14 June 2010

First Baptism and World Cup Fever

Hey there Family!

I'll answer some of the questions that you asked in your email first:

Q. Give us a run down of your day from start to finish:
A. We wake up at 6:30am, exercise till 7, after that everyone takes a turn for the shower. 8:00am we start personal study till 9, then we have comp study till 10. 10:00am is usually language study then we get ready to head out. We usually have a lunch at a member's home. We hardly ever eat dinner. So all day we are working, tracking, lessons, etc., etc., then we get home around 9 to 9:30, plan for the next day, then RELAX!

Q. McKenna wants to know what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
A.  Breakfast we usually eat a bowl of cereal or nothing.  Lunch we eat at a member's house. Usually homemade pizza, rice and chicken, empanadas, noodles.  Dinner we usually eat little treats from the families we visited. They usually give us bread.

Q. Do you cook for yourself or for everyone?
A. Usually at night if we are hungry.

Q. Do you do your own laundry?
A. We take it to the lavanderia on the corner! Its nice 16 pesos.

On to my letter...
I saw Elder Gneiting today and I´ll see him again tomorrow. It's great seeing him but at the same time it is hard because he's leaving for home next week.  I feel like I have a mountain of time to go!  I have so much to say, it's hard to put everything into words when you are on your mission. So many experiences are just for yourself. But I'll try to fit everything I have done this week into one email!

Well the most important news is that we had two baptisms this Saturday!  I baptized a 10 year old girl just like McKenna hoped for me. This was officially my first baptism in Spanish and the experience in that baptismal font is the most crazy, spiritual, nerve racking, awesome experience ever. It came close to when I baptized McKenna (which is my favorite baptism ever!! and the most amazing!!).  She is 10 years old and reminds me a lot of McKenna. Her name is Marcela Andrea Rocha. I'm still stoked that I baptized someone this Saturday.

The week has been great. We have worked super hard and and you can see the miracles happen. During our baptism service everything went wrong! The bishop showed up late, the speakers didn't come and I ended up giving a talk. Just one of those missionary moments that you have to do everything. But everything worked out and we had an awesome baptism that I´ll never forget.  It seemed like everything was working against us. Even the font drained right before the baptism, but we hurried and filled it up in time hah.

We have an investigator name Eliana who is soo awesome.   She and her boyfriend set a marriage date and she wants to be baptized right after they are married. She is so interested in the church and their family attended this Sunday. They had a great time and the ward members were super nice to them. We usually have to tell everyone to go and introduce themselves to the new investigators. The kids loved primary and Elaina and Herman loved the whole thing. They have 4 kids, a super cute 6 year old daughter, a 4 year old daughter, a two year old boy and a 4 month year old baby.  Their family is so awesome!

During the week we had a lot of lessons and had a pretty normal week. We have the goal to baptize every weekend. We have plans to do so, so we are working hard on doing our best to accomplish this goal!

Wow so much to say and I always feel rushed in these emails sorry! This week it rained quite a bit and that sucked because you get soaked! We were actually at a member's house for lunch and it was pouring outside and I forgot my rain coat.  They made a trash bag raincoat for me. The kids loved it and we had a great time. It was kinda funny walking around in the trash bag but you don't care at all when you are on your mission hah.

Saturday was crazy when Argentina played in the World Cup. No one was outside, everyone was glued to the television.  I´ve never seen so much Celestial Blue in my life. Argentina soccer is the most important thing in the world for them hah. We actually got to go to a member's house when it was pouring rain and catch a little of the game, and we still left with a message hah.  When Argentina scored a goal fireworks went off and the whole place erupted. It sounded like a war zone when the match was over.  Just think of it x10. Yeah. It was awesome. I can't wait for the next game and hopefully the championship. The members keep me updated on EU soccer.

The members here are so awesome. I really do love these people and care for them so much. It makes my day to just be with them for a lesson or at church. It's great to actually be able to communicate in Spanish with them hah.  I'm still learning but I can´t believe how much I have learned.  Im talking with people everyday, learning, and having awesome mission experiences here in Argentina. I still can't believe I´m in Argentina!

I'm emailing from the Internet cafe with Credence Clearwater Revival playing in the background, it's kinda funny because you hear a lot of American Songs here in Argentina. The bishop's house is always playing Bob Marley which is soo awesome. The bishop's wife is the coolest person ever here. She is always so happy and just amazing. I have to get a video to show you how cool she is.

These past 5 weeks have been the most life changing weeks in my life. I can´t wait to see what the next 2 years do to me. It;s hard, really hard but you just do it and after the day is over you know you've worked hard for the Lord. I've born my testimony a lot here and every time I do I feel the spirit so strongly.  I  love the people here.  I want to do everything I can for them. This work is so true and this Gospel is everything to me. I have seen milagros everyday.

We have it so lucky back home. Be grateful for everything we have. We are so lucky to be able to go to church. The people here live so far away from the chapel and they are not able to attend. It's so hard to see people that want to go but are not able because they live so far away and have to work on Sunday to live.  People wake up at 3 am to go to the flea market and work until late in the evening.  We have it so nice in America.

Well I love you guys and miss you everyday! I love love love you guys and I´ll talk to you next week with another update of life in the mission field!

Can you send me more ties in my birthday package?

Elder Shepherd!

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