Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Holy Ghost

This week definitly ended with a bang!!!! So we got 6 people to come to church this week!! Pablo, Jimena and their son Lautaro came and then another family of 3 kids Rocio, Jasmin and Dylan! It was super awesome to have people in church! I am super excited to keep teaching them this week and this next trasfer!

So I had some pretty awesome moments this week! Lately I have been wanting to feel the spirit more when I was testifing in lessons and stuff like that and this week I definitly felt it super strong! So we were talking with the mom of Lautaro a few days ago! She had said before that she didnt think Lautaro was ready to be baptized. She wasn´t going to let him even if he wanted to. So we went back a few days later and began teaching her a little bit then testifing of all the great things that come from baptism! The spirt was so strong when I began to testify of my experiences and how greatful I am for the Gift of the Holy Ghost!! She started to cry and in the end aggreed that Lautaro needs to be baptized!

I love the spirit so much and how it can change peoples hearts! Once we let it in, it will change  us! There is nothing we can do about it! The Holy Ghost is a purifier of our souls! Anything it touches, it changes and makes it better! I know I was never really good at following its quiet promptings before the mission but I am sure glad for how much it has changed me through the years! I want to testify that It really can change us completly! Even our own desires! If you just let it into your hearts you will be happier and fell the love of Christ!

We are currently working to marry Pablo and Jimena so please pray for us on that one! Also for the kids we are teaching! I love you all so much and hope you have the best week ever! Talk to you all soon! 
-- 
Con Amor,
Elder Zaugg

From the humanitarian day when they rented out a soccer stadium for special needs.  He love serving this way!










Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Not sure what to title this one.... Funny Rejections? No se

Well another great week! Honestly the mission is so much fun! I love this work so much and am so blessed to be here in Argentina serving these amazing people!

So we are always finding a ton of amazing people to teach and finally this week we started finding some of these people again!! It is awesome to consistently teach some people! The first person is Lautaro! He is 9 years old and seriously loves us! He waits for us at his house everyday so he can learn more! He is so awesome! He came to Chruch for the first time this week and loved it! I am so excited to keep teaching him! I love finding people that are actually eager to learn more and happy to talk with  us! He really is a blessing to teach! 

Another couple we are teaching is Pablo and Jimena with their son, also Lautaro, but a different lautaro haha! We found Pablo from talking with his son first! Pablo loves it when we come over! Hes seriously such a nice guy! Every night we go over there he lets us in and feeds us! So humble and so kind! (Also thats a dope song by Tim Mcgraw)

We had some pretty funny rejections this week which is also funny! One girl opened her door looks at us and says, "Oh i thought it was someone actually important!" And then closed the door and walked back in side hahahahaha i was dying! Seriously the first time someone said that to me haha! A different guy comes to the open door and we talk for like 10 seconds and then he just slowly disappears back into his house without saying anything... hahaha seriously some weird contacts this week lol! 

There is a family in our ward here that is seriously so awesome! Familia Castro! They are converts from about 3 years ago! They are from Peru but have lived her for a long time now! They have a large van and they help us bring investigadors to the church every week! It is seriously so helpful! And the hermana, Maribel, loves the missionaries so much! She makes sure we have lunch almost every day and we eat with the family like 2 times each week! Peruvian food is sooooo good! Its always rice with something else but i love it! I love this family so much already!

So something I learned in my mission and a felt it a ton this week is that the Spirit is the best feeling in the world! And I never feel the spirit as stong as I do when I am testifing of this gospel! Its honestly such an amazing feeling and I want all of you to feel it too! So please share your testimonies with someone, a friend or someone at work, so that you all can feel the joy that makes all missionaries around the world give up 2 years of their life to serve others far from their homes! Love you all and hope you all have a wonderful week!

-- 
Con Amor,
Elder Zaugg
1. Walking to church with Lautaro! Dopest kid ever!
2 and 4. We had a Pollo al disco with a member family in the ward on sunday!!! So good 😍​
3. Familia Castro, well just Maribel but they are seriously the best ever! Shes making Arroz Chaufa in this picture!
4. The three financiarios
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Elder Kimberling, Elder Saez, Elder Zaugg

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mixed Week

Well honestly this week was a little strange. I have never had as much success as it comes to finding new people to teach and inviting people to be baptized as I had this week but in the end, no one came to church.... so it all kinda felt lame... but I know all this work we put in this work will pay off! We are going to work extra hard this week to get people to come to church this next week! 

