Monday, August 14, 2017

Kilometros 5, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 6... Changes coming

Family, it sounds like you guys are all getting ready for the changes to come. Sofia will be going back to school, Mom is going to also go back to school (just to teach this time ;) ) and Dad is finally going to get a well deserved break from work! My mission also experienced a huge change this week...

Following in Dad's footsteps, I'm the new Asistente (AP). It's all kind of nuts! I remember reading that letter you sent me last week Mom, and seeing how highly your mission president considered Dad, and just thinking that I was never really going to get there, and then boom. I got a call on Friday, and President Salerno said "Elder Jimenez, you probably already know why I'm calling." "I have an idea, but I'm not sure..." I said. "Well," he said "You've already been a trainer, district leader, and zone leader. There's only one more way to go! You're my new assistant." The next thing I heard was his voice coming through the phone saying "I always love the moment of silence" and then he laughed! 

I was shocked! Of all the assistants in my whole mission, the youngest have gone up with 16 months, and there have only been two. Elder Soto, who left awhile ago, and Elder Popa, my current companion. The craziest thing is that Elder Popa said that President fully intends to keep him as AP all 5 of the transfers that he had left when he first came up, and he goes home one before me, which means that if Elder Popa stays 5, the office is officially my last area in the mission! I'm probably going to be with Elder Popa for 4 transfers! The most I've ever heard of two companions being together was 3. It's going to be a crazy ride. 

The last couple days have been really weird. It's hard to take it all in, the fact the I'm the assistant, that I no longer have an area and will almost never have time to just go out and work like I did before... I don't how how it was in your mission Dad, but here, weeks 3 through the end of 5 we're traveling. To get down to Ushuaia, we take a plane to Buenos Aires, and then another plane to Ushuaia. Weeks 1 and 2 we're planning and executing the capacitations of the re-enforcements and trainers, the new leaders (planning and giving training to the new missionaries and the new trainers and leaders), and the consejo de lideres (Zone Leader Training meetings), and week 6 is figuring out transfers. It's going to take a little bit of time to get used to the rhythm, and I was already getting stir crazy when I had to study up all the material last night in the office. But oh well, that's what I get for trying my best haha! 

Elder Farabee is finishing his mission today, so he stayed in the house last night. It was cool to see him again, I think he ended his mission very well. The nice thing about the transfer is that I'm still in the same zone, and even the same ward, so I'll be able to keep in touch with Elder Richards and my investigators up here. 

Saturday was my last day of field work, and it could actually have been my last day of field work in the mission, so we took advantage of it. We spent the day running from lesson to lesson, and ended up achieving the lofty weekly goal that we had put, and if we would have had Sunday, we might have been able to get 16 lessons, which is a great number down here. The best part is that it's not just a number either, the people we we're teaching really are progressing, slowly, but surely. Now, my days will be spent trying to convert missionaries to the gospel of Jesus Christ. However, I know that this is where the Lord wants me to be, so I'm going to do my best. And even though everyone tells me I won't be able to, I'm going to do my best to manage our time well, and be able to get out and contact on a regular basis. 

Dad, if you have any good tips about being the assistant, I'd love to hear them. All in all, I feel very humbled by this new calling. It's given me a huge reality check, and is truly humbling. But I know that whom the Lord calls, he qualifies, so I will put my trust in Him. 

FAMILY: I love you guys! It's really crazy that the mission is going so fast! Just be patient, and we'll be seeing each other soon! 

MOM! I love you! 
- Elder Jimenez

PS: I fully expected Alex's companion, Elder Richards, to have a transfer this month because he's been in this area for 4 1/2 months. I was so shocked when I read that Alex was transferring instead. I am super excited for his new adventures... I just hope he isn't so busy that he cannot send me a good email!!! It is also interesting that last week I felt very strongly to share with Alex some thoughts that President Flake had shared with us as he thought back about the evacuation of Honduras.

And to Jose...
I love the sports news! Gah, I just love american football in general. Futbol is awesome and all, but it just doesn't get better than some good ole American football :) 

I think you'll really like my weekly letter this week. I'll definitely need some pro tips from you. The truth is that this whole change is going to humble me a lot! But that's life, and really, it's going to be sweet, I just need to get used it. The best part though is that it makes me more semejante a vos (more like you), and that means I'm on the right track. 

Love you Dad - Elder Jimenez

Monday, August 7, 2017

Kilometros 5, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 5... Carry on with Faith

Sofia said something that I hope I interpreted wrong. She mentioned a dog. And I hope I interpreted it wrong, but I believe that she said that it's living in our house. I really hope that I've got it all wrong because if there is one thing that I've learned here in Argentina it's that I. HATE. DOGS. ... 

