very little time with him as my president but I know I am supposed to be here in this time. I am pretty sure that I will be his first closing interview with a missionary. I am excited for that. 

I have 5 more weeks to work my hardest here, y lo voy a aprovechar! (I will take advantage of it!!) Thank you everyone who has supported me, I know that my family has made many sacrifices to get me here and I am forever grateful to my parents.

Hasta la proxima!

Elder Gygi

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Humbled...

Happy 1st B-Day, Jared!
Hey Family and Friends!

The weather here in Argentina this week is perfect! Sunny but not hot. It will be hard to adjust to 120ยบ AZ heat. We have continued to have successes here. I love being able to witness the church grow.
We did divisions twice this week. First, on Tuesday, I went with Elder Maycock (I have been with him in like 3 other zones in my mission, so it was my 4th divisions with him!). We had a great day, I lead the area here in Hurlingham. During that day we taught a lesson to recent convert named N. We were in the lesson and it was late at night and I knew we need to leave to catch the train by 7:58 to get home in time. The whole lesson I was thinking that we needed to leave and not be late. Then I heard the spirit whisper to me "Would Jesus Christ leave a lesson early to catch the train?" Humbled, I then really paid attention to what he was telling us. We felt prompted to read with him D&C 58:2-4. Which says in part "... For after much tribulation comes the blessings..." I was very happy that we were able to share with the struggling recent convert a message of hope. 

I think that is what I will miss most when I finish my mision, receiving revelation for others and being to help someone every day. I hope I will still be able to take that blessing home. I love my mission and I love this work.

Sincerely,
Elder Gygi

PS: We got flight plans!!! Jared lands at Sky Harbor on August 8th, 9:15am!!!!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Faithful Action = Positive Results

Dear Family,
Elder Gygi & Elder Gonzalez


My first week with Elder Gonzalez has been great here! Our area is doing awesome and we are constantly seeing miracles. I love the work that we are doing. 

The other day we were looking for a guy that missionaries had talked to a while back. We couldn't find him so we stopped and asked a random guy if he knew him. He said no. We then asked if we could share a message about Jesus Christ with him. He said sure and let us in. His name is V. and he is from Paraguay. We taught him the first lesson and he committed to being to be baptized in July. He wants us to come back and teach his whole family. It is great to find the prepared people.

The best part about being a missionary is feeling the guiding direction of the spirit every day. I have gained a strong testimony that Heavenly Father wants to guide us but we need to move our feet. Only when we act can he show us the way.

Sincerely,

Elder Gygi

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rise Each Time You Fall

Hey, Family! 
Wow, I can't believe Taylor is getting married!! Hopefully, I'll be home for the wedding! We had a great week, our investigator E. was baptized and confirmed over the weekend and we have been finding lots of new people. 
Tomorrow is transfers (there were only 3 weeks between because of the mission president change) and I am staying here in Hurlingham to finish my mission. Elder Lopez is leaving to a very very very far away little pueblo called Nueve de Julio. His new companion is the Branch President out there, he'll have fun out there. I am staying here with my new comp Elder Gonzalez, from.... MESA AZ! He went to Westwood High School! It is going to be a lot fun to finish the mission up with a fellow Mmesanite. We have a lot planned for this transfer.
We had a great last zone conference with Sister and President Robertson. He gave us his "last advice" to have a successful life. It was a very emotional reunion. President shared with us a poem called "The Race" about how we should never give up. One thing he said that really stuck with me was this: "Winning is only this: to get up each time you fall." I am very grateful for the time I have had to learn from my mission President.

Sincerely,
Elder Gygi

Sunday, June 11, 2017

The Happiest Time of My Life

Hey, Family!

This is the last week of President Robertson's mission! We will be getting President Resek in the coming week. It has been great to have almost 2 years with Pres. Robertson, I have learned so much from him. 
We had a great week! We continue to see miracles every day while finding new people. We had a long list of people to go visit that the missionaries had previously contacted. As we were trying to find all of these people we felt impressed to knock on a door. We knocked (or more accurately 'clapped') at the door and a woman about 40 came out. We explained that we are missionaries and asked if she would like to hear a message about Jesus Christ. She said "yes" so we taught her the message of the restoration right there on her doorstep. She told us that was currently attending a Christian (in Spanish 'Evangelista') church because she liked what was taught but was not convinced that it is the true church. She also said she has been praying and looking to join the true church. We promised her that if she read the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true God would tell her where she needs to go. It felt like such a perfect lesson. The woman's name is 'Miracles' in English! 
We had the confirmation of our investigator S. yesterday and I was privileged to confirm her. She is 23 and her husband G. is 27, he was confirmed last week. The have one little boy. On Saturday E. will be baptized. He is 28 and his wife C. is a member. She had always been praying for E. to accept the gospel but for 2 years he met with the missionaries and didn't want to join the church. We taught him and for some reason he was more prepared. He has quit smoking and is very excited to be baptized. Elder Lopez will baptize him and I will do the confirmation.

I have 10 weeks left to work as hard as I can! This has been the happiest time of my life!

Sincerely,
Elder Gygi

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Field Is White

Hey Family!

I arrived in my new area last week. Hurlingham is very different from my last area out in the country. I am now in a big city with a much bigger ward. But the work is the same anywhere you go. My companion, Elder Lopez is from Spokane, Washington. His parents are from Mexico so already speaks Spanish. He has been on the mission now 16 months. So we are both experienced missionaries working together. 
Before I got here the missionaries had a baptism. So on Sunday we got to confirm Brother H a member. And next Sunday we will confirm his wife as well. We have a baptism on the 10th of June for our investigator E. He has been investigating the church for about two years but finally felt ready to make the step to baptism. Just shows that everyone has their time. This area is very prepared and we are finding many people to teach.

Sincerely,

Elder Gygi