Don’t cry for me Argentina!

Dear Family and Friends,

The end has come.  And Argentina weeps:)  Not kidding, it’s been raining here for nearly a week and a half!  She doesn’t want me to leave:)  But she’ll have one more week with me, and I’m on my way home!  I can’t believe it!  It’s gone by so fast!
This week has been nice and wet, perfect for baptizing!  We have so many investigators that are just so close to making it, we’ll see if we can get atleast one of them in the water for this weekend:) Because that would just be the perfect way to end the mission!
I don’t have a lot of time today, but I want to share my testimony really fast.  In D&C 76 we find the testimony of Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon.  They said “And now, after the many testimonies that have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all that we give of Him, that He lives!”  As an authorized representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, I solemnly declare the same.  I also invite all people, unto the ends of the earth (hehe, quite literally:)) to repent and come unto him.  Now you may say I might just be saying that, that I might just be using big words to sound cool, but I know it!  I love it!  This gospel is true!  And I am so grateful to my Heavenly Father for this chance that he has given me to share His gospel and wear his name on my chest!  (Included are photos of my plaque that I’ve worn every day for these last two years, along with my calling as a missionary!).  I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that he restored this gospel through the power of God!  I know that he knows each one of us!  And that he sent me here to have the best two years for my life!
The gospel is true!  And for the last time as an authorized missionary and representative of Him, I invite all to come unto Him, to have faith in him, to repent and have their change of heart, to be baptized by the proper authority and become worthy to recieve the permanent companionship of the Holy Ghost, and they continue living their lives worthy until the end!
Estos cosas comparto en el nombre de mi Salvador y Redentor Jesucristo, Amen.
¡Les quiero mucho!
Elder Trenton Behunin

Trabajando aful!!!!

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been a wet week!  It rained like 4 days straight, followed by a bitter cold!  Literally one night we could hardly get to the pension because the streets were literally coursing rivers!  But it was super fun!  I wish I would have gotten pictures, but I didn’t want my camera to get ruined taking it outside and getting it soaking wet!
We found a couple of really cool investigators from Colombia this week!  Like really cool!  They’ve been in Argentina like 7 weeks, and they still speak super Colombian!  Like I have to concentrate really really hard sometimes to understand them.  And the daughter, Manuela, came to church this week.  And when we showed up to pick her up to go, she was in a dress and everything, which is really cool because most investigators go in just normal clothes, and we hadn’t even told her to wear a dress.  And what’s better is that she clicked almost immediately with the only YW in the ward and it just so happens that the mom of that YW served her mission in Colombia!  So that’ll be super great for fellowshipping!
This week I had my last zone meeting, which means that those of us that were going home had to share our last testimonies.  That was super weird.  I couldn’t believe it.  It’s been cool because during the mission, even when I feel like crying sometimes when I feel the Spirit, it just hasn’t happened.  But let me tell you, I couldn’t hold back the tears in those moments.  I know this gospel is true.  I love it so much.  And I would bear the whole testimony, but I’ll probably wait until next week, my last letter from the mission!  So you’ll just have to wait!
Share the gospel, and live it as well!  Share it by living it!
¡Les quiero mucho!
Elder Trenton Behunin

“That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse”

Dear Family and Friends,

This last week has possible been the most busy week of my mission, no joke.  I was a day in Comodoro, a day in Puerto Madryn, and several days in meetings here in Trelew.  Not to mention Saturday was Independence Day here in Argentina so that made Saturday interesting:)  But it was super fun!
We did have a miracle in the work though, even being so busy.  On Monday, we found an investigator named Rocio.  She’s super cool, and the lesson we had with her was great.  We taught Lesson 3, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and when we got to the point about baptism, she told us that she had never been baptized, and wanted to do so, and asked if we could baptize her:)  So that was super cool:)
We had another miracle doing the paperwork to make another elder legal this week:)  We had to go pay for the paper in the bank, but the migrations office didn’t tell us until an hour before they closed.  So we got to the bank and took out a turn, and realized that it was for two hours later.  We were like “oh crap, we’re going to have to come back up here because the office is going to close already.”  Our weekly allowance as zone leaders was already out for the coming week, and we were kind of stuck.  So we said a quick prayer and just put our faith that everything was going to turn out.  5 minutes later a woman walks up to us and gives us a piece of paper, we look at it, and it’s a turn that was 35 before ours!  We ended up paying the fee and arriving in the migrations office 5 minutes before it closed!  It was amazing!
I also had a first this week, but don’t worry, nothing really bad happened.  It just scratched my arm a little bit.  But I got bit by a dog!  It was my fault though.  We were playing with a frisbee with an investigator and a dog shows up and starts chasing the frisbee and starts getting really excited.  So we start throwing it faster so it doesn’t tackle us when we have the frisbee.  But someone threw me a floater and the dog caught up as I grabbed it and the dog, instead of grabbing the frisbee, grabbed my arm,  Fortunatly I was layered, so it only scratched me, and didn’t even rip my shirt (not the same story about my sweater though:))  But now I can say I’ve lived the mission, being bit by a dog:)
One last thought real quick.  I was going through my stuff the other day and found a little card that my English teacher my senior year, Ms. Merril, gave to all of us.  It had a quote by Walt Whitman that really got me thinking.  “That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.”  Followed by the question “What will your verse be?”  At the point I really didn’t understand the quote completely, but now after nearly two years in the mission field I understand it much more.  We’re such a small part of this world, such a small part of God’s plan, or his play.  But even being so small, we have been given the opportunity to act our part.  How are we going to act it?  How are we going to put our mark on this great act?  I’m going to meditate on that this week, and I invite all of you to do the same.  What is your part in God’s plan?  How are you going to help him in his Play (Plan) of Salvation?
¡Les quiero mucho!
Elder Trenton Behunin

The 4th of July Asado! So good!

2016-7-5 the muertos of the leadership council elder Clark, goodman, me , Housley, Boyd, Cardwell, Trost, Cano, Smith, and Hermana Littlefireld! THe quality wasn't great, but the picture yeah!

The “muertos” of the Leadership council!  (Elders Clark, Goodman, me, Housley, Boyd, Cardwell, Trost, Cano, Smith, and Hermana Littlefield!)  The quality wasn’t great, but the picture yeah:)

Puerto Madryn (Elders Trost, Pans, Souza, and me)2016-7-9 my dog bite

My dog bite! 🙂

4th of July!!!!

Dear Family and Friends!

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!  GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!!  I love Argentina so much, but it’ll never take the place of America!  Today is a beautiful day to remember everything that God has done for us in the creation of our beautiful country that we call home!  Atheists may mock, but we say “In God is our Trust” for a reason, and if we cease to say it, and cease to trust in Him, then the same thing that happened to the Nephites and the Jaredites will happen to us!  So trust Him!
This week has been great!  We had 5 investigators in church, something I’ve never had in two years almost!  It was so cool, especially because we hadn’t expected 3 of them because they said they were going to work!
The coolest probably was with Veronica and Gonzalo.  She’s a woman with a lot of problems, emotional, health, and familiar.  We’ve been helping her and her whole life is changing, and that of her son, Gonzalo.  She was super sick one of the days that we passed by and we offered her a blessing and she said that she would like one.  So we gave it to her and when she finished she was crying and said that she could feel power coming out of our hands as we blessed her:)  It was a bit evangelical, but it was cool too:)
We also put a cool fecha with a girl we’ve been teaching English to.  We extended the invitation and she originally said no, but at the end she said yes.  We then asked her to confirm it through prayer and she said she would, but that she already knew that God would say yes:)  So that was cool.
So President Rogers finished his mission last week, and an argentine, President Salerno, arrived.  and the first thing he did, according to the assistants, was make it so we could drink mate!  (a traditional argentine drink).  So I tried it, it’s good, but different!
Have a great week!  I love you all!  God bless the USA!
¡Les quiero mucho!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2016-7-1 Me drinking Mate

Champions of America! Almost…

Dear Family and Friends,

So Argentina lost last night to Chile, so the whole country is in a depressive and angry state.  They really don’t like the Chileans here right now:)
This week has been super stressfull, mostly because it was transfers this week.  Literally I spent all of Monday, half of Tuesday, and half of Wednesday sitting on a bench in the bus terminal.  We got to the terminal when the bus was supposed to get there, and it would arrive way late, and always about 15 minutes before the next bus was supposed to arrive, so we’d have to wait around and then that bus would show up late.  I can’t tell you how many times that happened:)  And we only almost lost one missionary:)  But that wasn’t our fault.  The other zone leaders put her on the wrong bus:)
All of our investigators are sick.  They were all going to go to church, and then the day before they all got the flu.  That really kinda sucked.  But oh well, they’ll come next week:)  They’re progressing really well, and the’ll be getting baptized soon.  We’re working with one named Veronica who has depression and family problems and doesn’t think that God loves her because of all the trials that she has in her life, but it’s been cool to see that as she’s humbled herself she’s gotten better, her life no, but her happiness and health yes, as she’s read and prayed  and completely submitted herself to her Heavenly Father.  But, she got the flu and couldn’t come to church:(
The weeks are going by faster and faster, it’s so unreal.  Am I a little bit (or maybe a little bit more than a little bit) trunky, yes:)  However, quoting from Monte Python and the Holy Grail, “I’m not dead yet!” 🙂 jajaja:)
¡Les quiero mucho!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2016-6-24 me, E Pans, E Souza, H Flores, H quispe,  and E Trost
Me, Elder Pans, Elder Trost (I don’t know what he’s doing), Elder Souza, Hermana Quispe, and Hermana Flores