Saturday, July 7, 2018

Multizona fun, and the work is going really well just gotta get organized!

 Okay, so for the main email, today I just want to say that C. is amazing! She is surrounded by people that smoke and drink, some of her friends didnt like her decision to be baptized. Her own kids didn´t even come to watch it and yet she has maintained herself from cigarettes! She rejects them and has more power to say no. I am proud of her! She also got a new job that she was praying for, so that is good too!


Yeah, mom, the Reyes family is great! They help us out a lot with the work we have received a lot of good references from them like A. I also sent some Elders down to Puerto to reach out to A. this week to see how she is doing with the gospel. I am glad that the Reyes family thinks that I can speak Spanish well. That is so weird, that Eduardo, their son contacted you. I don´t even know him yet. I know that he is in Buenos Aires. Sonia, his sister just got back from there.

Elder Wadsworth is from Ogden, Utah I think. He is just a nice dude. He was Elder Slades companion before he went into the office. Hes become a good friend.

So, the zone conference was really fun! We went to Formosa capital to go to the multizona.  Elder Bowerbank was transferred to Pirané and Elder Pedernera is now a companion with Elder Wadsworth. Elder Wadsworth goes home in two weeks, though.  

To be honest, I am still feeling a little sick. Here in the mission, we sleep all over the place. Ive had to sleep at the zone leaders pension a lot. I have been pretty wrecked sleeping this week. It is just that our pension is so far that if we go to the church for a baptism or for an activity we have to stay with them because there is no time after to walk back to our pension.

As far as the World Cup down here, the people here like it when the people from South America win. They just don´t want Brazil to win cause they always do, Haha! I am going to root for Sweden with Monte

So, this week we found 13 new people to teach and it is getting hard to manage all of them but finding one that will really progress is hard. This week I did a baptismal interview with this kid. My companion, Elder Velasquez has had paperwork to do in Resistencia, so I am actually in Resistencia right now. I have been hanging out with the office elders all day. It is weird to be back in the office. I went to Ricollini, today and we are also going to go shop the Paraguay markets. The whole morning today we were doing his paperwork, so I hope I can just take my p-day until 9pm tonight because I missed the whole morning with doing that. I tried mate celestial this week, which is coconut ground up or shredded with hot chocolate and you drink it out of a Bombilla. It is super good. I bought my mate thermos. Usually, on our p-days, we get lasagna in this restaurant and watch the World Cup while we are eating. We also play ping-pong and play board games and stuff for our p-days.

Anyway, I love you all and miss you! Happy Fourth-of-July.  Things are going well for me, I just gotta get organized with all of my investigators.

Chau!

Love,
Elder Nate Pendleton

These kids thought that I was German during all the World Cup soccer madness, they called me over to talk and I was able to teach them the gospel. Haha! xD!


 A family that I taught in Esquina was baptized this week... So happy for them!



Mutizona bus ride to Formosa Capital...


   Multizona fun!





Wednesday, June 27, 2018

A baptism, the World Cup and a Multizona coming up...

         Yeah, the pension is looking a little better now, the bathroom still smells but it’s all right. The zone leaders pension is the best pension in the mission, so I don`t think they will be jealous of ours Haha! Changomas is like a Wal-Mart store here but they carry a lot of Argentine food. We go there sometimes. The Changomas store is not in our area. Our area is on the other side of the Ruta 11, far from the center of the city.  We are close to fixing the shower in our apartment but it's not fixed yet. It heated up a while but then it dropped in temp again. It is hot and cold here! Haha.

         I will share as much as I can about this week with you guys. The fasting and prayer paid off and C. quit smoking and was baptized on Saturday. The night she was baptized we called a remis (taxi) and we had the taxi take her home and it was so weird the feeling that I had. I was so worried for her for some reason. I just want her to stay active and letting her go to her house, was like I was letting go of a child and sending them out on their own for the first time. I prayed hard for her. She was confirmed yesterday! I have also given her a few blessings and she is still going strong! We are working to baptize her son, also. I felt so happy when she was baptized, it was a feeling that I haven`t had in a long time. We also hit our goal of 10 new investigators this week but we actually found 12 so we are doing really well! The baptism was a great uplift.

Me filling up the font, so excited...



At the baptism...

C.'s cat is also reading the Book of Mormon, Haha!


           The other Elders in this photo are Elder Figueroa and Elder Donoso, the Zone Leaders and Elder Wadsworth. Elder Bowerbank was transferred early because Elder Pedernera left the office and he came to Clorinda so now Elder Pedernera is with me again! It is fun being with him again. He has been like my companion for the whole mission. I started with him in Curuzu Cautia and then we were in the office together, and now here again in Clorinda! Haha. We are great friends, haha. It will be nice serving with him again, we will be doing divisions with them sometime soon.



         Things with Elder Velasquez are good, just normal and tranquillo. (chill)
 So multizona is on Wednesday, the area Im serving in is good. I got sick this week, but I managed to keep the spirits up. I was blessed a lot by God this week.

