Monday, January 17, 2011
We have just had transfers, and sadly, after only one transfer, E. Mortensen has left. He was called to be a Zone Leader in the zone of Quilmes, where I was born. I am sad to see him go, but I know he is going to be an awesome leader. I am now with E. Allen, who was actually in my zone when I got here as well. So this change is not as bad, seeing as I already know my companion. He is from South Jordan, and played wide receiver for Bingam High. (in case you are interested dad, his full name is Jordan Allen, graduated ´09) For those of you who don´t know, Bingham High is basically equivalent to Timpview as far as skill and championships. If that still doesn´t help, they are one of the top 5A Football teams in the state. Or basically, he is really, really good at football. He has almost 16 months in the mission. We were already friends from before, so this will be a fun transfer. I don´t know if it will show in the picture I sent, but he looks ALOT like David Prina. The effect was strengthened when I got here and my first week he had a crick in his neck, so couldn´t turn his head all the way, and squinted with one eye. David, I love you! I will be remembering you a lot this transfer!
This transfer we have a few baptismal dates, and some investigators who are progressing really well! One is going to get married on Feb. 4th, and get baptized on the 5th. His name is Emilio, and his current girlfriend is a member. I am so excited to see them married and him receive the blessings of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. We have another family who are waiting to get a divorce so they can get married and baptized. Please pray for them. It is really hard to get divorced here. That is, it takes a LONG time. Their names are Gerardo, Gladis, and Lucia.
We had quite a fun week last week, as you can probably see from the pictures. We had good lessons, found cool new investigators, did splits with some Bolivian boys in our ward, played in the rain, helped build Emilio´s house, helped dig out Emilio´s tree that fell in the storm, went to Emilio´s birthday party, and had our final meeting with our zone. It was a good way to end the transfer.
This week we found a guy named Leonel, who is 18 or 19. We talked to his mom first and she told us that he is shy, because he is missing one eye. She said he always wears sun glasses, and never looks people in the eye. She didn´t even look at me as she said it, and I wondered if she didn´t notice my eye. As you can imagine, I had an immediate connection with him. I instantly wanted to help him. Not only with the Gospel, but help him see that someone can live normally with a ´´messed up´´ eye. We started talking, but we didn´t mention his eye, because he wasn´t there when she told us, and didn´t want him to know she had. So we talked about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He seemed a little interested and we set an appointment to go back. I thought it was so cool that I could find a person that I could help with my experiences. You can´t really see me without noticing my eye, but it doesn´t prevent me from doing the work. I want to show him that it doesn´t have to be a stumbling block for him. I have been praying strongly for him ever since we met. We are going to pass by on Wednesday, and see how he is doing. I am so excited to help him progress.
I want to give a thank you to a few people from whom I have received mail. Marilyn and David, Sunny and Darren, Laura Montes, and all others who have sent me letters and/or packages. It always makes my day when I get them.
Mom, I still haven´t gotten my Christmas package. The elders in the offices told me that when we have interviews with President Stapley (some time this transfer) that I will be able to get it then. Oh well. Also, I will look for a place around here to fix my glasses, and let you know how much it will cost.
Dad, I have a request. I have had to do quite a few repairs on my bike, and the mission only covers for half of the cost. If you could put some money on my card to help out, that would be awesome! Maybe like $40 or $50, just so I can make it to the end of the month. (haha, poor desperate missionary)
Oops! Times up again!
Friday, January 14, 2011
First I will give answers to mom’s questions.
No, I have not fixed my shoes, nor my glasses. I still have the money for the shoes (20 dollars, right?). I just haven’t gotten around to it, and I have learned to live with the hole. When it rains, I just suck it up. And now that I am using a bike, I don’t have to step in puddles or walk through mud anymore. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want the new ones!
Yes, I got the package from Becky. I haven’t gotten the Christmas one from you guys yet, though I expect to get it on Wednesday.
Asunci髇 and her family have gone A.W.O.L. haha. We haven’t been able to talk to them in a while. They are doing well in the lessons, but they haven’t gone to church at all, so we are trying to re-establish contact with them.
I still hear from Sister Montes, and I also get mail from Sister Lee occasionally. It’s actually quite often that I get mail from the both of them.
I will tell you the story about Hernan next week. (I thought I already had, but obviously not.)
I will write a better, longer one next week. The truth is, this week, we had meetings, dentist appointments, and my companion got sick for two days, so we didn’t really do much. Almost all of our investigators are “missing” right now. I read a lot in the Bible. I love it, but like mom said, I miss the Book of Mormon when I am off in the other books. I know they are good, but the Book of Mormon has something special.
I love you all and I am so grateful for your love, support, and prayers.
Until next time...
The next 3 pictures...
