Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trent - Transfers!

Hola Everyone!

This week was really awesome but also really sad because I got transferred to Neuquen and I left Esquel after 4 and a half months. Honestly, when I came into Esquel it was one of the areas in the mission that no one wanted to go to, but now it's one of the highlights. The number of people who attend church raised a ton and we baptized some really awesome people. 

I got to leave on an awesome note. Martín and Maya got baptized Saturday and confirmed on Sunday and then I left on Monday. I baptized Martin and confirmed Maya. Confirming someone a member of the church is one of the coolest things to do in the mission. You feel the Spirit so strong and you can feel the Lord speaking through you.

I'm really excited to work as zone leader here in Neuquen with my new companion Elder Meteer. Its gonna be a big change going from a tiny branch in a small city to a huge ward in a huge city. We're gonna make miracles happen and baptize many I hope. 

Love and miss you all! I hope you had a great week!

Elder Reilly







Rhett

Bae Chepa Familia
It sounds like you all are killing it down there. Thats what I like to
hear! This week was another great week. We got the news of the
transfers and I found out that I get to stay here another transfer
with Elder Barrios. I'm so stoked for this transfer, I feel we are
gonna see some big things happen!

This week was a kind of a crazy week. It started out feeling like we
were walking thorugh the desert in 100 degree weather and then the
next day it rained all day and was kinda cold. Haha the weather is
super loco here, it literally changes every day. We were actually in a
lesson this week and I was like drenched with sweat and I had a huge
sweat mustache during the whole lesson and didn't even know it. Elder
Barrios told me later that day after the lesson was over... No wonder
our investigator was looking at me weird the whole lesson...Thanks
Barrios! haha 

We had a really great lesson with Rosaly this week. She has been
reading the Book of Mormon and loves it. When we stopped by her house
she was seriously so excited to share with us about what she read and
what she learned. She told us that she read all of 1st Nephi and didn't
understand it the first time so she read it again. Then after that she read
all of 2nd too. Man...she is so awesome. We set a baptismal date for
her and she said she wants to but needs to talk to her parents first.
So we will see about that this week!

I'm honestly so excited to get another transfer here in Obligado. We
have seen so many miracles here, I love it! This work is the Lord's
work. I love you all, have a great week!


Part of Rhett's letter to his dad:
"Yeah, I'm staying here another transfer baby! I think we are really gonna see the fruits this transfer! I'm so pumped. Being a district leader has helped me learn so much and love the work so much more. I feel like I'm the quarterback again leading the squad down the field (mission field) trying to get some touchdowns baby. Seriously though I have been trying to get them motivated so that we can really reach our full potential. I love it. Love you guys!"




Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trent - Eternal Families

Hola familia!

This week was so great. I have so little time to write this email! I'm so sorry I don't write very much! I will try to write better next week!

I just want to share a short experience from this week. We are still teaching the family that lives really far away from our area. They are Martín, Blanca, Maya, Mia, and Tisiano. I love them so much. We have now taught them all the missionary lessons and they have accepted everything. They were truly prepared to receive the restored gospel. They will get baptized this Saturday, the 14th and confirmed the next day, the last day of the transfer. They are planning to go to the temple in December next year when Elder Villa and I will go home so that we can make a stop in Buenos Aires and be there for their sealing as a family for all eternity! Wow nothing makes me so happy. I am so grateful that I left my house to come here and teach them. I am so grateful to be a set apart servant of God! How special it is to have the priesthood power of God restored to the Earth so that a family can be sealed together FOREVER and not just until death on this Earth. And that wonderful blessing that Martín and Blanca are going to have all started with their desire and action! They chose to do the things we invited them to do so they received a fast spiritual confirmation of the truthfulness of our message. I love it.

I LOVE the mission! I hope all is well! Chau!

Elder Reilly




Rhett

Whats up Guys!
How are you doing fools? haha I hope all is well. This week was a good one. We had some crazy storms hit here which was a little interesting. Last night we had a lesson late at night before returning to the apartment, and just like what always happens...right as the lesson ended it starting pouring rain. We didn't have an umbrella or jackets or anything haha. So we just ran home soaking wet haha. It was a good experience though and was definitely worth it, teaching that lesson.

