As a missionary, you have been called
to serve the people of Buenos Aires. The mission goal is to see the people of Buenos Aires in white
three times. First, in the baptismal font, second, in the temple, and third in the celestial kingdom.
I'm sure that when you leave your mission, you will feel as I do. I love the people of Argentina.
The people of Buenos Aires in many ways
seem more European than Latin. There are large groups of Spanish, Italian, German, and English descent.
In general, they are a warm, friendly people with strong extended families. They are a fun-loving
people, and enjoy good food, conversation, mate, and soccer. While Argentina is an industrialized
nation, at home the people still live a simple life. In many small towns the people still go to the
butcher (carnicero), the baker (panaderia), and the grocer. In the neighborhoods you still find small
owner managed shops (kioskos). Larger supermarkets are also common, but often you get a better service
and quality at the small shops. As you visit the local kiosko you will get to know your neighbors, and
they will get to know you. Some of your best friends and potential investigators come from
shopping at the kiosko.
You will also learn to love the church members in Argentina. Many of them welcome you into their homes and families. They are very protective of the missionaries, and they remember your service for many years beyond your mission. The friendships you form in the gospel will enrich your life forever.
The literacy rate in Argentina is 92%
overall. They attend school through 6th grade, and additional education is available. There are state
and private universities as well. The people have been able to weather all sorts of political and
economic turmoil without losing hope in the future. In 2001 the Argentina economy took a severe downturn.
There is currently general pessimism toward the government and its leaders. Despite the
decline in the national economy, the people are resourceful. The Argentine people are also very
nationalistic. They have a great love for their country, and anything Argentine. Truly, the people
of Argentina have been chosen and prepared to receive the gospel. When President Hinckley visited
Argentina in 1996 he promised the people that if they would pay their tithing they would have a roof
over their head and bread for their tables. Missionaries have the opportunity to help the people of
Buenos Aires receive the blessings that living the gospel will bring to their lives.
A family prepared for baptism.
A typical seminary class in Argentina. Seminary classes often meet in a member's home before school.
Members in Atalaya.
The Sanchez family bids farewell to an Elder in Lujan.
We rented an apartment from this family in Atalaya.