Tuesday, 17 October 2017

One Year and One Week - a rough start but off to a new area!

Tuesday - I woke up not feeling well and took my temperature and it was I slept in the morning until lunch then we went to Mariana and taught her about tithing and the prophet. We went back to our place and I tried to get more rest

Wednesday - it rained a bit and my fever was even worse. We didn't have anything to make lunch so we waited until the rain stopped so we could go buy some food. After we (I) rested a bit then went to Adriana in the house of another member and taught her about tithing and the prophet today as well. Then we went to Mariana's again, but she wasn't there so we told her helper that we could come back in the morning the next day.

Thursday - I still didn't feel well so we called a sister from the ward to stay with me so that I could rest well and Hna. Martinez and Hna. Mollo could go out and do the Lord's work. In the morning some people came to fix our alarm and then we made lunch with the little bit that we had and then Hna Duarte (the member) and I slept until 4.30 when the Hnas came back and she went home, then we went to the church to wait for Mariana for her interview for Baptism but she didn't come.

Friday - Finally - I felt a lot better, but it was raining like crazy and in the morning it was a lightning storm as well. We were told not to leave until the lightning stopped but thankfully it didn't last long (but the rain did). We went to Mariana to see what had happened and she was really upset because her helper really didn't help the day before and wanted money because she was going to leave and so Mariana was running around trying to take out some money. That's why she didn't come. She was really mad at the helper and so we shared about the Atonement of Christ, because she felt like no one understands her or cares for her.

Saturday - there was a baptism in Lavalle of Agustin who contacted us one day some time ago and said that he wanted to serve a mission, so we went to his baptism and then it took a long time to get on the bus to get back and eat the lunch we had scheduled with a member. Luckily they understood and we let them know before we got there that we were running late. We contacted for the rest of the time that day, and found out that I am being transferred! My new area is Apostoles (about an hour south of Posadas by car) and I am serving with Hermanna Quiroga and that I was to be at the terminal at 4 the next day.

Sunday - I only slept 3 hours as I was trying to organize a bunch of things and wasn't even close to being done...but luckily the other sisters helped me before we left for lunch and we got it done after lunch we went to the terminal and waited until my companion came and then we left for my new area.
A member helping to "embellecer" me

Hanging with some local Kids

Tres Companeros (Three Companions)

One Year!!!!

Monday - I bought new shoes for like 5 dollars or less because my shoes finally gave up the ghost.

Tuesday - in the morning we tried to get Mariana because she seems to be busy with her step-father but she wasn't there so we contacted a bit and then went to lunch. After we went to see a bunch of other people that we had planned for but they weren't there either - batting a thousand. So, we went to the house of Adriana (first time we have been to her house) and we taught her the 10 commandments and answered her hard questions and she understood really well then she left for a bit with her mom to buy facturas (buns) to share and her sister came out.....and no one talked until she asked "what does Mormon mean?" She also admitted she heard that our Apostles and members worship a head of a pig! As we were talking with the sister, Adriana and her mom came back and her mom as well had a lot of questions and we ended up talking about a little of every lesson and even Adriana was teaching and testifying to her family. It was one of the best lessons I have ever been in. They seemed more interested in fighting/arguing or seeing if we know things like in the bible - but afterwards they invited us to come back another day.

Wednesday - the night before we had taken a call from an Elder asking us if we received a reference he had sent 8 weeks ago - and we said no. He started to give us the directions but we stopped him and asked for the name of the reference and said that it was Susana! It was so cool -  we never got the reference but about the same time that he sent it we contacted at the house of Susana and have been teaching her since! Anyways, Wednesday morning we went and taught her about the restoration - all of it. After the lesson she admitted that she really likes when we come over. That afternoon, we just contacted a lot because no one else that we were planning to see was home. We did try to see Mariana again but she had people over and said that her step-father had just died. We offered to help but she said she was fine and that really it was a blessing that he had died because now he is not suffering.

Thursday - in the morning we went for a meeting planned for Hermanna Mollo and it took a long time. We were suppose to have also have an interview with Pres. Svec but he had to leave a little early. So we went and taught Mariana about the word of wisdom and she said no cafe?? (coffee??) "Noo, you can ask me anything but don't take away my coffee!" haha but she was willing to not drink coffee and try Malta instead, she also said the she would like to be baptized on the 14th 

Friday -we had zone conference in the morning and I hit the 1 year mark in the mission!!! Woo Hooo! Afterwards we went to teach Susana but she had family over so we made an appointment for another day. Instead we went to visit some local church members and got caught in the rain without umbrellas...oops.

