Thursday, April 28, 2016

Week #96

Hola Familia!
It´s crazy, but I finally got to work with Elder Bates. This week we are here in Monolito II in Mar del Plata with Elder Bates and Elder Palacios. It was actually pretty funny working with Elder Bates. [Elder Bosco and Elder Bates Usually as missionaries when we say we´re both from the United States (and from Utah) they always asked us if we knew each other before we got to Argentina. I don´t think they realize that Utah is a big state. But working with Elder Bates was different because we said yes.... we DID know each other before the mission. It was pretty funny. We were asked about 4 times the other day.
We had interviews with President Cifuentes this last week and I learned so many great things. One of the things that he taught us has been on my mind for the last few days and I would like to share it with you. He told us that there will be some point in our lives (maybe we´ve already crossed it, or maybe we are crossing it) when we will have to make a decision- the path of selfishness or the path of service. He asked us which one was good and which one was bad and he told us that they were BOTH good paths because they both lead us to the Celestial Kingdom. The selfish path is the person that does everything right, they read the scriptures, pray, keep the commandments, and meet all of the requirements to enter into the Celestial Kingdom. These people think of their salvation and the salvation of their immediate family and they are happy with that. The service path are those who truly follow the example of Jesus Christ. They read the scriptures, pray, keep the commandments, and do everything they can so that they can enter the kingdom of heaven. But they do it thinking of others and serving always. Instead o being only worried for their own salvation and their immediate family, they´re worried for the salvation of Heavenly Father´s Family. They truly strive to be more through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Both paths go to the Celestial Kingdom, but one path reaches the highest degree, which is exaltation. Where am I at? I´ve been asking myself all week long. Do I serve and love for the right reasons? I hope so. If our goal truly is exaltation (and I hope it is) then are we truly striving to become charitable even as our Savior. It´s definitely a work to be done. We must progress little by little. I have no doubt that if we properly use the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we will be able to accomplish all that we need to. That´s my hope and my prayer.
Thanks for all the love and support! Congrats on finishing another year at BYU- especially Alexis for graduating! I´m so proud of you!
Love, Elder Bosco II

My life on a cot haha

 Serving with Elder Bates!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Week #95

Hola Familia!

We had a leadership conference on Tuesday and then we headed out to Tandil with Elder Swanson and Elder Gutierrez. I haven´t ever served in Tandil so I get to know a little bit more of the mission. Some of the things that we talked about in the leadership conference impacted me and I wanted to share them with you.

As missionaries we set a lot of numeric goals and we strive to accomplish them. But something that we noticed in all of the mission is that the goals were all so high and the actual numbers weren´t very close. It´s great to have high goals in the mission, but if our goals are so big that we don´t even think we can accomplish them, than they aren´t good goals. I´ve learned a lot on the mission how to set good, reasonable goals. I began thinking about goals in my life. I realized that I need goals that I can reach but that PUSH me. I don´t need goals that discourage me, or goals that are so easy that I don´t even need to try to accomplish them. The Savior showed us the example. He accomplished His goals. He came to this earth to do many things. His biggest goal was to atone for our sins so that we can all live again with Him. It was His goal and He did it. We won´t be able to accomplish a goal quite so great, but the key is to have the little goals that we can accomplish so that we are exalted one day- our biggest goal. My testimony is that the Savior is cheering us on in every day. He allows us to make our own goals and then strive to accomplish them. He´s there with us every step of the way. His Atonement gives us the power to accomplish things that we can´t accomplish by ourselves. With Him we can reach our goals. We might slip up, we might fall down, and we might get discouraged, but the Atonement allows us to get back up and to keep fighting so that we can do what our Heavenly Father desires of us. I have a firm testimony of this because I have seen it again and again here on the mission.

Thanks for all the love and support. Congrats on finishing school Alexis! What an awesome example! Love you!

Love, Elder Bosco II

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Week #94

Hola Familia!

I had a pretty great week. A lot of blessings and small hugs from Heavenly Father. I had the awesome opportunity to return to Pehuajó and to see the progress that has taken place there. The Vila Family is doing alright. They were extremely active until about February. They were planning on going to the temple with goals and everything, but it has been pretty hard for Vanesa. She has experienced opposition and trials and she is struggling with her testimony. But Alejandro is still very strong but he doesn´t know what to do. We shared with him that of the importance of building his own life upon the rock of Jesus Christ. As he does that, we told him that his family will follow him. It was a sweet experience being able to see him. I wasn´t able to see Vanesa or the kids, but it was a treat to see Alejandro with a firm testimony in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Please keep them in your prayers. I pray for them often so that they can make it to the temple. Elder Paternina (The Zone Leader in Pehuajó that is Branch President there right now told me that he is doing everything to help the Vila Family make it to the temple). It put me at peace knowing that such a great Elder is praying and looking out for them.

