Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 81 ---I hadn't felt that in a while

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Let´s just say it´s been quite the week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I honestly don´t even know what to write, soooooooooo it´s gonna be short this email, but I will share with y'all something special that happened this week!

Soooo remember last week when I told y'all about a dope guy who is excommunicated from the church, well we are teaching a friend of his right now, and here is what went down. We had already taught him the Restoration, so we were gonna share the plan of salvation with him this visit, and at the end of the lesson we asked him how he felt about the message, and he told us that he didn't feel as if he had received an answer, but he thought he hadn't received his answer because he was angry for things that were happening in his life, and so forth. Well the excommunicated member starts asking some very inspired questions to his dear friend until his friend started to tear up and says to us, "It´s true, I feel as if there is a voice talking to me, telling me that this is correct." The excommunicated member knows better than anyone I know what the spirit feels like, he knew from the beginning that his friend had received his answer, he understands the language of the spirit, and Sunday he even brought his friend to church. Not to throw shade at the other members, but this brother is doing more for missionary work than all the other members, except our branch mission leader who is dope, and this guy isn't even a member. 

That´s really all I wanted to share with you guys, cuz it was a suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuper spiritual lesson. It was dope, well sorry this was so short but we went and did some stuff in the morning today, so we are just now writing, and I still haven´t eaten, and it´s 4:00 pm and I wanna eat now so I´m gonna go eat, bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, February 12, 2018

Week 80 --- That's what I call a testimony


Alrighty it is indeed Monday, for that reason I am addressing you fine people. So weird thing happened is this very moment... I received my trunky papers! For those of you who do not understand that term allow me to enlighten you. So trunky papers are a document sent to the missionaries who are soon ending their missions, which includes information so that the mission can prepare my trip home. Soooo it kinda hit me that I´m really running out of time here... sadly.

Now I´m gonna tell you about my homie Brother Trotta. He is dope, and his story is even doper. So he was baptized some time ago, about 20 or more years, and then went on a mission. Well in his later life he became a branch president. Unfortunately he was later excommunicated, but for reasons that are not that bad, what he did was an attempt to help a member who was needy. Well that happened 11 years ago, but here is the kicker … he has gone to church every Sunday for these 11 years, and during these 11 years he has not been treated too greatly by his church leaders... sadly, but through all of that he is still one of the people most involved in missionary work.  The other day he gave us a reference, a friend from his work, and at the end of the lesson he shared one of the most powwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwerful testimonies that I have ever heard. He said that through all the hardships and trials he has gone through in these 11 years of being excommunicated, that every time he lays down at night he knows it to be true, and I was thinking that needs to be the kind of testimony that we have.

Well that´s what I wanted to share with y’all today, bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Dinner with Brother Trotta and Facundo Aguero (ward mission leader) ---  chorrillana prepared by Elder Lucero

Monday, February 5, 2018

Week 79 --- A great way to start my time here in Progreso

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wellll it is indeed Monday again, so it will be my privilege to address you this fine day. As you all may have noticed, I did not write last week, and there is a very good reason why. I didn´t feel like it. Sorry, but I´ll try my best to make this one good. To start, maybe I´ll tell y’all what happened with transfers. I got transferred, I´m no longer in Bermejo, and as y’all can see in the title I´m now in a place called Progreso, which is in San Juan.  So, yes, I´m back in San Juan and it's hot.  My comp is Elder Lucero, he´s from Chile, and I´ll be his last companion, because he finishes in just 5 short weeks. Alright now I´m gonna tell y’all about my week.

To start something interesting happened, some dude the other day pulled up to us, and asked us where y’all goin? So we were like we are going over yonder, and he was like get in, so we were like alrighty then. So he drove us to where we needed to go, and we were talking and we were like you a member? And he was like no, I´m Catholic, and I was like wow, cuz Catholics usually hate us, like a lot. Sooooo it was very tender, that a man was willing to do that for us just because we shared a love of Christ. So that was pretty dope.

Other things, this week we helped some sister missionaries in our district move, and soooo we called a guy with a truck to help move the stuff, it's a service that they do down here, so we didn´t know the guy, but our branch mission leader rode in the truck to show him where the new apartment was, and we went in taxi, and this guy asked if gays were accepted in our church. So we explained the church´s view on that subject, and dude said to our mission leader ohhhhhh because I´m gay, and spent the whole ride flirting with our mission leader.  After we finished unloading everything, he gave his card with his number to one of the sister missionaries and said "for the one with glasses" which is our mission leader … so maybe next time we need to move we´ll get a discount. 

