Elder Maller

Elder Maller

Monday, September 18, 2017

Sept 18, 2017

It was great to hear all the birthday wishes from everyone. Never knew I was missed that bad haha. It is pretty strange being 19 cause I’m pretty sure in Argentina I’m now considered an adult. I became an adult twice hah. Thanks to everyone who sent me a birthday wish I really did appreciate it! This week was pretty great for one reason, it’s because we will be seeing a baptism on the 23rd; a day after my birthday haha. This young girl named Eujenia has been coming to church for a while but never asked to get baptized or something, so we have been working with her and the family for a while but this week is a go.

Elder Mayorga and I are doing great, still we keep joking all day. For my birthday this week we will be eating a lot of cake haha.  Luis has been secretly trying to set something up for me but it got out pretty quick. I think I will be eating a bit of asado as well, so I’ll be sure to send some photos. I have been doing a lot of study lately on 3 Nephi, which is really interesting.  One of the things I have been thinking about is how great of an effect a small moment can have. Thinking about the Savior’s powerful ministry to the Nephites for such a small period of time changed the following hundreds of years. From a two minute contact to a short two years in the mission I know that just being a representative of the savior will make an impact. I love you all and I hope you can all look for big things that all started with something small. Have a great week!!!!!!!

Elder Maller 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Sept 11, 2017

Hola
This week was pretty great! On p-day last week me and my comp went to learn on how to make empanadas from one of our investigators. It’s a little bit harder than it looks but I kinda got it down now. We also had a multi zone conference with president and his wife. It was all based on section 4 in Doctrine and Covenants. President has had a vision for a while on getting 101 baptisms every month. It’s gonna be tough to get because we are normally getting 60 every month and so far for September we only have 8 so far. But next month is around the time of year when it gets a lot easier with Christmas coming up and everything. I’m pretty sure Sister Resek put all the photos on the facebook page if you wana check out some of the stuff we did. This week it has been raining a ton! Yesterday it poured all day and all night. Elder Mayorga couldn’t sleep but I was out. He said I started to preach to him about the Book of Mormon and how it could change his life. Elder Mayorga said he just played along with it this time but at one point he rejected me hard and then I just sounded a little bit sad after haha, I don’t remember any of it though hahah. It’s great to hear that everyone is doing well. I’m sure you guys are gonna start preparing for the cold weather again soon hahah love yall 

Elder Maller

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Sept 4, 2017

Hola!
I think I had one of my favorite weeks in the mission this week! It was so awesome and just so many things happened it went by like that! I think on Thursday we went to a funeral service because one of the part member families that we are teaching, the grandma died so we went to help out the family which was really great. Although the funeral services here in Argentina are pretty weird cause they don’t seem as respectful. For example they had these workers who basically thru the coffin into the grave and all the dirt that was dug up was covering another grave. Here in Argentina your family has to pay yearly for your loved ones and if you don’t pay then they pull out the coffin and they take out the body and then they put it into a pit with a bunch of other people kinda creepy no. On Friday we randomly found a less active member who is brothers with Victor Mancilla who apparently was in 8th ward with us when I was a baby. I’m not sure if you would know him but you gotta get in contact with him! We also found a ton of people finally this week. We got 13 new investigators and they are all pretty capo. Today my comp Elder Mayorga also got permission to go to Atalaya to visit some old converts. Atalaya is also right beside Los Pinos so I was able to go back there an visit were I started my mission! This week was just super great really happy to be a missionary. It’s crazy that I got 10 months now, things are going by faster than I thought right now! I hope you guys all have a great week!  

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2018

Hola
I hope all is going well for you guys! This week went by super fast, I can’t believe its already p-day. This week my comp got sick. We ate some pizza and the next morning he started to just chuck it all back up haha. It was good though cause the I spent the whole day learning Portuguese! I found a Book of Mormon in Portuguese so I started reading it and its pretty similar to Spanish but it’s still tough to understand. On Friday we did divisions and I was with Elder Sales in his area and we found such a miracle family together. Unfortunately it was in his area but it was great cause they seem really prepared; hope it all goes well. The only thing is while I was over there, Elder Mayorga and Elder Pietz got locked out of the pench but locked inside the gates. So they were lock outside but also inside as well haha and they had to wait until 7 o’clock at night for someone to come and break in for them hahah. But nothing else much happened so far. I can’t believe that 10 months ago yesterday I got to the MTC. At home it sounds like within the next few weeks a ton of new missionaries are gonna be leaving;  that is so awesome to hear an I’m so excited for all of you guys that are preparing! I know you guys are gonna do great and I know you guys are gonna love the mish. I love you all 

