Monday, December 11, 2017

Week 71 --- dat cheese doh

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooooooo here´s the thing, we did some stuff this week, and now Ima tell y’all. Sooooo We went on exchanges again right? I went with Elder Botehlo to start, and we went to some guy we had met over a month ago, who had asked us for a blessing, because he knew we had the power and authority to do it. For some reason he stopped receiving the missionaries, so we went because me and Elder Botehlo were the first 2 to talk to him. We talked very firmly with him, and he admitted he knew our church was the only true church, but he said that he´s gonna stay in the Catholic church... WHAT!?!? How can you knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww our church is true, and not follow in this path. I don´t know!!!!!!! I was really frustrated.

Ohhhhh wanna know why I put dat cheese doh as the subject. Well during exchanges we ordered a pizza and Elder Botelho and my comp got sick, and the next day we had a special conference with an area seventy, and my companion got a little sick, and threw up in front of our mission president’s wife. So that was a little awkward.

Other cool thing, the other elders in my district had a baptism this last Saturday, and I met their convert during exchanges, and it was kinda weird because she asked me to baptize her. It was pretty cool.

Also me and Elder Thompson, during exchanges we did some service, and we spent 2 hours in a tiny room sanding the walls. So that was pretty fun.

Well that´s all I got to share with you lovely people this week, bye!!!!!!!!!!


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Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission







Monday, December 4, 2017

Week 70 - BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was crazy! This last week, things just kinda worked out, and we had a baptism!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So you know how a few weeks ago we baptized a little girl named Mia? Well Saturday we baptized her mom too!!!!! Go team. You know a lot of stuff was goin on, things that were pretty difficult, but you know what happens when we endure through tough times? God blesses us, and that is what happened. We are so darn happy. Soooo it was a weird week, we went on exchanges for 3 straight days, it was nuts, and it was raining every single day. It was sick, I was with Elder Botehlo, and we had pretty good success. One day we found 7 new people and set 4 new baptismal dates. It was pretty sick. 

Ohhhh also when we were on exchanges, we were all in one area, and someone came and knocked on our door, and the four of us went to answer the door, and we opened it, there were 2 Jehovah Witness missionaries standing there, and this young man with a look of fear on his face, said " Ohhhh you´re Mormons" then he said sorry to bother you and they left. It was a pretty funny experience.

To end I just wanna share a scripture from D&C 97:
The ax is laid at the root of the trees; and every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit shall be hewn down and cast into the fire. I, the Lord, have spoken it.
Verily I say unto you, all among them who know their hearts are honest, and are broken, and their spirits contrite, and are willing to observe their covenants by sacrifice—yea,every sacrifice which I, the Lord, shall command—they are accepted of me.
For I, the Lord, will cause them to bring forth as a very fruitful tree which is planted in a goodly land, by a pure stream that yieldeth much precious fruit.
​I know that if we are willing to keep our covenants with God, with whatever sacrifice he requires, he will make us a fruitful tree.  We will bring to pass much good in the world.  I have experienced this more times than I can count during my mission.

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission








Bowling on P-Day!!!






Monday, November 27, 2017

Week 69 - I dun goofed

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! well another week down! GET SOME! So here's the thing, I goofed a lot this week, it was difficult to get through this week. I shattered some glass plates in our apartment, I spilled hot oil all over the counter, and when that happened I freaked out, then I started to spill it on myself, it burnnnnnnned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a miracle indeed that I made it through this week with only minor injuries.

So cool thing happened, Mia, the girl who was baptized a few weeks ago, she was finally confirmed yesterday. She has been really sick, and her family was moving, and if she moved she would have had to be baptized again, so we were like freaking out like super bad right, and sooooo we put in the work to get her to church, and it worked so we chillin now.
So we had this lady, Lorena, come to church with us, we have been teaching her for a while, she would already be baptized, but she has to get married. I swear that is the problem with 83% of our investigators. It´s a struggle. The thing is they've been together for 10 years, and the plan for them has always been to get married, sooooo I'm not sure what's holding them back. As my homie Beyoncé would say if you liked it then you should have put a ring on it. They need to follow the counsel given to us by this American icon.

Soooo that's all I got for this week, sorry for another short email, but at the end of this email I sent something that my companion shared with me recently, I invite you all to read it.

I love you all! BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission


Monday, November 20, 2017

Week 68 --- Opposition in all things

"Opposition permits us to grow toward what our Heavenly Father would have us to become." -Elder Dallin H Oaks.

Squad. This has been a rough week. A lot of wear and tear on us spiritually. We started off the week really well, we were finding a lot of people, and things were just going good. We were supposed to have a baptism Saturday, but that didn’t happen. This guy passed his baptismal interview and everything, but he never showed up. So his name is Luis, and he has absolutely no one who is supporting him in his decision to be baptized. Literally only the missionaries support him, and every moment we aren’t there, people are telling him that he shouldn’t be baptized, and it seems like they finally got to him. I´m gonna be honest --- I´m super sad about it. This kid has a tough life, he needed to be baptized, he needed the gift of the Holy Ghost. It just hurts me, but I know as the quote at the beginning of this email. These trials will make not only him into the person that God wants him to be, but also I believe that us as missionaries will also become as God wants us to be. I´m so sorry that I don’t have a lot to say today, but know that I know that we have opposition so that we can become who we are supposed to be. This is the true church of Jesus Christ, he lives, and he loves us, and if we trust in him, we will always get past the opposition in our lives. I love you all, until next week!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, November 13, 2017

Week 67 --- The Power of the Book of Mormon

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I´m so happy to be writing you this fine Monday morning. So I once again wasted a ton of time here, and forgot that I had to send this email. So I´ll do my best to make sure it´s a good one. So I got my new companion Wednesday. His name is Elder Benincosa, he´s from Arizona, he doesn't speak any Spanish. So these next 12 weeks of training will be interesting... I hope I can teach him something. Anyways the coolest thing happened the other day... We were teaching 3 siblings, and they had a doubt about the Book of Mormon, The oldest told me that when he read the Bible he felt that Jesus Christ was talking to him through the Bible, and he said he just doesn't think it would be the same with the Book of Mormon. So I said " wanna bet?" So we went to 3 Nephi 11, when Jesus comes to the Americas. We read the chapter. After he told me he was wrong, that he honestly felt as if Jesus was talking directly to him through the Book of Mormon. I testify that as the Bible has the old and new testament, God truly has given us another testament of our Savior Jesus Christ. If anyone of you is not convinced of this, I invite you to read the Book of Mormon, and pray about it. You will know of the truthfulness.

Now to end with a scripture D&C 11:8
8 Verily, verily, I say unto you, even as you desire of me so it shall be done unto you; and, if you desire, you shall be the means of doing much good in this generation.

Let's do some good!

That´s all I got bye!
--
Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

The trainers
​The new missionaries


​My new comp with the glasses

and Elder Sharp, because he's a stud.











Monday, November 6, 2017

Week 66 --- Baptism...Transfers...

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man I´m sooooo darn happy to be writing you this fine Monday morning. So this transfer I will be staying in Bermejo, and I will be training, so I´m pretty stoked not gonna lie. Guys I had a good week. My companion was sick, so we didn´t get to work as much as we would have liked, but we still had a really good week. So Saturday my pal Mia got baptized, she is a stud, right now we are working with her mom too, she has to get married, and then she will also be baptized, so we are pretty excited for a wedding, hopefully, and another baptism. Well now that I mention it, we are actually working 2 weddings. I´ve never had a wedding in my mission, but that´s the dream. Guys I have wasted all my time I´m sorry, and like I said we didn´t do a whole lot this week because my comp was sick, but I´ll at least leave y’all with some scripture.

Mosiah 4:27:

And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength.  And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.


God wants us to be diligent, but he doesn't require us to do anything we can't do. So don´t be so hard on yourself, that´s something that I've learned a lot here. 

That´s all I got. Bye!



-- 
Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Mia's baptism





Monday, October 30, 2017

Week 65 - BAPTISM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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I apologize for that, it was uncalled for, but I´m just so darn happy right now! So we had another amazing week, we found another 23 new investigators, and Gabriel got baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He had such a long journey to get there, he had a lot of problems. He was a drinker, a smoker, he went to clubs with the ladies, he had 2 kids, and a broken relationship with the mother. When he came to the missionaries he said he had to change to be a better father for his kids. He stopped drinking, smoking, going to the clubs. This experience has strengthened my testimony about the power of the atonement, that no one is truly too far gone. It makes me think of something President Uchtdorf said in a talk he gave a while back, "Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you." I absolutely love this quote, and it applies to each and every one of us. 

To make this baptism happen was not an easy task. Satan was putting in the work to make it not happen, the hardest part was getting Gabriel to his baptism, sooo it was a few minutes before his baptism was supposed to start, and he still wasn´t there, so we went to look for him. We get to his house, and a river had flooded everywhere, sooo we had to find some higher ground and fight through weeds that were my height, I fell into a ditch, then eventually we see him throwing bricks across the water to make a path to walk, he took a while but eventually we all got out and got to the baptism. We started almost an hour late, but it happened.

So interesting thing happened this week, we meet this guy right, and he showed us a special plant in his house... he grows his own marijuana. Then he explained all the different ways to use it, he said he really likes to make brownies with it, and then explained how one time when he made those weed brownies he left them on the table to cool down, and when he got back little children had eaten half the pan. So that was interesting...

Hey guys next week if things go well we will have another baptism, sooooo we are pretty happy.

I also got to go on exchanges with Elder Thompson, he´s the GOAT. I love that man.

That´s all I got this week! BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission


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Baptism

We made empanadas again, cuz why not, we are really talented

weed guy

Elder Thompson