Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I'm going to have a kid!!!!!!

 August 14, 2017

I know the title is a bit extreme but it describes how this next transfer is going to be.

1. My companion went to a training this week to prepare him for returning home. Well we have a term here in the mission for missionaries who are thinking about home a lot and that term is that the missionary is tronky. and I will just say that my companion was super tronky after that but I think he paid for it because he got super sick the end of the next day. πŸ˜†

2. We had a weekly planning session as a zone and for breakfast we all made hamburgers!! Hamburgers and juice! Now that is how we do it as missionaries! Also we got these super awesome shirts as a Zone. 

3. We had a special conference this week that included all of PerΓΊ and Bolivia. Elder Cook, Elder Uceda, Elder Godoy, and sister McConkie spoke in it. It was super awesome and I loved the talk by Elder Uceda because he talked about how we need to keep our Celestial Traditions (Reading the scriptures, Praying often during the day, and Attending the temple). 

Well yesterday we received our transfers and well I am finally leaving Monterrico. I have literally spent almost half of my mission here and it hurts to leave here. But now I am going to leave and I am going to train my first missionary. I can´t believe that I am a trainer now. Now I need to take everything that I have learned and need to teach this new missionary how to do things. Really I don´t know if I am ready to do it but apparently the Lord thinks that I am ready so I will give it my all. 

Love you tons,
Elder Garbett
 
 **No I am not using glasses now. I was just using them from a missionary just for good looks. 
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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Miracles

 August 7, 2017

Well I keep wondering if the miracles will ever stop. But I really like them so here they are:

1. Well first off we had a returned missionary call us the other day. And she told us that she needed us to give a blessing. apparently there is this family in our area that she is nannying and the baby has some sort of sickness or disease or whatever you want to call  it. but the point is that the baby is almost 2 years old and has a problem developing fast enough. We were told that the baby was really sensitive and doesn't like random people touching him so we had no idea how we were going to do the blessing. But as we began to give the blessing the baby calmed down and pretty much accepted our giant hands on his tiny head. It was super spiritual and the Family ended up accepting our message and we are going to continue working with them. 

2. One day (I think it was last Saturday) we received a reference from Temple square. (we only knew it was from them because it was super official and in English) But about a hour later we received a phone call from a sister missionary from there and it was kinda funny because my companion tried to communicate with her but ended up passing the phone to me because he couldn't understand her gringo Spanish. but pretty much what she told us was that we needed to call this reference right there and then. So we called and set up an appointment and found out that she really wants to learn more about us. Super!

Well this week was pretty much full of miracles. After we baptized the last family we pretty much had nobody to work with. We have been looking and looking and looking for somebody. Pretty much it was if we couldn't find anybody this week we probably weren't going to baptize this month here in my ward. But as we do what we need to do the Lord will fill in the rest. And this is exactly what happened yesterday. We were walking by one part of our area and my companion decided that we should go look for old investigators. and thinking of the area I thought of one that Elder Martin and I dropped about 2 transfers ago. Pretty much she was super close to being baptized. The only thing was that she was living with her husband who she divorced. But we dropped by and shared a message with her. Well we found out that all of her problems (i.e her husband) had gone away and she and her child were ready to be baptized. So we put a date on her and she is just ready to do  everything she needs to do to prepare herself. Really this was a testimony builder to me because like I said when we do what we need to do the Lord will fill in the rest.
 
I miss you all tons,
Elder Garbett

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I do belive in miracles! I do! I do!

August 1, 2017

Well this week was super awesome. Sorry for not emailing yesterday but I will explain that here:

1. Well we went to the temple today. Super awesome and I got to see a bunch of people there. First off I saw a bunch of newbies from the CCM. "Me: Hey Nuevos! Gringo: Eggs? Me: No! Nuevos! Gringo: Why are you calling us eggs???" After that I saw President and Sister Moore from the CCM. I can't believe that after 7 months out of the CCM Sister Moore actually remembered me. I think it was because I lost all of my suitcases for the first 4 weeks in there. 

