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

Monday, 24 July 2017

Crazy week - some ups, some downs and the loss of a friend

Monday - our P-day really wasn't even a p-day the morning we wrote our e-mails then bought tickets for the bus to Ituzaingo (another city) to have divisions with the Hermannas there, After waiting for the bus to come, we spend an hour riding and the hnas were just finishing up writing. I unfortunately decided the day before to wash my coat, and so did not have a coat for one of 2 coldest days of my mission. I used my rain coat and a jacket from another sister and it was sooo cold. Oh and I didn´t bring a blanket to sleep either, but luckily Hna. Q had a throw-blanket she could lend me. Neither Hna M (my companion), nor I slept very much that night, because one) it was cold and two) the little heater they had gave off a lot of light.

Tuesday - luckily I wasn't really tired all day, I was actually quite fine. This time I put on a shirt, skirt and the same dress from the day before so I wasn´t freezing to death. I was with Hna. Q and it was really cool because she is still new and being trained and I ¨made¨ her start one of the lessons we had. She admitted she was really nervous because she has never done it before but she did it so well!!!  One of the investigators asked me to speak in English after the lesson and she did too so I gave my testimony and he kept nodding and said I understood ¨people¨ haha but it was really cool to be with a new missionary. 

Wednesday - we tried to pass by for "O" in the morning but she wasn´t home so we tried to call her and heard her cell ringing inside her house! haha! So we taught "G" but she was really sick and wasn´t paying a ton of attention to us so we only taught her about faith. We went to visit "I" and "L" again, and we invited them to the baptism of the Elders on Saturday but "L" said she will be going to her church on Saturday with another family member, then looked at "I" as if he would be going too. Then he said ¨I wont be going, I feel good here¨ (in the church of Jesus Christ) it was so awesome! We taught her about the Priesthood Authority and she asked why we keep asking her to ask God. She then asked "are you saying my baptism wasn't valid? because it was in water and my desire was right and God knows my heart". Hna. M said "no it wasn´t but we will show you why". So we explained that yes there are three things that are important to baptism 1) immersion in water, 2) the person's heart or understanding, and 3) the Priesthood. A baptism is not valid if it doesn't have even one of these things. She was quite for a second and said "I definitely need to ask God¨ - like wow. 

Thursday - We tried to pass by for "O" again and she was home this time, but said she is really busy.  She asked us to come back Tuesday. We taught "L" about Prophets and how Christ established HIS church on the earth when he lived. When we taught her the importance of Prophets - she was in awe. It was also friends day so we ate some ice cream.

Friday - We went to Lavalle for their district meeting then rushed back for lunch. We visited "M" and met his son. We also tried lots of other people but no one could visit. So, we planned a bit and then helped (basically forced) Hna. W pack because she will be going home next Tuesday.

Saturday -  was crazy! We moved everything around so we could be everywhere. We had lunch a little earlier than usual, then taught "I" with a member about how if he reads and comes to church and pray he will get an answer but he needs to do all three. Then off we went to Lavalle again to help contact people to come to the activity they were having...and as we were on the bus we received a message from another member that she won't be home,so we stayed a little longer than we planned. Still, we had to go back to our area to go to the baptism the Elders had arranged. 

Sunday - "I" came to church for 2 hours but had to leave after because he has a lot of pain in his back. After church we helped Hna. W finish packing the last of her stuff just before the Elders came for her - we took a bunch of pictures (on her camera - sorry I don't have the photos) and she left. It is weird to be so close to someone finishing their mission, I know I have a lot left, but it goes by so quickly. I have learned to not worry about the little stuff and to just work and everything will work out. After, the three of us Hermannas went and taught a family of 6 about the church.
P.S. some follow-up on lasts week's post.  Flan....Is....Super....Important (I finally got to have it last week after waiting sooo long). Actually I like Creme Brule better but it basically the same thing. Its a whole Latin thing down here. We had to get another Sister's ID because we have to have ID to live here. First, we get a paper that is only for a certain time, and then later an "official" card like my license. I've had mine for like 2 months i think. As I kinda mentioned on my Monday comment - the weather here is awful right now. It is freezing cold in the morning then really hot in the afternoon then back to cold in the night.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Using my voice to touch people's hearts!

Monday - P-DAY - in the morning we went to Lavalle to have a water-balloon activity where we tried to toss balloons to each other with our towels (see pictures below), then after we had to answer questions in under a minute or they would pop a balloon over our heads (there is a picture of me getting one wrong the blog post before).

Tuesday - we went to the center so that hna. M could get her ID from Argentina (I already have mine) and we bought lunch from the Chinese restaurant. We taught "L" after lunch about the Book of Mormon and invited her to pray about it and if what we are teaching is true. She said "I feel that it is - I know it is - but I will pray anyways." Then we went to visit M, who we haven't seen in a while - he said that he has a lot of question but he wasn't home when we came by. We did get to talk to his mom and at first she didn't want to listen to us but after we sang she asked us to come in and sit down (I am going to be singing more now) then we taught "I" and his mom and they have a lot of doubts but are really interested.

Wednesday - we contacted SO much and we met really awesome people - like one woman we passed by and then stopped and turned around and talked to her. It was amazing because her husband died and she "even said you felt in your heart that you needed to talk to me, I knew that you were going to come back". Llike wow!!! because we almost didn't stop and turn around. After lunch we tried to find her house but couldn't find it, so we went to the apartment buildings to find a different contact we had made a little bit ago. She was so happy to see us and we talked with her but she is very Evangelical - like really Evangelical! She told us a woman can't cut her hair or put makeup on, and they also speak in tongues in her church and other different stuff. Funny part is though -  she also said "I know that my church won't save me". We invited her to ask God what is the true church. She thought for a moment and said she has listened to a lot of different missionaries from different religions, but no one has ever invited her to ask God. That evenging we ate churipan with "C" (it's a type of sandwich made with chorizo sausage that is popular in Argentina).

Thursday - we contacted a bit then went to try and find our lunch appointment and once we did (we only called them once) and for desert  they made FLAN!!!! I was so happy i have been here for 9 months and have not recieved one flan.  I have been waiting for this! Later we tried to find other people but they weren't home so we went and did weekly planning instead.

Friday - in the morning we tried to find the woman we almost didn't turn around and talk to on Wednesday ("G") and it took all morning but we found her! She is so sweet, we invited her to church and she said yes. After that amazing meeting, we had a zone activity where we gave out Books of Mormon and found a young family that is absolutely wonderful and interested in learning about the Gospel. There was a glitch though - they are from Paraguay, and guess what? They are absolutely in love with Canada! When I said where I am from the wife hugged me again, they said that their dream is to go there. They made me feel so important to them like they needed ME to talk to them đŸ˜ and they gave us their home directions so the missionaries there can teach them. The rest of the day I sang with some other missionaries trying to bring people in - my voice hurt a lot! I think we sang for like 2 hours straight. 

Saturday - we visited "A" and it was a bit depressing.  She doesn't have the greatest influences in her life and really doesn't let us teach...she just wants us to listen to her, like a visit. So we won't be teaching her more. We did go teach "L" about Prophets and Jesus Christ and when he made his church, because she didn't have a lot of time but she was amazed when we taught about how important the Prophets are. After that we taught "I" and his sister, and how with the Book Of Mormon, it can answer questions and he agreed to come to church.

Sunday - Church went well "I" came for the first 2 hours then left, but the elders had their investigator come too and she is a love. She will be baptized on next Saturday. After church hna.  M was sick with her allergies so she slept and I read and cleaned a bit
Elder Pyramid P-Day Fun in Lavelle

Catch the Balloon

Toss the Balloon

Being Sung To for my Birthday (see previous blog)

20th birthday Treats

P-Day fun

2017 July Zone Conference

Sunday, 16 July 2017

My BIRTHDAY week and having some teaching success

Monday - we cleaned for a bit in the morning the hna. M and I went to the computer center to print off our email to read them, then as we were waiting for the other hnas (Sisters) a boy asked us if we were "Mormons" and, well yeah we are, so we said yes and he asked where the church is and was asking a lot about missions and said that he wants to serve one.¡Que milagro! (What a Miracle!) so we gave him the number of the missionaries where he lives and the directions to the church.

Tuesday - BIRTHDAY, I am now officially 20! It was a very cake-filled the morning I ate a piece of cake and hna. "M" bought me some things from an argentina version of Claires (a women's store we have in Canada). After we went to a house we had contacted at the day before, it was a woman and her daughter and they are really sweet! It is really funny though because her husband is a pastor and they want to make a church and we started teaching about when Christ established his church on the earth and the priesthood but didn't get to go any farther about Joseph Smith. We gave her the pamphlet to read and she said that later she has a meeting with other pastors or something like that and that she is going to share it with them - what could we say "yeah you should do is great to share the word of God". After we went to the church and studied the scriptures, then went to a member's house to eat chicken alfredo đŸ‘Œ (my favourite!) and I got surprised by hna. M (the other Sister M, from Guatamala) and hna. W with a second cake and song singing. We put the frivolities aside and went back to teaching people, but as we were going to go home, hna. M said that our local Mission Leader (a member) needed us to come to the church for a meeting.  Again I was surprised with more cake and song singing from the elders and sisters, it was an awesome day!!!

Wednesday - we went to Lavalle (an area still in Posadas) to have divisions with the Hermanas (Sisters) there. In the morning there was a district meeting and we made a goal to invite everyone to be baptized, then hna. M and I went to an apartment complex where she had some investigators to visit but every single one couldn't meet with us so we clapped at like every door. No luck - we couldn't find anyone to teach. Later that evening we went to visit some local members.

Thursday - in the morning we finished the divisions and hna. M made me a little card to wish me a happy 9 months out in the mission field (the half-way point) and gave me a card from hna. N, my first companion. I don't really remember much after that but we did weekly planning

Friday - in the morning we had a leader meeting, then we went to a local member's house for a lunch appointment with the zone leaders and it was so yummy and the desert too. After we walked a lot trying to  find and teach people. On a sad note....we have stopped teaching "J" because he is just not progressing. We taught a family that was referred to us and it went really well! The mom is a little hard about the Book of Mormon but she still wants to learn and the son had lots of questions and said that he'll come to church.

Saturday - in the morning we went to teach some people but they weren't there so we went to see "A" who also wasn't there (bummer) but her sister was (who we contacted in the first place) and we taught her. She said she wants to go to church but she can't go to hers, and we sang and talked about faith and Repentance and made another appointment to come back and see her. We had our district meeting and then after hna. W and I went and taught "M" and it was such a great lesson! She prayed too and hna. W said it was the most wonderful prayer she has heard from an investigator praying for the first time.

Sunday - the son from the family we taught on Friday came to church for the first hour because his sister came from Buenas Aires to visit. After church we had lunch with a family and I got to try Locro for the first time and I liked it (Locro is a hearty thick stew popular along the Andes mountain range. It's one of the national dishes of Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. The dish is a classic corn, beans, and potato or pumpkin soup). After my first Locro experience, my companion and I planned and studied and then taught a person who was referred to us from a member and that went really well.
A little water fun on our Day Off!

Division meeting July 3rd 2017

Monday - we had interviews with Pres. Svec then we ate, chinese food and ice-cream, wrote, did some shopping (I just looked - no buying) then cleaned a lot. We ended our P-Day by getting the cake for the zone conference the next day.

Tuesday - was the zone conference and this time, ALL the missionaries that had/have birthdays in june and july go up front and everyone sings to them in Spanish, English, Guarrani, and/or Portugese, and then they were all given a little cardboard box full of little treats. Since my birthday is  really soon they sang to me as well and the little box was really cute, and then we all get cake. When the conference was finished we wrote in some of the missionary's journals that are about to finish their mission. When all the activity/conference was over, we took a bus back to our area, and found "A" who we haven't been able to talk to forever! She told us she is having such a hard time - she got evicted out of her house and now lives with her parents and her 4 boys. She said she can't accept us right now, not because she doesn't want to but she can't, with her situation. So, we encouraged her to keep praying and when she is ready we are too.

Wednesday - we tried to teach young "A" (not yesterday's "A")  and her mom but her little sister said that they can't accept us now because she has a job in the morning and school in the afternoon.  Two others we were hoping to meet up with "V" and "S" weren't there when we tried to pass by. However we went to "L's" house and her mom, and sisters were there too and listened to us and when we ended we explained how to pray and "L" immediately asked to pray. It was so awesome! 

Thursday - We visited the grandma of the boyfriend of "Y" and she is always super happy to talk to us and hear us sing, and she said that "Y" lives in another place.  Later we caught up to "M" at his house and talked about the Doctrine & Covenants a bit, and then we visited "C". Also weekly planning

Friday - we had divisions with the other Hermanas (Sisters) that we live with - I was with hna. M and the other hna. M was with hna. W. In the morning we were working in my area and went to a place where it is a bunch of apartments and clapped at every door/floor of the building (remember we don't knock at doors in Argentina, we clap) and got a bunch of really good contacts it was my favourite part of the day. After we went to hna M's area and contacted a lot too and even found some people to teach there as well.

Saturday - We finished the divisions and then we went looking for "V" and "S" who we tried to find on Wednesday. We and found "V" and taught her about faith and a little about repentance. After were invited to a members house after lunch (we ate lunch with them) and went through a list of all the members and marked the ones that have people who are not baptized yet. After lunch we went to visit with "L" again and taught her, her sister and her daughter and invited them to church and she was really excited and said that she will come.

Sunday - Lorena didn't come to church, in fact we didn't have any investigators that came, but after lunch we went with members to find old investigators. Not much luck there so we went to visit a part-member family and they had been through some really hard stuff lately, so hna. "M" shared a scripture with them which brought tears to their eyes.

Sisters Pit Stopping for Ice Cream

Monday, 26 June 2017

A little banged and bruised - but still going!

Tuesday - in the morning we were running around buying meat, beans and chips to make lunch for our whole zone and after lunch we went to barrio jardĂ­n (neighbourhood garden) for an open church (its a church tour thing for investigators and such) and it went really well! There was even a pastor from another church that came and took a ton of pictures and cried 3 times. I was in charge of the plan of happiness and I just talked like a minute on that.

Wednesday - in the morning we had a meeting with all the leaders of the zone in Argentina and I sang with Hermana. W, Elder M and Elder S (sorry, not using names to protect identities and privacy - remember?). We did a harmony of ¨How Great Thou Art¨ but in Spanish. Then afterwards, we taught "A" and her mom and she seems to be following whatever her mom says, but is interested as well, - we'll see how it works out.

Thursday - we tried to find a lot of people... one was a woman we talked to on the bus and then saw her again on the bus, but she wasn't at home. We taught a less active youth and then we planned for the rest of the week.

Friday - In the morning we made a video with "E" - who recently was baptized....see a couple posts ago -  about her story (just a short little video) for the conference (that will happen tomorrow) and we printed out maps of our area because after lunch (and after a district meeting) almost all of our zone came and contacted in our area and the Elder's area.

Saturday - in the morning we taught "J" - we are not sure if he is really listening or not, but he does have a desire to be closer to God. For lunch we stopped in at Subway and then went to another area to help the zone leaders there with an investigator. After,  we took a bus to come back and saw another bus we needed pass by us, so we went to ran to catch it - but I tripped and fell (I also slept badly in the night at was a little tired) and have a few bruises to show for it. Once I was back on my feet and kinda recovered, we tried to visit an investigator, but she wasn't home. Apparently she is really sick in the hospital! So we helped with a Baptism of a member and I gave a little talk about Baptism,and realized that my skirt ripped - thankfully it wasn't too bad.

Sunday - we didn't have any investigators come to church but the Elders did and she was really great! She was telling everyone she received the Book Of Mormon the other day and was reading it the night before and even fell asleep with it.

Hanging with the Sisters at Zone Meeting

Sitting with our video star "E"

Zone Leaders enjoying Meat, Beans and Chips

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Another Soul enters the Kingdom!

Monday - after p-day we cleaned the baptismal font really well for our upcoming baptism!

Tuesday - Baptism Day!!! We taught "A" in the morning and she accepted to be be baptized in July! We didn't have lunch but it was good because we bought hot dogs instead and went to the church to eat while filling the fount for the baptism, but we realized we had no idea how to heat up the water. To improvise we put water in a huge pot and heated it on the stove and then added it as the cold water poured in from the tap into the font. It took a long time - we were there until the baptism but our efforts were for nothing as the water was still cold. However Pres. and Hna. Svec came to the baptism, along with all of the brand new missionaries. It was really cool, and I know "E" and the family felt really special. (see the pics below)

Wednesday - We went to the bus stop with Hna. K (she had stayed with us since the previous Sunday since her companion left for her area) and welcomed the new sister that will live with us in our apartment. (Hna. W [the nurse] and another Hna. M) For lunch we had "asado" which is just all meat and a bunch of it. After we did our spiritual studies since we couldn't do it in the morning (since we were at the bus stop). That evening we had dinner with "E" and another family - and, surprise, surprise - we had asado again, we were dying but it was all yummy.

Thursday - We tried to teach "A" again, but her mom answered the door and said that she was sick :( -  so we tried to teach her instead but she said that she has another religion. After explaining a bit she let us in and the lesson went well, "A"'s little sister who is 11 was so excited to read and pray and listen. Afterwards we went to the center to do some boring stuff. We were able to teach another "A" taught and that also went well.

Friday - we taught "C" a bit,  then went contacting for a while. We visited a member and taught "G", but she doesn't quite understand the priesthood yet, and the fact that there is only one true church and only worthy men can baptize, but we will teach her again. After that we sat down to do our weekly planning

Saturday - we had a meeting in the morning and made a plan for our upcoming P-day and talked about a church tour that will happen in Jardin. We taught a few lessons in the afternoon

Sunday - We didn't have any investigators come to church but it was still special as "E" was given the gift of the Holy Spirit. We were also fasting (after lunch) for milagros (miracles) and baptisms for the whole zone - every companion gets a day and we are going to be asking everyone to be baptized! After we taught "A" two gain and asked her  to be baptized and she said yes! but she wants to wait for September. 

Monday - in the morning today we played "Minute to Win it" types of games and it was so much fun, then broke to eat our empanadas, and then later we and the other Hermanas (Sisters) that live with us ate ice-cream!
P.S. the fall/winter season here is weird - like it is freezing cold one moment and super hot the next. I don't know what to put on my body to start the day. Oh, in case you are wondering - the work doesn't stop after a person's baptism. We visit the new converts for like a year, (yes it is the responsibility of the members to fellow ship new people too) but we teach them the lessons again but in more depth.
All the Sisters and "E" before her Baptism

The family and us with "E"

Me, "E" and the family

Sunday, 18 June 2017

8 months...and a week!

Sorry, not much to tell for this week...

Tuesday - was my ¨birth-month¨ where I now have been working 8 months in the mission. Whoo Hoo!

Wednesday - we had division meeting and I couldn´t find the person who signed up to feed us lunch but she never confirmed with us either, so we cooked in the apartment instead. It rained a lot and not one person accepted us until the very end of the day.

Thursday - we ended the divisions in the morning and then had lunch with the Bishop and his family which was great because we were able to talk to him about "E's" Baptism

Friday -we had a district meeting in the morning and it was the birthday of Hna. K...we ate 3 cakes in one day. 

Saturday - it was a recent converts birthday so we made another cake and wished him a happy birthday then went to help a sister in the valley because one of them was going to her old area for a baptism (only for part of the day) and the other one had to stay for a meeting. Turns out the meeting didn't happen though, however and Hna. M was sick - like really sick!

Sunday - we skipped Relief Society so we could go to the bus-stop for the splits (where were switch off partners) to be with Hna. C and Hna. K, so Hna C could go with Hna. N to be her companion, sounds confusing I know - and it took all day but it was awesome!
P.S. my Dad asked me how I am doing - sometimes I wake up during the night or can't fall asleep, but even still I have never walked so much in my life or have had so many ups and downs...I am fine and loving it, but when I get home I think I plan to sleep for 3 years, well, maybe 2! I am still working on the language thing - I know a few words in Guarrani (the native, non-spanish language), but I know and understand more in Portuguese....besides Spanish, of course.  Sorry, no pictures this week.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Some Big bright points this week!

Monday - We played volleyball as a zone then later I bought some rain boots because it is non-stop pouring now.

Tuesday - We tried to teach “S” but she wasn’t home but her niece who lives beside her, accepted us. It was raining so hard at times I couldn’t even hear what anyone was saying even though we were all so close our knees were touching. The GREAT news is - she accepted to be baptized on the first of July. The rest of the day we walked the entire time trying to find people but no one wants to be bothered when it is raining, but at the end of the day we had a good lesson with “G” and her daughter, in fact, her son even sat down and listened to the lesson and asked questions.

Wednesday - We taught “A” the Plan of Salvation  but it was a little distracting with her kids trying to get ready for lunch so we only taught a part of the lesson. After lunch we taught a man “J” who we met the day before. He actually stopped US and asked if we could talk and when we did he asked us to teach him something, so we sang a hymn and made an appointment for Wednesday. It was a little weird because we never get people who stop us on the street and ask us to teach them. We taught him the Restoration and turns out he had talked to missionaries sometime before, so we asked him if he would like to be baptized and said “I would really like to” so we asked him to do it the first of July as well.

Thursday - Hna. M woke up really sick and in a lot of pain, and so did Hna. K so in the morning Hna. C and I were taking care of them then tried to look for a phone to cancel one of our lunches, (We haven’t had a phone since Tuesday because the mission switched companies). Thankfully, after lunch we checked on our dear sister companions again and they were a bit better so Hna. C and I went and taught “E” (she will be baptized soon) and helped her remember the things we previously taught her, then we went to Hna. C’s area and taught one of her investigators.

Friday - We basically just tried to find people but didn’t teach a whole lot. but at 5 we had a district meeting - basically a zone meeting. Hna. M and I made a game and cake for everyone.

Saturday - in the morning we had another meeting, then we found a girl who is amazing, she does so much and only is 16years of age! She was really happy to talk to us

Sunday -  in the morning we tried to get “G” but she was sleeping and couldn’t hear us. Guess what? It rained again and we were worried that “E” wasn’t going to come either because it is really hard for her to walk and with the rain it is even harder. To our surprise she and her whole family came to church. We later had a lesson with her and she admitted the car had stopped a few times and when they tried to come back it stopped too - so “M” (our recently baptized friend) and her grandsons pushed the car home.

Other Thoughts - I think I look a little different than when I left - I have lost like 20 pounds, but I am learning more and more to have patience for myself, and for everyone else. I also really like reading the scriptures and the Liahona or Ensign.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Teaching in front of a Drug Deal!

Tuesday - it hardcore rained - lightning and all! We tried to find an reference in the morning but couldn't find her so we visited another member instead.  She is all happy because her grandson is home from his mission. That evening we had an appointment with "A" and her family but they weren't home, I don't think they are interested any more so we have decided to move on. Then we taught "M" and "E" and he said he had an exam on the day he was supposed to be baptized - it is an exam that he has been waiting 2 years for. Oh no, we were so worried - but he asked if he could be baptized the Friday and not the Saturday, and we said a huge yes!!!! (See the pic below of his baptism)

Wednesday - it was cloudy and cold. In the morning we contacted a lot. After lunch we taught "Y". We went over the Restoration and the Book of Mormon again but we taught that the Book of Mormon can answer all your questions, and she really enjoyed it.

Thursday - in the morning I was with Hna. C because she and Hna. K live with us in the apartment and they have to take a bus to get to their area, and this day was the day for "Locro" (it is a soup but I haven't tried it yet.  It is a hearty thick stew popular along the Andes mountain range. It's one of the national dishes of Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador. The dish is a classic corn, beans, and potato or pumpkin soup well known along the South American Andes.) The ward they were helping was having it together for lunch in the church which is really close to where we live. We contacted like 25 people in like an hour and a half because everyone was outside and all excited for Locro. Then after lunch we went to a birthday party that was really quick, but they are converts and invited 8 missionaries. Then later that evening it was OUR wards' party thing and we were waiting for "Y" but she texted us saying someone had locked her in the house and she couldn't leave nor can we continue to teach her.  She said she still wants us but until she is allowed to - she asked us not to come.

Friday - there was a district meeting first, then we prepared for the Baptism of "M"! The day before we made a cake and bought cookies for the celebration. He was sooo nervous, and we were too! Everyone was really excited for him, it really is a great joy to see someone be baptized after teaching them. Seeing them choose the right is so cool!

Saturday - it also rained just a little bit, and Hna. M is now 7 months in the mission! We ended up just mostly contacting, and found one woman who listened to us and accepted to be baptized if she receives an answer which is awesome! Later we taught "G" and her daughter and a friend of the daughter and taught them all the Plan of Salvation

Sunday - "E" came to church! It is really hard for her to walk but she came to church! "M" also received the gift of the Holy Ghost, then after we went and visited a reference with a member and she was a little hard but i think it is just because she is hurting. After we taught a lesson right in front of a drug deal!!!!! The entire time we were teaching the drug deal was going on but the lesson went really well despite what was happening around us and the woman asked us to come back. I must admit that just might be the oddest lesson I have done so far

Celebrating "M"s Baptism

Beautiful Local Graffiti Art

Sister Barton Loves her Ice Cream!

Sharing a Companion Snack
Two Shining Faces in the Gospel

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Making Contacts and seeing new Hope

Monday - We did a little shopping on our P-Day and I bought some jeans for 95 pesos so that was awesome (I have a pic of a cute shirt below too)

Tuesday - We tried to find some references but couldn´t find them. In the morning we walked with a member to a lesson but our investigator is really busy, because she is like a cop, and they just call her when they need her, so she wasn´t there but we did find her and made an appointment for later that day. Unfortunately when we went again she wasn´t there either - still, we taught 'M' and that went well

Wednesday - We taught "Y" in the morning and she showed us she was writing the things she learned and liked down in a notebook - even though we had only had one lesson with her! Later we contacted a lot and found some inactive members. After that at the church we had an activity where we watched the movie "17 Miracles".

Thursday - We did a lot of contacting but it was a challenge because it was raining again and everyone sleeps when it rains. But then we had a meeting with the leaders of the ward and everyone is really focusing on Missionary work. That evening we had dinner (It was pancakes) with a family and the elders.

Friday -We had a District meeting in the morning and Hna. M and I gave a quick talk about working with the members. The zone leaders had us all go out and contact one person by singing a hymn and it was awesome because we taught the lady we contacted and her son later in the day - The Plan of Salvation (but only the first question). My allergies were also acting up a bit because she has a cat, but it was fine, I just sneezed a lot. 

Saturday - Almost the whole zone went to Ituzango to help the Sisters there because it is a white wash (meaning they don´t know the area) and we contacted all day and got lost more than once. It was ok though because we found lots of people. Once we got back we all hit the bed and fell asleep immediately.

SUNDAY - We picked up "Y" but at first no one was opening the door and we were scared she forgot and was sleeping, but to our relief she came out completely, perfume and all. At Church the sacrament went a little long and we were scared she was going to go home (her boss was calling her too) but she said no I want to be here with you guys. In the class the teacher invited her to "M´s" Baptism which is on Saturday, and she didn´t know if she could make it but said "even still I am going to get baptized in this church". Finally in Relief Society, the class was about Eternal Marriage (and we were scared she wouldn´t like it because she is a 19 year old girl kind of living with her boyfriend) but she was laughing at all of the joke and nodding her head and reading along during the whole class. This girl is a miracle and I am so excited to see her progress.
Not the message a Missionary wants to send
Companion Hug

Hanging with the Companions

Sisters standing in the Light!

Monday, 15 May 2017

New Responsibility? And Talking with the Family!

Monday - after P-Day we had FHE with all the zone leaders in the mission in Presdent Svec´s house and it was really nice...Hna. F and Hna. N sang really well then we ate hamburgers

Tuesday - we had a meeting with all the leaders in the mission with Elder Krasnoselski and we talked a lot about contacting. If we contact more we will get more investigators and then more Baptisims but we have to talk to people first. 

Wednesday - we contacted a lot. Like A LOT, a lot, but at the end of the day we had a meeting with the district leaders and zone leaders. The zone leaders and us talked about what we had learn yesterday in the meeting 

Thursday - We had interviews with Pres. Svec and he told me he wants to give me more responsibility, like training. That's scary. Then we had divisions (splits) with Hna T and Hna. Q. I was with Hna T who is from Brazil and we taught someone about the sabbath day. Later that day we had Churi pan with a member (or choripĂĄn - a type of sandwich with chorizo popular in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile and southern Brazil. The name comes from the combination of the names of its ingredients: a grilled chorizo (sausage) and a pan (crusty bread) such as a marraqueta or baguette.)

Friday - We had a zone conference for most of the day. Hna. M (my companion) and I had 15 min. to talk about conversion, but I think it went well. 

Saturday - We had divisions (splits) with Hna. K and Hna. C - I was with Hna. K in their area, but there was a huge storm and it rained so much I was practically walking in rivers - I had already given my rain boots away because I had gained some muscles and they didn't fit well anymore and were clunky. Anyway, we contacted several people, and gave 2 lessons! We ate lunch with members by candle stick too because there was no electricity. I have to admit now that it isn't summer - my body has gotten used to the hot, and even a slight cool down makes me feel cold. So much fore being Canadian!

Sunday - Mothers Day! After lunch we went to go find a contact that we made but couldn't find him so we gave a lesson to one of our investigators that lived close by. We didn't take long because we were both excited to skype our families. With Hna. M it took a while to work for her, she couldn't 3 way skype her brother and her parents like she wanted to but was able to skype them separately. Then MY skype wasn't working so I used her account but 10 min. in the internet cut off and wasn't working! So we scrambled and called some members and luckily the Pres. of the stake said we could use his computer so I got to finish talking to my family :)

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Starting in a new area and a new role

Monday - Was P-day but afterwards I just packed

Tuesday - We visited some members and investigators to say goodbye, then I took a shower, finished packing and then tried to go to bed for a bit but couldn´t sleep until 11.30 so I only got an hour of sleep (had to get up in the middle of the night to transfer)

Wednesday - we got all ready really early and then took a taxi to the bus terminal at 1:30 am so we could take a bus at 2 am - we had to be in Posadas at 8 am. Still, it was really cool because I got to say hello to a bunch of missionaries including Hna. N! Then Hna. M (my new companion - see the pictures below) and I took a taxi to our apartment we share with two other sisters, Hna K (from Colorado) and Hna. C (from Guatemala). After settling in, we went to lunch and then it rained for the rest of the day and we couldn't find anyone until we found "A" and at first I thought she was a member or an investigator by the way she was so happy to see us. However, she said she had never talked to Mormon missionaries before - so we taught her and she was so interested so we gave her a Book of Mormon.  That evening we called all the sisters in our zone to see how they are doing and everyone seems excited for the transfer

Thursday - I got my shot for Hepatitis A and afterwards was feeling a little off...but over-all I'm fine.

