Argentina, Buenos Aires West Mission
May 2012 - May 2014

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Wow. I can't believe it. She's already getting BAPTIZED?! Man everyone's going to be so OLD by the time I get home! =P I really wish I could be there to see it. You'll have to send me lots of pictures!
Well, everything's mostly the same old story here in Ft. Payne. I am doing much better than I was last week. Thank you everyone who has been praying for me and sending me your love and support. Elder Thayne, my AWESOME companion, has helped me a lot as well. I'm sorry if I caused anyone any unnecessary (I can never spell this stupid word) stress. Thank you Mom and Dad for your letters. They really helped me. Thank you for all the things you said in them. I love you both. I would also like to say thank you to the Wilding family. You have all become like my family away from home. You have all helped me in your own way, more than you know. I love you all! Anyways, like I said before, I'm doing a lot better this week. I'm really trying to put my own motto into practice; by taking it a day or an hour or a minute at a time. Even though Elder Thayne and I are still trying to figure a lot of things out on our own, it's okay. We've done it before, and we'll do it again. We know in whom we trust.
Time goes SO fast. And each transfer gets faster than the last one. This Wednesday, it will be half way through the transfer already!!! I can't even believe it. My first transfer out seems like it took so much longer than that. I told President Holzapfel a few weeks ago in my weekly letter that I was pretty disappointed that my visa didn't come through. He told me it was okay to feel that way. He also gave me some very good advice, advice that I've been trying my hardest to live by: Learn to just enjoy the moment, because the moment will be over before you can blink. Doing this has really helped me to enjoy my time here better. I know I'm still going to Argentina. I know my visa will come. And, quite honestly, I hope and pray that it comes quickly. But, I'm trying my best to enjoy my time here.
Here's something interesting that I found out awhile ago and forgot to mention: I was set apart as a missionary on the same day Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery received the priesthood, which is the 15th of May. I thought that was pretty cool. I wonder it there's any special significance there. . . Probably not, but I still think it's awesome (:
Well, it's finally starting to cool off, which makes being outside all day a whole lot more enjoyable. Elder Thayne and I are still trying to find people to teach who will take us seriously. We've also been doing a lot of service for the members and for the community, which I really enjoy. For example, we straighten books at the library a few times a week and we help straighten/sweep in the salvation army store. They also have a soup kitchen every other day, so we're going to see if we can help them out with anything as well. Tracting really isn't too effective here, so we've been trying to find as many service opportunities as we can.
Well, I think that's about all I've got for now. Once again, thank you so much to everyone for supporting me and praying for me. Please continue to do so. It's very much appreciated. I love you all!
Elder Jacob Bentz

1 comment:

  1. Glad that this week looks brighter. The service projects they are involved in looks like the way to have opportunities to meet people. If one thing doesn't work try something else. Thanks for sharing.