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Monday, July 10, 2017

New President 7/10/2017

Well we have arrived to the biggest week of the year... And I got mackenzies groomsmen tie so I will be rocking the crap out of that tie on thursday and  I will be sure to take pictures with it on as well!! But this week was fun. The biggest event was our leadership council we had in Resistencia Thursday. It was my first time meeting President Patanía who is from Mar de Plata, Buenos Aires. He is suprizingly tall and has a pretty different personality than pres. Franco. He is a lot more buisness like and teaches in a different way. But I like him. We will have our interviews with him Wednesday at our multi-zone conference. On our way back from Resistencia, we got stranded in the capital of Formosa but cause the buses were all full. So we spent the night with some other zone leaders and then left really early the next morning(Friday) to go back to Ibarreta. While in resistencia though, I asked the office about the birth certificate of Celedonio(our investigator) and it STILL hasnt arrived. So if it is not there by wednesday, I will have the office order it again. 

This weekend it rained for the first time in like 4 weeks. And Sunday was the 9th of july which is Argentine independence day. So we had 11 people in church. But the sun came out and by the time we went to the colony to do church in the afternoon, it was really clear and warm. And we had 31 people at church in the colony. That was awesome for us because usually there are 13 at church in the colony. 

A member giving a talk in his muddy boats from the pulpit 

Pic with a toddler from the colony outside of the church building in the colony 

But honestly that was my week. Nothing really happened to note. Sorry for the short email, I think this is my shortest email since I began.  I can't wait to spend next 4th of July with you guys. My 4th was actually pretty fun. We had a "Meet the Mormons" movie night in the church and made salty and sweet popcorn with soda and cookies. It was actually pretty fun!

I hope the wedding turns out like Mackenzie wants it.  enjoy! Love you all and hope Thursday is incredible! 

Corbin Keicher 

Monday, July 3, 2017

40 mile MUD push 7/3/2017

Hey Fam, 

This week was filled with a lot of fun and will definitely be ingrained in my memory for the rest of my life. We had an experience like non other on our trip to El Potrillo this week. We left to go there Tuesday and spent the night in Juarez. Then Wednesday we woke up and started heading to El Potrillo. We were surprised though because Usually this guy named Fama takes us and it isnt really ideal because two missionaries have to sit in plastic chairs in the bed of his truck for the normally a 2 hour trip. But we walked out of the Hotel Wednesday morning and a nice, new modeled VW Truck pulled up with Brother Fiestas inside. Brother Fiestas is a faithful member that lives in Los Chireguanos and offered to Elder Moreira to take us to El Potrillo. So he took him up on the offer and we all got to sit inside this nice truck and listen to Spanish hymns all the way to Potrillo. I then had an interesting experience while there. I went with Elder White to visit the people and investigators while Elder Moreira and Freeman stayed to do temple recommend interviews. The first house we went to was of a lady that contacted us the very first time we went there and told us she wanted us to come and teach her. When we got there, the lady told us that there has been a dark spirit visiting there property every night and keeping the kids awake. I was kinda freaked out when I heard her say that… just thinking of the kind of influence dark/evil spirits can have on such an isolated Indian settlement is startling. So we sat down with her and did a dedicatory prayer for their property and the mom starting shouting like a classic Argentine evangelical. It was interesting.
Anyway, as we were finishing our work there, it began to drizzle. This was troubling for us because the road to and from Potrillo is about 60 miles of dirt road that, if wet/muddy, is impossible to pass. So we started heading out while the drizzle kept coming down and by mile 5 we were sliding all over the place with no way to go forward. It didnt help that it was a rear wheeled truck that didnt have 4 wheel drive. Brother Fiestas would get out, scrape off the mud caked factory tires and then try to go again, only to slide 10 yards forward and be stuck in the same situation. Finally the inevitable happened, us missionaries hopped out in our shirts and ties and started pushing the truck. 
Before we got muddy
 Long story short, we ended up having to push this truck 40 miles in the mud. It was quite the experience, I completely slip and fell one time. The mud we were dealing with was straight clay that was incredibly thick. It took 5 hours to make the 60 trip back.
After pushing the truck for 40 miles

