Monday, October 16, 2017

AP, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 9... GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL!!!

What's up everybody! Hope you guys had a good week, my week was crazy as ever! Mom, I'm really happy that your observations went well. You are a person with many gifts, and that middle school is lucky to have you! I can't believe that Brock is already home, how crazy is that. I'm sure he grew a ton on his mission. It's funny to see though that with all the changes, he's still good ole Brock :) And man, how awesome is that, that Kurt and Jenn and Madi got to meet Elder Anderson. The Lord really does love our family! 

As far as this end, I was busy this week. Tomi couldn't come to play futbol last Monday, which made me a bit sad, but the story continues! 

On Tuesday, we drove all day until we got to Rio Gallegos. La Seleccion de Argentina had their last match in the World Cup Qualifiers, and it was a very important game. For the first time in a while, Argentina was on the verge of not making it to the Mundial. Their last game was against Ecuador, IN ECUADOR. If they won, they were in, if they lost, they wouldn't make it. With the game being so important for the country, President Salerno gave permission to the missionaries to watch the game. I WAS PUMPED! For those who don't know, the arguably best player in the world, Lionel Messi, is infamous for playing really well in Barcelona, but never making goals here in Argentina. During all of the world cup qualifiers this round, he had only scored 1 goal thus far. So the game started, and BOOM - in the first 20 seconds, Ecuador scores a goal! And the whole mission sighed, and got scared because there were going to be riots in the streets. But wait, Messi gets a clutch, rebound and BOOM! GOL MESSI!!!!!!!!!!! And then BOOM! Another! and to finish it off, in the second time, falling backwards, with his left foot, a beautiful goal to finish em off! 3 - 1 Argentina, with all 3 coming from Messi! I was super pumped, because I'm going to be home to watch the Mundial. AGUANTE ARGENTINA! 

Sorry to everyone who was hoping for some deep spiritual thoughts to start off this email, but for all those who know me, you all know the love I have for watching sports. It's safe to say that it was a great experience for me :) 

On Wednesday, we had the conference in Rio Gallegos. Everything went well, and the zone loved the activity. I didn't have time to make visits this time, because we finished late at night with the interviews, and we left on Thursday morning. It's really awesome to be assistant though, because it allows me to get to know all the missionaries, and give them counsels about how to improve that I think they take a bit better because I'm a fellow missionary, and have been where they are. 

Friday and Saturday were spent running errands for President. 

On Sunday, I had a good experience. Before church, as I read the scriptures, I read a bit about the Brother of Jared. I learned a lesson. The Lord commanded the Brother of Jared to build ships, and showed him how to do it. When the ships neared completion, Jared encountered two problems: 1) How were he and his people going to breath in the ships, and 2) How would they have light? So the Brother of Jared (Moriancumer) asked the Lord. With the first problem, the Lord taught Moriancumer, then gave him the answer. However, with the second problem, the Lord responded:
"What will ye that I should do that ye may have light in your vessels? For behold, ye cannot have windows, for they will be dashed in pieces; neither shall ye take fire with you, for ye shall not go by the light of fire. ... Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?"
This time, the Lord did not give the answer to Moriancumer, rather He let him work it out for himself. As the majority of you all know, Moriancumer prepared translucent stones, and asked the Lord to touch them, that they might glow. You all might be thinking "Where is Elder Jimenez going with this?" This is what I learned :) If we want the Lord to help us overcome obstacles in our lives, sometimes, He will guide us and show us the way. However, other times, and in my case I believe it to be the majority of the time, before giving us the help we need, He wants us to prepare ourselves to be ready for the solution, like the Brother of Jared when he approached the Lord with his stones. 

