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Saturday, August 9, 2014

August 4, 2014

Couldn't think of a decent title. Just a lot of weird things this week haha.

Some funny things that have time, in our district meeting, we were doing a practice. I was trying to refer to Jesus as "el hijo unigenito de Dios," which would be the only-begotten Son of God, but I accidentally said "el primo unigenito," which would be the only-begotten cousin of Doctrines with Elder Sipple.

We did't have power for three days. :):) My meat went bad, everything melted and the apartment was covered with water. :) Luckily, it was cold outside during those three days and we didn't have power to heat the freezing cold water that comes out of the shower, so I REALLY woke up in the mornings. :) Also, I think I set a personal record for "the least amount of breathing during a ten-minute shower." So, neat-o! Without power, we whipped out the candles that people gifted us and rolled around 1800's style...felt like ol' Bobby Redford in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Just minus the handsome-ness and accuracy with a gun. But I did shoot a feather in half with a black powder rifle at scount camp once. For questions of my credibility, I refer you to my dad and the other members of Troop 1441 (I think).

Oooooo this one is good. So us four Elders who live together, Ulloa, Chuy, Delgado, and Sipple, were returning from a meeting in the church. We were on one of the city buses that was full of kids coming back from school. Anyway, a bunch of them were getting off and suddenly these two girls just THREW DOWN! And I mean THREW. DOWN. Pulling hair, was nuts. They went to the floor and were scrappin' around pretty wildly. We just stared...we're probably on YouTube or something. I think YouTube came to film it. I'm sure of it. Anyway, the driver came to break it up but one of the girls tried to keep going so he pushed her and she went to Smack City against the window! Classic! Got a dang Masters degree from Smack So Hard University. So he kicked them off and then we just marveled at what we had seen. THEN we proceeded to cook the best fried chicken that you will ever find on this half of the earth. It was almost KFC. All that was missing was Colonel Slanders (shout out to Kyle, HMU, you feel me).

Last highlight. It was a dark Friday night and Elder Delgadito and Elder Sipple were walking on a dark, dirt road. Delgadito told me that something was biting him. We thought that it was just the usual cloud of mosquitos that is typical of Formosa. Then I started to feel the bite and I was thinking...dang, these mosquitos REALLY want some of my liquids. They're penetrating two layers of moving clothes. Then it spread to my whole body...and right when we arrived at a members house, I pulled a big dang black ant out of my shirt! As many of you know, I hate bugs. HATE them. This was one of my nightmares. So we entered the house, keeping our cool, and asked for the bathroom. Of course, the bathroom didn't have light. So I left the bathroom and told Elder Delgado that we had to leave and go next door to another member's house. So we ran out and just started clapping wildly at the other member's gate until one of their sons left. I told him that I had ants all over my body and needed to use his bathroom. Thank goodness he let me in. I ran in and just started ripping off my clothes in their muddy bathroom. Also, the humidity was at a low 100% and it was daaaang hot. So yaboii was just sweaty and yelling as he pulled off ants from his entire body. So yeah, another neat experience. I love Argentina. :)

But other than that, not much more has been going on. Little dry spell in the area, but that's okay. We're working through it and we're still excited to find those people who are waiting for the Gospel to arrive at their door, dripping with sweat and exhausted from walking but still smiling because we have the knowledge of God's perfect plan for us. :) 

Wanna drop some scriptural reading on you right now. Doctrince and Covenants sections 121 and 122. I was reading them recently and they are sooo powerful. I'm going to paste the first couple verses of section 122 here. I love you all sooo much!

The ends of the earth shall inquire after thy name, and fools shall have thee in derision, and hell shall rage against thee;
 While the pure in heart, and the wise, and the noble, and the virtuous, shall seek counsel, and authority, and blessings constantly from under thy hand.
 And thy people shall never be turned against thee by the testimony of traitors.
 And although their influence shall cast thee into trouble, and into bars and walls, thou shalt be had in honor; and but for a smallmoment and thy voice shall be more terrible in the midst of thine enemies than the fierce lion, because of thy righteousness; and thy God shall stand by thee forever and ever.
 If thou art called to pass through tribulation; if thou art in perils among false brethren; if thou art in perils among robbers; if thou art in perils by land or by sea;
 If thou art accused with all manner of false accusations; if thine enemies fall upon thee; if they tear thee from the society of thy father and mother and brethren and sisters; and if with a drawn sword thine enemies tear thee from the bosom of thy wife, and of thine offspring, and thine elder son, although but six years of age, shall cling to thy garments, and shall say, My father, my father, why can’t you stay with us? O, my father, what are the men going to do with you? and if then he shall be thrust from thee by the sword, and thou be dragged to prison, and thine enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb;
 And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
 The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he? I right?


Elder Sipple

Fried chicken...felt s'dang American. GBA.

20.......July 28, 2014

Feels so good to be twenty. Two decades of wisdom in me.

This week, I made garlic bread.
The dang 'enter' button on this keyboard is broken so every single dang time I hit it, it puts like five million miles between my sentences.
There it goes again, holy SMOKES.

Also, a prostitue threw me a birthday party. However, I didn't know she was a prostitute until later. And still, the prostitute claims aren't 100% confirmed. She's an exotic dancer at the least. But anyway, I met her when I got here. She is the friend of some of the converts of Elder Delgado, my companion who I still haven't introduced haha. Anyway, she told me she'd have us all over for my birthday and so obviously I accepted. NOTHING INAPPROPRIATE HAPPENED, dang, cool DOWN out there. But yeah...we ate some good hamburgers and cake. I'll send some pictures, don't you worry. She doesn't look like a prosty, okay? You wouldn't think that she is if you met her haha. ANYWAY.

We also made empanadas this week (for my birthday on Saturday) and rode home from church in a weird truck. Also, our P-Day was pretty rad. Spent a little time downtown, got taken out to lunch by one of the other elder's investigators, and went to Grido's for some ice cream. Real good stuff.

But yeah, not too much information about investigators because.........not many of them are real right now haha. Kind of arrived and we didn't have anything going on. A lot of rejection this week, but that's how it is. We just have to stay positive and go to work. "After all that has been said, the greatest and most important duty is to preach the Gospel." -Joseph Smith.
It's true; there are people out there waiting for the Gospel and we have been called to bring it to them. We can't let rejection or other minor things get in the way of our purpose and our duty that we have as missionaries and members of the church. Sometimes it's hard, and God knows that it's hard and that we will struggle, but he has put us where we are for a reason and will never give us trials, difficulties, hardships or burdens that are too difficult to endure, bear, or conquer. I know that this is true and that if we put all of our trust in the Lord, He will take care of the rest. I love you all so much and I wish beautiful blessings upon each and every one of your sweet, oily heads.

Elder Sipple

Hamburgers (the woman in question is on the left)
 A little burstday crake
 I guess there is a tradition here where you have to take a bite of the cake
 Call me the "Empanada Princess"