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February 21st, 2011

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Dear Family,
Wow all this talk about BYU basketball is making me miss being there it sounds like Jimmer is taking over the world of basketball, that would be great to see BYU go far in the March Madness tournament! I really enjoyed everyone´s letters by the way, especially mom´s because she talked about what it was like to go to a Latino Ward, she described it pretty well and I thought it was funny what she said about how Bro Marin said they don´t care if you mess up. Its true actually, we have a running joke between the 3 of us how in the US its like a disgrace if you mess up but here I´m amazing because I play out of “the big book” (the normal hymn book haha). Its great having the electric piano though I´m learning lots of hymns really fast and it just takes a little time at morning and at night. I like how you recognized some words though Mom good job :) I read that part to my comps and they thought it was really funny. Also congrats to Tasha on the baptism! That was so cool and its great to see the changes that Jochen made in his life, I loved reading all your updates about him! I almost teared up when you told the story about how you bought the tie and shirt for him and about his testimony, what a special experience!
As I was saying, this week was another fun filled hardworking week with Elder Kingsford and Elder Carter. Lots of great things are happening and I have been trying to recognize the small miracles we see every day. We found some cool people this week and also a girl that lived in another part of Jujuy who listened to the missionaries before but then they got transferred and she was about to get baptized or something. Also we were fasting for some of our investigators and we saw some great changes in some of them. Gabriela the girl we were teaching a while back told us before she was just reading the Book of Mormon just to read it and because we would tell her too but now she feels something when she does and when she went to church. She says she has no doubts and feels good about her baptism, we just need to get her to church more! Also Teresa said that when she went to church, she felt a peace that she had never felt before whenever she went to other churchs and shes excited about getting baptized too! Do you remember Felix from last week? Alright he is already reading in 2 Nephi and he pulled out a ton of verses that he really liked he said he prayed about it and he said that when he prays about it he feels like he should keep on reading the Book of Mormon. It really is a powerful book. Thats about all I can remember right now but its really exciting to see all the great things that are going on. In Elder Carter´s area, there´s a family called the Ramoa family and 4 of them are about to get baptized we are really excited for them. We had lunch with them twice and they are all really excited about their baptism. Its exciting to see all the changes that many of the recent converts express to us and how much more peace and happiness they feel in their lives.
Funny story… We are told to take advantage to proselyte on Sundays and knock doors, its true too, its a good time to find people but the only problem is that the people that don´t want to listen all get super drunk. Anyways, we knocked a door the other day and this guy came out, he was pretty gone and he started to preach the “Word” to us and we were just trying to get out of there. Elder Carter went to shake his hand as we were leaving and the guy kissed Elder Carter´s hand and I was thinking no way not me and the guy shook my hand and I started to push down and pull my hand away and the guy stumbled and just about fell as he slobbered a kiss on my hand it was quite lovely… Lots of other funny stuff has happened too but I don´t have time to write it all of them. Also I got a letter from Clark too! It has been so long since I have heard from him, kinda sad, but can yall give me his address for the mission? He used a letter with his dad´s work address on it. Anyways it was really exciting to hear from him. He wrote me in Spanish too that was cool but being with Elder Kingsford is making me realize that Mexican Spanish is a lot different from Argentine Spanish. I´ve gotten really bad about writing people back, I need to get on that… Well, love you guys I hope everyone is doing great!

Love,
Elder Singer

February 14th, 2011

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Elder Singer & Kingsford...twins?

Elder Singer & Kingsford...twins?

Elder's Singer, Kingsford, Carter

Elders' Carter, Singer, Kingsford

Very cool landscape somewhere in Argentina

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San Salvador Argentina

Dear Family,

Wow. This week was super intense and a blast! Thanks for everyone´s letters they were great and all the cool stuff you told me about Jimmer Fredette, is he a member? That would be sweet, I can´t believe BYU is doing so well, I sure hope they show up for March Madness that would be special. Wow march… I got to the mission about a year ago in march, kinda crazy to think about! It looks like I´m getting pretty old in the mission. Happy Valentine´s day btw, I didn´t even realize it was Valentine´s day until I got on my email! Grandma and Tasha asked me if the dog that was in my picture was alive or not, I´m pretty sure it was alive haha if it is dead,  its probably not laying there anymore. Dead dog is a pretty common horrible smell around here.

