Monday, July 23, 2012

Herro familia!

WOW! Just want to say how much I love you all and how special all are to me!! Thank you so much for the package that you all sent! :) the camera.. re piola enserio! I have been capturing photos and been hiding it better, no chorro va a robarla jamás! Thank you all so much for being so incredible. I love your letters, I love your example and I love the weird Pepsi videos with Mexican music in the background! Haha son raros ustedes. Speaking of Mexicans.. I received an Elder Juarez from Mexico City, Mexico! :) SOO sweet! He is a capo and has so much new missionary spirit! He´s very excited to be here in Argentina finally (was serving for 3 months in Mexico waiting for his visa) and is fascinated with el país. It´s interesting going from an Argentine to a Mexicano... the cultures are so different. I´ve had in my mind all this week Nacho Libre :) I´ll leave it at that, but haha it´s been great! The first couple days we had to keep a pretty close eye on his mouth.. In Mexico they use some words that here in Argentina you´ll get a nice trompada if you say them. (a punch in the face) It´s been fun to be with a brand new missionary and to experience again all that comes in the package of getting used to this work and to be in a new country with a new culture. He already is an excellent teacher... every missionary comes with their own way of teaching, but I realized that mine needs a tune-up pretty badly. He´s a great example and a funny little guy! We have a good time and we´re gonna do great work in Fiorito!

This week has been a little bit crazy! We picked up the new Elders from the mission home on Tuesday after an incredible meeting that we had to be trained as trainers (weird irony in that). We were truly filled with the spirit of these new missionaries and the blessing that they are to a mission. We talked about how important it is to be obedient. I have been working hard this week to be 100% obedient. It truly is the key to a successful mission. The Lord aligns His purposes in our lives as we committ to this principle. I love the help that our Heavenly Father provides to use in D&C 82:

8 And again, I say unto you, I give unto you a anew commandment, that you may understand my will concerning you;

9 Or, in other words, I give unto you directions how you may act before me, that it may turn to you for your salvation

10 I, the Lord, am abound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise.

Sometimes we lose track in difficult times in our lives and we can begin to go off by just 1 degree as Pres. Uchtdorf explained. The consequences are tragic. Even the loss of His spirit. However, as we are diligent in obedience to the Lord we are blessed in abundance with the direction needed for our Salvation. I love also the comforting invitation that He gives for us to return and "refrain from sin,"

...Peace be with you; my blessings continue with you.

 24 For even yet the kingdom is yours, and shall be forever, if you fall not from your steadfastness. Even so. Amen.

What a tender father that we have! I am humbled to know that I am His son and that He goes to the very ends of the universe and to the deepest of pits to touch our hearts with this invitation. I feel it in my heart and testify that it is true.

Friday we had a meeting for leaders. It. was. long. Ha, but it was worth every minute. I remember that I didn´t look up very much because my concentration was to my notebook! :) I am excited to be apart of helping Argentina Buenos Aires South grow and reach it´s full potential. I was impressed again by Presidente Stapley and his love for us and his desire that we all grow to become more like Christ. We can do that by Love, Desire, and Joy! We talked a lot about these 3 things and what we can do to help others grow in these 3 attributes. The Elders in our District are great! This last week we were able to get to know each other a little better and share in uplifting experiences that we have in the obra! I am excited to see how things go and know that I´ll be learning more from them.

Well this week the spirit of the temple continues to grow as we get closer to the opening of the Temple of Buenos Aires! :) Each companionship in our zone has been given 5000 flyers that we are to hand out... :) We talk to a lot of people right now and it is so great! My testimony has grown as I have thought why the temple is so important, what it means for us, and what we receive from these sacred houses! I was able to give a lesson this last Sunday on what happens in the temple and was so grateful to realize how important it is. I hope you all make it a PRIORITY in your lives to go, when it is so close we can´t afford not to visit His house as often as we can. D&C 43:16 is an incredible scripture! I invite you to read it, it helped me to understand more clearly the importance of the temple.

I love you all so much!! I´m grateful Mom and Dad for the decision that you both made to marry in the Temple and all that it means for us as an eternal family. I pray that we can be obedient with exactness so that our Father's Kingdom may be ours! Have a great week! :)

 Elder Jolley

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