Elder Carlos Samuel Gomez

Elder Carlos Samuel Gomez

Monday, July 3, 2017

MURICA, FHE, Fish Sunday, Gustavo

We met a guy this week that lived in the U.S. for 15 years and speaks pretty good English. It was weird! Elder Deem was in seventh heaven because someone finally talked to him in English haha! It was fun. 

We had a super FHE with the ward this week! We played a game called "Do you like your neighbors?". It was a riot. The members loved it. It´s in the same category as musical chairs, so there´s always someone wrestling for a chair. Lots of fun! Two future missionaries from the ward gave the lesson and they did a great job. I was imagining them with name tags on in the field and I felt a good feeling. I love to see the members having fun together. Every ward needs to be united and activities are a great way to help them become friends.

Thanks to the fun Home Evening a ton of people went to church! Elder Deem and I had a super funny morning yesterday. Villa ConstituciĆ³n is right next to the Parana River, and everyone eats fish here. I´ve been given fish many times as a gift. The last time my companion cooked it in the apartment and for a month the whole place smelled like fish. Well this week an investigator gave us a huge fish that was about as long as my arm and so we offered it to a needy family. They said to drop it off Sunday morning when we stopped by to walk them to church. When Sunday came around they didn´t wake up so we were stuck walking around with a huge fish getting followed by the 10,000 stray dogs in the city! But it paid off because we had a killer Sunday! 7 investigators made it to church. The Zanzo´s, the Urunde´s, a new couple named Marcela and Fernando, Eric´s aunt Luisa, and Mabel. What a miracle! Elder Deem and I were pretty much skipping around church we were so happy. 

In the evening we taught Gustavo and Melanie. They already have received all the lessons now and are just waiting to be able to get married and Gustavo will be baptized. Towards the end of the lesson Gustavo said he had a question. He said that during the two months that we have been teaching them, he hasn´t been able to stop thinking about his grandma who passed away. He got teary eyed and asked us if it was a sign. We taught him about baptisms for the dead and family history. I´ve never felt the Spirit so strong while teaching about temples. I could imagine him, Melanie, and their 5 kids dressed in white in the temple. He loved it and committed to search for his grandma´s info and when he gets baptized take her name to the temple. It was a neat experience. I love it when we teach a principle and the Spirit takes it to the heart of the person. There is no better feeling. It´s something that I will miss so much. I hope that you attend the temple regularly. Have a great week, I love you!
-Elder Gomez

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