         When Argentina lost their World Cup game this last week the people were out saying bad words and screaming while we were walking around in the streets, even the schools here turn on the game when Argentina plays and the whole school watches it! The Argentines were mad, haha, really mad. I hope they pull through in the World Cup, though. It is so hard to teach the gospel to them during the games. Tomorrow, I think they will be playing Nigeria.

          I love you and miss you all so much. You are such great examples to me in my life. I couldn`t ask for better parents that trust in God and are so blessed for doing so. I am doing well and Im working hard. I am really excited to play soccer when I get back home. The World Cup is getting me pumped! Say hi to all the family for me, especially Zane and Miranda. 

Chau!

Elder Nate Pendleton

More pictures from this week...

 A sign that says; " Clorinda, I Love"...

Soccer field down here in Argentina...



   
A Fiat, it would be a great Road Rally car!!!



Monday, June 25, 2018

Looking back, ward talent show, World Cup and a Word of Wisdom lesson...

June 18, 2018

Hey Everyone,

         I look back to Curuzu Cautia my first area, and I think man, I have come a long way! I cant believe that I have been here in Argentina for so long. All of the experiences that I have had are amazing. I love the mission. I have had struggles, trials and disappointments, but I have also had many blessings, it has all been good.

         I hope Fathers Day was good for you dad!   

 So, yeah I performed for the ward talent show and all the kids loved it and the members did too. A lot of the members wanted to film me afterward to post it on Facebook. Haha. The pension is better now but still needs a lot of work.

         I fasted yesterday and today for help with the mission and for my investigators.  

         I am glad you got my car out and got to see Zane and Miranda and Max. Have fun watching the world cup, I wish we could watch it but cant. Things are crazy down here with all of the World Cup stuff happening. It is hard to find people to teach. I can`t believe Germany lost to Mexico. The Argentines were happy about that one, though. Haha. and Sweden won today, so that is good.  I wish we could play more soccer here. I am going to play a lot more when I get back home.

         So, things that happened this week was that this drunk dude came up to us in a lesson and started bothering us. He gave me 3 hugs, Haha, and he kept trying to sell us his Mandioca plant. It is like a root that they eat here to get high. He is like, Hey, buy this Mandioca from me and he opens the front of his pants and pulls this bag of Mandioca out of them, and I was trying not to laugh. The dude said he liked my eyes, Haha. He started to grab the arm of the girl we were teaching, she said, let go and then she just went into her Kiosko (business) and locked the door. I ended up giving him a nickel from the states to get him to go away. It was a good lesson though because it was a Word of Wisdom lesson and it so happens that the girl we were teaching was 16 and she drinks, It was an example of Why not to get involved in stuff like that in the first place. It is so sad to see that even really young people are involved in things like that.



         As for the work, C. has almost quit smoking and should be baptized this Saturday, hopefully. Pray for her! We also found another investigator that is for sure a baptism. We will see how things go with her.



Well, I love you all!

Chau,
Elder Nate Pendleton

On the border...



Various pictures of the Clorinda area...










New area, work progressing, clean pension...

June 11, 2018

First of all, Happy Fathers Day next week! I love you soooo much! I cant even possibly explain how great of an example you are to me, dad! Youre the best!

         Elder Velasquez is from Santiago Chile. He speaks English but I only speak Spanish with him usually. Elder Velasquez is a good guy but I just don`t have a connection with him yet. He is a good companion. He teaches well and he is doing a good job of showing me the area. He is really calm and normal you could say. We get out and work every hour of every day. We work hard and we are pretty obedient. We have found and taught a lot of investigators this week. We have a few that can almost be baptized. One just has to quit smoking and the other one has to come to church and then they are ready.  The work is good and it is progressing. Member lunches are good and the people are pretty nice here.



         The trip was fun up to Clorinda, it is a huge crossroads. Clorinda is a branch and I work within the city limits. My area is everything on the other side of the Ruta 11 that cuts the city in two. Centro is fun and there are good places to eat here, but our area is really far from Centro. My area is the most beat up part of Clorinda.  It is really cold and really hot sometimes, and sometimes that is at the same time, Haha, and it is also really windy.  The pension is pretty dirty but I will get it cleaned up.

Before...

 After...


Before...


After...

         The guys in the district are Elder Figueroa and Elder Donoso, which are the zone leaders, then there is Elder Wadsworth and Elder Bowerbank. Elder Wadsworth is a good dude I get along well with him.


         Thats great that Melissa Anderson got called to the Ecuador Guayaquil North mission. That will be a good mission, hot but good. I know a few Elders from there I believe. Ecuador is a cool place! Congratulate her for me!     

         So, things that happened this week are that we had lots of member lunches. We had two investigators in church on Sunday and we have found lots of people to teach this week. Today we cooked grilled chicken and I started the fire under the grill and cooked them for us. It was dirty hot work but it was also fun.

I miss you all and love you more than you could know!  Stay Safe!
Love,
Elder Nate Pendleton