Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Week 8 Argentina

Monday July 27, 2015 
In Argentina after much travel. From the MTC 22 missionaries headed to argentina got on a bus that took us to the train station, the train took us to the airport. We flew from salt lake to Atlanta Georgia then we got on a 11 hour flight to Buenos Aires Argentina. I slept practically the whole flight. we then went through customs and took vans to another airport to go to assigned areas, we said goodbye to all the missionaries we traveled with. We did some teaching during our travels which was great. We met this one girl named olivia in argentina who spoke english and was going to cordoba to do community service projects for a month. We met some native south americans that were going to our same mission. I love my mission president and his wife! my companion is Elder price who is  from utah, he has been a great trainer. He just hit his one year mark. There four Elders living in our pension, Elder Clayburn, Elder Hanson, my companion, y myself.  Its definitely a different way of living here. Houses are made out of practically all concrete. Pretty simple living and small basic kitchen in our pension. A room with 2 bunk beds and me and my companion's table and makeshift bookshelf made out of cinder blocks and a stand up long bookshelf on its side. Then we have the closet which has four closet shelf things, that rooms light doesn't work and its cold in there every morning. We then having the living room which has elder hanson and elder clayborns table and bookshelf. there is also another bookshelf with all our passalong cards and BOM, pamphlets and stuff of that nature. We have a washing a small washing machine in our pension which is nice to have and then we just air dry. You rarely use toilet paper here and if you do you throw it away, usually use a bidet. we have a bidet ( sit on it and you turn the nobs to mess with the pressure to spray your bum) took a while to get use to but i actually like it! Everything is or gets covered in dust and dirt because there are a lot of dirt roads besides the main roads. There are some poor areas and houses, alright, and well off, and the really rich places. interesting to see the combination on just a single street. lots of walking in general especially on dirt roads. Lots of dogs and some trash on the side of the roads. I love the members and people of Argentina so much. There isn't much variety of food here but its really good! Had el asado the other day for lunch which was so delicious and i should've brought my camera. el asado is a huge barbeque of grilled cow meat  all they do is put salt on it but the meat is so juicy  and good! Eat lots of noodles with sauce and with meat. We normal eat lunch with members and lunches are HUGE! dinner is really late here at like 9ish. I love the empanadas here. we actually made home made ones for lunch the other day when we didnt have a lunch cita, and they turned out great! there are two rules to the road.  Stop when there is a red light and dont hit a pedestrian.  That´s it. Mostly everyones houses are gated, you clap loudly outside of the house. The pizza is pretty crappy ( bread with tomato sauce ham, if you have the money for ham, Mozzarella and green olives). facturas (wich is a cresant will sugar or dulce de leche on it. sometimes a fruit jam called  membrilla. and other kinds with different toppings) these things are the bomb. I love the bakeries here, super good bread. mate is a herbal custom drink its like hot tea. There is different ways to drink it but i prefer it with a little sugar cuz just straight is really strong and bitter. Two favorite candies here and bon o bons and alfajors soooo good! Really good drink here pritty. argentina lacks in sanitation and living standards but i've become really use to the way of living already and it doesn't bother that much anymore. Been doing alot of work; reactivation and working with investagadors. We baptized G and elderly women last week, she was baptized by here son. We cleaned the pensioin today, looks so good!

Love Elder Mendenhall

Week 7 Argentina

Monday July 20, 2015
hola not a lot of time to talk today because had computer problems and had alot of emails to read. learned that i need to prepare a basic outline of what to say before pday haha. Well Argentina is so awesome  and different. was in a culture shock the first three days and couldnt understand anything. i can understand what people are saying noe however the language is tough to speak. My companion is elder price from Utah, he is close to a year into his mission and is a awesome trainer. Love the members and people in our district. Lots of delicious food here and definitely have been humbled and seen a different way of life and how some people live. 

PDAY Hanging out my laundry to dry

Our apartment

Week 6 Off to Argentina

This is Sara, Andrews mom...this week was a crazy one all the way around as Andrew headed off to Argentina the rest of our family moved to Germany the same week!

