My creativity is in the drain right now…

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been a good week!  Hard, but good!

We found a couple of really cool new investigators this week! They were already working on the papers to get married before we even got there! She had listened to the missionaries before and loved what she heard, but she never got baptized because she wanted it to be a family thing. I guess the missionaries got tired of trying or something but they dropped her and we refound her. We set up an appointment with her but she wasn’t there when we got there, but her husband was outside so we talked to him for about a half an hour and gained his confidence, and then she showed up and let us in and we talked with the whole family. Then later in the week we had a lesson just with him. And both times the Spirit was super strong. And it was cool to see the change in him in just those couple of days. When we first met him he was very closed and didn’t seem like he wanted much to do with us, but at the end of the second lesson with him, his whole demeanor had changed! It was super cool!

We also built a roof this week!  That was fun!  I now know how to build almost every part of the exterior part of the house, or atleast have a little bit of experience in it!  The big bad wolf won’t be able to blow my house down!  Hopefully:)
Also, our miracle lunch.  We didn’t have lunch one day, so we decided to make mashed potatoes, gravy, and milanesa.  And everything went wrong.  First off the potato peeler didn’t work.  Then the gravy recipe was bad and we had to adjust it (it looked like pancakes for a little bit there) and then the bread was moldy so we couldn’t make bread crumbs with it.  But we worked with what we had and it turned out great!  Like so good!
Have a fantastic week!  I love you all!
¡Les quiero!
Elder Trenton Behunin
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I can’t think of a Good title

Dear Family and Friends,
I’m loving Trelew!  It’s nice and cool, there’s not as much wind, the streets are mostly made of cement, and they are trees!  It’s so beautiful!
Things are going pretty well here.  We’ve got a lot of potential from what I can see, we just need to unlock it.  We’ve got several investigators who are just missing a little bit, and several less actives that if they come back to church their children will be able to be baptized.  We just need to find the way that the gospel can touch their lives and help them make the sacred covenants that they so dearly need.  And then, we’re out looking for other people to teach too, and we’re going to find them!  They’re out there, we just need to go get them:)
For instance, we found one, or more like she kind of found us this week:)  Her name is Florencia, and she’s the 19-year-old daughter of an inactive family that we’ve been working with.  We’ve mostly been focusing on her parents, but out of the blue we received a text from her dad telling us that she had taken his Book of Mormon and was reading it in her spare time, and that she had expressed her desire to serve a mission!  And she’s not even a member!  So we’ll be working with her to help her to be act upon those feelings that she’s been feeling before they drift away into nothingness!
We also had Stake Conference this week, and I’d like to share the story that a young man shared with us that really impressed me.  He said that about a month ago, one of his friends had her 15th birthday party (for girls in Latin America, your 15th birthday is the most important and everybody celebrates it like crazy).  So he went to her party and everything was going well until about 3 AM, when they started pullng out the alcohol and the whole mood of the party changed.  He said that he felt really uncomfortable and didn’t know what to do.  He had his hands in his pockets, and felt a piece of paper inside.  When he pulled it out, he realized that it was a piece of paper that he had received in a Family Home Evening, and as he read it, he felt that he should leave, and so he did.  As he was walking home, he said he felt nervous and very lonely, so he decided that he would quote the Scripture Mastery Scriptures from Seminary.  And when he finished, he started singing his favorite hymn (Abide with Me, I believe) and said that as he did so, he could feel the testimony that God really is there in every circumstance for us.  We just have to have the faith that he is ready and willing to answer our prayers and reward our sacrifices.  We all need to be like that Young Man, applying every day what we learn and living the gospel in every aspect of our lives!
This church is true, and God’s hand is in this work, the work of salvation!  And we are all a part of it, be it the work of the temple, or the work of missionaries, we need to do it, and we need to do it all!  There are souls to be saved, and we have the only way to save them!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin

Greetings from Trelew!

