January, 2011

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:) January 17, 2011

Monday, January 17th, 2011

Dear Family,

Hey everyone! This week was so cool! So much good stuff happened and I feel way excited to see what happens with all the good people we are finding! There´s so much to tell! I really enjoyed everyones letters btw all the kids wrote me! I kinda miss joking around with you guys all the time but I´m able to do it all the time here, Elder Carter (other missionary in Chijra that I live with) are becoming pretty good friends, he´s a really great guy and super patient, his comp just loves to clean. Lots of funny stuff happened this week too. This guy was talking us in the street about being a missionary for his Evangelic church and how it helped him get out of drugs. The guy apparently received the missionaries. He told us that the Bible is the only holy book and right as we were shaking hands he told us he had a dream with Omni and then said ”vi una columna de luz” (the exact first words of the first vision, I saw a pillar of light) and apparently Omni told him his life story. Then he said that he knows the gold and brass plates exist. Maybe he´ll get baptized when his church is done contracting him. Other funny thing my comp started singing the worm song (”nobody likes me everybody hates me I guess Ill go eat worms”) I had no idea that it existed in Spanish but after I sang it to him in English. Also the jujuy´s strongest man gave us some workout suggestions and my comp and I are putting on muscles haha. Today we played soccer and I kept laying people out on accident because I couldn´t stop with the shoes I have and so I decided to play goalie and I had 2 of the coolest saves I think you guys would have been proud of me. :) O yeah! This week I got the package, the candy lasted not even a day but I loved the calendars and some of the other random stuff yall sent me. you guys may have to calm down a lil bit with all the random stuff you send me I´m running out of space. I got a letter from Grandma, the Neeleys, Aunt Carol, Aunt Steph, and Stacy! Maybe someone else I can´t remember…

Anyways, missionary work things that happened this week, we´ll start out with Neli. She came to the English class and we went and taught her and she started off telling us that she knew everything we were going to tell her because 3 years ago she was about to get baptized but she didn´t because she had some doubts. We told her to tell us all of them and we resolved all of them and she told she already wants to get baptized! All you have to do is ask! Then there´s Gabriela, we went searching through the Area Book looking for people and we found her and her mother (a member who went inactive 16 years ago!). They received us and now they´re really pumped to go to church with us. They didn´t go because they left for somewhere this weekend but tonight we are going to a Family Home Evening with them. We also found Daniel and Juana. They´re a couple thats really cool and told us before they had never received the missionaries and that before they would shut the door on them. We taught them a really great lesson and were just full of questions that can be easily answered with the message of the Restoration. At the end of the lesson they asked me to pray in english and I said only if they pray in spanish! It was really hard for me, I think its been about a year since I´ve prayed in english! They also accepted a baptismal date and whenever they answered us it sounded like they were going to say know. When Daniel left, Juana told us she couldn´t believe that her husband accepted the invitation. They are in a really tough situation. They live in a one room house and all there is is a bed and they have 2 daughters but the daughters live somewhere else because they dont have enough to support them. The best part about it all is that they came to church and I think they are really excited to learn more! On Sunday we were knocking doors and we found a girl, Yessica, and she told us she was Atheist and stopped believing in God a long time ago. I asked her what she thought the purpose of life was. She told us God is all made up for people. I agreed its difficult to know when many people all use the Bible and its difficult to believe with only one witness. When we started she gave us lots of questions and was pretty stubborn. We slowly warmed up to her and we were testifying (sp?) like crazy back and forth. I gave her the salt example about how even though I can´t prove God is real with words or explanation I can know He is real (she couldn´t explain what salt tasted like :) ). We pulled out the Book of Mormon and told her about it and she said she is going to read it and when we come back she is going to have lots of questions! By the end (I think we were standing in her door for an hour and in the middle her mother came out and said if we could change her she would give us a big surprise haha) we were all laughing and making jokes and she asked us when we were going to come back. We´re excited to see what happens :) Well I gotta go now, I can´t wait to hear from you guys next week! I´m still workin with my camera stuff, the pics are there and I did what Dad suggested and it didn´t work. I´ll figure it out. If next week you see I´ve made an online purchase its a picture recovery program… yay.

Love,

Elder Singer

Chijra week 2

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Dear Family,

This week was great! I hope you like the sound recordings, pretty sweet huh?  Apparently before I got to Jujuy it hardly ever rains but this time of summer it rains like crazy and since I´ve been here it has rained every day I think. We found some more good people and Claudia, the lady we found last week came to church! Today was probably one of the most fun Pdays ever we did alot of cool stuff! I took a ton of sweet pictures and Idk whats been happening but I can´t see the pictures right now I think my card picked up some sort of virus in these trustworthy Argentine cybers… I´m gonna see what I can do. The camera shows that I have the files so we´ll just have to see.

