Buenos Días from the grand province of Buenos Aires!
First off, I have my cooking update for ya'll. Last P-day I bought myself an aluminum pizza tin and I made pizza. So
there. See the selfie below, because we all know I we can't have a cooking conquest without a good solid selfie to
go with it. The tin also makes for a good cookie sheet, which I also attempted to make. Apple cookies taste fine,
not the best but whatever. You do what you can. Tonight we are having a Noche en Hogar (Family Home Evening)
with the "A" Family and I am making them some of my muffins, so it will be a party and a half down here in Pilar 2
Happy news of the week! Tuesday was the baptism of our investigator "P"! Yayyyyy! She is a friend of the bishop's
wife that one day showed up in church and we started teaching her shortly after. Anyways, Tuesday was her baptism,
and we had probably one of the craziest baptisms ever in the history of Pilar. The bishop was supposed to do the
baptism, but we got a call from him saying that he couldn't come because he had sick kids but his wife was going to
come. We had to do some quick decision making and it was decided that I would do the baptism. Yayyy! So we run
to the apartment and I grab my baptismal clothes (blessings of living basically across the street of the church) and
then run back. I get back and a little before the baptismal service starts I change into my white clothes and walk
around only to find that "P"'s husband has left to go pick up one of their daughter's from a birthday party! Ahh!
The Relief Society just finished an activity of watching the Women's session of conference in the church, and so here
am I awkwardly walking around dressed in white. But we did get offered cookies so that was nice. Anyway we
decide to start without "P"'s husband and he makes it back right before the actual baptism starts to take place.
"P" and I are just about ready to get in the font when the Ward Mission Leader tells us there's no water in the font!
Sure enough most of the water is gone, and let me tell you, we filled the font. We find out shortly after that before
the baptismal service "P" and bishops wife sneaked a peak at the font, but mistook the button for the drain as a light
switch. Well now we have to run into scramble mode and fill the font full blast with the hot and cold spouts and
filling buckets of water from the cleaning closet. We got the font refilled in about 30 minutes. The water isn't warm,
but it's enough water to do the baptism. We do the baptism and the rest of the service goes really great. But them
we have another problem, now the drain doesn't want to work! Luckily we had a member with us that knows how to
fix these sorts of things, so we got things figured out eventually and got home safe and sound with another soul on
the pathway to eternal life. =)
Now. Let's talk General Conference. AMAZING! I really enjoyed it. I think the church building in Pilar is the stake
center or something, because it was the designated hub for the Latter-day Saints of the Zona Austral and Estaca
Escobar. Saturday we had to watch it in Español so it was a little rough to process everything, but I still got some
good notes. Once again I was was told that I don't look like an American ('norteamericano') which makes me feel
special and exotic=) I think last time I was told I don't look super white was in the MTC, so it was a nice lil'
compliment. Sunday us gringo missionaries were able to watch it in our native tongue, which was such a blessing.
Quickly jotted down some questions before the talks started that I wanted answered and let me tell you that they
were answered basically within the first talk, and I continued to receive revelation for these questions throughout
the two sessions. A testimony of the power of General Conference for me. Between the two sessions we took our
lunch break for the day: Milanesa sandwiches provided by an member of our ward (they feed us good here in Pilar).
The elders of Villa Verde didn't have a lunch, and I felt in a giving mood so I talked with my companion and we
offered to split our lunch with them and eat in our apartment so we could cook some rice to go with our sandwiches
so we could eat more. They agreed, and shortly after, a lady in our stake hands Both Elder Coltrin and Elder
Danneman (the elders of Villa Verde) TWO CHOCOLATE CAKES, because their birthdays either just past or are
happening right now. Her son is the one that created Missionary Packages Argentina, and so they were super nice
looking and gifted with tags and stuff.. I think she had just caught wind of birthdays the during the Saturday Session
and decided to make them out the kindness of her heart, bless her. So now we are having a rocking lunch, complete
with milanesa sandwiches, rice, and CHOCOLATE CAKE. Actually, I think it was just a brownie recipe, but I'm not
complaining. One had dulce de leche and then chocolate frosting and the other had dulce de leche and then
marshmallow topping. FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I was in love. And what made it even better was that Elder Coltrin and
Elder Danneman thought it was too sweet and couldn't finish their pieces. so I stuck them in the fridge (the cake not
the elders) and ate them (once again, the cake, not the elders). So, I've basically eaten a whole cake between
yesterday and today, but I am oh so happy. Moral of the story: Be nice to others, and maybe you'll get to eat some
God is good to me. It was another difficult week in the work but He found other ways to keep me happy, so I'm
hanging in there. =)
Hope you all have a good week! And if you haven't yet, go and watch conference.
See you all soon enough!
Fotos de la semana:
1- GIMME PIZZA (Mom, I know my hair looks long here. I saw some of the pics I took and was like ''wow, my hair is
looking a little long'', so I did some self fixing and made it look less sloppy around the ears. I'm getting a for reals
hair cut this afternoon). I know it kinda looks ugly, but it tasted fine. Ham on pizza is super popular here.
2- The Panamericana. This pretty much road spans the whole of South America. Or so I've been told...
3- The Panamericana and I as we wait for the bus. The bus ended up coming super late so we had to bail on a
lesson. Just a fun fact for you.