Monday, September 29, 2014

September 30, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

"me and my district leaders"

So I had this great time saving idea.  I was going to write out my mass letter, so I could type it faster, but then I had a great idea again and I took a pic of it. I thought I was pretty smart.

So this week was a little rough at first. We started off really slow we had a lot of appointments fall through so we didn’t wend up teaching as many lessons as we would have liked too. We also had some other things going on. We had interviews with the mission prez. Those were nice, me and him talked mostly about my knee. I also found out some good and bad news. The good news is Elder Allen from my MTC district finally made it to Argentina. The sad news is that Hermana Binks from my MTC district had to home because of medical stuff. That was kinda sad to hear. But our week finally improved on Saturday. We were walking back after a teaching appointment when we decided to talk to this lady washing dishes in her front yard. We taught her and her daughter the Plan of Salvation. It was pretty good. They were both excited. The only problem was that they were from Paraguay and mostly only spoke Guarani. We even traded them a Book of Mormon for a Bible in Guarani. It was pretty cool. The mother came with us to church the next day, for our next lessons we’re gonna bring a Guarani speaking member to help.
The language is still coming slow. Elder Delgado still has to do most of the talking, but it’s improving. The weather is beautiful here. It rained again this week which is nice for everything except my shoes. Oh and the other rough part of this week is our water was shut off, so we had to walk to another missionary’s pension to shower, otherwise it’s all pretty good here. Love all you guys! J
Elder Sawyer

A few questions:
1. On average, how many lessons do you teach each week? 
20 lessons

2.  What is the size of your barrio?  Are there more than one companionship that serve in the barrio?
22 missionaries in a barrio, I don’t know the size

 3.  Have you spoken in church yet?
I bore my testimony the first time but we’ve been having conferences and stuff so there hasn’t been an opportunity to speak yet.

4.  Do you feel you get enough money allocated from the mission to meet your needs?
Yes, definitely, I can buy 30 eggs for the equivalent of 2 US dollars. Plus the members feed us really well and do our laundry. I just traded about 65 US dollars for about 1000 pesos

5.  Generally speaking, how big geographically is your area? 
I’m not sure exactly- we do a lot of walking. I’m still not too sure on how big it really is, we tend to spend a lot of time in one part because that’s where most of our investigators are.

6.  Can you send us your address (at least the name of the calle), and maybe a picture of where you live?
I’ll get more pics this week sorry

7.  Are you freezing? 
No. I haven’t been cold, but I wear sweaters a lot. I actually wear short sleeves a lot during the day cause when the suns is out it’s hot. At night we have a little heater thing in our room, apparently it’s supposed to get pretty hot. 

8. do you feel like your Spanish is getting better?
 just kidding, slowly, people talk so fast here.

This is our pension. It’s a little dirty right now.


Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

"I don't know what this is"
So this week was pretty good. Honestly it’s all staring to blend together. I’m getting pretty good at cooking things, mostly eggs and pancakes. We got our hot water tank thing fixed this week so we don’t have to boil water for bucket showers anymore, which is really nice.
We have a lot of baptismal dates for October. I just hope that we can get them all through. We like to commit people early, or Elder Delgado does. It’s sorta up to him to run the lessons right now while I try to stay in the loop sorta. It’s difficult, but I’m getting there. The members here are really awesome. They feed us pretty good here, I think I’m gonna end up getting fat here. I’m starting to miss American kinds of cheese. The cheese here isn’t bad, it’s just not the same as home, especially on pizzas.
We’ve been doing splits with members a lot now which makes it even more difficult for me because I’m even more lost with them.
I found out I understand Spanish from people from Paraguay better than native Argentines. I think they just speak slower.
I also got bit by a dog this week. It stinks cause it barely scratched me so I won’t get any cool scars. However, it did rip my suit pants which just stinks, hopefully an hermana here will be able to fix them for me.
Well, that’s my life here- its getting better as I understand more.
Love you all!
Elder Sawyer

"I don't know what this is either"

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014- in La Plata with Elder Delgado

So as many of you probably realized this first week was pretty insane, not including the 36 hour trip it took to get to Argentina. Which included sitting in an airport for like 4 hours waiting for our bags (there was a baggage handlers strike), but after that it got a lot better. We went to the misión home and the fed us some really bomb empanadas. I was pretty excited about that.
Then we went and me our new companions. My comp is Elder Delgado. He is from California and has been out about 8 months or so. He speaks English, but not to me. He says it will help me learn faster. This pretty much means that I’m lost 99 percent of the time. Where we are, where were going, what’s being said, when we’re eating, what can I drink. All these questions have been circulating in my head for the whole week. But I’ve been figuring it out.
I haven’t eaten anything gross yet but that may be because we haven’t eaten at a lot of members homes yet. We’re probably gonna start doing that this week. I’m no to worried- everything else we’ve eaten has been pretty good. We’ve made empanadas, tacos and pancakes here. On the pancakes we put this stuff called dulce de leche. It’s like caramelized sugar in milk. It tastes a lot like caramel. It’s probably the best thing I’ve had here. I’ve put in bananas too. One time we stopped by a members house, they gave us some chorizo which was pretty good too.
The members really like us here, which is good so they can help my comp in lessons cause I’m usually lost. I did commit a 9 year old girl to baptism this week which was pretty cool. We also taught part of that lesson by candlelight which was cool too. The people here don’t live in very nice houses, but they all have direct tv. There will be like a shack and then there will be a satellite antenna sticking off of it. They also all drink tang.
We got to do some service this week. I helped build a fence for someone with rusty nails and aluminum sheets and we got to meet with some other missionaries to paint a hospital. That was cool. I got to see some people from my mtc district which was nice. Also the way we got there was weird- I didn’t know what was going on- we were just walking and then a big van pulls up and my comp gets in, it was like okay, whatever. I pretty much just do what he does which is important, cause things like getting on buses can be sketchy cause they will drive away even if you only have one foot on.
It’s pretty fun here I just can’t wait to play some soccer. When we took the train to Carmen I learned that in Argentina if there’s an open field of grass there’s usually soccer goals on each end.
I’m doing pretty good, but can you go and ask the mtc about my knee and stuff. They didn’t really talk to me much and it’s been bothering me a Little. I just don’t know what to do with it. They should still have my info.
I haven’t been cold, but it’s been cold weather. Sweaters are pretty neat. I also really like my boots. There’s a lot of mud in the streets here, so it’s pretty wet all the time. It rains- not hard mostly- but it will just like mist all day.
I need a bag for my Spanish scriptures- I put them in a plastic bag this week so the rain wouldn’t get them. I’ll look for one here. And the no backpack rule doesn’t exist here I guess.

