Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26, 2015- in Longchamps with Elder Villalon

“these are the kids I was in charge of during the temple trip activity”

"Elder Villalon, Morris, Pallauta and Sawyer"

Dear Family,
We had an enjoyable and eventful week. We’ve been teaching a lot and we’ve kept pretty  busy all the time so it’s fun. The highlight of the week was the temple. We have the temple in our mission boundaries, so we have permission to take investigators there. I got the ward organized into a temple trip and we all went with 5 of our investigators.  We were even able to take them into the temple waiting room and talk. Yesterday I got to teach a lesson about temples inside the temple. We had some of the kids that we were teaching- the girls who really wanted to meet sister missionaries and I thought that there was a pair assigned to the temple. I couldn’t find them so we ended up going to the MTC next door and pulling out some sisters to talk to them. They all loved it. I also met people from my other wards. It’s great to hear about people that I found and taught that now have callings. I also ran into Elder Mortenson and some Elders from the East mission. It was a fun and cool day. All the people we brought felt the Spirit and had a good experience.
We had interviews with prez and I know that I’m gonna finish training for my comp and then get transferred probably.
On Sunday there were the presidential elections here in Argentina and the church’s Area Presidency wanted all the missionaries in their apartments for the day, we had lunch and then spent the whole day planning and watching training videos.
If anyone is interested in talking to some Argentines, I got some friends that are really in to social media.
Elder Sawyer
If you are able to send that package with that lady, send me a little bit of pancake syrup- I miss that stuff!

“Jose Luis, one of our converts, got to go do baptisms in the temple.”

"on the bus we rented for the ward temple activity"
“I eat a lot of peaches- someone found a giant can of them to show me.” 

Monday, October 19, 2015

October 19, 2015- in Longchamps with Elder Villalon

“this guy is Hermano Tito. we call him Papi Tito.
he’s from Bolivia and tells us about his old fighting stories.”

“we’re eating asado which is barbecue. it’s meat cooked over a fire usually wood. it’s like the key to life here. just big hunks of meat. I’m a big fan of the chorizo. when you go to California ask molly she’s got a coworker that knows a restaurant where you can try some.”

This was a pretty good week. The funnest thing this week was when we had our ward family home evening. We made a play. We did a little presentation of the talk that Elder Packer gave forever ago about how our minds are like a stage. We got a bunch of little kids to act as good happy thoughts. Then we dressed up my comp as a bad thought. We taught how the bad thoughts go in and kill all the good thoughts. My comp then killed the happy thoughts on the stage. It was pretty funny and all the people in the audience really liked it. We finished it off by teaching how we get rid of bad thoughts by using a song or a scripture -we can get rid of those thoughts. The three of us elders then killed the bad thought with a hymn. It came out really funny and really cool. 
Last week we played Chile vs US in the district activity soccer game (remember our whole district is Chilean!). We lost, but it was still pretty fun. 
Other than that it was a pretty normal week. We spend a lot of time running around to get to everyone. Love you all!

Elder Sawyer

 “haha this pic with my shirt tucked in is when we stopped and helped an investigator clean out her sangha. (there are sanghas (sort of like ditches, only deeper and grosser) everywhere- I’ve fallen into about three I think. luckily they weren’t the really nasty ones. though one time my laundry did get dumped into one by accident.) it was lots and lots and lots of work and I was  super muddy in my pants and shoes. it was super fun. we’ve been killing it with all of the extra activities recently.” 
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Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015- in Longchamps with Elder Villalon

