Mathew 15:14-16

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 24, 2017
Monday- The day we went to go see Elder Nelson. It was so great. But man the days we have to travel like that become the longest days of my life. So exhausting, but I guess you could say spiritually rewarding

Tuesday- Today I had to do divisions and go to another area. We had a pretty great day. Nothing too crazy happened. I was with an Elder Markle from Texas. It was super cool and funny because he is super close to a girl that grew up with him in his ward and that girl is one of my super close friends from BYU. The world of mormons is way too small sometimes.

Wednesday- Luckily I was back in my area today and we were able to get a lot done. Today I realized that in this new ward I am in every member family has this weird obsessions with Star Wars haha. It is kinda freaking me out. Before I came here I had never even heard anyone talk about it before. The member family we ate with today almost started to cry when I told them I hadn't seen the last two movies that came out...

Thursday- Today was a pretty great way. We visited with a lot of people and did a lot of walking... but I guess that is just everyday haha... It is fun being out in the streets so much because people just say the weirdest things sometimes. It is too entertaining. At night tonight it was a little hectic though because all missionaries when we get back home to our apartments at night are always suppose to send a message or call to let people know we got home safe. But tonight we couldn't contact a few missionaries because their phones weren't working but we didn't know that so yeah you can imagine the slight craziness of everything.

Friday- Today I had to do divisions again and go to another area. We had a good day. The only thing is every time I have to travel like this I always forget my coat and I seriously get so cold out in the street at night. My body just really struggles handling the cold. Its pretty bad.

Saturday- Today was a great day because we had the best lunch every with the sweetest old member lady!! Everything she made was seriously so good!!! She even made us lemon pie! It was super cute because she made all four of us missionaries promise we would only marry people that know how to cook haha 

Sunday- The ward I am in is so funny. In the Elders quorum today for various reasons I had to bite my tongue from laughing so hard. It was just a huge mix of a blind teacher, apostasy, crazy recent converts, angry less active members, false doctrine, and this crazy guy that would not stop trying to sneak tithing envelopes into my bag haha. Man I love this ward so much haha.... At night today though things got a little crazy because we were in the street of a more sketchy part of our area and the power went off. Things probably got more spooky than my grandmas house at Halloween. Shouting, weird noises, people riding horses, etc... The things I would do to have to have camera in the street.

Well I hope everyone has a great week

Elder Townsend

I wasn't going to send this video from a few months back when I went to the zoo but I feel bad because I don't have very many pictures to send this week so... video

Monday, April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017
It was an awesome first week here in my new area Arco Irsis! 

So just to give a few details of my new area;
-I am living in an apartment of 4 missionaries
-The ward here seems great. They have an attendance of about 100 each Sunday but there are about 700 members in the directory
- We have lunch about every day with members! 
-My new companion is named Elder Cobb and he is from Utah

Both my new companion and I don't know the area so this week we had sooooo much learning to do. It was fantastic. We met so many people!

Yeah so this area... how do I put this... is not a place I would bring my family or loved ones to to visit and come see. If that makes sense? haha. I guess you can say Im not in Kansas anymore.

But its great because with my area being a lot more humble and sketchy the missionary work here is awesome! I feel like Moses walking through the streets down here!!! I can seriously almost smooth talk my way into entering any house I want haha... but no, I don't do that haha.... 

This area is not a bike area so I am glad to be back walking. And oh boy did we walk this week haha. We had so much to do and so many people to meet we just walked for hours and hours getting to everyone and getting things organized. We didn't even really have time to sit down and teach.

So basically this week was a pretty big blur. But some pretty crazy stuff happened today... and for that reason I am emailing a little later than usual today...

Last night we had to travel to the offices of our mission. We got there and I then had to travel again to the apartment of one of my old areas Santos Lugares! It was seriously so cool to go back there! It was already late when I got there though so we couldn't go out and say hi to anyone:( but anyway I spent the night there sleeping on the floor and then we got up super early today in the morning and headed to the a chapel in the city center of buenos aires because THE APOSTLE ELDER NELSON AND HIS WIFE CAME TO TALK TO MY MISSION!!!! it was super awesome! I got to shake both of their hands!!! He even looked at me and asked, ´how's it going Elder Townsend?´!!! I was kinda freaked out at first but then I realized I was wearing a my name tag like always haha. But anyways that was a super special experience and we just barely got back to our area a few hours ago. It has been a super great day!!

Yeah so that has been my week! This next week should be pretty great to. I have already got so many stories to tell from this area. Being a missionary is an adventure haha

I hope everyone enjoys the spring!!!
April 10, 2017
Yeah so it was a pretty interesting week. But first off...

