Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

So this week was pretty fun. Christmas in the mission is pretty cool, I guess.  It didn’t really feel like Christmas though because it was like a million degrees outside, but whatever.  We spent the night of the 24th with the familia Sotomayor.  They’re like my favorite and we just got them to start coming back to church, which is really cool.  They cooked us asada which translates to barbecue but there’s also a type of meat here called asado.  It’s basically just big slabs of meat. It was ridiculous how much meat he cooked for us.  We probably at half of it and he sent the rest home with us.  We’ve been eating it for the last couple of days.  After that at like 10:30 he drove us home so the drunk people couldn’t get us.  Then we met up with the other Elders in our district, in our apartment, because they didn’t have power.  We then had permission to watch a Disney movie, so the 4 of us watch Frozen.  Then at 12 we watched all the fireworks.  It was like a warzone.  They just kept going all night.  The next day the streets were dead because everyone had been up drinking and partying.  Then we skyped which was fun.  It was really cool to get to talk to Andrew too.  After that it all went back to normal pretty quick.  We’ve been out and around a lot so we’ve been pretty tired and a little sick, but it’s all going good.  We had a mtg with the stake where we learned we are now officially working with visiting teachers, it’s kind of weird.  I feel like a full time visiting teacher sometimes, but it’s good.  The ferria (a bunch of shops and stuff in one big building thing, sort of like a mall, but not really) in our area is open today, so we’re planning on spending a lot of P-day there?  Love you guys.

Elder Sawyer
1- do people have pets? in their houses or outside, what kinds?
1.  like everyone has a dog- they’re just everywhere, mostly for protection and stuff. You know those birds Andrew was showing you? One peed on my hand yesterday. 

2- do you eat from the street vendors?  what? how do you choose which ones to eat from?
2.  yea we eat from whatever. 

3- what has been your favorite p-day activity?
3. soccer 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

December 22, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

"at the bus stop"

I'm gonna Skype at like 3 or 4 on Christmas day. I'm not gonna write you all back today, a lot of other people emailed me for Christmas. I'll just talk to you guys then. and yes, that's Argentina time so like 12 for you guys right? not sure how long, be ready for it to be like an hour, so think of all your questions before. Did the Cardinals win?
Elder Sawyer

Monday, December 15, 2014

December 15, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

this is what asada looks like when you're cooking it-
this is in the back of our church building during a ward party

missionary tan lines
 So this week we had a big tri-zone conference. La Plata, La Plata East and West. It was really cool. It’s nice to just listen once in a while. Also, they gave us asada. Asada is just alike a big barbecue. Just tons of meat and chorizo and then ice-cream. We also learned that the plan thing I told you about with working with menos activos that’s like the missionary work now. It’s kinda weird. Sometimes I feel like a full time home teacher. Here’s sorta what happened in our mission when they started doing this in May.

Mostly we just try to focus on the birth of Christ in our contacts and stuff. Just use this time of year to sort of focus on that since there’s a lot more people focusing on that stuff. It’s a good thing cause it’s something all these religions and us have in common.

We’re changing up a lot of things. Like in weekly call in reports we only report the asistencia and confirmmations. It sorta makes sense though, this plan. There’s enough inactive people here to keep us busy, but it also means we get to deal with a lot of the ward problems. We like to compare the people here to the weather. One day it’s beautiful, the sun is shining and people are going to church. The next day it’s storming and people are mad at the Bishop, then next it’s a billion degrees out and doesn’t no one wants to talk to us. It’s ok though we enjoy it and we do have investigators .

We’re really excited for a Hermana named Claudia. We met her at our chapel open house. She got to church yesterday all on her own with 2 little kids.  Here in Argentina that’s a real accomplishment.

I went to a knee doctor and he told me I had a torn meniscus. This music thing has been kind of a pain. I really just want to get hymns stuck in my head. The music I like at home is really popular here. I see a ton of Guns n Roses shirts. I translated the meaning of the Metallica song one the other day for a member that reminds me of grandma. I’ve had the final countdown stuck in my head for a week. and I found out that KISS is coming to Argentina. It’s funny to walk into members houses that are listening to this stuff and they have no idea what its saying.

 I’m doing good.  Love you all :)
Be nice to each other.
Elder Sawyer

 1- Do all the pictures make you homesick or do you like getting them? -
1-no, I like them

2- need anything that I can send you?
2-list of spanish reflexive verbs.  king follet sermon by joseph smith

3- Do the Argentine people have tattoos like Americans do?
3-yea lots of tats. lots of piercings too -the eyebrow piercing is really big. Argentina is really is a lot more European then like Mexican. We talk to more white people than brown people. 

