So I wont lie this week was kind of a struggle. We luckily got yohana to church yesterday and got her confirmed so that is really good and ulises did good in church yesterday too. But this week we have pretty much used up all of our investigators and are working on finding more right now. Also we already ran out of money for the month and so we have nothing really. So thats been really tough. This week it rained hard a couple days and its been kinda colder and probably because of that I am now really sick.. So that is not fun at all.. So yeah we got a couple good referals the other day that we are going to contact tonight and we got one that a member actually brought to church yesterday and we taught him later in the day too which went great. Its an 18 year old kid named gerardo whos catholic but we will see how things go with that. So I guess thats kinda it for the highlights of the week. ayelen has been helping us out a lot which is great but somehow about every other day or so we have drama with her or with her and her family which never really helps cause then my companion worries about it too much and then hes in a bad mood and then everyones just in a bad mood. But we are still moving forward and are excited to teach some new people today and this week. Also tell coral happy birthday this week for me!! And then also tomorrow we have our interviews with president already and also we have a meeting with all the bishops and ward mission leaders and missionaries in our zone with the stake president and president gulbrandsen so we will see what thats about tomorrow night.
Oh and whats Ashlees last name now? haha thought about that the other day and I realized I didnt know. Yeah its officially spring here so it should be warmin up pretty soon. Yeah things are alright in this ward. They are definitely different from provincia but yeah my companion is 22. Yeah hermana gonzalez was asking you if you could buy some mary kay stuff and send it to me down here and then she would pay me. She saids its less expensive in the states but I dont know. Don't worry about it though. Shes kinda weird haha I'll tell you all about them when I get home. Wait I've been to 3 dedications? which ones? What dates exactly do robbie and connor and all of them leave? I wanna know to put the days on my calendar. Tell georgia feliz cumpleaños!! well les amo mucho! everyone keep up the good work and stay strong! The church is still true and always will be!
Love Elder Buxton
Monday, September 17, 2012
okay so I guess I will start with transfers. So me and elder martinez are staying here in palermo. There are a bunch of changes though. Elder martinez got called as district leader which will be interesting. Elder mcnab is staying in juncal and has a new companion since his companion died. Elder diaz left and Elder middaugh got called as zone leader but is staying in juncal also. The other zone leader is moving to be with him which is elder leva whos way chill. And then some other changes too but yeah I'm way glad that elder middaugh is still here cause me and him have been becoming pretty good friends and he is honestly one of the funniest kids I know. Honestly he's about as funny as cade haha. Okay hmm so earlier this last week and today we helped our ward mission leader move which was kinda sad but its alright. And also we have had an investigator named eddy who has wanted to get baptized for about a year now and has been going to church and everything but he had to move cause he was living with his girlfriend and so it took almost a year to find a cheap place to live. And then on Friday he finally found a place and called us and wanted his interview. He moved into juncals boundaries so they baptized him but it was way way cool. He is from holland and knows 5 languages. Including English. Thats a pic of me and him with elder middaugh and elder martinez when we helped him move. So then also we talked with mabel this week and she is doing really good and we talked to the hermana missionaries that correspond to her area and they are going to start meeting this week and get baptized this Saturday. Oh and also we baptised johana yesterday. Shes ulises sister. (ulises it the biggest nut you would ever know). hes always runnin out of church and wants something to eat and just wrecks havoc all day. But yeah so it was crazy cause a few days ago their parents punished them and said they couldn't go to church on Sunday. Well it was the moms boyfriend that said that cause he doesn't like us and doesnt want anything to do with the church. The mom is really inactive. But we went on Sunday morning to look for them and somehow they were able to go and the boyfriend left so we got the signature from the mom and then during church johana had her interview and it all went good! So yeah and also yesterday we went to the despedida (farewell) of the missionaries leaving and that was great cause I got to chill with elder jorquera and elder brown for a bit (as you can see in the pictures) and a few friends of mine were the ones leaving so yeah that was good. We had some random investigators show up in church yesterday that we are going to be visiting this week so that should be awesome.
