Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Phone Call from Elder Deniston

Merry Christmas!! It was amazing to hear your voice yesterday to to see the Kids faces light up when they were talking to you. We all miss you, but are so extremely proud of you that it makes the time seem to fly by. Though I don't recall much of what you said, I do know this, the Spirit within you was strong, that I could hear loud and clear. We love you, Elder Deniston!

December 24, 2012

Familia!

Glad you guys looked up Oberà, I am going to try to get some photos set out when I finish writing this email so you guys can see the area a little bit more! Overall I am really content with area and with the elders I am with, so all is good here.

Tell Devin and Nathan thanks for the money they deposited over! I am really grateful for it because the end of the months are always extremely tight and this will help out a lot. Tell them thanks! Also, I didn´t receive the package this week! So I will probably have to wait until our zone meeting or when our zone leaders come to Oberà for a district meeting, and I am not sure when that will be. No worries though, it will show soon enough! Excited to receive it.

Glad everyone is together for La Navidad! I am sure that will be a good time! Send a photo of the tree and the house and what not, I want to see. Bueno, about the call! I am going to call at 6:00 P.M. OUR TIME HERE IN ARGENTINA. I am not sure exactly what the difference in time so I am not sure what time it will be back home, but I am sure you guys can figure that out. I have to call at that time so prepare to receive the call.

Glad to hear that everyone is doing good and enjoying the holidays together! Also cool about McKenzie, let me know where she gets called too!

Alright I will tell you a little about me week now because some cool stuff happened!

First Last Thursday we had a Zone Conference in Apóstoles in with Elder Di Giovanni and his wife. It was really good. We received a small gift for Christmas from them and from President and Sister Haymen as well. Elder Di Giovanni spoke about the real meaning of Christmas and they shared stories about some experience they had during the Holidays when Elder Di Giovanni was serving in Perú as mission president. Overall it was really good. He also called us elders in Oberà to talk with him privately to tell us that the branch here in Oberà in about to become a ward! Which is really good news. He said we only need a few more active and worthy priesthood holders and they will have enough priesthood to be ward. So that is exciting! He gave a specific task to visit the memberson the ward list that are in-active and to reactive the priesthood holders that they have, so we are working on that now.

Friday they had the ward Christmas party! Which also was really good. It was a really big turn out. The leaders here sang Christmas hymns, the primary did a performance of the Christmas story, the youth also sang hymns, and we performed a skit! Which the branch loved. Elder Rusque dressed up as Santa Clause, Elder Bowhill as an elf, and Elder Kemsley and I knocked their door and taught them about Jesus Christ. But the catch was that Santa didn´t want to learn about Jesus because he thought the Jesus was stealing his day of the year. So we had to teach them the real meaning of Christmas and at the end of the skit Santa Clause understand the real meaning of Christmas and Jesus Christ and accepted a baptism date haha. It was pretty good! Afterwards they had pizza and cake and just hung out for awhile. It was a really good Christmas program.

Some interesting things happened this week! The other day we left to work and were walking in central and passed La Iglesia San Antonio (Catholic Church here in Oberà) and a lady was pushing a nun in a wheel chair. They wanted to cross the street but when they left the side walk the lady somehow lost control of the wheel chair and the nun fell in street! It was kind of scary because she was on one of the main roads and she was probably a good 70 years old and couldn´t get up. It was alright though because we rushed over to help her up. We got her back in her chair and she was fine! But yeah, something interesting that I thought I would share.

Our investigators are doing well! We have some investigators that should be baptized before the end of the transfer! So that is always good news. The investigators the Hermana´s left us had a lot challenges and things keeping them from progressing so Elder Bowhill and I have been working with a few different people that are now progressing well. We have some baptismal dates set for the next couple weeks so we are going to see if all goes well with them. I will keep you guys updated! We fasted as a district this last weekend and I am sure that that will help out a lot.

For Christmas we are going to have dinner with a couple different families! Here in Argentina Christmas Eve is the night that everyone celebrates and Christmas day is just a day to relax and hang out. So tonight everyone is going to celebrate with Asado´s and fireworks! The celebrate Christmas the way we celebrate the 4th of July haha. We have dinner tonight with the family Lescano and tomorrow a lunch with La Famalia Rosa. So we are in good hands and will be having a good Christmas as well.

Alright, well I am going to wrap this up and try to send some photos over! Love you all and hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! I will talk to you all tomorrow! 6:00 P.M. my time! Be ready! Disfrutan La Navidad con la familia y vamos a hablar mañana! Feliz Navidad! :)

Elder Deniston.

December 17, 2012

Family!
 
Greetings from Oberà, Misiones! 
 
A lot of stuff to tell you guys about. New area, new companion, new everything! I am going to start with Oberà. 
This place is really, really nice. La gente aquí tiene la plata! (The people here have money!)    and I am probably in one of the most green areas in the world. The providence of Misiones is known for how green it is, its really cool. It`s like they rolled into a jungle and built a city. Walking down central here is like walking down downtown San Diego or Salt Lake, but Argentine style. I am going to send a few photos I took but feel free to look up Oberà on google to get a feel of how it is. 
Our apartment is also nice! It`s actually a small house and is literally right in front of the chapel. It has hot water, air conditioning, everything! So that is definitely a blessing after not having those things for half a year in Ituzaingò. I will send some photos of it also. 
 
