Argentina Cordoba Temple

Argentina Cordoba Temple

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

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Miracles in my old area pt 2....and in our area too!


Maria's daughter Kiara got baptized and I got to baptize her!!! :)  It was a really sweet ceremony and very spiritual!  The water was cold but at least it only took two tries to baptize her haha (hair floated)

It's started getting warm with 105 degrees Wednesday.  It's nice though cause everyone here is really kind and offers you water. Great way to contact!  So we've been working like animals here in Antartida (our area) and finally we are seeing the fruits of our labor.  We are teaching 3 families that are HUGE!  We committed many to baptism in a couple of weeks, just gotta get them to church so they can receive their answer.  

As President Dieter F. Utchdorf has said..."Endure to the end....or 4th floor last door".  So after the baptism, we chose to follow that counsel.  We could have just gone home to the pension 30 minutes early to catch up on filling out papers, but we decided to visit a family that we contacted in the street.  We got a little lost, and God led us to a family on the top floor of an apartment complex. They are incredible!  After talking with them we found the other family that we were looking for, and they are awesome too!  They already talked with the missionaries in Cordoba 6 years ago, but now they have (2) 8 year old daughters who wanna be baptized! YAYAYAYAYAYAYAY!

So what is the lesson?  The "endure to the end principle" applies to EVERYTHING with life!

I am so grateful for this gospel.  I know its true.  I love you all soooo much.  I have so much support from you all with your prayers and letters.  Please pray that these families will receive an answer for baptism:  Families Olmos, Fernandez, Corzo

Elder Pomar (con đŸ”„)​

PS. The Zone Leaders found this picture of Caleb and I from the 2008 Ensign General Conference.  We're famous!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017


Elder Bray, my companion, jumped up as Zone Leader and......I GOT A NEGAO AS MY COMP!!!! (BRAZILIAN!)  His name is Elder Napoleao and he's way awesome!  I just met him today, but were from the same group so we both have a lot of fire to do the work of the Lord :)
Even though we're from the same missionary group, technically, I'm "senior companion" because I have 3 more week in the MTC than him ;)  I was really sad saying goodbye to Elder Bray, but ready for my 6th companion in 6 transfers in my 4th area. I guess God prepared me for this with all the times I have moved in my life before haha!

Right now we have a lot of new people we are teaching, but we need to see if they will progress or if they just like to chat (aka everyone in La Rioja haha).  Not too many highlights this week.  We just found a lot of new people to teach and had a ton of appointments falling though.

The obvious highlight is General Conference. The biggest thing I took out of it was...

  • The importance of having an unshakeable testimony of the divinity of the Book of Mormon
  • The importance of looking to be a instrument in the hands of the Lord to bless others

Here in my area, it's very hard as it's very religious.  We seem to find two types of people: super religious evangelist/catholic, or super lazy and don't want to change

God has "His Chosen Ones," we just need to keep searching and work with the people we have now while praying in faith and obedience for finding more people and new opportunities. 

I was sad when I heard the news about Elder Robert D Hales dying.  He was an amazing Apostle of the Lord and he's definitely living in peace on the other side of the veil with his loved ones who also have passed on.

That's it!  I love this gospel, the Book of Mormon is the word of God and I love how I feel when I pray :)

Love you guys!
Elder Pomar

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Hey Everyone!

Well, it's been a bit of a disappointing week.  So a little story...

We have been working with Cesar like crazy and it has unfortunately come to an end. He was supposed to get baptized this past Saturday, but he has now rejected the offer.  We come walking down the road Thursday, the day before his interview.  We sit down, and he hands me his Book of Mormon, with all the pamphlets and papers we gave him.  He said "I can't be baptized anymore."  We talked with him for almost 3 hours, explaining EVERYTHING 10x with all the love we could muster.  The problem is...He LOVES the saints, especially "Santo Espiritu" which was just a man who told the Romans to stop beating that makes him an ordained man called of God?

All his family is against our church, so they brought him to the Catholic church.  The priest there said "Don't listen to the Mormons anymore, and give them back that Book of Mormon."  Oh, I couldn't believe it.  I pulled out every single scripture that I knew to help out our cause.  It didn't help.  I even pulled out every condemning bible verse talking about denying the spirit (he received distinct answers from GOD about the Book of Mormon and the church being true. We even cast out evil spirits in his house).  I am so saddened by this experience, just gotta move on to people that God more than men.
Good news for the week...We did get to see a blessing of 24 people attending last Sunday, with 2 more less active members of the church attending.  

Satan has tried to shake my testimony of this gospel, but I know this church is true and I cannot deny it.  Don't be afraid of what men can do, be afraid of what God can do.

Loves and Hugs!
Elder Pomar

Ps. Meu negao (My missionary brother/buddy) from Brazil was transferred to CĂłrdoba yesterday :( 
However, Elder ChĂĄvez from Chile came in though! :)

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!  CĂ©sar 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...

CĂ©sar, 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 CĂ©sar 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!!

MarĂ­a 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!!  CĂ©sar 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 MarĂ­a, 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! CuĂ­dense. 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 MarĂ­a 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 AntĂĄrtida 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.  MarĂ­a 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 MarĂ­a.  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