Written by admin on September 12th, 2011
Hey that was another great week gone by. Thanks for the letters, its a bummer about BYU, some of my comps family were there and it was quite the setback to see them go down. Ah well its not the end of the world. Deep down inside I probably don´t really care that much. Thanks for all the dental advice by the way. I don´t think its a cavity. Just so you all know I could probably count on my hand how many days I didn´t floss in my mission so you need not worry about that. It doesn´t really hurt either I think its because I brush too hard and I need to “massage” my gums. Thanks though, you guys seemed really concerned about it and you can bet on a weekly update. Just so you all know Josh told me about some of the fun social barriers and I gave him some of my wonderful and thought out advice.
Lots of our investigators are progressing, Fransisca basically admitted that she wanted to be baptized, she´s awesome and has a great testimony. She told a story about how a friend´s daughter stole 100 pesos from her when they were visiting and she surprised herself on how she reacted, she was just totally calm and informed the mother about what had happened and was just super nice about it. She said that before she probably would have gotten really mad but she didn´t. Thats conversion! I think she´s halfway through 2 Ne, in the plow through Isaiah. They´re such a nice family but we got to get them married!!! It´s hard because we can never talk to the husband but they came to church on Sunday again. Speaking of marriage, I don´t know if yall remember the couple we married earlier on while we were here but they didn´t progress and we had to drop them but all of the sudden (after not seeing her for 2 months) the wife shows up at church. It was so random. Lately we´ve been trying really hard to get up the church attendance so we´ve been going to pick people up and it hasn´t been successful but we had 7 people in church again! It was great. We´ve been teaching that one little kid named Leo and he´ll be getting baptized this saturday, he´s a funny little guy and a member´s younger brother, the free one I´ve been telling you guys about. If everything works out right, Alicia the really sweet lady will be getting baptized the following week. When her son gets out of prison we´re going to try to teach him, it sounds like what happened was an accident and he´s really not that bad of a guy. The area´s goal (south America, South) is that we have baptisms every week so we got work super hard. Baptisms are great finding experiences and the family always comes to see them.
Training has been fun and being District leader has been an adventure as always. Elder Carrari is in our district and he´s quite the character. Excellent missionary and a better teacher, he´s so good with the people and he´s great to have around if you look back in like june maybe July of last year there´s a pic of him and I eating at a BBQ in Santiago. I´ve finally admitted to being old in the mission. Its going by too fast but I think its helping me work even harder and its been surprisingly easy to focus and have excellent days. Elder Carlson is doing good too, he continues to progress and it always reminds me of when I started the mission. Its hard being a new missionary, I remember seeing all the older ones and thinking I was just a little boy and the older guys were men and now I´m one of the old guys. Anyways, while everyones back in the real world I hope you are all living it up there because I sure am here. I love you guys so much and I´ll be excited to hear from you all again. If my letters are getting a little bland hit me up with some questions and I´ll do my best to answer them or some useful suggestions.
Written by admin on September 5th, 2011
Elder Singer with missionary friends at the bus terminal
Hey thanks so much for the letters, don´t forget to tell Josh to write me too, I want to hear whats going down in Merrill Hall. I´m sure glad BYU was able to pull out, I can´t believe they´re playing Texas next week, that ought to be interesting. There were transfers this week and our pension is the same except Elder Spencer is headed for Jujuy and a missionary named Elder Adams is here now and he has about a year in the mission. One of the first things he asked us was if we were BYU fans, so if you were curious if I ever hear about BYU, a good half of the missionaries get all the updates. Transfers will be pretty insane with lots of changes because so many trainers are needed and the trainers have to stay with their trainers for 2 transfers and so I already knew that we were staying. Elder Araya was finishing his stay in Diza last night and as he entered the pension they got robbed and that area no longer has a cell phone and it is going to be white washed by Elder Carrari and his trainee. I don´t know if yall remember Elder Carrari but we were in Santiago together for a while and we always went on divisions. He´s a really great guy and I was excited when i found out he was coming over to our district. I´m really excited about our district, everything is getting really intense. Since Elder Aidukaitis came everything is way more intense and everyone is picking it up. I can´t imagine what the world´s missions will be like in just a year, the working method, training, teaching, it is all intensifying and its really exciting. Anyone thinking about serving a mission has got to be ready because the true church is a living church and the Lord has demanding more and more. Looking back just when I started my mission, I think everything has hugely improved and the demand for lots of preparation is increasing too. Its fun to talk about, President Levrino said that every moment Elder Aidukaitis had to talk to him he was training and teaching him and its all about catching the vision and having miracles.