TRANSFERS! SO I am leaving this area and headed back to the zone of Marcos Paz to open an area called Arco Iris. I am pretty excited because I have heard great things about the work there but I have also heard it is very... hood-ish haha Ill just say I am sure a lot of good stories will come from my time there...

Monday-  So some things happened in the night and its a long story but basically we ended up going into the hospital here with a member to quickly see another member lady that is sick. Yeah so that was my first time in a hospital here and lets just say I struggled to sleep later that night haha. I felt like I was in a apocalyptic movie. 

Tuesday- Today I did divisions! It was a super great day. For lunch as a group of missionaries we went to a pizza buffet!! I still haven't decided if I like the pizza here more or the pizza in the sates. I guess I just don't really like pizza all that much in general but whatever haha. 

Wednesday- Today we did some traveling and a ton of finding! It was awesome! We got a lot done. The highlight of the day was definitely during a contact I got nailed in the head by a soccer ball some kids kicked haha.

Thursday- SO here is where my week got interesting... In the morning I started to feel kinda funny but it was nothing that called my attention too much. But then we had lunch with some members and on our walk back to our apartment to study I was kinda struggling and I guess you could say I almost fainted. So we finally got home and felt like my body was shutting down in a way so I checked my temperature and it was 104 degrees. Yeah so that seemed pretty high to me so we had to call our mission nurse (who is just a young, girl missionary assigned to be a nurse that received a medical degree). So the rest of the day I was just suffering in bed and my companion was doing everything the nurse told him to do.

Friday- We stayed inside all day. It was awful and painful. I think I had the nurse pretty nervous and worried haha. But man there was no way I was going to let her send me to a hospital, especially after seeing the one I saw on Monday haha...Oh and to top things off, I embarrassed myself big time haha. So I was talking with the nurse on the phone and at the end of the conversation I asked, ¨so I will just call you tonight?¨, then there was a pause, and without even thinking I muttered and thought out-loud ¨man, it´s been a really long time since I have said that to a girl¨.... Super unprofessional and not ok. At least the nurse is chill and just thought it was funny.

Saturday- Same thing but I started to feel better at the end of the day

Sunday- I was able to go to church today!!! We also did some proselyting at night! The Lord truly does work miracles because I thought I was done for it haha. Definitely was a combination of medication and priesthood blessing haha

Well so now I am doing pretty well! But man it was a long, exhausting week.

I hope my family doesnt freak out about me telling all this. Normally I dont share stuff like this, and I actually wasnt planning to write about it today, but I literally had nothing else to write about this week haha... but dont worry mom, I am fine now:)

I hope everyone has a great week!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

April 3, 2017
It was a pretty decent week!

Monday- Living in an apartment of 4 is always entertaining on P-days haha. In our apartment right now we are all missionaries who have a little more time on the mission. After all four of us write home its basically just a comedy show sharing about what is going on back home; friends´s wedding announcements, pop culture we don't understand, weird emails from old friends etc... Proselyting in the night though was a total bummer because we got a text at 6:45 about our lesson plans at 7:00 falling through... The constant struggle. Frustration

Tuesday- Today I did divisions and went to another area. We had a pretty great day! We basically just taught a bunch of young single moms haha. I don't understand what was going on but today for some reason the missionary I was with and I got so many cheek kisses. SO many. I will explain: Instead of giving handshakes down here, a lot of times they will give a kiss on the cheek that shows a little more closeness and friendship. As missionaries we can accept cheek kisses from guys (yes, I know, gross) but we are suppose to avoid as much as possible cheek kisses from women, especially younger women... But like seriously every girl we talked to today sneak attacked us! They would just like come up from behind and grab our faces eliminating any chance of escape! So frustrating!!!

Wednesday- Today we had a training so that was pretty awesome! Everyone in our zone came to our chapel so we were put in charge of getting lunch organized for about the 30 missionaries that were suppose to come. ahhh it was very enjoyable to have so much power haha. With the money the offices gave us we ordered these huge sandwiches that were literally a piece of heaven. And of course after the meeting there were a few left over so we took care of them:)

Thursday- Today we taught Laura! She is doing so well. It is a struggle because she is gaining such a strong testimony but she works on the weekends in a resort spa in the center of Buenos Aires so she can't always come to church. It is so great though because she totally she realizes she is not happy there and wants to change jobs. We talked a little in our lesson today about eternal families and in our discussion she just paused, looked up, then said with tears in her eyes, ¨now I just see the family isn't perfect unless its made with God¨. She is seriously so great.

