Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014 -- TWO MONTHS DOWN TWENTY-TWO TO GO!

September 29, 2014

Mañana, Tendré dos meses en mi mision. The time has gone by so fast. It´s kinda crazy. I feel like I was leaving home yesterday. 

This week was a little bit longer. I´ve been feeling a little sick, more than usual for the past couple of weeks. But I made it through this week, and I´m ready. Hit me with your best shot Bolivia! 

We taught 24 lessons this week.  Lots of walking, lots of talking.  And my Spanish is getting better everyday. It helps when your companion doesn´t understand English and you´re in the heart of South America.  I´m making friends in my ward! My ward mission leader, my bishop, some of the youth. There is a certain family, the Familia Artiega. I go to their house every Monday and Thursday for a lesson with a recent convert.  They remind me of Mom and Dad. They´re the nicest people I have met here.

We rescued a menos activo (less active member) this Sunday. His name is Brandon Cullear. He is 19 years old, and his testimony of the Book of Mormon was wavering.  So I told him to read Helaman Chapter 5. I remembered that one because my brother, Connor can say it perfectly.  Brandon told me that scripture saved him. He had an interview with the Bishop to serve a mission.  As my sister who is serving a mission right now, Emily would say it, and I quote: ¨AAAAAHHHHHH MY HEART IS SO HAPPY´´. 

I´m going to start doing a thing called Weekly Scriptures with Elder Tracy.

This week, my favorite scripture has been Doctrine & Covenants 6:32-34.

This week, I was feeling discouraged and sick, I prayed for guidance and I opened to this scripture.

D & C 6:32-34:  Verily, verily, I say unto you, as I said unto my disciples, where two or three are gathered together in my name, as touching one thing, behold, there will I be in the midst of them -- even so am I in the midst of you.   Fear not to do good, my sons, for whatsoever ye sow, that shall ye also reap; therefore, if ye sow good, ye shall also reap good for your reward.  Therefore, fear not, little flock; do good; let earth and hell combine against you, for if ye are built upon my rock, they cannot prevail.

This week, I was torn down and trodden on, but I know that this happened so I could be built up again. 

Estoy tan agradecido por la oportunidad que tengo queestar aquí en Bolivia. Sé que El Señor me protegerá. Quiero su espiritu conmigo siempre.

¡Hasta Proxima Semana!
Elder Tracy

From Jonathan's Mom, Dana Tracy:  I asked a few questions about where he lives and who he lives with.   Here is his response.

I asked him his address.  

There is no address for my residence.  It is blank.  I live in a yellow house.  It is like a courtyard in those pictures and then there are two doors.  Mom, I live in a pretty normal place.  We have a fridge, running water, hot showers and two other Elders living with us. Elder Fruehan from Alpine, Utah and Elder Condori from La Paz, Bolivia.  It is just like any other mission, but I'm in South America.  I am eating soup, chicken and rice every day.  It is always hot here.  ALWAYS.  I'm sending pictures.  Bye Mom.  Watch for my email please.

If you would like to email Jonathan the following is his email address:!  

Thanks for keeping in touch and letting him know of your concern.

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