Monday, December 28, 2015

Tiempo Pasa Muy Rapido


Hola Todos!

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! Christmas this year was a little different for me, but it was awesome! It was crazy though because they treat it like the 4th of July! On Christmas Eve, there were so much fireworks! It was really awesome..like Myrtle beach but times 100!! As far as you could see in every direction! They don't have any laws or restrictions about fireworks so they really go all out haha!

So here is how I spent my Christmas: I played basketball for 4 hours and talked to my family...probably the best Christmas I ever had haha..President switched our p-day to Christmas!

Something really caught my attention this past week when we had a Christmas devotional as a mission! It is the Primary song "He Sent His Son" I want to share a part of it.

"How could the Father tell the World of love and tenderness
 He Sent His son, a new born babe, with peace and holiness
 How could the Father Show the world the path that we should go
 He Sent His son to walk with man on Earth that we may know
 HOw could the FAther tell the world of sacrifice, of death?
 He Sent His son to die for us, and rise with living breath
 What does the Father ask of us?
To Live Like His Son"

This song hit me so hard, I really felt the lyrics, felt the words penetrate my heart..The Father sent His son for us, so that we may know all that we need to return back and live with Him again. He sent His son to walk what we walk, to go through everything that we will ever go through..personally for every person on Earth. And what does He ask? Live as Jesus did..strive to live His Gospel, so that we may be the sons and daughters that we came to the Earth to be!

A day in my life will never go by without me giving thanks to my Father for sending His only begotten son, to die for us so we may be eternally happy..and receive the fulness of the bendiciones that He is so willing and ready to give us. 

As His representative, I testify of Him...and of His atoning sacrifice for every single person that has, is, or will be on this Earth! And I know that He is there with open arms to help us, and He loves us unconditionally! I think about it this way..I know my parents love me more than anyone possibly could, and our Father in Heaven and His son love us even more than that! 

I love you all and am so thankful for every one of you. You all help me so much..and the little things go a long way!!

Les Amo mucho!!

Elder Yeoman

Rio de Plata and the city of Buenos Aires in the background!
Elder Yeoman and Elder Kelly


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Feliz Navidad from Argentina!



It was the best Christmas gift ever to be able to Skype with Elder Yeoman yesterday! He is doing so well and loving his mission! We love him so much and are so proud of him. I am so grateful for modern technology that allows us to feel so close to Jace, even when he is another whole continent away. Now, I will just count down to Mother's Day when we will get to see him again!

Our family "together" again!!

I love my handsome missionary!!


Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission Christmas Card sent to the families of the missionaries





Monday, December 21, 2015

Feliz Navidad!


Just to clarify some of the Spanish slang…. capo means “the man” or in other words, a really awesome guy. Rey means king. So, Antony is clearly the king of all great guys in Jace’s mind. :-)

Hola!
I want to start off by thanking everyone for all the support that you guys have given me! And I hope you guys can still have an awesome Christmas without me ;) haha. Christmas is an amazing time of year where our thoughts and feelings are directed on the Savior and our families! 

So, this week was really awesome! We had another baptism, Antony, and he is a capo...pero rey capo! He will be a huge help to the ward, and the Bishop is pretty excited to have him in the ward as well! We had the last Devotional of the Navidad yesterday, and it was really spiritual! All focused on the life and teachings of the Savior! 

The Savior really has given us everything, and he really doesn't ask for much in return..just to follow Him! And through His restored Gospel, we can! I always love explaining the simple doctrines of the Gospel, and how the Savior has layed out, through teaching and example, exactly what we need to do. 

This Christmas, I'm more than ever so incredibly grateful for the life of the Savior, and His atoning sacrifice..so that we can all find true happiness in this life and hope in the life to come.

Something that I have been focusing my studies a lot on lately is charity, the pure love of Christ. The Savior says "If a man has not Charity, He is nothing." President Ayre shared something with me this week, that I loved..and I'm sure you all have heard it before, but it hit me hard. He said "If you lose yourself in the work and love for the people, you will find yourself." I really thought about that, and it is so true..if we lose ourselves in the service of others, we will be who the Lord wants us and needs us to be, and reach our full potential..and with that, we will surely find ourselves.

Charity is probably a life long attribute to develop, but I know that if we have it..everything will be easier!

I love you all and I hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas! Never forget why this holiday is so important, and what it means to really have a Savior!

Se que Jesucristo vive, y El nos ama! 
Tengan una buena semana, sigan fiel!!!!!!!

