Monday, October 29, 2012

Hey everybody! :)

I´m a little bit low on time so, please excuse the shorter email today! This week has been super good, we´ve taken a different route with our investigators this week and are excited about how they are going to be able to progress! This week we had been praying hard that Gonzalo or Lenn could accept the invitation to be baptized and take the necessary steps to follow Christ more in their lives. In the end they didn´t feel good enough prepared. I had been fasting for them, that we would be able to understand their needs and to be able to do things how the Lord wanted. Obviously we would love the sweet experience of a baptism, but it is better when they have felt the change in their hearts!! :) We had a great lesson with Gonzalo Friday night! We brought a member that we really felt would be a good support for Gonzalo. The lesson left perfectly! We felt the spirit as we testified of the things that Christ wants us to do- it was a powerful feeling! But we felt a great peace as this member was able to tell his conversion story and then to invite Gonzalo to begin to see these things that we teach him as SMALL steps to experience greater faith and security in his life. I was grateful that what we wanted wasn´t what felt right. The spirit worked in a special way that night,testifying of what was true, but giving us peace for what was right. Isn´t the Lord so tender in teaching us what He wants done?! I was very grateful for His better understanding. Lenn was also the same, we decided to take our teaching and share it in a way that is more directed at the person that we are with, not something we prepare. We want more than anything that these young men APPLY the simple principles in their lives. This is true conversion! :) I feel great in how we are learning to teach, I feel us more focused on who we are with! I am trying harder in each lesson to be more concentrated in the feelings that I receive to teach me what I should say or how I should respond. On several occasions this week I´ve been greatly blessed to stop and understand what is being said and then to speak! Many times it is easy for us when we know the answer to a question of concern to spit out the answer as fast as possible- I have found out that it is a much better experience to wait and listen to everything! We´ve also been working with a lady named Gloria (I think I might have already mentioned her), anyway this week we had a couple fantastic experiences with her! This week she received from a member a video about José Smith and with that she was able to feel the true power of our message! For a few days we had been trying to explain the need of a restoration to her, each time it made more sense, but the movie was the key to helping her FEEL that what we had been teaching had a lot of reason! We are thankful for involved members! Also, she and a couple of her kids were able to go to church, by themselves!! We had offered to go and pick her up but as we turned to corner we looked down the street and she was already halfway to the church! Hmm that was good :) She was bien recibida en la capilla y la disfrutó un montón!

Well there is a little bit for the week! Sorry it was shorter this week! Next week I´ll get on top of things for some pictures and a longer letter! I love you all, thanks for your love! It keeps me going in the moments of trial. I hope that we never forget that God is our Father, He loves us and what He does, He does for a reason. I know that it is a good thing to be humble when we are faced with hardships in our life. "yea, we can see that the Lord in his great infinite goodness doth bless and prosper those who put their trust in him."

23 Therefore, blessed are they who will repent and hearken unto the voice of the Lord their God; for these are they that shall be saved.

24 And may God grant, in his great fulness, that men might be brought unto repentance and good works, that they might be restored unto grace for agrace, according to their works.

All my love!
Elder Jolley

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hello dear family!!

Finally!! Ha we´ve been coming from a long day of traveling and a lot of just businessy type work. Elder Mines had to do some paper work for his visa so that meant us leaving for The Capital at 7 o´clock this morning! :) I´m pretty tired... haha, but so glad to be able to hear from you guys and talk to ya´ll! It was a great time in the Capital and some crazy city sites that I´ve never seen before, Highland Utah and a Nations Capital are a little bit different! I was all eyes for the first little bit as we tried to find our way to the building that we needed to get to! Por suerte we were able to get everything done without any problems and with spare time to find a Burrito restaurant! :) First type of "Mexican" food that I´ve had in a year! So delicious! In the photos I sent we also were able to meet up with several other missionaries that were doing the same thing at the "Buenos Aires Monument." Shoot.. I can´t remember what it´s called but it was a sweet... pilar!

