Friday, January 13, 2017

This week Elder Jones and I worked our tails off and we also did something that I´ve never done in my mission. Every single morning we got up and ran. I think our hard work paid off because we were able to meet some great new investigators and a few of them came to church. Miracles! 
On Sunday, Abigail the oldest daughter of Jesus was baptized. I was hoping that Jesus would choose to baptize his daughter, but he was a little nervous so Elder Jones performed the baptism. He´ll be able to baptize his youngest daughter Zaira in a year though I´m sure by then he´ll feel ready. And once again... I flooded the church, but it wasn't as bad this time.
Well this is the last week I have here in Argentina. I still can´t really comprehend that my time is coming to an end. I really love being a missionary. I love seeing how people can change their lives when they find the truth. I know that what I have taught the people here is true, that the church of Jesus Christ was lost, but has been restored by God in our modern days through his chosen prophet Joseph Smith. And along with the restoration of Christ´s church came the restoration of the authority, the miracles, the ordinances, the prophets, and the living faith that existed in the times when the Savior walked upon the earth. I know that each and every one of us is loved by God and all of His blessings including eternal life are real and within reach of those willing to search for them. During these two years I helped people like this, "willing people" to activate their faith in Christ and live his saving doctrine of repentance, baptism and faithfulness to the end. 
This has definitely been the most beautiful experience I've ever had. I´m going to be leaving part of my heart here in Argentina. If anyone at home wants to hear about what it was like here I'll be happy to share with them, Although it would be almost impossible to describe exactly what it´s been like. Also if anyone wants to know about about what I believe and why I came here to Argentina feel free to ask me, or talk to the missionaries next time you see them, or click here

Love you all,
Elder Lulich

 The Zone

 Jesus with his daughters Abigail, Zaira, and Valentina
 Abigail in white

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

This whole week we did not have electricity in our apartment. Last Sunday, as a Christmas gift, a semi truck carrying coca cola knocked our connection to the power lines down. The whole week we were trying to get the electricity company to come and get things fixed. In the meanwhile we were getting by with just a little extension cord from the neighbor and we had to choose what to plug in and use. It wasn't until yesterday that they were able to come and hook us back up. So now I can wash my clothes, put things in the fridge, use the air conditioner, turn on the lights, and use and iron all at the same time. I am so very grateful for electricity. What a smart invention. 

Some other highlights of the week were:
-On Wednesday we went to a daycare for kids in difficult situations and played and sang with them for a few hours. It was a lot of fun and kind of exhausting

-I got to play basketball with a group of christian boxers that my comp and I have been teaching. We played north Americans versus Argentine's and we won twice but then they beat us in the last game. They were pretty happy about that.

-New years eve we decided to share an asado with the pizarro family. It was a lot of fun and right at midnight the skyline lit up with fireworks.

In sacrament meeting this sunday I realized that I only have like a handful of days left here. It is the strangest thought. But I am determined to make these last days the best they can be. I am determined to work with all the time that the Lord gave me. I know that this is his work, and I know that it is a work of miracles. I also know that miracles do not come passively or by chance, but rather the Lord always requires our faith and our righteous actions. I hope to see many miracles in these last few days.

Love you all, have a great week
Elder Lulich

the Pizarro family on new years eve. (My comp doing the dab)

 The zone with the little kids

It´s good to hear that everyone´s doing great. It´s also nice to see the pictures of the snow. It makes me feel a little cooler here. 
Here's a picture of me here in the cyber cafe as I write. Pretty darn hot. 

I love you guys, thanks for always encouraging me to work.   
Yesterday I found out something quite tragic. We hadn't heard much from Carlos Palacios since he was baptized on November 30th. Remember how I said that he was super sick the day of his baptism? Well he didn't make it to church that Sunday to be confirmed because he hadn't gotten better and was confined to his bed. Before the next week his family from the providence next to us, Tucuman, took him over there to take care of him. We tried to keep in contact with him, but after a while the phone just didn't get answered. Yesterday we went by his house to see if he had returned. His friend answered the door and when I asked if Carlos was home he gave me the bad news that Carlos had passed away on the 19th. Apparently he had been suffering from a kidney infection. 
I am super sad to hear that Carlos has passed on. Even though I only knew him for a little over a month I got to see that he was a great person. He lived alone and far away from the rest of his family, but he always had friends in his house. He was always helping others. We once brought the children of an someone we were teaching to church and Carlos met them there. The kids were from a very humble family. Later Carlos got together a big bag of clothes that were the kids sizes and gave it to us to take to them. He really worried about others.  

here is a scripture that really brings me peace right now 
 "Now, concerning the state of the soul between death and the resurrection—Behold, it has been made known unto me by an angel, that the spirits of all men, as soon as they are departed from this mortal body... are taken home to that God who gave them life.

Like I said I didn't get to know Carlos perfectly, but i know that right now he is not suffering any pain. i know that he did not just disappear, but he´s just in another place, probably listening to the missionaries over there too. It´s sad to know that i can´t visit him for a while, but I´m sure I´ll be able to see Carlos again. 