Also something that I was kinda thinking about this week and always thought was interesting was that in south america they dont really have ratings for their movies like we do. So most of the latins here have seen a bunch of rated r movies and stuff. But a lot of people would think that they are lucky and I actually thought that at first. But its really not like that. We are lucky we have ratings and counsel from the prophet not to watch those movies and even some pg13 movies. They have to be a little more careful than we do. Also I was thinking a lot about some less actives that have kind of a habbit of using gods name in vain. And I found a scripture I really like. Its james 3:8-13. It talks about how spiritual words and goodness basically cannot come out of a mouth that says fowl things (that includes swearing). They cant coexist. But yeah I thought that was something we could all understand a little more to help us keep the spirit. I also read a part of a talk which I loved and I'm sure the talk is all good but I thought youd maybe want to read it as a family mom. Its ¨when shall these things be¨ by elder ballard, byu 1995-96 speeches. ohhhhh I forgot! since we broke the baptism record for last month on I think it was wednesday our zone and the missionaries that left today all got to go do an endowment session at the temple with president and his wife. It was way way cool! A bunch of us went out and ate at a peruvian restaurant afterwards too which was cool.
No we werent allowed to take cameras last weekend with the temple stuff so that was kinda dumb.. but its alright. haha yeah sounds like cassidee is adjusting well to high school. Tats good! wow thats nuts about the calls. What day does connor and kyle leave? yeah here it is starting to get really hot and humid.. but yes I print out the emails you send from my friends every week. Whats austin doin everyday? Well I'm glad everyones doing pretty good. les amo a todos mucho! This church is true!!
ps. haha mom when hermana *gonzalez says hola soy luz. that means hey this is luz. luz is the 10 year old daughter haha ;)
Monday, September 10, 2012
Okay so umm I honestly dont even know where to start.. okay so this week was the weirdest craziest week ever. So our numbers this week were horrible cause of the temple stuff but thats okay. So first of all on friday we went to san fernando (the mission office chapel) and we got to get mail and stuff waiting for everyone to get there. I only had one letter.. hahaha thats okay. So I got to finally talk to people and see people like elder harrison and everyone else from my mtc district. I talked to elder jorquera and elder dewsnup and my brother elder barnwell and just all of my friends. Its so sweet meeting the whole mission together cause then you get to see everyone. So then we went to a different chapel like 2 hours away and had the special fireside with President Eyring, Elder Ballard, and Elder Christoffersen. Man it was so sweet!! It was so good! Elder Ballard and President Eyring had translators all weekend so it was sweet to listen in english. Elder Christoffersen speaks way good spanish and I understand everything so thats good too. and yeah I didnt get to see shawn that day. Then the next day we met with everyone again and went to the stadium of independiente and participated in the practice of the program and just chilled and stuff til the actually program. It was sweet I got to chill and talk with friends and I sat and talked with elder harrison and elder alder for a couple hours. elder harrisons in the south haha elder brown is too. And then I saw shawn and talked to him for a sec too!! :) It was so great to see him! un freakin capo! I really miss that kid. Its been so long. Then the whole program was way way sweet and President Eyring and them were there and said a few words and then sat in the box and watched. It was cool. It was honestly like a mormon stadium of fire. All we did was walk on the field and line up in different spots singing called to serve haha but dont worry I got grass from the stadium :) but yeah we watched a ton of different dances from different cultures and stuff. Then Sunday was the rededication and we attended the morning session which was way cool and good. I loved all the talks all weekend. Then we were going to go back to the session at 3 so ana and cecilia could go cause they had their interviews and got the pass to go and everything so we called them at like 11 and they said they weren't going