Argentina Cordoba Temple

Argentina Cordoba Temple

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Up and down....and up!

The temple was a huge spiritual boost....and I needed it.  This week got extremely hard trying to teach, but when everyone is so lazy it can be so hard!  To be honest, Saturday was one of my hardest days in the entire mission.  We went inviting ALL of our investigators to church and every single one had an excuse...

"There's a birthday party....I'm visiting Carlos Paz....I'm going to be drinking mate"

Our potential was to have 18 people in church, and to hear that no one could come killed me.  I was so frustrated.  

Then, we get home and the owner of the store below us (we live in an apartment above) got super heated with me because we haven't gotten a leak fixed that is dripping into his store.  We've tried to get things fixed, but the owner of our apartment does literally NOTHING.  After getting yelled at and told how terrible the Mormons are, I got to my room and just lost it.  I was just about ready "to flip the table" as my Bro Caleb says.

The next day came and although none of our hopeful 18 investigators agreed to come to church, we went to visit and hopefully pick up some people for church that we don't visit too often.  One of them was Diego...and he came!  A Christmas (or Thanksgiving) miracle!!  He loved church and now we are going to talk with his whole family.  I think Diego is very very very slightly mentally handicapped, so we are going to need to talk with his family to see if he can continue investigating the church.

After what seemed to be so bad the previous day, we have just found a ton of HUGE families and I mean gigantic families.  What is the lesson...God has been and will always be merciful with us if we remain faithful to Him.  I just know that we are getting closer to helping someone enter the waters of baptism.

I love you all so much.  Thank you for the prayers. 

Elder Pomar

Ps. I went to McDonald's in Argentina for the first time!​  ​And yeah...,I know I look chubby hehehe ;)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Agua Agua Agua!!!  Just in my old area....(part 2)

Well, Agustin and Bruno got baptized in my old area!!  It sucks that I couldn't be there, but at least I got to make a phone call to them and I got photos of the baptism (see photos) :)

It's frustrating that It just keeps happening to me.  When I leave an area is when the baptisms come in.  I know that God has people waiting for us here in Ituzaingo so that is where I will direct my focus.  We've been working like animals, but just not a ton of people progressing. Thankfully, we did get a golden reference from the Elders of the neighboring ward of an awesome family.  The grandma got baptized and the whole rest of the family is interested.  We were supposed to have like 10 people in church, but not even one of our investigators came.  I was super mad because I've never worked so hard on the mission. I've never tried so hard to be so obedient and it just feels like the people just don't want to make a lasting change that would bless them forever.  Just trying to find someone that doesn't want to only go partying on the weekends...but I am working to be patient and respect others agency and freedom to choose.  If they only knew how much better there lives would be.

And it finally happened!!!  I finally went to the beautiful Cordoba Temple!!!  It was such an incredible experience as I could feel the spirit so strong in the House of the Lord.  It really was a spiritual boost and now we have a lot of fire to do the work. 

I know this church is true.  I love this gospel with all of my heart as it gives me so much hope.  I hope you all have an awesome Thanksgiving :)

Con mucho amor,
Elder Pomar​

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A whole new world...

Yep, this is definitely a different place!  It was so hard to say goodbye in La Rioja.  I love that place so much as it is now holy ground for me.  I can't wait to return back one day.

Being a trainer breaker (a new missionary's second companion) for a gringo is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be haha.  Thankfully, God has blessed my ears and I understand almost everything when it comes to Spanish, but trying to work, teach, and set the example for my new companion is incredibly hard.  Elder Wiseman is from San Bernardino, California and he's pretty awesome.  He's just gotta learn the language though!  Elder Wiseman and his "dad" (his trainer or first companion) in the mission didn't practice speaking any Spanish, they just like worked for two transfers blindly.

When we attended sacrament meeting for the first time in our new area, the members were extremely happy as they said I spoke "perfect Spanish."  Lets just say that God has really helped me a lot.  The ward is incredible.  They all love me because I have been companions previously with Elder Summers and Bray (they both served there a time back) and they loved those missionaries which has made my transition here a blessing.  We are getting a ton of references here because we've already gained the trust of the members.  I will just need to get ready for the harvest here since I had to leave all of my previous harvest in La Rioja!  Also, it helps that  I have a ton of buddies on the mission that have served here in my new area, so they are all giving me people to visit.  We are gettin' real busy, that's all I know!

We also had a mission conference as Elder Craig C Christensen of the Presidency of the Seventy spoke to us all.  The spirit was so strong.  I know he is a man of God, called directly by Him.  He's not just any other person talking about Christ, he is really a man called by God to testify of the truth and power of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.  He told us how important the Book of Mormon is and how it's crucial for us to come unto Christ, and to learn of Him.  It's the only way we can be fully converted. The bible is to convince, the Book of Mormon is to convert.  What a powerful statement!
I know this church is true.  Hoping things are good at home for each of you.  Love you all soooo much :)

Elder Pomar

Ps.  I got to see Elder Clark so that was great❤ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

La Rioja...

 My old comp Elder Napoleao

Elder Clark!!

 My new comp Elder Wiseman

My new area Ituzanigo & district

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Escaping the Heat of La Rioja

Well, another change.....

5 areas
7 companions 
8 months in the mission field in Argentina

I'm leaving to Ituzaingo in the capital of Córdoba!  It's my first time in the capital so it will be a good time!  I'm gonna be a trainer breaker of a gringo from California (let's go).  It's exciting because my new area has a ton of potential as it's a more humble area with 120 attending members, the biggest ward I've been in during my time in Argentina. 

