Happy Memorial Day! Or whatever holiday it is up there!
This week was pretty nuts, and definitely amazing. Oh wow where to start??? Well the big two events last week were the farewell conference/interviews with President Peterson on Thursday. So once again we packed up the bags and headed out to C. Olivia for the night to catch the 7 am bus to Comodoro the next morning. Needless to say, any chance to sit down with the President is going to be amazing, but I cannot believe that President Peterson is going home in a month. The short time I have had with him has gone by so ridiculously fast. He and Hermana Peterson will be sorely missed. Conferences are also a blast because it is the time to be around 30 other missionaries. I always love bumping into some of my companions from the MTC and seeing how much we have all changed. I was able to see Elder Jewkes this week, and it was nice to just laugh off a ton of things that happened in those two months. Companions. They are the best.
The other big event was 25 de Mayo, which is the Argentine version of Independance Day. But down here we don’t do fireworks or a barbecue. We make Locro. What is Locro? Locro is soup, but it is never the same. Back in the olden days of Argentine settling, when people would make soup they would just throw whatever they had in a bunch of boiling water for an hour over a fire in a big huge pot. So to say that there is a recipe for Locro would just be a joke. This year’s version was filled with squash beef and my personal favorite tripe, or for those non connoisseur types cow intestines. It was pretty good, but so strong because of the crazy amount of spices that we threw in there. I am definitely ok with waiting another year to have tripe though. But yes, we had locro as a branch, which was our first activity in Las Heras outside of Sunday since I’ve gotten here. We started out doing service with the Elders and the Young Men fixing furniture in the house of a recent convert while the Locro was getting prepared. We even got a bunch of less actives and investigators to attend. Way cool.
Investigator story of the week is definitely Luis. Luis is part of the other couple that is waiting on getting married. Luis comes from an insanely evangelical family, and has had some pretty rough experiences with religion in the past. His girlfriend Luisana was completely inactive until a couple months ago when on her own she decided to come back to church so that Luis and her would get married and he could get baptized. (I am having problems sitting still in my seat as I type this. I freaking love this couple.) Anyways the hardest thing for Luis to accept up until a couple weeks ago was Joseph Smith, and why he is so important to our testimony as Latter Day Saints. This last week though he was praying one night and he told us that after the prayer it was as if someone took a backpack full of bricks off his shoulder. He knew in that moment that the Book of Mormon is true, and that Joseph Smith is a prophet. The next day he told his mom that he wants to get baptized. We are only waiting for one more document to get here from Formosa, and the day after the ceremony he is going to get baptized. Ah! Weddings and baptisms in Las Heras never come fast enough!
Well I cannot believe its already the end of May. And I cannot believe how fast this last week flew by. Things have definitely been up and down, but I am so grateful to be out here, to have such a wonderful area, an awesome companion, and best of all to be able to teach, serve, and learn from the incredible people down here. I cannot explain how much I love the people of my area. Life can be really tough living in Las Heras, and it can go from smooth sailing to choppy waters to a metaphorical hurricane, but somehow these wonderful people just make it through it all. I hope that I can continue to learn how I might serve these people, and help them find the knowledge that has blessed my life so much.
Thank you all for your love prayers and support. It makes such a difference, and we cannot as missionaries do this work without all the wonderful people supporting us in the field and from back home. I hope everyone is as safe and healthy as the Lord has blessed me to be, and that the coming week is full of blessings and success for all. Until next Monday!