Tuesday, June 23, 2015

June 22nd: Missed a Week of Email Traveling Back to Montevideo, So Elder Nelson Made Up the Difference this Week!

June 22nd, Gualeguaychu, Argentina 

I missed you guys too, (last week with no chance to email). I had to sign my residence. Basically saying I'll be in Uruguay for two years. However this is in Montevideo so we left Gualeguaychú Sunday, but didn't get back until Tuesday at noon. So the time I would normally write you guys, I was in a bus terminal without any clue of where a computer was. We normally write in the church and when we got back on Tuesday, the other Elders didn't have the key to the church because as missionaries we can't have the key to the bishopric's office which is where the computer is. 

Hooray for working plumbing!  Looks like I'll pray for fancy new floors (for the house) then. Apple pie is definitely something I miss. Haha "sometime" is a very vague word (regarding Mom and Dad scheduling a date night)

Hopefully Ayami enjoys Japan and stays safe. Wow good for Josh- I never got to go to a stay over night EFY so he's getting to do things I've never done. It's correct, I only went to the EFY in Fresno 2 times. Yeah in all the pictures (the little girls) look huge! Oh I received the package. President pretty much hand delivered it because we had interviews this weekend. It got here june 2, and I received it in June 19. I never received the card that Ayami sent, though. Dah- I love Vegas. Way to go you magicians assistant! That's good to know that even mormons can make a career in Las Vegas. 

Nah I don't need money. My shoes are definitely on the downhill track. I might buy boots eventually that are whatever proof. However my jarmins are in good shape (my sunday shoes) and I have my brown ones for when I feel like being fancy. It's a little nippy now, so I might buy gloves and a beanie. The sweater you guys sent is awesome and I don't think I'll fill up even half of the SD card.

Best thing in Gualeguaychu is all the shops and how there's stuff to see. Worst is probably all the people that tell me I need to wear a thicker sweater, that I need to use chap stick, use face lotion. Typical mom stuff. If I wanted to have my mom tell me how to do stuff, I'd be living with my mom :P but nah, the people are nice but I get slightly annoyed with all their suggestions. 

Yeah. I'd say I basically know the area. If Elder Flores leaves this cambio, I'm pretty positive I can show it to whoever would be my next companion. I wish we had more lessons in one day. Ideallly in Preach My Gospel it says we shouldn't have lessons longer than 45 minutes, but yesterday we left at 4 or 5 and only visited 2 families, both of whom are members. Working with members is important, but I like to help the people who don't have the Gospel in their life.  However we do have one cool lady who's a member who came to church for the first time in years and we are supporting her in stopping smoking. She's giving us lunch this week, so I'm looking forward to that. 

We had a menos activo come to church for the first time today in 3 years I believe. Eladia is her name. When we first visited her she didn't understand the palabra de sabiduria but now she's working on stopping smoking and she's going to church. It's a wonderful thing to see the gospel bring a change in people.

I had an interesting experience with Elder Bagget this past week. It was when we were traveling to Montevideo. We actually missed our first bus, and I essentially wasted 70 pesos but we arrived in Concepcion with about 1 and half before the bus left for Paysandu. Rather than wait in the terminal we decided to go out and work. I went with Elder Baggett and Elder Flores went with Elder Fawcett. We hadn't had a ton of success and no one had let us in their house. Then we saw a couple in the middle of the street and decided to talk to them. We got them to talk with us at the corner and asked if we could share a message with them and they lead us to their house. We found out they are moving to Gualeguaychú in the upcoming weeks. We taught the restoration and gave them a fecha for 25 of July. We gained 2 with fecha in one hour that we wouldn't have gotten if we didn't miss our bus and didn't decide to work. The lord really does place people in our path and when we talk with everyone is when we can find those he has prepared.

Wow I didn't know people actually read the blog. Hopefully you spice it up because a lot of the weeks I don't have a whole lot exciting to say. Wow that would be crazy if I got to train (Elder Parker Lee) but I doubt that will happen but hopefully I'll see him in Uruguay sometime. 

Yeah we killed 3 or 4 rats in our other house and I shared that video. My meeting with President Smith was super short. I had like 10 things I wanted to tell him but only got to ask about one because we talked about how our house isn't that great and how he would like us to have a house with only 2 elders that was closer to our area. 

Things are tranquilo. Feliz dia del Padre. I heard you got gift cards from pf changs and a movie. 

As far as changes go, Elder Berry is going to finish the mission so Elder Thompson will get a new companion. Elder Flores has 3 changes here so I think he'll leave too but we'll see. We had some families get married this week. There were actually two. We didn't know the other couple too well but the sister of the branch president got married and after Leonel and Jimena got married. It only took like 5 minutes and then people threw rice and that was that. I'll try sending those pictures next week. 

I love you, talk with you more next week.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

June 1: New emailing rules, and Updates from Gualegaychu!

Brazilian Cowboy Belts
June 1st: Hey guys. Don't have a ton of time. The rules got changed and basically only one person can write at a time and the other has to watch. I guess a bunch of people are having problems with using technology inappropriately (not me) but this is President's solution. I only have like 30 minutes to write. I'm doing fine and I'll talk to you guys if I have time but I'm going to go write President now.  I get to talk with President next week so that's cool.  

Argentina is good. Elder Flores is alright. I speak more Spanish with him than I did Elder Finlay that's for sure. No I'm not his first english comp. He's had 6 comps, I think 4 of which were gringos. Things are not much different than when I was with my trainer. Ideally during training you do an extra hour of study but not much has changed. 

Well congrats on the new job. With our family, medical expenses are pretty pricy so lifetime medical is good. Glad mom got her Mother's Day letter and liked it. What happened with the check I sent with it from the Pogues that never got cashed? Well tell Cody to try again to email. Ideally I'll have more than 30 minutes to write but I love talking with Rm's so tell him to try again.  
Artigas Highways

Yeah this city is really cool. It actually has shops and parques and interesting places to see. Artigas had little to do. If I never go back to Artigas I won't be sad but I'd definitely be willing to come back to Gualeguaychú. And thanks for the package, Anyway this is all the time I have for this week and hopefully I'll have more time next week, love you and hopefully we can talk more next week.

June 8th: How's it going? going to work on pictures today and talk with you guys after. Not much is happening in Gualeguaychú. We're doing alright. It is weird not being able to express myself fully in Spanish but I'm doing alright. We are already halfway done with this change so we shouldn't be together much longer. 

Haha, I miss Elder Tidball. I got a call from the offices asking what mission he is from, because a package got sent to our mission for him and I was the only one who knew what mission he was in. We don't do much on P-days. Hopefully today we will get haircuts because we have interviews with president this Friday.  

The branch here is only 20 people less than the Artigas Ward, but everyone here is super active so there isn't much of a difference. This week I taught all the youth in Sunday school about " how to be effective in meetings" but for such a boring topic, I think I did alright. Email is better here, but it takes up all day long because the other Elders use it for all the morning and we use it for all the tarde y por eso no hacemos nada. 

Where did Zane serve again? And when does Parker Lee leave for the mission?  I honestly don't have a ton to report this week. Things are going good.  Leonel will be getting married the 19th and then baptized at the end of this month. I did division with our district leader last Wednesday.  That was a cool experience. He's going to die at the end of this month so he has a lot of missionary knowledge. Super cool guy and we had a lot of fun. That was about my highlight of the week. Don't have a ton more to report.  If you have questions feel free to ask. Enjoy Vegas. Love you guys. Have more adult conversations. Chao!

Elder Nelson at the Brazilian Border