 It was incredible and we ended up passing some time with the Fiestas family at their house. They are such an incredible family that is from Peru. They talk very cleanly and make incredible food. Brother Fiestas served a mission in Peru and they have a 21 year old daughter that is attending SLC community college right now. They have one other daughter that is 10 years old and is super smart. The mom of the family washed all out cloths upon arrival to their house and then cooked us up an enchilada type dish with a spicy sauce that synched my tongue.. but I LOVED it. I took pictures of this entire day and will attach them. We then took a shuttle back to Ibarreta and got back by 2am in the morning. It was a day I will never forget. 
The whole Fiestas family
The dish Sister Fiestas made us (super spicy!)

So President Franco is now back in the mother land and President Patania is moving in to his office right now.. We will be having Leadership conference this Thursday so I will be able to meet him there. We did divisions with the area Estanislao del Campo, which is Elder Moreira and Elder White, on Friday and Saturday. I went to Est. del Campo with Elder Moreira who is the Branch President there. We went to an activity they had on Saturday which was an activity to start a fast together and to teach the members about the fast. It was a good experience and I actually played some football after wards with the little kids… I enjoyed that. Lucky I was playing with 12 year olds so it wasnt TOO embarrassing. 

Then Sunday we had a great fast and testimony meeting. The Cano Family and another investigator named Jenoveva came. Then in the Colony we had a lot of people come to church… a whopping 23 haha be that is up from the average 13. We are making a lot of plans to work a lot more in the colony to strengthen it and reactivate the members. 

This week I finished reading the book of mormon again and really enjoyed a couple verses. We all know that promise of the book of mormon found in Moroni 10:3-5 that promises us that we can ask God if the book is true and He will give us an answer because He tells us that ´´If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all man liberally and upbraideth not, and it will be given unto him¨. But I really enjoyed the scripture in Moroni 7:5-6 which says,

6 ¨ their works ye shall know them, for if there works be good, then they are good also..
7  For behold, God hath said a man being evil cannot do that which is good, for if he offereth a gift, or prayeth unto God, except he shall do it with real intent, it profiteth him not. 

I really liked that statement a lot. ¨...except he shall do it with real intent, it profiteth him not¨. It really hit home to be that we MUST do what we do with real intent. Especially with out prayers. If we dont have real intent in our prayers, we are just wasting our time and it doesnt benefit us anything. 

Also side note, I loved Moroni 7:12 that says, ¨For the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin and to do that which is evil continually.¨ 
In spanish the words translate directly to ¨continually¨ and ¨without ceasing¨ which struck a chord with me. I have had some wrong thinking that as long as I do that which is right and keep the commandments, then devil will just get tired and give up trying to tempt me. But I learned that the devil fights against God without ceasing, no matter what! He doesnt care who you are, if you are a covenant saint or one of his followers, he will tempt, entice, and invite EVERYONE to sin and do that which is evil... without ceasing

But that was my week. I hope you all have another fantastic week. Also if you are receiving these emails feel free to respond, I´d love to hear from everyone. 

Elder Corbin Keicher 

A nice burger and fry meal one night this week

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cumplí feliz 6/26/2017

Well this week was great. We did not make a trip to Potrillo this week because Tuesday we had Multi-Zone conference in Formosa. From Ibarreta we are about three and a half hours away and so we have to contract a ´´combi´´ or private van company to take us to and from Formosa. So they start in Las Lomitas, which like four and a half hours away from Formosa, and then they make their way down to pick all of us up. We told the van guy to pick up the Elders in Las Lomitas at 4-4:15am but at 2:45am the van guy called me to inform me that there were Indians cutting the route in between Las Lomitas and a town called Campo and that he wouldnt be able to get to Las Lomitas. Long story short I was making calls between the van guy and Las Lomitas trying to resolve the problem until finally at 4:30am, the elders in Las Lomitas found a taxi to take them to where the indians were cutting the route and then they crossed it on foot and the van picked them up on the other side. We all got to Formosa safely and had an awesome multi-Zone conference. President Franco talked for like 20 minutes and then had all 40 missionaries there answer the question, ´´What wouldnt you know or what wouldn’t have happened if the book of mormon didnt exsist?´´. Then we sat there for 2 hours while every single missionary bore basically their testimony of the book of mormon, it turned out to be a very powerful experience and built my testimony of it. That also gave me a lot more desires to really ¨search¨ and ¨study¨ the book of mormon and to be continually growing my testimony of what it teaches.