Alright now that I'm done raging, I'm glad that you guys had a good week :) My week was... blah. It was a weird week. It's hard because I look back on the week, and I feel like we had ZERO progress. It was also hard because there were several times that I walked out of lessons, and just felt like my teaching skills have deteriorated a bit, like we just didn't teach well. I think the answer to all of this is to just humble myself, repent, and put my trust nuevamente in the Lord. Sometimes, as a missionary, you work, and work, and work, and it becomes routine. You just get used to doing the same thing dia tras dia (day after day)

It's worse down here in Argentina as well because the people in general not only don't really want anything, but they're also just kind of mean sometimes. It has a lot to do with the recent history I think. They've had a lot of governments that have taken advantage of them, and some of the older generations lived during the dictatorships, in which people often disappeared and never were found (the government kidnapped them). During that time, this culture of not trusting other people and keeping to yourself at all costs popularized, and now the growing use of technology has made it 10 times worse. A person can walk through centro for two hours without even looking another person in the eyes! There're also a ton of churches down here, and many of them shamelessly rob from the poor, which hardens the spiritual heart of these people even more. The list goes on and on, and you add that to the routine-ness that I mentioned before, and I think that the majority of missionaries down here just get used to getting the door slammed in their face all day every day. It's hard. It's hard to have faith. But that's the secret. 

I know that Jesus Christ does exist, and I know that there are prepared people in the Patagonia. They're rare, but they're out there. It's like the escritura that I found before the mission, Jeremiah 16:16. Some guys are meant to be pescadores (fishermen), they throw their nets in and bring a lot of baptisms out. In this mission we're cazadores (hunters). We need to search in the mountains, valleys, and caves, and put in a lot of effort to baptize. However, even though it's difficult, with the Lord, nothing is impossible. That's why I need to repent. I continually need to repent, but especially now. I need to stop trying to teach the lessons in my way, and let the Spirit guide. I need to take the time, and put in the effort that is needed to have the guidance of the Spirit. So that will be my task in this coming week. I'm going to humble myself, and be an instrument in the Lord's hands. He always guides this work, but we're going to take more advantage of that guidance this week.

I appreciate your prayers and fasting on my behalf! I'm determined to have success, and all the glory goes to God. 


I love you guys :) 

MOM! I'm pumped that you got a sweet new ride :) It's gonna be weird to never see the Enclave again though... But it's okay :) 

I LOVE YOU! - Elder Jimenez


Our ghetto ice destroying oven that we built to defrost the freezer. 
It was a solid block of ice XD.

I sent Alex the next picture and alleviated his concern that we got a dog... Daisy and Zeb are the crazy ones to add a puppy to their family. Sofia is thrilled to be able to love on her every Sunday. Anyway, here is Alex's response... OH THANK YOU! OH I AM SO HAPPY YOU GUYS DIDN'T BUY A DOG! Those animals are the worst!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kilometros 5, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 4... People of Limhi

Wow! Sounds like you guys had a killer week! I hope you enjoyed Yellowstone, seeing the pictures makes me want to go there one day :) 

As far as this week, one big accomplishment was hitting 16 months in the mission. It's really crazy to think that I only have half the time left to work than what I've already put in (8 months left). It's a reminder for me that I have to take advantage of every single day out here! 

The week was pretty good, pretty tranqy. I did a division, and we found a couple of people to add to our group of investigators, so we're slowly but surely changing this area. I'm trying to send you guys a video (not sure if it's going to go through) of the mildest part of one of the windiest days of my mission. The majority of the day, the wind was blowing so hard that if I would have opened my backpack to take my camera out, I would have lost everything. It was nuts!!! 

Familia Wohtasik is progressing... slowly... The problem is that Maria's dad is a mob boss down here, and he's super protective of his daughter, so Daniel is kind of antsy about putting a ring on the finger. Prayer and fasting go a long way though! We're going to keep working with them. I think this next week is going to be key to see if we can retain all the new people that we found this week. 

Elder Richards with Daniel and his daughter

Another big accomplishment of the mission was breaking the mission record of baptisms this month. We had 38! We'll just have to see if that trend continues in the next month. I'm pumped because most of our zone has been working hard this month, and for August, Comodoro Norte's got a full house. I've got a feeling that it's going to be a good month >:) 

The last thing that I think is worth mentioning is my reading of the Book of Mormon. I made it to Mosiah 20 this week, and I able to read about El Pueblo de Limhi. I think the story of those people is a great example of the consequences of sin. Limhi and his people were very obstinate in their sins, and when the moment came that they needed the Lord's help, he let them suffer for a season. However, if we look at the Pueblo de Alma, they lived righteously, and when they needed the Lord's help, he alleviated their burdens and eventually freed them from bondage. I know that if we live righteously, the Lord will bless us and care for us, and if we live unrighteously, we will have to suffer the consequences. I invite anyone reading this who may be passing through consequences to not blame the Lord, but rather repent, reconcile yourself with him, and wait patiently, like el Pueblo de Alma, for the blessings to come. I know that the Lord loves us and tries us to make us stronger, and if we put our trust in Him, he will exalt us in the last days. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 

FAMILY: You guys probably thought that I had forgotten you guys. I LOVE YOU GUYS! 

Sofia: I thought I'd just take this moment to let you know that I WAS RIGHT MWAHAHAHA! Glad you liked EFY :) 

MOM! You know I'm a mama's boy :) AND PROUD EH! 

Love you - Elder Jimenez

PS The internet here is una basura (trash) and my vid didn't make it. Sad day :(

Monday, July 24, 2017

Kilometros 5, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 3... King Benjamin

Sounds like you guys had a really good week :) Sofia is gonna LOVE EFY. It always happens with those kids haha! 

