Sunday, December 8, 2013

December 2, 2013 Villa Lugano Happy Thanksgiving

Sounds like a fun week! Sorry I don’t know anything about Taylor’s video or anything. This week was a tough week. We haven’t really had investigators and we haven’t been teaching a whole lot. We work a lot with the members and the less actives. We are really happy because the less actives we are working with are coming to church and everything! But we really want to Baptize! This was the last week we had in order to have a baptism this week. And we didn’t find anyone, and so we are now praying for a miracle and that we find someone who has already been to church! But we are going to see. Thanksgiving was really fun! We had planned to go over to this Family’s house to have Thanksgiving. We showed up and helped them clean their house while he cooked and He made chicken wings! They weren’t as good because he just put them in the oven and didn’t Fry them but that’s okay. And we definitely did not watch Football, It did not happen. After dinner we went around and shared what we were thankful for. It was a really special moment. Very beautiful. But things have been good.

There was a day that we had planned to go visit a less active youth in the ward and we had another youth come with us, Well she didn’t tell us that she invited another girl from the ward. So there was 2 missionaries and 2 17 year old girls. And our appointment fell through so they wanted to go tracting. Nobody felt good about it, and so we called up one of the brothers of the girls and the 5 of us went out. Looking for the people that we had met previously and also talking to people on the street. We gave everyone either a pamphlet or a BoM that they had to give out before we were done. It was fun. I was singing, ”We are as the Army of Helaman.” Haha! We have gone out a couple more time with youth and I think we are going to try and focus on that. Getting the Youth involved. Have them think of a friend we could visit and then go visit with them. On Saturday we met a little 15 year old girl by doing this, she is living with a less active family and she is not a member. So we want to activate the family and get her baptized.

So On Saturday I fasted and also I had Hermano Valente (who we had thanksgiving with) buy me some steak because he said he can get it so much cheaper where he works. So I gave him 20 pesos (about 4 bucks) and I got 4 steaks. So I fasted until Sunday after noon and we didn’t have lunch so I broke my fast and made steak. My companion ``didn’t have food´` (we had a ton of leftover food) and so he didn’t eat anything, he just slept. (Oh and then steaks were small. and they had a lot of bone so it was kind of a rip off but that’s okay.) So I cooked up all the steak and put the left overs in the fridge, we were in the House of a member on Sunday night. And she asked if we ate, I wasn’t paying attention because I was talking to the other lady. And she asks me. Elder Olsen. Why did you have lunch today and Elder Estrada didn’t?!?! What did you eat? Steak... with what? ...more steak... She went on this rant about sharing on the missions with your companions. Because she was a missionary so she knows. And she spent like 20 minutes tearing me apart. Haha! It was awesome. But yeah. I have my reasons.... blah. I hate this because everyway I try to explain it. it sounds bad. Haha! Basically he spent all of his money at the beginning of the month and now he was out of money. I helped out where I could but it was like he would complain when I didn’t buy him things. Like I was his boyfriend or something. Haha. But now he has money so it doesn’t matter. Haha!

Sorry this is short. But I love yáll! Take care of yourselves and have a good week! 

Happy Thanksgiving!!! Chicken Wings 

 The Ruiz Family
 I Made Chicken Wings
 Elder Estrada
Burger King

November 25, 2013 Villa Lugano More Argentina Info


My week was okay. Things are getting a little bit better. I would say I’m pretty well adjusted in Argentina, all except the language. But I can do what really matters. Teach and testify. The only problem is when it comes to like answering their questions or trying to teach people, not lessons. It’s a little harder. But I’m getting better. I talked with some of the other missionaries and I found out that I talk ALOT more than they do, Like in lessons and stuff. And so at least I’m trying and that’s all that matters. But yeah. My companion is Elder Estrada. He is from Culiacan Mexico. He is cool. Sometimes he is a little like a Mexican version of my last companion, Elder Hall. But it’s okay. Sometimes he is hard to deal with. But I think a lot of it is my pride. Idk. He just kind of expects me to know everything. To already know the language and the members and the area. And he gets frustrated when I don’t. And sometimes he’d be like okay. I’m not going to talk, or okay I’m following you where are we going. And its like, uhhhh, I have 3 days in this area. I know just about nothing... haha. But it’s okay. things are a lot better. He’s really funny and we get along pretty well. Just goofing around and stuff. When were we walking on railroad tracks? And ya. Well no. haha. There is a very interesting system of transportation here. There are buses called colectivos that just drive around and make their loops. They kind of rule the road. They drive very fast and shove as many people in as they can. Most of the time I am squeezed tight with people. A then there is a train or 2 no sure exactly. And so to get to the mission office, we have to take an hour on colectivo and an hour on the train.