Afterwards, I had president and sister franco sign my flag and watched a video that their kids sent to us. It was overall a great day. I am now super excited to get to know President and sister Patania who will be getting here July 2nd.  The rest of the week was pretty normal.. nothing too notable to mention. Our Enlgish class is becoming pretty successful. Oriana, a 16 year old girl, has been bringing her friend, camilia, and yesterday she came to church. So that is super awesome! Also we did divisions with Fontana and I was with Elder Rodrigues who is from the south part of Brazil. And he is super strong!! I forgot to take a picture with him so you’ll just have e to take my word. But he is super cool, he has 7 months in the mission and has a pretty Brazilian accent but talked pretty well. 
My birthday turned out to be nice. I am glad it was on a Sunday cause it was a lot more calm and we weren’t out walking all day. But They ended church 15 minutes early and we ate birthday cake that the youth made for me at mutual on Saturday. Super nice of them. 

Then at the lunch appointment , the sister that made lunch made me a cake as well so I had a lot of cake on my birthday yesterday! I mean the cake here doesnt even compare to cake in the states but I accept their kindness and thoughtfulness toward me.  

To tell you all the truth I  hit kind of a rough patch this week. I think it has been a combination of not seeing success in our efforts to the fact that this is my 5th transfer in Ibarreta. I think I am falling victim to ´´the routine´´. For example, the cano family we have been working with since March is starting to get..... disanimated?...or discouraged I think would be the correct word. They havent been to church in 2 weeks and we havent been able to pass by. I have noticed a bit of laziness come into my daily routine. My prayers have fallen into a bit into a routine as well and just feel like Satan has been working to throw me off. It has been really interesting honestly. The closer the cano family has gotten to baptism, the stronger I have felt the temptations and influence of the devil on me and on them. It brought the famous Mosiah 3:19 scripture to mind which reads,
 For the anatural bman is an cenemy to God, and has been from the dfall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he eyields to the enticings of the fHoly Spirit, and gputteth off the hnatural man and becometh a isaint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a jchildksubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father.
I must yield to the holy spirit in order to overcome. I enjoy the mission for these experiences and for these reasons. I dont think I would be able to learn some of these things without it. I hope you all have a great week. Congrats to Logan for becoming old!! I knew you could do it

Corbin Keicher 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 52! Birthday week! 6/19/17

Well this week was great. We had the baptism of Malvina from the colony on Friday. She is 10 years old and is part of a less active family in the colony. Friday was a day full of stress because there was a ton of things to do for the baptism and just us two missionaries to do it. My biggest concern was the water. Since it is winter here it gets pretty cold and makes the water pretty equally as cold. I had known about this and was relying on church properties to come up this week to fix the hot water, cause I had called them a week and a half ago and they said they were going to fix it. Well we got to the church Friday morning and the hot water was definitely not working and when I called properties, they said they were coming tomorrow(saturday) to fix it. Sooooo, we started filling up the baptism font anyway and I started boiling water. And every 5 minutes for 2 hours I made a trip from the kitchen to the baptism font with hot water to pour in. At noonwe got a call from president Falcon telling us that his truck(only truck/vehicle in the branch) was in the shop and that he wouldn’t be able to pick up Malvina and her family from the colony for the baptism. So he talked to his neighbor who also has a truck and paid him 600 pesos to go and pick up the people and take them back. Then, we coordinating with a member to bring baptism clothes for Malvina and by the time it was 5pm we were all in the church waiting for the people from the colony to get there. Once everyone arrived, we noticed that Brother Casili(group leader in the colony) was there and in fact wasnt able to make it. We had asked him and he was suppose to be the one to baptize malvina! So.... I had to quickly get dressed into my bap clothes and we finally got settled into the room ready for the baptism. Then right as we were getting ready to start I looked around the room and noticed that the 30 people that were there for the baptism consisted of 30 girls and 0 priesthood. So now we couldn’t do the baptism because you need 2 priesthood witnesses. So then we had to make some more calls and finally Pres Falcon showed up covered in saw dust from his wood shop and we were able to do the baptism.
But it turned out to be a great baptism for Malvina and even though the water was a little chilly, she was a trooper and everything turned out great! 

