Monday, August 29, 2016

This week was fantastic. Here are some highlights
- On Monday we met a great new investigator, Jonathan. He is 23 years old and has been looking for something stable in his life for a while. He was super excited to here our message and is now preparing to be baptized.
- On Tuesday we went to the temple as a district. It was great to have that time to reflect and receive some guidance. Afterwards I was able to do two baptismal interviews for investigators of the other missionaries in our district.
- Thursday we called one of our investigators, Mirta to see when we could pass by.  We thought she wasn't really wanting to learn much more. We were surprised when she said that she had been feeling bad about the recent death of her mother, but she started reading and praying and thinking about the things we had taught her and she was able to feel better.
-Friday was a day of service. Elder Jackson and I left the house in the morning with our service clothes to cut up some wood for a sister that has a wood stove. But we were also blessed in the afternoon with the chance to do some service for the family of Franco and Analia, some investigators of ours. They had cut down a few trees on their property so we helped them put the branches in a huge pile to dry out for firewood.
- On Sunday we saw a huge miracle, Franco, Analia and their kids, Jonathan, Mirta and her daughter Paula, and Andres all came to church.

We have gotten to know some great people here in Carlos Paz. I am SO greatful for the steps that they all are taking to really draw closer to God and Jesus Christ. It really fills me with joy to see when people put the teachings of Christ into practice and can really feel like they are doing the right thing.       

I hope y´all have a great week.
Elder Lulich

 the district in the temple

 Me and Ciara, one of the daughters of Franco and Analia, on the way to church in their car 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Being a missionary really brings out some strong emotions.There´s a story in the Book of Mormon that helps describe how my companion and I felt on Sunday. In the story Moroni a righteous captain of a army was getting pretty ticked off at all of the people who were falling into sin and following an evil leader. He got so heated that he tore up his coat and wrote on it, "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children," then went out among the people and shared with them that declaration. His actions were so impactful that many people swore to follow God instead  On Sunday I was getting ready to go Moroni and tear up my suit coat when our investigators didn't show up to church. Ha ha. I doubt I would ever get to that point, but it sure would be memorable huh? A North american missionary waving his ripped suit coat in a park in Argentina... Maybe we would get a few new investigators...         
Also a ray of sunshine: We were able to get together to teach Andres. Turns out that on Sunday  when he came to church he was with his girlfriend Valeria who is a member that is starting to come back. The two are new to the ward from another province and they are pretty awesome. AndrĂ©s is super willing to learn about the church and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. He came to church again this Sunday. He would like to get baptized as well, but him and Valeria aren't married  so that makes it a little difficult. But before we know it he´ll be dressed in white.

Have a great week and remember to be patient with others and their weaknesses. 

Here´s a picture of a birthday we went to. Someone turned 20.
 I let a few people know it was my birthday. My companion prepared a "surprise party" for me Saturday night. I knew that he was organizing it (he told me) but we agreed that I would pretend to be surprised when the family brought out the cake. We went to the Salgado family´s house. They are a big family of members that are always super nice to the missionaries.  I've got to say it´s pretty crazy  for me to think that I'm 20. It just sounds so...old.

Monday, August 15, 2016

This Wednesday we had our first multi-zone conference with president Correa. And to tell you the truth I can't tell you all very much about how it was because I spent most of the time sick. When we got to the conference I headed to eat a little breakfast. There´s always a little something to eat before the conferences. So I helped myself to a banana and a cup of chocolate milk. And man do I regret it. I don't know if the milk was expired or the banana was bad, but it gave me a crazy stomachache. And for the first time in my mission I vomited. So that was a fun first experience... Luckily by the end of the conference I was feeling better and I was able to listen to the visiting speaker, Elder Texeira from the Seventy.  

Apart from that, this week was pretty great. Elder Jackson and I found a few new investigators that really have potential. Sadly we weren't able to have the investigators in church that we were expecting, but two non-members showed up at church with the families there and we have dates set up this week to teach them. I'm pretty excited for those lessons! Like Abraham said the Lord will provide!   

Have a great week! Careful with the chocolate milk, it can be deadly

Elder Lulich 
Today we had a super fun p-day. The whole zone came to Carlos Paz. It was a blast. Here are some pics

Just wanted to send a little note to say I´m doing well. 
Things are warming up here. Now we´re pretty much in spring. I really like my new area. It´s SO BIG. Before there were 6 missionaries here, but now it´s just Elder Jackson and I. Because the area is so big we really have to coordinate well our work. The ward is great, I've met a few of the bigger families here and they´re really nice. We've already got our lunch calendar filled up for this month, that´s never happened to me before, but I´m happy with it. 

I love you guys!
This first week in Carlos Paz was pretty fantastic

This week Elder Jackson and I found a record number (for me anyway) of new investigators. Elder Jackson is a Fireball, he is constantly finding moments to teach new people the message of the restoration of the gospel. 

One interesting thing. The ward here is called Zion (well Sion actually, but Zion in English). Normally a ward would not be called that, but here they have special permission because the ward is named after the street that the chapel is on, Sion. So I've got the opportunity to preach in Zion.

Yesterday after church we were able to go out for a few visits with a recently returned missionary. It was pretty cool to testify beside him and see how he helped teach and resolve the doubts of our investigators. The power of a testimony is incomparable.

I hope you all have a wonderful week

Elder Lulich
Here's a photo of the new district with the zone leaders. Elder Clayburn, my companion from the MTC is one of my zone leaders. It was pretty cool to see him, and talk to him after all this time. Elder Jackson is the third one in from the left.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Well I got transferred again. Now I am serving in the tourist city of Carlos Paz right at the foot of the Sierras (Mountains). It´s a huge area. This morning my comp was showing me the map of the area and I realized that I´m probably not going to get to know the whole thing. My new companion is Elder Jackson. He´s from Flagstaff, Arizona and in the half of a day that I've known him I can see he´s a great missionary. I´m going to miss Elder Periera and his craziness. I learned a lot from him. This last week especially I learned a very special lesson. That we need to have hope. We need to have a deep hope in all of the people that we work with, hope that they will take the steps to change. Hope that they will be able to recognize how special they are and how much God is willing to bless them if they live by his commandments. Like it says in Moroni 7:41 all of our hope come from our Lord Jesus Christ.

"And what is it that ye shall hope for? Behold I say unto you that ye shall have hope through the atonement of Christ and the power of his resurrection, to be raised unto life eternal, and this because of your faith in him according to the promise."

Hope is one of the greatest tools that we have in this work. And thanks to Jesus Christ all of God´s promises for a better life and a heavenly home can be fulfilled. 

1. Walter. A cool taxi driver that took us to the temple, and then came in with us to see what it was like.

2. The district in the temple. Elder Aniel finished his mission today

3. Kevin and his mom Paola. Kevin´s going to be baptized this Saturday! He asked me to do the baptism so I´ll see if I get permission to go to Alta Gracia for the service.