Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 21 --- Merry Christmas!

Squad! So yesterday was Christmas! It was sick! I skyped my fam, that was also sick! Seriously I hope you all had a great Christmas! To start I just want to tell you about our Christmas Eve... It was dope, we had to go back to the pension early for our safety, but that was ok because our Zone Leaders are our neighbors, so we partied with them all night, and me and Elder Kidd went crazy with food, we dropped a good amount to party hard, and people brought us food too, like our bishop brought empanadas, and coke, it was great! Then next next day we only had Sacrament Meeting, but let me tell you, my Christmas experience was so much different being in the mission. I really thought about the meaning of Christmas, and it made it that much better. It's something different, not thinking about what you're gonna get, or about all the food you're gonna eat, being able to remember Christ. I hope you all remembered to remember Christ during this Christmas.

Anyway now for the rest of the week, we didn't have a whole lot of time to work, because we had to go to Mendoza, and then we had some meetings, and had to return early Saturday, but we still had some bomb lessons with some bomb investigators. Melisa, the sister of Victor, still can't attend church because of problems with her husband, but she continues to read, and listen to us, and she knows these things to be true. We want to meet her husband, but I think she's trying to avoid that, so it kinda feels like we are trying to go behind his back, but we aren't, we just don't want him to feel that way. So we're trying to figure out what we can do there.

To end I wanna share a scripture Alma 5:45-46

45 And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety?
 46 Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me.
We can receive answers to all our prayers, sometimes we won't receive them right away, sometimes we have to work for it, but God will always answer our prayers. If any of you need an answer, take to heart the counsel of this scripture.

Anyways that's all for today Love you all!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 20 --- Zone Conference, and other stuff

Squad! First off I just wanna give a shout out to my brother Bronson! It´s his birthday today! He is 21! Que grande! So this week was sick! Literally, and figuratively... So me and Elder Kidd are still goin’ strong, working hard, and most importantly... being obedient! We are still having some sweet success. For example Victor´s sister, Melisa, is doing great, but she can´t attend church, because of problems she´s having with her very Catholic husband. It makes me sad... So we just gotta keep praying for her, and hopefully the spirit will soften the heart of her husband. Also we have another investigator, Eduardo, he is awesome, he wants to be baptized, but he recently had surgery to remove a brain tumor, and now his health prevents him from doing things that he really wants to, like reading the Book of Mormon and attending church. We actually found him a while ago because his daughter, who is a member, asked us if we could go give him a blessing, so these health issues are the reason we started teaching him, but they are also preventing him from progressing. He told us he wants to be baptized, but now it´s looking like he won´t be until these health problems clear up, which is fine, because I know eventually he will be baptized!

Later in the week we had zone conference, and it was lit! It was long, but it was lit! President Goates really emphasized the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy, he explained that everyone knows they shouldn´t kill, or rob, but they don´t recognize the importance of keeping the Sabbath day holy, it´s one of the 10 commandments, so it´s just as important as don’t kill or rob! So that was something we really needed to hear, because a lot of baptismal dates are falling because people aren’t attending church. So we are gonna have to be a lot more direct with people when inviting them to church, and really explain that it is a commandment!

To end I want to share this scripture with you... 3 Nephi 14:9-11 

"9 Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?"

Something that I love so much about our Heavenly Father is that he loves us, and because of that he will give us what we need. If we are obedient, and faithful, he will always answer our prayers. I know this to be true, I have experienced this in my mission. If you ever need anything, don’t forget your Father in Heaven is always willing to help.

That's all for this week! Love you all and I will chat with you all next week!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Me and Elder Kidd, eatin some pizza, and also eatin some panchos with Victor.

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 19 --- New Companion... and other stuff

Squad!!! So I wanna start by telling you all about my new companion Elder Kidd, he is a swell guy, not gonna lie, we get along great! He always wants to work hard, and always wants to be obedient! It´s awesome! We have quite a bit in common, so it´s pretty great! Bueno, now I´m gonna tell you all about my bomb week! So last Monday wasn´t the best, so my old companion made us return 3 hours early, so I didn´t actually get a P Day, so he could say by to some members, and I didn´t have a problem with that, but at 6:00 pm P Day ends, and work begins, well that didn't happen, from 3 until 10, all we did was visit members and talk, we didn't do any work, at one house we spent 3 hours, just talking, and I felt awful, because we were supposed to be working! I'm really trying to be as obedient as possible! But that's okay because the next day in the morning, I shipped off my companion, and received my new companion, and we had a bomb week! The first day we worked in the afternoon only, because I was waiting for him to arrive in the morning, but that day we actually did pretty great, for our first day together, and I had to do the planning, and stuff, because I'm showing the area, so it was a little difficult, but we have made it safely back to our pension every day so it's okay.