Elder Jolley with some of the other missionaries at the Capital

Well for the week! :) First off another big Happy Mother's Day yesterday!... I tried getting on skype, but unfortunately you weren´t on to chat! That was a let-down. Haha just kiddin! Would have been great to have 3 calls in the year! We passed the day really good and got a little bit wet, but in all we were happy to get out and talk with the people and wish all the mothers we could find a great day! As far as the work goes we still are a little bit... slow. Today I loved reading in Mosiah (4 hours in the train turns out to be a great blessing!) and being taught about the afflictions of several groups of people. We have felt a little bit like them in the past couple weeks- "captive" if you will, where we are at and not being able to find a lot of progress as a whole. It has been a "trial to try (our) faith and patience," I hold onto my knowledge that God is our Heavenly Father and never leaves us abandoned in our way! I have grown to trust more in Him and strive to be more submissive to HIS WILL over mine! Every experience has an Eternal Significance! :) I have been so so grateful for small and simple blessings that I have seen in our day to day work. I loved what you said mom, that we sometimes need to build piece by piece and watch the picture grow in that way! Sometimes it seems in our lives that we close our eyes in our daily progression of becoming more like our Savior and then expect that when we open them that the picture will be complete! We have been able to have some incredible experiences with Gonzalo this week! He´s a stud!! We´ve been trying to listen to him and understand how he is doing rather than go at our speed! At the beginning of the week we had a very powerful lesson with the spirit about fasting! We taught that it is a powerful way for us to come to understand what it is that Heavenly Father wants us to do in our lives. For Gonzalo I believe that it was what he needed to hear to help him come to see how he could come closer to the Lord. We fasted and it was super great! :) But we found out that he hadn´t felt anything.. huh? That isn´t what we were expecting! Ha but in the end the blessings are ALWAYS there. I believe that the Lord was able to soften his heart just a little bit more in order to help him see how important it is that we make those decisions in our life to follow the Savior! :) They were some of the most powerful lessons that I´ve been blessed to have. The spirit, if we are prepared, can really guide each and every one of us to know how to help those around us come closer to Christ. Gonzalo is a gran amigo and has been a huge example for me in reminding me of the things that we can and should do to come unto Christ!

I don´t want you guys to think that I´m sad or negative right now about our situation. It is something I´ve never been through before, but each of us have that blessing in our life! I love how Elder Holland put it, "we cannot expect to come to true discipleship without walking through our own little part of the Garden of Gethsemane." All of life's trials are so that we can come to know the "True and Living God!" :) What a blessing! I think each of us have a special need to seek and know the Will of our Father in Heaven more in our lives, it is the most important thing that we can do in order to continue forward in our progression!

Well we gotta run! We are a little behind and we gotta get to a cita! Favorite scripture for the day: Mosiah 24:12-16

12 And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts.

13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me; and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.

14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions.

15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and with patience to all the will of the Lord.

16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out of bondage.

Jesus Christ is at the head of His work and does guide each of us, personally, as we dedicate ourselves to greater trust, patience, and fervent prayer! This week will be a great week! :)

I love ya guys! :)
Elder Jolley

Elder Jolley and Elder Mines

Monday, October 15, 2012

Family Reunion!!!!

Wow! haha thank you so much for the great pictures! I got a good kick out of each one and a great laugh from the minions! :) It´s crazy how much everyone has grown! I didn´t recognize little Cooper, took me a couple minutes to figure out who he was! Glad to hear that you guys are all so good and that you had a good time!

Another week and A YEAR! It´s a weird feeling but it has given me great time to look back and see how far I´ve been blessed to come! The Lord truly is so merciful in all of His work and truly has our progression as a priority! This week we´ve been keeping super positive! The ups and downs come a little bit in the area, but we know that we can give more! :) We were able to find earlier in the week a couple of families that we had great experiences with and truly felt the spirit guiding our lessons. With a lady named Adriana we invited her to be baptized and she accepted! It was a special lesson to be able to understand how the Gospel truly can relate to each situation. She had told us that everything was fine for her and that all she asked for is that things would stay the same. She believes in Christ and at one point in her life attended a church, because of things in la vida she had aparted from the church. We explained to her how by maintaining a faith in Christ we have the promise that through the ups and downs we can have a steady hope! She loved what we had to say and ya we left with a smile on our faces and a cita the next day!... Next Day: Adriana no se encuentra mas! Ahorra she doesn´t answer her door. Hmm? Ha I know that this Gospel is true and pray that we´ll be able to find people in Villa Elvira that have to hear our message!

