Saturday, June 21, 2014

Goooooaaaaaaallllll!!!! 1st Baptism!

Hey everyone!! It sounds like you guys had a great week and that some of you are already having too much fun with their summer. I do miss those days...Fa this has been the craziest week of my life!! I have got so much to tell you, so buckle up. First off, sorry that I didnt say anything earlier, but Uruguay is OFF ITS ROCKER for the Mundial! (World Cup) With last second notice our President gave us permission to only watch the Uruguay games in the house of less actives. That is hard for the latins down here but it is good because in lunch on Friday the family was watching the Mexico game with columbian officials, and at the end of the first half Elder Martinez was just about ready to go kill the Columbian elders in our yeah, its for a good reason:) But its all good, the Uruguay game was a little disappointing and we really had to just hurry right home afterward because our area just turned into a WARZONE. Literally. But it was still fun. (USA; USA; USA) So yeah, it is on all day everyday in everyone´s house. Just so you know.
Also this week we had a conference with the whole mission and it was awesome! I got to see all my friends and it was really a awesome morning. Then right after the whole mission (260 por ahi) went to the other mission and we had a joint conference with Elder Lynn Robbins of the Presidency of the 70. It was an awesome meeting, and he did a great job teaching us about how we teach. Shock I know, but it was super good. I also saw my good friend Hermana Tiffany Chin from the other mission. The only BIngham kids down here right now. It was awesome to talk with her for a little bit, and it is crazy that she is going home soon!
Then on Friday night we had the baptism of Eloy! It was an awesome experience and he asked me to baptize him! My first time in the mission and it was amazing! He is such a good guy and has done a lot to get to this point. The other missionaries in the ward baptized one of their investigators too and he is a 84 year old man and not quite as flexible as he was back in the day, so he basically could not bend back at all. So Elder Lamb basically sat down with him in the water as I held his lower half all under the water so nothing came out. It was really such a humbling experience, and to just be an instrument in the hands of the Lord is an amazing feeling. It was really something I will never forget.
Also this week was changes and Elder Martinez and I are staying together another 6 weeks! Its fine with me because tomorrow we are going to Montevideo centro with our investigators Iris and Leo to sign the paperwork of their wedding as witnesses!!! We have to go back in three weeks to be the witnesses of the actual wedding, so Im all good with that! It is amazing how well they are doing and how much they want to learn. Oh and Im going to be the witness at their wedding, did I say that already? Im pretty pumped about that!!
Well kiddos, I want to end with a shout out to my old man. Happy Fathers day!! I hope that you had a good relaxing day and enjoyed all that pie. I miss you and love you more than I can describe. You are the best man I know and the biggest example I have in my life. I often think to myself what you would do sometimes, and the answer is always the right one. Even if I dont want to at first. Thank you for everything you do for our family and for me. I love you pops!
Con amor,
Elder Degn
ps. Eloy and his sister that is a member at his baptism.
 Sister Chin from Bingham
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Thursday, June 12, 2014


Hey folks, happy summer I guess! Im glad to hear that the boys are done with the funnest part of the year;) Its funny that the first week of school is when I left... time flies eh? Today has been a really fun day though! We did a little self tour of Montevideo with a couple of the other missionaries in our zone and it was actually super fun! We went to the centenial futbol stadium that is super old and walked around it a little bit, then we went to the other (nice) side of montevideo and walked along the beach for a little bit. The only reason we can do that is because its winter here. But it was still really sweet to see the parts of the city that I have never been too. Montevideo is sooo old and I really love it. Today we saw some of the really nice areas, and I could totally live there. Just sayin.

This week was really good too! We have gotten Eloy all ready again to be baptized and he has quit smoking with the help of his nieghbor and friend Hermano Arce. He is probably close to 80 years old but a year ago he was baptized. He was a serious drinker but he quit so he could be baptized. Oh he is also basically deaf and we have to talk very loud strait into his ear. It makes charlas super fun that way. They are both just such genuinely awesome people and are very humble. I really respect them so much and genuinely love them!
Our family that we are working with are also doing great! This week they started all the paper work so they can get married. It is a bit of a system, so it is probably going to take three weeks, which is good, but we will know our changes this sunday so and either one of us could go, and it would be super hard to leave these guys. But they are reading the book of mormon and we invited them to a noche de hogar and we watched the testements and it really was a spiritual experience for them. We have got a lot to teach them still, but they are taking everything perfectly!