4- How are the grocery stores different from the US?
4-dirty. not a whole ton of options. milk comes in bags, so does yogurt. we also go to fruit stands. 

5- have you used your "medical kit" that we made?  what are you so glad we packed?
5- band aids and anti-itch cream are good. 

6- spoken in church recently?
6- I probably wont in El Carmen, but we gave a presentation to the ward for Christmas the other day. 

7- what did you eat this week? list at least 10 things.
7- rice, chorizo, asada. Bananas, eggs. nothing else

8- how is the Christmas call gonna work?  Skype, time?

8- were still not sure where were gonna skype yet were trying to find someone with two computers so we can do it at the same time. probably not as long as Andrew did.

that is the corner our house is  on- the left side, the 3rd door down. we shop across the street.
yes, it's  a noisy and busy street- there's the kids here that ride around on motorcycles
and they do something to make them pop like gun shots
(from Google Earth)


Monday, December 8, 2014

December 8, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

"we went to the zoo. these things just roam"

"we traded in our bikes for this- not really, we're at the zoo"

We had a decent week this week. It’s nice to not have training stuff to do in the morning. We have a whole other hour to proselyte and stuff. I found out this week that my mission has been sorta experimenting a new program or idea for mission work along with the Cordoba mission and 2 other Chile missions. The idea is that we work a ton with menos activos and through them we find investigators and parts of their families that aren’t members. I had no idea I just thought it was normal to work with menos activos. And it’s sorta working. We have a ton of them every week.
Our investigators are doing good.  We found a ton of new ones this week. We have a lot of people to teach, it is just coming down to organizing so we can get to everyone. It’s sorta hard sometimes cuz a lot of members sorta leave us in the dark (If you say you’re going to visit with the missionaries- visit with them or call them so they don’t bike across their area like 3 times a day) :)
A lot of people don’t use their phones too much. I’m just grateful for 18-20 year olds. They’re the ones we can do divisions with. They’re great. Ivan, Emilio, Marcos and Mattias- they’re champs! We’re trying to get them out on missions. Ivan’s family is part member (he’s gonna make me a sling shot). So is Emilio’s, but they’ve been members for less time. The other two are a lot more active. Other than that it’s all good here.  You guys have heard about the “He is the Gift” initiative thing? (I think that’s what it is in English). Here it’s “El es la Dadiva”.  We presented it in church yesterday. It’s pretty good. Did you guys see the YouTube thing and the Times Square thing? It’s pretty cool.
Other cool things are the bugs here. I’m glad dragonflies don’t bite cause like a swarm of them flew over us the other day. There was probably a billion of them. Also did you guys know fireflies are real? We have them here.
Love you all. Have a good week.
Elder Sawyer
1. Are your neighbors friendly or scared of you or do they just avoid you?
 don't see them much
 2. do you have a vacuum or sweep with a broom?
 broom mop vacuum
 3.How do you spend most of your time on the computer on your P day?
writing letters and looking at pictures
4. Are there any good restaurants in town?
  I don't think so
5. Who cuts your hair? and how much does it cost? Carson we saw who cuts your hair!
 elder Delgado cuts mine and I cut his
 6. What kind of decorations do people do for Christmas?  lights on houses? trees? those blowup things in your front yard? reindeers (for tipping haha)?
 -nada except everyone has above ground pools now since its so hot
 7. how much money do you get each month?
 1100 pesos
 8. what is the most expensive item you buy?
9. What are your plans for Christmas? With the mission? Your companion?
We’re working till 6 I think and then we can hang out with a family with a car till 9 or 10 and then they drive us home. I don’t know if well get to skype as long as Andrew did. And I don’t know if I’ll get to skype him. Love you.

