Friday, May 31, 2013

May 27, 2013

Loved the photos!

Bueno, a ton of stuff happened this last week and I dont have to much time to write it all. So I apologize in advance if this e-mail is short. I probably wont have time to send photos over. I will make sure to get them over next week! 

But I received a call Tuesday night from our Zone Leaders telling me that I had to go to the mission office Wednesday morning because I would be training a new missionary! I`m training Elder Ortiz from Buenos Aireas! So far I really like him and am really grateful for the chance I have to train a missionary. Elder Ortiz is really excited to be in the mission! When President was announcing who the trainers would be for the new missionaries, he was so happy. When he called my name to be his trainer he was going around telling all the new elders "Look! I have a companion, I have a companion!" haha. 

The other news is that we got transferred! We had to white wash Saenz Pena! White wash means we both arrived together to the area. It`s been a little crazy because we have had to get make our way around the city finding the members and investigators but we`ve figured everything out pretty well. Also, the sister missionaries that were here before left us baptisms! So we had a baptism last Saturday and spent the first few days preparing for that. Luckily the members understood our situation and helped a ton!

The sisters were teaching a boy named Matias and is only 10 years old. But he was really excited to get baptized and the baptism turned out really well!  The only kind of crazy thing that happened was that during the baptism service a drunk man entered the chapel and wanted to talk with me about George Bush and the U.S. So we had to take him outside and politely ask him to leave. It was kind of crazy! 

Sorry that this e-mail is super short! I have a new program I have to follow as a trainer and I have to write President more then I usually do! But I wanted to tell you guys the big news! New companion! training! New area! Baptism! Craziness. 

Next week I will explain a little more about my new area and more about Elder Ortiz and the training process! I will also send some photos over!

Apologize for the short e-mail! I love you and will write more next week! :)

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May 20, 2013

Hola Familia!
Cool news about Dad! I´m kind of confused exactly at what it is to be honest. Is it just a permanent route that he has with a company? Or are different companies paying him to deliver bread? I´m slightly confused because you guys said it´s a route, and it´s a company. So fill me in on the info with that! I will be praying that all goes well with that.
Exciting news that seminary and classes end soon! Now you will have some time to wind down and hangout with all the grand kids in the pool. Summer is always a good time with the family!
Bueno, as for news from me nothing to crazy this week. Just a lot of rain and mud and overcast skies. This week was a little slower because it was Elder McMurray´s last week but it still wasn´t to bad. We´ve been on the look out for new investigators. We have been doing really well the past month or so with baptism´s and if all goes well we will be having another one this weekend or the following. After that we only have a hand full of people that are progressing, so we´ve been doing all we can to find some new people that are waiting to hear the gospel.
This week is transfers! So it will be an interesting week because I already know I am getting a new companion. Also this is the big transfer where everything will be finalized between our mission and the new mission in Posadas. So it´s kind a of big transfer for the mission. I will make sure to let you guys know what happens next Monday!
Elder McMurray is excited to see his family and to visit his old areas in the mission. There are some upsides and downsides to killing a missionary (missionary term for when a missionary has to be with another missionary his last transfer haha.), one of the upsides is that they leave a lot of stuff behind. When Elder McGarry went home he left me some cool stuff and Elder McMurray will also be leaving some useful stuff. So I am excited for that.
This last Sunday Bishop came up to me five minutes before the sacrament meeting started and told me that one of the members who was going to speak wasn´t there and asked if I could fill up the time! Elder McMurray was already speaking because it was his last Sunday in the mission so he thought I could just join him. It wasn´t the first time I had to give a talk with five minutes to prepare in the mission so it didn´t turn out to bad. I actually enjoy giving talks, but I do like to have a little time to prepare.
Oh also, today I received an e-mail from Elder McGarry (my trainer) and he told me that he is down in California from Utah. He had a companion that is from Murrieta so he is going to visit him and he said he wants to stop by the house in Lake Elsinore to visit you guys to. He asked for the address so I gave it to him, so you guys might be receiving a visit. Just thought I would let you know!
Other then that nothing to new to share! Next Monday will be a little more interesting because I will have a new companion! I´m going to wrap this one up and send some photos! I love you all and am always praying that all is well back home! Will write more next Monday.
Chau! :)
Elder Deniston.

