Wow... All i can say is that someone has alot more faith than i have, whoever prayed for me to help my mission i thank you! This week has definitly been the greatest week of the mission. The weather has been a steady 95 degrees during the day and 80 during the night! Which is perfect! I dont remember sweating until last night haha! The weather has been amazing and the sunsets absolutley rediciulous! They are so beautiful! I think a key thing that helped this week was that my companion had to leave to Resistencia so I spent Tuesday with the Zone leaders, and we rocked the day up, it was so fun to teach, because they assigned me parts to teach which i like because then i feel comfortable not having to interupt the other missionaries, and i am totally comfortable with the language because i realized for the first time that i havent spoken english in three or so weeks! Haha crazy! Im forgetting words and stuff haha, and while i was with the zone leaders we did alot of contacts and i really found excitement in trying to figure out what part of the gospel will spark their interest, ive started to make everything a game right now, to make it more enjoyable! I realized that i do not like being in my apartment but out trying to find new investigators and strengthening the progessing ones. One quick story, everyone here calls me a Yankee, which i think is really cool but they use it just like the britans used to use the word, as a disgrace, but i think its an honor to be called a yankee just like the revolutionaries! One time i was contacting and this guy exploded on me because i am American and he was saying a bunch of awful stuff about our country, but i just stood their smiling and listened to him, because it was interesting, but my zone leader who is from Buenos Ares demanded that he apologized, in a very nice way. Anyways i found interesting that i wasnt offended by it but that my other companions that werent from America were. This week we have found two new families that are golden, one is a reference from Ramon, they are named Zarate, and they have 6 little girls and have a huge interest in the book of mormon, they have been prepared, i just hope that they have been prepared fast enough that i will be able to baptize them, they are the only family in the neighborhood who also has air conditioning haha(random fact) and the other new investigator is a man who is 44 years old and his job is to build lds churches throughout Argentina, so hes had contact with the church which will help alot and the spirit is working on him, but he was injured on his last job so he has to stay at home, which made it possible for us to find him and we will be able to teach him whenever we want for a few weeks which definitly is a blessing, his name is Ignacio and he is defintly one of my favorite investigators yet, and the only who read the book of mormon the first time we challenged him! But he didnt come to church which was a bummer. Ramon didnt get married because the judges here are really lazy and take holidays practically every week so we dont know when he will be baptized... But we have Juan, the 14 year old, he will be baptized in two saturdays which will be awesome! I have absolutley loved this week, and it flew by!
Oh one story i thought was funny for mom is that everyone knows the Engall Family, they are like the perfect family for everyone here, i thought that was really funny, the Engall family is so cool to the people here and i just laugh everytime the men want to be just like Charles Engall, its so awesome! Oh we had a dinner with the Gomez family, and that was really fun! We had empanadas as usual haha, the food is always the same no matter where you go. But i found out the reason why they are not going to church, or the reason why the family isnt, the mom knows its true, you can see it in her eyes when she talks, but she is afraid of her husband because he doesnt know yet, and hes not focused on what the truth is, he has really deep roots in catholicism and its really hard to teach him the gospel, he is always talking, its stressful to know that i bear really strong tesitmony of families and really good questions to him and the spirit is really strong and then he wants nothing to do with it! He says he wants his family forever and we have shown him the path, but he has a doubt that i do not know, anyways patience and studying and prayer will help, and in time we will deroot his doubt!
My companion and i are doing well, i am definitly practicing patience though, alot of the pet peeves ive had in my life he has haha, its quite hilarious all of the things that bug me, but i never let it show. Once or twice i let it get to me but other than that we work really good together, he has a problem with obedience but we are working on it, he has seen that through disobedince he can still have baptisms and its hard to help him see that obedience is the key to everything.
Well that is defintily scary for steph! Gosh she has had a tough few months physically, ive never gone through anything like she has, she has definitly had a few rough spots in life that ive never had to experince, which makes her so much better than i ever could be, she is always so positive and i definitly look up to her, i cant even imagine what i would do if i went through everything she has gone through, i love her and miss her so much, a long with everyone else in my family! Tommy was telling me how he was playing basketball with collin and tommy couldnt even stand because collin plays just as horrible as i do, that we are exactly the same, that made me miss my brother alot and i really look up to him, there isnt a cooler kid in my eyes. Thank you so much for your influence dad, ive realized this week that i only have two years to enjoy Argentina, and after that ill be back home. Im really starting to enjoy my mission, and i continually strive to loose myself in the work, if for nothing else the time to fly by, but i know that when i have lost myself i wont want to leave, i love you dad, and my mom, i love you so much and i miss my pancakes! haha you did so much for me that i cant even start to pay you back! Well i love you all and have such a good week!