Speaking of miracles, we had a pretty awesome week! If you all remember from last week´s episode, we had been struggling with church atendence and this week we had 6 investigators in church! We went out an hour early on Sunday morning and we tried to hit up as many people as we could and we went by 5 families!…. and none of them came! Haha I guess thats the works part of the faith that makes faith count but we had 6 people anyways so we were happy. If you look back from a bit we had Franco that kind of dropped us and out of the nada he appeared at church, he left a little early so we didn´t get to talk to him but we were so pumped to see him there! Fransisca and her daughter came to church, Leo (free baptism), Alicia the old nice lady, and then our recent convert Marta brought someone else too. Fast Sundays are a party in our ward because most of the Stake callings come from our ward and I had never seen the chapel so full! It was great.
The Familia Lazarte is progressing a bit, its just hard because they aren´t married and Walter the husband has a really tough schedule and its hard to work around. They made me pizza on Thursday for my birthday, that was really nice of them, we´re trying really hard to get them married but they want to have a big party so we´ll see how that goes. We also found some family of a member knocking doors and they were really solid, we´ll be taking them to church next week I believe. Also this week I went on Divisions with Elder Brisolara and we teach great together it was so fun. We taught a great lesson in the morning and I could feel the Spirit so strong. Elder Brisolara has been through the thick and thin with me, we were in the same MTC district and we started in the same district too. But yeah thats basically all of the exciting things that happened this week unless I forgot some. I hope you like the pics I sent, the teeth pic is for Dr. Petty to see if I can do any infield treatment while I´m out here in the jungle.
Written by admin on September 2nd, 2011
- Elder Singer and his district
- Elders Singer, Carlson,? ,Michaelson?
- Happy Birthday Elder Singer!
- Elder’s Singer and Angel
- Don’t mess with Elder Singer and his district!
Thank you all for the Birthday wishes! I really enjoyed everyone´s letters for the week. Just so you know I had a great birthday and the missionaries in my pension surprised me with an ice cream birthday cake! We also played soccer as a district and we all had some sweet goals. I was a little sad to find out that Rufio died but I guess he lived a good guinea pig life. I hope Chancho will stick it out for a couple more months so I can see him again, did any of you cry? It kinda reminds me of whenever Buddy passed away. But hey when we see them again it will be better because it will be coupled with an eternal glory. We´ll just have to wait and see… By the way I got a letter from every member of the family today so thats exciting! I´m excited for Josh and Tasha and all of the fun new things that they will be doing their first week at BYU. And also about me coming home the day I am, I´m pretty sure its in stone for all the missionaries but I´m excited to stay for one more Christmas.
This was a pretty good week in my area, we taught tons of lessons and I got to go on divisions with Elder Michaelson our Zone Leader. He´s a great missionary and loves the people. You can really see it in his eyes and is a great example. He has the exact same birthday as me too and he and his comp sang Happy Birthday to me and then we sang it to them over the phone. When I was out with him we found some really great people and had some solid lessons. This weird member guy we met did a little Kung Fu routine in the door for us I tried really hard not to laugh, he told me you just have to break the wrist and walk away, sounds like good advice.