Monday July 13, 2015
We got this picture from a passenger who was on the train.  The missionaries were traveling by train from the Provo MTC to the Salt Lake City Airport.  I got to talk to Andrew twice on Monday once from the Salt Lake City Airport and then he called from the Atlanta airport-it was great to hear his voice!  

The letter below and picture in front of the new Cordoba Argentina temple was sent to us by the mission president and we used google translate to read it :)

Friday July 17, 2015 Queridos padres:

                        Nos complace comunicarles que su hijo(a) ha
llegado a la Misión Argentina Córdoba perfectamente bien. Los recogimos en
el aeropuerto y vinimos directamente a la casa de la misión donde tuvimos
una reunión de bienvenida y una cena con comida típica de esta región.
Pasaron la noche en un hotel muy agradable que está a pocos metros de
nuestra casa y al día siguiente su compañero(a) le pasaron a buscar para ir
a su área.

Estamos extremadamente agradecidos por recibir hoy a un espíritu noble y
consagrado al Señor como el de su hijo(a). Muchas gracias por todo lo que
han hecho para su preparación. Cuidaremos de él como de nuestros propios

Con amor,

              Pte. y Hna. Alliaud

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MTC Week 5

Tuesday July 7th

Last week at the CCM. Have 20 horas of travel going to be loco y muy largo trip. The idioma is coming along very well. It was sad having to say adiós a un distrito en nuestro zona Hoy. Ahora my distrito es the top dogs y me and mi companion son líderes de la zona. We get a nuevo districto on miércoles of 9 nuevo elders. Feel bad for the 2 hermanas in a zona with 19 Elders. 

Por cuatro de julio nosotros had a devotional primarily to keep us from hearing Journey playing at stadium of fire located at the BYU football stadium. The devotional was good and after we got to watch some of the fireworks from stadium of fire after the journey  concert. Trees and buildings were in the way because we were in the parking lot, but still got to see some cool fireworks.  Oh my gosh mi Inglés sentence estructura is getting mal... Lo siento. Thought I would have some fun using espanol in my email. English spelling is getting hard for me now hahah. It's amazing how much I've learned with Spanish and the gospel because of the Lord and being in the MTC. feel very blessed! Thank you for all the prayers and thoughts. Love you!

You'll have to show me the picture. And yes I was in the back row second from the end. 
We are off to the temple today to help clean it! We also get to watch Elders Packers funeral this Friday.

Elder Mendenhall

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MTC 4th Week

Tuesday June 30th

This week has been very chaotic and awesome! Since the Mission
President Seminar they closed off the main building where the
cafeteria is and we ate in the gym. My district also hosted the new
incoming missionaries again this week. Felt bad for them coming in at
such a chaotic time. And the all sisters moved into a big new
residence building and then had to move out two days later because
there were bats in the building hahahahahahahahaha. So they had move
back into the old residences. 

Singing was amazing! Sang Missionary
Melody on Thursday which was a medley of a bunch of missionary songs.
Friday we sang a beautiful arrangement of Precious Savior, Dear
Redeemer. Saturday was the commemoration of Joseph's Smith martyr and
we sang a arrangement of Joseph Smith First Pray. I felt the spirt
soooo strong singing that song there with the apostles, general
authorities, and mission presidents. Was a live changing experience
and a testimony builder. Strongest I've felt the Holy Ghost ever in my
life, practically the whole choir was crying when we were done
singing, including myself. Sunday we sang a arrangement of I Know My
Redeemer Lives for the Prophet and apostles during the Mission
President Seminar sacrament meeting. I am so grateful and blessed to
have been able to have such a blessing and opportunity to sing at the
Mission President Seminar. 

So while the week mission president seminar, since we didn't have the
cafeteria we got outside world food! We go chick-fa-la chicken
sandwiches, subway, Taco Bell, cafe rio salad bowls, papa john pizza.