The only down part of Oberà is the entire city is on hills! and they are huge! You walk up a hill that’s almost the size of Tuscany hill, its flat for probably 70 yards or so, and then you walk down another hill the same size! It definitely isn`t a good time. Also our area is huge! It literally takes all day to walk from one end of our mission limits to the other. I was told that we have either the largest or second largest area in the entire mission. Either way, it is gigantic! 
 
New companion! Elder Bowhill from Uruguay! He is legit and we get along well, so that is always a good thing. He has been studying English on the mission and doesn`t speak to bad for being Latino. I am going to help him out with English and of coarse he is going to help me out with Spanish. So far I like being with a Latino companion and hope to have more Latinos then gringos in the future, but we will see what happens! Elder Bowhill has almost a year in the mission and he played on a professional fútbol team in Uruguay before he left. So that’s something cool about him. He is good at soccer ha-ha. 
 
Also, we live with two other elders! Elder Rusque from Chile and Elder McKenley from Texas. I think its pretty cool living with two other elders, so far I have enjoyed it! I get along well with Elder Rusque really well and Elder McKensley is a cool missionary. We all get along really well. 
 
The church here is strong! It’s really nice to actually be in a functioning ward. We had really strong members in Ituzaingò but the branch there was lacking good leadership and members who fulfilled their callings. Presidente Pawluk, the president of the branch here is really good and the majority of the callings are filled with returned missionaries and strong members. It really makes a big difference in the ward and makes the missionary work a lot easier and better. So that also is a blessing!
 
Over all, Oberà is a really cool place and I hope to be here for at least a few transfers! So we will see what happens. Right now we are working with some investigators that the sister missionaries had before us, because Elder Bowhill and I both arrived at the same time and took over the sister missionaries area, and we have some investigators progressing well. I will let you know what happens with them later. But their is a lot of potential for success here, so Elder Bowhill and I are going to work hard and get some baptisms! 
It’s crazy that Christmas is right around the corner! I am excited to talk with all of guys and am glad everyone will be at the house together. I will let you guys know next week in my email what time I am going to call, so  you guys can be ready for the call. Will be a good time!
Alright, well I am going to wrap this one up! Love you all and hope everyone has a great week! The computer I am at right now won’t let me send photos because it’s not reading my camera, so they will have to wait until next week! Sorry! I have a lot though so expect a lot the following week. Hear from you guys later. 
 
Elder Deniston. :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 10, 2012

Famalia,

A lot of stuff happened this week! First, Elder Di Giovanni called a conference on Wednesday with our part of the mission so we had to travel to Posades for that. It was a really good conference. Elder Di Giovanni is from Buenos Aires and basically just wanted to get to know us and explain everything that is happening with the mission and with Pres. Haymen and Hermana Haymen. As of this moment, President Haymen will not be being released as President. Elder Di Giovanni has not been set apart as the president but will be in charge for this period of time until President Haymen returns. Thats pretty much the news! It was a really spiritual conference and I think he will do a good job running the mission! He was a mission president before so we are in good hands.

Other big news is the baptisms! We spent all week preparing for Naomi Galarza´s and Maria Ojeda´s baptism and they went well! A lot of the members came out and the baptismal service was a good one, so we are content about that! Naomi and Maria are both really happy about everything and are glad to have joined the church! So all is well there! It was kind of funny because Saturday was Dia de la Virgin, so why all of the Catholics with celebrating the Virgin Mary we were having baptisms!

This week is transfers and I am almost 100% positive that I am leaving ha-ha. I will let you guys know what happens next week! But there is a good chance I could be writing you guys from a different part of Argentina next week. I am kind of excited to see what happens. I will make sure to update you guys! If I do get transferred this means I will be spending my first day in my new area with my new companion on my birthday ha-ha. All of the missionaries say the birthday on the mission is just another day of work ha-ha, so I don’t expect there will too much celebrating. But that’s the mission!  I am excited to receive those packages also! Looking forward to whatever you guys sent!

Glad to hear everything is good up North with the family! I am excited to receive some Christmas photos from everyone in the next few weeks! To answer the question about Christmas, they do put up Christmas lights and have Christmas trees here. They also love Santa Clause ha-ha. A lot of the markets and houses have a Santa Clause that is sweating and drinking a cold Coke ha-ha.

Well that’s pretty much it for this week! I will keep you guys updated with what happens with transfers. Love you all and will write more next week. :)

Elder Deniston.

December 10, 2012 - Pictures







Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3, 2102


Familyyyy,

 

Nice to hear from you guys. Important news first!

 

We just received a letter from President Haymen saying that they are currently in Arizona where Hermana Haymen can have better recovery. As a result a Seventy, Nicolas Di Giovanni, and his wife are currently here directing everything in the mission. President Haymen informed us that he has not been released as President so we are not sure exactly what is going to happen in the future. They could return, but as this point, personally, I don’t think it is going to happen. I am not sure if he has updated his blog or if there is another place where you guys can get information. But all we know right now that as of today Presidente Di Giovanni is running the mission.

