Monday, September 29, 2014

September 29, 2014

Hello family!

Okay so this is in reply to your email first mom. So yeah you know the situation with my wallet ha yeah i feel super dumb and irresponsible for that but hey we'll figure it out. 

It was good to hear Drake made it out alive.  I was worried for him for a bit ha just cause he's a bud I guess.

So the food that president was talking about was empanadas and they were pretty good, and the drink was pritty. They have siesta here so for lunch we always usually go to members houses for that and yeah they have some pretty good food here. I eat like three plates full cause I'm used to eating like 6 plates in the MTC. But thats also because we dont have very big breakfasts and dinners cause the one at lunch is big. There aren't many members here. It's super weird cause we had so many in our ward. But back to the food and the pritty. President said that without those two things we won't get baptisms. He is a really cool guy. He let's us watch Disney movies if we want on p day. But we couldn't today because I guess it's some holiday here in Argentina so all the rental places were closed.

So about the package and mail stuff.  In your emails send away! Ha I could get like 5+ pages and be good, I like reading English stuff.  It makes me feel not so dull ha.  But yeah packages take like 3-7 months to get here.... You can send them I'm just saying don't send stuff that will go bad.  There's always the chance it wont make it too and they send it home. But yeah American candy would be amazing!!! Like star burst and all that, high chew, laffy taffy.. idk anything ha their candy they give us is pretty much cough drops ha. But it also costs a ton to send stuff out like letters so thats why I'll not be sending hardly anything home.  I'll just bring you stuff in 2 years.

Who did Dev go with to homecoming? Ha curious. Oh and you all better watch yourself.  So far I'm up to like 100 push ups every morning so yeah imma keep gaining too ha, call me hulk if you'd like it's up to you.

So this week, it was pretty hard, idk if it's cause I lost my wallet or what.  It was just hard, I feel naked without one and yeah.... worst feeling ever to be 5000+ miles away without something like that. But as soon as I get over that I'll focus on the mission I think. 

Trying to understand the people is hard because most of them are old and they I would swear slur there words but I get the most part of what they say I think. OH YEAH ha hey so this area is a biking area and we ride like a flipping ton on our bikes like definatly over 12 miles some days.  Ha and they don't have shocks and after the first day with the rock hard seats I'm pretty sure I damaged my butt, haha.  I couldn't sit on the bike the rest of the week so I road it standing up. O MY GOSH that was the craziest pain ever haha but it's fun. 

My area is Rio Tercero. It means the third river but it's like 2 hours south of Cordoba so yeah look it up. 

We got a bit of good contacts this last like Friday and Saturday.  So possibly we can get them to be baptized.  You have to teach them the principles and get them to go to church 2 times before you can baptize them. There is conference this week that if they go to a session that counts too.  So we have the opportunity to get some baptisms here soon. 

My trainer's name is Elder Biggs from Gilbert, Arizona and he is a pretty cool guy.  He has been doing a good job with me from what I can tell ha. I'm suppose to ask a guy to get baptized tonight. His name is Oscar.  There are many people that we are gunna ask but he was the first person I ever seen here so yeah that would be cool to get him. 

I had to share my testimony Sunday in Spanish and all the stuff I wanted to say left my head.  So yeah I felt dumb but its ight. It was like my 4th day here. Oh so I ended up leaving those charger attachments at the mtc and turns out I needed them... Ha yeah another dumb move but I can get them here so that's ight. This is prolly good for this week.  I have more but I can save it for next week, ha this is getting long as well. I'll try to send some pictures.

Keep me up to date on how all the family is and whats going on.

Love you all and talk to you next week.  I expect emails ha. Oh yeah your letters aren't here either so ya might just want to email.

Love you and peace!
Elder Lindsay 10
Saying goodbye to Elder Minaga.

The District before leaving

The spider in his place in Argentina. 
Yes I will be checking his luggage thoroughly 
when he gets home to make sure there are no hitch hikers.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

September 23, 2014 Letter From Mission President

Dear Parents,
            We are pleased to inform you that your son has arrived to the Argentina Córdoba Mission perfectly well.  We received him in the airport and we came directly to the mission home where we had a welcome meeting and a traditional dinner for this area.  They will spend this night in a nice hotel and that is close to our home.  Tomorrow he will meet his companion and they will go to their area together. 
We are extremely grateful to receive a noble spirit like your son who is so consecrated to the Lord.  Thank you very much for all that you have done to prepare him.  We will take care of your son as if he were our own child.

