Sunday, July 2, 2017

Week 15


Buenas Tardes,

This week was a great week. I can understand the language more and more now and can have a pretty good conversation now during a lesson and outside a lesson. One of the things I’ve learned is that sometimes you don´t always know why the Holy Ghost is guiding you to a specific area or for what purpose. Last night my companion, a member and I were walking to our next lesson but we were not sure if we were even going to have a lesson. As we were walking I saw a little apartment complex the door was open. We walked past it and I started thinking to myself if we should go in.  After a long minute I told my companion we have to go back. There were only three apartments on the first floor, we went to the first apartment and the lady that answered opened the door and then closed it immediately. I thought to myself maybe we shouldn´t be here, but we kept going. Once we got to the second door a man answered, he invited us in and introduced us to his cousin. His cousin started talking about how he is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints. He told us he has been inactive for a few years now with his wife, but loves the gospel and the church. Crazy thing was he didn´t know that our church was just a few blocks from his house. We end up teaching him and his cousin, they really want to hear more of our lessons. I can testify that the Holy Ghost does work with us, and that there is a difference between having the Holy Ghost present in your life then without. One of my favorite scriptures in the bible is in Hebrews 10:36  For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye  might receive the promise.

Elder Aguirre

Week 14


Buenos Tardes!

So this week went great, I feel like I have been growing in my Spanish a lot quicker, but understanding is still a little hard. I can get the general part of the conversation down but not all of it. I see it as a blessing, little by little I can see God blessing me in my everyday life.

So after District meeting our zone leader Elder Manzanera took me and the new missionaries out to go contact. It was our practice but in real life form to let out our fears. Each one of us had to contact the whole entire bus full of people four times. At first I was pretty nervous, but then I realized that this is the Lords work I shouldn’t be nervous. One of the best experiences I have ever had in my life, just forget yourself and get to work and invite people to hear our message.

I didn´t realize how many people you could find that are interested in hearing our message. There are a lot of people that wanted to hear our message and attend our church. I have a testimony when we open our mouth god will help through the holy ghost to invite others to listen to our message or attend church. We are Gods hands here on earth and in the mission field.

Week 13


Hola buenas tardes,

So this past week was sweet, and stressful. This week was my first week with a new companion. Not just new but, my first companion who can only speak Spanish. To really look back on this week it was definitely a roller coaster. Emotions were all over the place, some were positive and negative, confident and doubtful. To look back on the week I could definitely look at the negative but obviously positive is the Light of Christ so I knew what path I wanted to take. I learned that Missionary work is hard, that not every day is going to be all sunshine and positive outcomes. We read in Mosiah 4:27 ¨For it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength...¨ And I know that scripture to be true, We can easily overwhelm ourselves and give ourselves a lot of stress when we are trying to run faster than we have strength. I felt like I have been doing that a little too much these past few months, and come to realize that it’s not my time.

The coolest part this week for me was that my companion and I had to start rebuilding again and find investigators. It was unique because when I got to the field, I walked into an already scheduled baptism and finished lessons. This time together we started fresh and honestly it’s the most satisfying feeling when you know someone wants to hear a message about Jesus Christ. We found eight new investigators this week who are interested. My companion and I got to ask two people (different families) to baptism and out of the two one said yes! I am hoping and praying that we can have this opportunity to baptize our new investigator on the 26 of November.

I honestly love this work and look forward to the next day to teach the people.

Week 12


Week 12

This week was a great week to understand the importance of missionary work. My companion and I had the opportunity to go to the temple with our two converts to do Baptisms for the dead. One of the greatest experiences is to be on the other side being a witness and watching our converts do baptisms for the dead. I can see why that´s the ultimate goal to bring recent converts to the temple, it doesn´t end just by being baptized and being confirmed a member of the church; our goal is to make more covenants with our heavenly father and to be able to be part of his work.

   Another huge blessing this past Saturday, our whole zone had the opportunity to set up and hold a marriage for two couples so that they can be baptized. All together we had 14 baptisms for our investigators all in one day. The best part of it was watching each one of them come closer to Christ. Each elder had the opportunity to baptize one person and honestly it was the best experience we ever had. This is the true church; Like President Nelson said in General Conference, God is the definition of Joy, choosing to come unto Christ will always be the joy in a family.



Week 11


Week 11

I can´t believe my fifth week of training has ended, time really does fly. This week was awesome, stressful, and very humbling.  This week was my first time leading an area, and after this week I actually really like leading. I never thought that I could be a people’s person, but learning from my companion I can speak more Spanish and be more open. It´s crazy how the Lord works through us!  I’ve noticed that my listening skills are not that great, it is one of my goals to accomplish during my training.

