Hey Mom thanks for the letter. It’s true the Book of Mormon is true. Hahah I love it and study it EVERYDAY! I’m writing a day late because today we went to the Temple. It was so cool and I had such a great experience. I was able to meet up with Elder Garrison, my old comp, and some other friends as well. I love the Temple and hope you guys are attending often! We are so blessed to have one so close. Im working so hard right now and having so much fun I’m like actually really happy with how everything’s going right now. I’m bummed about Tiny Torpedo (family tortoise that got away) though. If it is lost, we need to buy a new one asap. I think it’s the best pet we have ever had, lol. I bet Rook is bummed. So weird that Grant’s home. Even weirder is that I will only write you guys nine more times. I miss you guys a lot but am so happy to be here. Tell the boys i love them! Love you
Here’s a bit from my letter to President from this week
Wow this has been a way cool week here in Buenos Aires. We have been able to see a ton of miracles and have found a ton of chosen people. We were saddened that we weren’t able to have as many investigators in church as we had hoped, but we are confident that with hard work and faith during this week, many more will be there this Sunday.
We were able to find a very prepared and chosen family this week. The other day, we talked to a young man outside of his house. He was nice and said we could come back. We came back and were a bit surprised to find a family was so prepared to hear the Gospel message, but that’s how it all starts. Talking with someone and extending an invitation. Yesterday we invited all five of them to baptized the 2nd of September and they all accepted without hesitation or doubt. The mother said that, “this is what she had been praying for.” It was a way cool experience and we are all very excited.
The Zone is doing well. We want to be doing better. I know we can achieve the goal that we have made of 24 baptism this month. We are praying constantly for each companionship and especially their district leaders. We have a plan to visit the district meetings and to help the district leaders have the goal to baptized engraven in their minds and their hearts.
This week I was studying a bit in Preach My Gospel, chapter 1 and was lead to read in John 15. For the first time with this specific passage of scripture, I felt like the Lord was speaking directly to me and to us (the missionaries). In verses 1-8 and verse 16 we read,
“1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.”
We as missionaries are the branches. Jesus is the vine. If we abide in him as we work diligently to accomplish our objective, He will bless us to bring forth much fruit (baptisms). Without Him, we cannot do it. Today in the temple I read this chapter of John and I promised the Lord Ii would do my best to work with diligence and abide in him for these last few months on my mission. I want more than anything to help Him in this sacred work and to “bring forth much fruit”.
I’m doing great and am happy as always to serve. I love this gospel and I’m grateful for all the love and help you guys offer. Elder Bejarano and I have high hopes for these coming weeks and months.
Seebs, Elder Turner
Hey Mom thanks for the letter. All the Lake Powell pics made me kinda jealous but its all good cuz I’m loving it here. I would not say I’m like trunky, however the fact that the mission ends is starting to seem less and less like an idea and more like a reality. The good news is that it hasn’t completely hit me yet.
To answer your questions:
How much time do you spend working with members of your zone or with district leaders? -It depends; some need more help than others. We try to spend as little time as possible and to help them become as spiritually self sufficient as possible.
Does it take away from your proselyting time? -Yes thats what sucks sometimes.
Or is that something you work on during personal study time? -I try not to but some times.
Do you do a lot of exchanges? -Once a week.
If so who has been your favorite “companion for a day”? -I always end up just wanting to go back to my regular companion, hahahah.