"most of the El Carmen district"
"that’s our building." (from Google Earth)

Monday, December 1, 2014

December 1, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

“Central La Plata”

so he didn't write a letter this week, but did answer some questions:

1- How do you listen to music? Do you listen to it?
I bought a music player in the shape of a Messi jersey. I don’t listen to anything on it cause my flash drive doesn’t  work ):
2- What is one of the most important things you've learned from your companion?
Don’t be a robot. We’re together for another transfer, so he’s gonna teach me to juggle.
3- How are your shoes/boots holding up? Are they really waterproof?
yep I don’t know how much I’m gonna use the boots. We have bikes so they don’t get beat up too much
4- What kinds of jobs do most people have in La Plata?
 La Plata is big. In El Carmen lots of people work in construction. Light, gas, water
5- Do they women work too? mothers with small children too?
They sell stuff out of their house. a lady just opened a bakery. she’s pretty good. her husband is the president of the quorum so we stop by a lot and get free stuff from her
6- Do they have siesta every afternoon for a couple hours?  Does everyone nap during this time?
siesta time is all the time, it can sometimes be a problem to find people to talk too
7- Is your apartment comfortable? 
Yes, our light in our room just broke though
8- Do you get too hot or cold at night?
it’s been pretty good. I think it’s gonna get warm though
9- What is the traditional dessert in La Plata?  do you like it? do you have it often?
 Ice-cream,  it’s bomb, or bollitas, that’s what the people bake. It’s like a giant doughnut hole full of dulce de leche. I eat too many bollittas-  it’s hard cause everyone gives them to us  and we can’t say no!
10-tell me about grocery shopping? big store? street?
Supermarket. we get fruit from like a stand though
 11- how do you do your laundry?
 A member does it for us.
12- when are transfers?
4-hoy (translate: today), me and Delgado are together again- we’re really excited

 I’m fine by the way. I haven’t even gotten robbed yet. I feel young cause in my district there’s two kids who were in college before, one was running track in college and the other was a Marine.

“We stopped by the  Cathedral in La Plata”

“I confirmed her the next day”

Friday, November 28, 2014

November 28, 2014- in La Plata

we received a paper letter:

What’s up? It’s kinda weird not seeing all of you all the time, but it’s ok cause I write great letters, right? ;) writing letters is kinda hard, but I’m gonna do my best.
So Argentina is a great place, not as different from the states as you might think. It is however very different from QC in a lot of senses. My area for the most part is pretty rural. You walk to the edge and you just see fields and cows and horses. That part is pretty normal for me, but it’s when you take a bus for 20 minutes to another part of the mission and it’s just tall buildings – Nike and Adidas shops and Subway that I get a little overwhelmed. I’m starting to realize how young 18 is. Before I left I thought I was so old but now I feel like I’m a little kid again. Also since all the other elders here were like in college or the Marines before coming out. That part is kinda weird. I’m gonna end up still being in my teens for like 90% of my mission. Kinda crazy. Life here is different.
I’m understanding how much of this stuff relies on how diligent me and my comp are. This is another difficult thing I’m learning. How to get you and another person on the same page for everything. It’s really a difficult thing to do, but 2 Nefi 1:21 is a good thing.
On a spiritual side it’s great. I never knew reading and marking and finding scriptures would be so great. That’s one thing that I’ve found is really easy for me is getting up and studying. Also sleeping. Sleeping is easy cause I’m always so tired no.
The people are great. It’s one of my favorite things is to walk into a member home and see pics of Christ and temples. It’s just a happy thing to see all the small pockets all over the place. Also that hese small pockets of saints always want to give us food. There’s these things called “pepas”. I’m sorta addicted to . also the fresh sandwich of cheese and meat at a Fiambre is bomb.
Being here  on a amission puts a lot of things in perspective both spiritually y temporally. I’ve seen a lot of poverty, but also a lot of spiritual strength with that poverty. Also DirectTV. Everyone has DirectTV here. I don’t know how, but they do, it’s weird.
Well I want you guys to know I love you and I miss you (not too much)  would love to see the Dolphins play, that’s one thing that I would like to see.
Love you guys!

Elder Sawyer

Monday, November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

"Elder Stowell, my district leader and me"

So you guys wanted some info on Elder Nelson. To be honest I liked his wife’s talk more. She talked a lot about the premortal existence and looking through our spiritual eyes. She also talked a lot about getting answers from the scriptures, not just spiritual questions either. She left us a promise if we pray, thank God for the scriptures and then ask Him any question and then just read the scriptures we’ll find our answer. Also, to make a  column like this:

Date                    ?                          where you found the answer            answer



Pretty cool.

Elder Nelson talked about a lot of different things. It was sorta like a “you had to be there” experience. But the cool thing was the end where he gave us an Apostolic promise or blessing. Mostly about feasting on the words of Christ. But ya, it was really cool. Nothing really special happened this week, except we found a few more people to teach. Also, we had a pretty good asistencia (translate: attendance). This week the goal is 76 people in church. This week we had 74 which is really good cause the average is usually like 60 Lucas is progressing, he should be ready for this week. Elder Delgado’s probably leaving and I’ll be staying here. Little nervous, but I don’t think it will be a problem. I hope I get a Paraguayan companion so I can get the accent down

I’ve talked to the doctor he gave me some exercises. I’m going to see a specialist tomorrow. I think they’re going to aspirate it again. I forgot about all these holidays. I hope you guys have fun with them. There’s some holiday today but its pouring so I don’t think there’s gonna be a lot of celebrating.

