Tuesday, December 20, 2011

¿Qué pasa? Feliz Navidad es lo que pasa. 12/20/2011 Week 45


Here it is, the christmas season is upon us. We had transfers today and i will staying in the same old place, same old comp, same old everything, but it´s going to be great! Thanks so much for all of your happy birthday wishes! it was a fun one, and i was able to receive some presents from my companion, which included a cool Rosario Central (the major soccer team here) cup, and a toy gun that shoots foam balls. you can imagine how much fun i´ve had with that. The Christmas spirit isn´t quite as alive as it is in the good ol U.S. but it is definitely here. Christmas trees, christmas lights (on some houses), party "supplies" and a bright, cheery, argentine people. My companion and I are going to spend Christmas evening at a members house named the Farley family
So, Villa Goberndor Gávlez and Elder Waid will need to do some buckling up to handle me this transfer. We are going to hit the pavement hard....there´s also that new rejuvenation that comes from a new transfer! i´m stoked!
We also have the christmas conference on Saturday. should be legit.
Fun stories of the week: I found out one of my special talents is knocking lemons out of trees. Random tip: never try cooking a cake by putting it in the very bottom of the oven, below the flame.....doesn't work.
Some sad news i found out today was that my dear old MTC district buddy Elder Towns went home to Georgia last week due to back problems. We are hoping he´s going to be able to make it back out here.
Anyway, i want to share a quote with you from the prophet Joseph Fielding Smith. Christmas is the time of year when we can especially focus on our Savior Jesus Christ and share his spirit with others.
Joseph Fielding Smith said:
"There is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our hope for peace, for temporal and spiritual prosperity, and for an eventual inheritance in the Kingdom of God is found only in and through the restored gospel. There is no work that any of us can engage in that is as important as preaching the gospel and building up the Church and Kingdom of God on earth.

In the words of Uncle Sam : "I WANT YOU to share the gospel with someone this christmas"........ something like that.

Talk to you on Sunday! i emailed dad with all the info. FELIZ NAVIDAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Elder Winger

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! ‏ 12/12/2011 Week 44

How is everyone doing! thank you so much for the Happy Birthday wishes!!!! it´´s been a fun one! we had p-day today and had a zone Christmas get together. We met at a church house and played soccer and cooked some mean asado (the best meat in the country!) and had a great meal, all while watching the Christmas spectacular that we went to featuring David Archuleta..........that was.....ok, but everything else today was great :)
Special news......for the first time this week in 10 months......i drank a nice warm cup of hot chocolate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was SO GOOD. nothing like a steaming cup of hot chocolate in 10 million degree weather. it was to die for.
The work is continuing to go well here in Argentina....it seems as if there is some kind of plague happening to me and Elder Waid here in Villa Gobernador Gálvez.....we have found a lot of great people that have a lot of interest in our message, many that accepted baptismal dates....but the thing is....we can never find them again!!!! one of our investigators named Diego...i think i told you about him last week.....began working a few days ago after we had two lessons with him and he works EVERY day from 630 am until 10 pm.....its been a barrier for us. But we are continuing to work hard and the Lord continues to bless us and his people!!! i´ve had a a great week overall....the mission continues to get better and better as time goes forward. No other place i would rather be.
As far as some of the food here (because i keep forgetting to mention it) is good...but a lot of it is fairly bland haha. The argentines are not fans of spicy for nothin. A lot of things we eat include pasta, rice, empanadas (so good!), tartas, a lot of meat, and the fruit and vegetables are really fresh and delicious...and cheap! i have been especially addicted to apples lately.....i also LOVE the pears...but they are a little expensive....hopefully they will go on sale sometime maybe soon! Also, to drink, we drink lots and lots and lots of TANG. oh, and mayonese goes on EVERYTHING........alfajores are to die for....and dulce de leche is very common as well.
We have transfers coming up soon on the 22nd or the 23rd so we will see what happens......i´m thinking i will be staying here in this area, but who knows! it´s always a surprise.
I can´t wait to talk to you all on the 25th! as we get closer i will let you know what we are going to do and how.
The weather here: continues to heat up as the summer begins. It´ll be a toasty one.......i should be putting on sunscreen every now and then....but somehow i just haven´t learned my lesson of getting burned......maybe i´ll fit in with the argentines with darker skin by the end of the holiday season.
Love you all, i am super glad to hear that things are going well. Have an amazing holiday season, and i´ll talk to you all on the 25th! woohoo! No better time of the year than now! what a great opportunity to remember the Savior and all he´s done for us.
Con amor,
Elder Winger
p.s. scripture of the week: Mark 8:35

