Monday, April 27, 2015

Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk - Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Well it was a good week and a little more difficult because I had to be the one that knew where everything was and who everyone is. We walked a lot and I am always very hungry. I talked to a lot of people this week and I can understand the language with more clarity now.  I shared a lot of my own experience with members and investigators alike.  Overall, it feels a lot better to be able to talk and have a conversation with others, rather then just being there.

One day we stopped to talk to a young man who had a bad limp.  He was trying to get home, but there were some mean dogs ahead. We walked with him and Elder Virden and I fought off the dogs. I was kind of scared myself, but we made it through. This young man is a really humble kid and was interested in our message. I hope that we can see him again.

I feel very blessed to be in Argentina right now. I have learned so much and have come to a greater understanding of the importance of the Gospel in my life and how I can use it for strength.

Moroni 9:6

Con Amor,
Elder Blazzard

Monday, April 20, 2015

More Mud and a New Comp - Bahia Blanca, Argentina

My new companion's name is Elder Virden from Colorado. He is nerd, so we are doing awesome because I can talk to him about computers and the like. He lost 50 pounds since he started his mission. He has been out for 19 months beginning in September of 2013, a year before Garrett.

It has been a very rainy week and thus, very muddy. One road just turned into a river in my area and it made walking around interesting.

Elder Bloomfield went to the mission office today he leaves tomorrow morning.

The baptism of G went well. Sorry, but I forgot my camera.

It's crazy that a six weeks have passed, it went way faster then the MTC.

I have seen a few spiders this week and yeah they were pretty big. One time the father of G came out of their house with is hands cup like he was holding something and he was trying to get his kids to put their hands under neath his, finally is wife comes out and does, he drops the biggest spider I have seen, besides a tarantula, but it look like a baby tarantula. She screamed of course. I got up from my chair to be ready to move and the kids started playing with the spider. I was like what is going on?  My companion is motioning to me like lets get out of here. Franco the oldest one sees my fear and so he kills the spider with is hands and says "esta bien Elder," and I was like "Ahora... si!"

Ether 12:37, I read this to Elder Bloomfield before he left.

Con Amor, Elder Blazzard

Monday, April 13, 2015

Mud Week - Millamapu, Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Good Week!  Everything was pretty muddy in the beginning of this week because of the dirt roads. It made walking fun. I keep on forgetting to tell you that Elder Bloomfield and I are related, His grandma and Holland Ford were cousins with their common Grandpa being John Hugh Ford.

My companion and I are still running in the mornings.  One night we were going to be late getting home if we didn't run and we had about 400m to go so we had 'fun' running home in the dark in our suites. I am sure people probably thought that we were the CIA or something. We made it in 9:29. (Beat it, in a suit).

I made french fries, soup and apple pie this week.My companion is getting pretty anxious about going home next week. We will baptize a little girl this next Sunday. Everyone is a member in her family except her parents. The oldest brother is awesome and basically he does all the work in the family. He was the first convert in the family and has a very strong testimony of the gospel. I'm a little sick right now, but I think I getting better.I'm doing really well and I am having fun. I have never learneded so much in my life. It is hard to believe that it has been 5 weeks. These weeks have been the fastest weeks of my life.

It now just started to pour and I'm hearing very loud thunder which is exciting. I have no coat and I'm in short sleeves, awesome! Ether 12:12-18

Con Amor, Elder Blazzard

Monday, April 6, 2015

Cake - Bahia Blanca, Argentina

Well it was a good week with lots of fun and cake. I was able to understand more Spanish this week and talked with a little more confidence, which is good. At one door I was maybe a little too fast with my speaking and replying. I started off fine by saying that we
were missionaries of The Church of Jesus Christ and then they said, "Well what do you want?", and I was like "We have questions for you ... " Yeah I wasn't really thinking. We did have a questioner and we were going around asking people the questions on it.

I ate a lot this week because of my birthday. On Saturday, the actual birthday, my companion got up early to make a German pancake for me, it was super good, then we each ate three huge, whopper sized, hamburgers for lunch by a member. These were probably the best hamburgers I have had in my life. Later, I had more cake that my companion had made. That night we went to an investigator's house, and they gave me more cake.

On Sunday we had lunch with a member and they served hamburgers and again they were super good. (I think they just know how to do it right down here in Argentina). I ate three again and then had a whole plate full of pasta.

Conference was great, I really like Elder Holland's talk. I was able to listen to that session in English, thanks to the AP's.

Con Amor
Elder Blazzard