 

Other news, we have more baptisms this week! One of the members here, Alberto Ojeda, just got married a few months ago and we have been teaching his wife and she is ready for her baptism. Also, we found another investigator 3 weeks ago named Naomi. She also will be baptized this week. It was pretty cool. She didn´t have any obstacles or anything keeping her from being baptized. We found her, taught her everything, she received an answer to the gospel through prayer, she started coming to church, made friends and just progressed perfectly. She was prepared to receive the gospel and had the desire to join the church. A golden investigator. So the branch here is excited about that!

Those are the two bigs things going on right now! I kind of wish we had a little bit more information about President Haymen and what is going to happen, but right now were just kind of waiting to hear if he is going to be released or not. So I will keep you guys updated.

 

Other than that things are normal. Still working hard and dying in the heat here ha-ha. It is literally impressive how hot and humid it is here. To be honest, it’s kind of difficult to get into the Christmas Spirit because it’s so different from the December´s I know back home. But things are good and we are still working hard.

 

I am getting kind of anxious about what is going to happen next week with transfers ha-ha. We have this week and then the following week we have transfers on Wednesday and I want to know what is going to happen! I want to say that I have a good feeling that I am leaving Ituzaingó, but that’s what I said for the last transfer, and the transfer before that, so we will just have to wait and see!

Sounds good about the packages! I am excited to get them. Thank you!

 

Oh mom, to answer your question from last week. They do have Ciesta here. The entire town is dead from about 2-5. Everyone just passes out after lunch, it even worse during verano because it’s hot and nobody wants to anything but sleep inside with the AC blasting. I thought I told you guys that earlier, but I can’t remember. It sucks for missionary work; we usually don’t have too much success during Ciesta. But what can you do? That’s the culture here.

 

Alright, have to wrap this one up now! I don’t have time to send photos off today but I will try to next week! Love you all and will write more next week.

 

Elder Deniston.

November 26, 2012

Family,
 
Crazy to hear about the heat at home! The heat has just been increasing and increasing here also, but I guess that’s what to expect when you live in this kind of climate. It’s literally a rain forest here. I have gotten used to working in the heat and humidity though, so now it’s just a normal thing.
Glad to hear Thanksgiving was a good time! Elder Child and I celebrated by talking about all of the wonderful food we would be eating if we were home ha-ha. Holidays definitely are not as fun on the mission! But no worries, that’s just the way things are on the mission ha-ha. 
 
Sounds good about the package! I don’t know if you guys know but I am able to receive 4 large boxes while I am here. So basically 1 every 6 months. This doesn’t include large envelopes. So if you guys want to you can use the large plastic envelopes to send whatever you want. Just thought I would let you guys know.
 
Things are good here in Ituzaingò! The branch has basically adopted me as a member since I have been here for so long ha-ha. The city is starting to get busier. Slowly more and more tourists and vacationers have started to role in as it has gotten hotter. It’s really a pretty cool town that has a lot of stuff going on. It has a relaxed California vibe to me, so I am glad that it has been my first area. If I come back to visit at all after the mission I will definitely make sure to stop by here.
 
Elder Child and I are good! Still just working like crazy. We won an award this last week in zone meetings for the lessons in one week! So we are staying busy ha-ha. I don’t have too much big news about our investigators, but I will make sure to update you guys when I do. As of right now everyone is just slowly progressing, so we are hoping to have some more baptisms before the end of the transfer. I will let keep you guys updated!
 
Right now we are actually on divisions! Elder Child is in Posades with our district leader Elder Ruiz and Elder Rogers is with me here in Ituzaingò for a couple days. Elder Rogers is from California and was up at BYU-I the same time I was, so we get along really well. He knows some of the same people I know and has visited a lot of the places I have visited in California and Utah and Idaho and what not. So yeah, we get along well!
 
I know I promised pictures last week but once again the Cyber where we can send photos is closed! So they are going to have to wait another week. Sorry.
 
Well, we are running short on email time so I am going to wrap this up. Let me know how things are going up North! Love you all and will write more next week. :)
¡Êxito!
 
Elder Deniston.

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

November 19, 2012

Famalia!
 
Glad to hear things are going well! I will apologize in advance
because I wanted to send photos today but the Cyber with the computers
that let us send pictures is closed, so we had to come to the other Cyber
that has lame computers that won’t read our cameras. So the photos will
have to wait until next week! I took photos of the apartment so you
guys are finally going to see that ha-ha. Sorry I know you guys want to
see it and I have been slacking with getting those to you guys.
 
Cool news about Evan! Tell him I said Congratulations and that he is
going to love the mission! The church is strong in Mexico so I am sure
that will be a cool experience for him. Cool about Lauren too!
 
Glad the elders were over for dinner! I always enjoy having lunch with
the members. Here they do things a little different. Everyone has a
small breakfast, a GIGANTIC lunch, and then a small dinner. So instead
of dinner, we have lunches with our members. According to Elder Child
we eat really well here in Ituzaingo ha-ha. I guess the stuff he would
eat in Formosa wasn’t as good as it is here. I don’t really know because
this is my first area. It makes since though because Ituzaingo is
a really nice town and the people here have a little bit more money,
so as a result we eat really well!
 
Crazy about the dog! But I am glad you guys found him ha-ha.
 