So this week I have one story that I want to share, it’s about contacting.  Before contacting on Saturday I wasn´t always comfortable, still shy, but on Saturday I felt like my companion and I needed to contact in a specific area. In an hour and a half we contacted sixteen people. Out of those sixteen people only two wanted to hear our message. How we found those contacts were from our thirteen, fourteen, and fifteenth contacts, we were impressed 4 references, that never happens! Anyways we started with a boy who was thirteen and we asked him, and he told us that a women and her family who would like to hear our message. So my companion and I go to this reference and talk to her, but she wasn´t interested either, so after we asked for another reference, she pointed to an apartment and gave us a specific room. We go to this man´s house and talked with him for a bit and he wasn´t interested in our message either.  So we ask for one more reference and he pointed just across the hall to a specific room. At this point we just wanted to find someone who could hear our message. We end up going to this last reference after so many tries, we started talking with them, and this family recognized who we were and what we do. The sister of the family knew that we were Mormons; she said that she is really interested in the church, and she also said that she had been reading The Book of Mormon online, but doesn´t have time to read a lot. She really wanted a copy of The Book of Mormon, so we gave her a book and asked if we could come again and teach them, and they said yes!!! Honestly a true blessing that we found this family and a huge miracle for my companion and I.  I can testify that this work is true and if we just have faith and work hard, Heavenly Father will bless us and help us as we search and find people who want the gospel in their lives. I know that when we have faith and follow Heavenly Fathers plan all will fall into place.

Week 10


Week 10

 This week has been another week filled with many blessings. We were able to have more lessons with our progressing investigators and helped prepare for two baptisms. I honestly am so grateful to be part of such amazing people’s lives, to help make this happen and to be able to have the power and authority of god to baptize investigators. We also had a rescue this week which was awesome, Hermano Leoncio has been inactive for more than a year, and being able to teach him and bring him back to the fullness of the gospel is amazing.

  I have also noticed our ward has been progressing a lot these past few weeks. At the beginning it was pretty hard because they were not as active, didn´t have much service or activities with the youth. Now our ward has been participating in Family Home Evening, going to English class at the church, coming to baptisms, and just being more helpful with us. I am so grateful to be part of this ward, though we are still working to be active together, I know that we are becoming one great big family.

I had my First day of leading the area on Friday and I will admit it’s really hard to learn your area. Luckily I had my companion and the Holy Ghost by my side to help. I am really learning to just trust in the lord and just work. It’s crazy how so many people recognize the missionaries. I had this feeling that my companion and I needed to go down another block so we could contact, or share a message. Once we went down the road we were stopped by a homeless man, who was just looking for missionaries for some reason, sadly I didn’t understand his reason. We ended up giving him a card of Jesus Christ shared a small message with him to come unto Christ and you will be at peace. I have never seen a man so emotional and happy to hear our message like this before. I am so grateful that we can make people feel joy when we share messages with them; I know it to be true because we have the Holy Ghost and only the Holy Ghost can reach other people and their hearts.   


Week 47

This week has been another great week full of many blessings in our life. I am so grateful for the mission, so grateful!! One, we constantly are working to become better and two we are wanting each Ward to be at there potential. It has seriously been a blessing getting to know the Ward a Little bit more. Sometimes we feel that we aren't as close as we should be with the members. My companion and I decided to do something different, we are going to pass by a members houses each day and share a spiritual thought and we are going to try and do a family home evening each Monday with members and non members. I love this work so much, my companion and I had the opportunity to do a service Project at a converts house and man I can now say I think I am a pro painter (jaja)!!

But anyways a huge  miracle this week is that my companion and I were just contacting looking for a few directions to a few investigators homes and when we would ask someone for a direction we would end up having a small lesson!! crazy right. We ended up finding 3 people who wanted to hear more about the church. When we finally found the direction to our investigators house we had 2 more people who participated in the discussion! Definitely made my night and my companions.

Week 46

Well first off this week has been a blast. Having transfers has really helped a ton and Its honestly been a great week. Starting off fresh with Elder Viloria. We first started off by cleaning up the area and starting all over again. This week has been more than anything talking with all (literally). My companion and I have been contacting people door to door or that are on the street. We have found a few who gave interest but we are definatley going to put more into ways we can be more diligent and be more patient with ourselves in this work. Thinking about the question how could we give a little bit more in our lives and ministry is something that I think we should all think about. To me as a missionary I am on a timer or stop watch. Its the same if we aren´t missionaries. God gave us this life to fulfill what he has given us to do. We have a plan to complete and thats to share this gospel to all and to recieve the ordinances of being baptized and recieving the holy ghost with the correct priesthood authority. I think in my life I need to work on the basics of the Christ like attributes by putting him in the center of my life. Starting with faith and hope in him. In moroni 7:32-33 He promises us that he will show us the way according to our faith and that we will have the holy ghost to accompany us. If we have faith and hope he promised us that we will have power to do whatever be convenient. I want to give a little more effort into that so that I can always feel happy and not down and so I can fulfill his promise. 