Elder Yeoman

#NOMEPUEDENDEFENDER

Antony's baptism on Saturday with Elder Kelly


Monday, December 14, 2015

$33 Big Macs


I asked Jace what his subject line $33 Big Macs means since he offered no explanation in this email. He said that it is because he has probably eaten 10 Big Macs this past week! He says that the church members always feed them a huge meal at lunch since that is the main meal in South America…. and at night they are so hungry!! I also wanted to include a quote from one of his personal emails to me today. “I miss you guys too, please don’t think that I don’t. I would be lying if I said I didn’t….but it’s so AWESOME here!! I Love it!!” That is all this mama needs to hear! Even though it is the Christmas season and such a special time for families to be together, I have such great comfort in knowing that Jace is exactly where he wants to be, doing exactly what he wants to be doing and he is in great hands!  My heart is so full.  We are sooooo excited to Skype with him at Christmas! It will be the best Christmas gift ever!!!!
Alana

Holaaaaaaaaaaaa!

I hope everyone has had an amazing week and a great holiday season. My Christmas is a little different this year, since it is 110 degrees haha, pero bueno! But this Christmas will be one that I will never forget! A Christmas where I am able to share with all the people here in Argentina the importance of our Savior! Because Ha Nacido Un Salvador!,

This past week we had so many miracles. We really haven't done anything. The Lord is preparing the people and we are lucky enough to be at the right place. He doesnt just help us with this work. He is this work! It is His work, and people are prepared through Him. Someone stopped us in the street and basically said "Hey, I want to be baptized!" Okay! we can help you with that!  It's amazing! The rest of a part member family has decided to be baptized also!! Something My zone leader told me when I only had about a month in the mission was, "Elder Yeoman, the difference between a good missionary and a great missionary is a great missionary believes in miracles." That hit me hard, and I will never forget it. It's not important what our talents are. What is important is the realization that the Savior has His hand in all things, and it's up to our faith and what we truly believe! 

With that, I was thinking about these short past 5 months on my mission, and everything that I have experienced, seen, and been a part of. I have literally seen the purification power of the Gospel change lives, save families, and strengthen my conversion in a way that I will never be the same. It is something that I will forever be grateful for.  It has given me a perspective much more eternal and has increased my vision. The Gospel of Jesus Christ isn't a way of life.  It is the ONLY way of life that we can reach the level of happiness that our Heavenly Father espera of us! Through His plan, centered on families and the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I promise and testify with all of my heart that we will have all the happiness in the world..in this life and the eternities! And as we do so, we will feel of the love the Savior has for each and every one of us. We will begin to understand a little bit just what this plan means, and just how important the Atonement is in our lives. As a representative of Christ, I know He lives, and I know exactly what He wants from each of us. We will have difficulties, struggles, feelings of doubt and feelings of not being able to do it anymore, but our Savior, our Redeemer knows that feeling, and felt it for you personally..and we are all enabled to have His help..Venid a Mi!

This Holiday season, I want you all to think for a little bit about what life would be like without this knowledge that we all have, without the Savior..and then I want you to realize that there are millions of people who have those feelings every day, because they dont know what the Savior has done for them. But we do! We know exactly what He has done for us, and we need to Bring the World that Truth! 

I love you all, and I am so thankful for everyone's love and support for me. This season, come to truly know your Savior.. because it will be the best thing for your life, and for all of those around you!

Tengan Una Buena Navidad!

Elder Yeoman


Baptism this week!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Time is Flying!!

Hello Everyone!!

Hope everyone is having fun in the cold haha! Its starting to get pretty hot here, I step outside and start sweating haha, but its all good :).

So this week, Elder Kelly and I were working hard to find people to teach, and we were talking to a bunch of people but we really weren't getting any interest! We were contacting member references, working through members in everything, but nobody was showing interest. So we got to Saturday night and we didn't have anybody to come to church with us, so we were kind of bummed about that. There was someone that came up to talk to Elder Avalos and I a few weeks before, and we talked to him a little bit and invited him to church. We invite about 1000 people to church everyday, so honestly I didn't think anything about it. But then he came to church that Sunday. So we talked to him after church (a week ago) and he told us that he has a super busy work schedule and he got lucky to get off that week. He said he didn't know if he would be able to come again. So I thought to myself that he wouldn't progress if he doesn't come to church so I kind of just shut that thought out of my mind for the rest of the week. 

