Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 44

This week went really well. It wasn't too hot or too cold it was just right. This week we had an activity where everyone made food from other countries and I made some snickerdoodle for everyone. They actually turned out pretty good even though I had to make some adjustments to the recipe. I think that more than anything they just needed some more flour, but since they all got eaten I don´t think there was too much of a problem. Someone gave us a fish this week so my companion cooked that up for the activity. This week we also had a huge conference in Salta where over half of the missionaries met in one spot so that we could listen to Elder Bragg who is a member of the 70's. I got to sleep in my old house from when I was serving in Salta. I liked it a lot as well because I got to see all my friends from the mission. This week I was reminded of how lucky I am to live in the USA because we just found an investigator who is living with his wife in a building that is about 15 feet by 6 feet and it was really sad to see how poor they were but the cool thing is that they are still super happy. Well I miss everyone lots and I have a lot of fotos this week.
Love Elder Black
 
 






Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 43

Another week gone. This week the weather couldn't make up its mind if it wanted to be hot or cold. It would start out the day with a lot of clouds and it would be cold then the sun would burn off all the clouds and we would die of heat. Nothing too interesting happened this week but there was a parade Saturday night right in front of our house that started at 11 in the night and didn't end until almost 1 in the morning and they were playing music super loud and we couldn't sleep very well. For our activity in the church that we do every Thursday we played a game where we read a verse in the Book of Mormon and then asked questions about it and the person who lost got whip cream in their face. I found out I can´t think or remember quite as well in Spanish as I can in English. Well I miss you all lots.
Love Elder Black



Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 42

This week was super great we were able to baptize one of our investigators that is 84 years old and he was super excited. I am starting to think that our zone leaders like our district more than their own because they came again to our reunion de Distrito. There was a huge fair that passed by and we stopped for a minute to see what was happening and they were selling a whole bunch of stuff for super cheap. We also convinced someone that there was 31 days in August this year because of the eclipse and that it usually has 30 days. Also I get to stay in Pichanal for at least one more transfer and I am super happy. I also found a kitten that looks exactly like the one my sister has at home. 
Love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black
 


 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 41

This week flew by it has been starting to get really hot. The days have been about 95 degrees and it is a bit miserable to be walking around in white shirts and pants but I am getting by. The crazy part is that there is still another month of winter. I have been told in the summer it gets up to around 122 degrees so I am glad that I won´t be around for that. It is possible that I will get transferred this transfer so I could be writing at a weird time next week. This week was awesome we had one investigator tell us that he wanted to be baptized and we thought he was going to tell us that he didn't want us to pass by any more.  So we should have a baptism this week. We threw a surprise party with the help of a member here for our district leader. He actually didn't figure it out. We had a stake conference thingy this week so all of the branch had to travel 40 minutes in bus to get to Oran.
Well that was my week.
Love and miss you all lots
Elder Black
 
 
Here is a photo of my district with our zone leaders and a stick bug praying mantis thingy....I actually don´t know which of the 2 it is
 
 





Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 40

Well there went another week. I don´t remember too much which usually means I didn't do too much that was exciting just normal missionary stuff. Like teaching people and walking around a lot. We had a birthday party for my district leader and we had another asado. We also had baptisms this week but we had to travel to Oran which is about 30 minutes in bus to do our baptism there because we still don´t have a pool to do our baptisms. It was super great and the other Elders from the two branches there were baptizing too so there were a lot of people that showed up.
Well I love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black




Monday, August 14, 2017

Week 39

Well the weeks have flown by and I am once again over half way done with this transfer. This week was really good, but the weather was a bit weird. It was almost 100 degrees one day and the next I had to walk around with a sweater. I ate a really donut this week. It was awesome. We bought them in the Changomas which is literally just Walmart with a different name. Because if you read the cash registers they say Walmart. We had splits with the zone leaders and I got to hang out with Elder Kelly for a day. He is super awesome and likes the same music as me. I also have been sick this week with a cold or a bit of the flu which was rough but I am getting better now. Also one day there was a huge bingo put on in front of the church when we were supposed to have a family home evening. We ended up canceling because there was too much noise in front of the church but it was super crazy because literally every person in Pichanal was there. We played soccer again today and we wore a hole in our ball that we bought just over a month ago.
Love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black 




Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 38

I don´t know why but the weeks here in Pichanal pass by much quicker than the ones I had in Mitre. I can´t believe it is time to write everyone again. Well for this week I ate really well. Almost every day I wrote about food in my journal. My companion worked as a chef in his home so I let him cook whenever we have to cook and it usually turns out well. This week I got to go on splits with the Elders from Colonia and I got to visit Colonia with Elder Brady. He is super awesome but was a little scared to be the one leading his area because he is pretty new, but we had a lot of fun and only got lost a couple of times. We also had our Zone conference this week so all in all I didn't spend a whole lot of time in my area. Also one day we got locked in the church because there are two doors to leave the church and one of them wasn't working and we don´t have a key. But someone let us in and then shut the door behind us because we don´t have that key, but we found out that our key to the other door doesn't work from the inside. We ended up having to call someone to let us out of the church.
Love and miss everyone lots.
Elder Black

Zone Conference



Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 37

This week was super great. It didn't start out super great because my companion, Elder Mora, didn't get in to our bus station until 3:00 in the morning Tuesday. I didn't get much sleep that night. We finally got permission to baptize one of our investigators, so we were able to have a baptism this week. Since my companion left I have to lead the area and that went pretty well I only got lost a couple of times, but I eventually fond my way to the right house. Thursday we had karaoke for our branch activity and there were 25 people that showed up which is great because usually less then that go to church. I had to sing in English but it was super fun. We had a baptism this week but  it almost didn't happen because the font broke while we were filling it. In the morning only 3 hours before the baptism the weight of the water broke the bars holding up the sides of the pool and fulled the church with all the water inside. We had to clean that all up and start filling it up again but we had to use a bunch old parts that didn't work very well. In the end a member had to hold up one side while we preformed the baptism but it all ended well because we were able to baptize him.
Well I love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black​​