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

hello family ‏ 12/05/2011 Week 43

Hello my eternal family:

I have received some emails today containing information that has been really hard for me. Hearing about Spencer´s Dad, Gary, is a complete shock for me. But I know that the Gospel that we have is so true, and it´s for times that these that the Lord´s arms are able to comfort us the most. I have just finished writing Elder Burt an email, so if this email is a little shorter, my apologies. ha. If you see Mrs. Burt and fam, tell them I love them and they are in my prayers.

This week was a little rough for us on the work. My companion Elder Waid got sick, and it was a huge bummer. We were able to go out and work for 3 days though, so we definitely treasured those times between "being stuck in the apartment with nothing to do but read, listen to mormon tab, and try to stay sane - and working."
Last Sunday my ex-companion Elder Tague gave me a call and informed me that one of our investigators that we found in Ameghino (Lorena) got baptized last Saturday!!!!!!!!!! I was so happy. Having the Lord´s blessing of seeing the fruits of your labors is a huge motivator to give it my all everyday. I have had a little bit of a hard time keeping completely optimistic and enthusiastic all the time because i maybe haven´t had a baptism in a while, or it feels like i´m not making a big difference in the work, but I know that the Lord knows his vineyard better than I do. It´s been a time of humbling for me haha, a time that i can really put into practice more patience and charity so that I may become a more effective instrument in the hands of the Lord.
I found out a little more about the Christmas phone call (¡QUE ANIMO QUE TENGO!) and i believe that we are going to SKYPE....but i´ve heard rumors that we won´t be able to use the cameras :( but we will see. It´s going to be so nice to hear from all of you!!
We are working hard here in Villa Gobernador Gálvez and are really working hard to have some baptisms this month! We have a 16 year old girl that has been listening to the missionaries for 3 years with her family who finally feels ready to be baptized. Unfortunately, her mom is not able to join her due to the fact that she has to get divorced and remarried before, but it´ll be a great thing when Galia is bapitzed. Also, we found a man named Diego this past weekend.....when we knocked on his door, he was getting ready to go to the baptism of his daughter in the catholic church.....by the end of our lesson, he accepted a baptismal date for the 31st of this month haha. I called him on Saturday night to see if he could go to church the next day, and he said he couldn´t, but he told me "i´m going to read......and ponder.....and read that book of mormon you gave me." i said "ok." So yeah, we are hoping to continue helping him progress and make it to his baptismal date!

The Lord is constantly blessing us. Something that I take for granted sometimes, but i´m so grateful to be out here serving a mission. Sometimes i find myself focusing on how hard it is or whatever blah blah, but to share the message of the restoration with others....i have found myself lately taking a step back and telling myself "you think it´s (this life) hard for you? take a look at all these people that don't have the gospel."

I know this Gospel is true. I know that families can and will be together forever. I know the Savior lives.

To close (as if this were a talk haha) i´d like to post a poem that I received today in the weekly newsletter to the mission. I really enjoyed it.

Don’t Quit

Don’t Quit when
The tide is lowest,
For it’s just about
To turn;
Don’t quit over doubts
and questions,
For there’s something
You may learn.

Don’t quit when
The night is darkest,
For it’s just a while
‘til dawn;
Don’t quit when you’ve
run the farthest,
For the race is almost

Don’t quit when
The hill is steepest,
For your goal
Is almost nigh;
Don’t quit, for you’re
Not a failure
Until you fail to try.

-Jill Wolf

Talk to you soon!!!!

Elder Winger

Also, mom, if you could tell Sav and Sierra thanks so much for their imput in the letters! i loved it all haha. i will be writing emails to them ASAP. thanks :D