Wednesday, January 18, 2012
This week we went and visited a lady name Rosa Alluson. She was baptized
almost 30 years ago, and hasn't been to church in about 25 years. For a long
time, she was forgotten and nobody visited her. Then, about a month ago, one
of the ward members saw her name somewhere, and thought to go see if she
still lived in the same place. It turned out that she does, and they asked
her if it would be all right for the Missionaries to visit her and re-teach
the lessons. She agreed, so we went over and met her last week. We had a short
but sweet visit. She remembers almost nothing about the church, except that
she felt good there. We have scheduled to visit her once a week to help her
learn all the important stuff she has been missing. She had an accident a
few years ago, and now cannot walk very well. She rarely if ever leaves her
house, and it seems that she feels like she would not be able to go to Church, even
if she wanted to. So we are going to work on that with her. Please keep her
in your prayers.
Other than that, this last week was filled with a lot of rejection, and very
few opportunities to teach. We talked to a lot of people, but it just seemed
like nobody was interested. I think one of the difficulities is that for the
most part, the people who live here in Chascomús have good comfortable
lives, and can't imagine that they need anything more. Please pray for us so
we can find some prepared people to teach.
I received a phone call on Monday from the mission secretary, Elder Miles,
asking me what airport I would be flying into when I go home. This is known
in the mission as the "Trunky Call" because it means he is organizing our
flight plans for going home, and therefore tends to make missionaries
trunky. I told him my parents were coming to pick me up, and he said in
that case, you guys need to call in to the Church Travel office (I believe I
sent you a letter with the information) and tell them when we want to fly
home, so that we will be on the same flight. I think we said we were going
to stay a week, right? So we would leave Monday, the 11th? So I think that
there is no more need to wait to call. Go ahead and do it!
Dad, thanks for all the work you are doing with Collins. Keep me updated
with whatever happens.
Mom, you're calling sounds like a lot of fun, but a lot of work. Kind of
like being a missionary!
I have not been able to watch that video because YouTube does not work here
in the Church where we write from. Maybe next week we'll go to a ciber so I
can watch it.
Monday, January 2, 2012
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. It doesn't seem too strange
that it is already over, since it barely seemed like it was celebrated here.
Time is flying. 2011 is almost over. We are approaching the time when we
reflect on the past year, on what we have accomplished and what we haven't.
What our goals were, and how close we got to reaching them. I would like to
share a small example from one of the books I received for Christmas:
There once was a farmer. He was proud of his work, and always had straight,
long rows of corn, wheat, and all manner of healthy crops.
When the farmer's son was old enough to learn the farm work, the farmer took
him out into the fields to teach him how to hoe, plant seeds, irrigate, and
other small chores. One day, the farmer decided his son was old enough to
learn ho to plow. He put him on a tractor and told him how to plow straight,
long furrows. The way to do this, he said, was to set your sight on
something on the opposite side of the field, and to steer straight toward
it, not veering to one side or the other.
The farmer then went off to other chores. When he came back to check his
son's work, he was dismayed to find the field full of crooked rows. He was
furious! He stormed over to the tractor to find out the reason for this
The son explained, "Well, Dad, I did just what you said. I sighted in on
something on the opposite side of the field, and headed straight for it. I
never veered to one side or the other."
"Then why are the rows going every which way?"
"Well, the darn cow kept moving!"
This illustration can help us understand the importance of our goals, and
the things we strive for in life. If we choose to sight in on the things of
the world, we will end up like the farmer's son, going every which way in
our lives. But if we set our sights on heaven and God who is the same
yesterday, today, and forever, we will be lead straight and true. I invite
all who read this to consider this message as they look forward to the
coming year. Let us learn from, and not dwell on our mistakes during the
past twelve months, and set our sights on the blessings of our Heavenly
Father, including the temple, scripture study, and our families. I have
learned in my mission the difference righteous goals can make in our lives.
They give us direction and purpose.
I love everyone, and am so grateful for the opportunity I had to see and
talk to all of you yesterday. This was the first time I did not feel
homesick after talking to my family. Perhaps it is because I know that it
won't be too long till I will see you all again.
Mom, I will use the money wisely and eat lots of fruits and veggies. And I
will *cough* start taking my vitamins again.
The first picture is from our End of Year dinner. Ludmila and I traded
clothes for a bit. I'm not even sure what that thing I have is called. A shawl, maybe?
The other picture is right after I finished talking to everyone on the phone
yesterday. *Notice my new pink tie and tie pin! Thank you for those, and for
all of my Christmas gifts, especially the love I felt from everyone.
Elder Scoty Stobbe
There is not too much to write about this week. I will share a few tidbits
and answer a few questions. I will go ahead and call at 4:30 my time. I am
going to try and use skype. Not with video, but just for voice. That way, I
don`t have to buy a calling card. We are working on getting a microphone
this week, but if I can`t, I will buy the phone card. So be ready with your
computer and Shalet`s account, and your phone just in case. Maybe you can
make a list of questions or things you want to hear before hand. Things that
are harder to share in emails.
Roberto had an interview with President Stapley on Friday, and got baptized
on Saturday. I was so happy to hear that everything turned out ok.
