FTTF!

Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been a pretty good week.  I got my trunky papers!  They’re the papers that President sends you when your nearly dead telling you to not be dead yet, but at the same time start thinking about home.  I’ve seen so many people receive theirs, but it was really weird to see mine show up!  One of the things in the papers is a page about sprinting to the end. It was really cool because although I didn’t run marathons, I did run long distance races and know exactly what the difference is between a race in which you choose not to sprint to the end, and the race that you do.  It hurts to give it all, but if you make it to the end without doing it, you are forever left with the feeling of that you could have done better, you could have run faster.  I will forever live with the regret that I didn’t give it all in my last Cross Country race in high school, and I know that that regret will be multiplied a hundred fold if I choose to do the same with the mission.  So I will fight to the finish!
The area is going pretty good.  We’ve got two investigators that are close to baptism.  The first is Veronica, and we just have to talk a little bit about the law of chastity and have her commit to live it and she can be in the water in basically any moment.
The second is a 9 year old boy named Marcos, who is the son of a less active that attended church with us yesterday.  During Sacrament Meeting one of the speakers read Moses 1:39and he asked what is eternal life.  So we explained it a little bit and he was like “even after we die we can live as families?”  So I said “yes” and he was like “I want to have eternal life with my mom.”  The purity of children is amazing, and their ability to comprehend the gospel is outstanding.  At another point, my comp was explaining the sacrament to him, how we after we are baptized it is a way to show Jesus that we are willing to follow him for forever, and he was like “I want to be baptized!”  So today we have a family home evening with him and his family so we are going to talk a little bit about eternal families and baptism and start preparing him for baptism!  It was super cool though, all of it!
Here’s a side note, sitting here in the internet cafe the Internet went out, and I found out that when there’s no internet connection and the page shows up that there’s no internet connection, you can play with the dinosaur that’s there.  That’s a sign of pure boredom waiting for the opportunity to write your family.
Have a fantastic week!  Share the gospel with somebody!
¡Les quiero un monton!
2016-4-16 ON top of my area (there was a bit of wind)
On top of my area (there was a bit of wind)
The top part of my area!  How to get to the top part of my area!
2016-4-14 What the sky looked like all week
How the sky looked everyday this week!
2016-4-15 It only rained once, but it got us good!
 It only rained once, but it got us good!
206-4-15 We ran to the pension, so only half of me was wet!
We ran to the pension, so only half of me was wet!
2016-4-16 The storm on the way out (it looked really cool!)
 The storm on the way out (it looked really cool!)
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Fall!

Dear Family and Friends,
This week has been a pretty good week!  It’s heading into autumn here in Comodoro, which is really weird because I haven’t really felt autumn since I left the MTC a year and a half ago.  You might ask “How is that so?” because I’ve been in Argentina for more than a year so I should have felt the fall from last year.  But no, because I went from Puerto Madryn to Rio Grande.  In Puerto Madryn, it still felt like summer, and when I got to Rio Grande, it was already winter down there.  So I didn’t get fall.  But now I do and it’s super nice, the gentle cool breeze and the warm rays of the sun on my face.  I love it!
We had a couple of cool experiences this week;
The first was when we were doing visits with a member of the bishopric.  He was showing us to some of the less actives that we didn’t know and we were hoping that some of these less actives would have family that wasn’t member.  We found a couple, so we’ll start working with them.  But the cool part was an older less active that we found who virtually lives alone (technically his daughter lives there too, but I don’t think that she’s ever there).  So we were talking for a while and then he said, “do you know what, I have been praying for someone to come and talk to me, because I’ve been feeling really alone recently, but now you’ve come, and I have someone to talk to!”  It was way cool to be the answer to his prayer and know that God is watching over him.  So we’ll keep on visiting him, and try to find out if the rest of his family is member.
The other cool thing happened last night. We were doing some visits with some members and we finished at like 8:30, so we were like, “What do we do?” because it was dark and nobody wants to get contacted in the dark (we tried it and everybody though that we were trying to rob them).  I didn’t even think to look at my agenda for some reason, because we had a Plan B, but was like, “Let’s go visit this member family to have them meet my comp” so we went and when we got there we found out that half of them were sick, so we ended up helping the father give blessings to all of his family, which was way cool.
It’s cool to see how the God works, how by small and simple messages or ideas he lets us know where we need to go and what we need to do to help his children get closer to him.  It’s amazing!
The gospel is true.  I feel it more and more every day.  Every time I open the scriptures, every time I kneel down to pray, and every time I share my testimony with someone.  I love it so much, and want everyone to understand it.  Even when we get rejected, when it seems like nobody is at our side, we always have our Older Brother at our side, and he loves us so much, and loves each and every one of us individually.  He knows our names, he knows our difficulties.  And he is 100% willing to help everybody, which is why missionary work is so important!
I love you all so much!  Have a great week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
P.S.  Sorry, no pictures, I left the camera in the pension

It’s a boy!

Dear Family and Friends!

