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