Thursday, December 2, 2010
Have you ever noticed how fast time goes by when you are having fun? Of course you have! But I am noticing it more than ever right now. This week I will hit 6 months on my Mission! Crazy! For me, it seems like I was just eating at Winger’s before going to the MTC. And now here I am, in the heart of Argentina, speaking a different language, talking to complete strangers all day long! I love it.
This last week was interesting. Dad, I too got really sick. The kind where your body just hurts and you feel sick to your stomach. I think it’s what they refer to in the NBA as ´´flu-like symptoms´´. We had district meeting Tuesday morning, and about half-way through that I started feeling horrible. I hadn’t eaten breakfast, and when we went to lunch after the meeting, I still didn’t have an appetite. So Elder Atwood and I went back to the pench to rest for a while. We tried leaving in the evening, but I couldn’t even think straight, so we went back. Wednesday was similar. We left a few times, but kept having to go back. Fortunately, I woke up Thursday morning pain free, but I also didn’t have any energy. But we did get to leave for the whole day! And that day, we had an awesome lesson with one of our investigators, Lucas Gonzales. He is 15, and his grandpa is a member in our ward. He has been going to Church, and asks his Grandpa questions every day about the Scriptures and the Church. We had planned to set a baptismal date with him for later in December, but during the lesson, we both felt prompted to move it up. As such, we invited him to be baptized this Saturday, the 4th. And he accepted! We are going to have the service at 5:00 PM our time on Saturday. Please pray for him, and his family. He does not have is parents, and has been raised by his grandparents. He is a great kid, and the Church is going to save his life!
A few questions. Dad, did we end up being for sure that President Asay, the last mission president here was the doctor assigned to your heart while you had cancer. I couldn’t remember for sure.
Have any of the Summit Ward young men submitted papers or received mission calls since I left? Or anyone else we know?
How is Martha doing? She gets to read this, right. I miss you a lot. I miss showing up to family activities where you and I were the only ones on time, every time. haha Let me know somehow how you are doing, and what’s going on in your life.
Shalet, how is your school work coming? Hanging on to those straight A´s? All of your classes sound so fun, it almost makes me want to go back to middle school. But not really. haha. How are you doing with your Young Women Personal Progress? The young women in our ward gave a presentation yesterday in Church all about the virtues, and goals, and blessings of the Young Women Organization. I was thinking about you the whole time, and how you have the chance at this point in your life to learn and grow so much. That program is inspired by our Heavenly Father to help you grow into the best woman you can be. If you are doing it already, nice work. If not, get on it! A huge part of it is help from parents, so Mom and Dad, get involved if you aren’t already. When I get back, you will already be in High School, and you are going to need to be strong to get through all the junk in this world. If there is anything I can do to help you, let me know. I love you!
Random side note, can someone show Mom how to remove the ´´sent from my iPhone´´ signature when she sends emails from her phone? haha
So, I actually didn’t remember it was Thanksgiving until Wednesday night. Obviously, it’s not celebrated here. We wanted to have some turkey, but it’s hard to find here. And we didn’t want to have to cook it. So we went and bough a couple of facturas (pastrie type things) and stood in the shade for about 5 minutes eating them. Apart from expressing gratitude in our hearts and prayers extra that day, that’s all the celebrating we did for Thanksgiving. Who all went to the new house to celebrate? Is it big enough to fit everyone?
Another question off the subject. Dad, can you write and send me the words to those Italian songs you always sing? I remember the tunes, but not the words to all of them. I have the hunchback one almost down, but I’m missing a few words. For some reason, the people here love it when I sing in Italian. My companion found out I know Italian songs, and now he tells everyone. But I like singing, so it’s fine. Yesterday we were eating with a family named Frol. They are all in different stages of learning English, but they can all understand when we talk clear and slow. We were talking about America’s Indepence Day because they are going to the States this summer, right during the 4th of July. We were talking about the national anthem and I told her all about Francis Scott Key, and how he came to right that poem. They like music so they asked me to sing the National Anthem. They have the English Hymn Book, so I tried to sing all the verses, but it was strange trying to sing the other two. Anyway, it made be feel very patriotic and proud of our country, and I was happy to share part of our history with them. They all are very patriotic here, but they love other countries too. They wanted to learn more and more about the United States. I feel very blessed to be among these amazing people.
It is time to, again. I love you all so much, and I think about you all the time. Yes, you.
Hasta la próxima vez.
