Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Rhett - Lessons on lessons on lessons...

Hola Familia, amigos!

>Que tal chera! Detachori chera, este semana fue bueno! (As the Paraguayans would say...) Haha a little mixture of some Guarani and Spanish. I hope all of you are doing great, it's always awesome to hear from you guys. I am very grateful for your support!

This week was a great one to start off the new transfer. We had some cool things happen. One of them was that this week we had a mini MTC with the branch. My comp and I prepared some videos, parts from Preach My Gospel, games, and some other cool stuff to get the members excited to work with us and invite all their friends to come unto Christ. The sister missionaries are also back in our area now so they helped us out too. Unfortunately not a lot of people could come, but with the members that did come it went really great. We talked with them about what was keeping them from sharing with their friends and then did some practicing asking questions and stuff to invite their friends. They all seemed pretty pumped and excited to be missionaries! Yesterday one of the members actually called us after church and told us an experience she had. She told us about how she had talked with 3 families and started talking to them about the church and asked them if we could have a family home evening with them at their house. She said there are about 17 investigators that will be there and that Saturday we are going to go over and teach them. Haha it was insane, she and her family are seriously so awesome, they don't have fear to open their mouths and share the gospel. I'm super pumped for that on Saturday!

This week we had the opportunity to have some great lessons and meet some great new investigators also. We have just been inviting like crazy and trying to get all of our investigators to come to church and learn more about Christ. This week combined with the sisters we had 10 investigators come to church. It was amazing to see them come and see the friendships they made with some of the members here. Also, something else cool that happened was Rosaly and her little sister came too! The work here is going great, I'm excited to see what will happen this week.

> I'm honestly so happy right now to be here doing the Lord's work. It is hard at times, probably the hardest thing I have ever done but I think I am the happiest I have ever been. I am really just starting to see each person here as my brother or sister in God's family. We are all children of a Heavenly Father that loves us and we are all in this together fighting the same fight. I know that if we follow the Savior's example and try to be like Him we will be able to make it back to our Father in Heaven. Thats all for this week. Love you all have a great week!

Elder Reilly



Trent

Trent for didn't send a main letter this week so this is an excerpt from his dad's...

This week was great with Elder Villa! We had to go to Neuquen for few days and we returned on Friday afternoon and went right to work. Yes, he already spoke Spanish and he's a beast. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday we worked liked crazy. We found a ton of people and had a few miracles. Late Sunday night, we went to go check on a contact that we made in the street and we couldn't find them. We think they gave us a fake adress which happens a lot. So we just took advantage of the situation and we contacted a few houses in the block and everyone rejected us. We turned to leave to go visit someone else, but as we passed this house I got this unshakeable feeling that we should knock. So we turned around and contacted it. A man came out and let us in. He was so prepared. As we taught him the restoration, everything just clicked. He told us that in that moment he was sitting on the couch pondering why there were so many churches and wanting to know which one was true. He had recently left his church because of some bad experiences. He understood the restoration and told us he would read the Book of Mormon to know if it is true. It was so awesome! I love experiences like that. The Lord puts everything in our path so we can have success. Those first people in the street gave us a bad address so we could be guided to that man in the perfect moment. I just have no doubt that this church is true and that I was guided by the Holy Ghost!

We have been meeting with all of the members and helping them share the gospel. We finally got the Branch President to start reading the Church Manual of Instruction! Hes been prez for 2 years and he's never read it! 

The gang/crew is looking great! Tell the homies I said hi haha. Out here we are changing Esquel. Literally we can just feel and see the hand of the Lord. He needs this branch to be changed and we aren't gonna continue ignoring the problem. With the help of Him we're gonna work miracles! Til next week


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Rhett - Another Transfer in Obligado baby!!

Hey Guys!
Man this week was awesome!! One of the best weeks of my mission so far. This area is growing so much and we are seeing so many miracles it's amazing. This past Sunday we had the opportunity to watch a broadcast for the southern part of South America. In the conference they talked a lot about the role of members in missionary work and how if we are unified and working as a team the missionary work will increase so much more. It was a great opportunity for us this week to work with them and start getting a lot of references. They are now so pumped to work with us. This Saturday we are going to plan a mini MTC with them and help them get pumped up with different ways they can share the gospel.

