Monday, July 28, 2014

Letter 07/28/2014


How is everyone doing? I am hoping everyone is happy. This week has been a good week, I just have a couple of funny stories. 

In a couple of letters to people I have been bragging about how the weather is not too hot nor too cold. Well, I went on divisions with another elder and it got really cold and I was very unprepared. I wasn't in our area and we were already out working, so I had to suffer a day and a night in the cold. I think it was for bragging about the weather, it has stayed kinda cold but with long sleeves and a sweater its not too bad. I have only had to break out the scarf twice.

The other thing would have to be the "Off-Road Colectivos." Here in Concordia there are a lot of places that just have dirt roads and it rained. With those two you get really muddy roads, but the colectivos still have to drive there routes. In other words sometimes riding in the colectivo can get realy fun. I imagine it is somewhat like monster trucking. 

In our area we are doing a lot of finding and trying to get new investigators. We are centering our efforts on finding and baptizing a family. The branch is growing and doing really good. They lack a little bit of training, but it is getting better.

To end this letter I would like to ask for classic american foods and there recipes. Many members have wanted us to cook American food, and I can't think of anything. So if anybody has ideas, Please send them to me.

I love you all,
Elder Mason Paul Reid

Monday, July 21, 2014

Letter 7/21/2014

Días de Fiestas!
Which means Fiesta days, I mean come on, its an easy one. 

I will be the first to admit that I am jealous of the fact that you are all able to enjoy Spanish Fork / Utah this time of year. It really is one of my favorite times of the year. I really enjoy it for the time that I could spend with the family. Seeing everyone together, and with all the cousins. I really cherish those memories. 

This week has been a good week. I learned a lot from the example of a return missionary. He recently came into our branch from being in Brazil. He has come back, and since then been called into the bishopric, and he is really doing a lot of good things. really helping out the branch. I could tell he learned a lot in his mission, and really has been converted, and he is helping change the branch for the better. I hope I too can have a good affect on my ward, and the people around me, when I get home. He really was a good missionary. 

On a less spiritual note, last week during P-day I went bowling with a couple other missionaries, Just so you all know. In the last 4 years or so I have gone bowling maybe twice. I would just like you all to know I am STILL not very good at bowling. Nothing has changed in that category of my life. 

I love you all!!
Elder Mason Paul Reid

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Letter 7/15/2014


This week has been a crazy week, let me just give you a little bit of the big stuff that has happened, last Monday we did special P-day with the entire zone. Then on Thursday we had a meet the President where we met him and his family with the entire zone again. We had to plan both of those activities. Then that same day I went to a city three hours from here to do a baptism interview at just about 8:30 at night, did the interview, and got back to Concordia at about midnight. Then Saturday we had a baptism! M is one of our investigators that got baptized! It was a great day! And now today we have transfers. In other words this week has been awesome, and at the same time super super busy. 

On top of all of that Argentina had the semi finals, and the finals. We were working during the semi finals, trying to find something to do, and the city was just shut down, you couldnt do anything. People would barely open there doors just to say that the game was on, and ask us what we are doing during the game. 

We did get cool news. We found out from the president we could watch the last game. So we got to watch Germany beat Argentina. It was a big let down. I had a lot of people ask me if I was German before the game, and due to the loss I was obligated to wear an Argentina hat home, or I would have been spotted for German, and maybe beaten. But all is well. I got home alive. :) 

That about sums up my week. I have a lot of other things that happened, but not a whole lot of time to talk about them. I do want you all to know that I love this work, The atonement is real. Christ suffered and died for us. I know that through him we can conquer death, and life forever with our families. I am so grateful for this gospel, and the comfort of the Holy Ghost.

Elder Mason Paul Reid

Monday, July 7, 2014

I Almost Got Bit By A Dog. Letter 7/7/2014

I Almost Got Bit By a Dog.

I would like to start out this letter by saying that the keyboard I am using is terrible! I am pretty sure you have to put a ten pound weight on the space and shift bar just to push it down. Needless to say I am getting a good finger work out today. :) 

This week has been awesome! Really busy, but awesome. This Thursday we traveled to Rosario, and had a meeting with the new mission president. He seems really cool, and his wife is really nice. They have 7 kids, but one of them is serving in Taiwan. So we had the meeting Thursday, which was my year mark. Elder N is a great guy and bought me McDonald's for my "birthday" It was the first time in almost 6 months since I had eaten McDonald's. 

Later on in the week, we went and had to do a lot of service because there is a big flood from the Rio Uruguay. It doesn't affect us, but there are some investigators, and members that needed to move there stuff out of their houses. We helped one family move a lot of fabric from their upholstery store. It was a good experience.

Now we are preparing for Zone meeting. We will be talking to the entire zone presenting the plan we have for the zone, and what we have set. It should be pretty fun.We have the entire zone together today. All 22 of us. We are doing a big special P-day, so we had to plan that as well. All in all, it has been a crazy busy week!!

Funny story: So my companion and I where knocking (clapping) doors, and well this dog comes up to us, but he is on the other side of the fence. So I put my hand up and let him smell me, he seemed really friendly, So I went to pet him on the top of the head, and all of a sudden he turned into Cujo and tried to bite my hand. I have all five of my fingers, so needless to say my ninja like reflexes saved me yet again. ha ha. 

This week has been a great week for me. We are working hard, and having a good time. I love you all!!
Elder Mason Paul Reid