Week 79: Nine Investigators At Church!

San Martin

HELLO!

It has been a good week!!!

We’ve seen a few miracles!!

1. In an intercambios I did this week with Elder McKechnie, we found a huge family that has a bunch of youth who all came to church this Sunday. In total we had 9 investigadors at church yesterday, thats the most I’ve ever been able to see come to church. It was really hectic. And on top of that, one of my best friends from San Juan came to visit me and was at church. It was awesome being able to see him again. That afternoon he spent with us as we proselyted. There is a family of 3 were working with to be baptized on March 3rd. they all came to church and are excited to be baptized! I feel so blessed by the Lord right now. The zone is doing great, but it looks like were going to go without baptisms this month. It seems like a really short month, it’s already over almost.

2. This p-day we ate peruvian food which was amazing. Elder Mucha was dying to go to one of those restaurants.

Those were the 2 highlights of the week! Love you all and miss you!

Elder Skonnard

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Week 78: Geremiahs and Nicolas Progressing

San Martin

Don’t have as much time today because its a holiday so we are using the computer of our branch president.

On Saturday we did a family home evening in the church and we invited all the members, not one person came haha. BUT, the youth had an activity and after they finished they came to participate. They saw some kids outside playing and the invited them to the noche de hogar (FHE). Those kids were who came to church yesterday a pure miracle!

We played soccer today with all of our youth who are going to be baptized. They are all super excited, sadly Geremiahs and Nicolas didnt come to church yesterday, but they have been progressing a ton. They are excited to get baptized in a few weeks!

Love you all, have a good week!

Week 77: Fruits of our Labor

San Martin

TO SUM UP THIS WEEK:

We had a family we were working with the whole week, we had a ton of contact with them, we visited them about three times and committed them to go to church like 4 times, but in the end, they didn’t come. We made plans to go pick them up and everything, but in the morning we called them and they said that they were sick. So that was a super sad way to end the week.

Apart from that, we are basically working with another family, and the recent converts, who have more family who are starting to prepare to be baptized. We played soccer with them today and gained their confidence more. They came to church last Sunday, it was great. They are progressing a ton!

We’ve seen a lot of miracles in San Martin. After a really tough first transfer, this last transfer has been amazing.

We are seeing fruits of our labor.

I love this time of harvest.

Love you guys!

Elder Skonnard

Week 76: Nacho, Nahiara, and Ludmila!

San Martin

MY WEEK!

First things first! Nacho, Nahiara, and Ludmila got baptized!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are all niece and nephews of our Branch President who live right next to him. they started coming to church, and this last Saturday they got baptized!! It was a spiritual baptismal service and I got to confirm Ludmila a member of the church! They are all kids, but they progressed super fast and love coming to church. We are started to teach a lot of their family and hopefully we can teach more of their kids in the future….

This week we spent the whole time teaching the kids the lessons and helping them understand baptism and the covenant they make. In one of the lessons we were teaching about the word of wisdom. When we ask ludmila to tell us what things we can’t consume, she said “te, cafe, drogas ilegales, alcohol, y tacos”. Hahaha it was super funny, she thought we weren’t allowed to eat tacos 🙂

After some practice, they were able to understand everything and now they are members of the church! We gave them each a CTR ring for their baptism and they were super happy. A lot of their less active family came to which was super GOOD for them. We did a family home evening with them as well, it was filled with little kids. We taught a simple lesson and played games with all of the relatives of our Branch President. They loved it.

Anyway, that was the sum of the week. Besides that nothing else really happened. My comp has been a little sick with side pain so we’ve been going to the doctor. I hope it turns out well, I really need him for this next transfer!! haha. We have a lot of potential success for this next month! Its been a great week!

Today we received permission to watch Coco…. it was the best movie!!!

Love you all,

Elder Skonnard!

 

Week 75: Progress!

San Martin

Hello everyone!