We are very grateful for Lenn and Gonzalo! :) They are truly a couple blessings in our lives that have helped us to keep the work going here! We were able to adjust the way that we teach them a bit this week. We´ve been passing by and teaching things that were great but wanted to focus on things that were best! We evaluated where they are at and how we can help them build a testimony. With Gonzalo we´ve seen a huge change in him as he continues to try and incorporate good habits in his life. He is having troubles a little bit with the Book of Mormon, but in giving him small parts to read and sections more focused on what he wants to learn, he has told us that this week he has made time to read! YES!!! :) Haha also this week I´ll have you know that we had a SUPER SABADO... unfortunately the results haven´t changed from Fiorito! HA we had like a total of 9 people. One day we´ll have success as an "activities committee." We watched 17 Miracles (INCREDIBLE movie)! Gonzalo came and loved being in the church!

With Lenn this week we had a great lesson! I had fasted to know what it was that we could do to help him progress and that day we had a lesson with him about the Holy Ghost and the guidance that it provides for us. He had been worried that by making this change in his life by getting baptized that it was like, he changes and then left alone to try and stay on the path. When we taught about the Spirit there was a different look on his face and you could tell that he was paying attention and that something had changed. We rehassured (spelling ?) him that following Christ isn´t as hard as we imagine it to be. I love in how Nephi describes that by receiving the Holy Ghost we will be guided to do all that we should do. Really our lives become easier as we summit our will to the Lords and choose to be dedicated and is especially blessed by the companionship of the Holy Spirit. So in the end it was a super good week! We saw progress where the Lord wanted and we grew in ways that we didn´t expect. I have been so grateful for a journal.. I wish I could go through each thing that I learn because it is life changing! However, I´ll be excited to share them after. (Up to this point in my mission I´ve missed 8 days of writing in my journal so there will be lots to share).

Well time continues to fly and we get to go back to work! :) I hope that you have a great week. I have a testimony of this Church and know it to be true. I know that we are blessed with a the true principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Chirst and by applying and obeying them we are brought to an everlasting joy. I know that the Sacrament, when prepared to partake of it, will leave us clean and blameless before our Father in Heaven through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. That was and continues to be its purpose!

2 Nefi 26:24 He doeth not anything save it be for the benefit of the world; for he loveth the world, even that he layeth down his own life that he may draw all men unto him. Wherefore, he commandeth none that they shall not partake of his salvation.

Have a fantastic week! :)
I love each of you very very much!

Elder Jolley

Monday, October 8, 2012

Hello hello! :)

How we all doing!? Thanks so much for the great emails and fun experiences! I love all of them!! Wow... can the church be more ture?? Te das cuenta después de escuchar la voz de nuestra profeta. I was so grateful for conference! It passed by so quickly though.. I swear before the mission that conference seemed a lot longer. 2 hours was a big thing for me! Haha times change. We were able to see almost all the sessions, we missed the 1st hour of the first session on Saturday because at the last second Gonzalo decided to bail on us. President Stapley had invited us to bring an investigator to both sessions on Saturday and if we couldn´t find one that it would probably be a better use of our time to go out and work in our areas. We were super bummed to have received the text message from Gonzalo at 12:55! Ha! Bajón. We knew that we had to be obedient so right as President Monson got up to make the big announcement about the Missionary Program (how crazy was that by the way?!- Skyman is gonna be able to leave super quick after I get home if he decides to). Leaving the church was a bummer, but we knew that it was the right thing to do to get out there and get to work. I have a huge testimony and I felt it in that moment that each thing that happens to us in our lives happens for a reason and that there is something Eternal behind each deciding moment. I left praying my lights out that we would be able to understand His will and if possible that we could get back in and listen to the Prophet. As we were walking back Lenn popped into my mind... we had forgotten to check in with him again to make the invitation!! Quickly we called him up and asked if he wanted to listen to a prophet!! Ha luckily he was super chill and told, "yeah, why not! I don´t have anything better going on." Haha whatever it takes right.. the seed of faith is planted in many ways! It was a great great miracle from our Father in Heaven! We watched the conference in our stake center (about 3 blocks from our apartment) and I believe it was a great experience for Lenn and later Gonzalo. In the afternoon session he was able to come and also on Sunday Lenn and Gonzalo were able to come!

