Monday, July 28, 2014


Hello everyone!!!

Here's a little update! So everything went well in Salta! I finished everything and we don't have to go back! Haha it was pretty funny because we were sitting waiting for our names to be called and I hear ¨Jessica Lauren!!!¨ Hahaha it sounded like dad yelling my name... I was like... woah. I haven't heard that in a while! Haha. So we are back in good ole Santiago! 

I was pretty sick this week but am feeling so much better! Oh and TRANSFERS WERE YESTERDAY!!!! I am staying here with Hna Creason for 6 more weeks!!! WHOOOO!!! hahaha, We are soooo excited! The zone leaders called us last night and said that we were having an emergency transfer and that I was going to leave... He told us companions, bus time and everything! I started crying and Hermana C kept taking to him. Then after about 5 minutes of information they said JUST KIDDING! I started freaking out! Hahah then he said guess who was the mastermind behind it all... your bishop!!! Hahahah he is soooooo getting pay back. Hahah so all is well! We are so happy and hopeful for this transfer! It is hermana Creasons last transfer and all we want to do is teach the world! I am so grateful for her attitude and desire to get better. 

So good news! Oscar is coming to UTAH!!! He is saving up to come January 2016!!!! Can you believe it?! He goes to Buenos Aires this weekend to get his passport! It is his dream to visit the Salt Lake Temple. So happy for him.

So funny story... there is this little store outside our apartment where everyone decides to smoke outside... there's this piece of paper outside that says ¨hay cigarrillas¨... so we were walking by one day and I had had enough. I ripped the sign off and took it to the apartment. Hahaha I felt kind of bad but not enough to put it back... It didn't work though... now there are 2 pieces of paper... and the smoking continues. Oh well. I tried.

So much is happening here and I can't express how happy I am! We are moving forward with Valeria's baptism on the 6th! Praying for a miracle that's for sure. 

Okay I think that's everything! At least good for now! Thanks so much for your prayers for our investigators! I can feel them everyday!
I love you all!
Until next week! Over and out.
Hermana Hammond

The best district ever!!!

Happy 4 months! haha

Monday, July 21, 2014


Hello everyone!

Woah this week was crazy!! Thursday we went to Satla... at midnight... we drove all through the night and got there at like 7am. We went straight to the place where I need to renew my traveler's visa and waited for the elders... they got there and some more hermanas too. Hermana Briggs was there! It was good to see her. And then we waited... and waited... and waited... and didn't even start!! The problem was there was too many people there and they close at 1. So we went back to the mission office for a little bit and then got on a bus and came back at like 8. We went out and taught a few lessons and then completely crashed that night... we calculated we had been traveling for 20 hours... on a bus for 14 and hadn't slept in 2 days... and for that... I now have a cold. Haha I should of saw it coming. The worst part is we have to go again this week... our bus leaves at 3 in the morning on Wednesday... I'm tired. Haha, but what can you do.

Okay can I just tell y'all how great Oscar is?? He wrote us a letter and I forgot it in the apartment but he wrote a super long letter and then had his friend come over and help him translate it for hours into English. He gave it to us Saturday and had Hermana Creason read it out loud... well it was the sweetest most precious letter ever. And in perfect English! I will share a little bit of it next time. Then Sunday he invited us over to meet some of his friends. We got there early and 3 of his friends came over and were so interested in the gospel! Oscar has shared his testimony with them many many times and ughh!! He is such a missionary!! It was so cool to watch his conversion. He knows without a doubt this church is true and all he wants to do is share it. He is also helping his family a lot. We need to be patient with them but he has it under control. It's soooo cool!!!

Valeria accepted a day to get baptized! August 6th! Can you please pray that will happen? I think it is the anniversary of when her dad died. I know she can do it and if we pray Heavenly Father will change her mom's mind.

Sunday was the day of the friend! We had 3 investigators at church! Mirium and Carlos are progressing! They asked us if we wanted to go out for drinks.... I guess we need to teach the word of wisdom in the near future... haha. 

Tonight we are going to the fair! It's really just a place to buy a bunch of cool things from all over Argentina! I am so excited! 

Well that about sums up the week! I love you all! Thank you for your prayers! Keep living up the summer! Oh, speaking of summer, today is the prettiest day ever! Winter is over... only lasted like 3 weeks... that's my kind of winter ;) And now it is gorgeous! Not looking forward to the hot hot Argentina I have heard all about but it's gotta come some time. :)

Okay I love you all!
Until next week!

