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Monday, June 27, 2011

One Crazy Week

One crazy week. RAIN and COLD and lots of intercambios (exchanges). I worked with Elder Gardner, Elder Pérez and Elder Bryant this week. Way good, lots of work, lots of fun and four baptisms! We had three that were for sure happening and an hour before we swung the forth. And it is not a competition but our zone had more than any other zone this month.

I'm sorry there is so little being written but we are super rushed this week and I'll see you next week.

Today we celebrated my last p-day with choripan. They are chorizo sandwiches, we did it as a zone and played soccer for my last time. I know next week I'll be in the heat and with all of you but I still feel like I have a lot of time left here. I feel like I got here yesterday and that I'm supposed to be older and more mature by this point of my mission and life. Maybe it'll change when I'm back home I'm just still having a hard time believing it haha.

I hope Dad is willing to take me to the gym, I am in desperate need haha, walking is not sufficient. Have a great week, we'll be seeing each other on Wednesday!


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today is Argentina's Flag Day

¡Feliz 20 de Junio! Today is Argentina's Flag Day. So to celebrate a federal holiday the way it should be celebrated we did a good deep cleaning of our apartment. We also sang some of the ole Argentine patriotic songs and ate facturas (but we do that several times a week anyway haha). And here, like there, we celebrated Father's Day yesterday. All week people were throwing up the excuse of, sorry I can't go to church on Father's Day, I have to visit my dad (whether it be the cemetery or in his house, we got a lot of the cemetery excuse). Yet, through the Lord's help and some hard work, we were able to get 13 investigators and two inactive families to church. Pretty sweet :)

We spent Wednesday outside of our area, helping the Elders of Lamadrid. I was able to work with Elder Cutler, it was a great day. We got lost (he is new to his area), but we found some great people. Thursday we weren't in our area either, we had to go to another part of town for a Zone Conference, combined with the zone that Elder Goodman is in. It was great to see my ole companion's brother. Him and I will be sitting by each other on all three flights, but I'm thinking I'll be nice and trade seats with the other Elder Goodman, seeing how he is on our planes as well. What I do between transfer day (the fourth) and my flight in Buenos Aires, I have no idea, I'll just go with the flow. In the Zone Conference, we talked about a lot of things, but two things that stand out were one, an address given by Elder Jeffrey R Holland from the quorum of the twelve at the MTC in January. It was moving and spectacular. Two, in the last zone conference of every missionary they have to share what is called their "Testimonio Fiel", it translates to "loyal/faithful testimony" but it works better and sounds cooler in Spanish. So Thursday I gave my "fiel". I had been joking with a lot of missionaries that in my personal studies I was preparing my testimony and that I was even trying to produce tears. None of that was true, but the day of Zone Conference I started brainstorming a couple of ideas. As I stood in front of everyone all those ideas went flying from my mind. I still am not sure what I said, but I know it was crazy to think how fast the last 24 months have flown and how I'm not sure I'm ready to face life, but whacha gonna do.

Aiight, story time: We had talked with a woman in the street named Sulma last week. This week, we went by her apartment to teach her and her family. We knock the door and no one answers. A cute, little girl of three/four years, who was playing outside asks who we are looking for. We tell her Sulma. She informs us that Sulma has left. We ask the girl if she knows where she went and she says she doesn't know but that we need to take a taxi. We smile and ask to where. She responds, "I don't know, you have to get in the cab and say take me to Sulma, and that's where she will be." We had a good laugh.

The old stake pres is the one who releases me? Not the new? I have no problem with either one, and I said Fajitas because it is one of our family joints and I need chips and salsa, but I am content with anything, I follow the plans of every else.

Okayy, that's it for now. L. Lamoreaux signing off.



Monday, June 13, 2011

A Spirit Guided Experience

I feel like I write less and less every week, I apologize there's just so little time and so much that happens, so much of similar events, plus I figure in three weeks I can tell it all in person anyway haha.

Today we are going to start off with a spirit guided experience. Sunday was stake conference. It was a satelite transmission for all of Argentina from SLC. Elder Zivic, Elder Anderson, and President Packer, along with the general primary president spoke. We wanted to get as many people as possible to the stake conference. So we left early in the morning looking for people. We called everyone and passed by everyone's houses trying to get everyone there. No one was home and if they were they were asleep, we ran out of minutes on our phone calling everyone. We were kinda lost, when I thought, hey, let's go by our chapel and see if anyone forgot and is waiting outside. What do you know. Two of our investigators were there waiting. Alone? Nope, with friends they had invited. Miracle! We then escorted them to the stake center. We ended the Sunday with 12 investigators in church and a new family to teach! Way great!! We have a lot of super solid awesome people we are teaching and I'm loving it.

Last week I asked for a souvinours list and I didn't receive it this week, so don't complain when you get a Hannah Montana beach towel or a Virgin Mary fridge magnet.

I finally got my flight plans, weird that you got them first. Also weird that I have to fly to TX and can't go straight from FL to AZ ,but it's all cool.

Aiight, seeing how I write so little, I'll see if I can send a pic or two, seeing how a picture is worth a thousand words.



Wednesday, June 8, 2011

One Month Left On My Quest in Argentina

Happy six, six, eleven. I indeed have had a good start to my June. I love all three elders in my bench and we are having fun and success.

