Hey guys!!!! It was sooo awesome to
talk with you guys on Christmas!! It was hard to say goodbye!! I miss you guys
tons!! Thanks for all your good questions and everything!! It was a super good
time!! Sounds like you guys had a great Christmas!!
On Friday we got a call from the
zone leaders informing me I was receiving a transfer. I will now be serving in
a small city just outside of Rosario called San Lorenzo. My new companion is Elder
Johnson and he is from Utah as well! My first 2 companions have been from Utah.
I was really sad to leave Venado Tuerto. We have a ton of investigators and I love all
of them as well as the awesome members of my little branch! I felt like I had
really connected with all of them! But,
I guess the Lord needs me somewhere else, so I will answer the call! We mostly
spent the last couple of days going around and saying goodbye to all the
members and investigators that we have! It was very sad! At the same time, I am
excited to start a new adventure! Elder Stanworth is training again in the same
area and I think he is excited about it!! He is awesome!!
I left Monday morning and met my new
companion at the bus terminal in Rosario!! Our new area is the whole city of
San Lorenzo! There is a massive river right beside it so it is sooooo humid
here!! I am sweating like crazy!! Ha-ha! Buts it’s all good!! I really miss the
snow right now!!!! We have the whole city as our area, so it is pretty
overwhelming. At least for me it is because my last area was about 10 blocks by
15 blocks! Now it’s like 70 blocks!! It’s massive, but I guess there used to be
2 wards and 1 branch here a while ago and now there is only 1 branch left!!
There are so many less active members!! We have lots of work to do here!!
Man, I’ll tell you that the pension
here is not that nice! I was living in a palace in my other area!! I had air
conditioning, and a nice shower and awesome members who fed us and a washing
machine! Oh well, but it is livable here!! Ha-ha- I am doing good!!! We have a
lot of work to do in this area. I am here for a reason and I am excited to make
a difference, whether it’s re activating people or baptizing. I am here to do
the will of the Lord!!
Hey mom- thanks for your prayers!! I
am slightly overwhelmed here because as you probably know, I’m not the best
with change.But I truly am excited to be
an instrument in the Lords hands here!! There is a lot for me to learn here!! So
keep praying for me!!
Right now I am just trying to meet all of the members
and investigators that they have here!! There is a lot to do here!! I hope
you feel better, Mom!! We aren’t allowed to be out after dark tonight for the
New Year’s festivities or to go out tomorrow so we might be cleaning (just like
you will be at home!!)
I love you guys!! Hopefully I will
email you guys on Monday again!!
Well, this week was good!! WE HAD 9
INVESTIGATORS AT CHURCH ON SUNDAY!! Which was flipping awesome!!? We just made
sure we emphasized it a ton! Two of the investigators who came were actually
ones we had stopped teaching so we are teaching them again!!! So awesome!!I was pretty excited at church, but it was a
little stressful, too! I was on my toes making sure that everyone was doing
well and enjoying themselves!! One investigator was a young man, B, who we went
and picked up before church. He lives in a humble house. One of the walls has a
hole where there was a window, but where there is no window there now. Anyways,
we arrived at his place and knocked, or clapped I mean, (that’s what people do
here) and nothing. So, we waited for a while. They have a tin roof, so it’s
pretty loud if you throw stuff on it. Anyways,I threw a bunch of rocks on the roof and still nothing. My mind was made
up - I was not leaving without him. We had walked so far to pick him up and knew
it was important for him to come. So, I
put my hands into the window and clapped as loud as I could. It turned out his
bed was not very far away from my hands. So, that finally did the trick and
woke him up!! We finally got him up and to church, which was awesome!!!! He
said he really liked it, along with all of our other investigators!
The other day, my companion and I
were asked to do a service project. We were asked to mow a sister’s lawn. It
was super super long and we were given machetes to accomplish the task!! Never
done it that way before!!
Tonight for Christmas Eve we are
going over to a recent convert’s home for dinner and have permission to stay
out until 11:30 pm, which is really cool!!
Christmas seems to not be a big deal
here. People put a little tree inside their homes, eat dinner at around 11:00
pm and then open gifts at midnight, and that’s it! It is weird for me to have
Christmas without snow! It just does not feel like Christmas in one sense, but
in another, being here has helped me better appreciate the real reason why we
celebrate Christmas in the first place. We have had a great time sharing the
video clip the church put out for Christmas (share the gift). It is a cool
thing we get to do.