Saturday - in the morning we had a district meeting, then after lunch we visited a member then tried finding a reference but couldnt' find her, even though we walked one point to the other looking. We did teach Susana and her granddaughter and grandson about the resurrection. The grand-kids were really interested and asked some questions. We tried to meet up with Mariana but she just left to buy groceries so we left the Malta we had bought for her with a note for her to try it. We went to a house of a member to plan a Family Home Evening with Mariana but they told us that there had been an accident of 2 members in Villa Cabello - Brother Matias and Sister Graciela and that they were not doing well.

Sunday - I went to church again for 4 hours and Adriana came then after lunch and studies, we got to meet up with Mariana. She said she really liked the Malta we had left her and so did her daughter and friend as well. We taught the law of chastity...and she said that she was trying to find a way to give the "talk" (about sex) with her daughter and that she will use the pamphlet we gave her to help haha. Later that day - we were visiting another member when we received the news Sister Graciela had died but Brother Matias was doing better health wise. We returned to the apartment, said a prayer then just went to bed.

Taking a little lunch break

Some birds we saw while out walking

Just barely made it in before the rain...some got my skirt

Our new plant friends

Picking a fruit (moras) - doesn't have much flavour but it's really hard to describe the flavour it does have

A local brother getting in on the action!

chicas super poderosas! Super Powerful Girls!
So it has been one full year in the mission field....I was asked if I have changed? - Well, I have grown up (not height wise) and I seem to be more calm when bad things happen and I am trying to trust in the Lord more
P.S - the Elders stay out one hour later than us...we go in at 8 and they go in at 9. They want the Sisters in earlier because it gets really dark and there are a lot of drunks out at night

Monday, 2 October 2017


Tuesday - was crazy in the morning we just contacted after trying to find Silvia but she wasn't there. After lunch we went to Mariana and I think because we came at 1:30 she thought that we hadn't eaten and so she put mashed potatoes which she had made with cooked up some pattys to give us and we were already so full from lunch but luckily we were able to eat it (it was yummy we were and then we finished teaching her the Plan of Salvation. She has a lot less questions now, then we went to Felizita (a reference from a member) and it was only her but the member also brought cake to the lesson. We taught her about faith and repentance. We ran to the bus to take to Villa Cabello to teach Adriana also about the Plan of Salvation, and she told us that her niece has cancer and didn't know how to comfort her friend, but now she does! She confirmed she had received her answer and she will be baptized but that her family is giving her a hard time about it. Still, she said she would rather be on the right path with only her son than on the wrong one with everyone. Afterwards an Elder came home from his mission and the Relief Society sisters asked us to sing with them.

Wednesday - in the morning we tried to find an investigator but she wasn't there so we just went out contacting again until lunch. In the afternoon, we went to the center to take and print out photos for Hna. Mollo for her government documents, but the place wasn't open yet so we ate ice cream (which was sooo hard lol) and it still wasn't open even though it said it would be so we walked around and talked to some people and then finally it was open when we checked a THIRD time. After we got all that sorted out, we went back to the church to give a sister a Book of Mormon to give away and helped with her ward's theater presentation and then went back to our area and did our studies.

Thursday - in the morning Hna. Mollo had her tramites (formalities - paperwork) that took the whole morning then we had lunch and a lesson with Adriana and other members about the gospel of Jesus Christ, and her grandson also said that he would like to be baptized!

Friday - we went to Mariana in the morning but she was busy and about to leave to visit her step dad in the hospital. After lunch was a bunch of walking around because no one was home or they were about to leave. 

Saturday - after studies we went to the center for the paperwork again, but then went to a french cafe - and all the things had coffee with it except for the sandwiches so we got and I got a brownie that was really rich ... it was hard to even eat half of it so I gave the other half to Hna. Martinez who wanted it. Then General Conference!!! It is a bi-annual worldwide conference the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has every April and October. It was really good - I was able to see that they talked a lot about enduring to the end, even Adriana came to listen to the speakesr

Sunday - we went to get a girl who was supposed to be a member...and the situation got kind of weird (not with her) During the first session of Day 2 of the conference, there was a crazy storm and the girl said she needed to we showed her the bus stop and waited for the bus with her. As we were waiting at the stop - an electric box exploded behind us and the members that were watching us from afar went in to tell the Elders. In the meantime, the bus arrived and she left and as we were walking back the Elders were coming to get us haha.  A little too late. Anyways, the Conference was super awesome I watched all of it in Spanish because I was the only sister that speaks English in this area, they said that I could watch it in English with the Elders ALONE but I felt uncomfortable so I just watched it in Spanish. I couldn't belive that Elder Hales passed away either during the break on Sunday. It was sooo nice that I got to see all of the Conference though.

French Cafe treat

Getting ready for the day

Getting haircut

hmmm do I like it?

Herbs in a grapefruit

One scared puppy
A scary photo bomb!

