Argentina Cordoba Temple

Argentina Cordoba Temple

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Finally, some help is coming!  Our work with the less active members is paying off and showing its fruits as our congregation is growing.  My first Sunday here we had 15 people in attendance.  Last Sunday we had 23!  Some of the people that came back were...
an ex-patriarch (released for inactivity), a high priest (with a son that can be baptized!)

We're getting more references and we are finding golden people!  César is one of these and he has a huge family.  He wants to share the gospel with EVERYONE!  His baptism is this Saturday! :)  It will be the first baptism for a while in the ward so the people are so happy! 
Elder Bray and I are striving to be more obedient.  God has been blessing us for our repentance and change.  That's really it for this week!

Also, we had a zone conference and it was fun to be with all of the other missionaries from our area. 

Oh, a funny story...

César, who I talked about before, was raised Catholic so he has been taught to pray to saints and the Virgin Mary.  However, we know that the scriptures teach that God is a jealous God and wants us to pray directly to Him!  So, we flipped to 2 Nephi 31 which talks about prayer. 
So César asks us "who is Nephi?...A saint?" and were just like "oh kinda...he's a prophet."  So he goes "Oh, I'll pray to Nephi so he can help me move on with my back problem" and we laughed and said "NOOOOO!!"  It was so hilarious and we are always joking about it now haha. We are still working with him on prayer and that is just fine.

I know the church is true and God's promises always come through when we do our part! 

Elder Pomar :)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Hey Everyone!!

María got baptized!!  The road to baptism is definitely not the easiest, but it's really incredible when the miracle comes!  The water was freeeeeezing but thankfully it only took one try haha!  She was so happy to finally be born again through baptism.  Even before the baptism though it was a pretty great day.  We had a whopping 21 members attend the baptism and it was really incredible to have AN INVESTIGATOR IN THE CHURCH!!  César attended the baptism and he loved it!  It was the first time the branch had had a non-member attend in 3 months! We're gaining the confidence of the members and we're getting less active members to come back!  Also, before the baptism, I got a call from Villa María, the first area I served in, from some of my converts.  Kevin and Douglas are still attending strong!

Oh and a story...

It was my companion's, Elder Brays, birthday and we ate a TON.  Like, a ton.  But that's no problem as I'm a missionary haha.  Well, something gave me food poisoning.  I woke up at 2 am in the morning, jumped from my bed and ran immediately to the toilet and threw up everything!  While I was in the bathroom, I hear a thump, then a blllluuuuuuuhhhh!  Yep, Bray got sick too, but he didn't make it to the toilet. He started throwing up blood and so he went to the hospital with Elder Vasion and  I stayed because I just had an upset stomach.

Good news: We're fine now haha. Don't worry mom!

Lastly, there is one thing that I have realized that is so important and we have been taught for so long:  WE ARE EACH CHILDREN OF GOD.  There are religions that believe that we don't have souls and that the closest we can get to God is to be his friend.  I know that I'm a child of God. I hope you know you are too.  If you want to find out or want a confirmation from God, just ask Him directly through prayer.

love you all! Cuídense. Besos y abrazos (Take care, Kisses & Hugs)

Con amor,
Elder Pomar

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Hey Everyone!

An interesting week and a lot of hard work.  Just hoping we can see some miracles come from our hard work.  It's a little hard to work with a branch where there is NO unity.  Every less active member that we have visited says "Oh, I was offended" and I ask them "what happened?"  The same answer every time... "las personas no me saludaban" or "the people didn't greet me"  I just think in my mind if everyone's just sitting around for people to greet them, NO ONE WILL BE GREETED!

Oh gosh, thankfully there are a lot of part member families.  Our goal is to baptize and reactivate these families. Good thing all the families that we visit are very sweet, they just lack the fire to come back to church.  Bringing the spirit into their home will definitely help with that.  

So with investigators...we've basically dropped all of them.  No one reads their "homework" that we leave them and attending church is "too much" haha.  At least elder Bray and I just learn to laugh always and not let our spirits get down.

I'm beginning to learn Portuguese with my buddy Elder Sontag.  Spanish and Portuguese are basically the same haha so I might as well just swing for the fences and give it a try!

Please just pray that the less actives we are teaching will have an open heart so we can help them return to church and also baptize their relatives who need the gospel in their lives :)

Elder Pomar :)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hey Fam and Friends!

So we had the baptismal interview and María didn't pass due to Q #4 (missionaries will know).  I was super heated because I just felt like that all hope was lost.  She didn't want to get interviewed by my Mission President regarding her situation. So, I just prayed that a miracle could happen.  The Hermana's (Sister Missionaries) passed by and asked her again to see if things had changed for her and she said no!  They told her "open up the Book of Mormon, read the first chapter you see and you'll have your answer.  Maria opened up to 3 Nephi chapter 11 which talks about BAPTISM and COMING UNTO CHRIST LIKE A LITTLE CHILD.   Yep, she's got an interview with Prez this Thursday!!!  Praying that he feels her sincerity and true desire to be baptized.  She's had MULTIPLE dreams about her need to be baptized. We'll see!

