ARGENTINA COMODORO RIVADAVIA SPANISH SPEAKING MISSION
Hola a todos!!!
Happy belated 4th of july to you all. Also happy 9 de Julio. On saturday It was argentina´s independance day and they celebrated 200 years as a country. We enjoyed empanadas and other argentine clasics. I love argentina!!
This week has been a week of huge changes!!! We beat our record for baptisms AGAIN. Last month we has 43 people join the church and this past month we had 45 baptisms. President Rogers ended his time as our mission president and on friday and saturday we got to know Presidente Salerno, our new mission president. They seem like really good people. They are Argentines.
Previously with president rogers we weren´t allowed to drink mate (ma-tae) but now with our new mission president being argentine it is aproved!!!! I was going to send a few pictures of me drinking mate this week but I forgot my camera in my apartment so I will share them with you guys next week. Just so you guys know, mate is the traditional drink of argentina. It is a type of herbal tea. They put the yerba inside a gourd with a metal filtered straw called a bombilla and they pour hot water over the yerba and there you have it. :D
As with our investigators. Our family of 7 people is going well. All they need is for us to invite them to be baptized and they will be all set. We also have Jennifer who can be baptized this weekend but we have to be sure they did all their papers to get married. We will let you know if we have a baptism or not this week. We also found a new investigator named Victor. We were contacting and he let us in. When we started off the lesson it didn´t seem like he wanted much to do with the church but as we used inspired questions he totally changed his mind. We left him a book of mormon and told him to read and ask god. We havn´t been able to find him yet to follow up but we will see if we can find him this week. We have another family but we haven´t heard anything from them yet.
This week reality decided to slap elder elmer across the face xD haha In our zone conference I shared my last testimony with the other missionaries. The spirit was super strong. The main goal of our mission is that we are working towards having a temple here in the patagonia. I know that one day there will be a temple here and that the members will be able to enjoy the blessing available through the covenants we can make. I know without a doubt in my mind that this church is true. I kind of don´t want my mission to end but I´ve still got 20 days to enjoy being a missionary. If I think about it this way. As disiples of christ our mission never really ends. I love you guys and hope you all have a fantastic week. :D I´ve still got the next 2 pdays to write you guys. I´ll write you next week.
Elder Kolton Elmer
Hey mom. :D
I am doing allright. LOTS OF COOL CHANGES HAVE HAPPENED WITH THE NEW PRESIDENT THAT I CAN¨T WAIT TO TELL YOU ABOUT!!!!!! For me the time is getting harder to stay focused. I am holding on the best i can. Can you believe that from today I have 20 days left. Honestly, it scares me. I know though that the changes will inevitably come but I am excited and nervous at the same time. Nevertheless I am still working hard and trying to get our investigators ready :D
I´m glad you guys are having such a great time in Utah. Tell everybody how much I miss them. When I get back to see them it will be a blast!!! I´m happy to hear that you guys arrived safely to Utah. After being in the mission and being transfered for more than 24 hours at a time in a bus. 9 hours doesn´t seem like anything now xD hahaha I am happy that this week has been good for you guys. Enjoy the rest of your time in Utah!! Send me lots of Photos! :D I was going to send photos this week but I forgot my camera in the apartment. I will send them next week though. For now. I hope you guys stay safe and enjoy your vacation :D
Elder Kolton Elmer
I will see you guys soon ;)
Hey Dad. :D
It makes me so happy to see that you guys are enjoying yourselves in Utah. Man! I wish I could be there. I will be in the next 20 days xD haha My work isn´t finished here though so i´ve still got lots of stuff to do. There is so much to do when I get back. I´m excited for the change and sad to leave this country behind. I will always remember argentina. :D There are so much things and stories that I have to tell you guys :D I will write more about a few things that happened this week. We got to know our new mission president and he made some really excited changes to a few rules we have. I will write more about it in my group letter. :D Have a good week dad :D