Week 88: The Spirit Works Miracles!

Salto de las Rosas

We had a pretty normal week… Basically we have been working a lot with our investigators and they have progressed…. still no baptisms for a few weeks but this Sunday two of our investigators came to church which is a good sign. Our investigator Victor fell off the face of the earth and we lost complete contact with him since he’s been working in Alvear. And it seems like he’s been going back to his old church which is not a good sign! We can only pray and hope well be able to teach him again! He was a great investigator.

We have a few other investigators who are basically ready for baptism and only need to attend church one more time before being baptized! One of them has the nickname “Pancho” which means Hot Dog (I don’t know why he’s called that) and he has been an investigator since he was 14…. but he’s still not baptized!! Pancho just barely turned 18 and now doesn’t need permission from his parents to be baptized, so we’ve been working with him.

We also found a family of 5 this week who are awesome! The first lesson she said she would listen to us but would never be baptized! We left explaining we would be talking about baptism a little more in the next lesson and when we taught her about the gospel of JC. She completely changed her mind about baptism and agreed for us to pick her up to go to church on Sunday! The spirit works miracles and we saw that with that lesson! I was not expecting that at all. She didn’t end up making it to church because something came in the way, but she’s still going strong with the lessons!

This week we had a zone conference with Elder Texeira (70 President of Area) it was awesome and helped me understand how to use my time more effectively. He opened our eyes to teaching in every moment and working with members in every conversation with them. It’s cool seeing the mission grow and to see how achieving high goals gives us higher motivation! I’m excited to apply what I learned!

I love you all and hope you are all doing swell 🙂

Elder Skonnard

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Week 87: Prophet of God

Salto de las Rosas

Well! Nothing much to report this week. Same old.

The highlights were 1:

We have been teaching an “eternal investigator” family for a while now, and they just haven’t been taking the steps to get married. So we had a frank talk with them to see if they really have the desire to be baptized. After passing a few minutes of silence, they decided they really wanted to do it. We offered to buy them cheap rings for now so they can get a head start 🙂 They finally committed to going to the place to start the marriage papers! That was a huge success! during the lesson some drunk friend was there sitting in on the conversation and he made a negative comment saying something like, “oh, you guys just want to baptize the whole world don’t ya?” and I just stared at him for a few seconds and said, “Uh. Yes” confidently I don’t think he was expecting me to say that and he quieted down a little bit. I thought that was pretty funny haha!

We finally got into contact with this family… Gloria and Jesus. They are still doing well, they have just been sick. They didn’t make it to church again which hurt my head a little bit and neither did the other family with the kids who need to be baptized… But luckily Diego came! He’s an awesome investigator who lives close to church who has already felt an answer that President Nelson is a Prophet of God. That’s the first thing he asked in prayer before asking if the book of mormon was true, and he explained feeling a strong impression inside that he was. I know that President Nelson is a Prophet of God and that we need to follow his teachings to be guided in this difficult world! I felt that so strongly this conference!

Hope all is well with you guys have an amazing week!

Elder Skonnard

Week 86: “Pajaritos y Abejas”

Salto de las Rosas

This week was just normal!

Nothing really happened. We actually had some challenges with our investigators because we lost contact with them. Our investigator Victor, didnt get baptized this week because he’s been out of town. I hope well be able to visit him again this week and get things going again. Some of our other investigators have canceled on us a few times so the progression has slowed too.

The Fuentes have been doing good! We were able to teach them a few times this week and they have been feeling the spirit. We gave them CTR rings which they loved! The hard thing was that they didn’t make it to church despite our efforts to help them. They are going to have to wait for their baptism too.

The one cool experience that happened this week was one afternoon after working the whole morning looking for people to teach, at about 1:30 in the afternoon we started making our way back to each lunch. My companion felt the impression to knock one last house on the way back. So we stopped and this man was already outside excited to talk to us! He invited us out on his porch to teach him our message. Well to shorten things up a little bit, at the end of the lesson we explained to him how to receive revelation from God. He asked the Lord humbly if Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God… and paused for a few 15 seconds. The spirit was strong and you could feel “pajaritos y abejas que daban voces de loor” after his prayer he looked at us and said with a smile on his face, “I know he was a prophet!” What a great experience. I hope to be able to teach him more this week and see how he progresses.

This was our week! Love you all keep being good!

Elder Skonnard

Week 85: Inspired General Conference

Salto de las Rosas

MY WEEK!

It’s been a really fast week! Basically we only had a few days to work in our area this week because we had a lot of things going on. We had an intercambios and went 3 hours south to Malargue to have exchanges with the Elders down there. It was really fun and I learned a lot from Elder Vergara.

This week we have continued teaching some of our investigators Victor and the Fuentes family. They are continuing to prepare for their baptism in a few weeks! They didn’t come to the general conference which was a bummer. It was a little far from our area and they don’t have much transportation. But boy the general conference!

It was filled with inspired revelation for me!! I had a ton of questions and it was testimony building to see that they were all answered. I loved the talk from Presidente Nelson in the importance of receiving personal revelation. He told us we need to listen when we pray and take note of the impressions that come to us. That is exactly what we are doing here on the mission. Every morning when we say our prayers, we take a good amount of time take ask specific questions about our investigators, and it is crazy how the inspiration comes as we wait. And sometimes ive noticed that if it doesn’t come in the moment, it usually comes later during the day sometimes when were already teaching the lesson.

I also loved Massimo de Feos talk! being filled with Christ’s pure love is the sign of a true Disciple of Christ and the way we can forget about ourselves in the Lords work! I loved that talk and it was edifying for me with my personal challenges.

There were a lot of changes this conference!

I’m excited to see how this new method of “ministering” changes the way members can fellowship one another and help grow the Lords vineyard!

…and wow! A temple in Layton, Salta, and India/Russia! Crazy!

I love you all and hope you are well temporally and spiritually 🙂 be good!

Elder Skonnard

Week 84: Bike, Teach, Bike!

Salto de las Rosas

THIS WEEK!

It has been a busy week! To sum it up: It’s been…

1.Bike 2.Teach 3.Bike

Literally all of the investigators live spread out. The town is small so we have to work in other places to to get the branch growing. It’s been so fun working here. The thing I don’t like is that we have a lot of time to think when were on the bikes–which isn’t a bad thing but I’m not gonna lie, I get trunky sometimes! haha.

This week we’ve been teaching 2 important people. I’ll start with Victor. He is Bolivian and is the nicest person I’ve ever met. He is super humble. I can’t believe how willing and accepting he has been. He basically already has a testimony and has been to church twice now. We’ve only taught him 2 times so far, but we’re thinking of preparing him for the 7th. He is an awesome investigator. The other day we did a family home evening with another member family and him, and it was really good for him to open up more.

We’ve also taught the Fuentes, who are a less active family, but they are reactivating! They came to church yesterday and brought their 2 kids who are going to be baptized! (also the 7th). We don’t have a font so we are going to do it in a river…just kidding! haha It’s way too cold. They are an amazing family. I’m surprised their kids haven’t been baptized yet. The kids understand so much of what we teach them, I was so impressed.

There have been so many tender mercies this week! I have continued to grow through challenges and learn from mistakes. I know this gospel is true and that the Lord is on our side!

We have a companion, Viki, who is our mascot and follows us everywhere. This dog is 9 years old and can keep up with us on the bikes haha!

Love you all and miss you!

Elder Skonnard

 

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

THIS WEEK WAS SO GOOD!!

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!

Highlights:

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
fellowshipping.

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

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

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