Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Week 44: "I`m super excited for the challenge!!!"

This week was an awesome week. It was rough leaving my old area because I gave everything I had into that area. I`m so excited to work in this area. Tuesday when I was leaving another Elder living in our house slept with the new missionaries and he had forgotten the keys were in his pocket to our apartment so I left to Artigas without anything but my scriptures and suit coat. It was a lot fun but really tough at the same time. It has been really cold the last few days and we live 4 elders in a house so there is little to no hot water. The first night I slept in my suit pants with a tiny blanket my companion gave me, man it was rough but fun! I didn`t shower for 3 days because I didn`t have a towel or a change of cloths. But I`m super excited to work here in Artigas.  President loves Artigas because this is where he served when he served here so he said he sent me here to pick up the zone by my example and help my comp learn Spanish. I`m super excited for the challenge!!! We have a lot of work to do!!! But our area is right next to Brazil. I`m super excited to work here because the ward I`m in only has about 25 people that actually go, our zone is really lacking, and my comp knows no Spanish so I was asked to train him again. I`m super excited for this opportunity, there`s a lot of work to do! I hope you all have a great week. Les quiero!
Elder Arbon

Monday, July 15, 2013

Week 43: ¡Muévete!

Faw, this week was an amazing week. It started off with a meeting with President where we learned so much! He talked about the word, "manso" or "meek." I always thought that it just meant humble but he taught us what it really meant. He read us a scripture in DyC 19:41 that says, "Or canst thou be humble and meek, and conduct thyself wisely before me? Yea, come unto me thy Savior. Amen." How easy would we come unto the savior? How easy would we "move?" This is what it means to be meek: To be easy to be moved! And our perfect example is Jesus Christ. He was with the Father in Heaven with all the glory and he came to the Earth (he moved) to suffer and die for us. It wasn´t easy, it was hard and in reality is the hardest thing that was ever been accomplished on this earth. But Jesus was easy to be moved by God, like we should be. ¡Muévete! But this week was great. Kati and Santi left this week, I´m going to miss them so much. But before they left they promised me Kati would be baptized in a few weeks and that they would name their baby….Jantz!!!! Man I love them! But this week we have been working really hard with Fernando. We couldn´t find him the first part of the week but we went back and he told us that he had read almost all the way to chapter 12 of 1 Nefi and he says every time he reads he feels a peace. I can´t wait until his baptism but I won´t be here, I got transferred to Artigas 4 as a district leader! Can´t wait! Love you all!
Elder Arbon

Monday, July 8, 2013

Week 42: "impacted him"

This week was an awesome week! It started off a little rough but it ended really good. We´ve been teaching Kati for about 4 months now and we had Kati´s baptismal date for this Saturday because she leaves Monday to live in Rivera. But while teaching her we both realized that she wasn´t ready to make that covenant. So we decided to cancel her baptism. It hurt super bad because we had gotten so close to her and Santi. But we were blessed with our investigator named Fernando. We found him one day when we were walking and passed him and his wife so we turned around and walked up to him and started talking to  him. He is a really good guy. But this week we went to his house to see if we could have a lesson with him but he had family over so we didn´t have a lesson but we invited him to read the Book of Mormon, that night he fell asleep reading it. He said that it had “impacted him.” It was so awesome, now he´s coming to church manana. It was such a great experience. Also we´re working really hard with Willy and his family. We had Willy´s kids and Fabian´s baptism planned for next week but Willy´s kids won´t be here this weekend so we won´t be able to make their fecha for next week but we´re going to work really hard with Fabian to make sure he´s prepared for his baptism next week. I love you guys and I hope you have a great week.
Elder Arbon