The branch here in Obligado is starting to grow a ton. The last two weeks at church because of the rain we had about 15 people at church. We have been talking with the president about having the members visit less actives and working with the members to find people to teach. This week at church we had about 50 people come and 7 investigators came. I'm seriously so pumped about this next transfer here! Right now we meet at church on the 2nd floor in a little building. The goal is to increase the number of members here so that we can actually move into a chapel and hopefully into a ward! We're gonna make it happen!

There is so much to share about our investigators and this area, I wish I could just speak to you all and tell you haha cause I suck at writing now... especially in English haha. But to make it short, Obligado is growing, our investigators are progressing, and we are doing the Lord's work. I love this work. Just to end off, this week I starting reading a book called Our Heritage that talks about the formation of our church and what the early saints sacrificed so that they could restore God's church to the earth once again. They were hated, spit upon, tar and feathered, cast out, and even killed... but they kept true to the faith and knew that it was God's work. And now...because of them we have the opportunity to experience all the blessings that come from this great Gospel. If you haven't read it, I would challenge you to read it, it has strengthened my faith a ton. Anyways I'll just end off saying that I know this church is true. And I know that Jesus Christ is the founder of it. I love you all, Have a great weeeeekk!
Elder Reilly

Sorry I need to start taking more photos. Next week!

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Haha I'm not a birdseed anymore Mike Steck!

Trent - Cinthia Got Baptized and Transfers

Hola Everyone!

This week was so so great! Cinthia was baptized on Saturday and confirmed yesterday! Everything came out great. She is truly converted. She bore her testimony yesterday in church and it was so awesome. She said that at first when we found her, she didn't want to listen and she rejected us. But then, a bunch of really bad things started to happen in her life and in her worst moment, we came and knocked on her door again. She took that as an answer from God and decided to start reading the Book of Mormon and praying for the first time in her life. She shared that from that moment on, a ton of good things have happened in her life and she was able to receive a testimony of the Book of Mormon. She is so awesome! She invited a ton of friends to her baptism and now we're gonna teach them all! BUT, the best part of the story she doesnt know. We had already decided that we weren't going to keep visiting Cinthia because she "rejected" us by not keeping any committments and not coming to church. About two weeks after that decision, Elder Bernal and I felt a prompting that we shoud go visit her again. We were both so frustrated because she had truly let us down before and because of our pride we didn't want to go back, BUT WE FOLLOWED THE PROMPTING. The Lord sent us to Cinthia in her poorest moment and we were able to be tools in His hands to help her return to the fold. So awesome. The Lord tuly guides us if we are worthy and listen: I love this work!

Transfers happened today and Elder Bernal was sent to Plottier in the way north. I will stay here in Esquel as Zone Leader with my new companion Elder Villa. He's a Mexican from the US and he's a beast. We already knew each other from San Martin and I'm really excited to work with him. We're gonna keep changing this branch and being tools in the Lord´s hand as we ACT upon the promptings of the Spirit!

Love you and miss you all. I hope all is well. Till next week!

Elder Reilly





Thursday, August 31, 2017

Trent - Bautismo this Saturday!

Hola Everyone!

This week was so great! Our investigator Cinthia is giong to get baptized on Saturday. When we taught her the Word of Wisdom she gave all of her tea to a friend and told us that she's already dropped it! What a beast! This week she invited two of her friends to listen to us and we taught them the Restoration. She already shares the Gospel more than the members here. She's awesome! 

But luckily the members are changing a ton. The Area of Southern America South had a transmission this Sunday for the whole area. They talked about missionry work a ton and said that the members should be the primary source of finding new investigators for the missionaries. After that we had the Branch Council Meeting and the members all realized that they hadn't been fulfilling their duties as leaders in the church of Jesus Christ and they all were pumped up the help us out. They committed to go visit all the recent converts and to visit our investigator Cinthia. It was awesome. Our prayers are being answered and this branch is changing with all our hard work!

I have been studying a ton about faith and how I can build it and help others do the same. I have learned something that I have already known for a long time...that faith is constant action. It's living with righteousness always. When we have the faith to keep the commandments that God has given us and live righteously, our faith increases. We are able to receive blessings from our righteous living and then our testimony and faith grows even stronger. I have learned about the importance of helping investigators understand that they have to ACT and start making small CHANGES or their faith will never increase. The whole mish I have been trying to convince these people, but when I help them to ACT and make little changes in their lives(repentence), they convince themselves because of the blessings they receive. Thats my little spiritual thought for this week. I invite all to ACT!

