Greetings From Puerto Madryn

Hey family and friends!

Greetings from Puerto Madryn!  I got transferred and had a 6 hour bus
ride this morning!  When I stepped off the bus I nearly died of heat!
I thought I was in a cold mission, but I guess only the the south.  I
had the curtain of my window open for a while, but it was like Utah
between Provo to Cedar City the whole way, so I closed it.:)

My new companion is Elder Murua and he seems super cool!  He was a
companion of Elder Tyler and Elder Tyler really liked him!  He loves
singing (evidently he does it all the time) and he is a professional
international soccer player for Argentina (evidently there are
different divisions, and he is like division B or something like
that)!  Super cool, hopefully he can save my seemingly helpless soccer
skills!  I’m super excited though!

Crazy experience contacting this week!  We were in Barrio Castelli
contacting and I felt something hitting my back and I was like what
the heck!  Elder Tyler yelled to me turn around and so I did and there
was a 30 foot dust devil behind me hitting me!  It was crazy!  Then it
headed straight for a house and dispersed when it got there!  I was
like, it’s a sign, so we went and contacted the house.  A guy came out
(one of the few of the day) and we started talking to him and he was
like, I don’t have time right now, but do you guys think you could
come by my house, I really want to learn more!  Unfortunately he
didn’t live in our area but we were able to pass the reference along!

We also found some golden investigators, using the Book of Mormon
card.  They weren’t able to go to church on Sunday but they wanted to
and we passed by their house and their daughter was super sad that she
missed it!  They all were!  It’s super cool!  I love seeing the Lord’s
hand in the work we are doing!

So I found a super cool scripture about running the other day. It’s in
1 Cor. 9:24  “Know ye not that they which run in the race run all, but
one receiveth the prize?  So run, that ye may obtain.”  I thought it
was way cool in English but it’s even better in Spanish, atleast the
last part! It says “Corred de tal manera que lo obtengais”  or
translated “Run in such a manner that you obtain it.”  I thought that
was way cool.  If you want to acheive anything, if you want to go
anywhere in life, or if you want to succeed in your mission, you have
to be willing to take the steps to acheive it, otherwise you never
will.  You can’t expect to run well without practice and you can’t
expect to go far in life if you aren’t willing to put forth the
effort.  I thought that was super cool.  It’s like my new favorite
scripture now:)

I love you guys!  Know God is at our side at all times helping us with
whatever we need to do, especially if it has something to do with His
work.  We’ve been promised our help if we are willing to go out there
and act!

¡Les quiero muchisimo!

Elder Trenton Behunin

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My old pension, I am going to miss this place!

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Saying goodbye to Miguel was hard.  Saying goodbye to the City of Comodoro.

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So here I am teaching to the Pope. This statue was in a grove of trees right by our pension but we just found it.

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This was a river by Rawson I crossed on my 6 hour bus ride. Here I am with my new comp Elder Murua- we are ready to get to work!

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Lesson Learned

Dear Family and Friends!

This week has been a fantastic week and I learned a very important
lesson about complacency. When I started in this area three transfers
ago, we had a good number of investigators, so Elder Flores and I
didn’t do a ton of contacting. We did it, but not as much as we could
have. Eventually, we lost some investigators and we needed to contact
and as soon as we did that our lessons started going up, we started
seeing more miracles and investigators and a baptism. A couple weeks
later Elder Tyler came, and because we had investigators, we didn’t do
as many contacts. Eventually, we started running out of investigators
so this last week, we went on a contacting frenzy and contacted nearly
a third of the area in a week. With that, we found 7 new investigators
and we taught more lessons that we usually do in one week. I’m going
to make sure that I continue contacting as much as a can the rest of
my mission because it has given us a lot of success in areas other
that contacting as well! It’s been fantastic!

We got a pretty cool new useful tool. It is a card witha picture of
the Book of Mormon on it with a scripture from the Bible and on the
other side the Questions of the Soul from Chapter 5 of Preach my
Gospel (I think, the blue chapter about the Book of Mormon) We try to
use it with every contact and if we can get people to look at the
card, they usually open up super fast! It’s amazing. We got 5 of our
new investigators using the Questions of the Soul card. They just open
up super fast when we can show them answers to their questions on the
doorsteps (most of them are about live after death). It’s so fantastic
though! It’s been a great week!

I also learned another lesson this week, this one about sleeping in
church.  So I play the piano during Sacrament meeting and go sit down
after the Sacrament is administered.  When I got to my seat, I was
super tired and was struggling understanding Spanish so I just crossed
my arms, bowed my head, and pretended like I was praying to take a
quick power nap before I had to go back up for the closing song.  Next
thing I know, the Bishop is announcing something and the saying, “Is
that all right Elder Behunin?”  I respond “yes” not knowing what I was
agreeing to and ask Elder Tyler “what am I doing?” and he was like
“rest hymn, number 41, two verses.”  So still half asleep I make my
way up to the piano and it’s “How Great thou Art” but I was so tired I
couldn’t remember how it went so I just started playing.  I figured it
out eventually but that was a struggle. Teaches me for napping during
Sacrament Meeting!:)

This week has been a great week, and this area a great area, but next
week are transfers!  I’m excited, disappointed, and nervous all at the
same time!  It’s going to be an adventure though!:)

I love you all, the church is true, and I’ve got to go!  You’re all
amazing, be an example to everyone around you and share the gospel!

¡Les quiero!

Elder Trenton Behunin

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This was one of Trenton’s Christmas Presents. He asked if he could buy a Argentina Soccer Jersey. He says he is really getting into soccer down there.

2015-1-19 Above Comodoro 2015-1-19 District Hike 2015-1-19 Elder TylerThese are from a hike the District took. 2015-1-15 Boied eggs on Pizza 2015-1-15 Making Pizza with District

Making Pizza as a district. Those are boiled eggs on top, Trenton says they put them on everything down here. Not that he is complaining he loves it!

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2015-1-19 Lonely Mountain

Everything comes back to Lord of the Rings and Hobbit with Trenton. This is the Lonely Mountain.

I’d like to thank my orthodontist, and my mother for paying…

Querido familia y amigos,

This week has been a good week, it’s been nice to get back into the
groove of things after Christmas and New Years.  Those weeks were
weird and although they were a ton of fun it’s nice to be back in the
normal routine of work.  Makes life a whole lot less stressful.

Friday was an especially good day.  Our zone conference was really
good and really lifted my spirits actually.  Our zone leaders did a
“splash awards” for every missionary in the zone and although it was
something really small it actually really helped make my day.  I got
the “Best Smile Award” and honestly it left me smiling the rest of the
day knowing that my smile was actually noticed because before the
mission I hardly ever smiled because my teeth were so bad and just
really recently started to do so (it was one of the things that Elder
Flores always told me to do, every day) and it really made me feel
good that it’s been noticed.  Also that day, when we went out to work
Elder Tyler found his wallet that he lost on Tuesday. Literally some
guy walked up to us and was like, hey can you help me find this guy,
and Elder Tyler was like, that’s me!  I could hardly believe it!  It
was really cool though!

We also found a really huge bug, like 2 1/2 inches long!  And it
literally started chasing me! So I squished its butt with a rock and
put it in a bottle.  And it survived 4 hours until we got back to the
pension!  So, being good young adults, we set it on fire.  It was
pretty cool, but our landlady almost caught us.:)  She didn’t
though.:)

Besides that, this week was just work, work, work.  And it felt so
good.  This church is true, I know it with all of my heart!  I hope
you all are doing fantastic and sharing the gospel.  There is really
nothing that compares to the joy of watching someone grow in the
gospel, atleast from what I’ve seen so far in my life.  It is
exciting, humbling, and joyous beyond what we can ever believe!

¡Les quiero muchisimo!

Elder Trenton Behunin

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Trenton with his Best Smile Award

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The Huge bug that chased Trenton down

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If you have not read the story of Poop River go back and read it. It is in the Feliz Navid letter.

BOM Reading Challenge 2015

Dear Family and Friends!

Happy New Year again!  Argentines party hard with the fireworks here!
So much that they’ve been banned in Trelew and will be banned next
year in Comodoro!  But it was super cool!  There were fireworks
everywhere!  Fourth of July, but in January!  It was pretty sick!
Makes me want to blow things up!:)

So President Rogers has given a challenge to all the missionaries in
the mission.  He wants us to read the entire Book of Mormon in our
native language starting on January 1 and ending April 6 (Christ’s
birthday).  He wants us to mark everything that talks about Jesus in
red and everything we can relate to our calling as a missionary in
blue.  It’s turning out super cool!  Plus, after I read, I’m going
back and hashtagging just to make it more interesting:)  It’s kinda
fun:)

So I had to teach in my district meeting this last week.  I decided to
do Christlike Attributes and it turned out really well.  I connected
it to New Years Resolutions as well, and I’d like to leave you all
with the same challenge I left my district.  I asked them all to
choose a Christlike Attribute that they think that they could do
better in and set up a plan to do better this year.  Preach My Gospel
has a whole chapter on Christlike Attributes with some ideas on how to
improve on them.  PMG also has a really good self evaluation activity
at the end of that chapter to get an idea of where you can improve.  I
then closed with Alma 48:17, where in the previous verses it talked
about the attributes of Moroni and then if everybody was like Moroni
the very powers of hell would be shaken.  This is what will happen
when we develop more Christlike attributes in our lives, the devil
will have no hold upon our hearts.

The gospel is true!  We are here on this earth at this time for a
reason!  Find it!  Share the gospel with everyone!  You will recieve
power when you open your mouth!  If the Spirit can do it with my mouth
in a foreign tongue, he can definitely help you guys too!

¡Les quiero muchisimo!

Elder Trenton Behunin

Dear Family and Friends!

Christmas was fantastic!  They do fireworks like crazy here!  I would
send you the video, but it’s way too big to send over this
ridiculously slow Internet!  It was really cool though, and then we
got to sleep in until 8:30 the next day!  It was fantastic!

So the priesthood is real.  So we were playing American football the
other day and I totally got someones shoulder to my face (although we
were playing two hand touch).  My neck was hurting the rest of the
day, along with my head.  I went to bed that night and when I woke up
I was showing signs of a concussion.  My mind was super foggy and I
couldn’t speak Spanish hardly at all.  I rested that day and then got
a priesthood blessing that night before I went to bed.  When I woke up
all of the cloudiness was gone and I was able to speak Spanish again.
The tiredness and occasionally forgetting words was still there, but I
can deal with that, and now I feel almost 100% again!

Really cool district meeting this week.  Elder Tyler had us watch “El
es la Dadiva” and “Gracias a El”  (He is the Gift and Because of Him).
When we were watching “Gracias a El”  Elder Tyler had us all close our
eyes and think of every good memory we could think of.  When it
finished, he said that every good memory, every happy time we’ve ever
had is because of Him,  our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!  We don’t
have to worry, we don’t have to fear, because every fault we’ve ever
had Christ suffered for, and if we accept Him and his Atonement and
endure to the end, we can be happy because we know where we are going!
We can have that hope that even when times are hard there are good
things to come!  We can still be happy!  That was a fantastic lesson!

I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year, and
remember that we can be happy because Christ took our burdens upon
him!  I love you all!

¡Les quiero!

Elder Trenton Behunin

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I love the Christmas Lights!

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Presents from our Wonderful Landlord Gaby

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Happy New Year. It is crazy to me that I will spend all of 2015 in Argentina!

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Trenton was pretty excited to pull the stump out with his bare hands.

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The difference between Trenton’s 2 pair of shoes Those rocky dirt roads take their toll.