Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Exciting Saturday!!

July 6, 2015


Hey guys! How’s it going?


This week has been pretty good, although it included a mainly insane Saturday!!!


Saturday started with a service project in the morning, where we laid out cement! It was nice to work with my hands, but it was freezing cold in the morning!! It was all good, though!!We were invited back for lunch and it was super yummy!! I really enjoyed it!! It was “churripan” which is like sausages and its delicious! 


At 3:30 we headed for the church for Naomi and Juan Carlos’ baptism! We scheduled the baptism for this odd time so as not to conflict with the South American soccer finals at 5:00 pm. EVERYONE was planning on watching it!!! So, we needed to be done well before then. We had lots of members come for the baptismal service. It was awesome!!! They were baptized by ward members which is great! Except that we forgot to practice with our investigators so that they would know what to do once they were in the water. So, we did not cover things like, plug your nose, bend your knees, lean back, etc., So, this poor couple did not know what they were doing and from where we were standing, it kind of looked like they were drowning!! It looked pretty awkward and uncomfortable!! But  guess what? They said they felt so good and no one was injured J. It was all great!!!


Some members brought refreshments for after the baptism. But the baptism ended at 4:45 and nobody wanted to stick around to eat the refreshments. They all rushed home for the big soccer game. So we got to take all the refreshments home! There were 3 pizzas, some cookies and pop! It was a win- win for us!! Ha-ha


We had to stay inside the pension during the game. Things get a little wild during soccer games here. We heard a fair number of guns shots so it was pretty good that we were inside! Lol!! Craazzzzy! The members wouldn’t even talk to us when Argentina was playing!!!We lost and now it’s as if Argentina never played. Nobody talks about it!!!


Anyways, at night all the district leaders have to send us a message saying that the entire district is in their respective pensions, safe. Well there was one pair of missionaries that never sent a message. So we called them.... no answer. We called another 15 times... no answer. The district leader called them.. no answer. We called a member and the member when to their apartment and rang the doorbell(they live in a “ pasillo”). There was no answer. We called the assistants who called president. President called us and we explained everything to him. The president called the owner of the apartments and they  knocked on the door! Still, no answer. So president drove all the way over to the apartment, with the police. After knocking and ringing the doorbell at ton of times, the missionaries finally opened the door. They had fallen asleep and put their phone on silent. WHAT THE HECK WERE THEY THINKING?????? I think they felt pretty embarrassed with the president and the police standing at their door!! It was 2:00 am before that got resolved!! We take missionary safety very seriously!!  


The language is still coming along. I feel like there is no way I will ever know everything in Spanish, but I get by. There are so many different words!!!!!Sometimes I still sat some things wrong, but for the most part, I can talk and read pretty good. It has taken lots of hard work!! It was much harder than I thought it would be!


Everything is awesome! I love it out here!!!!! Although sometimes, its pretty hard, it is all worth it! I want to improve every day. Right now I am really focusing on listening and looking for the guidance of the spirit. I have been really thinking on how I can become a consecrated missionary. Thank you everyone for your support


I love you all!!!!

Elder carter

Great day for Naomi and Juan Carlos!!!

My companion, Elder Bluth

It is definitely winter here in Argentina!!!

The Power of Members!

June 29, 2015

Hey, what’s up?


This week feels like it just flew by!! We have spent most of the week with our awesome investigators, Naomi and Juan Carlos because they are going to get baptized on Saturday!!!! It is so cool!! Juan Carlos needs to stop smoking so we have tried to give him all the support we can!! We have been up to visit him every day. He has been smoking since he was 13 and is now 58.On Friday he completely stopped and has not smoked since then!!!! The whole ward has been helping him and supporting them. It is sooo exciting!!!  


This week is the finals of the big soccer tournament that has been happening in South America! And man, it is super hard to work because of it! Nobody will talk to us during games.... not even the members!! Ha-ha, it’s alright! I guess Argentina is playing pretty good so everyone wants to watch!!!


This week we met a guy that just returned home from his mission in Peru. And man, he is awesome!!!!!!! He is helping us out a ton! He has been giving us referrals  and visiting people with us. Before my mission, I really didn’t understand the importance of members in missionary work. Now I can really see why it is important. We can find 50 just ourselves, but only 5 will get baptized and only 3 will stay in the church and it takes forever to find them. Or the members who have friends in the area and can easily invite them to church and make everything way easier! If every members invites one person per week we will have so much stuff to do in the week we wouldn’t be able to handle it!


We are trying the help the members realize this. We are trying to help them share the joy and peace the gospel gives them. Members are such an important part of missionary work!!! I love working with them. But anyways, this week has been good. We are having a pday with the zone. We are going to watch Meet the Mormons and it was work to plan everything. I like things better when I am not in charge of them. Oh well, I am learning!! Thanks for your prayers and support!



Love you!


Elder Carter