Elder Maller

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 21, 2017

Hola 
This week went by soooo fast. Elder Mayorga and I are just having a blast. Not sure if I mentioned but we were in the same district together for about 4 months so we already know each other pretty well. Our week was full of inside jokes from about 6 months ago haha, it was a pretty great time. If you guys remember in the beginning of last transfer I mentioned that the area was all dried up and we had about 3 good investigators.  Well it felt pretty familiar to that lately, as we have been forced to drop a bunch of investigators lately. I’m not even phased by it even a little though, cause me and Elder Mayorga already have a ton of unity and we already know how to contact and teach together, so this week we were able to accomplish a lot of great things together. We made one contact and it was one hundred percent the spirit.  We started looking for her needs and I can’t remember the question we asked but she just started to cry and she told us that she has been looking for something secure like a church because her family has been forced to move all over the place the past year and it’s been hard for her to find pace and settle in.

On Wednesday we also had a really great training meeting with Elder Mark A Bragg from the seventy and I learned a lot there.  About 4 months ago the Area Presidency made us do a survey about all different things about the mission like: our safety, how we work, how we teach, how obedient we are. Elder Bragg came in with the results from the survey and told us that 81 percent of our mission is obedient all of the time. He said it was the highest he has seen which is crazy cool. Although we still have a few other things to work on in our teaching skills as a mission. It was cool though because Elder Bragg taught us all on exactly what we needed through the survey and I actually learned a ton of great things. I hope this week was great for you and you enjoy your last bit of summer hahaha 

Elder Maller 

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, 2017

Hola 
This week in Parque has been pretty sweet. Saturday we got the double baptism of Morena and Melanie which was pretty awesome. Yesterday they got confirmed as well! They both are pretty animated about the church, cause now they have a bunch more friends. Ever since we met them, we invited them to the mutual activities and they have gone ever since. This week we also bought them the Book of Mormon for kids, which has all the pictures and stuff. Already they almost have finished it haha. They both fight over it all the time but they just can’t get enough of the Book of Mormon stories. It even caught the eye of their parents and now they are starting to read the Book of Mormon as well! 
Today is also the very first day of transfers!! and we find out the changes today but this past Thursday at 10 at night the assistants called us and let us know the changes. Which made it almost impossible to sleep after hahah. But I’m staying in Parque and will be receiving Elder Mayorga!!  We are already great friends. He was in my very first district and we spent 3 transfers together. I’m really hyped, not only because we’re good friends, but because I know we are gonna work really well together!  We had done a ton of divisions before and every time we did them all of our appointments fell in the day so we were forced most of the time to finding. I’m not sure what kind of luck we had together but we always found some really great people, which is especially what we need in Parque right now.  Recently we dropped a bunch of our investigators so we are gotta pick up the finding again which is always fun and I know it’s gonna be great with Elder Mayorga!!  I’m actually really excited!!  This Wednesday we also get to meet and hear from Elder Mark A Bragg from the seventy!!  Pretty pumped because I really enjoyed his talk in general conference!  I hope everything is going great back at home. The summer break is about to wind down soon hahah; enjoy every bit of it!!!  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

August 7, 2017

Hola
This past week was pretty great and this coming week is gonna be insane as well. But this past week I got another pretty funny story. Me and Elder Araya were working during the siesta which means that it’s basically a ghost town in the streets. We were outside clapping a door and while we were waiting we hear, this guy start saying I got a knife and I will stab you but he was kinda whispering it to us so in the moment I couldn’t really understand him hahaha.  So he comes up to us and he pretends to sell us avocados hahaha he says 2 avocados for 30 pesos which is a rip off hahah, but my comp started to buys some off of him which I thought was weird but he only had 20 pesos, so to help him out I pulled out of my pocket like 30 pesos and the punk saw it so he started to say “come on 50 pesos I’m from the streets” ( during all this time I didn’t realize that he was robbing us I just thought for some odd reason my comp wanted avocados hahaha). So Elder Araya snatches it from my hand and gives the guy the money and then we get out of there hahaha.  After he explained to me what really happened and what the guy said in the beginning but hahaha crazy eh. This week we weren’t able to go to the temple because Emorena and Melenie cancelled on us last minute because there mom has to go do chemo cause she has a tumor in her jaw but they still were able to come to church the other day which means that they are both getting baptized this Saturday! This is the final week as well of transfers and there has been some pretty big changes but we still don’t now how the transfers are going down. I get to find out this next Monday. This week in Argentina is election week so it’s also gonna get a little crazy and because of that we aren’t allowed to work and we have to stay  in the pench the whole day. They said that if we have to leave, we had to dress normal without our plaques hahaha, will see how this week turns out but I’m really excited for it. I truly I’m loving the mission, every day the spirit has always played a role in just about everything. I love serving the Lord and I love learning something new about myself and about this amazing gospel. I love you all and I hope you have a great week!

Elder Maller