Thank you for everything! I am
looking forward to talking to you guys tomorrow afternoon!! Merry Christmas!!
The big news for the week is that
the MISSION IS BEING SPLIT INTO TWO IN JULY!!!! There will be and Argentina
Rosario mission and an Argentina Santa Fe mission! There will be a new mission
president, new mission home, new everything! So, what will happen is that if
you are in the area of the new mission when the new mission president arrives,
then that’s your new mission. If you are in President Zanni’s zone you will be
in his mission. (His part is Rosario and lower). So that will be very
interesting!! I wonder where I will end up!! Exciting, huh!!
This week was good! We are eating
and ordering lots of food cause pretty much here it is as cheap to order the
food as it is to buy it and cook it. So we save ourselves the time and energy of
making the food and just buy, it so that is very nice!! Ha-ha and plus the food
it usually better if we buy it!!
This week we had 3 investigators at
church!!! Pretty awesome!!! I was super glad they came!! Hopefully, they will
come this Sunday too!!! Recently, President Zanni has changed our missionary
focus to reactivation. He is not so concerned about how many lessons we teach
the less active or how many investigators we have. He wants us to help increase
church attendance. In in our area, we have 280 families that are members, but
we only have 28 families that are going to church every week! So, we have been
working a lot this past week finding those people and trying to get them to
church and teaching the members of their families who aren’t members!! It’s
exciting to have lots of work to do!!
Yesterday we had a service project with
the president and his family, which was really good! We went to an old folk’s
home and painted rooms. When we first we went in we talked to the residents and
man that was hard for me!!!! Sometimes I can’t understand the elderly talking
in English, let alone in the small amount of Spanish I know!! So, I just nodded
my head and said “si” and “que bueno!” but it was all good! Then we went to the
church and ate pizza. The president talked for a while and then we played some
fun games like ultimate Frisbee it was so much fun!!
We did division (went on splits) with
the assistants to the president which this week! It went really well!! It was
good to see and learn from others. I enjoy that. My Spanish still in not that
great but I understand more than I can speak. Sometimes that is
frustratingbecause I know what they are
saying but I don’t know how to respond!! Ha-ha, but i can usually figure out
some way to say something. I am learning slowly!!
I love you guys!!!
Can’t wait to hear from you on
Wednesday and Skype on Thursday!!!!!
I got your package and envelopes this week!! I also got Bita’s!!
I have not opened the package from home but I opened Bita’s and it was very
nice!! She sent a bunch of snacks and it is all very yummy!!! I have been
opening one card a day and they are super awesome!!!! Thanks everyone!! I can’t
wait to talk to you guys on Christmas!!! We will skype from a member’s house,
probably around lunch time, Argentina time, but I’m still not sure. Hopefully I
can give you more information next week.
The first half of the
week was good!! We are working hard. We
taught quite a few lessons. I forgot to mention last week that during the big
downpour we discovered that one of our investigators was not 100% stable. We
had a suspicion before the day of the big rainstorm, but that day, we confirmed
it pretty fast! She was outside screaming at cars as they passed by and then
later we saw her bathing in the water. We decided to stop teaching her because
we think she will go straight to heaven anyways!!
Our new branch president is awesome!!! He goes out with us
often and is really involved! I think that is where we will skype from on
Christmas. There is another family in our branch that also is super involved in
missionary work. These members make such a difference!! I am really excited
about this week! I think it will be better, especially since we will be able to
Elder Stanworth and I got surgery on our toes on Friday. The
mission paid for everything. We went and saw the doctor a couple times this
week and we had it operated on Friday. We had a few meetings with him and we
took some antibiotics for a few days. We got the more expensive medical
treatment which I think means that it was better quality. I went into the
office and the doctor and nurses just started poking needles into my feet. As
soon as they were frozen they started snipping and cutting and digging. It was
pretty bloody, but they wrapped it up and I was on my way!I had two in grown toenails, one on each foot.