This week has been pretty normal, just working as hard as we can. We had a little zone meeting for 30 minutes to talk about our goals and plans..

we changed our goal because we weren’t all committed, but it was cool to see how everyone was motivated after we made a few simple plans. We decided to organize all of our contacts into a list of all of our investigators with the most potential to progress, and we are focusing on all of them for these next few weeks, contacting them as much as we can, teaching them at least 3 times a week, making commitments and all that jazz! I left that meeting super motivated to accomplish our companionship goal of 3!

During the week we’ve been focusing on a few kids we are teaching who have less active parents. Our branch president is their uncle and he brings them to church. They are super excited and want to be baptized! This next week Nacho is going to be baptized. We taught him all the lessons in these 2 weeks and now he’s ready! Were also focusing on this familia Diaz, we did a family home evening with them and another part member family and they LOVED it. We shared a spiritual message with videos, and after played a game that they really got into. They seemed super convincing when we left them with the commitment to come to church this sunday, BUT… when we went to their house Sunday morning to pick them up, they were sleeping 😦 were going to buy them an alarm 🙂 we clapped for about 20 minutes but nobody came out… we even tried throwing rocks at their dog to get him stirring… nothing. But we felt good knowing we did everything we could to get them there.

Other than that its been a pretty normal week. 5 of our investigators came to church and the areas really starting to progress. Elder Mucha and I work well together and we have the same perspective on missionary work!

These next few weeks should be great! Have an amazing week!

Elder Skonnard

Week 74: ACT in Faith

San Martin

Ok.

We had a pretty cool week again. We had our “COUNCIL” and figured out we have a new option of working in the morning instead of the siesta which is going to be amazing for our area. We were getting burnt in the heat. This week applying our new schedule we have had a lot more success in appointments. We’ve been able to teach a ton of investigators in the mornings and we’ve found a lot more families who we are now teaching.

The family were focusing the most on is Familia Diaz. They are less actives, but they have a 28 year old daughter who has 3 kids who is living with them. We are teaching her and she wants to be baptized! Sadly she wasnt able to make it to church today. The other family who lives right next door is a less active family who have a few daughters who haven’t been baptized yet. We are trying to work with them as well so they can come back to church. We hope they can make it!

During the week I had an intercambios with Elder McKecknie in our district and we achieved a lot together. We set some baptismal dates for their investigators and had a few very spiritual lessons. He’s a great young missionary and learning super fast!

This week I learned that Faith really is dead if you don’t ACT. Remember that in the future!

LOVE YOU GUYS!

Elder Skonnard

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Week 73: Feliz Año Nuevo!

San Martin

OK! FELIZ AÑO NUEVO!!!

Guys I don’t have much time because all of the cibers are closed and I’m using a member’s computer …

BUT. It was a GOOD week! It got pretty hot and it was hard for us to work during siesta hours because we didn’t have many plans and everyone was sleeping.

However, we were able to see some tender mercies. For the second time in my mission I’m finally starting to learn how to get the members involved. We’ve started receiving a few references and they’ve turned in to some investigators with a lot of potential.

I loved being able to see the family and catch up 😉 highlight of Christmas.

I’m getting along great with my comp. Elder Mucha and were hoping to see some success this transfer!

For New Years we were able to eat dinner with Familia Moron, who are a strong active family in the church. We ate roasted chicken! and a lot of MANTECOL!!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! MAKE THE BEST OF 2018!!!

Elder Skonnard

Week 72: TV Interview & Lighting the World

San Martin

HELLO EVERYONE!!! CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! I am WAY too excited. This was a really good week. We had a banner of light the world, so we were able to put it in a bunch if different places throughout the zone to share with everyone this initiative. A lot of people were very friendly and accepted to receive visits from the missionaries. Elder Teeples and I chose to put it in front of a hospital where a bus passes every 2 minutes, so a lot of people pass by there. The funny thing was there was a few jehovas witnesses already there, but we positioned ourselves in a spot in the sun where more people pass by. After a while they left, I don’t know if they were mad at us but were just trying to spread the christmas cheer! We talked to a lot of people this week with all the different events.