Anyways, my comp at the beginning of the week was delayed in his arrival and Elder Carter and I were comps for a couple of days it was a blast. He is from South Jordan too just like Tasha´s companion! Weird huh? We were told like 4 different times when my comp was going to arrive but it just kept getting pushed back but finally he got here on Wednesday night! His name is Elder Kingsford! He´s a way cool guy he´s a good example to me. Its weird we are a lot alike, he has glasses, he wrestled, went to BYU, worked lots of weird odd jobs, fun stuff like that. The cool thing about him is that he is half Mexican and he knows a ton of Spanish already because he studied there for 6 months in high school and lives really close to the border to Mexico in Arizona. He said like 90% of his high school was Mexican. Its been a little hard for him though because lots of the Argentine words are different from the Mexican words so sometimes he hears different stuff than we do and we have to explain it to him but yeah he´s pretty awesome. Also his first transfer of the mission he spent in Philadelphia because his visa didn´t come in but now he´s with me! Training is fun and its difficult because I always have to be making sure I´m being a good example to my companion but I think it helps me out more than it helps him. O btw, Elder Carter´s comp wont get here till the 22nd I believe so we have been in a trio working 2 areas. It has been really hard to be honest work wise but we have been having a blast we probably laugh a little too much to be honest with you. We´ve been writing down some of the funny stuff that has been happening, its great. Everytime Elder Kingsford asked a question and finds out a downset of something or something he´s not used to Elder Carter and I say “Welcome to Argentina!” I forgot how different it is here, I´m not gonna lie I´m pretty nervous to go back to the states, I do think my English has gotten a lot better this last week but I have been saying lots of ridiculous things that you wouldn´t say in the states.

With the work lots of great things are happening, there´s so much potential and great things that are about to happen we just have a couple more steps to take. I never thought working in 2 areas would be so hard because we have to help the investigators in my area and Elder Carter´s area to progress. We´ve been told “to bench” some people and work with some of the main ones that are progressing. We found a really cool guy named Felix and he had studied about different religions and when we taught him he accepted a baptismal date. When we went back later on in the week he had read 10 chapters of the Book of Mormon and read to us 1 Nephi 3:7 and how it really called his attention. We´ll see how he progresses. He came to english class but not church we´ll have to see what happens. Also, we got in contact with Daniel again because he came to a church activity! He seems really excited about coming to church. Lots of good things are happening here I hope I get to stay here in Chijra for one more transfer there are so many great things that are happening and I don´t want to leave! Elder Carter´s area is the other half of our branch and his area if full of really receptive people and its fun teaching with him, he´s one of the happiest guys I know and its super contagious.

Well I gotta go, I hope everyone has a great day! I love you guys!

Love,

Elder Singer

tu eres mi hijo, y tengo una obra para ti (you are my son and I have a work for you)

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Nate if you see this tell us who this is.

Elder's Silva and Singer

Elder Singer and ?

Elder Singer and ?

Elder Singer at a bus station (Megan see the double decker bus?)

Elder Singer at a bus station (Megan see the double decker bus? Is that dog dead or alive?)

