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July 26th, 2010

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Elder Singer observes the fine art of Bocce Ball

Elder Singer observes the fine art of Bocce Ball

Dear Family,
How´s everyone doing today? Im doin good, sorry this is a little later than I normally send it but we had so many lil things to do and its hard with the Siesta de Santiago! But everything is good in Las Termas. We´re kinda hopin the heat starts coming so all the tourists will go home and more people will go to church. Ive heard it´ll be more than double once summer starts. Everyone tells me the heat is unbearable,. hence the siesta. Anyways, I really enjoyed yalls´ letters they were good and it was nice to hear from Josh. He asked me a whole bunch of questions about sonic and stuff I cant remember them all but just kiss up to everyone and work as hard and as fast as you can. Frankie is super funny i dont remember him ever getting mad or whatever you were sayin. One time i was running toward the door after an order and he locked it and it was like a bird goin into a glass wall it was funny.

O yeah Dad i heard about barefoot running too, my crazy friend Kyle from BYU would do that when it was snowing outside they say its better for your feet you gotta remind me to try that. Not that your old or anything like that Dad, but you should make a bucket list Ive been thinkin about writing one on a Pday or somethin, and a map of all the places with dates of your visits in countries. This week Elder Hale and I worked really hard, Elder Hale is a really cool guy, He´s pretty funny and he takes pictures of all the ugly dogs as a collection and let me tell you they are really ugly. When I get back home in a while remind me to tell yall a story about me scaring some dogs. People keep thinking we are from Germany lately ever since Argentina lost to Germany and the people around here just about hock lugies at us trying to imitate German its pretty funny.
We found a really big family of 7 people and apparently they were old investigators from long ago and they all accepted baptisimal dates so we´ll see how that goes. Nilda our golden investigator should be getting back from Buenos Aires today so I dont have anything to update about her, maybe she read the whole BoM on her trip or something we´ll see. Our other investigator Walter and his gf were tellin us that they both wanted to get married if it will bless them and im excited but they told us we didnt need to come wake them up on Sunday but then they didnt come, maybe he went to the hospital again because he almost shot the tip of his finger off the other day because he wanted to see if the bb was still in the gun and… it was. Its funny cuz a week ago we taught a lesson about choosing friends that we´ll lift us up and help us make good choices and his friend told him that the gun was empty. We found another lady who was  ready to receive the Gospel we  haven´t taught her yet but she told us just by reading the Bible she doesn´t go to church (Catholic) anymore and she had a lot of other questions and just seemed ready to receive the gospel. This next month there´s supposed to be some open chapel thing and  the church is implementing a new program with missionary work and trying to get the members involved in the work and I was just thinkin to tell Josh and Dad to go out with the missionaries as much as they can and give at least one reference every time the missionaries come by.

Also we  finally got a hold of Yesica cuz she´s been working a ton and the whole situation was really awkward idk how to explain like she almost told us she wasn´t interested anymore (after receiving her answer and all that stuff :/) and her dad came out and apparently her dad is a member who has been inactive for many years and before he would make jokes about Joseph Smith it was weird. We ended up teaching her anyways.

About the birthday package.. could yall send american stamps? reeses, rootbeer extract, and… im buying some speakers and a CD player from an Elder for cheap and if yall wanna, could you send a really cheap mp3 player ( i lost my zune snowboarding remember?) with a bunch of motab and any church music and every efy album that ever existed, but only chuch stuff, if you can that is, make sure to disguise the expensive things!  i gotta go but i love you guys and i hope all is well!
Love,
Elder Singer

PS the pics are older men playing bocci (or Bocce) ball and they´re super intense about it its hilarious :) i wanted to be in their lil circle but i didnt have the special shoes haha

:)

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Dear Family,

Well how´s everyone doin? It was another lovely week here in Las Termas. It was really cold actually and I got sick and then better this week haha, whenever it gets really cold people talk about the weather so much… the conversations with people when we go in there house are about how cold it is for like 5 minutes its funny they´re like man… its cold… its never this cold… this cold is intolerable… its so cold, and then 10 seconds later… man… its cold.One night we spent like an hour and a half looking for one contact and who knew there was a Patricia Sosa on the corner of every street of one neighborhood.

