Just another week in Rio Grande

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been rainy, but it’s also been really good.
We’ve worked our butts off, even in the pouring rain.  On Friday morning it was a downpour all morning while we were contacting and we got drenched.  I’m talking drenched.  After lunch we put our things to dry but it was taking so long so I just changed my pants, and as I was putting on my boots the pants reripped (the ones I sewed a couple weeks ago).  So now I have to resew them, and I’ll probably double stitch the whole thing.  Hopefully that helps.:)  Then I had to put on the wet pants:)
We found several people this week that look really promising.  Hopefully we can refind them, because they were “of ten” as we say here in Argentina (¡de diez!).  Finally after 14 weeks of working together Elder Escamilla and I are finding a lot of people that are really good, but really good.  In two days, we found 6 different people that are really close.  Now it’s just our job to help them get to where we know that they need to go!
Sorry, it’s kinda short this week, but you all are fantastic!  Remember that God loves you!  And that he loves everyone.  Help others find that love this week!
¡Les quiero muchisimo!
Elder Trenton Behunin
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The car says “How many idiots (more or less translated) run without knowing how to walk:)
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One of those weeks…

Dear Family and Friends,

I’m sure all of you have had those weeks when everything seems to go wrong in wild ways, and looking back on it, it was kind of funny.  I’ll explain.
We’ll start on Tuesday.  We woke up Tuesday morning and it was snowing big huge flakes of snow. The wind was blowing and it was bitterly cold.  But eventually it let up and my comp and I had a snowball fight in the morning.  We eventually came back to the pension for lunch because Tuesdays we don’t have it with anyone.  When we got there, we were like, lets build a snowman.  So he’s like, I’ll get the bucket so we can make a pile of snow.  I was like “What?”  I then proceeded to show him how to make a snowman rolling the balls of snow.  He thought it was the coolest thing ever. We got the ball pretty big, and the snow was a heavy snow too.  So the ball was really heavy.  Well, I was still wearing my church pants, and because the members give us so much to eat here and I haven’t been able to run every day (or really ever) so those pants were fitting a little tighter (the rest don’t though, just those ones).  So I squat down and start to push and here a nice big long rip.  Uh oh, that didn’t just happen.  So I went in the pension and took my pants off and realized that I had managed to rip an 11 inch rip in the stitching of the pants.  So that ended building the snowman then, and I proceeded using the next two hours to fix my pants.  And by the time we finished lunch, the two inches of snow had somehow melted in subfreezing weather.  Don’t ask me how that happened, I have no idea.
So the next day, we were contacting, and I somehow ripped my glove taking it off.  So that lunch was then spent sowing that back together.  It didn’t take two hours this time though.
So then, the next day, we were walking in the area and a cute little puppy comes running out and falls on the ice.  It was kinda cute, so I started to play with it.  I took my gloves off and one of them fell on the ground, the the dog immediately grabs it and takes off running.  So I’m running chasing it down and yelling and he runs under his house.  Fetch, so I try coaxing the dog out.  Meanwhile, my comp is laughing his head off.  The dog eventually comes out, and fortunately the glove was still in his mouth, so I snatched it and walked away.  The dog tried to keep playing, but I wasn’t about to play anymore with him.
Then on Friday, we woke up and didn’t have any water.  We thought that the water might have frozen.  We called the landlord and he never showed up.  Jumping ahead, on Sunday we eventually found out that someone had cut the pressure to the house, probably to steal our water.  So we got that fixed and we can shower again:)
Saturday was Interviews with President, so nothing bad happened that day.
Sunday we woke up in pitch darkness.  I mean really dark.  I couldn’t see my hand right in front of my face.  And at that time we didn’t have water either.  So that was an adventure.
My comp and I have just laughed our heads off over all the things that have happened this week.  Maybe one thing happens in a week, but all that happened was insane!  I couldn’t believe it!  I definitely will never forget this week!
I hope you all have a fantastic week, and that the many misfortunes that befell me this week may not fall upon you!  Share the gospel with someone!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
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Still Cold! And Getting Colder!!