The Lazarte family is doing great too, there was just the final voting so they didn´t go to church again but this next Sunday is looking pretty solid and we´re all excited to have that out of the way. I think they are really starting to like us and they sent us a really nice text message for my birthday. My comp let everyone know that it was going to be my birthday today so I got a couple more birthday wishes. We´re really excited for Flia Lazarte because they´re getting into the habit of having family prayer and they have been able to see the difference. We´re trying to get the Dad more involved so I think we are going to try to set a day when we can come over and help him work on their house. We also found a lady named Beatriz and her whole family are members except her and they all live in different parts and when we committed her to a baptisimal date she said she wanted her brother to baptize her! So we´ll see what happens with her. Also theres some 9 year old kid who has a brother thats a member and told us that he wants to be baptized. Free baptism, whoo! I just feel like our area is about to explode now that we have all of this stuff out of the way on Sunday I´m pretty excited! There is a great power in enthusiasm and attitude, I think it shows God that we have faith and so he blesses us accordingly. We also had a meeting with a 70 Elder Aidukaitis and he encouraged us all to believe in miracles and that we can do it we just can´t doubt. Mormon 9 is a pretty intense chapter. I don´t have a whole lot of time to tell about it but when I get home if you all remember I have a fun story to tell about that meeting.
I think you all will enjoy this weeks fotos. The guy with the insane face is Elder Angel, he had to go home this week because of his tumor so I´m not sure if I´ll get to see him when he comes back. I think you´ll enjoy the one of my district being hard core. They chose me to be in front, I felt pretty cool taking that picture, not going to lie. Also I look tan in the pics for my birthday (with the star wars stuff mom sent) but really I´m not I just forgot to take it off sunset mode haha. Well, here I go, I love you all, have a wonderful adventure this week and write me about it!
Written by admin on September 2nd, 2011
Hey I really enjoyed this weeks letters from everyone and I definitely enjoyed Josh´s story about his going down in a blaze of glory with the band, I laughed out loud and I told it to my fellow missionaries today. ok I hope you guys aren´t upset but the first presidency of South America, South came out and said that we can´t travel during those days of Christmas so I´ll be out one more week!! That means my last day in the field will be Christmas so make sure you tell Santa for me that I won´t be there. I hope you guys aren´t sad but I think it would have been weird if I only missed one Christmas. I´ll probably be home the following Wednesday, pretty short time to be home but its kind of how it was when I was going out too. I promise when I go to college I will communicate more frequently. It´ll probably be easier anyways because of the limitless ways to communicate through that advanced US technology (hint haha). I can´t believe that Tasha and Josh already are in college and that they don´t have too much fun without me I hope that Josh doesn´t do anything too crazy. Just try not to get involved with the law because now you´re in real life.
This week was a great week I hope I remember all that happened. Familia Lazarte is just doing great they just need to get to church again! Argentina just loves having holidays, its getting out of hand, Day of the Dog, Grandpa, Day for Children (thats what it was this week), you name it, they´ve got it. It just inconveniences the work but after this week I think that they´re going to be baptized. They´re so nice, all of the visits we had with them they would pray for our families back home, for lack of a better word its so sweet when they do it. We were able to talk about marriage with them and they didn´t have a problem with it. They said they´ve been talking about getting married for forever (18 years!) and we told them that we were going to help them out with it. We talked about how they felt about what we had taught them up until now and they said that they said the day before we arrived at their house they were thinking about how they needed to get closer to God and she said that since we´ve been coming by they feel something different that they´re understanding a lot more and not just reading or listening. It was a pretty awesome feeling when we were with them in that moment. I´m pretty sure they´ll get baptized its just a matter of when and this Tuesday we´ll be talking about getting a marriage date. Fransisca, the mom is already in 1 Nephi 14 and she´s probably the one that has progressed the most. We just have to get their husband a little more excited but this last week I could really tell that we got a lot more of their trust.
I hope you all enjoy the pictures, its of me drinking purple stuff, pizza that we made, and some pancakes and pasta for our lunch and our new haircuts that I did of my comp and I. Sorry if the letters are getting a little short, I guess all of the weird things that used to happen are just getting normal and all of my days are turning into a big fast blur of time but don´t worry I´m havin a blast. The church is true!
