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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 30, 2015

Last week has been a great week! We worked super hard and did a lot of contacting. About 90% of the people rejected us, haha. But oh well, its not their time I guess. I have been teaching my comp how to do light shows and he is learning soooo quickly! He seriously is so great at the lights now, hah. Every night before bed we present each other a light-show. It’s really fun. We are planning a cool ward activity! Noche De Pizzas! It is going to be a great pizza contest and with a bunch of fun games and stuff! We will be having that in a couple weeks. 

Lately, we have focused a lot on working with less-actives. Working with less-actives is such a great way to bring more people unto Christ. We have found some pretty cool people this week just by working with less-actives! 

We have this great new investigator named Ana.  She just moved here from Spain recently and she is so nice! She talks sooooo funny. She completely talks in ‘Vosotros’ and with the funny Spain-lisp thing, haha. We knocked on her door, she opened, and we introduced ourselves and she got all excited and invited us in! Then she went to the kitchen and brought us juice and some dessert cake, ahhhhh. We shared with her a simple message about the resurrection of Jesus Christ. We shared with her a video as well. She loved it so much. We now have a return appointment with her. I hope she will still receptive to us at the next appointment. 

This message we shared with her, is a message that all the missions are sharing this Easter Season. "Gracias A Que El Vive".

Spanish version: http://www.mormon.org/spa/pascua

I would like to share a little testimony with you that I know Jesus Christ lives. He lives today. Thanks to him and because of Him, we will all have the opportunity to resurrect with our bodies once again. But at that time our body will be perfected and glorified. Thanks to Jesus Christ we will all be able to live. We will all be able to live with our families again. He has giving us His example. All we need to do is follow. I am so grateful I am able to represent him for these two years. There is no greater way to thank Him for this life I have, than by serving Him.

Now I have a missionary challenge for you. Your challenge is to share this video, mentioned above, with someone that may need it. Who knows, you might make someone’s week, or even be instrumental in changing their life. You can share the video with the hashtag #Graciasaque√Člvive (in Spanish) or #BecauseHeLives (in English), that way, other people can find your message as well.

I am happy to be a missionary! I am happy to represent Jesus Christ. I love you all so much! Thank you for everything!


Elder Mattias Malzl
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#BecauseHeLives

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 Stopping by at Nacho's Birthday Party


Mail:
Elder Mattias Malzl
ARGENTINA MENDOZA MISSION
Cabildo Abierto 161
5510 Godoy Cruz
Mendoza, ARGENTINA 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

March 23, 2015

This week we had a lot of miracles. The work is going great. We have amazing future baptisms lined up.  But it has been so draining!  

My highlight this week was that we have these two amazingly progressing investigators. There are both 23-24 years old. They are married and have a 2-year daughter. They are an amazing couple. It shocked me that they were even married because nobody is married here. But we have taught them about the restoration and the Plan of Salvation and the Book of Mormon. They feel like the Book of Mormon is true and they want the restored  gospel in their life. They came to church for the first time yesterday. What an experience for them that was! Leo came with us to Elders Quorum and he was great in participating! After we brought them to the Gospel Principles class and we learned about our life in the Spirit World and how we can live as a family together forever. The teacher started sharing his testimony and the spirit was so strong! I looked over at our investigator and she started tearing up and then started crying. She told us that she is so happy to know that she can have an eternal family. Tonight we are visiting them, and we are teaching them the gospel of Jesus Christ. We will be setting a baptismal date tonight. I hope they accept.




The other day my companion and I were talking about teenagers. There seems to be a pattern with almonst all teenagers. They come to point in their life where they feel like they don’t need certain things, or these things are not true. But, because our Father in Heaven loves us so much, he allows for trials in our life. These trials are an act of our faith. Something I have learned with trials is, that no matter what, we will be tried. Satan will try to knock us down. That’s why we need to have our testimony built upon a rock. Like it talks about in 3rd Nephi Chapter 14. If we build our testimony upon Jesus Christ and his gospel (his rock), the adversary will have no power over us. Many teenagers are at a point in their lives where they don’t feel like they need their house built upon a rock. They feel better with her house built upon the sand. But like it says in 3rd Nephi, "Y desendio la lluvia, y vinieron los torrentes, y soplaron los vientos, y dieron con √≠mpetu contra aquella casa; y cayo, y grande fue su caida."

3rd Nephi 14: 24-27: 
24 Therefore, whoso heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock—
 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand—
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell, and great was the fall of it.

Sorry, if that sounds harsh, but the adversary will eventually break down the house that is built on the sand. But that’s okay. That is the moment where their eyes will be opened to the open arms of the Savior. Because God loves us, he gave us the agency to decide for ourselves what we want. But if we chose the wrong road, we will fall. Because he loves us, he will ALWAYS GUIDE HIS SHEEP HOME. And that is when they find out for themselves that these things are things of importance that they were missing.

Love you all,

Elder Mattias Malzl




Mail:
Elder Mattias Malzl
ARGENTINA MENDOZA MISSION
Cabildo Abierto 161
5510 Godoy Cruz
Mendoza, ARGENTINA

Thursday, March 19, 2015

March 16, 2015

I am staying in Unimev for this transfer :) Yay! That would be four transfers! Each transfer is six weeks. My new comp is Elder Wyckoff! What a guy :) 

My new companion, Elder Wyckoff

This will be his last area and I will be his last companion. He only has five weeks left! Wow, that such little time! He is such an amazing guy! So kind, humble, genuine, loving, well everything, haha. He is such a great companion. We really work well together. I am making sure to work his butt off this transfer. We have been working nonstop to the point where we just want to take a nap on the side of the road while we are working, haha.