Karaoke Night


Baptism

Iron bars that broke on baptismal font

The baptismal font




Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 36

Today was transfers and that went pretty well. My companion is going to another area and I am staying here, but my new companion doesn't arrive until 1200 tonight so the other Elders are staying with me so I am not alone. This week went by super fast. We had an activity at the church where we had a white elephant exchange and that went really well and there were a bunch of people that showed up. We didn't end up having our baptism this week because the mother of our investigator wants for him to learn more before we can baptize him. Also this week there were a lot of people at church for once and it didn't feel as empty.  I forgot my camera today so I don't have any new pictures but I love and miss everyone lots.
Elder Black

Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 35

Another week that flew by and right now I have 8 months in the mission which means I am a third of the way done. That is super crazy because I don´t feel like I have been out here for that long. This week was pretty successful and we have a baptism planned for this next week. This kid has been coming to church with only his 12 year old brother and they are super inspiring. A few strange things happened this week like when we were doing service this week somehow all of the power to the town was cut for about an hour or two, but we were in a super dark neighborhood and it was late so we had to find our way to a place with more light til the power came back. One member made us some really good ribs the other day and he always gives us huge plates and then starts putting more on when we finish. I was so full that day. We also had a family home evening at the church and for this my companion and I did acting of different people from the scriptures. My companion was Ammon and I was Alma the younger. It actually turned out really well and there were quite a few people there. I miss you all so much.
Elder Black​​​​​​

A birthday party that I went to

Some really good food called locro

Our zone after playing soccer all this morning.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Week 34

Well the weeks just keep flying by and I can´t believe I am writing everyone again This week was pretty great even if I didn't do anything for the fourth of July. I tried to get some fireworks but didn't find any. This week I made a bunch of pancakes for our district meeting and then right after our meeting I went on splits in Colonia which is the area right next to mine. There is more mud in that area and I left there super muddy. Then the next day we had some service bringing firewood to a members house but there was a bunch of mosquito things that look exactly like fruit flies but when they bite you they leave a mark like a mosquito but with a little dot of blood in the middle. They also itch way more than a normal bite and my legs had a lot of them. We also had a family home evening in the church that was super awesome because we had a lot of people show up. Then that night right afterwards we traveled to Oran and slept at the zone leaders because we had a zone conference with our new mission president.  Well I actually have a couple of pictures now.
They are of my zone conference and the new mission president. The water I have here in Pichanal, a birthday party I went to and a giant papaya. 
Love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black​​​
 



 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Week 33

Well this was super fast. I feel like I was just writing everyone. This week has been pretty good. There was a bit of rain this week and it hasn't been super hot here. This week it was my companions turn to be sick so that  wasn't the greatest but he is better now. This Sunday all of the town didn't have power because a truck hit the power lines which was bad and we only had the sacrament during church and then everyone went home, but there were even less people at church this week because it was raining a little bit. We officially have a new mission president but I haven´t met the new one yet. I think we are going to have a conference with him this week. This p day we went to Colonia del rosa which is a town 20 minutes down the road to play soccer with the elders there. This week I also ate some strange things. I had these stuffed pepper things that were super good but it actually wasn't a pepper that was stuffed it was just a vegetable that looked sort of like a pepper but its seeds looked like burnt bark chips and that was really weird. I also ate a papaya that was as big as my head and a lemon that was the diameter of a quarter. Well that's all for now I love and miss everyone lots and make sure you launch lots of fireworks for me. Happy 4th of July.
Elder Black

Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 32

I hope everyone is doing well. I love all of the Emails and pictures that I have gotten this week. It has been super hot here, but not as hot as White Salmon, but it doesn't feel at all like winter. This week we had our last conference with our mission president. He leaves this week to go back to his home and a new one will come this week. It was really great though and he talked about the book of Mormon and its importance in the church and the lives of our investigators. We did a lot of walking again but it was all good. This Sunday we had 17 people come to church including the missionaries. This is a really small branch. It was also my companions birthday this Sunday and he got two cakes that were super delicious. This p-day we went to Oran, which is the "big" city close to us to play soccer. That was fun and there were a lot of members that came to play with us which is always great. But yeah that was my week. I forgot to take pictures this week but I will try to take some next week.
Love and miss you all lots.
Elder Black

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 31

Feliz dia de el padre. This week has been pretty great for those of you who don´t remember I am now in a little town called Pichanal. It is hot here. I have only had to use a long sleeve shirt one day when there was a bunch of wind. It was a big difference coming from a big ward to a little branch but it is also really nice. This week I had my companion cut my hair and that went well. I also walked a ton because all of our people we are teaching are on different parts of the town, but the good thing is that it is super flat here. You can see mountains wayyyyyy off in the distance but other than that it is completely level. I also got sick for the first time in basically all my mission. On Friday I woke up in the early morning and started puking. So I couldn't do much that day besides lie in my bed and hope for it to pass. This Sunday I had to give a talk and that went well there were less than 20 people at church but everyone is super nice there. I didn't sleep much Saturday night because we live in Centro which is the middle of the city and there are about 3 or 4 clubs that are super close and there were a bunch of people partying right outside our house. Today for my P day we went to the other elders house and there we played soccer with a bunch of members. That was pretty fun as well. I still don´t have the thing to send my fotos but  I am working on that.
Well I love and miss everyone a ton.
Elder Black
Hey I used the adapter of my companion and I have a few pictures.  All of them but one are from my other area the one with the street view is the new view from my new house.