Everything is great here in Argentina! I love it down here, I hope that you all are doing well. This week we had a really cool experience. Me and Elder Rose were out contacting, and we weren´t really finding anyone that was interested, so we said a little prayer, and then after we looked down the street and there was absolutely no one in sight. So we decided the next person we saw we were going to set a baptism date. hahaha the next second a couple turned the corner, and we were like... really a couple, this is going to be fun! haha so we went up and started talking to them. They are so amazing!!!! They are 19 and 18, and she had been taking the lessons a couple months ago (her name is Guadalupe) and he came to church a couple times a few years ago (Brian). And they both said that this is what they have been looking for and they have been praying for! We set a baptism date with them, and they are preparing to be baptized in the next couple of weeks! He just has to work on somethings with work so he doesn´t have to work on sundays, and then they are going to be baptized! It was so amazing! The Lord really blesses us when at the last moment when we are about to give up, if we push forward with faith, He will bless us. Never give up. Right as we think we are beat and cant push anymore, that is when we will start seeing blessings, if we push through it. It was such an amazing experience!
I am learning so much here in Argentina and i love it down here. Things are going good and we are working with a lot of great investigators. Just dificult for them to come to church because it is so far away, but we are slowly progressing, and trying to do all we can to help them. We have this one investigator, Samantha, she is so amazing. We have been meeting with her for about a month, she is already half way through the book of mormon, and loves this gospel so much. She wants to be baptized so bad, we just have problems getting her to church. So once we start getting them to come, this area is going to boom!! I love it here. The mission is an amazing place. Thank you for all your love and support. I love you all!!! Have a great week!!
Mom Note: When I asked Ryan about his Thanksgiving Dinner a week before Thanksgiving, this was his reply:
"Oh yeah, and we have no idea when holidays are anymore, so i am just counting that as my thanksgiving dinner!! hahah yup. then end. haha. love you!"
This week was such a good week! We had the baptisms of two of the kids that I was teaching over in Villa Regina this week!! It was such a cool experience, i felt the spirit so strongly and I was so proud of the decision that Aron and Hugo made to be baptized and come closer to their savior Jesus Christ. It was so amazing and I am so glad that I was able to be there to watch their change and them making that special covenant with our Heavenly Father.
My new area is Godoy, it is a small town just outside of Villa Regina. We live on the edge of Villa Regina, and take a bus out to Godoy, and also have a little town that we work at as well, that is about a 20 minute walk away. I love my area! It is such a good area and the people are all so loving and friendly! The members are the best, and we have some really good investigators that we are working with. They just need to come to church and they will be able to be baptized! We have a lot of dates set up for December, but they have to come to church if they want to fulfill those dates!
My new comp Elder Rose is the best! We get along really well and he is teaching me a lot and helping me become the missionary that the Lord needs me to be. He is really helping me with my spanish. It is coming slowly, but it is coming. And it is nice being able to ask him questions about the language. He is doing a great job in helping me be the best that i can be.
This week, our ¨thanksgiving¨ Dinner, was mashed potatoes and cut up hotdogs.... hahaha very American! I loved it! It was with an amazing member family, the Blanco Family. We didn´t even remember it was thanksgiving until that night... but it was fun!
Something I have been studying a lot is Charity and how important it really is in our lives. I love 1 Corinthians 13. That chapter is amazing. Without charity we are nothing. We should all strive to have the same love that our Lord has, we never will but he will bless us for trying.
All is great and thank you for all your love and support! I love you all so much and I am so greatful for your examples. Have a great week!!
When I spoke to him, he told me he has family in Argentina and goes there every so often and can send your package from the website with no customs, which means missionaries DO NOT have to pay to receive their package!! I'm definitely going to try it for Christmas!!
Thanks for all your support to Elder Ryan Stuart!!
These are from his first transfer in Villa Regina with the Trio and 2 other Elders in his apartment.
Elder Batres, Elder Pacheco, and me
Making cookies with our investigators Elder Batres, me, Matias, Elder Pacheco, Hugo, (then in front with me) Aron, and Danilo
This is our home, on the other side of the room we have a bunk bed, and Elder Pacheco's is under the bed and he pulls it out at night, we have three in our room, then another room for the other two. and then our kitchen and we have a tiny bathroom too! But I get my new apartment today, so pics of that next week.