"these are asado flavored chips"
Hey everyone how's it going? It was a really good week. The Fernandez family is working on their papers to get married and we're working a lot with them to be excited for their marriage and baptism. We're also going to start focusing on the kids more. It's going to be fun- there's eight of them and four enough are enough to be baptized.
The best thing of the week is Hermana M........ She's a widow that lives with her two kids. We hadn’t been able to talk to her for a while, but when we finally got a lesson in and she was super excited. She came to church this week and really liked it. We're helping her to quit smoking and she's doing really well. She has a kiosk close to the Armijo’s so we’ve assigned them that every time they buy from her to remind her not to smoke. It's great- even the in active part of their family, that have their own word of wisdom problems, are helping her out.
For the ward family home evening we taught the word of wisdom. We needed some examples of things we shouldn't use so me and my comp went and picked a beer bottle and a cigarette box out of the trash. It was a fun activity- we had a ton of people there and they really understood the Word of Wisdom.
Saturday we got some service in with Beto, he’s Armijo’s son in law. We always eat with them and share a litle bit of the gospel with him. He always just listened until one day he asked us about seers. Turns out he's reading the book of Mormon. We're working little by little with him as we help him build his house.I t's great because his wife always cooks for us. And I get to learn how to lay bricks.
For pictures just go onto Lorenzo’s facebook- he’s always taking pics. and he is  with us constantly so he’s got lots of pics of us. hahahahaha
That snickerdoodle recipe you gave me is getting used a lot. Everyone here likes them (they’re basically sugar and butter!) and they are super easy to make. I knock out a batch once in a while to say thank you and give to people.
What are your guys’ ponderizing scriptures?
Love you all and hope all is well 

Elder Sawyer

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015- in Longchamps with Elder Villalon

    "Así deben estar siempre nuestro elderes de feliz ellos traen tanta bendiciónes a nuestro casa un día de reposo muy lindo gracias elderes por compartir nuestro comida los amamos"

It’s been a good week. We've seen some great things happen. My trainee is pretty lucky after all the progress of people we have had. The happiest news is the familia Fernandez are getting married! And they don't have to get divorced to do it! That was cool, we went to teach them the law of chastity. We wanted to go with the husband and wife so we set it up to go with the Familia Perez. They canceled so I called the Plan B, the family Armijo, they were the Plan B just because they're the older and their kids were older so we went with them and were talking and then suddenly the whole family of the bishop showed up randomly- was kind of crazy for minute, but eventually we got it organized so all the kids went to the Armijo’s  house and all the adults just talked- it was a cool lesson. I just pretty much explained why God wants us to get married and then everyone started talking about how much they love one another. And now we're hoping to prepare for a wedding in the Chapel!

Another cool thing is M............ She's progressing really well. She just shows the importance of members in missionary work.

I figure I should let you know about the story of the Armijo’s. Hermano Armijo marrried his wife when he was 17. His wife was 14. Both their parents opposed the marriage (wonder why?). He was a dad at 18- they have seven kids now and I could easily be one of their grandchildren he 62 right now and still goes to play soccer with our investigators with the ward. Even though he tore up his knee really bad when he was young and never got to rest because he had to work. So now he's old and beat up, but is super pumped and prepared to help with the missionary work. He's pretty willing to visit people every day and he does. He does it so much he doesn't have as much time to build this house. That is why  I would try to help him. I always try to get in there and do some of the heavy lifting. He's got the heart of a pibe, but the body of an old guy. There  are three other daughters that are older that live there. They are there with all with their kids. They like to cook and we have a running invitation to eat with them whenever. There's so much about them I can't even explain. The house is like the missionary base of  operations with all the activities and things we do there.

Another interesting character I met is  G......... -we contacted him in the street and he let us into his house. The first thing I noticed were the swords hanging on the wall. I asked why. He explained that October 2021 something really bad is going to happen and we're not going be able to use guns anymore so he's got knives and swords hidden all over his house -that was a fun visit.

The conference was really cool -lots of talks in the Atonment,  lots of references to Alma 7:11-12. My favorite talk was Elder Oaks I really enjoyed what President Monson spoke about.  The biggest thing I took in however wasn’t the teaching, but how they taught, lots of examples and using scriptures.  I've got a bigger desire to memorize scriptures. The translation into Spanish for the Elder that spoke about memorizing scriptures was “meditizer”- that was funny. Conference is cool because in between sessions we all eat with the ward- it's super cool. 

Hermana Gonzales the karate guy, also taught me how to kill a guy with my pointer finger- I'm so glad he's a member. 

I love you guys a lot and I'm happy you're all good

Elder Sawyer

Elder Villalon, Elder Sawyer and Hermano Armijo