There is a part of my area that is a tiny villa (very poor area), and almost half of the inhabitants are inactives! It´s crazy. They are all part of a native tribe called Toba. The Alvarez family is a family of 6 ish brothers and 5 have served missions. We have a family that we are teaching out there that were a referral from that family. They just need to help us out by going to church! That´s all I got this week. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is God´s One True Church. It is the same in every part of the world, and it is the same in the other world as well. If you don´t know if it is, read the Book of Mormon. I love you guys, ciaó!
Monday, April 25, 2016
Week one in my new area is officially over. Baigorria is an AMAZING ward! These members are truly converted. They are very supportive of the missionaries and gave us 14 referrals this week!!! I think in my first area I received 3 or 4 in over 3 months. They are also super willing to go out on visits with us. Our ward mission leader is an RM that got back from his mission just a few months ago. He is amazing! We have a lesson with him today and we are going to set a baptismal date with a family. The investigators are great here! The Almada family lives on the bank of the el Rio Paraná and are a humble fishing family. To get down to their house there is a huge creaky staircase that is almost as steep as a ladder. It has around 40 steps. I felt like I was in an Indiana Jones movie :) The daughter Noelia is 14 years old and has been meeting with the missionaries for a few months. She had a baptismal date previously but it fell through when the sister missionaries left and the Elders came in last transfer. We taught her and she said that she misses church, and wants to go back!! We´re psyched. There is also a pair of investigators that just need to get married to be baptized. We´ll be working with them.
Posted by ellisgomez at 8:42 AM
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Sorry I`m a day late. I got tranfered!! I had to leave my home in Venado Tuerto and Elder Barnett. I got transfered to the same zone that I started in, Rosario Norte! I´m super excited because now I´m in the same stake as all of the families that I miss from my first area. I can´t wait to see them. The last week in Venado was crazy! We were starting to have more and more success. The last day in the area, an investigator committed to baptism. It was pretty tough to leave, especially because I had been there for 5 months. Now I´m in a ward, and the members here are super missionaries! The bishop is a very hard worker. My companion is named Elder Palacios, and is....... Mexican! I´m straight up pumped!! I was getting a little worn out from being the only Elder that spoke the language in the companionship haha. Now I´m going to be able to learn much faster. I´m also a little sad not to be training again. My companion has a year in the mission. I´m excited to be able to learn from his experience. The schedule is going to take some getting used to, because now I´m not in training schedule. It´s the first time in the mission that I´ll be a whole transfer without being trained or training. I´m excited for the new challenges! I was feeling a little down because I had to leave my area right when we were about to baptize, but when I arrived I found out that there are 3 investigators that have baptismal dates here! What a blessing. Have a great week everyone!
Posted by ellisgomez at 10:37 AM
Monday, April 11, 2016
It´s a girl!!! That´s awesome Dallin and Katelyn. I´m excited to meet her. Also, Happy Birthday Steve! I´m sorry you had to get your glory stolen a bit from Dallin. Make sure you guys party hard. I´ve been showing members and missionaries our picture of you in the Chewbacca costume and they have all enjoyed it.
I had an empanada with tuna this week. I love all empanadas, but when they´re tuna it´s just sad. We also had the fun experience of trying otter. That was pretty different. They told us before we ate that it was otter, but I didn´t know the word for otter so I assumed it was some weird looking chicken. It wasn´t. But it was tasty :) I´m looking forward to my next otter experience.
We had a really fun week. We´ve been speaking Castellano like crazy here, and my companion is learning at a pretty impressive rate. We were able to teach a lot of people this week. The best lessons by far were two lessons that we were able to teach with members. We taught our investigator Marta, and we asked the Bolaño family to testify. They are an experienced couple that are about to become temple workers, and they taught with power. It was amazing to see them befriend Marta and invite her to their home. This week the Spirit has testified to me many times. Yesterday I bore my testimony in Sacrament Meeting about the resurrection. It´s crazy how many people don´t have the knowledge that we do concerning the events after this life. The majority do not believe that we will be resurrected, and only we believe that we will receive all that God hath. I know that if we live the Gospel of Jesus Christ we WILL be exhalted. Read the Book of Mormon! If you already have, read it again! -Elder Gomez
Posted by ellisgomez at 2:15 PM
Monday, April 4, 2016
First things first. This week I was gifted by members a jar of Nutella. Nutella here costs about 5 dollars for a jar with less than half a cup, so it is out of my budget. I had not eaten Nutella in around 9 months! Imagine this moment!!! Eat your Nutella and enjoy it.Conference is the best holiday in the mission! I LOVE Conference. This year I got blown away by a few talks, and the Spirit spoke to me mostly concerning the family. The family is ordained of God. If you haven´t watched the Priesthood Session yet, please do. While watching the last session of each day, I got an overwhelming desire to become a true disciple of Jesus Christ. That desire is still with me. The main charactaristic of a true disciple is Charity. That does not simply mean that we should treat others well. It means that we see God´s children as they are. Before we can hope to see others that way, we must be able to see ourselves as offspring of God. At one point in the Priesthood Session, the Prophet Thomas S. Monson looked at the congregation and said: ¨You are a son of God¨. The Spirit witnessed to me that it was true. I want to become perfect SO BAD! The tough thing is that it´s going to take a long time, a lot of effort, and of course the grace of Jesus Christ. I hope that you have the same desire. If you do, now think of others. Your desire that they might have Eternal Life should be just as great. Have a great week. Ciaó!
Posted by ellisgomez at 1:13 PM