June 30, 2009

Another week.


So, another week has gone by. It just goes so fast. And yet, so slow too. But, I’m sure it’ll be over before I know it.

So, last week I talked about that investigator who didn’t go to church. Well, she seems to be hiding from us now. I wish I knew why. It really bothers me that people who in the first place have the decency to actually talk with us then think that it’s okay to lie and hide from us. But, I guess they’ll get their reward. I just wish that investigators that good wouldn’t get that reward.

So, we did service on Saturday. A ward member is eager to get his house built, because when it’s built he can get married. So, we went and helped him with his house. This week’s task was moving 1800 bricks inside the house so that they wouldn’t get stolen. Very fun stuff. We were there about three hours. I think I may have inherited Dad’s tendency to get hurt on any project. I’ve got a fun injury on my right pinky from the bricks.

Mom, if it makes you feel any better, your presence as orgainist would definitely be missed in Argentina. The chapel (the one here) actually has a piano, but nobody to play it. And the women who lead the music always start it absurdly low so that nobody else can sing.

I find it interesting that you have a facebook now, Dad. I had always seen Mom as the one getting on there to see what the deal is. I had figured that you’d only get on if David told you to. Welcome to the social networking craze.

Well, that’s really all I’ve got this week. See ya next time.


June 24, 2009

Happy Winter!


So, it was Zone Conference yesterday. That’s why I’m writing today.

We found this great woman last week. Really, she found us. She’s going through a really hard time and went to us instead of all of the Catholic priests or Evangelical preachers that her friends told her to. She is very prepared for the Gospel. We gave her the Book of Mormon, and started reading right off. She understands it as well as the veteran members. We also gave her the Plan of Salvation pamphlet. She loved it, especially the purpose of the Fall.

Other than that, not too much news. We (the whole zone) have decided that my companion looks just like Gandhi. It’s pretty amusing. He’s fun. We just have very different working styles/personalities that cause some minor problems that we are working through.

The weather here is very weird. It’s now officially winter, but a couple days ago it was 35 degrees (Celsius). Today it’s cold, though. Yup, that’s it.


June 15, 2009

Stake Conference!


I had my letter all written, but lost it.

Stake conference for all Argentina was this weekend. The speakers were:

Elder Lynn G. Robbins (Speaking in Spanish)
President Russell T. Osguthourpe (Speaking in Spanish)
Elder M. Russell Ballard (Speaking in English with an interpreter in Spanish)
President Henry B. Eyring (English with Spanish overdub)

The most popular one was Elder Robbins, probably because he made reference to River and Boca, the two biggest (and rival) teams in Argentina. I really enjoyed hearing my old mission prep teacher (Osguthourpe) talk in Spanish.

I’m doing well. Getting to know my new area and the members. Not my favorite thing. I don’t really like the whole first couple of weeks in a new place.

I thought that maybe in Argentina I’d like Wal-Mart, I mean, that’s what happened with McDonald’s. I was wrong. It still sucks. It’s way expensive and there’s hardly any variety if you’re looking for a bargain.

Sorry for the shortness, I’m pretty much out of time. I had a longer one, but killed the computer. Sorry.


June 8, 2009

Transfers Again!

Hey all!

Well, the biggest news… Transfers! Both Elder Gardner and I are being transferred. He’s going to a new area where the Church doesn’t even exist yet; a fun adventure for his last transfer. And I’m going back to San Juan. I guess four weeks wasn’t enough of a run there. I’m going to Líbano and am going to be senior companion. My new companion is Elder Salazar. He’s from Jujuy in the north of Argentina. It’ll be fun. That’s about it. There are a bunch of zones that are re-entering existence this transfer, and a new one about to be created next week.

Other than that, everything’s fine. Not much other news. Mom, a piece of comforting trivia for you. One of the lesser-known X-men (I forget his name) is Mormon. And his power: the gift of tongues. He can understand and work in any language. Including computer languages. Maybe it’ll work for you too.

Well, that’s about it for this week. Sorry for being so short.


June 1, 2009

Argentine Documents

Hey all!

Well, another week has gone by. Today is a very exciting P-day. We went into the offices for some chiropractic work. It’s been almost two transfers since I’ve gone in and was (am) really tight, and Elder Gardner hurt his back before the mission and wanted a once-over. Then we went and got Elder Gardner’s Argentine documents. He is now officially legal. It’s a shame that I’ll have to wait until October or November at the earliest to get mine. Makes a great souvenir, and most missionaries don’t get theirs.

June is looking to be a big month for the mission. There are 50 baptisms scheduled for this week in the whole mission. That’s huge. On assignment by the President, Elder Stevenson (historian) was looking through the old mission stuff to see the record of baptisms. It turns out that the mission used to have really high baptism numbers every month. Then Elder Turley died. Elder Turley was the top missionary that this mission has probably ever seen. He was the older brother of a sister missionary in my MTC group. He got hit by a drunk driver one night in San Luis. And the mission hasn’t had consistently high baptism numbers since. Hmmm...

Other than that, all is good. Transfers are coming up next week, and it seems as though change is in the air. But that makes sense, Elder Gardner has to go back to San Juan to finish the mission, he had a dream. President is really big on dreams.

Well, that’s all I’ve got for now really. I hope you’re all doing well.