President & Sister Alliaud

Élder Olsen
Secretario del Presidente

Misión Argentina Córdoba
Gay Lussac 5270, Villa Belgrano
Apartado Postal 49-X5009ZAA
C.C. 17 Suc. 9
Córdoba - Argentina
Mobile: +54 (0351) 286-9240
Oficina: +54 (03543) 420-699

Monday, September 22, 2014

And He's Off

After a phone call in Salt Lake City this morning and one this evening from Atlanta, Georgia Elder Lindsay is off to Argentina. He will arrive tomorrow morning in Buenos Aries, Argentina. From there he will have another flight to Cordoba. So by tomorrow night, he should be in Cordoba, Argentina. And let me just say, I definitely recommend a disposable cell phone for missionaries traveling out of the country. Without the cell, we would not have been able to talk to him in Salt Lake City because they were running close on time and the conversation in Georgia would have been very brief. And one of the other elders borrowed the phone because his calling card wasn't working. Anyway, note to self - get a disposable cell for kids traveling to missions outside of the US. A real must. Dylan sounded GREAT! Loved hearing some of the language that he has been working so hard on for the last six weeks. And as for his pneumonia... He sounds like he is feeling much better. No coughing and no fever. We are so excited for Elder Lindsay. I can't wait to hear from him when he arrives in Cordoba, Argentina. :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

My Tender Mercy for the Day

After finding out Dylan's Visa came and he would for sure be flying out Monday morning, I kind of went into panic mode. Yes I do this often. I've flown internationally before and know that finding a pay phone while your running around through customs could prove to be a nightmare. And since the disposable cell phone was an option I set out in a mad rush Thursday after work to get a disposable phone for Dylan to use at the airport. Just remember this is Thursday after 3. I head to Roosevelt and am fortunate enough to get a phone that will work in SLC and Atlanta, GA during his layover. I leave the store and rush to the post office. I had grabbed some shipping stuff from the house before leaving. I package the phone and run into the post office in Roosevelt at 4:30. They close at 5. I was lucky enough to make it there before closing. I know this is my only hope to get that box to Dylan before Monday. I mailed it so I could track it and felt pretty confident that he would get it Friday. HE DIDN'T! I seriously started panicking at this point. Saturday morning I called the MTC to speak with their mail room. Why? I don't know. Wishful thinking I guess. The main mail room hadn't seen the package but they transferred me to the West Campus mail room to see if they had. The young man that answered the phone was so nice. I asked him if by chance there was a way to know if a package had been received for my son. He told me that they receive well over 200 packages a day and would probably have no idea unless someone there specifically remembers seeing it. He asked for my missionary's name. I said "Elder Dylan Lindsay". The man asked "Elder "Dylan Ray Lindsay?" I said "Yes". I told him it was a small black box. He said "I'm holding it in my hands right now." Yep. This momma started to cry. Seriously. What are the chances that is a coincidence. Slim to none I would say. That's my miracle. All the anxiety and stress that had totally wiped me out for two days lifted in one sentence. This nice young man told me he would make sure Dylan would receive the package today. Thank you Dear Lord for your tender mercies.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Visa arrived in the nick of time

so last night everyone got their reassigments but me. So that was kinda freaky but this morning after I went and set up a doctor's appointment, that I will have later today at 2:45. I dont think I should tell you all this but after last night's class I was like dieing so I checked my temp and it was 102.  So I took some fever reducers and it went down fairly quick.  This morning it was back to normal but I'm still coughing super bad but I'm okay.  Nothing different than my normal sick self ha. But yeah after I went and scheduled the doctor's appointment, I went and caught the travel lady. She was like oh are you Dylan, and I was like yeah. She said she was gunna mail it this morning but she had my travel plans. So turns out I didnt get reassigned my visa just came. So that's cool. I feel bad for Minaga though. He is my Asian friend.  He was the only other elder that didn't get his other than an Elder Church in a different district but yeah. So he is going to New York and then 3 of the sisters, Swan, Westman, and Perry, they didn't get theirs.  So all three of them are going to Califorina. But yeah Calling Card... So I can get one here at the bookstore for like 5 bucks that might do it for me or you can send one.  Some of the people had their parents send them like a disposable cell phone that had prepaid.  Ha so yeah that's an option, or just let me know what you want.  I can get like 2 calling cards from the bookstore here and be set for good.

