May 16th, 2011

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Natalia y Dolores

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Dear Family,

This week was great! Thanks for your letter mom and the video, I wasn´t able to hear it though maybe next week I´m hoping. It sounded like everyone will be finishing up school pretty soon here I bet you´re all excited. School here starts at the end of march its all the opposite.   We had a super great start to the week because on Tuesday morning we found 5 new investigators and ended the week with 10. Of those 10 there are 2 super cool families and we are really excited to teach them. The first one is a couple with a little kid, named Maxamiliano and Maria and then the Quiroga Family. We´ll see what happens with them but basically since I´ve been here we have been adding and dropping people, starting a little new with some things. It was really funny whenever we found Maxamiliano and Maria, we clapped and Maria came over and I told her I liked her house and then she asked me if I wanted to come in and I said “sure…” with a surprised look on my face, definitely inspired words. For a lot of the week we were also preparing Natalia and Dolores for their baptisms. Natalia is the younger looking one and Dolores is a lot older and I was able to baptize Natalia. It was cool because it was Elder Ackerman´s first baptism. I´m pretty sure all of the opposition in the world was coming at us to stop the baptisms from happening but with a lot of prayers we were able to overcome it. As you all know, Argentines are really afraid of the rain and Natalia and Dolores got there just barely on time. The whole time they both had a big smile on their faces and they were so excited. Dolores especially surprises me because most elderly people are really unwilling to change but she has a great testimony of the church. The next day for the confirmation the both of them weren´t coming it looked like and all the sudden right before we started they both showed up. Dolores showed up during Natalia´s confirmation and a member tapped me on the shoulder and I found out she was there… it was a little too close. Natalia almost didn´t come either because something happened at home. Something that I´ve seen in the mission is that there is always a ton of opposition in the weeks before and after baptism. Sorry this letter is a little boring but it was really a great week, the time flew. Also Ana and Felix called me both in separate times and Ana is down here in Tucuman and it looks like she´ll be coming to our chapel this Sunday! When Felix called me he was going out with the missionaries on an appointment and it sounds like he´s doing good but is also going through some tough times. Also this next week every area except mine will have 1 baptism and that means I get to do 3 interviews! I´m super excited and I heard that baptismal interviews are the coolest experience. I´ve been thinking about it and it seems like a really intense responsibility. But hey its about time for me to go. I love you guys so much… have a great summer!

Love, Elder Singer

PS I´ll send the pics next week but put them on with this weeks letter the computer is being weird

Happy Mother´s Day!… and Hangin with the Governor

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Dear Family,
It was so cool to be able to skype with everyone it was like having yall in the room and then when I turned it off and stepped outside it all just disappeared and I realized that we are on 2 different sides of the world. It was great seeing everyone though and how you all have changed, I told some of the other missionaries that they really missed out if they didn´t use skype it was definitely way cooler than the phone call. Yall probably already know about whats been going on in my life because we all talked yesterday but I figure for just some of those fans I can add a little somethin extra for this weeks email.
Villa Alem is a really solid area and it is probably one of the most well established wards I have ever been in. We even have ward missionaries and unfortunately I don´t get to play on Sunday anymore because they have someone that plays on Sunday. Whenever I talked to yall in Spanish I told you about our investigator Natalia. She is way awesome and she´ll be getting baptized this Saturday. We haven´t been able to contact her but the other investigator thats supposed to get bapitzed soon is named Dolores, apparently she´s an older lady thats a mom of a member. Anyways, Elder Ackerman and I are really excited about our area and working together. He´s a really funny guy and sometimes he´ll switch personalities on me. This week we were in a lunch and I won´t give you all the really gruesome details but the lunch that he had originally eaten magically appeared on the ground to his left. I thought the same would soon happen to me because I laughed so hard but luckily I was able to hold it down.
Today for Pday we went around centro and we went to the governor´s house and we took some really cool pics and our tour guide could speak english, she said she has been to the US a ton of times. As we were walking out and she was showing us one more thing, she suddenly looked behind us and there went the Gov walking with a ton of security and he shook all of the missionaries´ hands it was pretty cool. I wanted to tell him I was there to baptize him and his province but it looked like he was in a bit of a hurry. The “white room” was really cool and apparently they have really important meetings there. I felt pretty cool and in that picture thats Elder Ackerman and I taking a picture where they sign important papers. Anyways, the week was great and this one will probably be even better. By the way the other missionaries I live with are Elder Spencer and Elder Petersen and they are really great missionaries. Well, time for me to go, I love you all and I cant wait to hear from you next week!

Love,
Elder Singer

Transfered… to Villa Alem (Tucuman)

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Dear Family,

Wow I was pretty stunned to find out that Osama is dead, its pretty amazing that they finally got rid of him I got shivers when I read the story from Dad. Anyways, if the title wasn´t obvious enough for you I got transferred to Tucuman. It was really bitter sweet to leave, I think I grew a great love for the members and the people that were there and it kinda stinks because there will probably be a bunch of baptisms this next month but I guess its more important that they get baptized if I´m there or not. Macarena wanted a little more time but apparently she´ll get baptized this next weekend. She is really great and I´m really excited to see get news from whats going on up there.

This last week was a little hard to find new investigators and Elder Kingsford and I were fightin a battle to find them all. We were able to do it too it was great we found like all 9 in 3 days. Also we had 7 investigators in church but we were excpecting a ton more. We found this cool kid and his brother, Juaquin and Ulisses and the older brother came to church. They were good kids and I guess I´ll find out if they progress.

In my new area its right in the Capitol and I´m going to see if any of the contacts Grandpa gave me are around here. I´m going to be district leader again and I know a lot of the missionaries already in my area. Its crazy too because I will be living with 3 other gringos… again! My comps name is Elder Ackerman from South Jordan. He is the youngest of 9 kids and every single one has served a mission! Apparently his parents met at Utah State too (Jim and Susan) but I think they are a little older than yall. He´s pretty new in the mission, he was only 1 transfer with his trainer and I get to teach him lots of Spanish I´m actually excited about that.

This last week I was talking a lot with Elder Carter and there are tons of really odd parrallels between our 2 missions, its like we´ve been following each other its crazy. He and I arrived from Salta to Jujuy on the same bus and then we both were called to Tucuman (the same zone!). We´ve been talking about maybe one day coming back together to visit our areas

I´ve been thinking about coming home a little bit earlier and it looks like I´m leaning towards that. I guess we will see what happens. Elder Kingsford says to go home a lil bit early because I got to be thinking more about my future or something like that. It just kinda stinks because it wouldn´t quite be the full 2 years. I´ll have to see what the new mission President thinks. I can´t believe that Pres Northcutt is going home in 2 months thats really crazy. He´s such an excellent guy I´m going to miss him and the spirit he brings.

For the phone call I already told mom what time it will probably be. If I want to I can skype with yall I just gotta find a computer with the capabilities! I love yall and hope to you have a great week and I can´t wait to talk to you all this mother´s day!

Love,

Elder Singer