Well not much happened this week but I do have some good news at the end. But that doesn’t mean not reading the email and skipping to the end. Anyway...
Friday was normal woke up went to find people in the morning. Found a few people, had lunch studied, left, went to a reference the other elders gave us that they didn’t have time to visit so we would go as replacements. So we go to an address looking for a red house and a lady named Olga. And we get there have a little trouble finding the house but then finally encountered it and we knock and no one is home so we leave and go knock some other house and come back in about an hour and we knock again and man opens the door and we say we are wondering if Olga is home and he says no there is no Olga or nobody like that who lives at that house that address. He is Damian and there is no Olga. So we call the other elders and they repeat the address and the what the house looks like and everything and the description and address matches this house perfectly so we knock again and ask is there anyone home that is a woman or anyone who sounds like Olga or Rorga or Torga or una tortuga or something and no. Only this guy Damian and he lives with his mom; she is Mercedes. So we left and go home and the other elders had the right house and everything they just had the wrong name. So we were supposed to talk with Mercedes so we will have to go back some other time.
Saturday we did like nothing; went to the river in the morning found like one person and then the afternoon was talked to like 3 people it was a pretty slow and uneventful day.
Sunday woke up and went and looked for an investigator and he said he wasn’t ready; he still needs to shower and get ready so he said he would just show up late to church which we said that is fine. So we went to church alone and then he walked there himself and showed up like right after we finished the Sacrament so he got to hear the talks given. Then he also stayed for Gospel Principles and for Priesthood and he said he liked them both. And then we asked if we could come by later in the week or come teach him like in two days or so and he was like he needs to go to the doctor this week and has to get some pills because his leg is broken and we were just like whoa what Marco your leg is broken and you are just going to take some medicine that’s it okay. So we will see how he is doing. Then after church was normal we actually didn’t talk to like anyone so the whole night was just rejection and walking around and not teaching or talking to anyone it was a little weird. It has been a long time since we have had to put down 0 for people talked to.
Monday the zone leaders and the district leader was supposed to go to Bahia Blanca for a little conference for leaders to talk to President so it would have just been my companion and I with the house to ourselves because the other 4 were to leave but then the district leader over slept and missed his bus so then him and his companion stayed and it was just the four of us. And other then that it was just a normal day nothing really happened. But then that night we past for that Olga/ Mercedes whatever her name is and we taught her a little bit and talked with her son Damian who says he wants to eventually move and live in the US and he just doesn’t know if there is much work if he could find a job super easily.
Tuesday woke up and visited a few people didn’t really find anyone but then that afternoon we had zone meeting and we gathered together like we do every Tuesday and the zone leaders get it started with announcements and they announced some new changes in the mission.
First that President is letting all Americans able to vote. So somewhere in the future he is going to work that out and we will have to take our absentee ballots back and he wants all of us to vote in the November elections. Because we can’t watch any debates or interesting stuff about the race he will send us stuff through email about the candidates and what is going on in the race and all and then once November comes around we will be able to vote. So that was first that all the American missionaries we can now vote.
Second is we have to organize and make carpetas de Ã¡rea so folders or binders with everything in the area: all investigators we have and just make things nice and organized. Because there have been many times that two missionaries get to a new area and there is like no work or history left for them so these two new elders start what we call blind knowing nothing about the area. Because the last elders didn’t leave a list or papers or anything of the investigators in the area. So now we have to be keeping track of everyone and have records or teaching and people and stuff so stuff like two elders coming into an area new and blind don’t have nothing to work with and don’t have any records or investigators and they don’t have to start all over from scratch. That will eliminate that from happening anymore.
Third was he is changing transfers from every 6 weeks to he wants us to be and stay in our areas longer so that we can work more and get more done and know the people better and baptize more. He has changed it to we stay and transfers are every 6 months. Which is kind of crazy and also long but that will ensure that people can like get a lot done in 6 months and they don’t just go to an area 6 weeks, leave go to another get transferred in 6 weeks, leave go somewhere else, leave. Now we will start staying in places for 6 months.
Fourth or last we will start doing monthly planning in addition to our weekly and daily planning. And that was what the zone meeting was and everyone asked questions and people were confused, some were mad, so we talked a lot about the new changes to happen. Then we left and we went and taught a lesson at a new member family’s house and it went super well and their son had questions but then their grandmother came home and she hates missionaries and she gave us a dirty look and ignored us and just went straight to her room.
Wednesday we went and did service digging holes at someone´s house and that was fun and interesting I felt like the movie Holes digging up them holes digging. It was fun and then we went and had lunch and then studied and did weekly planning and then we went and taught a lesson and it went super well. The lady understood everything and had great questions. “I have a 3 month baby, he is not able to sin why does he have to be baptized” and we responded he doesn’t our church baptizes at 8 years old and accountability and all that and Moroni 8. And she asks about plan of salvation we go after this life and why is the Catholic Church rich and it is really just a big business just all for the money and she asked about baptism and how catholic priests study to be priests but you don’t choose to be prophet or priest of God. God will choose you like he chooses Joseph Smith and all his prophets and Hebrews 5. And all of that it was so good best lesson we ever had with anyone lots of inspired questions and all.
Today Thursday we played basketball this morning and now we are here writing and emailing after we just finished lunch.
Transfers are this Sunday we find out where we are going this Saturday and either I’ll stay here in Guemes or I may get transferred somewhere else and then I will stay in wherever I go for the next 6 months. So I may only have 3 more areas in my mission. Easter we aren’t doing anything here. It was a good week and now fall or autumn is here and the weather is great a little cold but I like it. Thanks to all of y´all and have a good week.