Friday, December 8, 2017

Driving, Moving Mattresses, Asado and seeing old friends.....

Hey Everyone,

         I am finally getting better from being sick. To be honest, mom and dad, there isn´t much time to exercise here in the office, but we walk a lot, trust me. We go all over the city to pay rents for missionaries and to do all sorts of other things. My computer has a post-it note system on it and I use it more than you could possibly ever imagine. There is no way that I could remember everything I have to do without it.

          I want to study the Book of Mormon more and I still pray a lot like Im supposed to, but it is just hard to find time to read and study the Book of Mormon because we get to the office at 8am in the morning and we go home by about 9pm. Our pension is a 20-minute walk away from the office and then I have to write in my journal before going to bed, so it makes it really hard to get study time in. I get so many phone calls a day. Last night all of the office elders were together for P-day and we couldn´t go three minutes without someone´s phone going off. I don´t have time to always be teaching and talking and reading about the gospel anymore and I miss it. It is just money money, money all day long. You have no idea how many utility bills I have to pay, Haha. This is just a big mission, so that means big money. The end of the year with finances is just crazy, maybe things will slow down for me with the start of the new year.

         It was so nice to be able to see members from the Puerto area where I served last. Sister Villordo was baptized by the Hermanas (sister missionaries) while I was serving in the Puerto area and she is a super faithful convert. She is already teaching gospel doctrine classes in church and she is going to get married in the temple. After I visited with the members from Puerto, I went on divisions with Elder Peterson. He was my zone leader in Formosa and now he is my zone leader here in Resistencia, Haha. We got rained on that night unexpectedly, so we were drenched when we got back to the office. It helped me to feel like a real missionary again. I miss just being in the mud and the rain all the time!

         It was pretty cool to get my Argentina drivers license. I have gotten better at driving, but it is still not very enjoyable to drive, here in the city. There is so much traffic, its like driving in San Francisco! This week we went to the airport to this field to practice driving. There were other people out there practicing too. We met these three dudes from Haiti there.
They spoke Spanish, French and a little English and some other tribal language. They were really nice.

         We actually had our p-day yesterday because the power was down at the church the whole day, so in the morning we all helped move 45 of the new mattresses we purchased to the back of our mission presidents home. Then my companion Elder Slade cooked us all a huge Asado (barbeque) so we had dinner with the mission president and his family. We played our mission president at ping- pong, he has a cool ping-pong table in his house! His house is massive, it is so nice.

          We might be moving pensions into a closer one to our office. Our pension, right now is so far from the office, we don´t even live in the area that we are assigned to.  After we had dinner, we went and got ice cream because it was soooo freaking hot, then after that, we slept over at the assistant to the presidents pension. Elder Slade and I slept on the hard floor because there were only 4 beds and 6 of us elders.  

         Things with my companion are going great but we haven´t been able to work in our area much right now and it depresses me. Our investigators are just kind of on the back burner because we are so busy in the office. I really feel bad that we can´t visit much with them. Elder Slade still uses the phone to stay in touch with them so we should be able to pick them back up again soon.  We have had to run a ton of errands all over the place this week for the mission because we are coming up on our busiest week, next week, so we will see how things go for us.  

         This week we did some service for this dude that lives way out in the middle of nowhere after that, he cut all of our hair for us. He cut my hair really well! We were cutting his tall grass down with machetes, which is how they do it here and then we raked it all up for him. There were so many bugs and I didn´t even realize how many bit me until the next day. They must have been ants or flies because they got me good! It was fun but I was sweating sooo bad, Haha. The dude that lived there was like Zane with super long hair and a big beard and the wife was this super cool farmer lady.
They were super nice. They had all sorts of animals. We got to hold ducks and chickens and goats, Haha.

         I wasn´t able to watch the First Presidencys Christmas broadcast this week, but we did watch a little bit of Sister Francos talk from it when we had a little time. It was cool to see her speak. I am glad that you all got to go downtown to see the devotional at the Conference Center.
(Sister Franco was Nates former mission presidents wife before becoming a member of the General Primary Presidency.)

         Will you please tell grandma, thanks so much for the money. I will eventually find some boots and a sweet soccer jersey to get myself for my Christmas and my birthday presents.  I put up the paper Christmas tree that you sent to me in my office. I will try and get a picture of me next to it, soon.

         It is going to be really hot here in Argentina this week, thats for sure! Its forecasted to be in the 100s here this next week and with the humidity, oh, boy, watch out!

         I am so grateful for all of your love and support. I will keep trying to be the best missionary I know how to be! Love to you all!

Chau,

Elder Nate Pendleton


Elder Petersen and I on divisions and Sister Villordo from the Puerto area...

Practicing my driving...

Moving mattresses...

My companion cooking dinner and a big old piece of meat we put in Chimmi Churri sauce...Haha!

The elders I work with...



President Patania and his family...

Sister Franco speaking at the First Presidency Christmas Devotional...

Statue of San Martin...


