Monday, May 25, 2015

Argentina ~Week 13

We had another busy week this week, but it was great!
Tuesday morning we had district reunion in the morning, and the rest of the day we had a few appointments.
Wednesday, me and a bunch of other Elders that arrived at the same time as me had to go to the mission office to do things for our visas. That lasted almost all day.
Thursday my companion had a leadership meeting since he is district leader. I was on exchanges all day in a group of 3 in another area.
Friday we had our weekly planning in the morning. We had a few lessons after that, and my companion began to have really bad headaches so we had to stay home.
Saturday my companion had headaches still. A member family drove us to the pharmacy, and they said he just had low pressure or something like that. They gave him some medicine and now he's all better. We taught a new family of investigators we have. The parents have 9 kids and it's really crazy teaching them, but the parents seem pretty interested, so we'll see how it goes.
Sunday we had church in the morning and were able to teach a few lessons in the afternoon.
Well, this week was really busy, but still great! I hope to have more time this week. I'm grateful for the time I have to serve the Lord.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Argentina~week 12

Hey, it's all going good! It's crazy how fast time goes here. Me and my companion are still together. Elder Lima, who lived with us left and now we have Elder Tyler. My companions great, he's really good at working. The only thing I don't like is sometimes he sleeps in like an hour or more, but I think he's getting better.
It's going good here. We're teaching quite a few people. I still don't do the majority of the talking, but I'm always able to say what I want, one way or another, and with some people, I can understand almost all of what they say.
Here is a map of where we live. Our pension is in the green door. If you look around, the church is close by. I've never seen the ocean here, but after looking at the map, it's closer than I thought.
No, we didn't see the broadcast, but I'll see if I can download it. On Sunday, we had the dedication of the cordoba temple though, which was cool.
Anyways, I'll let you know more stuff in my main email this week!

 It's going great here! I just started my 3rd transfer here in Argentina, and it's going great!
Tuesday I was on exchanges in another area. The past few days I've had a cold, but I'm almost all better now.
Wednesday and Thursday almost all the people we had planned to teach weren't home, but we found several new people that seem to have potential.
On Saturday we were going back to our pension for the night and a drunk guy came up to us asking for money. We told him we didn't have any, but he didn't believe us. He stuck his hands in our pockets, but we didn't have anything. So luckily we were alright, we didn't lost anything and nothing bad happened.
Sunday morning we had the opportunity to watch the temple dedication of the new cordoba temple from our stake center. It was great! Almost all of it was in Spanish. President Utchdorf gave the dedication in English, and there was a translator repeating everything. Elder Christofferson spoke there too, but in Spanish because he served his mission in Argentina. We had lunch with members and they showed us the video of the cultural celebration.
Anyways, It's been a great week and I'm looking forward to the next!
Have a great week everyone!
Elder Severtson

Monday, May 11, 2015

Argentina week 11

As always I'm having a great time here in Argentina. It was great to talk with my family yesterday for Mother's day
On Wednesday we had exchanges with the zone leaders. It was my first time staying in the area during exchanges and it went great.
On Thursday it rained a bunch again. The weather changes here so fast. Sometimes it's really cold and sometimes it hot. We taught some investigators and less actives, and at night a member family taught us how to make yokis (some type of pasta)
Friday we had appointments with several investigators, which went well.
Saturday morning we did service, moving wood and metal from one member family to another a few miles away in a wheelbarrow. My companion had to go interview a few people for baptism because he is district leader.
Sunday we had church and a few appointments with investigators and less actives. And then at night I skyped with my family.
Here are some videos I took from the bus so you can see what it's like here.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Argentina week 10

I had another great week. Time feels like it is already going really fast! I can't believe my 2nd transfer is almost over.
This week it rained alot and was really cold. Almost all the roads we use are muddy now and its hard to walk, but it's alright.
We found quite a few new investigators this week.
One is the family Sautú. A single mother with 5 kids. 3 of them got baptized a few years ago, but are inactive now. One of them started going back to church 2 weeks ago when we met them. The Elder that baptized them is from Gilbert AZ, and they showed me some of his wedding pictures from the Gilbert temple because his mom is friends with him on Facebook. The rest of them said they agree to listen to the lessons again. The mom and 2 daughters aren't members, but they seem to have potential. The mom wants to quit smoking too, so we might be able to help.
A drunk guy on the road kept talking to us. He offered us wine haha. He kept saying the same things over and over. Hey kept saluting to me and saying 'si señor' and asking if that is how we greet eachother in the United States, haha. He also kept asking us why we're here and who sent us, haha
On Friday we planned an activity about potential with the young single adults. Quite a few came and it was very good.
On Saturday we had a family night activity with the ward about temples. We asked a few families to prepare short talks about different aspects of the temple like tithing, worthiness, eternal families. In the end, only one family showed up, and a few other single people. I think because it was cold. We all had to come up with stuff, because some of the families that said they'd give talked didn't show up, but oh well.
Anyways, That's about all this week! Have a great week everyone!

By the way, our mission is splitting soon to create the Buenos Aires East mission, so I might have a new mission. If I stay in my area then I will.
I think I'll be able to call around 4 PM here for Mothers Day.

-Elder Severtson