Monday, February 19, 2018

Say goodbye to the chimichangas! Haha!

So, fun things this week, we went to Corrientes to give out the rest of the washing machines and dryers and mattresses and we also had to move a bed out of the Hermanas pension from the second story of their building. So as the Hermanas laughed at us, we lowered the bed off of the balcony and only one person died, Haha! Not really, just kidding!


It was fun to go around to all of the pensions this week; we even visited the most dangerous area in the whole mission. Haha! We almost fell into a Zanja (thats an uncovered canal containing raw sewage) at one point in our truck! The back wheel started to fall in and we were just barely able to keep it from falling in! Haha!  After that, we went and bought a bunch of pastries from this place that sells them really cheap in Corrientes. It was nice driving back over the bridge with the sunset over the river.

I had to get things ready for Multizonas in Corrientes and Formosa this week. 
I couldn´t go to either of them, but everything went smoothly with them. We have been getting ovens fixed for missionaries and we have been doing legal paperwork for missionaries that are not yet legal in the country. I got to help out a little with that the other day. I had to go to the bank a lot this week and also there was a bank strike going on and a holiday (Carnival) all in a row, so there was no bank service for like five days.

That is great that Monte got a new calling at church and he is now the 1st Councilor in the Sunday School Presidency, he will do great with that!  
Love and miss you all!

Chau,
Elder Nate Pendleton

(Nates Mom and Dad)
We asked him if he ever gets Mexican food down there in Argentina and this was his response;

The food is not at all Mexican here, but it is funny that you mention that because the Elders in Rio Negro found a guy that is from Mexico and he has a Mexican restaurant that we are going to go try out tonight! They said it is really good! I have not had a burrito for over a year, so when I get back from my mission say goodbye to the chimichangas! Haha!

Sorry, no pictures this week...


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Road Trip to San Martin and El Colorado...

Hey Everyone,

              I wrote to Cole, my cousin that is going on his mission to Modesto, California this week and I told him about what to expect at the MTC, I hope it helps him out. I can´t believe he is in the MTC now! I know he will do a great job as a missionary!

            As for stuff that happened this week, we had to take washing machines and dryers to San Martin and El Colorado, two cities about 2 ½ hours from here, in Resistencia. The four of us from the office hopped into the truck, and we got some music going. The other elders chose to listen to Disney music, so when Tarzan came on I felt like I was going on a safari across Africa. I actually was really happy just being out of the city and the office and out on the open road.  The Tarzan music was a good touch, though, it made me feel like a world traveler. I had so much fun taking pictures along the way, of bridges and old cars and signs and stuff. The plants along the river we crossed were super cool,  too, I felt like I was in the jungle!

            Also, to travel in Argentina you have to be really careful because the police and the Gendarmeria (Argentina’s version of the National Guard) are everywhere. They stop you all the time and ask for your documents. On the way back we were signaled by the police to pull over and they asked for the registration and license of the car and for Elder Slade’s license. The one cop had a shotgun in front of us. We couldn´t figure out why they signaled us out of traffic, but they just let us go, Haha!

            We got to San Martin and there is a nice LDS church house there but only about 6 people attend church there, it is sad. Back in the day, there were a lot of people that attended church but then a lot of bad things happened and everyone stopped coming. The church just isn´t as strong in the small towns here so there is this giant church building with hardly anyone that goes to it. We then went to El Colorado, which is located right past the border of Chaco into Formosa. We took pictures with the Elders that serve there. The picture with the four of us in the pension (apartment) is the Curuzú Cuatiá survivor group! Haha!

            We saw some cool old cars and it was nice to be in a small town again. On the way out of El Colorado, we asked a lady from the Gendarmeria to take our picture in front of the El Colorado sign, she was so nice. Then we went down to a bridge and took some pictures there; there were some cool places to take pictures. The road along the way was beautiful and I truly felt free from the work in the office.

            That picture of me in front of that orange car was taken here in Resistencia. I saw it driving around one day and I wanted a picture of it. It looked cool in front of the brick wall, the beat up dog lying on the ground makes the picture even better, Haha!