Sounds like things are getting a little crazy for Thanksgiving! It is
kind of strange being this intense heat during November ha-ha. It
definitely doesn’t feel like Christmas is right around the corner
because it is so blazing hot and humid. Thanksgiving here isn’t even in
November so we won’t be celebrating it! I believe it is July? Because I
remember it happening a few months back! So while you guys are eating
turkey and a bunch of delicious homemade food, we will be working!
 
This week was good! Nothing too new to share again. We have some
investigators progressing but ran into a few obstacles that we are
working through. We think all will be well to have some more baptisms
before the end of the transfer, so I will keep you guys updated!
 
We had to travel to Corrientes AGAIN this week! The people did
something wrong with my papers and Visa last time so we had to return
to fix it. I was pretty upset about it because it wastes almost an
entire day of work and it costs a ton of money to travel there. So
that was kind of lame.
 
Other than that things are good! I have adjusted pretty well to how
Elder Child does things and he has adjusted pretty well to how I do
things. We work well together and are unified as a companionship,
which is good! Preach My Gospel says that although there are two
people there should be once voice with the same objective, bringing
people unto Christ. He is good missionary and I am glad he is my
companion. I will send some photos of us next week!
 
Other than that things are the same! Just keeping up the good work!
Thanksgiving is this week so I want the entire family to know that I
am grateful to have such a wonderful and loving family! You guys are
all a huge blessing to me and I love you all! Have a wonderful week
and a great thanksgiving. Eats lots of delicious American food for me!
 
Elder Deniston. :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Famalia!

How is everyone doing? I hope good!

I don´t have too much time this week so I am going to keep this one kind of short!

We heard about the election with Romney and Obama sucks! But I have more important things to talk about right now so we can put that on the back burner ha-ha.

This week was pretty good! We had a conference in Posadas Wednesday with a member of one of the quorums or 70!
Elder Vinas spoke along with President Haymen. It was really spiritual! They mainly spoke about the Doctrine of Christ and how we can improve as missionaries through Hope, Faith, and Charity. I don´t have time to explain everything they taught, but it was really good! I also Elder Waldron, my comp from the MTC, there! So that was cool.

Other then that Elder Child and I have just been working a tonnn! We have a lot of people progressing at the moment. It is looking like we are going to have some baptisms before the end of the transfer, so that is always good news! One of the more interesting people we are teaching is Sandra and her family. Sandra is from Africa, lived in Brazil for a while, and moved here a few years ago! She has 3 girls, triplets, and they are the only black family here in Ituzaingo! Pretty cool. I will keep you updated on what happens with them! We also have a few other people progressing that should enter the waters of baptism within the next few weeks. So there should be some exciting news the next few emails.

We also heard about the storms back East. Sounds like it was pretty bad. :/ But it is glad to hear the Church was quick to respond and help out!

I am having trouble thinking of things to tell you guys! Ha-ha. This week was just another week of a lot of walking, sweating, and teaching ha-ha. Not too much going on other than the same things we are always doing ha-ha. Elder Child is cool! I don´t have a photo of him so I will have to send one next week. But is a really funny kid and we getting along well, so that is good.

Crazy to think that it is already November! Christmas is coming up! And I am already well over the 6 month mark here in Argentina! It has gone by pretty fast!

Are converts are doing well! Especially Veronica and The Gomez Pereira family, so that is good. The church is growing here in Ituzaingo and the members are happy with us and our work, so we are going to keep it up!

Sorry, I am like drawing blanks on what to talk about this week! Sorry that this letter is so short! :/ I promise that I will have more to write next week and I will get some photos off as well. Glad to hear everything is good and I will hear from you all next week. Love you all!

Elder Deniston. :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

November 5, 2012

Hola!
 
Awesome photos! Stoked for Devin and Nathan and Otto looked legit in his pumpkin costume! Sounded like Halloween was a fun time. They don´t really celebrate Halloween here ha-ha. Some of the stores and what not had fake cobwebs and spiders for decoration but that´s about it. No trick-or-treating or parties or any of that stuff.
 
This week was pretty good, other than the fact that I feel kind of sick right now :/ I am not sure why, but I am sure it will go away soon. It´s nothing serious, just a cold I believe, but it definitely isn´t fun.
We had 3 more baptism’s this last Monday! The family Gomez-Perrea had their baptism and it was probably the coolest baptism I have had yet on the mission. They all good of course, but it was cool to see Hermano Gomez-Perrea baptize his wife and two kids. Definitely a spiritual experience. He bore his testimony this last Sunday about the baptism and his family and what not, was really cool. So that was awesome!
 
Elder McGarry left for his house Wednesday and I am now with Elder Child from Utah and we are still in Ituzaingo! I thought Elder McGarry spoke well but this kid speaks Spanish just as well as he speaks English. So I feel I am going to learn a lot from him. So that will be good. He has a couple more transfers then me and he knows Elder Gallardo, so that is pretty cool. He was in Formosa before coming here and the missionaries in Formosa literally all have baptism´s each week. Mainly because all of Formosa is pretty poor and the people there are just prepared and ready to join the gospel. But I say this because he still has that go get em` attitude to baptize each week, which is good! Corrientes is a little different and there aren´t as many baptisms here, but we are going to work hard and have success here!
Oh also, new rule. No English! Elder McGarry liked to speak English, and although I learned a ton from him, it´s obviously better to just speak Spanish. So for the next year and half only Spanish! In the apartment, on divisions, P-days, everything! Only Spanish.

