Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"you are now hearing from an older wiser Elder Tyler Whitaker..."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Como andá? you are now hearing from an older, wiser Elder Tyler Whitaker. Ehhh posiblé no mas sabio pero a mi yo creo que sí hahaha. but yeah this week went super well! We have gotten more used to working in a super huge area so we were a lot more effective this week and more than double our lesson from last week. My new area san clemente, isnt going to be easy because we have only one active member that goes to church because nobody wants to travel the half hour to church and half hour back every sunday so i have a feeling i am going to be doing a lot of reactivating but im excited. Our mission president always says that baptizing somebody counts the same as retaining a new convert in the church or rescuing somebody that isnt active. It will be hard but it will be really good. 

As far as people we are teaching we only have 3 but they are all getting baptized. This saturday we are having a batism for Rosa, a single mom of 3. She is super awesom and her kids are so awesome. They have 9, 6 and 1 years and they are so funny. One of the reasons im so stoked about this baptism is because i am helping these kids so that they can grow up in, and have the same blessing that i have had from growing up being taught about christ and his teachings. There is a drastic difference here between the kids my age who have the gosple mand don´t and im glad that i have the chance to help some people have what I had.

The other two are going to be baptized the 17th of May. Luis y Nahuel are so awesome. They are so strong. They live in a tent and have nothing to eat but some of the best lessons i have had have been sitting on the bricks outside his tent talking about the plan God has for us. They have been awesome because they werent easy. They didnt just believe on the spot. they question everything but now they have recieved their answer, they have felt the answer in their heart that its the truth and that the book of mormon is true and now they are super stoked to take the next step to baptism. Transfers are in a week so hopefully i´ll still be here to see that happen. 

My birthday was awesome. The president and his wife had us over for lunch and made a super bomb lunch and made me lemon pie. i didnt even know that was a thing in argentina but it was legit. We then went and taught some lessons to Luis Nahuel, and Rosa and then after we went to visit a family of the church. one of the kids found out that it was my birthday and planned a "surprise party" for me and mad a bunch of treats and stuff which was super bomb. In my english class i teach i always talk about how peanut butter is the best food ever and she heard that and gave me the best gift ever!!! She made me a jar of peanut butter from scratch!!! they dont have peanut butter here (triste i know) so i was super surprised when she whipped out a jar of home made peanut butter.I shed 3 tears. So basically it was a good day. 

Well I want to leave you guys with my testimony that I know that  this message i am sharing out here on the other side of the world is true. I have felt it in my life and i have seen it change the lives of others. I know that God is our heavenly father and that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I know that They have a plan for us and that through the knowledge of this plan, it will bring a joy and peace that you cannot find anywhere else in this world. For those of you who know these truths, continue faithful, and for those of you who havent had the chance to get to know these things for yourself, I encourage you to, for the least, hear the guys that live in your area that are doing the same thing as me. I love you all. 

Elder Whitaker

ps from Marisa:  When your son is thousands of miles away, and you're missing him on his birthday especially-it is such a blessing to think he is being loved by those he is with....  I am so grateful for these kind children who threw him a party, and for the bishops wife who made him, from scratch, the thing Ty misses most, peanut butter. (and a lemon pie too!)
Ty's birthday "lemon pie"

Homemade peanut butter made by the bishop's wife


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