Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015- in Quilmes with Elder Mortenson

these are the trains we ride all the time
Dear world, 
sorry the computer literally just died on me when I finished writing last week, so I’m doing this (writing it out and taking a picture of it and having my Mom type it up for me) to make sure you get it. So I’ll try to sum this week up as well as I can. So it’s been a solid couple of weeks. The big letdown was M......, our little investigator that was so excited to get baptized. Her dad won’t let her, we even pulled out the big guns, our bishop who is just a cupa, but nada. That kinda stinks, but we’re praying and fasting. A.... and M...... were just trying to get this divorce through. It’s such a pain to have people that want to get baptized, but they have to get married first.  It’s a bigger pain when they want to get married, but they can’t. But what are you gonna do? Pray, that’s what.
Happy things. When you clap (they don’t knock in Argentina, they clap) a lot of doors you find strange people. The best is G....... He’s the guy with some strange beliefs. He’s been inviting us to lunch. (That’s another thing- everyone is giving us food, investigadors mas and random people. It’s great. Lunch and dinner sometimes 2 lunches- I’m going to get fat. I don’t get how everyone loves us, but doesn’t want to come to church) But G......., so he’s crazy and rich. He invites us over secretly without his wife knowing and his mom doesn’t like us. He made us a an American meal (chicken nuggets, BACON!, and a meatball sandwich) He loves us and has offered to give us a tv and take us to Bailiche’s (dance party). He loves the Office and always has it on when we go to his house. He also is reading the Book of Mormon and is gonna watch the Joseph Smith movie and always has good questions. So we’ll see. He would be a great ward mission leader.
Another fun thing was our district activity the other week. We played like hockey, we sued broom sticks and pucks made from Styrofoam lids. It was pretty fun, especially since we have 2 people from Canada that actually knew like how to play hockey. I wish I could send you the videos I accidently whacked Armsworthy over the head with my stick-that’s how competitive it was!
I don’t know if I’ve told you about trains, but those are fun. Taking it from one end of our area to the other. We contact the guards and the people selling stuff from car to car. People are usually pretty normal on the way there, but on the way back it’s more interesting cause we will run into all the drunks at like 9 at night. I also now have a friend in the chipa business. Chipa is small balls of cheese bread made from tapioca starch and Argentine cheese. There’s a guy that carries a big basket of chipa on his head and walks up and down the trains aisle. We’ve been talking about the word of wisdom with him and he gave us free chipa (I’m not too pumped about the free chipa- it’s gross).
Last night we were with a part member family doing a FHE. The problem was that we were there (in the villa) during the Super Classico (Boca vs. River). It’s sort of like the Super Bowl, but happens every other month or so. So, right as we were ending our lesson the game ended too. Boca scored like 2 goals at the last minute. The villa just went crazy. I think I’m starting to be able to tell the difference between the pop of motorcycle engines, fireworks and gun shots. I feel like we had a little bit of all 3 last night as we were leaving the villa. It’s a good thing I’m a Boca fan J
Other than that it’s been good. It’s cold now and raining a lot. I would love it if I wasn’t walking in it all day ;) But it’s good. We are always looking for new people to teach. I’ll list some more fun things to save time.
-cleaning out a hose of a meno activos man. He needs help cleaning. He’s a mechanic and his house is a mess. But we’re also cleaning out things like stuff from other religions and porn.
-My legs are really skinny and I’m sad. We’ve actually looked for a cheap gym, just to have on p-day.
-I’ll let you know, we will probably skype for mother’s day for like 40 minutes Mortenson was here for Christmas so it should be simple to figure it out again.
-I have no idea what I’m gonna do for my birthday. I’m probably gonna look for a Messi jersey and we might eat ice cream I don’t know it’s kinda cold right now. Other than that I don’t know. We have an activity super far away so no time to shop or do anything this week but next week I’ll probably head to the ferria.  love you!
-Toe is good waiting a week on tooth. The doc is in Banfield and I’m gonna be there in a few weeks anyway, that’s where the transfers happen.
-And yes. I’m gonna talk to you all soon so I’ll just say I love all of you a ton if anybody asks why I didn’t write back tell them sorry I’ll get to them- lots of people wrote for my birthday.
-Today was fun- we played soccer and kickball and right now in this cyber I’m listening to Iron Maiden. Love you guys!
-I’m now listening to Ozzy. I think. Argentines like their hard rock. Can you send me prez Packer’s talk from conference in a pdf and elder Bednar’s, for next week 
-I heard about the fight the people I talked to about it weren’t very happy about the outcome. 
-I’m now listening to “Breaking the Law”- I know how much you love that song mom (:
No more time, love you all- tell everyone thanks for the birthday wishes. (;


Elder Sawyer
the park we went to today- maybe you can see the little castle in the background

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