So as for my flight plans I have to be up and have all my stuff ready to go in front of the chapel here at 6 in the morn and from there they'll give us stuff and I guess take us to the airport. Our flights are all Delta but the first one leaves salt lake at 11 o'clock on the 22nd.

Here this might be easier

Airport                                               Time                                   Date
LEAVE: Salt Lake City                   11:00 AM                              22 Sept
Arrive:   Atlanta, GA                       4:41 PM                                22 Sept

LEAVE: Atlanta GA                        9:06 PM                                22 Sept
Arrive: Buenos Aires                      8:20 AM                                23 Sept

So this lady that came in and talked to us last week said that when she went to Cordoba from the airport in Buenos Aires they just took a smaller flight that was like an hour.  Pretty cool it came on time. I might be checking on my email later today so let me know if you have any questions.

Oh also that shot I got last week was 71 bucks and I paid it in full but they gave me a thing that I can print off and sent to you so the insurance can take some of it. I'll grab that today. 

Hope Your Week Is Grand!!

Love Elder Lindsay10

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

September 16, 2014

Hello family!

So this week has been pretty good. Not gunna brag too much but the fellas taught me how to use a rubics cube during the nights. Yeah add that to my hidden talents.  And also I'm learning to spin stuff like notebooks on my finger so maybe someday I can brag about that. 

Got another haircut today after we went to the real world and I got a bacon cheeseburger and a hawaiin burger. Yeah I was still starving after. I have lost a few lbs since I got sick but that's the usual so don't worry. I'll say something about my bloody nose just to keep your emotions up. One of my bloody noses was pretty bad.  I like plugged it good and then it started coming out my other nostril and then my mouth!!! Ha that was meant to scare you, make dad shake his head and Devin laugh ha. Speaking of Devin, I heard he died. Make sure he doesn't get too soft dad. 

Well you heard it right. MY visa didn't make it, but that's okay.  I was a little bummed but I think it was just cause the fact that I'll have to pack up and all that jazz again. It will be cool to get to serve in two places though. IF!!! They reassign me. Hope they do ha. 

It was good to hear that you stopped working at the vision clinic.  I know it was stressful so good for you. 

Man oh man I'm already looking forward to a foot massage when I get home!

Spanish is going ight.  I can like tell people little things in lessons and it's pretty cool. Spirit definatly delivers the message cause I'm pretty sure when they say i delivered a concept to them I know it wasn't my words ha cause they are messed up. It's really fun to mess up though just cause it's funny. I accidentally shared a scripture last week with Adrian, our trc investigator, and said if he didn't get baptized then he would be damned.  So yeah gotta be careful ha but he committed so it's all good. 

I'll prolly send a couple things home to you before I leave.  Like my white shoes and stuff.  Please don't throw them away.  That's like my first born ha. 

Yeah I think they just didn't make it to the letters later in the alphabet yet for the visa and so that's why I didn't get it. So yeah everything should be turned in. 

Padre.. Ha I dont think that google translate does the translations right just so you know, pero esta bien. Hey glad to hear you put your foot in the door and said the prayer.  Be careful though you might be the next bishop if you ain't careful. So with the Traveling they wont have them until Thursday or Friday so until then I have no idea.  Ha so start the guessing game again. I freshened up my ball today and man you better be scared.  The holy ghost coaxed everyone of them bad boys in. I Fue en fuego. Better work out to keep little Shaq from powning you. 

Devin.... Hey let me know how gta and what the new games are and stuff. ha That's your job, oh and hey you should get your patriarchal blessing. Hope you keep doing good in sports and don't be afraid of a little criticism from dad. I wouldn't have been half the athlete I was if dad didn't think everything I did was wrong. I just practiced all the wrong stuff until I was good at it, He does know what he is talking about even if he sounds like a dork.  Give it a try and if it doesn't work then don't do it. Just remember he isn't picking on you. If he is talking to you know he is trying to help.  He could be like all the other dads out there and pat you on the head for airballing a free throw or running a 25 min 5k. That crap just don't fly around our place ight. Ha love you dork. You're  getting a nuggy even if your a giant. I hope you grow 15 feet. I haven't lost a fight night yet here so watch yourself ricky bobby. 

