Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hey fam,

This week went well, we worked a ton and had a lot of fun doing it.  Just about every day of the week we put baptismal dates with our investigators, including the ones we were teaching the very first time. We had one kid come to church on Sunday, Valentin, that should be getting baptized next Sunday after church, and another 3 or 4 with plans for the 17th.  

Wednesday we had district meeting with the new district, and guess who came to visit us again, the Zone Leaders!  We still have the Brazilian, and now the other one is a guy from the Dominican Republic who speaks like 5 languages, I get along well with him.  I gave a training on setting goals, not just numbers wise but also for our personal development as missionaries and as children of God with divine potential.  I think it went pretty well.

New Years Eve was a blast, we had permission to stay out with our Branch President until midnight when the fireworks went off, which was a lot of fun.  His parents came as well, and they aren't members, so we got to talk and teach them a little bit too.  Argentine BBQ, and a lot of it.  I think I gained like 4 kilos...we ate well this week.  

The rest of the week went well, nothing too unexpected until Sunday, when we got to church and there were none of the little cups for the sacrament.  One of the counselors got super upset with President (more on that later, it’s a very interesting soap opera) but I didn't see it as that big of a deal.  We used a couple of styrofoam cups and it solved the problem, it’s not like there are a ton of us anyway.  I was able to give my testimony Sunday on both the importance of the Atonement and the perfectness of the Plan of Happiness.  Then I got to teach primary again, which was another wonderful experience.  This time went better than the last, por lo menos!  

Today we had a Zone Pday, we played a little tennis and ping pong, and just hung out.  The Brazilian sister made stroganoff again, this time with chicken, which was pretty good.  This week should be a good week, we have a lot of teaching to do, and are hoping to end it taking a dip in the baptismal font!  It’s been a while, it’s about time!

Tonight I have an interview with the District President, so that will be fun.  I am glad to hear that yall had a great week, and I loved seeing the pics that we were all "tied" together yesterday!

Love you all!

Elder Mangum

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