I loved the theme of service that I got from the conference. So many talked about the need to show compassion through loving service. Sister Burton gave a great talk about the need to observe and then serve! Also I loved how tenderly President Monson talked about prayer and how miraculous it is to be able to communicate with our Heavenly Father. I loved what you said dad, that each talk had a special highlight and I truly saw that! President Eyring is the bomb! What he talked about was similar to what he talked about when he was here for the rededication, how God truly is in our lives!! Most of the time we think that He is hiding from us!! How opposite that is. When we can come to repent, pray fervently and don´t INSIST on a time limit, WE uncover our hiding spot and come to understand better the will of Him! That touched home for me!

Like all the apostles and prophets, I loved most feeling of their special witness of the Savior! If there is any testimony to receive or any doubt that remains we need only observe these men and feel the spirit that they transmit! As representatives of Jesus Christ they bear testimony of who He is and how He would be if He were with us now! I love my Savior Jesus Christ and know that He lives, I am grateful to understand more about WHO He is by following the example of His special witnesses. This week passed by super quick!! We were packed with meetings all the mornings and then were running around in the afternoons trying to find and invite everyone we could to hear the voice of the prophet. This week was the end of a transfer and Elder Mines and I will be staying together another round! I´m super excited to be able to have a consecutive transfer with a companion again, it brings a huge blessing of experience in our work. We've been able to learn a lot and hope to apply and get more and more comfortable this next transfer. We are working on finding investigators right now. We feel that the Lord is helping us to see from another angle in our missionary efforts. Things are kinda slow right now and most of those who we were working with have asked for more time to think about what we´ve taught them... It will come as a blessing as we are patient! :)

Elder Mines and Elder Jolley

Well I gotta get going, I hope that you all have a great week! Saludos a the Campbells! Get pictures of mom camping!! Hehe just kidding I know it has happened before! :) This week I loved reading in Romans about the blessing and miracle of the Atonement in our lives. In the scriptures it mentions many times what our Savior went through in His life to prepare himself for the Atonement, a few things are His obedience, willingness and the suffering that He went through in order to understand us better. I loved what President Monson said about making sure that we don´t Condemn others! Also what a blessing to know that God doesn´t condemn us for our weaknesses.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

In the end, if we choose to follow the call of Christ to repent and make the necesary changes in our lives then we are assured that we will not be condemned in the last days. We should also know that it isn´t good to condemn ourselves or dwell on those things that we lack in. If Christ accomplished what He said He did then we should live in peace and only work to be better disciples of Chirst!

I know that this church has living prophets and that it has been restored to its fulness as the Lord promised it would!

I love ya tons! :)
Elder Jolley

As you´ll see in one of the pictures, I got a haircut! :) I don´t know if you remember back to when I was in Longchamps and our stories back there but we had a repeat! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

Hey Family!!! :)

SOO good to hear from you guys! I loved all the emails and thank each of ya for all the great experiences that you shared. Dad, bummer with the car! Did you park it in the "Fiorito" section? Hehe... little Argentine yoke :) Glad that all was made better by Apple! Ah, what a week! It passed by quick, but Sunday we received great news from all sides. Our mission has found and baptized more people that this part of Argentina has seen in "centuries" and our Zone continues to surprise and blow me away. The Elders and Sisters were able to work harder and achieve more goals than all the weeks that I have been here (I know it doesn´t make that long but still)."And in that day Adam blessed God and was filled, saying: Blessed be the name of God, for because of my transgression my eyes are opened, and in this life I shall have joy, and again in the flesh I shall see God." I´m soo happy and love this work!! :) This week has been a refining one, but I can only express how thankful I am for the Savior and His desire to fill our hearts with joy! I truly know that He lives after this week! :) What a great a Gospel we have in our lives!

