Monday, April 14, 2014
I doubt that it is very well known in the mission that the leaders sometimes come into the office on a Monday for special training. Right now, we are getting ready for the mission-wide training that will start next week and continue until the end of the transfer.
Our leaders are excellent missionaries, but I think one of the reasons that they are so great is because they make every effort to learn with humility. They then become very effective and compassionate teachers of other missionaries.
In the Pastores interviews, the missionaries are sometimes asked what makes this the best mission in the world and they often respond that we have the best leaders. I would whole-heartedly agree!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
In many areas of the mission we have had an “Open Chapel” experience. The chapel is open on a Saturday and/or a Sunday for people to come and visit and learn more about the church. They have been quite successful in helping the local communities learn more about the church and as a means for the members to bring friends to an activity to learn more, as well. Presidente received an email from the missionaries that coordinate the Open Chapel, which I am please to share.
I wanted to report that we had an amazing Open Chapel in Parque San Martin on Saturday. Thank you for sending us great missionaries. I attached a photo of them. Sister E……, with just 4 days under her belt, really dug in and loved the people. I was so proud of her. Elder F…….,with just 4 days was amazing! He was out inviting people inside the chapel with Elder H… and they were so enthusiastic. Very few people made it past them without coming inside.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Plaza de Mayo
We have this little saying in the mission, “We are in Argentina now.” What it really means is that you shouldn’t expect things to run as they did where ever you came from, because you are in Argentina now.
So…this group of Pastores did everything out of the normal order, but they did everything and we had a beautiful day in the city to celebrate the country we love.
Parque Tres de Febrero
Thursday, April 10, 2014
There is a national strike today. The planes, trains, subways and buses are not running. There are many roadblocks on the freeways. Schools and hospitals are closed. We felt impressed to leave the house early so that we could make it to the office.
We switched up the Pastores Tour and instead of having our morning together at the house tomorrow, we came to the office and spent the morning with the Pastores here. We hope to be able to do the Tour with them tomorrow.
The rest of the missionaries have planning this morning and they have been told to stay in their apartments all day unless they have a specific appointment that they can safely and easily reach by walking.
I don’t have YouTube access at the office, but I hope to post the transfer video later today when we return home.
*all photos today are from La Nacion, a local newspaper
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
We had a new missionary arrive from Nicaragua this morning.
We also wanted to take a picture of an interesting group. The father of the hermana is currently serving as a mission president. The two elders served in that mission as visa waiters and today they were both made zone leaders in our mission.