Couple little events from the most recent week of my quest. Friday I was on intercambios (exchanges) with Elder Elias Manqueo (Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina). He is a fellow axe slinger (guitar player) and gave me the rundown on all the national Argentine rock bands. Not only was that part cool but did A LOT of work and saw some great miracles all in that day. One of the best parts of that day was the family home evening we had with the Paz and Navarrete families. Milagros and Doro gave the lesson (on prayer) then we played a little game, then I shared dessert, a multi flavored package of Pixy Stix (from my birthday package). Everyone except Miryam was into them, she said they were too sour. I love when other people feel the desire to have family home evenings and put time into preparing a lesson and games, and lets not forget the countless hours I poured into making dessert.

Lucas (who was baptized Mother's Day weekend) turned sixteen on Saturday and is doing great. Zenayda is doing well as well, she turned 84 yesterday.

Your Utah vacation sounds fun. I have such ganas (I don't how to say that in English, look up the word haha) to go to the SLC temple, and Lagoon, we are going to make a return trip soon. Everyone looks so big! How tall are my siblings nowadays? Weird to think a month from today I'll be off the plane seeing all you live in person.

Hope everyone has a good week and that those who travel travel safely. Also, next week is my last souvenir shopping day so if anyone has requests, make them now.

Aiight, love yall, take care,


Monday, May 30, 2011

Interesting / Fun Week

"Amazing still it seems. I'll be 23. I won't always love what I'll never have. I won't always live in my regrets."
Pop quiz: where are these lines from? I want to know who answered the question and if they had to use the internet or not.

Well we had an interesting/fun week. I was able to work with Elder McQueen (SLC, UT) on Tuesday, he is way awesome and we are planning motorcycle rides post-mish. Then Wednesday his kid arrived, Elder Holtby (South Jordan, UT). Between the four of us we had a lot of work, a lot of fun, and a baptism! Zenaida Chanchaya is a 83 (84 this weekend) year old, Peruvian, blind woman who strongly had the desire to get baptized, so we helped her fulfill her wish. After she met us she dreamt she was walking down a wide, dark road. Christ then invited her to follow the narrow, bright path. She took that as a sign and progressed beautifully. The hot water heater is broken in our chapel. Our bishop assigned one of our counselors to call the repairman, he said he called and they came, he didn't call, they didn't come. So we were super concerned we did not want this woman to die or catch a cold or anything, yet all we had was cold water. Elder Holtby got in first to test it out, he said it was cold. We helped Zenaida go down the first couple steps to see how she reacted to the water. She said it was warm, Elder Holtby said she was crazy. She was baptized with no problems. Her baptismal clothing, was even warm afterwards, yet the water was not. Miracle. Super cool baptism and confirmation.

That was the highlight of the week, we also found a lot of people and had a drunk guy insult me and lie to me and if there weren't an investigator in the street waiting for me I may have insulted him back. Luckily, however, I was with Elder Holtby, so he didn't understand what the guy was saying.

And that was my week. I need two things from you all: 1) Name of the stake 2) name of the ward.

Thank you, happy last week of May, catch ya later, un beso,


Monday, May 23, 2011

My Last Transfer

My last transfer call came, and well, there is some big news...I am in 9 de Julio. Elder López, on the other hand, is going to...stay with Elder Lamoreaux. Jaja (Spanish laugh) tricked you, but there is some cool news. 9 de Julio 2 is now open! We had so much work to do, so many investigators and what not that they sent us two more missionaries to help us out here. Elder McQueen (Utah and sportbike fanatic, sports a CBR600R) will be living with us, along with his greenie. We don't know who he is yet, but Wednesday we will meet him. In the meantime, while we wait for the youngster we will be in a trio tearin 9 de Julio up. Along with transfers some of my favorite missionaries left, Elder Flaherty, Elder Contreras, Elder Lyons, Elder Lerma and Hermana Pond and Hermana López, it's sad, but it's the mission.

So I am loving the work and we are working hard. We have a baptism this weekend, it's an interesting one, her name is Zenayda, she is an 83 year old blind woman, but she has fallen in love with the gospel and is super excited for her baptism. Her grand-daughter is an active member preparing to serve a mission. It's going to be interesting, but it'll be way good, then in June we are going to baptize somewhere near eight people, gotta go out swinging.

Can't believe you are all kickin it in "table", what a silly city name, I tell people my family moved to Mesa and they look at me like I'm crazy, well, I kinda am, so whatcha gonna do.

Every one behave and have fun and take care, catch ya next week :)


Monday, May 16, 2011

Busy, Productive Week - Great Way to Serve

Wow, so much happened this week it's hard to believe it has only been seven days.

I guess we'll start with Monday. First we visited a referral we had received from a member. Although she gave us the name and address of this person very hesitantly saying it wasn't going to work out. We took it as a challenge. We show up and taught Nereida, and she accepted a baptismal date and neither of the two members who know her believed us. We then followed up during the week and found her sister who lives in the same house and she is way awesome as well. That was a great way to start the week. That same night we went by Lucas´ (the boy who was just baptized)house to talk a little and help in the whole priesthood prep thing. We show up and he has a friend over, and started teaching his friend and asked him to say the closing prayer and invited him to seminary and everything. One day as a member and he is already a missionary, it was way cool, reminded me when TK invited his friend over, although ours turned out a little better haha.

Then Tuesday, I went on exchanges with Elder Bryant, we had a blast and saw a couple miracles.

Let's fast forward to Saturday. We start the day off with an outrageously expensive haircut. Elder López and I walked all over trying to find an open barbershop, we were so desperate that by the time we found one open we just walked in and Elder López sat down without asking how much they charge. They put the cape on front and tie it around his neck and he remembers to ask as they start the clippers and start cutting. The woman calmly responds 40 dollars and the eyes of Elder López opened like the Red Sea when the Israelites crossed through. I didn't cut my hair this week haha.

We then went to Elder Flaherty and Elder Bryant's area to teach an investigator and interview another one. It went great, we then returned to our area to eat lunch and to place a baptismal date with an 83 year old blind woman, she will be my record for oldest and my second blind person, just cool to know people can follow Christ regardless of age and physical limitations.

We then went to the area of Alto Alberdi to help with a rough situation they are dealing with, then returned to our area, grabbed to investigators and took them to a baptism in the Rosedal Ward. We then returned to our area to eat choripan and cake to celebrate Milagros´ birthday with the Paz family. It was a fun/busy day.

It was a busy, productive week.

Love you all, have a great week!


Shoot Chuck and Raygun a feliz cumplaño!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Happy Mother's Day




Monday, May 2, 2011

It's A Wonderful Time in Argentina

Thank you for the Happy Birthday shout out. On our lunch calendar I put it was my birthday and everybody wanted to put their name down, it was funny. After church everyone was telling me and they were inviting me to eat on Wednesday and on Thursday saying there is no problem in celebrating a birthday a little late. I'm stoked to eat some cake, I'm going to miss Argentine cake. Not only was Sunday awesome for all of that, but, Brenda (Mcarcelo's baby) was blessed, Brisa was confirmed, and Marcelo received the Aaronic Priesthood. Pretty good day.

So in our meeting with the area president last week, he showed us a video clip of President Hinckley encouraging us to double baptisms. We then analyzed the video and found that what President Hinckley said we needed to do to double them was have a combined effort with the members and fervent prayer. Elder López and I always take members to lessons and sometimes take investigators to members for lessons but we both felt that President Hinckley meant a little more than that when he said working together with the members. So we got to thinking, but more importantly doing. We starting working super hard and started changing things up in our "member work". We also decided to combine the two things President Hinckley had stated (working with members and prayer). So Saturday when we started our fast we decided to go by a members house to start our fast. He was more than happy to lend us his house and asked if he could also participate in the fast (something we had not thought of but definitely were not going to deny). So we did. We all knelt together and started our fast together and it was super powerful. Sunday morning he asked how the fast was going and said he needed Books of Mormon because he had four people that had agreed to listen to us. Way awesome and we are going to continue working like this. I have two months left and I have to work super hard to be able to reach my goals so let's see if this is the way to do it.

Funny story: look in the picture of Marcelo and Milagros' baptism that I sent. Half a dog is in the picture. That dog is Chiripa. Chiripa came into sacrament meeting yesterday. He is a funny dog, but isn't even the dog of Marcelo or Miryam or anyone, but he wants to be haha.

Aiight, have an awesome week and have fun tomorrow for me!



Thursday, April 28, 2011

Busy Week...Sorry I Missed You on Monday

Happy Thursday!!

I know, you are all thinking, "uhhh what happened? Today is Thursday." Well let me explain.

At the end of every month we have a a meeting with Pte. Salas to discuss how the month went, what we are planning on doing in the coming month and so forth. This month, President and the asistants decided to have the meeting on Monday to spend P-Day together. Elder Lorimer, Elder Moore, Elder Antúnez and Elder Bullock all came Sunday night to stay the night because they had long bus rides to come into the city. So it was good to see a couple elders and hang out a little bit Sunday night. Then Monday morning we got up and got ready and went on over to the mission home for our meeting. As we are all hanging out eating the breakfast they had for us, Sister Arnold comes in. Sister Arnold is the wife to Elder Arnold, the area president. Seeing her there, meant he was there. What a surprise. We had an excellend meeting with him all morning. Talking about the Lord's work, lighthouses, consecration, and other subjects. He also told us to tell our families that he loves us and prays for us just like our families. After Elder Arnold spoke he quietly left and we continued the meeting with Pte. Salas. We then ate lunch and hung out and played soccer the rest of the day there in the mission home with the president and everyone. We got home at nine that night so there was no time to hit the cyber.

"That's all good and well," you are thinking, "but today is Thursday, what happened to Tuesday and Wednesday?" Tuesday I was busy working with Elder Lerma (TX), we had a great day, full of work, full of fun. Wednesday, I was busy on exchanges with Elder Bryant (AZ), so again I wasn't able to go to the cyber. But now here we are, Thursday, and I am finally with my comp again and we are able to inform our families of how everything is.

I am doing well, although, slightly ill. Monday I went to bed with a wicked fever, a wickeder congested/runny nose, and the wickedest sore throat. Everyday there has been some improvement but I still sound like a frog when I speak and still can't breath. But, as we know, no unhallowed hand will stop this work, so I continue finding, teaching, and baptizing. I love my job. Too bad they don't pay, or I'd do it professionally haha.

I'm glad you all had a great Easter weekend. Mine went well as well. Here the Easter tradition is hallow chocolates filled with little candies, they are called "Huevos de Pascua" which means Easter eggs, although they are not eggs haha. They also follow the Catholic tradition of not eating read meat, so I had fish for the second time in my mission, I miss sea food!

Aiight, love you all, I'll be writing on Monday and calling on Sunday! Take care, catch ya on the flip side, chau.


Monday, April 18, 2011


Happy Monday! Things are still going wayyy good. Elder López is a stud. He is great missionary and a great person and in seven short days has made his way into the legendary companion ranking. Thanks to my new comp my Argentine slang is on the ups. Now I'll be going home speaking Porteño as if it were my first language. (Piola means chill/cool).

Yesterday was a great day, we had 15 investigators in church. That was way awesome. We had a new family of five go, and a couple others. Funny story, Miryam (the sister of Marcelo and future member of the church), was surfing the web and says she just happened to come across the Levi's Quest page. It's nice to know it's still running and that I have at least one follower. Cool fact: in Elder Flaherty's district, all the missionaries are from Arizona, so we call it a District of Zion (or District of "Zona"). Now we are working for a Zone of Zion (or Zone of "Zona") haha. This weekend we should be having some baptisms!

And I don't know if you remember but my birthday is coming up pretty soon, so if you wanna send me some American goodies or photos or anything, that would be super amazing.

Let's skip to the miracle of the week. Yesterday there was a fifteen year old young man who was in church. I didn't know him so we got to know him. Turns out he is a friend of a member, he has been going to seminary for several weeks now, but had never been to church. He enjoyed it and accepted to get baptized. We have an appointment with him tomorrow, super piola ;).

As we conclude another week of awesome, I'd like to give a shout out to everyone who supports this work and supports me and puts me and more importantly those I serve in their prayers. Love you all have a great week!

Paz, amor, chau, besitos,


Monday, April 11, 2011

What A Week - Wedding...Baptisms...New Companion

Alrighty, let's start with transfers, shall we?

Elder Antúnez left to a town called Cruz del Eje. I stayed in 9 de Julio. My new companion is Elder Lopez. He is from Buenos Aires, Argentina and just came from the city of Villa Dolores! He is super awesome and we are going to do great things in our ward.

Speaking of great things in our ward, we had a super d00per weekend. Friday morning Marcelo Paz and Silvina Navarrete were legally wed. Elder Antúnez and I were there amongst the family and the friends. We took pictures, we threw rice, we did it all. It was way awesome. We then did our missionary thing, and finished the day with the wedding reception. We ate, we danced (not really, but it was a little tempting), and we were extremely happy for the Paz family.

Saturday was a super busy day preparing the baptismal service. It was an incredible baptism for Marcelo and for Milagros (Marcelo´s younger sister). It was honestly one of the most rewarding moments of my mission. I love the Paz family, and I am super excited I still get to see them, and baptize the two people that still haven't done it. Although I am one who has never liked to stay in an area too long, I love my current ward and I'm excited I get to stay and continue working, especially with my first Argentine companion.

Sounds like everyone is doing good. I hope the Coral Pink trip is amazing. I, like Tate, cut my golden locks on Saturday. It was past missionary length, but was not like Tate's hair haha. I am training Elder Lopez on the Zone Leader scene. He is so excited and sincere though that he'll get it down in no time.

Aiight, love you all have a super awesome week, I'll catch y'all on the flipside.



Monday, April 4, 2011

Work...Fun...Work...It's Worth It

One more week completed of work and fun and work. Tuesday I was privileged to work with Elder Tyler Payne Goodman of Prescott, Arizona (his twin brother was my companion in the MTC). He came on over to 9 de Julio and we had an awesome day. Had a lot fun, did a lot of catching up and a lot of teaching, contacting, moving, and serving the Lord. It was way good, and even though the two Elder Goodmans are different, it kinda felt like I was in the MTC again. It was a great day.

Friday was April Fool's Day. It was also the day in which Marcelo and Silvina Paz made the final step to getting married. This Friday Marcelo and Silvina are getting married! They are an absolutely amazing family and I am so excited for their wedding and their baptism and their life in the gospel. They loved General Conference. They went with notebooks and an open heart with the intention of learning and being able to more closely follow the Savior. We also had other people in conference. I myself really enjoyed conference, but I wasn't able to see the last two talks or the prophet's closing remarks due to an unexpected hail storm that messed with the satelite. It's okay though, I'll read it when I get home. I'd do it here, but the Liahona always gets here late, especially when it's the Conference edition.

So I'm doing great. This is the final week of the transfer, so next Monday, you'll be updated on some changes (which I'm pretty sure will occur, but you never know). I hope you are all doing great. I love you all and hope you have a super week.



Monday, March 28, 2011

My Mission = 21 Months of Awesome !

Well another week has come and gone. There was plenty of walking, of teaching, of frustration, and of sweet moments.

Let's start with Tuesday. We ate lunch with the Musayón family (way super awesome family). They are from Peru but have lived here for 12 years. The mother's ex-daughter in law just moved here from Peru with her nine year old son. We ate lunch with them and taught them a little lesson and it went super dooper. The Musayón family is very involved in the missionary work and they were trying to place baptismal dates and explain how much they would love their baptism before they ever went to church haha.

Wednesday we had to go to the hospital because my comp has to do yearly exams for something he had six years ago. While I was in the waiting room I fell asleep. I was suddenly awoken by a woman who addressed me as Elder she was a member from another province who has to spend a month in Córdoba for medical studies and treatments. She was asking where the nearest chapel was. I was glad to help but a little embarrassed for falling asleep. Not embarrassed enough I guess because another member showed up and talked to me too haha. It was an interesting waiting room experience. Wednesday, however, was not my trip to the hospital this week. Saturday night Elder Palmer ( who lives in the same apartment) was in a lot stomach pain. I asked if he wanted to go to the hospital. He said no it was okay, until he woke me up at 12:30 asking to go to the hospital. So we all got up and got dressed to go to the hospital at one in the morning. We make it the hospital, he gets checked out and is given a diet and told it's just a tummy ache. We are not going to let him live it down that he woke us up in the middle of the night to go to the emergency room for a tummy ache.
This same Elder Palmer, along with his comp Elder Maude, live with us but work in a different ward a couple miles down the road. They take a bus every morning to get to their area. Well it's the end of the month and they are out of money. I gave them ten pesos (enough to get to their area and get back that night). I said this is get to your area. Elder Palmer was hungry and listened to his stomach instead of my words and used the ten pesos for food (ten pesos can't really buy much though) and then worked in our area. We didn't know though, until that night when we got home that they had worked in our area and found us seven new people to teach.

Alright, so 21 months of missionary work has equaled 21 months of awesome! I'm so happy to be here and I am trying to make the best of every minute seeing how there are only three months left. However, in those three months I'm planning on baptizing many more people and have many more awesome memories and helping many more people.

Have a great week every body!



A Wedding Is In The Air (originally sent 3-21-11)

This morning we had an unusual event occur: we set up everything for a wedding!! In Argentina to get married you have to start planning a year in advance and fill out near two thousand documents and go through some medical examinations and set the date in the city hall (there were marriages take place) about two months or more in advance. Being on the Lord's errand we have special privileges and connections and we are getting all of that done in two weeks! We left early (on P-day) to accompany this family to the city hall where we set the date and got everything ready. April 8 Marcelo and Silvina are going to married! It's way exciting. They are nervous but really excited and happy at the same time.

Yeah the zone is a stake. So I am in the Córdoba Oeste Stake, and then on the mission level it's called a zone. It is the only zone/stake that doesn't include surrounding towns (until last week when they opened the little area outside the city). Again I was able to leave my area to do exchanges. With whom? With Elder J. Cale Flaherty. We had a great time serving together again and we had a lot of success. We found new people, taught old people, and had a good time doing it (like always when it comes to missionary work). Right now we are working hard but we are having some struggles. However, we are filled with optimism and ánimo so we are going to make it all work out.

Well that is what's going on here in the south. Sometimes when people ask where I'm from I just tell them the north haha. I'm glad everyone is doing well and is found happy and healthy.

Yes Grandma and Paige occasionally write me but I unfortunately often don't have the time to respond. That's way awesome that Kayla is gonna play in college. I miss the Carpenters and if Breezy ends up at ASU we are totally going on cousin lunch dates all the time. That's awesome that Tate is finally an Eagle and only has the ceremony left to do. That's my baby bro. Make sure he keeps practicing over the next three months.

Well that is what's going on here in the south. Sometimes when people ask where I'm from I just tell them the north haha. I'm glad everyone is doing well and is found happy and healthy.

I love you, good luck with my class sign ups. I liked me Friday's free two years ago, so if you could work a MW and TTh class schedule that would be da bomb.

Catch ya next week,


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

It's Been One Week

Okie dokie (name of a pizza place btw), I guess it is that time of the week when you hear from Elder Lamoreaux. Let's start with Tuesday, shall we? Tuesday morning Elder Antúnez and I hit up the ole Rodriguez family to paint their house. They have recently turned their one story house into a two story house and offered us lunch if we helped them paint. So we helped them paint. Although, paint is way different here than there, it's like water that doesn't stick to walls, we goter done.

That night Elder Lyons (Kansas City, MO) came over to 9 de Julio to work with me. We had a great, fun successful day.

Thursday was an interesting day. The area of Fuerza Aérea (Air Force translated) has recently started traveling to small town just outside of Córdoba to open it to missionary work. Seeing how there is no church influence out there they have no one to visit. So Elder Antúnez and I went with two other elders to help in the work. We had a truly blessed day. Every house we knocked let us in. We found twenty people or so in one afternoon. So now they have a base of people to go visit. I was able to work with Elder Robles (Santiago, Chile) and Elder Lerma (Texas). It was fun and nice to see something new.

Friday was Zone Conference. President Salas explained the gathering of Israel and it helped me a lot because for some reason I struggle understanding all that stuff (Abrahamic Covenant and the Scattering and the Gathering), but I have a much better grasp on it now. We also had some good capacitations. We had a good lunch and it was good to get together with the zone, and one other zone too.

Friday night we had our bimonthly ward Family Home Evening. It went really well. Lots of people showed up and it was well organized and prepared. I enjoyed and I think everyone else did too.

So I am doing really well. Loving every minute of being here and doing all I can to make every minute count.

I love you all have a great week! Chau,


Monday, March 7, 2011

Working Like Crazy And Loving It

I am working like crazy! I love it. Marriage is a rare thing here in Argentina. I would say 13% of couples get married (if that). Well, Elder Antúnez and I have four families who will all be getting married this month or April! So awesome. So much paperwork and patience but the fruits are almost here. Other than the marriage, I can't think of anything out of the ordinary to report.

I'm glad everyone is doing well. Odd how everyone was getting sick there and I am too. For the past several days I have a had a sore throat and a cough (the cough is way annoying).

I love you all, have a great week! I'll write more I promise.

