Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday, April 19 2010 -- Nate Goes to Iguazu Falls

Before posting Nate's letter, I want to post some pictures of Iguazu Falls. This is where Nate went today. The falls are absolutely gorgeous. Nate will send his pictures next week.

Nate's Letter:
1 nefi 3: 15, like nephi i will no go home to my family until i have finished the commandments which the lord has commanded me! Well first off i am going to tell of my adventure that i had today of getting to wake up at 3 am and run half way through the center of town to reach a rented bus, and within this rented bus my companion and i found 14 of our companions, in which we got to go to Iguazu today! Its a 5 and a half hour drive through some of the most beautiful country that i have seen in a while, the mornings here are beautiful in the Rain Forest, there is a light fog over everything and the air is nice and crisp, there is only one road from Posadas to Iguazu, and all of the towns are just off the road, so i got to see many beautiful little towns along the way, all of my companions wore the same shirt, like we did when we went to disneyland and everything, it was alot of fun, we played uno and watched mountain of the lord during the dark morning and when the sun started to rise i loved to watch the countryside, i really hope that i get to have a few transfers in the interior of misiones, its really beautiful. We got to Iguazu around 10 am and we had to dress all undercover and take off our plaques and enter in two or three at a time in different intervals, because they are money suckers and if they see more than 6 people they require you to have a guide. We have papers that say we live here from the police but because some of us are American they wouldnt let us in at first, we had to make alot of calls and stuff but eventually in an hour we got to enter. And man what an awesome experience! Niagra falls is nothing compared to this! Its like comparing the canal behind our house to the mississippi! I was so excited! There is this place called el garganta del diablo, or the throat of the devil, and its massive and cant see the bottom! Its so sweet and i really wish i could so you pictures but we all forgot to bring our downloaders to the cyber place. There is one view when its like your almost totally surrounded by waterfalls on all directions! Ill send photos next week! After about 2 we started for home, along the way we sang every song imanginable, and i learned alot of cool folk songs from argentina and chile, it was alot of fun, by far the best p day yet, and probably the best day of my mission yet, definitly worth the five months ive been here haha.
Well this week was definitly a tuff one, but i held my animo, or my desire and happiness, animation, for three or four days, we only have three progressing familes, and we almost lost one, but so we have been working as hard as we possibly can to find more investigators, to find those prepared by god for us, we contacted houses for 6 or 7 hours everyday and we only found 6 people who let us in to talk to them this whole week! Ya it was really really tuff, this is very unusual for Argentina, when its usually very easy to teach 20 people a week, but we just couldnt find anyone! I worked as hard as i could to try and love being here but its just been so hard, i think im not being patient enough but man this weekend has been tuff, i slacked big time sunday because i just lost everything, and i prayed for a long time to recieve help, patience haha, its been really hard to think if i ever will love the mission and maybe this will be my test, to see if i can prove myself for two years, if so it will be hard but i can do it, ive done it so far and i can do it for more, i think most of all im just wanting a change, ive been in the same area my whole mission with a companion that is really tuff at times, not because of him but just that its hard for me to have the patience when im trying my hardest to be patient with myself, haha im totally a different person here, i feel the complete opposite of when i was at home, im not that friendly and it kills me, no matter how hard i try to fake it and love my companion and the people it usually wears off near the end of the week, (sometimes its hard for me to believe in my patriarchal blessing, because i dont feel like i have all of these strenghts) but i have recieved many answers to my prayers about why its being so difficult now and i know that one day it will be better, in six months or two years idk, but i know it will be better so i have this hope and i really am growing so much, i can pretty much teach every subject with simplicity to everyone, which has been my goal, to be able to teach everyone like they were 8 years old so they never are confused, because as i have come to find out that simplicity is power and the spirit can testify so much more with it, going to iguazu made me really homesick for all of the vacations that we used to go on so when i get back were going on a few haha, but really i know this trial will pass oneday, and hopefully i pass with flying colors, i hope that i am honoring my name, and my family with me being here, im just so weak ha, so weak. If i can be anything like the missionaries in my zone i know that i will be satisfied with the mission i am serving, now i just need to work and try hard to forget myself, but man its so hard, very little progress with the investigators, but successs with the less actives, so thats nice.
Haha im glad that you like your gift, it was a pain in the butt to mail it, argentina only sends packages between a three hour period in a week... and then i had to wrap it and do everything myself with an impatient maillady haha, you all guessed right with the gifts, but the cow hoof is a mate cup, people drink grass out of it haha, and every single person has one, in the bus, on the job, in school, in church, in class, every single person, and im not exagerating. Ha thanks for sending my gift, i kept forgetting to write about the things that i need, it would be nice for the next package to send some dry lux garmets, because only recevive them from the states, but thats about it, im excited to see what it is, ill find out in 5 or 6 weeks haha. So wednesday is transfers and i think, or hope, that i m leaving, even though it will be really hard to leave the ward and the missionaries here, i need a fresh start, its hard to see some of the places here, brings back some tuff memories from the beginning of the mission that i dont want to remember. Well anyways thats my life for the week, i hope it gets better! Steph grats on state, thats something i can never say i did haha, way cool! Collin sweet job trying to areate, i remeber that i didnt want to go door to door asking, even though i really did love the actual job, i got to listen to music and daydream, what more can you ask for! Thanks derik and maria for the letters, and grandpa and grandma, i was thinking about school getting out also, man time flew by! Man andy and judd have almost reached the downhill part, talk about fast eh haha. Well all i can ask for now mom is to flood my email with pictures, its so fun to show all of the members and missionaries my life and for me to remember that life is happiness, something that i have forgetten for a little bit haha, well i love you all so much, more than words can express! Bye!

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