Yoooo so ya this has been the longest week ever!!!!!!!! It was too good to see the fam on Mother's Day. Elder Tarwater just told me it was last week? No wayyy haha seems like forever ago!
EURY CORDERO PEÑA WAS BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!! And i had the the opportunity to baptize him. He is the little dominican boy that we have been teaching. He honestly is the coolest kid in the world!!!!!!!! We asked him why he wants to be baptized and he said because he doesn´t want to say bad words anymore or fight with his siblings. haha he's so sick! It was kinda sad though. His parents didn't even come to the baptism. He came with his older brother that's 13 and his older sister that's 11 and his neighbor friend. He's 9 years old. Honestly he knows 100000000 times more about the gospel than I did at his age. He knows the covenant he just made. He truly knows!! I am so grateful to know him! We were able to have a couple investigator's come to the baptism as well so that was perfect. The members of the ward helped out and we were able to have about 25 people come....well 12 of them were missionaries in our area but still ha it was nice to have some seats filled.
I gave him that tie that Christine Neeleman sent me and he LOVES it! PERFECT size! Little clip on green tie!
Today is transfers and Elder Salas has a 24 hour bus ride ahead of him to Trelew! I was with him for 2 transfers and not gonna lie he didn't teach me too much but the fact that he didn't speak english helped a ton haha. My new comp hasn't arrived yet so I'm with Elder Tarwater till tomorrow so that's awesome! Elder Salas did give me a River jersey and it's toooooooo sick! Brand new and my size!
I realized yeserday how hard it is going to be to leave this area! I have such amazing true friends here! Tomas, Georgina, Ramón, Eury, Ezequil, my mission leader, all the families in the ward...all the menos activos that we visit! It's going to be so hard!!!!!!!!!!!!! I could honestly stay in this area for two years and would be pumped. All mud...all ice...i literally have mud up past my knees! I can't walk out of the cabin unless I have my boots on!
So my new comp is gringo as well. Apparently i know more spanish than him so this shall be interesting when we teach the homies that don't have teeth!
Pray for Ramón if you can. He needs some encouragement to keep progressing! His spirit is so strong!
I have learned that the spirit really is everything. There are some missionaries that only teach for the numbers and I honestly feel bad for the people they teach!! I know that when we have the spirit as we teach it's Heavenly Father working through us. When we talk about His son and the incomprehensible sacrifice that he gave for each and every single person that has ever lived and will ever live we NEED to have the Spirit with us! I LOVE being a missionary for what the definition is. We represent Jesus Christ. As a member of this church we represent Jesus Christ! Service is the best way I have found to thank Him just a little.
p.s. Eury's last name is Cordero... which is Lamb in castellano....so we're cousins.
First Baptism - EURY CORDERO PEÑA
Our zone with our dope t shirts that we had made! They have our mission symbol with a temple and our names on the back!
What is up everyone? So ya yesterday was the best day every. I LOVED being able to see the fam and talk to you guys. It's crazy that I've been gone for 4 months! Seeing everyone makes me want to work even harder. I have been so blessed and these people here can have that same happiness to know that families are forever!
Not too much to talk about because I shared most of it yesterday haha but I just want everyone to know that life is gooooooood. We found some more people to teach and they seem to be golden so we'll see.
So Ramón asked us to come over Saturday night. We came over and he just started crying. He told us he found two jobs for sunday and he accounted it to our prayers. He read us a talk for an old conference about the power of a testimony and talking to everyone. This missionary once talked to this little boy on the street and gave him a Book of Mormon with his testimony inside. The missionary didn't get the boy's direction and never contacted him after. Well this little boy read the Book of Mormon and used the missionary's testimony as a big part of his conversion. The little boy was not allowed to be baptized because of his parent's. Then years later this boy was in the military. Times were tough and he remembered the words in the Book of Mormon so he decided to pray. He felt an overwhelming feeling to be baptized so he left right then and searched for missionaries on the street. He finally found them at a fast food restaurant and was baptized later that week. He spent years trying to contact that missionary who previously gave him the Book of Mormon when he was a little boy and eventually he found him. He told him it was because of his testimony that he was converted and now he has a family of his own in the church his kids are striving to serve missions as well.
I am so grateful for this opportunity. We have so much to offer to this world. Never take what we have for granted:):):)
S/O to Garrison for headin to Germany! You're right.. it does seem like yesterday when i was whoopin up on you, Alec, and Eli in 2k.
S/o to Reegs for puttin the team on her back in softball!!! hahaha that's awesome! It's gotta be better than basketball!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY GUNNER!!! 17!! what the heck?? i felt like i was so old when i turned 17 haha 1 year you can serve!! how crazy is that!!!
So this week has been a definite testimony builder! We had a meeting with Elder Gonzalez of the 70 on Thursday and that was AMAZING!!!!! The meeting was in Ushaia which is the mission just south of ours. I know...you probably didn't think we could go any more south...but we did. The area/city is called Ushaia (ooshwya) haha.
So turns out Argentina is super beautiful. It is literally the end of the world hence the El fin del mundo. The mountains are beyond description and the city is so beautiful. There is a lot of money there but the people are still pretty chill.
I love Sister Rogers. Every time our mission president's wife talks it makes me miss mom because her analogies and her "cute" ways to convey a point is hilarious and so spiritual. She gave us all a little card that has a ship in the storm in it and it says "a ship is safe at the port but that is not the purpose of a ship."
The mission is tough at times but that's how it's supposed to be! I miss the security and a lot of things back home but that's not where I'm supposed to be. President shared how he was very worried about a lot of the missionaries in our mission and was struggling a little bit with this. Then his son reminded him of all the people praying for him back home and all the support he had and that helped a ton. I was thinking about that as well and I am so grateful for the support I have back home. I met a missionary this week whose parents don't talk to him anymore and he has no support. that would be so hard.
We have a little investigator Milagros who i have been talking about. She is the only member of her family that comes to church. She wakes up before everyone in her house. Makes herself breakfast and waits in the car for one of her parents to drop her off at church. She is going to be baptized this week or next week. Depends on another investigator we have.
I want these people to have a temple sooooooooooo bad. So many members are missing out on a temple marriage and it's so sad!!! It makes me sick that I had so many temples to ride a bike to and these people have to save up for years just for the travel!!!!!!
I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY AND SHARING THE ONLY COMPLETE TRUE GOSPEL ON THE EARTH AND IN THE HEAVENS!!!
oh ya i get to skype the fam next week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Make a skype account and I'll make one as well then next week I'll email you for your account and on Sunday at around 3 o'clock here we'll skype!
Love you all, Elder Lamb
p.s. Everytime we pray with a catholic they repeat everything we say and I was in tears I was laughing so hard with one of our investigator´s who after everything was saying Gracas Jesus and like chanting throughout the prayer. Good stuff down at the end of the world...good stuff.
We know how to make that good bread (Elder Tarwater). / the hair is goooooone:( never easy saying goodbye.......
I'm no Dan McCombie but i thought this pic was pretty dope.... im standing in Argentina and those mountains way back there are in Chile:)
Ushuaia is sooooo sick! Takin the family here after the mish for sure:)
While our boys are serving in Argentina we ran into each other at BYU Women's Conference 2014: Mission Mom's Jill Tarwater & Corie Lamb