It was Easter yesterday! It´s was different. Everyone here is Catholic, so Easter is a massive thing. There was nobody in the street for 3 days. It was tough to get contacts. The lessons that we had were great though! We
didn´t get turned down as much, because everyone believes in Easter. I love testifying of the Savior and learning more about Him, so it was a great opportunity to talk about Him. We also were able to join in a bit in the festivities. A couple members gave us Easter eggs and we gave out some candy as well. We tried to doorbell ditch our brach president with a pack of cookies yesterday, and it ended badly. He lives in an appartment building, so we rang his doorbell and left the cookies there. We had just run to the other side of the street when another guy came out and stole the cookies! We still had another pack so we tried to run and put them there, but the president saw us running back and it all failed. It was pathetic. We had some awesome lessons though, haha. We taught a part-member family. The husband is an old investigator that felt too pressured by the missionaries and members where he used to live, and stopped progressing. We got to know him a bit more, and we´re thinking of ideas to help him regain the desire to learn and apply the Gospel. This week has been a little rough in the subject of English. It was a lot easier to speak Spanish all of the time when I was living with natives. My last two companions have been from the U.S., and it makes things a little challenging. I´ll work on it this week! I love you all. -Elder Gomez
Monday, March 21, 2016
We have been blessed like crazy this week! Elder Barnett and I have been focused on getting as many lessons with members as possible and it has been tough. One night we were walking with a young man from the ward named Nefi, and we were contacting. We found a lady named Marta that was trying to move a pile of dirt and trash with a little plastic dust pan, and we stopped to help. It was already pretty dark and we ran out of trash bags to put the muck in, so we asked if we could come back in the morning to finish the job. She said yes and asked what she owed us. We told her all we would ask was if she would listen to us for a bit in the morning. She said yes and we came back the next day. We finished as fast as we could so that we would have time to talk. Her daughter was there as well, and we taught the message of the Restoration. She lost her husband 7 years ago and was touched to hear that she could live with him again after this life. The Spirit came like warm blanket, and Marta cried. They accepted the invitation to read the Book of Mormon. We´re going back tomorrow!!! It was amazing to have an experience like that, especially because we had been struggling to find new investigators for a while. We found several more interested investigators throughout the week, and we´re excited to invite them to be baptized!!! Look for opportunities to serve, and when you find them don´t forget to testify of the Savior Jesus Christ and the of the Restoration of His Gospel. You don´t need to be a full time missionary to be an instrument in the hands of the Lord. Be brave! Be the kind of servant that in the Last Days will be called valiant by the Lord and allowed to enter into exaltation. Remember the words of the ¨Come, come ye saints¨- How can we think to earn a great reward if we now shun the fight? I love you guys, ciao! -Elder Gomez
Posted by ellisgomez at 10:16 AM
Monday, March 14, 2016
This week was fun. The missionaries that share our ward building had a baptism, and we were helping them out all day with the set-up and clean up. We had troubles with the font again. That thing is ridiculous! This time there was an electrical problem with the water pump, so we were running around all day trying to figure it out. We also had a branch activity. We had a talent show/dinner, and it was a success! The only issue was that the people with talents didn´t show up and so Elder Barnett and I had to go up on the stage and beat box. It was painful for everyone, but the show had to go on, haha :) We got to eat a lot of good food after and that was comforting. This week was rough for finding. We haven´t had too much success contacting and so we have been studying lots in Preach My Gospel. I got to speak in Sacrament Meeting, which was fun. They asked for a long talk, so I went for around 20 minutes. I talked about missionary work. As part of my preparation I studied Jacob 5. That chapter is magic. I shared a few verses and talked about how the Lord helps us work in His vineyard. It got me pumped up for the week, and now we´re going to double our efforts and faith! I know that the Lord has put someone in this area in this moment and that they are ready. The church is true. I love you all, bye!
Chocolate milk and chips-a-hoy alfajores Style! Oh and the other pic!
Posted by ellisgomez at 8:52 AM
Monday, March 7, 2016
This week was great! My companion Elder Barnett has been improving a ton in his use of the language and in his understanding. He is a great missionary. This week has been full of miracles. We were walking the other day and I saw a man getting on to a motorcycle to drive away and the Spirit told me to talk to him. I told him that he had nice sunglasses because they were actually pretty sweet, and he just drove off. Later we were walking around on the other side of our area and we saw him in front of his house! He was trying to mow the lawn, but there was a huge bag that had about a third of a cubic meter of sand inside. We asked if he wanted help moving it and he just laughed. He said he was grateful for the help, but that it was impossible. We told him that we wanted to try anyway. We grabbed the bag and with surprisingly little effort we yanked it off the grass. He told us that it wasn´t a coincidence that we saw each other again, and accepted a pamphlet of the Restoration. We´re excited to teach him this week! We also were visiting less active members and we stopped and asked a member about her neighbors that are less active. She told us not to go because they never talk to the missionaries and that we would just have a bad experience. Of course that just got us more excited :) The husband, who is a nonmember, ended up being really receptive and let us come in. We were able to share a scripture and they said we could come back. The wife said that her husband had previously told her that he would never let missionaries back in the house, and that it was a miracle that he was the one who invited us in. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the Kingdom of God on Earth. I know it is. Have a great week, I love you!
Posted by ellisgomez at 11:55 AM