Tuesday, November 25, 2014

"I'm going to show Elder Mamani a good Thanksgiving anyway...."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Hows life? Im sure all of you are stoked to eat turkey and mashed potatoes and pie and all that good stuff, but sadly that doesnt exist it argentina. Its all good though I think I´m going to show elder mamani a good thanksgiving anyway.

These last two weeks have been crazy! a lot of awesome stuff and some sad stuff too. To start with the awesome... Last week we got to have a mission conference to hear from Elder Russell M. Nelson from the quorum of the 12 apostles wish was awesome! I got to shake his hand and hear him talk personally to us. It was amazing and the spirit was super strong there. It was incredible. I know that he is a prophet. 

We have been working really well with the ward. we have 4 people with baptisimal dates right now which is awesome. We are using a lot of the youth that are preparing to go on missions to visit people which has been really awesome. The work here in Km is the best.

This last sunday the 1st councilor called me out of gosple principles and assigned me a talk for sacrament meeting (sacrament meeting is the last hour here in km so that gave me like less than an hour to prepare) i basically just gave a talk out of inspiration for 15 min and it was awesome. What I needed to say to help the branch just came to me and it went super well. Its crazy how much I have grown on the mission because I was a horrible public speaker and could barely talk for 5 min before and now i can do 15 easy in a different language. The Lord is awesome for taking people like me and making us so much better than we were before.

Our zone got drafted into just about every single choir in Florencio Varela for christmas so basically sundays we dont even work we just sing. I feel like im in primary program again... 

some sad news. one of the less active guys we were working with who has 17 passed away. It was super sad. He was making a ton of progress but stuff happens. Its conforting to know about God´s plan for us and what happens after death. I hope we can help console the family this next week.

well have a good thanksgiving! 

Elder Whitaker

One area of Ty's area is especially poor.  Ty wanted me to show this picture to his brothers and sister so they can be grateful for their blessings.

Ty and some companions struck up a friendly game of ball with some Argentinos.

Don't know who won, but they enjoyed it-on P day.

The nice thing about being in the big city, is there are fun things to do...

Here is his zone at a bowling alley on P day.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"I'm so happy I can be out here consecrating my life to the Lord..."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Ty & Lautauro on baptism day.
Well this week was awesome! I love being a missionary so much. I feel like before i was just scratching the surface. Now with our work and obedience God is opening up the paths for us. We had people call us saying they want to be baptized, awesome contacts, new families to teach and a baptism.

We baptized Lautauro on saturday. It was awesome. He is just a kid but he is such a stud. He was prepared by God so that we could help reactivate his family. He chose me to baptize him and when we came out he told me how he felt the spirit was with him and how he felt really good. He´s so cool. and now the rest of his family is active and hoperfully we will be able to baptize his dad. 

Well I am almost out of time but I just want you guys all to know that missionary work is the best. i got some letters this week and it was from people back home about some future stuff and i was thinking in the bus about how fast time is passing and what is happening with my friends back home and all the decisions i am going to have to make back home, but then a mamá and her 2 year old little daughter sat next to me on the bus and i did a contact with them and i just rememeber feeling so awesome to be out her just sharing the best messagein the world. I felt super grateful to be out here and to not have to worry about the future right now. Im so happy i can be out here consecrating my life to the Lord. Its the best.

Elder Whitaker
Ty was challenged by a family to eat this "Suprasandwich" in 1 hour.  He did it...and fasted for 2 days after, he was so sick.
Ty, and his district on Pday
Ty exploring on pday

Monday, November 3, 2014

"He was prepared by the Lord to help the rest of his family..."

Hola mi familia y mis amigos!

Bueno, this week was the exact oppostie of last week with the weather! There was a huge rain and thunder stom this whole week. We didnt have power for almost the whole week. We did all of our studies with flashlights and candles. We were walkiing around soaked in the rain every day. People were looking at us thinking we are crazy for being out in the rain all day but a lot of people thought it was awesome how dedicated we are and stopped to talk with us so we got a couple new people that we are going to be teaching in the future! 

Things with "G" are so so. He has over a week without using but he didnt come to church this week either. He feels like he isnt ever going to be able to make it so we are trying to encourage him and help him leave his old life behind but it is going to take patience.

We will be having a baptism this saturday! Lautauro, is a kid that has 10 years but he is such a stud!. We reactivated his family which consists of his mom, grandma, and uncle (he has 18. hopefully we can help him go on the mission). His dad isnt a member but we are hoping to start teaching him in this next week. Lautauro is a stud though. He got up and bore his testimony in sacrament meeting. He's just a kid but he gets it. He was prepared by the Lord to help the rest of his family become active.

We have been working super hard and its starting to pay off. we have had 7 new investigators since mamani and I started working together and some of them are super ready for the gosple so im excited! 

Elder Whitaker