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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Sunset in Argentina 10/16/17



P-day number 70 here in Argentina, 
Time is passing fast... it feels really weird to say that. That leaves me 30 more p-days. 

This week was a lot of fun. Today is a holiday in Argentina, i think it is ¨Race Day¨ not too sure... so we are spending the day with all the members here in the church. They made ¨rice stew¨ and we played ¨Heads Up¨ the phone application game. And now they are getting ready to play soccer, so I am writing right now. 
helping make rice stew
The room I write in with the missionary’s that are in this branch with me

The YSA Drama continues. With all the immaturity and the contention that is going on, the branch president had to do something. So he split the YSA here in Reconquista into 2 groups. So the 1st Branch and the 2nd branch are now in charge of their own YSA groups and activities. We will see what happens with that. 

Last night we were able to have a Family home evening with the 1st counciler’s family and a family that has been investigating for about 5 months now, Mercedes and Fabian Duarte. They are ready to be baptized.... but need to get married(like always). But they have been passing through a hard time economically and even spent a whole week without Gas because they couldnt afford gas for their kitchen. But recently, Fabian has been working with the ¨Friar factory¨ which is a factory for meat.... they usually process on average 900 cows a day, and is where the 1st councilor works. For the FHE, I shared the conversion story of dad, that he sent me in my first transfer in argentina, and focused on the blessings that came with his decision to get baptized. It was an edifying FHE and mercedes and fabian are here today for the activity. Hopefully we can set  some goals with them to get married and baptised this week. We also had a lesson with Jolanda, who is the inactive member that lost her 18 month year old 8 weeks ago. We had a lesson with her on Saturday. She had told her kids that she was sick so that they would go outside and play, but when we stopped by, she told us that she says that when she is depressed and she doesnt want her kids seeing her cry. We talked about many things, but it really is a sad situation. It is very difficult for her to accept her reality and move on. We read some photocopies from the teachings of the prophet joseph smith that talked about little kids who pass away and talked about how she can overcome her depression and sadness. But it honestly depends on her. We talked about setting goals so that she isnt by herself, and idle. So we are still visiting her and helping her out. 
 FHE with the 1st councilor and familia duarte

John was behaving bad, so i played with him whilee my comp taught(it was necessary)


Last week, I BOUGHT A WAFFLE IRON!! It was a miracle that we got it approved because it cost 700 pesos, but the elder in the office approved it. So now we have a waffle iron in the zone. We use it for district meetings and correlation meetings. 

But that was my week. Have a great week!! Love! 

E´Corbin Keicher



Wednesday, October 11, 2017

10/10/2017









 Hey Fam! 

We had our P-day changed. Yesturday we had to travel to Resistencia to have interviews with President Patania. Usually we have do interviews with Multi-Zone conferences but this transfer is different because Elder Packer of the seventy is coming to the mission on the 26th. So it is a little different . But the trip was super fun! We left reconquista at 12pm and got back to reconquista at midnight.... a little tiring. I got to talk to pres. about the work in our area... it is really stagnant and not progressing. I have 8 weeks here in recon and we havent had a single investigator  Needless to say I have been a little dissapointed and frustrated in our productivity. So hopefully we can make some changes soon.

But this past week was fun. We were finally able to get out and find 4 new investigators and put some new faces in our daily routine. There is honestly a lot of potential right now with a couple of families we have found. But to continue with the YSA Drama for this week, Lucas Vergara received his first church calling. As a member of 7 weeks, he is now the new Branch Sercretary. AND, he dropped the bomb that he wants to serve a mission!! Woah!! So here in 11 months, Elder Lucas Vergara moyses will be entering the MTC! A little ironic though because Carla (his girlfriend) is filling her papers for the mission. So i think there was an influence there. And onto the more pressing DRAMA, one of the YSA members(pricila, from the 2nd branch) is accusing another member(cesar, from the 1st branch) of being gay.... this and other accusations has caused the branch president to pull us missionaries aside to try and help of some of these members(Pricilia and her family) to not judge like they do. And honestly, even though Cesar does have to vocal tones that would cause one person to think that, I really think he isnt like that. And plus, Cesar attends church every sunday and pricila.... sometimes... so who is really winning? But we passed by the family of pricila and shared a couple thoughts that had a hidden message that they shouldnt judge others and should focus on the things they need to improve on. After our spiritual thought, the father of the family declared, ¨wow... gracias elderes, me llegó lo que nos compartió¨ or in translation, he understands now that judgeing others because they sin differently than he does is NOT okay. so that was the drama of this week. 

