Saturday, April 22, 2017

An Unxpected Meeting

This was an absolutely fantastic week! I am writing late today because we have p-day today in the afternoon and also in the morning tomorrow. This is because today in the morning the whole mission got together with the Buenos Aires North Mission in Capital to attend an unexpected meeting with President Russell M Nelson, President of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles! We learned about this meeting 2 days ago. We had to wake up at 4 am to get to the chapel in Caballito at 9:30. We got there and the meeting started. President Nelson decided that before starting, he would shake everyone's hand. He went down the line of 500 missionaries and greeted everyone, with his wife as well. Then they addressed us, as well as our mission presidents and the area presidency. 
President Nelson asked for President Robertson to give one piece of advice to all of the missionaries. President Robertson got up to the pulpit and said "Teach repentance and baptize many converts," and then turned and sat down! I don´t think the Savior would have said it any simpler. 
For most of President Nelson's talk, he explained the history and lineage of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the 12 Tribes of Israel. He described the responsibilities of the tribes and our duties according to our patriarchal blessings and personal lineage. I thought to myself during his address "This is all great to know but what does it have to do with missionary work?" Then he said this: "None of you are here by chance. Each of you elders and sisters were foreordained and chosen to accomplish exactly what you are doing now. Through your lineage, all the world will be blessed." I felt the spirit very strong in that moment. By serving a mision I am fulfilling promises. 

Let me say a little about my new comp! His name is Elder Fregenal and he is a native from Tucuman, Argentina, a province up north. He has been on the mission for 13 months. He is 21 years old and was baptized 3 years ago. He is the only member of his family that was baptized. I can see that he has made a lot of sacrifices to be here on the mission. I am very privileged to be working with him and have the opportunity to learn from him.

We are going to work very hard here in Las Heras!!

Elder Gygi

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