The Guys!

The Guys!
Leaving for the MTC

Monday, October 29, 2012

October 29, 2012

hola familia,
So basically I have no time to write so this is gonna be way way short and I cant really read anyones emails so dont send me too much next week cause I'll have to read it all next week and print next week too. So short and sweet. We were all thinking that elder martinez was going to leave since he has more time in palermo than me. We were with familia gonzalez a lot yesterday to spend our last time with them. ayelen really likes elder martinez and luz really likes me haha but we are way good friends with them. soooo.... of course I got transfered. I am now in tonelero with elder prado. Hes from peru and he dies this transfer (he goes home) so I get to kill him haha. But yeah today has been the longest and hardest day. I am soooo dead.. being up late and up early and lots of crazy stuff happening. I will tell you guys next week. But it was so sad last night when I got the call about transfers and then called ayelen and luz and luz wanted to know really bad so I talked to her and told her I was leaving she instantly broke down in tears... it was so sad. Then ayelen came and said goodbye to me in the morning and said her and luz were crying a lot that night. But yeah it was sad and I really love that family... but there really is starting to be some miracles in that ward with the new bishop and everything. And I just got starting to know all the members. But I guess the Lord wants me here. My area is half capital and half provincia. I will miss palermo though. But yeah anyway I guess thats all. Sorry I have no time to read anything. les amo mucho! espero que todo este bien!

Love Elder Buxton

oh and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!! :)

(Here are some pictures from facebook from the girls that he is talking about. They downloaded them today and I love them!)

Monday, October 22, 2012

October 22, 2012

hola familia,

Well this week was a pretty good week I guess. So on tuesday we got a call from president and we were doing divisions that day so me and elder middaugh had to go to the mission home and talk to president that went good and all. It was way fun doing divisions with elder middaugh. He's so funny haha. So yeah then on thursday we had a training meeting with all the district leaders and zone leaders and their companions. The training meetings are always so good and we learned a lot of stuff. We watched a talk by elder holland that he gave in the mtc almost 2 years ago (which I actually already have on cd and am excited to show you guys) and we split up to watch it in our own language. After we watched it he had the latins still watching theurs and so us greengos were being taught a little bit after by president. haha it was weird in english but really powerful from president. Elder holland talks a lot about how we as missionaries have to be converted before we have any hopes of converting anyone else. We have to get it in ourselves and in our hearts first. So also with esteban we havent had much contact with him since we have now credit on our phone and cant call right now. He said he was coming to church but didnt so we will see what we can do this week. We are still looking for investigators but have some possibilities like a referral from ayelen and so we will see what happens with them. Yesterday was mothers day here so that was pretty cool but after like 2 it started raining hard and we actually went to the villa and something pretty crazy happened. So where ana and cecilia and ismael and them live is under the highway. So we walked all through the villa and it was pouring at that point so when we got there we were drenched. Victoria (anas mom) was with some of her family and people around and the guys were all drinking and all that but its whatever. They always do. But something common a ton in the villa but also everywhere in argentina is people just blast their argentina music with speakers from their houses and cars. So they were doing that and then we came and wanted to share a short scripture with victoria. So she turned off the music.We started to share something and we were talking and there;s a wall across the street from them with barbwire fence on top and a watch tower right there to guard whatever is on the other side. There was a guy in the watch tower and he started to yell at victorias husband and the other guys near us. I didnt hear it but they did and they all look over and saw that the guard was telling them that the house 2 houses down from victoria and mabel was on fire. All the guys ran and got water and one climbed up and the second story on the balcony and put out the fire. It was a sofa that caught but it was completely burned before we all noticed this. And they threw the sofa off the balcony. It was way way crazy. But the thing that surprised me and my comp was that victoria said after that angels sent us. And we were like haha why? And she said because if you guys hadnt have come, I wouldnt have turned off the music and nobody would have heard the guard in the tower yelling, and the sofa would have caught the house on fire and that would have burned and then burned all their houses under the bridge cause they are so close together. We don't feel like we did anything but we are glad that everyone was alright. It was pretty scary. So yeah besides that we actually saw mabel yesterday! The one that we were going to baptise but lives out of our area. She came to our ward yesterday which was great to see her and she got baptised and she is doing great now. So yeah and since yesterday was mothers day I just want to say that I love you mom and am so greatful for you in my life. I would be nowhere with out you. Thank you for everything!! I'm constantly amazed by you! So I'm guessing georgia had his farewell yesterday? How did that go? Thats so crazy he is leaving in 2 days. That went by so fast! Tell him that I say good luck and I love him! And I'm excited for him to experience this stuff. Hes gonna do great! Also this week is the last week of the transfer. Next sunday a lot of stuff will change in our zone so we will see what happens. Also I think the other day I got an ingrown toenail I think it is and lets just say right now its not doing that great. If I touch the right spot it feels like someone is stabbing my toe with a knife. So thats not good. haha. Hopefully I'll be alright.

wow no car? thats terrible... I hate it when that happens. I'm glad that jacob and matt are there to help though.Your uncle really died?? wow mom thats terrible! sounds so so sad.. :( I'm so very sorry. I'm so greatful too for the knowledge we have of the plan of salvation. This gospel is so great! I hope your doing alright now and praying a lot for his family! Awesome I'm so glad austin got the higher priesthood now. Its such a blessing to have! landons going on a mission??? seriously?!? wow thats nuts!!! Let me know where hes going as soon as he gets his call!! Thats sooo awesome!! I'm glad austins getting everything done for his papers. Waiting for your call is way crazy haha. Tell him good luck at the dentist! haha, argentina beat chile last week. So sweet! I heard USA won too. These are world cup qualifiers now so its pretty crazy. Everyone apparently plays again in february. Sounds pretty crazy for the terry family. I know everything will work out with them and that everything will be alright. Thats really weird though. Okay well I guess thats it for this week! I hope everyone has a good week especially with georgias departure! Let him know I pray for him! I know this church is true. les amo mucho!

Love, Elder Buxton

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

hola familia
So this last week was a pretty good week. It was really funny last week at conference an hermano from our ward came up to us and told us how we were doing with people in the ward giving us lunches cause we were looking kinda skinny hahaha so then he stopped by later that day and gave us a huge bag of milk and chocolate milk mix and sugar and stuff haha so that was really funny and cool. And weird cause I definitely do not feel skinny at all.. I feel really fat and lazy.. ha. So this week we taught esteban a couple times and hes doing pretty good. Hes already in Jacob in the book of Mormon. but he wasn't able to come to church yesterday so we set a date for his baptism this next Sunday. He isn't too sure about it but we are going to really help him to realize the importance of getting baptised asap. We are still working on finding investigators. We don't really have anyone else. We have been passing by a lot of older investigators but a lot of them don't live here anymore and some don't really want anything. We went to the villa a couple times and one of the times ulises passed by us and actually said hi to us but that was about it. We talked to his mom on the phone and there is problems with his "step dad" (not really step dad cause they aren't married) but whenever he sees us he pretty much yells at us and tells us to leave and doesn't want us to be talking to his family. Its really dumb but we will see what happens. Also a random thing that I found this week that I really love and that I'm going to miss when I go home is that when Argentina is playing everyone is watching it ya know? And when they score the country goes nuts and yells. And so its sweet cause we open our windows and yell GOL ARGENTINA!!! with them hahaha :) Its fun. I wish they did stuff like that in the united states. Tuesday Argentina plays Chile (my companion is chilean) so its gonna be sweet. My team versus his team! :) We are also going to actually play soccer today finally so that should be fun too. Oh and also yesterday we got our new bishop which was really interesting to find out who it was. Its an hermano who we are good friends with and likes us so that is really good. So that's pretty much it from the week.

Oh yeah haha the zoo was really cool! I took pictures but I'll send some later. Yeah its sad about inactives that go inactive for dumb reasons. ayelens dad is inactive and her mom is going inactive now so that's not good. And don't think I ever get bored of your thoughts mom. I love reading them and printing them out and reading them again. But it truely is sad to see so many returned missionaries go inactive. Obviously I'm not old enough or in a place to judge anyone but I still don't understand how someone can do that after experiencing this stuff ya know? haha yes there are quite a few sister missionaries in our mission. Remember how I baptised someone for them last transfer? Wow that's awesome. I'm way glad and proud of austin jacob and tanner. They are going to do great. And we truely are so blessed with such an amazing bishop. I love and respect and look up to him so much! It was cold during the beginning of the week but the past few days its been hot. We haven't had to use sweaters. Wow that's crazy and awesome about andy. Weird how fast he is leaving though. oh I'm so glad austin is getting the melquesidec priesthood (yeah i only know how to spell that in spanish haha). That will be way good for him. Its an awesome thing to have. I gave a blessing yesterday to someone and it just helps me appreciate the priesthood so much. A quote that our old bishop said that other day: "we, as men, don't have the priesthood cause we are better. We have the priesthood so that we have the responsibility on our shoulders to be better." I liked that a lot. The church is true! les amo mucho!

Elder Buxton

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 8, 2012

hola familia

okay so first of all I wanted to say happy birthday to Toni since I forgot last week. Happy birthday Toni ! I love you!! okay this week was a pretty good week. First this week we did divisions on Tuesday and I went over to bel gran with Elder Holland who has the same time as me in the mish and he was in Atlanta at the same time as me and we flew to Argentina together. Hes a little bit shyer and stuff but divisions were pretty good. I met Justin bieber! ;) haha okay well their convert looks exactly like him! I wanted a picture with him so I told him we have to take one at conference and he said okay. But when we went to look for investigators between sessions on Sunday we went to his house and told us to come back in 30 min so we did and then someone had shut the outside door so we couldn't get in.. So yeah I didn't get a picture. Also last week we were told whoever finishes 70% of the lessons of retention to the converts in your ward, that zone would get to go to a pizza ice cream party with president and his wife and watch a movie. So we were working hard with that last week and we don't know if we did it yet or not. We should find out today or this week. Then on Wednesday we had a zone meeting. Not a zone conference. Just a meeting with our zone and zone leaders. It was a good meeting and it always helps to help motivate us to keep working harder. Also later that day we got a call from some of the hermana missionaries in our zone saying they found an investigator that they taught and put a baptismal date with and he lives in our area so we met him at conference and hes a freakin capo. Hes gonna get baptized this Saturday hopefully but hes already reading in 2 nephi. Hes gonna read the whole Book of Mormon, way sweet! Okay now to conference. WOW! can I just say I love conference! Conference as a missionary is so so sweet! I cant believe I never really paid attention in the past like I do now. You can learn so much! We are all so sad when conference is over. And I remember as a kid I couldn't wait for it to be over. I think conference is too short. It should be everyday for a whole week :) The talks were so good! We all had a good laugh from elder nelson on Saturday and his repeated statement "ask the missionaries, they can help you." haha. But okay I wanna know whats going on at home with the new missionary ages!! Cause that means Austin ,Jacob and Trent can all leave like.. right now!! How is this going to affect you guys? I'm curious to know. That was a very crazy announcement. I actually didn't hear it cause we got their late on Saturday cause we went to get an investigator from the villa. But yeah something else I loved about conference was that every single talk touched on the atonement and repentance. Man this gospel is so great! It was pretty nuts when elder holland pretty much dropped the cane on the church with his talk haha. But I loved all the talks and I'm glad I took good notes and I hope you all loved it as much as I did! There's no way someone cant know that those men are apostles and prophets of God. I know they are! so yeah I think today we are going to the zoo :) that should be fun. Its only open on weekends and holidays on Mondays so one of those rare occasions happens to be today so sweet! Besides all that we are still working on finding some solid investigators. And its kinda sad that ulises pretty much hates us. He wont talk to us or even look at us. And yohana not much either. We don't know what to do with them. But I guess we will see. Oh and those pics I'm sending.. me and elder martinez had some fun with our new friend in the pention :) haha and then at conference. For conference us greengos were in the institute building which is way nice and there was like 20 of us. There are quite a few English people in these wards in capital. pretty cool.

