Almost 20 years of life! wow!

Hola Familia!
We had another good week! we were able to work a lot more with a few less things to do. We had Mission Council on Wednesday, mom saw the pics, It was really fun to spend some time with the other Zone Leaders and I met a few new ones too. They made us really good lunch too which is always a positive!
So we have been finding a ton of people! This last week we did just under 100 contacts (doors/street) and there are a lot of people who wanted to learn more, but just to know, not to actually do anything about it. That man named F. ended up being like that. He just likes to know about things and so he wanted to learn. But we have found a few potentially interested people.
Random thing: There are so many people here who have been buying Chicago Bulls hats because the red and black are the same colors as one of the Rosario soccer teams called Newell´s Old Boys. Its kinda funny to see all of these familiar hats around!
We found a guy named J. this week, he used to talk with the missionaries and go to church like 17 years ago. He is really cool and accepted a baptism date for the 28th, but he didn't make it to church yesterday which was kinda a bummer. We are gonna try to get him to come next week so he can make it to his date.
So Christmas is coming up!!!! haha so the week of Christmas our pday is changed from Monday to Wednesday and our computer time will be the time we have to skype. I need you guys to decide the best time for me to call preferably like 11am-2pm. In that range would be best because it is now a 4 hour difference. just let me know by next week. I hope I can remember my username and password, but if not send me your username again so i can find you.
We went back to G. and L. this week and had a good lesson with G. They were not able to come to church this week but we are going to keep working with them. The hardest part is that they are active in the Evangelical church but they have shown some good signs of progress and interest.
We had Zone Meeting this Friday and afterwards we practiced a skit that we are going to be doing tomorrow in the mission Christmas conference. It was really funny and I have a few pics to send too.
So I was talking with Elder Whitaker and his comp taught him how to make ties more skinny. So I gave him 4 of my ties and he skinnied them for me. They are way cool, Ill send pictures too.
So I got new music from the mission office this week when we went and they had a few really good (normal) songs. I really like the song I Was There - Josh Turner. It talks about the life and how Heavenly Father is watching and is with us. That is something I have been learning a lot on my mission is how much we matter to him.
Last night.... it rained..... hard...... haha the hardest rain of my life by far! We had to run 6 blocks and by the time we got home I think I was wetter than I would be in the shower! It was nuts!!
Well we had a great week, I hope you did too!!! I am excited to skype and I hope you have another great week!!!
Love you!!!

Elder Al

My new jersey

Skinny ties!
our skit w/ Elder Rodriguez


December...what the??

Hola Familia!!!

Wow so another week just flew by!! I cant believe that my birthday, Christmas, new years, and my 1 year in the mission are all just right around the corner! Time flies, don't blink.

So at the beginning of the week i had a really cool experience. Now that I am a ZL we do the baptismal interviews for all of the district leaders and on Monday i was able to interview a woman named L. and she was baptized this Saturday. I think I was more nervous than her going in but it went well and she was very prepared to be baptized. She has been reviewing all the stuff before she came. Her and her parents were baptized together on Saturday.

So we were in Casilda last Pday and I was able to hang out with Elder Whitaker for the day on an exchange. It was cool to be able to talk with him and stuff. It is a nice little city and their branch in the church is growing really fast!!!

On Wednesday we had a leadership training for a ton of missionaries here in Rosario. The missionaries who were supposed to go open the church lost their keys and had to come sleep in our apartment on Tuesday night. Then in the morning we had to go help set stuff up but it was really fun to see a bunch of missionaries and I got to see Elder Topham for the first time which was cool! Elder Eliosoff was actually his trainer.

I got the ruckus letters this week but I got 3 loads of them at the same time! haha but I always love getting those and reading all of them. I hope the newsletter comes soon! :)

So last week we contacted this couple named G. and L. This week we were able to find them and teach them. They are active in the Evangelical church but they accepted a baptism date for the 14th of Dec! the only bad thing is that they would not be able to miss a Sunday at church because our rule in the mission is twice in church before the baptism... they didn't come yesterday but its okay because we are gonna go find them again and change the date to something more realistic. They are super awesome and they even told us that they know they have not found everything yet in their other church. I´ll keep you updated!!

So this week I have been trying to be a better listener... I realized that I was doing a really bad job of listening or showing that I am interested in what people are saying to me. I think I got to a point where I didn't need to focus to understand the Spanish and then I got a little too comfortable. But I have been trying a lot harder to listen and use that to help invite the spirit. I have been really trying to become a better person overall but for a while I felt like I was so focused on my faults and errors that I couldn't focus on other people and I just felt crappy. I have been trying to focus on the needs of others and its helping a lot!

I started reading the book The Miracle Of Forgiveness by Spencer W Kimball. Its awesome!!! I have had my eyes opened to various things this week and I am learning a lot! I have almost finished my reading of the BOM in Spanish which will be kinda nice to finish. I have been focused on making my goal of Dec. 13. It really is weird how I kinda like reading now. :P

This weekend we had stake conf. and it was pretty cool! Their stake conference looked like a pretty typical Sunday in Utah but it was really cool to see so many people together and stuff. We have a pretty good stake, almost all of the ward are pretty established.

Well I'm sorry I feel like this was a short letter but we are doing well and we are looking forward to having a few less things to do this week so we can work a lot harder!! I love you guys and have a great week!!!

♥Elder Sisk

Elder Topham

Elder Valladares and Elder Topham

My Thanksgiving dinner

Baptism that the ward had

This is what happens when you get cut and don't know exactly what's in the first aid kit :)