27 October 2009

Hello there to all my loyal followers. Thanks for tuning in this week. Here goes for the short program once again, perhaps for the last time. Transfers are coming up this week, what are you predictions?

Things in the area are really going well. Ricardo went to church for the third time this week, and this time he was traveling and in a different city but went anyway. The Ruiz Family also went to church and we had a good Family Home Evening activity with one of their friends who is a member. And Monica Rodriguez also went to church with her two young daughters. She is a single mom we found while knocking doors.

Things are going well. Our relationship with the ward here is way good. The members love teaching with us and every once in a while we even get a phone call asking if they can come teaching with us. That is a first in my whole mission. The baptism for this week will go through so long as Ricardo feels ready and wants to do it this weekend. If not it will go through for the next weekend.

Thanks for all of your happy birthday wishes, it really means a lot, I will be talking to you next week the day after my birthday to tell you whether I have moved or if I have a new companion. I am doing well, everything is good with my health. I am writing in my journal every day faithfully so don’t think that there are lost memories by the short emails of late. Take care and I send my love to you all.

Elder Rose

20 October 2009

Things here are going well

Hey Everyone.

How is everything going? Things here are going well. So as for me and my house, everything has been good. We do have a couple of really good investigators. Ricardo came to church again, this time with his sister. Last Sunday was stake conference. It was a really good experience. He really enjoyed it and it was his sister´s first time. He should be getting baptized the 31st.

We went to play paddle (pronounced pod-lay) today and invited him. It is a game similar to tennis but Argentine style. It was fun.

Yesterday we did divisions in an area called Monterrico. It is super tiny, like 10 x 10 blocks, but we had a good time. My junior comp for the day was Elder Rojas, a Chilean elder who has about 4 months in the mission. He's a cool kid. We worked a little bit in our area as well. The rest of the week has been super good. We had a missionary in our ward come home and he has been helping us out with visiting some people.

This week coming up we have a conference with one of the seventies in the area presidency. That should be fun. I was assigned to do a group musical number. I don´t know how that is going to go! Everything is good here. Things are good with the area and the comp.

Love you all.

Elder Jeff Rose

13 October 2009

All is Well!

I hit 11 months in the mission yesterday; there is a milestone for you. Ha-ha. It was just a normal day. Things here are going well. This last week we had zone conference and so we had our interviews with President Northcutt and all that good stuff. It was way good. I learned some cool stuff and had a good time. Everything is going good. Then this Sunday was fast meeting since we had conference last week, I believe that is the same for all of us right?

So for the investigator situation…. We have one investigator that if he continues strong, he is on the track to be baptized at the end of this transfer. His name is Ricardo Tolaba and he is a stud. He is the kid we talked to out on his front step a couple weeks back. Then we found a pretty cool family, well a mom and a daughter at least. They lived in Cordoba before and were listening to the missionaries. Her mom recently died and so she is here for awhile and we knocked on her door yesterday and they received us and accepted a baptismal date for the beginning of November along with her daughter. Lourdes Mamani is also progressing pretty well. We had a lesson with her yesterday and she was saying how she read but didn't understand some things. So we started talking about prayer and how it helps us with the things that we don't understand and her eyes lit up and she said "so what you're saying is that if I have a question about something I can get on my knees and ask God and he will answer me?" I almost jumped for joy in that moment and that "Somebody finally gets it!!" Ha-ha, that was a pretty cool moment!

We have had some other really good lessons over the week but they don´t really stick out in my mind at the moment. But that is why I write a journal so if you want to read it when I get home, you are more than welcome to do so. Things here in Perico are going well. The temperature is kind of starting to even out to a lukewarm summer sort of thing. It still has yet to rain which is a bad sign for the people of Jujuy considering the economy is mostly based on the harvest of tobacco. We'll see what happens, personally I think that they need to repent and hurricane Fran will come back from the dead and they'll have all the water they need! Ha-ha. I like the people here. I have seen that they are a little more accepting than the people in my last area were. Or maybe I am just doing something different. Whatever it is I am enjoying my time more because we are having more success. Or at least it seems like it.

Love you all, and take care.
Elder Jeff Rose

06 October 2009

Good times.... yep, they were good!

Hey clan!

How is everything going for you all there in the states? Hope things are going great. I think the weather here finally decided to turn to summer; it has been pretty hot these past couple of days. Thank you all for your letters, To the Jensen and McGarry families a huge hug and thanks for your support. Today was a pretty good day, (we´ll start with today and go backwards.) it was P-day and we did an activity with three zones here in the mission so all of the missionaries in the province of Jujuy came and we played a soccer championship, not much of a championship since we only formed three teams but it was super fun. After that me and Elder Gamarra went and ate pizza with a couple of elders and the sister missionaries. It was a good time and now I am here writing you guys :).

Yesterday was a normal day of work; we taught some good lessons and visited some cool people. It started to sprinkle for about 5 seconds, but then it just shot lighting about 50 miles away and Perico remains a dry state :). It has been pretty hot, up in the 90s at least. Saturday and Sunday were fabulous. We were able to go to conference for all of the sessions. We live about 40 minute away form the stake center so we took a bus up on Saturday morning (the sessions here are at 1, 5 and 9 for priesthood) and stayed the night in the missionaries apartment that live close. It was way good. I enjoyed several of the talks that stood out to me. Elder Holland’s talk was AMAZING. Then there was another one that went by so fast and I was trying to write down all the stuff that occurred to me but I didn’t have the chance and then one more I put a star next to in my journal but I cannot remember which one it was.

We had one investigator come to the Sunday sessions. I got to tell you this story. So we had talked to this one lady who said to come by her house and we passed by and said she didn't have time. So we passed by again and talked to her daughter who said she wasn’t there and then we passed by again and found her son Ricardo. First you must understand that we normally don´t pass by people that many times when they don´t give us the time of day) so we talked to Ricardo. We sat in front of his house on the curb which is also out of the norm. We taught the restoration lesson but more answered a lot of his questions we asked him to read the Book of Mormon and pray and go to conference and be baptized. And he said yes! I didn’t get my hopes up too much though because we get that a lot. But then he came to conference and asked us to come by every day that we could. That got me pretty stoked and I was way happy to be able to teach him. We talked during conference and he as really loving it. The members just befriended him so fast too.

Before I got here there had been a few baptisms, and it is known to be a fairly highly baptizing area, but one thing that I have learned in the mission is that statistics don´t matter at all. If an elder goes into an area with faith that the lord will lead him to those who are ready to be baptized, anything is possible. I’ve learned so many good lessons in the mission, perhaps too many of them the hard way but I learned them and that is what matters. so here I am in Perico Jujuy, with good members, good leaders and I am committed to do all that is in my power and I know that the Lord will help me if he calls on me to do something out of my power. I love this work; just the little things that happen that make you smile from ear to ear. I’ll be looking out for the opportunities that the Lord gives me to teach and I expect all of you guys to do the same. ¿aight chicos? Love you with all my heart.
Take care of things for me.