My companion had one so he got his operated too. We then spent the whole weekend
in the pension which kind of sucked!!!! I was so bored!!! I like the scriptures,
but man, I wanted to go out and teach!!!! Ha-ha - but yesterday one of the members
was able to drive us to church and today we can walk. So everything is good
again!! Sadly we didn’t teach a ton of lessons this week cause we were stuck in
the pension, but it’s okay. We will this week!!
We didn’t have anyone at church this Sunday which was
disappointing, but it’s alright. It rained too on Sunday which might have been another
reason why no one made it. This week I am pretty sure will be a lot better!!! My
Spanish is coming along. I can understand more but still not a ton. I can
usually pull out what I want to say, but sometimes people are not too patient
with me. All in all, I’m progressing!
Sorry, no time for pictures this week but next week I will
send some. I have some gross pictures of our toes!! Ha-ha - but thanks for everything!! Hopefully the recent
cards you guys sent me will come soon! I will write to you next Tuesday! (President it coming down
to do some service with us on Monday so Tuesday will be our p-day)
We survived our low-money week!! We
had to dip in to some personal money a little bit, but it’s all okay!! It rained
on Sunday so our branch was in low attendance!! We did not have any
investigators at church, again, but it’s alright, this Sunday will be the
week!!! Ha-ha - but we sustained a new branch president and he is super
awesome! He is super involved with us and wanting to help us, which is good! We
also have some inactive families that are excited about the change.
The big news this week was that we
had a big flood!! Okay, so we were sitting at a lunch appointment and it just
started pouring, like super super hard!!! We were eating with the new branch
president and his family. They had made a yummy pizza, but there were olives
all over it (I took them off) and we were sitting there eating and trying to
talk but we had to yell to each other because the rain was being so loud on the
roof!! It was awful! About 5 minutes later, their whole back yard was full of
water! It was even coming in through the back door!! Within another 5 minutes there
was approximately 3 inches of water in their whole house!!! Luckily we got all
the important stuff off the ground. Their house, like most of the houses here,
is built of brick and tile so there was not much damage to the houses, which
was really good. When the rain slowed down and stopped for a bit, we looked
outside and the roads looked like a river! It was crazy!! The president has a
car and he was going to drive us home but he couldn’t get out because the water
was too high (anyone who has a car here is rich) so we decided to start
venturing our way back through the puddles. Well, we got a decent way back to
the pension then bammmmm it just started pouring again. We were soaked within
10 seconds!!. I put my camera under my arm pit and we started running back. When
we got to the road that our pension is on, we found it was covered in waist
deep water!! There was no other way to get back to the pension, so we walked for
15 minutes back to the pension in waist deep water, in the pouring rain, in our
shirts and ties!! There were cars submerged on the side of the street, it was
so bad!!! Luckily my camera did not get wet at all. I don’t know how that was
possible! We pretty much went swimming!! Ha-ha, it was kind of fun, even though
at the time I was just worried about my camera!! But we made it back okay and
our pension is higher up so no water got in. What an adventure!!!!!!!!
The other elders were supposed to
have a baptism but it got cancelled because of the rain. Our baptismal font is challenging
because it doesn’t drain water so we spent some of Saturday night taking the
water out of the font bucket by bucket which was annoying but it had to be
On Sunday some of our investigators
fed us “asado” which is my favorite!! Lots of meat and lots of bread. It is
super super super super yummy!! I really
enjoyed it! It’s all awesome when your investigators feed you because you get
food and a lesson!!!
So, I have an ingrown toe nail. Actually
two and so does my companion. So today we went to the doctors and they gave us
some medicine and we are coming back Friday. The doctor is probably going to
have to do some kind of surgery to our toes so we might be out for a couple of
days. It doesn’t hurt to walk on it, it only hurts when I stub it really hard
or try to do push-ups, but it could be dangerous if the infection grows. I am
fine and will be fine, you don’t have to call the mission home or anything. I wasn’t
going to tell you guys but I thought maybe I should. You will find out next
week how everything went!!
It was a little bit of a slower week
with not a ton of lessons or anything because we couldn’t find a lot of our
investigators which was too bad!! But this week will definitely be a lot
better!!!We had lessons last week but a lot of our investigators don’t seem to
want to come to church. We have even had a couple that said they received an answer
that the church is true! I wanted to yell at them “WHY DONT YOU COME TO CHURCH
THEN!!!!!!” Ha-ha but its okay, I think they will come if it doesn’t rain. I will
keep you guys posted on that
I now weigh 185 so I’ve lost a
little bit of weight since the last time but slowing down a lot. Life is good!!
