Argentina Cordoba Temple

Argentina Cordoba Temple

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

This week went by way too fast oh my goodness!  It was a hard week as a ton of our appointments fell through and we had to drop a ton of our investigators because none of them would do anything too change, they just liked to talk. We had fast Sunday, so we decided to fast specifically to find new people. 

There's this guy named Jairo who used to be a huge drug dealer, but when he found the gospel of Jesus Christ, it changed him and he turned his life around.  Well, his girlfriend saw the change that happened with him and wanted to know how he had done it.  So, we went to go teach her but she already knew everything!  We committed her to baptism and she's all in! 

Another investigator, Juan Carlos, unfortunately has vertigo and when we went to go to pick him up to bring him to church, he said that we needed to take him to the hospital.  I was just like gosh dang it Satan!  Well, we dropped him off and visited him the next day.  He was 100 percent better and so we had an amazing discussion with him upon returning home. He told us that while he was in the hospital he received a testimony about the gospel of Jesus Christ and that he knows for a fact that the church is true.  A huge blessing is that I get to baptize him this Sunday!  I'll make sure to send pics!  Boy does God work in mysterious ways. :)

A spiritual thought...

With God, there is nothing we can't do. With Jesus Christ and His atonement, we will always have someone who can relate to us when times just suck.  There's an Easter video coming out on March 31st, so next week I’ll send out the link. The video is absolutely incredible!  Don't get me wrong, the Easter bunny is awesome and all but the true meaning of Easter is the gift and sacrifice that Christ performed for all of us so that we could become mighty and even become like Him if we accept Him and His restored gospel.  I know this message is true with all my heart and I know He lives. 

Elder Pomar

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Another fun week down here in the country of Argentina, but that doesn´t mean it's easy by any means.  We have a ton of investigators, but they are moving so slowly.  We have been working really hard to find new ones that are ready to make changes in their life but we are not having too much luck with that. 

"Milagro" in Spanish means "miracle", and here's why...

Juan Carlos Ledezma is his name.  Hard life, smoking since he was a teen, no family, not married.  In the beginning, he wanted nothing to do with the church, but his baptismal date is this Sunday!  God has completely changed him because he opened his heart and was willing to not just pray, but to LISTEN.  Doctrine & Covenants 101:7-9 says...

7 They were slow to hearken unto the voice of the Lord their 
   God; therefore, the Lord their God is slow to hearken unto 
   their prayers, to answer them in the day of their trouble.

8 In the day of their peace they esteemed lightly my counsel;
   but, in the day of their trouble, of necessity they feel after me.

9 Verily I say unto you, notwithstanding their sins, my bowels 
   are filled with compassion towards them. I will not utterly cast 
   them off; and in the day of wrath I will remember mercy.

God will only give us council if we are willing to listen to His voice.  I have been really working hard on improving my prayers.  I was in a lesson with an investigator (she's a dry Mormon) and she talked about that with God, we need to treat him like our best friend.  We need to tell him everything: our thoughts, doubts, things we are excited about, our secrets, our sorrows....everything.  As I have been doing this, I have felt the spirit extremely strong in my life.

I know that this church is true and that Joseph Smith restored Christ´s church to the earth.  He loves us and wants only the best for us, and we can feel so much better if we are baptized in His church and listen to His words.

Thank you for the prayers and the love!

Elder Pomar

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The week flew by.....grind never stops....basic things every missionary says haha.

Argentina is so weird, but I´m learning to love it more every day. The one thing that I might not get over is how many freaking dogs there are that just walk around. 

Funny story:

Juan and Cecilia have a dog named Negra and she follows us around EVERYWHERE!  We go teach in the morning, and she follows after us.  We can't get rid of her and yet we can't leave her alone outside or she´ll get lost.  So last night she had to spend the night in our pension so she wouldn't get lost.  She´s a cutie but she smells like up dog so it's a struggle haha.

This week was up and down.  Thursday was terrible as none of our lessons went good at all.  No one would listen to our message, just a bad day.  I´m grateful God is merciful because Friday was amazing! 
We went to a zone meeting and then after went to go teach this guy Esteban.  We contacted him before Agustin's baptism and he watched it and wanted to be baptized!  Funny enough, he was with his friend who was taking the lessons, but got lost when a white wash was done in our area so we found him and just a great lesson!  We are going to follow up with both of them to see if they will follow Christ's example and be baptized. Fingers crossed! :)

After meeting with Esteban and his friend, we went to the church because we had to go to the bathroom.  While we were walking out, some non-member chicos wanted to play basketball! ;)  We played and after gave them a mini lesson.  Now we are going to teach them every Friday after we play ball!  The rest of the day was a success, as we worked with our progressing investigators.

I know that this church is true. God gives us hard times so that we can be humble and so we can turn to Him.  It´s a lot easier to be humble than to be compelled to be humbled as my mama always says!  When the hard times come, turn to Jesus Christ, our savior, brother, and friend.  He will carry us. He has carried me. Thanks for all your prayers, as I feel the love :)

Elder Pomar

PS: The photos of me in the bus are so funny. this guy literally gave me no personal space as he just reclined his seat all the way into my lap so I couldn't get Argentines are weird.