So how to begin the week... well it totally started out with bunch of financial stuff to do like getting money for all the zone leaders, paying some rents, and reembolsing a bunch of people! Pretty cool to do stuff i guess haha! In the field we seriously found so many people to teach! That is definitly a blessing we have here in Villa Belgrano! The hard thing is that these people are a little hard to find again... its like we find them and then they disappear! We are in a constant game of "Hide and Seek" and everyone knows its a lot easier to hide than it is to seek...

I realized I was in a dangerous area this week when we were teaching a few kids in the street. All of a sudden we heard some guy let off 5 gun shots repeatedly less than 2 streets away from us... I turn to the kids and they litterally acted like nothing happened. When we asked if that really was a gun or if it was something else they just played it off like it was nothing. Guns are normal here in the good ole barrio of Sol Naciente apperently hahaha! So  yah good times in this area!

So i was studing this week and I realized something. About a month ago, a member of the Seventy came and told us that if we teach the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and teach it right, our investigadors will beg to be baptized. So i was reading in Mosiah 26 and that is exactly what Alma does! He teaches people how to repent and to have faith in Jesus Christ and it was so powerful that all the people wanted to be baptized! The Atonement really is the most powerful thing in the world! I am so thankful for the Atonement and the opportunity it gives me to start fresh every day! There is no greater happiness that one can recieve than from the Atonement! I invite all of you to take advantage of the sacrifice the Jesus Christ did for us! Use the Atonement of Jesus Christ in your lives and you will all be happier!

I love you all and hope you have a wonderful week! Hope to hear from you all!
-- 
Con Amor,
Elder Zaugg

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

DOOOOOOOPE WEEEEEEEK

Well yes this week was super awesome!!! I really do like working in the office as of now! This week I actually started doing stuff financially which was kinda fun! I can tell its going to be a busy job in a few weeks when its only me doing it haha! But lets talk about why my week was dope!

So on Saturday we had a baptism!!! Tiziana who is 11 years old got baptized! She is so awesome and loved her baptisimal service! But what I didnt know I was going to get on top of this baptism was a front row seat to WWE Smackdown! Elder Clark, an elder that found Tiziana and her family, came back to baptized her and when he baptized her he threw her so hard into the water! It was quite aggressive I must say!  When he comes out of the font he asks me, 

"Did I throw her down a little hard?" 

hahahah I was dying! It was seriously the hardest I have ever seen someone dunked during their baptism! But the baptism was super great! Tiziana was super happy after the service! So yes my week ended super well!!!! We also found a bunch of new people to teach this week! Ana is one of them! She is so awesome! In just the first contact she started crying. The spirit was so strong! It was honestly one of the strongest moments that I've felt the spirit on my mission! I am super excited to start teaching her this next week!

So yup I really do love the office so far for a few reasons! One, I get to be around President a ton and 5 other super awesome missionaries everyday! Two, my area, VIlla Belgrano, is honestly one of the best areas in the mission! People here are so humble and love the missionaries! And Three, I get to know almost all the missionaries in the mission so I can have a lot more friends here :) 

Congrats to the homie Hunter Peterson for getting called to Bogotá Colombia!!!! That is so dope! You are going to love the mission so much! It is honestly the best thing ever! There isn't something better that I could be doing with my time!

I love you all and want to invite you all to strengthen your testimony in Jesus Christ and his Atonement. There is nothing else that will keep steady in the path to our Heavenly Father! Hope to hear from you all soon! 

-- 
Con Amor,
Elder Zaugg






Tuesday, August 22, 2017

First Week in the Office :)