1- what are some service things you have done?
 1-built a fence, shoveled dirt, we’re gonna go paint tomorrow, we helped fix a road in a hospital.
2- what is the landscape like?
 2-lots of trash, lots of dirt roads- on the outside of our area it’s just big fields.
3- what was the most unusual thing you ate this week? most common?
 3- most common- milanesa. Me and Elder Stowell ate a ton of fracturas (doughnuts) one day -somebody opened a bakery, so every family we visited gave them to us.

Love you all. Have a good week.
Elder Sawyer

Monday, November 17, 2014

November 17, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

"the gangs all back together, almost"
Elders May, Sawyer and Allen

So this week was probably one of the best, if not the best of my mission. First off, I got my first haircut here and I cut someone’s hair for the first time. Me and Elder Delgado borrowed a hair cutter thing from an investigator and cut each other’s hair. The back of his hair is a little slanted but other than that I didn’t do too bad.

After that we had interviews with the prez which is always good. They gave us some peanut butter sandwiches and I got my paper package. Thanks for the drawings. I liked all the different plays, also the recipes, though some of them (not all of them) made me laugh. There’s no way I can find half that  stuff here. Also the knee stuff I got that got sent in right away. Hopefully the doc will get back to me real quick.

After Tuesday we had like our one normal day of the week which was good. We found this one gy who’s really religious. He calls his sons Nephi and John the Baptist. He’s really cool. We taught him the lesson and gave him a LDM. Also we set a date for the end of the month with Lucas, he’s 12 years old and super ready. His family is not active, but he’s really excited to go to church and stuff.
So Thursday we went to Adrogue (had to get up at 4:00 am) to hear Elder Nelson. We rode the train, sometimes it’s so crowded with people and kids that we can’t move. And there’s usually someone playing music or singing or playing the bongos for money. It was crazy, like 250 missionaires and we all got to shake his hand. It was awesome. They spoke a lot on our purpose. My favorite parts was his wife who said that we all come to earth with a to do list. One of those things on the list is to serve e a faithful mission in Argentina. It was great and after I saw all my MTC amigos Sorry don’t have any more time.

Love you all,
Elder Sawyer

1- what is your favorite lesson to teach?
1- leccion 1 the Spanish is a little bit easier and therefore I can teach it easier.

 2- what is your favorite scripture story? why?
2- when Teancum goes in and kills Amalikiah. for obvious reasons.

3- How many dogs have chased you on your mission? how many have caught you?
3- since we got the bikes I think almost all of them. They usually just bark and bite at the tires. whoever’s riding behind usually just tries to run them over and they run away. }}

4- what could you "absolutely not live without" in the mission field?
4- eggs
5- what is your favorite drink to drink on your mission, besides water? how often do you drink it?
5- the gatorade here is really good, especially apple flavored in a glass bottle. It’s expensive though, so not too often.

Friday, November 14, 2014

November 10, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

"just a normal day in the hood"
So these past two weeks have been pretty busy. Our barrio really wants us to focus on reactivating members, so that’s what we really spend most of our time doing. They have all these different lists of people they want us to visit once a week or twice a week. It’s pretty hard to get it all in plus getting to our investigatores. We have a bunch that are really close to baptism. We just struggle finding them. Marianah is usually only around Saturdays and Sunday. Abrill just moved in with her mom who isn’t too friendly with the missionaries and everyone else just either has work or some other thing that makes it hard to reach them. That or they’re not married. It’s going to be even more difficult this week because of all the stuff we have going on. We have interviews with the prez Tuesday, and then Thursday the whole mission is coming together to listen to an Apostle. It’s going to be crazy. We have to leave from the train station at 6:00 am or something to get there. We think it’s either gonna be Nelson or Christopherson. Whoever it is we’re all really excited. Then on Saturday we have acapilla abierta or open house. I guess there’s gonna be a ton of missionaries there too I am hoping we get a few specific investigators there, especially those that are really keeping up with our commitments and just haven’t come to church yet.
The school system here in Argentina is weird -a lot of people have class at night and it’s all free up to college.
Argentines are pretty welcoming even the ones that don’t want to hear from us, they  think we’re pretty good kids since a lot of the 18 year olds here get into some bad stuff a lot of the time. fun thing -we have this menos activo guy who speaks English and is writing a paper or something on joseph smith so when we visit with him he always asks us to help him translate some talks by Truman g Madsen. It’s always interesting, I think you would like them.
I’m finally feeling like I sorta know my way around. We did intercambios (divisions) this week so I was “along” in my area a lot, but I ddn’t get lost, except I took the wrong bus to the Stake Center. We almost ended up in who knows where, but we got off and were able to walk there, so that’s good.

