Argentina Cordoba Temple

Argentina Cordoba Temple

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

I just love this work!!!

major key alert major key alert

We finally have people that...

  1. Read what we give them
  2. Pray everyday
  3. Come to church :)

We have been working with a special family, the Casas family.  The mom has been less active for a long time and there are members of the family that have never had the opportunity to be baptized.  The mom said "I love living the Mormon life because I've never felt so happy, but I don't want to return and then leave again."  So, we had dinner with them and the brother and sister-in-law of brother Casas.  Brother Casas' extended family is super evangelist, but we taught them all anyways.  When we invited the Casas family to church, they just looked at each other kind of doubting....silence.....then the brother of brother Casas speaks up and says...

"Attend church and if you just attend once, God will help give you the desire to come back and never leave again."  

Then brother Casas sister-in-law said the same!  They aren't even members of our church and they are still helping us!!!!  Well, they came to church.  I almost cried tears of joy because they are just the sweetest!  The father, Nelson Casas, is super excited along with their daughter Mia to come back and attend church again.  We already know that Mia wants to be baptized and we are hoping that the father Nelson Casas chooses to do the same.  So, that's the good news for the week. 😊

Unfortunately, there is some bad news this week with the Lescano family.  The dad is spiritually growing like crazy!  You can just feel and see the light in his eyes.  He prays with his twin sons Tomas and Matias every day and they read scriptures.  Then, there is the mom, who is a member, who is less active and doesn't really want anything to do with the church right now.  We did a special fast this past Sunday to ask God to soften her heart.  They leave to go on vacation for a week, so we are praying that a big change will happen and they will move forward.

We are working with so many people right now!  We just need to remain being obedient, work hard and it will come!  We keep getting references and God just keeps putting people in our way, what a blessing. 

Elder Pomar :)

Ps. We had a great zone conference as always​ 😉

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

...And a Happy New Year!!

We had a great New Year's celebration and an awesome Sunday!!!!!  We had...A MIRACLE!!!!!

We were given a reference from a member to visit a less active member, the lescano family. We passed by and chatted a bit a few weeks ago and have been working with them since that time.  They have 2 twin daughters who are 9 years old that we are teaching.  Everyone said to us "they are never going to come to church, don't get your hopes up."   Well...haters gonna hate, BECAUSE THEY CAME!  The baptismal goal for them is this coming Sunday.  If not, it will be next saturday!!!  Incredible......

We are also teaching two more part member families and things are going great.  The sweetest sound is when the kids say "why didn't I get baptized when I was 8?"  "Dales los palos!!!!" (meaning...parents getting a beat down from their kids hahahaha).
We keep finding new people to teach which is a blessing!  They just appear out of nowhere! 

Also, we have been walking so much that I am just dead.  My feet really hurt, so it's been nice to have P-day to just chill out and recover.

New Year's Eve....Originally, our mission president said that we had to be in the pension at 10:30pm, but because our Bishop Allasia is homies with our mission president, we got to stay out late as we were given special permission!  So, we had:

Asado (steak)
Ice Cream
....and Asado
....and more Ice Cream 

I'm excited for a new year, as it gives me a blank slate and a new opportunity to make changes in my life.  I've got that New Year's resolution game going (not so much with the exercise haha) but i've made the goal to read the Book of Mormon everyday!  I love reading the Book of Mormon as I feel God talking to me personally through it!

If you don't feel close to God now, or don't feel like your on the right path, I promise if you make the goal to read the Book of Mormon (and the scriptures in general) and pray everyday, your desires will change, and next thing you know you will be back on the right path which leads to true happiness.

I have a new favorite couple of scriptures from the Book of Mormon...

HELAMAN 15:7-8

7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them—

8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free.

I know that reading the the scriptures daily can change us and through that change, we are made free.

Make the goal, it has changed my life already!

Elder Pomar

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

"Have yourself a merry little Christmas..."

Well, I will definitely miss listening to Frank Sinatra singing silent night, until next Christmas!

and now....

I'M A FATHER IN THE MISSION!  I'm training my companion Elder Santos from Brazil.  He came in the box, assembled and ready to go, it's incredible!  I honestly don't even feel like Im training.  He has a ton of fire and already speaks the language pretty well.

We had some miracles...
  • People at church
  • New people that are GOLD
  • People that want to get married (did I hear that right??)
On Christmas Eve, we brought 3 girls from the Soria family to church!  We also ate dinner with the Vilchez family as President gave us permission to stay out till 11:30!