Well hey that's about all I have for this week. Tell Gavin congratulations and give Grandma Shields and Lindsay a wave for me. Tell Gma happy birthday.

Good to be able to have this opportunity, it's a challenga diariamente, pero es divertido.

Tell Shonia hello every once in a while. Yeah I went there. No dad girls don't distract me from my mission. 

Ha Love you guys and talk to you later, possible later this week so keep a heads up.

Elder Lindsay 10

Elder Coombs, Elder Minaga, Elder Chaves and Elder Lindsay

The District

The District's last trip to the temple

One day without a shave. 

Loves his American Burgers

Random Angels

Today I received a random text from "a BYU Student" saying
The elders had an amazing day at the temple today! They're all ready to head out into the field! :) They also enjoyed the brownies I made and brought to them. You guys have wonderful sons! :) -a byu student
This kind person doesn't realize what an angel they are with me today.  I hope they receive many blessings. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 9, 2014

  Dear Mom, Dad, Devin, Dakoda, and whover else reads what I reply to my mom's letters

So It sucks to hear that your work wants you to go in the office. It's prolly cause they know you like your job at the school alot better. I imagine there is alot of drama involved with that whole situation but since I'm the missionary I'll just say pray about it. I'd rather see you be happy then frusterated. That's only if you have to choose between the two though. You can be frustrated and happy though haha.
     Sounds like Devin is doing good. Imma have to blame that one on dad ha. I mean I know your old and stuff dad but I'm thinking it's time to bring Shaq back. It wont be as hard to do cause it's Dev and not me ha. I imagine you'll let him beat you too cause you "feel sorry for us" ha. Devin..... Let me give you some words of wisdom.... We have the same blood. Just because I was fairly successful in sports and stuff like that doesn't mean you can't be either. It's kinda crazy what a little practice and a little want and drive can do for you. Success isn't given it's earned. 
     Oh and when you said that some people said I glow, you have to remember that although a gifted athlete I'm still white. So with the right amount of sun and sweat with the right angle it might look like I'm glowing ha. 
        O man today it rained like crazy for like 2 hours and there was like a river on the road. I'll send pictures to you.
            Man you are definatly redneck ha sending those leaves in the package.  Thanks btw for the drink mix and the ties and everything!!!! You guys are the best!!!!!!!!!
        In the evenings there are whistles from what i assume to be a team practicing and between that and driving by the track I get goose bumps and my adrenaline starts pumping pretty good. Ha even if I have gained 10 lbs it would be fun. 
      Dad. Sounds like you made the ride to the ranch a bit less sketchy ha. That rack was a pretty big problem I thought. I coulda sworn that everytime we drove to the ranch we were going to die because of how bad it would sway. 
     O mom you might be crazy yeah but that's not why the kids don't talk to you. They know your my mom and because I'm so disaplined they think your strict haha.
      So Sister Williams, our teacher came in and talked to me like last Saturday while I was writing our Mission President and kinda had like a little meeting thing with me for a sec.  She said for me to write you and let you know how I've changed. She said I'm super patient and humble so heyoo ha. No but I always used to think that I never felt the spirit and it was kinda hard for me to believe I guess you could say, in stuff like the church. But when I was reading my patriarchal blessing it talks about how I will be blessed and blessing will role forth in my vida (life). After reading this I know that I've had the spirit in my life almost all my life and thats why it's hard to feel the spirit unless it's super super strong. So thank you for raising me the way you have.
  Dad I dont tell you your the best dad in the world often or at all but I know and hope you know you're the best. Ha yeah you're right that was too gushy.  On the manlier side of things me and Elder Coombs wrestle some nights and he's got nothing on me. So you best watch yourself when I get back ha. 
      The garmets all worked out like I said.  They send them and I have the new ones already so thank you. Ha yeah um there wasn't a building called that and it was upstairs not down haha.
      We get our travel plans this Friday so then I'll know what's going on. Thats crazy to think it's almost time to leave. I don't feel ready yet ha but hey that's part of the experience. Gunna be kinda funny to try and talk with people in Argentina ha.
      Right now in the MTC or CCM we teach 4-5 investigators and soon we have to skype with members that are pretend investigators in Argentina so that's cool too. Also this Thursday is the day I have to get the shot, on the 11th. If I'm not better by then I'll go and see the doctor. 
      Ha so the new teacher we have is Brother Turley and he married his girlfriend that waited and he got a 22 on the act score. It's like looking at a future me haha there is still hope!!!! 
     Tell all the family hello and let me know how everyone is doing. Gma Sheilds, Hows Brady, And whoever else i dont hear about.

