Tuesday, August 12, 2014

EVERYONE Lets Us Teach! - Baptism - Church - Stansbury Cross Country & His Letter to HARC

Another awesome week! Okay.. last week was hard but I am getting used to everything! From eating the same weird roots called Mandioca every meal, to the insane driving of bus drivers here!!! They are insane!!! Somehow I am always able to feel safe though :)

So here we have the awesome opportunity to literally teach everyone we want to. Everybody here is SO NICE! They will always let us in and teach them. We could take 5 hours if we wanted to and they would be completely fine with it! Only problem is they have a hard time keeping commitments, which can be a bit frustrating but we are able to look past it and continue teaching them. 

So I think I told you all that the baptism of Fernando was this week but it is actually next week. Super excited for that and I am so proud of him. It is amazing how smart he is and how willing he is to learn. He will be a strong member of this church. I will put a picture of him and I next week!

This week in church I had the opportunity to speak in Church. It is not as scary as you might think. I am only the 5th missionary ever to be in this area so the church here is still very small, but the members are so strong and NEVER miss. But yeah the ward group is very small, just over twenty and we meet in this little house.

This house is actually the nicest building in all of my area. We got pretty lucky that the church was able to buy it.

My talk went well though and I was able to talk about pioneers. I realize that when I have challenges I have them to look to and remember the hardships they faithfully went through. I also have my brother Jesus Christ to look to. He suffered all, and has promised that he would never give us something to do without providing a way.

I don't have much time so I will just share a few more pics!

Sike! Don't have time for that either! the computer is being too slow to share more, but here is me an my district after playing soccer! Yeah we have a really small district but it is still super fun!

Okay one quick shout out to my cross country team back home who has their first race this Saturday! Cant wait to hear how it goes! Everyone better give me updates! You will do awesome! I will be praying for all of you! I really do miss those days of running. Now the only running I do is running to the Chipa shop (best bread cheese and ham combination know to man store) because it is closing sooner than I thought! But I am thankful for the memories i have been able to take with me. Memories are so important. I have realized that here. They can shape our lives for the better if we allow them. Every experience, whether it seems bad or good, is given to us for our growth.

I love you all and hope you know that you are in my prayers. 

Elder Graves
Note: This is Taylor's Dad writing now.

Since Taylor mentions the Stansbury Cross Country team above and since the team will have their first race of the year this Saturday, I thought it would be appropriate to include a letter that Taylor hand wrote a month ago (and had his brother Jake read to the team during their recent week long cross country mountain adventure last week) - HARC!  He loved being a part of this team.  You guys mean the world to him.  In his heart, he will be a lifelong member of the Stansbury Park Cross Country Team!  Here is the letter that he wrote to the team-  along with a picture from HARC (when Taylor was there last year).  :

P.S.  I wish that the coaches had been in these pictures.  He loves the coaches sooo much.  They have helped to mold him into the great young man that he has become.

Write to Elder Graves in 1 of 4 ways:
1. Send mail through www.DearElder.com
They will print and mail it for you at no cost (without a stamp).  This is a free service.

www.DearElder.com Instructions:
Select the "Argentina Posadas Mission"
2. Send letters through the Church Pouch Mail Only postcards or one-page correspondences (no envelopes).

Fold the letter in thirds, secure the long side with tape about one inch in from each end. Do not seal the ends. Stamp and address the blank side as you would an envelope. Use the following mailing address:
Elder Taylor Graves
Argentina Posadas Mission
POB 30150
Salt Lake City, UT
3. Physical Mailing Address.
Due to exorbitant costs incurred in the country of Argentina by the church, He can not receive packages :-( - not even a bubble envelope. Please refrain from sending anything other than an envelope/letter - anything else will likely be returned to sender.

Elder Taylor Graves
Córdoba 1243
Posadas, Misiones 3300
Casilla 12
4. E-mail - Taylor will only have a very limited amount of time (30-90 minutes - once/week) to access the computer. They travel about 5-6 hours round trip on a bus to access their e-mail and may or may not be able to reach a computer every week.  tgraves@myldsmail.net

1 comment:

  1. What a great opportunity you have! We pray for you, your district, the people you teach, and everyone in your area. They are celestial material. They need to be on the path. Your building is nicer than the one our branch in Texas has. Love forever, Papa and Nana