November, 2011

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November 21st, 2011

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Dear Family,

This was another fun week here in Villa Saavedra. Every time someone asks me how much time I have left they just gasp and remind me that my time is almost up, its going by way too fast! I´m having a hard time remembering all that happened this week they are going by like a blur but it sure has been an intense responsibility being District Leader up here in Tartagal because its so far out from the rest of the mission and all of the missionaries in my district are so young so I´ve been working up close with them a lot. I had my interview with President Levrino on Tuesday and he said everything will work out with the flights they just have to make the readjustment and Dad I´m not sure how it would go if you called Pres. Levrino it would be a push to say he speaks a lick of English haha. He is a really cool guy and knows how to motivate the missionaries. I can really tell he loves us and wants us to reach our potential. I thought I wouldn´t be able to get to know him very well with such a short time left in the mission but I feel like we are pretty cool. He´s always asking us for more and is never satisfied, just a good leader.

Lately every single wednesday afternoon I have to travel to Positos up on the border to do baptisimal interviews and I did divisions with Elder Mulleneaux in Tartagal 2 he´s a cool guy from Arizona. I also worked with the Zone Leaders, Elder Parker and Elder Dillree and they are both excellent missionaries and super focused and they want whats best for the mission. I worked with Elder Parker and he was a good teacher, we talk a lot about how we need to focus on the objective of bringing others unto Christ through baptism and we start our lessons talking about how we are there to help them make covenants with God. My testimony of the Book of Mormon continues to grow, whenever I pick it up I can´t put it down and its just incredible how clearly it expresses the truth and with our investigators we´ve been trying really hard to get them to have a desire to dive in and they will know. In the Ensign there is a talk at the end and it talks about how that if you really want to know you will know and the different ways that God answers our prayers. I´ve had the opportunity to see lots of great things but also lots of sad things and sometimes I feel like we spend too much time in church meetings and we don´t get the most out of it and it causes us to just not get it. I can´t remember where I heard the quote but it says that principles aren´t true until your life depends on them and its something so true because often times certain beliefs are professed but when it times to put beliefs to the test and the natural man gives in. I guess one of the greatest blessings I have received from serving the mission is learning to live the Gospel. Its like what Pres Uchdorf said, you can´t fully enjoy all the capabilities of a super computer if you don´t even know how to turn it on and the Gospel and its many privileges are the same, you´ve gotta read the fine print and THEN we can enjoy all of the blessings… Anyways I guess I´ll get off my soapbox now I just get fired up about it sometimes but its about time for me to go… I love you guys so much, have a great week and I hope that you all have a happy Thanksgiving and remember to be grateful for all the many blessings we have! :) Love, Elder Singer

Elder Christofferson

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Dear Family,

Well this was another adventure filled week, we had 9 investigators in church it was awesome and we saw lots of people take big steps of progression. I can´t believe my time is so little now and yeah I think the missionaries in the office didn´t check what day I was going home but yeah it makes perfect sense that you called, I´ll call them too and make sure they know whats going on. Also this week was our conference with Elder Christofferson. It was an excellent conference and it was great to see the entire mission in one place at a time and I was super impressed by his Spanish, how well kept it was. Elder Jensen (presidency of the 70) and Elder Arnold (1st quorum of the 70) were there and it was incredible. We got to shake all of their hands along with their wives. Elder Christofferson did an open discussion with questions and answered them with the help of the other brethren that were present and it formed quite the Spiritual symphony. Whenever they entered the room I knew that they were servants of God, I could feel it, and whenever they gave their testimonies of the Savior they used simple words but their was great power in what they said and you could tell that they really knew. To go we left from here at 1:30 in the morning and got there at 8 in the morning and we were back on the road by 12 so it made for quite a weekend.