Dear Family and Friends!
Well, this morning I got on a bus and now I’m writing from Trelew, which is about 5 hours north of Comodoro!  My area is Union II, and my new comp Elder Trost (he’s from my same group which is really wierd!)  Him being my comp officially ends two streak.  The first is that since my very first comp, I’ve been with every other comp for atleast 2 transfers (emphasis on atleast) until Elder Costa.  The other streak is the latin comp streak.  I haven’t had a gringo comp in more than 15 months!  Since January of last year!  So it’ll be fun to speak English again!
But now I’m in my last area, which is super weird.  Like really weird.  But I’m going to fight to the finish!  Don’t worry!

I did have one experience that really reminded me why I am here on the mission.  We were sitting in a bus one day returning to our area talking and a lady sitting behind us starts talking to us out of the blue.  She talked a while, and then she told us that she was a member, but that she had been inactive for 30 years because her mom made her stop going because she thought that the mormons were brainwashing her daughter (she was 21 at that point).  So naturally, we invited her to come back to church, but she declined.  But we kept on talking to her and it came up that she had always wanted to serve a mission, and that she was planning to do so but her parents didn’t let her, and that that has been a lifelong regret for her.  So we told her that if she came back to church and got everything in order that she could still serve a mission and at that point she nearly started to cry, and she was like “I want to, I want to!”  Then we asked her if she still had her Book of Mormon and she said no, that her mom had thrown away all of her church books and seminary stuff and everything.  So we gave her a new one and again she started to cry and she said that she would read it every day, and that she knew that God had placed her on that bus with us, and it was a special sign for her because that day was also her birthday.  It was really cool.  When she got off the bus, we just looked at each other and smiled.  It was one of the most beautiful feelings in the world!

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY YESTERDAY TO MY BEAUTIFUL MOTHER!!!!!! It was also so fantastic talking to my mom yesterday for Mothers Day (and the rest of the family too:))!  Next time I see them, it’ll be face to face!
Now I’m going to kick butt here in Trelew!  It’s a new city, with new things to see, new doors to touch, new people to talk to, and new investigators to baptize!
I hope that you all have a fantastic week!  Share the gospel with somebody this week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
Our lamb asado!! So good!
My Easter package finally arrived! I don’t know where it got hung up!
Just Hanging out with my “Peeps” and my corner got really really messy!!
Our service project this week – putting a new roof on this house. I forget to take a before picture of it but here is the after!

I thought this sign was funny! It says “we don’t inherit the earth from our fathers, we are borrowing it from our children.  Garbage has a place”  and then everyone throws their garbage right there!

