January 18, 2017


San Clemente, Chile


Elder Ramirez


week 21: Patience

Hey everybody!

This week has flown by. I can't believe we're already 4 weeks into this transfer.

It's been a rough week down here. We've left the majority of our investigators because they weren't progressing, which leaves us with little to do besides contact (going door to door). Luckily the investigators we do have are progressing well, especially Javiera.

Javiera right now is as golden as ever. She came to all 3 hours of church on Sunday and is reading and praying to see if the Book of Mormon is true. Although we did discover a problem, in that she's super flirty with my companion. As funny as it is to watch her make him uncomfortable, we're going to have to explain to here why that has to stop.

Speaking of my companion, he just about got into a full on fight with our Elders Quorum president during 3rd hour classes on sunday. The Presidente was saying that the Bible was more important than the Book of Mormon during the class. Elder Ramirez got very upset and started Bible bashing right away, but it was no use. He wanted to have a visit with the Quorum President that day, but I'm making him wait until tomorrow to give him time to cool down.

Today Elder Jorgensen and Elder Borges found a giant cow skull and brought it home and put it in our office. It totally scared the crap out of me when I first walked in but it was pretty funny.

We've had a few accidents around the San Clemente house this change. So far we've had a broken window, a smashed bed frame, and today I got to kick in a door. It's been fun, but I think the married (senior) missionaries are getting tired of our calls.

This week i've been hitting the Christlike attribute of patience pretty hard in my personal studies. Patience is an attribute that I've had to work at for a long time. I like to get things done and see the results now. I love Mosiah 23:21, which reminds me that sometimes we don't see the changes we want to see in our lives because God tests our patience as well as our faith. If you have a Preach My Gospel, I highly recommend the personal study activity on pg 120 (or click link and scroll down to Patience section). If not, read Alma 26:27 and then look for the blessings the sons of Mosiah received because of their patience throughout the chapter. They were blessed a million times over for their patience, and you will be too! As a servant of the Lord, I testify that patience, diligence, and faith bring blessings that are more than worthwhile, and I do so in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Elder Olson


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