Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Emergency Transfer

12 December 2015

So if you didn't notice I got emergency transferred out of the offices. We had sent a kid out of a area about 4 weeks ago and they had found a mini missionary to replace the kid, but that mini missionary had to go home, and then they found another replacement that President didn't know about so he kicked me out of the offices a week before Christmas for literally no reason whatsoever. I’m not sure I'm going to forgive him for it. Transfers are next Sunday, and yet he sent me out on Saturday. All the work I had done for the mission for this next Christmas party that is tomorrow and the next day and all the plans I had are out the window.... I’m really not happy!  But that’s okay, that’s my life I guess. I’m now in Villa Mercedes, its about 5 and a half hours from the offices of the mission where I was at and I feel like its a good area. I'm the only elder with my companion for and hour and a half in any direction. There are two hermanas who work close to us, but other then that there is no one even close to us. My companion is Elder Mendez, he is from a place called Chibut down here in Argentina and he is really cool and I really love him. But still I'm just alone with him....still really hard that I left all my best friends in the offices....but I'm working on the attitude thing...I really am trying to be positive about it all, its just hard…

Saturday we played soccer like normal and some way fun basketball and wrote letters like normal—it was fun but nothing special.

Sunday we had good meetings about life and just normal Sunday activities and I started to work on some super tramites for the week.

Monday we did more planning for the week of tramites and we even did about 5 of them that morning, we got some other quick work done and I was just were feeling pretty good about life as the secretaries, getting some stuff changed for the better! 

Tuesday we did another 10 peoples tramites and it was all good and fun. We also worked on getting some other stuff taken care of from the tramites I did in san luis!

Wednesday we did another 10 peoples tramites and it was all good, a lot of work, but good, and then as soon as I finished that I went and drove for 5 hours to Malargue and then another 2 and a half back to San Rafeal and that was pretty fun and then me and Elder Romero slept in the back of the truck under the stars while it started to rain. We said a prayer that it would stop and the Romero asked me if it was going to, and I felt strongly to say to him that if he prayed and has faith that God loves us and cares about us it wouldn't rain. I had said my prayer and felt strongly that it wouldn't rain, after that moment we didn't feel a single drop of rain and i know it was because God hears and answers prayers. He loves us a lot and He wants us to be happy, even when we are dumb and not perfect but he will bless us according to our faith. 

Thursday I drove another 3 and a half hours to Alvear and it was awesome! We were doing this trip to pick up electric heaters from all the pensiones so that people don’t brake them, so we took care of all of that and then I went and visited all the members I love there so much and it was way awesome! I got to spend time with so many great people, I loved it! Then me and Romero went to the limit of the mission and it was cool,  we took some pictures there! Then we drove back to San Rafeal for 3 hours-ish and I got a call that was from the financiero or Elder Bingham, he told me that him and I were getting kicked out of the offices. He was sent to a area about 20 minutes from the offices and I was going to Villa Mercedes. I was furious! Elder Ruesch knows a lot about the work, but he still has a long ways to go so it will be weird to see how he can handle the work on his own especially since there is so much of the work that he hasn't ever had to do and doesn't even know is his job. I called President and let him know of my concerns and he told me that my leaving was necisary because this area is decaying. I told him that there were missionaries here, but he didn't believe me. I called the assistants and the assistants told him that there was a mini missionary here and he still didn't care, he told me I was leaving. If with the fact the my child (Elder Ruesch) is so not ready to be on his own, and doesn't have a drivers license, and all these parties are going to be a ton of work, but whatever… I don’t understand President! I even asked if it was revelation, and he just told me that we can’t let the areas decay... I don’t know, I feel a little hurt! Finally at 1 in the morning we made it back to the offices

Friday I started to pack and get everything ready, I talked with President a couple times, and he still felt like it was the only option we had even after many explanations of whey it wasn't. So i think it was a little bit of pride to not just say that he was wrong and let me stay. But that’s okay I have a lot of pride too, and know that I would have stuck with it all the same if I were in his shoes. I went and dropped off Bingham in his area and as I was dropping him off, me, him and Romero started to cry. We have been through a lot of crap in this job and we have become so much more then companions, we had become brothers... I literally felt like I was dropping off my own child to go to the mission field... It was literally the worst thing ever....  then I was up to 1:30 in the morning packing and trying to make lists for my child and making everything ready so he doesn't forget stuff and he can take care of the job. 