Good-bye Elder Bayles!

Hmmm let’s see - we had a really great miracle this week! For the longest time I have always had this one family in our area come into my head, but never had gotten around to visit them. So, on my first day with Elder Wyckoff, we decided to pass by this house to see how they are doing. When we got to their door we greeted them, and they invited us right in without any hesitation! All we said was "Hi, how are you?" and they got all excited and brought us in, served us some water, and we talked.  We ended up sharing a really powerful lesson of the restoration. This spirit was insanely powerful. We invited them to read The Book of Mormon and to pray if it was true. They promised to do so. They then asked us if we can give them a tour of the church building. So, this week we will work with them a lot.

When we came to church, an hermano came up to us with a super surprised look on his face. He told us: "Elders, I heard that you went to my parent’s and my sister’s house and taught them! How did you do that??" We were a little confused, as mentioned earlier, as this family had literally invited us into their house without any hesitation. The hermano continued: "For years, I have sent missionaries to their house, but they never, never, never, ever have let them in, let alone teach them. You are the first missionaries to have done so – ever! Thank you so much, it means so much to me!" Hearing these words from him really touched my heart. We have come to learn that it was truly a miracle that we were allowed to enter their house and teach them. We are going to work hard with them so that the Hermano in our ward can have a more united family. 


I love you all so much,

Elder Malzl 

Mail:
Elder Mattias Malzl
ARGENTINA MENDOZA MISSION
Cabildo Abierto 161
5510 Godoy Cruz

Mendoza, ARGENTINA

Monday, March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015

Yesterday, we had another baptism! We baptized Victoria Mazza (12-years old). It was beautiful. All her family came and everyone was very content with everything. After her baptism I gave her a Butterfinger from the States, as well her very own CTR ring. She loved it. She had always wanted to meet the Sister Missionaries, so we arranged for them to come. They did come and Victoria was so happy!








Last night we had a farewell dinner for Elder Bayles at the house of Familia Aguero along with Famila Abarza. It was so great! I gave a light show and we also ate the rabbit which Elder Bayles had prepared. It was so sad seeing Alexis say goodbye to Elder Bayles. It was pretty emotional. 



This last week with my comp had been great. We have cherished every moment together. I will say goodbye to him in the morning. It will be sad. But that’s okay. It makes feel content that he will visit my family in Utah to drink mate and eat empanadas :)!

We received transfer calls last night, and............... I AM STAYING IN UNIMEV!!!! Whooo hooo! I am actually happy to stay for another transfer! My new comp will be Elder Wyckoff (I think that’s how you spell it) I will meet him on Wednesday. This will be his last transfer of his mission, so I will be his last companion. I will make this a great last transfer for him. I am hoping to get some success in this last transfer for him :)!  Wow, I am going to complete siz months in Unimev this transfer! That’s alot of time in one area, haha. 

I hope all is well. I love you all so much. 


Elder Malzl


Mail:
Elder Mattias Malzl
ARGENTINA MENDOZA MISSION
Cabildo Abierto 161
5510 Godoy Cruz
Mendoza, ARGENTINA

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 2, 2015

Hola! Todo bien en Argentina! This week was great!  We had our first baptism! :) It was so beautiful. Others told us that it was the most beautiful baptism they´ve seen! It was a pretty emotional experience. 








Yesterday we confirmed Alexis and Marvin as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and conferred the Holy Ghost. Their family couldn’t make it, so they went solo. That Sunday was testimony meeting. All the members were sharing great testimonies, and at the end Alexis got up to go share his testimony, but as soon as he got up, the bishop walked to the pulpit to conclude the meeting. :( Alexis was so bummed. But we arranged for Alexis to share his testimony next Sunday along with Elder Bayles´s farewell testimony. After the meeting, we conferred the Aaronic Priesthood upon Alexis. Next week he is going to bless the sacrament!  Wow, he is moving fast! :) Since we have such a great youth group in our ward, they all invited Alexis to do visits to the less active members tonight:)! We are working hard with him to help him get out on his mission this next year!

This Saturday it is a big possibility for us of having another baptism for another investigator of ours. Tonight she is going to make a decision. We are more than confident that she will be baptized. We are preparing a great program. We are getting ready for another musical number with a member that has a better voice to accompany us! Haha. I have made an arrangement of "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" and "Nearer My God to Thee". It sounds pretty nice right now. I just need to adjust a few parts. Oh, I love music so much. My love for music is hard to put into words. It’s like the feelings and emotions that are trapped inside can only be released through music. Music is what feelings sound like. 

I am doing well. We aren’t getting much sleep though. I am drinking a sleepy time tea to help me get to sleep. Last night we barely got any sleep. It might be because of the siesta – I don’t really know. But I also think maybe its because I am just thinking way to much about our investigators. It’s all I think about and it is making me feel so drained, both physically and spiritually. It hurts me so much when they drop us and make wrong decisions. I just worry about them too much. It feels like my heart breaks everyday for them. I am always thinking what I can do for them. I just don’t know how I can clear my mind at night.

Today, the Abarza family took us to the mountains for Elder Bayles´s last P-day:
















Look at this amazing drawing Elder Bayles drew of me holding a Captain America shield!

I have written a few songs.  Right now, I am writing a new one about the pioneers and about their sacrifice to come to Zion.

Thank you all for everything! Next week I will find out whether I go to a different area or if I remain in Unimev. I want to stay here. We have quite a bit of future baptisms that I need to work on. 


I love you all so much!

Elder Mattias Malzl



Mail:
Elder Mattias Malzl
ARGENTINA MENDOZA MISSION
Cabildo Abierto 161
5510 Godoy Cruz
Mendoza, ARGENTINA