Happy Thankgiving!

Dear Family and Friends!
According to my distant memories from home, this Thursday should be Thanksgiving!  If not, the title for this week is going to be really embarrasing!
This week has been a lot of walking.  I don’t know what happened, but we couldn’t find anybody this week.  It didn’t matter if we passed in the hour that they’re always at home or had a scheduled appointment with them, we couldn’t find anyone.  So we did a lot of walking looking for people.  We walked so long that my legs are sore, which doesn’t happen very often with me, the last time my legs were sore from walking was when my family went to Disneyworld for two weeks nearly 3 years ago!  So to have sore legs was kind of a different experience!
But it wasn’t without fruits though!  We did have one investigator show up to church.  On Saturday night we called or sent a message to as many investigators as we had numbers for and one came.  His name is Jose Tito, and he’s more of a less active than an investigator because he attended church for nearly a year straight but couldn’t get baptized because he wasn’t married.  He stopped attending though because some members offended him and told him he couldn’t participate in things like Institute because he wasn’t a member, among other things.  However, his wife-not-wife passed away about a month ago and he’s taken it hard, and finally decided to come back to the church yesterday, and all the members welcomed him warmly!  So hopefully he has the desire to keep on coming and to bring his daughters.  He says he doesn’t want to bother them, but coming to church is what is going to help them the most right now!
Yesterday was interesting having to stay in the pension nearly all day.  The final elections were yesterday for the president and things can get crazy here sometimes so we were asked to stay indoors after 5:00PM.  So used the time to read the Bible.  I was sure that I was going to fall asleep doing so, reading for so long, but I was actually more awake than normal and read like 18 chapters of Acts and learned a lot!  I’ve read the New Testament before, for seminary, but I’ve learned a lot more in these last couple of months, and found that the Bible is a whole lot easier to understand in Spanish!
Have a fantastic week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2015-11-11 Look, I'm a pioneer
Look I’m a pioneer!
No one told me about my tie until I had already walked through Centro this morning like this!
My name gets spelled and said wrong bad down here, but I think this was the worst! (And it was written by a gringo!)
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Christmas in Calafate!

 

Dear Family and Friends!

I’ve officially put up the Christmas decorations in my pension, I couldn’t wait anymore! I’ve been waiting for the transfer to see if I was going to be staying or going, but it turns out I’m staying for Christmas, so out came the decorations!
I don’t know what President thinks with transfers (all right, technically it’s revelation:)) but I guess I’m not meant to have a lot of comps on my mission!  I’m staying with Elder Ixcot for a third transfer, my second comp in a row that I’ll be with for three transfers! Since I got to the field 10 transfers ago, I’ve only had  5 comps!  And the only one that I was only with for one transfer was my first trainer, Elder Flores!  Normally it’s one transfer with one, two with the next, one transfer, etc.!  But it’s a whole lot more fun this way!  You really get to know your comps and how they teach and how they work and it makes life much easier!  Bring it on Calafate!  We’re going to baptize this transfer!  The curse of no baptisms in Calafate will end with us!
So this last week I really didn’t get to work a whole lot in my area because I had to do divisions with the other elders on Wednesday, and then on Friday we had to go to Rio Gallegos for District Conference (we’re not a stake yet) and didn’t get back until 1:00 AM this morning. But this week we’re going to be working hard core to baptize all of Calafate!
I hope that you all have a wonderfully fantastic week!  Find someone to share the gospel with it!  The blessings are worth it!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin

I put my Christmas Decorations!! The nativity I bought in Rio Grande.

I’m so having a weather rock at my house. The Galciarium (A glacier museum it was way cool)

The Glacio Bar  is a bar completely made of ice!

I don’t know why but my comp and I thought this hallway was scary or something! Preparing to go into the Glacio Bar!

That is about 20 F! It wasn’t even that cold! The only part of me that was cold was my hands because my cup was made of ice! Don’t worry mom, I didn’t actually lick it!

Don’t worry that’s coke! (Yes Coke is the only thing they offer missionaries down here. I don’t like it, but I don’t want to offend people any more than I have to because I have to turn down their mate!)

“Warming up” by the fire. The fire does nothing in there!

What a week!

 

Dear Family and Friends!