Anyways, this week was pretty good! We had entrevistas with President, and the next day a conference with my zone, Comodoro Sur, y Caleta Olivia. There were like 60 missionaries, it was nuts. (All of his areas thus far have been is much smaller and remote places, so I don't think he's ever been together with this many missionaries since the MTC!) 

This Sunday was awesome because the whole Familia Wohtasik came to church, as well as a curve ball named Jose. We had a cita hace algunas noches (a few nights ago) that started off bad. There was just this bad onda (feeling/vibe) in the house, and we got distracted talking about other things before the lesson. As we started the lesson, we completely changed the plan (because the current plan just wasn't going to work) AND THE SPIRIT TOOK OVER! We went from a completely dead spiritual environment to convincing Maria that marriage is a good option. It was a great miracle! All the glory goes to the Lord, as always. 

Reading the Book of Mormon this week, I made it to Mosiah 2. I've always loved King Benjamin (I'm pretty sure that one of my sons will be named Ben) and this reread did not disappoint. I loved the part where he gives the glory to God, explaining that all his work was simple service to the Lord. I read a quote from Brigham Young juntos (together) with that passage of scripture, in which he explained that the only person that has ever really sacrificed anything for heaven's sake is Jesus Christ. All the other "sacrifices" that people have made since have been one way or another for their own happiness. It made me think how really blessed I am to be in this mission, serving the Lord. I'm so grateful for the miracles I've seen and all the blessings that Heavenly Father has, is, and will give to me for this "sacrifice" that I'm making. 

FAMILY: I love you guys! Fufill your callings to the maximum! 


MOM: You're a big role model for me in my life! 

I LOVE YOU! - Elder Jimenez

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kilometros 5, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 2... Coco Puffs

Sounds like everything is going good on the homefront :) It's always good to be able to not worry too much about you guys, so don't do anything foolish haha! It's pretty crazy that Mark and Ivelisse are already going home from their mission. Manden saludos (Tell them I say "Hi!")

Anyways, this week was pretty... movido (blurred) is the only palabra that comes to mind. We had divisiones (splits), consejo (leadership meeting), and work in the area, so that was all a bit crazy. 

As far as the investigators, Familia Wohtasik is going mas o menos (more or less). The good thing is that Daniel really wants to get baptized, we're even fasting tomorrow with him so that he can have strength to stop smoking. The only impediment would be his wife, Maria. She's super buena onda (cool), but doesn't have much interest right now in the message. My biggest worry is that they're not married and I'm not sure how Maria is going to take to the idea... we'll just have to see. Rosario didn't make it to church this week, but Daniel did. He showed up in a suit and tie. SUPER FACHA (posh)! Last night we had a lesson with them and showed them the talk from Joaquin E. Costa to give them some ganas (increase their desire) to investigate more. I think Rosarios got a little bit more ganas now :) 

The other milagro was that Alejandro, a guy we met last week, actually came to church. We had passed by his house to invite him Saturday night, and he actually came! That never happens here, so it was a very pleasant surprise, and he seemed to really like it, so we've got some potential there. 

I also met a woman named Adriana, who's "partnered" with a menos activo (less active). She wants to get baptized, but her pareja (boyfriend) doesn't want to get married, so we're going to be fasting with her as well. THE FAST BRINGS BLESSINGS! 

Anyways, that's pretty much the state of the work out here. We contacted a lot, and didn't have any success, but we continue with animo. 

Last night, right before going to bed, I had a lot of hunger, and so I grabbed some trucho coco puffs, but then I realized that we ran out of milk. Tragedy! So I started eating them dry, and they were stale. Elder Richards then told me that they had been in the cabinet since he had got to the area. Oh geez haha! So I started grabbing them, one by one, and chucking them at his face (he was already in bed) At first he tried to ignore it, but after a couple coco puffs to the face, he started returning fire. We ended up having a coco puff war that took like 10 minutes to clean up after, but it was totally worth it! So that was super fun :) 

Kids, just learn that sometimes in the mission, you have to create your own fun, and you have to create your own success as well, so this week, WE'RE GONNA PUT THEM HANDS BACK TO THE OBRA (WORK)

Family! I love you guys! Thanks for the prayers! I LOVE YOU MOM! Talk with y'all next week 
- Elder Jimenez

July Zone Leaders Meeting

Zona Comodoro Norte

My area is normal. Middle-lower class 
(or by united states standards THE HOOD, but that's the usual down here). 

Hey Dad :) 

As far as my area, I have no idea what your coworker was saying, cause this area is way tranqy. It's nothing in comparison to Trelew. I'm gonna be a-okay haha :) 

And, actually, I did find a way to stay warm :D SCARFS! Those things work man. 

I also want football to come, and I actually saw like half of the planet of the apes trailer while I was eating lunch yesterday. It looked intense! 

Mathew has gone downhill, but hes always been a roller coaster, so I'm sure he'll bring it back up. 

I'm proud to tell you that even though I had ZERO ganas to work out this morning, I put my hands on the floor, and busted out today's full workout, so that made me feel good :) I'm using those shoes and books to their full capacity! 