The bugs had me for dinner!!!

Gloster Meteor F4 Airplane...







Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Here comes trouble or... We got our Argentine Driver's licenses...

Hey,

So, I still feel a little sick this week but anyway, this week was less busy but still busy. The end of the month with finances in the mission is just crazy!

The food that I have planned for us to eat at zone conferences have been these giant hamburgers, Haha, They are Argentine hamburgers so they also have an egg on them. Here is a picture of them, they are absolutely huge! That is Elder Tuttle and Elder Olmos, the mission APs, who work in the office with me, eating them.


Lately, I am always all over the place during multi-zonas, so I don´t get to rest much or just hang out with the other missionaries like I did before at them. Thats why you dont see me in many of the pictures that are posted on the mission Facebook site.

I get to see Elder Hopkins, my former companion a lot because he is working in the Resistencia area this transfer. It was so good to see him and also my other former companion, Elder Ashby at the conference that was held this week! Elder Ashby got his package. Will you please let his mom know that he did, okay?

Elder Hopkins is soooo great on the piano! I gave him the Princess Mononoke sheet music and it had like four flat notes in it and he just played it without even knowing what the song sounded like. It was sooo awesome!

This p-day I had to go to the bank and we also had to take a sick elder to the hospital so we are taking our p-day a little later today.

I got to drive the mission Truck today!!!!!!!!! Which means, that yes, I passed the written driving test after taking a 7-hour long course at a college here and the course that we had to take was all in Spanish! I learned a lot of new Spanish words that day! Haha!  I then had to take an on-road driving test, which went horribly! Haha. I stalled the truck right at the start, and I also found out that you can´t turn right on a red light here like you can in Utah. After many horrible crunchy gear changes, I got back from taking it, thinking. I totally didn´t pass this test, but the man had mercy on me, and the three of us that had to take the driving test had passed it!!!!! 
We all got our Argentine Drivers Licenses!!!!

Now I am just getting used to driving a manual transmission in a very busy city. Haha. It is super cool! It was thanks to all your prayers and God that I passed! The truck is a Ford Ranger 2014 with a 3.6-liter diesel engine in it. It was really weird to drive again, really weird!

 I am so glad that Cole got his mission papers in!!!!! That is so great! I cant wait to find out where he will be called to go serve. 

We are going to have a Light the World activity in the park for Christmas this year and it is going to be pretty fun. I'll let you know more about it as it gets closer.   

Yeah, mom, that is our apartment building that you had found on Google Earth.
Our apartment is the far right one on the third floor.

 The pig meat they cook here to eat is not super-good tasting, but the tongue isn´t as bad as you might think. It is a lot of peoples favorite part here in Argentina. I always told dad that I have a stomach of steel! It did not taste like bacon though, but more like a greasy pork chop.

Elder Slade got my cold from me, so I felt bad about that all week. Whatever sickness I got, seriously sucks. My head hurts all the way down the tips of my teeth. I think I may have some issues with my sinuses.  

I love you guys! I was thinking the other day that I really do have the best parents in the entire world. I havent been writing in my journal as much as I should. It is so hard to find time, but I still have written down pretty much everything that has happened to me on my mission. I have only missed a few days. I need to do better. I think the whole driving thing was the highlight of this week but other than that just a normal office week.

I love you all and miss you,

Chau,

Elder Nate Pendleton

Merry Christmas Everyone!



Sunday, November 26, 2017

South American style Thanksgiving...

Hey Everyone,

I am grateful that Elder Slade is my new companion, He is so awesome and he helps me so much! 

Blood sausage I can´t describe the taste of it, but upper intestine really does taste like chicken, really greasy chicken! Haha!


I loved the package that you sent to me, mom and dad. Thank you soooooo much!  I love all of the ties and all of the other things that were in it. That package delivery service that you used was really fast! I haven´t had much time to mess around with the things that you sent to me in it, but I am glad I can have a little Christmas here in Argentina! I am still looking for some new boots to buy for myself from you, but to be honest I don´t even get time on p-day to go look for any. I just have to work and write to you guys at the same time because there is no rest for the financial secretary.  I have had to do more this week than I could have possibly imagined. I went and bought some new mattresses with Elder Afane and I have to go buy a bunch of other stuff like air- conditioners for the mission soon, too. This week was just really busy, like I said. I feel like death because I have also been sick and I also feel like that if I mess up with anything, there is money on the line. My trainer that was here in the office, Elder Allen went to serve his last transfer in another part of the mission so I am on my own here now. There is just not enough time in the day to do all that needs to be done. 

I am glad that you had the Elders over for lunch last Sunday. G and his dad, our investigators, are awesome and they are progressing well. We have another investigator that is progressing a lot too! We have met a lot of good people in our area. I think we could have some baptisms very soon!  As a mission, we are going to do something for the Light of the World thing, but I don´t really know what it is that we are doing for it yet. I watched the Face-to-Face Broadcast last Sunday via satellite, and it was really good.