Dear Family,

Wow. This week has been quite an adventure! I really liked all of your letters, except I didnt get one from dad again this week! You alright dad? Anyways sounds like yall had a sweet “snow day” and a great week. Josh told me some news about the world about egypt and of anderson cooper getting jumped, send me a picture. You are all probably waiting for the exciting news of the week with what happened with transfers…… Im training!!! As they say in our mission, Im gonna have a kid! Im really excited too but I have no idea about who he is or what he´s going to be like but I think he will arrive tomorrow night, thats what theyre telling me. I called Elder Perez and I said youre gonna be a grandpa!! He laughed really hard and was excited to hear the news, he only has 6 weeks left, I dont know if Ill be able to see him before he goes.. I sure hope so! I hope you liked my voice recording by the way and the pics. The one of the bus and I is more for Megan because I remember that she asked me for a pic of the double decker buses that they have here and so I got one.

The work in our area is going really good I´ve been getting more and more excited to work here. Remember the family I told yall about last week that had the little girl that died? Not even with a reference we were just knocking doors in an area and we found more of the family members and more people who want to listen to us! It was really cool and we had 5 investigators in church which was exciting. We have 2 investigators that could probably get baptized this month, Gabriela and Teresa. Theyre both really great but unfortunately Teresa didnt go to church this week. Thats all about what happened this week other than a whole lot of goodbyes to Elder Silva. O yeah I forgot! This was so awesome! The mission sent me back to Salta to renew my visa and I thought I was the only one going but I got to see all the missionaries from my MTC group it was super exciting to talk to all of them and see how they have changed. Seeing Elder Ramos again was great, hes such a funny guy, but the only bad thing is that I didnt take any pictures when we went. Sorry my last 2 letters have been kinda short, its been a crazy couple of days. Elder Carter and I have been rearranging our rooms I dont know why but its been fun! O yeah and I bought a little electric piano that Im gonna use to practice more hymns and then sell at the end of the mission. That reminds me, mom your story about the missionaries and their experiences with their investigators depicted exactly how it is. My comp sits in the corner and I sit at the piano and the whole sacrament meeting we are giving each other thumbs up or pointing or giving the “call them” sign. Its a pretty stressful hour sometimes. This last Sunday, Elder Pizarro and Elder Silva said goodbye in their testimonies and it gave me memories of when I left Concepcion because they were both crying and this was their first area. That reminds me too, apparently all the the Flores Family (from Concepcion) tells all the missionaries that come in I can do 200 pushups without stopping because when I went to Salta a missionary came up to me and said “the famous Elder Singer! how many pushups can you do without stopping?” And I looked at him and I had no idea what he was talking about but then he told me that he was in Concepcion and then I busted up laughing. I think the Floreses asked me one time what I did for exercises and now thats what they tell people haha. Well it looks like I thought of more great stuff to write, I hope everyone has a great day, Im probably gonna send some more sweet pics next week because my comp gave me some of the pics that he has. I love you guys.

Love,

Elder Singer

camera fixed :D (January 24th, 2010)

Monday, February 7th, 2011


city that is on the other side of the river from Chijra, thats San Salvador the capital of Jujuy, sweet view huh?

Elder Singer and his Zone

Elder Singer and his Zone

Missionaries in our pension

Missionaries in our pension

Playing futball

Playing futball

Catching a few rays...

Catching a few rays...

Dear Family,

Well if you haven´t noticed yet I finally got everything worked out with my camera, it was quite a pain but I was able to do it! If Elder Carter wasn´t such a computer geek I don´t think I would have been able to do it. But yes you´ll notice that I took some sweet pictures and did some cool stuff :). One of the very last ones with the pyramid is with Elder Johnson, that one´s for the Callisters. I think you´ll enjoy the pics more than my letter because a fun filled letter is looking a little doubtful today. Well, maybe but some of the things I´m going to talk about happened last week that I forgot about. O and great news!!! I found out today that our investigator, Gabriel in La Loma got baptized! I was really happy to find out, I really hope he serves a mission, he is such a good kid.