Ohhhh, the other day we were heading back to the apartment right, cuz it was late, and a group of women, started yelling at us.  They started off just asking for selfies with us, but ended up saying some pretty inappropriate things, and they followed us for a while, they even turned on the same street where we live, so now they know where we live.  So we are a little worried they might come back. We might need to move, but at least we got a guy who´ll give us a discount (reference to the gay guy) 

Well squad, I´m out of time here soooooooooooooooo I´ll talk to y’all next week.


Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

The guy in the glasses is the ward/branch mission leader,  Facundo Ag├╝ero

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Week 78 --- Transfer Week

​Keaton to Mom: "Hey nothing really happened so can I skip this week's email?" ​

​So ... no group email this week, but at least Keaton wrote to his momma​.  Since this is a transfer week, his P-Day was today (Tuesday).  He has been transferred to San Juan, in a  place called Progresso.  His companion is Elder Lucero and it is Elder Lucero's last transfer before going home.  

We better get a long, group email next week to make up for this week!

At least I received a picture from another missionary mom!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Week 77 --- I don´t have a good title for this email.

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooo we had a pretty dope week. We did more exchanges, we found a bunch of people, we had investigators at church, and we made another asado!

Soooo we decided to do more exchanges on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and let me tell ya, work always gets done. In a day we found 12 new investigators and set 7 baptismal dates, that was Wednesday. Thursday I had my pal Elder Thompson come help me for a family home evening with some investigators. We were gonna make pancakes and do some lit games. Unfortunately it got canceled. But we still had an interesting day. So some back story, two weeks ago a group of ladies saw us and started shouting at us, and whistling at us like we were just pieces of meat to fulfill their carnal desires. How disrespectful am I right? Well Thursday me and Elder Thompson ran into them again, and they followed us for a few blocks taking selfies with us. What the heck! That kinda ruined our afternoon, we had to leave that neighborhood, and skip a lesson or two for that reason. Now we don´t go over there. 

Then Friday me and my comp went and worked in the other area, because at night we were gonna do another asado. It was fun, we are perfecting the art of the asado. Well that´s all... bye.

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Week 76 - Finally . . .

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooooooooooooo it´s a great day, and I wanna start out telling y’all about the giant turtle we met last Monday, his name is Jorge, I´ll send a pic of him in this email don´t you worry. So another week down, 26 to go.  Squad I´m gonna be honest, this last month has been rough, we hadn´t had any investigators at church in 4 straight weeks, and I was suuuuper discouraged. We had tried everything, we called...  A LOT... and we went to their houses Sunday morning, and that didn´t work either. So yesterday we were sitting in Sacrament  Meeting pretty sad because none of our investigators showed up, but then the family that we went to look for in the morning that didn´t answer the door, they all showed up, and shortly after another family showed up. We were pretty stoked, I have no doubt that we were blessed for our hard work, and diligence. I was very grateful for the help from my Father in Heaven. Now, because we had some people come to church, it looks like the 27th of this month we´ll have a baptism. 

Also we went on exchanges again, it was dope, we made another asado, and we finished right before it started pouring rain. Then the next day we were all gonna go to my area, but I went with Elder Thompson to give a health blessing to a guy in his ward before we left, and we get there, and we asked if we could do the blessing now. They said yeah go for it, I asked where is he, he's in the hospital, so we said well we need him here if we are to give him a blessing.  So they asked can we do it over the phone, obviously the answer is no to that question.  So we went on an adventure, and travelled for like an hour to find the clinic where he was at to give him the blessing. 

Then today before coming to write, we went paintballing, it was sooooo dope. They geared us up in camo and everything it was sick.

To end I'd like to share a simple scripture D&C 18:17:

17 Behold, you have my gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation.

How blessed are we to have His gospel, and to have His salvation. I say pretty darn blessed, so take advantage of it. 
That´s all I got for this week, bye!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, January 8, 2018

Week 75 --- You're too young for that . . .

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So it was a pretty decent week, not gonna lie. Ummmm we went on exchanges, we made an asado, one of our recent converts told us a pretty funny story.
So I´m gonna start with the story, that will also explain the title of the email. Soooo recently the niece of this convert has been staying with her, and we have gone a few times to go over the lessons again, because that´s what you´re supposed to do with recent converts, and well her niece has been there, and I guess she like fell in love with me, well that´s what our convert told us. I guess one day she got drunk out of her flippin mind, and was crying all night... about me... so eventually our convert threw her in the shower, clothes and all, and turned on the cold water, and just left her there for a while.  The reason I put the title that I did is because she´s 15-years-old.  Soooo we´re probably not going back to that house until she leaves...
Other stuff, so I decided to go with Elder Nascimento this time when we went on exchanges, and let me tell you... He´s the GOAT, in one day we found more than 10 new investigators, and we set like 8 baptismal dates, it was pretty dope. Then we made asado it was pretty great.

Not much more to say, sooooooooo BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission