Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 15, 2016

We received an email from Elder Sheko today. He arrived in Argentina safely and spent the first night in Mendoza at the Mission Home. While visiting the town, he was able to teach 2 random people about the Gospel. Way to go! George arrived Thursday at his pension (apartment) in his first location, the Los Pinos area of San Juan, which is about 3 hours from Mendoza. Unfortunately, the living conditions in this area are somewhat difficult. The area is socioeconomically challenged and the water has been shut off to that region of the city since arrival. George has had difficulty purchasing needed supplies because the area is residential and there are no stores, only kioscos (homes with a window from which residents sell mainly cigarettes and Coca Cola) that accept only pesos. His debit card can't be used in the area. He and his missionary companion (who is from Chili) will stay with another set of missionaries until the water situation is resolved. George's first week has been a struggle to adjust to an entirely different country and culture. But, it has definitely opened his eyes to the circumstances of the people that he was sent there to help and to teach. With this struggle will come growth and also gratitude for the many blessing received from the Lord. We are praying that conditions will improve and that George will adjust quickly.

Matthew 11: 29 - 30
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

February 10, 2016

We finally received an email from the secretary to the Argentina Mendoza Mission President. George has arrived safely in Mendoza. We are looking forward to hearing from him by email soon! It was great to talk to him while he was at the Atlanta Airport on Monday 2/8/16. His Spanish is amazing!

Here is a picture of some of the kids from our church youth group with a special Valentines message for George.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Last update from George before he heads to Argentina:

Hello everyone! This is my last week in the MTC. It's gone so fast! So just a few awesome facts... I've gained 10 pounds while I've been here (I wish I could say it's all muscle, but it's not). On Monday, we have about a 36 hour trip to Mendoza which involves two flights and a long bus ride. My Spanish seems great now, but I'm sure it'll be a challenge still when I get to Argentina. My six weeks here have taught me that God is always with us. He never abandons us even when we feel alone. He has guided me every step of the way as I've studied the Gospel and the Spanish language. Prayer has been a blessing. Anytime, anywhere, we can pray for help, strength, guidance, and for anything else we need. It's been tough at times, but I know Heavenly Father blesses us and our families. I'm so excited to get down to Argentina. It will be a totally new experience, but I know I will love it. I hope all is going well for everyone reading this. Never forget that you are children of a loving Heavenly Father.