Oh so you know Victor, wellllllll... guess what!? We were talking with him the other day, and he told us that one of his sisters wanted to talk to us!!!!! So we went with Victor to teach his sister! She told us that she saw a change in Victor, and that she saw a happiness in Victor after his baptism, and that she wanted that for her, and her family! So we taught her, and she accepted the invitation to baptism! For the 14 of January! We are also teaching Victor's Mom, and another sister, one sister said she didn't really wanna be baptized now, because she likes to party and stuff, but his Mom! I don't know what the problem is! We have taught her quite a bit, she said she knows the Book of Mormon is true, which means that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, which means that the church is true, but she just isn't accepting the invitation to be baptized. I know she has felt the spirit, I think she just doesn't feel ready. But like it explains in Alma 34:31... Now is the time and day of your salvation. So we shouldn't want, to act on our faith. I'm just not sure what we should do to help her, but I know Victor is gonna be a huge help!

Seriously though this week was awesome, we have been making so many appointments, next week we will barely need to plan anything, it's lit! But this week wasn't all good, so yesterday we were riding, just chillin, and well my seat fell off, and I fell with it, into a little ditch. It wasn't pleasant, so I put the seat back on, and I thought all was well, but then in like 3 minutes it fell again, and I fell with it, again.  It was horrible, so now I need to buy a new seat, not fun.

Well to end this here email I want to share a scripture... is that okay? Bueno, Mosiah 16:9 " He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death. " In this time of Christmas, the Church has a initiative for the missionaries. Ilumina el Mundo ( Light the World ) Christ is the light of the world that can never be darkened. Let us all share the light of Christ, through service, and sharing this gospel, and we can bring the light of Christ to all the world! 

Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Pics of the Christmas Party

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 18 --- Transfers... Finished my training!

Squad... So I'm no longer a missionary in training, I'm the real deal! Also I think I'm gonna tell you all 'bout transfers, anyways... I'm staying in Albardon, so I guess I have to stay in the heat, and it's getting worse, for example, yesterday there was actually a chance we had to stay in the pension, because of hot winds, like it's hard enough to work in the wind, but when they are hot, it's awful, but it's alright.  I'm receiving Elder Kidd, and I actually know his nephew, he lives in St.George, and he played church ball with our ward, so that's cool. So this last week was recto fuego (straight fire). So you know our new convert, Victor, well he is dope! He left to work with us 4 days this week! We taught 10 lessons with him during this week, and the usual goal for lessons with a member present is like 7 and we had 10 with him alone! He is doing amazing! Now we are teaching his Mom and sisters, we taught the restoration yesterday, and showed a video about Joseph Smith! His mom was hecka close to crying, she felt the spirit, we invited her to be baptized when she knows these things to be true! She said... no, but I'm not discouraged, because I know she wants to, and I know she will know these things to be true, I'm so excited, because Victor could have the chance to baptize his Mom!!!!! That would be legendary! So yesterday was Fast Sunday, as you all know, and Victor actually fasted for a whole 24 hours, and he blessed the Sacrament. He is doing fantastic, it's crazy!

Oh and btw we are having a ton more success here, we started really focusing on following up with investigators, because before, a lot of missionaries were really focused on new investigators, but now we are seeing more progressing investigators, and more baptismal dates! Although we are still having some troubles getting people to attend church. It's just so frustrating sometimes, because I know if they attend church they would feel the spirit so strong, and there would be no choice but for them to know that this is the truth, but something that I've learned a lot is to have patience, and trust in the Lord. I know through hard work and a lot of prayer, we can help these people come unto Christ.

