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Monday, July 31, 2017

A member made me a cake for my birthday!

20 candles for me!

A zone activity where we had to get a piece of bubble gum out of a pile of flour and see
who could blow the first bubble. It was fun!

It is crazy to think that my time here in Uruguay is coming to an end. This past week was great! We were able to find some new investigators. My companion was "sick" which made it a little bit harder to work, but I pushed him really hard and we were able to knock a lot of doors in our area. My birthday was pretty good. We were able to find some new investigators which was a nice little birthday present from heaven. Haha 

There is a volleyball team that has been using the church as their practice court. We always try to throw something spiritual in there before they start the practice and this last week we managed to get them to watch a Mormon message and it seemed like they really liked it. It is really interesting to be teaching a group of like 20 people at the same time. Haha

My companion and I are pretty slammed planning a multi-zone conference lunch. We`ll see how it turns out... 

I hope that all of you are having a great week! I will be writing my final update next week!
Nos vemos!
-Elder Vanderlinden

Quote of the week "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ...for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes." -Romans 1:16

P.s. I have figured out a trick.  Every time I get a craving to eat or I want something sweet to snack on, I pause and I watch my companion eat....just for a couple seconds...and my desire to eat food completely disappears. He would be a great help to anyone looking to go on a diet. Haha
Have a great week everyone!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Leadership meeting with President Eddy and his family.

A really cool bridge!

Happy Pioneer Day!

I am missing the fireworks a little bit today, but that is okay. This last week went by really quick. We were able to find a decent amount of new people to teach, which was nice. On Monday night I was walking in the street and talking with my companion about how I wasn't sure if I remembered how to hold a conversation in English. Just a few minutes later we were contacting a man and he directed us towards another man who had long blond hair. We started up a conversation with him. His Spanish wasn’t very good and I could tell that he wasn’t from South America. We asked him where he was from and he said he was from the Netherlands. I presented myself as Elder Vanderlinden (My last name is Dutch) and this man’s face lit up. He started speaking to me in Dutch and I had no clue what he was saying. I tried hard to remember the few Dutch words that my father had taught me and I remembered these words, "Egg Shmack a Lick.” (I have no clue how to spell it) Which means "Enjoy the food" or something like that. So I said it. Then he started speaking more Dutch and I wasn’t able to pick up very much. Then I started talking to him in English and sure enough he also knew English. Another blonde man walked over and the Dutch man that I had been talking to said, "Hey look, he is my dutch friend,” and he put his arm around me. Then they started speaking Dutch to me again. I responded with "Egg Shmack a Lick.” We had a good laugh. I was able to make the contact with them in English and as we walked away my comp was like, " wanted to know if you could hold a conversation in English...there you have it!”

To end off the week we had a ward activity in the park. We played soccer, frisbee, and had a scavenger hunt that we set up. We also had a large BBQ. It was lots of fun.

I am doing great! Have a good week everyone!
-Elder Vanderlinden
Quote of the week: "The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so, but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, of hunger, and mosquitos and silly people.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Count the blessings that you have instead of the ones that you want!

Love you all!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Did I mention that we had to ride the bus to Montevideo.....again?

At least we had a good view.

A Montevideo otra vez.

Ooopa Che! (the couch)
This past week was great despite the fact that Elder Cabrera and I had to travel to the city again. Luckily, the next time I have to make that trip will be my last. He had to go sign some documents, so I pretty much just had to wait around all day. 

This week we were able to find some new people to teach which was awesome. Also, to end off the week we decided to head out to a village that is pretty far away. There is a ward over there with about 5-10 active members. We went out there to see if we could help them out a little bit. There are only a couple of buses that head out there, so we made the decision to stay until the last bus, that would pass by right before the end of the day. It was kind of an interesting decision to stay until later, considering that we didn’t know where we were...but we decided to stay. We felt like there was something there that we needed to do. We roamed around and talked with people and we were able to serve a few people. Late in the night, we found a little old lady that was sooo happy with our visit. When we walked in the door I saw a picture frame of the First Presidency hung on her wall. She said she never would have imagined that the missionaries would pass by to visit her. (They took out the Elders from that village a while ago.) She was thrilled by our visit! I am glad that the Lord was able to use us to cheer her up.
Y si?

I am doing great! I hope that you all have  a great week!
-Elder Vanderlinden

Quote of the week: "What we do and don’t do really matters because actions have consequences as does inaction." -Elder L. Whitney Clayton

Monday, July 10, 2017

Our recent convert, Andres
My new area
¡Pasamos demasiado tiempo en el omnibus!

Hey everyone how are you all doing?
This last week was great. I really like my new area. It is out in the countryside. Everyone here is super laid back, and compared to the city where I used to work it seems like everyone here is living their life in slow-motion. Haha. Everyone walks down the street slowly. People drive their cars slowly. There is no rush to go anywhere to do anything! Haha. It is awesome. It is also really safe here. Everyone leaves their doors open even when they aren’t in their houses. The other day we knocked a door and it swung open but nobody was home. There are also a lot of cowboys here. It is funny to see someone dressed up like they are from a wild wild west movie walking around in a super market. "This supermarket ain’t big enough for the both of us.”

Elder Cabrera and I are getting along and we are working well. When I got here we finished up the lessons of one of our investigators, and we baptized him this last weekend! His name is Andres and he is really cool. We are working with quite a few other people so I am really excited for what happens this last change!
See you all soon!

-Elder Vanderlinden

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Missionaries on Sunday
Missionaries on p-day

¡Me voy a 33!
Happy 4th of July!!!! AMERICA!!!!!
My companion and I decided to celebrate the 4th of July by making some awesome steaks, some amazing mashed potatoes and some stuffed grilled bell peppers. It was amazing! 

Changes got here, and I am headed out! It looks like I will be spending my last weeks in a place called Olimar, 33. It is really far away and there are a lot of gauchos (Cowboys) out there. So it looks like I will be teaching to the people out in the countryside. I am excited! It will be a huge change from where I am at right now, because I am currently in the city and I am headed very far away from the city. I had no clue that I would be changing areas for my last change, but I am sure that the Lord has something there for me to do. I will be living with only Latinos, so hopefully I can come home with my Spanish in tip top condition. I don’t know how well my English is going to be though.

I am doing great. Time is flying by super quickly. I don’t have much time to write today because I have to get back to the house and start packing. This last week Elder Childs and I have been working really hard. We were able to learn "Long suffering"....Looonnngg Suffering!Hahaha. This last week really helped me develop more patience and endurance. I am grateful for the gospel in my life and I hope all of you are also! 

-Elder Vanderlinden

Quote of the week: “The most effective missionaries always act out of love” -Dallin H. Oaks