Monday, August 31, 2015

Argentina~week 26

Everything is going good in my new area of Hudson, Quilmes. My companion is Elder Delgado, from California. He looks latino because his dad is from Mexico, but really he never spoke Spanish before the mission.
Tuesday we talked with lots of members and recent converts. I've been meeting so many people, it's hard to remember their names. That night we had an activity in the church.
Wednesday we had our district reunion in the morning. We talked with one of our investigators, and a few less active families. We don't have very many investigators so we're looking for more.
Thursday again looking for many investigators and less actives. In the morning my companion had a reunion of leaders because he is district leader. I had to lead my area in exchanges for a few hours. Luckily we were able to arrive on time to everything. In the afternoon we went looking for old investigators and less actives, and contacting some people at the same time.
Friday morning we had weekly planning, and taught a few of the less actives we found.
Saturday still we kept with looking for people. Luckily we were able to teach some of the contacts we had been making. We had the craziest lesson I've ever had. The day before we talked to a kid on the street about the restoration. He was trying to share what he believed but couldn't and told us to come another day to speak with him mom too. Saturday we went and he wasn't there, but his mom and I think his sister. They began telling us they are from the evangelical church and they are prophets. They began to ask us what we believe but everytime we mentioned the restoration and Joseph Smith they kept saying that they only believe in Jesus and not Joseph Smith, and never listened when we said Joseph is just a prophet. Apparently a lot of people think we believe that Joseph Smith is Jesus reincarnated or something weird like that. Anyways they kept asking us questions like about 'baptisms for the dead' and many other things, and trying to argue with us. Also, they kept interrumpting with things like 'The spirit is telling me to read this scripture' and reading something out of context or that doesn't make sense like 'My son, follow the path of Jesus and don't go astray' or 'whoever adds to this book will be condemned' and things like that. So I decided to start with something they'll agree with to start on common ground. We explained the Godhead and how God calls prophets to teach his gospel. After agreeing with everything about prophets and how Jesus established his church, we began with the apostasy and showing them that the bible says that there will be an apostasy. After teaching all that and the restoration and book of mormon it was clear that they understood everything. They ended up saying that they'll read the book of mormon and the next time we come there might be more people. Anyways we think they're just gonna invite their leaders to argue with us because they don't know what else to say. People can't prove us wrong no matter how hard they try, because the bible supports everything we say. It's why they always try to read things out of context.
Anyways, Sunday we had a video stake conference, and kept looking for people.
The people here can be a lot more harder and ignorant than before. But I love that they can't prove us wrong no matter how hard they try.
Sorry, I don't have any pictures of this area yet.
Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson

Monday, August 24, 2015

Argentina~Week 25

On Monday after PDay we were going to a members house, and I got sick and threw up in the road from all the pizza we ate in the morning.
Tuesday, we have exchanges again. It went pretty good, we had a few lessons
Wednesday, we went to the doctor and they said I had a fracture in my foot. They gave me some medicine and told me to rest and I'm all better now. We also visited the people I baptized a few weeks ago, and the kid that we baptized Saturday.
Thursday, We planned a lot for the 'Tormenta Blanca' activity for Saturday, and had a few lessons.
Friday, we visited a few families. We visited the family that was gonna baptize their son Saturday and planned all that.
Saturday, we had an awesome baptism in the morning. We were able to get the dad to baptize his son. Then we had the tormenta blanca, when the whole zone works in one area for a few hours. It was good, but I think working in the fair is more effective. Then we visited a less active family we've been working with for a long time.
Sunday we went to church, I confirmed the kid that got baptized. and in the afternoon we packed and said goodbye.
Now I'm in Hudson with Elder Delgado!
Have a gret week everyone!
-Elder Severtson

This week was a good week. We went to the doctor Tuesday and they said they couldn't do anything for me and I had to go to a traumatologist. We went the Wednesday, and he quickly said he couldn't do anything because it was probably just a problem with the tendons. We asked for an XRay anyways, because the mission nurse told us to, and after that it appears that actually I had a fracture in my foot. They gave me some antiinflamatory pills, and I didn't walk as much and now I feel better.
The baptism went great saturday. I was able to confirm him on Sunday.
Today I got transferred to Hudson, Quilmes, with Elder Delgado. We have a way smaller area and we have bikes, so I guess I won't be walking as much.
Have a great week!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Argentina~week 24

On Monday after PDay I bought some Lay´s potato chips with the flavor of Asado from Argentina, which was cool. I have a picture too.
On Tuesday we had district reunion. Afterwards, almost all of our appointments got canceled again.
Wednesday we had a service building a doghouse for a family. At night we went to a family's house and they gave me and my companion rainboots for free because the husband gets them free from his work. It's awesome because i was thinking of buying some.
Thursday we went and finished the doghouse. At the end of the day we had a lesson with the family that we're preparing the dad to baptize his son. The baptism is 2 days before transfers, where I'm probably leaving. So it'll be a good ending here.
Friday we had the baptismal interview for him, then i got sick in the afternoon.
i was sick all day saturday, but was able to go to stake conference at the end of the day.
sunday we had stake conference, and lunch with a member family. Then we did our weekly planning. i started feeling a little better sunday, and i feel almost all better today.
This morning almost all our zone went to a buffet, where we ate pizza. It was pretty cool.

so, i think i'm getting transferred next week. It'll be a little hard after being here 6 months (it'll be exactly 6 months), but I think it's my turn to leave.
Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson

Monday, August 3, 2015

Argentina~week 23

I don't have much more time to write but this was a crazy week. We're living 6 elders together now with our zone leaders. We made a crazy video.
We haven't had electricty all week and our heater doesn't work either. But they're coming wednesday.
I got sick Friday and have had a cold since then. I'm almost better. Sunday was the worst. I almost wanted to stay home from church or go late because I had a really bad headache, but I knew that I should go and it was an awesome week. The Bayona family that we are teaching finally showed up early enough to go to the classes and not just sacrament meeting. People came to talk about and open house the church will be having to help the missionary work in September, and it was really awesome
Anyways, I know the Lord blesses us when we keep the commandments. But when we do it with a better attitude, and purpose he will bless us even more.
Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson