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 🙂

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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

Week 67: Lauty’s Baptism!

San Martin

HELLO!!!

It was a good week! Lauty got baptized! I was so happy about that!! Well, this week was pretty slow. Basically the whole week we prepared for our open chapel event. It ended up pretty good, but few people came since its not really in the center of any city. Bummer! The good thing from this week was that we were able to talk too many of the members and get to know them, which resulted in a lot of references. Some of the members in the ward are super excited to work. We had some spiritual lessons, a few with new investigators. We met them and taught them at the house of a member we were visiting. They seem super interested in the message and in learning more.

We taught an investigator Daniela, which was a great lesson. She’s gone from smoking 40 cigs a day to 1 or 2 a day. So much progress with her, and she shared her testimony with us about the Book of Mormon. She knows it’s true and has a lot of potential to be baptized! Not much else new, just getting to know the area and members. I still miss my last area a ton!! It’s not the same.

Love you all and have a great week!

Week 66: The Hardest Transfers

San Juan

This week was the hardest week of my life. wowoowowowo. I was shipped to Mendoza and it was SO sad. I fell in love with the people there. Everyone was my family. We had 2 baptisms planned for the next weekend and 4 for the month, but sadly I won’t be able to see them. I had to leave probably my best friend from the mission, Walter el traico. so sad. I cried so much yesterday hahaha.

But well yesterday I met my new comp and area. Elder Teeples is excited and fresh in the field ready to work and see miracles. We basically don’t have any investigators or progress so we are going to be starting from scatch again.  BUT SUPER EXCITED TO WORK!!!!

Throughout the week we taught many of our investigators and saw a lot of progress. We committed Lautaro and Joana to baptism for the next week and made all the plans. Lauty already finished all of the lessons, but had to wait til the next week so his dad could be there and baptize him. We started teaching maycol again and he is more committed than ever now to the gospel. He passed through some hard trails and we shared with him a church video that impacted him so much. It was a spiritual lesson. He wants to be baptized and change his life. We were able to begin teaching Monica again, who had been struggling with her husband to be able to come to church. But she decided to put god first and started with the lessons again. We were so happy for her. Lautaro, Joana, and Monica all came to church and Maycol too (after it already ended hahaha)  It was SUCH a good week.

We did service for a family and moved a mound of dirt out of their sidewalk. It took a lot longer than we thought. Like 3 hours.

Walter and Seba, my best friends, came with us the whole week to our lessons. it was amazing.

We received transfer calls and I passed away when I heard I was leaving……

At church I said my goodbyes to everyone and Walter came with us on monday to help us with the suitcases and send me off.

that day i tried to keep my spirits up as we met the new area and people!!!

we should have a lot of success.

HAVE AN AMAZING WEEK!

ELDER SKONNARD

Week 65: A Cool Week

San Juan

OKAY, This was a cool week.

We ALMOST had a baptism.

We had interviews with our mission president this week. They were pretty interesting. He helped us realize our investigators can be baptized faster than we think. All they need to be able to do is be able to pass the baptismal interview. That changed my perspective a little bit, usually we would wait until they were super super prepared for baptism… but now I think we are going to start having more baptisms.

Other than that we had many lessons and an activity. These new investigators we have been teaching are super prepared. An 18 year old who already has his house and his family and he just happened to be searching for religion when we showed up at his house. They are super prepared and an awesome family. They have been keeping all the commitments and should be baptized in a few weeks. (if they get married :))

I did a super cool interview for a super cool dude who is 11, and is holding up his family trying to get them to church. He was baptized last Saturday, and on Sunday his mom had to leave and he was SO mad he had to go. Haha what an awesome kid.

That was the week! Oh and this morning we gave liberty to some pidgeons!

Elder Skonnard

Week 64: Progress in San Juanino

San Juan

THIS WEEK!

It’s been a successful week! Elder Aguilar and I are having a lot of progress with our investigators! They still aren’t coming to church, but we’ve been finding and teaching a ton of investigators. Right now we have a pool of probably about 50 investigators. A lot who probably won’t progress but also a lot with potential to be baptized! We are working hard! It was a fast week!

Like the last week, we had some days of extreme success and a few days where the appointments just kept falling through. The good thing is, we didn’t let that discourage us too much. We were able to endure and see some success.

This week I did an intercambios with Elder McCausland, el gallo. It was amazing! The best intercambios I’ve had in the mission. He came to my area and we had like 6 lessons that day. It was super successful and we both learned a lot. He’s a district leader in the other area now.

My eardrum burst last week so a bunch of crap kept coming out of my ear, and I couldnt hear anything for a few days. Walter, probably my best friend from the ward took some medical classes so he fixed my ear. And now its back to normal 🙂

Besides all of that , nothing new happened. Just 2 elders trying to support a San Juanino ward.

Oh and Lauty came to church yesterday!!!

Elder Skonnard

Week 63: Finding Success through the Lord

San Juan

MY WEEK! What a rollercoaster this week! Monday was pretty interesting. We had a special transfer and our trio was split up. Now its just me and Elder Aguilar here in this ward! It has been a fun week!