I say it every week Dad, but i just hope you know how much of an inspiration you are for me. I feel eternally blessed to be able to recognize you as my earthly father :) 

LOVE YOU! - Elder Jimenez

Monday, July 10, 2017

Kilometros 5, Zona Comodoro Norte - Week 1... the Lord takes care of the obedient

Alright family, we made it! 

This week was looooooong! It always is though at first in an area, so it's not like it was unexpected. 

Area Kilometros 5 (mas o menos) (more or less)

Where do I start... alright so when I got here we didn't really have anyone, and we ended up contacting almost all week. NOT FUN! It's cold here! Nevertheless, it was really cool to see how if you put your trust in the Lord, he'll work things out. Almost all of the days ended with a bang. We would contact all day, which is not good for animo, everyone would reject us, and then right in the last few hours, we would get a lesson or two. 

Right as I got here, the first day working, we focused in on a family named Familia Wohtasik. They're a family of 4: Daniel y Maria y sus dos hijos Rosario (mujer) y Astor (daughter - Rosario and son - Astor). Beforehand, they had been mas o menos investigating, but we put a lot of focus in teaching them this week, and taught them 3 times, 2 with members present. Daniel is a boss, one of the manliest but mildest men that I've met. He's also super smart though. He's just awesome! We were able to set baptismal dates for the whole family, and although there are some hurdles to... hurdle? (Word of Wisdom, Law of Chastity, the usual) I HAVE FAITH! The best part about it all is that Daniel y Rosario both came to church, and Daniel liked it so much, that without our suggestion or accompaniment, he returned to the church last night to attend an autosuficiencia (self-sufficient) activity! After church, Elder Richards said to me "Dude, in my 3 months with Elder Morales we had 1 asistencia, and we just barely got 2!" Area's already changing :) 

I took a minute last night to call some of my converts and antiguos investigadores (old investigators). I called Carlos (Rio Gallegos) and Matthew (Trelew). It was really cool after the calls to reflect on my mission and to see, that although at first it didn't seem it, I really have been guided to a lot of families. 

The night after I got here, after writing you guys, we had to go to the terminal to send off some missionaries and receive some of the trainers (missionaries coming to pick up greenies). One of the trainers was Elder Tonti, who's currently in Rio Gallegos Centro. We talked a bit, and to my amazement, 2 of the investigator families that I left in Rio Gallegos are still investigating, and 1 is going to get baptized! That's when it really hit me that it's not only about the harvest that you reap, it's also important to sow for the future. 

Rocio from Rio Gallegos was serving a mini-mission in Comodoro.

We had a nice tender mercy last night. Yesterday, we walked. A TON. Searching for new investigators, without luck. We worked our way around the city, and eventually contacted a reference named Alejandro. He wasn't home, but his daughter said he would be home later. The sad thing is is that here in Argentina, the people will set a date, time, and will even give you their number to call, and when you get to their door, they'll hide and put the phone in airplane mode. So, I won't lie, I didn't have much faith. We ended up deciding to go to another investigators house, who's progressing mas o menos (more or less). However, we actually taught a pretty good lesson. Then, as we left, we decided to give one last good effort, and we returned to Alejandro's house. He was home, let us in, and offered us something hot to drink. Usually, we decline, but the day was brutal, so we decided to accept. He and his 2 kids that were home served us like we were honored guests, making us mate cocido and laying out some crackers to munch on. After taking a quick shower, Alejandro sat down with one of his sons, and they were all ears. I was star struck! It was like Heavenly Father mismo (himself) was right there, saying to us "You guys are capos for continuing to work in this super hard week, have a nice little spiritual break." I even almost started to tear up! It was one of those moments where I went from being so tired and cold to being so content, and it wore me out! Igual, a really nice tender mercy. 

Anyways, that's not everything that happened this week, but I feel like you guys get the gist. I'm really glad that I didn't start the mission in an area like this, because it's hard. Hard people, hard weather, and a less than nice pension, but the coolest thing is that I'm used to it. I love how much I've learned to let the little comforts go and focus in on the work. I've got a lot of improvements to make, but I'm getting better, so that's good haha! 

Essentially, the core message of the email this week is that the Lord takes care of the obedient, so even if things are looking rough back home, just keep going, put your trust in the Lord, live worthy of his blessings, and they will come. 

FAMILY! I LOVE YOU GUYS! Mom, you know that I love you most! STAY SAFE! 
- Elder Jimenez

Following up on a couple of my questions...
The flooding didn't affect my area that much, so it's pretty much normal. The part that got hit worst is outside of my zone, but centro is cleaned up. 

Also, all the oficinistas are in my zone, as well as the assistants (the official ones and the traveling assistants) and they're all in my ward with president. So that was fun haha! Oh and public transportation here is the worst! 

Excluding the office and the assistants we've got 12 missionaries. The traveling assistants (the elder that Alex replaced in 5K is one of the new traveling assistants) don't go with president anywhere, they just observe the mission to see where help is most needed, and usually go to the trouble spots that are farthest away from a visit from president to help them put fechas and baptize. They're always traveling. They're an invent of President Rogers that President Salerno discontinued until this transfer, where he called 2. The APs go with President where he goes (they're the real deal). The assistants are super busy in this mission, because it's so big. They're always on the road or preparing a conference.  

