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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