Elder Scot Daniel Stobbe Jr
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I don´t have much time today, sorry. We are actually in our Bishop´s
almacen (a little shop that they have here) and he has one computer.
So my companion and I have to take turns. We can´t go to a normal
cyber to use the computers because today is a holiday here.
This last week was interesting. We had very few lessons, but the one´s
we had were awesome! We watched a whole grip of movies this week. On
monday, for a noche de hogar (family night), we watched finding faith
in Christ. Then we watched the Restoration movie twice with different
investigators. Then we had an activity on Saturday night where we
watched the Testaments. Every time we finish a movie, at least one
person is all teared up, and we always have little testimony meetings
right after. With one of the times we watched the Restoration, we had
to do it in the Church because they don´t have a DVD player. So we
gave them a tour first, and when we showed them the Baptismal Font,
Ezequiel (9 yrs old) says, it would be very nice to get baptized here
(his mom is an inactive member, so he knows about baptism. It was
awesome! We don´t want to put a date yet for his baptism because he
learns really slow, so we have to take our time with him.
Can someone tell Matthew that I never said I was born in Lanai. I
always said Lihue. Is it true that he is serving in Lihue right now?
What are the chances that one of my best friends would serve his
mission in my birthplace!
I want everyone to know that I have a testimony of this Gospel.
Especially Stacia and Shered. I am not perfect, and none of us are,
but this Gospel is. It is true, and the only way we can really have
true joy in this life and in the world to come. What I am doing right
now is difficult. Some days, when no one wants to listen, and our
appointments aren´t there, and we get home at night only having taught
one person, it is hard to keep your passion for this work. That is,
until I remember why I chose to come over 5,000 miles and give 2 years
of my life to try and share this message. Because it is TRUE. Christ
restored his church on the earth, and is the Living Head of that
church at this very moment. Through his atonement and teachings, we
can have eternal life with those we love most, our family. I know that
with all of my mind and heart.
I love you all so much! I love to hear from you all.
One more quick question. I was thinking the other day and I am not
sure where everyone is living, specifically Sheyene and Shered. Maybe
someone could answer that!
I am out of time now, like all the missionaries always say. But I
really do have to go.
Que tengan fe en Cristo siempre es mi deseo mas grande. Les amo muchísimo.
Elder Scot Daniel Stobbe Jr
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission
You can use Google Translate to read this. Even though I don´t know how good of a job it does.
¡Hola a todas!
Voy a hacer algo diferente hoy, y voy a escriber todo en Castellano. Para que todas sepan, pueden usar ´´Google Translate´´ para leer este, o pueden tratar a entender sin traducción. Quiero preguntar que este se muestra sin traducciòn en el blog también, para tener mas diversión.
Esta semana pasada fue una otra como los demás. Estamos trabajando acá en Plátanos, pero no estamos encontrando a muchas personas nuevos. Los que ya tenemos son buenísimos, y vamos a seguir con ellos, obvio.
Papá - No, no he hecho mis zapatos todavía. Estoy esperando hasta que puedo ir a Quilmes para hacerlo.
Creo que si me manda esa folleto a cerca de la Fe, estaría bien. Debe hacerlo por PDF, en un e-mail.
Yo leí todo el libro de Jesús el Cristo, y no està equivocado, me ayuda mucha cuando leo en el Nuevo Testamento ahora. Es como las historias tienen mas significado ahora. Ya he leído todos los Libros de la Biblioteca Misional. Me falta solo las Escrituras. Yo he leido todo el Libro de Mormón, y hasta Sección 95 en La Doctrina y Convenios. También he leído Matías, Marcos, Lucas, y Juan.
Recibé unas cartas de Sierra y Mamá tambièn. Aparentemente estan jugando en Las Vegas, o algo asì. Parece muy divertido. Recuerdo los días cuando fuimos a Las Vegas como una familia. Estoy contento que pueden hacer eso otra vez. Saquen fotos, y duespues pueden mandarme un email con los fotos.
Y, hablando de divertido, ¿por que nadie me dijo que casi todos tienen iPhones ahora? Jaja. Estoy contento por eso igual. Yo empezè una tendencia en la familia. Cuando llego a casa a fin de me misión, espero que hay un iPhone esperandome.
¿Como está Shered? ¿Como está vivir con los padres otra vez? jaja Estoy feliz que está con ellos. Es mejor estar con familia.