Written by admin on September 2nd, 2011
Thank you all for the letters, I´m still somewhat adjusting to being the only missionary to receive mail and it seems like yall write a little bit differently but it was great to hear from you all. I can´t believe that Josh and Tasha are already headed for BYU, the nest is on its way to being empty! Its kinda sad to think about it that we´re all growing up. Make sure for next weeks letter, yall include like a motivational quote or some awesome spiritual story so I don´t miss you all too much. But don´t worry I´m fine, this week was full of great experiences. That was a neat story about the Petty family, I think he would be proud to know that I have only missed a handful of days flossing in my mission. One of my comps gifted me dental floss because I was so faithful in doing so on a daily basis. My head feels a little heavy after a bit of bballin and pipza (pizza in Tucumano) partyin so if this isn´t super coherent you can guess why.
This week was solid because when we went to go visit the Lazarte family, I don´t know if you all remember who they are but the mother and the daughter both prayed and recieved an answer! The described it has a complete joy that they felt from head to toe. In Argentina it is required by law to vote and they do it on Sundays and we think it might have been because of that that they weren´t able to go to church because we had a member go by and they told her they weren´t able to go. We´ll see what happens this week but we´re way excited about them.
We found a handful of other interesting people this week too one guy who really wants to change and had been involved in lots of bad stuff before and he gives us a big smacker on the cheek everytime we say goodbye, thats how they roll here though. Roxana didn´t come to church either but she recieved an answer and wants to be baptized but she has to get married too. The person that did come to church this week was Adriana that we´ve been teaching a way back, she´s in a pretty tough situation but she has a really hard time believing because of the things that happen to her in her life but little by little she is making progress. All and all lots of great things are happening in our area its been quite a blast. Ever since the change of the goals we just teach and teach all day long its great and the progress is much more rapid. Elder Carlson is such a great companion and he impresses me all the time. He said that his Bishop knew Mom and Dad from college, his name is Matt Peterson, that sounds familiar to me too…
Also I went on exchanges with Elder Spencer and that was awesome he is a great guy and I have learned a lot from him. He´s one of the other missionaries here in Villa Alem.
Here´s quote of the week said by your very own Elder Singer: “In God´s plan everyone can be a winner, just some people choose not to play!” I hope you have all been inspired and have an excellent week. Also read a talk by Elder Oakes called A Challenge to Become, it just might blow your mind like it did mine. Sorry if this was a lil short you guys just keep writing fun things to answer back too! I hope I have more fans than you guys for my blog by the time this writing thing is over.
Anyways, I love you guys have an excellent week!
Written by admin on September 2nd, 2011
Hey thank you all for the letters, it definitely felt a little weird to have them addressed to a single missionary instead of two. It sounds like everyone is having fun adjusting to the changes that are happening at home. I can´t imagine what it´ll be like when I come home and we´re all together again and I figure I better not imagine anyways but being a missionary has been great. Yall asked me some interesting questions and being DL and training has been somewhat stressful but great. District Leader is cool because we are the missionaries that get to train other missionaries more than any another. Also the new program for trainers requires an additional 1.5 hrs to the 2.5 and if you couldn´t do the math that gives you a total of 4 hours of study. It focuses a whole lot on the new missionary taking the initiative in everything and by the end of the 12 week program (Napoleon Dynamite! haha, its actually 12 weeks!) its expected that the new missionary be ready to train another new missionary. Its a bit harder for the gringos I imagine because of the language barrier but Elder Carlson learns pretty quickly, and by putting him on the spot all the time in the lesson to teach it makes him learn fast too. The key is the practices too I would say, its been really cool because not only are the studies long but they are efficient so when we go out to teach almost exactly what we practiced comes out and it makes for some excellent lessons.
