Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission

Monday, April 27, 2015

Hey everyone,
Sounds like all is safe and sound back at home. that is way cool that dal won a belt buckle! and im guessing  the weather there is perfect right? it is starting to get quite cool here, and it didnt help that we had a little bit of an ash cloud over the city. nothing serious, it looked just like fog.
This week was pretty nice. we had 4 people come to church and we announced the baptism of Roxana and Omar. they are really good people and are really excited to get baptized! we are working a lot better with the members in the ward too. Missionary work always is better when the members and missionaries work together, but sometimes the members forget that, so we have been trying to help them understand the importance of working together. It has been working well so we are very excited with the growth we have seen in just one week!
Me and my new comp get along well. He is form Fresno California and is a real good guy. We live in an apartment building and the area is really nice. The people are very receptive to the message we have. Oh, and Mom, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! love you alot and hope you spend it well. i want to hear all about it! im not sure yet when we will be able to skype, but ill let you know next week! oh and if you could send like 10 pictures of our hunting trips that would be perfect! the people here really like to hunt and they want to see pictures of us hunting! well i love you all alot and thanks for all the letters and love and support you send my way! love you all!
Love Elder Taysom

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hey everyone,

Wow st. george looks like the weather is perfect! it´s starting to get a little chilly here. and last thursday we drank hot chocolate and listened to christmas hymns because it feels like chirstmas!! hahaha and i didnt think my english was that bad dal, but then i re-read my last letter i sent and i guess you have a piont.

Well as you know there were transfers i got transfered to Santa Rosa which is in the pampa! the pampa is a different "State" ( here they say province). i have now served in 3 of the 
4 corners of the mission, and i was actually in the most south part doing divisions once so now i know the 4 poles of the mission! my new comps. name is elder shephard, he is from california and he seems like a cool guy! this is his last transfer so we are going to hit the streets hard and have some success!

Im going to miss my old comp. and area for sure though, it was the best and i saw many miracles while serving there! but i had time at least to say good bye to my converts and some of the members here! i told them that i would come back to visit when i have the money, so we will have to see how that goes! but im excited to be here. i know there are many people here for us to teach and the lord is preparing them. i feel the lord will help us even more in this new area than he did my last ( which was alot), and i know the lord will establish his church thourgh us!

Another funny thing that happened was i was returning from a different city this last week because we were doing divisions. my comp. and the 2 other elders were supposed to be there to pick me up when i got of the bus about 10 blocks from the house. when i got off i only saw a drunk guy with no shoes on and a wine bottle in his hand and 2 other guys huddled together in another corner. so i decided it wasnt the best idea to just hang there so i started walking towards the house thinking i would meet up with the elders who were running a little late. i got about a block and noticed the drunk guy and the other two were following me. then the drunk guy started yelling at me that he was going to rob me and kill me and other stuff. then he thew the wine bottle and it crashed about 20 feet away. i was alittle frightend but i figured if he caught up to me i would just hit him with all my strength and take off running as fast as i could. he caught up about 1/2 a block away form me and then i saw a taxi. i waved it down and hopped in, but just as we were leaving i saw the drunk guy and the other two running to the taxi waving there arms and saying" Elder taysom, its us". hahahahahaha turns out that it was the elders the whole time who dressed up like thieves to come get me! i was pretty freaked out, but it was so funny! well thats all folks. i love you all alot and am thankful for your prayers and love!

Love Elder Taysom  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Hey everyone

Things sound super solid up there! everything is going good down here, and i dont know why Norma is not smiling, but i think it is just an Argentine thing, they dont really smile that much in pictures! and I find it funny that big cam was making fun of my english! hahaha but its not that bad is it?

This week was good, we had some good lessons and are working with some solid investigators. Lucas is the most prepared so far to be baptized, he is part of a less active family. we reactivated the family and he hasnt been baptized yet, but the only problem is that the dad wants him to learn everything about the gospel before he can get baptized, but we are teaching the family well and he is really progressing, he even cried when he said the prayer for the first time! Transfers are this week so we will get to see if i stay here or what, but the last 6 months have been great. ive seen great blessings, had great comps, and grown personally! the lord never ceases to love!!!

Also this last saturday was the best experience i have had in my mission so far. Marco ( one of my converts from the area) baptized his son enzo! it was amazing, he bore his testomony and through many tears he shared how thankful he was for the opportunity that he had to baptize is son, and how much he loved the gospel and how grateful he was for the missionaries that taught him. he said his only disire was when he retires he wants to serve a mission and help people just like he was helped by us. Every pain, sadness, stress, and sorrow that i have experianced in my mission was instantly made up for when he said those words! i will always be so grateful for the chance i have to be a missionary!

Well i have to go, but remember i love you all and i am grateful for your love and support and prayers on my behave!

Love Elder Taysom

Ps. sorry for not sedding pics, the comp. isnt working!

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hey everyone,

What a great Easter weekend we just had right? The family is looking good and heathly and it looks like perfect wether! its starting to get kind of cold here, but during to day it is perfect.

Wow the conference was awesome right. I watched it is spanish because i like to focas on what they are saying, in english i find is easy to day dream about past talks and things like that! it was so cool, i tried to narrow down my favorite talk, but couldn`t! i loved them all! they were really focused on 2 things! Families, and Jesus Christ, his attonment, life, death and resureccion! it was great! i didnt get to see the priesthood session, but we are now downloading it and are going to watch it today!

We also had the baptisms of Norma and Sara! thanks so much for praying for them and supporting them! it was a very nice baptism! it seemed at one point that evey power of earth and hell combined to try to stop the baptims , but all went well! both the people we had assigned to give talks told us they couldn`t at the last minute, and no one wanted to stay to preside over the baptism. the members are great here, but dont quite understand the importance of baptism of supporting investigators who are getting baptized, but we are tying to help them! the other elders in our ward also baptized a person too so it turned out great!

To anwser some questions, yes they do sell huge chocolate eggs here, not like huge, but like 5 lbs eggs made of chocolate, i didnt buy any because they are pretty expensive! the mission is doing good! we have had a new vision these last couple of months in the mission. before we were really focused on member lessons, and teaching with the spirit, and getting people to church. those are all great things and we still do them, but now we are completly focused on Baptizing, Retaining, and Reactivating, we focus on teaching with the end goal in mind of baptism, not just taking them to church and bettering their lives! and we have seen some huge changes. we went from baptizing like 50 people a month to over 100 per month and now we are getting close to 150! we have seen great blessing and i have seen them personally in the lives of my investigators, and mine as well! well i love you all so much, just know im doing well and heathly! thanks for all the prayers and love you send my way! 

Love elder Taysom