Hey Fam and Friends!
So we had the baptismal interview and María 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 Antártida 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!"
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. María 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.
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 María. 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!
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Yeah, it's starting to get a little hot down here! It's only 18 degrees Celsius and it's hot for me....just waiting for the summer and 40 to 50 degrees Celsius every day! Shoot hahaha!
Well, it was awesome as we had a zone conference! Got to see a lot of buddies, including a buddy from EFY my freshman year of high school Elder Smith! It was nice to take a little break from the hard work out here.
Right now we have some investigators that we visit multiple times a week and I'm praying that they can continue to progress. One of them is Emanuel and the other is Luis and his family. Emanuel is incredible, basically a dry Mormon, but he just needs to accept that The Church of Jesus Christ was restored through Joseph Smith. Our investigator Luis is our barber and his wife is less active. It just sucks because the person that brought her into the church went less active too. Basically, all the less active members were offended at one point by one of the leaders, so it's extremely frustrating. Plus, Luis isn't married.....yeah welcome to Argentina haha.
We had an awesome zone P-day with Asado and everything. I have to admit that I'm sick of Asado as we've eaten it 3 days in a row...ugh salad never sounded so good...haha.
I know the church is true. I love the mission even when we are in a hard area and it seems like everyone else it baptizing except for us. I know that I just gotta continue to grind and stick to the fundamentals.
Love you all! Thank you for the prayers on my behalf. Que esteís bien!
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
This week was a lot better taking steps back and learning just to laugh haha.
So this morning our lock broke again and none of our neighbors were home! So we climbed the wall, shimmied (with the barbed wire), got on top of the roof, shimmied down (with more barbed wire) and took a leap of faith! I'm alive lol and were going to have a professional fix our lock this time (not my comp haha)!
We don't have a ton of investigators at this moment, but were still doing our best to work even with Elder Samayoa coming down with the flu. Satan keeps putting crap in our way but we continue with the fundamentals...
- Work (as much as we can)
I have been reading Jesus the Christ a ton and wow! What Christ did for us was completely voluntary. He really was the lamb at the slaughter. He descended from his thrown, suffered EVERYTHING, and died for you and me. I love you all and thank you for the prayers.
Oh and quick story....
So y'all know I'm half Chilean, and I like the soccer club team called Colo Colo due to my Uncle Louie...We got this barber that's way chill and we were just chatting with him and the topic of soccer came up as he cut our hair. So as he heard me say who I liked, he's like "who do you like?" and I was like "of course Colo Colo from Chile!" Jokingly he was like "oh really, don't tell me! Hold on a sec!" So he ran into the house and pulled out a brand new Colo Colo jersey and gave it to me as a gift!!!
Gotta love blessings spiritually as much as temporally from the mission haha!
Love you guys!
Elder Pomar (or Elder Pomada)
PS - And sorry for no pics this week. Tomorrow is a zone conference so lots of photos to follow next week! ;)