So, on Sunday, after church, I wrote a dedication in a Book of Mormon. Then, Elder Popa and I had a good companion study, and finished it off with some practices. In that moment, we were ready. Sunday evening, we had our only moment in the week that we were able to work in our area. So we started working. We knocked, and knocked. And knocked. For 4 hours, we kept on keepin' on, but it just wouldn't give. Finally, as the day closed, we started heading home. I felt a tiny bit discouraged, because I really didn't want to accept the reality that Assistants just can't baptize, but after doing all the work we could, we once again came up with nothing. I had prayed a lot as well, asking the Lord to guide us, but the agency of the people kept us from having the success we desired. However, as we were walking towards the pension, passing Daiana's house, Tomi, her son who was going to play futbol with us, came walking out. "Hey, are you Tomi?" I said to him. "Yeah" he said. 
Lord 1 - Satan 0. 
I introduced myself and Elder Popa. He seemed like a really nice kid! I then had the impression to give the Book of Mormon that I had dedicated to Tomi. So I wrote his name in it, and gave it to him :) We invited him to play futbol with us the next day, then continued on our way. 

Later that night, Daiana sent us a text thanking us for the book. She said that the dedication was very nice, and that Tomi loved it, and that she was going to bring him the next day. And sure enough, HE CAME! I love how the Lord gave us success after we prepared ourselves for it, just as He did with the Brother of Jared. 

So I'd like to extend an invitation to all of you, to put your trust in the Lord. He really does live! He loves us, and if we trust in Him, and DO OUR PART, He WILL bless us! So prepare yourself, your homes, and your families for the blessings of the Lord, then ask, and wait patiently. I know that as you do so, the Lord will bless you abundantly, in His time and way. 

FAMILY! I love you guys! 

GRANDPA! Happy B Day old man! 

MOM! You're a boss! Keep slayin' it in your job! 

SOFIA AND ABUELA: Prepare to teach me how to do family history and get me going after the mission. WE GOT WORK TO DO FOR OUR FAMILIA BORIQUA! 

I love you guys :) - 
Elder Jimenez 

Monday, October 9, 2017

AP, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 8... Going the Extra Mile

Well, this week went by fast! All the weeks go by fast now, I'm gonna be home in no time (not trunky though) Sounds like you guys had a good week, I'm a bit envious of Sofia's camping trip to Escalante with Nikki and Kevin. I hope you guys keep doing cool stuff like that when I get home! 

This week was full of different activities. The idea for the obstacle course was from Hna Salerno. I think that she's literally the most creative person I've ever met! She asked us to make a video, so in 12 hours I whipped together a 8 minute video that everyone loved! One of the LZ told me that I should be a vlogger after the mission, but I'm not sure if that's up my alley haha! I'm trying to send you guys the video, but the internet in Comodoro is some of the slowest internet in the world, so we'll just have to see if it loads. 

Consejo (Hna and Zone Leader Training) was on Thursday, and it went well. The good news is that it went so well that President decided that hes going to do mas o menos the same thing in the conferences, and that means ROPA DE P DAY! So yeah, I'm going to be wearing a lot of P-Day clothes this transfer :D 

Back Row, 5th from right

One of Alex's previous companions described this Leadership Training as kind of like a Jedi Counsel... sounds like Alex must have been involved in the planning.

Friday night, President sent a text message to the office saying that we could take an extra P-Day on Saturday for all the craziness of Consejo. Later that night, I told Elder Popa "If you're dying for a P-Day, we can take it, but man, I already feel like I took a P-Day on Monday, so if you want, I'm down to work in the area tomorrow" He told me he'd sleep on it. Saturday morning, as I was doing exercises, he said "Jimenazo, let's work today" AWESOME! And it payed off! We taught two lessons, and had a really sweet experience. 