This Thursday we should have a lot of success with an event we have literally in the center of San Martin with a huge pantalla (screen) where they will show the light the world videos. It is going to be AMAZING. President Panzachhi will come. The zone is baptizing a lot of amazing people . It’s been pretty hard for us to find, but I’m more motivated than ever for this next transfer. My new comp will be Elder Mucha from Peru, and tomorrow we have a chrismtas party with the mission and I will exchange with him there.

Our District President called us to inform us we would be accompaning him to an “interview” for the event we would be having this Thursday. We were thinking it would be an interview with someone over city affairs, but when we got to the municipalidad (government building) a dude came out with a huge camara. We found out it was a TV interview! hahaha. That was a shock for me and Elder Teeples. We explained the light the world event and invited everyone to come and see. So apparantly we were on Argentine TV! We were freaking out! haha

Ok, This right here is a report of the week I sent to the mission president but it basically sums up whats up with the work in San Martin right now. So I’m going to send it to you guys too 🙂

We were able to get a lot of references from all the activities we did this week with the banner. Each companionship took the banner for a day in different locations, and we also did a choir in the center of San Martin. It was really good and we felt the Christmas spirit really strongly. I’m really excited about the effort in our district. We’ve been able to help with other activities/projects in the area, and they’ve all been very successful. In San Martin 1 we’ve been working really hard as a district to organize and orchestrate this upcoming activity in the center of San Martin.

The zone is doing very well, and everyone who was baptized this week was able to be confirmed. The sisters have another baptism this weekend. We are still struggling to see progress and to find people who have time to receive us. The biggest challenge in our zone right now is finding. I’m going to work with the new district leaders to improve this, and to create a vision for the zone.

(What Michael wrote in Spanish):

Pudimos sacar muchas referencias de todas las actividades que hicimos con el banner. Cada compañerismo lo ocupo por cada dia en lugares distintas y tambien hicimos un coro en la plaza de san martin. Fue muy bueno y sentimos el espiritu tan fuerte de la navidad. Me alegro mucho por los esfuerzos de 3 porteñas y San Martin 1. En 3 porteñas hay una feria cada sabado y pudieron recibir permiso de poner un “stand” en la entrada de la feria. La feria es muy grande y muchas personas vienen de todos los pueblos cerca. Les ayudamos con eso y fue muy exitoso. San Martin 1 habian estado trabajando mucho con el distrito para poder organizar y llevar a cabo el idea que tuvimos de iluminar el mundo en el paseo de la patria, un lugar muy conocido en san martin donde hay una pantalla grande y pasan mucha gente. Espero que tengamos mucho exito por la actividad este jueves.

La zona anda muy bien, en fin pudieron confirmarse todos los que bautizaron en la zona. Las hermanas tienen planes por un otro bautismo el fin de semana. Nosotros todavia estamos teniendo dificultades de ver progreso o encontrar personas que tienen tiempo para recibirnos. El desafio mas grande ahora en la zona es poder encontrar. Trabajare con los nuevos lideres de distrito acerca de eso y la vision de la zona.

Nos vemos en la fiesta!

Elder Skonnard

 

Week 71: Christmas Spirit

San Martin

MY WEEK!

This week was just the same old! Nothing really new.

We’ve been teaching this investigador (Nara) for a while now. She’s 9 and has a huge desire to be baptized. Shes the niece of a recent convert of our branch. The only problem is her grandma is super against the Mormons and does not want her to be baptized at all! Her mom doesnt live with them so were trying to see what were going to do…. it’s complicated

We’re also teaching this sweet old lady who’s 80 and lives a couple houses down the street. We picked her up on sunday and she was all ready to go. The missionaries taught her before, but they didnt keep teaching her because she has memory problems, but were going to teach her with pictures and see if that helps! She has a desire to be baptized!

The coolest thing about the week was an event we did in the Elders in our districts area. The live in a small town but every saturday theres a huge flea market there where all the neighboring cities go to buy all their food and other stuff. Their companionship and us set up a table with our santa hats and candy canes (thanks to the package) and we set up a tv there and started playing all the videos from Light the World. There were TONS of people there. As people walked buy they would stop to check out the videos and we were able to talk to them and share our short christmas message with them. That turned in to a lot of really good references! It was a cool experience and I could definately feel the christmas spirit.

