This past week we have been on constant divisions with the elders from Vera because Elder Carro from Argentina had multiple appointments with doctors here in Reconquista to look at his knee. Wednesday he took a soft tissue x-ray and then on thursday a knee specialist looked at the results. And it turns out that Elder Carro has a torn ACL!! jaja crazy! He supposedly tore it before the mission playing soccer but never got it diagnosed. And now, after 17 months in the mission it is really starting to bother him. So President basically told him that he cant have the surgery while he is on the mission... so he will have to go home when he wants to get operated on. The goal for him to go home is the end of next transfer(Jan27). So I havent been able to work at all with my comp elder oliva this week. I have either been with Elder Carro or Elder Bankhead from Utah.
Tuesday- We had Multi-Zona conference in Resistencia, which is 3 hours away. So we have to contract a shuttle to take us to and from Resi. We were scheduled to leave at 5:30am, So I set my watch alarm fro 4am.... and at 5:43am I wake up to the phone ringing, it was Elder Ashby.... he goes, ¨Hey where are you guys?¨ and from my bed completely startled and confused I said, ¨uh Yeah... we getting in the taxi.¨haha We totally slept through the alarm. I was so mad!! I figured out that when the watch went off, my hand was stuffed under my pillow and muffed the sound and no one heard it! Well the four of us got ready and called a taxi and got to the church we the shuttle was at 5:55am.
But it was a great multi-Zone conference. Saw a bunch of old mission friends and a bunch of new elders/sisters that Ive never met. It is weird being on of the oldies in the mission. After the conference we went to ¨Paseo libertad¨ in resistencia which is basically a mini mall that has a Burger King! The only Burger King in the mission! It wasnt the same, but it was a little taste of the states. We took some photos.
Wednesday- Elder Bankhead and I went to Romang, a pueblo 40 away from reconquista. We visited with the only members there who got baptised a little over a year ago. They arnt doing to well, spiritually or economically. They are struggling. We read ether 12:12 with them and talked about faith.
Thrusday- was kinda boring because I spent most of it with Elder Carro, we were in the doctors office and didnt do any work... I did order a nativity from a place that makes wood crafts. So i odered a a wooded nativity with Lucas 2: 11 carved in it.
Saturday- THe mission President, president Patania came to recnoquista because he presided yesturday in the district conference and he held our regular interviews in the morning. I had a good interview with him.. we talked about the work and the branch here in recon. We also talked about a big public event we want to do here in the plaza in downtown reconquista. I told him that I wouldnt have a problem staying in reconquista... and he asked me if I wanted to train a new zone leader... so im knot sure what exaclty will happen but I think I will be staying here from awhile..
Sunday- Yesturday was AWESOME! there were 150 memeber from the 3 branches of the district. I directed the choir which was made up of half members and half missionaries. We sang ´´Childs Prayer´´ to start and then ended with ´´Hark the Harold Angels Sing´´. It actaully turned out really nice.. and president Patania said that he wants our zone to sing that from the christmas conference on the 12th. The Ortiz family came to the conference! they are awesome! They are just your golden Investigator. I wasnt able to meet with them this week with divisions, but Sunday I took a picture with them after the meeting. They are scheduled to be baptised on the 23rd of December. Keep them in your prayers as the mom has to kick the cigerett and the dad has to drop the Bottles!
We also found out this week that one of the Young women in the branch, who is going to the temple with the branch to do baptisms, doesnt have any records in the church. She is 13 and the branch president and the mission president think that her records never got filed to salt lake. And basically there is no proof that she is a member.... so we are going to have to baptise her this week, but do it in a low key, kinda private way, because she is a fully active member... but according to the records, she isnt. So we will technically have a baptism this week. kinda wierd.
This month we have alot of fun this planned. On the 12th, we have a chrsitmas conference in Resistencia with half the mission. On the 17th, we talked to the city council of reconquisdta and reserved the stage in the main plaza in downtown reonquista and will be doing a #LightTheWorld event similar to what the church did in Buenos Aires...
We are really excited but we will have to do a lot of planning and organizing to do it well.
But that is it from me this week. I havent seen the christmas devotional yet, but I´ll see if the zone wants to watch it tonight for district meeting. I hope you all have a great week. We were able to complete with Day 2 of #LightTheWorld because as Elder BankHead and I were going back to the appartment, we saw a member walking home from work. His name is Eziquiel, he works as a secerity gaurd in Avellaneda. I was confused to why he was walking, he said that his motorcycle broke and had to walk. Well Avellaneda is an hora and a half hour walk, 3 hour round trip. He looked beat and tired, so we gave him some of our ice cold grapefruit soda we had just bought and he went on his way. Day 2 was to give water to someone who was thursty. I hope you can all have fun with the lighttheworld initiative and do some good this month. I hope you all have a great week!