This week was pretty awesome. We are super pumped and working like crazy. Could someone google and find a picture of the new buenos aires temple and email it to me? It could come in handy. Thanks!
So this week we found a new investigator named Melina. She is 11 years old I believe.
Interviews this week were awesome. President is awesome. Called of God. He makes me feel so good.
We had some bike issues this week. On my bike the bearing where the crank goes in broke so we had to replace that. On my comps bike the back bearings broke. We had several one bike days this week where I had to take her around on the bike of the bike (both of us on the same bike). As if we weren´t already a great sight... hahahaaa. My only wish is that I had a picture. Maybe next week :).
This week we found some new good families. We are struggling to get people progressing, but we just keep on working! We had stake conference this weekend and President came. That was really good.
You know you´re in Zárate if.....
• a rooster across the street wakes you up in the morning, during breakfast, and during studies
• you burn your garbage in the streets on a regular basis
• you water the street to keep the dust down with a bucket (instead of watering your grass)
• you crank your efy music to drown out the constant cumbia music next door starting at 9am everyday
• you are short a couple pesos and they tell you to pay the rest the next time you come in
• you sleep on top of your covers at night, even in the springtime
• everyone uses the same cup at the watercooler/dispenser
• little kids have free reign in Sacrament meeting, including going up on the stand
• the main boulevard is blocked off without warning so everyone drives down the wrong way
• men try to kiss you on a regular basis, at times succeeding
• you can buy juguitos (good version of otter pops) on every block
Now I would like to include the wise words of Elder Bruce R. McConkie: (see D&C 76:79)
¨What does it mean to be valient in the testimony of Jesus?
It is to be courageous and bold; to use all our strength, energy, and ability in the warfare with the world; to fight the good fight of faith.... The great cornerstone of valience in the cause of righteousness is obedience to the whole law of the whole gospel.
To be valient in the testimony of Jesus is to ´come unto Christ, and be perfected in him; it is to deny ourselves ´of all ungodliness,´and ´love God´ with all our ´might, mind and stregnth.´ (Moroni 10:32).
To be valient in the testimony of Jesus is to believe in Christ and his gospel with unshakable conviction. It is to know of the verity and divinity of the Lord´s work on earth.
But this is not all. It is more than believing and knowing. We must be doers of the word and not hearers only. It is more than lip service; it is not simply confessing with the mouth the divine Sonship of the Savior. It is obedience and conformity and personal righteousness. ´Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.´(Matthew 7:21).
To be valient in the testimony of Jesus is to ´press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men.´It is to ´endure to the end´. (2 Nephi 31:20). It is to live our religion, to practice what we preach, to keep the commandments. It is the manifestation of ´pure religion´in the lives of men; it is visting ´the fatherless and widows in their affliction´and keeping ourselves ´unspotted from the world.´(James 1:27).
To be valient in the testimony of Jesus is to bridle our passions, control our appetites, and rise above carnal and evil things. It is to overcome the world as did he who is our prototype and who himself was the most valient of all our Father´s children. It is to be morally clean, to pay our tithes and offerings, to honor the Sabbath day, to pray with full purpose of heart, to lay our all upon the altar if called upon to do so.
To be valient in the testimony of Jesus is to take the Lord´s side on every issue. It is to vote as he would vote. It is to think what he thinks, to believe what he believes, to say what he would say and do what he would do in the same situation. It is to have the mind of Christ and be one with him as he is one with his Father.¨
(Conference Report, October 1974, enfasis added).
This week I have been memorizing Mosiah 4:9-12. Love it.
Love you all!
The pictures are:
-cow nerves (yum)
-my great companion and I (I love her)
-Familia Montaldo (went back to church after 10 years!)