This week I was studying more on the life of Christ, as I gave a talk on sunday. While sharing the scripture D&C 19:16-19, I felt so deeply the love that Christ has for us in atoning for our sins. What gets me every time is that its impossible for us to understand the profoundness of the sacrifice he made.

LOVE YOU FAM AND FRIENDS!

Elder Skonnard 🙂

Week 70: Light the World

San Martin

This week is going to be short because nothing new happened.

We’ve been struggling the whole week to find progress, with very little success. The good thing is, we were able to find a golden family after the hard week! We found them from doing the christmas initiative “light the world” while passing along cards. We taught them a lesson and the whole family seems super interested. We’ll see where that leads us this week!

This next week is going to be great! I’m doing an intercambios (exchanges) with an Elder and we have a special conference from Elder Packer (70) the ex-apostles son!!

Love you all! Have an amazing week!

Elder Skonnard!

p.s. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE PACKAGE! MORE PHOTOS COMING NEXT WEEK!

Week 69: Thanksgiving Week

San Martin

Hola Familia y Amigos!!!

This has been a great week. Our investigators though they have very little time to receive us, are slowly progressing 🙂 This week has gone by pretty fast. We were in Mendoza for a day so Elder Teeples could do his paperwork for his visa, and another day this week we did an intercambios with an Elder in Palmira, Elder Aguilar from Mexico. He’s an awesome humble dude and he loves to work. They happened to have a baptism the next day so I got to do their interview. It was actually a family of 4 and they had gained a strong testimony. The mom said she had a dream telling her to be baptized! So cool. I love all the Elders in this zone we have had some fun times together, especially my comp. Elder Teeples. He’s always making missionary work super fun and hes been super funny.

One investigator were teaching, Nara, has a baptismal date for this Saturday but doesn’t look very likely she will be able to be baptized. She needs permission from her Mom who doesn’t even live with her (long story) But she came to church last week! She’s 9 and her uncle, who is a member, takes her.

Nothing new really happen this week. I’ve been really enjoying the Thanksgiving package. THANK YOU FAMILY!!! Its almost gone already… haha.

I love you all so much!! Have a good week!

Elder Skonnard

Week 68: Priesthood Blessings

San Martin

THIS WEEK! IT was a cool week!!

We’ve been searching for good investigators to teach. We did intercambios (exchanges) with the assistant which was really good. Elder Teeples and I learned a ton. We were able to find a family of like 15 at least. Literally when we were in the lesson like 4 people came out of each room. I counted a ton of people… we were able to teach a lot of them it was a good lesson! They told us some of their kids were going to be baptized before but they never did in the end…wow, it was a miracle finding them!

The other thing of the week was in the morning when we woke up we heard some babies crying. So we went outside to where we where hearing the voice and they ended up being two cats that sound like humans. They were on the roof and pretty cranky and suddenly they started attacking each other! Funniest thing of my life seeing that. They were screamng so loud.

Apart from that I was sick for half the week! But I learned a valuable lesson. Over a year ago when I was set apart as a missionary I remember receiving the blessing from my stake president that health problems would never affect my ability to work. After a year of the mission I saw that promise being kept because to that point I had never  had to stay in the pension for being sick. That day I was in intercambios with an Elder and I was feeling super sick like it was impossible to leave. But they had a few appointments in their area so I decided to try it out.

We left to the appointments and I felt horrible.. BUT, as we got to the lessons, after saying the first prayer immediately the stomach pain went away and the spirit was with us throughout the whole lesson. After we left the pain came back but bearable to keep working. That was such a miracle. The first half of the day I had spent in the pension thinking I was never going to be able to do it. But now I realize it was just a lack of faith to that priesthood blessing I received. There is so much power and miracles in the priesthood!!

I love the gospel! By the way im feeling great now! back to 100 percent! I love you and miss you so much.

THIS thanksgiving im especially grateful for the Savior and my family. Both have inspired me so much to be able to progress to the point I’m at today! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Love Elder Skonnard