The CCM is great! Spanish is coming along really well. We teach people every day in our IP and we just committed one of our IPs to baptism. It was so cool even though they aren't real. But they are pretty hard on us in there so I guess we did good. But anyways, this week we get to go proselyting in Buenos Aires. It should be so fun. The elders that went out last week actually started teaching a family, and some got robbed, but my comp has been boxing for the past 5 years, and i am pretty big, so we will be fine. Just kidding, we would go to jail. But today we get to go to the temple again. We went last week and it was absolutely beautiful. The spirit is so strong there. I cant wait to go back today. We had the most incredible thunderstorm this week, it was the most beautiful thing i have ever seen.
Spanish is coming along
really good, we just got a new group of latinos today because the other
group left Tuesday. They are a lot quieter than the other group, but
hopefully they will open up, and no, I havent gotten out to get that
meat! I want to go get some soooo bad. I am going to respond to all of you the best i can
with the time I have. I love you all. you are in my prayers. I am doing
my best out here. 4 weeks left till the field!!! I have no more time, sorry it was so short. Tell
everyone i love them and that the church is true.!!
Dan & Elder Finnegan in front of the Buenos Aires Temple
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Man this week has been so crazy. In Atlanta I met up with about 16 other missionaries, 10 elders & 6 sisters. Then we got on the gnarly flight to buenos aires, 9 hours, in the middle row, with a bar under my seat and no leg room. It was kinda miserable. But we landed in Buenos Aires, went through customs, got on a random bus, gave the guy our money and passports, and started driving, haha. It was sketchy, but we turned out okay. We have 200 pesos but we dont buy anything at the CCM becuase there arent any stores. We got here and were assigned our companions. My comp is elder Finnegan. he is from St Louis and he is such a stud. We have a ton in common, like his favorite movie is top gun!!! He legit looks like goose! I'll send you a pic when i get the chance.
The CCM is cool, super busy all day, no free time basically. I play soccer every day with the latinos so tell Corinne to step her game up cause im gonna kick her butt when i get home. Seriously though, the way they play soccer is unreal!!! So in our room we have 8 people, me and my comp and then 6 Latinos. We speak no english, not in class, not at meals. So my spanish is coming along well, but its not me. I know the Espiritu Santo is helping me out big time. P'day is the bomb. We just play soccer all day and then write family. Getting emails is like Christmas! Soo cool. I feel bad because I cant write everyone. So anyways. there is this place outside the CCM that apparently has the best meat in Argentina. and its always packed! I want to go soo bad as smoke from the bbqs is there 24/7. And i guess there is no rules for the road down here? I saw a guy with a horse drawn wagon full of stuff driving down the freeway, no joke, a guy with a horse and a trailer trotting down a freeway with semi trucks and huge buses!! There are all these wild horses in the field outside the CCM and packs of wild dogs are always walking around the CCM. You have to watch your food. You cant leave your tray outside cause they will eat it, haha.
Anyways, we have to go, i am being kicked off. I will write more next week. I love and miss you all.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
I MADE IT!!!!
I can only write three lines today because it is just to let you know I made it here. But just to let you know I can receive emails from anyone at this address (email@example.com) but I have to respond by an actual letter unless its family. Its seriously amazing down here. Beautiful country, I cant wait to go out and talk to people. The flight was sooooo long. But we made it and that's what counts! I can't wait to learn the language and spread the gospel everywhere. That's I can write today. But Thursday is the day to email me and I will respond. I love you all!!!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Hey guys! I am finally leaving!!!! I fly out of San Diego tomorrow morning and will arrive in Buenos Aires, Argentina Thursday morning to receive training for six weeks before proceeding on to Uruguay. It's so unreal to think its actually happening. I am so stoked to go out and serve for the next two years! I love this gospel! It's the best thing in my life. I have been so blessed with this opportunity to go out and serve the people of Uruguay for the next two years. I am excited to share this gospel and the happiness it brings through the atonement of Christ. I cannot wait to testify about eternal families, living prophets, the power of the priesthood, the Book of Mormon, and all that the gospel has to offer!
I will miss you all! But I will write as often as I can. I will keep you updated. Write me as much as you can. My addresses will be posted on here every time they change. You can write me for the next few weeks at:
Elder Daniel Staffieri
Uruguay Montevideo West Mission
Argentina Missionary Training Center
Autopista Ricchieri y Puente 13
1778 Ciudad Evita
I love you all! See you soon!