Elder Carlos Samuel Gomez

Elder Carlos Samuel Gomez

Monday, February 29, 2016

smile, tell jokes, sing and dance

Hello hello, everything going rather well in Argentina, or at least the small part of Argentina where I am :) I received my new companion this week, and his name is Elder Barnett. He´s from Mount Pleasant Utah and doesn't speak a lick of Spanish. It´s been a fun week :D He is one of the most humble beings I´ve had the privilege to work with. He is from the same graduating class that I am from, but is still older than me. I still have never had a companion younger than me, haha. We've been having a fun time learning Spanish and seeing the culture here. It seems like the investigators are going on a commitment strike or something! They haven´t been very inclined to do much of anything lately. We have one investigator that is progressing, but she lives in a different town and so we can´t teach her on week days. We´ve been working a lot on our contacting skills. President Zanni gave all of the trainers a training and told us that he wants missionaries that think outside of the box. He used the Quorum of the Twelve and the First Presidency as examples of leaders that think of new ways to share the Gospel with others. Things have been getting interesting as I´ve tried to smile, tell jokes, sing and dance to try to get these people to be happy. Convincing people to want to be happier is turning out to be harder than one would think! The truth is that all of them are looking for something more whether they know it or not. It would be nice if you could all pray for the Argentinians to be unsatisfied with their lives, haha :) We´re working hard. Have a great week, I love you!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Don't forget to repent and your experience at church will change ;)

Sorry I´m a day off with this one. It´s TRANSFERS WEEK! My Elder Wagner has left me now. We had 3 good months together, but now he´s on to bigger and better things. I´m going to be training again! I´m so excited! I´m going to meet my new companion tomorrow at the welcome meeting. Elder Wagner is also going to train!!! He just finished his own training! I´m so proud of him. He is a great missionary, and I feel very blessed to have been able to work with him. Other happenings this week... The sisters in my district had a baptism, and I got to perform the ordinance. It was a wonderful day. There is a very special feeling that comes as you step into the font, and while the ordinance takes place. It is a sacred moment. I was thinking about baptism the other day and I read D&C 6:36-37. Please read it. I was thinking about how special it would be to be able to redo my own baptism when it hit me- That´s what the Sacrament is for! I teach that all day, and I still forgot haha :) Then I started thinking about what baptism is. It is a covenant, which means a promise with God. To make that covenant, one has to repent of all of their sins, be willing to represent Christ, and be willing to follow Him forever. And then as they are baptized, they receive the remission of their sins and come out of the water completely pure. The exact same covenant is made every week on Sunday at church. The Sacrament can be just as special as a baptism! But for that to happen, we need to prepare ourselves. We should repent of all of our sins BEFORE we take the Sacrament, and if we do that we will be cleaned from head to toe as we renew our covenants. I think it´s just great. Have a great week everyone! Don´t forget to repent, and your experience at church will change  :) -Elder Gomez 

Monday, February 15, 2016

then.... wait....

This week has been very different. The whole mission is changing a lot lately. President Zanni challenged us all to talk to 10 people at least every day and the whole mission is finding many, many more investigators each week. The most that I had ever seen up until January was 17 in a week, and this week there were around 5 areas that found almost 40 new investigators!!! We´re all pumped. This week Elder Wagner and I focused on teaching as many lessons as possible. That helped us to use our time much more wisely. As we´ve been teaching people how to receive answers to big questions through prayer, I have been trying to identify the answers that I receive when I pray. It has helped me to understand the investigators a lot more. The key to receiving answers is FAITH! It makes all the difference. My faith has grown as I´ve seen these people feel the Holy Ghost before my eyes every day. It gives me a desire to have the same feeling and to share said feeling with as many people as possible. It is crucial to learn to recognize the Holy Spirit. He will always come to those who seek Him, but the way He manifests Himself varies according to the person to whom He speaks. I saw one young man receive a powerful manifestation a week or two ago. He asked if the church was true and if he should get baptized, and after the prayer he said that he could not describe the feeling with words. Do you believe that you can feel the same way? You can, and you can feel it today. It´s easy. Kneel down, and ask God if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is His true church. Then ask if the Book of Mormon is true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Then (This is the most important part) wait. Wait and pay attention to exactly how you feel. The Holy Ghost speaks to the mind and heart. You will receive thoughts and feelings of peace and love. That will be your testimony. I know that it will happen- I see it every day with complete strangers :) Have a great week!
-Elder Carlos Samuel Gomez, Argentina Rosario Mission

Monday, February 8, 2016

teaching teaching teaching

This week has been a lot of fun! We found a lot of new investigators. One is named Jonathan. He´s 17, and is able to feel the Spirit really easily. We taught him the Restoration and then he accepted a baptismal date! We followed a tip that we got from President Zanni. He told us to kneel down with the investigators in the lesson and ask if the Church is true, and then hold them accountable to the testimony that they receive. We tried it, and three people accepted to be baptized in one day! Follow the advice of your leaders, their counsel comes from God! Now we´re pumped for this week. We are going to go to all of our investigators and either set a baptismal date or drop them. It is going to be great, and we are going to be able to maximize the use of our time! The other two investigators that accepted to be baptized are named Juan and Valentina. They are 9 and 10, and are the kids of a less active brother. They aren´t super talkative, but they are good listeners and have good intentions. They had gone to church with their dad yesterday and so we asked them how they felt there and taught about the Spirit as we taught the Restoration. After we had them kneel and pray to know it was true, and they both accepted! My testimony was strengthened as I watched it touch their hearts. There aren´t many moments as good as seeing someone receive their first testimony of the Restoration. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Also yesterday, two investigators came to church named Victor and Pamela. We´ve been teaching them for a while now and they asked me to give the baby blessing for their son Gabriel. That was a cool experience! We´re going to set baptismal dates with them hopefully tonight, but we´ll see if they´re home :) AdiĆ³s!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Diversity in Missionary Work

This week has been great! President Zanni sent us all a message telling us to talk to more people in the street and now we send a message to him every day telling him how many we talked to. That got all of us way excited, and now we´re teaching way more lessons than usual. There is a set of sisters in the mission that contacted 124 people in one day! That means that they spoke of Christ at least 124 times and gave 124 people the opportunity to change their eternities. We are very excited. Our investigator Marisol is still on track to be baptized. We taught the last lesson yesterday, and she said that she was scared but determined. Please pray for her! We´ve been getting to know a lot of diverse people lately with this challenge from President Zanni. Yesterday we talked to a man named Sergio that is a meditation instructor. We started talking about Jesus Christ, but he got distracted and told us all about the Illuminati, and how they talk to aliens in Area 51. Missionary work can be really interesting sometimes, haha! We´re excited to learn some meditation techniques and teach about the peace that we get from the Gospel of Jesus Christ! I get an awesome feeling whenever I see the Gospel change the life of someone. An example is a less active member that has a strong addiction to video games. We taught him the other day and told him that it was affecting his life, and also the life of his son. Elder Wagner showed strong love for him and invited him to repentance. He came to church yesterday instead of playing games until 5am and sleeping in, and he looked so happy there with his son in the chapel. We also talked with a man that claims that Hitler is alive and well in Argentina, and showed us a book called "Hitler´s Exile". It was hilarious! Have a great week, the Church is true!!!