And to Jose... 
Ooooooh, I cant believe that Gordon left us! It's alright though, cause he went to the Celtics :) 

I think it's funny that you talk about my mission so much, I'm glad you like hearing about it, cause it's hard to earn haha! 

It also sounds like you guys had a good time for the 4th. You do a lot more than the Argentines! Their Independence Day is July 9th, and they did absolutely nothing! It was lame haha! 

Thanks for the prayers, right now I really need em 'cause Comodoro is rough, but were gonna beat it! Pray for my investigators as well, 'cause they also really need our prayers. 

Dad, I love you and admire you! I even shared with one of my investigators the other day that you are my greatest inspiration! 

Love you :) 
- Elder Jimenez

Hey, I loved the package, that was so sick! 
I think those shoes are the best I've ever received! THANK YOU!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Union 1, Zona Trelew Sur - Week 18... Greatest Miracle of the Mission!

What a week! I've got a lot of news for you guys. 

I'm currently emailing from Comodoro because I'm the new Zone Leader here. My compañero's name is Elder Richards. He's from Utah and I can already tell that were gonna get along great! 

My zone is Comodoro Norte, and my area is Kilometros 5. I go to church with President Salerno in the oficina, so that's going to be way weird. The sick thing though is that Elder Richards told me of a "special surprise" that Elder Cullum's parents brought him as well, entonces when we pass by the office to drop off the new asistente viajante (traveling assistant), I'm going to be really happy! 

I'm pretty excited for the transfer, although I'm really sad to leave Trelew. Never before in my mission had I not wanted to go from an area as much as I didn't want to leave Union. But oh well, asi es la mision! 

Sadly, the baptism of Matthew did not happen. As we were filling out the registro bautismal (baptismal record), I felt strongly that we shouldn't go through with the baptism, so we postponed it. It was really hard for me, because he wanted me to baptize him. I haven't broken out the whites since Eduardo, and Mathew is the best friend I've made here in the mission, so it was a hard call. However, I know that he'll be making it in the transfer that comes. My replacement in Trelew was Elder Faundez, a trusted friend of mine here in the mission, so I can sleep tranquilo knowing that my area was left in excellent hands. 

Also, even though we didn't go through with the baptism, I saw the greatest miracle of my mission this week when we visited Mathew's family. His father had commented to him that one of his leaders in his church needed him for something, and Mathew said "And if he's a false prophet anyways, what does it matter to me?" OOOOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! (Tons of black guys falling backwards) His dad didn't appreciate that, so Mathew's dad and girlfriend ganged up on him, and they had a Bible bash. 

The next day, when we came to visit Mathew, to my great amazement, Roenzo, his father, and Dariana, his girlfriend, came to the table and told us that they wanted to hear our message. Roenzo had always left the room when we taught, because even though he's very friendly, he's also hyper evangelico. They told us that they needed to understand why their prophets don't have authority (and they were mad about it lol) So we started teaching. At first, they were very hostile, but we responded humbly but boldly. I still remember that when we taught about the Great Apostasy, Roenzo said "You understand that what you're saying puts my church on the line right?" and I said "That's exactly what were saying Roenzo" an undeniable spirit filled the room, and that was the turning point. As we taught about the Book of Mormon, their hearts were softened, and just before finishing, we said "On the 29th of July were preparing a baptismal service. If you guys come to know that these things are true, will you be baptized by the true authority of God?" THEY BOTH ACCEPTED! It was the most unexpected, and greatest change of heart that I have ever witnessed. God is truly great. His power to convert is limitless! It was an unforgettable experience. 

Leaving the area was hard. It was heartbreaking to say goodbye to Luisa. Everyone was really sad, and one family, Familia Guerrero, wrote me a letter that made me feel really, really good. A bunch of the members came to the bus terminal to see me off, which was nice. And now I'm here in Comodoro, I ate a delicious footlong Subway Sub for lunch, and I'll soon have a package, so life is good. These are the times when one really appreciates the mission. Each day that passes makes me see more and more how little I have left. I'M GONNA WORK TILL I DROP! All the glory to the Savior! 

FAMILY: I love you guys so much! Were gonna be together again sooner than you guys know it (Tell Conrad that I'm too down!) 

DAD: You're my hero, keep grinding! 

MOM: You already know, but still, I LOVE YOU! 
- Elder Jimenez

Familia Guerrero

Familia Millan 
(aunque los padres no llegaron, el grandote es ex misionero que era lider de zona en Union, Elder Murua)

Elder Tavares and Elder Gonzalez in Rawson

los chicos Sandoval

Familia Sandoval

Familia Rapiman

Familia Moraga



Hno Rios

Me, Elder Farabee, Mathew, and Juan Guerrero (o sea S.Q.U.A.D)

Una despedida en la casa de los guerrero

all the members in the terminal

me and Elder Farabee

Monday, June 26, 2017

Union 1, Zona Trelew Sur - Week 17... What the Lord has in store!

