Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Chau Boulogne!

Hello Everyone! 

I was transferred this morning from Boulogne! It was a great 5 months where I truly learned a lot and progressed in a way that I never could have imagined! It was an incredible experience and everyone I had the privilege of meeting there will be missed! I am now in an area more to the North called Derqui! (Dare-key) for you gringos haha. I’m super excited to be here and to work with these people. To describe where I am..basically think of a movie or a tv show that its all mud and dirt, and like a super small town..in the middle of nowhere! And I'm going to be riding a bike here..haha thats weird! My new companion is Elder Saez from Chile..yup we broke the gringo curse haha..my first Latino companion. Also, I am now living with another companionship..and the other companionship is the one and only Elder Avalos and his comp, Elder Farnsworth. Elder Avalos was my trainer and Elder Farnsworth is a good friend of mine that got here with me in Argentina, so it will be fun!

But my last week in Boulogne was a great one! Lucas was finally baptized and man was that special! We have worked with him for a while and it was very great to see him take this great step that will guide him throughout his whole life as a new disciple of Christ. The process of teaching Lucas was an experience that taught me a lot...I felt the love of the Lord for him every single time we had a lesson, and I could feel how much he wanted to follow Christ and be the best he could be. It is things like that, seeing the changes that people make to follow Christ that is so special! It is really an incredible thing! 

I think that in Boulogne I learned things that would have been hard for me to learn anywhere else. I was talking to some of the members before I left and I told them that Boulogne has something special..something that you can't really find anywhere else. It was a great experience being able to serve those great people, and trying my best to help the ward. There is not a more bittersweet feeling than leaving an area knowing that you did your best, and helped people to better their lives.

 I never thought that I could ever experience what I have experienced in these last 10 months, or grown how I have grown..through my weaknesses, trials, and difficult times..because we all have them. But I have grown to figure out more the Why of everything..and the Why is because I love my Savior and I want to be like him. I have grown to love the process...becoming. It is a miraculous thing that we have only because of Christ’s Atonement and the Gospel. 
I love my Savior, I testify of Him, and I am His representative. I know that He lives and loves us and knows us perfectly. The only way we can truly be happy is to live in the way the Savior wants us to, and strive to be like Him through our faults, weaknesses, and problems..and that is Life! 

I love you all, thank you all for all of the support and prayers, and I hope that if any of you need anything, that it will show up in my inbox every Monday! 

Elder Yeoman
Welcome to my new home in Derqui. If you look closely, you can see the bikes we are going
to be riding!

This is the road in front of our house. All mud and LOTS of it!
The baptism of Lucas on Saturday! Such a GREAT Day!
My Zone of Awesome Elders while I was in Boulogne!
More AWESOME Elders! 
Elder Phair and Elder Yeoman

Monday, May 23, 2016

La Casa del Señor

Hello Everyone!
 I hope you all have had an awesome week! This week was really special as we were able to go to the temple and have a Zone Conference after. It was a very great experience, and we were able to talk about something that I have truly come to love in my mission..becoming more like Christ! We talked about Faith, Hope and Charity..which are all related. 

I have been very blessed to not only see all the changes in the people that I have the privilege to serve, but also in the person that I am. In Preach My Gospel, it says that more importantly than what you do is the kind of person that you are. I think the base of everything is a love for Christ. A love for Christ is what truly drives a missionary to do what we do every day. As we love Christ, we of course strive to be obedient and diligent, and want to follow Him in all that we do. My increased relationship and knowledge of Christ is what makes my mission personal, through all the trials and dificultades that I go through, I come closer to Christ.

I think all of the treasures in life are without a doubt found in the Gospel. I like to think of it like this....WE are all Sons and daughters of Heavenly Father, who knows us perfectly. He knows that the only way for us to be successful in this life is through His Gospel, which will give us all of the joy and neccesities that we need to accomplish the purpose that we all have, to live with Him again with our families.

I hope that all can realize this gran plan that we all have, and can come to truly love the Savior. I love my Savior. I know He lives, and am proud to represent Him full time.

Hope that all have a great week!

Elder Yeoman
Temple trip with the Zone!
Buenos Aires Temple
Elder Yeoman at the Buenos Aires Temple
We arrived at the temple before the sun came up!
P-day last week with Elder Kelly and Elder Phair
The power of a missionary!!! ;-)

Monday, May 16, 2016

Boulogne Boomin'

Hey Everyone!! 
Hope all are well and have had an awesome week! This was probably one of the craziest weeks I've had on the mission, but asi es! Our baptism this past weekend fell through, which was pretty hard because we have been working with this investigator for a long time and have felt very strongly that he has received his answer and is prepared. We got to Saturday which was the day of his baptism and he was still saying that he wasnt ready to take on this huge responsibility. We encouraged him and told him that the Lord will give him all the help that he needs. We were unsure if he was going to get baptized or not, but my companion and I said "We are going to go through with all the prep stuff and we will not call it off." It got to be about 20 minutes before his baptism and he still hadn't called and we hadn't heard anything from him. We then called him and he said he couldnt make it. We were pretty upset, but for some reason it just wasn't the right time for him.

