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"