Also this week we made another trip to El Potrillo from Wednesday to  Friday. It was a great trip and we got a lot done. We stayed in a different hotel because ´Él Parador´ was a little expensive. We ate at our favorite place called El Aleph which was another pleasant experience! On Thursday we went up to Potrillo and luckily I sat inside the truck this time. I was with Elder Moreira(Branch Pres of Potrillo) and he just did interviews for the temple because they are planning a temple trip for them. The Asuncion,Paraguay temple is closing in November for 2 years to do some major repairs and construction on it and so all the areas here are trying to get to the temple before it closes. But anyway on our way back from Potrillo, a Peruvian member family invited us to eat dinner at their house. They are part of the Las Lomitas group and live like an hour north from Las Lomitas so they make over a 2 hour round trip every Sunday to go to church. But they made us peruvian food that was SOO good. It was mainly good because it wasnt one of the 4 things Argentines cook(empanadas, Gisos, milanesa, pizza). It was a potateo/lettuce dish with a REALLY good sauce. I attached a photo of that to look at. 

This week will be a fun week. Tomorrow we have Multi-Zona in Formosa. It will be the last time I see Pres Franco. Thursday and Friday we will do division with Las Lomitas. We have been having a lot of success with our english class we hold every Saturday. The people that go are usually Ordian and lidia ayala, ariana Falcon, and a couple others. But The past 2 weeks, Ordiana and Lidia have both brought a friend to the class. And one asked for a BoM! So we are excited about that. 

That is about all i have for this week.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Karen's Got Sass 6/13/17

I´ll begin this week by reassuring you all(mom) that the picture of the X-Ray is certainly NOT my arm!! But isn´t that a crazy X-Ray?? The thing is destroyed. That is the arm of a less active man who completely messed up his elbow/arm playing soccer. I think, from the way he described it, his elbow/arm completely broke and collapsed inward toward his body…. (that´s a jimmy fallon EW!). Well that happened like 2 months ago and they did surgery on it and put 6-8 screws in his arm with a metal brace to hold everything in place. Felt bad for the guy but we talked to them and like I said found out they were a less active family. We asked them what happened and they just said that they just slowly stopped going; the husband started playing soccer on sundays and just lost the motivation to get out and go to church. But now that his arm is destroyed, he wont be going to soccer on sundays now!! Wo-ho! But they still didnt come to the district conference this past Sunday :( So we will be paying them a visit this week for sure.

Well, as you may have noticed from the pictures I uploaded, we went to El Potrillo this past Fridayand Saturday for the first time in like 9 weeks!! There is a lot of work out there and we will be trying to make weekly visits there to help teach and get the temple trip organized for them. But I will tell you, it was quite the trip. We left Ibarreta on a bus at 4:30pm on Friday and made our way up to a city called Juarez, where we stayed the night in a hotel called ´´El Parador´´. We arrived there and checked in at 9:30pm and then walked into town and ate at a restaurant called ´´Karen´´(Yes I thought of you gma Karen). But we walked in sat down and ´´karen´´ came and took our orders, or should I say, told us our orders. It was kinda funny, I will write the dialog of the short conversation:

Karen: ´´Todos quieren el lomo, no?´´ (Everyone wants the lomo right?)
E´Freeman: ´´Tiene un menú?´´ (Do you have a menu?)
Karen(waitress): ´´sí pero, vos queres el lomo´´ (yeah but… you want the Lomo) **with some argentine sass** 
E´Freeman: ´´ok, tiene más que el lomo?´´ (ok, do you have more than just the lomo?)
Karen: ´´Escuchame, vos queres el lomo´´ (Listen to me, you want the lomo!) **even more argentine sass**
E´Freeman: ´´…...ok´´
**10 second awkward silence**
E´Keicher: ´´puede ser una coca?´´ (can I have a coke?)
Karen: ´´por supuesto!´´ (Of Course!) **said with a smile**

Forgive me for putting the spanish in there, but those that have served in Argentina will be able to understand the situation better with the ´´Vos´´ conjegations in there by Karen´s mom. But as you can see Karen ordered for us. Haha It was an interesting experience and I will admit, the lomo was very good and came with very good side of fries. Probably the best fries I have had in Argentina. Then we went back to the hotel and spent the night. Saturday morning bright and early we arose at 6am, pack our things, ate hotel breakfast(croissant and warm milk) and left for El Potrillo which is a 3.5 hour drive from juarez. The problem though, was that the guy who took us, only had room for 3 missionaries inside the truck, so Elder White and I opted to sit in 2 plastic chairs in the bed of his truck for the trip…. 
And it was a humid 10°c driving like 40mph . I was freezing my butt off back there and actually had numb toes for a little bit! I never thought I would get cold down here but I did. But when we got there we split off and a member came with us on visits to be our translator because the main language there is Wichí and Nivaclé. We taught 1 family, a guy, and gave the preisthood to a recent convert. That took 2 hours and the other 2 elders did temple recommend interviews for members and then we left to make the 7 hour trip back. We got back to the city of Juarez at 
6:45pmand the next bus for Ibarreta didnt leave until 11:30pm
But we soon found out that we had an issue. We ran out of money in Juarez…….
Since our zone is way out in the middle of nowhere and 6 hours from resi and 4 from Formosa, we have a monthly travel fund to use for divisions and trips to multi zone conferences and trips to potrillo. Well this was my first trip to potrillo and I didnt know how much money to take and so for this reason we ran out of the money I brought in Juarez. So I had to go to a bank in Juarez and take out money from my personal card. We then found a place to eat called ´´El Aleph´´ in Juarez which is by far the best restaurant I have ever ate at since the panda express I ate in Atlanta. And it was cheap. I took a picture of what I ordered and will attatch. SO good. So that was the Potrillo experience this week.

On Sunday we had District conference with Pres Franco, the assistants, and the district of Ibarreta. There were a total of 150+/- that came. It was such a good conference and was super relaxing. Kinda bittersweet to see the last talk by Pres Franco, luckly I will see him one more time on the 20th of June when he comes to Formosa to pretty much say good bye to everyone. Fabiana and Damian Cano came to the conference and we learned that the birth certificate of Celedonio should be getting to the mission office today. So things are starting to get real with them. This Saturday we have a baptism set for Malvina, a 9 year old from the Colony.

We had transfers, again, Sunday night and not much changed since 3 weeks ago. I will stay here with Elder Freeman until at least the 14th of August. This is the start of the long 9 week transfer. I am doing super well and I am really excited to get things done this transfer. I am glad everyone is doing well and is happy. 

This past week when we were visiting with Malvina, her older sister came out of the house with a SLOTH!!! at least thats what my first impression was. The animal was so small and moved so slow and was so adorable. But after looking at it some more it started looking like an anteater. And I later found out it was indeed an anteater. But still so cool! I had never seen one before and got to hold it and it ended up sleeping on my chest. I will attach that photo as well. To be honest a lot happened this week and I dont know if I am forgetting anything. I am not as fortunate as those state missionaries(cough cough Patrick Foresight) who have iPads to write their weekly emails throughout the week so you´ll have to bare with these sporadic and thrown together emails.