I´m so grateful for God´s perfect plan. He doesn't forget about a single one of His children. No good thing that we do here in our lives goes unseen by him. and one day we will receive our recompense. 

Elder Lulich

Thursday, December 22, 2016

We´re getting in the christmas spirit here. A few weeks ago we made a chistmas tree on the wall with christmas lights that were in the pension so were feeling pretty festive.

Some stuff that happened this week:
-My companion shaved his legs and being the faithful companion that I am I acompanied him (see photo below). Like I said its hot here and having badly shaved legs helps a little. But I think it´s just going to be a one time thing...

-On Friday and Saturday we did an exchange and I went to Ancasti. While there we had to help out an offended member of the church, That's probably one of the hardest things to deal with as a missionary because you can´t take sides. You just have to think "what would Jesus say?" and then say it. 
-On sunday I had to speak in Catamarca and Valle Viejo and I also had to teach the book of mormon class in Valle viejo.When the missionaries who were dedicated to valle viejo were taken out Elder Jones and I were left in charge of helping the struggling branch, So our area is now a lot bigger, but that just means that we have even more people that we can help. It´s amazing to me that I can do this as a 20 year old kid. But the mission really changes us. Although it doesn´t change the fact that I turn pretty red when I get nervous. so I was pretty red sunday. haha. 
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas time and can take time to remember the birth of our Saviour and think about what he did for us,

Love you all,
Elder Lulich

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Some happenings of the week. 
On the 8th it was the day of the Virgin. I don´t know if it was a worldwide thing or just in Catamarca but there were a ton of people who came to walk in the procession. And they pretty much filled up the city. Catamarca is a center for those devoted to the virgin because there is a patron virgin of the city and has to do a lot with the religious culture here. We don´t worship the Virgin, but we work with the people who do. Out of curiosity we went to the main plaza before heading back to the pension that night. There were SO many people. Streets that we usually walk down normally were so full that we had to scoot by people. I was afraid that someone would be trampled. But finally we made it to the plaza. My comp even saw someone there that he had met in C√≥rdoba. It was pretty crazy.

Also this week we were able to participate in giving the Aaronic priesthood to Jesus the recent convert. It´s really cool to see how he´s been progressing. I really believe that he will stay firm in the gospel.
  Here´s a totally fake picture that we took. But it turned out pretty well. I guess this is what we usually look like when we walk down the street... Except in this photo we were down in one of the huge drainage canals that the city has.
Also an explanation of the weird picture. I have a hot water thing for mate on top of my head with a knee brace. I was able to serve a mate like that. Now that´s skill, or an obsession... who knows? 
Then the other picture is of today when we played regular football, and then a little bit of rugby... 
which is a lot harder than it looks.
Anyway I hope you guys are doing great! 
 Lots of love! 
Transfers were yesterday. I will be staying here in Catamarca with the Elder Jones. (His middle name is Indiana. For real! How cool!) We had some good times with Elder Velaztiqui but I am also excited for this new transfer and a new companion. my district leader said in his farewell testimony to the ward, "if there is no change there is no progress". So I´m hoping to progress a lot this transfer.
This last week Carlos was baptized! It was a miraculous baptism because that day he was feeling very sick and he didn't think he would be able to be baptized that day, but he wanted to do it so much that he went anyway with a terrible stomachache to be baptized. He has so much faith, it often astounds me. 
Also we had some crazy changes in the zone. Our already little zone of 10 elders has now shrunk to a zone of 8 elders. I will be the district leader of the only district in the zone. Like it or not we are going to be one unified and tight knit zone ha ha. It will be a challenge, but it will be fun. I know that things won't be so hard if I really love what I do. 

 The beginnings of a parade. These next few days Catamarca will be full of people from other provinces for a religious festival on the 8th.

The baptism of Carlos

 A beautiful Catamarca street

Friday, December 9, 2016

We didn't really do anything special for thanksgiving here, but on Friday we had a Christmas conference as a mission. Well actually half the mission, all of the zones that are outside of the city of Cordoba got together. It was a lot of fun because I was able to see a a lot of missionaries that I haven´t seen for a while. And just like last year there was a talent show. Plus the missionaries of Cordoba made a Christmas choir just like the Easter choir last year. Elder Fantham, who I was with in Parque Liceo was in the choir. He is super 'talented musically and he had a few solos. It was cool to see him again. And our convert Jesica also came to see the choir so we all were able to catch up. good times.

The Baptism of Jesus
Well this week was great. And this week that we are in is going to be great. And the next one too... and the next one too.   
On Sunday Jesus Nieva and his daughter Valentina were baptized. It was a super special day. In the sacrament meeting before the baptism took place Valentina and her sister Zaira sang in the primary program. They are special little girls. It was only their third time in the chapel, but they were such good students that they memorized most of the songs for the program, and they weren't afraid at all to stand up in front of the congregation. Then came the moment for Jesus to be baptized. His mother had told us earlier in the week that he was very excited to be baptized and that he couldnt stop talking about it. We were also excited for him. I know that Jesus got baptized for the right reasons and I am excited to see him and Valentina progress now as a new converts.