The Gonzalez Family and  The Andrade Family

Una Semana en Sus Pasos

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was a pretty good week, I’m not going to lie:)  We had a mission activity called “Semana en Sus pasos” or “Week in His shoes” where we were supposed to be the most obedient we could, asked to sacrifice something even more, and start and end the week with a fast.  And it helped! Miracles happened and we finally have investigators again!:)
The first I wasn’t there to experience:(  But it’s all good!  His name is Jonathon, and my comp found him when we were on divisions!  And he put the baptisimal date and everything with him!  I’m so proud of him!  (But I didn’t get to see my son’s first baptisimal date:().  He said that he had no idea what to do, but decided to do what we had practiced and it all turned out!  My son is a stud!
The second I was there for:)  And it was pretty great:)  So on the first day of Elder Costa’s mission 5 weeks ago, we contacted a lady named Gabriela who said that we could come back to teach her, but we were never able to find her.  So on Friday we were contacting in the street and we contacted her again!  And she asked us go by her house again!  So that very day we went to her house and found her and it was one of the most spiritual lessons I’ve ever been in.  She accepted everything so well and she felt the spirit of the Restoration super strong!  It was fantastic!  And then we invited her to baptism and she said yes!  And then we talked about attending church and the whole lesson she had told us how much she didn’t want to attend a church, but she said yes to that as well!  Then she told us thast last week an evangelical pastor friend had invited her to her church and she had said “No, because God is looking for me somewhere else”  And then she said “I know that God put you two in my path again for a reason!  He’s looking for me in your church!”  And then in the closing prayer she asked God to help her come to church and to make it to her baptismal date (unfortunatley something happened and she couldn’t come yesterday, but next week there’s still hope!).  It was so fantastic!  Finding people like these is the reason that we do missionary work!  Because their out there!  They just don’t know what they are looking for until we find them!  I love this work!  It’s amazing!
Also, a different kind of miracle.  So Sunday was fast Sunday, and here, we start the fast at lunch on Saturday and end it at lunch on Sunday.  So Saturday night we were trying to figure out what to do because everything fell and we were like, who can we visit that won’t offer us food?  So we decided to visit a member family, but we chose the wrong one.  We got there and they were having a huge asado, and I wanted to die.  Because not only does asado taste good, but it smells super good too.  But we decided not to eat, although it hurt to my very core:)  So Sunday our lunch got cancelled so we were in the pension of the other elders preparing to make pasta when the landlord of the other elders comes up and says, “Come eat with us!”  So we went down and they had asado!  We were blessed the next day not only with lunch, but also with asado!  And it doesn’t end there!  That night we went with the family that we are going to do Skype with to confirm at what times we could be there next week, and they were doing an asado too!  Two asados is one day, all for not breaking my fastSaturday night!  Not only does they Lord bless us spiritually for our sacrifices, but he blesses us temporally as well:)
I hope that you all have a fantastic week!  Share the gospel with somebody!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
Taco Night with Elder Sosa, me, Elder Guzman, Elder Costa, and Hna Andrade
We have to send pictures of our pension’s cleanliness to the mission, so here’s my pension for you guys as well. And yes that is the whole 3′ by 4″ bathroom! It has been interesting.

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain!

Dear Family and Friends,

I honestly feel like I broke a rule on Saturday, but at the same time not.  As missionaries, we are not allowed to enter the water to go swimming (only to baptize).  All week long was kind of stormy, and everyone was like “there’s going to be a huge storm,so be careful”  So on Saturday, it arrived. And oh my goodness did we get wet.  It rained straight and hard from aboutmidnight to 4:00 PM. We were outside for about two hours in the morning before lunch, and I honestly felt like I was swimming (thus breaking rules) but at the same time I feel like I would have been drier if I would have gone swimming (so not so much:)).  My rain coat that is supposed to be waterproof wasn’t so waterproof that day.  And then I left it drying for like 9 hours and when it was still kind of wet afterward.  We got wet!
The miracle this week had to do with that storm.  My comp is from the center of Brazil, and there is no such thing as cold there.  So he couldn’t buy anything for cold weather, including a cold weather rain coat.  So on Monday we were visiting some people and some members called us and said to go by their house.  So we went and they gave my comp a really nice winter coat that was water resistant.  I’m talking really nice, like when it rained on Saturday he got less wet than I did!  But that coat saved him, and just in time!  The Lord takes care of his missionaries!
I know that this church is true!  I know that we have a Heavenly Father who lives and loves us and is always taking care of us!  It doesn’t matter who we are or where we are, we have the opportunity, if we are willing to draw ourselves nearer to him (I’m sorry if that sounds weird, it sounds really weird to me, in Spanish there is a verb that says that, acercarse, so I hope I explained it well:))
Share the gospel with someone this week!  And choose something specific to do to “acercarse” to the Lord this week:)
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2016-4-20 They say the more raindrops that land on your nametag, the more beautiful your future wife becomes! That means this week was a good week!
They say that the more raindrops that land on your nametag, the more beautiful your future wife becomes!  That means that this week was a good week:)
2016-4-23 Beofre we headed out
Before we headed out
Afterwards:)
The water got through my rain coat! The rain jacket goes to the knees, but it didn’t work this time:)
 Stage one of drying was not working great so we went to stage two of drying (stacking two chairs to the hot air hit the coats even more but we had to be watching to make sure they didn’t burn!