Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trent - Week of Milagritos

Hola Everyone!

This week was another great one. It was super hard because everyone seemed to be in a rejecting mood but we were able to see various little miracles. The Lord always tests us and then lets us know that he's still there and that this is His work. 

We are still preparing the family Quilaqueo to get baptized this Saturday. They are getting married this Fridayyy!!!!!! Finally everything worked out and they are able to get married legally. They are so awesome. Honestly, they are going to change this branch. They're already better members than all the members here. 

Four times this week we were walking in the street talking to everyone and we were led to 4 members that have been inactive for over 20 years that were hidden here in Esquel. We are gonna reactivate them and baptize their families. We have been praying to find people who can be baptized and be in the new branch presidency and ward mission leader because this branch needs some serious help, and the Lord answered our prayers!! We're gonna change this branch so the work can progress and we can edify this little portion of the Lord's Kingdom. 

Love you and miss you all! Thank for the emails and support:)

Rhett - This Areas hugeee

Hey familia,
I hope you all had a great week! This week was a little crazy over here getting used to new area and everything but we were able to see the Lord's hand again in the work. This area is huuggge. We live in the town called Obligado where the church is, and then it just spreads out from there. Basically Obligado is the center of everything but there are not too many houses there so we have to go out and go to different areas to find more people. Sometimes even 30 minutes by bus. This week were were basically just working only in Obligato, but next week were gonna try and work in all the other farther areas and just pick one to work in everyday. It's a little tough, but it's great cause there are always people to find.

This week we definitely were able to see the Lord's hand guiding us. One day we were walking and contacting trying to find people to teach but didn't know where to go. We saw a street that we had never been to yet. We started contacting and after a few houses we came to a house where we met a lady named Jessica and she invited us in. She explained to us that she was usually never home but somehow we managed to find her at the right time and aww man she was so prepared! I won't go into too much detail but basically she was waiting for us. Man it was so awesome to be apart of it. It just made me think about how the Lord really is guiding us to find His children and bring them back to Him. I dont know why we chose to go to that place, that street, or that house that day but we went and the Lord led us. I know that the Lord is always watchful of us and He knows what we need! Thats all for this week!
Love you guys,
Elder Reilly

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Trent - 7 Months already

Hola everyone!

This week has been great. We left from Neuquen yesterday at midnight and arrived at 12 in the afternoon and went straight to work. In Neuquen we had a training with all of the Zone Leaders in the mission. It was aweseome. Our mission President fired us all up to go and be an example for the missionaries on our zones and baptize in the next 4 weeks that we have in this transfer.

The family Quilaqueo are going to get baptized the 12th of August if everything goes well. They are going to get married the 11th of August and baptized the next day! Their lives have completely changed. Javier Quilaqueo was addicted to cigarettes and alcohol and now doesn't smoke or drink. He was famous on the city of Esquel for being a robber and now he is someone completely different. The Atonement of Jesus Christ has helped him to change. Even though his house is super tiny and he hardly has enough money to eat, he has already started saving for the temple. He's truly converted! It's truly special to see. I hope that after he gets baptized that he can become the Branch President or Mission Leader because this branch here in Esquel needs some serious help. There's about 20 members who assist regularly. We are doing everything that we can here to help these members realize that missionary work is the most important work in the world and they need to get involved. Read Alma 4 and you'll understand what's happening here. Just like it says in that chapter, the only thing that Alma could do to change the situation was bear a pure testimony from his heart. Thats what we've been doing. We pretty much teach all the classes and give the talks and do everything here haha. But the Spirit changes people and I know we can help change this branch so the work can start progressing much faster! 

I love this work and knowing that the Lord is always on my side. I love seeing someone who has become truly converted. There's nothing better! There's nothing else that's ever brought me more joy! Love you and miss you all.

Rhett - First Week in Obligado!

Hola Familia,
I hope you all are doing well, I'm gonna make this letter short and sweet. First off I'd like to give a birthday shout out to Mum! Thanks for being such an awesome grandmother! So, I'm now in my new area called Obligado which is way out kind of in the middle of nowhere. There are a couple ancient ruins in our area but that's about it. I picked up my brand new missionary comp Elder Barrios! Hes from San Juan, Argentina and is super capo! He is super humble and has a strong desire to share the gospel. I'm excited to work with him. This new area is super big and me and my comp know nothing about it, so were basically just starting from scratch. It's insane; and I'm also the district leader so that's gonna be fun helping out the other missionaries here and getting them all fired up about the work. That's pretty much it for this week, but I know that we can have miracles happen here in Obligado. We are gonna talk to everyone, and just try and follow the spirit and I'm excited to see what will happen. I know that this work is the Lords work. Love you all!
Elder Reilly

Pictures next week sorry...