Elder Child is pretty cool and I get along with him so far, I have a feeling we are only going to be together and here for this next transfer because all the members say that during the middle of December is when the Elders leave and the Sisters come in. Because that is when all the tourists start rolling in to use the beaches!
 
I am kind of wanting to get transferred and see some other parts of the mission ha-ha, because I have been here alonggggg time! But it´s all good, because Ituzaingo is pretty cool. We will see what happens next transfer!
 
Other than this not much going on! Elder McGarry and I kind of got into a routine of how we spent our P-days and it´s probably going to change a little bit now that I am with Elder Child, so I am not too sure when we will be writing each week! I know that Elder Child likes to write earlier in the day and Elder McGarry liked to write later in the day, so just make sure to have your letters out Sunday night still!
I love you all and am going to try to send some photos now! Have e a great week and I will write more next week!. :)
 
Elder Deniston

 

November 5, 2012



You guys need to look this up online! I haven´t really mentioned it in any of my previous emails. But they have a gigantic Dam here in Ituzaingo! I believe it is one of the biggest in the world. We aren´t allowed to visit because it technically isn´t a part of a country. On one end is Argentina and the other Paraguay, so it kind of no-mans land. They have a museum here for it and visited that, pretty cool. Look it up online though, I believe it is called the Yacare Dam. But look around, you will be able to find it.
 
 The Ojeda family! Different Ojedas family, not our other converts! They got married this day and we are now teaching Maria Ojeda and we think that she will be baptized this transfer! I will keep you updated.
 

With the Gomez-Perrea family before their baptism!
 
We had a going away Asado for Elder McGarry and the entire branch came! This is a photo of us with Hermano Godoy!
 
 
 
 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

October 22, 2012

Family,
Alright, we have a ton of stuff going on this week! But I will get to that stuff in a minute.

We had an interview with President this week and he informed us a little more about Sister Haymen. She has been learning to re-walk and remember some words, so it sounds like it was fairly big stroke. But, he said she is good condition and is progressing well and should be back to the mission soon! He said she is good spirits and wants to return as soon as possible. So keep her in your prayers.

Crazy about gas prices! Glad I don´t have to worry about those currently ha-ha.

Crazy about Romney! Let me know what happens with that. People down here are even talking about the election. Ha-ha. Is the Church is the spotlight or taking any heat because of him?

Pretty awesome that McKenzie wants to serve a mission! Really awesome.

Alright, well we have a huge week in front of us this week! Veronica was supposed to have her baptism this last Sunday! But, her mother was unable to be here because she had to visit her mother in Corrientes Capital. Veronica didn’t want to have her baptism if her mother was not there so we had to postpone it until tomorrow! So this is the second time we have changed the date ha-ha. We have grown a little impatient about it ha-ha, but everything looks good for tomorrow! So I will have pictures of that the following week.

Also, we might have more baptisms this weekend! We have been working with Valdimar (a member here) and his family, the Gomez-Perrea´s and they are ready to be baptized! The only thing is Valdimar wife doesn´t really feel prepared, but really she is. She knows all of the baptismal questions and has been keeping all of the commitments, she has been attending church and reading and doing everything she needs to be doing! She has already told us that she knows everything is true and has felt her faith grow. So we aren´t really sure what is keeping here from wanting to be baptized. We have been working with them a ton lately and have been teaching about Christ and why he was baptized and The Gift of the Holy Ghost and telling that we sincerely feel that she is ready. Valdimar also feels that she is ready! We have a lesson with them tonight and we think we are going to find out her decision then! If she wants to have the baptism this weekend, of if she wants to wait a little bit longer. So we are praying and hoping everything goes well! I will keep you guys updated.

Right now we are focusing on them, Veronica and the family Gomez Perrea! They are all really amazing and their faith in Christ has been growing tremendously, so we hope to see them enter the waters of baptism this week! This is our last week of the transfer, I feel like it is going to be my last week here, and it is Elder McGarrys last week in the mission, so we are doing everything we can to end this transfer with all of these awesome things!

This is pretty much what we are doing now. Focusing on them. So I will let you guys know what happens! Pray all goes well! Other than that we have been working a ton, we had 7 investigators in church yesterday and 9 the other week! Almost a third of our congregation was investigators ha-ha. Oh also, this week I did transfers with Elder Moore from my district in the MTC! It was cool to spend a couple days with him, especially because he is from California! Good reunion to have.

I love you all and hope everything is going good at home! Sorry I can´t send pictures. It takes a ton of time, so it´s either a good letter or a lot of pictures ha-ha. I felt like the stuff going on this week was more important to tell you about, so the photos will have to wait! But I have a lot to send, so I will get them off to you guys as soon as I can!

Love you and will hear from you all next week! :)

Elder Deniston.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

October 15, 2012


Famalia!

 
Anyways, so right now it is pouringggg rain! We took a taxi to the Cyber because we would of just been drenched if we didn´t. I know I have mentioned the storms here quite a bit, but there are seriously insane. Thunder. Lightening. Wind. Rain. Hail. Everything. They are pretty cool, but at the same time they are not, because it makes working difficult.