Saturday we went and got everything ready and I hopped on my bus at 10am it was close because I had forgotten some stuff that the zone needed me to bring and it was way to close, but In the end we made it! I cried as i left and saw Romero waving goodbye and saw that I was leaving that place completely, not ready for the challenges that are coming and I just felt heart broken. I made it to the area at 3:45 in the afternoon and I was just dead, but then we walked and had a great lesson, the hermanas here have an investigator that lives in our area that is ready for baptism, so it was a lesson so that he could come be our investigator, but it will take some time, but for sure this next transfer he will be getting baptized. So that’s cool! 

Sunday we went to go and get a lady to go to church with us and it was good, it was her 3rd time at church so she is getting baptized this next Saturday and that’s awesome! She is not ready in my opinion, because I just don't see how she is going to keep going to church, but I still need to talk to my companion about it. Then we went to lunch with a cool family, and then that night we had to clean out the baptismal font because we won’t have time to do it this week due to all the travel we have to do for the activities tomorrow and just all that good stuff that comes with Christmas. We had to do it bucket by bucket and it took us 3 hours to get all the water out and then another hour to clean the steps and we got home at nine at night beat... 

Now we are here... and I'm still working to be happy! My companion has told me some stuff about the mini missionary here and how that it was so good for the kids life and then when he had to leave how sad he was and I just thought of how dumb and weird that it was that I'm here, but I guess that is life. Sometimes it sucks and doesn't make sense! I've talked to God about it a lot, but it still feels weird! I'm not sure that I will ever understand it, but I have faith that God won’t let this time go to waste! 
I love you mom, write me back if you can— I would like to chat. 

Love, Jayson

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Working on being happier

So its been a long day and I'm tired, but this is still my first email so we will see if its still any good, I'm not actually sure what I did this week, its been weird and I've been in a weird mood, but I'm working on being happier and being better— so don't worry! 

  • Any luck on the package?
Still nothing on the package I just need to call and see if my plan of fraud will work and if it will I should be able to get it, but we will see! 

  • Did you have a spiritual experiences this week?
I was really struggling all week and then on Wednesday night I was just having all these thoughts flying through my head and just stuff that was polluting my head and I was feeling terrible and then I just prayed until I fell asleep and the next morning I felt better and the every night since I sing all the children’a hymns that I know in the shower because it helps me cool off from the day, and I feel better and stronger and its just a good feeling of the Lord and the Spirit being with me! It’s really nice!

  • Are you reading your scriptures?
I am reading—not enough, but i am reading!

  • Have you taken pictures of the inside your apartment? I would love to see where you live.
I don't have any pictures of my apartment, but I will try and take some and I will try and get photos of all the places I work at so you can see better what I do! :)

  • We had snow the other day, and we are expecting more Monday. How is your weather?
It’s hot, it’s gotten to the point where I don't like being outside, I honestly just sweat a ton and then I get hot feet and it makes me worried about blisters again, but its good!

  • Did you cook anything good this week?
I didnt really cook much this week, i made some really good banana bread today but the bottom didnt quite get cooked so that was lame but its fine im working on it! 

  • Do you know a time that we might be getting to visit on Christmas Day?
I don't really know when we will call probably whenever you want! I would say around 1 o’clock where you are at should be good, thats like 4 o’clock here I think!

Saturday I have no idea... really none…

Sunday we cooked ourselves lunch and then we just kinda chilled here. I really just can’t remember….

Monday we worked on office stuff, not leaving it was a pretty good sized holiday so we just rolled with that for awhile and then we went and worked in the area a little. Nothing of luck though!