Hello family :) It sounds like you guys are really having a great time back home! That triathlon summer weather foto que me mandaron, re lindo (how beautiful the summer weather photo you sent me)! I could use some of that sun haha! 

This week was another bruiser, but this time I didn't let it get me down. Once again, we had rain storms to finish off the week, and we're still living in a cold winter cloud, but I just kept calm and kept on working. 

Before I get into the spiritual mood, I just wanted to let Mom know that I accidentally found out that I'm not allergic to Hazelnuts.... like a while ago... and I really like Nutella XD 

Okay, now that that's out of the way, what should I tell you guys... It's funny because various interesting things happened this week, but I would prefer to wait until I'm home to tell you guys so it makes it a bit difficult to write... 

Alright, well one downer, I'm not sure I'm going to be around for the baptism of Matthew. Traslados (transfers) are this week, and I'm pretty sure I'm going. Elder Farabee finishes in the next transfer, so either he's going to bajar and entrenar (get transferred and train) (not likely, very rare) or I'm going. We had put a fecha (baptismal date) for July 1st with Matthew, with the condition that he had to assist (attend) church all 3 weeks. He already has assisted (attended) sufficient times to be able to get baptized, but we haven't seen the commitment to come regularly to church, and we are not about to baptize a menos activo (less active). He has stopped smoking, and he broke up with his girlfriend, and it seems like the skies are really clearing for him. However, this Sunday, he didn't come to church. I'm pretty sure that he just slept in. It kills me because I think the only way to help him understand the importance of coming to church is to postpone the baptism, and miss the opportunity of having me there. The sad thing is that, as of right now, I'm the closest friend that the guy's got, and it's a hard call for me as well. But I'd rather let someone else baptize him on another day and see him one day in the Celestial Kingdom than baptize him and never see him again. We'll have to see what the Lord wants us to do. It's going to be a hard call, but maybe I'm not seeing it from the Lord's angle. Please, pray for us! 

Anyways, this week we noticed, that slowly and subtly, we've lost investigators, and now we have very few. I'm going to ask President to leave me here, because I feel like I have unfinished business. We'll just have to see what the Lord has in store. 

The plus of this week is like I mentioned earlier, even though the weather was horrible, we kept our heads up and our eyes on the prize. I have a feeling that this Semana 6 (Week 6 - last week of the transfer) is gonna be one to remember because we're going to work our behinds off (I'm not sure if a representative of Jesus Christ should say that, but ya fue, I think He's got a decent sense of humor). Trials help me keep myself on my toes and keep building my testimony, but only if I respond well to them. So I don't think I'm going to ask the Lord for trials like I have before, because I think I've got enough on my plate. But I'm going to put my trust in the Lord, and conquer the trials that I already have. 

I've been praying for many of you! 

BTW, let me know how Madi is doing. Are there news? 

- Elder Jimenez

And to Jose...
Maybe I'll put the food suggestion in practice. Well just have to see :) 

Great job with the monster tri, it would be sweet to win your age group next year! AND YES! I beat the beast (meaning Kevin) baby, let the trash talk begin! That's also pretty sweet that I would have won my age group :) (Alex did the Daybreak Tri in 2014 and was 7 minutes faster than Kevin's time this year. It also would have put him in first place in his age-group this year as opposed to 2nd when he ran.)

If Gordon Heyward goes to the Celtics he's going from one of my teams to the other, so it doesn't mean much to me haha. 

I think it's an interesting idea to pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him how I can use this trash weather to my advantage. I'm definitely going to do that. I think these months are key in my mission because the temptation to say "Ya fue, no necesito aprender mas porque solo me faltan 9 meces y ya estoy trabajando bien" (Yep, I don't need to learn anything else because I've only got 9 months left and I am working well!) is great, and I need to avoid it. No matter how good or bad my mission has been previously, there are still lessons to learn and improvements to be made. 

As far as traslados (transfers), I think I'm going, but we'll just have to see. 

Dad, thanks for giving me a solid model in my life to mold my behavior after. You're a great man! 

- Elder Jimenez

President Salerno's Advice for Missionaries during the COLD WINTER MONTHS...

Sorry - I don't have the energy to translate this right now, so if you don't speak Spanish, you're out of luck. But, I thought that this letter from Alex's mission president with ideas of how to survive the cold, snowy, winter weather as a missionary was full of AWESOME ideas. I also thought that his correlation with the Pioneers was appropriate as Pioneer Day is coming soon! :)


Tormenta de nieve y frío. Temporales de agua, hielo en las calles, cielos grises, pocas horas de luz. Todo esto parece invitar a no hacer. A no trabajar. A quedarme adentro porque… pongan ustedes las razones que quieran. Sin embargo, nadie nos dijo que iba a ser fácil. Nadie nos dijo que iba a ser sin sacrificio. Nadie nos dijo que no íbamos a tener que golpear hasta la última puerta del último piso justo antes de la hora de volver a la pensión. Al contrario. La misión es un tiempo desafiante.

