I’ve now been in Argentina for one month. It’s so weird to think that because it seriously feels like I stepped off the plane yesterday.
This week was a bit slower for everything because we had a hard time finding people at home. Siesta is the worst time of day here because hardly anyone answers the door because they’re all sleeping.
We were able to have interviews this week with President, which was good. We also were able to do some service this Saturday. We went to a school and painted the doors and windows silver. I think my hands will have paint on them for the next month hahaha. But it was fun to work together with everyone in our zone.
I’ve also been able to understand a lot more in Castellano. It’s slowly getting easier to understand what people are saying. I’m also figuring out how to talk more in Castellano.
We are teaching an 18 year old boy English right now. We are trying to build up a good relationship with him so that we can start talking about the gospel, because his mom is a member, but none of the rest of his family is and he is not religious at all. So the first time we met with him we just talked English and helped him with his English. The second time we brought a member and started with a prayer. Then we kept teaching him English and then right as we finished we taught God is our Loving Heavenly Father. We ended with a prayer and then left. His English is really good so we are just trying to have him talk and then if he has issues with grammar or pronunciation we help him. He wants to go travel the world.
We are still teaching Rogelio, but we weren’t able to see him this week because he had to leave for work this weekend and didn’t get back until today.
We also were able to see Familia Segovia this week. They are recent converts. They are such a great family! I really enjoy being able to talk to them because they are so friendly and they have such strong testimonies of the gospel.
Some funny things about Argentina:
They eat Halls cough drops like candy……
Here I am tall believe it or not. Most of the women are around 5 feet and the men are around the same height as me. 5 feet 5 inches. Haha it’s so weird to feel tall.
Facturas are about the best thing ever invented. They are pastries and they are SOOOO good.
I’ve aquired a taste for mate cocida. I’m going to come back with a suitcase full of it haha
Argetinians are scared of rain. If it’s even sprinking everyone is inside. Haha it’s so funny because if I walk out of a house without opening up my umbrella they freak out. They’re like “Open your umbrella, quickly quickly” I think they’re made of brown sugar.
I love Argentina!!! I feel like I’m at home here, like there was always part of me here and I just didn’t know it. It’s so different but I feel completely comfortable!
This letter will have to be short because I don´t have the full hour today. Sorry!
I am loving it here and understanding and speaking more and more Castellano every day. I had an experience the other day I´d like to share. It was 8 pm and I was 100% exhausted. All I wanted was to go home and be done with the day. But we still had an hour to go. We both had the impression that we should go to see Rogelio. We were walking there and I was so tired. I was feeling discouraged and disanimated. I said a prayer in my heart as we were walking:
Father in Heaven, I´ve given my all today and I just can´t give any more. Please help me to have the strength and energy I need to finish out this day strong.
That moment I felt a new energy come into me and I was able to feel excited and animated while we talked to Rogelio. It truly was a tender mercy.
We eat lunch with members every day but Pday, but a lot of times instead of eating in their homes they just hand us a bag of food at the door. It´s sad because I would really like to get to know them more.
So I’ve gotten the cold that’s been going around the district and my companion’s developed into bronchitis and mine developed into a sinus infection. So I’m on a round of antibiotics to knock that out. Also with doctor’s order to load up on psudofed (however you spell it) while flying.
WE GOT OUR FLIGHT PLANS!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Our picture with our investigator Adrian….. Before we knew he was our teacher Hno Mace
Two of the four districts in our zone are “old”. They had already been here for several weeks when we got here. Now they’re leaving us. They leave this Monday, and this Wednesday we will get two new districts of missionaries and we will be the “old” ones. It’s so crazy to think that we will be leaving in TWO weeks!!!! From what I’ve heard we may even get travel papers this Friday. To answer one of your questions I’ve heard absolutely nothing about my visa. I will find out when I get my travel papers. I REALLY really really hope that it’s all good to go though.
It’s been a crazy week! Time has started to feel really fast, so hopefully I can think of everything I want to share with you. We are teaching a new investigator named Miguel. Our first lesson didn’t go very well, we were trying to hard to get what we wanted to teach across rather than listening to the spirit, and Miguel didn’t really connect well with what we were teaching. We prayed a lot that we’d be able to teach what the Spirit wanted us to teach the next time we taught and it was amazing. We decided that we would share the video “Gracias a El” (Because of Him). If you have not seen the video, go look it up on LDS.org. Right now. It’s amazing. It’s even more amazing in Spanish though, not really sure why. Anyway we came in and talked to Miguel for a bit, and talked about Christ and what he’s done for us. We talked about Christ visiting the Americas and the Atonement, and then we showed “Gracias a El”. The spirit immediately flooded the room (it was already there before that, but man – talk about a surge of power). We asked Miguel what he thought of the video, and what Christ had done for him. It was amazing. We were then able to share Alma 7:12 and talk more about the Atonement. So good.
The hermanas in our district!!! Hermana Gull (front), then Hermana Urbanawiz, then me, then Hermana Durfee
So our zone has P-days on Saturday! Which is pretty great, let me tell you. I´ll mostly go through and tell highlights from this week, which has felt like a month! The first night we were here we went in as groups and taught some investigators. There were about 30 elders and hermanas in the room, and as a group we taught three different investigators. We taught Alex, Jose, and George. It was good to learn how to teach. At first those who were commenting were just dumping doctrine on the investigator, which was very confusing for them, needless to say. But by the end we started teaching by the spirit, and it was amazing to see the difference! The spirit in the room was so much stronger by the end, when we were teaching by the spirit, than the beginning when we weren’t. The one investigator whose situation hit me really hard was George. His son had died at age 14 from cancer, and because he was baptist he believed that his son was going to hell. He had had depression for years, and by the end of the time he finally revealed that he thought his son had died as punishment from God for his (George´s) sins. It made me so sad to see how much this tormented him, knowing that the gospel could relieve that guilt and that pain. It was really hard for me when they said “Time’s up”. We have spent a lot of time in classes and doing personal, companion, and language study. It’s hard to spend so much time sitting, but it’s amazing to see how much we are learning. People who didn’t speak any Spanish coming in taught a LESSON last night. Which brings me to the other highlight. We taught last night as companionships! Our second day! In SPANISH! Crazy crazy huh? (Mom you’re probably thinking, no, not really) The person we taught is named Adrian. He was orphaned at 3, doesn’t know his birth parents at all, and was adopted by a family in Arizona at age 4. He was such a great first investigator. He was very friendly and forgave our shortcomings in Spanish. He had already met with the missionaries before, and already had a Book of Mormon. We were able to teach him more about Heavenly Father, prayer, the Spirit, and the Book of Mormon. We challenged him to read and pray about Moroni 10. We also read Moroni 10:3-5 with him. It was really hard for me because I wanted to say so much more than I knew Spanish for, but when I listened to what the Spirit wanted me to say it helped so much more. This morning our zone (el mejor zone) went to the temple for the 7:40 session. The elders and hermanas in our zone are so great and friendly. One of the hermanas even went to high school with me! (Hermana Cassie Jenkins) She is going to Argentina Buenos Aires South.