Love, Elder Lamoreaux

Monday, February 28, 2011

20 Month Mark Has Arrived in the Mission Field

Okay. Transfers came and went and I have six more weeks in 9 de Julio with Elder Antunez! Where to begin?...Friday morning, as we are getting ready to leave the apartment we receive a phone call saying we are needed down town for a church humanitarian aid project. So we were forced to scrap the morning plans and head downtown. The project was giving wheelchairs out to people that need them. Old people, young people, people in the middle. There were eighteen people with some form of disability that received a free wheel chair that morning. We were able to help out, with getting them into their chairs and pushing them around and stuff. Someone from the church was there taking photos, who knows maybe I'll show up in the next Liahona. Well that was fun, and then we went back to the grind.

Saturday we were blessed with two more baptisms. Tatiana and Carola. Amazingly, nothing major happened to prevent the baptism from occurring. No flooding, no lost keys (remember from last week). However, we did have to go to the chapel early Saturday morning with two paint buckets to empty the font. For two and a half hours we were carrying buckets full of water to the bathroom to dump them. It was exhausting, but it got the job done...and soon we have to do it again haha!

Tomorrow marks 20 months...crazy...super crazy to think! Only four months left to work. Only four months left to have people hate me through their ignorance. And have so many people love me more than I can understand for wearing a plack - Elder Lamoreaux. It has all been a huge blessing. From the fun moments to hard ones, I am so grateful I have had this chance to serve.

Funny story, in Gospel Principles on Sunday the teacher made a comment about the Book of Mormon being the best book ever, then someone piped up and said it was valuable but didn't meet up to the Bible. Instantly everyone took a side and they were all arguing over which was best. Poor teacher, she was called as Gospel Principles teacher just last week and didn't know what to do. Luckily, Elder Antúnez and I were able to bring order and the spirit back. It was pretty funny though.

Alright, so for post mission stuff. I have permission to get on the ASU website and sign up for classes and stuff, but I don't really have the time to do it, I know that you are extremely busy as well, but if we work together I think we can get up signed up and ready to go. Sound good, I'm going to try to get on today and try to remember my password and stuff then I'll hook you up so we can tag team it. Thank you very much Mother. You da bomb.

I love you all and I'm very grateful for all your love and support and I will catch ya next week :)



Monday, February 21, 2011

I Love This Work...I Love Being Here

Happy President's Day!

It looks like I should be signing up for classes next week then. As for coming home, I don't have my flight plans or anything but the transfer ends on July 4, which means I should leave July 5, which means I should get home July 6. So after the 6th we can do the ole Lamoreaux Camp Out.

Anyways...This past week I met an Elder Stradling from Safford, AZ. He happens to know Kevin and Kelly Lamoreaux. What a coincidence, I know them too (they're Levi's cousins). This week I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Maude from Alpine, UT. It was a fun, slow, yet in the end, productive day. Their area is struggling, but I think we were able to achieve something. We had a surprise mission training meeting with the mission president on Saturday. It lasted longer than it was supposed to and it made us late for our baptism (not late, but we started getting everything ready late). Well, like every baptismal service, things had to go wrong. The font pump was broken, so there was water just chillin in the font for the past four weeks. We told our bishop who happened to be at the chapel at that time. He tried to pix the pump with us, but we got nowhere, then he said to just continue filling it. That the water would cycle out through the hole in the top (like how bathroom sinks have those little holes at the top), he promised us it would work because it was the backup plan to keep the chapel from flooding. We didn't know if it would work but we thought we would give it a try. We set everything else up then had to write a transfer report on all the missionaries in the zone. A member showed up and yelled what happened here, I run out of the secretaries office to find a flooding chapel. I turn off the water and start squeeging the massive amount of water outside. It took a long time. Maricruz and her mother and the ward mission leader and the ward missionaries and the bishop and lots of other people showed up before we finished, but in the end we had a nice clean tile floor again :). Then we needed to take the TV out of the closet and someone threw the keys to closet and slide along floor, right under the closet door where we needed to get. Oh it was a frustrating evening, in the end, however, it was beautiful and extremely spiritual. One of my best services.

I love this work, I love being here and it's hard to think in four months I'm not going to see all these people I've come to love. It just makes me make the best of every moment. I love you all very much and hope you have a spectacular last week of Black History Month. I love you all. Chau,


Monday, February 14, 2011

Feliz día de los enamorados

It has been another week of hard work. Lots of walking, buses, and taxis. Lots of lunches and gaining weight. Out of everything, however, the best moment of the week would have to be Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon. President Arnold (the South America South Area President) came to Córdoba for the weekend to give two firesides. The first of these firesides was directed towards future missionaries. He wanted a missionary choir to sing "Called to Serve" as an interlude hymn, and I had the privilege of being part of that choir. The fireside was for all the stakes within the city of Córdoba. I saw many familiar faces from the past year and a half. President Daniele and his son Diego came from Oncativo to listen to a seventy and help Diego finish preparing for his mission. I also saw many members from Argüello present. I remembered all of the them, but it has been over a year and I did not expect many or any of them to remember me. I glad to say I was wrong, after the meeting ended, I was greeted by many smiles and hugs and handshakes and I was slightly overwhelmed. Wards change missionaries like girls change clothes and I have never done anything super outstanding to stand out in someones mind, yet they all remembered me, from the youth to the leaders. It made me feel like the work I do and the moments I spend with people are worth something not only to me, but to the members, converts, and investigators as well. The Sunday situation was similar, only it was for investigators and new converts instead of future missionaries, and again more people came up and asked how I was doing and where I was at and told me my Spanish had improved haha (seeing how all these people were from my first two areas).