To answer your question, yes. In Spanish. The word for Appointment is cita. Anyone that speaks Spanish will call them citas. Or leccion. Or chalas (basically means informal conversation). The Ward is good. The people are really nice. The Bishop is loaded! He owns a company or something like that. I’m not exactly sure but he has a really nice house (which is saying something for Argentina) and they have been to the USA 3 different times, Utah Vegas LA Miami and ya. Haha. But they are really nice and really friendly. There are 2 sets of Elders in our Ward. In our half we basically have all the members. But on the other half they have like 3 active members but they have all the Villas. So they teach a ton. But it’s okay. We walk to church. The church is in our Area so I got lucky. It’s a 10 minute walk from the Pension (house). Eating is fine. Yesterday I had to eat Spaghetti. It wasn’t that bad, Last week I had to eat menudo. I didn’t know what it was. And I didn’t want to know. But one of the Elders asked and after I knew I couldn’t finish it. But it’s okay. Haha. I try and eat healthy. I try to eat fruit and when there is Vegetables I eat them. There is hardly ever vegetables. And yes I am taking the Vitamins. My Pday. Well we have studies until 11. Then we work. Then lunch with members about 1 or 2 depending on the member, then go out and work again until 930. We spend a lot of time visiting members and less actives. Because we work on getting real conversion. And then ask for references. We have started knocking doors and talking to everyone on the street because we really need people to teach and the ward isn’t giving us references. But its okay, the week. Church Sunday, Monday internet, shopping, and soccer. That’s about it... we might go play golf one of these days. And then wed is District meeting and Thursday is weekly planning.

So last Monday. We went to the Church to play soccer in the morning for exercise. We go about every other day. But for some reason this time was different. While we were playing we hear this guy yelling, at us. For playing Soccer at 630 in the morning. Then he started throwing giant rocks at us. Like the size of my hand. Through the gate. We just stayed cool and said sorry but this is the only time we can play. He called the cops on us... But in Argentina. There is Policia. And Guarderia. The police basically can’t do anything. But the Guarderia. I imagine they are more like Military. And they are everywhere. Anyways with bulletproof vests. And they have the power to do just about anything. They could walk up, punch some random guy in the face, and nothing would happen. I haven’t seen it done but it’s just an example. So the Guarderia was called. And we were talking to them and basically the guy could order a court day for us where we both discuss our sides. And everything but he didn’t do anything. The Law is weird in Argentina. So that was fun. But we haven’t been back to play = (  haha.

Saturday we did service for a family that owns a little shop like a Deli. We cleaned up a little bit and ya. I think the main reason why we were there was because the daughter (about 20 years old) is really pretty. And they have a TV play. Basically anytime I looked at my comp he was watching the TV. I had to keep yelling at him! But we had fun. They also had music playing and they played the song Boogie Wonderland! It brought me back. But I was sad because I couldn’t remember the dance haha! =P

Love ya! And my companion sends his love also!

Lunch at the Mall at Burger King with Elder Chriss

 Walking on the Train Tracks with Elder Chriss
 Elder Holland and Elder Christofferson
 First day in Argentina
Playing Soccer at 6:30 am.  Good thing they didn't get arrested