Luego, we get a call this past Saturday night..and it was him!! He called us and told us that he wanted to go to church. So we told him that we would pick him up for church Sunday. He came with us, and it was actually Stake Conference, and a member of the Seventy came because our stake president got released! So the meeting was super spiritual, and we committed him to baptism next week! 

This is the Lord's work, and it strengthened my testimony so much and helped me to realize that we just need to work hard. We need to always do everything we can to cumplir with what is being asked of us. And I know that if we can do that, we are entitled to endless blessings, miracles, and help from the Lord! In some of my hardest days on the mission, there is always something there pushing me and helping me along. 

I know that sometimes things are tough. Everyone has trials. Everyone has difficulties. If I could give any advice, among the many things I have learned in the past 5 months..TRUST THE LORD! Someone who has given us everything and paid the price of every sin of every person, only wants our best and our trust. And I promise that if we are doing our best to follow Him, and we put all our trust in Him, He will provide!

Turn that doubt into trust, and seguir adelante!

I love you all!!  (And I have received confirmation that ya'll still can't guard me ;) Haha!

Elder Yeoman

 (Jace is clearly forgetting some english words as he types his emails. I usually edit them, but just decided to leave the spanish words in there this week!)
Pday Fun with the whole zone today!!

Elder Yeoman and Elder Kelly's weekly selfie!!



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Se Fueron las doce Semanas

Hola!!

Hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving, even though it wasnt nearly as good without me...but still hope it was awesome!! And I hope ya'll ate an extra plate for me ;)

Well, I am done training!! So now I'm a normal missionary haha! I'm pretty excited about being able to work in the mornings now too! Elder Avalos left, which I'm pretty sad about! I learned a lot from him and I will definitely miss him. My new companion is Elder Kelly from Las Vegas. Here is the funny part. He trained Elder Ayres (My companion in the MTC)! He is awesome and I know we will have a lot of success together..and work super hard! Also, he is a huge college basketball fan..like huge!! Just a side note ;)

Now I will be leading the area for a few weeks until Elder Kelly gets used to it! So Im a little nervous about that, but the Lord will help me through it all, and lead us to where we need to be! Richard, who was baptized 2 weeks ago is now preparing to serve a mission..and comes out with us to help teach a lot! I'm so extremely happy for him and just thinking back on how much of a miracle it was that we even found him, I can really testify that this is the Lords work! There are miracles all around! 

Something that Presidente Ayre told us in a mission conference this past week is that our faith can soften hearts and help prepare them to hear the Gospel! This really hit me..that the faith that we have can prepare the hearts of others so that they are ready to recieve the truth. Faith is something that I study a lot as a missionary, and it is so true. If we have faith, we have hope..and if we have faith and hope..it leads to charity! And that Charity is what can realmente change the hearts of those around us! 

I am so incredibly blessed to be a part of the Work and Glory of the Lord, and I glory in Him..and testify that it is only through Him and His Gospel that we can be saved. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior..and that through Him, everything is possible. 

Any struggle, hardship, trial you all are going through..just dont worry about it, it will all work out, because the Savior is ALWAYS with us!

I love you all!! Hope you all have an awesome week!

Elder Yeoman

Saying goodbye to Elder Avalos  
Elder Yeoman with his new companion, Elder Kelly
Elder Yeoman was excited to see his MTC companion again, Elder Ayres 
Another Chacabuco Zone picture



Monday, November 23, 2015

La Mas Loca Semana en mi Vida


Hola!

Hope everyone is doing great! Im sorry but I literally have no time to write today, because we had a huge asado as a zone! But this week was insane haha. I think I went on exchanges 3 times because everyone was having trouble with baptismal interviews, but I dont have time to tell you guys about it. It was a really fun and tiring week though, and we had a baptism so that was great! Just know I love you guys a ton and I will have more time next week!

The church is true, and Christ lives and loves each and every one of you!! 

Elder Yeoman

It was a short and sweet email this week, but Jace is doing great! They had a zone asada  (a barbecue) and it took up most of his p-day today!  I also got a few pictures and a video of him from members in his ward this week!  I love technology!! It is such a tender mercy to receive unexpected pictures and sweet messages from the wonderful people in Argentina! They truly love Elder Yeoman and say that he is an “angel” to them in the Parque Patricios ward family! They also tell me that they love his humor! :-)  
Alana
Chacabuco Zone Pday Barbecue
Elder Yeoman, Elder Avalos,  Elder ?,  Elder Bonafacio and Elder Daynes

Baptism this week!

