Another 6 weeks has passed by which means we had transfers again but nothing changed here in San Luis! I’ll be here with Elder Hobbs for another 6 weeks and I’m way pumped about it! We just wrapped up one of the best transfers I’ve had, so we’re excited to have 6 more weeks together.
So, it’s summer here in Argentina and in San Luis the weather is even more bi-polar than it is at home in Utah. On Saturday, the heat got up to 48 Celsius (104° Fahrenheit) and legit, it was like an oven outside. We were dying of heat and humidity then, out of nowhere, a storm came and it started to hail! It was still 85° outside and it was hailing. It was whack! But, it’s safe to say we won’t be having a weather determined “White Christmas” so we compromised and had some baptisms instead. Our white clothing made for an awesome “White Christmas!” Haha!
|Elder Hobbs, Miguel, Elder Roderick & Augustin|
On Saturday, Miguel was baptized! It was such a beautiful service and the happiest person there was his son, Augustin! Elder Hobbs baptized him, I gave a talk at the service and everything worked out so well. Then, on Sunday, the bishop gave Miguel the Holy Ghost and he was presented to the ward as our newest member. He was welcomed in with open arms! It was a very special weekend.
On Friday night, we invited all of the youth and their parents to a little park in the area and we basically went Christmas caroling by singing Christmas hymns to all of the people in the park. We tried to form a crowd, but that didn’t work out too well so we just walked around to each table and sang to all of the families who were there. We had the youth run around and pass out “Ilumina El Mundo” cards and those who had smart phones, shared the video. It was a great time and a ton of people were grateful to hear our message that night.
We had a couple of great lessons with Matias and Dalma this week. We talked a lot about the Plan of Salvation, Family History and Temple work. These topics were just what they needed to hear about because Matias has already been looking for his ancestors and when we told him the Church has the best technology for genealogy work, his eyes lit up like a Christmas tree! We are excited for them and we hope they will be our next investigators who will take a swim in the waters of baptism!
We also found another couple, Carlos and Carolina, who are old investigators. Carlos is actually a less active member who travels on the weekends to see his kids. They live in another city with their mother, who he divorced a while ago. Now he is with Carolina and they are such homies. Carolina was about to get baptized, but she couldn’t because she and Carlos weren’t married and he was having trouble with his divorce papers. Now, however, they aren’t going to be living together because Carlos is moving near his kids and they’ve decided not to live together until they’re married. So, this situation makes it possible for us to baptize Carolina in a few weeks. They told us about this whole deal on Friday and it was such an awesome Christmas gift. Haha!
I was talking with my companion about Christmas and how it’s so different in the mission field. It’s really different but it’s also so special because we don’t receive many gifts (apparently, Santa doesn’t visit missionaries) and we aren’t with our families but we are giving the best gift and that is the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ! I’m so excited for this next week because we’re getting ready for Christmas by having a party or event literally every night.
Elder Roderick #HabráLugarEnTuCasa?