We found a great little family! We´ve only had one lesson with them so far but they seem promising. The parents are married! Yes! It´s rare to find a married couple. Claudio and Lydiana Rodriguez with young girl Milagro.
We were contacting near our home. We walked up to a pleasant, blue home with 2 dogs in the dog-walk and a parrot yelping and climbing up the dog-walk gate. We clapped and a little, petit woman came out, Lydiana. We introduced ourselves and she was nice. A man walks up from behind who turns out and it´s her husband, Claudio. He greets us and we present ourselves. He turns a little cold as he explains how he has lost hope in religion because every church he´s tried has had people praising and showing off their false “righteousness” in church, but then being a completely different person outside. Therefore, he tries to walk in the light of Christ he has on his own. I didn´t think he was going to let us in but we asked him if we could enter his home and talk with them for a tad and he said yes! I was surprised! Cool! Let´s go for it! It was a great lesson. Claudio said on his own that he felt a good compelling feeling inside of him that brought contentment and peace to his heart. We told him…”that´s the Spirit!” They want to pray, ask the Lord, and study the Book of Mormon to find out more truthfulness. Claudio was apparently baptized in the LDS church when he was going to church with his friends as a kid…but completely forgot about all that. But he was really excited that he re-found this church and the promises it has. To be continued!…
Culture: People drive however they want. I´m very surpised I haven´t seen a crash yet. I´ve seen dogs get hit by cars yes! but not car vs. car.
Another dead cat!
We´ve found a lot of people who used to live in the States…usually Florida, but returned to Argentina when it was hard for them to find work there. All of them have said, “I lived in the States, life is better there, here…it is not the same.” But they have work here. Much is governed by the way a country founds its principles and people! Every person´s home can be their own little stick of promised land as they found their home on gospel principles and strive to live them!
Sergio said he would come to church this past Sunday, but didn´t. He’ll get there.
We wake up to ice on the ground now! Luckily we are warm enough!
If Argentina and USA win their individual Eighth Finals for the World cup…they will face off!! Both games happen the 7th of July.
Ah! Have a happy July 4th! What a fantastic holiday! Go throw a frisbee, eat a hamburger, and watch the fireworks for me!
An Elder in my district dropped his half gallon of milk right after buying it last week and it just so happens that my companion tripped on it, smashed it with his foot, which propelled the dairy contents into the air and onto me, the poor soul standing behind him haha! I was drenched…it was weird how perfectly it worked haha. My brown shoes need a reshining :)
I also walked on the ice, over the little river in our classroom complex…and it actually broke through this time after many other successful attempts! I was wet from shins down but was heading to a devotional at the time, but I had to go right away so I walked in with squeaky shoes and warm moisture inside. What’s good!?
Mom asked what my daily schedule is like and this is it: We wake up around 6:20am-ish (can’t sleep after 6:30). Get to breakfast at the cafeteria at 7:00. It’s a nice cafeteria, got the works, and has rice milk for me to use for all my cereal desires! At 7:30 we have study time until 10:30am. We do personal study from the scriptures and also language study and then companionship study to practice what we will teach our practice investigators that day. We gots GYM from 10:30-11:30! We go play volleyball and it’s da bomb diggity! It’s so fun and I’m getting so good. Then lunch at 12:00. Class at 1:15pm-4:15pm. We have truly AMAZING lessons by our teachers. We also teach a lesson also during this time, in companionships to our practice investigators, which are our teachers acting as investigators. A lot of good stuff happens during those lessons. That’s where we learn a TON on how to teach better and what to improve upon. I’ve enjoyed some spiritual experiences during these lessons. There are moments when I feel my soul on fire with the spirit and I teach with power. I have felt my companion’s power as well. He brings a lot of good insights to the table and the spirit works through him as well which is awesome! My teachers are the hip to the hop! They are INCREDIBLE. We have two. Hermana Savage (female…hence the “a”) and Hermano Dolbin (male…hence the “o”…teach you all some espanol.) Hermana Savage is good at teaching the fine details of understanding investigators like why people who are happy are still in need of the Gospel. and Hermano Dolbin is good at teaching us how to find out the needs of an investigator and how they are fulfilled by the Gospel. Finding out investigator’s needs are the most important part to teaching lessons.
4:30 is dinner. 5:15-8:15 more classtime. 8:15-9:15 study time. 9:15 sing a hymn with the whole branch…really fun. 9:30-10:30 personal time. 10:30 bed.
I am learning to never look at people for their faults. It’s downright mean and makes you feel awful. I did that to my companion early on and it was a huge mistake. My thoughts have to be directed towards his strengths and that is all. That’s when God blesses our companionship and we work well in lessons together. I hope I can ditch all dumb habits I have here and acquire the new and good during these last 8 days I have in the MTC. So as to not waste one moment further here and in Argentina. I have flight plans for Argentina on Jan. 27! Going through Atlanta, Georgia (just like Dad always says, “you pass though Atlanta before you reach Heaven or Hell” hahaha something like that.) Then onward to Buenos Aires, Argentina. 8 days! Gotta learn so much more before then!
Hey! I love you all!
P.S My Spanish is still slowly yet surely coming along. Still a lot broken but it’s pretty good. Please continue to pray that I may have the gift of tongues, the discernment of tongues, and the discernment of feelings. Thank you! And sorry for no pictures for a while…memory card went berserk. Got a new one so lots of pics will come.