Well squad! That's all for this week... It's been real, I will chat with you next week
Elder Keaton JorgensenArgentina Mendoza Mission

This is a picture of Elder Morgan, Victor, and me, before going out to work!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Week 17 --- Squad

Squad! So this might be a little short, because the internet went out, and my email didn't save and so I have to start over, and I'm almost out of time, but this week was a little rough at first, so last p day we went to play soccer, and it was raining, so the courts were wet, well I had a little accident, I slipped, I fell, I hit my head, and neck and back, so this week I've had some pain and stuff, and the next day I got super sick and was up all night vomiting... so that wasn't pleasant. Oh so we had exchanges right... well I ended up going to an area where only Latinos are supposed to serve because it's violent, so that was a little sketchy, but all went well, and I didn't get mugged or beat up or anything, so that's always good! Oh and yesterday during church Victor, our investigator who just got baptized, received the Aaronic Priesthood! Yeahhhhhh !!!!!!! and he also recieved a calling!!!!!!! Something with  Sunday  School! Anyways I'm so happy for him OMG!! and he's already thinking about serving a mission!!! What the heck?! I'm so proud of him, he would be such a bomb missionary!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so sorry this is gonna be so short, but like I explained it's not my fault, and I don't even have pictures this week... I know I know, what a shame, but next week will be better because exchanges are next week and I will no longer be in training and I'll have a different companion and all that good stuff, soooooooo Love you all bye!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, November 21, 2016

Week 16 --- BAPTISM! oh and earthquake

Squad!!! So you all know the investigator Victor that I have spoke a lot about recently, well...  he was baptized this past Saturday!!!!!!! So earlier in the week he was asking me about my baptism, so I told him that it was honestly one of the most special moments in my life, and that it's something I will always remember, and I said it's gonna be the same for you, and after his baptism, he came up to me and said "Tenía razón, fue muy especial" which means you were right, it was very special!! He frickin felt the spirit!! I'm just so darn happy for him. So my comp baptized him, and he asked me to do the confirmation, so yesterday during  Sacrament  Meeting, I confirmed him a member of the church. Let me tell ya I was pretty darn nervous, because I still wasn't too confident in my Spanish abilities, so I prayed hard for some help, so that Victor could feel the spirit during the confirmation, and all went well, I was holding back some sobs during the blessing... he told me after... "due perfect" he told me he understood everything and it was amazing, and my Zone leader said it was an awesome blessing, it was such a great experience! Also he had an interview to receive the Aaronic Priesthood after church!!!!!! I'm so excited for him. It's hard to explain in words how grateful I am to have been apart of this experience, helping him receive the restored gospel is a blessing in itself. Missionary work has blessed my life so much! Never hesitate to serve in this gospel, in whatever form it may be!

Oh and yesterday in the afternoon, we were looking for the sister of Victor, because you know we wanted to teach her, and what not, but we couldn't find her house so we stopped to ask a family for some help, and all of a sudden they started freaking out, and I was like bruh what happened, but then I felt what happened... We had an earthquake, and I guess they don't have a lot of experience with earthquakes, because they were freaking out, and I was kinda just chillin, but I felt super bad, like I wanted to help them or something, but I didn't know how, but we are all good! 

Oh also so this elderly sister in our ward likes to wash our clothes, because we don't have washing machines and stuff, and give us lunch every  Saturday, well last night we stopped by to pick up the laundry, and she also sent us home with frickin empanadas, and they were frickin  delicious!!! People are so nice here, it's crazy!  

Well squad that's all for this week, life is good, lovin the mish, and you all should go share the gospel with someone right now, because why not! It's a blessing!

Love you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

So here are some pics of the baptism day, and one that our ZL took when I was holding a door, as you can tell I'm happy to serve, and the other, well I kinda fell asleep mid prayer...


Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 15 --- Glad to be in Argentina