Hubo un joven que recibió un enorme desafío: nada menos que reemplazar a Moisés para llevar al pueblo hebreo a la Tierra Prometida. Él era Josué. Jehová le dijo:
“Mira que te mando que te esfuerces y seas valiente, no temas ni desmayes, porque Jehová tu Dios estará contigo dondequiera que vayas”
Esa promesa vale para nosotros hoy. Para seguir con fe a pesar de las dificultades. Las promesas se cumplirán, con o sin nosotros. Yo prefiero que sea con nosotros.

Algunas sugerencias de cosas para hacer en este tiempo (con la meta de ENSEÑAR como consecuencia de estas acciones):
·        Noches de Hogar: aun con miembros para compartir cómo enseñar el Evangelio a sus hijos, especialmente los que tienen hijos en edades de Hombres y Mujeres Jóvenes y JAS

·        Actividades deportivas: con permiso del presidente, un día a la semana, se pueden hacer trayendo investigadores a participar

·        Cursos de idioma: los miembros pueden ayudar, haciendo propaganda de los cursos en las redes sociales; también hacer tarjetas, fotocopiarlas, y ponerlas en los negocios, y que digan día, hora y lugar de las clases

o   Usen como guía de enseñanza los manuales de estudio de inglés que les dan en el CCM

o   En la propaganda digan que son clases de conversación, no de gramática

·        Buscar referencias por medio del “reloj de arena” aprovechando por ejemplo los almuerzos y las noches de hogar

·        Enseñar cómo usar la tecnología para compartir el Evangelio, a jóvenes y a los demás miembros

·        Enseñar cómo regalar un Libro de Mormón con el testimonio de los miembros y unas marcas de escrituras

·        Choco-charlas:

o   Usted llama a un investigador o a un miembro, le pide pasar a cierta hora por su casa

o   Le propone que él le ofrezca una chocolatada caliente (esa es la parte CHOCO)

o   Usted a cambio le ofrecerá una charla (lección, esa es la parte de CHARLA)

o   Si es un investigador, será una lección de Predicad Mi Evangelio

o   Si es un miembro, lección 1 de Predicad Mi Evangelio, y enseñar cómo entregar un Libro de Mormón, o que escriba su testimonio en un libro

·        Cine: una vez al mes, SÓLO EN LA CAPILLA, una película con miembros e investigadores. Películas tipo 17 Milagros, El Rescate de Efraín, Los Testamentos, El Misionero retornado, Hijos de Provo, Los Mejores 2 Años, la que tengan de ese tipo

o   Pongan pochoclo, y quizás leche chocolatada o mate cocido caliente

o   Si es un miembro, tiene que llevar un investigador o menos activo


·        Citas fijas

·        Trabajar con Historia Familiar, un día en la semana: “Te ayudamos a encontrar a tus antepasados”, y hacemos papelitos y en las redes sociales, para invitar a no miembros a que vengan a la capilla a hacerlo

·        Trabajar con la carpeta de área:

o   Contactar a antiguos investigadores

o   Hacer limpieza de contactos o investigadores que se sabe que no viven más ahí

·        Preparar Libros de Mormón con sus testimonios/enseñar a los miembros a hacerlo

·        Escribir cartas a investigadores, menos activos y miembros, con mensajes de aliento

·        Cocinar pan o tortas o brownies para llevar a investigadores o a menos activos o a algún miembro donde necesitemos mejorar la relación

·        Llamar a viejos investigadores y menos activos que encuentren en la agenda de sus celulares

·        Si un día no se puede salir, hacer una limpieza profunda de la pensión

Tienen todos los recursos para poder trabajar a pesar del frío. Si necesitan tener mantas extra, botas, camperas, bufandas, guantes, podemos ayudarles. Nadie debe pasar frío para predicar. Pero vinimos para predicar a las personas con sol, lluvia, nieve, calor o frío. No importan las condiciones. Sean creativos, usen sus ideas, usen al Espíritu… COMO LOS PIONEROS, TENEMOS QUE VENCER LAS DIFICULTADES…

Para terminar, me gustaría compartir con ustedes esta historia para que veamos un ejemplo que debemos seguir…

Me fascinan las historias de los pioneros. Deseo tener también la fe, el coraje, la persistencia, el amor y tantos otros atributos que ellos tuvieron. Creo que sus ejemplos nos deben servir de inspiración a todos nosotros.
Piensen en la disposición necesaria para caminar una distancia de más de 2000 km. Pero la distancia no es todo. Imaginen hacer el trayecto con poca comida, con frío inferior a los 10° bajo cero, mucha nieve, barrio y vientos cortantes.
Respeto a los pioneros que tuvieron tal fe y coraje para atravesar las planicies en esas condiciones y así se aseguraron que el evangelio restaurado no fuese retirado nuevamente de la tierra. Espero poder ser merecedor de vivir con esas personas tan buenas un día. Entre los grupos que atravesaron las planicies, las compañías de carros de manos de Willie y Martin, parecen haber sufrido más que las otras. Eran conocidas como compañías de carros de mano porque no había carretas entre ellos y las personas cargaban sus escasas pertenencias en carros de manos empujados por ellos mismos, sin el auxilio de animales, durante todo el trayecto.

