22 February 2010

New Email Address

February 22, 2010

Hey everyone! How are things going? So, first the little bits of news. First of all, they changed the schedule for the conference so if you were planning on writing me tomorrow, sorry, I’ll get your email next week. And also, the church has just recently changed email systems for missionaries and stuff and it´s supported by Google and it works well, so now that that is ready, this email address is the one that I should be using from now on. If it doesn’t show up on your list it is the following. ´jeffrey.rose@myldsmail.net´ I guess the church worked with Google to get it made so it works a lot better now. So you can continue sending the emails to ´cheboludo44@gmail.com´ and I will still get them or you can send them directly to this one. But the other ones (lamasrose77 and jeff.rose) won´t exist here in a little bit.

But yeah, so everything here is going pretty good. Elder Wade and I are having fun and working hard. He is a really cool kid and I am glad to have gotten to be with him. As for our investigators, things are going better. We have one who is really cool. His name is Rodrigo and he is 25 years old. He has eye problems to the point where he really can´t see so it is hard for him to read and all that. So we burned the scriptures on CD and we assign him ´listening´ assignments and we leave him with movies and stuff like that. We try to pass by at least once a day and sometimes have the opportunity to pass by twice. He has a lot of questions and his story is really cool. He has gone to church twice and he has a baptismal date for the 6th. We´ll see if he can really get an answer by then. I would love to see him get baptized before I leave the area.

It has been raining a ton lately. Since I really only have one good pair of shoes left I wear my dress shoes until they get completely soaked and then I leave them in the apartment to dry and wear other shoes. It has been pretty good weather though. It still gets way too hot for anyone to enjoy, but the rain keeps it at least a little bit under control.

:) love you guys, hope all is going well. Take Care!

Elder Jeff Rose

15 February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Everything here is pretty good I have got to say. It has been a bit of a difficult week because of the parties that are going on for Carnival and all that but we are doing what we can. We have kind of been starting over recently with new investigators and stuff like that. I think I may have already mentioned that.

As far as all that goes, things are good. We had two investigators that were in church yesterday, one who´s name is Rodrigo. He was found by the other elders but lives in our area. He is a cool guy, he has really bad vision due to cancerous growths in his eyes, so it is difficult for him to read and all that, but we are trying to figure out a way to help him out. If you have any ideas, let me know. Then we had the friend of two young men in the ward that we spoke with the other day and they brought him to church. One of those two young men was baptized recently due to the other friend and now they are working on another; they are quite the team. We found a really cool kid last night after church too.

So after church it was a rather difficult day. We went to try and visit probably about 7 or 8 people and nobody wanted to talk to us, so we were with a member and we went to the church for a moment to figure out what we should do. We left the church and had decided to visit one more person and then to go and knock doors. That person wasn't there and so we went to knock doors. This member, Ricardo, one of the converts since I have been here, is preparing for his mission. So I asked him where he would like to knock doors. We followed him and the first house that we knocked where someone was home, they let us in. It was an 18 year old kid with his grandpa. He listened intently while Ricardo helped him understand. We felt the spirit. He accepted a baptismal date for the 13 of March. He was a direct answer to a prayer. I know he was; so that was a good end to a so so day. So for this week we weren't able to accomplish all of what we wanted to do, and I felt kind of down about it, but hopefully we can get some more stuff done this week.

Today for p-day we were going to go fishing, but the people who we were going to go with got here at 9:30 when they said they’d be here at 7 so we decided not to go. We cleaned, which was really good and we got some time to rest. For lunch I whipped up some of the chicken salad you sent me and shared it with some of the other elders. It has been a good time this past little while, I have learned a lot and I am looking forward to seeing how we can put it into action.

But how are things out your way going? How was your Valentine’s Day, do anything fun? Whatever all of you that are reading this were up to I hope it was enjoyable. I love you all and I look forward to hearing from you again next week. Let me know what´s up and if you have any new questions. Oh and by the way, next week p-day is changed to Tuesday because zone conference is on Monday. Just for next week though, it is still on Mondays normally. Well.... take care! Love you all. Bye.

