Monday, September 15, 2014

Awesome New Companion - Spanish only! - Fernando's Brother to be baptized! - Huge Kiddy Swimming Pool :-) - Reassurance to New Missionaries

September 15, 2014

Woohoo! This week has been awesome! I got my new companion and his name is Elder Silva! He is super nice, and knows no English at all, but I can already tell how much he is helping my language improve! I NEVER get to speak English now (except right now)! I can feel myself being able to understand more and more every day. I remember my first couple weeks when I couldnt tell the difference between Guarani and Spanish, it all just sounded like gibberish to me. Its pretty funny because Guarani is sooo different. They make weird sounds with their throat and things like that, but I still couldn't tell the difference between the two!

The Brother of Fernando (the boy I was able to baptize) is going to be baptized on the 27th!!! We are so excited for him! There are still two members of that family, (one more brother and the father) who have not been baptized and we are working with them! I really feel that my new companion is a big answer to this area. Exactly what this area needs.

 This is a recent convert family. We were having lunch with them and we decided to make the kids a mini swimming pool because it was soooo hot! 

This is my new companion. He has 20 months already and is super awesome! It is so hot in this picture and it is technically still Winter!

I have very limited time today, less than normal, but I want you to know that I am loving it here. I love every week and am proud to be a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints!

Love you all, and I plan to write a lot more next week! 
Elder Graves
I have lots of friends leaving on missions soon, and who have left recently. Elder Hunter Hoffman recently asked me for some advice. I responded, and I feel like it could help any of you who are leaving so here it is!

hey man, hardly any time, but I just want you to know that I fasted for you this week. You WILL do good, and you don't have anything to worry about. The language will come! I tried studying, but I still didn't know anything when I got there. But now I am here and I know thousands of words, and understand every conjugation and don't even have to think about it. I can read almost fluently and understand almost everything (especially about the gospel)
It will come! Just have fun with it! Just so you know you might have a day where you will question your decision to serve. Actually I can almost guarantee that day will come. Just let that day happen, but then remember what your answer is going to be to that doubt. Your answer will be YES I WAS CALLED TO SERVE BY A PROPHET OF GOD AND I WILL SERVE WITH ALL MY HEART. Remember what your answer will be to your doubt bud.
Love you and you will always be like a brother to me. 

Write to Elder Graves in 1 of 4 ways:

1. E-mail
2. Send mail through
They will print and mail it for you at no cost (without a stamp).  This is a free service. Instructions:
Select the "Argentina Posadas Mission"

3. 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

4. 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

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