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show me your guns

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Dear Family,
Just so yall know this might be a little less because all the missionaries are going to write their most special mission experience to Hermana Northcutt so it´ll take me a bit. I loved everyone´s letters and just so you know mom, dad was able to send something to us on his blackberry I can´t believe he has been doing so many things in a row like that. Did yall go to the same high adventure that we went to a while back? You gotta see if that same hippy tour guide is there from last time, I can´t remember his name right now. Congrats on swimming too by the way. I was pretty impressed by yall´s times. Here is the attached pic of some of the missionaries that are in my MTC group:

Elder Day, me, Robbins, Johnson, Silva, and Brisolara

Elder Day, me, Robbins, Johnson, Silva, and Brisolara

. Thats about half of them in my group, I hope I´ll be able to see the rest of them before I go home.
This last week I have done a lot of pondering and reading and all kinds of similarly intense things (caught up in visions etc.) and I can´t believe how fast the time in the mission has gone by. I just can´t believe a missionary could get tired of doing what we do because its starting to hit me how little time I really have and how fast its gone by. I know lately I´ve been talking like my mission is already coming to an end but I know a good chunk is still left, I just know this part will go by faster than any other because its like the final stretch and I know I wanna do like Tasha said and give 100%. I think seeing President and Hermana go made me realize how hard it would be to leave the mission at the end. My title for this email is our phrase that helps us get on task or correct one another between Elder Ackerman and I. Anyways, this was another solid week, we keep finding good people, the hardest thing is just figuring out who is the wheat and who the tares are. A special experience from the week was that week asked a member for a reference and it was their neighbor in front and next door too and we went over and we taught both neighbors together and one of them came to church on Sunday. Church assistance has been a bit annoying though because our investigators have been a little inconsistent, they just get scared when it gets super cold like it did yesterday.
At Zone Conference President talked about doing missionary work exactly as Preach My Gospel says and we talked about some of the things the Manual tells us to do that most missionaries probably don´t do and we talked about the quality of our studies. Usually we talk more about teaching and goals, things like that, but we talked a little about that and we had excellent results. The missionaries said that they´ve never had such great study sessions before after they changed a couple of things and make it more investigator focused, there just isn´t time in the mission to study deep doctrine and you can probably bet that you will never teach it. We have to focus it a lot more on the quality of our teaching and the basics of the gospel. President told us that Elder Bowen, a 70, said that if people understood the doctrine better we wouldn´t have any inactive members in the church… interesting huh. Anyways, I got to be on my way, I love you guys very much I hope you all have an excellent week!

Love,
Elder Singer

I´ll be home for Christmas……

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Dear Family,
Hey everyone how´s it going? Thanks for everyone´s letters it was great to hear all of your exotic stories. Also just wanted to say Happy Father´s day to dad. Yesterday when we were in lunch we were at the end and I said to the Father of the family and I asked him if we were going to sing the father´s day song. I was just making it up and there wasn´t really a father´s day song and all of the sudden Elder Ackerman jumps in with a “Have a happy father´s day!” like there was a song. It was really funny, Elder Ackerman has me rolling all the time he´s such a funny guy. This week was a really solid for me and I think the highlight was that it was the last Zone Conference for President Northcutt and it was pretty bittersweet. I´ll tell a little more about it but if you read the title of this email you´ll notice that I´ll be home for Christmas. I wrote it with the title so you´d think of that song but yes its true I´ll probably be home for Christmas. President told me my ending date will be December 20th so I´ll probably be home around Christmas Eve ish. I don´t really wanna come home early but you gotta do what you gotta do… Speaking of which, Josh asked for some suggestions about his college classes. The advice I would give to you right now is that you should take all general classes instead of that kind of focus already because you could go on your mission and want to do something different I´ve seen a lot of missionaries do that while I´ve been here so I would just take some generals and play it safe. Maybe some civil engineering stuff, just Construction Documents, sounds like the most boring thing I´ve ever heard in my life. Of course you should also try praying about it, you won´t be shown everything but choose something and seek approval. Tonight I´ll be headed for Salta and I get together with my group again and talk about the mission and all the fun stuff we´ve been doing. I´m with Elder Brisolara and Elder Robbins from my MTC group and so if my letter becomes a little incoherent you´ll know why.

