Monday, April 27, 2015

Argentine Auto's

We are always on the lookout for cool old cars and sometimes we find some very old cars!

Cool, well used Fiat
Blue 1965 Chevy Nova Coupe.  Clean.

                             Note the Vintage Peugot 404.  Lot's of 404's and 504's on the streets.

Ford manufactured the 1960 Ford Falcon for over 30 years and they are still all over. Here's a rare VW bug.  We've seen a few pretty sweet VW buses too. Cars are expensive so they care for their cars, repair them and keep them on the road.

These two blue ones are Citrogen's from France.  I'll take the one on the right.

This is the infamous Fiat 600.  Alan said that back in the early 70's there were 1000's of these.

This one is my favorite (above), I want to bring it home.        So far, this is Alan's #1 choice. A red Audi.

More cute Fiat 600's

Ford Pickups are used for deliveries everywhere.

Fiat 550.....  Sweet.

                               Chevy Pick-up 1970 (above)   Red Coca-Cola Mercedes.  Cir. 1965

                                                      Red Fiat 1970's

More cars coming soon....

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Arroyo Seco

On Saturday, April 11th we were able to travel to the Arroyo Seco Branch to present a Mi Camino night. It took us about 45 minutes to drive there.  Our Stake President Councilor, President Reccechia drove us in his car and also our Stake Facilitator, Pilar Segovia traveled with us.  The picture below is like the car we rode in.  4 adults traveling about 80 miles an hour swerving in and out of traffic lanes in what I like to call a clown car. But we made it alive, so all is well! Argentines want to be race car drivers, ALL of them!!

The Arroyo Seco Church Building.

Branch President Gutierrez, Pilar our Stake Facilitator and 2 branch Facilitators (below).  We trained the Branch President a few weeks ago and showed him a video presentation.  A part of the  presentation showed a picture of some crops that the water was not getting to the ends of the rows and the crops were dying. And then we showed another picture of the water getting to the ends of the rows and the crops were getting watered and were green. We explained that this is what this new Self Reliance is all about is getting the water to the people who need it.  When we were walking toward the building door the Branch President came outside and stretched forth his arms and said, "the water is coming to the ends of the rows", it was so tender, it brought tears to my eyes.

The meeting was held in their chapel.  They don't have benches, they use folding chairs.  President Reccechia standing on the right in the picture below.

The Arroyo Seco Young Women's room and the Relief Society table that is in the chapel (below).  The RS table cloth was so beautiful! It was the first Branch that we have visited and we discovered that we had already had met so many of their members who had come to classes in Rosario that Alan had taught months ago.

It was a very large building for a Branch.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

#Because He Lives

On Friday, April 3 we hosted at our Self-
Reliance Center a one night showing (on the big outdoor wall) of the Easter video #Because He Lives.

2 sister missionaries that live in the area and our ward Mission leader wanted to share this wonderful video message with the people of Rosario

Hermana Nelson is from American Fork and Hermana Spencer is from a little town below Fresno, CA. Having 2 Hermana's from the US is a first for our ward. I was in charge of running the electronic equipment.

We had many people who stopped and watched outside our gates and we also had this cute family across the street that watched it from their balcony. 

Thanks Hermana's for sharing the good news message that Jesus Christ Lives.

Monday, April 6, 2015


I guess it is getting close to the time when we will be coming home because almost all of the sister missionaries that were here in our area when we got to Argentina have gone home!! I will miss these Hermanas so much! Below is Hermana Siapo who is from Chiclayo, Peru. Every time I saw Hermana Siapo her hair was wet (no hair dryers, so air drying and it took forever for her hair to dry).  Today her hair was dry (it was 6 in the afternoon)!!

Hermana Siapo and her companion Hermana Cruise would come to our Self Reliance Center almost every day and we would read the Book of Mormon together.  She would practice reading in English (and I would help her with her English) and I would try to read in Spanish (and she would help me with every word)! She made us a card and gave it to us when we were at the mission home giving a training to the missionaries that were going home in March.

Below is Hermana Martinez from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Hermana Martinez and Hermana Siapo were serving in our home ward area.  We saw first hand what hard workers they are. They served the Lord well for their 18 months in Argentina.

Below is Hermana Hickman from Seattle, WA.  We met her while she was cleaning the baptismal font at a stake center in our area one evening where we were having a meeting and now she is home.

By the look of her shoes (below), she knows how to work hard too!! Hermana's (sister missionaries) are fabulous missionaries and have great success reaching the people here in Rosario!

Below is the group of missionaries that we were able to train on Self-Reliance (March 23rd) before they left the mission to return to their homes. We only have two more of these trainings before we return home! So much to do, so little time left!!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Barrio Belgrano

A couple of Sunday's ago we traveled to the Belgrano Ward to give a presentation to a combined Relief Society and Priesthood on the new Self Reliance Initiative (what we came to Argentina to start). It was so good to see sister Fagunde (pictured here just walking into the Chapel). She has been a member for just under a year and was one of the first people we got to meet at our self reliance center when we arrived in Argentina last August! Her husband, Anibal, was looking for a job for a very long time.  He now is a night watchman and still came to church even though he had not slept! It's so nice to see that they are still active and faithful members of the church!

It was a lovely cool day and I got to wear a sweater, which hasn't happened in a very long, long time!  Fall is starting to happen in Argentina! We had our combined meeting in the chapel which has no benches, just folding chairs. It was the smallest chapel we have been in so far.  It is a two story building. They hold Relief Society, Gospel Doctrine Class and of course Sacrament Meeting in this chapel. 
Alan was about to begin the presentation and an area Seventy, Elder Rechek, from Buenos Aires came in and sat down.  He was in Rosario introducing the new BYU-Idaho PATH program for the Institutes down here.

We took a cab to and from the Chapel which takes about 30 minutes each way.  One of the dangerous things we do in Rosario is ride in cabs.  A few are nice, clean and have seat belts that work and then others are not so nice.  I think I've only found 3 working seats belts since we've been down here. The dangerous part is either the way the driver drives (crazy, like he is driving a race car!) or the condition of the car and most of the time it is both! The little red light in the window tells you this cab is available. (pic below)

We called on the phone for this cab to come pick us up so we weren't standing out on the street with our portable projector, extension cords, computer, cell phone and books. This cab was pretty worn down but the driver was nice.  He was very large and his seat was broken and leaning into the back seat! The bottom picture is of the meter (upper right side of the windshield) that tells us how much the ride will be. Our ride was about $20 US dollars round trip.