to go so we were kinda sad. We went to the gonzalezs house to talk to them and stuff for a little bit cause ayelen is in the hospital with some really bad problems with intestines. Today is her birthday and I think shes coming home today so we will go see her which will be good. We've been talking to her and helping her through it all week. And while we were talking at their house I decided to have faith and act. My companion said ana and cecilia werent gonna go and started making plans to what we were going to do that day but I told him no and that they both are going to go. So we decided to just go to the villa and try to get them to go cause we dont have credit to call right now. So it was way crazy. We went and got our lunch that a member gave us to go which was way far and then we got lost and didnt know how to get to the villa. It was 1:30 at this point and the villa is far and the temple dedication chapel is farther the other direction. So then my companion said theres no way we are going to make it. I told him we have to try. So we took a taxi to the villa. Somehow convinced ana and cecilia to go, waited for them to change, took another taxi to pick up luz Gonzalez. At this point it was 2:30 and its a 25 minute bus ride to the chapel.. so we sent the 3 girls in the taxi and we literally sprinted to a bus stop, got on the bus, got there at 2:50 and sprinted to the chaple and entered with the girls and it went great! We only could have done all that cause of our prayers and faith and the Lord. He made it possible because we decided to act and exercise our faith instead of say alright well its too late. I knew that ana and cecilia had to see the apostles and they liked it and it was great. I'll tell you what happened on the way back to the villa when I get home haha. It was weird. So yeah that was a small recap of the weekend. Oh yeah and yesterday we went to go find the house of our investigator mabel thats doing way way good and is gonna get baptised this weekend. We found it... and its half a block out of our area.... so we cant baptise her. We are going to talk to her tomorrow but its really sad. But its okay as long as she gets baptised somewhere. We dont care if its ours. We just want her to enter into the Lords kingdom and change her life. So yeah. Something that Elder Eyring talked about on friday and then all his talks the whole weekend were similar was he said "the day that you really know and understand that god knows each and everyone of us and loves us will change your life." He talked a lot about how we all say we know and love the Savior but that most of the time we dont really act like we do cause we dont really understand. All the talks were so good! I wish you guys could have heard them! You can read some of my notes when I get home. So yeah and then also this next monday is transfers already. This transfer went by so so fast! so yeah I think thats it for the weekend. oh and also we are working with ulises' sister johana to get her bapised this weekend too. So hopefully we can do that.
Oh good I'm glad cass passed her test! luz showed me some pics from cassidees facebook. She looks like shes having a ton of fun in high school and at the football games. pero ojo mama, ojo con esos chicos ;) no you never did send me the picture of me and austin at the mtc so I havent seen it. But yeah I really love it cause I know that the decision I made to come here and the decisions I make everyday will affect each and every one of you as my family. The decisions all of us make affect all of us cause thats how a family works. I made the paragraph into a book mark in my scriptures and its marking the scripture where ammon is talking and he sees his brethren again and he is really happy but not only cause he saw them again but because they were still his brethren in the Lord. great scripture! and dont worry. As long as austin comes out to the mission field he will learn all that stuff your talking about. Not sure if I told you this quote before but I found it awhile ago and have loved it ever since. "we cant be happy if we dont want to do the things that bring happiness. even if we do those very things." I really like that and a lot of times we dont like doing certain things but we know its right. So basically only with doing it and praying to the Lord for help can we begin to like those things. Don't know why I thought of that but I like it. haha bananas? weird.. no I'm good with just pills. bueno, les amo a todos mucho!!