I am learning more everyday both spiritually and temporally. I know that this work is true and indeed difficult. But it does bring true hope and happiness to everyone who truly searches it. I hope you all have a great week and focus on the things that matter. Keep a good perspective and count your many blessings because you are all so incredibly blessed with what you have in every aspect(temporally & spiritually) and remember that the mass majority of people have problems worse than you. We dont have room to complain, but rather to give thanks for what you have in front of your eyes. If you dont believe me, ´´just watch the news´´. I actually cant watch the news but you guys can and I promise you will be humbled. I love you all.

Corbin Keicher

Argentina Resistencia Mission

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pre-Mature Year Mark 6/5/2017

Well here we go,

Kinda reached my first real mile stone in the mission… exactly one year from right now I will be eating McD´s in the Buenos Aires airport awaiting my flight to the promise land(USA)…. Hahaha but I am not trunky… just making observations😎. We had an interesting, basically normal week. Nothing too exciting happened. Probably the most exciting part of this week was our trip to Resistencia for leadership council. It was the last council meeting with Pres. Franco before he goes…. If anyone is trunky here it has to be the mission president. But we left for Resistencia last tuesday at what was suppose to be 2pm but there was an Indian protest where they blocked the highway preventing any sort of travel. And our 2pm FlechaBus bound for Resi turned out to be a 5pm Flechabus bound for Resi. Pres. Franco invited the 2 branch president missionaries and their companions to the council meeting as well so Elders Moreira and White came with us. Thanks to the Monopoly Deal game I have, we were able to wait out the delay by playing some games of that in the bus terminal. On our way down, the Argentine ´´military´´ boarded the bus at the boarder of Formosa and Chaco and checked our iD´s. Luckly nothing transpired from that and we made it safely to Resi by 11pm. The leadership council was great and was centered on Ch.9 of Preach my Gospel, which talks about how to find new investigators. President combined that with Alma 26 which talks about Ammon and the sons of Mosiah. It was really good. Then we packed everything up for our Zone afterwards and headed back to Ibarreta. So I got the package from Mom that had the long awaited SlapChop inside. That thing is a life saver. I appreciate that thing so much and now my cooking time is literally split in half. What a luxury! But I read the list of what was suppose to be inside the package and customs took out the Popcorn seeds:(… but that is okay because I just found out that the local china market here sells popcorn seeds...(yes there are Chinese people in Argentina).

The work in our area is starting to pick up. A big focus President Franco talked about in Council meeting was how effective it is to work with Less-active families and partial families. So we have been putting a lot of effort into finding all the less-actives in Ibarreta so that we can activate them, hopefully find their unbaptized kids, and get to teaching their friends and family. I recently just got off the phone with the mission office and they are working on getting the updated birth certificate of Celedonio Cano and they said that that should be getting here within 2 weeks. So we are happy to hear this and excited to see this family enter the waters of baptism together.

Last night we were leaving a lesson with a recent convert when I completely threw out my back. As some of you may know, I have a pretty bad lower back that gets tweaked every 6 months or so. Well what happened is I bent down to put my boots on after the lesson and just felt the sharpest pain in my lower back and had to wobble back to our place. I am pretty sure it is the same exact injury that dad had about a year ago when he was working on the wall and hurt his back. It is really incredible that I have an injury like this even though I am 20 years old. But I am fully convinced that the 4 years of weight lifting with Mr. Boley of Legend High School gave me the back I have…. Too many back squats will do that to you. So now I do my studies knelled over my bed like dad was knelled over the ottoman because frankly, that is the only position that will not hurt.

But anyway, that was my week. We will be having District Conference(like stake conference but a district) this Sunday and President Franco will be coming to preside over it and give his final talk over a pulpit as a mission president. I will end my email there and I hope that you all have a great week!  

UPDATE from Argentina 5/29/2017

Well I am writing again from rainy Formosa, Argentina. 

