Friday, July 22, 2016

July 18, 2016

Hey mom!!! How's it going??? It's going good over here in Argentina!! It's been pretty warm here, but then it got way cold this weekend. It's gone back to a bit warmer weather so we´ll see what happens in this week jaja. Well I guess I should probably explain the photos and videos I sent and why I was in normal clothes. So Saturday we moved a family. We moved them like all day because they only had a truck like Grandpa Hakes´s green truck and a car.. So we were able to use normal clothes until like 6 in the afternoon. It was very different being in normal clothes for almost a whole day.... it didn't feel right jajaja. But this was the day after my year mark so we burnt the shirt there where they just moved in because in our pension we cant do it. There is no place to do it. We are in the 3rd floor and there is no patio and the apartment dueƱos probably wouldn't like us burning stuff there.... jajaja. So we did it the other day when we moved them. It was kind of awkward... why because most of them are investigators and don't really understand why I was doing it and the tradition of elders so they were kind of quiet and probably thinking " These mormons are crazy... they are burning a white shirt after we moved in.... " jajaja oh well. They are awesome people tho. we are teaching almost their whole family they live 5 in a row. Brother, brother, dad,and mom, sister, sister. jajaj. 5 houses in a row!! I couldn't imagine if we found a place like that with our family... it would be absolute chaos.  And I'm sure it will be for them too hahaha. But they are some of the coolest people the only thing they have to do is get married. Silvana and Rodrigo. Which they want to do but she has to get divorced first... so we are working on that so that they can get married and baptized but here in Argentina it is way harder to do that.... it takes more time here. like 2 months probably. But, I think they are already working on it so they should be done with that a little earlier. but yea. its cool. We are going to keep working with them. She's trying to bring all of her family to church and its amazing to see the desire she has for her family to come to church. 

She is really working in the Mission work. She makes me think a lot about me before the mission. and makes me think. did I work sufficiently in the mission work or was I just doing bare minimum to nothing? And I feel like I didn't do my part of missionary work that everyone of us is required to do. We all have been through the covenant of baptism which says we will be witnesses of him at all times. And if we aren't trying to work in missionary work I ask you if we are completing with our covenants we have made? I think everyone of us can do better in the obra missional. We can be better examples in how we live the gospel which shows people who we are as people. We can work more with the missionaries. We can get to know the new people that show up at the church and become friends with them in the church and outside of the church. We can do a lot of things to get better in the mission work. and I want to invite you guys and girls to do an actividad. It is an actividad that will help you to see a miracle of God in your lives. It  is something that we are inviting all the members here in Lujan to do to and you guys should be invited to. I invite you guys to pray for 3 things. 
1. pray that God will put someone in your path (could be someone you know right now or someone you don't know). 
2. That you can recognize that this is the person. and 
3. That you can invite them to act. ( go to church, read the Book of Mormon, go to the temple, listen to the missionaries, FHE with them...) something along those lines. 

I promise you that if you do these 3 things. if you pray for these 3 things that God will put someone in your path and you will be able to share the gospel with them and help someone come unto Christ. You will be able to do and receive the promises that are given for those who establish Zion (1 Nephi 13:37). Because in truth we are helping to establish Zion if we are sharing the gospel with others. So, after you have decided if you want to see a miracle of God in your lives, you need to put a date in the future in which God will put this person in your path. Something that isn't too big or too small. I would say 1 month and shorter would be a good time to find the person but you guys are going to pick your dates. And don't worry if you invite someone to act and they say no because you still are having success!!!! The success is in the sharing of the gospel because we cant force them to do anything because they have their agency you just need to share and that is success. 

I hope that some or all of you that are reading my letters can take a part in this activity and see the miracles of God in your lives. I hope that you can share with me your experiences of how it went to. I would love to hear them and how it went!! 

I hope you guys have a great week and that you can be safe in your travels and daily lives. 

Love you a ton :)

Con mucho amor,

Elder Hakes

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