November 18, 2013 Villa Lugano Answered Questions


Bathroom is basically normal. warm water. we have electricy and everything. Except here there is toilet and one more thing. I dont know what it is called but it is for cleaning up underneathe, really weird. I dont think i will ever use it. haha! Yeah I like our pension. Its a little small but EVERYTHING in Argentina is small. All the stores. The streets. the cars. everything. they really pack things in there. haha. I found tabasco today, bbut it was like chapolte so its like sweet not spicy. and  it was 114 pesos. so its like $25 bucks. haha- Laundry, we call up a guy, its like a service. They pick it up. and do it. and drop it back off  the next morning. so about 30-40 pesos. 6-8 bucks. its not bad. makes it very easy. and it all comes already folded and everything. Including socks. The food is okay. Sometimes its like really gross but other times its like REALLY good, but usually in this area its empanadas and pizza. Every day! Yesterday. When we went to pick up our food. inside on the table they had Hamburgers. and churripan. which is like a hot dog or a brat type deal. and so we both were really excited. When we left the house and looked in the bag, it was like a rice and beans mixture with other stuff. Im not exacly sure. I didnt eat it obviously haha. And my companion felt sick all day after he ate it. soo im glad i didnt. since we go home to eat almost everyday I had hamburgers in the freezer and i had bought things to make empanadas. but its was just with cheese. so basically it was a quesodilla. haha! Really good! The best thing about Argentina so far... Idk. In all honesty. it kinda sucks. Its dangerous. the food doesnt compare to the us. alll the cars are tiny. and the people are grumpy. probably the best thing is that there is a meat shop on every corner! haha! I havent gotten anything yet but there are meat shop everywhere, and its really fun to talk music and movies. because EVERYONE knows american music and movies. last night the kid of a member was watching Tangled in spanish. haha! I wanted to watch, I bet its so funny in spanish. Whole different experience. but yeah. Everyone espeically the kids are like, do you know Eminem. rehianna. FUN. ACDC. and like everything. its funny. Im getting to know the area a little better. Yesterday ALL of our appointments fell through. and so we were just walking through our area looking for investigators or members to talk to. to teach. but either everyone was sleeping or out. and so we spent ALL day walking it was horrible. But it was worth it at the end, We went to this members house whose daughter isnt baptized yet. Her name is milagros. Which in English is Miracles. We went to their house and he ALWAYS has soda for us. (he is the guy that made us Chicken Wings) we were sitting and talking and suddendly he is like, Hey do you guys want some steak? reaches into his fridge and pulls out a giant bag full of New york Strip steaks.So he cooked um up for us! SOOO GOOD! its sad though because he is working towards going to the temple. but he smokes and everytime we go to his house we can smell it on him! So today we are going to have a FHE and Bajamos la Caña. Drop the cane! we´ll see how it goes. We arent finding that many. We have had a pretty rough week. alot of our appointments have fallen through, and alot of our investigators have told us they dont have desires to learn more or go to church. and so we have been doing alot of praying and fasting and really focusing on the little things to make sure we are exactly obident. So hopefully this week is different.
Okay . about the package. For christmas, or sometime in the near future. I want a thumb drive filled with pictures. more from the passed. In totality and LIGHT and sports and the family and everything. just all. Including pictures from recent. Pictures of Taymer, pics from Spencers mission. and after he got back. just alot more pictures. whatever you can find, whatever you can fit. And like random pictures that you see on Fb like of my friends or something like that. things you might think are importante. if this isnt too much to ask, haha! and you can take your time. not to send it off by tomorrow. !
Okay. So Elder Holland came on saturday. We left at 7 in the morning. and we left to go to the Chapel that it was in. and when we got there they had it like totally organized. and we had to wait to be asked to walk in. There was 3 missions and the MTC that came. so it was a big deal .I saw some ofthe elders from the MTC that went to the different missions. There was Sur and Oeste there also. (south and west. ). The area 70 spoke and Elder Soares. and Elder Holland. And all of their wives. It was really great. and i learned so much. Mostly that it doesnt matter what we say. It is who we are that matters and that the people are going to see. and that Elder Holland doesnt care about our Gospel and doesnt want to hear about it. He only cares about the Lords gospel, becuase nothing short of that is going to get us into the Kindom of God.
Things are going pretty well. Today we went to this place. called Jumbo. i didnt know what it was, i just knew it was a Store. and my comapnion said its basically like a walmart. with food and stuff. So i was like okay. Perfect. I brought my mission money to by food and nothing else. When we get there, It is literally like a mall. We all felt like we were in the US. I felt like i was in Mills Mall. I was mad because i didnt have any money! I mean i dont have any money to begin with but still. We went to BK and looked around, and then left. We are going to go back next week with money. No one bought anything. Oh I went with Elder Chriss, We hang out with him alot. hes fun. Okay. They want to go play Futbol and i am getting yelled at. Haha! 

Love ya! Hope things are good!

November 11, 2013 Villa Lugano, Argentina


So I don’t know the exact address but it’s off of Anune and we live above a house. and so to get to where we live we have to walk around and up stairs. There is like 3 doors that we have to open and close every time we go through them. The keys here aren’t like the keys at home. They are like big and blocky and old time keys. It’s pretty cool. But yeah since we live on the roof we can go up on the roof. It is very beautiful and I got pictures. We live with us two, and another companionship that is in the same ward, and they have the bigger room. But it’s okay. And there is a little kitchen. I haven’t had food all week until today. I made a hamburger! mmmmm. Usually for food. We have lunch with members. We’ll usually they make or buy food and we pick it up. And that is the only time that we eat. Well I haven’t had breakfast food and so I haven’t eaten breakfast. But we eat lunch about 1 or 2 and then we don’t have dinner unless a member invites us over. But it’s rare. We eat a lot of Empanadas. I like the ones with cheese and ham. But usually there is hamburger and eggs and a bunch of other weird random stuff, or like a chicken and corn and potatoes and gravy. A lot of people make something like rice and meat and potatoes and random vegetables. It just depends but there is a variety or what they make here. I’ve had steak not a whole lot but yeah. When they make steak they make a lot and you eat a lot! OH!!!!!!!!! Best meal ever! So what my companion and I are doing is going around to all the members and sharing a little scripture and asking for referrals. And we went and saw this guy. He is about 70 or so and has been a member for about 6 years. He is super awesome! He knows a little bit of English so whenever I’m over there he will randomly say English words. Haha. But we went over there and shared a scripture about the temple- (Mosiah 2:6) and he said that was his goal to get his recommend and go to the temple! That was awesome. And randomly I thought about chicken wings. I can’t remember what we were talking about but he said. Hey you guys are eating here Saturday. I’m going to make chicken wings! And he did!!! He had this sauce that was basically red hot peppers in water or oil, and he said I could dip them in there. But basically there were just plain but it didn’t matter! They were so good! Haha.