Love you all
Elder Sawyer

"what I had for breakfast"

Monday, November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

Hermano Ruiz put the eel in an arroz con chicken heart and it tasted really good.
This week we are probably gonna go de-flood some houses- it poured this week
The church building is about half the size of our normal one. 2 bishop offices. They are pretty nice. lots of bars and fences though, also all of them have a soccer court out back
start paying attention in seminary memorize all those scriptures they give you. 
we have interviews on the 11th,  so ‘I’ll probably get it then and talk to him about my knee- it’s bad.
I didn’t take any new pics this week because it poured all week. I’m soaked still.
Sorry I didn’t have time to write the letter this week. we’ve just been super busy and working hard. I really just don’t have a lot of time sorry :( but the big news is that were supposed to have an apostle coming in 2 weeks to our mission to talk to us and were having a capilla abierta a few days after. it’s gonna be a crazy and good month.
love you All! :)

"our bathroom"

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

“we went eel fishing- it looks green in the picture, but it’s not very beautiful,
there’s a lot of trash and the flies bite.”
“just looking for some eels in the river or ditch- same thing.”

The guy with the knife is Hermano Ruiz- he is crazy and awesome. We’re teaching his 11 year old daughter and hoping he will reactivate with her. He is deadly with a slingshot it’s actually pretty scary. He’s like the expert eel hunter and otter rat thing slayer. The 18 year old is Ivan- he’s great. He’s a Ruiz that we’re working with to get the saccerdocio so he can baptize his sister. He really likes us and is always down to go do service with us. The younger kid is the cousin of Ivan. He’s crazy too.
Also this week I had a contact with someone who was deaf. It was actually pretty cool.  We talked by writing in my agenda. We gave him a folleto and said we could send the missionaries to his house way down south.
My knee is no bueno. gonna talk to the prez about it. We have interviews soon.
gotta go love you guys. I’m safe, don’t worry.
Elder Sawyer

Answers to questions:
How many hours of meetings to you go to on Sunday?
Do you have trouble sleeping?
Nope, only when it’s really, hot but no
is it loud and noisy in your city?
when there are fireworks
what do you for breakfast, lunch and dinner? Do you eat with the members, or cook for yourself, or buy it off the street?
 We eat a lot of eggs for breakfast. We eat lunch with members -lots of milanesa and pasta pancakes. that’s pretty much it, except we found some decent cheese and bread the other day for grilled cheese. 
What personal hygiene supplies do you miss? Are they really different there?
Nope, its good, we found a shop that has more than what I need

“it’s hard to get to where the eels are.”
“This is what we caught- one eel and almost a turtle.
We’re gonna go to their house tonight and eat it.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

“Christmas came early in Argentina- we got bikes”
Well, this week was sorta weird, for one thing it’s starting to be really hot here, like sweaty and nasty all the time. It’s great- feels like home.
We did like 2 inter cambios this week, one with the zone leaders and one with the district leaders. So, I really didn’t spend a whole ton of time in El Carmen this week.

It was Mother’s Day in Argentina this week, so there was a lot of drinking and fireworks late at night. It gets a little crazy on holidays here.
Also, probably the highlight of the week is that we got bikes. We spend a while getting them fixed and finding a lock and other stuff. They work pretty good. They’re not super nice, if they were they would probably get stolen. It’s nice not having to sit and wait for collectivos (buses) anymore. Also it’s helping me know my area a little bit better. I don’t know about helmets, but it’s whatever. To scare the dogs away you just raise your hand and pretend you have a rock and they back off from the bike.

Sanghas are the diches on the side of the road when they fill up with stuff (like trash, water, eels, other stuff) they get really smelly and nasty. I had to jump in one that was mostly just mud to get a ball for a little kid the other day.
I ate some good food this week. Lots of Peruvian stuff while on inter cambios and yesterday we ate some asada, that was pretty good, except we also ate intestine. Intestine is weird, you take a bite and think it is going to be good and you start chewing and you realize it’s gross. Also me and Elder Delgado made some grilled cheese, we found some decent cheddar cheese.