Squaaaaaaad! Okay so I heard about the results of the elections this past week, seriously everyone is talking about it here, and let
s just say I'm glad to be here right now. Honestly I don't know what to write about this week, it's been pretty chill. Well more news on our investigator Hugo, he actually prefers Victor, well anyways we finished the last lesson with him, and he's getting baptized this coming Saturday!!! I'm so excited, he is so cool, there's just this one thing, when we were teaching the 10 commandments, we explained the second, don't worship graven images, and he wears a cross around his neck.  He understood perfectly that the reason we don't have the cross in our church is because we focus on the resurrection of Christ, not the death. He doesn't have a problem with that, but he said it has a different value for him, something person​al​ that we didn't ask too much about, but we just don't really know how to handle this situation, because really he shouldn't wear it, but I don't know it's just a bit complicated, but that's okay, because he has a very strong testimony and I know he will make the right decision about this situation. Oh so yesterdayI figured out how to ​use ​ Spanish, it was crazy. We started talking to this lady outside, and my comp started, and she said she didn't have time, or an interest to listen to us, and my comp was like "okay" but for some reason I was like "no!" and I just started talking, and I actually understood her too, it was kinda crazy, and by the end, she promised to read The Book of Mormon, and pray about, and attend church when she received her answer. I felt the spirit so strong, I just let it take over, and it was an amazing experience, honestly I know that I had some help in that moment, because I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone, I was blessed. It's amazing how much we can be blessed by showing our faith, and taking action. D&C 100:5-7 read it! That scripture is money, and I believe that scripture explains what happened yesterday when I figured out ​Spanish! Oh and my mom is the GOAT because she found a way to get me a package, with pants, because I've had pants problems, and all the pants here don't fit me, all the legs are super skinny and stuff, it's rough so I'm using pants I found in our pension. Anyways that's all for today. Love you all.

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

So I found Ramen, so that's good because my cooking skills are limited, and then you can see my feelings when I found out Trump really is gonna be president, and then you can see that although preaching is my call... I'm always ready to ball

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Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 14 --- Summer in San Juan

Well’s hot.  While you all are enjoying start of winter, I´m experiencing probably some of the worst heat ever, it´s pretty awful, but que bendicion (what a blessing) I´m gonna be honest, when I go back to the pension during the siesta, I am actually dripping in sweat, but that´s not important, what is important is some things that I wanna share with you about this last week.

So remember how the last few weeks I have mentioned one of our investigators a lot, Hugo, well he still continues to impress. Here are 2 scriptures he has shared with us recently that he liked, 2 Nephi 22:2 and Omni 1:26, and not only does he share them, he explains what they mean, and he gets it.  The other day he called us and said "I just finished 2 Nephi, can I keep reading?" He said he wanted to check with us to see if he was ready to keep reading. So I said you don´t need to ask us, you read the whole book if you want. He has attended church every week since we first extended the invitation. I cannot wait for his baptism, everyone in our ward keeps telling us that they see a future Elder in him!!! Oh and another thing, so the kid that was baptized the other week, Enzo, we went to visit him, to start the retention lessons, and we asked how we was doing, and the only thing he said was "I´m not doing drugs" I´m glad he understands the word of wisdom.

So recently ​I've been thinking a lot about temples, because there was a family in our ward here that was recently sealed, and honestly I miss the temple, I just think about how big of a blessing it is to have temples, I wish I would have taken advantage of that blessing more before I left for my mission. It´s just so amazing how we can be sealed as families in the temple, forever.  Entering the temple should be everyone’s goal, for reals it´s a huge blessing. That had just been on my mind recently so I thought I would share.

So this past week the mission president sent us a talk, about becoming a consecrated missionary, and it talks about how we need to put everything we have on the altar of sacrifice, and it says that there is always something that we can improve, no matter how big or small, there is always something more we can do, and that´s so true. I´m really trying to take that counsel to heart, because honestly, I wanna be the best missionary I can possibly be, because I know that if I honestly put forth all my efforts, I will have no regrets when I return, and that things will be easier, because we are promised blessings through diligent and faithful service. Yes this work is hard, yes I have to do things that maybe are a little uncomfortable for me, but that doesn´t matter, because it´s not about me, it´s about the people who are searching for the truth. My focus is to be a worthy, hard-working missionary, so I can have the spirit to be with me when I teach, so that those who I am teaching can recognize the Holy Ghost testifying that this really is the Church of Jesus Christ, the only church upon the Earth, with the fullness of the gospel. This is his church, this is the truth, and I´m so blessed to be able to wear the name of Christ on my chest.

I love you all, thank you for all you support! I thought I´d end with a scripture Mosiah 24:14 read it, ponder it, and know that the promise in that scripture is true.

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

Monday, October 31, 2016

Week 13 --- #Halloween #casi3mesas

Squad! Well today is Halloween, but I can´t trick or treat, or anything like that... Bummer... and for your information casi3mesas means almost 3 months, because this Thursday is 3 months in the mission, I gotta stop keeping track, that´s your job, I think it´s just gonna make things go slower.  

