Tuesday, July 5, 2011

¿Qué pasa? 07/05/11 Week 22

Well it sounds like there's plenty of fun going on there at home!  maybe a little too much fun if you ask me huh? ;)  I´m so happy to hear that everyone is doing so well.  To Tiffani:  you have to grow up eventually, play time should be over by now haha.  And mom, i want to thank you first off for the wonderful testimony that you sent to me.  I know you have an amazingly strong testimony mom, i´ve always known that :)  Thank you so much for this opportunity you´ve given me to grow up in the Church of our God and the opportunity that I have now to share it with others.  And Dad, I hope all goes well with the trip to Florida!  By the way, who ended up winning the NBA finals?  haha anyway, how long are you planning to be over there and what are you going to be working on?  I hope you have a great trip and make it back soon to spend time with the fam and the new baby that's coming! WOO!!  I´m super excited for you Nate and Shantra!  I can´t wait to hear all about our new members of the family that are coming and to see pictures.  Uncle Tanner?  I'm old    :( haha.  Anyway, glad to hear that everyone is doing well, keep me posted as you have been.
So I found out this morning that I will be staying in Parque del Sur for another transfer :).  My companion Elder Pixton is heading off to another place, and I´ll be welcoming my new companion Elder Bryce.  I don´t know much about him, but I have heard really good things about him.  I am super excited to work with him and to continue on in this wonderful work of the Lord.  As far as Milagros bautismo went this week, it was great!!  There were probably 30 people or so at the baptism, including 10 or so nonmembers!!  So we were able to talk with a few of them and hopefully we will get a chance to teach some of them in the near future.  But, as always, something ALWAYS has to no go as planned when a baptism comes along.  The baptism was set to start at 5 o clock on Saturday, so we went to fill up the baptismal font at about 2 o'clock.  We just turned on the water, and then were just going to return about 430 to turn it off and we´d be all set :).  But, when we finally made it back around at around 4:45, with people beginning to show up, came to the pleasant surprise that the water had run out and there was only about 1.5 feet of water in the font.  Entonces, we needed lots more water in 15 minutes....AGH!  It was quite the experience haha, and after a lot of personal praying, we were able to figure out how the water system works and were able to fill up the font about 30 minutes later.  The water was freezing cold for poor Milagros, but it didn´t matter for her, so that was good ha.  Also yesterday, we passed by a man named Juan Carlos Vera that we´ve been teaching who's just awesome.  he has a little trouble remembering everything that he reads and understanding everything, but he loves the gospel and has the desire to be baptized.  We found his registry in the area book one day, and he hadn´t been visited by missionaries for 6 years, so i was super happy to find him and that we could teach him.  We set him a baptism date for July 23, but after we left the appointment with him....we forgot to ask if he was married.  He has kids and a wife, but we are not sure if he is married.  So we are praying that he is so that we don´t have to work with that obstacle haha.  Anyway, also another really cool thing has been happening this week.  There´s this huge soccer tournament that happens every couple of years or so called the Copa America for south America and central America.  Anyway, they are playing 4 games here in my area at the Futbol field of Colon!  So tomorrow night, Argentina will be facing off against Columbia here in Santa Fe.  Its going to get pretty wild here, I'm super excited.  The field can fit about 30 000 people in it, but everyone in Argentina will be watching the game and its going to be pretty hectic around here.  Ill keep you posted on how it goes.  What a dream........I´ll actually be in the same city as the great Messi.  Dream. come. True.  haha. 
Anyway, last Sunday we had an amazing testimony meeting in the ward.  Milagros bore a powerful testimony of how the gift of the Spirit has already touched her life, and then her uncle that she lives with got up and bore an amazing testimony as well.  He´s a seminary teacher that works in Cordoba too, so I love talking with him about the gospel ha.  Anyway, he said one simple statement that really struck me"What´s true is true, and I cannot deny that."  The gospel is such an amazing thing!  Its literally the TRUTH about everything.  A testimony is something that we have to harvest throughout our lives, but how much growth and happiness do we gain through it.  I´ve realized something since i´ve been here, why we are separated from the world:  We are a people that are constantly looking for ways to better ourselves.  Christ was our perfect example, and it´s in this life that we strive to follow his example and become more like him everyday.  How great it is that God has given us the chance to have eternal progression!  It´s sad to see here in Argentina that a lot of people get to a certain point in life when they decide that what they are is good enough, and there´s no reason to change or to strive for something greater.  I know that this Gospel gives hope, faith, and purpose in this life.  It gives us the desire to become better individuals today than the day before.  I´ve been so blessed to have this gospel in my life and ill always be in debt for what I've received.  I know every person is a child of our Father in Heaven and desire the happiness and growth/progression that can only come from the Truths of God that have been restored to the Earth.  I´m simply here to remind people of the reason they are here on the earth :)  It´s so so hard to watch people reject the gospel, but with the gift of free agency, everyone has the choice to accept or reject.  I'm definitely not a great teacher right now, and I'm still learning this language that has over a billion words i swear haha, but I'm striving to do my best to help my brothers and sisters here.  I read a talk this week in the Liahona that was by Barbara Thompson about Love and Service.  If you get a chance to read it, do it!  Its awesome, and is really centered around John 13 when Christ washes the feet of his disciples.  Anyway, that´s enough blabbering.  hope all is going amazing and I love you all! 
Scripture: Mosiah 24:14.
"And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions"
Random Facts of the week:
Ate at an Arabian Restaurant again today and ate something called Kebbe.  It was good
Elder Pixton and I danced around with 2 sparklers for July 4th!  HOORAY AMERICA
Got bit by a dog. almost.
One of my shoes has a hole in the bottom of it.  still think its drying out from the rain from 3 weeks ago. shoes don´t last long haha.
The walls of Babylon were 56 miles in circumference, 335 ft high, and 85 ft wide.
I began writing in a Dream Journal (yeah) this week for no apparent reason, but its definitely weird.
Also about the weather here, it hasn´t rained a lot lately, its just cold because of the humidity. BRR
Love ya fam and friends!!
Talk to you next week :)
Elder Winger

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