Tuvimos un milagro esta semana a la domingo pasado cuando fuimos de la casa de un converso se llama norma. Pues cuando la hubimos pasado por su casa tuvimos la oportunidad a charlar con ella por un rato y se puso a llorar por que habia bastante estress ultimo semana. Y cuando la hubimos escuchado lo que pasó nosotros le compartimos una escrituro que se encuentra en Moroni 7:32-33 y literalment nos sentio el espiritu santo y le contestamos sus dudas y todo. Yo testefico que realamente este Iglesia es la verdadero iglesia y que el libro de mormon es en otro testamento de jesu cristo y que pueda ayudarnos en esta vida 




Week 45

Well this week has been another great week. A lot of learning experiences. One thing that my Mission President has taught me recently is to be a stripling warrior in the scriptures in the book of Alma 53-56 has taught us, to drop the things that are maybe valuable to us and trust in the lord and fight on his side. The mission has been really changing me to use my faith and my testimony more and more. Most importantly trust in God that everything will work out. I have come a long way trying to convert myself more and more in the gospel. I was just a teenager without a knowledge of faith or knowledge of the scriptures. Thanks to the mission I have really grown and changed my perspectives in life. Though I have challenges and I know we all do, we are not perfect. I learned that if we put Christ in the center of our lives we will achieve more, feel the love and peace that he promised us that we can have. Like in Alma 42:10 wicked never was once happiness. The key word is to act, because we can believe (That's great to believe in God and his Son) But to really find the truth and what he wants for his children is by acting, and praying.

Life is a battle, it will never be easy, we recently had the baptism of Hermano Carlos who definitely did not get it easily. Having a tougher life with his family and work etc. We have been teaching him since the first week of April and it was definitely a roller coaster with him having doubts and realizing what was more important than work, money, etc. Thanks to the example of his sister who was baptized two years ago, he is now baptized and confirmed a member of The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Week 44

Well this week has been a great week full of many blessings. It has definitely been a great week to remember. My companion and I have been preparing our investigator Carlos for his baptism tomorrow, and Its just a great feeling to know when someone has there desire focused on God and wants to change for the better. Thanks to the plan that God has for us we have the opportunity to be cleansed from our sins, receive the gift of the holy ghost to guide us in those difficult times of our life. Its the simple acts that we do to get there by being humble, having charity, obeying the commandments, so that we may be able to live with him again. 

Estamos enseñando una familia que tienen un hijo de autismo y de verdad está familia es bien fuerte en su fe. Tenia bastantes preguntas sobre El plan del Salvación. Nosotros hablamos acerca de el tema después de está vida y cómo es parte de la propósito de esté vida por que nosotros tendremos los días difíciles. Tenemos pruebas en esta vida por que nuestro padre celestial nos fortalece por medio de estos pruebas. Como podemos fortalecer nuestro fe o testimonio sin los pruebas. no se puede. Pero gracias a Dios que nosotros podemos tener este plan de felicidad. 






Week 43

Time is definitely flying by this transfer with such little time my companion and I have received more blessings this past week. Its definitely a challenge when my companion has a bike and I don´t.(jaja)  Although I might be more exhausted, I know that I have learned a lot with my companion and his situation with his leg and how we can work together. This week we kept looking for more people to teach and to do the little acts of service. We have been blessed just like how heavenly father has promised us. This past weekend we past by an investigators house and we had the opportunity to talk with the family. We were teaching the importance of having a Prophet and how we have a Prophet here today with the correct priesthood power so that he could lead Christ´s church through revelation. Juana was there thinking and felt that she needed to do more in this life. She came out saying that she wants to build her faith and find what is the right path to take to build her life with her family. We invited her to church and the rest of the family if they were interested. The Next day Juana and her sister came to church.  During the second hour The Gospel Principles class, the teacher had prepared a lesson about The Life of Jesus Christ. Juana and her sister were there really engaged and we could definitely feel the spirit so powerful testifying that this is the true church and it amazed us how much they really enjoyed the class.

