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Friday, November 14, 2014

Week 64: Posadas, Argentina


This week has been pretty exciting, passed by super fast, everytime i write here i feel like i had just done it yesterday, but it was pretty eventful. There were zone conferences and lots of movement and lots of stuff to do here in the office. But its always fun, sometimes pretty stressful just because the whole mission kind of depends on us for the temporal stuff, so it's like eat, sleep, drink, and talk money and numbers. But its cool, i feel like the stuff i'm learning will help me later on in life.

The missionary work here is going really well, we really haven't had a lot of time to get out and work a lot in the field, but with the time we have had it's been pretty succesful. The recent converts are coming along and the less active families are as well. There are a lot of good things about being here in Posadas, as in the city Posadas because there is a lot of movement and you are usually around the action and there are activities.  Also, i think the ward i'm in, Lavalle, is great. There are  alot of good members that help.  The couple we are teaching went to church again and really like it, their daughter and grandson went and really enjoyed it as well. They are progressing pretty well and understanding a lot.  

The spanish is actually pretty good. I can understand pretty much everything and i can always get my point across. Sometimes there are technical words, or stuff like that i don't understand, but for the most part i think i have it down. I would like to keep studying more, but the schedule i have now doesn't give too much time. 

For Thanksgiving..... im not sure what we are going to do. They dont celebrate it here but i'm definetely planning on celebrating one way or another. Apple pie would be pretty sweet with some mashed potatoes and gravy, but we´ll see what happens.  

Anyway, this past Saturday there was a stake service activity that was organized and we all went and cleaned up a park that was in really bad shape. We cut some grass, with machetes.... pulled weeds, destroyed massive termite hills, and cleaned up some trash. It was actually really fun, and everyone that went really enjoyed it. It wasn't really taken as a service activity, more like get together and have fun doing something for other people which was great because there really isn't a lot of that here. But all the members that went left really happy and i think the neighborhood appreciated it as well. I got pretty sun burnt and my arm was super sore from using the machete, but it was totally worth it. 

Also, it was Hermana LaPierre´s birthday so we decided to be a marachi band and we went and looked for sombreros, but they were pretty expensive so we bought some party hats and some fake mustaches and went and practiced a Mexican birthday song and went to her house.  President took her out on the balcony and we sang to her. It was pretty funny. I think she has a Facebook that she updates quite often if you want to look for it it has the video.  (Dottie LaPierre) But it was pretty fun.

And also, my toenail................... So since probably January it's been on and off ingrown, i think it got infected once but then went away, but it finally came back to bite me, pretty hard. So it got infected again and i had to get it taken out so i went to the doctor and he gave me anesthia, (i asked for laughing gas but they didnt have any) so he numbed it up really well - my big toe and i couldnt really watch, but from my comp told me it was pretty crazy. He shoved a knife sort of thing under my toenail and lifted it all up and then cut like a fourth it out. It was pretty crazy. Now it's like all swollen up because i wasnt supposed to walk on it, but had some important lessons to go to.. so i tried to drive but we had to walk a little and now im on bed rest apparently. I have to travel in like and hour and half to Corrientes which is another province of Argentina to go do some paperwork. So that should be fun. Im going to wear sandals... with missionary clothes. haha. But its cool, doesn't hurt too bad. (That was Friday morning at midnight that he was traveling to Corrientes….I got his email at 10:30pm Thursday night.)

But anyway today we had a Zone conference and we talked a lot about the first vision and teaching the restoration, and it was pretty cool. We talked about treating the first vision with reverence and taking it more seriously than just ¨sharing lesson one¨ and kind of going through the routine. But if you really prepare, and do it well and teach it with sincerity, it really gets to the person. And its cool, because that is the message that changes everything. There were tons of churches on the earth and how could they all be true? Joseph Smith asked God and if he really got the answer, if God and Jesus Christ really appeared to him, then that changes everything. There is only one church that contains the whole truth. God has only put one church on the earth. It's crazy that for as many times as I watch the restoration video, or share the message, there is still a feeling that just says its true, and every single time the understanding becomes more complete. Cool stuff. 

Anyway, i hope everyone has a great week and ill be sure to write again next week. 

Love, Elder Roberts

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