I play basketball about once a month. It's a shame. I am out of shape. My
companion and I are going to start running one of these days...
This week we had our "End of Year Dinner". It was a good opportunity to get
a lot of less-active members to come to the Chapel, even if it wasn't
Sunday. And 2 of them came to church on Sunday as well!
On Sundays we have a class called Gospel Principles, where we teach from the
book of the same name. It is specifically for investigators and recent
converts. Yesterday I taught the lesson about the Final Judgment. One part
of it really struck me. We are preparing for the Final Judgment that comes
right after the Resurrection, but we have many judgments during our life to
keep us on the right path. These are interviews with Bishops, Stake
Presidents, Quorum leaders, Parents, etc. If we use these wisely, and do not
try to fool our Leader, Heavenly Father, or ourselves by answering the
questions untruthfully, these can be a very effective tool in making sure we
can stand confidently at the final judgment. I had never thought about it
this way before, and it was a great insight for me.
Aubry got engaged? Have you met her Fiancée? I am so happy for her!
This week was transfer week, and Elder López and I are staying together. It
is almost guaranteed he will go the next one, because he has been here since
he started his mission in July!
Yesterday we watched a re-broadcast of the First Presidency Christmas
Devotional. It was quite good. If you have not watched it yet, I would
suggest that you do. It is on the Church website.
This week we are going to try and share the true meaning of Christmas with
our investigators and members. It is so important to remember why we are
celebrating. I believe that having food, and presents, and family during
Christmas is also important. It is something that we enjoy and makes us
happy. That, combined with remembering Jesus Christ will surely make this
the happiest time of the year.
I love you, and we'll be talking on Christmas!
Chau! (a.k.a. Ciao.)
Time is short this week, so this will be too. I hope everyone is ok, cuz I
only had an email from Matt.
We have been working a lot with two girls named Magalí and Ludmila.
They are cousins who both come from less-active families. There parents are
all part of the 15 families program in our branch, so we have been working
with them. The two girls are 9 and 10 years old, and are both getting ready
to be baptized. We have been visiting them almost every day, teaching and
reviewing the principles of the Gospel.
It is amazing sometimes how clearly younger people understand the
Restoration and the Gospel and the Plan of Salvation. With these two, I
almost feel like they know more than I do. And for them, it's not
complicated. Of course Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visited Joseph
Smith. Why would anyone doubt that, and how else would he have been able to
restore the Church. That is how they think, and it is very refreshing,
especially when we have other investigators who only want to talk about the
end of the world, and whether or not the wicked will all be killed or burned
or whatever. These two girls just want to follow Christ and be good. When we
asked Ludmila why she wanted to be baptized, her answer was simple: "I
believe in God". For her, that was all the reason she needed. She believes
in Him, loves Him, and wants to do what he says.
Other than that, we have been doing a bunch of clapping houses, and visiting
members to try and get them excited about the work. I feel that our branch
is slowly, slowly growing. This last Sunday we had 52 people in sacrament
meeting! We normally average about 35-40.
Speaking of Sunday, we had a Primary Presentation. It reminded me so much of
home! There was the classic kid who couldn´t keep still was running all over
the place, another who gave his line so close the microphone that it sounded
like he was screaming. And, the indispensable kid who started screaming and
crying when it was his turn, so his teacher had to give his line. It was
crazy, and I loved it. Little kids are awesome! I wish I could go back to
President Stapley also visited our branch this Sunday and spoke after the
program. I spoke about Charity and how children don't question, they just
love. That's how Christ was, and how we should be. If you could just love
everyone, in spite of who they are or how they act, we would all be a lot
better off. I have learned more about how to love on my mission, and see
people as children of God. I have met so many people and made so many
friends that it makes me sad, because I won't be able to stay in contact
with them. There are just too many, and some I have already lost contact
I am happy, and working hard. I want everyone to know that I love them, and
miss them. But I am where I should be. Have a wonderful week!
Elder Scoty Stobbe
This week we did a lot of traveling! We had a zone conference on Wednesday, and then I had to go into Capital yesterday to work on getting my Argentine documents. (a little late, right?) On Friday, I am going down to Dolores to do some baptismal interviews, next Monday I am going to Capital again, and next Thursday we have another training meeting with President Stapley in Adrogué. Somewhere in there, we will also have our baptisms, and the other missionaries in our district will have 3 between them.
America South area, and came for a mission tour. He is a powerful teacher. He showed us how to overcome doubts, help them understand how the Spirit works, how to plan way more efficiently, and how to meet our goals. I was lucky enough to get it recorded on my recorder. We have been busy applying his teachings in our area these last few days.
Dad, what is the latest with Collin's College? Do we need to anything right
now? Also, I remember you mentioning something about a computer in one of your recordings or emails. Obviously, I would love to get a MacBook Pro that I can use all through college and beyond. It would be nice to have it fairly soon after getting home, to have a personal computer as well as use it for school. I don't know if that can be included in whatever we are going to do so I can pay for school. Could you look into that? Let me know if you need anything from me to get Collin's squared away. Thanks for all your work!
having our Christmas activity next Friday, although it will be a much
more simple affair. In fact, it's technically not even a Christmas activity, but
an end-of-year activity. Should be fun, either way.