Wednesday, July 6, 2011

June 27, 2011

Transfers are coming up this Saturday for Jordan, and it is almost sure that Elder Stokes is leaving. He has been in City Bell for 9 months, and that is already way longer than missionaries are supposed to stay in one area. Jordan said that the idea of Elder Stokes leaving makes his hands sweat, but at the same time, he is excited for the oppurtunity to learn and grow.  His second companion in Argentina will probably be a Latin missionary so he will be speaking Spanish 100% of the time. He says he can finally understand pretty much everything people are saying to him, but as his Spanish gets better, his English gets worse. He and Elder Stokes use a lot of Spanglish around the apartment.  
"This week there was a soccer game where the equivalent of the Yankees (River Plate) lost so many games that they dropped out of the major leagues and is no longer a professional team. It doesn't seem like that big of a deal, but you have no idea. After River officially dropped from the professional level, there were violent riots in all the town squares (hundreds injured) and crying people EVERYWHERE. I could not believe it. Needless to say, we could not get into any houses or do any work and eventually our zone leaders called us and told us to go back to our apartment in light of all the soccer commotion. Soccer is almost literally the national religion here. Who knew it could affect the work so much.

The work is going well and has its ups and downs. We have more than enough people to teach, but less than enough people who are motivated enough to make changes. I know that if we keep on working as hard and as smart as we can, the Lord will do his part and lead us to the people who are truly prepared to hear the word."

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