We were contacting, and rounded a corner, and on the other side there were two ladies sitting on the outside window pane. I asked how they were doing, and then noticed that one was crying pretty uncontrollably. The other lady said "It's a bit complicated" We were afraid that the lady that was crying was going to freak out, so we decided to go on our way. We got to the next door, and knocked, and I looked over at the girl. She was curled up, crying her eyes out, and it got to my heart. "We've got to go back," I said to Elder Popa. "Nah man, she's probably crying because the boyfriend broke up with her, and if we talk to her, she'll just get mad" The thought crossed my mind. The girl had a phone in her hand, and it looked like she had received bad news or something, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to contact her. "Nah" I said "We've got to talk to her, I can't see her this way." So we reluctantly walked over, and I said "Hey, I saw you crying form over there, and I could just watch, is there anything we can do for you?" She cried for a while, but when she got a hold of herself, she told us that she has a 10 year old son. The kid has light colored hair, and for that reason, every time he goes outside, the kids from the neighborhood beat him up. He had come home crying, and she was really sad about it. I asked her what his name was and what he likes to do, and she said his name was Tomas and he likes to play futbol. I told her that we play futbol on Monday, and she said that she wants to bring him. She ended up telling us that missionaries had passed by her house before, and that she got along well with them, and that Tomas used to say that he wanted to be a missionary when he grows up. So we decided that we're going to be Tomas's new friends. She calmed down a ton, and as we walked away, we saw that she got up, and went back into her house. Later that night, she sent me a text (I left her my number) and said "Thank you guys so much for stopping today. I'm going to bring Tomas on Monday" We felt so good! It was probably one of the sweetest experiences that I've had in my mission, because many times we see the progress in peoples lives as the time passes, but this time, we got to see how through our actions, we were able to comfort someone, stop the crying, and make the day a lot better. It made me feel like a true representative of Jesus Christ, because I feel like that's what he would have done. Tomas should be coming today, so we'll see how that goes, but overall, I'm excited! 

The pics I sent are from a pueblito called Sarmiento. We're taking the elders out of there, and we had to empty the pension, so we went over there yesterday.

"Danger of Death, Aqueduct Inlet, Bathing Prohibited!"

All in all, it was a very good week! I never have time to do anything, but at least I'm busy :) 

FAMILY: I'm glad that you guys are safe and happy :) 

MOM! Love you! -Elder Jimenez

Only 8 hours later... here's the video --> It is AWESOME! but it's too big to upload here. I'm working on how to share it.

Monday, October 2, 2017

AP, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 7... Answers from General Conference

Alright, I just want everyone to know that I think my dad is a legend! Dad, you really are the biggest role model in my life! Bien ahi con el Bear 100, te dijiste que ibas a terminar, y terminaste! CAPO! (Good job on the Bear 100, I said that you would finish, and you did! BOSS!)

Soooooo, Mom, I'm not sure if you're going to love this email... I could talk about all the things that happened this week, but I think I'll just talk about one, because it's the most important. I was walking to the hotel this week with one of the Secretarios named Elder Christiansen, and he mentioned a topic that peaked my interest. It was a certain thing that missionaries can do, but that had not happened in the mission for years, because there were always difficulties. But all the same, it peaked my interest. 

So, the next day, I found a moment to talk to Presidente. I wanted to know if it was a possibility for me. Inside myself, I was just waiting for him to say "Nope, just like the rest, you can't" But his answer was distincto (different). "Wow, Elder Jimenez" he said "we have a miracle here. If you want to, you can". That wasn't exactly the easy answer. He continued, "I'd love if you did it, but you think about it, and let me know." The honest truth is that I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it. But I decided to carry the question into General Conference. 

As I listened to conference, speaker after speaker talked about service. Hermana Oscarson's talk was especially powerful, when she talked about giving selfless service. Elder Pingree Jr's talk also really got to me. After listening to the conference, and after much prayer, I knew what I had to do. So after the conference, last night, I went to Presidente's house, and we went to his quincho (study). He looked at me, and said "I'd love to have you. What do you think?" It was a big decision, but the Spirit had already told me what I needed to do. "I'm going to extend" I said to him. So that's the news Mom. Don't kill me, it was a hard decision to make, but I feel it's my duty. 

I really want to see you guys, like badly, but you'll all still be there on April 25th, just like you would have been there on the 14th of March. When the mission ends, it's over, so I have to cherish every moment. Ademas, I'm not gonna miss Sofia's graduation or Mother's day. I'll just miss a month and a half of time to make money, which is a small sacrifice, if that, to make. The Lord needs dedicated missionaries, and Presidente also expressed that he wants to have me here. The craziest thing is that he told me that he wants me to finish the mission with him. That means that I'll be assistant until the end, about 9 months, and add on top of that the transfer that I was in the zone as a zone leader. By the end of the mission I will have been in Comodoro Norte for the last 10 of the 25 months of my mission! 

