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
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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

USA!!! USA!!! USA!!!

Dear Family and Friends!

If you aren’t watching the Copa America, watch it!  The States are in the semifinals with Argentina tomorrow!!!!  VAMOS VAMOS USA!!!!  Watch it for me, because I won’t be allowed to:)
So today officially starts transfer number 17!  The last one!  I can’t believe it!  I feel like I just got to the mission!  But now, my group is officially the oldest one!  It doesn’t seem real!  And I’ll be staying with Elder Trost, which’ll be cool!  Although we die at the same time…  O well, that’ll be a whitewash for Unión II!  But this transfer is going to be the greatest transfer ever!!!!!!!!!!
Other than that, this week has been busy!  There were two baptisms in the zone on Saturday, which was way cool!  And we went to Puerto Madryn to get legal again (my comp and I have been illegal for 3 months, but finally we got the paper from Buenos Aires and got legal).  They only threatend to kick us out once, and then they legalized us:)  It helped that we were two gringos that knew how to speak Spanish well, and the person that was attending us was a talkative 20 year old girl:)
It was way cool though, because I saw something that Sea World doesn’t have!  Remember the whales from last week?  Yeah, huge, much bigger than Sea World will ever have!  Let alone train to jump completely out of the water!  It was so cool!  I wish I could have filmed it!  I’m talking a HUGE WHALE, jump COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WATER!!!!  Just think a semi truck throwing itself out of the water, and then the splash that would follow!!!! SO COOL!!!!!
Also, real quick, I want to share a quick thought that we talked about in a missionary council a couple of weeks ago, about inviting others to receive the gospel.  Someone said, if we are not willing to invite someone to hear the gospel, we are not truly their friends.  It was kinda harsh, but it is so true.  This gospel is the only thing that will save people, and we are the only ones that have it.  So we need to share it!
¡Les quiero mucho!  And GO AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Elder Trenton Behunin2016-6-19 Gringos!!!
2016-6-15 Drinking Mate
Drinking Mate
2016-6-17 Father's Day Activity in Ward

Whales!!!!!!!!!!

Dear Family and Friends!
This week has been super busy, but super fun!
We’ve honestly got like 10 people who could get baptized in any moment, or atleast with one more attendence, they just lack a little bit of a push.  But we don’t know what it is yet though…  We’re working on it though, and praying that miracles will happen as well.  We’ve started to see the beginning of one of those miracles though is that one of our investigators, who said that he was going to go out to sea, is now not going to go out to sea, and has found a job here close, which is super nice.  So we need to take advantage of that, and there could be a family that gets baptized for the end of this month.
The highlight of this week was definitely Pday.  It’s the third anniversary of the mission!  And President and Hermana Rogers go home in two weeks😦  But we all went up to Playa El Doradillo in Puerto Madryn to go see the whales!  I guess it  wasn’t even as good as it gets!  But it was so cool!  Literally you looked out over the bay and just saw 3 or 4 whales at a time!  And there were a couple that were literally so close that you could literally hear the sounds of their breathing and everything!  We had two that were like 100 yards from shore and just played and played there for a like a half an hour! It was so cool!
I don’t have all that much time though!  Share the gospel!  (And save the whales:))!!!!!!
¡Les quiero!
Elder Trenton Behunin2016-6-13 It was hard to get that picture because the rocks were slick and my shoes damp!
Playa El Doradillo  Me, Elder Michel, and Elder Faundez
2016-6-13 The zone with our goodbye sign to President and Hermana Rogers (Michel, Munoz, Trost, Souza, Lopez, Me and then on the bottom DOyel, Choc, Quispe, Flores)
Our goodbye sign to President and Sister Rodgers in our new mission shirts!

2016-6-13 I thought this was a cool picture

2016-6-13 Just Chillin'

 

There went our fun!

2016-6-10 A cool tunnel in Gaiman

The Restoration

Dear Family and Friends,
While all of you guys are starting your summer vacations, it’s getting cold down here.  Like, coat weather every day!  But it’s fun!
We’ve got several investigators that still have the potential to be baptized this month, we’ve just got to help them take the last few steps.  But we’re teaching some pretty great people right now.

I think the best part of the week was church yesterday though.  For a couple of reasons.  The first was that one of the less actives that we’ve been working with came to church after 15 years of inactivity.  And what was even more amazing was the way that the ward welcomed him back.  Everyone was talking to him, and in their prayers they were all giving thanks that he came back.  Afterward he said that he didn’t think that even that many people would remember him, let alone recognize him and treat him so well.  And the better part is that he was that there are seven members of his family that are not members, and he is so excited and wants them all to get baptized!  So we’ll be working a lot with them!

