Uruguay

Uruguay

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 26, 2014

because of the elections on suday all the churches where being used as voting poles.
there was one church that stayed open and so everyone in the stake went to this one building. we had 140 people in church. there is normaly about 250 in the stake that go everyweek. 
but it was great because this was only the 140 people that actually understood the gospel and the importance of the sacrament. it was sad that from our ward we only had 3 people. one of which was our ward mission leader. he has a great testimony after he came back to the church last year. he hasnt missed since. 
and the other 2 is brother cappi and his wife. he was a mission pressident. stake president a 70. he is super awesome. and he spoke as well. his talk was a wake up call to the member to not sleep through the restoration. you got to do your part in all things and not just go to church to go but go to have a spiritual experience.

it was awesome to be in this sacrament meeting with the people that truly understand the sacrament and the meening of it.

also this week me and my comp Elder Naea basically ripped through the area book and got out every last person that was in the book that people had visited before and we are going to visit them. my area hasnt had anything in it for a very long time. so i think it is good to have my comp because we both love to work and he just opened an area the change before so he know in what dirrection to go in. my last two comps had one of those two charecteristics. the want to work or the knowel├▒edge in how to teach. but we got them both now so it should be great.

the family that i tuaght and we sent to the other ward two weeks ago. well the girl is getting baptized this wenseday which is awesome. im glad that that family could keep working hard and doing what they need to do.

as it starts to heat up here that means back to the sweat rag (hankerchief) all the time.

the voting here is obglitorio and that is something different then in the states. i think it is a good thing because in the states it is sad to see that about no one votes. 

we also have a nother fireside coming up and for christmas we are going to sing in tres cruses. it is a huge mall and it is the main buss stop for all of uruguay. so there is a ton of people so it should be fun.

anson i see that you are tearing it up and having a blast. dont knock out to many people. but when you do it you better do it hard that was an awesome hit.

Love you all

Elder Pulsipher

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Con Amor,
Elder Pulsipher

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

this week was a good week. we had to take care of a few things concernimg boundaries. we had to cordinate with the missionaries of the other mission. there area touches our area. and since we are not aloud to leave the mission boundaries we had to pass the families we were visiting off with them. so we went with the other missionaries and visited first the family dopico.
they are the first picture.

and when we were visiting them the girl Luana (10 years old) said she wanted to get baptized and she wanted me to do it. (we taught this family since before i got to the area but we didnt find her until i got there). the sad part was that we were having to drop them to the other elders. after the lession we told them that these were there new missionaries. and then they invited them to go to the correct ward. and they excepted because we taught them the doctirne behind it and they understood. the girl was a little sad. 

its all fun and games until a little 10 year old starts to cry saying so you are coming backand we wont she eachoother more. i told her this and i could promise it to her. if she was to follow what the missiononaries said and go to the church every week and choose the right always in your life (i gave her a spanish ctr right a few weeks ago) then yes we will she eachother again. it will be in heaven with God.

later that night the other elders called me and told me that when she gets baptized they want me to do it. 

the next family we wentto the family franco as well said that they would go. they said it will be hard but they will go. 

each one of these families are people that i re activated and hadnt gone to church in forever before i came here. and they havent missed since.


on sunday we called to verify if the families went. and this was amazing the 10 year old girl. bore her testimony in the church. How awesome is that. 

the down side to all of this we followed what president smith told us to do and then infoprmed our ward mission leader what we did. he agreed and said what we did was the right thing.

it was very hard for me because i made them my converts. but it wasnt even a single thought to not do it. i remember when our wards got changed at home. i couldnt even see what the new ward boundaies were when we got changed. all i now is that when it was ours i happily and knew that it was the desire of God for me to be in the new ward. i went and i sustained it right away. 
half of my friends would be in the other ward but it didnt matter. 
something that i love form that special stake fireside we had was that they told us the way the wards were divided. they prayed on it then they sent it to salt lake for the first presidency to pray on it. then sent it back it got changed and then they prayed again. what did i learn 
the ward boundaries are of God. and you have to go to the one you are assigned to becuase that is where God wants you and where you will be blessed the most. if God really wanted you in the other ward your house would be in that ward boundaries.

but that isnt completly understood here. two days after we received a call from a very angry bishop. he said we couldnt do that and that it wasnt our responsibility. and that we wer in the wrong.