Tuesday more office stuff and then me and Elder Romero went and taught Ariel and it was awesome, since they took his kids away he is doing so much better, he is cleaning the house, working and trying to follow the commandments. We were teaching lesson three about faith, repentance, baptism and the Holy Ghost, but more then anything we shared the need to endure to the end, because he is learning, but now he needs to quit and endure. It was great because we talked about the treasure we can have in heaven if we keep the commandments and then he was just like, “Well I'm not following the commandments”, and then I just looked at him plainly and said, “Okay then what do we need to do to change that?” We talked it out, he knows what’s wrong now, we need to just beat the problems and he is there! I’m way proud of him really!

Wednesday we went to migraciones and started making some plans for some tramites that we need to get done Tuesday and we will see how it goes... It should be fun! I’m going to work on that tomorrow a little bit i think.

Thursday we went to San Juan to go get finger prints done for a couple elders and it was awesome—It was just a ton of fun and we got everything done that we needed too! I also bought me 3 new ties that I love! 

Friday we just worked here in the office again, its been hard, not a lot to do! But I was helping the pensionista do some stuff in getting all the heaters out of the houses so that the elders there don't brake them, But other then that it was just pretty easy! 

Saturday we dropped an elder off at the airport and then I made banana bread. We then we went bowling for a kids birthday that we have with us! It was a good day really, but I'm tired and just want to be done. Tomorrow is my 16 month mark... It’s a little weird. I’m so excited, but at the same time I'm scared that I'm getting closer to done. I have almost the same amount of time now as Taylor did when I started the MTC... I feel weird about it, mostly excited though! :)

So that was the week. Not much to tell, but its been good! 

I love you Mamma! Be happy and safe! 

Love, Jayson

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Way awesome week

So this week has honestly been way awesome! I've enjoyed it a lot! So we went and worked and worked and then we played and had meetings like normal so that’s fun, but its been good, hard but good! I will be back in the field for the New Year, Christmas no, but New Years si! 

Elder Bingham, Elder Benedict and Elder Romero

  • Are you looking forward to getting back to being in the field?
I’m a little bit of both on the going back to the real mission thing. The problem is I've gotten really used to being Senior Jayson, and not so much Elder Benedict. I’m not really sure how to be a missionary anymore. Well I have all the knowledge, but I’m just not sure how to put it all in to practice again. I'm excited to try, but I hope I have help and the support of a good companion teaching me how to do it all again and helping me want to. I don't know….. I've gotten a little lazy in some categories so its going to be a good game of learning again!

  • If you could choose where would you love to go to serve?
I would be going to San Luis. I like the area there and I just think it would be a good place to go for 3 or 4 months before I leave and go train a little newbe hopefully, thats what is normal in this mission. Like the last 3 months of the mission you train a little newbie and help them because at that point you should know everything and how to help them do it! 

  • How are you and all the new guys in the office getting along?
We are getting along great its been fun but tiring, but its good. The problem is I get jealous of my kid. When I teach him how to do the work, he gets to do it and I want to be doing it—so I just kinda feel like that! I want to be doing it, this is lame! But whatever I guess that is life! 

  • You said the package is still in Buenos Aires, but the delivery says that it is in Mendoza. How do you know where it is?
I called DHL and based off the tracking number they told me it was there, but they sent the papers that the brokers need to me so I could I guess I can be my own broker, but I don't know what else to do! The problem is that it had so many ties…which is my fault, because they are textiles, it is like they think I'm going to be selling them so they don't want to let them in without a broker. But whatever ya fue.

Elders in the ditches next to all the roads

  • I honestly cannot think of a spiritual experience that I have had this week…how about you? I guess I need to try a little harder. I haven't even read my scriptures since Sunday. I need to work a lot harder at always remembering Him and doing those things that will bring me closer to the spirit.   
I have had a lot of spiritual experiences, but I have to think of the week as we go and I will try to explain them all! 