P.S. I love you all because I feel it in my heart

Monday, 25 September 2017

Gathering Souls for Baptism

Tuesday - the Hermanna's in Villa Cabello (my companions) were teaching a lady (Silvia) in their area but then she moved to my we went and found her house and continued teaching her. She is really good she understands a lot and when her uncle came in and started telling us that he knows more than us - she told him we were talking about something different and then asked us to continue. After lunch (after a lot of contacting) we taught Adriana, but she was talking with a friend in Buenos Aires (who is member) and had a lot of questions about the Word of Wisdom and why we can't drink wine if Christ drank it. So that is what we had the lesson on, we had other plans, but it ended up working out because we even invited her to be baptized and she accepted! So we are preparing for the 7th of October. After that we went to the Doctor for hna. Martinez and everything is all going well.

Wednesday - in the morning we had divisions again. Hna. Mollo and I were with Hna. Martinau in our areas, and Hna. Martinez was with Hna. Miranda in Lavalle. We have been buying flowers for the families that give us lunch during the week to plant and they have all been super happy when we bring them. After lunch this day though - I really didn't feel well. I think it was the mix of the heat (36' C) and eating a lot that did it. Also, we were out all day because no one wanted anything, in fact we got a few "never come back agains!" but we didn't take it to heart and instead we went to Mariana and taught her about the Book of Mormon. We made a challenge where we all thought up a question we wanted answered and then read in the Book of Mormon. Without saying anything Mariana was able to find her answer! We invited her for baptism too and she accepted...but then asked that the invitation come from someone with more authority and not someone like us.

Thursday - was another really hot day...we weren't able to teach like any one but we did visit a member. It was sooo warm we decided if Friday was the same kind of day we were going to fry an egg in the street :)

Friday - was a lot cooler so we didn't fry an egg, but we did have lunch with a member and her husband who is not a member and had a quick lesson where we showed a Mormon Message and he left during the video because the spirit was there and he felt uncomfortable. After we asked him what he thought about the video and he got a little defensive but it was a good lesson and he really is a good guy just needs more time. We also did weekly planning and drank Mate with milk

Saturday - we tried to teach Mariana again but she was sleeping so we tried for someone else in Villa Cabello but he was sleeping too so we visited his grandma who is member instead. Unfortunately, we didn't get to go to the General Womens' Conference because the hours are different here compared to Salt Lake City. Here it starts at like 9 at night which is too late for us - but we were able to visit Familia Duarte and shared a video of the Mormon Messages of "The Lost Purse" and they had some friends over who didn't seem all that interested but we were still able to have a lesson with them.

Sunday - in the morning we went to get Mariana and her kids to go to church and we were late to the first hour but Villa Cabello and Tacuari (a different ward/area) were having services together this Sunday and we were able to sit by her and Adriana during the classes. After lunch we went with a member (Hna. Recalde) with a reference that she had for us and it was an older couple where the husband has a sickness and the wife is a little shook up. They were so nice and then we said we had to go but the husband said "But I don't want them to leave." which was nice.  Then we taught Mariana about the gospel of Jesus Christ and then visited another member for a bit.

P.S. We are going to have 3 or 4 baptisms on the 7th of Oct. "we hope", keep your fingers crossed

Still trying to work out a system

Monday - We ate Pizza for lunch and that was yummy, they always put the olives on the pizza though. We had Family Home Evening (FHE) with members and an investigator - it was really a lesson and went so well! We also taught Adriana and she is in the Villa Cabello area (the area of my companions) and we taught her about the restoration and she just drank it up, she was so interested. When her friend, the member said he has the priesthood - she looked at him and us  like "WOW"!.

Tuesday - in the morning we went to try and find people no one was around so it didn't work out so we went contacting instead. After lunch we went to Mariana's for just a quick moment and we talked a bit about Christ and the Atonement. We also walked a lot in the both our areas but we weren't able to find many people because the weather was kinda gloomy and we didn't feel well.

Wednesday - we had divisions with the sister leaders and they were with me in my area. In the morning we gave a quick lesson to Susana about faith then had lunch with Familia Duarte and after wards were able to listen to them about how they are feeling. Later we walked to the ends of my area trying to find people but they weren't there again,. So we went to our lesson with Matias and met his girlfriend but she wasn't all that interested in listening to us, but he said he would come to church! We taught him about the plan of Salvation. 

Thursday - the divisions (with the Sister Leaders) ended then in the morning and we met Maru who is pretty awesome. We just spent the time getting to know her so we can know how to help her and she is awesome! She can see the importance of loving everyone and not excluding people. We had a lunch appointment and it was really yummy but I was SO EMBARASSED - after the meal I went to their bathroom and accidentley broke their toilet..... well, I didn't really "break" it but there was a ton of water all over the floor. I tried to help in the clean but the Mom said "no its ok my son will do it". She admitted the toilet is really sensitive and if you flush it to hard then it will overflow with water. didn't matter - I was still pretty humiliated After that disaster, we tried to find Mariana but she wasn't home so we taught a part member family just a short scripture instead.

Friday - in the morning we taught Susana the Gospel of Jesus Christ and sang for her. In the afternoon, we walked all over the center to find the place where Hermanna Martinez (the one from Guatamala) needed to be to talk to the doctor but they didn't have an open spot so we made an appointment for Tuesday instead.

Saturday - was Hna. Martinez´s birthday so, in the morning ,we made a card for her and then we had a district meeting where we continued the celebration with chocolate milk and sang to her. We were able to teach Adriana about the Book of Mormon and gave our favourite verse about Christ and invited her to read it and pray about it. The spirit was so strong during that lesson that afterwards hna. Martinez said that that was one of the most spiritual experiences in her mission! We tried again for Marian but she wasn't home. Hermano Carlos made a big surprise for Hermanna Martinez where we made Empanadas and ate cake.

Sunday - was little crazy because Villa Cabello has their meetings in the morning at 8:30 and then mine at 10 and because they are my companion and we share the two areas -  I went with them to their Church Service then stayed with a sister in mine until they finished. We also taught a little family from China and just got to know them and learned how to say hi how are you in Chinese (Nǐ hǎo or as we say KNEE HOW).
Gathering for Transfer

Using our Singing Talents

Tags at Sunset

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Another shocking and unexpected week!

Monday - was really calm and relaxing. We bought some stuff (I bought mate cups [a traditional Argentinian Drink] for my brother and sisters) and then went to visit Paula but she wasn't there. So we went to visit Familia Duarte and since Elba just died suddenly last week some of the family was there. At first we were just visiting, but then they had some questions and stuff so we ended up teaching the Plan of Salvation 

Tuesday - we went in the morning to visit Susana but she was just about to leave for her doctors appointment and asked us to come the next day instead. After lunch we just did a lot of walking and taught Dora again and she is really sweet, but I don't think she understands completely. Then it happened -  that night when we were all getting ready to go to bed...we got a call telling us there are going to be an emergency changes and Hermanna Martinez would be going to Obera with Hermanna Cardona (she lived with us before) and that Hermanna Risco would be my companion now. Also, we needed to be at the gathering place at 9 in  the morning so all night we helped Hna. Martinez pack so that she could be ready for tomorrow. Needless to say we didn't sleep until midnight.

Wednesday - so she finished packing the last things then we took a taxi to the terminal and we talked with everyone as we waited (Hna. Risco was coming from Iguazú) and she came with a leg brace having a hard time walking. She said she tore her ACL and the doctor told her she needed to rest and not walk. So, we took a taxi with the Elders to our apartment so that they could help her up (we live on the 2nd floor) - then I helped her put all her stuff away

Thursday - I called a member that we had our lunch appointment with, asking if they could bring the lunch to us instead. Hna Risco also asked for a blessing. During the rest of the day we watched some church movies but we basically cleaned, then we called another member to help us because Hna. Risco had an appointment at 7:30 pm for an MRI. We were so blessed - the member cooked some food for us and took us home and told us SHE was a blessed beyond measure for helping us because in the short time that Hna. Risco got her MRI - the member received 5 new clients.

Friday - again we didn't really do anything outside the apartment thanks to Hna. Risco's knee but then Pres. Svec called and told her the doctor said that she needs surgery for her knee! She would be going home that day for a bit to get better then she would be coming back to the mission. We rushed trying to pack and the sister leaders came and helped us as well, then the elders took her and I stayed with the sister leaders until the other Hermannas came back.

Saturday - in the morning we went to Villa Cabello and taught the sister of a member...then after lunch we taught Mariana and we talked about baptism but she wasn't willing to commit to a date to be baptized. I also received my new camera

Sunday - was stake conference with Elder Krasnoselski and we even had an investigator come (from villa cabello). After lunch and studies we visited Familia Duarte again and sang some hymns with them but as we started to walk back to the apartment there was lightning and strong wind, but no rain - yet. The Elders called us to ask us to hurry to our apartment because of the impending storm - almost as soon as we got in the Heavens opened up with the worst rain, even the power went out for a bit.
Conference with Elder Krasnoselski

Sisters Sharing Pie

Sisters in the Gospel and at Lunch

A Shock! Gone so fast!

Monday - Pday! so I bought makeup that also has sunscreen in it and I didn't know my colour because I have been under the sun so long who knows what colour I am. Anyways, the lady asked me if I go red like in my face so that she could offer me the best make up but she used the word "Rosacia" and its not a bad word just fancy but Hermana Martinez thought it was really funny and it has now become my "Latina" name. After p-day we went back to missionary work and we talked to a guy that doesn't believe in God. He said he used to, but then changed and thinks that it is all in our head. So we spent some time talking to him and after - he said he would like to hear more of what we have to say
Tuesday - We did divisions again with the Hermanas in villa cabello and I was with the other Hermana Martinez (not my companion) and there was no one we could meet with in the morning - so we contacted people and made some good contacts. In the afternoon, we taught Mariana and she always has a bunch of questions, but this time the way she was talking sounded as though she wants to be baptized! She and her daughters even received skirts from a friend because she heard they were coming to church and the friend wants to hear about it too. We also went to teach Jessica but she had to leave so we taught her daughter basically how to pray because she was really nervous and looked like she didn't want to be with us. We just took the time to get to know her then we came back a little early to switch partners again so the other Hermannas could do the studies that they have to do and Hermana Martinez (MY Hermanna Martinez) and I went to Jorge (who doesn't believe in God) and read the story of Korihor. He he took a picture of the pages to read more later, he even started to change a bit saying he is going to try and talk to God again
Wednesday - we tried to teach different people but no one could meet with us. Our friend, Paula had people fixing stuff so she couldn't accept us into her home either.
Thursday - in the morning we went to Familia Duarte so we could put more focus on Elba. She thinks she is doing really well with her health and everything but she was a little worried that her family and her aren't doing their family prayers every day. She said she does her own personal prayers though. Later we tried to find a contact we had made the other day but couldn't find the house. After lunch we tried to find a reference from the other Hermannas but couldn't find her, however, we found a young woman with schizophrenia that was happy to talk to us... but she was smoking and told us that she was pregnant too. She was with a lot of young children (that aren't hers they live next to her) that told her to stop smoking so that we could talk about God, so we sang a hymn and said a prayer. We were also able to make contact with Dora and she loves the bible! When we came, she grabbed her bible and sat down to listen to us and read along - she is an old woman but you can tell she really loves her Saviour.
Friday - we went to teach a new person we contacted who asked us to come this day but she wasn't home. After that we were given some sad news -  we got a call from Hermanna Duarte saying her mom (Elba) had just died and she asked us to come by but she was in another part of the city signing some papers. We walked all the way there...calling members as we walked to let them know. Hermanna Duarte was having a hard time but she was happy that we were there and she told us that it happened so quick (heart attack). We assured her that her mother had been baptized and was now in a good place. Our lunch appointment was with a member who also was really shocked that Elba was gone. We asked for permission to go to the open casket because the family asked us to be there for them. We talked with them about her stories that we remembered, and they said that she was never good at remembering what we taught but she always remembered what hour and what soap opera was on...haha. We also taught Matias, he is living with his girlfriend and their son and he wants to marry her and share the gospel with her. We also had another lesson with Dora - she didn't understand a lot but she is really good.
Sunday - Mariana and her kids came dressed for church and I taught the principles of the Gospel about Baptism and we are very hopeful she and her 2 daughters will be baptized soon!

Remembering Elba

Monday, 28 August 2017

Week something or other - losing track of the numbers!

Monday - after P-day We went to Familia (family) Duarte and they taught us how to make a really yummy food that I don't remember what it is called, but it is really good.

Tuesday- in the morning we went to Graciela but she wasn't home so then we tried Noelia but she couldn't either. A member asked us for help so we helped them and then had lunch with them. We taught Mariana, well it was more answering her questions, which she had a lot of - but it's so good because she is really interested - she wants to understand everything. We also tried to find Sole and Ana but they weren't home, so we went with Ceci and Alejandro and taught Isaias and it went really well. I must admit it is a little hard for us because we know he is feeling the spirit but he says that he is not feeling anything. We found Paula again, with her brand new baby (20 days old), and we showed a few Mormon messages with her on the Plan of Salvation 

Wednesday - in the morning again we were trying for some people but they weren't home or just couldn't and then we bought some stuff to make lunch. Just our luck though - we ran out of gas to cook so we called a place and waited like 40 minutes and nothing. We tried to call again and one lady told us we hadn't come out to get it when they came so they left but no one called us or anything. Another lady told us our address doesn't exist, and no one will be come because everyone in Argentina takes a nap and everything closes. So, instead, we went to the church to finish cooking our food then ate in our apartment. After lunch, it was a lot of just trying to find people 

Thursday - in then morning we went to Matias our convert we have been trying to find forever but he wasn't home. Undaunted, we tried Sole but she was busy too. We walked from one point of our area to the other getting food for the surprise party in the night for Hermanna Mollo's birthday. No one was home at our lunch appointment, but the surprise party went really well she seemed really happy.

Friday - we went to Apostoles (a city in the province of Misiones, about 60 km south of Posadas) for divisions. Pres. Svec gave us another companionship to be the Sister Leaders over, and the area is very pretty. In the morning we made pizza and pasta flor, and Empanadas then ate with them, (our new companionship we are responsible for). After lunch Hermanna Katalin and I went to a more poorer part of the area and tried to find some investigators she knew of, but they weren't there...however, we found 4 NEW people to teach. I must admit, even though it is still "winter" the day was also super hot like summer again 

Saturday - we were invited to a district meeting in the morning so we left Apostoles at 7:30 am to get to Lavalle then after that we went to our area to eat, then we had our own district meeting 

Sunday - was a multi-stake conference, with a broadcast of Elder Rasband. At first the signal didn't work very well because there was (and is) a torment (storm) going on, but it is just lots of wind and rain. Elder Rasband talked a lot about how important it is for the members to work with the missionaries, and it was so good because we cannot baptize people and for them to go in active because they don't have any friends.

Yeah, the insects are kinda nasty!

A trip to see ancient history and a packed week

Riding the Bus!
Monday - so we printed off our letters to read like normal and then hopped on a bus to San Ignacio to see the ruins there and it was really cool! (see the pics below) There wasn't a whole bunch of ruins like we thought there would be, but it was still cool! HOWEVER, after we realized that neither one of us had the cellphone - so we went back into the ruins to look for it but couldn't find it anywhere. The workers said no one had given them a phone or anything, Not only that, but looking for the phone ended up taking a lot of time so we had to leave on another bus to get back to Posadas. The bus was going to Iguazú so we had to connect with and hitch another bus to Posadas. We then we quickly wrote home, and then tried to take a taxi from the family history library back to our apartment because it was late. The driver was super rude so we took another one.  To top it off in the night we were drinking and the thermos (thing that keeps the water hot) fell off the table and broke. In the night time an electric plug exploded where my companion sleeps but nothing happened to her luckily. Man, it was just a crazy day.

Tuesday - we went to teach a new investigator named Graciela and she is really sweet, and knows a bit of the bible. She has interest in the fact we can be with our families again in the eternities, then we taught another new investigator named Noelia and she is really good too. After lunch we walked to our apartment to again get ready to go to the mission house for a FHE and that was fun, we ate hamburgers, and us girls slept over.

Wednesday - in the morning was the consejo (council) of the leaders where we made a plan for our zone and goals according to what we learned for Elder Packer the week before. We then presented it to the other leaders, then after we contacted with a member the rest of the day because no one was home. In the evening we met with the zone leaders to make a plan to talk about in the conference the next day

Thursday - was the zone conference and they did it a little different this time because they showed 17 points Elder Packer talked about and then let us, as a zone, choose 4 or 5 points we think we need to focus on and make goals on those points. After, we went back to our area and taught a few people 

Friday - we had a lot of plans but no one accepted us. Noelia was crying and asked us to come back another day, and no one else was home. We did find Ana again and taught her and the lesson went so well like wow! it was so powerful! Unfortunately she didn't accept to be baptized. After that lesson, we found a young person and taught her how to pray and it was cute because her cousins are another religion and they were so excited to pray (they are like 4 and 6 years old) 

Saturday - in the morning we had a meeting like a district meeting, but with the Young Single Adults and Isaias came as well - it was really fun. Then we taught Marian again and she had lots of question and we were able to answer all of them, but she didn't accept to be baptized either, yet, because she first wants an answer because she knows that this is very important.

Sunday - no investigators came to church this week but it was a good day because after lunch and studies we taught solely the younger person we met Friday and she accepted to be baptized !!!!!


The struggle and the Rain

Always looking ahead!

Monday - in the morning we were asked to clean an apartment so other Elders/Hermanas could stay in it and it was awfully dirty. I don't even know how many cucarachas (cockroaches) we found. It was our rest day so we ate in our apartment then took a nap till 4, then we wrote home, and in the evening we visited a member.

Tuesday - we left really early in the morning to teach Olga (I will put the first names in now because we have been given permission) because she said she is home in the morning, but it was 9 am, and she wasn't home. In fact, no one was home in the morning. After lunch we tried to go into the apartment building but the keys were locked inside and the door shut. I really needed the bathroom!!!  After who knows how long, someone opened the door and we ran in, grabbed the keys, and ran into the apartment so I could use the washroom. We left for the mission house and we were the only ones there from 6:30pm until 9pm so Hna. Martinez played the piano and I sang as we called members as a surprise, and 3 of them cried.

Wednesday - in the morning all the leaders, including my companion and I, met with Elder Packer and he said the most important thing we do with our investigators is the follow up! After that, all the missionaries in Argentina had a conference with Elder Packer. We learned a lot really, he touched on a lot of points - but said it is really crucial for us to make sure our investigators understand the lessons/gospel and to make it simple. When the conference ended, we went back to our area and had FHE with Family Duarte which was so much fun.

Thursday - in the morning a huge milagro (miracle)! So we were giving Carlos a plate back as a woman passed by us and as we were walking back she stopped, turned around and asked us if we could visit her house and teach her. She said the elders had visited her before and she learned English from them too. Then we went and taught Mariana and that went really well as well.

Friday -in the morning we were trying to help another zone make shirts and we gave all the information to the company, but the colour they wanted for the shirts was really expensive so we tried calling them but no one answered.  The the company gave us their number so the other zone could call them instead. We had divisions (where we go with other companions). The plans we had made for me had back up plans, and even the back up plans had back up plans but not one of them worked out. So we ended up contacting all day and met a few really awesome people.

Saturday - we visited Victoria, she didn't have time, but said she would come to church and bring a friend too. Unfortunately, then it rained. Hard! When it rains, we don't have much luck. Not one person opened their door to us, not even our miracle lady (Luciana) when we stopped by. Her mom told us to come back another day then left. So off we went to visit Mariana and she accepted us for just a quick moment. but said that if it rains on Sunday she won't come because she has 5 young children (I will include a picture of when she did come to church below).

Sunday - it rained. We tried calling Mariana but she said no, so we went to church and Isaias came and then, just before the sacrament Mariana and her 5 kids all came to church and they were so good and listened the entire time.

A wonderful single mother of 5

The area is challenging - there were a lot of missionaries before that wanted to close the area, but it is a lot better, and we have a good amount of investigators. I have also learned an area can be like the hardest in the mission but if you think of it as a good area it will be, but if you think of it as a bad area it will be. I guess it could be the same with your job, or whatever situation in life. I don't like planting seeds but I know it is necessary.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Information Overload - NOT!

Sorry, I don't have time to write this week...I will write everything next week, but I am doing well and we had a lot of milagros (miracles) this week. Below are some pics to keep you occupied until then

My Sister Companions

Gaggle of Sister Missionaries

Gaggle two

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Working together with the other Sisters

Tuesday - we went to teach "L" and see what's up - because she didn't come to church. As we got to her house in the morning she was walking with a woman that was from her church. She ignored us the entire time, only told us she has a meeting with one of the leaders of her church (the woman) and she can't meet with us today. Then the other woman started talking to us saying she already has her church. So we asked in a friendly way, what is the name of the church and where it is and then she asked us the same thing so Hna. "M" said "well, it depends on where you live" and started giving the direction to all the church building that are in Posadas, haha. Well anyways everyone was friendly enough but the woman was definitely trying to get us to leave while "L" ignored us. We went to lunch with the "D" Family. Duarte then we taught "M". We used the "cups and knives" example to show how important it is to pray, read the scriptures and come to church, and that by doing so you will receive answers. We also had a lesson with "A" and her daughter "Y" (who was a referrence from another Sister Missionary) and this time it was a lot better than before.

Wednesday - we had interviews with Presedent Svec and a few months ago he gave us a challenge to read the Book of Mormom in 90 days which is supposed to end in August and to mark our scriptures up with colours with the doctrine of Christ. I admit I had a lot of fear because well, I was only in 2 Nephi 3 and it's August already.....but he told me I was doing really well and my Book of Mormon looks all pretty. He even commented on the fact I am marking words that I don't know and putting the English word above it. Anyways, after lunch we taught "I" with the help of a local member, and we showed 2 videos so he could really feel the spirit and recognize it. He liked the first video, but it's kind of hard to teach him because he follows what his mom says, and his mom doesn't support him or us. 

Thursday - we had Missionary divisions with the Hermannas (Sister Missionarys) from Villa Cabello (who live with us). I was with a Sister from Bolivia who had was only 8 days in the mission. We went to see a few people in the morning and not one of them were home. So we went to our lunch appointment but when we showed up and they said they weren't ready for us yet, so we went and contacted in the neighbourhood for ten minutes more and came back. After lunch we went contacting some more and I bought us a little ice-cream.  After we taught "M" and during the lesson her son was throwing rocks and pieces of brick at us and wasn't listening to his mom, but not one of them hit us. I kinda felt like Samuel the Lamanite (if you don't remember, look it up in the Book of Mormon).

Friday - in the morning we passed by for people and again no one was home or were busy like "P", who was going to the hospital to check how her baby is doing. So we spent the whole rest of the day contacting.

Saturday - we had a district meeting and we were in charge of the practice and the theme was "talk with everyone". After we had lunch we made a cake because there was going to be a baptism for an investigators of the other sisters. We also taught "M" and she said she would be coming to church. That evening we went to the baptism and it was really sweet...we even sang "How Great Thou Art"

Sunday - no one came to church but we had a huge lunch

Service Cleaning - and "playing" with insects

Member Lunch Appointment

Our Wonderful Lunch Hosts
P.S. Winter here is like nothing! It is cold for like 2 days and it rains in the winter and that's it. I still suffer from the sun.  So far the most unusual thing I've eaten is Cow Stomach Soup - I don't remember what it is called but it is only cow with some potatoes and other vegetables.  I was offered blood sausage, but respectfully declined (I think you can see some in the lunch picture above - it is the dark, black sausage). The picture of me cleaning with the blue shirt was a service project. It was an apartment no one had lived in for quite some time, the door was left wide-open - and it was filled with cockroaches. Yuck!

A LOT of resistance and setbacks

Monday - we went to the placita and I bought a cup for tararé

Tuesday - we taught "T" who we contacted a few days ago, we only talked a little bit about the Articles of faith and she seems pretty interested. Then we taught a person who was referred to us from a member again and the mom made it pretty clear she is only listening to the word of God and will not be changing her religion. We tried to explain about the Priesthood authority but she still refused.

Wednesday - we tried to find another reference from the elders but found "D" who is pretty catholic. We only sang a hymn and talked about faith. After we kept looking for the original person and asked "V" and her mom for directions and wow - was she excited to see us (we don't know her). She asked us to come back another day...but we found the house we were looking for with their help but not the people we wanted to see (other people live there). After lunch we taught "A" who was an investigator during my first 6 weeks here (in Posadas) but it was only something short. After we went with "S" (who is a member) and taught "M" and she has 5 kids who are all crazy! haha  One of them loves to listen to us, but they were at school so we taught about faith. We also taught "P" who we first met on Tuesday and she is basically just waiting for her baby to be born. We taught her a bit of the plan of salvation, and she told us her sister had died a few years ago and she has faith they will see each other again.

Thursday - in the morning we went to try several ladies and found "M" cleaning but, sadly, she said she doesn't want us coming back anymore because she is baptized and has her church and now that she is playing with God (by listening to us) she is suffering. Yeah, that was a little hard but we know we did our part. We tried to meet up with "C" who wasn't home. Funny thing was - an older couple passed by us as we were clapping (which is how people knock down here) and the woman was like angry at us, saying "oh its those Jehovah Witnesess!"  along with other stuff I don't remember...but she was really upset. So, we tried walking everywhere trying to teach, but "L" was at her church which we were a little sad about, and we called lots of members to help us teach "I" but no one was answering and it ended up that he was working or something anyway. We ended up buying some ice-cream (because it was also the day that Hna. M, my companion, reached her 9 month mark) then went to the apartment to do weekly planning.

Friday - we tried to find "D" again but she wasn't home, so we passed by for "L" and she was home...BUT she told us she can't be baptized because she was baptized in her church and she is going there instead. We just kinda sat quietly for a second and then asked her to think of a question and then opened the Book of Mormon and answered her question. It was a whole lot better than us talking because we knew she wouldn't listen to the words WE would have said but to the scriptures yes! We also showed her a Mormon message of Elder Holland and invited her to visit the church and she accepted!. We also visited "C" latter that day and he was not doing well health-wise so we prayed with him and waited with him until his brother came.

Saturday - we passed by for "A" again but she wasn't home. so we went to see "V" and we got to know her. She loves art and showed us her paintings, which are really good! She told us she wants to come to church and be a member but was scared she was too old (she is 16) and she wanted to know everything about a mission! Later we taught "I" with the video "Together Forever" with the different stories and answered his questions with the tree of life chapter. When we tried to invite him to get baptized he said he doesn't want to yet, he wants to understand everything and basically read all of the Book of Mormon. We tried to point out we are going to learn something new everyday for the rest of our life and that a baptismal date is a goal on a longer journey, and when I gave examples to try to explain better he acted as if he couldn't understand (and was trying not to laugh). I admit that upset me a lot but I finished my example because I knew he could understand me, he just didn't want to commit. 

Sunday - in the morning we went to the "D" family's house to do missionary divisions so that we could get 2 investigators. Sister "A" and I tried to meet up with "M" and her kids but they were sleeping and her mom came out and told us she would let them know that we came. When I tried to explain we were there to pick them up, she said she can't hear very well but she will tell them that we came and closed the door. So we didn't have anyone come to church but the talks were really good and really uplifting. Also a recent convert gave me a "Finding Dory" fold-able cup because in Relief Society we are doing a "secret friend" thing and I was hers (mine is Hna "M", my companion, how funny!) 

Apparently you CAN read the scriptures too much in one Day!
My Birthday Message to my Sister for the end of July