Argentina, Buenos Aires South Mission

Monday, November 14, 2011


you can post any of the pictures i think. no worries. i think that that family is fine with it. so no worries. i doubt they even know i have a blog. lol. plus it´s in english. but yeah, thank you for asking. that´s nice that you are forwarding letters to my friends, thank you. will you tell them to just email me responses to my mission email? i think some people are emailing my regular email, but i don´t think i can check it. lol. i think aunt angi did. yeah my feet are messed up. i just want them to heal! it´s been how many weeks now and they still aren´t healed. blah. i´m sick of it. but oh well. sometimes they are just numb, which is a blessing lol. 
mountains have snow? i miss mountains, and snow! lol it´s so hott here. and the humidity hasn´t even hit yet. they said it´ll be the worst about christmas new years time. lol. so opposite, it´s crazy. i´m going to miss you guys a lot this holiday season. it´s so weird i won´t be there! time has no meaning to me here. the only time i notice is between apointments, from pday to pday, and transfer to transfer. but it all goes so quickly. i definitely see why people say be careful and take advantage of every oppurtunity, because like if you see a house you want to clap and you keep putting it off, before you know it, youll be transferred. oh yeah, did you know that we clap houses instead of knock doors? i don´t know if i ever told you taht. lol. but yeah. everyone has fences and locked gates around their houses so we just stand at the side walk and clap. it´s normal now, but it was so weird at first. the cultura is so different, but i´m used to it now. i just give kisses away like crazy. lol. with missionaries it´s less because they know it´s not cultura for us, and we can´t with women, but a lot of people still do. and people taht don´t know. it´s going to be weird to not do that in the u.s.. i talked to the family that i baptised and they said they want me to bring you guys to their house. they said please stop by! and the boy that we baptised wants to go to school in washington dc to be in the fbi lol. so i told him if he does, to look me up. that family is so amazing. and the family of 11 that we found last week said to tell you thanks for raising me in the gospel and the way that you did so we can help them. they´re an awesome family. 
thanks for the garments. i probably could even use more whenever you get another package ready. and also i could use a jump drive for the computer so i can transfer pictures to it and take them off my card. so if my camera gets stolen i´m not screwed. actually to have two would be nice of like at least 4 or more gigabytes. or whatever isn´t super expensive. also some in-ear earplugs would be nice too. elder mcgary snores realllllly loud. i haven´t slept well since before i got bronchitis. i´m really tired lol. but it´s okay. i´ve never had much sleep anyway :) and i always do fine. but yeah that´d be super nice. 
yeah everyone says it´s six months in the field is when the language starts coming. i´m almost to 2 months.. so i still have 4. i actually have seen a large improvement this last week in my spanish. the Lord is helping me. but i still have a long way to go. but i held a conversation with someone that before i could not understand anything. the mother of the kids we baptise, she speaks so quickly. it is sooo hard for me to understand her. but i did this week! so improvement. also another one of our investigators, he mumbles and speaks so softly. but this week i understood him. so a couple puzzle pieces are coming together. 
i´m glad amber decided to go. she´d mentioned it in her last coupel of letters, but i´m glad she decided to. she´s so funny, she´ll be a great missionary. 
i hope you get some jerky soon! that´d be yummy. 
i hope i stay in this area at least one more transfer. a lot of our baptisms should be ready about the time transfers come :/ and right now our zone leaders are telling us to take all of our baptismal dates out for christmas eve. they call it a white christmas lol. but transfers are december 19. if i stay one more transfer, i will be here for at least another after that. which is semi rare to be in an area more than 2 transfers. but elder mcgary was in his first area for 6 months, and then the elder in my area before me was here for 6 months too. so it´s possible, just doesn´t happen too often. 
san fran is away from things. we have florencio varela semi close, like a 5 minute bus ride. so not bad at all. 
san carlos is a lot better. the really bad parts of san carlos, and the bad parts in guaymas are like parts of my area. but i wouldn´t have it any other way :) i´m learning so much being here. 
our area 70 is coming next week or the week after.  elder mcgary had to go to capital  again today for his visa and he said he ran into a group of missionaries from the west mission. he said they just walked up to them and then left. i wonder if elder marshall was in that group and that was him going to see if i was with them. that would have been funny if we would run into each other there. well we have a lesson in 20 minutes. gotta go!!
this last week was really slow, didn´t have a lot of lessons, a lot of tracting. and a lot of walking. but it´s great. i´m getting in the swing of things and i´m enjoying what i´m able to do. the heat is hard sometimes, it drains me quickly, but i´ll get over it soon hopefully. i´m always thirsty, and all of our people just give us tang... lol. it´s so funny. 
well i love you guys so much!!! thanks for the letters. and to my friends, love you guys!!! can´t wait to hear from you. 
oh mom, will you talk to sister brinkerhoff? she wanted me to keep her posted on how i´m doing. thanks a lot.
love you mom and dad. you guys are the best. miss you a lot, and have fun at tiff and ry´s.

chao! nos vemos.

elder jardinero

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