Pictures May 20, 2013



On our roof

May 13, 2013

Bummed the phone cut last night! Pero esta bien, vamos a usar skype caundo hablamos por la navidad!
Sounds like Mother´s Day was a good time at home. Random fact, Argentina doesn`t celebrate Mother`s Day in May, it was just a normal day here. It`s weird because the majority of the other countries in South America celebrate it the same day we do. But it was cool to talk with everyone! Sounds like Devin got hooked up for Mother`s Day. I`ll have to pick up paddle-boarding when I get home. Hit the beach for a few days to get ride of the nice missionary tan lines I`ll have when I get back haha. The Train concert should be a good time too. I took a few of your old Train CD`s awhile back. Not quite sure where they are now but if you look around for them you´ll find them. I think Chelsea might have them actually.
Everyone sounds good! The only one who sounded a little different was Miles, sounds a little bit older! But I liked my conversation with him haha.
Me: Miles! What`s up?
Miles: Nothinnn´.
Me: What are you guys doing for Mother`s Day? Just hanging out?
Miles: Yeah.
Me: Getting along with your brother?!
Miles: No.
Me: Getting along with your sister?!
Miles: No.
That was all. Was pretty funny and it made me laugh! Was happy to talk with all the kids!
We did have a baptism last Saturday which went really well. Javier Gomez got baptized. Javier is the nephew of Cornelio that we baptized a couple weeks ago. He actually moved to Resistencia like a few days before I showed up here in Resistencia. Right now he`s living with his uncle and studying and working. He`s 20 and now he`s a member of the Church. It actually was really cool because he moved here with pretty much nothing, including no friends. So when he started going to church we was really happy to get to all the young men and young women in the ward and they helped a ton while he was taking the lessons.
We were kind of scared Saturday because an hour before the baptism it started pouring rain! Rain in Argentina is the worst thing that can happen if you are doing missionary work. Nobody does anything. The kids don`t want to leave and get wet or walk in the mud and get dirty so they don`t go to school. If they have the option they don`t work. Nobody want`s to answer the door and let us in because we are wet and they don't want to get the house dirty. It`s an excuse to sleep a longer siesta. They don`t like to use their cars or motorcycles because they will get really dirty in the streets. Excluding the really strong members, nobody goes to church. Not just in our Church, but all of the different churches. Last week there was a 100-110 members at our chapel, this week there was 40ish. Just to give you guy an idea. It`s just culture here.
So we were kind of scarred nobody was going to show up, but luckily we still had a good turn out and the baptism went really well. The only bad thing that happened is that my battery on my camera died rght before we took photos so I don`t have any. A member was there and took photos with his camera that he is going to send us. So I will have to send those over to you guys later. He should send me them this week so I should have them over to you guys next Monday.  But overall the baptism was really good and yesterday Javier was confirmed and he as well as Coco received the Aaronic priesthood. So that was cool to see. Bishop also had them bear their first testimony in sacrament meeting! Which if you can imagine as a new member would be kind of scary, but they did awesome and the members are all befriending them. So all is well there.
Other then that the only exciting thing that happened was the Mormon Helping Hands project we had Saturday morning. I was bummed because I`ve been keeping my eye for one of the yellow Mormon Helping Hands shirts in Spanish but the church doesn`t make them anymore! They just have little vests now. But the service project was still a good time. We picked up a ton or trash. Cleaned out parking lots and gutters, and painting the edges of the sidewalks. Our entire zone went to help out as well as a lot of the members from Guiraldes, so I spent the time working and talking with them. Was cool because it gave me some time to get to know them a little bit more. Overall was really good. I`ll send photos over!
I`ve been keeping my eye open for cool things on the floor around the city here. Things that would be cool for souvenirs. So far I`ve found magnets that the Remis`s(Taxi`s) have on their cars to show they are working. There pretty cool. They have the Taxi # and say "Municipalidad de Resistencia - Remis" really big on them. I`m pretty excited. I`ve been on a lookout for a Argentina license plate too. Hoping I come across one soon. Thought I would let you guys know!
But other then that things are really good. Studying, walking, teaching, baptizing. Keeping up the good work. But I am going to wrap this up and send some photos over to you guys. Love you all and will write more next week!
Elder Deniston.

Pictures May 13, 2013

 Argentina Sun
Picking up trash with Elder McMurray.

Fedrico con Elder Hein.
 Some of the elders and Fere! Fere is a returned missionary and he served in Bolivia. He helps us out a lot and we get along with well.
After the service project. This is only some of the zone though. Amar es server
I snapped this from our apartment this morning. Dark, wet, cold day. They are currently doing construction on our street.

Fruit Anyone?

