Argentina Cordoba Temple

Argentina Cordoba Temple

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Almost week 2

Oh my goodness this has been an awesome experience!  It has been a constant grind, but thankfully there was a big announcement for all the missionaries, and I mean BIG. We get more time on P Day to do the things that we need to do.  We also get to go to bed as early as 9 PM!!!!  They changed some rules including making exercise a requirement (thank goodness) and so maybe I won't be gaining as much weight as I thought I would haha.

It's been a week and a half and everyone in our district is already tired of the food here. Its so fatty and bad for us and it doesn't taste that amazing. For everyone still living with mama: enjoy her cooking and thank her for it!!  I try to eat healthy here but it seems like nothing's healthy, so whatever. It's awesome how close our district is. We all love each other and everyone is awesome. Everyone just loves each other and I'm grateful for them. My companion is awesome and he's a straight up G. He's learning Spanish little by little and he's speaking better every day. I testify that the gift of tongues and interpretation of tongues are true. I understand everything that my teacher says (he only speaks in Spanish) and I have been reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish. The Book of Mormon is harder literature to read, but when I start with a sincere prayer, the Lord really helps me to understand what I'm reading. I'm learning the language really fast, but I still have a LONG way to go before I'm fluent, so I got to trust in the Lord.

During my study time I decided to go listen to come conference talks, and one of the ones I listened to was Joseph B Wirthlin's "come what may and love it" talk. I needed it this week as it's been a grind and a constant struggle trying to help my companion to learn Spanish. In his talk, he said that we need to learn to laugh. This morning, at 4 AM, there was a vacuum in our room, and it was SO LOUD. I turned it off and Elder Clark and I were so mad. We went outside to plug it, realizing that the pranksters did it to 7 rooms! I couldn't believe it. I assumed it had to have been Elder Jones (He's a huge prankster). He's hilarious and when we read the note on the vacuum that said "your cleaning lady Consuela", we just died! We were laughing so hard! I'm grateful that I could just laugh it off and go back to bed haha.

Everyday gets easier as I know that my savior Jesus Christ is helping me. I couldn't do this with out Him. I'm always on my knees asking for help, I know I need to rely on Him as much as I can. He died for our sins not so we can just repent for our sins, but also be changed. The Lord has changed me, but will you let Him change you? His hand is always stretched out, we just need to look up and accept His help. You can never go to far, I know this.

I'll be praying for y'all, stay safe and read the Book of Mormon, it WILL change your life, I promise you.

Elder Pomar

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hey guys!

Everything has been a blur as my life has completely changed. For a month in California I relaxed before coming out here. Now I never has a spare moment to just be lazy! It's been really hard, but I love that the spirit that resides here is amazing. I know that the gift of tongues and interpretation of tongues is REAL. Thankfully, I speak a good amount of spanish, because our teachers ONLY speak in spanish. My companion, Elder Lervold, is amazing and he is such a homie! We get along great and it's always a good time. Anyways, he took 4 years of German in high school and never learned any spanish. The guy is already praying, and having some basic conversation in spanish within the first few days! I'm grateful that I get to see him grow so much as I get to witness the spirit teach us. I'm understanding the spanish really well. I say my prayers in spanish, I read the Book of Mormon in spanish, I'm doing my best to immerse myself in the language as much as possible. The only thing is that of course I'm no where near fluent...haha.

As I have been worrying about the language since I got my mission call, the spirit gave me some thoughts. If I'm in Argentina, and someone's ready in their heart to receive His gospel, I will be the Lord's mouth piece and He will loose my tongue. God is good, and I know that he will help me with this.

I thought the hardest part of the mission would be the language. Oh no, my spanish is doing just fine. I miss my family and friends so much because I love you guys! It's hard being in provo literally right down the road from my friends, but I do my best to not worry about it. The best advice that my stake president gave me before he set me apart was to just take it a day at a time. "You can't eat the whole cow in a day! Make yourself a little stake everyday and enjoy it". Since I've made this choice, my experience here is way better. I love being with my companion and roommates. It's awesome because I room with Elder Clark, a friend of mine from San Jose! He's an amazing guy and we make sure to keep each other in check when we start singing songs that aren't approved by the church (the favorite right now is Sunday Candy hahaha). 

We get to go to the temple today! I'm so excited to go as we get to go every P day (Saturday). It's a beautiful thing to do a session in the temple. It brings me so much peace and I love how close I feel to the Lord when I'm there. I'm grateful for temples and go as much as you can if you have a temple recommend. If you don't have one, GET ONE!

I love you all so much and I'm keeping you all in my prayers. If I want to be the best missionary that I can be, I need to love others more than myself. Even though I thought I wasn't selfish, the Lord has definitely humbled me. I have been very selfish and I always thought about myself before the Lord, but I'm glad I recognized this early so that I can change.

Thanks for your prayers and support!


Elder Pomar :) 

PS I don't know why but NO ONE can send pictures, I'm going to get to the bottom of this!

And thanks for the packages guys! I have to go to the mailbox to see who sent them to me, but I'll thank you guys next week :)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Well, I'm finally here! I'm grateful for this opportunity to finally be here as its been so hard to say goodbye to everyone these past couple of days. I'm alive, and everyone here is extremely nice, so I'm not too worried. Its awesome because I've gotten to run into some buddies that I had before the mission! It's crazy how fast this came, but I love this gospel and I don't know what I'd do without it. I need to share this with the people of Argentina. I will be exactly obedient and will be the best servant I can be for the Lord. It's an exciting time and I'm ready. I have prepared my whole life for this and now I get to enjoy the blessings that come from it.

Love you Guys! <3

Elder Pomar

PS this is just a short entry email, when its P day hopefully I can write a longer one :)