It has quite literally been raining all week and the streets here show it. There is one paved street in Ibarreta.... the main avenue and the rest of the streets are dirt. And it isnt nice compact sand type dirt. It is straight Idaho farm field completely loose dirt that, when wet/combined with water, causes your foot to get completely submerged in the deep thick mud. It has thrown an obstical in our way as far as the missionary work goes because we cannot move very fast in these type of conditions. It also makes it difficult to contact and find new people to teach(which is what we need right now) because nobody wants to accept wet muddy missionaries into their homes. But we are pushing on. We are hoping and praying that it
stops.... but apparently forecast says that it will stay like this all week. Yay!
But luckly we will be spending Wednesday and thursday in Resistencia at leadership council so will be able to escape the mud and rain of Ibarreta. Itll be nice to get out for a day or two and change up the routine. The work here in the area is hitting a road block. Our wonderful family that is set to be baptised is facing opposition right now. The dad needs his Birth Certificate from Salta, but the problem is, is that there is no one in Salta to send the birth certificate to us. So we will be going to the civil regesters office Tuesday to talk to them on what we can do. SO we will be focusing a lot on that and trying to get this problem resovled. I will mention this issue we are facing with Pres. Franco on Thursday because most likely he has faced a similar problem like this in his 3 years here.  But other than the Cano Family, we are teaching a couple other people that are mas o menos progressing and we have a girl in the Colony who has a baptism date for the 27th of June. But mainly what we need is to find new people.
On Thursday was like Nation Indepenence day here in Argentina.. so the branch here had a big BBQ at the church from 12pm-3pm. It was a lot of fun and like 50 people showed up... which is a lot!! It is kinda funny... 50 people show up to BBq in the pouring rain and 16 show up to church in the drizzling rain. Kinda a snapshot of the strength of the church in this part of the world. But the activity was a lot of fun. We had people bring friends and non members there that we hope will make them more open to listen to us. Not sure if photos will upload on these computers anymore..... the Internet has taken a turn for the worst. Friday we walked a lot in the rain and I was completely soaked all day and that made me kinda sick when I woke up on Saterday. So unfortunatly we didnt get to do much Saturday due to me being under the weather.

 We visited with a guy here last night named Gilberto. He is a 62 year old guy who has a bad heart. He is a relative of one of the members here so that's how we got to know him. But he is in a pretty sad situation right now. Last week his pacemaker stopped working. So he went down to Formosa to the hospital there and the docters barely looked at him. He got down there and after waiting all day, they looked at him for 20 mintues and told him he had to "Sacar Turno" or pretty much take out a turn to go back in a couple weeks to get properly looked at, examined and cared for..... then he came back to Ibarreta and is waiting for that day... just hoping that his heart doesnt stop in the mean time.  Really made me think and feel for this guy. Made me think of how blessed all you are that are reading this. One thing I can remember, from at least the campus life at a major university, was how everyone complained and got all worked up on how horrible their lives were and how messed up the health care system is and how unethical it is that the bakery down the street wont bake a cake for a gay wedding. The problems that we face with are all circumstantial. The better we understand the we are living in a fallen world and understand that it is being ran by imperfect people, the better we realize our relience or dependence in a redeemer. That leads me to a couple scriptures I used in my talk I gave this week.
2 Nephi 4:34
O Lord, I have atrusted in thee, and I will btrust in thee forever. I will not put my ctrust in the arm of flesh; for I know that cursed is he that putteth his dtrust in the arm of flesh. Yea, cursed is he that putteth his trust in man or maketh flesh his arm.

Romans 3:23
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

This is something I am just now starting to understand, that our dependence/obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing.... and I mean ONLY thing that will move us safely from this life to the next. This thought leads me to Mosiah 3:17 where we are taught that,
And moreover, I say unto you, that there shall be ano other name given nor any other way nor means whereby bsalvation can come unto the children of men, only in and through the name of Christ, the cLord Omnipotent.


There I will leave you with that thought. That is something that became a lot clearer to me this week in studies and I hope you take time to ponder that idea. I hope you all have a great week and have a GREAT Memorial Day [?]!! Love ya all😎

Corbin Keicher

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