Estas dos compañías partieron muy avanzado el año y el crudo invierno llegó mucho antes de lo esperado. Durante el viaje hubo muchas muertes. Cuando Brigham Young supo de sus dificultades, hizo un pedido enérgico a los miembros de la iglesia durante la conferencia de octubre de 1856 para que los hombres aptos prepararan carretas abastecidas con alimento y partiesen inmediatamente para rescatar a los que estaban presos por la nieve, en una situación desesperada, camino a Lago Salado.
Uno de los buenos hombres que inmediatamente respondieron el pedido del profeta se llamaba Reddick Newton Allred. Él preparó su carreta y salió inmediatamente. En el camino al rescate una fuerte tormenta de nieve cayó sobre el equipo de rescate. El hermano Grant, capitán del equipo de socorro, ordenó a algunos hombres que permanecieran acampados en el lugar donde se encontraban y esperaran mientras un grupo menor seguiría adelante al encuentro de los que estaban en dificultades. El capitán Grant siguió al frente a pesar de las terribles condiciones del tiempo y el hermano Allred permaneció cuidando los víveres.

La situación empeoraba tremendamente a medida que el temporal se agravaba y el frío se volvía más intenso. Las condiciones se tornaron tan desesperantes que alguno de los propios miembros del equipo de rescate, que habían permanecido acampados con el hermano Allred, temiendo que sus propias vidas estuvieran en peligro, tomaron la triste decisión de dar la media vuelta y regresar a Lago Salado. Entretanto, el Hermano Reddick Allred, uno de los que había sido ordenado permanecer acampado, se rehusó a desistir. Su argumento era que el profeta Brigham Young les había llamado para realizar el rescate, y que su líder inmediato, el Capitán Grant les había ordenado que permanecieran en el lugar. Él no se iría sin cumplir con su misión.

Respecto a esto, los otros hermanos que volvieron a Lago Salado llevaron consigo carretas llenas de víveres. Lo más trágico fue que a medida que regresaban a Lago Salado, encontraron a otros que iban camino al rescate y los convencieron a que regresaran también, sugiriendo que ya no valía la pena seguir. La influencia de estos hermanos hizo que otras 77 carretas dieran la media vuelta y regresaran.
Cuando Brigham Young supo lo que había pasado, les ordenó nuevamente que regresaran al rescate, y así lo hicieron. Pero esta pérdida de tiempo costó la vida de muchos. Cuando la compañía de Willie finalmente llegó al lugar del campamento del grupo de rescate, fue el hermano Reddick Allred quien los estaba esperando con las carretas que había conseguido retener y guardar diligentemente. Su persistencia y lealtad a sus líderes fueron fundamentales para la salvación de una muerte segura para muchos.

Quiero tener una fe semejante a la de Reddick Allred. No quiero abandonar jamás lo que se espera que yo haga. Deseo que todos seamos como él y que jamás abandonemos el rescate de nuestros hermanos, aunque parezca que nuestra persistencia no haga una diferencia. No abandonemos a nuestros hermanos que buscan socorro, aunque sea necesario que renunciemos a nuestra propia comodidad.

Si hacemos esto, alcanzaremos los milagros que buscamos en nuestra área, distrito, zona, y en nuestras vidas personales. Realizaremos el trabajo misional con gran vigor en nuestras áreas, y duplicaremos la cantidad de bautismos de conversos, a medida que practiquemos los principios enseñados en Predicad Mi Evangelio, estableciendo el Reino de Dios con gran pujanza en nuestra misión. A medida que seamos como el hermano Reddick Allred, seremos completamente obedientes, y no daremos media vuelta jamás, hasta que alcancemos nuestros objetivos. Haremos la diferencia al final.

Precisamos ser todos como este gran pionero. No importa nuestra condición personal. Nuestro amor por nuestros hermanos es más fuerte que las conveniencias de la vida, y no descansaremos hasta que el último sea rescatado.

No parece la gran tormenta, la que nos sucedió esta semana? Pero, las condiciones difíciles no parecen las dificultades que encontramos para encontrar y enseñar personas? Y los compañeros del Reddick Allred que se fueron, no parecen aquellos misioneros que abandonan, que bajan los brazos, que dicen que “en esta misión no se bautiza”, que “es muy difícil”, que dicen “no seas obediente” porque es más fácil ser desobediente… pero los milagros así no vienen. Reddick Allred podría haberse vuelto a su casa, más caliente, más segura… y sin embargo, se quedó a pesar de lo terrible de la situación, del frío, para salvar personas. No es la misma tarea que como misioneros tenemos nosotros? No somos los que debemos salvar almas? No tenemos que salvar a nuestros hermanos que necesitan socorro? No son los que están esperando que les llevemos el mensaje? Hemos desarrollado el atributo semejante a Cristo del amor fraternal y la caridad, que nos llevarán a no abandonar el esfuerzo, hasta la última puerta, hasta el último minuto?

Creo que podemos realizar este milagro, porque está es la obra de Dios, y Él está de nuestro lado. En el nombre de Jesucristo. Amén.

Los quiero mucho,

Claudio D. Salerno
Misión Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia
La Iglesia de Jesucristo de los Santos de los Últimos Días