I received these pictures on Saturday from Juan Carlos in Elder Yeoman's ward. This picture is a selfie taken with the young men in the Parque Patricios ward. 

They love Inca Cola.... a very yummy Peruvian soda





Monday, November 16, 2015

Buscar Por Milagros

Hola!

Hope you all had a great week! Its kind of weird that its like 200 degrees in the middle of November, going to have to get used to that haha! 

So, this past week was super crazy so I dont have a whole bunch to say haha..I went on divisions twice and had to go to San Fernando to do my visa stuff, and we got to go to the TEMPLE!! It was super crazy, because we were walking back to our pension Thursday night and we got a text that said "Your session for the temple tomorrow is at 7 am and you need to be here by 6." We had no idea we were going to the temple, so it was a very nice surprise. We had to wake up at 3:30 though, but it was worth it and amazing :). 

So this week, our baptisms were postponed, but they will be held this Saturday! We found a couple more possibilities this week also, so looking forward to working with them! 

President asked us to study Ether 12, so I want to talk a little about that. This chapter is all about Faith, and is something that as a mission we are striving to work on and increase every day. Studying this chapter really made me realize that the Lord is preparing many things for us, many miracles, but it is according to our faith! If we truly believe that we are going to go out and find someone to teach that is ready to hear the Gospel, its going to happen! So one thing that we do as a district is every night we have a conference call and one part is the miracle for the day. Every day, we have to find a miracle! Some days, they are small, but the important thing is that we have the faith to have miracles, and that we are looking!

So this week, I challenge you all to look for a miracle every day, and thank the Lord for it! I promise that as you do this, your faith will increase and you will feel His hand in your lives even more!

I love you all and hope you all have an awesome week!

Elder Yeoman


Weekly selfie because he knows his mama needs to see his sweet face!

Jace forgot to bring his camera to the Buenos Aires Temple on Friday. I added this picture myself. Another elder took pictures and will email them to Jace.  Hopefully he can send them next week. 


Monday, November 9, 2015

Bautismo!!!

Hola Familia y Amigos,

Hope you all had an awesome week! This week was really special for me because I had the first baptism of my mission so far, and I got to perform it so that was pretty special as well! It is really hard to explain the feelings of that....knowing that I got to be a part of the Lord, through His Gospel, changing the life of someone. Directly after the baptism, I could see, with tears in her eyes that she without a doubt knew how important this step was for her. It is really incredible what this Gospel can do for people, and I am very blessed to be a witness of it all!

We didn't really have a whole bunch of luck finding people this week, but we were kind of caught up in teaching our other investigators (that is an okay trade off with me ;). But, our other investigators are progressing well, and there should be another baptism on Saturday! 

During my studies throughout the week, a couple things stood out to me that I would like to share. One, as missionaries we always talk about what our purpose is and what our objective is....but what is the objective of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, put simply? The Gospel of Jesus Christ, put simply, enables us to be purified and cleansed from sin through the Atonement, so that we may receive the greatest gift of all, Eternal Life. As missionaries, we invite other people to repent, allowing them to have the opportunity and make the decision to be purified and cleansed from all their sins, so that they may know true happiness. This reminded me of a talk I heard in the MTC. I cannot remember who gave it. However, he said that there is a very simple reason  that people don't accept the Gospel when we teach it. They simply don't understand what the Lord is giving them.  If we taught in a way so that they truly understood the opportunity that the Lord is giving them, they would want the Gospel in their lives.

I know that this Gospel is true, and the only way. I know that by living these simple principles, we are promised Eternal life, a promise that is greater than all! I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves every single one of us.  I know that every single time a soul is brought to repentance, He weeps! Because He knows that His Atonement, His sacrifice, His work and His Glory, was exercised. 

Te Amo Mucho!! 

Ponderize- Alma 33:23

Elder Yeoman




Elder Yeoman's first Baptism on Saturday 11/7/15


Elder Yeoman and Elder Avalos at the baptism on Saturday



Lots of happy missionaries in The Chacabuco Zone!
(Elder Yeoman in center of back row)

Apparently, Elder Yeoman is the tallest person around that can help reach things up high!! ;-)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Semana 8 in Argentina

Hola Everyone!! Hope you all had an awesome week!

This week again was full of miracles.  It is always amazing to see the hand of the Lord in every aspect of this work! So we had a meeting as a whole mission this past week jueves (Wednesday). The President of the 70 in our area came to talk to us. He and President Ayre talked about our goal as a mission, 1600 baptisms this year..and how we have to work harder than ever to reach this goal, because we are still missing around 500. 

