April 16, 2018


6th Mission Assignment - Rawson, Argentina


Elder Perez

Spectacular Atardecer, Winter's on its way, Aguas de nuevo cuyo, and service projects!

First things first, there've been some pretty spectacular sunsets in our neck of the southern hemisphere recently. Attached are a few amateur attempts to capture some of these jaw-dropping moments... :)
This week was pretty funny weather-wise. In the beginning (around Monday and Tuesday), we were in the 90's and triple digits, and for all intents and purposes, it was summer... Then, on Tuesday night, a windstorm came up from the south and blew out all the heat, and brought the cold up from Antarctica. Overcast skies, temperatures in the 50's and 60's, it's been glorious!

To give some context for one of the attached pictures, there's a tradition here in the Argentine Mission called "aguas de cuyo"... It's a sheet of paper with the photos and faces of all the new Missionaries, with short 'bios' about where they're from, where in the Mission they'll be starting, and who will be their trainer (first companion in the field). Usually their pretty entertaining, especially mine since I got to the Mission in December (see attached). The picture is one of the most recent ones, which actually is that of my current companions Elder Perez from Guatemala.
To provide context for the "aguas de nuevo cuyo", there's a few sister Missionaries in our zone by the names of Hermana Wilcox and Hermana Romer who've started up a new tradition... Since our zone within the Mission is called nuevo cuyo, they doodle every elder and sister in the zone and something funny about them.
Before they sent me here to this zone, everyone was rendered as a musical instrument -- who would play what... Now? It's Disney Characters! Enjoy!
As for the work of the Lord itself, we've had another great week! Teaching, walking, teaching, and walking. What do we get in return, some pretty beautiful moments. Whether we get blessed with the sunsets lighting the Andies on fire out on the horizon or getting to see old wounds heal, testimonies grow, or families come together, it's really awesome to be a missionary. I love it to death! I'm working hard and having a ball out here!
Speaking of hard work, this week we also helped out with a service project! Raising some walls (everything here is made of brick so I'm actually getting some pretty good practice with brick-laying), and Yard work.

That's about all this week! Love you all!

Elder Bigley


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