Anyways, this week was, well, lets just say it was quite a week. Lots of changes and new unknown challenges. It was the first full week with Elder Carlson and also President Levrino is making lots of changes but I like them. I feel like doors are opening. He always says that everything we do needs to be focused on our purpose and also the goals have changed too so things we do every day and the way we have planned have had to adapt. I like it though because its more teaching focused and less knocking doors. Not much time to tell much more but the future is bright! Little time to have lots of fun but here I go. One of my fav quotes, the future is as bright as your faith (Pres Monson). Well gotta go, I love you guys a ton, sorry this was a lil short I was writing Tasha, have an excellent week and if you could, send me an outline of Tasha´s talk!
Love, Elder Singer
Written by admin on September 2nd, 2011
First of all, Happy Birthday Megan!!
Pobrecita has to spend her birthday with everyone gone! I hope its a good one
though! This week was really long, I had to wait until Thursday to be with my
comp because of the volcanic ash thats in the air and so I got to work in La
Loma in my old area for a day and then in another part of Salta. I got to be
with Elder Ramos for a couple of days and that was really fun, every time we
get together we just bust our guts he is a really funny guy and was a little
sad when I told him I was heading out a little bit early. I really enjoyed the
pictures that Dad sent of you all vacationing/saying goodbye in Germany but Dad
I don´t think your tie matches at all. Dad asked me about how much time I´ll be
in the area, maybe I didn´t explain very well but I already have 3 months in
Villa Alem and I´ll have 3 months more because I´ll be with Elder Carlson for 2
transfers (Gringo comps for 9 months in a row!!!). Thats my new companion´s
name by the way. He´s from Orem, Utah and a super cool guy and we get along
well. I was wondering if we might be cousins, he said one of his ancestors was
a body guard to Joseph Smith (Its not shadrach roundy though) and there´s
somebody called Mary Anntonette, I think I heard that name some time at a family
reunion but I´m not sure. Training has been somewhat stressful though, Pres
Levrino made me realize how big of a responsibility it is to train when we went
up to Salta for a training meeting. We went to the President´s house and it all
went down how I explained and we were all in little groups and called us out
one by one to say who we would be with and there was lots of applauding and
cheering. It happens that in this group Elder Wells one of Brad´s friends
happened to be there and I snapped a picture with him, I figured Aunt Carol and
Brad would enjoy that too. I think I had forgotten how hard it was to be a new
missionary but since we met the new missionaries and I´ve been with my
companion it has brought back some fun memories with Elder Perez. I remember
feeling like a little kid in a big world were I didn´t understand most of
anything. Elder Carlson is a great companion though he has a lot of desire to
be a good missionary and wants to learn a lot and it makes it really easy for
me to focus too. It brought all my MTC memories back too and it made me really
miss it. It has also been interesting to see how much the church is changing.
