Sunday, June 5, 2016

A Missionary For Life

May 30, 2016

I think I have adjusted to the cold! It was a very great week! We had stake conference presided by Elder José A. Teixera (pronounced taisheda) of the seventy. He is from Portugal. He gave a fantastic address on missionary work. He shared a story of a mom and her young daughter’s first day at school. She woke her up and got her all dressed to go to school. After school she asked the daughter how it went. "Fine!" she said. The next morning, mom woke her up early again saying "It’s time to go school!" to which her daughter replied "I already went to school yesterday!" The mother had not explained that she needed to go to school 5 days a week for many years. Elder Teixera then related this to us and missionary work. Sometimes we think "I already gave the missionaries a referral" or, in some cases, "I already served my mission for two years" when in reality missionary service is something we will do for many, many years. He stated very directly that once you are a member of this church, you are a missionary for life. He challenged each of us to attend church every day in June with a friend. We are very excited for this new surge of missionary work.

Ok now one funny experience this week. Elder Dominguez and I were just walking to an appointment when some guy across the street yells to get our attention. He says "He do guys have ‘that book’ for me?!" He crossed the street, stopping traffic in the process, and I pulled out a Book of Mormon from my bag. He says, "Yeah!! This is the book about Nephi right? I had one of these a longtime ago but I lost it!" So we gave him the book and wrote down his address. Sadly he lives outside of our area, but we gave it the other missionaries. I was very grateful that the Lord placed in this man’s path. 

chao chao (that’s how you say goodbye in Argentine Spanish)

Elder Gygi

Oh also I forgot, after stake conference, D. came up and talked to me! She is the girl Elder Estrada and I baptized. We talked for a bit and I asked if her parents were here. She said that they are sick at home. So I asked who she came to church with? She said she came alone! This 11-year-old girl, who has been a member for like 2 months, took the bus by herself to get to church! I was so impressed. When I was 11, I didn’t go to church until mom or dad woke me up!

A few days after stake conference, this invitation and photo was sent to Jared. The girl is the 11-year-old Jared mentioned and it is her father being baptized.

Hello Elder.
I wanted to invite you to the baptism of E. Saturday June 4th at 18hrs. We will be very happy to have your presence. God bless and take care.

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