love all you guys till next week!

Friday, September 12, 2014

September 12, 2014- Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission home

Dear Sawyer Family,
I am writing to inform you of the safe arrival of your son in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission.  Attached here you will find a photograph of Elder Sawyer with President and Sister Thurgood.  His trainer will be Elder Delgado  and they are going to serve in the area of El Carmen . Their preparation day will be every Monday and you can expect an email letter on that day.  I am also including important information about mailing packages to your missionary.  Please be sure to read and remember.
Thank you for sharing Elder Sawyer with our mission.  We appreciate your support and also the fact that you have a son who wants to serve.  We will take good care of him!  God bless you.
Hermana Dance
Misión Argentina Buenos Aires Sur
Receiving Packages : Please advise friends and family:
Due to restrictions imposed by the Argentine government, we're having trouble receiving packages from other countries.
Because of this, America South Area Presidency South recommends that no packets are sent to their missionaries while they serve in Argentina. If packets are sent they will likely remain in the Customs Capital and never reach your destination.
We want to clarify that there's no malice in it, but to remove these packages from customs is an expensive and time consuming process for the church, missionaries and families. If appropriate measures are not taken, these problems can be avoided.
We would advise sending a personal debit or credit card for your missionary to access additional funds for personal use. Argentina has most the needed items for your missionary.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

September 9, 2014- Buenos Aires South Mission Office

received this email tonight:
Hi Parents,
Your missionary has arrived safely in the Buenos Aires South Mission.
Further information will be forth coming.
Hermana Dance
Misión Argentina Buenos Aires Sur

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 6, 2104- Provo MTC West

This was the garbage inside my knee. They got most of it. I asked if I could keep it, but they needed to test to see if it was infected. It was cool-they stuck a long needle in the side of my knee.
So this week was pretty crazy and I’m so ready to get outa here. I spent a lot of it at the doctors because of my big swollen knee. So I had to go to an orthopedist which stunk, but it was fun being out in the real world for a bit. If you can call Provo the real world- everyone one we talked to had either served a mission or knew a family member on a mission, but it was still fun. They rushed me through got and MRI and x-ray and they told me I had fluid buildup and a hole in my patella tendon. And that was it so I spent a few hours worrying that I wasn’t gonna be able to go and then I went back and they said I should be fine, they just want to drain my knee and make sure it wasn’t badly infected. . They ended up rushing me through all these tests and scans and then they decided to aspirate my knee. Basically they sucked as much of the garbage out as they could which is really nice. So they did that- it was cool- I was awake for the whole thing. They numbed it a little bit and they had a scanner thing going at the same time so I could watch the needle moving around in my knee. It felt weird but my knee is so much less swollen. It’s nice. They took it for testing so I should be all good for Monday. They didn’t tell me what to do about my tendon they just said I was good to go so I assumed that I was just waiting?? idk I don’t have time to go back and ask a doctor so no se???  I should have gotten it done a while ago. Plus, The nurse who was ultra-sounding my knee has a brother who went to my mission and she said he never got robbed, so I might get lucky.

 So I’m still all good to get outa here on Monday which I’m super pumped for, I can’t wait to get a companion that can help me learn Spanish. Also the fun things that happened this week were I ran into some guys I knew. First, Jake Germaine which is actually a funny story- I was at main campus between doctors appointments and I was outside saying a blessing on my sack lunch and I open my eyes and there’s Jake Germaine staring at me. We were super pumped to see each other. I also saw Jake Hoopes and Brett Payne which was nice. Thanks mom for the picture. Apparently you’ve been making friends with all my districts parents and sending them pics – they’re all grateful for that. Well I’m gonna end here and send some pics and things. I can’t wait to be outa here and in the field!
I don’t think I can get my bags under 50 with all my stuff. and I’m pretty sure I won’t run into Luis in the next 2 days. Also idk if I want to send the sd card that kinda scares me sending it in the mail, plus it’s the 8 MB one or whatever, so I’ve barely  used it. Plus then I can’t look back at all the memories...
Tell Kyle to run downfield.

Love, Elder THE KNEE Sawyer

Me and Elder Braithwaite

This is Hermano Cuadra our teacher. He’s like my hero at the MTC. I’m gonna miss him a ton-

me and my companion

THE district

the hermanas in our district

This is the youngest district in our zone- I love them.
Me and Jake Germaine