Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 11, 2014

Okay. I have ten minutes. Ready! GGOOO!!

Okay this week has been awesome! I am getting to know my area more and we are finally finding more people to teach! whhoooppp whoop! This week we have been working a lot on talking all the time in the streets. It’s basically impossible to talk to everyone so we are just focusing on never stopping talking to people when we are in the streets. And we are seeing the results! It’s been a super cool experience.

This past week we went down to concilio in Montevideo! It went great. President Smith taught us a ton about obedience, sacrifice, and consecration (idk if I spelled that right) which is exactly what the mission needs right now. We are so excited to capacitate the zone about it tomorrow. It’s going to change a lot up here! But then after he taught about that he basically gave us all the time to talk about our zones and what is going on and to form a plan on how we are going to get better. He told us that we are going to take responsibility of basically everything that has to do with our zone. It’s awesome but kind of scary at the same time. He told us that the assistant’s aren’t going to travel with him anymore and that he is going to work a lot more through us. So that is going to be algo different but it’s going to help us a lot. It is going to make us really own Paysandú! 

We started practicing more for the charla foganera this week too! We have some really talented elders and hermanas. It’s going to be awesome! 

This week we were in a tripanionship with Elder Carreño. His corto plazo had to go back home to study so we went out with us to work for a day. It was actually really fun working with 3. Usually it’s a lot harder but it went great. 

This Sunday I gave a talk in sacrament meeting about missionary work. It was supposed to only be 10 minutes but the sisters left me with 30 to speak...haha. I did the best I could. It actually went really well and we have more members to go out with us this week! Blessings!! We have been working a lot to gain the confidence of the members and of the stake presidency. That has been the biggest desafio that we have had I think. But with visits and leaving with them, things are slowly beginning to change. 

Miracle of the week! An ex bishop that we have been teaching for a while finally came to church!! yyyeeessss!! Smiles all around on Sunday when we saw him there! I wish I had more time to explain a little bit more. 

Spiritual thought of the week: 

Quote from Elder Ballard that we learned in concilio--"The act of baptism itself doesn’t wash sin away. Thanks to the Atonement, the effects of sin depart when someone keeps their baptismal covenant faithfully to follow the Lord Jesus Christ."

Let’s all try a little bit harder to be a little bit better this week!

I love you all! Thank you for all of your support! 

UN abrazo grande, 

Elder Staffieri

las fotos: 
The missionaries of Paysandú y the stake presidency. 
The elders and sisters of my group who were at concilio (elder toledo, elder caires franca, yo, hermana simpson, hermana fullmer, hermana toone, y hermana mazzini)
Traveling to concilio with chaja (elder marín, yo, hermana valverde, hermana simpson)
Elder de la cruz: the new secretary!! whoop whoop! I lived with him in Artigas
Taking a mattress from the hermanas house to give it to the elders who came in from young.

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