Had a great week here in Parque Guillermina - gonna spit out a ton of things in probably no apparent order.
My compa is Elder Philpot from Glendale/Phx AZ. He's got 6 months in the mission. He's dope - hasn't had a lot of success with his 1st 2 comps but has learned a lot and luckily (thank heavens) already speaks Spanish like a pro - saves me a lot of headaches and time. We've been talking a lot about what we'll do to have success, given that we'll have probably little time together (this is still his 1st area) and our area has a TON of potential. Our members are fantastic - they want to go out and teach with us, they want to feed us lunch etc. Couldn't ask for more from them. The area geographically speaking is humongous - we walk a lot (yes! I was getting kinda fat in Jujuy). There are richer parts and poorer parts - we stick mostly to the more humble.
Tucuman is a really big city - much bigger than Salta or Jujuy. We're on the outskirts but there's still much traffic. You won't really care because you don't know life down here, but get this! In our area (our area alone, not just zone or city) there is a McDonalds!! That is incredible. Unheard of in the mission. There's also a Walmart somewhere here in Tucuman. This area is kinda spooky in some parts - almost feels like we're in the US. I don't like it, but it's a good spin. We're called Guillermina Park because there's a huge park in our area - something like Central Park but obviously smaller. Adds to the US feel.
Alright, so I've got 6 minutes. Not sure exactly what else to add. We live the 2 of us in a big apartment - a good change of pace from the zoo in Jujuy with some other locos. We're working on a few families to baptize at the end of Nov - we're gonna focus on fellowshiping and testimonio because they will do just about anything we teach them, at least for now. A really tough challenge here - retention. We don't wanna baptize just to put some numbers down on paper - we wanna bless these people and save them - pray for us, and especially pray for the sisters in my district.
I know the Church is true and that this work is true! Love you all, keep fighting, keep praying!