Monday, June 22, 2015

This week started off with exchanges within the zone. I got to go south of my area to a place called Alta Gracia. It was a biking area and so beautiful. It reminded me a little bit of Oregon. 
Saturday was flag day here in Argentina and the ward had a Locro. Locro is one of the traditional dishes of Argentina. Its a squash soup that has a bunch of different stuff inside. On Friday night we went to help prepare the locro. The picture here shows me washing one of the ingredients, tripa gorda. Thats large intestine for the English speakers. MMMMMMMmmmmm....To prepare the tripa gorda for the locro I had to cut it into smaller pieces and then turn those pieces inside out. The nickname for this is "lavando las medias" or "washing the socks." It was pretty fun.  

Me and my compi are working hard finding and teaching investigators. I think that the best part of teaching is when, in the middle of a lesson, I get a new idea or a new perspective on an old scripture that helps me apply the principle to the investigator. I know that these little revelations come thanks to the Spirit. This Sunday one of our investigators finally came to church with us. We really wanted her brother to come too, we've been teaching him for a longer time, but he says that he`s  not ready yet. I think that`s one of the hardest parts of the mission, getting people to come to church. After all that we can do, the person has to make the choice. 
I hope you`re all doing well! And Happy Father`s Day!

Elder Lulich

Monday, June 15, 2015

This week had some highs and lows. When we arrived at Saturday morning we had only found 2 new investigators during the entire week. I still had hope that we could find investigators, but I wasn't too sure that we would achieve our goal of 7 for the week. Well my companion and I ended up finishing the day with 8 new people to teach. It was odd. The people seemed to be more receptive. 
The best part of the day for me was a contact that we did in the morning. At the beginning of the contact the lady did not want anything. But my companion and I were persistent. I´m not exactly sure what we said to get to the subject, but the lady began to talk about how she couldn't believe in God because he didn't save her mother from dying. My companion and I then challenged her to read the pamphlet of the plan of salvation and ask God if it was true that there is a life after this one. She accepted the challenge! My companion and I walked away from that contact feeling awesome. 

Have a great week!

Monday, June 8, 2015

This week my companion and I talked with some pretty sad people. People who told us that it was hard to believe in God anymore because of the things that have happened to them. My companion and I did our best to help them, it also made me sad to see that they were scared to grab on to the very thing that would help them pull themselves out of their problems. What they need to know is that god always loves them and that this gospel is here to help us be happy in any situation that we may find ourselves in. That's the purpose of this life. We exist here on this earth so that we can find happiness. That happiness always comes from following the gospel of the savior Jesus Christ.
If you remember the parable of Jesus about the wise man and the foolish man: the wise man listened and followed the teachings of Jesus and thus built his house on a rock. The foolish man rejected or ignored the teachings of Jesus and built his house on the sand. Then the rain and wind came and fell on both the houses. The house built on a foundation of sand fell because of the storm while the house on the rock stood firm. A life in the gospel is not a guarantee that trials will not come. The rain falls on both the wicked and the righteous. The gospel is a guarantee that when the storm comes we will not fall. 
So if we are passing through a storm in our lives it is not the time to complain because the rain is falling on us and abandon the rock that gives us strength. We need to stay there! And if we are not building our lives on the gospel of Christ, we need to get ourselves on the rock, and quick!
All in all this was a good week. We found a new families to teach! I'm starting to feel much more comfortable teaching in Spanish and working together with my companion Elder Mendoza. Sorry I don't share more cool stories and weird traditions of the Argentinos, this week I'll try to do cooler things for you guys. Ha ha. 

I'll tell you a little about the food ... We do eat cookies here in Argentina, but sadly nobody makes cookies in there house so it's not the same. One of the vegetables that we eat here, but not in the states is called zapallo. It's a type of squash and it´s pretty good. I don't eat too many vegetables here. Sometimes I miss having a salad at very meal like at home.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Transfers were this Saturday and I got the news that I´d be staying here in Santa Isabel. At the end of this transfer I'll have completed 6 months in this area. These past 6 weeks have flown by. But I can really see the difference they have made. In these past six weeks this area has changed a lot for me. I remember that after my first six weeks here in the area I wanted to get out of here. But now I´m glad to stay. Elder Mendoza and I have a lot to do here. 
I think the highlight of my week was that this sunday a family that we´ve been visiting regularly for 4 months now came to church. This family had stopped going to church about 6 months ago. They are great people, but they've been passing through some tough times lately. The husband lost his job and now they make and sell bread from their house to get by (and the bread is delicious). Every time we would invite them tocome tochurch they would tell us that they didn´t want to go because they were afraid that the other members would judge them. What they had to come to realize was that this gospel is not for perfect people this gospel is here in order to perfect people. Big difference. 

Que tengan una semana exitosa! 
Elder Lulich