Friday- Today we did some service in the morning cutting grass! I find it very entertaining how relaxing doing stuff like that is for me now haha. Its kinda pathetic haha. Then in the afternoon we did some traveling and worked in a smaller town called Jaurgeui. I like to call it Zion;)

Saturday and Sunday- Conference!!!!! It was so great! All of us American missionaries got to watch it in english in a separate room! The spirit of general conference is always so great. My favorite talks were definitely from Elder Rasband and Joaquin Costa. Look them up. You won't be disappointed:)

Well so I hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Townsend

Monday, March 27, 2017

March 13, 2017
Yeah so it was a pretty great week! The temperature is starting to cool off and we couldn't be happier haha

Monday- So we had a meeting at night and one of the sister missionaries in our ward that is from Honduras made brownies. Yeah so that was... not something I was expecting haha. 

Tuesday- We had another visit with our Jehovah Witness friends! This time they even dressed up in shirt and ties to match us haha We shared with them the plan of salvation and it was so neat to be able to explain that to them. They invited us to one of their conferences this Tuesday night. Id love to go but we definitely wont have time haha.

Wednesday- So at night we quickly passed by our friend Jorge who lives in the train cart to see how he was doing. He wasn't doing to well though:( the night before one of his buddies stabbed him and he also told us about how he gave his dog a priesthood blessing... oh and to top it off he hasn't even received the priesthood yet... The gospel is truly a learning process haha

Thursday- A longer day and all of our appointments fell though:( 

Friday- In the afternoon we found this great new investigator named Celeste! We had a super great lessons with her and she is showing a lot of potential! Oh and at our missionary correlation at night with our mission leader they made us waffles! I just about died! 

Saturday- A day full of preaching!

Sunday- So the class at church today in our elders quorum was ¨The daughters of God¨ so basically it was just an hour long of all the old guys in our ward lecturing us missionaries about the importance of marriage and what we should look for. Not very enjoyable.... But in the afternoon we traveled to this smaller town and found some great new people!

Well I hope everyone has a great week!

March 20, 2017
It was such a great week!

Monday- The album for EFY 2017 is now available!!! haha yeah so as missionaries our entertainment is pretty limited so when we downloaded the album last Monday all 4 of us missionaries raced back home because we were dying to hear it. And I am happy to say it is actually pretty good! We all enjoyed it a lot, but there is just one thing; for everyone that reads this email that is currently serving a mission- DO NOT listen to the song titled ¨What family means to me¨.... Thats song left all four of us in a coma. I don't think I need to explain more.  You have been warned.

Tuesday- Super miracle! There is a returned missionary in our ward that told us to come to institute tonight because he has friend who is interested in the church. Well so we went and we met and taught his friend named Laura! Oh my goodness she is seriously so awesome!! She understands so well and has so much interest. Her baptismal date is the 8th of April. Oh and after we left that lesson my companion and I were walking to our apartment to go to sleep and we were so happy and on a spiritual high I decided to call this kid who is a friend of a member we have been struggling to find and teach. So he answered and I got to talking with him and he had so much interest I committed him to be baptized April 8th too and he accepted. Now I can say I have set baptismal dates over the phone haha.

Wednesday- Super rainy day. And to top it off my companion had a flat tire so we were walking the whole day. Lots of walking.

Thursday- We met with our Jehovah Witness friends today! And this time they invited someone of even higher rank! I am not quite sure but it sounded like he was like the pastor or something of all of the city I am in. So that was super cool! They are actually showing more and more interest in the church the more we teach them. Oh then at night an old lady in our ward called us panicing saying that she had sand delivered to her house and that they just left it out on the curb and she needed us to move it to the back of her house so no one would steal it. So we quickly raced over there, at like 8:00 at night, and moved this huge pile of sand as fast as we could and raced back home to be back before it was too late. Our lives are so crazy haha.

Friday- We had a great day full of teaching and finding some new investigators. Also during the day I saw these kids doing this weird thing like they were acting like they were sneezing or something into their elbows? I was so confused. Then my companion explained to me that there is this big dance move called the ¨dab¨? Seems pretty ridiculous and silly if you ask me...  

Saturday- A super great day! We were able to get a lot done and teach several great lessons!

Sunday- Church was awesome. We had several of our investigators in church and then later in the night we were able to meet some awesome families. 

I know this church is true. I know that God loves us. I know that families can be eternal. These are all truths I have come to have such a strong testimony of and I cant deny them.

Oh and we get to go to the temple tomorrow as a mission so stay tune for pictures next week!

Elder Townsend

March 27, 2017

It was a pretty great week!

Monday- We played soccer with the youth in our ward today! It was pretty fun! 

Tuesday- We went to the temple today as a zone! We met in the morning at our chapel and took a bus to the temple. It was seriously so awesome! I can't explain how much I love going there. It is so nice to just take off my watch and stop worrying about everything. Super great day.

