Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Week 58: "noche de hogar"

This week was an amazing week! I don't know if I told everyone but last Sunday we had stake priesthood conference and we set a record with the amount of people in the history of Artigas! After that my companion and I received a call from the president of the mission saying he had talked to the president of the area about Artigas and the president of the area was stoked! He will be coming to the mission and is really excited to come to Artigas in December! Our area is doing really well and so is the zone. We have the best missionaries in the mission here in Artigas and they’re obeying, working, and listening like there is no tomorrow. On Friday we had a ward activity that ended up in a flour fight! Also this week we had a great lesson with one of our main investigators Carlos! We invited him to the church and preached to him the Evangelio de Jesucristo using the baptismal font and the sacrament. It was super powerful and he is really animated for his baptism the 16 of Noviembre! When my comp and I went down to Montevideo we got to stay in a huge apartment all my ourselves. We had an older couple come to the mission but they went home because of health conditions so we got to use their apartment for the night. It was so much fun!!! But the truth, I can't even tell the difference now between the living conditions now and from when I was home! Everything just seems normal now! People here in Artigas are very loving and a very accepting people. I really have grown to love these people. Have you had the opportunidad to talk with the missionaries? Have you been able to go out and work with them or have you had a noche de hogar with them? God is speeding up his work right now and we all need to play a part in it. The missionaries need your help so please help them out...even if it's just a reference or an hour a week, or one noche de hogar with a family that is investigating the church. Please help them out! NOW is the time that God is speeding up his work...it's close!  Also this week we were going to have a zone activity on Saturday, we were going to go out to a place called Piedra Pintada and hang out with the stake president and play a bunch of games as a zone. But it rained so we had to cancel it. But we went to the church and cooked hamburgers for the zone. It was so fun....I truly love the missionaries in my zone. They are all such amazing missionaries. I want to bear my testimony that I know this is the one and only true church on the face of the Earth. And it is the church of Jesus Christ, the same church he established when he was on the earth but was restored by our beloved Prophet Jose Smith. I know the priesthood keys have been restored to this earth so we can gain access to the atonement of Jesus Christ through the sacred ordinances. I know that Jesus not only died to cleanse us of our sins but to know how to succor his people. Through him we can have strengths through our most desperate times. I know the plan de salvation to be the perfect plan of God made possible by his Son. I know that he is our Savior, Redeemer, and our Advocate to the Father.
I hope you have a great week!    
Elder Arbon

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