Tuesday, September 20, 2016

week 19 no pictures

Mommy & Co.,

"The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows whither he is going." -David Starr Jordan

Made it to Comodoro! Took 17 hrs on a bus but I made it! We are in an area called La Prensa. My new comp is Elder Ferreira. He was born and lived in Paraguay until he was about 15 yrs old then his family moved to Buenos Aires. Him and his parents are converts. All the Latinos here are funny, but he is a lot quieter than Elder Cardenas (and a lot less crazy personality wise haha) so its is a little different of course haha. Our address to the pension is Doctor Andino Cayelli 1430. After being in Rio Grande, Comodoro feels HUGE. A lot more people, dogs, and just everything. The other part that's way different is Grande was super Tranquilo. Here, we work with a lot of part member and/or less active families. So we are able to teach a fair amount of lessons in the homes of members. Here is the different part. Afterwards, quite a few times the people who don't live there have asked us to walk them to their house if its after sun down. I may not get a ton of pics in this transfer because there are parts of the area that are pretty shady and have had things happen before, and a lot of people say to leave your camera home once the day gets into the afternoon. Rumor has it President wants to close part of the area because there has been gun fire. But its cool!! Also my comp likes to draw and rap haha. He said I'm only the 2nd comp in his whole mission (he has been out 20 months) who likes rap as well so he raps all the time in Spanish just randomly haha. He also knows less English than Elder Cardenas, which is pretty much nothing, but its okay because I'm to the point I can talk pretty well and we can communicate about a lot of things. He also gave me my first haircut since being in Argentina Thursday night. It turned out pretty good! I was impressed. Here, our pension is above the garage of the Familia Alvarenga. They are missionaries who work with Presidente in the office and they are way cool. When people told me it was above the garage, I thought it would be way small, but its just normal size and pretty cool! In our zone here, we have 14 Elders and 2 Hermanas. There is one Elder named Elder Ingram. He played running back for West Haven when we were little and played linebacker for Fremont, so we played him this year.  I've played against him my whole life. He came in the transfer after me, so its cool to have someone to talk Football with every once in awhile and re-live our Glory Days haha. 

ALSO, I did already break my bed. To my defense, the wood was already old, I just finished it off. So I now have a metal bunk bed in the pension haha. So i got a brand new bed and a spare if i need it. The running total now is 3 beds and 4 chairs in 3 transfers. I'm gonna owe Presidente Salerno a lot of money after the mission haha. 

Much Love,

Elder Christensen

When asked if the had anyone they were teaching he replied;

We have literally 300 less active members in the ward directory, so we have been visiting them. We have also just visited all the members and trying to build a relationship with them and the missionaries (us) because 2 transfers ago really bad stuff happened that will take forever to talk about. But they give us references as well. We only have one investigator right now we do a ton of contacting and referencing we are pretty much building from the ground up with investigators. 

When asked about the trip from Rio Grande to Comodoro he said:

It was mostly dark and when it was light its just field as far as you can see. Looks like driving in Wyoming haha. the buses are nice i sent you one pic this week of the inside. they serve us food and they put on movies and stuff but i still get a little cramped and my knees hurt and i have to walk with a hump back because they told me they literally didn't make the bus for people as tall as me haha. But the seats are comfortable. They drive pretty tranqui its normal. It is way warmer here than Grande yes haha. Not as much wind and all the people who live here are surprised at how nice the days are right now

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