Monday, July 27, 2015

Week #57

Hola Familia!

I can´t believe another Park City Reunion has come and gone. It looks like you all had a great time! The next one I´ll be there haha. I´m so proud of Logan and I´m so glad to have cousins like Logan and Ellie serving in the mission field.

This week I wanted to touch the theme of SERVICE. There is no greater way to show charity than to serve. And let me promise you all that if you are feeling down and need a smile on your face, or a boost of spiritual love, Do the following: SERVE. There is no greater service than the Lord´s sacrifice as He suffered for each one of our sins and weaknesses.

This week I had the opportunity to serve a lot. We went to a members farm and we helped move some wooden posts so that he could build a green house. It was a great experience and I got a little workout in that was needed haha. With this same family, after lunch, I decided to get up and clean the dishes. Usually people get really embarrassed and don´t want us to clean, but the mom and dad were really tired from working and let me clean- it was awesome. I was filled with the spirit of happiness because Í knew that I was living my baptismal covenant. During the week I looked for little ways to serve missionaries in the zone and to serve my companion. I promise that it is the best way to be happy. Forget about yourself and think about others.

I know that the Lord wasn´t thinking about himself when he suffered for us in Gethsemane. He was thinking about US. Each and everyone of us. I love my Savior and I know that He lives. and He is Still SERVING. My challenge for this week is that you can serve your family members each and every day. Think and pray about ways that the Lord would have you help them.

Thanks for all the love and support. I love you all!!

Love Elder Bosco II
Working on the farm a little...


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week #56

Hola Familia!

It´s been an incredible week and very different. We´re in a little pueblo outside of Bahía Blanca that´s called General Cerri. The people here are incredible. It´s a small branch of about 40 members that are incredible. Most of them work on farms and they always feed us with lots of vegetables. I´m not going to lie, I´m really enjoying it haha. 

President Cifuentes made more zones in the missions so that the leaders could help train and teach all of the missionaries more often. Elder Brown has never been a zone leader, and neither have I. We´re learning little by little, and sometimes it´s pretty overwhelming. But I know that the Lord will bless us as we strive to do our best.

 I also got to ride a bike for the first time on the mission. There is a family that lives about 1 hour away walking and 20 mins on bike. So the members gave us bikes and helmets to borrow and every Saturday we bike to their home to eat lunch. I´ve been walking all over the place this past year, but riding a bike uses different muscles and my legs got tired quick haha.

Riding a bike through fields was one of the many tender mercies that I was able to see this week. It changed the routine of what we usually do, and it gave me a burst of energy- it was really fun.

Another tender mercy happened with an investigator. His name is Leonel and he has a hard time accepting the Book of Mormon. I remember baring my testimony of the Book of Mormon with tears in my eyes and the Spirit softened his heart. He knelt down and asked the Lord to help him read the Book of Mormon. He gave me a hug afterwards and asked me if I have long conversations with God. I said of course and he said that he could tell. He pointed to my chest and said, You have a lot of Spirit in there. I left that lesson filled with happiness knowing that I had been an instrument in the Lord´s hands.

I have a great testimony of this work and I know that the Lord calls us in our weaknesses so that the Atonement can make something out of us that we didn´t know were possible. I am learning. I know that the Lord will have patience with me as I strive to do my best. I have a lot to improve.

Thanks for all the Love and support. I feel it everyday.

Love, Elder Bosco II
I´m a real missionary now!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week #55

Hola Familia!

I seriously can´t believe that Dallin is home from the mission. It has been such an incredible experience serving in the mission field with a brother- an experience that I´ll never forget. I´m so grateful for the example that Dallin has been for me and I´m glad I still have time left to be a missionary of the Lord.

It´s incredible the way the Lord works. After 4 and a half months in an area, one starts to ask themselves, What did I actually accomplish here? I can never truly answer that question. Every time I try to answer that question, I feel like I hadn´t accomplished anything. I feel like I made many mistakes, and I feel like I could have been a lot better in many areas. But just when I have to leave an area of people that I love and care for, the Spirit filled me with the correct answer. I was amazed to see the number of people that were touched by the Spirit as I strive to give my best for the Lord. I was able to see so many miracles and I can´t even begin to tell how grateful I am to the Lord for the time that I had in Caisamar. Martín told me that at least he got to accompany me for  half of my mission- wow has he changed a lot. We got to see the miracle of Karen and Karina Molinas who are now stronger than ever in the Church. The more I think about what I did and accomplished in this area, the more the Spirit tells me the true answer. I did nothing- The Lord did EVERYTHING.

And it´s my testimony that it will be like this in my new area. I got transferred to Bahía Blanca in a place called General Cerri. I´m with Elder Brown from Utah, and we´ve been called as zone leaders. Usually you get trained to become a zone leader, but neither of us have ever been a zone leader before. What do we do? I know now, Trust in the Lord because the Lord does EVERYTHING. He does ALL the work because this is His work.

Thanks for all the Love and support. Good luck to all of those new Elders that are going on their missions. I hope and pray for you all!

Love Elder Bosco II
The Díaz Family. I´m going to miss them a lot!

 Karen and Karina Molinas
The Acierno Family! They finally made it to church!

 Martín Villalobo


Monday, July 6, 2015

Week #54

Hola Familia!

We had a zone conference with President Cifuentes and his wife. They both speak Spanish really well. The conference was unbelievable and I learned a lot. I was truly inspired. It´s a lot different having mission presidents from the United States. Let´s just say that Sister Cifuentes baked us brownies. They were so good!! haha I talked to them after the conference and asked if they knew Tom Tyler. They couldn´t remember but they told me to ask about Tom´s relationship with his dad. So if you can, can you let me know about their relationship? thanks.

I´ve been thinking a lot about the mission this past week. I´ve been out for over a year now and I´ve been thinking about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ has changed my life. The Atonement has had such an obvious influence in my life and especially on the mission. The Lord has taken an 18 year old boy that had never lived away from his parents and has turned him into a young man that has been able to live in another country- for over a year now. I´m amazed. But even greater than that, I have a testimony that the Lord has called me and set me apart for this work. He has taken me with many weaknesses and inabilities to do this work and he has blessed me to be able to speak in a different language in a different culture and to feel a deep love the people here that I can´t even express. I know the Atonement is real because I look at what it has done for me. It has changed me and it continues to change me each and every day. I´m so grateful for the mission and I know that it is the way that the Lord matures us.

Pres. Cifuentes talked to us about exaltation and what it means to us- even though we´ve never experienced it. He explained it to us in a simple way that brought me back to the Celestial Room in the Temple. He said that exaltation is receiving a hug from Heavenly Father. Being in his presence and being hugged by our Heavenly Father must be the greatest feeling ever. This thought brought me back to when I first hugged my mom in the Celestial Room. A feeling that I will never forget and the happiness of eternal families. I truly love this gospel and this work.

Thanks for all the prayers and support. And see you later Dallin!!

Love Elder Bosco II
 Pres. and Sis. Cifuentes!
It was a leadership meeting in Bahía Blanca where we all got to meet Pres and Sis Cifuentes.

 Elders Yeates, Taysom, Fertig

Some of my best friends from the mission!
 Elder Swanson(comp in MTC), Elder Chronister (he was the one that was stabbed), and Elder Bates (former jr. high baseball teammate) All from Utah!