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, February 22, 2016

This week we had the Baptism of Leandro!!!!!

He is so awesome and such a great guy, here is the story:

About ten years back a super strong member in our ward gave Leandro a book of Mormon. They are good friends and Leandro accepted the book mostly out of curiosity. Leandro is a very intelligent guy. He knows his stuff and really became interested in the church after he started to read the book. Over the passed ten years he has done a lot of reading and investigating. He has read the Book of Mormon several times, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, Jesus the Christ, and all the teachings of the Prophets´ manuals. He is a stud. And he told us that most of this investigating wasn´t so much for a spiritual purpose but more analytical. He had never been taught by the missionaries and had only gone to church a few times. That is until about 8 weeks ago. It was my first Sunday in this area and Leandro came to church for some reason for the first time in a while. Once we found out who he was we did our missionary stuff. With the help of the ward we got him involved (he is the radio/TV guy that filmed our church tour a few weeks back). The first time we went to teach him we taught him the lesson of the restoration and after the lesson we extended the baptismal invitation and he said ¨note me down for the 20th¨ . So awesome (normally that doesn´t happen haha)!!!! This past weekend he was baptized and confirmed. Everything was so perfect! A few days ago we asked him why he decided to get baptized and he told us that his time just came. He always knew that someday he would become a member but it was just a question of when. I think he just really saw how happy the church made him and couldn´t wait any longer to not be apart of it. The church is so true!!!! And the best part is he has a wife and two daughters and with time they will all surely become members as well!!! Just one happy eternal family! THATS WHAT ITS ALL ABOUT!!!

Such a great weekend! So rewarding. Pounds of sweat and hours under the sun are so worth it.

I would send pictures but these computers we have been using don't have functional usb drives. Sorry. 

I hope everyone back home is doing well.

Enjoy the cool weather!!

Monday, February 15, 2016

This week I got a new companion. His name is Elder Tingy and he is from Arizona. He is a super great missionary and a lot of fun. We are really looking forward to this transfer!
This week we made a lot of progress in the area. We found some new people and have made contact with several people and families we have never made contact with before. It was awesome. We taught more lessons this week than we usually do but we still need to find more people and more lessons. Nothing makes me more happy than an agenda full of good plans. 
I don´t want to scare any future missionaries, but sometimes missionary work is exhausting. I thought I was in decent shape before the missionary but Argentina just destroys me sometimes. Our mission is very focused on finding people and working effectively. We are always meeting a ton of people and teaching a lot of lesson one (the restoration). We teach simply and to there needs. For example, if we meet someone for the first time we are in and out of their house in less than 40 minutes. We really don´t spend a lot of time teaching people who aren´t progressing very much or continue to not keep their commitments. The way we work is awesome because we filter through a lot of people and we end up baptizing people that stay in the church, but it can be very hard if you don´t initially have a lot of people to work off of. There have been several days where everything falls through and we have only taught one lesson. Those days are so miserable hahah... And with our mission it can be really hard because we don't have Ipad time or do a lot of service or have dinners and stuff like that. The only fixed time a day we have something is the hour we have for lunch. So that means we have two hours before lunch and then 8 hours straight after lunch to just find and teach. Lets just say some days, are reallllly long haha....And ten hours a day under the sun wandering the streets of lovely Argentina can just kill sometime. I have never been this consistently tired in my life.
On the bright-side, we have a baptism this Saturday!! His name is Leandro! He is so impressive. I will tell more about him next week. We are super excited!!
We also has several other baptismal dates for march so we will see how they all turn out!
I hope everyone is doing well! 

Oh and happy valentines day!!

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Another week!

Argentina is crazy. By being out in the streets all day and talking to so many people you see a lot of weird stuff. Words can´t describe these experiences. It definitely makes proselyting exciting though.
This week was really hot again. I am still very excited for colder weather. Yesterday in our suits was absolutely miserable. Riding bikes for two hours wrangling our investigators into church in the blazing heat with a suit coat really takes a lot of energy out of you. And then when we finally get to church the members always ask us why we are soaked in sweat and look so awful... If only they knew.... 
Last night we got the transfer call! I am staying in my area!!!!!!! I am so happy!!!!! I am getting a new companion too. His name is Elder Tingy and he started his mission in this area but is coming back and working with me. I am super excited. It is going to be awesome.
We are continuing to progress in the area. Our teaching pool is growing everyday and this next transfer is going to be great.
Yesterday it started to pour rain at about 6:00. It was so lovely. It was the first time I actually didn´t want to teach someone a lesson because it would mean we would have to go inside. 

I hope everyone has a great week!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Pretty crazy week! We were all over the place.

This week was the week I had to do all my paperwork for my visa. So on Wednesday we had to travel to the mission offices and do some traveling around Ramos Mejia to do some of it. It was pretty fun but mostly just a huge waste of time and a lot of confusion. Then on Friday we did the second half of the paperwork. For the second have we had to go to Capital. The center part of Buenos Aires. It was super cool. We were taken in a taxi and we got to see a large part of the city. The center part of the city is super nice and super pretty. The further you get away from the center though not so much. It was very interesting to drive through though. I had never seen anything like it. It is really hard to explain. The best way I can describe it is very congested and ummm...rustic... I am just super glad our mission doesn´t have any of those areas. They would be crazy to work in.

Then on Thursday we had to travel to a town near by to have our interviews with our mission president. It was super awesome. He is such an incredible guy.

And on Saturday Cristina got baptized!!!!!! It was so awesome!! I would send pictures but these computers won´t let me. It all turned out so great. All of her family came and they really enjoyed it. A recent convert in the ward named Diego did the baptism but because Cristina is older and doesn´t move very well so my companion and I both had to get in the font too. We were really worried we would break her so we chair-baptized her. Thats right, we put a chair in the font and we just had her sit down and we dipped her backwards. It was so awesome. Unforgetable. 

The work in our area is progressing so much it is incredible. We have been so blessed. 

I hope everyone has a great week.

This week was pretty great! 
On Wednesday we went to the Mission Offices for the missionary broadcast. We got up super early and took two trains to get there. The sisters in our area went with us. They second train we took was so packed!!!! I have been on the train when it has been really bad but this time was super bad! Everyone said it was the worst they had every seen it. It was literally so packed my feet came off the ground and I was supported up by the people around me. That train is going to be the death of me. Luckily we don´t take it often. 
The missionary work this week went great! We didn´t teach very many lessons but we really progressed in our area. We are working with a lot of great people that have a ton of potential. 
On Saturday evening we had a Capilla Abierta. Which is basically an open house for the chapel. It went awesome. The whole ward particiapted and we had a lot of people come. It was exhausting but super fun...
It has been so hot this week!! I have also been sick with a cold so it has been pretty miserable. It is great though because everyone feels bad for us. When we walk up to people just soaked in sweat they always have pity for us. It is just hard because we are outside literally all day long... I am so ready for colder weather. I have actually started to dream about playing in the snow. It also doesn´t help that our house is a furnace made out of bricks and with no windows. On the bright side it is suppose to be better this week! To handle the heat my companion and I both buy a kilo of ice cream every week. We have this place in town we like to go to called Grito. The workers there are becoming our best friends. Whenever we walk in they just laugh at us. It is kinda shameful but not really. It is a necessity of survival.
Oh and this next Saturday our investigator Cristina is getting baptized!! We are so excited!! She is such a sweety and she loves to talk. When I showed her the picture of my family she got all excited and said she is going to send all of her grandchildren to come marry my brothers and I. I started to laugh but then I realized she wasn´t kidding.... She really really wants ¨Rubio¨ great grandchildren.
I hope you all have a great week!

Elder Townsend