¡FELIZ NAVIDAD!

Dear Family and Friends,

Merry Christmas!  I can’t believe that it’s already Christmas time again!  This year has passed by super fast!  And Christmas has snuck up on me!  Here in Argentina, they’re just barely starting to decorate their houses!  And by decorate I mean put up a tree.  But it’s all right because I have my little tree!:)
So Cristian didn’t make it to his baptisimal date.  He wasn’t ready.  We’ll keep working with him though.
We did have a baptism in Calafate though!  Her name is Emilia, and she was my investigator about a transfer ago, but she moved to the other side of Calafate and got baptized there! It was way cool!  The first baptism in Calafate in almost a year!  It’s been so long that nobody remembered how to fill the font!  And to make it worse, they had remodeled and taken out the faucet next to the font (we use a type of swimming pool as a font down here:)).  So we had to tape the hose to a faucet across the room because none of the faucets had connectors!  It took like 6 hours to fill!
But the fun part was afterward.  We tried originally to empty it with buckets but the plumbing is terrible and we started to flood the chapel. So I then commenced my greatest physics project ever and connected three hoses in such a way to create the maximum flow possible without tape (we had used it all to fill the font:)) and strung the hose out about 200 feet through the hallways of the church.  It started to drain at about 5:00 PM. We left it over night, and it still wasn’t done. But atleast we didn’t flood the chapel:)
Alright, for a funny story from this week.  We have this investigator named Natalia who we haven’t been able to meet with for like a month, but we’ve calle her several times and one of the times she told us that her husband had read the Book of Mormon that we had given her and that he loved it! So we were finally able to meet with them and what became of it, I never expected!  We didn’t talk very much about the Book of Mormon, really we didn’t talk very much at all:)  He proceeded to tell us about how Jesus was the first hippie because he walked around talking about peace and love, and then gave his interpretation of the Last Supper, and sacrifices in general:)  He told us that the last supper was really an asado (a barbeque) where they were eating lamb (they eat a lot of that here with asados), and that Jesus told the disciples to continue having asados in his name!  Gotta love some Argentines!  Now whenever I have asado I’ll be thinking about Jesus! Yeah!  And he told us that when Noah got off the ark, he didn’t offer a sacrifice, he had an asado and God liked how it smelled:)
I hope you all have a great week, and as Michael Buble (I think) “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart!”
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2015-12-20 Window Decorations
Window Decorations! I love Christmas Decorations! Thanks Mom for sending them!
Filling the Font! Love the amount of tape used!
2015-12-19 Baptism of Emilia
Elder Ixcot and I at Emilia’s baptism!
Emptying the Font! My greatest physics project ever!
2015-12-19 my giant hamburger
My Giant Hamburger!!
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Reliving the Prodigal Son!

 

Dear Family and Friends!