Today we had a zone activity where we had a bunch of little games, and we gained points going along. We had to grab apples with our mouth from the ground and run back and forth, collecting them. Then we had an egg toss, moving back further every time you catch it. Then we had a 3 legged race. Then we had a watermelon eating contest (without using your hands). Then we played soccer, district against district. Everything was done in companionship and you got points based on if you were first, second, or third place. The other places didn't get anything. These pictures are of the Watermelon Eating Contest Winners, me and Elder Mortensen! The first two where we have both just finished, and then with our game winning pieces! (I'm actually not sure those are the actual pieces we ate off of, but it works for the picture.) We actually couldn't finish all the watermelon with our mouths because of the way it was cut, so we had to each use our head on one side of the peice to break it in half, then we finished it. Elder Mortensen almost threw up after, becuase he was laying down, pressing on his stomach. But we won! It was actually a way fun activity. After, we did a white elephant (the activity was supposed to have been on Christmas) and you got to choose first or last based on the points from the games. I ended up winning some Gold Bond. Yay!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
I feel like it has been forever since I wrote last. I think it was about 3 weeks ago.
The last few weeks have been fun, with Christmas and New Years. This being my first Christmas in the mission field, I realized two things. One, Christmas is a whole lot different when it is 90 degrees outside. And two, from about December 20 through January 2, almost nothing happens as far as progressing in the work. We haven´t been able to work very much because at night on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years Eve, and New Years, we couldn´t leave our pension. It´s too dangerous to be just walking around. People are drunk, or light of fireworks, or both. On New Years here in La Plata there is a tradition where they build these huge Muñecos (dolls) shaped like famous things (I saw Ice Age characters, Plankton from Spongebob, Spongebob, Winne the Pooh, dinosaurs, Santa and his sleigh, Quilmes Beer bottle). They are built with wood and wire frames, then they do a heavy-duty paper-mâché. Then they paint them. The best (or maybe the worst) part is that on New Years at midnight, they BURN THEM ALL! I didn´t get any pictures but if you search on Google you can probably find them. I would search ´´ muñecos la plata ´´
(I couldnt find a good one burning)
Also on New Years, like I described in the picture email, we slept on the roof, and enjoyed the war-zone fireworks. That was fun, but a little scary.
As far as missionary work, we had a wonderful baptismal service for Gabriela on New Years Eve. We went early to get the font ready, and set up all the chairs, and get the refreshments and everything done. The baptism was scheduled for 4:00, and most of the members were there by 4:00 (the ones who were coming). But the most important person, Gabriela, hadn´t arrived. We called her, but got no answer. 4:15, 4:25, 4:35.... nothing. All the members who were returned missionaries started talking about the times on their missions when investigators just didn´t show up for their baptisms, which didn´t help our worrying. But finally, at about 4:45, she got to the church, and after that, it didn´t really matter what time it was. The service was beautiful, the baptism was perfect, and we ended it all eating cookies and drinking soda, like a good ol´ Mormon get-together. We have really been able to see the change in Gabriela´s life as she has learned and applied principles of the Gospel. I know that what we are teaching and preaching is true, and the that this Church is the only true Church on the face of the earth.
Ok, Mom, I just did something bad. My glasses fell on the ground without me noticing it, and I just stood up to loan another missionary my flash drive and stepped on my glasses! They are all bent, and right now, unusable. I will take them to a glasses shop
on Wednesday, when we have to go to another city for a dentist appointment for my companion. I have been faithful in wearing them up until now. I just take them off to use the computer, because it hurts my eye. And that´s what got me. That one hour a week of taking them off. Oh well.
Dad, yes I have my drivers license. Let me know if you need anything with it. It is being kept in a safe in the mission office right now.
Mom, that was a cool story you told me about Whitney and Steve Hughes. The names sound familiar, but I can´t really remember them.
Whitney and Steve, if you are reading this... Hello! When I get home we will have to get together and talk. I feel humbled with what you did with my name. I hope to me Scott and Daniel, too. haha. I hope you are both doing well. Please feel free to write me an email, that would be awesome! My email is written here on the blog, but here it is anyway: email@example.com
Hunter, thanks for your email about Christmas! It sounds like you had so much fun. When I get back I will take you sledding one time and we´ll find a HUGE hill to go down, ok? I am glad to hear you gave good presents to your mom and dad too. It always makes you feel way better to give presents than to get them. I have some more Castellano to teach you. To say ´´My name is Hunter´´ you say ´´Yo me llamo Hunter´´ (pronounced SHO MAY SHAHMO) Ask grandpa to help you, he knows Castellano too.
I love everyone, and I will talk to you all next week! I am sure I am missing things but time is up, and I can´t think of anything else.
Elder Scot Daniel Stobbe Jr
Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission
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--We don’t have the full time today, but I will write a good one on Monday!
I love you!