I think the sweetest experience of the week was during the testimony meeting on Sunday. We met in a different rented home that is a lot cleaner and brighter. The Spirit was very strong and there were 4 couples there that were inactive when I was there a year ago. Elder Paternina is working hard to help them all get sealed in the temple. I sat next to Hno. Llanos. Him and his wife were very active many years ago until they got offended with the leaders in the church and went inactive. When Elder Fallentine and I got to Pehuajó, we established a good relationship with them. We often visited them to exhort them to return to church. Many times the conversations ended up being a little frank, to the point, and a little hard for the harded heart people. I often felt that maybe we were wasting time with them because they would never accept what we were saying. They would always complain and argue about something. I can honestly say, one full year later, that the Lord does His work in His own time. He can soften the heart of anyone. Let me tell you how..

When I visited the Llanos family, Hna. Llanos answered the door happy to see me and one of the first things she did to me was apologize. (Huh???) Yes, she apologized to me for the arguments that she started with us. She told me that she was extremely grateful that we had visited them and shared with them those messages. Hno. Llanos (who was even less attentive than Hna. Llanos at the time) told me with tears in his eyes that it was because of those visits a year ago that they are active in the Church. They have changed. They let go of the natural man and changed. Elder Paternina told me that Hno. Llanos is one of the strongest men at church right now. Hno. Llanos told me that he would never forget our names in his household. I start to ask myself, what did I do? I thought I felt like I was wasting time with them when I was here a year ago... Oh that´s right. I didn´t do anything. The Lord did it ALL. Once again, I was the recipient of a blessing from our Heavenly Father.

Let me tell you one thing, the mission is incredible. I will be sad when it´s over.

Thanks for all the love and support. Have a great week! Love you!

Love, Elder Bosco II

The new church in Pehuajó. It´s so much better! but still a little rented home.


Friday, April 8, 2016

week #93

Hola Familia!

I absolutely loved General Conference again. As I sat there hearing the last song from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Sunday Evening, it hit me that it would be my last Conference on the mission. It made me sad because I know that it will never be the same. It made me think about the last Conference that I watched before the mission. I´m not going to lie, it feels like that was yesterday. In the beginning of this week we worked with Elder Bowen (from the MTC) and Elder Maldonado (again because he got transferred.. lucky him haha) in Villa Mitre here in Bahía Blanca. We spent a few days working hard with them and tonight we´re going to Pehuajó to work with Elder Paternina (from Columbia). I´m super excited because I served in Pehuajó over a year ago and it was one of my favorite transfers in all of the mission. I´m excited to see how the people are doing!

One thing I noticed about the Apostles and Prophets when they speak, is that they are living testimonies of the gospel. They always share personal experiences on how they´ve seen the gospel work in their lives. They find such a deep meaning to everyday events. I loved what Elder Stevenson shared with us about losing his car keys. Something so simple that helps us learn about the restoration of the Priesthood keys through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Other Apostles shared stories that enlighten our mind to the mysteries of the gospel. I began to think why I can´t do that more with my life. Why can´t I be so in-tune with the Spirit that I see everything through spiritual eyes. Well the Lord gave me an opportunity to learn something like that yesterday through a mistake we made. It was a mistake, but I learned a lot. haha

Last night we were in the Bus Terminal waiting for our 7:30 bus to go to Pehuajó. We got to the terminal at about 6:45 and we waited for the bus to get there. We were in the right spot. Buses came and left and we kept waiting. Finally 7:30 arrived and the bus we thought we were waiting for hadn´t come yet. There were other buses but we didn´t think it was ours because it wasn´t the bus we thought it would be. A few of the buses left and 7:40 came around. The bus still hadn´t gotten to the terminal. 15 minutes after the appointed time, we started wondering if we had missed our bus. And we realized very shortly after that yes, we had missed it. Dang it... Those buses are pretty expensive and we felt terrible. We talked to some people working and they said that there was nothing that they could do. We had lost the bus, the ticket, and the money. I said a little prayer and I felt peaceful and calm. I had a feeling to talk to a lady at a different booth. She was extremely nice and somehow she allowed us to change our already invalid ticket for a ticket the next night. What a miracle and blessing. Being a lot more eased at mind, I began to think about the situation that had just occurred. We had been in the right place at the right time, but we missed the bus. It came and stopped right in front of our eyes and we missed it. It wasn´t what we thought it was. It was there for over 15 minutes and we let it go by because we weren´t truly prepared.