that was a great call. we had to tell him the whole story and we fixed the problem and now he has acepted that yes it is betterthat they go to there corect ward. but it is still good that they go to my ward and have callings and havetemple recomends.
but he is making no effortto send the people to there correct wards.

the rest of the help willhave to come from president smith helping the stake president and bishop understand these things as well. 



also this week something funny.
i was on the bus and this kid comes up to me looks at me grabs my placka nd runs then chucks it out the window. luckly we were stopped and we could get off real quick and grab it. then we got back on and sat on the other side of the bus. he sits infront of me and i had to use my paticents not to do anything because he tried agian and all i di was just slap his hand away and then stare at him right in th eyes for a good 2 minutes. it was pretty funny afterwards. because we were on our way to district meeting and we told everyone what happened and they all said that was the first time they heard that happen.

and we helped a member put up dry wall in his house. (its like the only house here with it) andwe put itup on the ceiling and i had to hold it up with my neck. it was a really good neck work out.

and adam i was wearingmy jersey from la U and he said how do you know La U because he lived there for a little in chile. and i told him you went there for your mission.



--
Con Amor,
Elder Pulsipher

i have told you all about nacho before? well he is the son of a investagater. his mom is less active. well this is nacho he is 8 and has down syndron. but he is really great.

also our gas ran out and i was hungry so i used the iron to cook some pancakes.

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

first off conference was great and it is a great opprotunity to listen to profphets of God. 

i really liked how clear each and everyone was and how the promises are so direct and meaningful. 

i cant remeber what the guys name was but he was the one with a whole lot of energy and was young. when he talked about the members and there physical body. it was funny to listen to the missionaries reactions when he told us we had to get in shape. all the missionaries said yepp i got to do more then just the 10 sit ups and call it a day. but luckly i have been in the habit of doing p 90 x lately and i was prepared for that comandment.

also anson and aubrey and all the youth in the ward i have a reinvitation form conference.
Pray to know if the church is true. donmt wait until your testimony is tested do it today. you have to have a testimony strong and true before hand.

and also for all families. i know we didnt do the best job n this but monday night is sacred. it is for the family. it is sacred time and nothing has more priority over it. the truth is that they are called of God they speak with him and they tell you what is the truth. they declared there power and attention and they filled it with promises. they are your leaders and you sustain them by your actions. if you do less or more then what they say. then like in 3 nephi 18 13 the gate of hell will be open ready to recieve you. i would like to use scripture text to tell you what it will be like there. ¨there will be howling and nashing of teeth¨ no but it is true if you do not follow the prophet or do it with out all your heart in it (kicking against the pricks) you will suffer and not be happy. its direct and clear.
but if you do it you will be happy and blessed. 
so be really really good at repenting and do what they say and dont just do it for the next couple weeks after conference do it all ways.

if only the people here would get this picture satin would not have such a strong hold in the country of uruguay. it is sad but in the country. there is desire to get married. most dont beleive in it. drugs are legal. gay marrige do it. it was as if he was speaking about uruguay. it is hard at times here because people have there eyes so shut down and will not change. but that isnt importand the people that actually what salvation will come back to christ. it is just my job to help them and open there eyes.

we have been werking hard with the ward directory and now we are finding that about half of our congragation is out of the ward. i talked with presidnt smith about that in interveiws because we had an old investagater in the other mission. he said that we had to pass the reference and then he will help with the other people that go to the wrong ward. i am glad for the example of my familyin that. when we switched wards it was not a choice for us. we already were willing to do what the lord comanded us to do. an di remember daniel said one time when he was a new bishop he had a problem with it in his ward. but it is true the first presidency prays about all the lines and if God wanted you in the other ward then the line would have your house in that ward


but this last week was good. there was a day that we could go visit all the congress buildings and all the public buildings it was super cool and old fashion. it was similar to alot in the usa. except for one thing. here if there is going to be a statue its gonna be naked and they were everywhere in the buildings. but it was super cool greak style buildings.


the congress 

birthday dinner from the lopez family. it came with a cake too. she is awesome. i didnt say anything about my bday and i dont know who did but she suprised me on suday with a cake and a really good lunch
--
Con Amor,
Elder Pulsipher