Monday, February 8, 2016

Agentina ~week 49

Another great week this week. After PDay we had a lesson with an investigator Javier Flores. We invited a member Daniel, but he just never showed up. Javier is a very bible fanatic guy and he loves to talk and tell stories. He's been an investigator a long time, but never progresses. We decided to talk to him about something he would like - the 10 commandments, especially because he works on Sundays so he cant come to church. He liked the lesson, but I don't know if he wants to stop working Sundays. A weird thing that happened is he wife always hides into another room when we talk to him, and she came out the last 5 minutes and began singing a weird evangelical song at the top of her lungs. Me and Elder Pruner make lists of all the very strange things people do here. One time a lady wanted to invite her neighbor over and shouted his name outside for like 2 minutes before giving up... and he lives like 2 blocks away.
Tuesday we had district meeting. After eating lunch in the pension we walked to this guys house, and a group of guys wanted to take a selfie with us, so we did. Then we got to Hno. Romero's house, a less active who got offended because nobody in this ward helps other people, which is pretty true, I'll tell you more later. Then we met with Hilda again, and taught her the word of wisdom, which she thought was a cool idea. Then we met with the Ward Mission Leader and shared with him who we are visiting with.
Wednesday we visited Felisa and taught the Word of Wisdom and Law of Chastity. She already knew most of it and lived it. Then we went to visit Facundo a young man member, and his mom Mabel, and investigator, but they weren't there. We visited a guy who shared with us that he met the church at age 27, asked for an age exception to serve a mission and was allowed one year but in his home mission (He actually served my last area). Now he's married with children, and just wants to do visits with us sometimes. We're thinking of doing a tormenta blanca soon, which is when all the missionaries come to one area for a couple hours to work. They can all have young men/women go with them to help encourage them to serve missions. We'll probably do it in a few weeks now that our area split. Then we visited another less active family. Also they finally got a new pension for the other elders that were living with us because an area in our district split, so they moved out.
Thursday morning we had no plans, so we went around setting appointments. Then we had a lesson with an old investigator and needed someone to come with us, so we asked this 18 year old kid to come with us. His family, the Achar family, all have some sort of mental disability, but I'm not sure what it is. They mumble everything and talk to themselves and nobody can understand them. But we had nobody else to come with us to we asked him. But, the lady ended up not being there. Then we had a family night with that Achar family, which was also weird.
Friday morning we had weekly planning. In the afternoon we taught Felisa the Articles of Faith, it's a good way to talk about a lot of smaller topics in one lesson. She told us she'd go to church on Sunday, which is her birthday. Then we taught Hilda with Brother Piñol again. We read 3 Nephi 11 and talked about it alot and she liked it. Another random weird thing on the list of pointless stuff we see people to: She wanted to light a candle, so she lit a lighter to light the stove then used that to light the candle. We don't know why. haha
Saturday we had no plans so we went to look for a lot of less actives people have told us to visit. Apparently here there's been a lot of people going less active because our bishop does nothing, and almost no members do visits and stuff. We have a hard time getting lunches with families and getting them to wash our clothes. From what I've heard from other Elders is that many people are going less active because of that. The other day only 47 people went to church. It used to be like 90 until about a year ago. This week the bishop moved to Spain randomly, he never even told us. Hopefully we can get a new bishop quickly and start helping out the ward. There hasn't been ward council in the ward for months, because we always ask to have one and they always cancel. Hopefully with 2 more elders in the area we can really fix all these problems. Saturday night there was a broadcast of the area plan of the South america south area.
Sunday Hilda went to church. She wanted to leave right after Sacrament Meeting, before the classes ,and we are worried she didn't really like it, because she likes all that evangelic crazy yelling stuff. After church we had lunch with Brother and Sister Piñol, then went to visit less actives. It started raining pretty hard. We went to visit Felisa and brought her a Triple scriptures for her birthday, and she was very happy about it. She explained to us she didn't go to church, because she was all ready in the morning, the her family started showing up for her 54th birthday. We had a lesson with them, and shared Mosiah 5:1-5. Her sister and one of her daughters are less active members and some of her other kids were there too. Almost all of them listened to us, which was good. A few of them said they'd come to church next Sunday.
Today we had Transfers. Our area is splitting so we are both getting new companions. We are going to have 4 elders in our small pension again, the other ones just barely moved out. Elder Pruner is with Elder Gatto who has the same amount of time as him in the mission (just finished his training), and I'm training again. I get my new companion tomorrow.
Here's a picture of me with Elder Rios in district meeting. A picture of the bags me and Elder Pruner made, we bought scripture bags in the temple, then took straps off our old bags to make a super light bag. And Friday morning we heard a lot of glass break outside and looked and apparently a truck lost a few crates of beer bottles, and the whole pension smelled bad after.
Anyways, that's about it this week. It was a pretty good, but busy week. Lots of blessing during the week. We're hoping the area split will help out the ward alot, and we're hoping to help a few more investigators get to church. Also, I hope my new companion is North American, because I think it'll be fun helping him learn Spanish.
Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson

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