Wednesday-Saturday- I feel bad for doing this but the rest of the week was just kinda a blur. Nothing too crazy happened. We were busy everyday teaching lessons and finding new people to teach. Oh but now that I am thinking about it we found this super cool new investigator, older lady. She has some of the craziest stories I have ever heard! For example she was kidnapped by Nazis in the 70´s. Neat stuff.

Domingo- We had several investigators in church so that is always awesome! Laura, the investigator we found last week, Is still progressing well to her baptism on the 8th of April!

So this week is General Conference! I hope everyone takes the time to watch it and ponder about the messages that will be given! Modern day revelation is pretty neat stuff!

Elder Townsend

Monday, March 6, 2017

March 6, 2017
So it was a pretty great first week of the new transfer! This week the temperature started to cool down too! So many prayers were answered...haha

So the last few weeks these big emails have been pretty weak. And I need to apologize because today I don't have much time either because I have several emails I still need to respond to. But I promise I will do my best.

Monday- Changes, changes, changes. The mission is just so filled of changes. It gets pretty exhausting sometimes but it is what it is. It was super sad saying goodbye to everyone because now the guys I live with have completely changed. Of the original 4, I am the last man standing haha. But the new group I am living with is pretty great too! It will be a fun transfer.

Tuesday- First day with my new companion! His name is Elder Sultan and he is from Georgia! He is a pretty chill guy and its going to be a great working together! In the night we were able to find this great new investigator named Vicente Lopez. He has a ton of potential and most likely will be getting baptized within the next month.

Wednesday- I burned myself today:( Our apartment is super nice but I have one complaint... our oven is pain to turn on haha. So we didn't have lunch with members today (like almost every other day haha) so we had to cook for ourselves. Lets just say cooking my chicken breast was an absolute battle. But in the end, I did make myself a pretty great chicken salad.

Thursday- Last week we found this great kid named Brian and we tried to get in contact with him for our appointment today but he totally curved us!! So frustrating. He was so great too. We will see what happens this week and see if we can meet up with him. 

Friday- Today we met up with our train cart friend Jorge! He is doing super great! Today he taught us how to make Shepard's Pie! I have decided that I am bringing him home with me and we are going on Iron Chef together. Its officially decided.

Saturday- So the youth in our ward had a combined activity in the morning today playing soccer at a park. And my companion and I went and we brought an investigator kid we have been teaching named Agustin. Haha it was so great because Agustin destroyed them all playing. He is kinda from the "hood" of our area but plays super well. He is only 13 but professional teams from Europe are already recruiting him. Who knows, I could get to baptize the next Messi haha.

Sunday- So we had a lesson with this Kid we have been teaching that is a Jehovahs Witness. It was so great because he invited his church leader to come talk with us!!!! Did you guys know that they don't believe we have spirits? Interesting stuff. 

Well I hope everyone has a great week! I can tell spring sports have started because none of my brothers emailed me this week haha. 

Elder Townsend

My companion makes fun of me because I am always cleaning...

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

February 27, 2017
So today is the first day of a new transfer... I am staying in my area and getting a new companion! It is super sad because this last transfer was super great but it is what it is. Life as a chess-piece haha. But this next transfer is going to be super great too! My new companion I get tomorrow is from Georgia and is super great!

Monday- ehh

Tuesday-  At about six in the evening a huge storm hit! It was seriously like a hurricane with super strong rain and wind! My companion and I were outside... in the street.... and yes, we got soaked... super soaked. So yeah for about two hours we were just walking in the street trying to get stuff done while getting pounded by this storm.

Wednesday-Sunday So yeah the rest of the week was the hottest week of my mission. Every day we were just destroyed by the sun but also my worst enemy... humidity haha. I am currently exhausted because we haven't been able to sleep well due to the fact our fan broke early in the week. So yeah we just suffer sweating ourselves to sleep every night. It has been so great.... but all is well, we should be getting a new fan tomorrow. 

I know this church is true. I know that God loves us and blesses each one of us with weaknesses and strengths for a reason. He has a divine plan, a perfect plan. Despair can turn into hope if as we look to our savior and remember that thanks to him, everything will work out in the end.

I hope everyone has a great week and enjoys the cold weather!

February 20, 2017
I don't know why, but I have absolutely no desire or motivation to write this big weekly email this week so I apologize haha.

But things are going pretty well! This week was super crazy because we were in a trio for about 3 days. On Monday one of the elders we live with got a phone call and was flashed to a new area, and his replacement came that very night and he fell on his bike because it was dark and there was a huge rainstorm. So yeah... he got really bad.... that experience was full of stress, phone calls, blood, pain, and yeah...gross stuff... So he went to the hospital and we were in a trio since that Monday night till Friday. The trio was actually pretty fun haha. We went out to dinner on valentines day;)

Well so I hope everyone has a great week! Take care!