Talking to Elder Deniston on Mother's Day

Friday, May 10, 2013

May 6, 2013

Hola Familia,
We had a good week here in Resistencia. Nothing to out of the ordinary happened but we still had a good week!
This last Tuesday we had some really, really bad rain. Some of the streets looked like rivers. We had a district meeting and a couple elders arrived late because they had to help push an ambulance out of a flooded street. They were most then waste deep in water, just to give you guys a good idea of how bad it was. I took some videos but I think they are to large of files to send over.
This last Thursday and Friday I did divisions with our zone leaders, so I was in the area Alberdi for a couple days. It´s a really rich area and supposedly one of the harder areas in the mission. but it was still cool to see something a little different. It was pretty cool because Elder McGarray (my trainer) was in this area for a few months a year or so ago and I got to meet some families that he re-activated. Was pretty cool to hear them talk about how he helped them back to the church.
Other then that I´m kind of drawing blanks on what happened this week! We just worked a ton and taught a lot of lessons. This next week should be a lot more exciting because we are planning another baptism for Saturday! So I am sure I will have some exciting news for you guys next week.
We are having a Mormon Helping Hands service project this coming Saturday morning with the stake and we might get to go help out. I´m looking forward to that because service projects are always a good time. I´ve yet to do Helping Hands project either because the last time they had one I was in Ituzaingó and they had it in Posadas and we didn´t want to make the travel. So that should be a cool experience. I´ll make sure to snap some photos.
Elder McMurray is in a want-to-go-home/don't-want-to-go-home mood haha. He is happy though because we´ve been working really hard lately and have baptisms planned for his last two weeks here, so that is pretty exciting. We have Javier that will be getting baptized this Saturday and also a women named Neli that will be getting baptized the following Saturday. We´re excited for both of them but especially for Neli. She has been going to church for the last two years and all of the elders have tried to baptize her but she was never able to get married for one reason or another. But, recently she has completed all of her paper work and what not and has a date schedule to get married. The following Wednesday I believe it is. The Relief Society here are planning a little celebration for her and the Saturdy after she will be getting baptized! So we´ve been working with her lately making sure she knows everything and is prepared. So that is exciting news.
I´ve slowly been buying thing to complete my Gaucho outfit which I am pretty dang excited for! When I have everything I want I will make sure to send a photo over. So far it´s turning out really good but I still need a few things. I started purchasing all the things back in Ituzaingó, so it´s been a project in the making.
Yesterday afternoon Boca and River played. It´s basically the Super Bowl here in Argentina. For a god two hours we tried to visit some people and try to find some new investigators but had absolutely zero success haha. Wasn´t to good of a time. We did know when one of them teams scored because everyone comes outside and launches off bottle-rockets to celebrate a goal. It´s pretty crazy.
Next Sunday I get to call home for Mother´s Day! I am going to call at 6:00 P.M. my time, so that would be 2:00 P.M. California time. I am going to call Mom´s cell phone and if for some reason that doesn´t work I will call the house phone. BE READY! I can talk for 45 minutes.
That´s pretty much all of the exciting things I can think of for now! I am excited to talk next Sunday. Looking forward to it!
I don´t have much time left so I wont be able to get some photos over this week but I will make sure to send a lot next week. Please save all of the photos I send in a file on the computer. I hope you guys have already been doing that!
Alright, have to wrap this one up. Love you all and will talk to you soon!
Chau! :)
Elder Deniston.

Monday, May 6, 2013

April 29, 2013

¿Como andamos? Espero que bien! Super loco que Otto tiene 1 ano! Feliz Cumpleanos Otto! Espero que disfrutaran la fiesta y que estén disfrutando el clima en California! Está lloviendo mucho acá.
We had a really good week because we had a baptism! Woohooo! That's really the only exciting thing that happened this week. Saturday we had the baptismal service of Cornelio Gomez and it was a really good baptism service. It`s been cool to see his progression. When he started listening to the lessons he was kind of hesitant about listening to us but after a few charlas, a Sunday or two at church, getting to know the awesome members here in Guiraldes, and feeling the Spirit, baptism was the only thing he wanted to do! He is now preparing to get the priesthood and to go to the temple to do baptisms. The ward here in Guiraldes is taking a temple trip the end of May to Asuncion, Paraguay (the closest temple, about 5 hours from Resistencia) and we are in the process of teaching him and Elder McMurrays other converts here about the temple so they will get excited to go. Each person that wants to go has to pay 150 pesos to go. They all throw some money in to make the trip. So were preparing them now! I heard a statistic that about 90% of recent-converts stay active if they go to the temple within the first six months after their baptism. Not sure how correct it is, but we`re still doing everything we can to help them go.
Other then that nothing to exciting happened! Just working a ton. Found some new people that we are teaching that have some good potential to progress. So I will keep you guys updated on them. We should be having some more baptisms within the next couple weeks. So that is exciting!
Elder McMurray and I have been running each morning! He ran cross-country in high school and wants to get back into shape before he heads home. He only has a few weeks and is still working really good, so I am pretty grateful about that. We will see how the next few weeks ago. He is really excited because his dad, mom, and one of his brothers are coming to visit in the mission before he heads home. He`s excited because they are going to visit his old area`s and converts and visit some of the tourist sites in the mission and in Misiones. He`s getting excited for everything but is still working hard. So all is good here in Guiraldes!
It`s raining like crazy here. Last night there was a huge storm. Lightening, thunder, rain...everything. Woke me up a few times!
When we finishing writing today we are going to go to Wal-Mart! Ahh yeah! There is 2 Wal-Mart in the entire mission and one of them is here in Resistencia and we got permission to leave are area to go. May sound like something normal to do, but things like this are exciting for a missionary. I`ll make sure to take some photos!
Alright, going to wrap this one up and get some pictures over to you guys! Glad to hear all is well at home. Love you all and everyone is always in my prayers! Will write more next week. :)
Elder Deniston.