Something good that happened this week is that that couple we´ve been teaching got married and we went to their party for a little bit because we couldn´t go to the wedding. She´s been an investigator for a while but she hasn´t been to church in forever and she didn´t go on sunday so we´ll see what happens. We keep finding really solid people but its been hard for us to get them to church but we did have a guy named Nahum that came and he is really intelligent and understands everything. He´s from Honduras and he has an accent thats a lot different. The only problem is that he´s got to get married so we´ll see what happens. Like I was saying about conference, it was President and Hermana Northcutt´s last time to be here with us and it was really sad to see them go. President ended with 2 big life lessons the first that God loves us and answers prayers and how to choose a wife. They were really quite incredible stories about things that happened to him and at the end we all said our hugs and goodbyes they had me cryin like a baby. I´ll never forget the Hermana´s testimony of the Savior, you can look into her eyes and you can really tell that she has a testimony. She told me at the end that she really loved me it was hard to see them go, you´ll see the pictures attached.

Well I´ve gotta go, we went to Burger King as a district and I got the 5.0 burger with 5 patties and it turns out that it was actually only a 4.0, it was quite the letdown but it was ok. Fastfood is like healthy food for me now because of all of the many months of Argentine food I´ve put down. I love you guys have an excellent day!

Love,
Elder Singer

stayin in villa alem!

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Dear Family,
Hey everyone! So I´m stayin here in Villa Alem and the good thing is that I´ll also still be with Elder Ackerman! I can´t believe Tasha got transferred but I guess thats how the mission is sometimes, full of wonderful surprises. Congrats to Josh on completing his eagle project! Don´t forget the rest of the fun paper work so it all counts. There will be a lot of changes in my district too! Elder Spencer got a new comp and it was kinda sad to see Elder Peterson go but it was bittersweet. Also Elder Brisolara from my MTC District came down from Jujuy and we were super excited to see each other. We were born in the same district and now we´re together again! Thats about all to tell for super exciting stuff but I´ll be District Leader again. Dad said something about his sad feelings of when kids go, last night we were talking about goodbyes and I told them about our epic final pingpong game that was super sad between Dad and I before I left for college. I think Grandma asked if I do all the Baptismal Interviews but I only do the one´s that aren´t mine and in my district but its a really fun experience. I never told yall but I did one for a super shy nine year old girl and she didn´t want to talk hardly at all and was going to write her answers on paper so I sat down with her in the baby chairs in primary and I sang her I am a Child of God. I think she liked it because after she started talking to me. The baptisimal interviews are a fun experience. Attached are some of the pics we took at the stake conference and before Elder Peterson left.
Its been a hard decision to come home a lil early or to stay but I was thinking about it with school and being with Josh and Tasha at the same time and AForce and I think President is going to have me come home a bit earlier. I told him as late as I can to stay in the mission but early enough to make it for school. I think it would be better to come back and visit later on too. I`m really bad at goodbyes and it would just be a round of goodbyes anyways but I would love to come with you all again later on. Maybe we could swing by Brazil in 2014 for the world cup! That would be quite the soccer experience.
We found a family that was almost awesome this week… I say that because we taught some of the sons and apparently they were close to baptism but when we went back, their mom didn´t want anything to do with us and she wasn´t really open to anything. It was sad but later that day we found some great contacts. We knocked a little bit in a rich area for a change and it was weird because we actually found some really nice people which was a nice surprise because usually it turns out different. Also something cool that happened, we were walking somewhere kinda dangerous and this girl with her Grandma asked us to walk with them to their house just 2 more blocks because a sketchy guy was following them. It looks like we made it just in time he kept slowing down and looking back but the next time he looked back we were standing next to them and the guy took off. It was cool because we were like protecting angels that came out of nowhere and saved them. They they said we could come visit them at any time!
This week we will be getting one of our investigators married but it turns out that President Northcutt´s last Conference will be this friday too! So we won´t be able to go so that kinda stinks for them. Also Gisel, Mirta´s daughter asked a great question, “Why do we need to get baptized?” It was a pretty golden question and they seem really excited to go to church but they didn´t really want to go to stake conference but they´re all being going this week. Speaking of which, we had a super stake conference and it was great because we heard from Elder Zivic of the 70 (by satelite of course), Elder Packer, Elder Anderson, and the Primary President I can´t remember her name. But Elder Zivic is from Buenos Aires and he said something I really liked. He talked about the 2nd coming and he asked how would we act right now if we knew how much time was left until that moment and what would we change. I thought it was an excellent way to look at things, the Stake Conference overall was great and we could all feel the Spirit really strong there. Well, I gotta be heading out now my time is up and we gotta go teach the Good Word ;). I love you guys so much! Portense bien.