I really enjoy it here! It’s just challenging sometimes to not see anyone
getting baptized yet, but I know patience and faith will get them there!
I love you guys!!!
During a rain storm!
Getting ready to go for a swim (in order to get home)
The big bag of cereal used for weekly sustenance :)
It is getting pretty hot here!! By the time I take off my
white shirt at night, it is not white anymore. I get sweaty then the dirt gets
on it and it does not stay white. We moved our beds around in the pension to
the coolest part which was a good idea!
This week was good!! It
was hot, but we worked hard. None of our
investigators came to church this Sunday which was super super disappointing!!
I don’t know how to get them to church. We even walked like 30 minutes before
church to pick them up, but they were sleeping!! It’s pretty frustrating, but it’s
okay. One of these days!
We dropped a few of our investigators this week because they
weren’t progressing. It was hard but we can’t waste our time. We have a couple new ones that seem really good!
Next week, one of our investigator families is feeding us “asado” which is
flipping awesome!! It’s like a barbecue, but better! This family seems pretty interested,
the only problem is that they LOVE tattoos!!! They spent like 30 minutes
showing us different drawings, but I think it will be okay! Anything is
We did service this week for a “menos active” (less active)
family. We helped them build part of their house. They asked us to be at their
house by 5:30 am but, as you probably would have guessed, we didn’t start until
like 8! I could have got so much more sleep!!! Ha-ha, but its okay. We worked
all morning mixing cement and stuff.It
was good!! I actually enjoyed it!! Afterwards, they fed us “churry pan” which
is like sausages but better! Ha-ha, it was really good!! We got back to the pension and we super tired!
But it felt great!!
The family that is super poor, that need to take out” turno”
in order to be married, fed us this week! I felt very humbled because it’s hard
for them to feed their family, let alone us. But they made a really yummy meal!
It was meat and empanadas. I really liked it and was grateful for their
sacrifice. The only hard part was that since they don’t live in the city, the
water they gave us made me want to throw up! It was so gross! Ha-ha, but it’s
Nothing super cool happened this week. Hopefully this next week we will have more
investigators at church. We are running super low on money, so this week we
will probably be eating cereal all week. Hopefully lots of members feed us!! Ha-ha!!
We have like 100 pesos left which is
equivalent to 10 dollars! Ha-ha, we will see how it goes!!! But, all in all, it’s
I love you guys! Thanks for
We found this cool train track surrounded by trees
Looks so cool!
Building part of a house
Great food after our service project
Enjoying ice cream for lunch!!
I made this backpack myself! Good thing Bita taught me how to sew!
No transfer for me or my companion this month!! I just found out I get to Skype with
you on Christmas!!!! So that will be fun!
Mom asked for something in Spanish.
Nosotros tienemos mucho
investigatores, pero la problema es que nunca quieren asiste la iglesia! mi
districto tenine 6 missionarios y 2 se va este translado. no conozco ellos muy
bien perro el nuevo missionaries van a ser muy bien. ellos van a tranier. (they
are being trained so I won’t speak the worst Spanish in the district
Translation: We have lots of investigators,
but the problem is that they have not been to church yet. My district has 6
missionaries and 2 are being transferred this week. I don’t know the m very
well. We are getting new missionaries to be trained. That will be great!! Then
I won’t speak the worst Spanish.
Miss you guys tons too! But the time
is going by surprisingly fast!! Mom asked me about some of our mission
purchases. All the music stuff is very very helpful!! It’s super nice!! I like
it! That was a really good purchase. The worst purchase was probably the rain boots...
ha-ha! My self-confidence kicked in and there is no way I am going outside
wearing those things unless there is a flood, but even then I don’t know. Ha-ha,
but I thought I would use them, but I guess not!
Well I was going to write my whole
email about my experience at McDonalds this week, but I decided that you would probably
not like that a ton. But we went there after” tramites” in Rosario. Ha-ha, it
was very yummy! It was a nice taste of home, but all in all, it is not the same
as in Canada!!!