 
Alright, I have news!

 
We received some new information that Hermana Haymen is doing better. She is still down in Buenos Aires and will at least being staying there for a couple more weeks, possibly longer. Presidente Haymen flew their daughter from the States to stay with her while she is in the hospital. Presidente said she is doing good and feeling fine, but that they are just going to keep her there until she makes a full recovery. Right now, President Haymen is running the mission alone. We actually have interviews with him this week but we have to do them over Skype this time because he currently isn´t able to drive out to Posades. So that will be kind of interesting. I will let you know more about that next week.

 
Currently we are working with Veronica! Her mother is a member but has been in-active for a while so we have been working on getting her re-activated as well as teaching Veronica. We have taught her all of the lessons and she expressed to us that she feels the Spirit when she reads the Book of Mormon and when she prays regarding the things we have been teaching her. She told us last night that she wants to wait a little bit longer before getting baptized because she wants to learn a little bit more. We taught her that they way to know that everything that we have taught her is true is through The Book of Mormon and through prayers. We invited her again to pray and sincerely ask if the message of the restored gospel is true and to ask if the Book of Mormon is true. We taught her that the good feelings she has been feeling is Spirit testifying of truth and that through this form she is going to receive her answer. We have some more lessons with her this week so I will keep updated!

 
We also have some other investigators progressing but right now Veronica is the closest to getting baptized, so I will update you guys on our other investigators if they continue to progress.

 
I am getting better at speaking! My missionary vocabulary is good and I able to teach all of the lessons confidently, so that is good. I am still studying grammar and just how certain things work. Sometimes is a pain and I have a head about times a week, but I am learning pretty quickly, so that is also good! The language has been a steady learning progress, but I am confident that it will continue to improve and that I will only continue to get better, so I am not too worried about it! Still studying and working hard though!

 
This week a bought a real alligator head! The Cyber we are at today won’t let me send pictures so you guys will have to wait until next week to see it! It is about the size of my palm and they put marbles in for its eyes! I am pretty excited about it ha-ha.
 

Well, other than that nothing to new going on. Have some good people progressing and are looking forward to the next few weeks! I will keep you guys posted on what happens. I love you all and will hear from you next week!

 
Elder Deniston.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

October 9, 2012

Famalia!

Yesterday was holiday so we had to work! So, here is my letter now! I don´t have much time so I have to make it quick!
 
Sounds like things are well at home! Loved the photos you sent. Looks like you guys are having fun! Otto is a stud! Sure do love that little kid.
 
We did get to hear general conference. We heard the first session Saturday in Spanish because we couldn´t figure out how to get a second channel of it in English. But I understood a lot of it! We watched the second session in English on the computer and watched Priesthood in Spanish with the brand. The news about the age for missionaries is awesome! Basically it´s finish high school and leave! Which is probably better and I a lot more missionaries and sisters will be the result.
 
We got to watch both sessions Saturday in English. I loved Eyring´s, Bednar´s, and of coarse Hollands. Holland just has a gift for giving talks and speaking. Pretty incredible and impossible to not feel the Spirit. But those 3 where my favorites! I have been doing an in-depths study of Acts and the Primitive Church after the ministry of Christ. So to hear some talks about that perfect for me.
 
Pretty crazy that Dad is still not in work! When is he going to return?
 
Glad to hear that the family is good! How is Tyler doing? Haven´t heard from him at all!
 
Here is a list of things you can send me in the package:
 
Deodorant( Old Spice Denali Scent. Get the dry stick, not the gel stick.) The more the merrier with this haha. I am not a fan of the deodorant here.
Socks( The same black one we first purchased.)
Haircut Clips! Elder McGarry is giving me his clippers when he leaves. Send me the two biggest pieces. I believe they are sizes 7 and 6. But send those!
Candy! Whatever kinds haha.
 
Also, send me some photos from home. I have none and members and investigators always want to see photos! Some of the family, friends, Lake Elsinore, etc. That would be awesome. You can take some off of Facebook, I have a lot up there.
 
So we have some big news this week! First, Hermana Haymen had a stroke this last week. :/ She is currently at a hospital in BA and we received a email today from President Haymen that she is recovering well and rapidly and should be returning to the mission soon. We fasted for her as a mission and are keeping her in our prayers! So pray for her as well. We didn´t receive to much information about it but received news that she is getting a lot better and that there should be no problems with them and there future service in the mission.
 
We are possibly going to have a baptism this weekend! We have been working with a girl named Veronica and she is ready and excited to be baptized. The only thing is she wants her mother to be there for the baptism she might be out of town this weekend. So if her mother is going to be here we are gong to have the service, if not, we are going to have it next week! I will let you know what happens with that!
 
Elder McGarry have 29 days left and is doing well! He is still working so that is good haha. He wants to finish he mission strong and I am encouraging him to keep up the good work. We have a lot of good things set up for the transfer so he is excited and wants to end on a good note!
 
I am thinking I am going to get transferred next transfer but we will have to wait and see! I will let you know. We have a few more weeks here first so I am just staying focused on the work cut out for us here.
 
I love you all and am keeping you guys in my prayers! I will some photos for you guys next week and I am going to try to get some videos off to you guys. For some reason my camera video files are to large to send, but Elder McGarry says he has sent videos from his camera before so I am going to borrow his and send a couple off to you guys.
 
