Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been a pretty good week! Summer is starting to come to it’s end here in Comodoro, it’s not nearly as hot, it’s raining a lot more, it’s getting darker earlier, and it’s cold in the mornings! It’s fantastic! I don’t have to worry about the heat anymore (hopefully, that is it better not get hot again) until August (¿Qué?)!
This week has been a really good week! We’ll start with the big highlight! This week Elder Bednar came to Buenos Aires and was doing a lot of training and stuff with church leaders and members and at the last minute he decided to do a broadcast training to all the missionaries in the South America South Area! He started off telling us that, according to his calculations, 8% of all the missionaries in the world were participating in this training, which is guess is a historic size (minus the worldwide training we had a couple of weeks ago:)). He talked a lot about agency, and how we need to be agents (which act), and not objects (which are acted upon). We need to grow, we need to be obedient, we need to choose to live the gospel and preach it to all people. Part of that is that we need to have faith. And faith requires action. We need to do more than just get on our knees and pray for miracles, pray for testimonies, pray for people to come to church, we need to go out and work so that miracles can happen, we need to study the scriptures and live the gospel so we can obtain a testimony, and go out and find the people and bring them to church. And not only do we have to do that, but we need to help all of the people that we work with be agents as well. We need to help them act, to read, pray, attend church, obtain a testimony, and to get baptized. Because if we baptize “objects” then they won’t be converted to the gospel.
Oh, and Elder Bednar only knows a couple of words in Spanish, so he had a translator, but he would occasionally throw in a Spanish word or two. So the first time he did it he said something like “In this meeting, it’s not going to be me teaching, but the Espíritu Santo” so when the translator translated it he said “En esta reunión, yo no les voy a enseñar, sino que el Holy Ghost.” And then Elder Bednar started talking, realized what the translator had said, stopped, started laughing, and then gave the translator a fist bump! How sweet would that be to fist bump an apostle!
We also had a couple of cool experiences working this week! The first was with a new investigator named Fabian! We passed by his house and at first it didn’t seem like he was going to let us in, but in the end he did and we taught the Restoration and he accepted it all really well! And in his final prayer he prayed to know if what we taught was true! But sincerely! It was way cool! That doesn’t happen very much! Unfortunately he works in the outside of the city 7 days, and then has a 7 day break, so we weren’t able to visit him again and he wasn’t able to go to church. But this week we’ll pass by!
We also found a recent convert that we didn’t know existed doing visits with a member. I guess he got baptized a couple of months ago, but kind of just disappeared. I had never heard of him. So we went by and found him and found out that he had started to work outside of the city on a farm and came back to his house like once a month. And it just so happens that we passed by the very day he was home:) Coincidence? I think not!
I hope that you all have a fantastic week! Share the gospel with somebody!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin