We've had quite a busy week here in Oberá. We are still working to get to know the area. The office finally gave us our phone on Wednesday (a week after we got here) and it's been a huge help! We can actually confirm appointments now, and it makes working with the members a lot easier. The members are just so wonderful here, there are several who are more than happy to work with us to bring investigators to church and show us the homes of menos activos and give us food and wash our laundry and . . . you get the picture. There is such a good spirit in the branch!
On Wednesday, we got to go to Posadas for a special conference with Elder Viñas of the Seventy. He is the second counselor in the South America South Area Presidency. All of the missionaries in Argentina gathered in the Posadas stake center, where he taught us about the gospel of Jesus Christ. What a privilege!
One of the things that was talked about in the conference was working with the members to create an "ambiente misional" (a missionary atmosphere) in our wards and branches. I think a lot of times we don't realize just how crucial the members are in the work of salvation! There is only so much the missionaries can do - this work requires the efforts of everyone! When members and missionaries work together to find and welcome and teach the people who are sincerely seeking the truth, miracles happen.
All right, that's the Hermana Watts soapbox for the week. Hope you're all living fantastic lives!
|la conferencia Argentina con Elder Viñas|
|District P-day activity: visiting a waterfall just outside Oberá. |
Elder Christiansen (UT), Elder Guerra (ARG), yo, Hermana Monsivais (MEX)
1. How is Argentina different for Paraguay? (accent, food, etc)
Oberá has a lot of European influences, and it's noted in the accent. The food is pretty similar, but they eat less mandioca here.
2. Do you have a favorite Argentinian food?
Not yet...I haven't really tried many foods yet.
3. Are you in a branch or ward, and about how big is it?
We're in a branch, and there are about 50-60 people who attend every Sunday, but there are a lot more members who should be coming but don't.
4. How many wards or branches are there in Oberá?
Only one branch in Oberá.
5. How many missionaries in your district, and what areas does it cover?
There are 4 missionaries in my district: Elder Christiansen and Elder Guerra, and my companion and I. Our district covers the city of Oberá.
6. Is Oberá bigger or smaller than Encarnación?
Oberá is definitely smaller.