But yeah it kinda stunk we didnt have any investigators come to church yesterday and we woke up early to go wake two of them up. We woke one of em up and they asked (yelling from their bed) what time  the meetings are… 9… what time is it… 9! But yeah they said they were gonna go but no. Anyways, this week overall was pretty solid. My new comp Elder Hale is really cool and he works really hard. To practice Spanish we set a goal to only speak spanish outside the apartment and we´ve been stickin to it and thats been good its hard for 2 gringos to speak Spanish only. People always ask my comp where he´s from cuz doesnt speak so gringo. Thats somethin I think is important cuz the people have more respect for you and are more willing to listen. Its been kinda fun teaching the area to my comp and explaining all the little things you gotta know about Las Termas and all about our investigators.
Whoa, almost lost the letter, the power went out in the cyber i was in.
This week there was a return missionary here and it was kinda fun to see the excitement of all his family and friends receiving him but im not gonna lie it kinda made me miss you guys. Return missionaries are like legends here, he´s the second one in the history of the Branch of Las Termas. We had a lil Fam Night and it was fun and we played hot potato for the game and it was actually really fun. My comp was able to pull it out of the air, the just kinda looked at us and they were like, o the missionaries always have somethin like that ready. You guys should remind me of some games to play. Not hucklebucklebeanstock because that would probably be too complex, I still dont think everyone in our family understands the concept of “plain-sight.”
The other day I was in the kitchen making myself some breakfast and i heard movement inside the trash bag and it turned out we had a mouse. I almost caught him but i failed but i bought a mouse trap that day and we got him.

My comp happened to have peanut butter with him and its really rare here. It was super exciting for us haha.
One of our investigators Monica, who has been an investigator for forever, told us the other day that she felt some sort of answer which is exciting because she said she never really felt an answer before. Nilda, our super hero investigator told us the other day that whenever she was in the Principles of the Gospel class told us she felt the connection between the doctrine that was being taught and the reality and importance of the Restoration and we were just thinkin… wow… you are awesome. Ive found one of the most important things is when you teach Lesson 1 is to teach the Apostasy well to where they can see the need for a Restoration. We had Luis come with us a bunch this week and he´s seriously the coolest guy. He tells us stories about how his life used to be before he found the church and how he got in a bar fight all drunk with some guy a long time ago.
Well i gotta start wrappin up here.  Im lookin forward to the snailmail from you guys it´ll probably be like a month (around my birthday! hint hint) till i get it. Tell me about that Italian Opera the way Megan explained it to me sounded quite intriguing. Well, love you guys and hope yall are all well too. I really appreciate all the prayers, I really feel loved.

Love,
Elder Singer

transfer!

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Elder Singer and his district

