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, December 28, 2015


Pretty great week!
This week has been super crazy because of the holidays. Everyone here parties like crazy so it has kinda thrown off our normal work schedule.
On Wednesday we celebrated Christmas together as a mission. We all got together at the temple and then we headed over to the stake center at the mission office and had a Christmas party and devotional. It was super awesome. We even sang Christmas carols in English! It was so weird! It was so cool to see everyone in the entire mission. Mostly because that meant more English speakers!! Yayyyyy!!!

Christmas Eve is the day everyone here celebrates. The whole day they just cook a ton of food and then they eat really late later that night. We had dinner at Hermana Gomez´s house. She is seriously so fun!! It was just her and her son but it was super kind of them to have us over. Also Christmas Eve night is when everyone here does fireworks. I fell asleep before the fireworks started but later that night the nose woke me up. It was seriously so loud!!!! But right after that somehow I fell back asleep.

Christmas day was sooo weird! Everyone sleeps in super late because they are all wasted. So walking around felt super creepy. It was also super hot that day so it felt nothing like Christmas. It was so weird to see kids playing in the streets with squirt guns. 
On Sunday we spent two hours walking around our area before church trying to wake people up. We wear our suits on Sunday and it was so stinking hot!!! Sundays are always the longest days ever. The biggest let down though was our investigator, Alexis, didnt show up to church because he was sick. Which is terrible timing because we were going to announce his baptism for this Saturday but because he didn´t come we have to change it to the week after.
On the bright side I am getting transfered this week!!!! I am leaving Merlo and going to Marcos Paz!!! My new companion will be Elder Marple! He is going to be finishing me training. Apperently he is awesome so I am super excited!! He was actually trained by my trainer as well which is kinda weird. In the missionary world, the trainers are called dads and the missionaries being trained are called sons. So you can probably imagine how complicated this is going to make the family tree...
Anyways I hope everyone had a great Christmas!

Elder Townsend

Monday, December 21, 2015

Another week in Argentina. It was a pretty long week but we were able to get a lot done. On Wednesday we had companion exchanges. It was actually pretty fun! I went with Elder Winzenried. He is awesome. He is literally a super nerd. Like 36 on the ACT and full ride to BYU type of super nerd. I stayed in our area and my trainer left for their area. Which means I had to lead us around. It was so stinking hard! I don´t know our area at all! Haha but Elder Winzenried was super understanding. Luckily he remembered his training when he didn´t know like anything, and was literally just trying to make it day to day. So that day was actually pretty fun and exciting.
On Thursday, we had lunch at the Bishop´s house. His wife always feeds us so much food! She literally made me eat 10 empanadas! It hurt so bad. Then later that day another family wanted to feed us dinner. Usually we dont even eat dinner so that was super difficult in itself, but on top of that they made us eat so much too!! On the bright side, I slept super well that night. Haha
Half way through the week we ran out of gas for our house. So we have also been enjoying ice cold showers. I love Argentina.
On the bright side our ward Christmas party was this week! It started at 8:30 at night though. So we were only there for like 30 minutes and then we had to head home. It was super depressing because I was really looking forward to it. We talked to a member family the next day though and they said the party lasted like until 2:00 in the morning. They said that they brought out some ice cream and everyone just went crazy dancing and singing all night haha.
Well I hope everyone has a great Christmas!