Gracias a todos por sus cartas y oraciones. Siempre estoy feliz cuando recibo algo de un pariente o amigo. Yo he recibido dos cartas de la Hermana Montes, uno de Alex Ramsay, y también de Marylin, Lane y Vay, y otros.
No mucho nuevo ha pasado acá. Hoy mi compañero sufrío un esguince en su torbillo cuando estuvimos jugando fútbol. Entonces, él no puede caminar muy bien. Ojalá que vamos a poder trabajar esté noche, y mañana.
No sé si ustedes escucharon a lo que pasó a Mark, pero tuvo un accidente con so moto. Quizás alguien puede visitarlo, o algo.
Yo los amo a todos de ustedes. Yo espero que todo esté bien, y que siempre recuerden la Iglesia es sus vidas.
Hasta la próxima vez...
Monday, November 1, 2010
I haven´t fixed my shoe yet because some members told me that the place we have in our area doesn´t do a very good job, and it will probably just break in a few weeks. Especially with our walking. So I am looking for a better one. They told me there are some in Quilmes, which is the ´´big city´´ close to us, so I´ll have to look there the next time we go.
Thanks for the shirt ´´fix´´, too.
That party with the Knapps sounded fun. Tell them hi for me.
As far as what is happening with Manuel, our recent convert... heartbreak and struggle. He hasn´t been to church since he got confirmed. His member friend that had us teach him in her house moved out of the ward about the same time as his baptism, so he lost that connection. Then he started getting more work, which is difficult to turn down. All in all, Satan is working against him. We have an appointment with him tomorrow. Hopefully we can see what´s going on and how we can help him. Prayers on his behalf would be greatly appreciated.
Alejandro, the brother of my favorite family in our ward (los Arocha), no se encuentra nunca. That is to say, he is never around. He is busy with his work, (police) and just got married too. We are trying to teach him again, though.
Here is a list of names for you. Some of them you already have, I think. Ana Maria di Rosa, Hector Ilardo, Marta Alvarez, Emanuel and Elizabeth, Eliana and Ezequiel, Carlos and Margarita, Juan Juarez, Leo and Celina, José Retamoso, Mario, Vanessa Lopez, Mario, Eduardo la Sarte, Ricardo Coki, Maria del Lourdes Nassiff, Maria Lujan, Eduardo Serventi, Clotilde, Beto, Lucia and Victor, and Jessica Pros.
They all have struggles. Some we haven´t taught in a while. But these are all the people we are currently working with.
Sorry for the lack of pictures. Next time I´ll do better. This is our ´´pension´´. Ours is the one with the door open.
That´s too bad about the Lehr´s house. I imagine that the house you eventually find will be where you are supposed to be. God works in mysterious ways.
DEREK- Welcome Home. Or however you say that when I am all the way down here. I heard you are already back and with a job and everything. Good for you. Thanks for the example you set for me as a missionary. I love you, and I´ll see you when I get back, and we can swap missionary stories.
We have been a little lacking in the lessons area. We only taught a few this last week. It seems like Heavenly Father blessed us with 3 baptisms, and now it´s time to be tested. We are staying positive, and we know that things will get better, so for right now, we are just going to keep working, regardless of how many times we show up to lessons and nobody is there. We find ways to keep happy during the day. I refuse to show that I´m tired at door contacts, and even though no one wants to listen, the people are fun to talk to. The men always say, Hola Muchachos, que hacen? For some reason, I like that. Almost no one is mean, so it´s easier to keep our spirits up.
I have been learning a lot from the scriptures. I read the story of Joseph of Egypt, and of Moses (up until the 40 years in the wilderness). It is cool to re-read these bible stories, and like Mom does, look for the application in missionary work.
Hopefully we will be getting the Conference Ensign this week. I am excited to get to hear those talks again.
Today, we are going to La Plata. We are going to eat at SubWay. As far as I know, there are only two in Buenos Aires. One in Capital, where we can´t go, and one in La Plata. So we are going there, and then to the Salvation Army so my companion can buy some socks or something. After, I think we might go play some Volleyball, también.
Well, that´s all for now. I have to get off now, but I will talk to you all next time.
Also, I would love some pictures of the kids at Halloween!
Love, Elder Scot Daniel Stobbe Jr a.k.a. Scoty (haha Rob)
Friday, October 22, 2010
First off, we had transfers today. Elder Pepito left and my new
companion is Elder Atwood, from Idaho. (See pictures) He is very nice.
