Monday, February 24, 2014

Feb 24

this week we had a whole family that we are trying to ractivate. there is a grandma and then i think 4 kids then lots of grandkids. the grandma just went through the temple a couple of weeks ago. she is in my area. then a daughter of hers is in my area too. so we got the grandma at church then the daughter showed up and we were really happy then a nother daughter showed up (she is in a different area but in the ward we have 6 missionaries in my ward). and they all stayed all three hours and brought there kids. they had a brother that had just gone to the hospitle an hour before and they all still made the sacrafice to go to church it was a really cool experience to see them there. 

so my area is really big and it is in the countryish right out side the main city. so everyone takes siestas. so our church starts at 4 so people will go cause they will sleep till 9 or ten wake up have luch go back to bed untill 330 and then stay up until 12 or one. 

also with that our study schedual is different it is personal at 8 and work at 9 until noon then lunch and comp study and launguage study and my training to be a missionary until 4 then work until 930 so we have a ''siesta'' our selves. 

so today we are travelling back to montivedeo to go to the temple. this is the first time that this mission is doing a temple trip. i think  it is zone conference and they are just having them all down in the mission home this change and everyone is going to the temple. so in the last 8 weeks i have gone to the temple 8 times. 

my  spanish is coming along i can follow most stuff now. it is anoying when i get asked a question and i hear all of it but one word. and then i dont know what they asked. but i can get most of it. i understood alot in church now so that is good. 

my comp is right on the hump of his mission. today he has exactly a yar left. and then on the 5 of march he is halfway and then on the 14 of march he has finished a year.

this week in church we had 4 investagaters in church. 2 of which love everything about the church go everyweek but dont agre with tithing so they cant be baptised.
  a nother is a 8 year old girl we havent started teaching her but her grandma is a member her grandkids moved in with her 2 week ago cause stuff at there home wasnt good. so we talked to the grandma saturday and she brought the littl girl we are going to teach her this week.

the 4th is a eternal invesagater and she comes everyso often but i havet met her yet.

i would send pictures but my camera is dead and i dont have a way to upload pictures.

but 2 saturdays ago and last saturday we had baptisms in our ward. it is really cool to see people make the dessision to come unto christ and make covanants and keep them.

so all of last week i had sweated for 5 days straight day and night. nonstop sweat. i was constantly drenched. 

so today we leave at one and we take a 8 hour bus ride to the mission home stay the night go to the temple eat american food. go to some meetings then leave around 6 back to artiges. and get home around 2 in the morning. its alot of bus but i feel like i am gonna sleep alot of it. 8 hours a night is still not enough sleep. 

love elder pulsipher

Monday, February 17, 2014

Feb 17, 2014

so this week i got to uruguay and dan was there to pick me up from the mtc. it was awesome. then we went back to the mission home and we had orientation. i talked with the smiths which was really cool. we met our trainers in front of the temple then we went to the temple together so it was a cool first experience. my trainer is elder finegan he is from missiori. he was dans comp in the mtc. so he knows him very well. so after the temple we  got on a bus to my area. my area is artegas. it was a 8 hour bus ride out there and we got in at 2 in the morning so we got to our hous at 3.

 my house is a little concrete shack with sheet metal roof. its got running water and hot water. well its hot for five minutes. my area is artegas and dan is in the area to. so i am with him right now. 
so my spanish is coming along. i am getting better with it. i can comunicate and buy stuff on my own at stores and things. i am able to follow almost all of the lessions we are teaching. we got to our area on wenseday so with 4 days we taught 20 lessons so we are working hard. i am waling about 15 to 20 miles a day. and its all dirt roads. it is about 2 km to church so on sunday we had to be at church early to meet with the ward mission learder. then we had to go back to pick someone up and walk them to church. we talked to him right before we walked the first time and we said wed be back in 30 minutes. so we walk back and he is not there anymore so then we had to walk back to church. it was frustrating but that is the problem here no one goes to church. everyone is very lazy and laid back. time doesnt really matter here.
there is 500 on record in our ward but only 90 go. so its alot of finding and getting inactives back to church. 

so artegas is known to be hot hot hot like 130. and no one has AC. you just sweat all summer long. but it has been cool this week like 80-90s. it is right next to brazil. so today we walked to brazil and went shopping. we went to a place that is like tocanos. it was so good. its the real deal. i could hear the meat mooing to me it was so good. 

this week has been chalenging but fun i am getting used to being a missionary and learnig sppanish. the people are awesome here. it is really pretty. my area is huge. like i could walk an hour and still not be close to the edge. there is a lot of work to do but president told me that i was put there to do it. he knew i should be there in artegas it was cool.

love elder pulsipher

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Feb 12, 2014

Addison has arrived in Uruguay.  We will not get another letter until Monday.  In the mean time here are a few pictures.  He was greeted by President Smith and Elder Dan Staffieri both from Temecula and Murrieta.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Feb 6, 2014

well this week we had a couple of events.

1 we went proselyting, and of course it was raining. it was raining pretty hard and they and we had to walk around on dirt roads and it was super hot. we were sweating like pigs and getting rained on at the same time. it wasnt a good combo. because then for the rest of the day there was thousands of mosquitos. it was to the point where we would be walking and 20- 30 of them where on me or my companion. i will not joke i killed at least 100 of them that day. it was funny we we came back everyone counted there bites the average for the group was around 40. 

there is two reasons for that story. #1 is why would i go to a foreign country and speak a different launguage and walk in the mud and the rain and get eaten alive by mosquitos. why would anyone do that.we talked as a district. we did it because we know that Jesus Christ lives. we know that joseph smith was a prophet. we know that he had the first vision and restored the truth of the gospel on the earth. we know that he translated the book of mormon. and it brings happiness. we want to share this with everyone we can. that is why we did all theses things. because we know that the church is true and it brings us happiness and happiness to anyone that listens. i know that if you read the words of christ which are in the book of mormon you will be happier

second reason for the mosquito story. we could not take it anymore my compainion was ready to flip out cause he was getting more bites then i was. so we stopped and said a prayer in the street. we said in the name of the son Jesus Christ we command you mosquitos to get thee hence. i have never been to the point where i have been so determined to get rid of something that i said i command you to leave. and command it in the name of jesus christ. but the mosquitos did not come near us for the remainding 2 hours. they were still out and getting other people but they didnt touch us. it was really cool to see that me and my compaion both could have enough faith in christ that it would work. and it did.

next story we had the most amazing asada on saturday. it was probably the best meat i have ever had. it was truly amazing and i hope to go back and get more this week if we are in the same place.

a district got stuck in their room. the door handle broke and the lock

was still in the doorway. it was a huge thing at the ccm. and it was kinda funny. they ended up having to grind the door handle off.

love elder pulsipher