This P-day couldnt really be called a p-day, today, we have two lessons today and then we have a lot of stuff to do in the office this morning. I have receipts and money all over my desk from the aftermath of the Multizona conference in Corrientes. The only good thing that has happened is that I got to practice driving behind the church a little bit to prepare for my Argentina Drivers License test tomorrow!  I have to take a 6-hour driving class tomorrow and then take a test to get my license to drive here, and everything is all in Spanish! Pray for me to pass!!! It is with a manual transmission too! We also had to have our blood drawn yesterday for it,  because they have to have an official document with our blood type on it.

I am glad that you got to go to dinner with Elder Ashbys mom and dad and that you are friends with them. Elder Ashby is awesome! He is one of the best missionaries in this mission. I am for sure going to hang out with him after the mission. I have had awesome companions and they all have taught me a lot.

I am glad that your Thanksgiving went well, we had an Asado at a members house on Monday for ours.

Well, I love you all! Thanks for all the love and support!

Chau,
Elder Nate Pendleton

Lunch at a member's house to help us celebrate Thanksgiving... 
this was on Monday, I think... 

 Member of the church cooking the Asado, and my new companion Elder Slade...


Argentina Asado (Barbeque) ...

 Our yummy Asado, and I even ate the tongue of the pig at the end... Haha!

Elder Allen, myself and Elder Slade...


Saturday, November 18, 2017

New experiences like eating upper intestine and blood sausage...

Resistencia is cool, but it is kind of like a less flashy Las Vegas mixed with Portland. There are a lot of hipsters here and it is a super artsy city. It is cool but there are a lot of troubling things that happen here, too, Formosa was way more chill. I smell marijuana in the streets everyday here and the whole Argentina “kissing people on the cheeks” in greeting, is a way bigger cultural thing here, so I have been kissed on the cheeks a few times already, Haha. When they sneak attack your companion with the greeting, you can´t deny them, because it would be rude, so you kinda just have to let them kiss you on each cheek.

The ward we are in is in the middle of the city so there are not a ton of members, but the members we do have, are super awesome people. I don´t teach Gospel Doctrine on Sunday’s anymore like I did in Formosa. The people in the city of Resistencia are a little more closed off than those in Formosa.

G, is doing well. I am almost certain he will be baptized. The other two that we have been teaching are a work in progress, especially just trying to find them to teach.

(I asked him to tell me a little bit about some of the Elder’s he is serving with there in the office and to tell me a little bit about their personalities)

Elder Lloyd is a little ball of energy and a good friend. He is super short but super strong! He has done gymnastics and he can do that thing where you hold your body sideways on a pole. It is called “Flagpoling.” I actually kind of knew him before the mission from Track and Field because he did the Pole Vault.
Elder Afane is super awesome and crazy funny too! Haha. He is always making jokes and is happy. He is a good friend!
Elder Slade is super nice and spiritual. He is such a good missionary and he really shows his love for the people here.
Elder Allen as I said is nice, his personality is a little harder to explain but we get along fine.
Elder Pedernera is awesome and he has been a good friend since I served on splits with him in Curuzú Cautia.

  For P-Day we went and played a game that is like tennis but with different rules and a smaller court. It is called Paddle. Then we went to the KTM Motorcycle Store and there were super fast bullet bikes and really awesome KTM touring adventure motorcycles. I am starting to really like motorcycles since I have been here.

 Today we ate at a place called the Parillón! It is an all you can eat Asado (barbeque) with a lot of other food and ice cream and stuff. It is like a Sizzler but with the Argentine Asado, I even ate upper intestine and blood sausage, Haha! They use every part of the cow for food down here! The Parillon had super cool décor, the chairs were made of wood with super awesome leather straight from a cow, and they had a ton of cool gaucho (Argentina cowboy) stuff. They just cut the slabs of meat right in front of you and it is super good. 
   

It isn´t super hot yet here like it is in Formosa. They said that the package you sent me is here and that I have to go pick it up! I am going to do that today!

 I bought some sweet metal signs from this place. One is a DAKAR Rally sign and the other is a RUTA 40 Argentina sign. That is the road that goes from the top of Argentina all the way to the bottom. It is the road you would need to drive if you wanted to get to Patagonia, it is super cool. Can you send me a waffle recipe? We found a waffle maker!  

Sorry, I really didn´t take many pictures this week. Also, I cut my hair again if you didn´t notice already, Haha. I can´t find anyone here that can cut my hair right, so I just have my companions cut it all off, Haha. I don´t even care about it anymore.

 Well, I love you all and miss you and thanks for everything!

Chau,

Elder Nate Pendleton

Office Elders - Myself, Elder Slade, Elder Pedernera and Elder Afane

Elder Pedernera's Birthday - 
Elder Slade, Elder Pedernera, President Patania, myself and Elder Afane



 Eating at Parillion...

 Selfie with Elder's Afane and Pedernera... 

Thanks, Elder Slade for sharing a couple of these photos!