We weren't planning on working the morning of Christmas, but I talked with another Elder and he inspired me to just go out.  I am so glad that I listened to the spirit and didn't go with what the members said (no one will be awake).  We ran into the Bishop's nephew and he gave us a name to visit.  It was a part member family.  We get there and I remember that Elder Wiseman, my previous companion, had brought me to their house one time.  We begin talking and the sister says "well, my boyfriend and I have been talking about the church a lot and we would like to be married so that he can be baptized and then we would love to be sealed as a family."  WHAT!?!?!  AM I DREAMING???  A Christmas miracle!  Please pray that they continue with this fire!

Also, I got to talk to my family on Christmas and it was GREAT!  It was a little hard being away from the fam on Christmas, but I've never felt closer.  The mission really has made a change in me. 

After my Skype call with my family, Elder Santos talked with his family and invited me to talk with them!  Yeah, I don't speak Portuguese dude hahaha.  After my companion's call with his family, we got to just relax and chat with the Allasia family (the Bishop's Family).  They are just the best!

In closing, I want to share with y'all my last words to my family before turning off Skype and extend the same challenge...

Read the Book of Mormon and say your prayers everyday.  They are little things that show our humility to God and as a result, it allows Him to bless us so much with His spirit and give us the guidance we each need to make good choices that will bless us for our entire life.

I love this gospel, I love Jesus Christ and the time we have to really focus on Him! 

Elder Pomar​

Monday, December 18, 2017

"It's a happenen"

Well, I am writing early this week because our preparation day, JUST FOR THIS WEEK, is today due to companionship transfers.

Well, it's happened again, I am not safe from transfers as Elder Wiseman left for Rio Cuarto this morning.  I haven't met my new companion yet, but I'm going to be training a brand new missionary!  I will be receiving him tomorrow and I'll make sure to send y'all pictures next 
week! :)  I'm excited for this new challenge and hopefully I can raise him right so he can be a "maquina elite" (elite machine) in the future as a missionary.

I was super sad to see Elder Wiseman go as we just learned how to work well together and became really good friends.  Although It's been frustrating receiving a new companion every transfer, perhaps 8 will be the lucky number for me!

Some crazy and fun yet experiences this past week...

So, we went to downtown Cordoba to go caroling and pass out "Light the World" cards.  When doing so, I ran into an Anti-Mormon.  Hahahahaha, we talked for about 30 minutes and it's so sad to see how some people just try to accuse the Church of being false.  These people aren't even willing to read and study what we know to be true so how could they make judgement?  Anyway, she went on about how the Book of Mormon was from the devil.  I proceeded to share a scriptural reference with her (3 Nefi 14:15-20).

15 Beware of false prophetswho come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruitsDo men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth noforth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.
I then asked her "have you read the book of mormon?  She said "no."  I said, "how can you know if a book is of the devil if you have never read it!?"  We talked a little more, but she didn't want to listen.  So, I said bye and we moved on.  We can't teach the goodness of the gospel and repentance to people if they don't want to listen.  I cooled off a little bit while we went singing as it was such a blessing to see all the smiles of the people who were singing.  Even though it was a tough situation, I still know this church is true.  I have read the Book of Mormon for myself, I have prayed about it and I cannot deny that it is scripture from God.  This life changing book was translated by Joseph Smith through the power of the Holy Spirit and I testify that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God.  With these 2 books, The Bible and The Book of Mormon, we have clarity and all of the teachings that we need to return to live with God again.  Thanks to this gospel of Jesus Christ and its saving ordinances, we know that we can have our families for the eternities.  What a gift!!!      

"By their fruits ye shall know them,"  this gospel is the fruit of God. The teachings are perfect.  I hope that as members of the church we will look to defend The Church of Jesus Christ, but not fight with other religions.  We should have no need to fear or be embarrassed of the gospel of Jesus Christ as we know these things to be true.


Elder Pomar

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

"Just come to church!"

Oh my gosh, we just don't know what to do!!!!  It seems impossible!!!!

The saddest part of this week was losing a golden family!  The Carrizo Garcia family do not want to listen to us anymore.  Their nephew, who is very involved in the evangelista church, saw us talking with them and told them "you can't switch churches, because that shows you're playing with God."  We testified that looking for the truth and seeking God is not a sin, but a belief created by man.  We left them homework to read, pray, and even fast.  The Carrizo's accepted to do it!  So we return only to find that they didn't read, pray, or fast.  They just said "It's like we're playing with God if we change religions."  In one ear and out the other.  I feel like we're trying to make water come from a stone, it's just not going to work.  So we have to leave them.  I was sad, but I know that there are people that are willing to listen, and BE HUMBLE before God.  Fear God, not any man.  It is never a sin to look for God.  It doesn't matter if being part of one religion has been followed only out of tradition in your family.  I testify that if we ask God to lead us his to his church, He will.  At some point we must be willing to ask God which church is truly his and once we have our answer, we must be willing to obey God's will and do what he asks of each of us in order to receive all the blessings that he has for us.  I am trying to be patient.  I am leaning great lessons in honoring people's agency, no matter how frustrating at times it feels.  