--Elder Jeff Rose

08 February 2010


It has been hailing and raining here for the past little bit and has delayed our travels. I have to go up to Jujuy with my comp so that I can do divisions with the zone leaders today and tomorrow and then I will be back to my area on Wednesday, then back up to Jujuy on Thursday for district meeting and all that good stuff. Sooooo... things here are going well. Starting today and going backwards. We went fishing today for p-day; I’ll put some pictures up of that. It was pretty cool. Didn't get any pictures of the fish cause I didn't have my camera on me but I pulled out 4 or 5 fish (I can´t remember). It was pretty fun. We just bought some bamboo poles and strung up a little string and for bait we dug up some worms and then we used some flour and water and mixed it up into a simple dough. Amazing that it actually worked as well as it did.

The weekend was not so spectacular but it was decent. We really got fodged (stood up) for about 3 days straight. Not one of the appointments that we had scheduled went through. We still got some stuff done but it was really a lesson learned on the struggle that we sometimes have and how to get past them. We have a few decent investigators right now. We are working to get them going; hopefully we can help them out. We kind of are starting over at the moment. We dropped a lot of people and are trying to find new ones. And we still don´t have a cell phone so that is a bit of a problem. But through all of this, I am happy and I have been working hard and having a good time with my comp.

Elder Wade is a stud. We get along really great. I hope that I can teach him good and help him out. It is like dad said, “who knows where I will be in this next transfer.” I don´t know if I am gone but I kind of have a feeling that I am. And on top of that once you are in a ward this long and you visit members and less actives and start learning the deep dark secrets of the area, you kind of start wanting a new place to be. But no matter where I am I will be working, so all I hope for is a comp that will work and people that will listen. And with that I am happy. And that is what I have right now so I am happy and I am smiling. Thanks to all you guys for everything and your continued letters. I love you all. Take care.

-------Elder Jeff Rose--------

01 February 2010

This week has been pretty good

It was not the absolute best week ever; but it wasn’t a complaining worthy week either. The best part of the week was Wednesday. On Monday and Tuesday I was on divisions with the other two elders in Perico. On Wednesday I went up to the bus terminal in Jujy all on my lonesome and met up with the other elders and sisters that were going to be training. It was a decent ride down. I finally got to meet and actually talk to one of my brothers in the mission (we had the same trainer). That was cool. So we went to president’s house and hung out a bit, ate lunch and then got our companions. Once again I got a gringo. I don’t know if that means that president thinks that I am good at teaching Spanish or thinks my accent would drive a native crazy or what, but I am super stoked to be with my new kid. His name is Elder Wade from Rexburg, Idaho. He is super cool. I’ll send you pictures of us next week when I have my camera. We´re doing really well and he actually speaks Spanish fairly decently.

So then on Thursday we had a district meeting and the biggest highlight is that the other elders lost their second phone in a month and this time it was mine. So that is why this week was kind of a downer. Cause we had a ton of investigators that we were supposed to go see and members to go with us but we couldn't communicate with any of them so we didn't have a whole lot of success. We found some new families that seem like they may be good, we´ll see. We had one investigator (the wife of a member) go to church on Sunday. We´ll see how that goes. She almost got baptized once, but then she just kind of disappeared. Our other investigators are just kind of there for now. We are struggling getting them to come to church, but that is the normal battle. We have been working a lot more with referrals from members lately and it seems like we might be finding some good stuff and there may be some good things going for us. We will just have to work and see.

Today for p-day we went and played with the bees again. I had to get the pictures back that I lost and the only way was to relive the experience. This time I had about 25 bees sting me but none of them got through the clothes nor the suit so I am perfectly fine (oh the miracles of modern inventions, right?) it was raining a ton today too so as we hiked up the mountains to get to the bees I felt as if I was in the military or something running through the forest in the pouring rain with a big backpack cutting my way through with a machete. Oh, if only you could have seen me!! It was super cool. Anyway, so things are good here. I am glad to hear from you guys that things are good out your way too. Keep up the good work, stay focused, be good and I love you all a ton. Never forget it.

Elder Jeff Rose