It was great to Skype the other day, I’m sure there were many jealous missionary moms (Sunday Oct 15 was mother’s day in Argentina and all the missionaries got to Skype home!). So yesterday was kinda nuts and that’s why I never got a chance to email. We had to help Elder Franco and Elder Garcia move in. It’s a little tight now in the pench, but it’s a good time. Elder Franco is from Mexico and Elder Garcia is from Ecuador. We were showing them the area yesterday and they’re pretty excited; I think Ferrari is going to blow up here soon. It’s a little crazy right now in the mission. I heard from one of the office elders that the mission has had over twenty flashes (or changes) in the past three weeks! I’m pretty excited to see how things will change, but I’m sure it will be great! I’m not sure what else to say, I mean I just skyped the other day so.... I hope you guys have a great week, it sounds like everything is awesome from all the pictures!! I love ya!
Monday, October 9, 2017
Hey I didn’t even realize Canadian thanksgiving just happened this week until after reading your guys emails; I’m glad to hear that it went good though. This week was a pretty awesome week for me and Elder Ruiz we have a bunch of good stuff going on right now in the area. The bishop is a pretty great and a big help as well. We got a baptism coming up this Saturday. we also have interviews as well. And as of yesterday, I was able to make it two weeks without getting robbed here in Ferrari, but yesterday they got us :( They took our phone and our watches :( I was pretty sad cause they took the calculator watch you guys gave me but I got over it pretty quick. What was even worse is that we had to travel all the way back to the offices to get a new phone and we lost like 3 hours of p-day but its all good. I was thinking a lot though on why we didn’t get any spiritual prompting not to walk on this particular street because about 3 days before me and Elder Ruiz got a really strong warning not to enter this guys house. The story is, we contacted this guy just out side his house and we started teaching him a little bit but we asked if we could go inside and share more. He let us in, but as Elder Ruiz and I went passed the gate, at the same moment we just felt this really gross felling inside. We looked at each other an we told the guy that we had to go hahah. What was weird was that guy actually started to get mad which was weird, I thought he would be more chill about it, so we kinda just walked away hahaha. It’s interesting to think about, but I realize it doesn’t really matter, who knows what could have happened if the robber didn’t rob us, we could have maybe even avoided something else if he didn’t. I know I am protected as a missionary though its a pretty boss feeling hahah. I hope you guys have a great week love y’all
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
We had a pretty great week here in Ferrari. Me and Elder Ruiz get along great which is awesome. He is from Provo Utah and his dad is from Mexico but he doesn’t know any Spanish. Thankfully Elder Ruiz actually speaks pretty well though. We had a week full of rain together but we got some good things done with a few potential baptisms for this month. It’s crazy to actually think I made it to October I never had thought about my mission that far into the mission before haha. The other day I was looking through the calendar and I figured out that the way transfers work I would actually be coming home sometime during this week, in a year from now. The biggest highlight for sure though was general conference. This time we were able to watch it all in English as a zone so that was actually pretty fun. I loved every talk but one that I really enjoyed was by President Erying. It made me think about all the chances I had to serve as a youth in scouts and stuff. Like when we did the flood clean up in Calgary or when we went to Kelowna to do the fire clean up. I remember when we all got dressed up in the white hazmat suits and masks, such a good time haha. I also really enjoyed the talk from Edler Hallstrom and what he quoted from President Erying, if we have faith to accept Gods eternal plan and not be healed. I have been thinking about that lately but relating it to my mission on why God put me with certain companions or in certain areas but I know I will find out and better understand why one day. I hope you all enjoyed conference as well I love y’all
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
I had a pretty exciting week!!! Ill started with the transfers. So on Saturday we got a call from the assistances saying that I will be leaving to go to Ferrari in the zone of Marcos Paz!!!! It’s supper sketchy, even more than Parque San Martin haha, one of the sketchiest places that a North American can go to hahaha, so I’m pretty excited; for sure I’ll be getting some pretty good stories. They also do baptise a lot there and they have a really good bishop too. So I’m pretty pumped cause I’ll be working with Elder Ruiz!! he is from Utah and pretty kapo. he has a transfer or two less than me so it’ll be pretty fun seeing how things go. I met him once and he is a pretty cool guy so I’m excited.