The truth is that just writing this is kind of making me trunky... Presidente told me that I could call home to tell you guys, but I think that I would have been super trunky to hear your voices, so mejor no (so it's better I don't call). It's not that I don't miss you guys, 'cause I really, really do. I miss the mountains of Utah and the Field Crescent ward. But what I'm doing down here is important, and if Jesus Christ can suffer, bleed, and die for me, I can at least go one extra mile for Him. I'll never, ever come close to paying pack the sacrifice that he made for me, but I'll get as close as I can, even if I'll still end endlessly far away. Extending the mission is also going to teach me patience. And it's not even going to be that bad, I already know that I'm gonna miss this place when I go, so I might as well enjoy it while I have it! I hope you guys aren't too crushed... Just know that I'm gonna make it home the same, it'll just be a little bit later. Maybe you guys can learn some patience too :) I think seeing you guys will be all the sweeter as well, so let's buckle down, and do the best we can, on the homefront and out here in the field, to work hard and be as righteous as we can! 

MOM! I love you :) I hope you're not too sad about the extension, va a pasar volando (it's going to fly by)! I'm going to keep you in my prayers. 

KEVIN! Nice work helping my dad, you're a chupamedias, but at least you're good at it XD 

FAMILY! I love you guys! Find someone to serve, and do it! You guys are the best family that a missionary could ask for. 

I LOVE YOU! - Elder Jimenez

So the one benefit of Alex being in the office is that I get to see pictures much more often. The office uploads pictures to the Mission Facebook page pretty frequently. So, here are a few from last week...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

AP, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 6... Buenos Aires!!!

Alright family, a tragedy happened this morning. I was peacefully sleeping, when at 6:15am, the secretarios called me and said (in Spanish obviously) "Hey, sorry for waking you up, but none of the remises (taxi services? I'm not getting some of his Argentine slang!) are answering, and we need to get to the terminal at 7am. Could you guys take us?" So now it's 7 in the morning and I'm here in the office with one of the secretarios, Elder Taylor, while the other is with Elder Popa in centro. TRAGEDY! But oh well. (BTW we're still on winter schedule, so we wake up at 7am every day).

Sad to be in the office SO early!!!

  Elder Taylor gave me a mate (bien amargo eh!) 

and then I was happy, then MATE SWAG!

Sounds like you guys are doing good on the homefront! I'm glad that Mom is loving her job, and Sofia got a 29! You've got to come to BYU with me now! 

On this side, it's pretty good as well. I had a fun dream last night where I talked in Spanish with all my high school friends, it was super weird, but oh well haha! 

This week was super crazy! As always, it's all a bit of a blur, but I'll try to put it together. Tuesday, we flew to Buenos Aires. President didn't want to leave the airport, so we just stayed in the airport, making calls, until the flight to Ushuaia. On the flight to Buenos Aires, I'm pretty sure I was next to Elder Popa (I literally can't remember XD) What I do remember though is that I sat next to a girl named Romina on the way to Ushuaia. She was really nice, from Salta, and was going to visit her brother. She was the typical Argentine, not interested in the gospel, but I still found a ton of chances to slip things about the gospel into the conversation. We ended up talking our way through the whole 3 hour flight! It was cool :) 

When we got to Ushuaia, we ate dinner with some members that Elder Popa knows (to celebrate his birthday, which was the 17th) The dad was from the Dominican Republic, so I enjoyed the Caribbean accent. We ate fried chicken. It was awesome! We stayed the night with the Lideres de Zona, and on Wednesday, we spent 3/4 of the day doing interviews, then the other 1/4 working on the traslados (transfers). We worked on traslados (transfers) in the hotel of President. It's called Arakur, and it was the most cheto (expensive) hotel that I have seen in my entire life! He gets a huge deal there because he's a frequent guest, and they consider him to be an important contact. Look up fotos! 