I'm really sad to leave La Rioja so soon, but I guess God just wants me to get to know a ton of people and a ton of places haha.  I have to say goodbye to a ton of people because I've made so many friendships here.  It's really hard to say goodbye.  My goal is to save money and visit after the mission of course.

We leave Wednesday night to Córdoba at 12 am (It's a 6 hour bus ride).  We are going to have a conference with Elder Craig C Christensen, part of the Presidency of the 70.  He visited Thousand Oaks, California a while ago, and I remember that it was an awesome fireside.  I know it will be super awesome to see him again now being a missionary with more knowledge and more questions!

I love this gospel.  I love the mission.  Excited for a new opportunity in the Capitol.  Super excited too because I'll finally be able to go to the temple! :)

Love you all. Be safe!

Elder Pomar​

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!!!!

Investigators in church!?!?!?!?!

YUP! We had 2 youngins, Agustin and Bruno, and a MARRIED COUPLE (yeah, I know, a miracle) Enrique and Sandra come to church.  I have never been so happy in my life!  Finally, things are coming together!  I'm a little upset because we can't baptize anyone next week due to Stake Conference.  I'm just worried as It just gives Satan more time to tempt and work on our people!  Just doing our best to pray and work hard with obedience.  We'll see if they can withstand the "Fiery Darts!"

We've been working like animals, butt we need to be more obedient about coming home on time to our pension.  We get so involved in finding and teaching that we arrive at the pension late a lot haha.  Yeah we're working on it.

We continue to find huge families to teach which is the best!  Almost all of them don't attend any church!  Catholics make the best mormons right!?!? (shout out to both my Grandmas).  Elder Napoleao and I work incredibly well together.  Transfers are coming up and I'm pleading that we can stay here together.  Si Dios quiere.....

I was reading in Doctrine and Covenants this morning and there was a scripture that hit me found in D&C 117:13
13...and when he falls he shalrise again, for his sacrifice shall be more sacred unto me than his increase, saith the Lord

Sacrifice!  It's the only way that we can move forward.  When we make a sacrifice in our life, it shows God that we are ready to make a CHANGE...

  • If I sacrifice personal time to read the scriptures, I invite God into my life
  • If I sacrifice coca cola, bread & mate, maybe I won't be so chubby on my mission (that's a hard one haha 😉)

Take time to think of what you can sacrifice for the Lord and He will help you make a change.

I love you all.  Be safe, especially on Halloween!  Parents should check their kids candy to make sure there aren't any razor blades (yeah, people are dumb)

I know this church is true.  God has restored His church with apostles and prophets.  We just need to listen to them and do what they tell us if we want to achieve success and happiness in this life. 

Elder Trent James Pomar Ott 

Enjoy the pics haha 🕷🔥🎃

Shout out to Elder Lervold & Elder Clark!!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Agua agua agua agua...
I've never had so many investigators in my entire mission.  I've never invited so many people to be baptized.  I've never had so many people have a desire to change...BIG CHANGES ARE COMING BABY!!!

We've been slaving and finally will begin to see some fruits for our labor.  This Sunday we are estimating at least 6 people at church!  No one came to church last Sunday because it was elections for the government and everyone is forced to vote. Yay!
The branch continues to grow as we are reactivating people like crazy.  I love this place! (and at one time I use to hate it!)  

Nothing crazy to say, but now the people are starting to open their doors to us and invite us in.  Elder Napoleao and I have really good chemistry and connect with the people like crazy. :)

I know this church is true.  I love being a missionary.  I love being the Lord's servant.

Next week is halloween, so I'll be like every other missionary, swapping name tags with their companion hahaha

Sorry for not sharing too many photos this week.  I don't carry my camera around too often because I don't want it to get stolen!  At least the people don't think we are gringos haha

Elder Pomar


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Necesitamos Pura Agua!!!!

Well, we continue to teach like maniacs and we keep finding HUGE families to teach!  So right now we have a ton of people progressing, but no one could come to church this past Sunday because it was Mother's day (only in argentina).  It's frustrating here during holidays because the people can be so lazy sometimes haha.  Thankfully, it's a normal week coming up so we should have more people attending church (ONLY 10 people attended).  Just because it's Mother's day, it doesn't mean it's a day off from church haha.  Aside from that, we are excited that we just continue to find a bunch of new investigators that we are helping and hope they will come unto Christ.   

Oh....funny story...

As it was Mother's day this past Sunday and we had no idea where to go (it was the siesta so no one was awake).  So we run into a part member family and we began to talk with the oldest daughter.  She was really sweet and we exchanged beliefs (she's super evangelista).  The second we pulled out the Book of Mormon, she turned cold and said "that book's from the devil!  Angel moroni was Lucifer!"  Remaining calm, I proceeded to say "so you're saying that eternal families, Jesus Christ being our Savior, and having modern day prophets to guide us is from the devil?"  She went really quiet and said that she had to get going.  Sad that she doesn't want anything to do with this amazing book, but I have come to learn that we can't force it on anyone, ONLY invite others to learn from it.

I know this church is true and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God.  I love reading it as it shows us that God truly loves all His children. 
Love you all!  Read the scriptures and you'll see that following Christ is the safest path we can take.

Elder Pomar