As I pondered on what had happened, the Spirit enlightened my mind to realize that the second coming of Jesus Christ will come in a similar fashion. First of all, many people aren´t prepared for it. And they will obviously miss it. But I´m thinking more as members of the Church with tickets. We know it´s coming. We know the signs. Just as we had tickets with the time and place that it was going to arrive. But if we aren´t alert and spiritually awakened. The Lord will come and we will have no idea. He will wait there and we will have no idea. And finally it will be too late. And after it´s all said and done, we won´t have time to look for the bus because it is too late. The faithful covenant people of the Lord have already taken the bus and we were sitting around looking for something else. I pray that I will be prepared for the Second Coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I hope it won´t pass any of us like the bus passed us in front of our eyes. If we keep our covenants faithfully, I´m sure that we will have no problem when He comes again. He will come soon. I know that without any doubt.

Thanks for the prayers, love and support. Have a great week. Love you all!

Love, Elder Bosco II
Watching the Priesthood Session

Alexis, Belen and Tiziano

With members from Cerri (Bahía Blanca)
Omar and Marilu Menendez

Member from Arias (Bahía Blanca)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Week #92

Hola familia!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM AND COLLIN! You know that I would never forget that!. I can´t believe that Collin is already 18 years old and ready to go on a mission. I´m also really excited to hear about all of these Taiwan mission calls. There is a lot of work to do there and the Lord is calling on the best to do it. You think it should be getting cooler here-- and it is-- but there are still a few days and nights of heat. I´m sure it means that it won´t get too cold here in the winter but we'll see. 

This week was transfer week and we got to welcome all of the new missionaries. I love meeting them because they are always full of FIRE. Sometimes as we go through the daily routine as a missionary we lose this fire, but it´s always nice to see these Sisters and Elders with the desire to serve. It was pretty cool seeing Amanda Yapias from Provo High School. She's doing awesome and she'll be a great missionary. 

This week we are staying here in Bahía Blanca for General Conference so we´re spending a few days in Bahía Blanca 1 with Elder Giliam (from Alaska) and Elder Caparroz (from Brazil). We're in Arias (my old area) and it has been a good experience being back here. I wanted to share with you guys an experience that happened last week in Mar del Plata:

We taught a man named Pablo. We sat down behind his house in his little patio and we started talking to him. He had been contacted the day before but he already had a lot of confidence in the missionaries. He told us that he had a lot of questions that he wasn't sure of but he wasn't sure that he could ask them. He told us that he asked a Pastor from another church these questions and the Pastor told him that the devil was putting these questions in his mind to confuse him. We laughed a little bit and we told him that we would do our best to answer all of his questions. We started with his prayer and he asked us his first question. It was something like this: "Where would we go if we get baptized and where would we go if we don´t get baptized." I simply explained to him the three kingdom of glories and how we have the opportunity to live with God if we get baptized into his Church. He found that interesting so he asked, "God is like a Spirit isn't He? Some kind of energy?" Elder Maldonado showed him a scripture from the bible that we were made in His image. We testified that God lives and that He has a body like us but it is perfected. Pablo found a lot of interest in the easiness of the answers and the amount of knowledge that we have. I began to ponder about what Pablo thought about us. He thought that we are geniuses and that we knew everything about God and religion. I laughed in my own head realizing that we DO know a lot. But the funny thing is is that a Primary child could answer these questions. The Spirit put this thought in my head: I know these things from Primary. And I realized that they were built upon little by little as I studied the scriptures daily, as I went to sunday school, as I took the Sacrament, as I went to seminary, as I put to practice this doctrine in my life. Line upon line, precept upon precept, I realized that the Lord has helped me know the deepest doctrine and mysteries of God as a CHILD! I thought a lot about you Mom. I realized that day of the importance of Primary and how it has shaped my life. The framed picture on our kitchen wall says it all, "All I need to know is what I learned in Primary" I can't say it any better than that.

Thanks for all the love and support! Have a great conference weekend and have a great Birthday Mom and Collin! Love you guys!

Love Elder Bosco II

We were in Mar del Plata with Elder Maldonado and Elder Valenzuela

Saying bye to the oldies! They were some great missionaries and examples
Yep... I opened my last tooth brush that you wrote on Mom hahahaha     MOM NOTE: I send my elders with 8 toothbrushes dated so they can get a new one every three months- he's on his last one!!! Missions don't seem so long when you they only need 8 toothbrushes!