Hermana Hammond

Monday, July 14, 2014


Oh my goodness gracious!! This was the greatest week of my life!! I only have time to tell y'all about Saturday and Sunday

So first of all..... drum roll please..... OSCAR GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!! Oh it was the coolest thing ever!!! Cried like a baby. His best friend (hermano Alan) baptized him. I seriously can't express how happy I am. After his baptism the bishop asked him if he would share his testimony... cried some more. He expressed how grateful he was for us missionaries and our patience with him. He talked about his long hard road to baptism. He has been investigating the church for 14 years!! But Satan really had a hard grip on him. What happened was a lot of missionaries gave up on him because he would progress and then immediately stop. That happened with us but we were persistent. He thanked us for our patience and for not giving up on him because that is when he needed the gospel the most. How cool is that?!?! And it gets better!!! Sunday he was confirmed a member of the church and he received the priesthood!!!! He was just beaming on Sunday

Speaking of Sunday... a member brought a friend to church! That never happens is this ward! Miracle! And then 2 more people brought friends to church!! MIRACLE!! And the coolest part is one of them is from SPAIN! Her name is Marta. She will be here until September and wants to learn more about the church. She is so cute! She is in her 20's but I told her my dad served there and she just beamed! I love that I have this opportunity to teach someone from where my dad served. Miracle! Then!!!! Mirium and Carlos came to sacrament meeting!!!! MIRACLE!!!!! They loved sacrament meeting! And after Mirium received a priesthood blessing. She has been having a hard time knowing if God is aware of her. The bishop had a very direct talk with her and said God IS aware! He hears her prayers. Oh it was so cool! She was crying the whole time and the blessing was really sweet. Carlos couldn't stop thanking people. Oh it was the greatest day. 

Then we went to have lunch with the familia Silvetti and Valeria was there!!! MIRACLE!! She was my first lesson here in A-town and we have been teaching her every week. The problem is she doesn't have permission to be baptized. But she's unreal!!! Anyway she is Brian's girlfriend - one of the boys in the family. And she was at their house for lunch!!! AHHHH so many miracles this week. I can't believe it! We are so undeserving of this many miracles. 

I forgot to add we met Presidente y Hermana Chaparro this week! They are UNREAL!!! He really has some great ideas for the mission. I love them so much!
Tough loss with Argentina... we were getting update texts from the bishop. Everyone here thinks we're from Germany... EVERYONE!!! So we are getting a lot of respect now... and a lot of whistles... hahaha I think it's funny... good thing it's not dangerous and we are being very smart about what areas we work in.
Oh and another thing! I am going to Salta on Friday to update my travelers visa thing... it will be a fun little trip! Haha we have to do it every 90 days.. so here's to one of many! 

AHHHH ANOTHER THING! We went to the hospital to visit a member who had a baby..... I was in shock..... I seriously don't know how to describe what I saw... but her baby was darling!!!!! Ahhhh my love for babies and little kids hasn't changed!
Okay I think I have said it all.... hopefully because I'm out of time...

Love you all!  Thank you for all of your prayers!!!
Lots of love,
Hermana Hammond!

p.s. some kids starting calling us hermana jamon y hermana queso.... hahaha we're a ham and cheese sandwich... HAHAHA so funny!

President and hermana Chaparro

the zone!

Oscar before and after baptism 


Confirmed a member of this church!!!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Happy 4th!

Wow what a great week! President and Hermana Chapparo are fantastic! And we haven't even met them yet! We have a zone conference tomorrow and I am so excited!!! He definitely has a greater focus on recent converts and less actives. Which is what we love!! Valentina is on FIRE with missionary work! She asked one of her friends if she wanted to be baptized!! And she accepted! How cute is she! Then on Sunday she called us and said she woke up with a big headache and couldn't come to church. We said she was okay and we would come by this week. Then she shows up! What the?? She has the strongest testimony and she's 11! Now we are working on teaching her family. 

We have really learned how to help people with the conversion process. It is a hard one I must say but definitely worth it. We can see it with Oscar. He is truly converted now and has the biggest desire to get baptized. We went to his house with the bishop yesterday and the bishop asked him why he wants to be baptized. He said because I now realize how badly I need the blessings that come from it. Ahh it was amazing!! He is truly ready to make this covenant with Heavenly Father! I know I will cry like a baby. His baptism is this Saturday. We had another lesson with him Wednesday because his mom wanted to teach us how to make pasteflor. IT IS THE BEST DESSERT HERE IN A TOWN!.. and now I know how to make it so don't worry :) His mom is cute. He said she wants to talk with us but is nervous and unsure. Well here comes bold sister Hammond... we have an appointment with her this week. I love teaching families. Especially helping them in times of need.
I realized I never finished my thought from last week! Haha oops... well I have been thinking a lot about my family on the other side of the veil. We have a lot and now there are even more. Last Sunday when we had such a great day I was looking around at all the people in the congregation. I could see all of my family members sitting in the seats helping me. Great grandma and grandpa Rawlinson, Madi, Uncle Reed, Aunt Adelia, everyone! And there was family there I haven't met yet. But I knew they were there to help me. It's hard to explain but I couldn't help but get tears in my eyes. I saw angels helping me because I can't do this alone. It was the neatest experience for me and I will forever cherish that moment I had. I am so incredibly grateful for the family I have. I have grown a greater love for them. Both here on earth and in the spirit world. 

Ahh you guys I love being a missionary!!!!! It is the coolest thing! I can't believe Heavenly Father is blessing me so much! I couldn't be happier! Thank you all for your letters and prayers! I love and miss you all! It is so cool to hear about all the family history work y'all are doing in the temple! Ahh I love it! Keep it up! Rock the HOUSE!!!!!! (We love saying that.) 

Until next week!
Hermana Hammond

Happy Birthday shoutouts to Grandma Toni, Nora, and Eden this week!!! Love you all!

Happy 4th of July!! Haha, Elder Slighting got the memo!