Monday, September 3, 2012
So this week was a pretty crazy week. So it was sweet that this week we actually gave quite a few blessings which was cool. Cecilia got sick at the beginning of the week and we were worried she wouldnt heal in time to be confirmed yesterday but we gave her a blessing and she was back to normal a few days after which was sweet. I love having the priesthood its so sick! so cecilia and ana and ulises got confirmed yesterday which was good. We are way way good friends with them now and they are with ayelen too (20 year girl in the ward that helps us out a lot, that I mentioned last time). It was really stressful with lots of stuff and cause ulises is really just a little nut haha. But it all worked out okay. We had zone conference thursday which was really good too! So I finally got your package and thank you so much!! :) I love all the treats and the book and all of it! and thank you kirsten too! :) and no I really cant wear the bracelet but thats okay cause I'm excited to wear it when I get home so thank you!! after the conference I got to talk to president for a little bit about some stuff that was going on that he helped me with and it really helped me alot and I am very grateful for him and his love for us. I love that I'm starting to see him and his wife more as my mission parents instead of my leaders. So basically our zone broke the baptisms record for most baptisms in a month. It hasnt been broken in 2 and a half years which was sweet! So earlier today our stake president took our whole zone of missionaries out to mccdonalds which was sick and freakin expensive but hes just way chetto I guess. After that we actually played basketball which felt really good cause that doesnt happen very often here. and trust me you dont want to see an argentinian try to play basketball.. haha. oh okay so also we have an investigator named mabel whos about 26 or something years old and she just showed up in church like 2 weeks ago with her boyfriend whos a member and then they went to the temple and the day after that we had our first lesson with her and she told us about how she cried in the temple and felt it way strong. We have had like 3 lessons with her in total so far and she already has made the decision to get baptised cause we put a date with her and she has been thinking about it and studying a lot. So thats awesome! We should baptise her next week cause she still needs one more time in church and there isnt services this sunday with the rededication. oh yeah okay so we found out about this weekend for the most part. So on friday this week we are all going as a mission to some place and having a meeting with President Eyring and Christoffersen and Ballard!! And then on saturday with the cultural event in the soccer stadium we found out that we arent just going but that we are actually participating in it. We dont know how but we will find out. Thats going to be sweet! And then sunday we attend the temple dedication I think just with our wards in the stake centers since they will be made extentions to the temple so more people can participate. so yeah it should be a really really sweet week!! Earlier this week I found a sentence in preach my gospel that I really love, it says "as your understanding of the atonement of Jesus Christ grows, your desire to share the gospel will increase." I loved that because I have been learning that a lot. Here I have really been learning and still am learning how to repent. The one aspect of me learning to really repent, not including anything else, already makes all of this worth it. I know that there is nowhere else I would have learned how to really plead for forgiveness from my savior other than out here serving Him. I honestly truely stand all amazed at the love jesus offers me. I am very confused at the grace he so fully profers me. and I really tremble to know that for me he was crusified, bled, and died. I know that no matter how far we have gone or what we have done that the lord loves us and he will forgive us. We may have to do something that we dont want to do to recieve that forgiveness but He will always forgive us as we conform to His will. Also last week we had to print out a talk and read and it was way good and I know you guys and I have read it before but its great. Its "what matter of men and women ought ye to be?" by Lynn g robbins of the seventy. great talk!
haha yeah familia gonzalez have told me a little bit about what you guys have said. and also luz (the 10 year old daughter (cassidess new best friend)) wants cassidee to accept the invitations from hermana gonzalez too haha I love luz. Shes my amigasa! we sing justin bieber together sometimes ;) hahaha. I am so glad your doing a lot better mom! and I'm grateful to hear that I can help my family in some way even when I'm far away from them. Just keep trusting in the lord and do His will. "when we are on the lords errand, we are entitled to his help" - presidente gulbrandsen. I know heavenly father is watching over you guys and helping you every step of the way. I'm glad I know that so that I dont have to worry. wow thats really really stupid about UVU and really sad. I hope austins doin alright. This doesnt really have to do with much but the thing you sent me like a month ago about what austin put on his instagram with the picture of me on me birthday and stuff ya know? yeah so I wasnt really going to say this but I still have it right on my desk. And any time I read that Ilike almost cry. It motivates me to do things when I dont want to. a few times, I wont go into detail, I didnt have the motivation to do a certain thing that I knew I should do and so I would read that and I think to myself that if I wont do it for myself then I'll do it for my brother. That little tiny paragraph you sent me that he posted on his instagram means a lot to me. I honestly before I left thought austin would be a lot happier with me gone that way he could have my stuff and I wouldnt be there to bug him. but yeah anyway. so its starting to get hot here. Its almost summer! finally!! :) but its like as hot as it gets in utah some days here and everyone tells me that thats nothing.. its going to get really hot and extremely humid. but the good thing is that when I come home I'll be leaving summer so ill be tan at least :) haha. dont worry cassidee will do great. I know she will! I always pray for her. I guess thats it for this week. les amo mucho!
(This is what Austin posted on his instagram on Cody's birthday, for those of you who don't have instagram and didn't see it:"Happy Birthday to my best friend in this whole world. Words cannot explain how much I miss this kid and how much he means to me. Love you Cody!")