We finished working that day and talked to the Bishop, who said that if he comes to church tomorrow, we can do the baptism then. We are not allowed to go into the part of our area that he lives in, so we wouldn't be able to go get him Sunday morning. We finished planning that night and prayed for a miracle. We came to church and he didn't show up. Sacrament ended and we were walking to gospel principles class and a member comes up to us and said that he brought his friend. We took him to class with us and he then said "I came here once about a year ago. I have read the Book of Mormon, and this is the path for me." I was absolutely shocked. I looked at my companion and we knew that this was in fact a miracle from Heavenly Father..maybe not what we were expecting, but he will be baptized in 2 weeks. 

I really thought about this whole experience, and sometimes we expect things a certain way and at a certain time, but we truly aren't in control of that. What we are in control of is how we live our lives so that we may be able to truly see miracles and understand more the ways of the Lord..because He will always give to us what He knows we need, in the time that we need it. Sometimes that may be different than what we think.

I am very blessed to be a part of this work, the Lords work, and to be His representative. I know that we are where we are today with our struggles, afflictions, and trials, because that is what we need to progress and carry out our purpose, to become like Christ.

I love you all and hope you all have a great week!

Elder Yeoman

I know this is from last week but Jace didn't get to
send any pictures this week! Barbecuing Argentina Style with
Hermano Domingo!

Monday, May 9, 2016

La Obra del Señor

Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a great week! This was a week of a lot of learning and growing! It was really an incredible week! I received a lot of answers to my prayers and I felt that I have grown a lot closer to Heavenly Father.

Sometimes when we really need answers to our prayers, we pray with real intent and having desires to really receive an answer..then the answer comes and we don't have the faith necessary to take that as an answer because we were expecting something so much bigger. I think that answers to our prayers come a lot more frequently than we think, but never really in the ways that we are thinking or expecting. We can never forget that we are all sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father that knows us perfectly, way better than we even know ourselves. That is always an important thing to remember, sometimes we just have to learn. And when we are at the point of giving up, He is always there to pick us up. Maybe in a small way that could be insignificant to someone that isn't really paying attention, but it will always be there.

I gave a talk Sunday about the Book of Mormon in missionary work. As I was preparing for my talk I was really caught up by the fact that we literally have everything we need to be able to accomplish the Lord´s purpose for us in life. Which is to live Eternally with Him and our families. I used an example as life being a test, and the Book of Mormon a study guide. Without a guide, life would be an extremely hard test..with a whole lot of factors going in to it. Luckily, Heavenly Father knew that, and has given us the guide necessary to be able to pass this test. Our invitation can lead to the conversion and eternal happiness of another person..and maybe even families. I hope that we can all truly realize what we really have.

Something we have been focusing on as a mission is always giving thanks to the Lord! This is something very important that we sometimes overlook or forget to do. I know that I have been kept very humble as I have strived to thank the Lord for all of the blessings that I have, and all the miracles I have seen every day. Doing this will help us to truly appreciate the hand of the Lord in our lives, which we will be able to see every day!

I love you all! I know that Christ lives, that He loves us and through Him we can overcome everything. I know that this Gospel is true and the only means to really be happy eternally!

Elder Yeoman
Elder Yeoman with Lucas who is being baptized next Sunday

Selfie Sunday with Elder Phair
(excuse the dirty mirror!)
Family Skype on Mother's Day
All together on Mother's Day!
Hermano Domingo (the best barbecuer in Argentina!)

Monday, May 2, 2016

Feliz Dia de la Madre!!!!!!!!!!!!

It is the week of Mothers Day!! So I hope all of the Mothers have an awesome day! I also have another request, that every single person give my mom a hug for me!!! I am eternally grateful for my mother and all that she has done for me in my life. How far I am away she still manages to help me feel how much she loves me..so thanks Mom! You are the best!!! I hope it is the best day ever for you! I think our Mothers help us to understand a lot of the love that Christ has for us! Even though we will never be able to truly comprehend the love that He has for us, I can definitely say that my mom really helps me to understand it a whole lot better! I sure do love her!!! 

This past week was a little rough..but with a rough week we always have a whole lot to learn. It was one of those weeks where I felt like we really couldn't get anything going and nothing was really working. I don't know why but we were having a lot of cancelled plans..way more than usual, and I really tried to focus and listen more to what it was that the Spirit was telling me to do. Trying to recognize more what the Lord wants me to do is a lesson that is very important to learn, one that I am trying to do a lot better!! 

In my studies this past week I was very focused on Christ and the Atonement..and a verse I came across I really loved. Romans 8:16,17,18

 16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spiritthat we are the children of God:
 17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
In this scripture, it really shows our true relationship with God and Jesus Christ, and that we are literally sons and daughters of Christ! But what really caught my attention is the part that says "If so be that we suffer with him." We are not asked much of the Lord, but we are expected to suffer with Him..our lives aren't perfect or easy, because His life was not easy. We will never suffer anything comparable to what He did, but we can be glorified with Him through our trials, as we endure them well!
I know that Christ lives, and that He knows us perfectly, and knows exactly what we need to reach our divine potential..and that is the life that we will all receive. It is up to us in how we will endure!
I love you all and hope you all have an amazing week!!
Elder Yeoman 
Yummy  P-day lunch today at TGIFridays in Buenos Aires!