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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Busy Busy Busy!

These last two weeks have been our busiest so far! From Zone meeting two weeks ago with about 20 other missionaries on Tue. to hearing our Area Pres. & our Mission Pres. & their wives speak in Mendoza to all the missionaries & couples in our mission on Thur. , really kept us hopping. Pres. & Hermana Zabollas are from Chile. She speaks so fast that our ears couldn’t keep up with her tongue! However Pres. Zabollas and Pres. & Hermana Goates were much easier to understand. It was a wonderful meeting and such a blessing to be among all the missionaries at once. On Sunday, Mother’s Day, Linda got to teach her first Relief Society lesson in Spanish. So she began with hearty “Feliz Dia de las Madres” to all the women who just looked back with a blank stare. Come to find out, Argentina is the only country in the world that doesn’t have it on the second Sun. of May. They celebrate it in Oct.!?! So she gets two this year! The rest of the lesson went fine. Spent two days last week in San Rafael and Alvear to inspect 14 apartments. Managed to get all 10 in SR done from 9 am to 9 pm the first day. The hardest part is finding them! The directions are not very clear. The last one we did after dark in a little place called Salta de las Rosas. One of the Elders there is Tongan and comes from Oakland. He was so excited to find out that we’re from Vacaville because he lived there when he was 10. As we left he handed Fred a gold tie pin with the Oakland Temple on it. We were very touched! When we travel far, the Church puts us up in really nice hotels which we appreciate so much! Two of the sisters’ apartments needed help with their heaters. One was in a town about 30 mins. away and took two trips to get fixed . The other is in Uspallata two hours into the Andes Mtns. which we talked about last time. We made our second trip there this last Thur. and brought the Warners, the couple who work in the mission office, along. She is our mission nurse and it turned out that both Hermanas were sick so she was able to help them while Elders Maseda & Warner hooked up their heater. The Warners were so grateful to get out of the office ad see some of the country. As it turns out, we’ll be making that long trip one more time next week with the Warners to finish the job. Sat. was a special day We went on an outing with the six office Elders and the Rogers, another couple who are in San Martin (about ½ hour west of Mendoza). So for the third time this month we headed back up the Andes Mtns. This time we went an hour past Uspallata to a volcano called Aconcagua, the highest mountain in the Americas. It has a big glacier on it which we could see quite well after we took the ski lift half way up an adjacent mountain. We also got to see Puente de los Incas, which is a hot springs and natural bridge among some huge rocks on a river. The minerals in the water have caused the rocks to turn a bright gold color. Really beautiful!! The week was capped off on Sun. with watching the broadcast of the dedication of the C√≥rdoba Temple, the second in Argentina. Pres. Uchtdorp, accompanied by Elder Christofferson, gave the dedicatory prayer followed by Elder Zabballos leading the Hosannah Shout. It was a spiritual feast!!

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