Elder Singer with his new companion Elder Hale

Elder Singer with his new companion Elder Hale

Dear Family,
Hey how´s everyone doing?? Well today was transfer day and basically i walked around and waited for missionaries n stuff in the terminal all day and i have a new comp his name is Elder Hale, he is a great missionary and i can tell we are going to be able to work a whole lot, he´s from Fresno California, and a lot of our investigators are doing really well, im really looking forward to this next transfer. He beat the best guy in the world once in Super Smash Brothers Melee, that is… awesome. Elder Michelson left to Tucuman and the picture is with my new comp and my district. Anyways, happy birthday Josh you da man, i actually wrote you a legit letter just so you know and i fully expect you to write me back. Also i got a letter from Elder Condiff from the MTC, that was a nice surprise.  So last week i looked on the paper and i saw that Elder Perez had a baptism finally and it was one of the people that we found, her name is Paola she is great, i always felt good about her whenever we taught her. In Concepcion, that was the first baptism in like 9 months i think, long time, so that was a great way for him to go out, i called him up and it was really great to talk to him and he´s getting transfered to the no mans land of Santiago and we´re going to have zone conference every 3 months now which really stinks but o well, so ill see him again in 3 months. I saw him in the terminal today and got to hang out with him for like an hour. This last week i got to go work in Santiago Capital with Elder Carrari, he´s been in the mission for 2 months i think and he´s great, he loves to work and we got a lot done together. He speaks really really fast too, his fav movie is the Lion King and we talked about the epic fight scene between Simba and Scar haha. We were knocking doors and this old guy came out and ill tell you i got a rejection that ive never heard before. It was this super old guy and he told us he just had testical surgery and couldn´t attend to us right now… it was really funny. Yesterday, this guy came to church and it turns out he´s a 70 and it was cool to talk to him. He´s from Cordova and he gave a really great talk it was like listening to conference in Spanish. He made a joke about how the people from Santiago like to sleep a lot. It looks like we´ll be teaching some piano lessons too like once a week if we can get people to invite friends and bring investigators. I really loved yalls letters this week and all the pictures. I saw the big famil picture of everyone and Gma and Gpa Singers and my first thought was man im supposed to be there… but it looks like yall are having fun, the Grand Canyon is beautiful, and i was glad to hear that the Singer Boys were able to perform there dance, that is awesome, hopefully that had a Spiritual Experience or 2 while they were there :) Make sure to send pictures from the Reunion too! And yeah Mom and Megan yall are definitely right, the letters in the mail are always more special! Well i gotta go now, I love you guys and all the letters were really great, have fun this week and im glad that yall arrived safe, I know its too late but I wanted to remind Dad and all them that bears can climb faster than they can run, just in case you dont know anything about bear attacks.

Love,

Elder Singer

ouch Argentina!

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Elder Singer at the Dam.

Elder Singer at a Dam near Las Termas

Closeup of Elder Singer at a Dam near Las Termas

Closeup of Elder Singer at a Dam near Las Termas

Dear Family,
Wow so im not gonna beat around the bush, but Argentina got killed by Germany, it was a pretty sad way to go out like that but the people didnt seem too ashamed just kinda sad. We tried our best to express that we feel equally sad about what had happened with the loss because we knew they´d think that we are from Germany and as soon as the game was over this guy on his motorcycle went by and said “hey they´re from Germany!”… Other than that we did have a decent amount of success this week. We went to this guy´s family who was baptized in Buenos Aires while working there and we went to his family who lives pretty far out there in like the countryside basically and we got there and they have a family of 12 kids! It was sweet and we got baptisimal dates for all of them just we got figure out a way to get them all to church, their son, o yeah his name is Mauro has a really cool conversion story and we had him share it with us and his family and it went really great. We drove by this race track that they have here that was pretty sweet. Also we found another lady who had received the missionaries a couple of times before and wasnt so sure and dropped them and after teaching her twice she told us that she feels like this is the right thing for her. She´s been having medical problems with her daughter and she kinda broke down the last time we taught her and told us that she feels that its true and she came to church yesterday! Speaking of which, my comp and I have had a goal to get 100 people to church, normally we´ve been around 50 to 60 and yesterday we had about 80! We have an investigator named Walter and we went to his house and woke him up to go to church and he came and the testimony meeting was great. He had been having problems and his wife and his 2 kids just left him and this guy who´s a return missionary in our Branch named Yermo got up and said exactly what Walter needed to hear and it was awesome. We got to do a lot of work with our ward mission leader, Luis, on saturday and we have a guy who was recently baptized and he almost has no food for his family and we´re working on getting food together for him. Yesterday at church, Luis gave me a kiss on the cheek, its cool though, we´re in Argentina. Idk if i told yall but the men and women greet each other that way all of the time and some times we dont see it coming and they´re not members and they´ll just walk up to you and kiss you its awkward. This morning my comp found a mouse in his suitcase it was super funny, we took the suitcase outside and the dude from across the street ran out and just started smashing it with a broom and killed it. Pday was somewhat of an adventure, as you can see from pictures, we went to the dam.  It was really fun and you´ll notice i have a cool fake jersy that i bought. I also bought a mate cup and its made from a cow. Only about 10 missionaries were there though but it was fun and this lady kept pushin us to go eat at her place so they did and they had like a dude playin on the accordian and gave us a shout out as the amigos from the US. He asked us where we were from and I said we´re all from Texas. Then one Elder said he was from Germany and they all gave him a bad look it was funny. They have like these outdoor markets all over the place and this girl asked me when i was gonna buy her it was weird i just said uh… i already bought stuff.. and walked away. They call girls like that snakes in the mission. Well as you can see i had a fun filled week and i hope all his well with you all. Take some pictures of the Grand Canyon for me,  I hope ill be able to see the video of Josh and his dance. Grandma Fran wrote be by the way! Tell her thank you and I love her! And Grandma Singer can write me via email she wrote me a while ago on dearelder. O btw, i have a friend goin to Riverside, he might already be there but his name is Hauron Jihang and he´s speaking Chinese there and maybe Bryant will meet him one day. We were really good friends at the Y. Well i gotta go now and I love you guys, thanks for all the love and support :)