Like I was telling you guys, we had 9 investigators in church and we´re seeing lots of progress in our investigators and having lots of cool experiences. The thing is, we should have had even more people! We found a big family this week and we were only able to take 2 of them but I think they liked it and are going to progress and also we had a cool little miracle that we found a lady named Susanna and she has a daughter that is handicapped and when she showed us where her wheel chair was from it turns out that it was from our church! Whenever we went back to visit her one of her friends were there and he was a member! Unfortunately she didn´t come to church but we´ll be seeing her tonight to see whats going on. Also there is a really big family that has one kid that is a member and the rest weren´t really interested but it looks like the parents are starting to get interested and they came to church and when we went by after it seemed like they loved it, I´m pretty positive that they´ll get baptized now! And for the last but not least experiences of the week, we have an investigator thats really evangelic and she´s read the bible a ton and she said she would only come to our church if we went to hers and I called President to ask for permission and he said we could. It was quite the experience, ask me when I come home haha. I think she liked our church though she just felt a little weird, she said she´s really trying to find the truth she´s really got to get down on her reading in the Book of Mormon. I´ve read just about all of the Ensign about the Book of Mormon and its helped me with my testimony a ton there are some pretty awesome talk especially about the one about being the keystone of our religion by President Benson. Elder Christofferson also said that he has a testimony of this gospel thanks to the Book of Mormon!

Well, thats about all for the week, I hope you all enjoyed this letter because its getting close to the last ones! Sad huh but I guess it´ll be good to be with the family again and I´ll get everything worked out we need to. I love you all! Portense bien

Love,

Elder Singer

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Dear Family,
We had another great week here in Villa Saavedra! I was glad to hear from you all and it sounds like everyone had a fun week even though yall thought your letters would be lame haha. But we had a handful of cool miracles this week and we´re planning on seeing a handful of people get baptized in the future. Grandma asked how old a nice old lady has to be in order to be a nice old lady and I asked my comp and he said 65 so we´ll go with that haha.
Anyways, this week I got to go on divisions to a place called Salvador Mazza, or Positos and its literally on the border with Bolivia so I was only about 20 yards away from Bolivia at one point. Its a pretty cool little town and apprently its where my trainer started his mission, Elder Perez, thats like 3 years ago! I asked a member if they knew him and they did. I was with Elder Martinez and he is from Mexico and he´s a super nice guy, he´s the oldest Mexican in our mission time wise in the mission but I don´t know if you guys know this but Mexicans and Chileans can go out on their missions when they are 18 and he has a little over a year and is 19 years old! While I was there I did 2 baptisimal interviews and both of them when we got to the house didn´t want to be baptized so we talked to them for a bit and resolved their doubts and by the end of it they both decided to do the interview and they both passed!
The next day I had a leadership training meeting with President Levrino and it was him and 5 missionaries so it was a nice upclose and personal meeting for a couple of hours and it was excellent. Every time we have a training meeting I feel like my eyes are opened up and my vision widens for what we have to do in the mission. There have been some awesome changes and the mission is baptizing more than it ever has in all of its history. I had quite a bit of traveling those 2 days and I slept like a rock but the weekend was awesome. We had a guy contact us from a car and his name is Victor. He was super excited to see us and he said he had some problems when the missionaries taught him and thats why he didn´t get baptized but now he wants to see us again. He is a really funny guy and he is a shoe tailor that works outside and we went by and this Sunday he wasn´t able to go because he went up to Bolivia but we´re going to make sure he goes to church this Sunday. Another good thing that happened this week was that we went on divisions with some members and I was with Hermano Rojas and he was bearing his testimony about how it took him a while to find the true church and that when he was baptized in our church it was his third time to be baptized and his pastor told him that God would condemn him if he got baptized in our church and as he shared this story our investigator, named Silvana, started to cry because that was the same problem that she was struggling with and then there was a silent pause and I looked at her and asked her what she was thinking and she said “Now I want to be baptized!” It was super awesome and the spirit filled the room! Anyways I hope you all have a great week, its getting super hot here and I can guarantee you all that I´ll be coming home with a pretty intense farmer tan, especially with my collar! I´ve been told that it gets up to like 120 degrees outside! Well hope you enjoy the letter, I love you guys so much!

Love,
Elder Singer

district conference

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Dear Family,
Hey thanks for the letters, we had another great week here in Tartagal. My area is cool and so is my comp we get along really well. I´m not sure what I think about being in the same Biology class but if they grade us on a scale I guess thats good for me… haha jk! But yeah I think that would be fun because we would be forced to see each other every time we have that class! Maybe yall could put me in some spanish classes idk and about ROTC I know their are 3 class sections I have to be signed up for but maybe yall can call and ask them what you have to do. Here´s some random cool news by the way, I cant remember if I told you but on the 12th, we´ll have an all mission conference with Elder Christofferson of the 12 and Elder Arnold and Jensen of the 70. This is going to be intense I´m really excited.

