Monday, August 31, 2015

Comodoro-La Prensa‏

Dear Family and Friends,

This is Elder Bartlett reporting from Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut, Argentina! I am in a part of this massive city called La Prensa. It is rather humid, probably because it rained for the first two days I was here. That made all the streets turn into mud, and we had just a jolly time! I prefer the rain because when it doesn't rain, there is a rather ridiculous amount of wind find with rocks and dirt. Overall I am enjoying it! Everyone has been super nice!

My companion is Elder Diego Souza from Sao Paulo, Brazil! I'll send a picture next week because my camera seems to have miss-placed it's battery... He is going for a major in music, and he plays the piano like a maniac! He is also almost tri-lingual with Portoguese, Spanish, and English.

I happened to walk right into an "Open Chapel" that the zone carried out this last Saturday. Normally not too many people show up, but I had to opportunity to talk to 4 or 5 people about baptism as they came through on their tour of the chapel. People really do have a lot of questions about life! One man asked, "How do I know which church is true?" What?! It was a wonderful night.

Yesterday was multi-stake conference and we had the pleasure of hearing from Elder Hales and Elder Cook. They put lot of stress on keeping the sabbath day holy.

I think that's about it, I need to take apart my bed again. I'll let ya'll know more when I actually get out in my own area and have a Sunday with my ward because next week is stake conference!

Love all of you, big Argentine kiss on the cheek!

Elder Bartlett

Monday, August 24, 2015

So Close... and still not too far‏

 I have bad news and good news. The baptism did not happen *really depressed face*. However, I have a very good feeling that it will happen in the future! She is so wonderful and has a very strong testimony of Christ's love. It is hard to realize the huge change it takes to become a member of this great church. It isn't simply a matter of walking into a font and being dunked in water. To take upon one's self the name of Christ is a gigantic step that requires preparation and a literal changing of the heart. Baptism is only the beginning. This amazing change, the miracle of conversion, is an on going process throughout our lives. In the moment it may seem difficult, but in the end it is the easiest, happiest, and best way to live, and the only way to live that allows us to return to our heavenly home.

Enough of my preaching, I just want people to understand the importance of how we live our lives. It rained SO MUCH this week. We also discovered a leak in our roof... not my problem, now! I am off to Comodoro Rivadavia! My bus leaves today around 3. Leaving Rawson has been one of the most depressing things I have done in my entire life. I really love all the people that we have taught here, especially the members... they have a special place in my heart. Every time I say that about something I feel like I am kicking someone out of my heart, but in reality my heart is just getting bigger. 

Anyway, Comodoro is known as the "Wind Capital" of the Patagonia, so we'll see if I have any hair left after this. It is also supposed to be snowing... YAY! Being here for a year I think I have the weather kind of figured out. Summer is hot and dry, Fall is cold and dry, Winter is cold and wet, and Spring is less cold but more wet. Wind all year round. In Winter and Spring everything turns into mud. Oh how I love my home for 2 years!

1) Tamara, our investigator, is on the right of me. Her sister and niece, and her mom

2) The super wobbly bridge that we often used and that overlooks the Chubut River

3) Family Lopez! They have a son on the mission in Mexico

4) Laura y Imanol Lopez my little buddies!

5) My cardboard Mexican Sombrero!

6) My district! The Hermana with the purple jacket finished her mission and returned to Chile.

That is all for now! I let everyone know how Comodoro is, and my Brazilian companion!

Love, Elder Bartlett 

Monday, August 17, 2015


This week was super fast, but action packed! We have permission to baptized our investigator, Tamara, this Saturday if she thinks she is ready!! In our last lesson she asked when she could go to the temple... she is going to be a blessing to anyone that she comes in contact with! So amazing!

Other than that, I feel like everything is inferior. Health is well, weather also. Life is good.

1) What? Only in Argentina

2)Sunset Selfie

3)Elder Thrasher (Snowflake, Arizona) and me with a sketchy bridge behind us

Monday, August 10, 2015

My Birthday Twin!

Hello dearest family and friends!

This week has abounded in tender mercies! Last week I mentioned an investigator that got burned at work, well that day we visited her and she asked "So, when can I get baptized?" WHAT?! She is so wonderful. She tells everyone to read the Book of Mormon and defends the testimony she has received like a lioness! We made the goal for her to be baptized the 12 of September (my birthday!) and we all promised to do everything we could to make sure she gets there. Then, she came to church for the first time yesterday, and loved it! All the lessons were about the temple, so she is really curious about that!

Also, on Saturday we were knocking doors and a kind elderly woman open the door and exclaimed,"It's been such a long time! I am so glad you finally made it all the way back here." She told us that missionaries were visiting her about 2 years ago, but they disappeared and she has been waiting for them to come back ever since!

Randomly on Sunday a bunch of brothers and sisters that we haven't seen for a long time showed up at church! Our neighbors are listening to us, so many people with needs and desires to know God have started opening their doors, Rawson has opened it's heart to the work! And I leave in 2 weeks...

Amidst all of this locura, it has been raining almost everyday (lightly), and I have been sick with a cold of sorts. I wake up exhausted every morning and barely manage to crawl into my bed every night, but I feel more accomplished than ever before. The promises of the Lord are true. If we put in our part, He will fulfill His. Now I just have to keep going! Thank you for your words of inspiration and prayers, they are being answered. I feel a divine strength beyond my own.

Relating to more temporal things, Argentina just had their pre-elections and will have finally elections in October so things will be crazy for the next 2 months. Also, dogs are crazy here. Yesterday we walked by a dog peacefully 2-3 times, but the fourth time it went berserk and almost took a big hunk of my leg home for dinner. I've been bit twice in my mission on the ankle, but it didn't really hurt thankfully, I was just upset because they ripped holes in my pants...

Any questions or concerns, please ask. I'd love to tell you all about Argentina but I don't know what is all that interesting, so let me know!

Love all you great children of God back home!
Love, Elder Bartlett

1) Chocolate chip cookies in ARGENTINA!! Thanks mom :)

2) Snicker Doodles in ARGENTINA!! Super duper delicious, thanks mom again!

3) Rock and Roll Apple
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Monday, August 3, 2015


Hola Todos,

This week was interviews with President Rogers. It was really good! It also got a bit colder. I walked in mud for the first time in a long time because it finally rained!

We had a rough time this week finding people, and we actually lost an investigator. The time of the Lord is critical. We spent too much time on unimportant things and he lost interest. He is a wonderful soul and we still have a great relationship, but he has asked us to stop coming by.

On the brighter side, we had Sombrero Party! Tons of members and one of the sister's investigators showed up! We had a great time and my companion won the Ugliest Sombrero award while I won Most Mexican. I try and get a picture of it.

That's all I think for this week! Have a great one!

Elder Bartlett
 More pics of Sister and Elder Missionaries

my suit with my tag and my country