Sunday, October 25, 2015

Dropping cane and airplanes

Well. Where to start this week? There's not really a lot. I've been racking my brain for minutes just trying to think of a subject line. Oh! I just barely thought of one. Alright, let's continue. Doesn't look like much happened at home this week. I suppose it's kind of weird that 1st term ended already... Congrats to everyone who ended up with good grades! I think AP Stats was one of the few classes I got below an A in, so no stress Jayson. Anyway, let's not talk about school. That's boring. 

Looks like I've got to start sending in calendar pics. I might as well have a little input I think. 

So... This week was another kind of demasiado tranquilo week. More or less. There were a couple days this week that were pretty busy. I'll start at the beginning, or at least the beginning of what I can remember. 

Monday: Today was rather sad. You remember my companion Elder Jacobsen from last transfer? He was with me and Elder Benedict. This transfer he got his own comp, but he was still here in the offices. Well, he decided recently that he had done about everything he could do in the office, and that he could probably do more good at home, getting ready for college and marriage and stuff. And he's right, it was kind of his time to go home. He had 20 months anyway. He talked to President about it on Monday and they both decided it would be best if he went home. So, we spent Monday basically helping him get ready to go for Friday. 

Tuesday: EPIC ROAD TRIP! Literally epic, it took the entire day. We had a couple very important things we had to get done that required traveling. Literally only a couple very small things, but they were also really important and had to get done ASAP. Unfortunately, those two things were in two different provinces. So Elder Benedict, Elder Romero, and I left really early in the morning to San Luis. About a two hour drive in car, if you're driving quickly. Elder Benedict had to literally drop of a single piece of paper there. But that piece of paper was about to expire in a couple days and it was necessary for some missionary to become legal. So we had to go. Then, we had to go to this part of Mendoza called Alvear/San Rafael. It's down south a ways from Mendoza. Like a three hour drive. But we took the direct route from San Luis and cut off a bit of time. While we were down there we dropped off a new contract for one of the Hermana pensions, we picked up some Elders that were coming in for tramites(legality work basically) the next day, and dropped off a couple other things for some missionaries down there. Then we SPED back to Mendoza. We got there around 9:45ish at night. It was a fun road trip, but I was exhausted. 

Wednesday: Can't remember. Yep.

Thursday: Not a lot that went on during the day, but we did have a lesson! With Ariel again, our only investigator. We're trying to help him out with the word of wisdom, and we brought a member to help us. This member was a convert that previously had problems with the word of wisdom, so it worked out great! And this member dropped some serious cane! (Do we say that in English? Because we say that all the time here...) The member just flat out told Ariel "Do you want to receive your answer from God? Do you want help with your problems? Well, why do you have these cigarettes then? Why are you drinking still? You won't receive your answer until you stop doing those things." And basically that. It was kind of scary in the moment, but Ariel took it well! I think he has a lot more disposition to do it now. 

Friday: Elder Jacobsen went home! It was kind of sad. Losing someone from the offices is like losing a family member. Kind of. We dropped him off at the airport that morning in his wheelchair and said goodbye. He's probably back in Washington already. Or just getting there. I don't know. 

Speaking of airplanes. Kind of crazy news. Elder Benedict gets to go to Buenos Aires! This new elder in our mission came to Argentina with a misspelled passport. And the only place they can fix it is in the American embassy in Buenos Aires, because there are no American embassies in Mendoza. So, he's going there next week. And he's bringing me super cool souvenirs :) 

Well that's about it for this week. I'll leave you guys with my ponderize scripture of the week! Or "meditizar" scripture, in spanish. (Meditar y memorizar) It's Romans 12:17-21:  
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

 18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

 20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

 21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

So basically it says we can overcome all our problems by doing good things! I really liked it. 

Love you all! 

Elder Bingham
Secretario de Finanzas
Misión Argentina Mendoza

Just traveling from Mendoza to San Luis to Alvear to San Rafael to Mendoza! Fun trip. Enjoy the pics.

Enjoying our last week with Elder Jacobsen! 

Kind of random, but I think I have this ingrown hair on my belly button. This is us trying many different ways to draw it out! None of them successful. Namely, putting egg membrane on top of it, warming up milk and dipping bread in it and putting it on top of it, and a vacuum. I thought the pictures were funny. 

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