Saturday, October 31, 2009

Pictures..... FINALLY!!!!

Elder Gaughan and Elder Silas

Group Picture!

Elder Gaughan and Elder French (friend from SVU!)

Elder Gaughan and Elder Banks (Companions)

Elder Gaughan and Elder Lyons

Group Shot

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last Week at the MTC....... Maybe!

Hey everyone what's goin on? K first of all tell Karina congrats cause that's so cool!!!! What an awesome opportunity!!! Well there's a possibility that this is my last week here in the MTC. We still haven't signed our promisos for our visas, but I've also been told that tomorrow they're gonna put our names in to go stateside until then. Bottom line is we don't know for sure, I guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens. One of the Elder's in my District, Elder Johnson, has a pretty messed up shoulder so he might be staying behind here if we get sent stateside. We still don't know though so I guess we just have to wait and see what is gonna happen. 4 Elders in my District have their visas so they'll be heading down there which is awesome and way lucky for them. I'm not really sure how I feel about going state side cause I'm supposed to be in Argentina, but hey it's not in my hands so I'm just gonna have to make the best of it. If I do go state side I'll probably go to TX or Chicago, and I should only be there for a few weeks. That was really the big news for this week. I'm kinda nervous to see where I'm gonna be headed or if I just have to stay here for another week or two and wait it out. It's kinda weird not knowing but we should know soon that'll be good. Oh thanks for the package!!! That was sorely needed and really awesome. Ustedes son los mejores. We have a District goal to basically not speak any English which is way good, but at times it pretty tough cause we can't always express ourselves. But hey esta bien, it's stretching us and we're gonna be a lot better for it. We got nuevos again this week and we don't speak to them in English, oh poor guys. It's ok though, they'll thank us later when they learn more. That's really it, sorry this is so short. There's not a whole lot going on here, we do the same thing everyday and after nine weeks it's hard to come up with new stuff. Oh in the RC I've been doing calls in only spanish and it is TOUGH!! Normally the first few I can understand but after that I'm done. It's always a way humbling experience so that's always good to have. Oh I need a carry on bag too. Lo siento I'm so needy. They told us we should have a carry on bag, cause when we get to Argentina we might not get our bags for a few days. Sorry again. K I'm running outta time, but know that I love you all and hope you are doing well!! Con Amor,
-Elder Gaughan

Monday, October 19, 2009

No hablo inglés!

Hey everyone how's it goin? Well I'm one week closer to taking off. Well hopefully anyway. So when
are you leaving for  Bahia Blanca?  Do you have a final date? To answer your question Mom we're supposed to leave Nov. 2, but we haven't signed our promisos yet for our visas so we're not really sure what's going on with that. Hopefully we get called to do that soon cause if not I could be here for a few weeks. Which would be way cool, but I'm way excited to get into the field and they don't really have anything for us to do after 9 weeks. So yeah hopefully we sign our promisos in the next day or two cause if not it could prove to be a problem. Besides that I'm doing really good. It's weird being the oldest ones in the zone, but its also pretty cool. We get neuvos this week which will be cool. Besides that it's been a fairly uneventfull week. I'm sending more pics again today, I'm not sure which ones you've gotten so I just sent a whole bunch. You know me I don't take a whole lot of pictures, but I'll try to be better about that. I'm gonna get pictures with Bryan and Ryan Jensen before I leave so you can expect at least two more before I take off for Argentina. Besides that it's been pretty typical, I hardly speak english anymore which is way fun. I must say I like spanish a lot more than english, it definitely makes a lot more sense and I feel bad for anyone that has to learn english. I'm slowly forgetting english words which is always fun, I can't wait to see what my homecoming talk will be like. Most likely uncomprehensable but hey thats ok. I'm excited to get to Argentina and have no idea what's going on, oh man that will be so sweet. I'm glad to hear everyone is doing well. I love you guys and love being a missionary. I wouldn't change it for the world, this is amazing. Love you all,
Elder Gaughan

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Getting Old...

Hey everbody, que pasa? Well I'm another week closer to getting into the field which is pretty crazy. Next week another District leaves which will make us the oldest. It's crazy cause I feel like I just got here and soon we're gonna be the ones everyone is looking up to (that's what they tell me at least). This week has been a whirlwind just like all the others. It's hard to remember everything that happens in a week, but I'm gonna try to answer Mom's questions from her last e-mail.

On Sundays we have a lot of time to study. We have Sacrament, Priesthood Meeting and District Meeting (which is basically Sunday School). Besides that it's study/personal time. It's definitely the most low key day of the week. As you all know Monday is our Preperation Day and we get to go to the Temple in the mornings. The Provo Temple is awesome, it's so simple yet so beautiful at the same time. I love having that opportunity now because I probably won't have it in Argentina. There's only one temple in Buenos Ares. Speaking of Temples, how awesome was it that there are going to be 5 new temples built!?!! Especially the one in Concepcion, it made me think of Eric Davis and Christian Harmer and how happy they and the saints there must be. What an amazing blessing that will be to all of them. Hopefully the saints in Bahia Blanca get one soon. I did 2 days of solamente espanol which was quite an interesting experience. It was tough, but it was a way good experience and I'll be doing even more of it this week. We're teaching in spanish too and it's amazing how much the Spirit helps us when we're teaching cause I know there is no way I'm doing this on my own.

General Conference was so awesome!!! I think I learned more from this one than any others in the past. It's crazy how when your a missionary it seems like everything applies to you even more. I have so many notes that I need to go back over, I especially loved Elder Holland's testimony of the Book of Mormon. What a powerful man and testimony that he has. I hope to be as strong in the gospel as he is one day. Well I can't think of anything else right now, but if I do I'll send a letter home. I hope you all are well, I'm still loving it out here. Everyday gets better and better and I can't wait to get out to Argentina. I love you all, until next week,