May 1st, 2011

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Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Dear Family,

I had a pretty great week :) Thanks for the letters from everyone, I really enjoyed the Egg Roll videos but I´m not going to lie I didn´t miss it TOO much… I don´t think I have ever won. My comp and I were busting up at the announcement that Josh gave for himself. Btw can you send me that music for the piano music for the song you were tellin my about, thanks. (the question mark key doesn´t work today so if you see a question, could you do the favor, thanks). Dad I can´t believe you forgot where we went for my city… Fredricksburg! Remember the fun memory of eating traditional German food…. and not at Dairy Queen! Ah good times… I can´t believe Billy has a girlfriend, I didn´t know there was a girl that fit into his standards but like my German teacher said, there´s a lid for every pot.

Well, this was a fun week, the first highlight was probably another training meeting with President. It was really helpful, we continue to talk about the quality of our teaching, teaching really is an art. We applied some of the stuff we learned this week and it worked great. Macarena continues to progress. She said that after Sacrament meeting she really wants to go up and bear her testimony whenever shes a member. She is really cool and her family that are members are really fun. If you don´t remember she lived somewhere else and now she´s living with her older sister and she´s really excited about the Gospel. Also Felix´s mom is getting a little worse but tomorrow she will be going to Tucuman tomorrow finally but all of the sudden she told us that she read the Joseph Smith story and that she has always known that its true, it was kinda crazy but after her operation and gets going to church she´ll get baptized for sure. Also an update on Felix… He told us the other day out of the blue, he finished the Book of Mormon, again!! He´s super awesome, on Sunday he received the Aaronic Priesthood and whenever President Millan ordained him he blessed him in his preparation to be a full time missionary, I think he would be an excellent missionary. Another highlight from this week was that I got to go on divisions with Elder Carter, it was great. He´s such an awesome guy and super intelligent. I´m impressed every time he opens his mouth. We found 5 new investigators together that was pretty cool. Speaking of which, on Sunday, we had to find 5 new people to complete the goal for news and we found 6 people that Sunday night it was awesome. Also Lurdez and her daughters Erica and Julieta are all really excited about their baptism. They´ve been a little sick and we need to get them going to church a more frequently but now all they talk about is their baptism, it´ll probably be sometime next month! Tasha and I are on the same transfer cycle so I´ll be finding out this week if I´ll be staying or going, I´m nervous because I have lots of mixed feelings. Elder Carter gave his well thought out prediction and he thinks that I´ll stay another transfer with Elder Kingsford. We´ll see what happens!

Another really special experience, a couple of weeks ago we were asked by a group of nurse students to come and talk about our religion.  It was Elder Carter, me, Pres Millan and one of his counselors and we all got to talk a little bit about some of our beliefs. It was this morning and it seemed like they all really enjoyed it, I felt famous because everyone was taking pictures of us while we were up front but it was cool to share the Gospel with so many people at the same time. I think a lot of seeds were planted and even though all of them were too shy to come up and show interest, I think the next time a missionary comes around to their house they´ll open up the door. After, Elder Carter and I stopped at an art museum and took some cool pictures just playing around. Also Elder Kingsford and Elder Carrillo prepared some special Mexican steak for all of us, it was nice to have something of a little different flavor. Argentines are funny because they don´t eat bitter, sour, sweet, or hot foods, its all in the middle and nothing at the extremes, I guess they´re sensitive. O yeah almost forgot, the 4 of us missionaries all got to speak in church and I got to speak about the Resurrection, it was a privilege to be able to speak about it on Easter Sunday. The common Argentine tradition is that they make their own chocolate eggs and paint them with different frosting colors with rabbits and cutesy little things like that. Well, gotta go, I love you guys and hope everyone is doing great. Be excellent to each other.

Love,

Elder Singer

PS I had to send this really late because the internet went down where we were earlier… have a great night!

la subida

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

Dear Family,

How´s everyone doing? My week was pretty excellent we had a lot of success finding new people to teach and with some of our investigators. Before I start out, I hope you all enjoyed the voice clip from last week, Pablo sure did enjoy talking to you all and practicing his english. He has a really strong desire to preach the gospel and when he is with us he´ll point at a door and say, lets go there I know them! This is probably one of the most crazy things I´ve heard from Pablo so far, I told him he had a cool tie and he was like yeah its from one of my comps, he´s famous now and plays football. At this point I didn´t really believe him and he goes, yeah Austin Collie! He told me he would have them run pass routes on Pdays and they played lots of football together. If you don´t remember who Austin Collie is, he´s a wide reciever for the Colts who played for BYU. It was pretty crazy. Anyways, I really enjoyed everyone´s letters, I can´t believe another school year has almost gone by! By the way, the pictures are from a hike that we did this morning by a hill in our area and then the model shot is from goin up to the Salinas. There is another one of Felix and I talking by the river by his house, thats like his meditation place where he goes to play guitar and stuff like that.

As I was saying, this week was really great. I think Elder Kingsford and I grew a lot last week unity wise. We taught better and worked harder it was cool. A little update on Felix, lately he has been having some trials, especially his Mom Ana. He didn´t go to church on Sunday so he could take care of his mom. She´s really sick and she has to go to Tucuman to get her liver operated on. We came by and gave her a blessing and she has gotten better but she has to wait until she can get out of bed so she can travel to Tucuman, so if you can try to remember them in your prayers. Also Macarena continues to progress and she has a baptisimal date this month for the 30th and we are going to try to work really hard with her while she´s got 2 weeks left. She said she feels more identified and special in the church and everytime she does anything with the church she feels really good inside.

This week in district meeting I taught again and we talked about improving the quality of our commitments. I thought it turned out pretty well. This is interesting news, in my district, there is an area called La Quiaca on the border of Bolivia and Argentina (where Elder Hale finished his mission) and they are going to close it and combine it with the area on the other side of Bolivia and Pres Northcutt went up to have the final branch conference. The missionaries from La Quiaca came down today and are going to work in the Hermana´s area in Almerante Brown (another area in my district) and in 2 weeks when the transfer ends they are going to take out the Hermanas. They were a little sad to go but excited for some change. Its sad because a lot of our mission we have had to take out the Hermanas because it is just too dangerous. Hermanas means sisters btw.
I don´t know if you all remember or if I told you all but the Lopez family is a family that has a less active mother that is the only member is coming to church and their father has been making lots of changes in his life and  said he is willing to do anything to make his family eternal. He said that he wants to be baptized just they need to get married and they might do it May 4th! Its a little hard to teach though because the Sister LOVES to talk but she is really nice. We helped her make empenadas last night for her daughter´s birthday and while we did that I was using my convincing powers to get her to want to be married ASAP because she is being a little indecisive now that shes getting what she wanted for all these years.

Elder Carrillo the break dance guy bought this huge stereo and we´ve been jammin to MoTab while we work out in the morning. He made some roasted corn for us and apparently its the same kind of corn that Nacho threw into that one guy´s eye in the movie. I was pretty impressed, it was quite delicious. About the Military dad, I´m not sure I can even do Lasic surgery because its “too new” (thats what they told me when I was there) and I have to do it with some other method. I´m not very familiar with any other way but apparently there are other surgeries. Speaking of after the mission, do yall think it would be a lil difficult to come home a couple of weeks early and then go straight to school? Its a tough decision but I guess I have to pray about it. I guess I just really wanted to finish with the rest of the guys in the group but maybe its better to come home early. I would appreciate your input on this subject (hint: respond to this part.:)) O and apparently I can skype with you all on mother´s day that would be awesome! I´ve gotta go now but just wanted to say I love and miss you all and hope that everyone is doing their best!

Love,

Elder Singer