That was the highlight, it was fun and spiritual and great to see so many familiar faces.

I hope everyone had a terrific week and that all are found happy and healthy.

I love you all, chau,


Monday, February 7, 2011

Living Above A Bakery - Not A Good Place, But Boy Is It Tasty

What is up!
So, yesterday we had a confirmation, it went great! I also was informed that one of the investigators in Villa Maria (Pedro) was baptized last week. It's interesting to see how many converts come from tracting and how many come from references. If all goes well, we´ll have a mix of people being baptized from both refernces and through our own finding efforts.

So this week I spent two days in an air conditioned chapel with the mission president and a group of missionaries to be capacitated on missionary work. I ate a lot and sat indoors. Not good for my six months to sexy plan. You know what else isn't good? Living above a bakery. Every morning as I do my studies the bakers know how to make the wind blow just right to make the delicious aroma enter our apartment, then like a fool with no self control I find my way purchasing baked goods before the morning is over. I guess I'll have to increase the intensity of my morning runs, because not going to the panaderia, really isn't an option.
I also may have seen part of a real Argentina soccer game in person! In our area there is a large soccer stadium for the Belgrano Pirates soccer team. This past week the season started back up. We had no idea that soccer season was back until we made it to the street of the family home evening we had scheduled. This family happens to live directly in front of the stadium. So we found our way walking through a huge, crazy crowd of people trying to get to the Tello house. Upon arriving they invited us up to the roof where we could see part of the field. Maybe next week I'll be able to rob an SD card adapter from another elder.

If Sister Jorgensen goes to the province of Jujuy to the town of San Pedro, she will have the privilege of completing a family that we have been teaching here. There are sister missionaries in San Pedro, so if it does happen that would be way sweet. And if she ends up in Santiago del Estero, she will be in the hottest place of Argentina. But she'll love it, but she will speak with an interesting accent, her mission is like the Lousiana mission in the states.

w00t w00t! Go Tate! And Shea and Tyra. Sounds like everyone is doing awesome, that's good. I'm super duper as well. I love you all and I'll catch ya in seven days.



Monday, January 31, 2011

I Love Being So Busy

I received the package! Thank you for the calendars, the music and the comics :) It was awesome.

So this week I spent two days out of the area trying to help the areas of Rosedal and Uritorco. Then we had surprise interviews with President Salas, by the time we saw our investigators and members they were saying we had disappeared or had forgotten about them. I love being so busy but it's little hard haha.

Well this past Saturday we baptized Yoana. She is the sister of our ward mission leader. It was my first baptism of a Peruvian. Now, however I am expecting many more seeing I live in the middle of a little Peruvian neighborhood. It was also my first that had to be dunked twice. It is also my first to not be confirmed the next day. She showed up to church in the middle of the sacrament being passes and our bishop said she needs to take it first, so she will be confirmed next week along with two other people who are being baptized this Saturday.

So Mateo and Elder Flaherty are both in my zone again and it's super cool to see them both like I used to in Villa Dolores.

Funny story, we are teaching a family and the mother's name is Fanny, it made me think of the Valkyrie and Po called her Aunt Fanny.

I'm sorry all my emails have become so short, but next week I'll write more and send pictures! I love you all and I'll catch ya next week.



Monday, January 24, 2011

New Area - Off The Hook

9 de Julio is off the hook. I have never been so busy in my life. I can't sleep because I am thinking about our 6347 people we are teaching. We found 15 new people, and that was while we were running around trying to teach our 12 people with baptismal dates, and help new converts, and teach everybody without baptismal dates, and deal with my companions broken shoes (he broke two pairs of shoes this past week), and try to help the twenty other missionaries in the zone. I love it. It's way hot, and I am hoping for some rains, or heavy winds or something to break the heat streak. My area is wayyy hilly. I feel like I am in San Francisco sometimes, but then I realize I have no ocean and that it's way hot. But it's cool to go hill climbing every day.

Tuesday night I got to see the Córdoba, downtown night life. Not many obedient missionaries can say that. Although, it's not quite as cool as it could have been. At 10:30 that night we got a phone call saying an elder was throwing up and had a swollen face. He was having a hard time breathing and stuff so we ended up having to go to the hospital with him and his companion. So, although I saw the late night life, it was just from a cab on the way to and from the hospital. We made it home around two that morning, yet had to go with the normal schedule anyways. The elder is alright it was just his peanut allergy.

We are teaching a very evangelist woman and she invited us to her church yesterday. She came to ours, so we went to hers. It was fun, but it felt like something was missing the whole time. But the preacher seemed like a nice guy, I know where he lives and I'm going to go knock on his door this week :)

As for my comp, he goes home in August (so one transfer after me). It's awesome having another Latin. I would serve with all Latins if I could. It's easier to stay focused because there are never conversations about music or TV. So, I like it, plus he is a great Elder, one of my best comps and we only have a week together.

Well I'm sorry this is short, there is never enough time. I love you all and hope you have a fantastic week. I really appreciated the pictures, I'll try to get some to you next week.



