Sunday, May 18, 2014

My Companion was robbed at McDonalds!

Hola Todos,                                                                 May 17, 2014

It’s been another great week in the offices! I’m learning a little bit here and there, and we were able to travel up to the Capital for a little bit yesterday to pick up some packages, so that was cool!

The best story of the week is that my comp was robbed this week. We were waiting to pick up some cell phones in a place called Lomas de Zomora. We saw a McDonalds and decided to buy some ice cream. So there we were enjoying our ice cream when a poorer man walked up to us with a bag full of trash in his hand. After a short conversation, he looked at Elder Mason’s Ice Cream. He then asked if he could have a little bit of it. Elder Mason said No, but that the McDonalds was selling them. That wasn’t good enough for the man, so after he did some thinking, he had an idea! He reached in his bag of trash and pulled out an empty french fry carton from McDonalds, and used it to scoop off the top of Elder Masons Ice Cream. Without another word, he turned around, and continued on his way. 

It was probably one of the weirdest things that has ever happened to me. 

Other than that, office life continues and honestly, nothing more super exciting to report. It’s been pretty normal, not going to lie. Other than my companion and his ice cream, we’ve just been running around getting stuff done. It’s not a bad thing to be an office elder, just a little lonely at times. We just get isolated, and don’t have a ton of contact with other missionaries, and when we do call them, it’s usually us asking them for money, so they usually aren’t very happy when we call.  With all of that, I’m trying to keep myself grateful, because it really is a privilege to serve as a missionary.

A typical day includes a devotional with the office staff at 10, and then we get to work. Usually we do Baptismal Records at the beginning, where we receive the records from the missionaries, try to read the handwriting and type it into a program on the computer. We then work on Pedidos, which are the supplies that the missionaries order. We do it individually to save the President time, so we do it by zone, and every missionary receives a bag full of the stuff they asked for. That takes a long time to figure out how much they owe and things like that. We have lunch at 1 pm, then we sometimes study language at 2, but that doesn’t happen very often. The rest of the day is spent finishing the Pedidos, or organizing the numbers for the week. If we have time we leave at 6pm to proselyte which is difficult because we don’t get a lot of time to find people to teach, and it’s hard to know where to go. Later at night we plan, and then call the missionaries who are receiving their stuff the next day. 

So that’s our life. We get to go to a place called Avellaneda about once a week to get cell phones picked up, and we get to go to capital once every other week. 

Some sad news too, Pablo still hasn’t been confirmed. Apparently last Sunday he said that it was raining and muddy, and refused to come. I guess a lot of other members do that, but it postpones his confirmation for another week. I guess we’ll see what happens tomorrow.

I’m glad I got to talk to you on Mother’s Day over Skype. It’s nice to see and talk to you, but only one hour just isn’t enough time. I guess there’s only one year left. I can do that. I will be a little annoyed, though, if Allies’ first High School State Track Meet happens only days before I get home, but I guess that’s out of my control. We’re Half way there!

Hope Everyone is happy and doing well. Love you all!
Elder Chipman

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