So we were supposed to have 6 people in church and NO ONE CAME!  Oh my gosh these people are sooooo lazy I can't stand it haha!  Thankfully, we still got chill vibes and are just trying to love these people.  We got up early and walked 30 minutes to go pick up a guy named Miguel Quiroga, whose 80 years old, and I'm pretty sure that he didn't wake up on time because he didn't answer the door.  Next, we went to the church and a great member family that was supposed to pick up our other investigators went, but found that our investigators were all sleeping too!  We got desperate and in between classes we went to go look for a guy named Diego.  He was there, but he said "Ooooooh, I have to......go to my......aunt's house!"  We just laughed after because it was so funny as he's terrible at lying!  In our last attempt, we tried to pick up a drunk guy on the street and he just said he'd come later.  I know we did our part and God will bless us with someone in some moment.

I'm not going to lie that the work of salvation is not easy.  It can be really hard and frustrating.  I'm learning to let each week just come one week at a time.  Sometimes there are highs and sometimes there are lows.    

So what was the blessing this week?  We ate asado with the Lopez family for lunch and made tacos for dinner!
Also, a huge blessing at church was a super special message that the senior missionaries serving in the temple (all are from the states!) shared with us.  They talked about the importance of the temple and how we need to attend as often as possible as there are no excuses because we have temples so close to us (especially in the states).  After church, we got to chat with them.  They are all from Utah, but guess what?  One of them, Elder Nielsen, was the mission president for the Ventura mission!  It was so fun to have a connection from home.  I was so sad as he told me that everything is getting burned up with the fires in Ventura County!  I can't believe no one told me!

With all of the sad world events happening, I know this world is going down as foretold by the prophets and that's why we can have so much hope through Jesus Christ and His restored gospel.  Everyone says that we are all going to die, but "through Christ we shall all be made alive."  The Book of Mormon is true!!  I love it as it gives me answers for everything!!  

Sorry for the lack of photos this week.  Next week I'm gonna have a ton!  Also, I might have a new companion...we'll see!

Con amor,
Elder Pomar​

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"I love the mission.....oh my gosh I can't wait till the end.....I never want it to end!"

Mix of emotions, yes!!

So, it was the first week in the transfer and we had NO one come to church.  Since it was Fast Sunday, we decided to fast to have a baptism.  We have been working so hard and have been doing our absolute best.  We were frustrated after church, but things suddenly began to turn around after our fast.  We leave the pension to go to an appointment and it fell through.  While we were walking back, a man named José, stopped us and said....

"I've talked with the missionaries before. I didn't want to change before ( because of smoking), but I want to change now.  I would like to attend church with you.  Can I come this Sunday?"

I honestly just felt like crying, a miracle!  Finally, things are starting to get brighter here.

Also, we had our mission Christmas conference and it was awesome!  We had the spiritual part in the beginning and then a talent show to finish.  It was super awesome!  Elder Clark and I were gonna sing "Sunday Candy" by Chance the Rapper, but we miscommunicated and neither of got the music!  Hahahah, we'll get em next year!

One of the things I learned from the spiritual side of the conference was this...

If we can't do the little things, we will never be able to accomplish the big things.  If we don't study the scriptures and say our prayers every day, we will NEVER progress spiritually.  So, I invite you to do the little things so you can do big things ;)  

So after the conference, we had an appointment with the Soria family, a reference from the other Elders in our district.  It was our 2nd visit and this time the dad was busy doing his own thing, so we got to focus on his daughters Lucila and Flor.  Previously, we had left the intro of the Book of Mormon as the homework for them to read and they read it....and all the way to the 3rd Chapter of 1 Nefi!!  We put a baptismal date for the 23rd of December with them and they are super excited to attend church!  It's really a huge miracle.
We also went to Carlos Paz today, a huge touristic town (see photos).  I loved it as it felt just like when I would go to Carpinteria in Southern California with my family and buddies.  It was a sweet experience.

I love Jesus Christ, I love His teachings and I love that He loves you and me.  I know these things are true!

Elder Pomar :)​