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Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19, 2015

Okay, this week we experienced sooo many miracles.... We found a family of 30 people, set more baptismal dates, found seven new investigators.  I will only write about one of these miracles in specific. 

So, this week we decided to explore more of our area and find where our boundaries are. On Wednesday we took a bus to as far as it could take us. We basically got off in the middle of nowhere and walked down the first street we saw. We walked this street for about 30 minutes and then turned into another street that had a neighborhood under construction. It was dead and no one was around. We walked down this dirt road which ended in a dead-end with a barbwire fence. We decided to continue our adventure and crossed over the fence and just kept walking. We were walking through pure countryside (campo) for about 40 minutes. There we no one in sight, but for some reason we still continued.

Eventually, we noticed a house far off in the distance and started walking towards the house. Then, two German Shepherd dogs noticed us and started approaching us. We decided to turn away and get out of there, fearing the dogs would kill us! At that moment, we heard some people at the house shouting and telling us to come back. I was worried that they would be mad at us for having trespassed on their property, or something like that. Upon arrival at the house we saw five, or so, people sitting around an outside table. They pulled out chairs, served us cold glasses of water, and invited us to sit down with them.

The first thing they told us was that they were going through a very hard time. I was a little confused, but they explained that they had a brother in the hospital who was dying, and that they were just praying to God that He would send someone to help them in their trial. Just after they finished praying, they heard their dogs barking and they saw us walking in the distance. Whoa! When they told us that, we were mind-blown! We then realized that our unusual excursion had been happening for a reason.

The mother of this household told us that she was actually a member of the LDS Church, but had been inactive for a very long time. Two of her daughters were members as well. The other people at the house we not members of the Church. We taught the Plan of Salvation to them and then gave copies of the Book of Mormon out to those that weren’t members. We gave one to a lady that was visiting with them.  As she opened up the scriptures, she started to cry: It had opened up somewhere in 1st Nephi, and pressed between the pages was a gorgeous purple flower. She explained that this type of flower had a huge significance to her, because it was her mother’s favorite flower. She said that the first thing she was going to do when she gets home, was to invite the LDS missionaries over. I know that she will be baptized.

We also found out that they have an 18-year-old son living with them at the house. He was so kind and so attentive. We taught him the 1st lesson and set a baptism date for him! :) This family told us that our visit was a clear sign from God that they have to return to activity in the Church. They will be coming to our ward from now on :).  Wow, what a miracle :)!  It is so amazing how God works. 

Here are pictures of how we found them:

Check out this weird fruit I ate! It tastes like a sweet flower! Soooo good!

Photos with Hermana Altamirano of our ward

These flowers are for my Mama, Laly Malzl!

Safest mailing address for letters:

Elder Mattias Malzl
Argentina Mendoza Mission -- POUCH 
50 East North Temple 
Salt Lake City, UT 84150 

Elder Mattias Malzl
Cabildo Abierto 161
5510 Godoy Cruz

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