These are photos of his new area with his new companion, Elder Rose.
Elder Stuart and his new companion from Missouri, Elder Rose
Elder Stuart working on the farm planting tomatoes
So today I got transfered! hahah I am now with Elder Rose from Missiouri, He has been out one trasfer longer than me. His companion finished his mission today and went home and since I was in a trio I got transfered to be with Him! I am still in Villa Regina, just on the opposite side of the city and in a different ward. It is sad to leave the ward and especially the people that we were teaching but I am excited for this opportunity and I know that God knows where I need to be.
This week was kinda sad because the baptism dates that we had for Aron, Hugo, Danilo, and Marcos had to get switched to this next week (21) Because of some family problems, so that was kind of upsetting, but I am excited and hope they stay on track for this next week. I still get to go because we are so close so that makes me happy!!! Our investigators really are amazing, and I am excited to meet my new investigators in my new area.
The food here is so good!! Lots of meat, pasta, and fruit! Unfortunatley the pasta is usually spaghetti.... hahah but it still tastes great! And my favorite thing is called milanese and it is kind of like huge chicken nuggets, but not really. haha but they are so good! Everything is like italian influenced and I love the food here.
This week we got to do service in a farm and we planted tomatoes! It was so much fun and it reminded me of Grandpa´s farm, and so that was a lot of fun to be able to do that. We then were able to teach the man that owns the farm and he is now meeting with us! Also another miracle we had this week was that we wanted to find two more investigators before the end of the week, and we got to saturday night and we still were short two of our goal. We said a prayer and then we went to one of our investigators house and they had two friends over! We taught them and they came to church the next day!! It was so cool! We really are blessed to be working here in Regina. The Lord is hastening His work here. When I got here there were 50 people who attended sacrament regularly and now we are up to 65!!! Things are great. I love you all so much, thanks for all the support!
Well I finally made it to Argentina and I finally have my area! I am in a town east of Neuquen called Villa Regina! It is such a beautiful area and I love it here! I live on the edge of the city and we are in charge of the outskirts so everywhere is dirt floors and little shacks for homes! But the all have direct tv... hahah! Also they love sweeping their dirt floors and they water their dirt outside! it is awesome! The people here are amazing!!
I am in a trio right now with Elder Pacheco (He is from Ecuador and has 23 months in the mission and is the trainer.) and Elder Batres who got here when I did and he is from Costa Rica. And we also live with Elder SIlva (Brazil) y Elder Alonzo (Paraguay). And so basically I am in a house with all spanish speakers!! It is difficult but it is helping out a lot.
We have a lot of great investigators down here! We have a couple getting baptized this week!!! We are working with a lot of the youth and that is a lot of fun! I had to teach Primary yesterday so that was intersting!
Things are great here!! Thanks for all your love and support!! I love you all!
Well after three planes and a long car ride I finally made it to Neuquen! We got lucky and when we got to Argentina we were able to take another plane down to Neuquen so we didn't have to take a bus! That was nice. Argentina is so cool! It is a lot different than I thought it would be, haha probably because I didn't know what to expect. My Spanish is alright and I can actually get by alright, until they start speaking really fast. But it's good! And there are so many dogs every where! I get my trainer and area tomorrow so that is super exciting, can't wait for that! But all is great and I made it safely here! I don't have much time so I will write more on Monday! Love you all! Have a great week!!!
Oh and they told me that they can get letters here and it takes about two weeks, and packages take about three. But I should be able to get them!
Well it is finally here! I am leaving for Argentina this afternoon! I am way stoked! I leave at about 3:30 and got a long flight ahead of me, but I am way excited! Things were great here in Katy Texas and I learned a lot here! This past week was really good, one of the really fun things was Andres wanted to take me and Jorquera bowling and have a lesson there and so we did that and it was a lot of fun! He is like professional and taught us a few tips! It was awesome! He is progressing well and we hope to baptize him in November! Things are great and I can't wait to get to Argentina! I don't have much time, but know how much I love you all! Have a great week everyone!