I enjoyed everyone´s letters and I thought Megan´s story was pretty funny about not knowing how to say my area. O by the way mom, my area is basically in the capital of Juyjuy, San Salvador, its just right outside. You´ll just have to look up San Salvador Juyjuy. This week started off alright we taught lots of lessons and found some cool people. We found this one 17 year old kid and he does Judo and travels around the world doing that. I was able to relate to him because Judo and wrestling are pretty similar. He didn´t go to church this week because he left to Salta for the weekend but he said the closing prayer and from what he said it really sounded like he was going to progress. Also we´ve really kicked it up a notch with the ward because they didn´t have a ward mission plan and we are really going to get our ward mission leader involved, Luis, I think I told yall about him last week, he´s awesome, he gave his first talk this week! Also we had a sweet district meeting. Elder Carter is our district leader and we talked a lot about setting goals. Then we started talking about personal goals and reading the Book of Mormon every day. Somebody told a story about an area 70 from here who has read the BoM every day for so many years (I actually met him when I was in Termas) and how it had changed his life. We then made the goal to read it every day of our lives until we die.  I felt something really powerful in that moment like what I had done just got sealed up in heaven. Ever since then I have been reading and studying the Book of Mormon like crazy and I can see a difference and in a weird way I feel afraid to not read it. This week I ate with the strongest man in all of Juyjuy, he´s really short but he is jacked! He´s a member and he owns 2 gyms. Both his parents were weight lifters and he won strongest man at 18 years old in all of South America.

We taught Claudia for the second time, it was alright, because she didn´t read so we put a lot of stress on that the second time but she seems really good. She did come to church though! That was cool and I played the piano, I still get super nervous and I don´t really have time to practice. I dont have a whole lot of time to tell yall about it but we taught an English class on Saturday night! It was sweet!

Today for Pday we went to a place called Puramarca, also called the hill of 7 colors where we were, and it was awesome! I hiked a sweet hill and I ate Llama! It doesn´t taste that weird but now I can say I´ve eaten it! Alright well I´m just about out of time I´ll see what I can do about the pictures… I love you guys and miss you!

Love,

Elder Singer

Chijra week 1

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

What happened on August 29th?

What happened on August 29th?

What happened on August 29th?

Dear Family,

This week was sweet! Chijra is pretty awesome its a great place and its not to big either. We didn´t have a whole lot to work with when I got here but we found lots of good people this week! I´m glad to hear that a lot of you had a good New Year, ours wasn´t that eventful but I cooked like crazy!! I made some sort of chicken recipe with mustard honey and butter, that a Sister gave me and I tried it out it turned out pretty good. We also made Ice cream, fried pre-made french fries, and root beer! I was feeling like quite the cook. I cant promise you I felt very good after but I do believe it was worth it.  I got a letter from Aunt Linda and that was great to hear from someone different and its way cool that Uncle Pat is the Ward Mission Leader, its a pretty intense calling, ours is 19 years old! His name is Luis he is a way cool guy and getting ready to go on a mission. Thanks for all the talks by the way, are all of those found in this coming Liahona? I sure hope so I haven´t had a lot of time to I didn´t print them all off. They seem way good.

Elder Silva is a great guy and we have alot of fun together. I thought it was funny that Anna told me that she likes to dance to the Bollywood song because it turns out that my comp really likes the music from Bollywood. All I can think of with Bollywood is Frau Kidd and her crazy gypsy dance she would do every once in a while. Apparently its popular in Peru. He´s a really good soccer player too. We went and played soccer with the 2 zones in Jujuy and it was pretty intense. I got a goal and it looks like all those mornings of playing soccer paid off haha. Also for Christmas we got together and sang songs for sick people. We didn´t find many people to sing to in the hospital but after we went to the plaza and we found an 80 year old guy who we taught for the first time earlier this week. We sang the Spirit of God and he seemed really touched. When we found him he threw his arms in the air and said looking at my name tag ”DECEDENT OF THE FOUNDERS OF THE GREAT SEWING MACHINE: SINGER!!!” He was a pretty interesting guy. After that we went together as a zone and ate tacos and talking to the other missionaries in our zone. I can´t believe I have just about a year, the new missionaries coming in ask me how much time I have and I feel old almost. I try to make them feel welcome because I remember how hard it was to be new in the mission. There´s a new missionary who´s from the ward of all the Farmville guys apparently we crossed roads when we were at BYU.

Ah this is really funny for the Callister family. There´s a missionary named Elder Johnson in my mission and he is crazy but super funny. Apparently he worked for Uncle Rick and said he almost asked Michelle out to some Mormon Prom.  He told me he would always rob Uncle Rick and make him buy the family ticket for the boy scout breakfast too. I was bustin’ a gut and he was like man we are family! giving me a big hug and everything (he greets all the missionaries Argentine style… with a kiss haha). There are lots of other cool missionaries in these two zones too, Elder Hardy my district leader in Termas told me today I´m one of the best missionaries he knows and it felt great.

About the area, its a Branch still but I think its got enough Priesthood to be a ward. The strongest man in Juyjuy and 2nd strongest in Argentina is in my Branch and he owns 2 gyms! Our Branch President served a mission too and is a  terrific guy. We don´t have a whole lot of investigators but this week we found some good people like I was saying earlier, one of them is Claudia. We found her last night and she said she always would see the missionaries and wondered what we were about but never talked to us. She has a really strong testimony of the existence of God and she accepted the baptisimal invitation! We´ll see what happens, I´m really excited to keep teaching her. Thats about all I have time for but this week was a blast and this week we are gonna work like crazy I´m super excited what is coming up this next week. I love you guys and I hope yall are reading scriptures as a family, if not, new years resolution!

Love,

Elder Singer