I am looking forward to this transfer! It's a little weird to have
Elder Pepito gone, because I have known him the whole time I have been
in Argentina. And now I'm the one who knows our area, instead of being
the new trainee!
We are going to have another baptism this Saturday, with a lady named
Maria Luisa Ilardo. (That's ILARDO in case the letters look the same.)
She is 78 years old, and the mother of a family in our ward. Her
husband is being stubborn. He too is 78 and believes in God, and has
faith in Christ, but thinks he is "all set" with religion. He is a
wonderful person, and does good in his life. All he lacks is the
fulness of the Gospel. Please pray for him. His name is Hector. The
baptismal service is this Saturday at 6:30 PM our time. I'm not sure
what that will be there, with daylight savings and all. We didn't
Here are a few answers to some questions I have been asked.
There are only 2 of us in our
About a year and a half ago this area shared a pension with the
neighboring area, but not any more.
We have Zone Conference once every other transfer. And in the
transfers in between, we have personal interviews with the President.
Elder Pepito explained the reason a while ago, but I have forgotten
As far as my self evaluation of the language, it would be this. I can
talk/communicate with everyone. I sometimes have to ask them to repeat
something once or twice to fully understand, but I eventually get it.
At times I feel like I should be able to do better with the time I
have. And at other times I find myself wondering how I just had a
conversation with someone in a foreign language. Right now if someone
asked me if I speak Spanish/Castellano, I would say "I'm learning."
or "Estoy aprendiendo." I am definitely not where I want to and can
be. I am learning new things every day. Sometimes I get a little lazy,
and my accent turns horrible. I struggle to remember how to conjugate
a word, and end up pronouncing it like a yankee. (Speaking of that,
here they don't call us gringos, but yankees, or in Castellano, Yanqui
(pronounced shaun-kee)) So instead of speaking Spanglish we speak
Castellanqui. So all in all, it is coming, and I can communicate. When
I read, the members say I sound like a native. But that's easy because
the words are already there. I can read the scripures (to myself) and
understand almost everything. It's mostly vocabulary that I lack.
I try to serve the people every way I and We can. We carry bags for
old ladies, help push-start cars, help clean the ditches that they
have in place of gutters, and we have organized servie projects with
our zone, and here in our area with just us. We have cleaned the
Church, painted a patio of a member, gotten rid of crab-grass from a
Sister's yard, painted two schools, and helped a few people move.
Other than that, I do my best to serve them as a missionary, which is
more valuable than all other temporal service I could render. I would
say that I have grown to love the people here, Members or not. That was
something I always remember learning, that you must love the people.
It actually isn't that hard, because they are an amazing people. I
love their culture and their personalities. Every time I meet someone
new, I am amazed that SO MANY PEOPLE can be SO COOL! And they make
awesome food, especially the homemade pizzas, which are nothing like
We have been seeing a little bit of success here in Pl'anos. We have
several new investigators from the past few weeks. It seems like we
have many, but none of them progress very fast. But I guess thats ok.
Manuel and Olga both took about 2 months before they were baptized.
And Maria Luisa has been investigating for about a month and a half.
Mom, I will prepare a list of names for you for next time.
A couple more quick tidbits. Dad - do you remember those twins that
are the sons of one of the Tue-Thurs basketball guys? I don't remember
his name. The twins that served in Argentina? Anyway, one was Elder
Pepito's Zone Leader for a while. If you could pass a Hello from Elder
Pepito, to me, to you, to him, to his son, that would be great.
Could someone send instructions on how to fix a hole in my dress
shirt. It is about the size of nickel. It got caught on a fence the
other day. I have a needle and thread on hand.
Dad and Mom, can that white tie you gave me get wet? I think so, but
I'm not sure. It's from the Distribution Center and has temples on it.
Any quick updates on Sports would be appreciated. Also, is there a new
Back to the Future coming out? I thought I heard something about that.
I love everyone! Congratulations Summer and Will!
Until next week...
001 - My new companion, Elder Atwood. He's from Idaho, and has about
as much time left in his mission as I have completed in mine.
002 - Some sandwhiches I made, played with, and then ate. And not
specifically in that order.
003 - One of the young Elders in my ward had one of those big
"tagging" pens at a service project, and I asked him to write my
name on my shirt. This is how it turned out! Pretty cool.
004 - This is how one of my socks came back from the Sister in our
ward that does our laundry. At least it was one of the lesser quality
005 - Let's see if you can spot the difference. Gross.
Elder Scot Daniel Stobbe Jr
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission