Monday, October 23, 2017

Week 64 --- What a week!

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You would not believe the week we had, sooooo much teaching sooooo many people we met. I haven´t had a week like this in a long time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So this week we found 23 new investigators!!!!! Never in one week have I done so much teaching. But I boast not of my own strength but that of my Father in Heaven. Like my boi Ammon says in the Book of Mormon Alma 26:

11 But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God.

12 Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever.

So I´m very grateful for all the help that God gives this companionship every day. Oh also remember Gabriel, that guy that we have helped with his lady problems, well if all goes well this week he will be baptized this coming Saturday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sooo we are pretty darn happy right now!

Also this area has had problems with getting investigators to go to church, but this transfer we have had 1 every week, and yesterday 4 people came. Things are just going so well.

Maria and Mia, the mother daughter combo, came to church, they love us sooo much, they brought cake for us to church, and if they come to church this Sunday, we will have another baptism next week.

Hey y’all I´m so sorry that this
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a very long email, and that I don´t have pictures to send, I just kinda goofed off for a while, and now I´m out of time. I´ll try better next week. I love you all!!!!!!!!

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Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 63 - Que flippin Milagro!

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I just love talking to y’all every week, it was a swell week I´m not gonna lie! Soooo I´m gonna just start off talking about Soccer, So I don´t know how many of you are soccer fans, but I now am one, so I´m gonna share a little about my team here in Argentina. They were close to missing the world cup for the first time in like a really long time am I right, but then Messi decided to score 3 goals, and took them to the world cup instead, I may have caught a little of that game it was nuts. Unfortunately our beloved U.S. soccer team did not make it.

But let’s get serious, something super cool happened this last week, so I went on exchanges with ma boi Elder Botelho, from Brazil, and well we started off the exchange losing the phone, and it was late at night, so we couldn´t go look for it, and it might have fallen out in a bus. So we went to bed and all that good stuff, then the next day we spent half the day going to mission offices, twice, to get a new phone. So we were all stressed out and stuff, then all the appointments fell through, but we just kept on working, and at the end of the day an older dude came up to us, and told us to come to his house now. So at first we were a little freaked out, he wouldn´t really tell us why he wanted us to come to his house, we both had a very weird feeling, but we both felt that we should go anyway. So we get to his house, and he just tells us that he needs us to bless him. He told us that he believes we have the power to do so. So I was able to give this man a health blessing, and after, me and Elder Botelho both had a strong impression to invite him to be baptized. Not only did he say yes, but the following Sunday he went to church, and that almost never happens. I feel it was indeed a miracle for us. I believe with all my heart that Elder Botelho and myself were blessed for our diligence. I was very grateful for that.

So this Gabriel guy we have been teaching the past few weeks is a fricking stud, he came to church yesterday for the third week in a row. We´ve become his relationship counselors, it's quite entertaining, but if all goes well, we will have a baptism next week. He also needs to stop smoking, sooooo we´re working with that.

To end this lovely little email I´m gonna share 2 scriptures...

1 Nephi 2:15
15 And my father dwelt in a tent.

2 Nephi 5:27
27 And it came to pass that we lived after the manner of happiness.

Now perhaps these 2 scriptures don´t make a lot of sense right now, but if we think about it, Nephi and his family had many riches in Jerusalem, and they left everything behind, and are now living in tents, only because they wanted to be obedient to God, and as it says in the second scripture they lived happily. I testify that as we are obedient to God we will be happy. We may not always have the coolest car, or fanciest clothes, but we will be truly happy.

That´s all I got for today bye!

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Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

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My comp got a little ill...

Our Pet Lou Lee

The empanadas we made





Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 62 --- It's a trap!

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow let me tell you, I am such a happy camper right now! Wanna know why? Because I´m a flippin missionary!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOOOOO! So we had an interesting week. The sweetest thing happened the other day, we found this family right, well we went to teach them, they didn't have a lot of time, so we just chatted for a bit, made some jokes, and left.  They invited us back the next day, so we get there, and the 10 year old daughter was waiting for us. This little girl told us that after we had left, that she felt soooo happy, and that the problems in her house just left. Her mom felt the same way. It kinda hit me in that moment that missionaries really do carry a special spirit with them, and I'm just so darn grateful to be able to bring that spirit into the homes of those that I teach.

Other thing that happened! So we met this one guy right, Alejandro, and he told us to come back that Saturday. So we went, and when he opened the door, he introduced us to his pastor, and so I started to think “It’s a trap!" So for the next hour this man insulted us, and even worse the church. That made me kinda sad not gonna lie.

What else happened? Ummmmmmmm... oh yeah, sooooooooo after this pastor thing, we went to visit a couple we had met a few days earlier, and well the guy was leaving, so we couldn´t have a lesson, but we chatted outside with his girlfriend, to invite her to church and what not, but then 2 of her cousins asked if I was single.  It wasn't the first time it had happened, so I didn't think too much of it, but then it got kinda weird. We then invited all of them to church, and one of the cousins looked at me and said “I´ll go if I can be with you" and then winked. At this point I was very uncomfortable. Then they asked for my phone number, obviously I don't have one because I share a phone with my companion, so my comp said that, and wrote down our number and gave it to her, just to make me feel awkward. I was not a fan of this moment.

So recently everyone here has been telling me that I look like the Russian guy from Rocky 4.  if you don´t know who that is, look him up  and tell me if that's true.

Yesterday we didn't have lunch, so Saturday we bought a bunch of stuff, and we made empanadas, alone with no help, from scratch, the dough and everything. They were frickin good too!

Well that´s all I got for this week bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 61 --- General Conference!

​SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!! What a pleasure it is to be writing you this fine Monday morning. I hope you are all doing well! I´m doing great just in case you were wondering. So I´m gonna start off talking about General Conference, because I just can´t wait, man you don´t even know, every conference I have watched here in the mission, has made me love Conference more and more each time. It´s just so amazing how inspired the messages are. I would also love to hear some of your thoughts about conference, so if you would send me some of your conference highlights. I would appreciate it a lot. So I´m just gonna share a few of my favorite parts. In Bonnie Oscarson´s talk she talked a lot about service, something she said really hit me, it was something along the lines of, without service our lives are without purpose. She also said the reason we have a church is to form a community of saints. When I think of the word saint, I think of a holy person who is dedicated to blessing the lives of others, and we are saints in these latter days, so we should be devoted to doing exactly that, blessing the lives of others. She also mentioned something like this, that God obviously wants to help, and serve us, but sadly, because of His plan, he can´t come down and help someone every time someone is in need. So we need to do him a favor and do it for him. This reminds me of a few scriptures that I would like to share. 

Mosiah 2:17
17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.

Matthew 25:35-40
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

So you all gotta serve. I also loved Elder Holland´s talk, he talked about our potential to be perfect even as our Father in Heaven is perfect, but he explained something very important to us. He related it to a primary song, "I´m trying to be like Jesus" the key word there folks is TRYING, we are not perfect, and in this life we will never be perfect, we will always make mistakes, but we need not to feel bad, or discouraged about that, as long as we are trying we are chillin.

I also noticed  that the Book of Mormon was talked about a lot this conference, and I´m not going to share a specific talk about it but I encourage all who have yet to receive a testimony of the church, or who are struggling with their testimony, to read the Book of Mormon, ponder and pray about the book, and I testify unto everyone of you, that you will know as I know that the book is true, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church upon the earth. I invite all of you to accept the Prophet´s invitation to read the Book of Mormon every day. It will change your life, as it has changed mine.

Now I´m gonna share very quickly a few things that went down this week, because I´m out of time.  First, we had a gun fight right outside our apartment; Second, we helped one of our investigators hit on a girl on the bus, he got rejected; Third, we found a guy in the street, and we started talking, and he said the words I feel like there needs to be a restoration of the gospel, because it just isn´t the same anymore. We pulled out the pamphlet that said the Restoration.  His mind was blown. Well I´m out of time, I love you all! BYE!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Week 60 --- Transfers ...


​SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It´s a great day to be a Mormon, and an even greater day to be a missionary! I just wanna start off my email by telling you all that I love you, every single one of you! I´m gonna tell you about this last week that I had, it was a pretty good one not gonna lie! So what happened with transfers you ask, well let me tell you... sadly I left, I left a lot of good investigators, and a great ward, I did wanna stay not gonna lie, but I got to my new area with my new comp, and now I'm chillin, Elder Douglas he is a swell guy, we're gettin along great! I´m now in a place called Bermejo. So let's talk about my last week in Rodeo del medio, so to start let's just talk about some interesting stuff that went down.  To start we got free ice cream one day, just because a return missionary was working in an ice cream store when we walked by, he invited us in to chat for a bit, and then gave us free ice cream. Also we met this guy, Tony, this guy has a hobby, a very interesting hobby, so he's a trainer, he trains fighters. Yeah that doesn't seem that interesting, but the fighters that he trains are quite interesting... they're chickens... He trains chickens to fight. He showed us his whole set up, it was sick, he made a treadmill for them, ya know to stay in shape. Also my last night in my last area, a family wanted me to come say bye, so I went over, and they made some cake, and bought me a gift, we stayed there for awhile, and just had a sick time, it was weird, because I wasn't even in that area that long. Well sorry I don't have a lot more time to write sooooooo bye!!!!!!

