Monday, October 31, 2016

Argentina ~week 85

Hi Everyone! Sorry about last week I couldn't write much because I had lots of travel to get to my new area.
Now I'm in the Coast, in a place called San Bernardo. I live a few blocks away from the beach and not very many people live here. They say in the summer many people have vacation homes and come and stay here and that there are lots of tourists.
So on Tuesday I basically unpacked, we cleaned, wrote a little bit to you guys, bought the stuff I needed for the week, and had a correlation meeting with the ward mission leader.
Wednesday we went to visit some less actives, then it started raining like crazy so we went to clean clothes and our pension for a while. We were able to do a little contacting then visited a less active.
Thursday we had our zone meeting. Travel here is really expensive and far. We had to get up early to take a bus at 6:30, because the buses only come every few hours. Then we had to wait a few hours for the meeting to start. After the meeting we had to wait for the next bus, and then got back around 5 and had dinner with a less active member.
Friday we did weekly planning in the morning. After lunch we were taking our bikes to the farthest part of our area, but they started having problems, so we had to walk them all the way back. Then we visited a less active family. Then we had to stop by with the other elders in the ward, because one of them got Chicken Pox and we had to help them buy medicine.
Saturday I got sick. Just a fever, headache all that kind of stuff. I slept alot and studied basically all day.
Sunday we went to church in the morning. Then we had lunch, helped the other elders with the sacrament and that's basically all.
Anyways, next week will be great. Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Argentina ~week 84

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Porter Severtson
Date: Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: Rainy week, Lots of cancelled appointments, Argentine Mother's Day

Just wanted you to know that I couldn't write yesterday because I got to my area late at night. I'm in the coast, the farthest part of the mission. It's a tourist area, but it'll be really cool. I'm with Elder Casablanca, from Florida. I'm not a District Leader anymore, but I'm Senior Companion. Everything's going good, and I'll let you know more about it next week.
Here is where I live on Google Maps:
Just so you can know where I'm at if your curious.
I'm really excited to work here in the coast. It'll be a great place to end my mission.
Here is a picture of me and my companion.
Anything else, or any other questions, I'll answer next week.
I won't have time today to write my main email to everyone, but you can tell them, on the blog, the stuff that I told you today, and next week I'll write about the last to weeks.
Have a great week!
-Elder Severtson

Monday, October 17, 2016

Argentina ~week 83

This week was another great week! On Tuesday we had District Meeting and talked about how we can better leave committments for our investigators. Then we went to a few appointments that got cancelled, and set new appointments, then taught English classes.
On Wednesday we had lunch with the Ifrán family. Then we went to a few appointments that we had set with new investigators. We had a lesson with Nicolas and Sofia, some of our investigators. We told them about the Book of Mormon, and they looked excited to read it, especially Sofia. Then we had ward family night in the church building and a less active family came.
On Thusrday almost all the people we went to look for weren't home, but we were able to talk with a few less active people and set a few appointments with investigators. That night we had a Ward Council.
On Friday we did weekly planning in the morning. Then we went to look for future investigators and a few appointments we had. Most of them had cancelled, but we managed to talk to a few people.
On Saturday we talked to our investigator Nanci, and talked about parts of the plan of salvation that she had questions about like baptisms for the dead, and the 3 kingdoms of glory. We showed her that those things are in the bible and are things that the true church of Jesus Christ should have. We also visited a few less active families.
Sunday was Mother's day here in Argentina. We went to church, and afterward like no one was home, or they were all busy so that was a little difficult.
Anyways next week we have transfers, not really sure what will happen with me.
Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson

Monday, October 10, 2016

Argentina ~week 82

This week was a great week.
On Tuesday we had district meeting in the morning. Then we taught an investigator who is from the Universal Church, a big Evangelical church. She talks alot, but generally accepts what we tell her. Then we went contacting and taught English Classes.
On Wednesday morning we had interviews with our Mission President. We were planning to come back by 1 and work, but there were several delays and we didn't get back until like 5. Then we had a ward family night in the church.
During the interviews they had given us the challenge to give out 20 book of Mormons the next day. On Thursday we had lots of appointments and we had to travel alot but we managed to get 8. Now we have the goal of 5 per day. We set up lots of appointments for Saturday.
On Friday we did weekly planning in the morning. In the afternoon we taught several people. Natalia, a less active who stopped going to church a few years ago because her son would misbehave. We read Ether 12:4 with her and left her to read Mosiah 4:11-14, and the story of Alma the younger in Mosiah 27. She came to church on Sunday which was cool. We also found two new investigators which were old investigators a few years ago. They didn't like the idea of sacrifice, things like getting up early to go to church each week. We shared Mosiah 2:41 and talked about to Joy of living the Gospel, like many people talked about in General Conference. Afterwards we could tell that they understood very well, and had a great desire to keep the commandments.
Saturday we had several appointments set up. We called almost all the members we could think of, because we needed someone to come with us to the appointments that were women. Nobody was able to come. So we went anyways, hoping that there would already be men in the house, if not, we were going to cancel. But is turns out none of them, were home anyways. Then we taught a less active family.
On Sunday we went to church in the morning. Unfortunately none of our investigators came, we'll see this week what happened. Then we went to a 'white storm' in another area in our stake and helped them for a few hours.
Today we had our district activity and made homemade hamburgers in the church building and then played UNO and some other games we had.
Anyways, that's all for this week. Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson

Monday, October 3, 2016

Argentina ~week 81

This week was great! I had my Birthday, and then General Conference in the weekend.
Tuesday we had our district meeting and my birthday! After we had exchanges, I was with Elder Henrie, one of my zone leaders. We taught our investigator Karina, and she wants to go to church and progress. Then we got a new investigator, Majin. Then we taught English classes, and ate Ice Cream for my birthday.
Wednesday morning we went contacting, had lunch, and kept contacting in the afternoon. Then we had a lesson with our investigators, Nicholas and Sofia, and a family night with Ivan Acevedo.
Thursday we were contacting in the farthest part of our area, we had a few appointments get cancelled over there.
Friday morning we did weekly planning in the morning. Then we were contacting and inviting investigators and less actives to the general conference. We had three appointments get cancelled that day, but found several new people that we can potentially teach.
Saturday we had a lesson with our investigator Nanci, and a member Ani came with us and we taught the Plan of Salvation. Then we had General Conference. Here the conference is from 1-3 and 5-7. So we have to wait during the sessions, but it was really good.
Sunday morning we went to look for one of our investigators, to bring him to the conference, but he wasn't home. We went and it was great.
This morning we had our zone activity. We played a few games and had a picnic.
Well, that's it for this week. Here's a picture from last week when we had a service moving bricks, and then celebrated my birthday and the pushed my face in the cake.
Have a great week everyone!
-Elder Severtson