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)
Wla familia de nuveo. Extraño a todos. ow, tantas cosas
que están haciendo en casa. Yo no puedo esperar a reunirme con toda
"Theres lots of things going on at home. I cant wait to get together with
the family again. I miss everybody."
One sister from our
district went but the other three stayed. The trip was super awesome and it was
super tiring. [see blog of September 19]
So it was a pretty
good week that I had with my mini missionary. We had another baptism on
Saturday. His name is Jacinto Roque Palma. He is the friend of Miguel. The two
of them are doing good. We are working with a couple that will get baptized
this week. They are getting married on Friday and then baptized on Saturday.
There might be some problems with papers but we dont know. We will see. They
This week on
Wednesday we are having Zone conferences.
I have pretty much
told you my week. I wrote you last on Wednesday about the trip. Here are some
Les amo a todos.
Espero que les vaya bien la semana. Cuídense.
So has been the
craziest two weeks of my entire mission.
Mom, I will answer
your questions first.
My bus ride from
Jujuy to Tucuman was about 6 hours. We were going to leave at 7:30 on Monday
morning but we werent able to so we left on another bus at 12:30. We got
in Tucuman at 6:30. I didnt have a Pday. Tuesday I wrote you. I traveled
with 3 other missionaries. I am the district leader of 4 sister missionaries
and my comp. I pretty much just have to be an example, and help them with what
they need so that they can have success and baptize their investigators.
I live with 2 other missionaries. The church
is in the middle of the block of General Paz y Moreno.
So I had a good
first week. My companion is Elder Hampton, he lives in California and just
finished 2 transfers in the mission field. We started working in our area. I
live outside of my area so I have to walk a ways to get there. On Saturday we
had a baptism. A guy named Miguel Gimenez. He is a great guy. Right after the
baptism on Saturday we got a call from the Zone Leaders. They told me that I
was going to go on a trip with my companion and a couple of other missionaries
to try out some visa stuff.
at 7 am we were in the Bus station. We left there and traveled 9
hours to Cordoba. We got there at about 5 or so. We went to the mission offices
in Cordoba and ate dinner, meet up with other missionaries (one of them was
also in my zone in the MTC) and we also took pictures of the Temple in Cordoba
which is right behind the mission offices. It was super awesome. Then we all
got back on another bus and traveled for about 10 or so hours to Mendoza. We
went to the mission offices there and ate breakfast, then got some more
missionaries and left again. We traveled about 6 more hours. Guess where we went!
We traveled through the Andes Mountains and went to Chile!!! The border
crossing was in the middle of the Andes Mountains. I crossed at a place called
Cristo Redentor ( if you want to search for it). While there WE HAD A SNOWBALL
FIGHT IN THE ANDES MOUNTAINS!!!!! THAT´S SUPER STINKIN LOCOOOO!!!! We went into
Chile and ate dinner later that night and started heading back. On the way back
for some reason in Cordoba a cop gave the bus a ticket. ha but its good. I got
back to my area at 8 this morning on Wednesday. Then my companion got a call
from the assistants and told him that he is going to Salta to be the mission
secretary. So he left at 1:10 today. I am now with a mini missionary and he
will be with me for the rest of the transfer. For 5 more weeks. So I have a
total of 5 days in my new area. I am excited, and we will see how it goes...
But I took a ton of
pictures. Mostly of the mountains and of missionaries sleeping. ha But I also
have some money from Chile also. So yeah… thats my week. Well the first half of
my second week here.
I hope that you all
have a great week. I will see you next week.
So I got
transferred. I am now in Tucuman, San Miguel de Tucuman. I am in zone Tucuman
Centro, one of three zones in Tucuman. My area is Centro 2. I am District
leader now. My companion is called Elder Hampton. He is from California. He has
3 transfers in total in the mission. He is so boss. He is super fired up to
work, see miracles, and to baptize. And I want nothing more than to help him do
his best and have a lot of success. I have two companionships of sisters in my
district. Hermana Harper from Arizona. Hermana Fraga from Utah, Hermana Alcerro
from Honduras, and Hermana Perales from Peru. Hermana Alcerro leaves the
mission the same time as I do. I am really excited to work here. I know that it
is a really good area that I am in now and I know that we can have lots of
success. I hope I can be a good district leader. jaja ;)
So they said that everything
is all good with my head. Nothing is wrong.
I am glad that you
guys had a good week. Ask Andrew if Jonathan and Mathew are still managers at Chick Fil A. Find out who still knows me there.
But I will send
some pictures next week. I hope you all have a great day well and week! I love
are having a little trouble. None of them came to church this week. It shocked
us because they were all super committed. We have to find our why they didnt
I find out about
the MRI results on Wednesday. My finger is still fat but its doing better.
This week we ran
around a lot. It wasnt full of success. This is probably my last week in Jujuy,
next Sunday we get transfers.
Today we played
soccer again and we won. Barely... it was really hot and everybody was tired
but we finished. It was really fun. I am leaving Jujuy undefeated. haha
So I have to go
now. Out of time. I will write better next week. Well it depends on where I get
transferred and how long it takes to get there. But I love you a lot. Thank you
for your love and support.