Love you and will hear from you next week!

Elder Deniston.

October 1, 2012

Hello Family,

We read our e-mails on our P-day, which is Monday. But the thing is that Elder McGarry and I stop by and print out our emails at 11, then we come back later in the afternoon and respond. That way we can read our e-mails before and have more time to write. When I have to read the e-mails it takes away from my time to write back. So if you can just get them out Sunday night that would awesome for me. If you guys do that, you guys can write more and send separate e-mails. So please do that if you can. Thanks! It also gives me time to answer questions and what not.

Well news is that Elder McGarry and I are still here in Ituzaingo. At first I was kind of upset because I was kind of anticipating getting transferred and getting a Latino comp, but I don´t really mind staying here another transfer. I´m sure it means we just have some more to do here before we leave. This means that I am going to kill off Elder McGarry haha. This is his last transfer in this mission. He is happy to be here and is excited to be heading home soon also ha-ha. The reason I wanted to get transferred or get a new comp is because I know it will help my Spanish. It isn´t to bad now for how long I have been here, but I know having that experience of having a Latino companion will help me a ton, which will be better for later in the mission. But it looks like we have to wait until next transfer! That will mean I will have spent 6 months here in Ituzaingo! which is a pretty long time to be in one place on the mission, but I like it here, so all is well.
Glad to hear the primary programs were good! They are always fun to watch ha-ha.
Glad to hear that Bishop and President Wilson saw the photos from the baptism! I plan on writing them soon and will hopefully have some letters out to both of them soon.
This week was pretty good. Nothing to exciting ha-ha. The weather calmed down a little and was cooler, so that was nice. We had a lot of investigators at church yesterday which was good and it´s looking like we are going to have some more baptisms before the end of this transfer. Hopefully! We are working with the family Gomez-Perrea, a boy named Lucas and a girl named Veronica. I will update a little more about them as things progress.
So in the mission they have slang terms I guess you can say, for example if you train someone that missionary is you child. So since Elder McGarry trained me I am his son, and his trainer is my grandfather ha-ha. I am the second missionary Elder McGarry trained so the other missionary he trained, Elder Stout, is my brother. Anyways, the reason I am telling you this is because Elder Stout is our new Zone Leader! Elder McGarry doesn´t like it because he has to listen and obey the missionary he trained ha-ha.
Also, Elder Moore, from the MTC, is our new district leader! So I will be seeing a lot more of him. We get along well, I so I am glad he is our district leader!
Other than that, nothing to new. Oh this week, we ran into this old man that plays the Accordion (believe I spelt that right) and the harp! He played for us, it was pretty cool haha. He loves the Bible and was sharing us a bunch of scriptures and he let us teach him a little bit. I am going to try to send some videos of him playing so you guys can hear!
This week we have to Resistencia because Elder McGarry has to finish up his Visa stuff to make sure he is good to go home, which means we have to buy moreeee Bus Tickets. But the good news is that when we are at the office we get all of the money we spent on bus tickets for the past two months re-imbursed.
Alright, well I am going to try to send some videos to you guys so I am going to wrap this one up. I love you all and will hear from you soon!

Elder Deniston.
 


 
Photos from Corrientes!

September 24, 2012

Hello Family,

We read our e-mails on our P-day, which is Monday. But the thing is that Elder McGarry and I stop by and print out our emails at 11, then we come back later in the afternoon and respond. That way we can read our e-mails before and have more time to write. When I have to read the e-mails it takes away from my time to write back. So if you can just get them out Sunday night that would awesome for me. If you guys do that, you guys can write more and send separate e-mails. So please do that if you can. Thanks! It also gives me time to answer questions and what not.

Well news is that Elder McGarry and I are still here in Ituzaingo. At first I was kind of upset because I was kind of anticipating getting transferred and getting a Latino comp, but I don´t really mind staying here another transfer. I´m sure it means we just have some more to do here before we leave. This means that I am going to kill off Elder McGarry haha. This is his last transfer in this mission. He is happy to be here and is excited to be heading home soon also ha-ha. The reason I wanted to get transferred or get a new comp is because I know it will help my Spanish. It isn´t to bad now for how long I have been here, but I know having that experience of having a Latino companion will help me a ton, which will be better for later in the mission. But it looks like we have to wait until next transfer! That will mean I will have spent 6 months here in Ituzaingo! which is a pretty long time to be in one place on the mission, but I like it here, so all is well.
Glad to hear the primary programs were good! They are always fun to watch ha-ha.
Glad to hear that Bishop and President Wilson saw the photos from the baptism! I plan on writing them soon and will hopefully have some letter out to both of them soon.
This week was pretty good. Nothing to exciting ha-ha. The weather calmed down a little and was cooler, so that was nice. We had a lot of investigators at church yesterday which was good and it´s looking like we are going to have some more baptisms before the end of this transfer. Hopefully! We are working with the family Gomez-Perrea, a boy named Lucas and a girl named Veronica. I will update a little more about them as things progress.
So in the mission they have slang terms I guess you can say, for example if you train someone that missionary is you child. So since Elder McGarry trained me I am his son, and his trainer is my grandfather ha-ha. I am the second missionary Elder McGarry trained so the other missionary he trained, Elder Stout, is my brother. Anyways, the reason I am telling you this is because Elder Stout is our new Zone Leader! Elder McGarry doesn´t like it because he has to listen and obey the missionary he trained ha-ha.
Also, Elder Moore, from the MTC, is our new district leader! So I will be seeing a lot more of him. We get along well, I so I am glad he is our district leader!
Other than that, nothing to new. Oh this week, we ran into this old man that plays the Accordion (believe I spelt that right) and the harp! He played for us, it was pretty cool haha. He loves the Bible and was sharing us a bunch of scriptures and he let us teach him a little bit. I am going to try to send some videos of him playing so you guys can hear!
This week we have to Resistencia because Elder McGarry has to finish up his Visa stuff to make sure he is good to go home, which means we have to buy moreeee Bus Tickets. But the good news is that when we are at the office we get all of the money we spent on bus tickets for the past two months re-imbursed.
Alright, well I am going to try to send some videos to you guys so I am going to wrap this one up. I love you all and will hear from you soon!