If it wasn’t a boy, I’d be really worried, but his name is Elder Costa, and he’s from Brazil!  I have a Brazilian son!  He’s way cool!  He doesn’t understand too much Spanish, but it’s all right!  It’ll make things even more fun!  It just means that I get to practice my Portuguese!  He’s got a fantastic spirit about him and he super excited to do the work!  This transfer is going to be fantastic!
Conference was also fantastic!  I learned so much, but it was also kinda trunky, with all the marriage and family and temple talks.  But here were my two favorite talks (both of them made me trunky, but that’s not why they were my favorites:)).
The first was in the Elder Uchtdorf’s talk from the Priesthood Session.  He talked as lot about improving family and marriage relations, but my favorite part was towards the end.  He was talking about charity and pride.  He said that if charity is the pure love of Christ, then pride is the defining characteristic of Satan, and should have absolutetly no place in our hearts.  We need to be humble, we need to be loving, and we need to be like Christ.  Also, in the same talk President Uchtdorf shared a quote from Abraham Lincoln:  “Most people are only as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Make up your mind to be happy, and your family and marriage and every other relationship that you have will be happier!
My other favorite talk was Elder Hollands in the last session.  I loved how he talked about how in this life, we are not expected to be perfect, and we will be blessed for the efforts that we put forth to do so.  We need to progress in this life, not watch it go by!  Act!
Also, when I was listening, I got an interesting impression that I would like to share.  Listening to the words of the prophets, I realized how absolutely perfect the Gospel is.  It is absolutely perfect, and what we need to do is apply what we are learning.  We need to listen to the words of the prophets, and not only that, but act upon them.  We need to take something from this Conference and apply it to our daily lives.  If we were to do everything that the prophets ask of us, we would be like the city of Enoch, or the city of Salem, or like the people of Nephi after the Savior had visited them.  It is a possiblity.  What we have to do is work, and apply the teachings of the prophets, and repent when we mess up.  But how much better our lives will be when we follow the counsels of the prophet!
You guys are fantastic!  I love you all!  Have a fantastic week and share the gospel with someone and set a goal to apply a teaching of the prophets that you may be lacking in (we all have problems, none of us is perfect)
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2016-3-30 Me and my son, Elder Costa
Me and my son, Elder Costa!

2016-3-28 P day transfers, a ton of elders in a tiny pension playing cards around a suitcase Me, E Texeira, E Guzman, E Quispe, E Dworshak, E De Oliveira, E Llactuhuaman, and E Bobadilla

P day of transfers, a ton of elders in a tiny pension playing cards around a suitcase:  Me, Elder Texeira, Elder Guzman, Elder Quispe, Elder Dworshak, Elder De Oliveira, Elder Llactuhuaman, and Elder Bobadilla

2016-3-30 Elder Costa, me, E Pace (E Bobadilla's son) and E Bobadilla

Elder Costa, me, Elder Pace (Elder Bobadilla’s son), and Elder Bobadilla

2016-3-29 This is the windo of the Catholic church in my area. Look familiar to anyone

This is the window of the Catholic church in my area.  Look familiar to anyone?

I’m going to be a dad

Dear Family and Friends,
I’m going to be a dad!  For those of you that don’t understand missionary speak, that means that I’m going to be training a greenie (I have to teach him how to be a missionary because it’s going to be his first area!)  I’ll be picking him up on Wednesday, so I still don’t know who he is or where he’s from.  I know that there are a couple of gringos, a brazilian, an argentine, a chilean, and I don’t know what else:)
This week has been a little bit slow due to Holy Week and transfers, but it was a good week too. Little by little we’re finding more people to teach.
We did find a part member family this last week.  It was actually really cool how we found them.  On Monday we were in the cyber and someone walked in and was like “Elderes!”  It turns out she is a member from Jujuy who has been searching for the missionaries and has wanted them to come by her house, but she would always find the missionaries from the North Zone and it looks like they would never pass the reference to us.  So we went by her house the next day and found her.  She’s got quite the story.  She was in an abusive relationship for years and literally had to escape from her house.  Then the depression kicked in and the medicine that she had to take put her into a coma for four years.  Then she came here, worked and got established, and then went back and had to do a legal fight for her son.  And finally got here.  She was telling us her story for about an hour and a half, and I didn’t even know what to say.  I was dumbfounded.  But I think that the part that dumbfounded me the most is her positivity and her desire to do the right things.  Despite all that happened, she is such a happy person.  And she wants to bring her son to the church, and her boyfriend, so we’ll be working with them a lot this transfer!
For Easter this week President and Hermana Rogers decided to do something fun for the Comodoro Zones because there’s nothing to do in Comodoro.  So they invited us all over for lunch on Friday and made BBQ pulled pork sandwiches!  And they were so freaking good!  And American style brownies!  It made me trunky!  I miss the flavor of American food!
I hope that you all had a fantastic Easter!  And always remember to share the gospel!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2016-3-25 E Michel, E Lowe, E Fredricjson, E Galeano, E Llacuhuaman, E Littlefield, E Throckmorton, and me with President and Hermana Rogers
 Elder Michel, Elder Lowe, Elder Fredrickson, Elder Galeano, Elder Quispe, Elder Llactuhuaman, Elder Littlefield, Elder Throckmorton, and me in the lunch with President and Hermana Rogers
 2016-3-25 BBQ pilled pork sandwhiches and american potato salad - it was so good
 BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and american potato salad!  It was so good!
2016-3-22 Literally this is what it was like outside one morning, it was super cool
 Literally this was what it was like outside one morning, it was super cool!