Monday, January 17, 2011

Transfers - Back to the City of Cordoba

Well transfers have come again, as they do every six weeks. This time the Lord decided to send me back to Córdoba. Instead of the outskirts of town, however, he sent me to downtown. My area is called 9 de julio. My companion is Elder Antunez, he is from Santiago, Chile and I took his place in Lamadrid (Villa Maria), and now we are's as if I've been following him and I finally caught up.

Weird to think that Elder Frias goes home tomorrow. He has been a great influence in my mission and he is now heading home. It seems so far away..but it's not, which scares me. We rode in on the bus together this morning, it's weird to say bye to so many people who are so important knowing there is a good chance I won't see them again in this life. Luckily some nerd invented facebook haha. Also weird to think that Alex is back and that Mike peaced out.

I'm disappointed Dakar is over too and that is came through Villa Maria during church...but it's okay because I'll ride in it one day.

I left some really important people in Villa Maria, from friends to investigators and members and everything. I really looked up to my branch president and his wife and last night we ate dinner with them and they both told me I'm a good missionary, I did good work and they were going to miss me. Yes, I know they probably say it to everyone but it made me feel really good that they saw the work I was doing.

Well I'm excited for some time here in Córdoba again. Extremely crazy to think I am in what could be my last area, but we are not to think about that. I still have a long way to go :)

I love you all have a fantastic week!



Monday, January 10, 2011

Excellent Things Happening on the Missionary Front

Totally used the No Bake recipe you sent and it was a hit. Every week we take turns making desert for lunch on Sundays and it was my turn and I "pwned" it.

We are also "pwning" things on the missionary front. We had eight people in church yesterday and an awesome family about to be baptized and another awesome man as well.

I'm extremely content in our work at the moment. We are seeing great results and I am kind of scared to leave because I want to see all the fruits of the work we are doing, but transfers are coming this week and I'm little anxious. I've worked long and hard and am so consumed in this work and branch and family and I don't want to leave it. However, like our hymnal says, I'll go where He wants me to go.

I'm sorry the cyber is closing but I'll try to get back on later if I can. Love you have a great week!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dakar Came Through Villa Maria!

Indeed, today is P-day, and then back to the normal Monday schedule. My new year has started well. This past week Elder Hebertson lost his last plack, so he is borrowing one of mine. Seeing how Elder is not a Spanish word people think it is our first name and often think we are brothers for having the same name. Now we are both Elder Lamoreaux so there is even more confusion, but it's fun...I just hope he doesn't lose my plack.

So we are seeing huge miracles with Marcela (I believe I've written of her before), her husband, and their children. I hope they reach their baptismal goal before I leave! She has a super strong testimony. He is improving, like a train, slowly, but he's gaining speed. It's awesome to watch and it is one of the times in my mission where I think much much more about them than about myself or anyone else, all of my thoughts are focused upon this family.

As for Dakar, it came through Villa Maria!! When? Sunday, while I was in church. We normally have a church attendance of 80 members or so, this week we were down to 35. They all went to watch Dakar. I saw two of the big trucks pass by, but that was it. However, those two trucks filled me with so much adrenaline knowing that it was Dakar passing right in front of me.

I've heard a rumor, that there is a way to make homemade egg nog. If this is true, could you please please please send me the recipe? I would also greatly appreciate the no bake cookie recipe. Thank you in advance.

It sounds like everyone is doing great! :) I am doing very well. Super happy. I'm learning patience with members, missionaries, myself, everyone, but it's good because it will be something that will help me in my post mission life as well.

I love you all, thanks for keeping me updated.



Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy twenty eleven! Two thousand and eleven is going to be one amazing year. The work is going really well, great way to start! Also I just feel really good about everything, although that's how I usually feel come new years, it's just full of optimism. Also, Mother, happy birthday!!! I can't believe your turning 29.

Well, figured I would let you in on how I rolled in the year 2011. I did so partying! Not with members, however, just missionaries. The six of us in the city all got together, had an asado, drank pineapple and strawberry cider (alcohol free is hard to find, but we did it). We played some guitar and enjoyed ouselves. There was a good fireworks display. Then this morning to start the year right, we went paintballing! Eight elders, four sisters, and two members. It was super fun. It was jungle play basically. It was all overgrown greenness, really pretty, but we all got scrapped up. Out of the twelve of us, only three had ever played. Great start to the year.

It feels way weird having p-day on Saturday, I have a hard time thinking we have church tomorrow. Before I forget, I gotta throw out a big thank you for my Christmas tie, bleach pen, shirt, post its (of three styles, I don't remember telling you I was a post it addict and I'm running low), the pens, the chapstick, and the oil. You are all the best! Thanks for the support!

I'm glad to hear everyone is enjoying their vacation and the cold, I assure you it is not cold here...weird to think I'll basically have a full year of summer in 2011 (at least the majority of the year).

I'm going to end saying, I am having a hard time believing that my quest has reached its 75% completed mark. I am in the older quarter of the mission. I remember looking up to missionaries at this point in their quest and thinking it was a large milestone. Now I'm here and I can't believe it. I can accomplish a lot in six months, yet it is a short period of time. I love this work, I love my eighteen months of service. I love everyone who supports, writes, remembers, speaks of, or prays for me. I strongly encourage everyone to make the sacrifice and do this. Tate, Shea, Tyra, Mom and Dad (in twenty-thirty years), every cousin, friend, member, nothing is like it and I don't like thinking it will come to an end this year. But like I said, a lot can be accomplished in six months, and a lot will be accomplished.

Have a great new year! Love,