Here in our area of Antártida its been a little dry without missionary opportunities, but we're getting ready for the harvest!  We continue to work with part member families and we're going to put a whole bunch of baptismal dates with our investigators.  God has never let me down as we have always had someone to teach and someone to listen to us.  I'd just like to find someone who ACTS and stops giving us "chamuyo" (lip-service) haha.

It's been really nice to feel the peace of the spirit in my life even when the people can be really dumb sometimes, whether it's people flipping us off or slamming doors in our faces.  I just don't understand why some people hate us so much when our service is FREE and only meant to HELP!  It's incredible how it was the same exact with Jesus Christ. Rejected and killed by his own.

The nice thing at least is that I understand almost everything of the language.  I speak really well and everyone thinks I'm from Paraguay or Mexico haha.

Count your many blessings...

P-day was fun playing volleyball today. I killed everyone as I'm the only one here with experience with the sport but you can say I went easy on them ;)

I know this church is true with all my heart.  I love reading the Book of Mormon and the Bible together as they strengthen my testimony so much.

"Que esten bien mis queridos. Besos!"

Con amor,
Elder Pomar

Ps. I found a wild dinosaur in Argentina 😉

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

This week has been pretty nuts with everything going on.  Elder Bray was sick so I was in the pension for a couple days watching the testaments, the restoration and the district with a ton of "Mate" (Argentine Herbal Tea).  It was really nice haha! ;)

Our area is really dry right now of investigators.  We don't have anyone coming to church, but at least we have been working with the Hermanas (Sister Missionaries) in my old area a lot with my old investigators.  María is going to get baptized and she wants me to baptize her!  September 3rd will be her baptism day because this Sunday is our stake conference. Pics coming soon...:)  And yes, the Hermana's transferring into my old area was inspiration from God!  Emanuel's brothers want to be baptized too!  I have come to know that the Hermana's really open the hearts of the people.
We got to play soccer and I'm getting better.  The "fake Chilean" is coming out baby!  Viva La Roja jaja!

By the way, the power went out AGAIN for me as the previous missionaries didn't pay the bill last month.  So frustrating, but at least we got it fixed!

This church is true. I love being a missionary. I still have a lot of learning to do, but I love it.

Elder Pomar

Ps. Sorry for not too many photos, working on it!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Yeah, it happened.  I got transferred over one branch again!  It sucks because we had finally found 2 escogidos (golden investigators)!  They wiped out our area and put in Hermanas (Sister missionaries), but I will be helping a lot with the area still so I'm gonna count them as my baptisms haha ;)  Their names are Emanuel and María.  They both attended church and accepted baptismal dates!  Should be seeing some baptism pics soon! :)

So now I'm in the branch Antartida with 15 people attending.  At least I have a washer so I can save a lot of time now!  It's another hard area, but we are gonna work and trust in the Lord.  My new companion is Elder Bray from Idaho!  He's obedient and a hard worker so that will be very nice!  I'm sad to see Elder Samayoa go as he was my "amigito" (Little friend).  He plans on studying at BYU in 2019, so I'm praying he can get in.  We went with our investigator to the lake and got to teach a lesson there which was way awesome! The spirit was strong and I felt like I was just at home. 

IT SNOWED HERE!!!  Only in the mountains, but it was pretty while it lasted :)

Thank you for the prayers and love.  I'm gonna need it a ton when it starts to be 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) almost everyday haha! 

Con amor,
Elder Pomar

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Yeah, it's starting to get a little hot down here!  It's only 18 degrees Celsius and it's hot for me....just waiting for the summer and 40 to 50 degrees Celsius every day!  Shoot hahaha!

Well, it was awesome as we had a zone conference!  Got to see a lot of buddies, including a buddy from EFY my freshman year of high school Elder Smith!  It was nice to take a little break from the hard work out here.

Right now we have some investigators that we visit multiple times a week and I'm praying that they can continue to progress.  One of them is Emanuel and the other is Luis and his family.  Emanuel is incredible, basically a dry Mormon, but he just needs to accept that The Church of Jesus Christ was restored through Joseph Smith.  Our investigator Luis is our barber and his wife is less active.  It just sucks because the person that brought her into the church went less active too.  Basically, all the less active members were offended at one point by one of the leaders, so it's extremely frustrating.  Plus, Luis isn't married.....yeah welcome to Argentina haha.

We had an awesome zone P-day with Asado and everything.  I have to admit that I'm sick of Asado as we've eaten it 3 days in a row...ugh salad never sounded so good...haha.

I know the church is true.  I love the mission even when we are in a hard area and it seems like everyone else it baptizing except for us.  I know that I just gotta continue to grind and stick to the fundamentals.

Love you all!  Thank you for the prayers on my behalf.  Que esteís bien! 

Con amor,
Elder Pomar