Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello Argentina

Hello everyone!

This week was kind of hard, we didn't get into many houses, but we still had a super good time. I thought thtat this week I would talk a little about the life of amissionary, specifically a missionary in Argentina, and even more specifically in Lamarque.

Every morning we wake up at 6:30, except in my mission in between conferences we push everything back 30 minutes, so we wake up at 7 and go to bed at 11:00. The mornings are filled with studies, about two hours here in Argentina, and then we go out and contact, trying to find new people to teach. Lunch is the big meal here, so we come back around one to eat something. Usually members feed us, but there are only 11 here in Lamarque, so we get lunch from them about once or twice a week I've been told, but we haven't gotten lunch in our area since I got here. After lunch we finish the rest of our studies while the rest of the world here takes a siesta. Everything closes down at 12:30 or 1 and opens around 5 for all the Argentinos to take a little snooze in the middle of the day. After that we go out and walk everywhere, trying to teach people and help them in their lives through service or other means. Almost all the roads are dirt here, and stray dogs litter the streets, grocery store, bank, basically anyplace really. Dinner isn't really a thing, so we eat a little snack when we get home around 9:00 or 9:30 usually. Then we plan for the next day, write in journals, prepare for the next day all that. And I love every minute of it. I love our broken janky washing machine, our gross tile floor and tiny stove. The bagged milk and corn flakes with chocolate powder for breakfast everyday. The unstable top bunk I sleep in, the 7 year old Nokia we use to talk to other people. It's all amazing. I love it here, even if it's completely different and I don't understand what people are saying half the time.

Some other highlights from the week:

This week we had a Noche de Hogar (Family Home Evening) activity at our little salon this week, and it was great. We watched some Mormon messages and then played a really fun game where we had to put on random clothes and stuff. Pictures will be attached.

Saw 17 miracles for the first time so that was good.

We had Zone Conference on Thursday, and it was awesome to meet everyone else in our zone. There's another Elder, Elder Rose, who got to the mission when I was supposed to, so we got to talk a little bit. My zone leaders are great. Elder Gallegos is from Utah and is an awesome missionary, we went out and taught a little with him on Thursday. Elder Bazzeha? (Don{t remember how to spell or even say it) is from Brazil and is crazy and a pretty funny kid. We also ate with a member on Thursday in Villa Regina, and had like a pizza that had chi

cken instead of dough for the crust. Amazing.

Lastly, conference. Conference is frikin amazing and I love it more and more everytime that I watch it. Thankfully, the transmission of video is actually in English, and then they have a translated in Spanish, so we got to watch it in English! That definitely helped and a learned a ton. I in particular enjoyed President Eyring's talk about following the Spirit, it really meant a lot to me as I try to detect the subtle whisperings of the Holy Ghost more and more each day. Conference is amazing, truly a great opportunity to listen to the voices of true prophets and apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. I'm excited that we have this new scripture and three new apostles called as well. Use this scripture specifically for our day and cherish it, I know it will bless your lives and you'll see a difference as you study it and apply the principles found therein in your life.

Love you all so much, and know that the Lord is extending is hand to you at all times.

Elder Grondel

1-3. Majestically looking over the streets of our beloved Lamarque

4. Self-explanatory

Random statues at a park in Villa Regina we went to while we waited for our collectivo back to our pension after zone training

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