Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Febuary 8th, 2016

Hola hola!

How is everyone? This was a great week for us. The best news is that we put a baptismal date with Noelia and she is going to be baptizedthis saturday!! woohoo! Finally we are going to have a baptism in Rio Negro. That same day one of the investigators of the sister missionaries (Raul) will be baptized as well. So its going to be a great day. This coming week we are going to have 4 baptisms in the zone! So its going to be a great week for us. This last week the sister missionaries in Barrio 2 had a baptism, a man named Jose Luis, I did the baptismal interview for him, and he is  a super cool guy, I became good friends with him. He is an accountant and is making a small movie about a particular neighborhood in Resistencia, and he said he will give me a free copy. So we are hoping to have a great upcoming week. 

As well this past week an investigator that we have named Andrés came to church. He is good friends with a less active member that we just reactived named Lucas. Andrés is sincerely praying for an answer to see if this is the truth and he is reading the Book of Mormon.. so we are excited for him and we hope that he feels that he recieves an answer. A lot of the guys in the ward became friends with him and everything is going good. 

On friday we went to the Canciano family again. Remember them? They were the family of Toba indians that are members that we went and hiked out to the middle of nowhere to their house to visit them and all the streets were flooded with water and stuff. Well we went again, and this time it wasnt flooded! They are a super special family. One of the daughters of the family likes to do oragami, and she gave me this really pretty crane decoration thing that she made by herself. They dont have much, so her giving that to me was super special. And right before we left, they made this drink for us called azucar quemado (burnt sugar). What it is is they put a bunch of sugar in like a coffee mug, and then they put hot coals on the sugar and all the sugar burns up and steams as you stir it around with your spoon. Its so cool! And then after a few second of the hot coals in there, they put boiling water in there. And thats all there is to it. But it is SO GOOD!! It has a really good taste. They say that its a traditional drink from their tribe from since a long ago. So that was a way cool experience, I will have to show you guys how to make it when we are camping or something.

Everything is going great! This coming week should be good, we have consejo (zone leader counsel) tomorrow and then we will have our zone meeting as well. I have a super strong testimony that I know that I am serving God in his true church, I love the mission and I love all that I am learning. I know that its the true church because I feel it so strongly every time that I teach the restoration, I know the gospel has been restored and it makes me happy. Thanks for all your love and support, I hope that you have a great weeek!

Elder Miles
 ​This is the entrance to Resi, this sign is in my area
 ​This is the very very long road that goes to Canciano´s house! You have to wear boots for all the mud. (Look how pretty the argentine skies are!)
 ​This is the cool origami crane thing that she gave to me
Probably the only pretty thing about this wretched place. haha. 

Febuary 1st, 2016

Friends & Family!

How is everyone doing? Thank you for your emails and for your support, I really appreciate it. We had a great week over here! The best thing that happened is that our investigator Noelia (she has been an investigator for a reallly long time, even before I got to this area, she just hasnt gotten baptized yet because she needed to get married to her boyfriend Nelson, who is an inactive member in our ward) got married this week! She met Nelson and she moved in with him and then the missionaries started going over to teach her and she been truly converted to the restored gospel and is anxious to be baptized. So on Friday we went to her little wedding at a placed called Registro Civil and we watched them get married. It was fun and they were super glad that we were there. And now this week we have to talk to her and start planning out when she will be baptized! So thats something we are super looking forward to. 

As well this week on wednesday we had 2 elders stay in our apartment with us for a day because they had to come from far away (formosa) to do paper and visa work. One of them was Elder Flores, who is the best friend of Elder Toledo. Do you guys remember Elder Toledo? He was the missionary that I started to train like 7 months again that was a native indian from Paraguay that went home after 2 weeks. Elder Flores is one of the Nibacle that was able to stay here in the mission. So I did divisions with him all day and it was way cool for me to talk to him and see the progress that he has made since when they first got there. As well he told me that Elder Toledo is at home really happy and all is well. It was a  cool experience for me, I love Elder Flores, I respect him so much for being here and for staying in the mission. 

That night, I bought us all facturas to eat (a little yummy pastry thing). And I guess one of the ones that I ate made me SICKER THAN A DOG. And there are some pretty sick nasty dogs here in argentina. haha. I threw up lots and had a high fever. But thanks to my loving companion that took good care of me and feed me cookies as I was laying in bed I am completely healed and feeling great now. So everyone just calm yourselves down. 

It was also Elder Miles´s birthday last week on the 29th of January! I took him to Grido. Its our favorite local ice cream place. It was bucket loads of fun. 

We still are in an investigator drought, but we are trying everything we can and we feel good with our efforts even if they dont always end up in baptisms. Everything is going really good right now, I am loving the mission and I love serving my Lord. I love how the mission changes me and helps me to become a better person. I know that these that I am doing are true and for a good cause. 

Thanks for all your love and support! I hope you have a great week. 

 ​Elder Flores and I
 ​Noelia and Nelson at their wedding
​OH. MY. GOSH. Its been awhile.