Thursday, June 18, 2015

Week Four!

Hello everyone! It is a crisp Thursday morning here in Argentina. It is currently 6 35 am here so please forgive any grammar or other errors in this email. Also, speaking of me being tired, I have been having a ton of troubles sleeping this week, due somewhat to roommates not going to sleep on time but also my body has just not been falling asleep. I have new roommates now and would really appreciate prayers! Days are much harder when you only get four hours of sleep at night.

First of all Happy Father's Day dad! I am at lease 90 percent sure it is this week. We asked our teacher to be sure but we are so cut off from the real world that it could have already passed and if it did I am terribly sorry. I'm sorry that I can't call but just know I'll be thinking of you!

This week's proselyting went so much better. We were in a much, much poorer neighborhood, which made the people a lot more receptive. In the first hour we were there, we met a super nice man and were talking to him and I apologized about my Spanish and told him I had only been in Argentina for 3 weeks so he was just like "oh well I speak English too; I grew up in Canada." So we taught an awesome lesson in English and he seemed really interested. We also taught 3 drunk men who were more interested in telling us how pretty we were and how brave it was to come to Argentina alone. We left that area pretty fast haha but don't worry there were always other people around. We also saw some little boys and talked to them for a bit, and then saw them later and they flipped us off...they were only 7. Anyways we gave them a pass along card of the temple and one of their faces just lit up. Long story short this week went much better.

All of the Latinos moved out this week, so the CCM has had less than 30 people. Which is amazing. This week my roommate projectile vomited all over the floor. There was also some sketchy business with one of them leaving in the middle of the night alone. So we are glad to have new ones. 

My favorite part about Argentina is the Dulce de Leche. On bananas, chocolate cake with Dulce layers, filled donuts, coated on every breakfast pastry, pudding, brownie frosting, everywhere. It is so amazing and I plan on making billions by changing the American lifestyle to include it in their diet after the mission. It will be everywhere. 

The food this week has been especially good because there have been so few people here. It is a lot easier to cook for 30 than 90. So I had 4 brownies yesterday, boneless meat which was a miracle itself, and mashed potatoes. I have been a happy camper food wise. 

Funny quotes of the week:
"Learning Spanish is like Jack the Ripper. You learn part by part."
Not sure if I included this one last week or not so I am sorry if it's a repeat:
"Su padre murió"(your father died)..."wait his name is Murio?"

Every night we have a bedtime story in our district. It is a fun tradition. Yesterday our funny night teacher gave it and he told a story about Spongebob Squarepants. The best line of it was "Spongebob was called to serve in Bikini Bottom South Mission."

One thing I have been thinking about this week is how people say they give up 18 months of their lives to the Lord to serve a mission. I'm not giving up anything. Honestly I can already feel myself growing and learning and be blessed at least one hundred times more than I am sacrificing. Right now, I know that I am where God wants me to be, and because of that, this is not be "giving up" anything. This is me gaining everything. Some people have been struggling this week but I am so blessed to know that this is exactly what I am supposed to be doing. I have received that confirmation from Heavenly Father so many times. I just feel so blessed every single day. 

Pictures attached the one with the four flags in front of the temple is the view from my bedroom window. It doesn't get much better than that.

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