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Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

new comp, some pics with the Bourger family, and there is my boi Jesus, and the gifts and notes they gave me


with new companion, Elder Douglas

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 59 --- This is gonna be a short one, and I don´t even have pictures

SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So this week went by pretty fast not gonna lie, a few things happened not too much, but I´ll share the few things that went down. The most interesting thing was probably how we found one of our investigators this week. So we were knocking on a butt load of doors, forgive my language, and we had absolutely no success, we were knocking for an hour straight without anything, and then we see 2 old people waving us over, and this was right after my comp had ripped up a Jehovah's Witness flyer, so we thought it was 2 Jehovah’s Witnesses about to rip us a new one for ripping their flyer, so we walked over, and, they just said " Finally! it´s been so long since we have seen Elders around here" soooooo the story is that these 2 old people were baptized in our church in Orem, Utah 13 years ago. They showed us pictures and everything of their baptism. So we went in and started visiting them, soooooo they moved in our area a few years ago, when our chapel still wasn´t built, soo they thought there wasn't one here, so they haven't been able to go, but something interesting is that the wife was confirmed a member, but her husband no, so we have to teach him again, so he can be baptized again, and be confirmed.
 Also y'all know that lady who I explained last week who brought us a bunch of food, and looked us up on Facebook, well she now refers to me as Keaton, it´s a little weird not gonna lie.
 Sorry this was such a short email, I´ll try to do better next week. I love you all, bye!!!!!!!
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Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 58 --- Miracles . . . kinda


SQUAD!!!!!!!!!!!!! You would not believe the week we just had! Well actually you might. We found 10 new investigators, and set 4 new baptismal dates. So obviously I need to explain the title of this email. asi que the other day we met this guy Osario. and well he invited us in, and we had a little chat with him and his wife. So they are an elderly couple and they were super nice and funny, and then he started to tell us about what he does for a living. So he told us about this dude from Egypt, and that he had a book... a special book. This book contains sacred secrets concerning the healing of men, and our boy Osario said he ran into this guy from Egypt, and the man gave him the book, and now my boy Osario is known worldwide for healing people, from twisted ankles to blind or deaf people. He told us that to heal one must breathe in for as long as you can. The man from Egypt said if you can breathe in for 8 whole seconds that is where the real power comes, sadly our friend Osario in his old age, can only reach 7 seconds. He has people coming from Chile, Canada, and Spain to be healed. Obviously I´m a little skeptic about that but it was an interesting conversation.

Also recently we have found some of the nicest investigadores, I´m gonna talk about a family, and then this other lady. So we start with the Diaz family. So we met them 2 weeks ago, and they invited us to come back another day because they were busy, so we went back a few days later, and they are the sickest family. We went to teach them last night, and they had bought a bunch a food for us, we got there and the mom was already preparing something to drink for us. It was sick. Then we taught the restoration to the family, and it was awesome. They understood it sooooooo well. The lesson was soo good that even the son who was pretty much atheist told us that even he wanted to learn more, and he accepted a baptismal date. The spirit was so powerful with his family. They are seriously sooo cool. The other lady her name is Lorena. The first time we met her she rejected us like bad, but we left her a pamphlet about the plan of salvation, and we were bold and said we are gonna come back, and when we went back she had changed completely. She came out to greet us with a huge smile on her face, and had read the whole pamphlet, and had questions and comments written all over the pamphlet, and we had a very good discussion. Then she just started chatting with us, like asking about our lives, and the mission, and all that good stuff, and know we are like best friends, so she lives really close to us, and yesterday she sent us a text asking if we were home because she wanted to bring over some leftover food from her kid´s birthday saturday, so she came over with a LOT  of food, and I included a picture of all the food she gave us. She also asked for our facebooks because she didn´t wanna lose contact with us, because she said our discussions have helped her a lot.

We also got to do some service the other day, we built a roof, it was sick, and it was raining, and I got electrocuted plugging in the cement mixer, ya know cuz it was raining and all, and me and Elder Ransil were playing catch with bricks on the roof, it was pretty swell.​​

Also the look on the door to our apartment broke, and so we were locked inside, and we had to leave for an appointment, and soo we thought maybe it would work from the outside, so we decided we should get to the front door, but we are on the second floor, sooo it was a little tricky, I had to climb over a little railing, and walk along the window frames and jump to the stairs that lead to our front door, I sent a pic of the area where it happened, but it didn't work from the outside, soooo I said a little prayer outside, and then we both remembered about another door in the pension with a key that looked similar sooo we thought we would try that, and it worked, which was weird because it wasn't the same key, but now it´s quite the challenge to leave and enter our apartment every day.

Well that´s all I got to share today so I will talk to y'all next week bye!