Thursday, September 25, 2014

Week Two!

Hola Familia! 

Okay I'm gonna give you a run down on everydaywell at least I'm gonna try- haha 

Thursday (day 8)
Today was my first P-day in the CCM so it was really cool! You know I thought today was going to be super relaxed like do whatever you want kind of day... but we had a lot of stuff to do! Missions are hard work that’s for sure. I guess it’s a good thing-haha. But I’m doing something productive 24/7. Today I went to a session in the Buenos Aries temple IN SPANISH. It was so hard to understand-haha… like I barley got any of it but I did feel really cool the whole time we were there and walking around on the temple grounds. I am continuing to learn Spanish at a crazy accelerated rate. My compañero and me are killin it in the lessons! Life is good man, life is good! The food is still like heaven-haha. It’s like my favorite part of the day.

Friday (day 9)
Today was a good day! You know it’s a good day when you get done at the end of the day and your barely awake from working so hard during the day. I am really focused on my studies, especially Spanish. I take every moment that I have to practice and get better. To tell you the truth, I kind of really like working this hard everyday because at the end I always feel a sense of accomplishment in the things I’ve done and learned during the day. Today during class in our district we were all talking about our companions and how we are exactly what each of us needs. It was really cool to see everyone and how their companion complements them perfectly. My companion and me don’t have a ton in common but we’re best of friends and when it comes to the gospel and teaching I swear we’re like the exact same person. We work so well together.

Saturday (day 10)
I had a really hard time this morning. We have many hours to study the language and I work my butt off everyday to know the language. During teaching our investigator my compañero understood most the whole conversation while I was just chillin there not understanding anything. I know how to speak a ton of words and I’ve memorized so much everyday but it’s hard to teach when you can’t understand them! I think I might be a little hard on myself but I was so mad at myself! It bugs me sooo bad sometimes! I know I just need to work harder and understand people sooner or later. We taught another investigator tonight and I realized something I’m really good at… even though I’m not the best at the language I can read a person really well and I always save my companero when it goes a little awkward or if the investigator needs a laugh to lighten up the mood.

Sunday (day 11)
Today was my second Sunday here and I still haven’t had to give a talk-haha. These days are flying by! It feels like last Sunday was just yesterday. There’s no way it has been a whole week! This week is going to be hard for me because the Latinos are all leaving because they are only here for 12 days. I’m really going to miss the ones in my room especially Elder Paternina. He speaks barley any English but somehow we have become best of friends. I straight up love this kid! He has helped me progress in my Spanish soooo much! He calls me his bebé hahaha. But really if it wasn’t for our late night conversations my Spanish wouldn’t be close to as good as it is now. Even though I still am terrible I’m progressing!

Monday (day Twayllllve)
Today has been like any other ordinary day here at the CCM. Wake up, breakfast, class, lunch, more class, dinner and more class-haha. We had some really cool stuff go down today. Everyone always comes into our room after dinner to chill and most the Latinos too. We were sitting in a circle just chillin around the room laughing so much and making a ton of jokes. Then somehow it turned into a testimony meeting kind of but we could only speak in our other language and we couldn’t say the word UM at all - haha. We all bore our testimonies in Spanish and they did it in English. It was the most funny/spiritual moment in my whole life -hahaha I’m gonna miss my Latins soo much.

Tuesday (day 13)
Today was kind of a sad day. We said goodbye to all the Latinos. Nothing much else happened-haha just another ordinary day at the CCM! Oh, actually we got to take a ton of pictures and I have a bunch but they take forever to send so ill do my best to send some.

Wednesday (day 14)
Today was really good. I am really happy about the work I put in today on progressing the language. I thought I should talk about my teachers here because they’re apart of most of every day I am here. In the morning we have Hermana Juarez. She is super nice and a really good teacher. Like she reminds me of like a kindergarten teacher or something because of how she cares for each and every one of us in class. She is from Argentina but served her mission in the London England mission. Her English is really good but it can sound really funny because it has a Latino sound with a little British accent in there too-hahah. Our teacher at night is Hermano Cristeche. He is super rad. we all call him the master teacher because when it comes to teaching the gospel he knows exactly what to say and when to say it, EVERYTIME. He has this like really calm vibe about him that reminds me so much of dad but he knows soo much too. He’s going to college right now to be a material engineer. Yeah, so basically he’s a Spanish version of dad-haha. This Saturday we get to go into the city for 5 hours and I couldn’t be more stoked! We just got a new batch of Latinos so it should be fun to get to know them.

I love and miss you all so much!
I’m loving it out here and I am killin it every day!
Elder Midsize(Nyberg)

From left to right:
Elder Paul, Elder Valdez, Elder Oliver, Elder Paternina, Elder Gebs, Me, Elder Gunnell.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

First Week!