This week has been fantastic!  We’ve seeing a lot of miracles here in Calafate!  I think that the biggest one was that we found 9 new investigators this week!  (here in the Argentina Comodoro Rivadavia mission, that is an accomplishment! Normally our goal is 3, and we’re lucky if we reach that!)  We found new investigators every day (minus Friday when we had our zone meeting and then did a tsunami in the other area of Calafate, but during the tsunami, I helped them find a new investigator!)!  It was so cool!  We didn’t hardly even get to contact this week because we would just get into houses!  I don’t know what happened to the hearts of the people here in El Calafate, but they were definitely softened!
We also got some “training” from an assistant from the Salta mission!  We walked into church on Sunday and there was a missionary there, but only one.  We were really confused for a little bit, but then we realized that his parents had come to get him and then visit Argentina.  He said he was dying to do missionary work, so we said he could come with us if he wanted, so he did.  With him, we found 3 new investigators!  It was really cool, and I learned a couple of things from him.  What I liked most of all was the way that he would leave commitments.  When he was going to leave it, he leaned forward and looked the investigator directly into the eyes and spoke slowly so that they would understand, explaining the commitment, and then the blessings that would come from it, but in a way that I had never tried.  And it worked really well!  It was the most direct commitment I’ve ever seen, and I really liked it, so I’m going to try it out to see how it goes.
So today we went to the Glaciobar!  It’s a bar (that serves non alcholic drinks as well) that’s completely made of ice!  It was super cool, and about 20° inside!  They give you all sorts of winter gear, but I really wasn’t even cold after Rio Grande during the winter! The only part of me that got cold was my hand because the cup was made out of ice!  It was super cool! We were only allowed to be there 25 minutes though so nothing bad would happen to people who aren’t so accustomed to the cold!  It was super fun!  I’ll send picutures next week!
It was also really cool because the Elder’s mom and sister didn’t speak any spanish, so I got to go to Relief Society with them to translate!  It was super fun, but super hard!  I felt lost in a gap somewhere between English and Spanish! And I realized that my English is terrible.  I would forget how to say words and grammar and everything!  But it was a really fun adventure!
Oh, funny experience from a couple of weeks ago that I forgot to tell you guys!  I don’t know if you remember me telling stories of mixing up words like “pescado” and “pecado” in the MTC, but it happened again, but in a way that’s much worse! We were doing door contacts and a guy came to door so we started contacting him and he told us he wasn’t interested because he is Jewish.  But I didn’t here “jewish,” I heard something very different:) In Spanish “jewish” is “judio.” However, there is another word in Spanish, “jodido,” that sounds very similar.  For those of you that served in places other than Argentina and might be offended by that word, here in Argentina, everyone uses it as “messed up.” It’s not a bad word like in other places.  So I totally though he was telling me that he was messed up! I was like “Well we can help you with that!” Then I realized what he really said and was a little bit embarrased!
Have a fantastic week!  And share the gospel with somebody!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin

This is the boina (cowboy hat) that I bought that the Gauchos (Argentine cowboy) wear! If you can’t tell I am soaking wet!

The Zone Asado after our zone meeting. Well I guess technically it was not an asado because it was just chicken and chorizo, but it was still good!

A Windy Week!

Dear Family and Friends!
To be completely honest I had forgotten what Patagonia summer winds were like, but mother Nature kindly reminded me this week!  Holy cow!  I feel like I’m in a hurricane 100% of the time!
We learned an important lesson about God’s timing this week.  We have an investigator that is golden, but it’s super hard to find her, because she’s always leaving the city or studying to be a teacher.  We’ve been wanting to teach her the Plan of Salvation and temples and eternal family for a long time, but she never has the time, but we finally managed to teach it to her after two weeks.  And the lesson was golden!  She felt the atonement and found the joy of wanting an eternal family.  Then she told us that just this last week, she and her husband-not-husband had been talking about getting married and that she really wanted to!  They had already been discussing it, a week before we were able to teach them the lesson about it!  If we would have taught that lesson when we originally wanted to, it would not have the same effect!
This week, we have also been able to talk to people of several different Christian beliefs (Jehovah Witness, Catholic, and Evangelicals), and it’s been really interesting to see how each and every one of them have so many truths of the gospel, they’ve just changed them a little bit and have strayed from the truth.  But I think the most interesting part was the lack of hope that they all have for eternity.  I’m so thankful that I was born into this church, and that I have the hope to live with my family for forever, and with my Heavenly Father forever.  I get into a house, and I want to teach them so many different things!  I want to tell them that the priesthood has been restored through a modern day prophet!  I want to tell them that they can live with their families forever!  The problem is that if I say it all at the same time, absolutely nothing will make sense!  I don’t understand why people wouldn’t want to be a part of this church!
One more thing!  I wanted to die during a contact this week!  We knocked a door and they were watching a movie inside so they didn’t come to the door.  We continued standing there waiting to see if they would open the door and all of the sudden a hear a scream from the movie, a scream that sounded very much like Pippin, yelling “GANDALF!”  Ahh, no!  It can’t be true!  They’re watching LOTR Return of the King!  NOOOO! So I knocked again to see if they would open, and they never did.  I don’t blame them!  I wouldn’t either!  I would keep on watching LOTR!
I hope you all have a fantastic week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2015-10-30 Just a selfie with a friendly dog 2015-10-30 Look how groos the was in Lago Argentina with the wind
Just a couple of pictures this week! A selfie with a very friendly dog. Then look at how nasty the water in Lago Argentina with all the wind.