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La Gran Misión Neuquén
The boundaries of the mission basically include the region called Patagonia. It starts up top with the providences of Neuquen and Rio Negro. Then it continues through the rest of the provinces until the bottom of the country/continent. That also includes the island Tierra del Fuego. In the MTC you can ask for a map with the boundaries drawn on it and they will supply you with one.
Update: In June of 2005, Tierra del Fuego and Rio Gallegos were made part of the Buenos Aires North mission, as missionaries were having to fly through Buenos Aires en route to the south end of the mission. Truly a sad day for those of us who served there, although I'm sure it was done in wisdom.
The weather in the Neuquen mission varies from one extreme to the other. The seasons are opposite of those in the United States. In the northern part of the mission during summer it can get up to 110 or more degrees fahrenheit. In the southern part of the mission near the south pole it is cold most of the year but it never really gets colder than 10 degrees below zero. There is almost never a problem with humidity because the mission is nearly all desert. The snow can get extremely deep during the winter in the Andes mountain cities of San Martin and Bariloche. Wind and mud are a constant in many areas.
Most of the transfers are done on large buses that are very nice and comfortable. Some transfers are done on airplanes as the mission area is quite large. A bus trip from Neuquen to the bottom of the continent could take nearly 24 hours. Within cities you will usually use smaller buses or in a pinch a taxi or remis (similar to taxis, but with different systems for charging) Local buses can get extremely crowded. They are a great place to make contacts and spread the gospel.
As missionaries you will usually live with just your companion in a modest apartment. Almost all the floors in argentina are tile or cement. You will become very used to mopping and sweeping your floor to keep it clean. In one area that you serve in you can have houses better than the one that you live in (although the houses in the patagonia are extremely modest most of the time) to an eight by six foot shack. You will come to love the Argentine people more than you thought possible. By seeing things like that in the mission it will give you an extra drive to give the people of the Patagonia the truth of the gospel.
The Patagonia covers one fourth of the total country of Argentina, yet only one to three percent of the population lives there. It is known for being a large desert close to the Andes Mountains and for its many rare animals. Charles Darwin visited the Patagonia from 1832-1833 and said over all the lands that he had visited it was the one that stood out most to him becuase there was some feeling there that he couldn't feel anywhere else. The name Patagonia comes from the indians that were there when the first explorers came. The indians had very large feet. In spanish Pata is foot or paw and the suffix -gon means large, hence patagonia. The average rain fall in the Patagonia is five inches a year. This enormous lack of rain comes due to the large Andes to the west. All the rain is dropped before crossing them and therefore the Patagonia is left dry.
Cerro Otto y El Lago Nahuel Huapi.
Famous Hotel Llao Llao in Bariloche.
The famous lighthouse at the end of the world.
The mountain Fritzroy in the Southern Argentine Andes
An Argentine cowboy called a Gaucho
The Guanaco is similar to the llama, but smaller
Lago Escondio "Hidden Lake" in Tierra del Fuego
The active glacier called Perito Moreno
Exotic animals of the Patagonia
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