Saturday, October 21, 2017

Jared's Speaking on Sunday

We want to say to you all THANK YOU SO SO VERY MUCH for your love in following Jared as he served the people of Buenos Aires. You have given much kindness and faithfully followed his adventures. He has been a joy to have home with us even if it was only for a very short 8 days before he left for UVU
Here are a few memories of the more mature but same fun Jared after two years
Mark: Speaking English with a Castellano infletions. Suddenly loves most foods. Fell in love with soccer, specifically Argentine soccer star Messi. 
Sean: He couldn't focus on one thing for too long, It was as if he was rediscovering a lot.
Ariel: Mate, what a ritual.
Taylor: So stinky but so excited to share his experiences we couldn't get him to shower. 
Mom: His excitement to share the many gifts he brought home for his family. 

If you would like to hear some of his experiences while he served in the Argentina Buenos Aires West mission, he will be speaking tomorrow:

Sunday, October 22 at 1pm -2:10pm @ The Stonebridge Ward
7752 East McDowell Road, Mesa, Arizona 85207

Kampala, Uganda
Williamsburg, Virginia
Cactus dangers in Mesa, Arizona
Be Prepared
Mission papers submitted
Last supper in the USA
In the field
A Jeep photo for mom :)
....some soles didn't quite make it.

At the end of two years of saving some souls....

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Returned With Honor

MUCHAS GRACIAS for following Elder Gygi as he served the people of Buenos Aries, Argentina for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are loving the return of this easy-going young man with his humor and love for life. He has shared stories of faith, fun, scary things but mostly his obvious love for the Savior. He is at Utah Valley University. He is excited to be around our extended family living in Utah. Once again, THANK YOU for your love and kindness following Jared on this adventure.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Tuesday, 8 August 2017 at 9:15am

For anyone who is able to join us in welcoming Elder Gygi home, he arrives at Phoenix Sky Harbor on Tuesday, 8 August at 9:15 am Terminal 3.

Monday, July 31, 2017

This is My Last Week in BA

Dear Family,

Well, 2 years later, a few pounds lighter, but a whole lot smarter. I could share the hundreds of faith building stories right now but Gmail has a character limit. Of the many precious gifts and talents and experiences that I have been through, the one that stands out is my testimony. I know that this is the true church. I know that this is the Lord's work. Yesterday in church the bishop's counselor came up to me and asked if I could give a 20-minute talk on any subject. I chose "The Gospel Of Jesus Christ." And it hit me that I have spent my whole life preparing for my mission and now that it's over, what next? I am excited to see what Heavenly Father has in plan for me and my future. This last week is the best time to give it my all!! I'll see you next week in MESA!!

Elder Gygi

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

2 Weeks Left to Work Hard

Hello Family!
2 years ago!

We had a great week! Lots of success and great times with Elder Gonzalez! We had a special training with President and Sister Resek that was great. When President came in and shook my hand he said "Elder Gygi! Are you ready to go?" and everyone started laughing. I am the oldest missionary in the mission!

Great news! Our investigator T. is getting baptized on August 5th. We have been teaching him for a while and he has been progressing little by little. But one day he was thinking if he should get baptized or not while he was walking down the road. Then some graffiti caught his eye. Painted on the sidewalk was a scripture: Juan 3:16. He had never read it before so he wrote it down and looked it up in his bible when he got home. He said he felt a strong impression that he was on the right path and took that as his answer to baptism. It shows to me that Heavenly Father answers everyone's prayers.

2 weeks left to work hard!!


Elder Gygi

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Better to Be Early

It is freezing!!! Good thing I won't have to put up with it much longer! 

This past week we went on divisions with the elders in Villa Tesei, another part of the city of Hurlingham we are in. I went with Elder Meyers and we had a great day! He is from a small town in northern California called Greenville. We were able to find a bunch of people to teach, and I learned a lot. Everything I learn seems to be one big lesson: Follow the spirit. If we do that, we will be guided in everything else. 

Our ward is doing great. We had ward counsel early on Sunday morning and we raced to get to the chapel in freezing cold only to find out that we were early. Well, better than late!

I feel like my letters are getting shorter and shorter, but it's not because of lack of writing material! I will send some pictures too.


Elder Gygi

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!


Elder Gygi