Monday, December 9, 2013



¿Còmo estàn? or I guess as they say in Argentina ¿Còmo andan? Which means, How do you walk? Elder Robison always says, con mis pies, or with my feet. Elder Robison is a stud! Sad that he goes home next transfer *tear*
Anyways! As for this week, number-wise, we did really good! I will talk about the people one by one.
1 new date!
We taught a joven who is 17 years old named Cristian Gutierrez. He is a stud. Came to church 2 times already and is so ready to be baptized. We taught the Restoration with him and another joven named Agustìn, who is 17 also. After the lesson, we asked him to be baptized on the 21st of December and he said yes! Miracle! Elder Rivero and I were so excited to have someone on date that wasn´t going to leave to Buenos Aires, like Cesar. So, we set up an appointment for Saturday at the same time. We asked some more jovens to come join in on the Plan of Salvation. As we were waiting for Cristian to come, we helped some of the members clean the chapel. Turns out, after some time, Cristian didn´t show up...nor did he answer his phone...nor did he come to church the following day...nor go to choir the following night. As I mentioned in my previous letter, his parents are Jehovah´s Witness. Right now, Elder Rivero and I are just hoping nothing bad happened to him and that his okay. We still have yet to contact him. We don´t know his address because of the situation with his parents. But, we are praying and waiting for a miracle.
4 new investigators!
Cristian was one of the investigators. Another is named Melisa, who is a referral from a girl is getting ready to serve a mission, her sister-in-law that is. We shared a scripture and invited her to investigate the church and she said she definitely would. We have an appointment on Wednesday. The other two is a couple named Gabriel and Marcela. We have been trying to get a lesson with Gabriel for about a month. He has always been putting it off, until last week. We gave him the Restoration pamphlet to read and ponder about, turns out he didn´t read it. But! His wife did, or we think they are married, (people usually aren´t married in Argentina.) Marcela, his wife, is a professor for a Catholic church. She had a lot of questions about Joseph Smith and why he is important. Elder Rivero and I just looked at each other and said, "Well...we have a great lesson about this..." So we taught the Restoration, according to their needs and lets just say she was Gospel punched in the face! Right as Elder Rivero said the First Vision, her whole face just changed and her eyes got really big, she definitely could tell something was there and that thing was the Spirit. She is really understanding and wants to understand what the Mormons believe in. As for Gabriel, we found out that he doesn´t believe in a we are kind of in a pickle with this. We have a Catholic professor and guy who doesn´t believe there is a God. But, we did invite them to read the Book of Mormon and to pray and explained that if the Book of Mormon is true, then everything else with José Smith is true.
Favorite Scripture!
Alma 14 is basically my favorite to share right now. Alma and Almulek are just kapos! My favorite verse of this story are these:

 24 And the chief judge stood before them, and smote them again, and said unto them: If ye have the apower of God deliver yourselves from these bands, and then we will believe that the Lord will destroy this people according to your words.
 25 And it came to pass that they all went forth and smote them, saying the same words, even until the last; and when the last had spoken unto them the apower of God was upon Alma and Amulek, and they rose and stood upon their feet.
 26 And Alma cried, saying: How long shall we suffer these great aafflictions, O Lord? O Lord, bgive us strength according to our faith which is in Christ, even unto cdeliverance. And they broke the cords with which they were bound; and when the people saw this, they began to flee, for the fear of destruction had come upon them.
 27 And it came to pass that so great was their fear that they fell to the earth, and did not obtain the outer door of the aprison; and the earth shook mightily, and the walls of the prison were rent in twain, so that they fell to the earth; and the chief judge, and the lawyers, and priests, and teachers, who smote upon Alma and Amulek, were slain by the fall thereof.
 28 And Alma and Amulek came forth out of the prison, and they were not hurt; for the Lord had granted unto them apower, according to their faith which was in Christ. And they straightway came forth out of the prison; and they were bloosed from theircbands; and the prison had fallen to the earth, and every soul within the walls thereof, save it were Alma and Amulek, was slain; and they straightway came forth into the city.
 29 Now the people having heard a great noise came running together by multitudes to know the cause of it; and when they saw Alma and Amulek coming forth out of the prison, and the walls thereof had fallen to the earth, they were struck with great fear, and fled from the presence of Alma and Amulek even as a goat fleeth with her young from two lions; and thus they did flee from the presence of Alma and Amulek.
I can just picture a movie of this! It just gives me chills! The Book of Mormon is the word of God! Joseph Smith was a prophet of God! Stay true to the faith! Look to the funny stuff during the day and smile. Adam fell that men might be that they might have joy! Right? Then, smile :) Just as Elder Wirthlin said, learn to laugh and what President Monson said, you look better with your head up high.

Con amor a ustedes,

Elder Grant Evans

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