Birthday week was a really awesome week as well. We have a fridge full of cake haha. for lunch we ate with the Paredes family and they gave me a bucket of ice cream. we ate dinner with Luis and he bought me shoes!!!!!!!! I wasn’t expecting that, he even got the perfect size and he didn’t even ask me for my size! I’ll be missing Luis a ton. I also got a ton of other gifts like cologne and after-shave so they all treated me very well. It was sad yesterday because I said goodbye to a lot of the family’s. the baptism of Eujeñia fell trough because the father had to work but it wasn’t even a big deal our week was really great!!! I’m excited to be writing you all next week an to tell you about Ferrari but until then take care love ya’ll!!!!
Monday, September 18, 2017
It was great to hear all the birthday wishes from everyone. Never knew I was missed that bad haha. It is pretty strange being 19 cause I’m pretty sure in Argentina I’m now considered an adult. I became an adult twice hah. Thanks to everyone who sent me a birthday wish I really did appreciate it! This week was pretty great for one reason, it’s because we will be seeing a baptism on the 23rd; a day after my birthday haha. This young girl named Eujenia has been coming to church for a while but never asked to get baptized or something, so we have been working with her and the family for a while but this week is a go.
Elder Mayorga and I are doing great, still we keep joking all day. For my birthday this week we will be eating a lot of cake haha. Luis has been secretly trying to set something up for me but it got out pretty quick. I think I will be eating a bit of asado as well, so I’ll be sure to send some photos. I have been doing a lot of study lately on 3 Nephi, which is really interesting. One of the things I have been thinking about is how great of an effect a small moment can have. Thinking about the Savior’s powerful ministry to the Nephites for such a small period of time changed the following hundreds of years. From a two minute contact to a short two years in the mission I know that just being a representative of the savior will make an impact. I love you all and I hope you can all look for big things that all started with something small. Have a great week!!!!!!!
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
This week was pretty great! On p-day last week me and my comp went to learn on how to make empanadas from one of our investigators. It’s a little bit harder than it looks but I kinda got it down now. We also had a multi zone conference with president and his wife. It was all based on section 4 in Doctrine and Covenants. President has had a vision for a while on getting 101 baptisms every month. It’s gonna be tough to get because we are normally getting 60 every month and so far for September we only have 8 so far. But next month is around the time of year when it gets a lot easier with Christmas coming up and everything. I’m pretty sure Sister Resek put all the photos on the facebook page if you wana check out some of the stuff we did. This week it has been raining a ton! Yesterday it poured all day and all night. Elder Mayorga couldn’t sleep but I was out. He said I started to preach to him about the Book of Mormon and how it could change his life. Elder Mayorga said he just played along with it this time but at one point he rejected me hard and then I just sounded a little bit sad after haha, I don’t remember any of it though hahah. It’s great to hear that everyone is doing well. I’m sure you guys are gonna start preparing for the cold weather again soon hahah love yall
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Hola!I think I had one of my favorite weeks in the mission this week! It was so awesome and just so many things happened it went by like that! I think on Thursday we went to a funeral service because one of the part member families that we are teaching, the grandma died so we went to help out the family which was really great. Although the funeral services here in Argentina are pretty weird cause they don’t seem as respectful. For example they had these workers who basically thru the coffin into the grave and all the dirt that was dug up was covering another grave. Here in Argentina your family has to pay yearly for your loved ones and if you don’t pay then they pull out the coffin and they take out the body and then they put it into a pit with a bunch of other people kinda creepy no. On Friday we randomly found a less active member who is brothers with Victor Mancilla who apparently was in 8th ward with us when I was a baby. I’m not sure if you would know him but you gotta get in contact with him! We also found a ton of people finally this week. We got 13 new investigators and they are all pretty capo. Today my comp Elder Mayorga also got permission to go to Atalaya to visit some old converts. Atalaya is also right beside Los Pinos so I was able to go back there an visit were I started my mission! This week was just super great really happy to be a missionary. It’s crazy that I got 10 months now, things are going by faster than I thought right now! I hope you guys all have a great week!