Well not a whole lot has happened this week. We were able to help 4 people get to church this week, so that was great. One guy was an older dude that was all broken and could barely walk. So me and my comp did divisions with members, and me and a member went to help him get out of bed, get in a car, and come to church.
I also learned quite a bit of sign language Sunday. The kid we used to communicate with the mom went with all the younger kids to his class, so me and my comp were left with his mom and dad that are deaf. When we were reading she would show me what every word was. By the end of the day I was translating what everyone was saying and having conversations with them. The gift of tongues is real. I learned how to teach the Plan of Salvation in sign and a bunch of other stuff in just 2 hours. They are hopefully going to get baptized on the 11 of February.
I took a few pictures with our investigators. We have found a few more families that we want to teach. They are all young families, and I’m hoping they will be baptized:)
Well last p-day we went and played paddle ball in a place we found near the office. It was really fun. This week we worked a ton with investigadores. We have Luciano y Andrea. They are progressing very well, along with Johnny y Maira and Daniel. I believe that every one of them will get baptized. They just need to be able to get to church.
During intercessions (I don’t know what is called in English) I met some interesting people. I met a guy that was super nice and super honest. He had been in jail a few times because he uses drugs and then does knife fighting; you can see that he has a ton of scars from doing that. Later we found a guy that just got done buying drugs. He stopped us and told us he wanted to change his life, and told us a little about his story, showed us his tattoos that he got in the prison, the tattoo he got for killing a cop, and all this stuff. But I’m glad to say that both of these men felt really bad for what they have done and are really trying to find God in their lives. I never once felt like I was in danger. I could just feel how much they were longing to come to know our Savior and his love. I have also talked to a few ignorant people too, but those are stories for when I get home jaja.
We were able to contact a reference that we got of a man that is being separated with his wife. He has 3 kids. The oldest is I think 11, and the youngest is 6, and his wife is basically tired of him and wants to get to know other people. She still wants to go to parties and stuff. The guy is really, really sad. He broke down in tears when we gave him the Book of Mormon and told him that through reading the BOM and praying that everything will work out for the better. We then left him with our testimonies, and we are hoping to go back to his house with one of his good friends who is a member that lives by him. She basically raised him as a kid with her sons. His name is Juan. If you guys could pray for him, that would be great.
We also went to Plaza Huincul to open a pension. We loaded the truck up with a ton of things and then we hit the road. We were driving for about an hour and a half when I heard the change of sound coming from under the hood. So we turned all the music off and all the fans so I could hear it better. We then basically lost all power. I could not speed up, I could only change the RPM and that was it. I still don’t know what was wrong. Later the transmission light came on. I pulled over to see if I could see anything obvious that happened under the hood, and I couldn't see anything wrong, but I could only hear it. So we got there and went back home driving super carefully and slow. We have a day to take the truck to the mechanic, and it is this Thursday.
Well, that’s basically it for this week.
Love You All.
The one but not the only, Elder Newman
Happy Birthday little sis. Hope you had a great one. Know your brother loves you.
Well to start off, I want to say sorry because I didn’t take pictures this week, woops. But I will say that this week was full of work.
We taught 20 lessons and found 11 new investigadores hicimos 72 contactos, and we invited 4 people to baptism. The only goal we didn’t come close to meeting is investigators in the church.
My new comp is great. He is helping me leave from my comfort zone a little bit more and actually talk to every living soul that walks by us. Some reject us very coldly, some say some crazy stuff about something their pastor told them, but there are a lot that accept to let us come to their house to talk to them. We have a few families that we just barely started teaching that look like they are going to progress really well.
We really didn’t do anything for my birthday. We did drop Angel y Victor. They weren’t progressing anymore, so we had to drop them. Then we went and had dinner with President and the Hermana. We celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. It’s the same day as my birthday. Then after [that],we ate cake.
Yep, I actually got a sunburn last Monday. [It was the] first time in a long time since I’ve got burnt. It’s probably because I’m in the office all day during the hottest part of the day menos lunes [except Monday].
Well that’s about it. I’ll let you all know how these new investigadores turn out.
[As it turns out, Elder Newman did send pictures that he must have gotten from some of the other elders.]
Well this week was a lot less stressful. We didn’t have much going on in the office, so me and my new comp were able to leave and get some work done in our area. We were able to find 12 new investigadores.
We did another capilla abierta [open chapel], and we put 3 baptism dates. The thing is none of the people who came lived in our area.
I did a little bit more of cooking. I made some fruit leather with some apricots, and I made some baked potatoes rey llenos for my district because none of us had a member to help us out with lunch on Saturday. They were super good, not drowned in oil and not noodles. We need to teach the members how to cook here haha.
Thanks everyone that wished us a happy birthday! I miss you all. hope you are enjoying the snow up there. We could use some of it here. It’s freaking hot!
Well this week was really busy. Like you have seen in the pictures of Presidente, llegaron 30 misioneros [30 missionaries arrived]. I was really stressed out, but at the end everything turned out great.
I had to change my clothes after I loaded all the suitcases of all the new missionaries. If you think, we had 30 missionaries, and every missionary has about 3 bags, I had to load and unload 90 or so bags in the truck and take it to the office.
The day they all got here and the next I was literally running around all day. Plus it was transfers, and some people were waiting to go to their area with their new compañeros. So I had a ton of people all over the place for about 3 days, I was talking on my phone constantly. At the end of these three days I had no patience. But now I am doing much better.
I now have a new companion, Elder Ramirez. He is also from Santiago Chile. He lives kind of close to Elder Rosas. I’m thinking that one day I will have to go visit Chile to see all my comps.
We didn’t do much teaching this week either. We got a total of 2 lessons in. We were in our area for about half a day. We had to do a lot of stuff with the 30 new missionaries and the 30 trainers that were here.
When the newbies got here, we had to rent a bunch of rooms in a hotel because there were so many people here. I was able to stay in the hotel to help control all of them and help talk to the workers. It was a fun change, but stressful. I was up till 12:30 that night because I was waiting on my comp (in this moment it was Elder Ortiz) to get back from taking an elder to the hospital, who got here and was really sick. So he got back, and we went to bed. The next day the Hermana Casariego told us we could take a nap.
Well that’s basically it. We spent the New Years in the church. We made some wings with a hot sauce. Well that’s all for now.