Oh so funny story, my comp got bit by a dog, well that´s not funny, but because of a mission rule, we have to take a 2.5 hour bus ride to Mendoza 4 times, to get a rabies vaccine... Oh fun! 

Oh my goodness! So remember last week when I told you all about an investigator we found! Well I have some more news, he has attended 2 straight Sundays, for all 3 hours, and participates in the classes, and oh my, this is the best part, after 3 days reading the Book of Mormon, he told us that he knows it´s true without a doubt! ahhhhhhhhh! Why can´t all people be like this, oh yeah because that would be too easy. I´m so happy for him, and I´m so happy for him to be baptized. There is even a chance he can be baptized before the date we have right now, because he attends every Sunday, and he reads and prays everyday! It is so awesome!!! I love the work, honestly, not gonna lie, when he told me he knew the Book of Mormon was true, I started to cry a little, and I wasn't even ashamed. It´s amazing how the gospel has the ability to bring people together, seriously I met this kid like a week ago maybe a little more, and I fricking love him. He is the GIOAT (greatest investigator of all time) not really, because all my investigators are just as important to me.

So I ate at a Burger King today, just thought you should know I´m still living life to the fullest. 

I don´t even know what else to say, it´s been a little crazy. I´m a little sad to be honest, so I mentioned this awhile ago, but I´m in a biking area right now, and bikes are killer on the knees, and well some pre-existing knee problems, have come back,  and if it gets worse I might have to leave Albardon after my training, and I really don´t wanna leave Albardon yet, I love it here. So really that´s the only bad news I have at the moment.

Oh my goodness, so this last week we were in Mendoza for the second meeting for the missionaries in training, to go over some more stuff, and we got there early, for my comps vaccines, and so that afternoon, we got to do splits with the assistants to the Mission President. It was awesome, I went with an Elder named Elder Agyin, and let me tell you, he is un buen hombre. A really great missionary. Anyways that´s really all that happened this week. I love you all thanks for the support!

In these pictures you will see our new district after transfers, me and my comp with the assistants, and I ran into an Elder from St. George that I ran track with, so that was fun, he is the one farthest from me.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Week 12 --- First Transfer Finished

Well squad I have officially finished my first transfer in the field, and it's been wild. 

So to start, I'm gonna talk about the baptism we had this  past Saturday. It was awesome. This kid is the coolest. I'm so grateful I had the opportunity to baptize him. Oh! Also yesterday we had an investigator attend church, and this guy is seriously the coolest. He has already accepted a baptismal date! I can't wait, I honestly see a future Elder in this kid he is 19 and he is a stud. All the members went absolutely crazy about how smart he was, oh my goodness, I'm just so frickin excited to teach him. He has some serious potential. 

So we just found out transfers yesterday, and I'm pretty sure I talked about an Elder in my district last week, Elder Santos, well he's leaving, not gonna lie I'm a little sad. Also one of our Zone leaders is leaving, because he has a knee injury, so they're sending him to an area without bikes, to help his knee, and he was a swell guy not gonna lie, super funny. So I ate cow tongue the other day, not gonna lie it was weird. I'm not sure how I feel about it. 

So we were eating lunch at a members house yesterday, and we got to talking and all that jazz, and apparently they think that my Spanish has improved a lot since arriving. So that is good to know, because I still feel at times that I butcher everything I say, but I just think back to something my mission president said to me once, learning something new, and trying to track your progress, is like watching a tree grow, if you look at that tree everyday, you won't really notice a big difference, and it's the same with my Spanish, if everyday I think about my progression in Spanish I won't notice a big difference, but like with the tree, if I wait for a few weeks and look at it, I will notice the difference, like honestly I think back to when I first got here, and I was a lot worse than I am now, which honestly is hard to believe. 