I am still working on getting used
to some things that are very different from home. Sometimes, the sanitary
conditions I find myself in are not the most desirable ones! I just close my
eyes and muster it out or drink up!. I have a feeling Heavenly Father is
protecting me from all the crazy diseases I should be getting!! Ha-ha, so watch
out when I come home I probably won’t want to clean anything because I won’t
even notice it anymore!! Haha!!
Okay, this week we received a schedule
change!! We now wake up at 7 and are in bed at 11! It’s pretty awesome!! Cause everyone
is out way late in the summers!! Ha-ha I sure like sleeping in until 7
This Sunday we only had one
investigator at church and we went and picked her up. But it is frustrating
cause we have 10 with baptism dates but we need them to come to church first!!
They all say that they just sleep in and forget or something. It’s awful here!!
Church starts on time but nobody shows up till later anyway!!
We are teaching one guy, Gabriel is
his name, and he lives in a room about 8 ft. long and 6 ft. wide. It is just barely
big enough to fit a bed and a chair. So when we teach him me and my companion
sit on the bed and he sits on the chair! But he is super excited so it’s awesome!!
He is supposed to get baptized on Dec 6!!
C and V, the people that are giving up the salary are kind
of putting off going to get married. I am not sure why, but it is tough. I
think they really are worried about their money. But they want to get baptized
it is just hard for them!!
Daniel and Vanessa are doing okay. Vanessa’s
mom is an evangelic and she saw us one day at their house and talked to Vanessa
so she was not present at our last lesson. But he works on Sundays, which sucks,
but it’s all good!!
Those are some of the investigators
I have shared with you before. Some of
the people we are talking to are “if-y” so I don’t want to write about them
just yet! But we should have lots of baptisms this transfer!!
I love you guys! Thanks for all the
letters and stuff! Thanks for everything!! All of those funny sacrament
meeting clips you sent me mom were super funny!!! I look forward to Mondays to
hear from you guys! All the other days’ just seem the same. Every week I look
forward to receiving and writing letters! I also have to write the president
every week in Spanish. I don’t need to pre-write it in Spanish anymore!!I can just do it as I’m sitting in front of
the computer. We usually get an hour and a half to write, so I usually have
I am really enjoying it here!! I am getting
used to the life style and everything! I love it here! Next week is transfers,
so I won’t be writing you guys until Tuesday. So, I didn’t die if you don’t
hear from me Monday, Mom. I don’t think me or my comp will get transferred!
Elder Stanworth and I are working
pretty hard... Or at least I think so! No baptisms yet, but we have 9 committed
for December, it’s just a matter of them attending church and following
through! Okay so that guy we found at like 8:45 last Sunday, yeah he’s actually
crazy so we could not teach him. He does not know what we are talking about! Ha-ha
lol! But Daniel and Vanessa, the family that we found last week, are doing
awesome! We left them with a Book of Mormon and told them to pray about it. So,
we will call tonight to see how that went. The family that is committed to getting
married and will lose the salary as a result, have been putting if off forever!
They finally went this week which was super good! So good!!
This week the AP’s came down and did
splits with my companion and I. I went with Elder Muniz, from Brazil! He is a super
good missionary!!! Elder Muniz and I did a really good job! He’s and awesome
The next day we did divisions within
our district! I went to the other Elder’s
pension and was there for the night. Man, our pension was about 100 times better
than theirs!! They (and me for the night I stayed) have to take bucket showers!
Ha-ha, it was freezing, lol!! But it’s okay! We taught a bunch of lessons and I
did a lot of teaching that day! So that was good! I can teach all the lessons
and kind of say what I want now, but other than lessons, Spanish is still a
The biggest challenge here is that
nobody likes to keep commitments. They say they are going to come to church, “si,
si”, but they never end up showing up. It sucks. Ha-ha, but that’s something we
will have to work on! That’s the problem with investigators here. Some of the
challenges with the “menos activos” (less actives) is that they are casual in
their church attendance. They wear the garments and keep the commandments, but
they just don’t go to church because they sleep in or are running late…
We had zone conference this week with
the president which was good, from what I was able to understand!! It was good
to have him talk to us! Oh, and the food here is super yummy! I still think I
am losing a little bit of weight, but man I eat a lot at lunch appointments!!! They
can cook some good food!! They always have the best fresh bread sitting out! So,
it’s really hard not to eat that!! lol!! But yeah, when we do have lunch
appointments it’s delicious!
