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