I hope that you’ve all had a wonderfully splendid week!  I hope that it’s cold there, because if I’m cold during the summer here, you better be cold in the winter!  It started to snow a little bit in El Calafate this week!  That’s crazy!  The weather here in general is crazy!  It’s bipolar!
But here’s for the miracle of the week!
I think it was the beginning of the last transfer when we had an investigator named Cristian who, a week and half before his baptism decided that he didn’t want to learn any more and dropped us.  So that was really hard, and it’s been a pretty omnipresent memory here in Calafate for us.  So last Wednesday for some reason we started talking about him and we decided to call him during Weekly Planning the next day.  So we did and he picked up the phone super excited and said that he had been waiting for us to call, that he had repented and that he wanted to continue learning.  He said that since he dropped us that his life has been just not the same and it’s been super hard.  He would have called us but he lost our number. He then asked if we could meet in the chapel in that very moment, so we said “Yes!” and ran out the door to go find him!  I felt like I was reliving the parable of the Prodigal Son!  So we met him in the chapel and he was like, I never want to stop coming here again!  He then asked us if we had a contract for him to sign saying that he would continue faithful until he died, and we said no, but that there was something better that he could do, that is, get baptized!  And he said yes to this Saturday!  (He already has attended 3 times and received almost all the lessons!)!  We were on a spiritual high!  We put an appointment with him for Saturday and then parted super happy!
So then Saturday arrived, and we called him to try to get ahold of him and we couldn’t!  We went to the church and waited for him for forever and he never showed up!  We passed by the refuge (he was kicked out of his cousins house when he started listening to us the first time) where he’s staying like four times and could never find him!  So that night we called and called and called and could never get ahold of him.  Sunday morning we went be the refuge again and he wasn’t there.  I was super nervous.  I had done everything that I could think of, and couldn’t think of anything else to do.  So we went to the church praying that God would do his part and help Cristian arrive to the chapel.  The first hour passed, and he didn’t show up.  Second hour started, and he still wasn’t there.  Halfway through the second hour he still hadn’t showed up, and I had basically given up hope.  Then someone walked into the room, and I turned around and there he was!  I can’t even express how happy that I was!  We then gave him the white shirt and tie that we had prepared to give him and he looked so good sitting there in Sacrament Meeting!
He then told us what had happened.  On Thursday, the same day we called him, he had left his phone charging in the refuge and someone entered through the window and stole it!  Which is why we couldn’t get ahold of him!  I can’t help but see the hand of God in all of this!  If we would have called him even hours later than we actually did, we never would have found Cristian, maybe ever!  But God told us exactly when we needed to call him, and how Cristian has returned to the fold and is going to get baptized this week!
We had a miracle this week!  And a really big one!  I can barely believe it, and I experienced it!  I love this work!
I testify to all of you that God’s hand is in this work, and even if we don’t understand what is passing, he does.  I admit, when Cristian dropped us, I was frustrated, sad, and questioned why.  But now I understand that God had his hand there the whole time.  God knows what he’s doing, and quite often we don’t.  We just have to have faith, and keep on having faith until the end, because everything is in his hands!
 ¡A BAUTIZAR!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2015-12-10 My little christmas tree
My little Christmas Tree all lit up!
Our branch Christmas Party!

We got permission to go see Calafate in the dark (okay semi dark) after the branch party. This was all the Christmas Decorations they had up!

I 2015-12-10 I love Chocolate

I love Chocolate!

Ingredients of Animo soda! (Energy Soda) Whale oil (from Puerto madryn), Glacier water (from Calafate), petroleum (from everwhere), Guanaco guts (also from everywhere), penguin blood (from Trelew and Tierra del fuego), Sea lion extract (caleta olivia), and lead (I don’t know) and DRIVE TO BAPTIZE!

 

 

 

 

18 Days till Christmas

Dear Family and Friends!
This week has been a good week.  I can’t complain too much:)  It’s been hot, but only like 70° which is still really hot for me but in the northern part of my mission it’s probably getting close to 100°:) We’ve just been doing missionary work!  The gospel is rolling forth!
We found a couple of new investigators this week, which was really cool, and put fechas on both of them.  One is named Analia, and she really cool!  Years ago she befriended a member here in Calafate and he gave her a Book of Mormon and she went to church a couple of times but for some reason she didn’t continue.  We have no idea why, but she just didn’t.  Probably because she was working a ton, because she loved everything that we taught her!  She was like “Yes, yes, yes!” the whole time!  It was super cool!  And after we put the fecha on her, she asked us what we saw in her and we told her someone who is doing their best to follow Jesus Christ and someone who God has been preparing for years and years to receive this gospel!  And that gave her even more of a determination to continue forward!  However she wasn’t able to attend because she wasn’t feeling well on Saturday so she had to take her day off then instead of on Sunday.  But it’s all good, I know that she is going to get baptized soon!
My comp also found someone named Pedro, but I don’t know him because he found him on Friday during a tsunami.  But he says that he’s really cool!
The work is progressing down here in Calafate, slowly, but surely.  I would say that it’s like a huge boulder that takes a ton of energy to get it moving, but once it starts they’ll be no stopping it!  There are people here in Calafate ready to receive the gospel, and we’ve already found some of them and we are helping them to move forward.  Now we need to help them get onto the path and find the rest!
If you haven’t seen it yet, look up the new videos the Church put out for Christmas!  They’re really cool!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2015-12-2 Me and a cool sky
The sky was really cool this week!
2015-12-4 Zone Conference Front E Sosa, Carmona and Cortes Back E Derrick, Ferriera, Norton , me and Ixcot
Zone meeting with in front Elders Sosa, Carmona, and Cortes, and in back Elders Derrick, Ferriera, Norton, me, and Ixcot
2015-12-7 elder Escamilla finished his mission a coupleof weeks ago and sent it to me!
Hopefully you think it’s as funny as I thought it was!  Elder Escamilla (From Mexico) finished his mission a couple of weeks ago and sent it to me:)