Tonight my companion and I have to
go to Rosario (the mission home) for some visa stuff for me, so we will be
sleeping there tonight! It should be good! Last night it rained again, which
sucked, but we found 4 new investigators in the last 10 minutes! It always
happens at the end of the night!! Every time!!!
Things are really good with Elder Stanworth!! We get along
super awesome!! When we went on divisions this week, I was with another missionary and man,was I glad to get back to Elder Stanworth!! It
wasn’t that bad, but i just like Elder Stanworth a lot better! lol!!
I love you guys!!
This picture was taken at the MTC. Argentina and Paraguay have 13 missions!!!
Multitasking - studying while cooking (what's with the head lamp, Elder Carter?)
I just sent a ton of pictures! I hope you like
them all! Ha-ha, I love you!! It was actually pretty rainy here this week, so
you guys weren’t suffering in the cold alone! Yes mom, the ¨We can do it!” theme
is a big thing in our mission because I guess a lot of missionaries think that
this mission can’t baptize very well. Our investigators are good. We have got a
few who have committed to a baptismal date later in the month, but the problem
with people here is they never follow through... with anything, like sometimes it is hard to find them when we
book appointments cause they just are not home! The members are pretty good to us. We only have
about 5 families on our side of the boundary, and the other elders have a ton,
but the families are awesome!! We have lunch with them only three days a week
and all the meals I have eaten have been super good! They love having bbqs with
tons and tons of meat. We went to one of those, and man it was yummy! They had
like ribs and sausages and all sorts of meat! They also make this pizza with eggs
and bacon on it, it is pretty good! So the members on our side are treating us
pretty good. It is a little hard to communicate with them though for me cause I
don’t know a ton of Spanish.
Okay, for the weekly update! It was
a normal week and everything was good! I am liking it here more every day! I am
just getting more comfortable with the language and the culture and all! So, on
Thursday this week, it started raining! It has been raining every day since,
which has been super annoying! Argentines are funny with the rain. They don’t
do anything when it rains. It’s like there is a blizzard and they can’t get out
of their house. It makes missionary work pretty
hard! But, also when it rains, they make this good scone thing, called “torta
fritas.” On Saturday we knocked on a
door in the freezing cold rain and some guys gave us one! It was so good and
warm!! Ha-ha, it was soo nice! Anyway, after we had been working all day in the
freezing cold rain, it was like 7:00 pm and most of our appointments had fallen
through so we went contacting. About an hour into it, we were walking down the street
and we were turning into an alley where the really poor people live. I told
my companion that we should knock on the door across the street. I only suggested that because I didn’t want to
walk down the scary alley. Plus there looked like there was a ton of scary looking
guys there. Ha-ha! Anyway, there was this family that let us in and we taught
the whole first lesson with them!! They let us in with our muddy shoes and
everything. They were super receptive and think that they will get baptized!!! Awesome,
huh! Ha-ha- my companion thought I was awesome since he thought I felt that we
should go to this house, but the truth was that I just didn’t want to walk down
the other road( lol).Maybe that’s how
the spirit works sometimes. Their names are Daniel and Vanessa and we
have another appointment next Sunday. I hope it goes well. When we were leaving
she said that it wasn’t by chance we stopped by, at least that’s what my companion
said, ha-ha, because I didn’t understand it!
So, that was a rainy story. I have
another one. Oh, but first let me tell you that when it rains here, not even
the members go to church. I guess I can see why. You have to walk through mud
to get there and most people don’t have cars. The church was in low attendance
last Sunday which was kind of a bummer and we had no investigators there!! Oh,
well! Anyway, later that night when it was time to go out and work we wanted to
reach our goal of teaching 40 lessons for the week. We had 35 and like 3 hours
to get 5 more in. We went out and all of our appointments cancelled on us. Oh,
and it was freezing and pouring rain that day!!! So, we contacted for the last
three hours. It was 8:30 pm and we were just finishing up the fourth lesson! We
were freezing!! At the end of the lesson, this guy gave us a nice warm “torta
frita!” It was God sent! It was warm and everything!! Man, it was soo good!! Anyway,
it takes about 30 minutes to walk back to the pension, but we really wanted to
get another lesson in. We could have gone back to the pension right then, but
we decided to keep working, except we had to be back in the pensions at 9:30
pm. Well, it was like 8:45 and we knocked on this door. I don’t know why, but
we did. An old man answered the door and I guess he has read the Book of Mormon
and has a burning testimony but just hasn’t had to opportunity to get baptized!!