But I’m glad to hear things are going well at home. It always makes me feel good when people ask. “And Elder Olsen how many members in your family are members” and I can respond and say all, and that we are all strong in the church and going hard. Haha! Sorry you’re not feeling well. I’m not either. Ever since I got here I’ve had like a Runny nose and a headache and everything but its okay. I´ll get through it. My area is pretty calm. There is like a shopping center right down the middle. Oh speaking of which. So there are these 2 sisters (like actual sisters like blood) that are from Bolivia and work in a store that sells fruit and vegetables and such. We always have great conversations with them and they are a lot of fun to talk to but as far as keeping their commitments or going to church or anything like that just forget it. But the other day I want to say Saturday. We were inside sharing a message about the Gospel of Christ with one of them. First off she let us help. She was packing eggs with newspapers... well wrapping eggs is more like it. And she had like a special way to do it and taught us so that was fun. And then suddenly when we were inside we heard this loud BOOM and a car alarm go off. And another BOOM. We walk outside. And there is this random parade just full of tons of people. Lighting off fireworks. Music. Smoke everywhere. It was like a rally type thing for a school or sports team or something. It was cool. We wanted to go in and watch and see inside but being missionaries we didn’t. Every time they light off a loud explosion (firework) the car alarm would go off because it was that powerful. It was fun! Haha!

Oh BTW. Elder Holland and Elder Christofferson are coming down to Buenos Aires to speak with us. I’m not exactly sure who but we will be able to go and to shake their hands!!!! HAHAHA! Whoooo! We just got instructs on how it will all work. It’s on the 16th.

So when I got to the Area we didn’t have anyone so it’s been all about finding, finding, and finding! The first thing we did last week after P day was going to a member’s house to help with Service stuff. And we asked about her neighbor- We went straight over there, Met her. Had a quick lesson and then put her on date. We have seen her once since and that went very well. She likes to flirt with my companions I think. She touches his cheek and other stuff. Than one day she canceled an appointment. And we stopped by anyway to say hi. My companion gave her a little flower. Haha. I taught him the Phrase flirt to convert. OHHH important part of the story. She is like 80, haha. But yeah. We are going to convert her. We have found others but nothing really too promising and so its all about finding!

Love you, Connor

Ward Halloween Party in Taylorsville just before he left for Argentina 
The Elders had a Lemonade Stand.  If you took a pass along or a Book of Mormon, you could have a cup of lemonade, Taylorsville, Utah
 Elder Bridge from Canada, Taylorsville, Utah
Baptism of Julian and Christian the day before Connor left for Argentina

The LONG flight to Argentina!!! He left Salt Lake on Monday, Oct 28th around 11 am and arrived in Buenos Aires on Oct 29th at 7 am (there's a 4 hour difference). 

 Elder Roberts Visa Waiter with Connor in SLCS.  Traveled to Argentina together.
 Sight Seeing in Bueno Aires
 Me and Elder Roberts in the Airport. I look sooooooo tired!  Mcdonalds

What i slept in my first night. Literally a shak. Only there for a night so its okay. 

This is Dario. He is a cool little kid. When he realized that i dont speak spanish well he was like the only one that would talk to me really slow. I had a lot of fun expericences with this little kid in one week. Oh that picture of that purple bike i was on. with the basket. I was having so many problems with my bikes. They kept breaking on me. Finally a gilr from the ward let me use her purple one it was awesome but i felt more like a taxi. Becuase they would put stuff in the basket. and the kids from the ward and investigators would sit or stand or ride on the back. haha 

So last tuesday the day of transfers in the morning. All the missionaries in the ward. 7 of us. went to this families house. It is a hermana and her daughter. The daughter is 20 going to Mexico on her mission. They are the Luna family. We went to their house almost everyday. but o nthe day of transfers we went. Started off by playing quarters. Where you spin the Quarter and then chuck it at the losers knuckles. We all left with bloody knuckles. Then we played catch and monkey in the middle. It got very intense. Then we played a game where we wrote down someones name and something they had to do. but you actually had to do the thing you wrote down. So i had to do the worm. but its okay haha. We had alot of fun, Then we played spoons. haha The card game. That family is very close to the missionaries, haha

Elder Loza. Visawaiting to Venezula
Elder Estrada. our work area. both of ours

House with a View

The Night View
Caffine is NOT BANNED

Connor's Kitchen