Elder Townsend

This picture is 4 weeks old, but this is the Familia Torres

Monday, December 14, 2015

Another week. The weather down here in Argentina was absolutely awful! On Wednesday we were out working and then at like 6:00 in the evening it just started to rain so hard! We had absolutely no rain gear and we were only in short sleeve white shirts. No one would let us in and talk to us either! We basically spent 3 hours walking around in ghetto Merlo soaking wet. That is probably the closest I will ever get to swimming on the mission... I hope...
Then Thursday and Firday were even worse. It was so hot and humid it was ridiculous. Honestly probably the most uncomfortable I have ever been in my life. The humidity absolutely kills. At the end of the day when we got home, we were just dripping wet from sweat, hot sticky sweat. And even if we shower and change we cant do anything about it. Sleeping those nights was miserable.
On the bright side, the dog remote I brought down here (a remote that makes a high pitch sound that dogs don't like) is awesome. I use it every day!!! Everyone here has a dog and there are so many dogs everywhere. I just keep it in my pocket and walk down the streets and all the dogs run away like crazy. Sometimes the locals see me do it and the get pretty freaked out. They probably think I am Moses parting the Red Sea or something. 
On Saturday we had one of the traveling assistants work with us. His name is Elder Christensen and he is so stinking funny. He goes home at the end of this month and he is so excited to see this girl he has been emailing that he hasn't seen in like 5 years haha. He is some rodeo kid from Alaska and Idaho and his spanish has such a hard core southern accent. He definetly spiced up that day.
This week we also found a new family. They are so awesome. The were a refferal that some sister missionaries found on a train. They are so prepared. We have already taught them lesson one and we have an appointment with them tomorrow so we will see how it goes!
People here started to decorate for Christmas. It makes me so happy! I even got to hear a christmas song last week in the grocery store.... In english!!!!

Till next week

Elder Townsend
December 7, 2015
Well another week in Argentina. This place is kinda crazy. It was a long week but it definitely had more flavor than last week.
On Tuesday we went to the stake center a few cities away and had a district meeting. It was awesome because I finally got to meet more people that spoke english! Then afterwards we went out and just did some contacting in the streets for about two hours to help the Elders who have that area. I still haven´t seen a single white girl that speaks english so thats been kinda weird but also nice...
On Wednesday we we had to go to the mission office to do a special training on how to teach the first lesson because we couldnt do it last week when my companion was sick. It was pretty fun. We got to do some practices. One of the assistants to the president taught us. He had to teach every companionship in the mission and he said we were one of the best companionships out of everyone!!! YESSS!! So that felt pretty great....
To get to this mission office though we had to take the public train. Public trains in Argentina are messed up. It wasn´t busy on our way up there, but on our way back home it was ridiculous. Like I totally understand public transportation being crowded, but here it is ridiculous. The train was SOOOO full. Like everyone was standing but no one had to hold onto anything because we were so packed. I have never felt so violated in my life.
The Spanish is coming along slowly. Some days are a lot better than others. All the other missionaries and ward members act really impressed by my Spanish but I think they are just being nice. However, I am starting to understand regular conversations a little bit better. Which is a good and bad because I can understand what they are saying about me. This past week someone someone said I look like I´m fifteen, and another person called me a not very nice word. But on the flip side someone said I look like I am 26, and everyone we talk to compares us to actors. My companion always gets Jim Carrey. Hahaha.. I usually get Ryan Gosling or Zac Efron. Which I guess I could kinda take as a compliment, but considering that they probably dont know any other white actors with my color hair doesnt really build my self esteem or anything. 
In regards to our investigators, some are progessing more than others. We have like ten baptismal dates set for the month of Decemeber but we will have to see how that plays out. The Torres Family, the family we have been teaching since I have been here, are having some difficulties. They have a baptismal date for this Friday but they still have some concerns with tithing. And every time we went to this house this week something would come up. The Dad couldn´t meet with us yesterday because he had to give someone a tattoo. Hahah... He isn´t even a tattoo artist. He just does it as a hobby to bring in some extra cash sometime. Haha... So we will see how that plays out.....
Saturdays are probably my favorite days of the week. Everyone gets so drunk here and walking through the streets is so much fun. People come up to us all the time
and mess with us. Sometimes it gets a little freaky because the like shake your hand and they dont let go and then they get really close to you and tell you like everything they have ever done wrong or something like that. Hahah. 
The weather here is pretty nice but it doesnt feel like December at all and I hate it!! I guess I only have to experience it one more time after this so that's not too bad.

Enjoy the holiday season!!

Elder Townsend