Contacting Elder Rainock:


Address: Elder Cordell B. Rainock
Mission Argentina Mendoza
Cabildo Abierto 161
5501 Godoy Cruz
Mendoza, Argentina

Sending Elder Rainock packages: It´d be best if any packages are sent in the large padded envelopes instead of boxes and contain very little value. (time frame: letters - 3 weeks, packages - around 1 month)

Monday, June 17, 2013

A lot of baptisms this weekend

We had a lot of baptisms this weekend including a very influential family in the Tupungato area. We are very excited about that and we saw some big miracles this week to make that happen. It´s amazing to see the work taking off here. We had transfer calls last night and I´ll be staying as well as Elder Egbert. Elder Egbert has been here for 4 transfers already so I´ll probably only have 6 weeks (the time of a transfer) left with him. We are very good at keeping our spirits high especially during the harder times like the siesta hours.  I´ll be here for at least 3 more months and I´m very happy about that. 
I have some really bad blisters on the rims of my heels so hopefully those will callous soon because they are getting pretty painful. 
I hear music from the states pretty often here - like right now some Coldplay is playing in the internet cafe but the other day I heard something very out of place. We were walking through the park in centro and some teens were drinking wine and listening to Sweet Home Alabama. It was pretty awesome. I have to admit I started walking a little slower to get my fill and take in the moment. 
Like I have said before.. the church here is very young and there are a lot of things that they don´t quite have down yet. If you are a male, have a calling, and are relatively active, they will call you "President" instead of "Brother" when they address you in church.. it´s kind of funny but we want to make sure they know. We emphasize the "brother" whenever it is needed. 
Two things that I have really found uplifting this week:
1. Reading the Book of Mormon in another language is really bringing it to life! I have never learned so much from it. 
2. The moments that keep me going from day to day are finding out the our investigators are keeping commitments. It really is amazing to hear how the Gospel is changing their lives for the better. But the only way it can happen is if they are keeping commitments that we leave with them. 
Live is good here and I´m excited to be here in Tupe Town (Tupungato) for the next few months. I started calling it that when I got here and it has caught on :) Even the missionaries in the mission office call it that... I might have started something that won´t stop. Kind of like what Elder Egbert and I are doing with the missionary work here. Love you all!

- Elder Rainock

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Path becoming much more clear

Written June 10, 2013.
This week I had my first zone conference and it was awesome! Since it was my first zone conference I got to share my testimony with everyone and I felt the spirit very strongly and was able to say everything I wanted to say without any problems. Speaking a new language is really fun! It´s an adventure to find ways to express what you want to express. It takes a lot of creativity but I am really loving it, 
I bought a jacket on Monday and used some of my dollars. I think the Argentine peso is at about 5.3 pesos per dollar but when you use it at stores the manager will always give you more. He gave me almost 9 pesos for a dollar. That´s the only thing I plan on using my dollars for for a long time since the value is increasing so rapidly. Dollars go far here!
The missionary work here in Tupungato is on fire right now and the ward is beginning to fortify. Attendance is up in Sacrament meeting by about 20 (from when I first got here) people each Sunday and we have tons of new investigators.
The weather here is a bit on the cooler side right now but I wouldn´t say it´s cold. 
Since being on my mission I feel like my path in life is becoming so much more clear. Not so much with school and work stuff.. but spiritually. I´m getting a better idea of my potential as a person and what I want my life to be like. And since that stuff is being cleared up for me I feel less stressed about my temporal life... just at ease and knowing that everything is going to be okay. 
It´s been really cool to look back every day as I am writing in my journal and see how the Lord has guided me in every action. Mostly with things such as being in the right place at the right time. 
I am blessed to be in such a choice place of the Lord´s vineyard. I feel His hand guiding me and his confirmation that what I am doing is His work. 

Monday, June 3, 2013

"Working too hard to stress"

This will be a shorter entry this week because I have very little time
to write. The internet cafes here are very slow especially when a ton
of kids are here playing games on the internet. Around 11 am this
morning we tried for over an hour to access the email without success
so I´m back now with very little time to write.

I performed my first baptism on Saturday for a girl named Ithay. She
is a Bolivian girl that the hermanas (female missionaries) were
teaching in another branch here in Tupungato. She met me the day
before her baptism and asked me to be the one to baptize her; it was a
nice experience. Her full name was very difficult to say but I got
through it (butchering it I´m sure). Our branch had a baptism as well.
It was a son of one of the members. He has been waiting for some time
now to get permission from some family members to do the baptism. It
was a very special experience for him and for the branch.

This week I went up to the city (Mendoza) to get some visa stuff done
and all of that went smoothly. I didn´t realize how modern it was in
the city until returning there from Tupungato. It´s kind of funny here
when it comes to cars - there are lots of what we would call (in the
states) "classics"... but here they are just old cars that they´ve
kept running.

This week I accidently placed my hand on an open electrical socket in
our pensiĆ³n and got electrocuted. I didn´t turn into a superhero or
anything so nothing good really came of it other than it woke me up a
little bit. Just so you know, they run twice as much voltage through
the wires here than they do in the states.

Church yesterday was so amazing.. I can´t even begin to describe how
good it was to see the ward progressing. The church is so young here
but it was looking a lot more mature in the Tupungato branch
yesterday. We had almost 60 people there when we normally only have
30-40! We had some investigators, some baby blessings, a confirmation,
3 newly ordained priesthood holders fulfilling their duties, and the
testimonies were strong. It was very motivating!

I will be sure to write more next week but everything is going well
here. I´ll be hitting my month mark this week so that´s pretty cool.
Time has seriously gone by so fast for me. I feel like last p-day was
just two days ago! My spanish is so much better than when I got here.
I can walk out of almost every conversation knowing exactly what was
said but my speaking ability still has lots of work but I´ll get there
:) No stress here.. Elder Egbert and I are working too hard to stress.
Love you guys!

- Elder Rainock