We have had an interesting month with highs and lows. Highs, when someone catches the vision of who they are and who they can become, and lows when they forget and return to their natural-man ways. We have determined that a mission is as much for the missionary as for the people he or she serves. With every day comes a new awareness of our shortcomings and weaknesses; the mission experience accentuates all of that and has made it clear to our view.
We have seen some good progress with members and investigators who are coming out to activities and worship services. We even celebrated “25 de Mayo,” Argentina’s Revolution Day with a big party at the church where about sixty people came to celebrate and eat “Locro” with us. Locro is a traditional dish made up of cow stomach, cow tail, pig skin, pig feet, chicken wings, various sausages and a few beans and vegetables. It took hours to prepare and, along with live guitar and accordion music to sing and dance to, provided the main attraction for the party.
One of our favorite experiences in teaching the gospel so far has been with a family that lives out in a small hamlet near the mountains. They have been members of various churches (Evangelist churches in particular) in the past but are still searching for the true church of Jesus Christ. When we first met them, they wanted to talk about prophets. We explained how the Bible is a record of prophets from the middle east (Jerusalem and surrounding areas) and how The Book of Mormon – Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a record of prophets in this, the American continent. As we explained how prophets were led from Jerusalem to other parts of the world and that God still loved them and wanted to speak to all of his children through prophets regardless of where they lived, you could see the light go on in their heads and they understood. The father even said, “so, that means there are probably other records written by other prophets that we don’t even have or know about right now that will come to light sometime in the future.” We explained how the Bible and the Book of Mormon work together to testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that he was crucified for the sins of the world and that he resurrected and lives today. Having two witnesses (books of scripture) that both testify of the same Savior and his Gospel helps all of God’s children know that what the Bible teaches really is true, that we have living prophets in our day, and that God always has and always will work through his prophets to teach his children. They are really excited to have this new knowledge and are reading parts of the Book of Mormon to gain their own testimonies of its truthfulness. I know it is a true book of scripture because I have read it and felt the witness of the Holy Ghost as I read from its pages – it has changed my life. Anyone can know of its truthfulness with surety if he or she will read and sincerely ask God if it is true - he will answer.