To answer a couple questions: The tummy is great! :) Haleluya! Thanks for all the concern, you guys are so great! PACKAGE!! :) Thank you so much for the October 1st birthday celebration! haha I guess it had been in the offices for a little bit, but the important thing is that it arrived. The Zone got together today and played some hard-core fútbol... I´m out of shape! But the Snickers were a great re-fuel for the group and WOW, thank you so much for everything else that was in there! Also Papi, you asked about President Stapley, unfortunately he´ll only be here for a couple more months and in July we´ll be getting a new President. I should be with the new President from July to the end of my mission. I´m sad obviously that he´ll be leaving, but have learned that God has planned things out perfectly so I know that we´ll be able to grow as a mission and as missionaries from both Presidents! Also CONFERENCE weekend! I´m so excited. We will be able to watch it at the same time as you guys up there.. just a couple hours later. The only bummer is that priesthood session starts at 9 o´clock down here and well.. doesn´t really fit in with the missionary schedule so we won´t be able to watch that for 2 years! ... I´ll have the Pastrami Burger with a strawberry milkshake from Burger Supreme, please! :)

This week went by flying!! We had a great week though and were able to get a lot done in the first part of the week. President Stapley came to our district meeting and we ended up getting paired up to do some practices. Elder Jolley and Elder Stapley- imagine that! Haha I was a lot bit nervous to teach with him for fear of equivocation, but it was actually one of the most powerful "fake" lessons that I´ve taught! :) I learned a lot from President and am so grateful to have learned to put off what I wanted to happen in the lesson and really focus on the spirit and what it was telling us about these investigators! Both were able to feel the spirit strongly and teach according to the spirit. The whole zone left the meeting really excited and filled with the spirit! The second part of the week was a little bit slower. Seemed for a minute like everything that was happening in the area, and in my life had the brakes slambed.. on them? (grammatical errors.. ¿no se?). We had a couple families, Lorena y Favio y a great lady that we found named Rosario loose interest a little bit and just stop progressing. We felt pretty confused as to how things stopped so quick. We kept working hard trying to find other investigators, contact people, work with the members but nothing was giving us a lot of success. I learned a lot about patience this week! :) We have 2 years on a mission to work and to progress (also in our lives) - can´t loose a second of it- but we also have to be willing to understand that the Lord doesn´t do things in great heaps rather gives to us line upon line. I think we were wanting to see a lot of "perfection" with our investigators and to become the missionary that God wants me to be ¡YA! but we needed to learn to continue forward with patience and diligence. I love the talk by Henry B. Eyring about taking on the next Mountains in our lives, always wanting to take more upon ourselves. I know that it is important to learn and become all that we can in each trial that we are given and instead of asking for the next trial to prove our ability, I have found great blessings in asking the Lord to teach me ALL that He would have me learn before I feel like I am strong enough to move on! We continue to find miracles in Villa Elvira. We have a couple appointments tonight with these families (Luisa y Lorena) and we are sure that the Lord will help us to bring the Gospel where it is needed in their lives.

Well I love you guys very much, sorry this week is a little bit short.

I love you guys so much and give my assurance that the Lord wants to lead and guide our lives and that we truly can become instruments in His hands through our dedication to His commandments and through humble but fervent prayer. I know that He is aware of each concern that we have and that if we can approach Him and His beloved son with our burdens we will find the way to progress in our lives in order to experience the JOY that this Gospel is. I know that Jesus Christ is the center of our Father in Heavens work! :) Have a great conference weekend and let's listen closely!

All my love,
Elder Jolley