Elder Parker Roberts

Elder Parker Roberts

Monday, February 24, 2014

Touring Argentina on P-Day!

Touring Buenos Aires

Yesterday was the baptism of Brisa and Agustin!! We found their mom like 3 weeks ago and she was baptized in Paraguay but moved to Argentina and has never been to church here. She came the next day to church with her two kids and they all loved it and they have come every week since! Other than the baptism not a lot happened this week. They celebrate valentines day here but I saw nothing. The month of February here, they do this thing called carnivals where they play drums in the streets and dance and they are all dressed up but we have to be in our pension at 9 every night and the carnivals start a little later so I only see them preparing. Hardly any of our investigators showed up and we have dropped a lot of them. We really need to find more this week. This week I had the weirdest lesson of my life. There is a family in this ward that is from Ukraine and they only speak Russian and a little bit of Bulgarian. Except there son can speak Spanish so he has to translate everything. This family was baptized in Bulgaria and it was huge. They said the church wrote a book about them. But it was so weird teaching them in Spanish and then hearing it translated into Russian. That's about it for this week. Pretty much every pday we play soccer but today my district -we are going to tour a little bit of the city so I am excited for that. I miss and love you all! 

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HOLA! That's awesome about Taylor's mission call!!! When does he leave?A few missionaries in my group waited in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for their visas and they loved it! This week was alright. Yesterday we had our two confirmations but other than that it wasn't the best. None of our investigators showed up to church. It was a bummer. We had one that has started coming with us every week but he lives with his girlfriend and is not going to get married or separated so he cant be baptized but he comes to church with us every week so we don't count him. Saturday we had lessons with all our investigators and they were all committed to go to church. Sunday morning we passed by and couldn't find any of them except for one. The one we found has a problem with drinking on the weekends. In the weekdays we have awesome lessons with him and he says he is not going to drink on the weekends but the past two weeks he has done it. Sunday morning we talked with him and his arm was really deformed because he fell off his roof because he was drunk so he went to the hospital rather than church. So we dropped pretty much all of our investigators and we are starting pretty new this week. Sorry probably a boring letter but not a lot happened this week. I am doing awesome. I am loving it here! Pray that we can find people prepared for the gospel. I love and miss you! 

Elder Roberts

 stuffed dog. creepy!
 The other side of the swamp is Uruguay
Love the shadows from the ship. 4 pesos to tour this ship. Worth it!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

I love the city!

My first week in the city was good! I didn't think I would like the city a lot but so far I really like it. There are a ton of people. The train station is a huge building with millions of people walking in all directions. It is so crazy. The streets here are really dirty. There are still a ton of dogs and a ton of garbage. A lot of homeless people. Every garbage can I see someone is either inside it or digging through it. It's pretty disgusting. I also have another villa in my area and we are working a lot in this villa. Yesterday we had 3 investigators at church. Saturday night we found a lady from Paraguay that was baptized when she was 11 years old and was active until she was 15. When she was 15 she moved here to Argentina and hasn't been to church or talked with anyone from the church for over 20 years. She went with her kids went for the first time yesterday and they had an awesome time.We are excited for them. I really like the ward here! The church here is the biggest church I have seen in my life. Its a massive building. It has 3 massive floors. The bottom floor is an indoor garage. The middle floor is full of classrooms and the top floor is the Sacrament room and has a basketball court with AC! Also it has drinking fountains and I have only seen drinking fountains in one other place here in Argentina so I am happy about that. And dad- I get an hour of language study every day unless we have meetings which we have a few every week so i get about 4 days a week of an hour of language study. My Spanish is improving a lot. My companion really wants to learn English so I am helping him with that. He wanted me to pray in English and it was the hardest thing in my life. I could hardly do it with out saying Spanish words. I think either this Saturday or Monday I will be going to the temple here! That is hilarious about David and Austin. Sounds like a bummer Superbowl. I only heard it was the Broncos and Seahawks but I am really surprised the Seahawks won. Thanks for everything! I love and miss you all!

Elder Roberts

This morning I went to the temple for the first time here in Buenos Aires! Its was so awesome! I saw the Eberhards!!!! I love seeing them! Elder Eberhard participated in the session I was in and then I got to talk to Hermana Eberhard before I left the temple! It was way fun! This week was good! It rained a lot and I loved it except it is super humid now and it brought out a ton of mosquitos. At church yesterday I had a talk but right before sacrament meeting President Gonzalez( I think he is like in the area of the seventy here) showed up and asked for 15 minutes to speak so he took my spot and another missionary's spot but he gave an awesome talk. I also got to hear from him when Elder Holland came and he gave an awesome talk there. He talked a lot about the youth building a strong foundation and staying strong. It was really good. We had a lot of investigators at church yesterday but I was a little disappointed because we have a family we are teaching with 5 kids and only 2 of there kids showed up. We are still working with the family that we found and there mom is a member. Her kids are awesome! They are reading the Book of Mormon everyday and love going to church! They have gone to church as a family the past two weeks! We are really excited for them. That's it for this week. Not a lot happened. I am loving it here! Mom- I am as happy as can be. I love it here! Yes, President and Sister Ayre are awesome! They remind me of you and dad. They are super young. They are super loving and love to have fun. I am so happy to have them!

Love and miss you!
Elder Roberts