Yeah I tried to listen to a little bit of that press conference with elder holland but we were teaching a couple lessons to some investigators so I couldn't really. All those changes are so crazy!! Its hard to know what to think. If Austin and them leave sooner then I will see them sooner so that's good. But also if like David leaves sooner then he wont be here when I get back. But as long as they are all out then I'm happy with that! and that's crazy about the mtc time cut short. I'm glad I was in the mtc as long as I was cause me and my district got way way close and 5 out of us 8 live close in Utah so I'm planning on being friends with those kids for a long long time. But yeah way weird. Wow that's way crazy about Austin. I'm so glad that he is excited though! Tell me how Jacob and Trent and Tanner and him are feeling right now! wow I never thought about it like that.. in the fact that the timing was right and how me and the others missionaries with my time are going to soon have the responsibility to be leaders soon and help out many missionaries. Wow Jamie is getting married?? Weird! yeah its been kinda rainy here but no matter the temperature its always so so humid.. well I'm glad everyone is doing good and things are good at home. I would love to know everyone's comments and thoughts about the new missionary changes. email me if you want to share! especially you Austin Jacob and Trent and Tanner. les amo mucho! Esta iglesia es verdadera!

love Elder Buxton

Monday, October 1, 2012

October 1, 2012

hola familia,
So this week was pretty good and I guess kinda different. So we had interviews on Tuesday which went pretty good. President talked a lot about how when we are young our parents make us do something and then later in life and with time we begin to want to do that thing. Its like that with our missions. We come on the mission for our parents at first usually but then it becomes somewhere where we want to be and want to do. Then on Tuesday night we had a meeting with our zone and president and all our bishops and ward mission leaders in our wards Cause a couple of the wards are having problems with their bishops like I had in tortuguitas. It was pretty crazy the discussions and almost arguments that were going on but our President is so lead by the lord and doesn't fear like anything it seems like. Our zone leaders (one is elder middaugh) were kinda crying cause they have been having big problems with their bishop and yeah it was pretty nuts. Then I think it was like the day after we went to the villa. We only went twice this week cause we haven't had any money to travel. But it was really sad cause we went and talked to Victoria (the mom of ana and cecilia) and she was angry at the bishop cause hes supposedly not helping them when they haven't even made an effort to talk to him or anything. So basically she told us that she doesn't want to do this anymore and isn't going to church ever again.. It was way sad and my companion was in tears and it was just depressing. But also our bishop is now moving back to mendoza so we will be getting a new one in a couple weeks. Also the relief society president is leaving too. Every is leaving! haha its crazy. Then one day this week our heater kinda blew up when I went to turn it off so we didn't have light for a couple days which is always fun. We started to teach some of these referrals we have been getting and they start off good but then they just kinda die fast.. Its sad. But we did find an old investigator that was being taught like 2 years ago that we talked to on Saturday and he came to church so that was good. But something cool from the week was that on Sunday after church we walked to get our lunch to go and the 2 girls that gave it to us told us we should go visit this one family that's been less active. So on our way home we did and they are from Texas and are just here cause the husband works for nuskin and they are here til December so that'll be 2 yèars in total. But their kids don't speak much Spanish and the wife doesn't at all and the husband served in mendoza so he speaks good but it was way cool and weird cause I taught them a lesson in English My companion doesn't speak English so he didn't understand but it was way cool and so weird I was like struggling for words quite a few times cause my English is destroyed haha. I can only really think and talk in Spanish now. Its half English half Spanish when I try to have a conversation in English haha its really weird. But it was good I invited them to watch general conference this weekend and then come to church the next week and they accepted. But yeah so we are really excited for conference this weekend and are gonna try to get everyone there to be able to watch it. Today should be kinda fun too since we are going to a tenedor libre (a buffet) with some of the zone. We've done this quite a few times now but its way way good. So I'm stoked for that! We will see if we can get some new investigators this week also.

Wo the weather has been weird still but mostly colder. Its gonna get warm hopefully soon though. I'm still sick though so that stinks. I'm better than last week but still sick. wow that's crazy about carson and them. Tell them all I love them and am proud of them! Who is the other going to new york, Kyle and? wow sounds like it was a pretty busy week. Hopefully you can get some rest this week mom. But I asked what Ashlees last name was cause ayelen went to the temple last week and she asked me if I wanted her to put anyone on the prayer role so I gave her your guys names and also all the Terry's names. Yeah they don't have daylight savings here so I will be 4 hours ahead of you in November haha. Well I guess that's it for this week. Get excited for conference! I know I am!! Mom be sure to send me a talk (or 2 if its smaller) from the priesthood session every Monday after conference! Its too late in the night for us to go here. ¡les amo mucho! ¡La iglesia es verdadera!

Love Elder Buxton