|Piles of meat and orange soda….life is good!|
Monday, June 15, 2015
I'm doing great! Really!My Spanish is better and I am a lot happier. Me and my comp are getting along a lot better now and yeah, it is just great. This week was a pretty normal week! But none the less it was great!! My Spanish is really coming a long now and I love it. I'm finally dreaming in Spanish :) haha! I am having a great time here. Anyway, I hope everything is great! Everyone is either working or leaving for a fun family vacation ;) So I'll keep it short this week and try to send some photos. But, _____ is going to church each week now. Pray that she will have a desire to be baptized. She knows everythinbg is true. She is just having a hard time changing her religion due to tradition. But, I know she will be baptized. We have changed her life none the less and I love what she is becoming.Anyway, I love you guys so much and I think and pray for you each and everyday. I can feel your prayers and your help I love you all! Have an amazing week!!! Oh!! And one other thing! I just found out that we are going to Cordoba tonight to do tramites! Paperwork for my being legal here in Argentina. I'm pretty dang excited for that!
Bye Guys!!Love Elder Welch
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
|Photo taken Thursday of last week.|
|Photo taken yesterday.|
Monday, June 8, 2015
Good moooorning Vietnaamm!!!
What am I doing? No mucho :) Solamente aprendiendo esta idioma y enseñando los mas capos de las personas aqui en Catamarca :)
How is everyone there doing?? Ha ha! Just kidding, I just read all of your emails so I know :) It sounds like you are all doing great and I am so grateful for it :) So, first of all this week has been TONS and TONS better. I'm doing great now, really! Every letter I got last week was exactly what I needed. It made me realize how much support I really do have from you guys and most of all the Savior. So yeah I'm doing a lot better.! ALOT :)
Yeah (Mom) we´re eating well. Maybe a little too well ;) No just kidding we normally always have a big lunch....never really breakfast or dinner. But, always a big lunch. Like today we had an asado and it was so amazing! It was my first one!! POR FREAKING FIN. If you do not know what an asado is it is just a big fire and a bunch of meat. Ha ha! I have cereal. Oh!! and PB and J with the peanut butter you sent me. It's perfect, we can't get peanut butter here at least I have not seen it yet so thanks for sending it with me Mom! The weather right now is HOT, actually a lot like Utah!
My companion and I have been working super hard to find new investigators and we have a lot. Seriously this work is amazing. It is perfect and it is the Lords work. There is not one thing about going on a mission that is bad. It stretches who you are physically, mentally, and spiritually; and It also prepares you for your future family, wife, and work life. There are so many more things that I just can't list but trust me, I am so lucky that I am here and there is no where I would rather be. This mission is what I need and God is blessing me in ways that I could never have even imagined. Hermana ______ finally went to churchand she loved it :) Hermana_______bore her testimony and when I looked out at the congregation I saw _______ almost in tears. This fast and testimony meeting was so amazing and I hadn't felt that strong of a spirit since I've been in the MTC. It was amazing. Anyway, Hermana _________is still struggling with some things and I we really need you to pray for them both.
Anyway, I CAN feel everyone of your prayers and please know that they are not going unnoticed. I can feel your prayers, your fasting, your faith, and everything you are doing for me. Thank you so much! I love you all and I pray for you all of the time. You guys are perfect and I am so glad I have this life with you all. Pray always for anything and everything. I have a solid testimony that Heavenly Father HEARS and answers your prayers. He never abandons you no matter what. Jesus Christ and His atonement is for you. This is something we all must always remember. I learned in the MTC that people tend to think of repentance as a terrible and awful thing that we HAVE to do. Rather, it is the complete opposite. God gave us His son so that we can be clean from every sin, trial, and affliction we have in our lives. Repentance is a beautiful thing it is essential and it is a gift from God. Christ is always with us. He will NEVER leave you. No matter what the circumstance. Please don't take this for granted and use His atonement. His arm of mercy is reaching towards you. I am so grateful for this amazing gospel. I love all you you guys and I love this mission. I love the people here in Catamarca:) I love my Savior I know He lives. I love my Heavenly Father, I know He too lives and He truly does answer every prayer. I love you all and have an amazing week!!! This week will go by even faster than last….. Chau!!!!
Love, Elder Welch
Monday, June 1, 2015
I'm sorry I'm really running short on time today. There were A LOT of perfect letters and so I have just been reading mostly. But seriously thank you all for writing me:) Everything you all said was exactly what I needed and that isn't a joke. It's true that this last week was pretty rough. I had some pretty bad homesickness and there were missionaries who I really loved that left for transfers. And I guess it's like Mom said before I've just been feeling alone. However, It's hard to explain, I just feel different today. I am better than I have ever been right now and I want to let you all know that. Bob sent the perfect letter and it just idk...was perfect. You are all perfect and thank you for everything!
|Saying goodbye to the Elder's who left Catamarca|
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I received a phone call today from a women who lives in Layton. She and her son went to Cordoba for the temple dedication. Her son served in Taylor's mission while the temple was being built but left before it was finished. He actually served in Taylor's area and lived in the exact same apartment. He stopped by to see it and they ran into Taylor and his companion. It actually turned out to be quite a blessing for both of them. The Returned Missionary had worked with a women while he was there who was finally getting baptized that week. When she found out he was in town she wanted him to baptize her. He did not have any white pants, he and Taylor were about the same size so he borrowed his baptismal clothes. It was a blessing for Taylor because he was having a low week and the mother was able to give him a pep talk and explain that her son had a hard time with the language and that he did not pick it up until six to nine months into the mission. She then pointed out how fluent he is now and encouraged Taylor that it would all be OK and that he would get there. I am grateful for the photos that she sent me from their visit and the other photos are the outside of Taylor's apartment. It was a nice phone call. I appreciate the tender mercies that Heavenly Father never ceases to send us if we are looking.
