Wow! It has been one crazy week! last Thursday after I got off the computer for emails and had lunch, I got to go through the Buenos Aires Temple for an endowment session. It was hard to understand all the words they used as it was in Spanish, but felt the same spirit and it was an amazing experience. It is so cool to have the temple so close too, I can look out of the window by my computer right now and see the whole thing. The Temple Grounds are across a small parking lot and on the same church property as the CCM. Saturday my district got the opportunity to go onto the temple grounds to proselyte to the members on grounds! It was very fulfilling to put all of our Spanish we have learned into an actual situation with real people.
This Saturday we get to go out into the city for 5-6 hours to proselyte with the people there! We will be dropped off in the afternoon and left to ourselves for several hours to invite people to hear our message! I am sooooo stoked!
After we proselyted on temple grounds on Saturday I was in my room with the other elders, and the comment was made that I look like Gaston from beauty and the Beast, so I instantly burst out into his song and danced around and stuff... much to the amusement of my fellow elders. I am now nicknamed Gaston which is pretty fun.
Now to the more spiritual side of things; Dios es nuestro Padre Celestial, nosotros somos sus hijos. as I said earlier in my emails, there are latinos in our room and its really fun to interact with them. But because they are only here for two weeks, the ones that we started out with left on Tuesday morning. so on Monday night we exchanged email addresses, sang songs, and did a lot of hugging and crying. It is really interesting how close you can get with people that you barely could speak with. Towards the end of the night one of my roommates (Elder Cline) had everyone gather around. he was sitting on his bed and started to talk to us in broken Spanish. Roughly translated...he said the following: "I know that this feels like goodbye, but we are all family. Even if we don't see each other during this life. In the next life, we will still be friends. I love you all."
The spirit in the room was so strong. Even though we could barely express our feelings to each other, we could all feel the spirit of brotherhood that is a part of being sons and of our heavenly father.
Another really powerful spiritual experiance occured this past Sunday. Every Sunday after a fireside we get to watch a movie. This week's movie was the testaments. At the very end of the movie, Christ comes to the Americas and is healing the wounded and sick, and preaching. The final scene show Him approach a blind man who has been looking forward to seeing the Savior, but can't because of an accident wicht took his sight. The Savior appears next to him and, calling him by name, restores his sight. I instantly reached my hand up to my chest and felt my nametag which has the Savior's name so prominently printed. I am proud to be a representative of Jesus Christ and look forward to spreading his gospel and acting in his name.