Love,
Elder Singer

Marta se ha bautizao

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Elder Singer the district leader

Elder Singer the district leader

Marta se ha bautizao (her daughter Mirta on the right)

Marta se ha bautizao (her daughter Mirta on the right)

Dear Family,
This week was a great week! Remember Marta from last week? Well, we found out stake conference was the week of her baptism so we just figured since she already had everything ready we´d go ahead and do it right now. Luckily she didn´t have a problem with it and she got baptized this last Saturday. In the picture, thats her daugther thats been a member for 13 years! Anyways, congrats to Josh and graduation! I really enjoyed everyones letters and I´m not gonna lie I think the pics of everyone made me miss you all because it seems like I´m missing out on you guys growing up but its alright I can´t wait to see how much you´ve all changed because I can tell that you all have. I´m also excited to see how it goes with Josh´s eagle project, finally! Man you were gettin close. Dad, whenever you go to South Africa, if you´re feeling extra generous, could you find me something from the World Cup like a Tshirt or something? Its huge here, but keep it for when I get back :).
Well, I´m afraid this letter might have to be a little bit shorter because I was transferring and backing up and resizing some pics for everyone´s enjoyment. I think you all will like the pics I´m going to send. I made squeezed orange juice for everyone in the pension so thats what that is and then Elder Ackerman was messing around while I was calling for numbers and so I played along, thats what I get to do twice a week its really fun. And last but not least, there´s the baptism of Marta with her daughter Mirta at her side. It was funny how it all worked out but the baptism ended up being great. I think she had had random contact with the missionaries here and there for a long long time and finally she was able to step into the waters of baptism. Lately thats what we´ve been focusing on in all of our lessons and in district meeting. The first thing we say to people when we enter in the door is that we are there to baptize and that is our purpose.
This week we also went to one of the areas in our district for a morning because they were having a hard time finding news and we found 10 news as a district! It was great, I really like our district but I think there will be a lot of changes in the next coming week, I´m nervous to find out what will happen! Sorry this letter has been so short but I´m excited to hear back from you all next week!

Love,
Elder Singer

PS Tasha is almost done! and our new President is coming in less than a month!

hurra por Israel!

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Dear Family,

Hey how´s everyone doing? I can´t believe another school year has gone by and that Josh is graduating thats just insane. I only have about 7 months left time is going by too fast! Make sure yall send lots of pics from the graduation party, man Josh, Dad thinks you are quite the ladies man I´m impressed. Before I forget, I learned something interesting that has nothing to do with missionary work. Dad, remember how you told me some guy got on you for reading the abridged version of Les Miserables? Well, it turns out the auther (sp?) was paid by the word to write the book, hence useless details that have nothing to do with the story, so, don´t feel bad for reading the abridged version. Elder Ackerman has a sister named Stephanie Casperson that lives in Logan Utah and is a professional (I think retired now) ballerina and I was wondering if Aunt Steph would know her. AND I´d like to ask a favor :) The Gen conf. magazines are like golden here in the mission and I was wondering if yall could send me one from the most recent conference… thanks :)

Anyways… this was an excellent week we had lots of fun and we keep finding good families. We found a family of young men and they have a single mother and they were all really good kids, we just got to get them all to church so we can get a bunch of future missionaries. I don´t know if yall remember Mirta but she is now done with first Nephi and I think she is starting to recognize the opposition that comes when we try to do whats right. Also Marta came to church on Sunday and I could tell she really enjoyed it and she finally committed to a baptismal date for June 11 and she´s really excited! We have lots of good investigators just we need to get them all to church and I think the rain and the cold winter scares them away a bit so we´re going to see what we are going to do this next week.

Our district is doing well, we had some missionaries getting frustrated but we had a really solid meeting on thursday and we focused on a quote called “Think in Baptism”, I think its by Richard G. Scott and it talks about how we can´t make excuses or blame the factors that supposedly effect our success in missionary work when in reality its our own attitude and faith that makes the difference in our success and thats why we need to plant baptism in our thoughts so that the rest of the things that we do will reach that same point and it´ll flip our world upside down in a good way, I firmly believe that its this way in just about everything we aspire to do, its a really interesting principle of life and the Gospel.

