Monday, May 29, 2017

Happy 25 de Mayo!

Hey there everyone! This week we had the 25 de Mayo! It is pretty much the 4th of July for Argentina. So we got together with all of the member in the church. They made a pot the size of my body of a drink called mate cocido. And then they made grilled tortilla and fried bread and we watched a bunch of traditional dances. It was really cool. 

At one point in the fiesta my comp and I had to go outside to make a call. It was freezing outside. And we saw a guy in the bus stop looking at us. We asked him if he wanted some hot mate cocido. He said that he was good, but he did want to learn about our doctrine. Wow! 

Okay, so we taught him a little about the restoration right there it was really cool.

Anyways I love you all a lot! Have a great week!

Elder Himes

Monday, May 8, 2017

Back To Old Stomping Grounds

Hey there everyone! How are you all doing? This week was really cool! 

At the beginning we went to Las Heras, my first area. It is as ugly as I remember, but I feel like I love the people there even more now! Ha ha maybe it has to do with the fact that I understand them now. 😉

I found Cristian Piccinini there, the first boy that I baptized here on the mission. It was such a special experience. I literally almost started balling when he said that he never will forget about me! Goodness! 

My comp and I have been seeing a lot of miracles.

A family that we gave a Book of Mormon to three weeks ago, said that they were reading it together as a family.

A woman that we contacted at her door gave us tamales .

This week we did an activity with the youth. We wanted to show everyone how to share the gospel with Facebook. How did we do it? I put a fake beard on, and told everyone about how I used to preach the gospel in 1592 and how I baptized a bunch of dinosaurs. But the other missionaries taught me about the videos of the church and social media. It was really fun!

But yeah! I love y'all Have a great week!

Elder Himes

Monday, May 1, 2017

My Week

Hey there everyone! I'm sorry that I didn't get a weekly email out last week! We had consejo <conference> on Monday ( a big ol' meeting in Comodoro), so I didn't have a ton of time to email. But, here I go.

This week was crazy. We went to Comodoro for the meeting on Monday. Then, we had to return to Comodoro el Miercoles for another meeting with President and all of the missionaries. So we had a lot of traveling this week!

Last time I said I was going to tell a little more about Jose and Ferndanda. They are the people that we baptized two weeks ago. the missionaries met Jose and Fernanda a year ago. The contacted them in the street on the way back to the pension. They said that they could go by. And they started teaching the whole family. Fernanda wanted to get baptized a long time ago, but to do that, they needed to get married. She was all for it but Jose was not so sure if he wanted to get married or not. 

When I got here to Caleta Olivia, Jose was here, and Fernanda was in Buenos Aires with her son, cause is very sick. He was having a sort of chemotherapy ( his name is Tino and he is about two years old) While she was gone we taught Jose while he was by himself. He changed a lot while Fernanda was gone and he realized what was really important. He decided that he wanted to get married and baptized when Fernanda got back.

But when Fernanda got back, she wasn't so sure. She told us that she had felt a little angry at God for having her little son so sick and in the hospital for so long. So the situation flipped. Now it was Jose saying that he wanted to get married and baptized, and Fernanda wasn't so sure! We shared with Fernanda about the holy ghost and told her that she would feel that it's what she needs to do when she started going to church again. She went to church and yes! She felt it enough that she told us that she wanted to get married and baptized, so we helped them get all of their papers ready and we helped them get married, and the next day they got baptized!

The grandma of Fernanda, and her aunts and uncles are all anti-Mormon, and have been trying to tell her really ugly things. The same with Jose. But they have not let that affect them at all! They are both so happy now. Jose is going to be getting the priesthood soon. Fernanda is already going out and visiting less actives and inviting them back to church. 

The faith and testimony that they have gives me so much animo <spirit? energy?>. I love their family so much.  

I love all of you back home have a great week!
Elder Himes