Monday, March 30, 2015

Walk, Run, Taxi! - Bahia Blanca Norte, Argentina

This week was pretty exciting and fun. Yesterday, I was able to preform my first baptism, It was awesome. The lady that we baptized had a huge change of heart this week, it was pretty crazy, and very spiritual. We had to do the baptism in the morning, because she was busy in the afternoon, so we got up at 5:30 a.m. to start filling the font. I didn´t really know that I was going to preform the baptism until that morning, so I had to get the words down in time, it went great though.

In other news, my companion and I have started to run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in the morning at 6:30, my calves feel like they have been torn apart.

We are still walking a lot each day, and whenever I want to take a break from walking or I just tired of it, I hear my Dad's voice saying "Those feet are made for walking and that's just what your going to do," and I am like, "yeah okay."

One day this week we went to a investgatores house to have dinner with them (they just need to get married first) The food was good, but then we get served flan, it tastes okay but the texture is just not good.  The flan felt like I was eating a dead chocolate fist or something, I almost gagged. As we getting ready to leave these investigators called us a taxi and I was so thankful, because the walk home is like 1.5 miles and it was 9:10 p.m. already.

I also tried deep fried cabbage this week, it was okay, but I probably would have been better if the cabbage wasn`t rotten.

Con Amor
Elder Blazzard

Monday, March 23, 2015

Fast and not Fasting Week - Millamapu, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

This week went really well as there is just so much missionary work to be done in Argentina. People fed us this week and the food was so good, probably because my hunger really peeked this week given that I was starving myself the week prior maybe because of my nerves. I ate a lot of cake, sweets, and a ton of dulce de leche, so good all around. We ate spagetti at a member's house this week and it was soooo good and probably the best I have ever eaten. The spagetti had steak in it.

My feet are doing a lot better, so thanks for the prays, it helped. I feel like I am still losing weight.

My area is Millamapu in the North part of Bahia Blanca. This area has Walmart located within its boundaries. The total radius of the area is about 1.5 miles, according to my calculations.

Mi Espanol continues to improve cada dia, and I have noticed that I understand a lot better when the spirit is present.

On Sunday, I had the opportunity to pass the sacrament, I did not know where to go in their routine, so I asked the deacon next to me "Donde voy", he says something, I did not understand what he said so I give him the thumbs up and smiled. It went OK.

Con Amor,
Elder Blazzard

And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

Monday, March 16, 2015

First Week - Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Well I made it safe and sound. The flight was long, but cool. Buenos Aires was so hot and I was sweating so bad. Bahia Blanca is awesome and my first area is in the northern section of Bahia Blanca,  The first night was crazy, we tracted and I understood nada. I just followed the Elder I was assigned to and at one point we got into a car with a member (I think). Everyone drives so crazy here, going through intersections like they are nothing, we almost crashed a few times. Then I slept at the AP's house with about 13 other Elders, I was hot, but thankfully I was so tired I fell asleep fast.

My first field companion is Elder Bloomfield, it's his last transfer, but he really wants to end strong. He is helping me learn the language and to adjusting to missionary life.

Well, I haven't eaten a lot and I have been walking like 20 miles a day, it's awesome. I probably have lost like 10 to 15 pounds already. My feet have nasty blisters (so pray for my feet if anything at all) and I'm always super thirsty, pero esta bien, porque the people are super nice and friendly and we talk to a ton a people each day. It feels like I have been here forever already. I have even showed some ninos the take have your finger trick, they thought it was so cool.

Argentina is very beautiful and the sunsets are just awesome, because it is pretty flat here.

Dogs, dogs everywhere, it's crazy, but most of them are nice, and if they are crazy you just bend own like you are going to get a rock, and they scatter, like a flock of birds, it's pretty funny.

This scripture is for my brothers, who are in the field. Alma 31:32-35

Con Amor
Elder Blazzard

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bahia Blanca Mission Home/Office

Dear Blazzard family, your son has arrived in the Great Mission of Bahia Blanca, he is an excellent missionary and he will help thousands of souls here in Argentina, we send our greetings and a photo with the President Parreño and Sister Parreño.

Monday, March 9, 2015

MTC Complete - Travel to Bahia Blanca

Elder Blazzard completed his MTC training in Provo yesterday and is traveling all Monday and through the night to Bahia Blanca via Salt Lake City - Atlanta - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Monday, March 2, 2015

Countdown - MTC, Provo, Utah

We received our travel plans this past Thursday and I going to Argentina straight-a-way. I leave the MTC for the SLC airport next Monday morning at 6:00 a.m. The flight out of SLC leaves at 11:00 a.m. to Atlanta, GA. We will land around 1:50 p.m. PDT, That is when I am supposed to call you, so be ready. Then we go to Buenos Aires early in the morning on Tuesday. I am super excited.

I ran into Brother and Sister Young this week, I was in the cafeteria and this lady jumps up from her seat, gets in to a tackling position, and just attacks me, I mean she hugged me, and she is not supposed to do that (she apologized the next day).  It was fun chatting with her though.

On Sunday I ran into Packer's MTC Branch President and he told me how much he really liked Packer and then he says, "You know how missionaries scratch their names on the bottom of their desks,"(you are not supposed to do that obviously)  and I was like, "yeah, did my brother do that," and he's like "kind of." He then tells me how Packer had taped a note to the bottom of his desk, a note of encouragement to future missionaries. Packer wrote something like, I know the language is tough, but if you place your trust in our Savior all things are possible. Now that is just a summary, but Packer's MTC Branch President told me that they read it to all their new districts. So yeah, that is pretty cool. They call it "Elder Blazzard's Words of Encouragement".

Well it was a fun week and our zone received a new district with six elders and four hermanas,

Just got out of Alma,
   48 And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We
do not doubt our mothers knew it.

Thanks, Mom, for your testimony.

Con Amor,  Elder Blazzard