This week I also got to go on exchanges with Elder Spencer and it was really fun. Elder Spencer loves the gospel and is really intelligent. He graduated early and studied at BYU and wants to be an electrical engineer, Dad maybe you could hook him up I definitely recommend him for some type of internship or whatever. Anyways, we had a blast, I only have 6 weeks more than him in the mission and we had lots of fun together. He started in the same zone as me and I remember him saying when he was new that he didn´t understand anything haha. Now he speaks really good spanish.

There was also a wedding this week for a couple thats already been sealed and everything just they got married down here for the paper. Their name is the Gonzalez family and they are basically gringos, she is from Idaho and she is married to a guy from down here. It was fun to speak english with them in church they were really nice. Anyways just to tell yall something fun we did we got to go to their wedding party for our lunch and they´re moving back to the states this wednesday. I also met 2 gringo RMs who are selling this New Skin thing that served in Bahia Blanca, another mission of Argentina. They made me realize how bad of a culture shock I was going to have because they pulled out all of the new apple technology and I just about got blown away, it made me realize how blessed we are in the US now that I´m an Argentine. Well, I gotta be on my way, I love you all so much and I can´t wait to hear all the great news from next week!

Love,

Elder Singer

PS AH Almost forgot!!! Macarena, Julieta, and Erica from Chijra got baptized and Julieta and Erica wrote me a letter last week telling me that they were going to get baptized, for lack of a better word, it was so cute!

distrito villa alem

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Dear Family,
Thank you so much for this weeks letters from everyone it was so great to hear from you all! I was pretty inspired by the Iron Man competition stories, sounds pretty intense and I am totally in. I know I´m not in the best shape in the world right now but I definitely think I could pick it up when I get home, here time just doesn´t allow it. I guess I didn´t tell yall but I was talking  I thought the miracle about Josh´s eagle project was pretty awesome thats really exciting yall had me doubting there a bit but now it looks like you´ve gotten the ball rolling. This week was pretty excellent there were so many great spiritual experiences and its just been a blast.
This week I did 3 interviews and it was great! All of them passed but one of them didn´t get baptized, all of the sudden (she´s about 15) her parents made her move to another part I think with her older sister, something along those lines I´m not exactly sure but its really sad. The other 2 were really great too. Monica from Diza (an area in my district) was really great. She´s kinda had a crazy life I can´t give you details but she told me she´s been shot twice. She has had a pretty rough life and where she lives its really dangerous. The missionaries got there right in time to rescue her and found just what she needed. The other guy José was probably the most prepared I´ve ever seen, it was absolutely incredible and I have so much respect for this guy. He was loaded and if I could describe him in one word it would probably be classy. He´s just a well mannered witty wise guy and he has done so much to change his life around and become a disciple of Jesus Christ. He said he was willing to do anything to change his life around and know that he´s doing what God wants him to do. I was super impressed about his knowledge of the Gospel and his desire and I was just about in tears in was great.
For the week we also did exchanges and I went down to San Felipe and worked with Elder Castro. If you go back to my blog at the start of my mission he´s there when I started down in Concepcion in southern Tucuman. We have the same time in the mission and he´s a great guy. He´s got an awesome story about how he became a member and now a missionary, he told me he was a golden investigator haha. We worked really hard and had a blast.
Our investigators are doing great. We are teaching one lady who has been talking with the missionaries for a long time but has had lots of doubts and every time we go over we just talk about the importance of baptism and her testimony of the Book of Mormon. This is the great part of the story. Elder Boyd (Clarky) wrote me a letter and he told me to read Ether 4:18-19 and it was a great scripture about baptism and then I sat down and read the whole chapter and we used it as a lesson for her. In that same chapter it has basically a Moroni 10 invitation to pray about the BoM and then it tells us to be baptized. In the lesson we were able to make a great connection that if she feels that the Book of Mormon is true, she must follow the counsel of the book and be baptized it was great! That saturday she came to the baptism and we talked to her daughter later and she said that she wants to be baptized. I was watching her and I think that she really liked it. We have another investigator named Mirta and her family and they are really solid. She told us the other day that she was up until 4 in the morning reading the Book of Mormon and she told us that she feels a great peace whenever she reads it and she said that she thinks that its true! We taught her niece who´s also a mother and the lesson with her was so solid it was just perfect for her.
I almost forgot about what we did for Pday today it was sweet. We started off the morning to the hill called San Javier and theres a huge statue of Jesus Christ and the coolest part was probably being up in the clouds.  Well thats about all I have time for but thanks so much for everyone´s support, I love you guys and I can´t wait to hear from you again!

Love,
Elder Singer

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

Happy Easter :)

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!