            The Multi-Zones are coming up so we are getting ready for those. I have sat inside and worked in the office all week, so there isn´t much more to say. It has been a pretty normal week. My plants are getting bigger since the last time I showed them to you and my job here in the office is not as hard as it was before.  

            It has been hot here like always, and it is going to rain soon so we will see what happens, hopefully, we won’t get another flood again! Haha!  G. is the only investigator we have right now and he has also come to church 2 or 3 times and so he is progressing. We invited him to be baptized and he said yes and we set a date and everything. I hope he follows through. I have learned a lot on my mission and a lot of it is stuff that I won´t realize I have learned until later in life, but I still have a lot to learn, that is for sure! Love and miss you all!

Chau,

Elder Nate Pendleton

On our way to San Martin and El Colorado...
Cool old truck...



Dropping off new washers and dryers to missionaries...



Road Trip!!!  Trying to contain my excitement!



This picture was taken of us in El Colorado...


On the road...




 Translation ( Call me, I always give credit...God! )



 A cool, small orange car here in Resistencia and a dog who couldn't care less... Haha!



The Elder's who have served in Curuzu Cuatia...



When you get stopped on the highway in Argentina and you can´t tell if they are construction workers or terrorists... Hahahaha



Saturday, February 10, 2018

RESISTENCIA pictures and hanging out by the side of the freeway...


Resistencia Sign...




Just hanging out by the side of the road, Haha!



Elder Perdernerra...

All five of us... Elder Afane, Slade, Pedernerra Rodrigues and me...



A Palo Borracho tree, they store water in their trunk to use later...







This week went by fast!

This week went by fast! We had some missionaries leave us and we had some new ones come in. It is always fun to have the new missionaries come into the mission. We went around Resistencia and dropped off some of the mattresses and washing machines and dryers to the missionaries. I was pretty busy this week but everything went really smooth so it wasn´t too stressful.

So, I had this idea to go to this place that I saw by the mall to take pictures of some street graffiti, it is so cool, so we went there on p-day. I am sending a ton of pictures of it to you. 

I am glad that Cole did well with his talk on Sunday. He really does look different. I can see that he is ready for his mission.  

Wish Max a Happy Birthday if you can for me. I love the little guy so much. I can´t believe he is 2 already. I hope they all have fun in Disneyland.  

 I literally just read this morning, the same chapter 1 Nephi 13, in the Book of Mormon so we are in the same place in our reading, mom. That is cool!

I seriously love you guys and you are such an awesome example to me. I literally can´t have better parents than you. It is not possible! I love you and miss you all. I know that this church is true and that Jesus Christ died for us. My relationship with God has grown on this mission. He truly is my best friend and my Heavenly Father.

Love to all,

Chau,

Elder Nate Pendleton










We also saw a RESISTENCIA sign that was really cool that we took pictures in front of.
 I will add all those pictures on another post..


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Pictures of our visit to the mall and the Rio Negro River park on P-day

Pictures of our excursion to the mall and the Rio Negro River park on P-day...

Lunch at the mall...


The Rio Negro River Park...  We took lots of pictures!!!

L to R Elder Afane, Elder Pendleton, Elder Pedernerra and Elder Slade

 L to R Elder Pedernerra, Elder Pendleton, Elder Afane and Elder Slade



The Lily Pads were gigantic!





Black Name Tags...



My companion Elder Afane and I...








Just me...





Friday, February 2, 2018

Hey, so yeah, this week was just a ton of rain and new boots!

 Hey, so yeah, this week was just a ton of rain! 


         Sunday morning it started to rain even harder than it had all week and we woke up to huge cracks of lightning. I have never seen it rain that hard, ever! Haha!

         The office, when we got there was a little flooded, there was like a centimeter of water on the whole office floor except for in my financial office, Haha! It ruined some Book of Mormons and some other cardboard boxes that were sitting on the floor, but other than that we were able to clean it all out and it was all good then. The intersection right by the church was so flooded, that the cars were nearly underwater as they drove through it. They were making small tidal waves luckily, Elder Afane only got some small ones that came up to his feet. You can see them in this video.

