Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Shortest Week of my life

I totally forgot to tell you that last week we went to this super fancy restaurant and I treated myself and my companion to alligator nuggets and a killer pizza on the riverside and the border of Argentina....

 And then this last week for p-day we ate sloppy joes....... Good stuff. This week for p-day we are going to go play some sand volley ball and have a little barbecue.....

Yesterday we went to this little town like an hour away to have a sacrament meeting there... 

the road to the church

you will see in the picture (top left of picture above)  that a chicken laid an egg in what I would guess is the library.  There were 5 people in the sacrament meeting and I blessed the sacrament and the people were sooooooooooooooooo grateful....it was a super humbling experience.  It made me count my blessings.  

As for the work we are still seeing miracles every day. N one of our investigators got permission from his mom to get baptized so we are going to have a baptism this next weekend.... And O our other investigator is dying to throw himself in the waters of baptism.  Also the C family is soooooooooooo close. Last night the mom told us she is ready to be baptized but she’s just waiting for her husband.. and the husband is waiting for a clearer answer.... he’s going to get it.   This last week was a great week. We had a Multizone conference and President Franco talked about obedience.  It was solid and I’m looking for more ways to be obedient.   I went on some divisions with Elder Espinoza who is brand spanking new in the mission and we worked in some of the prettiest parts of Argentina I’ve seen.... but sadly I didn’t take any pictures.. I’m just super happy and I’m just trying to help all the people possible use the sacrifice of Jesus Christ more fully in their lives... and at the same time trying to do the same....and I love it.
Elder Simmons

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

A White Saturday

It was another marvelous week. Everything went just as planned..... Well almost just as planned, but everything worked out good.  This week we were able to have the baptism of The D family and C, and also a girl that turned 8 and her parents are already members was able to be baptized too.  Everyone had a great spiritual experience  and a ton of people that aren’t members showed up to the baptism too.  

 Three people came to church Sunday. One of them we visited last night and just happen to be part of a less active family... he accepted to be baptized... We are also teaching N, it’s a family friend of the D family and we haven’t even taught him Word of Wisdom and he already stopped smoking and drinking just because he started reading the book of Mormon and liked it.   We are still teaching the C family... They are so close to getting baptized... surely we will see a miracle with them this week. Honestly we have so much work right now that it’s kind of hard to keep track of it all... I really don’t even have time to think,  but it’s better that way. I’m soooooooooo grateful for the things that are happening here in our area.  

Fun fact I’ve have been wearing the same shirt since last Pday.... It was overcast and chilly all week so I didn’t sweat... I just kept looking at my shirt and asking myself.... ´1 more day?? ya why not´

Something I realized this week about missionary work... that yes the baptisms were amazing and I’m sooooo grateful and I’m happy those people were able to make that decision, but the true happiness on the mission comes from working as hard as you possibly can and knowing that its exactly what the Lord wants, that’s when I’m the happiest.  The mission is honestly the best and luckily I still have quite a bit left :)

Love Elder Simmons

Friday, August 14, 2015

Week of Miracles

What a week... It could have been one of the best weeks of my mission... We had a big meeting in Resistencia this last Tuesday so we woke up at like 4 in the morning to get there... President Franco just kind of gave us more inspiration to be better missionaries and I thought it was supper good.

 After we stayed to night over in Resistencia so my companion could go to the doctor and check his health out.... Oh and I ate Ice cream 3 times in 2 days....... woot woot.  Wednesday we finally got back to the area. 

We were teaching C a lot this week to get him ready for his baptism. We planned everything out and Friday before his baptism we waited for him the church for his interview....... but he never showed up.. Than the next day he showed in the church thinking he was going to be baptized. hahahaha But it's all good we just postponed it until next week. The biggest miracle from this week was easily the wedding we had :) yes we had a wedding.... luckily we pulled a few strings and we were able to pull a marriage off in 2 days which usually will take a month or so... It's a long story I'll share it in my homecoming talk ;) but we just ran around like mad men getting signatures and legal documents and praying a toooonn..everything just happened to work out perfectly..... It was as if a puzzle fell from the sky and just so happened to fall into place... I'm sooo grateful. 
1  Nephi 1 3:7 is true... The lord will provide a way.

 The night after the wedding we called everyone in the entire ward and invited them to a little wedding celebration and people brought a ton of food and we jammed out to EFY music and played games hahaha wildest party I've ever been to. The mission is just too dang good and I'm so happy and grateful and humbled. This week we are going to do everything possible for The D family and C so they can be baptized....

Love you all <3

Monday, August 3, 2015

It's winter again

It's winter here in Argentina but that doesn't mean anything here in Formosa.. it's already blazing hot and it's only going to get hotter. But it's all good a great learning and growing experience right? so this week a missionary that served here 20 years ago came to our ward to visit his converts. And he gave me his IPHONE 6 ( Yes I held an I phone six the most advanced piece of technology I've touched here in Argentina) and took some pictures. I already love this ward here the members are the BEST they all want to help with the work... This week I went on divisions with our ward mission leader. A  55 year old man and we walked a ton but he didn't complain at all and we taught a few people that are preparing to be baptized. He shared the sweetest testimony yesterday about the missionary work and he invited everyone to raise  the bar. We might have a baptism this weekend, C a good friend of a member... Also next week we might have a baptism of a family of 5.. They are getting married this week. Luckily we have ties with a judge here so we can get them married in less than a week.  Then a sister  brought her uncle to church so we are going to go teach him too. Also another man named E, who is progressing good and sister M was a less active but here heart was touched and she's coming back to church with her husband (who isn't married..) as you can see the missionary work is booming and I'm so grateful.....I'm literally in the best area in the mission with the best companion and we have quite a few baptisms lined up including a family. 

The Lord blessed us with our our fast. I wish I could say that the fast went well too... Spiritually it went great but physically I almost died. So this is what happened. It's hot here in Formosa, a lot hotter than Resistencia. so I've been sweating a lot and I got a cough and we ran Saturday morning.. and since I didn't drink any water I became very dehydrated and I had a huge migraine and my whole body hurt... and I kept getting bloody noses. so I slept  yesterday and asked my companion for a blessing. Then I slept for 18 hours straight... and I woke up this morning feeling great..... when my companion was directed to say in the blessing.. I figure it was just a little test of my faith. The lord wanted to help me grow. 

But really I couldn't be happier.

Love you all   Elder Simmons