Monday, July 25, 2016


I don't have any time left, sorry I was very bad at managing that today. I love you all and hope you're well!

This week was really blurry, I don't remember a lot, but we did exchanges with the district leader here in Bariloche and I went with my Argentine friend again and had a good time. This week our zone did super well and put a ton of new fechas, so we're excited about all that! Things are looking up right now, we should have some great baptisms in the zone this weekend! I don't remember much right now, as always, but i love you all so much and hope you are smiling and loving life. You're the greatest!!!

Elder Grondel

Monday, July 18, 2016

Neuquén and back again

Heeeeeeeeeelllllllloooooooo there everybody! How are you doooooing?

Everything is just dandy here in the best mountain-tourist city of the beautiful mate-sipping country of Argentina. This week was kind of rough- we didn´t have a lot of time in our area, and when we were here, nobody else was home, so that was great!

Everything was going normally this week until Wednesday during lunch, when one of the assistants sent us a text, letting us know that we would have the leadership council the next morning in Neuquén. In case you might have forgotten, Neuquén is about 6 hours away from Bariloche. So we left that night on a bus at around midnight to get there for the meeting. But, there was a ton of snow and ice on the highway that goes to Neuquén, that they stopped us multiple times to clean the roads and make it possible for the bus to go by. We were stopped on the highway for about 4 or 5 hours in total. When we did start moving, it was about 30 miles per hour, so it during a 6 hour trip into about 13. Imagine driving for Las Vegas to Provo, but it takes double the time. That´s what we had the wonderful opportunity to experience. We got to the meeting two hours later, casually walked in while everybody was watching a video and President was giving a presentation. So that was great. After it was all over, we ate some Burger King at the mall, and took another bus at midnight to get back to Bariloche at around 8:30, thrown straight back into the swing of things. Love my life.

The leadership meeting was actually super good though. We learned a lot (from the parts when we were actually there) and saw a lot of good mission buddies.

We´re having a good time helping the two new district leaders we have in the zone. They-re both nwe district leaders, and so we have a lot of opportunities to help them and give them advice, and it-s crazy to see how much they´ve progressed already in this one week.

Our investigator Katarina is progressing, slowly but surely. She has a baptismal date for the 6th of August, so we-re doing everything we can to make sure that happens. Everythings going great!

Love you all!

Elder Grondel

It finally snowed! The first two picture are the first ten seconds we actually enjoyed it. And then the last one explains itself

Monday, July 11, 2016

6 more weeks in Paradise

Yep that's right. I'm staying in Bariloche another transfer. I'm super excited; we're getting a lot of new district leaders and good missionaries to the zone, and know that everything's going to turn out great.

This week went by waaaaayy too fast and I don't remember much of it, but I'm doing great and feeling great. Everything's going well. Today we got the bus terminal at 6:30 in the morning and just got out around 4:45, so I don't have much time. Everything turned out well though.

I just asked my comp what happened this week and he doesn't remember either...haha I guess it was a good one then. I don't want to cut this short, but I can't thin of anything crazy that happened. I'm doing great, loving life.

We said goodbye to a lot of great missionaries lthis transfer, I'm definitely going to miss them, but I'm excited for what the future holds. love you all so much!

Elder Grondel

1. Old district

2. When all the baptismal dates fall...

3. Elder Rosas (un capo)

Monday, July 4, 2016


Hola amigos! ¿Cómo están?

Everything is good here in Bariloche. This is definitely the coldest 4th of July I have experienced in my whole life haha. This week was alright. The truth is I couldn't stop thinking about my friend Mason, and it was kind of a rough week in terms of finding people in their houses which didn't help. But now I'm doing good.

There is that much to tell about this past week, not too many exciting things happened. Our area is still progressing well, and my comp and I get aloong tooooo well. This week we have to go back to that other city El Bolsón to do a baptismal interview, and prepare everything for transfers this Saturday! Hoping that I can stay a third here in Bariloche, I love the area, and I think Elder Madsen and I could get a lot more done with another 6 weeks together.

Something, or rather someone, that I didn't really talk about last week was a guy named Matías. We met him about a week ago. The hermanas had talked to him at an open chapel activity that he walked into and passed us the referral. He's a genius. 27 years old, building a machine for catarac surgery, just won a math contest which included a prize of 3000 pesos (200 bucks) and speaks perfect English. We taught the Plan of Salvation and he asked super in-deep questions and wanted to know a lot. We thought for sure he was going to come to church, but he slept in. But he came at the end and we gave a tour of the church. He's great. Things are going well.

I also hit a year on the mission this week. So that's weird. Time flies. Make it count.

Thank you all for the support that you have given, I really do appreciate it! Especially in this hard time. But everything's going well now. I love you all!!

Elder Grondel

A cool car we found this week shoutout to @joseph.jett@myldsmailnet