They talked to us about faith..and this is what I got from it.  The Lord, through His representatives has given us this goal, and with all things that come from the Lord we also have been provided a way to accomplish these things. It is now up to us, up to our faith, our diligence, our work that we can accomplish the goal that the Lord has set for us. Reading in the Book of Mormon, I have realized that literally nothing has come to pass without someone not only having faith, but exercising it. That is why we have the Book of Mormon, that is why we have the plenitude of the Gospel in our lives..because of faith!

There is a reason why it is the first teaching of Jesus Christ, because without faith, we cannot progress. Another thing that I really liked about that meeting was these 2 questions:

Do you believe in Jesus Christ?

What do you believe in Jesus Christ?

I think the majority of the world can say that they believe in Jesus Christ, but what about the second question? I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, and His Gospel is the ONLY way. What we believe in Jesus Christ is what leads us to act, leads us to repent, leads us to exercise our beliefs.

This work is incredible and I am so humbled to be a part of it. A scripture I love has come to my mind a lot this week..it is in D&C 31:13

Sé fiel hasta el fin y, he aquí, estoy contigo. Estas palabras no son de hombre ni de hombres, sino mías, sí, de Jesucristo, tu Redentor, por la voluntad del Padre. Amén.

Sorry, I can't copy and paste in English.  You guys can figure it out haha! But it is so true, when we are faithful, commited to following the example of Jesus Christ, always exercising our faith, He will ALWAYS be with us. That is a grand promise that I want in my life, and I know you all do to. 

Les amo mucho!


Elder Yeoman

I think the only time Elder Yeoman has pictures taken is when he is eating! I am so grateful for the wonderful church members in Argentina who send me these pictures. :-)

Elder Yeoman eating pizza with ward members. 

Yes, there is a McDonalds in Buenos Aires!

The Ice Cream Sword!!! This picture was taken before it dripped down Elder Yeoman's tie and onto his pants!

Elder Yeoman and his companion, Elder Avalos 



Monday, October 26, 2015

Semana 7 in Argentina


This week was full of miracles! We started off this week like fire and with a hunger to find people ready for baptism, and it really paid off. The Lord blesses those who have faith, are diligent, and obedient! 

So this week, we commited 4 people to a baptismal date, and they all came to church Sunday! They are all a bunch of capos! (I asked Jace about this term and he said capo means  "the boss”, which is a slang term used in Argentina. In other words, they are super great guys!!) On the way walking to church Sunday, one of them asked me "Elder Yeoman, if I am baptized and take the sacrament and remember the Savior and repentance, am I clean again?" I was shocked because we haven't taught him about the Sacrament yet, or the importance of it..but I was like YES!!! YES THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT! It was awesome!  I really feel good about these investigators progressing and entering the waters of baptism! I can tell that they really want to follow their Savior, and there is no better way to do that than by following His Gospel.

3 of the 4 are brothers, and they were a reference from a less active family (that is key), members help so much! The other one, Richard, was just a random contact we felt that we needed to talk to on the street. I know that Heavenly Father knows our plans for the day, and every single day puts someone in our path that we need to talk to. It is up to us to be able to find that person! 

Yesterday was the election in Argentina, so we werent allowed to proselyte! This was weird..we couldn't go out and work haha..I didnt know what to do with myself. But, we had lunch with the Bishop and his family..and his wife is an incredible cook (the reason I've gained 25 pounds) haha..so we ate for like 3 hours.

Every answer to every problem we can have is in the scriptures. I can't even describe all the times I  have received answers directly from the scriptures...for my investigators or for me. I testify that Heavenly Father knows us personally, that He knows everything we need in every single situation, and that if we put our trust in Him and exercise our faith, we will receive answers!

I love you all and hope you all have an awesome week! I feel your love and prayers every day! This is the Lords work, and I am blessed to be His representative! And as His representative I testify that He lives, and He loves every single one of you. A way is prepared for everyone! 

Ponderize for the week: 2 Nephi 25:26


Elder Yeoman

Elder Yeoman and Elder Avalos with the Bishop and his family in Parque Patricios

Night time view of the Beautiful city of Buenos Aires

Weekly Photo in Elder Yeoman's Apartment :-)

Sunday Tacos with members from Parque Patricios

Lunch with the Bishop and Family

They seem to ALWAYS be eating!! Elder Yeoman says the food is AMAZING!!
I love this picture!!! Hermana Casariego fed him something spicy!!





Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Semana 6 in Argentina!

Hola Todos!

Wow! This week was so eye opening and crazy! I don't accurately know how to describe it in words!  I want to start off by saying thank you to you all for all the support, experiences, and love you share with me! Without such amazing family and friends, this would be so much more difficult. Never think that your email doesn't mean much to me, because every single one does! However, sometimes it gets crazy busy and I am not able to write as much as I would like to you all. So today was translates (transfers)! Luckily, my companion and I are staying in our area! I am really happy about that! He is getting down about things because this will make it 6 months that he has been here, and no baptisms. This area is tough, but I know that we are here for a reason, and I assured him that we will find that reason and we will have baptisms..SOON! The Lord wants to see our faith, love, and determination! And that is exactly what we will give Him! 

I am so thankful for the opportunity to serve these wonderful people. I also made a promise that an English word will not come out of my mouth this transfer.  It will be tough, but I know that it is what I need. I have already felt like my Spanish has really come along, and I know it is only because I am changing my attitude, and putting more trust in the Lord.

Now, for the part of my week that blew my emotions out of the water. I had the opportunity to go to the departure devotional for the missionaries who are going home this transfer.  My companion wanted to see one of his former companions and we got permission to go. So, these things are huge in our mission.  The missionaries get to invite all their converts, all the members in their wards that they grew to love, total! So, me being new, I didnt know anyone outside of my zone. I got to hear the testimonies of Elders and Sisters leaving. One of them really stuck out to me. His name is Elder Da Silva, and he was an assistant who left today. But something really hit me. He was absolutely distraught and could not fathom the thought of having to leave Argentina. I saw him talk to all these people whose lives were changed because of him, along with a bunch of other missionaries. People came from all over to see these missionaries who changed their lives forever. It finally hit me! Things finally clicked. That is who I want to be! 

I want to be the missionary that never wants to leave..that my biggest fear in the world is one day that this will be over, and I won't be a missionary anymore. I want to change lives, bring people into the fold, into happiness that they would have never otherwise dreamed of! That is why I am here, and that is the joy of the Gospel! 

Let us all take a moment and realize just what we have..the promises and blessings from having the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives. Things get hard, but I promise that if we never let go of our faith, we will always be happy! 

I love you all, and hope you all have a great week! I know my Savior, Jesus Christ lives, and is there with us through everything, every step of the way! 

Elder Jace Yeoman




Jace sent this picture to me as a joke.  He has always laughed that missionaries seem to always be giving a "thumbs up" in pictures.  Before he left for his mission, he vowed to never take the typical missionary picture with a "thumbs up" pose!
(He said he would always hold up his infamous "3-point" sign as in the above picture!)


Monday, October 12, 2015

Semana 5 in Argentina......Creo?

Hola Everyone!

I am shocked every single week how fast time is going! We have 3 companionships in my ward and we are all having trouble finding people to teach! So, we fasted for our metas (goals) and I am really feeling good and confident about this week! That's what it is all about, faith! We have to have the faith and desire to accomplish our goals, or we never will! So our last progressing investigator fell through this week because her dad, who lives in Peru, wouldnt allow her to be baptized :(. She was so ready, and even passed the baptismal interview, but it was a last second thing. But, we did what we could, and the seed has been planted! My companion and I have been trying to look for more ways to get the members excited to get involved in missionary work! We were sitting there in companionship study one day thinking, and we buy these chocolatada shakes, which had writing on them like this: Lunes-chocolatada con un amigo..Martes-Chocolotada con su estudios..etc. So we were like...WE GOT IT. So we made a 7 day calendar for specific things that the members can do to help us in the work, and get them excited for missionary work! We printed it out and gave it to all the families in the ward Sunday!

Fast and testimony meetings here are incredible! Nobody gets up there and tells stories, or their life experiences. It is an hour of people testifying of our Savior. The Spirit during that meeting was so strong. The people here are so humble and it is awesome serving them!  One thing that I am learning and comprehending more and more every day by being here on a mission, is just what exactly the Savior did for us. Not only did he give His whole life for us, but He also provided His Gospel, the ONLY way we are able to live with our Heavenly Father again with our families. Stop and think about all the blessings that entails, it is truly remarkable. I will never be able to comprehend all of the Atonement. None of us will. But what I do know, and can testify of with all of my heart, even in Spanish, is Jesus Christ is my Savior! He lives, and has provided a way for all of us to know true happiness. All he asks is that we have faith in Him, repent, and endure to the end! "If ye know all these things, SEE THAT YE DO THEM."