This week we had a cool experience with one of our investigators named Belen. We have been teaching her about prayer and about how if you read and pray about what we are teaching you will know if it's true. She told us about how she had a lot of questions about some things and read the pamphlet we gave her about the Plan of Salvation. She read it and then prayed and told us about how all of her questions were answered and how she felt really good about the answers. I can see the Spirit starting to work in her and it is just great to see. 

We have six investigators right now that have gone to church 2 times and I feel will be baptized in the next few weeks. Unfortunately transfers are next week, dangit, I'm hoping I will stay for 1 more transfer here so I can see them get baptized! We are seeing so many awesome things here, I love it.

I pretty much say this every week, but I know that prayer is real. If we take the time to go to the Lord in prayer and ask Him, He is always there to help us and answer us. Che aikuaa cuam bae haiha anetegua! Love you guys, have a good week.
Elder Reilly



Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Rhett

What's up Familia!
I hope you all are killing it out there. This week was another good one, especially with it being conference weekend. It was a little interesting listening to it in Spanish this year but a great experience. How great was that? Hearing the apostles and people called of God speaking to us and bringing some light into this world! 

One of my favorite talks was in the Saturday afternoon session. I don't remember what his name was but he talked about taking advantage of opportunities. It made me think a lot about how every day God is providing us with so many opportunities to learn and to be better, but many times we don't recognize them or just dont take advantage of them. If we take advantage of everything the Lord gives us, our lives will be so much better and we will learn and grow in ways we could never have. Its definitely something I want to work on this week. Take advantage of every opportunity!

We have some investigators really progressing now. We had six of them come and watch conference with us. 4 of them have gone to church 2 times and could be getting baptized in a week or two. I'm super pumped for them. We had a really good experience with Rosaly the past week. We have been inviting her to read the Book of Mormon and pray to know if it's true. She sent us a message on our phone about a week later because we weren't able to visit her in some time. She told us that she finally understands what we were saying about reading, pondering, and praying if the Book of Mormon is true. She then said that she feels so good since she's been reading. It was awesome to see how the Lord really is answering her prayers. Like President Nelson talked about in conference, The Book of Mormon is powerful. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. If we really read it and pray about it we will come to know the Savior and feel of it's power. I invite you all to read it. Love you all, Have a great week!
Elder Reilly




















Trent - 9 months

Hola Everyone!

This week was so great! I'm so thankful for the opportunity that we had to listen to General Conference and to have a prophet and 12 apostles today to lead and guide us! The messages they shared were so inspiring!

We have been teaching a family from a town called Gobernador Costa that is like 2 hours away from Esquel. The Mom is a member and she comes almost every week to the church here because it is the closest one. We felt impressed one night to call her and ask her how her family was and if we could find a way to teach them. Their daughter was feeling really sick and there is no hospital in their city so they had to come to Esquel for a couple days to check her out. She ended up having no problems even though they stayed here the whole week doing tests. It was the perfect opportunity to teach them. We passed by every day to teach their family. They are so special. The Spirit was so strong as we taught them all they need to know to be an Eternal Family! They are so prepared to hear the Gospel! I can just see them in the temple.

I don't have very much time and I have to go. I love the mission and I love all of you! God is real and he loves and knows us personally. Till next week!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rhett

Hola!!
Yo espero que todo esta bien con ustedes! This week was another good week. We were able to have some great lessons and experiences. This Sunday also a lot of investigators come to church as well. The members now have a lot of confidence and trust in us to let us work with their friends. I can feel the excitement growing in the branch about missionary work. There is one family that has been asking us for pamphlets, and literally just goes out and starts contacting people on the streets and finding investigators for us. Haha it's so awesome!