Saturday we went to the Catholic church and it was really interesting. It was good and I felt like I was lifted up, but you could tell that it lacked and was breaking some of the rules that the scriptures say. But it was still good. I liked it at least! I also made my first half of the rolls, 3 dozen that night, they came out a little wrong, but still yummy!

Sunday we had normal meetings and then all the sudden after church we had our feast! I had to finish the last 3 dozen rolls, and WOW mom this batch was just perfect, honestly it was some of the best rolls I have ever made. They were almost as good as yours! So we had a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, jello, and then for dessert we had 6 pies that we had all made, except me because I was busy with the  bread, but wow was it so good! I have never eaten so much food, I had three full plates of mashed potatoes and turkey and a ton of rolls. I then had 3 pieces of pie and literally felt super sick! We laughed and chatted for a while, and then I felt like dying. I went into the bedroom that we have in the offices and passed out for the next 2 hours and it was awesome! I love Thanksgiving! I missed you guys like crazy, but it was cool that at least I had something close! But just so you know I am so thankful for you guys, thank you for always being the greatest parents ever!

Monday me and my hijo went and did abunch of tramites we needed to get done, but the problem was that we had already taken them out of their areas once, and the system was overloaded, but it’s good. We signed for them all, 5 of these kids. It was a little sketchy, but one of my good buddies was like, “Okay we will just do it this way so you don't have to bring them back from far away!” It was kinda funny really! 

Tuesday we did some quick tramites in the morning, but other then that I don't remember what else we did that day. I honestly just don't even remember it...but I was really struggling wondering about why the promises of the Lord don't always come to pass for me…like I'm not doing it right and I felt a very strong impression that I was not doing my part, that it was on me not him. I wasn't doing everything in my abilities to make the promises come to pass. The Lord is bound when we do what he says, but when we do not what he says we have no promise. I feel that I have not been doing what he says and that is why I am struggling with things, so I decided to try and change that and make myself better! It has been going good!

Elders in front of the terminals

Wednesday we went up to San Juan to see if I could get some stuff done to send to the states because no one has been willing to do it here for me so that was hard, but we went and got it done there. Then we went and hung out with the mission dropping off stuff that they had asked us for a little while back, like an oven and stuff like that! It was fun, but tiring! On the drive home I was thinking a lot about parenting and it made me think if I was anything like you guys thought I was going to be like? I don't mean if I ever disappointed you, because I know I did, but like did you ever think I was going to be different then I was? Did you think that maybe I would go play sports, or I would be more athletic, or I would do stuff differently? Did you ever have hopes that I would do something different then I did, not like in like all the things I did wrong, but just in general! Just wondering!

Thursday we went waited in line all day, we went and got a friend of mines tramite done in the morning and then we went and got her done and then we went and made a trip to our bank, pulled out a ton of money and then we went and waited in a line for I think 2 hours! Then I paid 26 fees we had for migraciones. Then we went and did some shopping with Romero and called it a day.

Friday we had a zone conference with President Goates and it was awesome! He taught us all about how we have improved in our obedience and people are noticing, and then because he didn't have to chastise us about obedience he taught us about hope and it was awesome! I loved it!! Then he taught us about about attitude and I feel like that is really important for me because it is really so important, it makes a huge difference how we look at things. We can be Nephi and trust God and try. Or we can be Laman and just fight against it. I feel like a lot of time I'm just trying to fight against it, but honestly we can trust God like Nephi did and he will help us a lot more then we can even imagine and I know its true. When we put our faith and hope in Christ and his power, he will save us from all our problems and help us be better. I loved it! I love that man a ton!

Saturday…today we don't really have any plans so its basically just a little day of rest, play ping pong, sleep and I don't know what else — but i think its going to be a nice tranquilo day!

So that has been my week, this is kinda the difference when I write you first when I still have the want to be writing people, so you got the good letter today! 

I love you mommy! 
Be happy and be safe! 

Love, Jayson