My biggest problem right now is my rodilla (knee). It’s been bugging me a lot and I even sat out at the ward soccer activity which was really depressing. I think it’s not going to get better on its own.
All our lessons are going well. I think we should be able to get a few baptisms this transfer with the people me and Elder Delgado have been working with.

dang it - these QC guys  got to get it together I’m gonna lose sleep after a game like this.
Love you,
Elder Sawyer

“they see me rollin’”
“this is the bad part about the bikes”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

October 14, 2014- La Plata with Elder Delgado

"my district"

No, I didn’t die, we had a family history activity on Monday, so I couldn’t write on the normal P-day.

So this week was again pretty hectic, we spent most of our time in the part of our area that is as far away as possible from our apartment so we spend a lot of time waiting for the bus to take us to the other side of El Carmen. The weather here has been weird. It like switches off from pouring and cold to being miserably hot. We sorta have to guess which clothes to use each day. One of my ties got soaked and bled through onto my shirt. L

A sad thing happened, one of our investigators passed away this week, we think from a heart attack. It was pretty sad, but we’re helping the husband trying to help the family.

This week we had to go do more visa stuff, which always stinks cuz it’s like a 3 hour one-way trip for us to stand in line. We have to get up way early, it sorta just ruins the day. Also, we had the opportunity to do a lot of service this week. Shoveling dirt in front of someone’s house so it doesn’t flood their home. That was good. I think shoveling stuff is the world’s universal language cause the people we helped all made it to church this week which was good.

My language skills are getting better. I can understand when people talk for the most part now. It’s crazy that this week ends my first transfer in Argentina. It all goes so fast, it’s crazy! Also this week got told by the bishopric that we’re supposed to focus on reactivations which is kinda hard cuz there are so many families to reactivate. It’s hard to balance that with teaching and finding.  We almost feel like we don’t have time for it all.

And yep, I’ve drinken the water it’s hard not to when everyone gives it too you. We have a filter in our house but were not always there. You should research Argentina medicine for me, cuz I think I need to get some stuff sucked out of my knee again. We’re supposed to get bikes this week and that’s supposed to help.

Well, I hope everyone’s doing ok. Back home go eat some cheese for me- that’s one thing I miss- real cheese. The cheese here isn’t bad, it’s just weird.

Love you all,
Elder Sawyer

 From the YM/YW- we are doing a special missionary mutual. Can you please ask each of your missionaries to send a brief message to the youth of the ward about their missionary experience.

“Memorize the stupid scripture mastery things in seminary- ones from freshmen year have come to my head as we meet with people. Focus on your testimony and knowledge of the restoration of the gospel it’s very important.”

"what I bought for food this week"

"even if I don't drink Gatorade, I still have it with me - haha"

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

“On the bus, it costs 3 pesos. The best comparison for riding it is the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland, except it takes off when you’re still hanging off the edge
and there’s not a lot of seats.”
So right after we emailed last week we went out behind the church and there were some nonmembers playing soccer, so naturally we joined in. It was probably the “funnest” time I have had since I’ve been here. We then went and taught a really good lesson. So yeah, last P-day was pretty good. The next day was pretty good too. This family made these empenadas for us and they were honestly the best food I’ve had here so far.
The part about this week that was rough was that our water was shut off. So it was back to bucket showers and never having clean dishes.
Also we had to travel into the city this week to do some of my visa stuff. BA is huge!  I’m starting to realize how different me and Andrews’s missions probably are. I’m not used to all the people and the big buildings. Also a lot of times when I’m sitting in members homes I feel like it’s probably closer to like Italy than to Mexico.  It’s strange.
 Conference was really good. I can’t ever remember being this excited for conference. I got to watch it in English with other missionaries, while Elder Delgado watched it in Spanish with our investigators. We were pretty happy we had investigators at almost all of the sessions.
My knee bugs the heck out of me. I gotta get it fixed. I talked to the prez about it. It’s good cause apparently my area is like the medical central for Argentina, especially knees.
Everyone asks me about the weather. So here’s the weather report. It was actually a little chilly this week and it poured this weekend. The streets are literally flooded right now. You know it’s bad when the ditches on the side of the roads are over flowing, but it’s nice and a big change from AZ.
Spanish is coming slowly but surely like everything else.
Oh and I ate cow heart from a stand on the side of the road so that was cool.
Love you all,
 Elder Sawyer