Monday, September 28, 2015

Intercambios and Activities

Hey fam,

The week went really well.  Elder Flores and I had a great time in his area (the ghetto in Córdoba Capital) on Monday and Tuesday.  Having both started our missions in Rio Ceballos, we had a ton to talk about.  I think both nights we were just lying in our beds talking until about 2 in the morning.  We had a good time working together, and I "dropped cane"  in his ward's PEC.  I talked about the initiative from the stake that we have had since June, that they hadn't even started, and we got them to start it.  So it was not just a fun intercambio, but an effective and successful one as well.  

Wednesday and Thursday were both pretty normal days, teaching English.  We had 3 people show up, the high priest group leader, a less active YSA, and a youth, which is great that the class appeals to people of all ages.  I am also working a little with the high priest group leader, Hermano Sotelo, on how to make home teaching more effective here in the ward.  We have developed a program that divides the area into sectors, and each area has active members which will be the home teaching supervisor, and it will all be a lot easier for people. This hermano reminds me a lot of Brother Eccles.

Friday was the ward talent show.  We spent all morning cooking because we were worried we wouldn't have enough food.  I made cookies (they were pretty bad) and peach cobbler (which everybody loved and was asking for the recipe) , as well as a chocolate and dulce de leche cake.  My comp made lemon bars and salsa.  At the end of the day, we had a ton of food, over 70 people showed up to the activity (we had only had 90 in sacrament meeting the Sunday before)  and  bunch of participation.  I ended up singing twice with groups, as well as an act/sketch that the 4 of us missionaries did.  It was a huge hit, everybody loved the talent show.  At the beginning we were really worried, it was supposed to start at 7 and we only had about 10 people there, and nobody who had signed up to perform, but by the end we had more performances than we had originally thought we were going to have.  

Saturday we had another activity, this one for all the Melchizedek Priesthood.  It was more of a social activity, but there were several activities, focused on the importance of communication.  There were 14 of us, and 15 kilos of meat.  Cow, pig, sausage, ribs, there was so much food.  And homemade bread.  We ate really well on Saturday.  Yesterday was really good. The sisters had 3 investigators at church, and because of all of the activities we had, there were 30 more people in sacrament meeting than the week before.  It was really sweet to see the fruits of our labors.  At night we had the Stake Youth Missionary activity.  My companion and I gave a 10 minute training on how to knock doors and present ourselves as missionaries to people.  The goal was to show how to establish relationships of trust really quickly, and be invited back to the house a second time.  There were 4 groups of youth, about 25 in each group, so we had to give the training 4 times.  After the first 3 times I was pretty spent, but then an ex-mission president walked in to the last pressure!  It went really well, all of the youth said that ours was the best (the sisters and the zone leaders also had to give 10 minute trainings on other subjects).  I really enjoyed being able to teach the youth, and get them excited for the mission.  We showed them several examples on how to knock doors, and had them participate in the examples, it was really good.  Both fun and spiritual.  Just like the mission should be!

I am glad to hear that Jake had a great birthday! I am loving his shirt in the pictures. That is awesome that Granger got his call, and Dan will be getting his soon!  I am super excited for conference this weekend, 3 new apostles will be pretty exciting.  It was sad to hear about Elder Scott, he was the mission president here in Cordoba 50 years ago, he holds a very special place in the hearts of the members here. We have a washing machine for laundry, and the clothes have to air dry. This weekend after conference are transfers, so that will be exciting.  There is a 99% chance that I get sent to a different area, which is pretty crazy, because it feels like I just got here.  

Love you all!

Elder Mangum 

The District

Paintball activity with the Zone in September

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