It is truly a living church and every generation of missionaries is getting
better and better and the programs are getting more and more intense and
Missionary work wise it was a pretty good
week. To start off with, we worked Monday night in my area and found a family
of 4! Their name is the Lazarte family and then on Saturday night we invited
them to church and two of them came! They are super great and the 2 lessons we
have had with them have been super solid. Also the family of 5 we taught on
Sunday now has baptisimal dates and we´ll see what happens this week. We had
something kind of sad happen too with Franco. We don´t really know all of the
details but he came to church to give back his Book of Mormon but I wouldn´t
let him and the day before we fasted so he would come. He came but then it
turned out being to say goodbye. We´re going to try to still talk to him but we
don´t really know what happened. I guess I will be updating you all the next
week. Other than that, thats about it but we´re working real hard and having a
good time. I´m really excited to see how things go with this new program but it
has been quite the learning experience. It has helped me just in a couple of
days, improve my ability to study for the people we serve and we get so much
more out of it. Well I´ve been great, I hope everyone has a great week and I
hope to hear lots and lots of exciting news about whats happening in your
PS I think
you can see the pics from our mission on Facebook. Thats what Hermana Levrino
said so check out Misión Argentina Salta I´m sure its along those lines…
Written by admin on July 25th, 2011
Hey everybody! Congratulations to Tasha on completing an excellent mission! I can´t believe her time is already up. It truly is the best, one of a kind experience that anyone could ever have! I can only imagine the mixed feelings that shes experiencing right now. But guess what………… (drum roll… it was transfers)….. I´m staying in Villa Alem, the only bad thing is that Elder Ackerman is gone but only to the other zone of Tucuman so I´ll probably get to see him again some time I don´t really know. But, if you´re wondering who my new companion is, you´re in the same situation as I am because I don´t know who it is either because I´m training!!! I´m super excited I was hoping to train because there is this new study program thats super intense its 4 hours of study every day and the trainer has to stay with his trainee for 2 transfers so that means I´ll have a least 6 months in Villa Alem. I´m a little nervous/excited because now its back to the old way where we go up to Salta to pick them up and eat lunch with the President like it was whenever I started the mission. Its weird because we all sit in the same room and they announce it and in front of everyone you find out who your new companion is for the next 3 months… well thats how it will be for me, maybe something similar I don´t really know but you´ll all be finding out next week.
This week was really great by the way, as you can see from the pictures we had our baptism it was great! One of the members baptized her and we had 2 other wards their and the place was busting out its sides. I got to do 3 baptismal interviews too and that was great too. My district is just the best and we´re all like buddies. Micaela´s mom came to the baptism and we had a little intermission and we talked about the Restoration and whenever we invited everyone to ask God about it I looked over at her and I saw her head nodding. We talked to her after and she said that she loved it! I sure hope we get to teach her again soon. Also Franco the 18 year old kid came again to church (3 times in a row!) and he came to the baptism! We´ve been trying to work a lot harder with the ward and getting them pumped about missionary work and they´ve been visiting our investigators and inviting them to activities and its been helping a ton.
This was probably one of the scarier experiences of my mission but Elder Araya one of the members of my district called me at like 11:30 at night and said I needed to call the doctor in Buenos Aires because he only spoke english and while I was talking to him Elder Angel (Elder Araya´s comp) went into a seizure and the doctor was giving me instructions through one phone and I was translating and taking symptoms to the other phone as they were trying to deal with the situation, the whole thing ended up being like an hour it was pretty scary but it turned out ok and we´re going to see what the doctor says today.
In my final moments with Elder Ackerman, it was bittersweet to see him go and he cried a little bit but on Sunday night we were knocking doors and we found a family of 5! They were super great and understood a ton and had lots of great questions. We´ve been having to drop a lot of people because they weren´t progressing but we were pretty pumped about them. I got go pretty soon here but I love you guys so much take lots of great pics of Germany for me and I will be updating you all next week. Thank you so much for the birthday package by the way!
Written by admin on July 22nd, 2011
Thank you all so much for your letters they were great, by the time you get my letter you´ll all be dispersed across the country. I´m really excited to hear about how the Nauvoo trip goes when mom and everyone comes back. Dad I really enjoyed the story about the little Primary girls. I can´t believe Josh is already headed off to college soon, its scary to see how fast everyone is growing up. Also this week was exciting because I got some of the letters from the Miamaids with a narrow range of comments… “hey Elder Singer this has got to be a page so uh…” but it was fun to read them and tell other missionaries that I was the vicitm of the summer challenge. Apparently a package came in for me this week too but this time around I gotta pay a lil bit but don´t worry its not that its expensive, it just means I have to wait to find out what it is but thats ok
This week we got to know the new President and let me tell you he is the man. On Wednesday we had interviews with him and he is just a super direct guy and we had a great talk. He just nails you with questions and then he asked me about something I want to do in the mission or improve and when he responded it was just like alright, do this, this, and this and you´ll do it. Will you do it and report to me every week and how you´re doing with this?… Something like that and then this week we have to do a leadership training on Friday so I´ll get to see him again. On Thursday we had a half day 2 zone conference and I got to see Elder Kingsford and Elder Carrillo from Chijra. It was great to see them again and talk to them about the good ol days. President talked about what Elder Uchdorf talked about in Priesthood sessions that we are so privledged and blessed but we don´t live up to our full potential when we don´t give our best, disobey, or magnifying our callings. He also talked a ton about the Doctrine of Christ and how are purpose is to help people live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, not just to baptize them. Speaking of which it looks like we´ll be having a baptism this week! We´re really excited, its Micaela and she´s got a great testimony. I can´t remember if I said his name but the kid that came the first week, Franco, is doing great. He´s 18 and he has really enjoyed church and this time around he brought his little brother. Our last lesson we had with him we focused on the Book of Mormon and the spirit was really stong. We´re making progress with some other families too but we still have to get them to church. I´m pretty sure this will be my last week with Elder Ackerman, we´re a bit sad to part ways but excited for the future. Well, gotta go now, I love you guys so much and I hope all have an excellent week full of great experiences!
