January 25, 2010

Zone Conference

Hello all!

So, yesterday was Zone Conference. It was really good. President talked about the nature of Christ and bodies and stuff, one of those “open your minds” type things. My mind was not really further opened, but I did have some things confirmed, which is always nice. An elder who went home a year ago came to the Conference to tell the Latins to learn English. He is now a supervisor working for Microsoft, just because he speaks English. I talked to him later and all he is really doing is supervising people helping people upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.

Things are going well. Seems like I’ll be in Malargüe for a while, possibly until the end of my mission. This is fine. I like the town, but the branch is tugging at my nerves. Nothing I can really do but try to help them. It is really amazing that the end is so near. 3 and a half transfers left. Wow. Just gotta keep on chugging.

The Jerusalem Center application is finally in. Huzzah! I also sent my normal BYU ecclesiastical endorsement in, so now I just have to send in the special Jerusalem Center one and get the rest of the application filled out. Hopefully things will work out.

Hope all is well with you.


P.S. Next week for P-day we're going spelunkingish in the Caverna de las Brujas (The Cavern of the Witches)

January 18, 2010


Hello again!

Well, it’s been quite the week here in Malargüe. We started off by going to the Chivo festival for P-day. I’m including some pictures. (If you hover the mouse over the pic you’ll find a lovely caption describing the picture) There was some fun dance competition going on. We got to see some Malambo and some Samba. It was very fun to watch some gauchos (or at least people dressed like gauchos) dance. Then we went and ate a chivo. Goat is actually rather good, but if I had to eat it every day I’d get sick of it really fast. It’s very greasy. It was one of the better P-days I’ve had. Sunday was the world record breaking chivo cook-off. They roasted 1011 goats at the same time. We stopped by to take pictures on the way to lunch. I would love to come back some day to go to the whole festival, especially since pretty much everything happens between 9PM and 5AM.

Not too much else going on. We had some investigators at Church, which is very exciting. It’s very pretty in Malargüe, and I’m getting some nice landscapes. Very interesting cloud formations, too.

Still no Jerusalem application available, but all I have left for my BYU reapplication is the ecclesiastical endorsement. Perhaps instead of emailing, I could fax. That may be easier from this side, I’m not sure. I’ll see what I can do once the thing actually becomes available.

Well, that’s all for this week.


January 11, 2010

Transfer news


Not much to say this week. Still working. Got to send the Branch trimestral report and tithing settlement yesterday. That was exciting. Other than that, a lot of walking around.

This week is the national Chivo festival. They cook a messload of goats. They’re going for a world record of 1011 goats this year. It should be fun.

Transfers news is that I stayed in Malargüe with Elder Tillery. We should have fun this transfer too.

It seems that the Jerusalem application is still not yet available, but BYU has got stuff for my readmission process going. I’m not sure if going to the Jerusalem Center means not going to BYU or not. I’ll try to figure these things out.


January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hellos again!

Not too much going on this week. Transfers are in and not right now, it’s pretty hectic. So, I don’t really know what’s going on. I’m sure I’m staying in Malargüe, but I was sure last time, too. We’ll find out soon enough. Maybe even before I’m done writing.

Well, I just checked on the Jerusalem application and… It’s not available yet. Gack. Oh well, hopefully next week.

I told you somewhat about the branch at Christmas. It’s not a really fun group of people to work with. Nobody wants to take responsibility for even giving a tiny talk at a baptism, let alone a calling. The only one who tries to work is the EQ President who is too old and sick to do anything. It’s frustrating. But I try to do what I can. The problem is that I don’t know exactly what is within my limits to do.

Our best investigators move to another area today . Sad day. But, I’m sure they’ll get baptized, and that’s what ultimately matters, right?

Other than that, the search continues. We don’t really have anyone else who is progressing, but miracles are always possible.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side. Keep on the sunny side of life.

Wow, I haven’t heard that song in a while even though I have it. Oh well.


P.S. Not much went on for New Years. An investigator invited us over for dinner when she found out that we weren't going anywhere.