Happy Birthday Ben! Got these pictures from the family he is staying with in Rio Gallegos, Argentina.
I´m dreaming of a white august
when it rains it drizzles
The best beef pork chicken dog and lamb BBQ I´ve ever had
New missionaries are silent as they walk and walk and walk and walk.
No entiendo! and other useful phrases
New land speed record for man in suit
1.When the whether is like it has been all the dogs that have loving owners and are happy and nice are inside where it´s warm. that leaves the angry ones.
2. the lopez family always cooks enough food for 3 families so we had a lot of leftovers.
3. So there i was walking through the middle of a mini snowstorm with a steaming plate full of meat.
4. thats about when a small pack of dogs rounded a corner behind us!
I´ve never run so fast in my life! (Also my compa ripped another of pants) But there was 0 chance I was leaving food that good behind! Anyways everything else is good! i´m starting to understand about half of what half of the people say and about a half of what my companion says! the work is good and going well, Adios!
So first thinks first I´ve had a lot of time to think about the title of this email and I decided that this was the best one! here are some alternates: WAZZZUUUUPPPP, you don´t understand the dogs. Only Bowen understands the Dogs. If only I could talk to them. Welcome to Rio Gallegos. ETC.
Dear parents and family of Elder Crawford:
We are very happy to be the Mission Presidents of the Comodoro Rivadavia Mission, and even happier to serve together with your dear son. He arrived well.
The Lord has called us to serve in this part of the world in this time for a reason:
We must build His Kingdom in this part of the Earth.
“…and ye shall be witnesses unto me… unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8)
As Peter, we have left our nets to go and serve the Lord.
“And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Mathew 4:19)
Thank you for sending to us a great fisher of men like your son to help the Lord to prepare this land of the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
We love our missionaries and we are taking care of them like they would be our own children. We can hear your prayers in his favor.
We wish you can support him with your prayers and your letters or emails. He needs your support and love.
Thank you for sharing with us your most valued possession: your son.
With sincere love,
President and Sister Salerno
About the Presidents…
President and Sister Salerno have a daughter, Leslie. She is sealed to her husband, Alan Schraifer, and they have a beautiful son of a year and a half, Noah.
They live in the western zone of Greater Buenos Aires, in Ramos Mejía, in the outskirts of the capital of Argentina.
President Salerno served as Counselor in the Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission, Counselor in the Argentina Buenos Aires West Stake, Bishop of the Ramos Mejía ward, Counselor of the Bishopric, Member of the High Council, Young Men´s Stake President, Ward Clerk, High Priests Leader, and ward Young Adults Leader, among other callings.
President Salerno is a Pharmacy Doctor, and he also has an MBA (Master of Business Administration) from BYU. He speaks several languages such as Spanish, English and Portuguese, and some French and Italian.
He likes music, video, computing and technology (a lot!), and now especially playing with his grandson, Noah.
Sister Salerno served as Stake Seminary Supervisor, Daily and Supervised Seminary Teacher, Stake and Ward Young Women President, Ward Primary President, Stake and Ward Relief Society President, and Sunday School teacher, among other callings.
She is an Elementary School Teacher, and speaks some English. She likes painting, cooking and doing genealogical research. And above all, spending time with her family.
They are very happy to serve in the Comodoro Rivadavia Mission and help growing the Kingdom of God in the end of the world.
So! this is kinda weird because I don’t have a full weeks worth of stuff to talk about! Although a lot of stuff did happen since my last email! for example one of our Hermanas decided to go home this week on wednesday so we’ve been down a person for the last few days. That’s been really sad for everyone but we hope she’ll be able to come back out into the field when she’s ready.
Yesterday we had our infield orientation which was good stuff except for the fact that it was 9 hours long. and our teachers had already been over all that stuff a few times so it was kinda tedious. Anyway! I’m still super excited to get to argentina! probably more afraid now then in the last letter but thats okay!
I appreciated almost all the birthday wishes and cards and gifts with the exception of the peppercini’s of course! so thanks everyone for that!
It’s weird to think about today is my last saturday in America for 2 Years! i’m pumped:) Next time America sees my I’m gonna be fluent in spanish and be really annoying about how much I enjoy watching soccer!! It was really sad saying goodbye to our teacher Hermano Parker today! He’s been with us since day one and he’s the most awesome guy around, hopefully we’ll get to see him after my mission.
So today at the store I was able to buy a phone card which has like an hour and a half of talking time on it and it was only 5 dollars, so i’ll probably use the phone you sent me to call when I get to Argentina and maybe the phone card when I get to the airport in salt lake.
Anyways! If anyone emails me today I can probably still get back to them but if not I’ll talk to ya’ll FROM ARGENTINA!
Hola! how is everybody? It’s been another great week at the CCM:) Biggest news of the week: TRAVEL PLANS!!!! So I don’t know if this means that i got my visa but i really hope it does. So we leave the CCM at 8:30 this coming Monday! our flight leaves SLC at 2 and we get to Atlanta around 8 their time! then we leave atlanta at 10:15 at night and arrive in Buenos Aires at 9:20 Tuesday morning! then following that should be a 25-30 hour bus and or train ride to the mission home! Everybody is super excited to get out in the field, including me! important things to remember from this week: It turns out that Elder Vance wasn’t entirely forthcoming about his skill at wrestling. as of last semester he was ranked #16 in the nation. And he’s training me so watch out everybody. It was really funny when this really big kid last night challenged him and Elder Vance put him on his butt three times in a row with out using his hands! I would say the hardest Challenge so far has not being able to play or listen to music… I feel like theres a huge gap in my life where that stuff used to go. Along those lines has anybody ever heard of the Nashville Tribute Band? They’re basically the Mormon Rascall flatts. They came and played a concert for us this Sunday for Devotional, It was really fantastic and Momma i think you would definitely love listening to them! So another new update because of advice from Hermano Parker and also from Preach my gospel I’ve started carrying around a book to record spiritual thoughts that i have all throughout the day. My little Journal is small pink, has a bumblebee on the front and is most definitely supposed to be for sisters. Anyways I call it the book of Benjamin and It’s been really helpful! we’ve been doing a lot of talking lately about how amazing it is that the book of mormon can really answer question and one of the thoughts I recorded in the book of Benjamin about this is, that if God has been able to put half of the answer to every question in the book of mormon and if we come prepared to learn with our half then we will always be able to find the full answer in it’s pages. i think this really shows how much trust god has placed in us. And how much wisdom he’s placed in the Book of mormon.