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Week 94-95 | Sad about Torpedo, Chosen Families, and John 15

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

Hola Presidente,
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

August 14

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.

Week 91-93 | Segundo’s Baptism, New Companion, and I Moved

July 17th

So this was another pretty red week here in Buenos Aires. We had a ton of cool stuff going on and have been pretty busy. Most of all I’ve come to better understand my objective and how to complete it.

To start off this week we were attacked by a Rottweiler. We were just walking down the street and usually the dogs don’t do anything but I’ve felt like I should turn around and that’s when I saw it. It was sprinting towards us and look pretty mad. It bit my companion once then bit me twice, so we just decided to book it for the giant jetty-like rocks that they have all along the beach here. We were on the rocks for about 40 minutes waiting for the Rottweiler to lose interest, but it never did. Finally we decided to just try to run as fast as we could to the pensionista’s house. So we did and everything was going great but just as I was getting to the door the dog went to bite me and straight up ripped my favorite green jacket. In the end, we are fine and nothing bad really happened, but I am bummed about my jacket.

Other than that, this week has been great. We have been able to get to know lots of new people that have shown some interest in this message. The people here are really receptive and will always listen to us if we ask, but they don’t always accept the message or really commit to anything. So what we do is we try to always mention the Restoration and baptism at every contact and every time we meet someone new. It’s cool because it helps us see if the people really have interest in our message or not.

Also this week we had it baptism. It’s a really cool girl that has been coming to church for a while and had already prepared herself but never wanted to commit to being baptized. We’ve invited her like 20 times before, but she always said no, even though she had a strong testimony. But then out of nowhere last week, she had a dream. When she woke up, she knew that we weren’t the only ones waiting for her to make that decision, but that her Heavenly Father was as well. She finally decided in this weekend and she was baptized and confirmed. It was a great experience.

I love being in the mission and being so in touch with the miracles that happened each day. Hope everyone is doing well.

July 24th

It’s winter here and it gets a bit cold because I’m by the beach and there is always a breeze. I live like a football field away from the ocean.The toilet swirls which ever way the tubing is made; it’s not based on the equator. Pioneer day doesn’t exist here.

This week we have changes, that’s why I’m a bit short on time, I’m staying here but I’ve got a new companion. His name is Elder Bejerano and he’s from Bolivia. He’s way cool.

This week we also had a baptism of Hermano Segundo. He is the grandpa of the girl that was baptized last week it was a wayyyy cool baptism. He wasn’t married but was living with his ex wife cuz he had nowhere else to go. So we went with the elders quorum and built him a house and he was able to be baptized. It was a cool experience.

I’m all good and am happy sorry it’s a short letter this week but we are low on time cuz of changes. Love you guys!


JULY 31st

Investigators are doing great this week we found a ton of rad new people and have a ton of people progressing. We are gonna see a ton of miracles in these next few week. Sorry there is no letter today it’s cuz we moved this morning and have been way busy but it’s ok cuz we are gonna see each other in a bit anyways, hahah.

There is a way cool talk that Elder Rasband gave on this subject in October 2016 he said:

“Never forget, question, or ignore personal, sacred spiritual experiences. The adversary’s design is to distract us from spiritual witnesses, while the Lord’s desire is to enlighten and engage us in His work.  Let me share a personal example of this truth. I distinctly recall a time when I received a prompting in answer to mighty prayer. The answer was clear and  powerful. However, I failed to act immediately on the prompting, and after a period of time I began to wonder if what I had felt had been real. Some of you may have fallen for that deception of the adversary as well.
Several days later, I awoke with these powerful verses of scripture in my mind:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, if you desire a further witness, cast your mind upon the night that you cried unto me in your heart. …
“Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?”
​(D&C 6)
It was as if the Lord was saying, “Now, Ronald, I already told you what you needed to do. Now do it!” How grateful I was for that loving correction and direction! I was immediately comforted by the prompting and was able to move forward, knowing in my heart that my prayer had been answered.
I share this experience, dear brothers and sisters, to demonstrate how quickly our minds can forget and how spiritual experiences guide us. I have learned to cherish such moments “lest I forget.”

To my friend, and to all who wish to bolster their faith, I give you this promise: as you faithfully live the gospel of Jesus Christ and abide by its teachings, your testimony will be protected and it will grow. Keep the covenants you have made, regardless of the actions of those around you. Be diligent parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends who strengthen loved ones with personal testimony and who share spiritual experiences. Remain faithful and steadfast, even if storms of doubt invade your lives through the actions of others. Seek that which will edify and fortify you spiritually. Avoid counterfeit offerings of so-called “truths” which are so pervasive, and remember to record your feelings of “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance.”8
Don’t let him forget. I’ve got a ton of stuff in mind for Slade but right now he just needs to focus in on the scriptures and Preach My Gospel. I love it here right now and I promise to send a letter next week. I love you!

To Dad:

Thanks for the letter Dad. My New comp is way funny, hahaha. He’s like the most awkward and random dude ever, but that’s just how he is and in the end, he brings miracles. It made me feel like, not mad, but just like impatient sometimes cuz I just question why this or why that or why is he wearing that dumb hat that makes us look like Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is almost like how I used to feel with the boys when we would go to public places and I would get frustrated and controlling. But like I’ve learned to completely control it and now I just laugh it off. It has helped me be less judgmental, prideful and controlling. Its cool how perfect everything is in the mission. I’m realizing how much the Lord is working to help not only these people here but me as well.

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I’m working harder than I ever have before. In my regular interviews With Pres. Marble this time, we only talked about the zone and how to help other missionaries. I thought it was kinda weird cuz he didn’t ask me how I was doing or anything; we just talked about other people and goals and stuff. At the end he told me he was sorry for not talking about me much but said it was cuz he was not worried about me. He told me I had gained his full and complete trust in every aspect and that there were very few people and even less missionaries in whom he had complete trust. He told me that he didn’t feel worried about me because he knew that I was doing everything he expected and that he wanted my advice on how to help those who maybe weren’t fully engaged. You can keep this experience just between you and mom, but it made me feel good. Love you lots!

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