Written by admin on July 22nd, 2011
This week was great! I can´t believe that Tasha is on the final stretch. Yall should give Tasha a question thing to do like they did with Tyler right before he went home. I´m on the final quarter when they put the fastest guy in, I guess that means I gotta put in my best for the finish. Anyways, It has been another awesome week out here in the mission field, but maybe a little better than normal. I know that numbers aren´t the most important thing in the mission of course but over the course of four weeks there has been a big jump in the progress of my district and it just feels good to set goals and accomplish them. Also happy birthday to Grandma and Josh!! I hope it was/will be wonderful! Josh can now buy permanent markers whooo. Also Grandma asked me about the weather here and it very well could snow here but the weather is really similar to Houston weather so not too likely but a possibility.
We had a solid start of the week and we found a group of boys in the street and they asked us a question about english and we asked if we could sit down on the curb and talk. Two of them are 18 year old twins and they have 2 younger brothers. They are really good kids and they understood everything really well and accepted the baptismal invitation. The cool thing was is that we had a member go by on Sunday to pick them up and one of the oldest boys came. We´re hoping that all 4 come home soon but it was still great to see someone we talked to in the street come to church that week it was great. Also we found a couple who we could tell were real searchers of the truth. They kinda like sleeping on sundays and they found it a little abrubt to go to church on Sunday but we´ll see what happens in this next week. It has been a blast this whole time working with Elder Ackerman but we think we´ll have to part ways at the end of this transfer, I think he´s one of the funniest guys I know. This week we were at a lunch appointment and the family said that they liked to dance and talked about different types of dances and the sister said something about how she thought tap dancing was cool. Elder Ackerman then said that he knew how to tap dance and I looked at him with my “no way” face and told him that he didn´t know how to tap dance and he defended himself and stood up out of his chair and started to do a little tap routine. The sister was just blown away but I held the same expression, I just knew him too well and the whole time I wasn´t really convinced but the rest of the family was and right when we walked out and probably took about 5 steps and he says “Man… I totally just made that up.” He always has me busting up, its just stuff like this all day long its great with all of the fun stuff we get to do as missionaries on top of that. Sometimes we´ll be walking together and we´ll just look up at the sky and say “whoa… we´re in Argentina on a mission…”
The best thing that happened this week was that we had 5 investigators in church! We hadn´t been doing to well with church asistances so when we did weekly planning we decided that we would fast on the following day for our investigators. We recieved the immidiate blessings on sunday morning with all of those investigators and it was just a special experience to be able to strengthen my testimony of the fast. Elder Carter would say that fasting always works and I think its true. Lately I´ve really been trying to dive into the Book of Mormon and I´ve realized how closely associated that prayer and fast are in almost every case (if not all I don´t know exactly) that when someone searched for spiritual guidance or strength that didn´t just pray but they fasted too.
Well… I gotta be on my way soon I´m excited to hear from you all again, I love you all so much!