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.