Elder Dawson's missionary adventures in Argentina!
"And ye shall go forth in the power of my Spirit, preaching my gospel, two by two, in my name, lifting up your voices as with the sound of a trump, declaring my word like unto angels of God." (Doctrine and Covenants 42:6)
Sorry but I have not time at all. P-Day is about to end. The internet was down and we couldn't write. I will answer all of your questions and tell you about the two weeks that I have had in the next email. This week I got a card from the Champion family. Please tell them thank you!!! Well I will see you next week. I love you!!! Have fun! Elder Dawson
· Yes, I bought some clippers today. Before my
other companion had them. I made a mistake though. I forgot to put the
protector back on after I cleaned some hair off today and I shaved a little
extra of my hair off... :) but its not bad.
· Yes we get all of our emails from the mission [home] on Mondays.
· Yes I am still taking photos. I will try
sending them again sometime when I have a little bit more time. Its hard to
find a little extra time.
responsibilities, we help Pres. [Branch President] with whatever he needs: Give
classes, and talks if we need to. We do tithing. Its not a whole lot.
I wish that we had a little cooler weather. The only cool weather that we get is when there is a storm. If it lasts for at least a day. If not it usually is super humid.
I will start with my
This week we had Zone
Meeting in Santiago. Afterwards we left at 4.30 [pm] and arrived back in our area at
about 7 [pm]. It was a bus ride that was hot and long. This time I went back to our
area with another missionary for exchanges. His name is Elder Casanova, from
the same state at my companion in Mexico. He has one month in the mission. Has
a lot to learn about mission work ;) haha.
Wednesday night Elder
Ramirez and Elder Santa Maria traveled to Frias to end the exchange. They
stayed in the apartment for the night and then left early in the morning. That
night we all ate facturas, which are like, I dont know how to explain it. Look
it up :) They are super good.
This week the Z Family left out of town for a family trip for 10 days :´( They told us that
they are going to continue reading and studying the church Sunday school
pamphlet. I cannot wait until they get back! I love and miss that family. We
are also teaching another family that is pretty big. Like 9 or so. But we are
only talking to about 6 of them. Including a boyfriend of one of the girls.
They are a cool family and like us. I made eggnog this week :D Oh man it was so dang good! I made it two times!!! haha I have missed eggnog so much. I dont remember
if I told you but I also made deviled eggs a while back. They were alright. Not
like the ones at home.
This week a house in
our area was set on fire. I guess it was a guy that got mad at his wife and set
his house of fire with him, his wife, and his baby all inside. The baby is
still alive, last we heard; but the couple have died. We actually happened to
walk by when it was burning. There was a lot of people but nobody knew that
people were inside.
At the church we had
eight investigators come. It was a good meeting. And definitely good for the
people that came so that they can prepare even more to be baptized. Saturday we
had the baptism of Pablo. He is the son of Claudia which is one of my
converts. Its a good family. Claudia, Eliana and Pablo are now members. We
confirmed him in Sacrament Meeting.
There is my week. I
have to go. Out of time. I hope you all have a great week. I love you all!!!!
So first I will start
out answering your questions.
Frias is pronounced
like Free-us. Elder Ramirez lives in the
state Sanora or something like that. He lives about 5-10 minutes from the ocean
that comes up between Mexico and the California-Mexico part. At the top of that
part.My shoes are fine,
they dont need to be fixed or anything; and yes there are plenty of places that
can fix them if I will need too. Yes I can buy sunscreen here. I just recently
started using it.
That is weird about
the weather. This last week many people have been telling us that the U.S. is
super super cold. They are saying -50 below zero. I dont know if that is in F°
or C°. But that people have been found frozen to death and its just abnormally cold.
So, I will try to
remember what I did this last week. I need to start writing stuff down again to
remember. I keep forgetting. But we have had lessons with the Zingales family.
They are super cool. We talked about the plan of salvation, well they pretty
much taught the lesson to us again. They read the pamphlets and just take
everything in. It all makes sense to them. Yesterday for the second time they
came to church, and really enjoyed it. They all participated in the classes and
the members think that they are great. He has study materials from the church
and they study that in preparation for church. He has even gone on the internet
and studied stuff and obviously saw what other people say about the church but
he didnt care. He loves us, he has invited us to stay the night at his house if
we ever needed to, swim in their pool if we feel like taking a break, and we
are going to eat and their house with them soon. But they are a cool family.
The cool thing is that
yesterday at church we had 11 investigators come. It was a fourth of the whole
attendance of 45 people. We were excited and the members are getting a little
more excited too.
That is pretty much
about all I can remember. I will do better this week to write stuff down.
But anyway, I will see
you again next week. I love you all and hope you have a good week. Love you!!!
So this week has been pretty nuts. Monday we
had Pday and transfers. Elder Moreno and I left Frias at about 5:30 AM and
arrived in Santiago at about 8 AM. He
then left with some other missionaries. He is now in Tucuman as a Zone Leader,
his first leadership calling in the mission besides Senior Comp. Then from
there I stayed with Elder Trinidad for the day. He is one of the ZL´s (his
companion left too). We went to his apartment and stayed there until about 4
PM when we returned to the Bus Station and our companions arrived. My Companion
came from Salta and so it was a 7 hour bus ride.
Elder Ramirez is my companion and he
is from Mexico. He lives about 30 minutes from the border beneath Arizona. He
knows a good bit of English. I really like him a lot. He has 13 months in his
mission . . . 5 months older than I.
After they arrived we then hurried to
some computers in the Bus Station to write you guys. Then at about 4:30 PM we
left on our bus back to Frias. It was a common bus which means they have
stopping points. The direct bus doesnt go around in the afternoon. It was a 3
hour ride back. It was hot, hot air, and full of people. We arrived at about 7:30
PM or so. Then from there to the apartment and then we worked.
Tuesday and Wednesday there was rain
storms. Everything in Frias was fine. A little rain, cool wind, cloudy skies;
but in Santiago they had tornados. Super bad rain, wind, and hail. But there
was nothing in Frias.
But this week we have worked pretty
hard. We are teaching a family named the Zingales Family (Parents and 3 little
kids - two over 8 yrs), and one day we left them the pamphlet for Lesson 1 of
the Restoration to read and also the introduction to the Book of Mormon. When
we came back he showed us a power point that he made of what they had learned
and read. He pretty much taught us the complete lesson. Talked about
everything, including the testimonies of the three witnesses and the eight
witnesses. It was super awesome. They also came to church last night! Pretty
I read and copied your letter to
print so that I could read it again later. I will talk to you guys again next
week. I love you!!