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