2. I went on splits with the Zone leaders again. So once again it was two gringos walking down the streets of Peru preaching a gospel that was restored in the United States in Spanish. We got some interesting looks. 

3. One of our investigators had her birthday this last Friday and her family planned a surprise birthday party. So as missionaries we went and helped set up and surprise her. But it ended up that she never showed up in the time frame that was allowed for us and so we left. But the next day we went and visited her and we found out that she was about 4 hours late and she didn't show up until 11. And sometimes my mom thought that I was late sometimes. πŸ˜œ

Well this week was super great. We had a baptism this last Saturday and we actually baptized an entire family. I mean I have heard of missionaries baptizing families before but I never thought that I would have the chance to baptize one. Their names are Juber, Marybell, Juber Jr., and Gianella. I'll just say that it was super amazing and great to see them take that step in their lives. But I think that my companion gyped me there. We each were going to baptize two of them. But when he found out that we weren't going to have hot water for the baptism he decided to let a different member of the church baptize one of his people. So he ended up being in the water for about 3 minutes while I had to stay in there for like 10 minutes. πŸ˜₯ I am surprised that I didn't catch hypothermia. 

I miss you all tons,
Elder Garbett

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Era of the Amatos

July 24, 2017

This week was pretty exciting. Let´s start with these:

1. Well I´ll start with the "bad" but super spiritual part. One day we (my companion and I) were walking down a pretty busy street and I had this impression, which I thought was just a random thought, that I should walk a little bit slower so I did what I thought and I slowed down. About 5 minutes later a car drove by us and hit a rock that was in the road about 30 ft in front of us and so with all the speed that the car had, the rock went flying by right in front of me. After that we examined the rock and it was about the size of a golf ball (maybe a bit smaller). Super strong testimony builder that the Lord watches over his missionaries. And we also started to avoid busy streets like that and if we had to walk down a busy street we would fight on who would be the one closest to the street. πŸ˜πŸ˜

2. Ok this last Thursday our beloved house lord (like land lord, but for a house) died at 12:46 in the night. His name was Victor Baigorria. On that morning we received the call that he died and that we needed to be in the church early so that the viewing could be done in the church building. And because we were the only ones who had time and keys to the building we had to be there the three days and pass by every so often. Really it was a sad time but it is so great to have the gospel in our lives because we know that death isn't the end but it is just a step in this great plan of happiness. 

3. Well I guess you are all wondering what special musical number we did for our new president. Well we did the EFY medly and I played the piano. It was super amazing and it is super true that when you prepare something like that the choir of angels sing with the choir. My expectations of all of my Latinos were destroyed by their performance. They truly rocked the roof with their English and I am super proud of them. 

Well I guess I would say that the highlight this week was the multizone that we had with President and Hermana Amato. We also had the opportunity to meet their children also. But what was super kool was what we learned. Before he left President Boswell taught us about positive attitude and always searching. Now President Amato is teaching us to search specifically to find the Escogidos (the Elect). The purpose as missionaries now is to find the Elect because the Elect hear the gospel and do not harden their hearts. Which eventually brought up the question "what about the other people who are not Escogidos?" Well he told us that the people who aren't Escogidos will have their opportunity during the millennial after Christ comes to the Earth. This is the great plan of the Father to give everyone the opportunity to hear and accept his gospel because he loves each and every one of us. He knows each of us personally and wants the best for us and it´s by this gospel we can receive all of these blessings.
 
I miss you all tons,
Elder Garbett
 




 

It's Elder Garbett Time!!!

July 17, 2017

Alright. It´s Elder Garbett time!!!!!!!

1. Well we have been preparing for a special Zone Conference with our new Mission President. It includes the interviews, some thoughts from him and his wife, and a lunch. But besides all of that I am in charge of a special musical number that the entire Zone is going to sing to them. And, well, because I am a gringo we are going to sing in English. The meeting is tomorrow so I will send a video of that next week. 