What a Week!

Dear Family and Friends!
This week was a complete change from the week before.  The week before we found ourselves walking a ton and not accomplishing hardly anything.  This week we were running late quite a few times trying to get between lessons.  That made things a lot more enjoyable.:) Also, the week before, it was cold, and this week was not!  I was dying I was so hot!  I think it was about 70°:)
We saw a really cool miracle this week!  It really shows that God’s hand is in this work.  A week and a half ago during Weekly Planning we were updating the Area Book and my comp was going through the lists of Old Investigators and he found one that intrigued him that lived close to the pension, named María and Pancho.  So we went by their house a couple of times until we finally found someone there, and they told us that María and Pancho no longer lived there, and he didn’t know where they were living at that moment.  So we kind of just forgot about them for a day.  Then the next morning we were trying to decide where we wanted to contact and my comp was like, “I had a revelation in the bathroom this morning (because that’s where revelation seems to come from a lot:)) and there’s a street we haven’t contacted like 3 minutes from our pension”.  I was like “What? Where?” So he led me there and sure enough, there was a street that I had never noticed before in my life, although we passed by it atleast one or two times a week! So we started contacted and in one of the houses a 20 year old girl came out, named Ivana.  We started contacting her, and she said that her parents had listened to us before, years ago, and that she had attended the church, and she liked it.  So we asked her the names of her parents, and it was María and Pancho!  We found them the very next day!  Unfortunately, they work a ton, so we were only able to meet with Ivana, and we put a fecha, but she wasn’t able to attend this week.  But it was super cool!
That made the week worth it, just seeing that God has his hand here in Calafate, even if it’s hard to see, and that we’ve just got to keep on working with faith.  The things that need to happen here in Calafate will happen when God wants it to happen, we just need to work like it’s going to happen every day, no matter what. And that makes me feel really happy.
Oh yeah, for Thanksgiving we cooked a chicken (we didn’t have access to a turkey).  So I don’t know about at home because I never attempted to cook a chicken, but I’m sure they exist there too, there are bags with seasoning that you put the chicken in to cook it and it turns out really good and it’s super easy to do, or so everybody told us.  We bought the bag with the seasoning, but neglected to remember that everytime anyone uses the bag, they always part the chicken first. So we tried to put the whole chicken in the bag, and ripped.  So there went that, at we kinda of made a burnt chicken al horno.  But it still tasted good.  So we decided to try again, this time with meat that was cut up.  But we didn’t pay attention to how much meat we were supposed to put.  The seasoning was for 800 g of meat, but we didn’t have money, nor did we need 800 g of meat.  We only bought 400 g.  And put all the seasoning!  It turned out good but tasted too much like BBQ (yes that it possible I found out!).  But it’s all good!  Maybe someday we’ll be able to master the art of cooking with an oven bag!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2015-11-26 Chicken Dance
Making the Chicken Dance!
Our Thanksgiving Feast!
2015-11-27 Calafate