Monday, May 18, 2015

ZONE PHOTOS; Zapato Misional and Adobe Houses

Buenas Dias todos aquellos que lo vean este Blog.

This week was a little bit slower than normal. We didn't find many new people to teach.  But I'm feeling the hand of the Lord in everything I do.  I am being an instrument in the hands of the Lord.  We are still working with Norberto, The Argentinian that we found last week.  He is getting ready to receive the Aaronic Priesthood.  So, we are working with Him on that.  But besides that, I have realized that the Lord only expects all we can give.  If I have less than another person, it doesn't matter, we need to give ALL.

Bermejo Zone Photo in order 
(back row left to right) 

Elders Ullua, Gomez, Tracy, Ruiz, Jimenez

(front row, left to right)
Elders Villegas, Silva, Evans, Santos, Mamani

People here in Bolivia literally live in houses made of cardboard, and they don't complain.  They thank God in everything, and I love that about the people here.  Humility is the key to everything. 

The Martinez Gomez Family

The Martinez Gomez Family. They literally live in a house made of scrap parts.

We did an Activity for the Bolivar Branch called Zapato Misional.  I contacted seven people and gave the references to the Zone Leaders.  So they have like 79 new people to work with.  The picture below is my group for this Activity.

Alejandro and Mary

Elder Tracy and Alejandro

Scripture of the Week: D&C 63:47

He that is faithful and endureth shall overcome the world.

All is said and Done.  Just Keep Going.

Elder Tracy

Monday, May 11, 2015


Hello Everyone! 

Elder Jonathan Tracy P-Day 5-11-2015

This week in Bolivia goes like this:   Some members gave me a wooden crocodile for my desk, and we met some cool new Less Actives to teach.

So we started off this week on Monday: 
I bought 12 pairs of socks for 3 dollars.  I met a less active whose name is Nolberto.   He got into Bermejo, Bolivia from Salta, Argentina on Monday.   He met up with his wife, who he abandoned three years ago.  He came back with a goal of being sealed in the temple.  He is super cool.  And he has the will to change his life.  We all know that the Gospel is the best thing for him right now.
We went around looking for some new people to teach.  We haven't been having a lot of success finding new investigators.  Everyone that we have been finding hasn't been progressing,  so we have had to stop visiting them.  So I'm asking for prayers so that Elder Ullua and I can find people that will progress.

We taught Arnoldo about the Sacrament, and the Sacrament prayer.  We practiced for like 20 minutes, and he said that he was ready to bless the Sacrament.  HE committed to do that.

Was a bad day, we had one lesson. And we walked around, and the member that was going to be our fellowshipper was drunk when we went to go pick him up.  So he basically lost all of our confidence in him.  Then our investigators got mad when we called to reschedule.

Nothing important happened.  Just that it got really COLD!

We met up with Nolberto again and talked about the Restoration.  It was cool because when we got to his house, he was actually reading 1 Nephi 8, the homework we left 
him.  We talked about that and he said that He is ready to change his life.

Happy Mother's Day to everyone.  I called my Family for 40 minutes, and I cried! 

 I have no shame.  I sang my Mother a song from the Children's Songbook called "I Often Go Walking".  The words go like this:

I often go walking in meadows of clover, 
And I gather armfuls of blossoms of blue.  
I gather the blossoms the whole meadow over; 
Dear Mother, all flowers remind me of you.

O Mother, I give you my love with each flower
To give forth sweet fragrance a whole lifetime through;
For if I love blossoms and meadows and walking,
I learn how to love them, dear Mother, from you.

It makes me remember my Mother and everything she has done for me. I love you Mom!

Scripture of the Week: 
Alma 56: 47-48

Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying:  We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

I thought it would be fitting for Mother's Day! I think I shared it once, so why not again.


Little message from Jon's Mom!  

What a great Mother's Day!  We got to talk with Jonathan and then he totally melted my heart by singing my favorite song to me!

From Jon:
Its time for me to get off now Mom. I'll see you next week. I LOVE YOU THIS MUCH MOM (--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------)

Monday, May 4, 2015



Computer won't accept my camera. So no pictures this week.
We have been having success.  Elder Ullua and I have been having some success in contacting people.  We have a goal of talking to ten people before we go to lunch.  It's amazing to see how "The Lord of the Vineyard" works with his servants. The area is getting a lot better.  Many new people, A LOT of less actives, and my three recent converts.  But wait there is more....  WE FOUND A FAMILY THAT WAS SEALED IN THE TEMPLE, BUT WENT LESS ACTIVE. HOW CRAZY IS THAT!

We have been meeting with a Less Active family, called the Familia Romero.   They were sealed in the Temple, but then they stopped going to church when their son was born with a Brain Defect.  He told us that he is angry with God and that he did everything he needed to do.  He asked us straight up "Why did God let this happen to him?"  So we have been trying to get him excited to come to Church again.  He said he has been feeling better, and has been doing his prayers. He is progressing well.

I have learned in the mission that the Work is for everyone. With the Members, we missionaries can do A LOT. 


I want people to write me about a Missionary experience that they will have this week. 

Like President David O. McKay said:  Every member a missionary.

Scripture of the week: 
Doctrine and Covenants 45:3-5

Listen to him who is the advocate with the Father, who is pleading your cause before him -- 

Saying:  Father, behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin, in whom thou wast well pleased; behold the blood of thy Son which was shed, the blood of him whom thou gavest that thyself might be glorified;

Wherefore, Father, spare these my brethren that believe on my name, that they may come unto me and have everlasting life.

Jesus will plead for us.  Always.  Verse 5 is my favorite, my new theme. The invitation is there, lo aceptarà (will you accept it)?

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