Hola familia,
first off im still alive... haha even after the almost 20 hours of flying! I made it to the CCM(mtc) perfectly fine! I met like 15 missionarys on the way here and they are some of the coolest people ever! It suprised me soo much how all of them remind me of my friends back home. I fit right in! I had a thought the first day right before I got on the airplane to Buenos Aries. Looking at all the brand new missionaries just chillin at the airport laughing and being super immature and I thought there is no way God can trust us enough to let us go out and share his gospel with the rest of the world. I felt so unqualified for the task at hand. but later that day we had a class where a investagator came in and as a group of us new missionarys we got to try and teach him and mostly help him with family problems he was having. the spirit was working so strongly through us and we were asking truly inspired questions. the investagator was crying and it was the strongest moment that hit me like a wall. the president even stopped the meeting and just looked at us and said "wow". i know we are young and were deffinitly not the maturist people out there but the faith we have and the desire we have to do what is right is incredible! That is all we need and the holy ghost can truly guide us and help us reach the potential that we can achieve.

Anyway, The first maybe 3 days I felt like the new kid coming to a brand new school with not a lot of friends and it was really stressful. it was kinda hard not gonna lie! but now after only 9 days I feel like a senior in high school again where i know everyone here. Ive also been taught all the tricks by the older north americans that have been here for 3 weeks. haha it really helps when you suck up to them cuz then they dont pick you to give any talks;)

My companions name is Elder Gunnell, he is from Idaho.  Elder Garder and I like to do most of the same things and he's from utah too. My compañero and I get along really really well. we dont have a ton of stuff in common but we find ourselves cracking up allll the time! man we have so much fun. but even though we dont have a ton in common, we are seriously the perfect pair when it comes to teaching the investagator. we complement each other so well! I feel like everytime we teach we know exactly what the other one is thinking and we are always on the same page.

I thought the CCM was going to be tiny and getto... but it's not! there are like 80 missionarys here with like 30 north americans and the rest latinos. the language barrier is KILLIN ME hahaha. I never thought it would be so hard just to express my self but its so funny when we try. I was wrestling this latino in our room and we were like fake boxing and he comes up to me and says "Now I'm going to get killed" even though he meant to say, you're going to get killed haha I'm pretty much like pro at spanglish now.

THE FOOD..... it is theeeeeeeeeeeeeee BEST FREAKIN FOOD I EVER DID EAT ON THIS WHOLE EARTH hahaha but really though it's like heaven on a plate everytime. I love it here! It's like perfect tempature all the time. Oh and soccer! it is insane! I played basketball and schooled all the chucky elders that are here then switched to soccer cuz its so sick!haha the latinos are crazy.... there is one from a professional club in italy that stopped his whole career to come on a mission and he is like straight up Messi. even when he says hes "going easy" its like pro.

Oh funny story... So, we have like one giant bathroom for the dudes here and this whole CCM is not like super nice but it is almost like United States standards. so in the morning I go and take a shower just like every other day and put the knob on all the way hot and it comes out freezing ice cold! so I turn it the other way for barley a second and it turns even colder! so I just say, suck it up and take my shower any way. This went on for 5 days straight of waking up and pretty much showering in ice cold water.  It sucked so bad but I thought I should just get used to it cuz idk if I even get a shower where I'm going after this! so anyway the knob was left on the cold side and I just turned it on to get in and it was HOT?!? I guess they put the labels on backwards and I didn't even know this whole time!! hahaha it was so dumb.

 My p-days are on Thursdays and email is at 10.30am Argentina time. it ends at 11.30 so I don't get alot of time!

I hope everyone is doing good! I thought I'd never admit it but I definitly miss all you yeahoos soo much... I love you all so much! I know you all are probably dieing without me;) haha but really though these people need us. they need missionarys, they need the gospel. they need to know how much their heavenly father loves them and looks out for them. I got to see the change it made it one family as they came and gave a fireside here. it COMPLETELY CHANGES peoples lives. I'm so used to it being like the normal thing back in Utah but after seeing this family I promised myself I will never give up on anyone in my mission because I know how happy it can make them! I dont even care the trials or challenges god gives me on my mission, he can give me as much as he wants because it's not about me. it's about the people. I am here to my God. also, I know without a shadow of a doubt that this is the true church and that it was truely restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. If you dont know these things I invite you to read the book of mormon and know for yourself because you can! Pray to know and God will answer.

Buenos Suerte!
Elder Midsize(Nyberg)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Farewell Elder Nyberg

I have literally 3 minutes to type this... I made it here safe! This place looks so sick, but it's like walking into High School for the first time and I'm the new kid -haha. The schedule they have us on here is soooo crazy! My "P" days are on Thursdays so write me before then.
anyway Love you guys!
-Elder Nyberg