President Salerno's Arakur Hotel in Ushuaia

On Thursday, we drove to Rio Grande. I wanted to stop in Tolhuin, but President just kind of kept driving, so I decided to see it next time. It was cool to see it though. Good memories :) In the tarde (afternoon), we did the interviews for their zone. It was fun to see some of my old buddies, like Elder Bodily Castañeda and Elder Tavares (who we just put as an LZ with just 6 months, the youngest in mission history. VIVA BRASIL!) 

On Friday, we flew back to Buenos Aires, accompanied by Elder Campopiano, who's finishing his mission tomorrow. I sat next to Rodrigo from Buenos Aires, and had a very deep conversation about the gospel with him. The questions that the guy was asking were awesome! We talked about everything from Setentas (Seventies) to Eternal Marriage! It was fun, and I invited to watch general conference. 

In Buenos Aires, we had a 6 hour layover, and you better believe that we hit the town! We took a taxi to a shopping center where we ate MCDONALDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best part is that when I ordered the McFlurrys, I found out that the girl working there was a menos activo, so I also invited her to watch General Conference :) After eating, we walked to a botanical garden and w'ere blown away by how green it was. I had seriously forgotten what plants looked like and I didn't even notice XD It was really pretty! Don't get mad, but I might not have taken many fotos... like any... But maybe I did. I currently don't have my camera, because I was tragically torn away from my home this morning, but I'll check later today. Overall, the trip to Buenos Aires was fun though! The flight back to Comodoro was tranqy, I sat next to 2 guys that didn't want anything, so that was fun. 

On Saturday, I passed through one of the craziest days of my entire mission. In the afternoon, we did some service for the city by cleaning up a part of the beach. While we we're cleaning, 2 ladies passed by, and offered to help (good citizens do exist in Argentina! BIEN ALLI!) They were really nice, and we invited them to come to the baptism that was going to happen after the service project. It was hilarious because Elder Richards was cleaning with me, and by chance he ended up picking up like 5 diapers! Every time he grabbed one and noticed what it was, he dry heaved, and I cried laughing! 

After the service project, we assisted the double baptism of Damian, an investigator of the elders that live with us, and Astor, Daniel's son, (yes, THAT Daniel). It was a really nice bautismo, the elder that baptized Astor did a great job ;) 1 Wohtasik down, 3 to go. 

Astor asked me to baptize him :)

After that, we had some last minute changes to make in the traslados (transfers), but we couldn't set them in stone because President was in Buenos Aires, and his nieto (grandson), Noah, had come to visit him, so there was a 0% chance to get in a good phone call. Then, President was on his flight, so we couldn't call. At 9:15 when he was supposed to arrive, we had all 18 lideres de zona (Zone Leaders) waiting in ciberes (internet cafes) and freaking out, and the plane was ATRASADO! (DELAYED!) I was sweating bullets, Elder Popa had a "que se manejen los lideres de zona!" actitud  ("let the zone leaders wait" attitude), and when President finally got in at 9:45pm, he didn't want to know anything. When we finally started talking about the last changes in the car, he couldn't come to a solid feeling, so we ended up dropping off Hermana Salerno in casa (at home) (because even though we were in a time emergency, she was not going to be stressed for even 1 more minute!) and then we booked it to the office. When President got there, the oficinistas (office elders) had the transfer board waiting, and President took a seat at the computer. That was when the magic started, We ended up making a lot more changes than we had thought we would make, but the ideas just started coming. The best part was right at the finish, President in 10 seconds had direct revelation, made like 5 clutch changes, and we finally had it! He took a good look at it, then got up form the chair, and said "Don't call me until at least 10 tomorrow. I slammed into the chair, worked out any other technical errors that remained, and then went into commander mode. We ended up having to do announce the traslados (transfers) by phone from the office, because it was already 10:15 when we finally finished, so I dished out a couple zones to each oficinista (office elder), and we got to calling. It was fun to get to announce the changes even though I'm not an LZ so I wasn't too mad, just super stressed. It was fun though, especially because we changed over half the mission, so there was a lot to announce. We ended up getting to bed at 12:15am, which was crazy, but I was just happy to have finished all the craziness. 