Then the other part of church that was cool was the Gospel Principles class.  We watched the short video of the Restoration and then everyone shared their testimony about it (there were only recent converts and less actives and members) and the spirit was so strong!  Everybody felt it, and it strengthened my testimony even more of the Restoration of this church!  Then, during Sacrament Meeting right afterwards, it just so happens that opening hymn was “Joseph Smith’s First Prayer” and the Spirit was even stronger.  Then, during the testimony meeting several people got up and testified specifically of the First Vision, and the Spirit just filled me!  It was one of the most spiritual experiences in church that I’ve had in all of my mission!  It was amazing!

Then, to make it better, today in the morning I was writing the date, and realized that it was two years to the date since I had received my endowments in the Palmyra Temple, and later that day went to the Sacred Grove, the very place where Joseph Smith received his First Vision, and where I gained such a strong testimony of it.  It is amazing!  I know that it’s true!  I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, and that through him the Church and Priesthood were restored!!!! I love it so much!
And here’s a funny from church…:)
My whole Ward is old here, I’m not even kidding.  They are all retired.  And here’s proof.  One of them, yesterday during their testimony, testified that President Benson is God’s living prophet guiding the church today.:)  Yes, President Benson!  He died before I was even born!  But I guess at one point he was a living prophet too:)  Oh, and also, the whole ward in their testimonies all testified about death.  That was weird too…
I love you all!  Have a great week!  Share the góspel with somebody!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2016-6-6 my first haircut in 4 months!!!!!!!
My 1st haircut in 4 months!!!!

Getting ready to dunk some people:)

Dear Family and Friends!
This week has been a really good week!  We’ve been working a ton and finally seeing some results.  At the beginning of the transfer we said that we weren’t going to visit less actives unless everything falls at it’s 7:30ish and we haven’t been able to sit all day.  It’s been a couple of long hard weeks without a lot of sitting, but this week things have gone pretty good:)  We’ve a couple of families that should be getting baptized for June:)  And obviously we’re not done looking:)
The first is Alejandro, Marcela, and Danitza.  I wrote last week about them.  They’re pretty great!  They came to church on Sunday and everything!  And, they’re going to get married it looks like!  Last week we challenged them to go take out a turn to get married and they said they would do it on Friday.   Now when people say they will do something like that, they generally don’t and we have to go take out the turn with them, but they went!  But they couldn’t take out the turn because the computers were down, but they said that they would go on Monday to take it out!  And, we were talking about them doing their scripture study and she was like, “It’s hard to find time” and then Alejandro said, “But in the mornings when we’re drinking mate we can read together!”  And she was like “Yeah, let’s do that!”  We didn’t even have to say anything!  It was super great!
The second family is Verónica and Gonzalo.  We found them contacting this last week.  It was super cool, we knocked and talked to her for a little bit, and she said, “I have to go, but tomorrow you can come by if you want to listen to my problems.”  So we were like, “Sounds great, we love listening to problems!”  We went back the next day and found out about her divorce and the problems that she’s having with her teenage son Gonzalo and talked a little bit about lesson 3, and ended up putting a fecha!  And she accepted it so easily, saying that she wants to be able to start her live over!  And then as we were leaving she’s like, “I’ve got a question: what happens after we die?”  So we were like “We love talking about that, can we talk about it next time?”  She agreed, and a couple minutes later out of the blue she was like “Why are there so many different churches if there’s only one God?”  So we were like “We’ve got a lesson for that too!”  It was so great!
And here’s a cool follow up story from Calafate!  I don’t know if anybody remembers me writing about Cristian, the young adult that nearly got baptized several times in Calafate, but decided he didn’t want anything more both times he was going to get baptized?  I’ll include a picture of him. Anyway, he got baptized last week!  It was so great to hear!  My comp and I had suffered so much trying to help him but he was too afraid to take the last step!  But when I found out he made it I nearly cried for joy!  But I didn’t because I was too tired because I had just finished a really long day and it was 11:00 PM.:)
Anyways, you guys are all great!  Share the gospel with somebody this week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2016-5-30 (2015-9-14) Cristian from Calafate
Cristian, from Calafate

We cleaned the bedroom of who knows how many years of elders!

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
 2016-5-18 Our miracle Lunch.JPG