Monday, January 25, 2016

On Saturday Rocio got baptized! Woo! And this time we didn´t flood the church! Double Woo! Not very many members were able to show up because a lot are on vacation during this time of the year, but the other elders in our district were able to bring an investigator to the baptism and now she has a date to be baptized!
I think that the theme of what I learned this week was to get back to the basics. This week we were able to watch a worldwide training from the general authorities. Their words were very inspiring, but they didn´t talk about any new complicated program that we´re going to use as missionaries, they just talked about the basics. That and a few other things that I learned and saw this week made me look a little bit more at the way that I work and teach. I was able to think about the "why" of the things I do. It´s pretty simple what I do as a missionary. I´m here to teach the doctrine of Christ so that the people understand it and,  with the guidance and support of the Holy Ghost, put it into practice in their lives. Simple and easy. Basically anyone could do what I do. I´m not saying that it´s not special what I do. I´m honored for the calling that I have and the help of the Lord that I get, but I know that HE really is the one that makes everything happen.  

In other news, I guess I´m going to start training... tomorrow. Just about an hour ago the assistants gave me a call and told me that my companion will be headed off to another area to finish his mini mission and that I´ll be going to the mission home to wait for my new (really, really new) companion. So this is the start of another crazy week. 

Hope you all are doing great! Have a fun week!

Elder Lulich

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sorry I´m writing a day late. Yesterday we had a zone p-day the whole day and there was no time to write. and I`m going to keep it short today. I´m in exchanges for the day with Elder Steadman who has about 4 months in the mission. I don´t know if it shows much in the picture but I got totally sunburned. And i think its just going to get worse, because it is really hot here.
This Saturday Rocio, an investigator that we've had for a while, is going to get baptized! Woot! woot!
Me and Steadman 

 Me and Alvarez (mini)

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Week one with a mini complete! My new companion´s name is Brother Alvarez. He´s 17 years old and from here in the city of C√≥rdoba. We´ve been working hard together here in the area, trying to build up a base of more progressing investigators. 
I don´t know if you all remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about the brother that we gave a blessing to (his name is Mercede). Well we´ve continued teaching him. His health has improved a ton, he is starting to walk again and has a lot more strength in his arms. It´s really a miracle. I´ve learned so much from teaching Mercede. I´ve been able to see how the lord changes and heals people step by step, here a little and there a little. Mercede still hasn´t come to church, but I don´t lose hope that he will be there one day sitting with us. Every time we finish a lesson with Mercede, his wife (who is a member) walks with us out to the street. After every lesson she always tells us, "Wow, did you see how well he is, he´s going to make it. I know he´s going to make it to church, there´s nothing impossible for God."
After teaching Mercede a few times and hearing the sister´s testimony of faith after every lesson I realized that her words were for me. Her words and her faith were what helped ME have the faith to continue teaching Mercede even when he didn´t make it to the chapel on Sunday. I can now testify with Sister Mansilla that I know that Mercede will make it. One again I was able to be witness to the fact that missionary work saves and builds both the missionary and the investigator.       

Have a fantastic week!

Elder Lulich

Monday, January 4, 2016

This week was a little weird because I spent the whole week without an official companion. Last Monday we had transfers and my companion Elder Gomez was sent off to Villa Dolores. Then my new companion didn't get to the bus station on Monday when I went to wait for him. My new companion was supposed to be a mini missionary, aka a young man from Cordoba who is preparing to go on a mission. I waited for him for about 2 hours but he didn't show. Just when I was thinking that my companion had abandoned me without even meeting me the assistants told me that the mini wasn't going to show up until the next Monday (today). So I had an interesting week waiting for my companion. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were spent in a different area working with a missionary who was also waiting for a mini. Wednesday I remembered what I was doing about a year ago as I accompanied a young man through the temple who is preparing for his mission in Chile. Then Thursday I returned to my own area, working again with Agustin Salinas as my temporary companion.
This week I had a lot of time to think about what I can do as an individual in the mission. I reflected a lot in a lesson learned in the book of Mormon from a war captain named Moroni. He was a revolutionary leader in his time and always found the way to make the most of his armies. One of the attributes of Moroni that I admire was that he was a man of faith and action. I believe that´s how we should be. We should have the faith that God can do everything, AND we should put our best effort also. It´s not enough just one or the other, we need faith AND action in order to be successful.
Wishing you a successful 2016, take care

Elder Lulich 

New Year´s eve in the house of the Salinas Family. 

That me as an ant on top of this giant ramp-building thing in downtown