Pictures April 29, 2013

 ...sticking to our North-American roots. Pancho's!

Snapped this today. I like the architecture of the churches here, especially in artsy Resistencia. I took this walking so it didn`t turn out to good. But thought I would send it over.
 Coco with relatives!
 Crazy sunset the other night!

Snapped this in an apartment complex here in Resistencia. Thought it was a cool photo. Kind of gives you guys a feel of how the apartments here are.

Our chapel. :)
Coco`s baptism!

April 22, 2013

Craziness about Chelsea and Ricky moving and Nathan getting relocated! That’s pretty cool news. Where do Chelsea and Ricky think they are going to move too? Any ideas? I`m sure you guys are excited for that because I know how much you like to go around and look at model houses. Keep me updated on what happens!

...I´m glad Chelsea and Ricky are moving because now Otto won’t grow up to be a Rock.

Pretty exciting news about dad too! I hope all works out with that and he can get the route. If so I think that would be a re-location to the San Marcos/San Diego area!

Pretty exciting that Jonathan is going to Hawaii. Makes sense to me! I´m sure that will be a cool mission. How is his brother doing? I think he is in The Philippians? If I remember correctly. Correct me if I’m wrong and let me know when he finishes.

Guiraldes is part of Resistencia. The city is divided up into sections and where we are is called Guiraldes. Technically it`s Resistencia. That`s why you weren`t able to find it on Google Map.

Yesterday we have probably the best Asado that I have ever had since I`ve been here in Argentina. There is a family that lives really close to our apartment and each Sunday they spend hundreds of pesos on meat and have a gigantic asado. And we are always invited. They make their own homemade sauce, mmmmm. So good!

Things are super good with Elder McMurray and I. There are a lot of things that we have strangely have in common, even to the exact same cowlick with our hair. We were laughing about that the other day. But we are working really well and have a good number of progressing investigators, so we are pretty excited about that. We have been teaching a man the past couple weeks, everyone calls him Coco, and he is preparing for his baptism this Saturday. As of now everything is looking good and he is excited for his baptism! He has a pretty cool story. He had cancer a few years back and was on a lot of medication and what not and after a pretty long fight he was cancer free. Thought that was something cool I would share. So next week I should have some new baptism photos for you guys. We are also teaching his nephew and he also is preparing for baptism and will hopefully be baptized in the next few weeks. I will keep you guys updated on that!

This Sunday we had 90-100 members at church! I´m not going to lie it´s still really strange being in a strong ward after being in branches for a year ha-ha. It`s really nice. I´ve decided I like the hymns in Spanish a lot more than English, I think they sound really cool. Something cool that happened this week was that we found a lady Saturday night and taught her, and she came to church Sunday! First time that that has ever happened to me or to Elder McMurray. So that was pretty cool and now we are teaching her too, so we will see if she progresses. Oh, we also had interviews with president this week! First time in forever since we have had interviews so I was pretty happy to have them. The interview went really well and our zone also ate lunch with him and sister Haymen. Was pretty cool because he shared a lot of stories from his mission and some of the cool things he did. He shared a really cool story about how he opened up a city that at the time was the most highly-populated Catholic city in Argentina; I believe it was, if I remember correctly. But it`s cool because now there is really large chapel with a good amount of members. So he was pretty happy to open the area. Thought that was cool. Chau. :) Elder Deniston