Sunday was tranqy, and this morning was this morning. So yeah, fun week :) I know that the Lord rewards the righteous, even in the smallest of ways. I think the best part of the week, among all the craziness, was a spirit filled inventario entre compañeros (companionship inventory) that I had with Elder Popa yesterday. It was unplanned, and ended up happening right after we decided to be diligent, and get out and work a bit in the field when they cut the power yesterday. It built my testimony that the Lord really is watching, and He's waiting eagerly to bless us as we exercise our agency for good. 

FAMILY! I'm so grateful to have been born a Jimenez! We might be normal folk, but I feel like I was born through a royal lineage :) You guys, Sofia and Nikki and Kevin included, are all role models for me. KEEP AT IT! 

MOM AND DAD! Thanks for being two model parents. I see so many people here in Argentina that choose to live in dishonorable ways, so I feel very blessed to have two smart, righteous parents. I can definitely relate to Nefi 1:1 :)

I LOVE YOU GUYS! Have a good one :) 
- Elder Jimenez

And to Jose...
Hey Dad :) 
It was a pretty boring week in sports then? Who did the Pats lose to? You didn't tell me anything about Puerto Rico, but I heard that it got a direct from one of the hurricanes (Maria?) so that was sad... 

Thanks for the advice on the work side. After a full transfer (6 weeks), I feel like I'm getting a feeling of how things are going to be. You know that I love to be working in my area, but this mission is huge, and although I want to, it's going to be very hard to find time. 

On top of that, President puts more importance into making a lot of calls than going out in divisions, so it's going to be interesting. But I'm going to try and get out a bit in weeks 2 and 3 of the transfer. But, it's like you said, I've been called to a different calling for now, so I'll magnify it. 

I'm also really happy because I think with her ACT score she'll si o si (certainly) be able to get into BYU :D I really want to go to freshman year with her... 

Aaaaaaaaanyways, times flying on my end. I miss you guys too, but the end of the tunnel is already in sight, so I'm going to cherish the time I have. 

Elder Popa told me this morning "Anoche, cuando estabamos hablando, y usted estaba hablandome, hubo un momento cuando usted dijo algo, e hizo un gesto, y vi a su padre en vez de usted. Ahi pense, ahhhh, realmente es el hijo de su padre...´" ("Last night when we were talking, and you were talking to me, there was a moment when you said something, and made a gesture, and I saw your dad instead of you. Then, I thought, ahhhh, he really is his father's son...") It made me feel really good, because he saw you in me, and that's what I'm trying to become in my life. 

I LOVE YOU! - Elder Jimenez

Monday, September 18, 2017

AP, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 5... Ooops!

Sounds like you guys had a pretty fun week! I've been praying for you Mom, I hope you can figure out the whole sleep deal! The good thing is that you have summer break too in that job :) 

This week was just as nuts as it sounded like it was going to be! It's all a blur, but I'll give you guys some highlights...

 When I was down in Gallegos, the days that we didn't have capacitaciones (training meetings), I was able to visit Orlando, Lautaro, Jose y Anderson (los Columbianos), Los Mancilla, Los Vargas (Mis preferidos), y LOS BAIER! It was awesome! Luisa is the primary president, Eduardo is the Secretary of the branch, and Joaquin is the quorum president of the young men (the Deacons, Teachers, and Priests are all one group down here), so they're on fire. It was a great blessing to be able to bring them the gospel. They also bought a new PS4, and Joaquin was playing it while we visited, and tanto yo como Elder Popa (both Elder Popa and I) can't lie, we were a poquitico trunky JAJA (just a little trunky)! Pero bueno, I have to go now, so I'll finish the rest later today. I love you guys! 