Here's the good thing — I think I'm finally adjusted to the mission life, because the other day, I had some Oreos, and after I finished them, I got sad, and I missed them more than my family. So I guess I'm not as worried about home now, and I can focus all my efforts on the work!  Well squad thanks for all your support, quick shout out to a few people, the Courtright/Baugh fam, Jana, Dana, and Em, for supporting me, writing me, and giving my brother a job (and a place to stay), also Brandee, and my Jayden, but most importantly my mom, because she is the GOAT (greatest of all time).  You all have made the transition to the mission life so much easier, so thank you!!! Well I'm peacing out! Love you all! Stay sweet!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

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2 baptism
3 nature and hiking
4 big white head . . . well it's just dope
5 nature and hiking
6 - ripped pants (my companion's fault) --- we were riding our bikes and my comp stopped suddenly right in front of me causing me to brake and swerve . . . I fell and ripped my pants  
7 - me and Elder Santos

Monday, October 17, 2016

Week 11 --- 21 months exactly until my return

Squad!!!!!!!!!!!! So like the title of the email says, 21 months until you all can rejoice in my return, I'm just playing but seriously already have almost 3 months in the mission, it's crazy how fast time flies! I am almost finished with half of my training! I still have a long way to go!!!!!! So last week we went on exchanges with Elder Santos and Elder Manuico, and let me tell you Elder Santos es un capo (a dope dude) He is from Brazil, but he also speaks really good English, so he's pretty much fluent in 3 languages, so that's pretty cool, but he is such a good missionary!!! 

So remember a while back I spoke of a 17 year old investigator, with 2 kids living with his girlfriend, well the other day my companion said maybe we should drop him as an investigator, because he wasn't progressing, because he needed to be married, but doesn't want to, well, I told him no, because we can't just give up that easy, but the other day we found his older brother, and he has accepted the invitation to baptism, so maybe this is just what we need, maybe he can help his younger brother progress further.

So this coming Saturday we have a baptism, and our investigator has asked me to baptize him, so I'm kinda happy right now, I'm so excited for him, and his decision to be baptized, he is such a bright kid. Not much else happened this past week, but this week I get to go back to Mendoza, to finish my legal stuff, so that's pretty cool, I love being in Mendoza. I had some more pretty dope stories and pictures, but I forgot my camera, so I will send those next week, and tell you about my experiences! Luckily one of the Elders in my district had some photos of us, so I sent those!!! Anyways all is well, my Spanish continues to progress, I think I'm doing alright. Sorry I don't have a whole lot to say this week, I've been pretty sick, and so it's been pretty tough, but I know that if I focus on the people, and love the people, that things will become much easier for me, because the mission has nothing to do with me, and everything to do with the people of Argentina, and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is the true Church of Jesus Christ, and I know I will be blessed through diligent service, I do love this gospel, and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity to share it every day. I love you all!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

1.  With Elder Santos (my favorite in my zone/district; he is from Brazil)
2.  left to right - Elder Santos, Elder Jorgensen, Elder Manuico, Elder Morgan (my companion/trainer)
3.  During a capilla abierta, it's pretty much an open house to learn about the gospel and our church; I taught about baptism
4. Just so you know, I'm working hard (fixing my bike) 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Week 10 --- Almost a month in Argentina

Squad! the first thing I wanna do in this email is give a shout out to mi padres, because it is their anniversary today! So this week has been pretty swell, I went into Mendoza to start some legal stuff, so I can stay here longer than 3 months, so that was pretty cool, and we had a bomb dinner at the house of ​the bishop down there. It was my first dinner of the mission. So my mom said I should talk about some weird food that I have had to eat here, but honestly everything I have eat​en here has been bomb!! 

​A​lthough I did eat leftover pig stuff, mostly just chunks of blood, they just cooked it up and put it on bread, it was a little weird​​. I have had some hard times this week though. One of our investigators that accepted the invitation to baptism no longer has a date, because he won't attend church, but also he is 17 living with his 16 year old girlfriend, and they have 2 little girls, and so he needs to marry her, if he wants to be baptised, but he really doesn't wanna get married. It has been so hard, I have prayed day after day, trying to find how I can help him realize the importance of marriage in the gospel, but we can't seem to get to him. However another investigator we have who is 9, is so ready for baptism, and on the 22​nd​ it's going down, now we have been focusing on his dad, who ​receives the lessons really well, and understands everything, we invited him to be ​baptized,   but he doesn't feel ready. Well things are going good, I love you all!

Here are some pics of some of my favorite foods, because they're hecka American!

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Week 9 --- #2months #generalconference

So squad today is my 2 month mark, and for those keeping track, only 22 more or more like 21 and a half if we're being specific. 