I dont have much more time, but I love you all and feel the love and support of you all every day, along with my Savior! The greatest thing we can do as members of the church, is share the Gospel! Never forget what the power of your knowledge and your testimony can do for so many around you! 

Transfers are next Monday, so my next Pday will be on Tuesday....so, Mom don't freak out when you don't hear from me on Monday! Haha!
Okay, I broke the news to my parents last week, so I will tell you all now..Since I arrived in Argentina, I have gained 25 pounds hahaha! These members love me and feed me lots!! ;)

And for my family: Ponderize for the week - Mosiah 2:41

Love you all!!

Elder Yeoman

I have to take selfies because having a camera out in public isn't the brightest thing to do in Argentina. Haha! This photo was taken this morning. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

One Month in the 'Tina!!

Wow, its already Monday again..and I've been here a month! I hope everyone is doing well and had the opportunity to listen to every single second of conference, because it was AMAZING! So, the first session I watched in Spanish, so I didnt get as much out of it as the other sessions, but it was still good! Something interesting I thought of though about watching in Spanish- Yeah I know generally what they are saying, but not all of it so what I do know along with what the Spirit is telling me makes up the difference. So I dont know if that makes sense, but it does to me haha. But all the other sessions I was able to watch in English, so instead of telling you all about my week, I am going to focus on some thoughts and impressions from Conference.

1) To serve at the capacity the Lord needs us to serve, we have to see His children through His eyes. This is charity, and if we have not charity, we are nothing. I know that charity is something that does not come easy, after all it is the pure love of Christ. However, it is essential! In all that we do, we must have charity! This is something I am praying for ever day!

2) "Elder Yeoman, stop serving your mission and start serving His" - This one hit me hard, I need to stop looking at fixing my problems and my trials and difficulties, and look to only fixing and healing the problems of those I serve. I am here to serve my Lord, and that means that I need to do it His way.

3) I wasn't called for the things I have done or didn't do, but rather because of the things I will do through Him! I love this! Heavenly Father knew exactly what He was getting when He called me to this mission, someone far from perfect, but someone maybe He can work with! Well I can testify to all of you that if we are able to submit to His will, we can become who He wants us to be...which is the only way we can reach our full potential!

4) The path of happiness is through families and a Mother's love has to be divine. Well, I have the best family in the world and I know without a doubt that we will be together for eternity. I also know that without families, we could never have the joy and happiness that was intended for us! I love my family so much, and the Gospel is the reason for our happiness! Also, I know that a Mother's love is divine, and that if anyone can love me or come as close to loving me as much as the Savior, through all my faults, it is my mother! I love my parents so much, and know that they were given to me so I can have a taste for just how much my Heavenly Father and Savior love me. Also, a part that stuck out to me with that is Elder Holland said "In temptation, behold your mother." Wow, that is extremely powerful, because I would never want to hurt my Mother. I know you all feel the same, so when faced with temptation, behold your Mothers!

5) Always put your trust in the Lord. This has been one thing that I am really building a strong faith and testimony of and know that this is the only way we can make it through mortality. There are days where I don't have any idea how I am going to make it to the next, but there is always something that happens, something little even, that gives me the comfort and strength I need to carry on! That is the strength, power, and love of the Lord!

6) Doubt and faith cannot exist together- This is so true! On a mission, it is easy to doubt, easy to feel that you aren't good enough, easy to feel that things are too hard! But I can promise, it is so much easier to have faith and show it in all that you do, because when we can do this, we cannot be brought down!

7) Ponderize- I loved this haha! I am currently ponderizing 2 Nephi 31:20, I hope that you all choose to do this, and maybe sometimes ponderize the same verse as me!

8) Ultimately, Christ is our judge. This should bring us all so much joy and comfort. Our redeemer, our Savior, the one who endured it all, who took upon Him every sin, trial, hardship every single person has in this life, who has infinite mercy, is our judge. He taught very simple, but pòwerful doctrine. Doctrine that comes straight from the Father. Exercise faith, repent, be baptized, receieve the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end! I testify that it is only through these simple, yet sometimes hard to comprehend, doctrines that we will be received into Heaven.

I can't explain enough or even begin to try and get you all to think how much the Savior and His atonement mean to me, and how grateful I am to have the fullness of the Gospel in my life! WE all know how blessed we are, so next time you think "I can't do it," Think of someone who really can't, because they have no knowledge of these truths, and go heal them.