Elder Deniston.
 

September 17, 2012



Photos from the baptism last week! Hermano y Hermana Ojeda con Bryan, Jessica y Micaela!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

September 10, 2012

Hello Family!

Highlights of the week!

First, we had some baptisms. We baptized Brian, Jessica, and Micaela Ojeda! It was pretty dang awesome. A lot of the members came out and supported the Ojeda family. Hermano Ojeda started coming back to church about a month or so ago and has been doing really well. I think I mentioned a little about them last week so you have a feel for what's up with them. But the baptisms were great and they are extremely happy!

It was cool because directly after the baptism we watched the stream of the celebration for the re-dedications of the BA temple at church with the ward. It was really cool and I recommend looking up it and watching some of it. Elder Christofferson, Elder Ballard and President Eyring came and gave some really cool talks. You will be able to understand Ballard and Eyring's talks because they spoke in English and had a translator. Elder Chrisofferson speaks perfect Spanish so you are out of luck with his ha ha. But check it out. They did a tribute for all the missionaries and the missionaries in BA got to march out on the field while like 2,000 youth sand Called to Serve.

Second, the re-dedication of the temple on Sunday! We got to watch the broadcast here, which was incredible. I was not aware the temple has been closed for abut 3 years because they have been re-modeling it. It looks incredible now! and the dedication was amazing. We are hoping that President Haymen is going to start letting the missionaries visit the temple when we finish our missions, we will see with that.

So overall the weekend was the highlight of the week!

Elder McGarry and I have a good feeling that we are splitting this transfer. Transfers are not this week, but the next. So I will let you know then!

Sounds like the last sacrament meeting was good! I definitely know how it is to not have many members in church ha ha. We have an average of about 30 each week here.

Well other than that there isn't to much going on, just the usual. Things are probably going to be different here in a little bit b because we are pretty sure we are both getting transferred and both getting new companions. Elder McGarry is super trunky and has started talking more and more and more about home ha ha. He is still working hard though so all is well.

Mother, I will have a scripture for you to give to Sis. Hughes next week. I just can't remember the exact verses at the moment so I will have that next week.

Sorry I don't have photos this week, I was going to send a bunch from the baptism but I forgot to grab my camera when we left the apartment today. So I will also have that next week!

Anyways, not much to write about except for those few things. I hope all is well with everyone and I will hear from you next week.

Love you all!
Elder Deniston

September 3, 2012

Famalia!

Mother, I am glad to hear the seminary students liked the spiritual thought and hope everything is going well with you class!

Zone Conference was awesome! We learned a lot and it was cool to see all the elders in my Zone. I saw some Elders from my original MTC group! So that was cool!

That is pretty insane about the stadium! ha ha. Hope nobody was hurt.

Dad, those pictures were awesome! I was glad to see what you have been working on. That is pretty cool about your mission reunion also. Get to hangout with a bunch of old Poly's ha ha, I am excited to here how that goes!

I have some cool news! This Saturday President Eyring I believe is re-dedicating the Buenos Aires temple and we got to watch the broadcast of the dedication here. We are really excited for that! I will let you know how it goes. They added another huge section to the temple, check out photos of it online!

We have a baptism this weekend! Remember the story I told you about the guy we ran into the other month, that got into the accident on his motorcycle. Well he has been coming back to church since we ran into him and he has brought his family also and his 3 kids are being baptized this weekend! It has been really awesome to work with him. He used to be the branch president here 12 years ago! So this guy knows the gospel. He bore his testimony yesterday at church and said how much he and his family has been blessed since he has started returning to church and how happy he is to have his children baptized. Right now he is currently working on getting married and his goal is the temple! He told us he made a commit to himself to never fall away from the church again. So it has been really awesome to see his faith in Christ grow this past couple months! It has been a privilege to work with him. I will have pictures of the baptism next week for you guys.

Other than that there is not to much going on! I finished the books Our Search For Happiness and Our Heritage. They were really good, short reads and I learned a lot about the history of the church. I am currently half way finished with Jesus The Christ and that has been awesome as well!

Well, think it is time I wrap this one up! Let me know how things are at home! I love you all and love hearing from you guys. Thanks for being an awesome family!;)