2. Well we went on splits this week and this time my companion stayed in the area. And when you leave a Latino in the area for a day things don´t go well. For example this time he decided to plan a lesson that was on one side of the area at 6 and then plan another one on the other side of the area at 7 and it is around this time that the traffic is absolutely horrible. So when I found this out we had just left the lesson that was at 6. So during this time we were in a taxi frantically worrying that we would be super late and so when we were about 6 blocks away (and six blocks here are huge) we decided to run for it and as we left the taxi I apparently left my Book of Mormon case in there. And it included all of my important papers and my beloved agenda. so we can just say that I am super sad about that. πŸ˜•

3. Today was a P-day of companions. And so just like any other good companionship who knows each other, we slept. But besides the sleeping (which we comfortably enjoyed) we decided to go out to eat lunch today. But today was a bit different than normal because we went to McDonald's. I´ll just say, P-day Well spent!😁😁😁

Well overall this week was absolutely amazing. I continue to see the works of God every day in little and in big things. For example the Hermana that we recently baptized has had a major change in her home. Before her husband wanted nothing with us. Her children fought all the time and her 17 year old daughter was super rebellious. But all of that began to change this week. Her husband is beginning to pray. Her children still fight but now she can deal with it and calmly change the situation and now her daughter is beginning to humble herself and their relationship is beginning to become better. Really as we stay firm in the gospel and do the things that the Lord asks of us he begins to help us have the desires of our hearts. In this example Hermana Marina is beginning to see that there is actually a chance that she could have this eternal family that we always continue to promise her.
 
I miss you tons and love you lots,
Elder Garbett

One after the other

July 10, 2017

Well this week was pretty good..... no, it was amazing:

1. Well I had my third official English class this last week. It´s kinda interesting to see how all of the Latinos are progressing in their English, and how the gringos are losing it. So every English class I have I need to include a song, so why not use the primary songs? Well I will tell you why not. Because apparently nobody knew the song Little Purple Pansies and I was left to come up with another song in less than a minute. 

2. This last Saturday we all went (as a Zone activity) to the temple. The point of this trip was to bring investigators to the grounds to get to know the temple and know a basic background of what we do inside the temple. After we did that you could just see the excitement on each of the investigators faces when they found out what they could do inside the temple and have an eternal family. It truly was awesome. 

Well as you can see from the title we had another baptism this week. Her name is Marina DΓ­az and apparently she was one of those investigators that we call an eternal investigator. One Sunday (a couple of Sundays ago) she randomly showed up and asked us to visit her. Well we visited her and she told us her experience about her testimony of Joseph Smith. Well after that we placed a baptism date on her and we started to work with her. She understood everything and accepted it with joy. But one thing that was (and still is) hard is her family. Her family is super rough and don´t really support her in what she does (besides her uncle). We've been working with her and her family but I just know that little by little her family´s hearts will soften and they will all go to the temple one day to be sealed forever. 
I love you all,
Elder Garbett
 Marina DΓ­az's Baptism









The Amatos have arrived

July 3, 2017

Well this week was super exciting. I´ll start with the Basics:

1. Well as the title implies President Amato and his family arrived this last week. We had a multi zone conference and president and his family each bore their testimonies to us in Spanish. President and Hermana Amato have four kids. Three girls and one boy. Both President and Hermana Amato know English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Their children only know English and a little bit of Spanish. But with time they will learn. But I am super excited to learn from President Amato. (the Assistants took a picture but they haven´t sent it to me yet. If they do I will send it to you)

2. Well we had a baptism this week. His name is Luis Cartulin. and well he is probably my favorite baptism so far in the mission. It was kinda funny because he was a reference from an activity we did about 2 months ago and when I called him I heard this deep voice from the other side of the line that pretty much scared me. But now he is probably one of the most faithful investigators and I can just tell that he will make it to the temple and will be sealed. 

Well this week was pretty good. Now that Luis is baptized we have to start looking for more people to teach and continue teaching the ones that we have already found.,which by the way we most likely are going to have another baptism this week. Truly the Lord´s work is moving and I´m still going strong in it. The mission truly is wonderful,
Love you all so much,
Elder Garbett
 Luis Cartulin's Baptism







President and Hermana Amato and their family