Love you and miss you all! Till next week

Elder Reilly







Rhett - Obligado

Hello family and friends!
This week was a little tough but there were some great things that happened too. We were able to see a lot of little miracles here and there. One thing our mission is really focusing on right now is seeing the miracles God is putting in our paths every day. This month every missionary received a little book where every night we write a miracle that happened that day. It's incredible to recognize all the miracles that are coming in the work here. We have also been preparing a day of miracles for the 2nd of September. This month every missionary was assigned a day to pray and fast for this day of miracles. The mission has been seeing some some amazing ones!

This area here seriously is incredible though. We have met some investigators truly prepared for us. We have been teaching a girl named Rosaly who is 18 years old. We taught her last week about the restoration of the gospel and how she needs to pray to know if it's true. When we first met with her, she told us about how she wants to listen to us because we share the word of God but that she would not be willing to change her religion or go to our church. So last week we taught her the restoration, about why our church is different and how the authority of God has been restored to the Earth today. God loves us so much, that he called a prophet on the Earth today. But all of that depends on one thing, if this is the true church or not. If this is the church that Christ established when he was here on the Earth. You can pray and get an answer for yourself. So we invited her to pray and told her that she will recieve an answer if she really wants to know and asks God in faith. This week we had a lesson with her again and we asked her if she had the opportunity to pray. She said that she prayed on Monday and received her answer on Wednesday. Me and my companion weree like whatttt? You revieved an answer? What was it? She told us that it was personal and that she didn't want to tell us but that she felt really good. It was pretty funny that she didn't want to tell us about it but I know she for sure that she did get her answer. She said she just feels good and wants to come to church on Sunday. We ended the lesson and when we got to the pension that night she sent us a message and just told us how grateful she is that we have been visiting her and how how she feels great! She is so awesome and also lives with her family of five. I know that if she really is committed and is baptized her family will follow. It was just a great miracle this week about how God is willing to answer prayers when we sincerely ask Him. We are going to try and set a baptisimal date with her this week. If you guys could pray for her that would be awesome!

Sorry I'm really bad with writing these letters haha, and from what my mom tells me my spelling has gotten horrible haha but honestly I love this work! My comp and I are working really hard and we are seeing the fruits of our labor. There are so many miracles happening here. I love you all and I hope you have a great week! Ill be praying for you! 
Elder Reilly


We went to a brazilian buffet for last PDAY.... I ate so much it was crazyyy haha. By the way that elder next to me is from Temecula and is 7 feet tall. Haha Elder Prina, never knew him before the mission.



Chef Reilly...

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Rhett

Hey Familia!
Man, this week was a little crazy but the work is amazing. We walked so much this week haha. There are so many places to visit and so many people to go find and teach it's crazy. Now we just have to keep visiting them and helping them progress and go to church. One thing we are working on right now is trying to work with members and get them excited to work with us and with less active members. There are a ton of members here that are inactive and nobody visits them. This week we talked to the branch president about having activities and things like that every once and a while to reactivate them and bring new investigators. I am super pumped about that. This area has so much potential, we just need help from the members so this branch can grow a little more and we can start another one is another area called Trinidad where there are a lot of other less active members. Were gonna just try and get them all excited to go out and be missionaries themselves, it's going to be great. 

This week we had the opportunuty to visit an investigator of the sister missionaries when they were here. She had come to church twice before and came again this week too! She is super solid. We were talking to her in the lesson about baptism and about how the next step is to be baptized. She explained to us that she feels a change in her since she started coming to church but doesn't know if she has recieved an answer yet if the church is true. We taught her about the Spirit and about how we can recognize it and receive answers to our prayers. I explained to her about how a lot depends on what we do and actually taking action. When we show our faith and act by going to church and praying we show God that we want an answer. She said she would continue to pray and that she would do all possible to come to church. On Sunday it was raining and at first when church started she wasn't there. But about 30 minuted into church she showed up! It's great to see the commitment she has to get an answer and follow Jesus Christ. That was a bit of a miracle this week! I know that Heavenly Father always listens to us, and if we put forth the effort and show our faith He will always answer us.

All in all this area is great and the work is amazing. I'm excited for what's to come this week! Have a great week, Love you guys!
Elder Reilly


For contacting.... ayyy!



There was a big storm this week