December, 2010

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Chijra y Christmas!

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Hanging out on p-day

Hanging out on p-day

Re-enactment of Luke 2.

Re-enactment of Luke 2.

Elder Ramos and Singer

Elder Ramos and Singer

Dear Family,

Hey it hasn´t been a while but how´s everyone doing? I loved your letters and I busted a gut at the videos of you guys trying to dance and the video of Katherine! And dad I really like the Reflections of a Consecrated life talk! haha but yeah it sounds like your lesson went well and Christmas went great! I took lots of sweet pictures before I left I hope you like them.  My new comp Elder Silva. He seems really cool and I´m really excited to work with him. He´s from Peru and he was only baptized almost 2 years ago! He´s a really down to earth guy, I have to listen a little harder though when he talks because I´m not used to his accent. But I´m already gone from La Loma and I´m already here in Chijra in Jujuy (pronounced cheek-rah and hu-hui) and the area seems really cool. I was a little sad to leave La Loma because we were doing so good. Gabriel told us he prays about his baptisimal date every single day and feels really good about it. On Sunday a family that we taught who are cousins with an inactive family came to church and the inactive family came too after not going for a year! That was nice and I said goodbye to lots of people. I was a little sad to go and the time FLEW. Sorry this letter is probably going to be pretty short because I had to read a lot and you guys already heard basically what has been going on when we talked. Also I´m havin a little hard time thinkin because the cyber dudes are jammin to Eminem haha. Anyways, I hope Christmas was great and you guys are doin good. I´m sure I´ll have lots to tell this next week, its always a little stressful getting to know a new area. I can´t believe I´m already in my 4th area! Well gotta go, I love you guys!

Love,

Elder Singer

¡Feliz Navidad!

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Dear Family,

I can´t believe Christmas is already here and I almost have a year in the mission! I loved the pictures that yall sent and I´m not going to lie everyone has changed a ton! Its a lil scary I can´t imagine what it will be like in one more year! I´m almost starting to feel a little old in the mission. It sounds like everyone is having lots of fun getting ready for the Christmas season, it has gone by super fast I think its partly because its not as celebrated as intensive as it is in the States. It may be because everyone is a lot poorer. The bigger day it seems is Christmas Eve because they have a big dinner and stay up until 12 and do toasts of some sort. O yeah, Idk whats happening with the other kids but the letters have seemed to stop and I miss hearing from them, even its just a sentence or 2!

Anyways, things are going great here in La Loma. The area is really starting to improve and the members are starting to help us more because there was a training session and our mission President dropped cane on them for not doing certain things and its starting to pick up. We have been finding lots of people to reactivate too and they kinda want to hide their faces whenever they see us but we got a girl named Valeria who has a sad story and about to go on a mission who went inactive. We started visiting her and this Sunday she went to church and I sat next to her and she was taking notes and everything I was really impressed and a lot of members were really happy to see her. She hadn´t been to church in 7 years! I think its a little bit of the ward´s fault that NOBODY in that whole time went and visited her. Its sad some people just stop going and they seem to be forgotten about. It gave me a little fire inside to want to magnify my calling whenever I go home from the mission and go outside of the people who are on my monthly visit list.

There´s nothing better than a reference from the Sisters and we found ourselves with a family of 5 and they were really great! Unfortunately they didn´t go to church but I can definitely see them progressing. We are teaching also a kid named Gabriel and he´s cool and told us he just wants to be a good person. He already goes to all the church activities during the week and has been to church twice already. Then there is Maria Lorena. She is quite interesting but really nice. She has been to church 3 times and loves it. Apparently she had a dream with the Angel Moroni and told her that she is one of the elect. I dont know, could be, its just she sees lots of other weird stuff too. She also saw Elder Watkins in her dream telling her not to go to church. She has read and prayed though and we are talking about her getting baptized and she calls me “su vida” = “her life”. The only problem is that she has a little smoking problem. We taught a really good lesson about the Word of Wisdom in the church after the meetings and we were leaving and after committing her to quit smoking (she smokes very little every day apparently) she went and smoked in the bathroom. I felt a little baffled after but I have faith in her, it will just take some work on her part. Thats part of getting ready for baptism is changing/repenting and its hard for them. Her boyfriend (they´re like 40ish) is a member too and he´s a really good guy, he´s from a different ward and his name is Cesar.

Anyways thats about all for the week but lots of great things are happening here and we keep finding families! I can´t wait to hear from everyone this Christmas and if yall are going to ask me questions or anything of that sort we should prepare something so its a more quality conversation. You´ll find out soon what the number is but I´ll be doing it from a member´s house, Familia Reales, their son is one of the counselors in the Bishopric and he speaks English because he served in LA! I gotta go now, may you all remember the true meaning of Christmas and receive as you give of yourself. I love you guys and I can´t wait to talk to you all this Christmas!

Love,
Elder Singer

can you feel it? its the Christmas spirit!

Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Dear Family,
This week was decent, a little rough but we worked really hard. We´ve all started listening to Christmas music and it makes me a little trunky (miss home) Christmas was the best at home. The only weird thing is the seasons are backwards and it doesn´t feel quite like Christmas but its ok. On Christmas we are barely allowed to leave because basically in Argentina everyone gets super drunk and people always wanna mess with us when they are drunk, its pretty dangerous. Anyways, sounds like everyone is doing good but I didnt get a weekly letter from Dad, he sounds a little sick, but I did hear from Megan and Josh so that was good. Also from Grandma too, she always has really nice stuff to say about me.
To start, we went and taught Estela again. She is way awesome and really receptive and already talking about her baptism. We left her Alma 5 to read and she said she really liked it and prayed about it and says that she feels that it it true. The thing thats gonna be crazy is that she leaves to Buenos Aires right after Christmas and if she doesn´t go these 3 Sundays in a row then she may have to get baptized over there, thats okay I guess. She didn´t go to church this week though that kinda stunk but it was probably because of the rain. I´m pretty sure I explained in letters before but when it rains here hardly anyone leaves. There were about half the members in church which was a little sad, a lot of people bore their testimony and talked about how this last year was. I got to teach the class in Elder´s quorum and my comp taught the class in principles of the Gospel. It basically rained the whole day and we were outside the same amount of time but knocking doors in the rain is the best because it makes people think you are crazy. This guy yelled at us and told us to go home and drink tea. Also we went and did service in one of the brother´s work shops and it was alright, I was feeling like a real grease monkey after. Also I did divisions with Elder Dillree from Wyoming and he´s a really cool guy. We get along good and he´s a good missionary, I think he has a little more than 6 months. Speaking of time I can´t believe today is 11 months, the time is flying by and I almost have one year. All the members say I have such little time but once I hit a year they are all going to say how old I am and I´m already about to go home.
Sorry there´s not a whole lot of exciting stuff to tell but our district is still super fun but lately there´s been a little drama, I think its pretty funny how we all get to know each others´ pet peeves and they´ll start jerking each other around but it does make things rather interesting. Today we played soccer, again, its getting intense. Elder Ramos and I are becoming really good friends, we decided that we´re going to invite each other to our weddings haha. Also the card thing, I think everything is gonna be alright. About calling home, I think everything will work out alright too, I just gotta find a place to do it but I will let yall know ASAP. Thanks for the support from everyone, I love you guys and hope everything is going well!

Love,
Elder Singer