Week 42

It definitely has been a crazy good week full of many blessings. This week my companion and I were looking for investigators to teach and at the end of our evening on Saturday we happened to re-contact a family who came to church about two weeks ago but couldn't make it to the last one. Once we contacted them the husband couldn´t recognize us and the wife was trying to explain that they are the missionaries that contacted us last time. Apparently he has bad memory but anyways we were outside talking for 20 minutes because he didn't want us to come in the house and have a lesson. He was telling us that all religions are the same and its all going to be the same. After 20 minutes somehow we ended up teaching this couple. Right before we started we also invited there daughter and aunt to join us. We ended up having a really great lesson and they said wow that it is definitely different. The Aunt was even more interested and we gave her a book of Mormon and invited her to pray to see this is true!!

Week 41

This week was a very special week due to it being Mother´s day here in Peru. It was honestly a great opportunity to talk to my mom and also having the opportunity to talk to my dad in Spanish. (kind of haha) Well I was trying to but he still doesn't like speaking Spanish. Its pretty funny because its in his blood. But anyways, it was a blessing being able to talk with my family. One thing that I have learned this past weekend about mother´s day is that thanks to my Mom I am here on my Mission. Thanks to her for showing me the way to follow the path of Christ. Just like in 2 Nephi 31:33 He explains "That this is the only way, Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. I love these basic fundamental principles that Jesus Christ taught us and that we have the chance to teach that to others. Like how we describe Jesus Christ he is the Light of the World. We just need to revolve ourselves around him, he is the way.





Week 40

So this week has been another great week full of many blessings. This past week my companion, myself and another companionship had the opportunity to do a service for an elderly couple who are investigators. Lifting up wood four stories was the best. This wasn´t small wood, It was huge more then nine feet tall. We had to take that up to the last level so that they can build a roof. Once we finished after a few hours we had the chance to talk about the church and why we serve. This couple are so funny and have so much joy in there lives, it makes me smile with joy.
Another blessing that happened this week was when my companion and I were walking on this specific street. We were determined to contact each house on this street. Right as we arrived this elderly couple past by us and the sir stopped us and asked if we were Jehovah witness? That's how the conversation started, we explained that we are missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints. Then they asked "What´s so different about you and the rest of the churches"? That's when we felt the spirit so strong when we explained about the book of Mormon. They were hooked, we invited them to come to church this past Sunday and they did!! They told us that they loved it and want us to come over and teach more about our differences and what we believe!!

Week 39

Well this week has been full of many blessings. I want to start off with a big blessing from this past Saturday.  We had the opportunity to have a baptism, It was definitely one to remember.  Norma had all of her family there to witness her baptism. Now its Norma and her brother that are members of the church. The huge blessing is that the sisters of norma want to hear our message and follow the foots steps of the older siblings. So now my companion and I are working on the rest of the family to help bring the Joy, Love, and peace that god promisses us.

Another blessings was that we had the oportunity to do a service for one of our investigator Carlos. We helped clean and reshape his restaurant before they opened today. I loved these small opportunities that we have to serve others whenever the opportunity arises. 

Week 38

So this past week has been another great week. This week my companion and I were looking for a reference and each day he wasn´t their because he would leave his home. So one day my companion and I had been standing in front of his apartment. We were on the first floor where there is a little  restaurant. My Companion and I saw a man just sitting there at his work, he seemed a little sad so we went over to talk with him.  We talked with him for a good 15 minutes and then after we shared a principal of the church. He was interested and wanted us to comeback and visit him the next day. So the very next day when we went back,  he was there but a little busy with one of his workers. As we were leaving his daughter told us to wait and after five minutes of waiting we had the chance to teach the both of them about our beliefs and what is the difference between our church and the others. They were super happy and they want to hear more! Its a blessing who we find and who we share the gospel with each day. I know that God puts us in these positions specifically for a reason.

Week 37

It has been a great week full of many changes and adjusments in my first week with my new companion. One of the things I am greatful for is to serve with my new companion elder Mamani. Elder Mamani suffers from a disability but is still serving the Lord, I am honored to be serving with him. So this week I have been adjusting more on the exercising side of my life haha, I can tell you I am out of shape. Proselyting is a little different sense he has a bike and I walk, or run. But I am definitely enjoying it. I am just a little extra tired but it will all work out. This week we have been focusing on our investigators that are preparing for baptism. It was a huge blessing to have a missionary night with our investigators and members and being able to complete our purpose of having our investigators interact with the members of the ward. 

Otro bendicion que lo pasó este semana era que yo tenia la oportunidad a regresar a mi Barrio anterior Vista Alegre por un bautismo que le enseñe en febrero y marzo y por fin nosotros recibimos la firma de su papá de Julio para tener el permiso a bautizarse. Este experiencia me siento algo muy especial dentro mi corazón. Sé que dios nos da bendiciones y que nosotros podemos ver los bendiciones cada dia.