Date

September 3, 2018

Area

6th Mission Assignment - Rawson, Argentina

Companion

El Trio

Arabian Empanadas, Dusting off rusty piano skills again, continued chess shenanigans, and tri-lingual madness.

Hola Amigos y Familia,

So empanadas, a traditionally Latin food with meat eggs minced onions and so on have always been a staple of an Argentinian Missionary diet, A.) because they're so good and B.) because they're cheap and easy to make and C.) because they're soooo good! ...But we recently made a discovery recently of a little place called called "El Hornito" from Santiago Chile. Awesome little place, with literally 32 different flavors of these little pockets of happiness. One of which was titled "Arabian Empanadas". I'd never tried it but they are sooo good! ...You're probably tired of me saying that they are "sooo good", but it's because they really are! They're slow cooked with lemon juice, with spices and onions and - wow they were amazing. Pictures attached...

I've also been called upon by the Ward to brush off my rusty piano skills again to play the preludes and the hymns so that's always stressfully fun! At least the ward sings loud and covers my mistakes pretty well 😹- haha!
In other news, we met up with a guy named Matias who's studying to be a travel guide, who wanted to meet up with us to practice Portuguese with my companion and English with me... It was a pretty interesting room... My companion and Matias only spoke in Portuguese (which is similar to Spanish, so following that part of the conversation wasn't too hard). Matias and I only spoke in English (which was harder than I thought it was going to be -- as I seem to have switched over to thinking in Spanish -- and then had to translate to English). Occasionally we would all take a break and speak in Spanish to everyone's great relief. It was a really weird experience, but a notable one as well.
Also, my comp has recently taken to buying lots of incense (hence the picture) which has been funny because it reminds me of when we used to burn incense back home. I mean - hey, I'm not complaining -- the apartment smells great!
The work goes on as always. Fernando is doing great, and so is Matias (the one that was baptized a little while ago). They're really strong in the Gospel! The prayer of course is that they always will be after I am gone -- which is going to be soon (...also a really weird feeling). But it'll be good to be back.

Have a great week! I love you all!
- Elder Bigley




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