This is cool, I got bit by a dog!! There´s a funny saying between missionaries that says you don´t have to outrun the dog, just your companion. Just have that in mind has I tell you my story… We were running in the rain with Luis, back to the pension to go get jackets. I happened to be the furthest back and I heard a dog barking at us but I never really saw it but I felt him bite me on the leg. It wasn´t that bad, it still hasn´t healed but I´m going to be alright. We went by the church later that day and the members were there and I said to one of them a dog bit me that day and there was a big hush in the room and everyone was telling me I needed to go to the hospital right away but I called Hermana Northcutt and she said I´ll be just fine and so far I still don´t have lock jaw. We talked to the owners and the dog was vaccinated too but they really wanted me to go so I wouldn´t sue them. Another thing I´d like to address is the family picture. Everyone looks great! Except me… haha jk but really why´d yall but a goofy face pic of me on the thing, o well, ya fue. Also on the calendar for our family picture everyone looks great! Except its got me doing the blue steel look… o well, I thought it was kinda funny but I was just wondering why if it was a joke or something.

Something else exciting for me is that I cut Elder Carter´s hair! Your probably thinking its not that big but the thing is, is that he explained to me the technique how you do it with scissors on top and I did it. I was feeling pretty pro and he was laughing the whole time because he said I had this big grin of satisfaction on my face. I don´t know why it just felt like it was a great accomplishment never cutting hair with scissors when the day to day hair cut family member (this isn´t directed at dad I promise haha) is limited to the machine. I guess you just have to try it.

Well on with the week, something that was a little devastating was with Daniel. I remember in the class with Brother Bott he said sometimes it might be necessary to warn the people you teach about the temptations that follow after listening to the missionaries because the devil too knows the truth. Anyways, Daniel and Juana that went to church last week got into a fight the sunday after they went to church and separated. Luckily he ran into the other missionaries and told them when we would be able to find him. Later when we talked to him he told us the news and he said that his wife is nowhere to be found and she left him with their baby daughter and so he hasn´t been able to go to work. We have been pretty worried but we have been praying a ton for them and you guys need to pray for them too.

On the bright side, Gabriela has been progressing and she came to the english class we have been teaching! Unfortunately she didn´t come to church because she left for Cordoba. The rest of our investigators, they´re kind of there some are dropping out and but we are adding more. Thats the good thing is that we keep finding good people. The best guy we found this week is Yamil. We found him at 9:00 last night, taught him and he seems real excited to read the Book of Mormon. He told me he has gone to lots of churchs but can´t quite find any real answers. We told him to put himself in the shoes of Joseph Smith and when we gave him the Book of Mormon his eyes got really big and fixed on it.

Anyways I hope you all have a great week I love you guys!

Love,

Elder Singer

February 7th, 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Dear Family,

Well this week was pretty cool. To be honest I can´t remember a whole lot of exciting stuff right now but I think the highlight was when I did divisions with Elder Carter.

Alright, these computers have turned off on me like 4 times I think I´m gonna come back later today and write you guys.

Love,

Elder Singer

Hey everyone! I´m back for just a second so I´ll tell you a little bit about my week. Something sad happened this week in a big family in the ward that is half active and half inactive, they have a little girl was about 3 years old fell from her bed while sleeping and it got really bad and she died a couple of days later. We went to the viewing (closed coffin) and there were lots of people from different religions. Our president read in the manual of the church apparently other churches can hold certain types of services if its in the cultural hall and I felt a little weird but the Catholic people stood around the coffin and said a bunch of prayers. After we did our part and my comp, the Bishop and I all got to speak to everyone about the Plan of Salvation! It was probably like 70ish people give or take a few and most of them weren´t members. I was really nervous but it was a great experience to teach and testify about God´s great eternal plan. The whole family came to church the next day and want to do whats right so they can live with their daughter again. We are now teaching 3 of them and they all have baptisimal dates! There´s was a couple of other good things that happened this week but this is all that time will allow for now. Dad I found your talk with Tim really interesting, I´ve had lots of similar ones. Well sorry this week was super brief! This week we find out transfers!! I´m kinda nervous and excited, I think I´m staying though and my comp thinks he´s leaving… we´ll see! I love you guys!

Love,

Elder Singer