Friday - in the morning we got 2 Baptisimal dates in the morning to "A" and the mom of another member!

Saturday - in the morning we just contacted a lot then had lunch with a member who is studying to be a chef! The food was really yummy and then we tried to have a lesson but the woman said she was busy but told me that I was really hot (I really wasn´t feeling well) so I went and took a nap for a bit and then we went to English class

Sunday - Boy! I had forgotten what it was like to be in a ward there are so many people! Still, we got 2 people come to church with us and one of them came up to us and asked us to teach her so that was awesome! Then we helped "A" for a bit

Monday - (today) P-Day again, having Chinese food for lunch. Tonight all of the zone leaders will have FHE with Pres. and Sister Svec in their home

Meeting my new companion

My "7 month" celebration treat

It says "Happy 7 month birthday I love you" and "You are the best, congratulations"
Some more details about my new area and my new Role

Posadas is more rich than Iguazu (my last area).  It is really funny actually because I keep walking around with my jaw down and my companion keeps laughing (she has been in Posadas all her mission but different areas). My new role is a sister leader - which is like a normal missionary but with a little bit more responsibility. I have to make sure all the sisters in my zone are doing well and to be there for them if needed and report to Pres. Svec on how they are. I also have to go on divisions with them at least once every transfer (and when they ask).

Monday, 1 May 2017

Changing Seasons and changing areas!

Monday - after our P-day time we had FHE (Family Home Evening) with Flia B and played a fun game where they had to roll dice...and if both the dice show 6 (not add up to 6) then they have to put on a hat, a scarf, and sunglasses. Then use a fork and knife to cut open and eat chocolate bars then we taught about the Sabbath day and how, like the chocolate, it is something sweet and wonderful.(See pics of the game)

Shy Elder with Familia B at FHE

Tuesday - was my little sis Talitha´s birthday! And Hna. H´s birthmonth (she has been out 14 months on the mission). We taught one woman who is really sweet and good but doesn´t seem interested in the gospel, but she does love to talk about God with us.

Wednesday -We visited "A" Sr in the morning.   Oh the weather is changing - it is getting cold now, in the morning its cold and at night too, but in the afternoon it is still is that possible?¿?¿ In the afternoon there were people who needed to work on the AC and we had the keys, then after we taught English class 

Thursday - We had lunch with Flia S (the same as every Thursday) when they admitted they had never had Elder H´s famous lemon bars. They agreed to buy the ingredients, if we made it (and teach them how) - so after weekly planning we made lemon bars and had really yummy hot dogs for supper

Friday - Hna. H really wasn´t feeling well the day before and in the morning she still felt bad so she took some time to rest, while I had personal study like normal, cleaned, and brought out my suitcases, and then in the night we had FHE with M and her kids and then ate some really yummy pizza 

Saturday - we went to Puerto Rico (the city in Argentina, not the country) to help local members there with the open church tour thing. They didn´t seem to really need us but it was still good because it was Hna. H´s first area in her mission so she got to see all the members, but we did help. We walked around Puerto Rico inviting people to come to the tour. Then we took a small bus back to Iguazu and there was a big gas leak or something so we stopped and waited outside for another bus (it was really cold). Soon a bigger bus came and a man put his head out the window and said in english "YOU ARE SISTERS", but I didn´t understand what he said. He then put on a Gorden B. Hinckley movie and gave us food from the bus and sat down and talked to us - turns out he is a member. He said that he has a bunch of movies from the church and puts them on and people ask him about it and he hands out pamphlets of the gospel lessons.

Sunday-  We had church like normal and then after I took photos with a bunch of members and said my goodbyes to most (since I knew I would be transferred this coming Wednesday) and then we had FHE with a part-member family that is really hurting. However, they said they were really grateful to us (us and the elders) for coming and playing with them and listening to them.

Today (Monday May 1st) - So I found out today that on Wednesday (I think) I will be transferring to the city of Posadas - my new area is TacuarĂ­. Apparently I will be a Sister leader with my companion Hna. M (who was in the CCM - missionary training centre - with me the last 3 weeks) 

Saying goodbye to Iguazu Falls Members 1

Saying goodbye to Iguazu Falls Members2

Iguazu Falls memento