But yeah that was the week for me!! Productive in some ways, in others way no... but we continue fighting. I love you all and hope you have a great week. 

E´Corbin Keicher




Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Conference Weekend 10/2/2017

Well hello! 

It seems like I write the same boring stuff every week haha so I hope you enjoy it!    This week was a busy week due to leadership council in Resistencia and general conference. The leadership conference was super nice and fun. President Patania is super energetic. He kind of focused on us as leaders and talked about how we are the ones that set the tone for the mission. And basically trained us to be better leaders and to ¨Create a good environment¨ so that the missionary work can grow. With Transfers, we got a new Sister training leader in our zone, sister Espinosa from mexico city. So it was Elder Souza and I and the sister training leaders traveling to and from the council. It is a 3 hour bus ride to get to resi from here. Also on wednesday while we were traveling, an Elder returned home to Reconquista, Elder Bustos who served 2 years in the Argentina Mendoza mission. On Friday we had a homecoming party for him in the church with the whole ward. It was super fun and nice. All the YSA people came and his mom was super happy. He will now be our Ward mission leader here. And he has a couple siblings who are not baptized. So maybe he can help us with that.

Speaking of YSA DRAMA this week. Well it is official, Lucas and Carla are dating... and the YSA of Reconquista does not like it! which I dont know why. But according to what they are saying, No one was too fond of Carla because she often went to ¨Boliches¨ or clubs where there is alcohol, loud music, and... not the spirit. But they mainly dont like it because the are ¨exclusive¨. When they get together as YSA lucas and Carla are pared off in the kitchen cooking or something like that and they want them to be more inclusive... but yeah.... I am just an uninformed missionary who knows very little details concerning the matter. So lets move onto Conference!! 

I loved conference!! Elder Giforos and I got to watch it in english... and poor Sister Howe(who has 6 weeks in Arg) had to watch all of it in Spanish because she couldnt be in the ¨Gringo¨ room by herself with us. Elder Giforos and I offered to let her watch... but that would mean that her comp would have to be with her. So when we asked her 37 year old brazilian comp she said, ¨no, I dont know english¨. 
But I think my favorite talked were Elder Nelsons(Read the BoM), Elder Uctdorfs(darkness & Light), Elder Hollands(Be therefore Perfect, and then Elder Andersen’s(recap of Gen Con.).
Here are my favorite Quotes: 

¨I promise you that as you read the BoM everyday, it will serve as a protection against Pornography and other mind-numbing addictions¨ -Nelson
¨Our only hope for perfection is to receive it as a gift, not by earning it¨ -Holland 
¨Because you are not of this world, the world hateth you¨ -Oaks 

I love you all. I am glad the Utah State beat Byu... I cant believe that BYU is having such a horrible year. Crazy for me! I hope you all have a great week! 


E´ Corbin Keicher

Elder souza, sisters fernadez and Espinoza, and I waiting in the bus terminal    

   Me with Elder Masello at leadership council

Foto with ex-elder Bustos at his Homecoming party  
Me with elder Bustos

Me with the CAKE   
- Selfie with the YSA at the homecoming of Elder Bustos(carla is not there)     

Visiting Sister Margarita, she is a less active who has a lot of health problems. 

   

We bought food from this guy, willie, inbetween the 2nd session and priesthood    

Us with Cesar, he watched 2 sessions in english becasue he is fluent! 

Use with Cesar, he watched 2 sessions in english becasue he is fluent! 


All the members drinking mate inbetween sessions    


us gringos watching conference!! WOHO!     

Us with the Ponze family!!