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been a pretty good week.  I got thrown a curveball down here in Rio Grande and I’ll be with my comp for three transfers, which never happens.  Which means they’ll either be closing my area next transfer, or one of us will be down here for 6 months.  If the latter happens, it’ll probably be me because Elder Escamilla will only have two transfers left at the end of this transfer, so he’ll move on to his last area.  This next transfer will be interesting because it is going to be very cold.  The dead of winter in the coldest zone in the southernmost mission in the world!  I’m going to try a thermometer today so I can see how cold we get!  In Madryn it his 39°C (about 102°F) and I think the coldest it’s got here was -15°C (5°F).  And the wind chill has been much, much colder.  We saw on the news one day at lunch in the middle of the day that the temperature was already -6°C (21°F) but with the windchill at -12°C (10°F).  And it was only midday!  Lets just say that was a cold, cold, day!  I did the whole throw boiling water out the window one night, but it didn’t turn to snow, so I guess is wasn’t that cold, but still:)  I’m going to keep trying!:)
We had some interesting experiences contacting this week.  One was a guy high on marijuana and who was drunk.  We were talking about the Plan of Salvation and he was like I think paradise is leaning back in a recliner under a tree while smoking weed.  Then he showed us how he was going to lean back in his chair and nearly fell over!  It took all we could do not to break out laughing!:)  Then we were contacting and asked a guy if he believed in Jesus and he said “No, I’m Catholic.”  We didn’t even know what to say.  We just moved on.
So on Saturday night we were with some investigators late because they gave us dinner but didn’t tell us beforehand so we got permission to be out late.  (Just so clarify so you don’t get ideas about me being a bad missionary:)).  At 9:40 we got a call from the 1st counselor in the branch presidency.   The only reason he ever calls is to give assignments, and since the following day was Sunday, I knew exactly what that assignment was going to be, and knew it would be going to me because my comp would be teaching Gospel Principles.  So I told Elder Escamilla not to answer.  So he didn’t, but he called again, so we had to answer. And sure enough I was asked to give a talk on repentance the next morning.  A whole 12 hours notice.  It turned out all right, but I was still really stressed.  And I got to cry repentance!
Have an absolutely fantastic week!  Share the gospel with someone!
Sincerely,
Elder Trenton Behunin
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So I asked Trenton if he sang “Do you want to build a Snowman?” His response “Are you kidding me?  It is so cold and windy that it hurts your teeth just to talk. I cannot even imagine trying to sing outside. But just so you know mom I do try to smile at everyone, even if it does hurt my teeth.”

Merry 4th of July

Dear Family and Friends!

This 4th of July was the strangest of my life.  Mainly because it
snowed.  All day. It was really kinda cool!  Not many people get to
say that they got snow on Independence Day!  We celebrated at the Zone
Conference we had with an American breakfast of biscuits and gravy and
bacon, and then the closing hymn was the Star Spangled Banner.  There
were only three latinos, and 15 gringos, so the latinos didn’t have a
say.  Only one of them sang though:)  Later that day we made Fried
Chicken as a district and later that day we had an asado after the
final of the Copa America (which Argentina lost:().

So in Presidents letter today, he was talking about suffering, and he
specifically mentioned Austral, my area.  Him and Hermana Rogers don’t
really like my area:) It’s kinda funny:)

This week has been one of those weeks where it seems like you’ll be
inside teaching lessons and never having to put your foot out in the
mud of Austral, but when your agenda cunningly deceives you and you
are cold all week.:)  We had a lot of appointments fall through this
week, but that just gave us the opportunity to revisit some contacts
and do some new ones, and it didn’t turn out too bad.  One of the
contacts we revisited promised that he would go to church soon without
us even asking him and invited us to come back yesterday.  So we did
and we did the weirdest service project I’ve ever done:  We helped him
make giant letters for his girlfriend to put on the wall.  He had been
working for 6 hours and had got nothing done, but we helped him finish
it, and now he really trusts us.  It was kinda weird though.

We did have a really bright light though!  We were sitting in church
on Sunday and I was playing the piano so I was a little far from my
comp and all the sudden I see him stand up and run out the room and
Elder Watkins followed him.  A couple of minutes later they come back
in with two investigators, two investigators that we weren’t even able
to visit because they never responded to our calls or messages!  It
was so cool!  Unfortunately they had to leave right after Sacrament so
we weren’t able to talk to them much but they did say that they loved
it, especially singing!  It was fantastic!  It’s been so long since an
investigator has followed throught with the invitation to come to
church!  It felt fantastic!

The church is true, the gospel is true!  It was so cool to see these
investigators feel the Spirit of the chapel!  I was so happy I almost
didn’t know what to do?  I felt a bit like a chicken with its head cut
off, running around trying to find them seats and introduce them to
the Branch President!  It was fantastic!

Have a fantastic week!  Share the gospel with someone!

Sincerely,

Elder Trenton Behunin

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Here is what the 4th looked like for me! Pretty Crazy!

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Our District Breakfast!

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Our Fried Chicken Lunch! So the elder holding the bag was telling us how well he can fix chicken in a bag. Right after I took the picture he starts shaking the bag and it exploded!

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Dinner with Investigators! Asado (Just a little one!)

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If you can’t tell it is so cold! My hands froze when I took my gloves off to take the pictures! But it was so cool. I wish I could upload the video I took of the ice floating down the river!