Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Week 33: Living the super market dream

Hey hey!! Hola from down here!!

It's been another incredible week here in Argentina, full of learning and fun experiences! I hope all is well where you are all!! 

This week in the life of Elder Slack: Last Pday we went out on an adventure, there's this huge market here that's called Super Mercado Central, it is less like a market and more like a small city. We went there and didn't even explore 10% of it I don't think. It was just about 20 minutes away in bus, so that wasn't to bad, we went in and we realized that we were a little bit over our heads, I was thinking it would be about the size of a Costco or something like that, but really I actually have no clue what the actual size is. It's pretty crazy. There are so many people and cars and everything. We just went to the first big building we could find that looked like it sells stuff it's called Diarco, it's essentially the Costco Argentino, it was pretty cool, we bought a huge bag of cereal and then we found this place that sells eggs pretty cheap so we bought about 60 and yeah, that's what it's all about right! It was pretty legit if I do say so myself, we're going to try and find this museum they've got there next transfer if I'm still here. 

Miracle of the week: This week was amazing, the president and everyone have really been on us to contact the references that we receive within 24 hours. Well, this week, we were walking down the street when we received a text message on our cell phone. It was a referencia. Before the end of the day we passed by, we didn't find the person we were looking for, but they told us we could return on the weekend. So Saturday comes, we pass by and BAM! She's home, we invite all of her family to participate in the lesson BAM! 4 New investigators! Whooo!! We were so happy to be able to follow the Lord's plan and rules and really find the people who need the Gospel in their lives! It was such a huge miracle for me to see how the Lord blesses us for being obedient.

Fun fact from the life of Elder Slack: I had a mini victory over the cold the other day. The pensioneros, who manage our living conditions and everything, brought us a new heater the other day, it looked all shiny and new, but they left, we hooked it up and all it did was... well almost nothing. haha! But we were able to open it up and fix the problem, now we're living it up with our happy electric heater!!

This week we've got the wards capilla abierta!! we're super excited to be able to help out and work with the members, and the whole entire MTC of missionaries from down the road will be coming to invite all of the people to know more about the church and the gospel!! I'll let you know more next week!

Thanks for everything! I'm super happy to serve the Lord everyday! Chau from Argentina!

-Elder Slack

P.S. no photos this week, the computer doesn't work with USB. Love you all! Chausito!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Week 32: Living the fall dream!

Hello to all of the wonderful people who read this! It's me again!!

This week has been incredible! I'm learning so much and I love having the opportunity to serve everyday the people here in argentina!! 

Miracle of the week: This week has been full of a lot of small miracles really, so I'll just put my favorite one. This past week we have had the opportunity to skype with our families here! It was so amazing and I loved every moment of it. But one thing that I learned was when my companion was doing his skype with his family. I was thinking and hearing a little bit, and the thought came to my mind about love. That really love is another gift from God. To have families to have friends to know people and enjoy being with them, we can really all enjoy it more as we learn to love everyone. And now that's something that I'm trying to develop more everyday, love for my companion, love for the members, love for the investigators, and for everyone. Really if you can just love everyone we will be so happy!! 

As well something really important that I've been able to learn this week is using the tools that the Lord has given us. I've been able to learn a lot about using my daily planner and the area book here, It's really so much easier when we use the tools that the Lord shares with us and gives to us. He gives them to us because He knows the best way, and He knows what we need! I would like to exhort all of you to use the tools that God gives us in our lives. Read the scriptures, Pray, go to church, listen to the prophets and hear the commandments of God!! And really you will all be blessed!!

Happy others day as well to my wonderful mom! and to my grandmas and to all of the moms in the world! You really change the world so much and help us everyday!! 

Stockton's fun Argentina fact of the week: The food here is the best, the meat the empanadas everything. Eat it and love it. Yes I have gained weight.

 I love you all, and until next week!!
Elder Slack

some ducks in our area!
Us as we are coming back from doing visa paper work

 here's our cold weather clothes

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Week 31: The week of everything!

Hello! Still here in Argentina!

I've been having a great time in my new area with my new companion Elder Cordeiro, he's a stud! We've been working really hard and we're really dedicated to the work, so we're hoping to see success by the end of this transfer. 

This week has been full of so many different things. Really though. so full. It's been so exciting to serve here in villegas. The members here are amazing, so loving and caring for the missionaries, It's such a blessing to have a ward where everyone wants to preach the gospel!

Well, what did we do this week, well, first off. THE MIRACLE OF THE WEEK: Yesterday, well, for the whole week me and my companion we were really really focused on our goal to find new investigators, we put the goal to find 15 new investigators during the whole week, it was a really good week, all was going well, but when yesterday came, we had only found 5 new investigators for the week. So, what do we do?? We decided, we have to find 10 investigators, we just have to! It was incredible, we were able to work the whole day, we had like 10 extra minutes before lunch, so we're like "Let's go!" And we bopped around really quick and we stumbled upon this family that were all sitting outside their house cooking up their asado for the sunday, and BAM! We slid right in their and taught them, BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM BAM 6 new investigators in 1 lesson!! That's what I'm talking about! Then later that day, we're bopping around some more looking for some gold references we received from one of our other investigators and we pass by this group of guys playing futbol on the street. BAM! We slide right on over and talk them up a bit, BAM BAM! 2 more new investigators!! We're on a good run! We now have surpassed the amount we had the week before. And then, we pass on by the house of a member to use the bathroom real quick, they give us some diamond references of their neighbors who heard the missionaries before. Then as we are leaving, the hermana comments that this kid who is posted up on a car about 20 feet away needs a little help as well. Well, one can't simply resist that no? We slide right on over, we teach him standing in the sidewalk, BAM! We only need 1 more investigator!!! We're soooooo close, and we still have 2 and a half hours!! We go on a hunt, looking high and low! There has to be someone else who is in need of missionaries at this hour! We searched without success for 2 hours, we've got 30 minutes left! We're looking and looking! And then.... Who comes to mind?? None other than willey! Who's willey you might ask? Well, we had talked with him the other day, he's an old investigator, his wife is member but less-active. Well, we pass by his house... and.... BAM, actually he's super drunk, we enter in his house and teach something, but we didn't count it as a new investigator because, I don't think this morning he remembers any of the things that we taught him. Haha! But yeah. That's the miracle of the week! As we search in faith we can find!

As well, just a quick fun fact, here in my area of Villegas A, there are a ton of paraguayos, or people from paraguay, they are super great, and make some delicious food. I tried this soy coffee this week, from a member.  It's not coffee, it's just called that, it doesn't have caffeine or anything, super duper delicious. 

Anyways. I hope you are all great! I love you guys!!

-Elder Slack