Dear Family and Friends,
This week was also a very good week. I can’t remember if I said that last week was good but this was good. My companion and I are seeing miracles happening left and right. There are people stepping up in the branch to help out, there are members fulfilling their calling, and so much more.
(Elder Sabey and Elder Pickett)
Yesterday, being Sunday, after church and after the siesta, we went out to work like normal but this time we had a goal in mind. We needed to sac out a fecha with a girl who my companion has been teaching for three months now. Well, to make a long story short, we did! She is going to get baptized the 20th of March. We now have three fechas! Two are for the 13th of March and then her for the 20th. The two for the 13th are Vanessa y Luis. Siblings. Then the 20th is Victoria. All three of them are under the age of 15. Vanessa is 12, Luis is 10, and Victoria is 14. We are so happy for them and are very grateful for the blessing of getting them baptized.
(The pension in 9 de Julio)
Yesterday, also, I had to give a talk in sacrament meeting for all 37 of us that were there. Just to give you an idea of what kind of people show up, we had 7 men, 9 women, and 21 children under the age of 18. Loud? Just a tad. I spoke on how we can elevate-aumentar…. the same?.... the spirituality in our lives. I read the scripture about what the fruits of the spirit are. Gal 5:22-23. I focused on two of the fruits. Faith and Peace. If we are living righteously, we will have the peace to know that we are doing what God wants us to do. But with peace, brings humility. We must do what the Lord wants done. His will, not ours. I know it may not seem like it but God knows what is going on right now on the earth. He knows that people are suffering but when we can have that knowledge that everything is in His control, why do we have need to worry. If we are on the Lord’s side, we have no need to fear. That is where the faith comes in. Trust in the Lord with all thy heart and lean not unto thy own understanding. We need, no, we have to know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us. We have to know that Jesus suffered for us. And once we have that knowledge, we can share it with others. We can tell them that there is hope. You don’t know how many times I have heard people blaming God for the natural disasters and why would God let this happen kind of stuff. I am almost tired of it but it is a teaching opportunity to teach them that God is in control. We are here not to pass through a perfect life. Stuff happens, but you have to keep pushing forward. If this life did not have any trials, then what are we here for? If we didn’t have trials, we would be big blobs of nothing because we didn’t learn anything. So the next time you have a trial, thank your Heavenly Father for the plan he created. Thank Him for the opportunity you have of trying to be like him some day. He has given each of us that opportunity and it is our decision if we want to take hold of it and do something with our life.
(Map of the Province of Buenos Aires with the location of 9 de Julio)
Thank you so much for the pictures. I really enjoyed all of them. Thank you mom and dad and cui for the pictures. Congratulations Ryan on your new store. It looks so cool! I am so happy for you. I hope you are recuperating well. I love you Ry. And to answer some questions, mainly for Marcos. This place called Nueve de Julio is a tad bigger than Rigby but you kinda get the same feel. Very nice old people here. The address for our pension is Edison 446 and the capilla is San Juan 962. Just so you can google earth it or something. Well gotta go. Siesta time. I only get it once a week so I have to aprovecharlo. If you have more questions, let me know. There isn’t much to talk about because I am in the country. Literally.
(Map of the City of 9 de Julio)
Love Elder Pickett