Monday, October 17, 2016

Good Air

Hola Hola,

Things are still cooking here in ¨Good Air¨. That´s funny that this place´s name translates to that. On my list of words to describe the air here in the mission, ¨good¨ would be pretty much be smack dab on the bottom. Speaking of air, it´s definitely heating up here! Summer, and all of it´s sweatyness, has just about arrived. Pure humidity, my friends. Pure humidity. I sure am blessed to have an apartment that is clean and small and has a good shower! What luck. I know all of you northerners are gearing up for winter, you lucky ducks.

This week we finished our divisions, finally! We have been two or more divisions for pretty much the past 5 weeks. We have ONE week to work together! It´s gonna be great. I worked with Elder Udall and Elder Gygi, both from Arizona, this week. They are great Elders. One thing that Elder Gygi helped me realize is to be always looking toward the future, at a bigger perspective. I had some decent plans down for the day. We walked and walked. Talked and talked. With other people, that is. But all of the appointments I had made that day pretty much went through. I guess I might´ve been showing it too much that I was somewhat stressed. Near the end of the day, Elder Gygi reminded me we had given away like 5 book of mormons (books of mormon?) and done much good. We had found other people for other areas, and passed along the reference. His good sense put me at ease, thanks Elder Gygi!

I´m out of time, I will see you all next week! Listen to conference, looking for ways to apply it!

Elder Wilcox

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Better Late Than Never

Yesterday was one of those blessed ¨feriado¨ days here in Arg. They have ¨holidays¨ allll the time, which means no one works and everything shuts down! So we just went to atalaya instead to play futbol! It´s very humbling to be me and play soccer against all Latinos....

It´s been a whirlwind of a week! Truly, the Lord is hastening is work. I don´t know where to start ha. We had not one, not two, not three, but FOUR divisions this week! Lots and lots of them. Divisions for me are the best. It is a great opportunity to be able to know the missionary a little better specifically, and also to learn from one another. I went to switch on monday night (which almost NEVER happens) with Elder Smellie from Preston, ID and he is in Castillo. I was BORN there, it was so cool to go back there and be in town for at least a few hours. He is in a different area than I was, but I saw a member family from the ward there and they were super stoked to see me, and me to see them! They have a daughter who just got called to Mexico! Missions are the coolest thing ever! I was there to do a baptism interview and that went well. Tuesday we came back to our area and had divisions with Elder Porter from AZ and Elder Maycock also from AZ. President Robertson has made a new thing with divisions between district leaders and zone leaders. Instead of having one companionship in one area and in another, both companionships are in the area of the zone leaders. I know that is is just boring facts for most of you, but it´s kinda extra pressure for us as we strive to make our area a ¨model¨ area, as recorded in the missionary handbook.

Just know that I am so grateful for all that I have learned from other Elder´s this week. Sometimes we have to stop teaching an investigator for their lack of progression. Some may say that we weren´t ready, or not prepared, or not humble enough. While that mayyyy be true, it may also be that WE are not the right missionaries for that person. God knows what he is doing. Something that caught my attention in #LDSconf2016 is that ¨God and his son Jesus are keepers of their promises.¨ I think that Christ´s atonement is sufficient to meet our needs, and more. I understand that the atonement was created for people just like you, and people just like me. we are the mold, and the living water of Christ fits perfectly to fit each one of us. Also, the word REMEMBER (or ¨recordar¨ in spanish) has come to more meaning to me. All that we do is to better remember Christ! May we always remember these things, for the Lord God has declared them. (Mosíah 2:41)

Elder Wilcox sending love!

Me on divisions with Elder Blosfeld, from Brasil! Capo
Me on the bus, or colectivo, this morning. It was empty!

Moroni 8:26 (sent Sep 26)

Hello everyone!

This week we finished out strong for september! We had a baptism on saturday, we were soooooo happy about it! Anastacia, she is a little 9 year old. She personifies this scripture in Moroni! I love that little girl and her family! She´ll melt your heart, whether you understand castellano or not. She is the daughter of a less active woman and a non member man! We are working closely now with her dad. They invited TONS of people and it was great! One thing Argentina really knows how to do is throw a party. Any party at all. For birthdays, baptisms, anything. It´s kinda funny.

Cumpleaños are a flippin religion here in the Latino world! People give us that excuse alllll the time for being gone or not coming to church! ¨I was at a birthday party!¨ You could say anything at all....¨hey you didn´t show up for your college exam¨ (for example). ¨i was at a birthday party.¨ ¨oh...fair enough.¨

We are now working with many people here in Tablada that are close to being baptized! There are just soooo many that aren´t married. Just about 99% of people don´t get married. It is sad. And really complicated, legally, to get married. That is a barrier that sometimes creates the ¨eternal investigators¨. One person we are working with is Denise. She is the aunt of two recent converts, Lucas and Milagros, who are siblings. She is GREAT, she knows so much about God and his plan for us! But...she hasn´t been to church yet. ¨Come and See¨ said the savior. I know that the Gospel changes lives!

No more time. Prepare yourselves for instruction from the great Mediador! General Conference is gonna be great! Cross the fingers that we´ll find it in english somewhere!

Elder Wilcox

Monday, October 3, 2016

Wasn´t Conference the best???

Greetings, my friends from the other side.....of the equator!

How is it up in the northern hemisphere? Things down here are definitely warming up here down south, just in time for the holidays! It´s that weird spring weather right now. Some days it´s REALLY HOT, like summer. I sweat and my collar gets uncomfortably hot and tight, like unto a dish. And other days it is cold and windy and rains.

I haven´t much time, so I will just finish my scoop about conference. It was SOOO good. We watched it in our Bishop´s house, the first session on the porch because he wasn´t home (we couldn´t go in) and then we watched it in the house after that. We had a part member family with us part of the time! We were all drinking maté celestial, something delicious and probably unique to arg! I loved conference so much! Conference in Spanish is a joy and a privilege. I loved all the things I learned and will now go forward to always be better and make my sunday worship more sincere!

Gotta go, sorry! Have a great week!

Elder Wilcox