Well thats about it for ese letter, gracias por todo hacen, Thanks for all you do.

Love Elder Lindsay 10

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

September 2, 2014

 Dear Familia

This is just a a reply from all your mail. 

Ha so you might have to teach Devin how to open those gates cause its always been me and Dakoda that opens them and he sits in the middle. I guess he learned the hard way. Even though he has a boo boo don't let him trick you into thinking he is that soft and letting him get out off running or something ha. 

Oh um so I put on another lb so I'm at like 155 now ha whoraw right??

Since you brought up that there wasn't any snakes at the ranch I have a few snake stories. First Randy's letter today he told me that he seen this big 6 ft black snake in Tampa ha and said it was super fast... HAHA I bet he about crapped his pants:'D The other snake story is that there is a place here at west campus that we call the garden of Eden.  Like the second day we were here we were going to study and me and my companion seen a baby water snake. Then here a few days ago i guess these kids were chasing around a bigger one. So I'm pretty sure it is Satin in the garden. I think it was the same one just all grown up. Ha kinda reminded me of when Shonia screamed about that one when we were running but yeah thats my snake stories.

Man I miss shooting bows. Make sure Devin knows to enjoy all that stuff while he is young cause us old guys have a har...... Wait a minute thats just dad.. Nvm we have a while Devin.. Ha

Um I would also think that if there is anyway you could get some of those swoop necked mesh garmets that would be awesome. Now that I'm kinda filling out they look better on me haha. Yeah that's why I didn't like them. And I think I'll like them alot when I'm in Argentina. 

So my companion got sick all last week and so we decided to take him to the doctor on Saturday and since the campus doc wasn't here we got to go off campus to the medical center and then to a pharmacy... BEST DAY OF MY LIFE ha it was so nice to be in the real world for a little while. 

I do have some spiritual news for you as well. 

So last week I think around Thurday night I was feeling pretty down. I didn't know if I was worth God's time to be here just to struggle with language and not to know the doctrine all that great and I was just depressed. It really wasn't like me. So I prayed and just figured that it would be like any other prayer and not much of an answer would come. Well that next morning I got up and read my patriarchal blessing and went to class. Our teacher Sister Williams was definately the answer to my prayer. Everything I asked for in my prayer she covered. She didn't even mean to. So I know that God answers prayers. One thing we talked about was that when Jesus was suffering in the garden he was in so much pain that he didn't love the people at that very moment.  He wanted God to remove to cup. But after he was kinda like well this is Gods will so let it be. That's kinda when I was like well this is God's will and even if I have doubts my reason to be here is good enough so yeah little curveball there. 

And this part is for dad.

So that same night we had another testimony meeting. Earlier we had talked about how there are angels here at the MTC and with us on our missions. I had kinda been thinking about when Ryan told me he felt grandpa was with him in some of his lessons he was teaching in the field. Well I really believe that Grandpa Bob was with me that night. The only time I have seen you tear up was when he passed away and I mean i didn't know grandpa I was a little butt head. But for some reason I had a really strong love for him and i just started crying. I mean it was a manly cry of course but yeah just had an impression that he is always with us so watch out.. Might kick your butt one last time.

Well I had lots more to say buuuuut I kinda forgot ha, oh yeah so pkgs.... Mesh swoop neck garments and 2. maybe some drinks.... I am really disliking this city water..... ha or maybe just like crystal light to put in it. Ha or gatorade.

OH yeah!!! So people ive seen.
I seen Cassy Gardner today for the first time. She has been here since the 6th go August. I'v seen Jake Simkins, that George Ady, and also the Tuckers.... I think Mrs. Seeleys parents.

Let me know how Devin does in sports and how Dakoda's doing and you two old folk.

Love you

Elder Lindsay 10