So, we got him a baptismal date!! It was crazy!!! Because we put the extra
effort into finding that fifth lesson, we were blessed with finding someone
ready for baptism!! If we had gone back to the pension, that would not have
happened!! Ha-ha, we got rewarded for working in the pouring rain!! It was sweet!!! It wasn’t by chance that we found
that guy, that’s for sure. It’s because we were willing to work hard. Pretty
good feeling!! We are meeting with him tomorrow.
Well, my time is almost out, but
this week we did have lunch at a member’s house and they made a big meat thing-
it was soo good!! I was so full at the end but it was pretty awesome!! Ha-ha- I
am liking it more and more here every day! Thanks for everything! Keep me
posted on what’s going on at home!
Thanks for all your letters and everything!!
It is super nice to hear from all of you and see how you are doing!! Thanks for
the advice mom; I will definitely use that this coming week!! The pictures of the
Halloween party look pretty fun! That’s awesome!! I loved hearing about your
story in Ecuador, mom. It was cool!! I miss everyone back home!!!!I love you
guys! I got your card you sent to the mission home!! I really enjoyed reading
it and love getting your cards mom!
Okay, so Monday was zone conference!
It was really good. I wasn’t able to understand it all, but I could catch
a lot of it and it was super cool!! There was big emphasis on the idea that we
CAN teach and baptize! We committed 4 people to baptismal dates this week. Not
sure if they will follow through but it is pretty awesome!!
On Tuesday I had to go to Rosario
to do some visa stuff. So I took the collectivo super early in the morning and
sat in a big line for a while to get my finger prints. Then I returned back to
the pension at like 5 so it was a pretty long day for me that day! But it was
good!! I was able to catch up on all my sleep on the long bus rides!!
The weather is starting to get super
super hot!! Its soooo humid here! Ha-ha! I am out for about 5 minutes and then
I am already sweating!!! Ha-ha- like right now, I am sitting in a computer
place and am sweating just sitting here because it is so hot! I think I am losing
more weight because of that and all the walking!!
Some fun things that my companion
and I do are every Thursday we go buy lunch at this yummy lunch place!! It is
super good!! We get some super big sandwiches and it is super yummy! They are
only $3.50 US, but we only get $140 US for the month, so we have to spend
wisely.. Of course, the currency is in pesos but it just converts to that much.
We have lunch appointments with the members on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, which is nice but the other 4 days we are left
to make our own food. We never have dinner appointments. Actually, we don’t even
get time for dinner! Ha-ha- but it’s good. Every Monday morning, we buy
facturas, which are some really good bakery treats!! They are delicious!! Ha-ha
- so that means we got some of those today and they were so good!
The customs here are different to
me. We leave the pension at like 10 in the morning but by the time 11:30 hits
we cannot get in any doors!! Like nowhere! Nada! Zip! Zero! Everyone is making
lunch and do not want to talk to us. I think the other day we were knocking on doors
from 11:30 to 1:00 and a total of 4 people opened the door and we were only
able to talk to two of them!! Ha-ha! But other than in the afternoon people are
pretty receptive! It’s just the time of day! Also at 8:00pm is awful too. We
get nobody to answer the door. So we usually try to schedule appointments
during that time!!
I attend a small branch. The members
are awesome! There are a lot of inactive members here which is too bad! We
usually get about 70 people attending each week!! So, that’s good! Church here is different than back home. The
members are pretty new and not as strong, but we are happy to be here and help
where we can!!
My Spanish is coming along. I still don’t
say a ton, but I am starting to say more than my testimony, which I feel good
about. I can usually understand when people talk about religion, but when they
start to talk about other stuff they might as well be speaking Chinese!! Ha-ha!!
Because the entire vocab I know is in the gospel! Pretty funny, huh!
Well, that’s about it for this week!
Can’t wait to talk to you again next week!!