Well one week in the office and I have to say it wasn't too bad! I actually like it so far! So I am the Financial Secretary which basically means I deal with all the financial transactions in the mission! That included the money of the missionaries, fixes for the pensions, and a bunch of other stuff that I still don't know haha! But yah so far my job has been super easy and no stress but we will see if it stays like that!
My "Dad" in the office is Elder Saez. He is teaching me everything I need to know to be the Financial Secretary on my own in 5 more weeks. So office elders, like myself now, are working in the office every day from around 10 in the morning to around 6 at night. So we only get around 4 hours out in the area each night but let me tell you, those 4 hours are golden! We definitely get blessed for our service in the office! From just the days of Wednesday to Saturday (half the week) we taught more lessons and found more people to teach than I use to find in a whole week! My  area is called Villa Belgrano and it is the best!!!!! So many people love talking with us! I love it! Every night we have lessons to teach and find new people to start teaching! So yah the 4 hours we do get in the field and like normal missionary hours on steroids! We literally walk from Lesson to lesson and happen to find new people to teach on the way! Its so dope!
We currently are teaching quite a few families that hopefully will start progressing in the upcoming weeks! I will keep you informed on them! For now I am going to talk about the family of Tiziana! Tiziana is 12 and her sister Celeste was just baptized 2 weeks ago! She wants to be baptized this next week so pray for her! As well as her brothers Cristian and Fabio! They have 15 years and 8 years! They also are planning on getting baptized soon but they aren't as sure as Tiziana! So please keep them all in your prayers! They all came to church this sunday which was super dope!
So something I leaned here this week is that God has a plan for all of us. Sometimes his plan is not exactly what we want at the moment. For instance, I just wanted to be a normal missionary working in the field every day but now I have a little more responsibilities and am not able to work as much in the field as I would like. But when we do God's plan and not our own, he blesses us with success! And I know he is going to bless me with the success that I want which to baptize his children here in Villa Belgrano! I love this scirpture in Alma that talks about when we are feeling a little down,

"27; Now when our hearts were depressed, and we were about to turn back, behold, the Lord comforted us, and said: Go amongst thy brethren, the Lamanites, and bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you success."
The lord will always bless us with success if we just follow his plan! So do it! Follow the Lord's plan and watch how much happier you will be!

-- 
Con Amor,
Elder Zaugg





Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Transfers

Well like that another 6 weeks went by! This was seriously the fastest transfer I have ever had! I loved San Carlos a bunch! The area was super dope and Elder Gneck was probably my favorite comp yet! But yes you can probably all tell that I am leaving San Carlos after only 1 trasfer :(

But yup ive been called to serve in a little different role of missionary now, as the Financial Elder of the mission! I will now be working with all the finances for the mission. So basically I recieved a job when I wasnt even looking for one :) But i am excited to serve in the way! I will be close to Presidente Correa every day and will be able to learn from him which will be awesome! I will also be close to all the other office elders! So now in the office is Elder Rahm from Georgia, Elder Clark from California and it will be me and Elder Vaz from Brazil! I am excited!
I honestly dont know what im going to be doing for the next few months yet but im excited to  learn! Hopefully we still have time to get out in the field and teach some lessons! Ill try and send pictures this week but im not sure because today is a little hectic with new missionaries arriving and stuff here in the office!
-- 
Con Amor,
Elder Zaugg

 Asada the week of transfers!
 Elder Gneck Elder Contanza and Elder Christiansen
Walking home from curch!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Another Great Week! 8 months out!!!

Well this week was another great week here in Argentina! The area ia super dope and we have a bunch of success lessons wise! Its awesome! But like always its hard to get people to come to church....

So something happened this past week with Eugenia... her cousin showed her a video on youtube comparing the book of mormon with the bible and basically said how the book of mormon is false and now she has a bunch of doubts.... it was super lame becuse it just happened to be 2 days before the baptism of her daughter Agustina... But we are now working with her mom and trying to fix this problem that the cousin caused...

Also we had a baptism planned with Felipe, the 66 year old man we have been teaching! And saturday night he was thinking and now he also has doubts about baptism. One night before his baptism... so now we are also working with him to fix his doubts and help him start in this path this next sunday!

So this pday we went to Cosquin to hike a mountain called Pan de Azucar or Sugar Bread... hahaha not sure why its called that but it is! It was super fun! Its crazy how fast this trasfer flew by! Trasfers are already this next saturday.... super loco!

Well i love you all! Feel free to hit me up with and email haha talk to you all soon! :)

-- 
Con Amor,
Elder Zaugg

​2 Pdays ago we went to Casa Bamba and hiked to a waterfull which was super dope! Some pics from that excursion haha






 ​Pictures at the top of Pan de Azucar!
1. With Elder Rahm whos cousins live in the same street as my grandparents so thats dope!
2. Elder Gneck! Dopest comp ever!
3. The cross at the top!