This is also going to be a big week for us because this thursday we have a conference with Elder Lynn G. Robbins of the presidency of the 70. It is Montevideo but in the other mission, and it is with everyone of BOTH missions! It is going to be awesome! He was the mission president of the other mission a few years ago, so it will be great to hear from him. Our stake is also having a huge activity in two weeks and the missionaries are the choir and we have practices three times a week. The stake is focusing a lot on this activity to bring new people to get to know the church, and it is going to be fantastic!

Well you guys thats about it, looking foward to another really good week ahead! I hope that you guys enjoy your time, in or out of school:)

Love you guys!

Elder Degn

ps. Me and Martinez in the stadium


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Semana de Milagros!

 Hey everyone! How are you all doing? I cant believe that you boys are basically done with school because I left when you guys started....yeah time passes quick. Im glad to hear that you guys finished strong, a rest well deserved! (stick it out girls:)

This week has been amazing but just so you know that today we went into Montevideo again to go walk around and go bowling but the bowling was closed so we just went into the Ciudad Vieja to see some stuff and get a gift or something. It is a really nice day and we went to a couple of stores and entered into one right on Plaza Independencia and were shocked to see all the hermanas of the zone and montevideo there with Hermana Smith (mission presidents wife). They were all going to go bowling too, but went to do a little shopping since it was closed. Hermana Smith is super super super nice and let us all choose some things that we wanted and hooked us up pretty sweet. We also talked to President Smith for a little bit too which is just wierd that we ran into all of them just walking around. (Miracle one)

But really, this week was AMAZING! We had our ward temple trip on Saturday and we worked super hard to invite as many people as we could to get ready and make plans to go with us. It turned out sooo good!! We had our investigator that is getting baptized next week, Eloy, go and Jesus went but didnt go in, two other recent converts went that have really been working for it, and our family of gold went too! The four missionaries that went split up so that one of the missionaries that the investigators knew was outside with them at all times, so I was with Elder Lamb and we went in and worked in the baptistry for about an hour and a half. The missionaries cant baptize so we rotated between witness and registrator. It was still an amazing experience to help and work in the temple. I havent been in the baptistry in a long time, and it is such a beautiful thing. So yeah, the temple trip was definitely a huge success!!!

Now I have to tell you guys about our family of Gold. Iris and her partner Enrique live in the nieghborhood we cant go in but a recent convert that lives there told them to go to church so they went two weeks in a row and we taught them at the church when they came. Iris is absolutely prepared to do anything. At the temple we talked with them about marriage and everything because she strait up asked me when they can get baptized. (Mind blown...) We talked with President Smith and the Bishop and we were able to go in because Iris has offered to walk in and out with us because she has lived there for a long time and everyone respects her. So yesterday we went with the bishop and had a amazing chat with them and they are going this week to get the paper work done and get a date set for their wedding!! It is super complicated here to get married, so it will probably take three weeks to get it all set. Until then, we are just going to get them ready and all the other people that live in this neighborhood that have been waiting for the missionaries to come back! I honestly dont know what we have been doing to deserve a miracle so big. It is amazing how the Lord works in people and prepares them for his word. God is great, and his work will never be frustrated. I love what I do!

I really hope that this week you guys enjoy the sunshine and warm temps and the crisp Irish breeze;) I love you guys so much! The church is true and no tatoos!!

All my love,
Elder Degn
This is me and Elder Martinez at the temple.


Sunday, June 1, 2014

Shout out to my man--Tyler John!!!

Hey there, I have to start out with a shout out to my man Tyler John, that is soooo awesome!!! I cant believe he is heading out east! or west....far away! That is going to be soo good! Im glad to hear that you all had a good week too and that everything ended well even though Bingham did not pull through for another championship. That is crazy to think that was all a year ago, time is flying for sure. Haha I dont really remember ever sleep talking before the mission but I guess that it is something that I have picked up down here. My comp keeps telling me that I sleep talk in English to him, apologize, and then translate it to spanish. Thats how we do language study;) Oh and also this week I have officially become a south american missionary. I got bit by a dog. Not terribly, but it drew blood. It was super random and I was not expecting it at all. We were in the house of Jesus and his dog just jumped out from under the car and bit my leg super hard then went away. Im just hoping I dont turn into a werewolf or something.