Monday, May 25, 2015
Ahhh!!! This week has been great!!!! We had intercambios and my companion was from Brazil. We worked together for two days and it was so so fun:) It was great!!! We also used bikes so my legs were super tired:) But, anyway, It was amazing and we are even better friends than before:) As far as me looking tired, I'm fine. I'm sleeping great and everything really. We work hard. Idk what it is. I think it's just the mission life…. haha.Anyway, today is the Day of Independence here in Argentina!! It has been great! We had a big party as a ward at the church and ate locro. Its like a soup. And I'm pretty sure it had cow stomach in it....haha I'm not sure :) anyway. It seriously was amazing. We had a party with dancing and everything. :)
The baptism last night was muyyyyyy muy lindo. Freaking capo. It honestly was so great and I felt the spirit so strongly :) The best part was when I looked up at Belens brother who was watching her get baptized and right as she came out of the water he just had the biggest smile and almost started crying. He is twelve, He's super cool:) I stood in the circle with my Companion and the Bishop to give him the Priesthood about a month ago! And that was pretty cool too.
I just want to tell you all that I am safe and I am in good hands. I want to tell you and testify that Heavenly Father hears you when you cry out to Him. You may not feel like it sometimes. It might take a while. But, He knows all things. He knows you personally and He knows what you are concerned about. His Son Jesus Christ suffered for the things in your life that are dark. He is there with you. He knows you. It isn't something we all just say, he literally is there and He knows exactly what you are going through. He wants to help, and He WILL help. Do what is right and Have faith in Him always. Persevarar hasta el fin. Endure to the end. There are hard times in our lives but we will get through them with our families friends, the Holy Ghost, God the Father, and His Son Jesus Christ. I Love you all and I am always here for you. :) I am not dead to the world. I am quite the opposite, I am living with it. I am always thinking of you and I hope you never forget me ;) Because I will forever be with you all :) I love you and thanks for all of your prayers.
Love Elder Welch :)
|Helping to bring in the Locro for the Ward Independence Day Party|
|Chocolate treats-part of the celebration|
|Rita and President Alliaud Taylor's Mission President|
Monday, May 18, 2015
This week has been fast again...like always. My companion has been sick with the same crap that I had. So that sucks. However, it doesn't mean there hasn't been great things! :) Those investigators that I told you guys about last week that came with us to the Stake Conference are progressing pretty well. They are doing great! The only thing is that they are having trouble with changing from Catholic traditions. However, they know that what we are teaching is true. They´ve told us they know. They have been reading the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets we have been giving them. Both of them said that they had dreams about us and our religion and they said they are feeling things that they have never felt before in their lives. We explained to them that it is the Holy Ghost testifying that what we are teaching them is true. They are amazing people guys and I want nothing more than for them to except this gospel. So, please pray and fast for them to have a desire and be willing to do whatever it takes in order to gain a testimony in this gospel and ultimately get baptized. Oh!!! and their names are ________(twenty four single with an hijo) and ______ (the mother) Also, please pray for me to progress in this language. I have seen a lot of progress in this last week and I thank you for your prayers and fasting. I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father and for the Gift of Tongues.In other news..haha;) Elder Rivera and I have a stinking baptism on the twenty forth for a nine year old girl named Belen! We´ve been working with her since I've been here. All of her family are members (converts) and she was the only one not baptized that is of age. So, anyway. I have my first for sure baptism!! Wooohoo!
|All of the following photos were sent to me from a new convert in Taylor's area, she is a good friend to the missionaries there and takes care of Elder Welch.|
|We had a big basketball game and ate pizza for P-day last week.|
|A refreshing snack from Rita a new convert and friend to all of the missionaries here.|
|A snack from Rita|
|Elder Welch with his companion Elder Riveria from Peru|
Monday, May 11, 2015
My week has been yet again, very long and fast at the same time. As I sit here it feels like I was just writing yall :) anyway, yesterday was so so great because I got to talk to some of you on Skype! It was so AMAZING! :) Also, I dont have much time to write this letter so I will make it short.
My companion and I found a family about two days ago and asked them to come to our stake conference that we had yesterday. Anyway, we were walking down the street two days ago and we were looking for a family to contact. We came to this house with a girl sitting on a chair on the porch and we started talking to her. Then, her mom came up...then her sister...then her sister's children (Like three of them ) and then her own child. Haha They were a little uneasy at first and didn't really want to hear what we were saying. "Somos Catolica hasta la muerte." Haha..that's basically what they were saying. Anyway, long story short is that we asked if they wanted to hear a five minute message and then we´ll be on our way. So, they let us in and we just started talking. Sooner than we knew it, we had been there for 45 minutes talking about the gospel, laughing, and extended the invitation to go to church with us the next day. So,Sunday rolled around and I really didnt think that they weere going to come but...like ten minutes after the meeting started we got a call and it was them!! They were out side of the capilla!! It was amazing. The meeting was so great for them. To our suprise Presidente Alliaud and his wife were there and they gave talks. Also, a member of the seventy was there as well. It was just an amazing meeting and it was perfect for them. Anyway, I hope to see them have the happiness in their lives and they can only get through the Gospel of Jesus Christ :)
Anyway, I love you all and I hope you all are great! I pray for you individualy each night and I love you and God loves you! You are all amazing!