It was pretty interesting, every other day was a switch between incredible success and complete failure! haha. It was a spiritual whirlwind. We started off the week on a good note, we found some new investigators and where able to teach a lot of progressing investigators. One family, The Pereiras, are a less active family who have a boy whose not baptized. He understands like an adult everything. We had a spiritual lesson of the restoration and showed them the video of Joseph Smith’s vision. I think it impacted them. However, they didn’t make it to church this Sunday…

For the next few days we struggled. It was hard for us to find any success whatsoever. We couldn’t teach hardly anyone throughout the whole day. At the end of Friday we were begging to the Lord for a turn around.

Saturday was probably one of the busiest, and most successful days of my mission. We taught so many lessons! Appointment after appointment. It was such a turn around. It showed me when we humble ourselves, the Lord blesses us immensely.

Then Sunday was mothers day, no investigators came. They celebrate Mother’s Day big here in Argentina. It made me think of my mom, who has helped me grow as a person so much. I owe everything I am to my mom! Love you Mom!

That was the week! love you all!

Elder Skonnard

Week 62: A Few Highlights

San Juan

Well I just realized I’m low on time, but I’m going to tell you the two highlights!

We are teaching the little brothers of our mission leader who aren’t members! They are twins and are going to be baptized on the 28th of October! They are 14 and are awesome, they came to church last sunday and are excited! That was the good part of the week!

Now the sad part. We had an investigator named Maycol, he was progressing a ton. We were actually planning for his baptism this saturday. But suddenly, he has to move to the south for the army and he leaves saturday morning! What a terrible coincidence! We were obviously super sad but hopefully the missionaries over there take care of him!

Other than that we had a pretty normal week. Seba, our mission leader basically came with us every day! He misses the mission a little bit haha. Super fun!

Today were going to spend a few hours at the San Juan river!

Love you all and have an amazing week!

Week 61: General Conference!

San Juan

This week!

We had transfers on Monday, Elder Bigley is now my comp and now were in a trio with Elder Aguilar. He arrived in the afternoon and its been a pretty fun week together! We’ve had a ton to do figuring out which investigators to focus on since the area combined with another area. But its been fun and hard work! The sad part is that we didn’t have like any set appointments with our investigators so it was basically contacting them the whole week and we ended up only being able to teach like 4 or 5 lessons.

The highlights of this week were the general conference and the “district” meeting we had. It was basically a zone meeting because everyone from the zone was at that meeting, (besides Jachal). It was great, we got to know each other from the new people who arrived and were all super energized to get working! I have a ton of hope for our zone this month! We should achieve wonderful things!

We only had a few lessons this week, a few with some new investigators we found. The others with some investigators who have stopped progressing a little bit. We taught the third lesson but they were distracted with the kids, it was hard for the spirit to be present. We weren’t able to help them very much but luckily they said they would come to the conference.

The conference was amazing! We almost kept the tradition with the doughnuts but since there arent any here, we bought churros instead. It made me feel super sick because of all the oil it has greased on to it, but it was so worth it! My favorite talk was obviously from Elder Callister. Picture me sitting in my chair shaking uncontrolably from excitement. That was me during that talk. The book of mormon is the best, I love that book! I learned of the importance of reading it every day and of following the prophet’s inspiring council. We can’t take a revelatory prophet like President Monson for granted! We just can’t! We have to listen to him!

None of the investigators we are teaching came, but the awesome members brought their friends and 3 new people got to get to know the church and watch the conference. We made plans with them after. The members are a huge help!

Love you all and miss you so much! Have an amazing week!

Elder Skonnard

Week 60: Transfers!

San Juan

This week was great! We got transfer calls. My companion left and now im in a trio with Elder Bigley and Elder Aguilar, both gringos! It’s gonna be super fun, Elder Bigley was already in the pension of 4 and now hes staying with me as a comp! they closed one of the areas in the ward so now theres only 3 of us to cover the whole ward! We have so much to do now!

Elder Machado the Brazilian Elder I helped me learn a lot of things, especially in the christlike attributes that I have realized I need to work on! All the members were super sad to see him go…

This last week we were able to find a ton of more investigators. We spent our time in a few neighborhoods “alejados” and many people were able to listen to our message. The members helped us and came with us to the appointments we had with our progressing investigators. We had a lesson with the 3 girls who had came to church the other week, and it was a little unprepared so it seemed like the whole time we had no idea what to teach or to say! It was a nightmare! But thanks to the spirit, we were able to help them understand the importance of reading the Book of Mormon. It seems like were going to start all over again the lessons because we don’t feel like they were understanding when we were teaching them! It should be a good transfer, we have a lot of potential baptisms!

 

Our district and zone has a ton of amazing missionaries. Our district now consists of our trio and 2 elders who are opening a new area super north in San Juan that has never heard anything about the church. They are 2 machines, and our going to help our zone so much. Elder Tyler is one of them who was my comp in La Consulta and an x zone leader. And Elder Rawle who was my zone leader in San Luis! We are going to be doing intercambios there because they’re in our district.

Love you all have an amazing week!

Elder Skonnard!