Week 83: Lots of biking in Salto!

Salto de las Rosas

Week 1 in Salto!

It was a great week. I hit some challenges the first few days. The area is super big geographically (not population) so we have to ride bikes SO MUCH. I wouldn’t be surprized if I’ve dropped 10 pounds this week. Anyway the first day out we went visiting a few investigators who live super far away and I took out this bike that has a rock-solid seat and that’s what I used all day. Appointment, bike, appointment. By the end of the day I couldn’t even sit down because of how bad my bottom was hurting!!!!!!!!! ow el dolor!!! The next day I bought a new bike seat which solved the problem 🙂 but I died…at the end of the day I was so exhausted! haha I’m pretty out of shape.

This week we have found a few new investigators and have been visiting some rock solid investigators. Many times I have sat there in shock hearing the willingness, faith, and testimonies of the people we are teaching. Their hearts are definitely softened to the gospel. It has helped me feel profound joy in this past week despite some challenges we’ve faced. I’m glad to be here and we are seeing miracles. My companion works hard and doesn’t waste any moment. We’ve been teaching well together and the investigators are progressing. What a blessing!

That has been my week! I love you and miss you guys! Remember to put your trust in the Lord and He will take you out of any trial! (Mosiah 7:33)

Elder Skonnard


Week 82: New Area – Salto de las Rosas!

Salto de las Rosas

This has been my last week in San Martin! My new area is Salto de las Rosas, it’s a small area, and im excited to put in my all for the remaining months of my mission. We saw many miracles in San Martin, and I’m hoping we can see the same here in the new area.

Saying goodbye to the people in my last area was hard. The Bustos Family took us out to eat an asado and it was the best thing ive ever eaten. Without telling me beforehand, I ended up eating cow intestine and I still cant decide if I liked it or not. haha. Saying goodbye to all of the youth and kids that were baptized was hard. I love them so much. Nico is going to receive the priesthood in a few weeks and I wont be able to be there for it… but I go where the Lord wants me to go! The mission is the best I try not to think that I only have 4 months left because it makes me sad. I feel like I have so much more that I need to do.

My comp is a stud. He and his comp opened the area a few transfers ago and they’ve already had a baptism. I’m hoping we can continue to find more people and get people to church. There’s already like 30 members coming to church which is a lot for it not being a branch….

I’m excited to work this week!

Love you all!

Week 81: Nicolas and Angelina’s Baptism!

San Martin


Nicolas and Angelina got baptized! It was an amazing, spiritual baptismal service. All of their family joined us, which a lot of them are less active members. I got to baptize Nico which was really special for me. Our Branch President who is their uncle, baptized Angelina. The whole week we spent our time visiting them teaching them the rest of the lessons and preparing them for their baptism. Now instead of having 2 young men in our branch, there are 3!!! One more! Their other brother was going to get baptized this last Saturday as well, but he didn’t feel ready yet. After spending some time trying to help him understand that he really was ready, he still doesnt seem convinced and doesnt know if wants to make this decision yet! But he is awesome and were hoping he can be baptized within these next few weeks.

Anyway on Sunday an investigador came to church who we’ve been working with for a while now. It was hard to get her to church because she was never home. When we went to get her, she was actually sleeping, but she quickly changed to come with us. One of the members in our ward was with her the whole meeting so she felt a lot more fellowshipped and she seemed to like it. Nicolas and Angelina’s mom came to church which is a huge success because a long time has passed since she last came to church. I was so happy to see her there!

Lots of our investigadors are progressing and we continue working hard. It’s been a great week. I love you and miss you all!!!

Elder Skonnard


Week 80: Lost Sheep

San Martin

It has been a great week!


1. We got a surprize visit from Walter, a friend from Los Piños. He
spent p-day with us and then he spent some time with us on Thursday
proslyting. It was great to catch up and spend some time with this
dude. It brought back amazing memories from my time there.

2. The Youth!!! We continue to teach some youth that are starting to
come to church in our branch and some of them will be ready for
baptism this Saturday. They’ve been coming to church and are excited
for their baptism. We had 7 attendences at church today from
investigadors. Geremiahs is the only one that didn’t come and for that
reason he won’t be baptized this week…. but pray for his siblings,
Nicolas and Angelina!!!

3. We had a young men’s activity!!! Our new young men’s president just
moved into the branch and he is awesome. We only have 2 young men who
are 14, but now with these new people were teaching we held an
activity for them and taught them a message, and after played football
(not us :)) It was great for them they made friends and did some good

4. Bernardo!!! We found this dude this week and he was a lost sheep
waiting to be found for sure. When we knocked on his door we were
actually looking for someone else, but he ended up inviting us into
his house to talk with him a little bit. He mentioned that it had been
a long time since the missionaries had visited and they had left him
with the cliffhanger of explaining Joseph Smith. He had been waiting
for them in the next appointment and they never came back. We shared a
message with him on the restoration, and a few days later we called
him to invite him to church. He told us he saw a complete change in
his house and his health after that lesson and that he felt “complete
peace.” He basically already received the answer that this is the true
church. It is so special to see people like him who really have a true
intention to know the truth.

Those were the highlights of the week. I feel bad about the photos 😦
I don’t have connection this week.

Love you all, have an amazing week!

Week 79: Nine Investigators At Church!

San Martin


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

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


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


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


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!


Elder Skonnard


Week 73: Feliz Año Nuevo!

San Martin


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!!!!


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