Thursday, November 22, 2012

Here is a Page From the Argentina Buenos Aires Oeste Mission Blog



We took some of our musically-talented missionaries with us to visit Sister Heyman. She is my friend that is the wife of the president of the Resistencia Mission. Sister Heyman is currently living and having therapy at a rehabilitation facility near Buenos Aires.

The hospital was very pleased to welcome us and even helped us to keep it a surprise for Sister Heyman.

After visiting with her for a while, we decided to go for a walk. Then she said that those people over there look like missionaries! She was right!

They sang beautifully and Sister Heyman mostly cried, but they were tears of joy!

They invited all the patients and workers to attend since we were there during the lunch time and quite of few of them did. One of my favorite moments, and there were many, was when one of the patients thanked Sister Heyman for being the catalyst of this wonderful experience.

Afterwards, there were hugs for the hermanas and handshakes for the elders.

A million thank yous later, we took them all back to the mission home for lunch.

...Here is a million and one thank yous...Thank you Doug and Debbie Carter and your missionaries!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Ten Years Later...

I know of only one person who has returned to his mission ten years after he finished, was chauffeured around by the current Mission President, given a room to stay in at the Mission Home...and is allowed to call the Mission President, "Dad". And that would be my son, Chris!

Who left his little family for two weeks to visit Diane in Buenos Aires and then me in Resistencia. While in Resistencia we attended the Resistencia South Stake Conference. Chris served as a Zone Leader there and is friends with the man who is now the Stake Chris spoke 3 times in Stake Conference! I quickly transformed from President Heyman to Elder Heyman's father. It was awesome! Here are some photos that I was able to quietly take:

These current local Church Leaders were teenagers when Chris was here and would take them on visits with him. Now they are returned missionaries, husbands and fathers, Bishops, counselors, etc.

There were some great stories re-lived with families who Chris knew and who remembered him fondly.

Here is Chris on Monday fielding questions from Zone Leaders and District Leaders...I said any question was fair game, so there were the questions, "How did you meet and propose to your wife", "What would you have done different on your mission", and of course "What was your Father's most embarrassing moment"!

One of the first things Chris and I did was go to San Jose and buy a medio kilo of chipa...which was quickly devoured.

We start traveling tomorrow and Sunday will attend a District Conference in Eldorado...where he served in the town of Montecarlo. He better start preparing his talks now!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

The Sting

Diane tells Jennifer (in Buenos Aires) she is craving a Chipolte Chicken Burro. (no Chipoltes on this continent) Jen calls Tim (in Chandler, Arizona) and tells him to pick up a Chipolte Chicken Burro. Tim picks up two Chicken and two Steak Burros and gives them to Alli (who is at our home in Chandler watching Jen and Tim's boys) who wraps them, has them put in a suitcase with cold gel ice packs and gives the suitcase to Barbara who drops the suitcase off to Lori (in Mesa Arizona). At 11:17 am Friday morning Lori leaves Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and arrives in Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires at 7:55 am Saturday. Jorge picks Lori up at the airport and takes her to La Clinica Fleni in Escobar (a barrio in Buenos Aires) where she catches up with Diane, Jennifer and Ray. At 11:30 am Saturday in La Clinica Fleni this momentous event takes place...

Diane and Ray are eating Chicken Burros from the Chipolte off of Alma School Road in Chandler, Arizona. Welcome to the 21st Century!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Two For The Price Of One!

A few days ago Jennifer was away from Diane's room while the cleaning lady came in to tidy things up. The cleaning lady told Diane that there was ANOTHER patient in the clinic who only spoke english. That certainly would be a rarity as there are only 40 adult in-patient rooms in the clinic and people come from all over South America to rehabilitate there.

When Diane relayed to Jennifer what the cleaning lady said, Jennifer thought for a little bit, started laughing and told Diane she thought she knew who the other "patient" was....

Yep, that would be Jennifer resting in Diane's wheel chair! I hope they release her when it is time for Jen to go home!