This week was another adventure, unfortunately it went without bats but we do have a pet spider named shelob (named after the one from Lord of the Rings) and we feed it cockroaches and its like watching the Discovery channel whenever it gets fed. Not that you guys are too interested about that… but yeah we did have a good week, we had another baptism and it was the sister of the girl that got baptized last week. Her name is Mierna. I cant remember if I told yall but last week we invited their brother to come with us who has some problems and he came with us and liked it! Well with that it kinda seemed like we gave a glimmer of hope to the parents because for the longest time they would avoid us and all of the sudden they are really interested so we´re excited, I just think they need to get married and come to church and they´ll be set. We also had a cool lesson with one of our investigators that is having a bit of a hard time committing to anything but she already has an answer. Her name is Magi and she´s a really nice old lady and we were having a lesson at night outsider and all of the sudden the lights went out and we were teaching the Plan of Salvation under the stars! It was a pretty cool experience because we could hardly see one another´s faces as we taught the lesson but we were like stargazing it was pretty cool. Also I finished the Book of Mormon again and I spoke about the Holy Ghost in the baptism and I got to share my experience how I received an answer to my prayer from the Holy Ghost that same day it was really neat.

Something special about this week was that we had our district conference and President Levrino and is wife came with 3 of their kids and they both gave excellent talks! I think my asked me last week but to answer their question about where they are from, they´re from here in Argentina from a Province called Santa Fe, it actually borders our mission. Hermana Levrino talked about forgiveness and it was so great and then President talked about how to live a happy life and he used 2 Nephi 5:27 and the beginning of the chapter to base his talk off his subject. They both did a great job, President is such a big guy and he barely fits in front of the pulpit its kind of funny. Did yall figure out where I am on the map? Its just about Bolivia its pretty far out there. Anyways my time is just about wrapping up, thanks for everyone´s love and support and I´ll be hearing from you guys next week. Make sure you write me Josh!

Love,

Elder Singer

first week in Villa Saavedra!

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Dear Family,
Well, it was a great first week I love my new area! I have never seen an area with members that help so much! I was super impressed. We went on divisions like 3 times with the members and the presidency is just super pumped about missionary work and they hand out references like crazy! They went to an FHE with us and they were pumping up the family to send their sons on missions and they take the initiative in helping us out. I was lucky to get here now because we had 2 baptisms and I got to be the interlude entertainment and I spoke about the Restoration of the Gospel. I was the hero too because the missionary that I replaced was playing the piano for the choir in the district conference and I´ll be playing in that it looks like. Our area is really large, really hot, and there is sand everywhere. The streets are mostly sand and the sun is pretty strong. I left my cowboy hat in Tucuman and Elder Carlson is going to send it up to me. It hasn´t been too hard of a transition being here though. Apparently back in Tucuman with the flia we found the mom finished the BoM already! We have lots of cool investigators here too and its been fun teaching them. The people that got baptized are named Monica and Mauro and Mauro was a little miracle because we lost him the whole week and then Saturday morning sent us a text asking if he could still get baptized today because I think he was going to get baptized last week. Elder Henrikson is super cool and we get along great. He´s from Holiday Utah and went to Skyline and maybe yall have heard of that. We´ve had a couple of funny things happen this week to us already. While we were planning, a bat had entered into the house and it was flying all over the place and around our heads and we were kind of freaking out. I´ll have to show yall the video some day but it was quite the experience! My district is awesome by the way, I´m so old!! I think the next oldest missionary has 13 months in the mission! There are 7 gringos and 1 Latino from Mexico! They´re really cool though, we went and played soccer with some people from church and I decided that I need to keep playing after the mission in intramurals or something its becoming really fun. I happened to have my football with me also and that was… interesting. We tried to teach some argentines American Football and I think they thought it was pretty lame. Anyways, basically I´m really excited about dieing here in la Villa. Also I wanted to congradulate Tasha on her MTC job I´m really impressed and I already told dad but I hope he had a great birthday and for next year we can have parents day all together! Sorry if this one seemed a bit short just this spacebar requires a double thumb pound to put spaces between my words and I think my thumbs are getting tired haha. Well, I love you guys, I read Ether 3:4 and I had a really cool experience I can´t really describe it but yall should read it. I´ll probably finish the Book of Mormon tomorrow if not today!
love,
Elder Singer