I love you all and so does the Savior. Never let go of the Iron rod, and do everything in your power to live the simple doctrines and truths of the Gospel! 

Elder Yeoman

In Elder Yeoman's email to me, he said that he loves the food in Argentina so much that he has gained 20 pounds already!!! I am just thrilled that he isn't losing weight!! 
Hard Rock Cafe Lunch during pday today with Elder Avalos, Elder Daynes and Elder Edmonds

Elder Yeoman with his companion, Elder Avalos
Selfie while studying
I forgot to post this from Chacabuco Zone Conference a couple of weeks ago. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Week 3 in Argentina!

Hola Everyone! 
I hope you all have had a great week! I don't have much time to write today, so this will be a little short. So this week was a lot like last week. The work has been tough and a lot of appointments are falling through, and a lot of members are bailing on us, which makes it hard to find the elegidos, but we have full trust in what we are doing, and in the Lord. I want you all to know of the power of the atonement, and how it is only through faith that we are able to exercise it. Jesus Christ died for every single one of us, and as I have been able to serve Him, and truly come to know the power of this, already my life has changed! And every single day is a day of progression, a day to get better, and a day to rejoice in our Savior. I have been blessed with parents who truly have shown me what my Father in Heaven sees in me, and how much he loves me. I want you all to know I have an unwavering faith and testimony in the Atonement, that my Savior lives, and that it is only through His teachings that we can truly be happy. I love you all! Help the missionaries in your wards. They need it! It is only through the members that we can be successful. Often times members don't understand that it is their work, missionaries are simply here to help. These people are YOUR friends, YOUR family, YOUR neighbors. WE all have to work together to accomplish this great work of Salvation. I challenge you all to step it up, in your studies, in your prayers, in all that you do. ¨There is no greater thing that members of the church can do than share the Gospel.¨ I love you all and thank you for your love and prayers :)

Elder Yeoman
                                       

Monday, September 21, 2015

Semana 2 en Argentina (Week 8)

Hola Everyone!

Man this week was very difficult, but I learned a lot! So, it seemed like every single teaching appointment fell through, nobody was ever home, and we walked 10,000 miles every day haha. Well, it happens sometimes! The best thing to do, I learned, is to keep a good attitude. That is hard to do sometimes, but is something I am really working on! I am starting to get used to how things work here, and finding my way around our area (sorta). Wednesday I went to the "Villa" which is the ghetto!!  I went on an exchange with Elder Bonifacio, from Peru. He is the man, but doesn't know English, so that was fun! But oh my gosh, I can´t even describe that place to you all.  It is like something in a movie, like loud Spanish music, people running around everywhere, people selling stuff, the pathways are super narrow! Gosh, it was really cool! I didn’t even feel unsafe though, which is good! I know I am protected. So another hard thing that happened was we had to drop an investigator who had his baptism date for the 26th!! Gosh, sooo close! That was really hard for me because I am not used to that.  It was the first time that happened. So we only have one progressing investigator now, and we haven't heard from her in a few days, and she didnt go to church. So, not quite sure how that will work out. We are praying hard though! My companion is super super hard on me! Which is good, but hard sometimes too. I know it is what the Lord sees fit for me though, so I can't complain! We work really hard though. From 6:30am-10:30pm we are working!! Overall, I learned a lot this week and my Spanish is improving slowly but surely.  I definitely need to speak more of it! I am so grateful for this opportunity and for the privilege of being a servant of the Lord. There is nothing better that I could be doing right now, and I feel the love and comfort of the Lord in my life every single day! Through Him, and through submitting to His will, we can all reach our full potential. So, pray, study your scriptures, follow the commandments and stay close to the Lord! Oh, and feed the missionaries! They love food ;). Te amo mucho!! Thank you all for the love and support! I feel it more and more every day! 
 Elder Yeoman
 Jace apologized for not having pictures of himself to send this week.  He doesn't have a lot of opportunity to take pictures since they aren't allowed to take their cameras out on the streets with them when they are working (in order to avoid looking like tourists.) He promised to get a picture of himself to send next week.

He wants to assure his mother that he is eating plenty besides the huge lunch that they are fed by the church members everyday! He at least knows how to make Top Ramen! Whatever is on that bread looks really yummy! This is his snack that he usually makes at night after they finish their planning for the next day.

This is a picture of one of his bedroom walls in Buenos Aires. He said that his family is the reason he is where he is, Christ is who made it all possible and the Salt Lake City Temple is where Richard and I were married!