Love,
Elder Singer

Argentina vs Germany this week.. oooo

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Dear Family,

Well this week was pretty good, kinda crazy too, there have been like 3 murders in Las Termas more recently. In one of the cases, one of the accomplaces is a member of a family of less actives but he isnt a member. We went over and tried to help em out but it was sad because the parents seemed kinda hopeless. We taught a whole bunch this week and I did have a really cool experience. Its an investigator and her name is Yesica, (pronounced Jessica) and when we walked in, she pulled out her Book of Mormon to the last page where we write the steps to the prayer for people we give BoMs to. She pointed to it and said “I did this!” and we were like… and?!… what did you feel?? and she said “I felt really really good… I think its true!” It was way awesome! We had another really good lesson about temple marriage and baptism with another one of our investigators. One of the biggest problems we have in our mission is that hardly anyone is married but getting them married shouldnt be too hard. On sunday, we had a lot of people at church. One of the counselors from the stake presidency came and gave a talk about missionary work and we´re working on getting everyone super involved in missionary work. We´re making this thing where everyone prays at the same hour of the night as families for opportunities to share the gospel and for the missionaries in the area.
This week was zone conference, it was pretty good. We talked a lot about the second coming and how Christ´s coming to the Americas is a type of the second coming, a lil bit of dropping the cane on obedience and the power and blessings of integrity.  Hermana Northcutt was sick though, she got up for like 10 seconds and then she left the conference. She was sick in bed for like a month before. We have the whole mission praying for her.
Also I finished the Book of Mormon this week and I got an answer! its still true.
Argentina won yesterday and everyone was going crazy and we had ward council right after and all the members were talking about it. They´re pretty convinced that they are gonna win the world cup and our ward mission leader told me he´s probably gonna cry if they lose. If they win they´re saying that no one is going to work for 2 days. When we were in the street, we could keep score by the screaming and yelling of people inside their houses.
I really like yall´s letters this week by the way. Anna, you told me about a certain family who tells you what your beliefs are. They teach them that in their churches but its pretty clear to me that a church is not of Jesus Christ if it tells them to avoid/hate the Mormons. Its pretty evident here, i knocked a door the other day and as soon as i said Jesucristo, the lady waved her finger in my face and slammed the door…are you sensing any irony? Others wont look us in the eyes cuz they think we´ll like put em in a trance idk but something my comp was telling me is that the people that REALLY want to find the truth, they will find it, and its found in His church, the church that you are a member of. But its not really worth arguing with em but you can invite them to search for the truth. Our president explained the best way to do it, invite them to do it, promise blessings, testify, and say will you do that? My comp showed me this scripture yesterday, Prove all things, and hold fast that which is good. Thes. 5:21, in spanish it basically says, examine everything and find/keep the good stuff. If people did it, they would find it. Ask and ye shall receive, knock and it shall be opened unto you. If you do wanna bible bash a lil bit, just ask em the formation of Church of Jesus Christ in ancient times, ask them how their church was formed and what it consists of and then ask em, now why isnt that the same? Then you can bear your testimony and explain how it was formed and what it consists of. It was restored by divine authority, it has the divine authority, with a prophet who receives revelation and whatever else you feel directed to say. I really liked all of everyones letters by the way,  Anyways, I gotta go, I love you guys and thanks for all your prayers and letters. Hope my letter made sense, im trying to organize them better haha, o and how come i always get the updates to tasha´s blog? i never get the ones to mine though… o well, bye!
Love,
Elder Singer