Alright, I have very little time right now, so this week is going to be short! The funny thing that happened this week in Gallegos was that one of the hermanas had a birthday, and President wanted us to buy a cake for everyone. So we went to my favorite panaderia (bakery) in Gallegos, and saw a nice big cake that looked really good. It looked big enough for everyone, so we bought it (it was around 70 bucks) So we take this cake to the capilla, and Elder Popa went to set up a table. I had some other thing to do, and I was off doing it, when Elder Popa walks up to me and says "Don't freak out yet, because it could be Malta, but I'm pretty sure that that cake is covered in coffee." I just about pooped my pants! President was going to kill us! I called the panaderia, and low and behold: CAFE! I ended up telling President, he wanted to kill me, but then I hightailed it to the nearest panaderias to buy some pies nada mas, and everything ended up fine :) So that was funny! 

The week has been super nuts, but if one thing has been clear, it's that the Spirit expects us to put in our part before He comes to help us. Each time we've planned and practiced, things have gone well, and when we didn't practice, they came out bad. So this coming week, were going to put our part in, and then put it in the hands of the Lord. 

I love all of you! KEEP THE FAITH! 

MOM: You will always deserve your special part :) LOVE Y'ALL! 
- Elder Jimenez 

And to Jose...
BYU... what a dumpster fire. Our quarterbacks are like glass! FRAGILE! Whatever though, I'm happy if they're good next year. 

I'm going to be keeping my eye out for D&C 109. Maybe I'll read it on the way to Caleta today :) Were really, super busy right now. We got home from Gallegos on Saturday, had church and entrevistas yesterday, today we have entrevistas in Caleta, tomorrow a flight to Buenos Aires (woot) and a flight to Ushuaia, then the rest of the week doing entrevistas in Tierra del Fuego. Then it's Semana 1, the retornos go home, the newbies come, we have to train them, then Semana 2 is consejo, and so on. I could go on 😂 IT'S NUTS! 

I LOVE YOU! - Elder Jimenez

Sunday, September 17, 2017

AP, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 4... "A FUL" not awful, super busy!

Okay family, I'm writing on Sunday because I won't be able to write tomorrow and I have a computer. 

This week was full of events! It's a bit late though, so this might be short. 

President Bento from the Buenos Aires MTC came to visit, and it was pretty good! He oozes animo, and I think he helped the zones in Comodoro and Caleta to get pumped. 

Elder Popa and I worked a bit in the area, and we actually saw some success. We taught 3 lessons, and put a fecha bautismal (baptismal date) with a lady named Silvana. She didn't make it to church, and we still don't have any investigators very interested, but this week showed that the area has potential. 

We're leaving tomorrow for Gallegos, and were going to be working straight until week 2 of the next transfer, but we'll see if we can escape a bit when we pass through Comodoro to work in the area. I'm still determined to baptize, even if it's not in September. I'd love if you all kept me in your prayers this week, because its the start of a very, very busy time for me. I'M GOING TO BE "A FUL" COMO DICEN LOS ARGENTINOS! ("super busy" as the Argentine's say - btw, the Peruvians say it too. Nikki had to translate that one.) So I'd love some prayers :) 

Sorry that the carta was so short this week, but oh well, es lo que hay! 

LES AMO! Familia! I really am so blessed to be associated by family bonds with you guys. 

Sofia, I'm really proud of the person you've become and are becoming. KEEP AT IT! 

Mom! I love you :) LES QUIERO! - Elder Jimenez

AP, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 3... I could do this for the rest of my life!

Hello family :) I'm happy that you guys had such a good week! Mom, I'll keep you in my prayers so you can figure out all the madness in your job.