So this week we didn't have as much proselyting time because Monday was Pday, Tuesday we had to go back to Centro for the first half of the day because my companion had to do a urine test, and Wednesday we had interviews with the mission president, but we still managed to find quite a bit of new investigators. I wanna talk about my interview with the mission president, because he told me I had to write home and tell everyone that he thinks I'm doing much better than most missionaries are at this point in their missions, so I guess I'm not doing too bad. 

OMG conference!!! I got to watch it in English, so that was pretty bomb, and I want everyone who actually reads this to send me an email with something they learned, or something that really stood out to them, but I'm also gonna share some things that I really liked from conference. I really liked this quote from Neil L. Andersen he said "Sharing the gospel rests upon us all" So not just missionaries, he also explained how we should all pray for an opportunity to stand as a witness of God. Also in Ballard's talk I like how he explained that if someone is thinking about leaving the church, he said ask yourself this question "where will you go?" Also saying that you need to remember what it was that first helped you gain a testimony of the gospel. So if any of you are struggling with your testimony, ask yourself where will you go if you leave the gospel, and then remember what it was that caused you to gain a testimony in the first place. Also in the last talk by Eyring in the Saturday afternoon session, he talked about counting our blessings, but one phrase that hit me harder than anything was this, “The greatest blessing we have is the feeling of forgiveness when we partake of the sacrament.” That is so true, when we take the sacrament and think about the atoning sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and remember that he did that for us, so we could be forgiven. 

We are so blessed to be members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, let us not take for granted the many blessings we have received through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Think about the song "I Stand All Amazed" — are we really standing in amazement for the love our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ have for us? If not, we certainly should be. We are blessed because of the gospel every day, whether we notice it or not. Show your gratitude for the many blessings we have, through service, and sharing the gospel with others, so they can receive these blessings, but also through prayer. I love you all, and it's great to hear from a lot of you each week. I'm peacing out! Keep on keeping on!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission

So, here's some pictures; one is the gringos locked in a room alone to watch conference in English and the other is a pic my companion made me take in front of some vineyards. #Ihearditthroughthegrapevine

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Week 8 --- September 26, 2016 --- sorry about the last e-mail

So squad I truly am sorry about the last email, it was very short without a lot of details, and there were many more things that happened that I didn´t tell you about.

So I´m gonna start from the beginning! We arrived in Argentina, and went straight to a hotel, it was pretty crazy, in the bathroom they have bidets it was interesting, and we had some bomb food, almost every meal here consists of bread and meat, but I know I can´t get enough bread, It´s pretty bomb. Then we went to  the mission president’s house for dinner, and it was pretty tasty not gonna lie, then the next day we received our trainers, I think I already told you, his name is Elder Morgan.

So my first day at church was swell, I had to share my testimony during Sacrament Meeting, I have no idea how it went, but I think it was alright, probs butchered it pretty bad, but I´m pretty sure through the power of the spirit they understood it just fine. So the way they talk here is kinda interesting, it sounds Italian but in Spanish, it´s pretty swell, but it´s a little difficult to understand, but I think I´m getting better, each and every day. Me and my companion have had some pretty good numbers these first 2 weeks, and I have successfully extended invitations to baptism 3 times, 5 people total, One said yes and the others want to read more in the Book of Mormon and pray about it. I have high hopes for those investigators.

So the other day I met a young progressing investigator named Enzo, he is 9, and I´m pretty sure he is knows more about the Book of Mormon than I do. He´s getting baptized on the 15 of October.

So I haven´t talked about my area, so my first area is called Chimbas in a little town called Albardón. So remember how we ride bikes here, well last Monday we returned to our apartment to get our bikes to go to an appointment with an investigator, and we were hecka late, and my tire was flat, so I had to ride a good 5 or 6 miles in like 10 minutes with a flat tire, it was kinda rough, and on the way back, there was no way the bike could ride anymore, so I had to sit on the back of the motorcycle of one of the members in our ward and carry my bike on my shoulder, I looked a little silly not gonna lie.

So my mom said I should explain a typical day here, so I wake up, exercise for 30 minutes, shower, eat fruit loops, and then do personal study, then companion study. So every day we get lunch from members, but they don't eat dinner here, and I love dinner, it's my favorite meal. I am always hungry now, because I don't get dinner, but I guess it's okay, but that's not what is important, the important thing is that I am serving with all my heart might mind and strength. To help others come unto Christ. I love you all thanks for all your support!

Elder Keaton Jorgensen
Argentina Mendoza Mission