April, 2011

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Monday, April 11th, 2011

Dear Family,
This week was really great lots of fun stuff happened. I think yall will really enjoy my recording but just so you know my voice sounds a little weird, I think its the recording quality. I really enjoyed everyone´s emails and Josh´s joke from his talk I got a good kick out of that. I felt really sad for the guy that got in that accident I really hope it was for a good reason and that his paralysis isn´t permanent thats super sad.
Well this week lots of things happened and we had our ups and downs. We´ll just say it was just full of humbling experiences full of learning opportunities. Macarena is probably our investigator that is progressing the most. She really enjoyed conference on Saturday and she said that she liked it so much, it made her come back for Sunday. We talked to her again about receiving an answer because she had more questions and all of the sudden the whole Relief Society Presidency entered into the door and the 3 of them shared their testimonies about how they came to know the truth. It was a great lesson and at the end she said when we teach her we make her feel important and we told her right away because you are important! She is actually from another part of Jujuy and went back for the weekend and didn´t come home in time for church. She has a baptisimal date for the 30th of April but she has to come to church a couple more times. This week I also went on exchanges with the zone leaders and I learned a ton. It was great and we worked really hard. I went with Elder Oviedo from Chile. He´s actually in my group and it was fun to catch up a bit. He was a great teacher not just with the Spirit but very convincingly. I was really impressed and I´m going to try to imitate what I learned from him. We had a bunch of contacts that we picked up before and we found 7 new investigators in one day! One of them was a family of 5 and they were awesome! Their name is the Flores Family and it was a mom and her children and they were super receptive. The only problem is that the dad is only in town every 15 days because he works in a mine in Southern Argentina. The mom said “I´ve had so many different people come to my door and tell me different things and I always ask the same question: When Jesus comes, which church is he going to go to? None of them have given me a good answer.” It was funny because we answered right away “Well, I do believe we have an answer.” Its funny because sometimes we´ll be teaching the first lesson and they´ll start catching on and ask a question about the solution to all of the apostasy and we just laugh and tell them we´re getting there! On Thursday I got to teach the district lesson and I taught on completing our goals and how the things we do as individual servants and disciples of Christ we can become more effective tools in His hands and fulfill our purpose. I thought it turned out pretty good. District meeting is like a pump up session for the week so I have to get everyone excited about going out to work and doing their job. I can´t believe how fast this transfer is going by we are already starting the 4th week! I´m not sure if I´ll stay or go but it ought to be something interesting. I hope yall have a great day and I can´t wait to hear from everyone next week! I love and pray for you all.

Love,
Elder Singer

PS Felix is doing great too he is preparing to receive the Aaronic Priesthood!

Conference and the Salt Flats :)

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

The Salt Flats

The Salt Flats

Elder Singer leaps the Salt Flats in a single bound!

Elder Singer leaps the Salt Flats in a single bound!

Dear Family,

This last general conference was awesome! I loved the talks and the power of the spirit we all felt when we went to conference. Time flew in Conference I have never enjoyed it so much! President Northcutt gave us a challenge to go to Conference and write down some questions we had about whatever and  he promised us that they would be answered and they were! It was way cool. I´m glad to hear that everyone is doing well and that Josh got a Prom date. Bien ahí. Dad I´m not going to lie I was totally thinking about Brad whenever they started talking about marriage haha. All of the missionaries in the English room were busting up because it was brought up so many times that we should get married. Here I have met lots of people that have a sad idea about what marriage is supposed to be. Some non member lady that was an investigator told me I should wait as long as I possibly could. In the worlds eyes marriage is so sad, another lady told me its just something you try out but its meant to end sooner or later. Sad day.

Anyways this week was full of ups and downs but the ups outnumbered the downs I would say. We started the week out with a leadership training with President. By the way, apparently there was an error and I found out later that day that I was District Leader. It was somewhat abrupt because I got to teach on Thursday in District Meeting and I never knew it would be so fun to take people´s numbers twice a week. In the training we talked about the importance of the presentation of the quality of the message of the Restoration. He started off by drawing a stick figure of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and then put the painting version next to it. Both express the same idea but there is quite a difference. He said we needed to teach lessons to the quality that is depicted in the painting and hone our teaching skills. We talked a ton about the importance of good questions and how they influence the teaching. They are pretty much like the back bone of the lessons! Anyways it was really interesting and everyone came out really wanting to change the way they tought. We didn´t have a whole lot of success finding people this week because I had to go to Salta to do papers again and Conference but this week we´re pretty excited to work. Also we have lots of great people progressing. I don´t know if I told yall about Macarena but she´s the sister of a lady who is reactivating. She is really great and started reading the Book of Mormon. We talked to her about receiving a testimony and about Alma´s invitation to plant the seed of faith. We also challenged her to do what we did with the questions in General Conference and she did it and came to 2 sessions of General Conference. I really enjoyed every session but I think most of all Priesthood sessions they had all of the first Presidency speak in that one! President Monson´s talk was great but I think my favorite was Elder Oaks´ talk about our desires and how they influence us. The talk that probably touched me the most was the final talk from Elder Holland when he talked about the fulfillment of the revelation from the prophet Isaiah. I loved conference because I felt like my spiritual needs were met and I felt that I came out with a deepened desire to serve the Lord and be a better disiple of Christ. I hope all of you were able to feel that powerful spirit and have a renewed desire to make a home centered around Christ. Like Pres Monson said the gap between us and the world is widening and we need to prepare more than ever for the future. I hope yall like the pics from the Salinas!! (Salt flats) It was so fun and we took a ton of sweet pics thats basically all we had time to do today was that activity.

Love,

Elder Singer