This week was interesting for sure. Monday and Tuesday were tranqy (well, more tranqy than usual that is!). On Wednesday, we had about 4 hours to work in the area. Just before finishing, we hadn't had any success, so we offered a really fervent prayer. Two contacts later, we found Janet. She's a lady from Misiones, and as we contaced her, I felt really good. We had to hit the road on Thursday, so we asked the Lideres de Zona to cover the lesson for us. They sent a message that night saying that they had a great lesson! They taught her with a member on Saturday, and she seems to be progressing! So were excited :)

Other investigator news, the Lideres de Zona de Comodoro Norte had 6 asistencias (6 investigators at church) this week, and 5 of them were people I found with Elder Richards! I called him to find out who they were, and I thought he was going to say that Jose, Daniel, and his family came to church, but NOPE! Jose and Daniel did come, but 3 of the other four were Ana, Mariano, and Daphne, a family that Elder Richards and I found 2 weeks before finishing. I was sad, because after I left, they disappeared, and Elder Nelson and Elder Richards couldn't find them. Then, on Wednesday, after a lunch we had with them at Daniel's house, we dropped them off at Ana's house, and as we drove away, I saw that Ana answered the door. Turns out that they had to go to Buenos Aires for a week and hadn't been home. Elder Richards told me that they taught them two more times that week, put 3 fechas (baptismal dates) for the 30th, and all three came to church and loved it! THE WORK MOVES FORWARD! I was very pumped for that!

On Thursday, we drove with President and Hermana Salerno to Trelew, talking and drinking mate the whole time. Halfway through the trip, Hermana Salerno said "No! I just remembered that Argentina plays tonight, and I wanted to watch the game! (they can watch TV btw...) and then, out of nowhere, President flips on the radio and were listening to the match! BEST. DAY. OF. MY. LIFE! When we got to the hotel, they took us to the restaurant to eat dinner, and they put us on the side of the table that faced the TV screen, in which they were passing the second half of the match. Hermana Salerno said "We arranged the table special for you guys" TENDER MERCIES! But that's not all, halfway through the dinner, President Salerno whips out his phone, and shows me a picture of... Dad? I guess Dad had took a pic with one of President's friends in Utah, and he sent him a whatsapp. It made me notice how few fotos you guys send to me, because seeing Dad's face was strange, and it made me happy :)

The hotel in Trelew was cheto. Pero mal! And every night that we were with President and Hermana Salerno, they took us out to eat at expensive restaurants. The food and housing were great and all, but it makes me feel bad... not only do I feel kind of bad that Bolivian mother of 10 is paying her tithing so that I can eat salmon, but I'm also kind of sad because I know that all the other missionaries in the mission are eating their rice with salt and a glass of water while I'm living the high life. It makes me feel like I'm not a missionary... I'll just have to count it as a blessing though, and dedicate myself to the work enough to come close to deserve it.

On Friday, we had interviews with the two Trelew zones. They went well. It was a good warm up round to get used to the travel/train schedule. On Saturday we did the interviews for Madryn. The zone is on fire! I was very pleased with them and have no worries there :) It was strange, because as I sat in the interviews, I noticed just how short of a time I have left here in the Patagonia. For the first time in my mission, I honestly felt like I could do this for the rest of my life. It's not that it's easy, but I've gotten very used to the work. It was a strange thought...

Sunday, we were back in Trelew. I got to go to Union for church, which was really cool! We ate lunch with Los Rapiman. TACOS! After lunch we spent the night visiting conocidos (people I know), and giving a training.

Now, we're in Madryn for PDay. Its extremely beautiful here, by far the prettiest city of the Patagonia, and a beautiful day. It's like California! We walked on the pier, and got to see some ballenas (whales) up close to the shore! We're going to be heading back to Comodoro in a couple hours to start up round 2 of the interviews, so that will be nuts! The Argentine MTC president is coming to give a training, so it's going to be high and tight this week!

All in all, it was a very busy week. I feel very blessed that through it all, I have the Holy Ghost to guide me. I'm also very grateful that the Lord forgives me for my faults. They truly are many, but as I put my trust in Him, He will help me to change this mission.

FAMILY! I love you guys! 

SOFIA! Bien ahi with Homecoming, SCARE HIM AS PART OF YOUR ANSWER! 

DAD! Bien ahi che ;) 

MOM! I'll have you in my prayers :) 

LOVE YOU GUYS! - Elder Jimenez