Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Hello family how is it going?  My name is Elder Simmons and I'm here to tell you what I did this week. 

The investigators are doing good.  D and C are our best investigators.  They've been to church 3 or 4 times but D doesn't feel ready yet because she's not very good at praying and she doesn't want to get baptized yet until she is ready.  She knows it's a big responsibility and she doesn't want to mess up.  I think she will get baptized very soon.  C she really wants to get baptized but she isn't married.  C had us over for dinner this week.  We'll see what happens.

B is sweet but she's having a hard time waking up and coming to church so I'm not sure what we are going to do there.  We found some part member families this week.  We found P who is a member and met with his wife M.  M is evangelist.  We also found this guy named M and E.  M has been a member since he was 8 but E is not.  We taught her the restoration and is was great.  Right as we got to the end we gave them the invitation to read the Book of Mormon.  She said "look I'm Catholic and that's not going to change."  I've been reading the New Testament and how Jesus invited everyone to follow Him and not everyone followed Him because of the pharisees or for whatever reason.  I can relate to Jesus Christ in the mission which is a good thing.  I'm learning a lot. 

We found a less active lady named E.  My last companion had told me where she lived so it was about 8:30 and we were headed back to the pension and I said let's go see these less actives and so we did.  We set a lesson for 2 days later. On Saturday we were talking with them and after we shared  prayer  E told me that whenever she is super sad the missionaries seem to show up so you showing up I take as a sign that I need to go back to church.  Sweet!  She has a lot of grandchildren that live with her.  She owns a restaurant which she works at on Sunday but she said she'd figure some way to go to church on Sunday with the grandchildren. 

We met this girl named N.  She is from Mendoza, far from here.  N has about a week and then she goes home.  She said she has a cousin that is serving an LDS mission in Mexico.  She showed us a picture.  So that's pretty crazy, she has a lot of family and friends that are members.  She was pretty open to learning so we are referring her to the missionaries in Mendoza.  We also found this girl named E but she doesn't want to get baptized but I'm not sure why.  Her dad is catholic and her mom is Mormon but she doesn't want to be baptized in either church so she doesn't disappoint her parents.   We taught them last week and they came to church.  G and N, They are really good people.   We sat down and asked him if we could share something and G said no I want to share something with you.    So we said sure and they shared a scripture with us.  They want to get married so she can get baptized.  They went to do paperwork in Formosa but they've disappeared so we don't know where they've gone. 

We got a reference from a member named B, this is kind of funny.  He's an older guy, he didn't understand much but he listened and then we set an appointment for 2 days later.  When we went back he asked us if we were Catholic and when we told him we were Mormons he said he couldn't listen to us anymore.  That same day in the afternoon the same thing happened, they thought we were Catholic.  I'm not sure how.  What I've heard is that there are some famous Catholic missionaries that came here to preach in Las Lomitas so a lot of people think we are Catholic.

It's been a lot cooler here lately but something happened with our air conditioner.    It's pretty nice but when it's cooler our air conditioner drips a ton of water.  I fall asleep to the sound of dripping water.  You know that music dad would put on that had the sound of waves crashing or rain falling.  I honestly feel like that.  I'm falling asleep to the water dripping of the air conditioner and all sorts of bugs making noise outside and the AC makes a humming sound.  All of that together says Argentina to me and it puts me to sleep so fast.  I might record it and take it home with me so when I have trouble falling asleep in college I'll just put on my Argentina noises and fall right to sleep.

I have 2 pair of shoes left.  I have the ones Elder Harris, my trainer gave to me and they are pretty beat up.  The other pair are some dad gave me a long time ago.  I replaced the bottoms on already.  They will last me to the end.  The others are a little shaky and my companions shoes were shaky too so we took them to a shoe fixer.  He fixed them up and shined them up.  So now I'm pretty sure I'll make it to the end with the shoes I have.  I'll just be able to endure to the end.  The shoe fixer we contacted him first and then we couldn't find him again.   We then were referred to the shoe store and it was the guy we'd contacted previously.  He really wanted a dollar so I gave him a dollar bill.

Yesterday  church was good, we had 19 people.   I gave a talk on prayer.  I still have my little in grown toe nail, it's not that bad.  Not like it's anything new.  We are going over to Iberetta as we have district meeting and we'll stay the night there and go back to Las Lomitas in the morning.  I really like Las Lomitas.  We are doing everything we can right now.  There are some great people we're teaching we just have to be patience.  You can bring a horse to water but you can't make him drink it.  It's the same thing with the investigators.  We can bring them to the water but they have to drink it.  We are doing our best to teach and baptize but sometimes we just have to wait.  Every missionary wants to baptize the whole world but it doesn't always work like that.  Speaking of that a family that we found in Formosa, we taught them for about a month.  She had come to church the week before I left and they got married and then got baptized this last week.  I was really excited for that.

I just love the mission, it's sweet.  I love you guys, have a good week and bye!

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