         It was nice to have some rain for a change. It has been super humid this week. I have never sweat so much so much in all my life. So yeah, the rain was fun!!!

         I bought me some cool new boots. The soles of my old black shoes are starting to separate, but they are still usable. With the new boots that I bought for myself, I can get a break from my other shoes. I am only going to wear the boots for special occasions like p-day and multizonas and transfers and stuff, though.

         Visiting La Leonesa last week was fun! I went on divisions with Elder Oliva that day. He is a good missionary, he is about ready to go home. I got to sleep on a mattress in La Leonesa, but it was a bit uncomfortable, haha. There were like 7 people on 3 mattresses.

         Yeah, I also saw that Elder Peters, my old zone leader got engaged to be married! That is awesome! We have transfers this weekend so it is going to be nuts! And it is also the end of the month and I have to send a bunch of money out.

         This last P-day we went to the mall and ate our lunch and then we went to a park that is by the Rio Negro River, it was nice to get out and do stuff. It was beautiful there and the lily pads were huge!


         This week we also ran into this guy who bothers and argues with all religions down here in Resistencia. He has tried to talk to us before but we always tell him that we are busy and walk past him and try to avoid him, but he found us in Carrefour and he walks up to me and he says. Mormón tenía catorce esposas! ( Mormon had fourteen wives!) and I instantly just started to drop cane on this guy because he bothers everyone. The JDubs get their fair share of him too. I told him that not everything you see on the internet is true. As soon as I saw him I got triggered. I was ready to just roast the dude, but Elder Slade came in and started to talk to him. The guy was saying stuff about the United States and about the President and also about how we are teaching the people bad things and how we are bothering people, we ended up needing to tell him that if he didn´t stop hassling the missionaries, we were going to need to call the cops and he said “I will get you exported.” We are like, we are legal citizens here, Haha.   Anyway, side story.

         Literally, this is one of the most intense, beat up, apostate, and hot missions in the whole world. God really wants me to learn something,
I guess. Even though there are a lot of things that are hard about the mission, it is cool to say that you served in one of the hardest missions in the world.

         I am soooo glad that Cole was able to go through the temple to prepare for his mission this week! He looks a lot older now. I am glad it was a good experience for him. I hope grandma gets better from being sick! I can´t believe he is already having his farewell talk, wish him luck for me. That is cool that you got 10 inches of snow. 
We got 10 inches of rain! Haha!  

         Anyway, the other photos that I sent are from the park near the mall that we go to on p-day. That river is the Rio Negro.  

         We also got a new washing machine and dryer to use so that was nice. I cleaned the pension, even more, this week and I cleaned the floor, so now it really is starting to look good.

          We had some good lunches with members this week. Hermana Alvarez cooked us a pizza, 10 empanadas, a Tarta which is a giant round empanada, ham and cheese sandwiches, chocolate pudding. I was so full after, haha! She makes really good lunches. We finally got in contact with G. I walked out of the office and he was there reading The Family a Proclamation to the World and I talked to him for like 5 minutes. He went to church again in Corrientes and he read more in the Book of Mormon. He said that he really likes the idea that families are forever. He is progressing well so there is still hope for us to have a baptism. I started the Book of Mormon over again, so that was nice.

         I am glad you got snow there in Utah. The ski resorts needed it! I am glad everything went well with Cole at the temple! Thanks for your love and even more thanks for your example. I was thinking yesterday that I have really started to be a lot like you, dad. I hold my ground and I don´t let others stop me from being good with God. I keep things organized and I take care of what I own. I am so grateful for your parenting mom and dad and I hope that I can keep being like you.

I love you all,

Chau,
Elder Nate Pendleton

Out of my office window...

The flooded streets...


The Flooded office...


My new boots!



Me in all that rain!




Pictures of our p-day visit to the mall and the Rio Negro River park on the next blog post...