This week we had a great experience with one family we've been teaching. We have been teaching them for the past month, but they have never been able to come to church. Every time we invite them, they just say awww...the next week...I'm not sure...I need to wait a little bit longer...So this week we had a lesson with them and taught them the importance of attending church. We showed them that we loved them, and wanted them to go because we know the gospel can bless their lives. I was super direct with them. It was actually pretty funny. I told the mom...Hey sister, we have been talking for you guys for about a month now, and every week you say you want to wait. How much longer do you want to wait? The next time you say that it will have been a year! Why not go now and see for yourself? We don't know how long we will be here on the Earth, but we know that God has many blessings to give you. You need to go to church this week. If you don't, you will never be able to know if it's true and receive all of those blessings. Haha they laughed a little bit about that but knew that I was serious. We called them that night to remind them and see if we could pass by their house in the morning before church. She said that they would go but that they would just meet us at church. They called us the next morning an hour before church and told us that they were waiting by the door. Haha they came to church and were even an hour early. It was an awesome experience to see them take the first step and come to church! The members were super good with them and it was a great experience for them!

This work in Obligado is amazing. We have been having experiences on a daily basis that have strengthened my testimony so much. I want to end off with a scripture I read this week, 3 Nephi 13:32-33. The Lord knows what we need. If we seek Him first, he will give us all the rest that we need. I love this work. I know that this church is true. I invite you all to go to church and find out for yourselves. I love you all-Have a good week!
Elder Reilly

Trent


No letter again this week from Trent, so here is an excerpt from his dad's:

This week was so great! We had three families of investigators at church! It was sweet! There was like 5 more members than investigators in church haha. The Lord is blessing us so much with miracles daily and with people who are really interested and willing to keep the committments that we extend. We're gonna baptize many people this transfer. We have about three more weeks.

We have to write the mission President every week by email and then we send in a form of the success of the zone every week too. We have leader conferences every month in Neuquen and zone conferences every transfer. When we go to Nuequen from Esquel we always go by bus and its about 11 or 12 hours. But the busses are super nice. They put on movies and have food and we're allowed to watch the movies haha. My other comp got transferred close to Neuquen so it was about 12 hours. 

There's definitely been a change here in the branch. The members are participating a lot more and we've had some great lessons with them. But it's just really hard to get them to come out with us because they all work.

I'm loving it out here. I've never felt so hyped up for the work. Elder Villa and I just go and invite everyone to get baptized every second of every day! Its sweet. Till next week! Chau




Friday, September 22, 2017

Trent - Deseo!

Hola Everyone!

This week was another solid one. Elder Villa and I worked so hard that we are honestly exhausted spiritually and physically. We have the desire and the faith to make miracles happen with the help of the Lord.

The work is getting the members here to have the same desire and faith. We do everything we can to excite them and animate them to share the Gospel and help us out. We have been visiting a lot of less active members this week to get them to come back to church so we can pull in the lost sheep and then go out strengthened and find more together! We found some great part member families and we shared with them the blessings of the temple and we're going to help them get baptized! 

When we're not visiting with members we are doing everything we can to find people to teach. I've never spoken to so many people in a week. It was crazy. We literally preached repentence and invited ALL to come to Christ. It was sweet. The Spirit works so well between us. We teach with one vioce and that voice is the Spirit speaking through us. 

We have been studying desire and faith and it is something that has really helped us. When we have righteous desires, the Lord makes them happen if we are righteous and worthy and we work hard. It's awesome. We can be miracle makers for the Lord! I love it!

I love you and miss you all very much! Hope your week was great! Chau!

Rhett

Hola familia!
Sorry I have no time to write this week. But to make it short we had some good things happen this week... actually some miracles! I will just tell one of them. So, we have this investigator named Marisa. We have been teaching her a lot and she loves the lessons and says she feels so happy every time we stop by to teach her. She's doing great but the only problem is she lives with her boyfriend and he basically hates the church and basically doesn't want anything to do with us. He wouldn't let her come to church which was really sad. We had a lesson with Marisa this week and decided to do a fast with her so that her boyfriend would soften his heart and so that she could go to church. Long story short we did the fast with her, and the next day she texted us about how she and her boyfriend broke up and now she is with her mom. Her mom before didn't like the church very much and was a little sick, but now Marisa told us that her mom is feeling better and wants to come with her to our church. Marisa told us about how the situation was a little crazy and all, but she just feels super happy and now will be able to go to church. It was just one of the miracles this week. It strengthened my testimony a lot on the power of prayer. Heavenly Father listens to our prayers and is willing to answer them if we ask. That's all for this week, I love you all!
Elder Reilly

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