We have had a super awesome week though, and this week is going to be even better!! Our investigator Eloy is struggling a little bit still so we werent able to baptize him this week, but we are going to be working with him a lot to get him ready for two weeks from now. I just feel for him because he only smokes to take the nervous edge off his mind, and he still is looking for a job, so he has been pretty stressed recently. He is such a good guy and I want to help him out so bad,now we just have to help him shake this little vice.

Yesterday was probably the biggest miracle I have ever seen. We first of all had a HUGE attendance, 155! I dont really know how it happened, but it was amazing. The best part is that a woman came with her husband and daughter that was told by a menos activo member to come to church. She came for all three hours and we had a good lesson with her and the other investigators and new members, and when we talked to her to find out where she lived it turns out she lives in Riveros. The neighborhood we cant enter. We told her this and she was obviously disappointed. She quickly just said that there was no problem and that she would come to the church for us to teach her. I just kind of stood there in shock and said alright. This Saturday we also have our ward temple trip and we have invited everyone! We mentioned it to Iris, our new investigator, and she said without even blinking that her and her husband would go. It was just too good to be true!! We teach her tomorrow and we are gonig to see what we can do about going into this area to go to all the members and everyone else in there. We´ll see what happens.

But yeah, we have been working super hard with a bunch of members to get them pumped up or the temple this week, and it is really going to be a great day! Im so excited to go and help in the baptistry and to just be with these guys as many of them are going for their first time. Its going to be awesome!

Well kiddos, I cant tell you how glad I am to hear that you are all doing well, and I cant believe that school is almost out! Finish strong eh? I love you guys so much! Thank you for everything!!!

Todo mi amor,

Elder Degn

May 19, 2014

Hey kiddos! It really sounds like everyone is doing really well and that the life still hasent slowed down one bit back there. Good luck to everyone with all the activities this week! Today we are just having a super chill p-day mostly because Im a little sick, but nothing too bad. Ive just got a pretty bad cold mixed with some flu stuff, but Im going to go home to rest soon, so no worries:) Also that is awesome for Tyler! I cant believe he is already all grown up! My guess will be Mexico. That is the promised land. After Uruguay of course.

This past week has been super good! We had a capacitation with Elder Zeballos of the 70, and it was here in Cerro with the three zones of montevideo and Colonia and Mercedes, so I got to see all my friends from Colonia which was awesome! The meeting was actually really good and I learned a lot from Pte. Smith too. He talked about prayer and the importance and the power and the promises of prayer. It was really something that I have needed to improve and make more sincere. When you pray 15 times a day its difficult to not get repetitive sometimes and to make every prayer special and sincere. Elder Zeballos taughts us the importance of having an eternal perspective and seeing these people as people that need to go to the temple to recieve ALL the saving ordinances. He also talked about pushing ourselves to find our true potential. It really was a great meeting.

We are getting ready for a baptism this saturday too! Our investigator Eloy is going to be baptized! He is such a good guy that is really humble nd just willing to follow the Lord and accept what he needs to do to follow him and recieve the blessings that he is looking for. Im super pumped for him!
This Sunday we had two investigators come to church from my area that we have never seen before, and they were just super awesome and really wanted us to come to their house but when they were telling me thier address I realized that they live in the nieghborhood we can't go into. So bummer. But I am going to talk this week with Pte. Smith to see how we can get to them and what will be the best way to teach them, so our hopes are still high!

I also did divisions this week with Elder Merril from Lone peak that just started and it was litterally one of the funnest days of my mission. He is a total social network bug and we talked about twitter and stuff I've never heard about and music I have never heard about but it was just super fun. I had to keep telling him to keep his voice down in English because we were really getting some iffy looks from some guys, but it all turned out well!

Well kids I hope that you guys have a good week and that you enjoy the spring/summer weather! It is very, very cold. And winter hasn't officially started. Giddee up.

Love you all!!

Elder Degn

ps, this is the Rosario family now, everyone that has been there since we showed up.