Monday, August 3, 2015
at 3:31 PM
Monday, July 27, 2015
Man was it a good week!! First of all I want to apologize for my letter last week. I felt bad after leaving the internet cafe because I felt like I was a little negative... We had a GREAT week last week and sometimes I just write about what happens on Sundays. So just know that I am happier than ever and that the problems really are never as big as they seem.
Anyway :) This week was really great! In our district meeting our district leader could tell I was a little down. He took us outside and we looked at all the trees. Then he showed us the seeds that came from the trees. He asked us why they haven't grown yet... then he asked if it was the tree's fault if it's seeds don't grow. I loved how he explained it. He told us to not blame the tree. The tree's job is to be a tree!
So I hope you can see how this applies to missionary work. I have been focusing on being the best ¨tree¨ i can be :)
Then we read together in Ether about when the Lord helped the brother of Jared get his people to the promised land. He first needed air, then light. I felt like that is what I needed last week. A little air and a little light :) Our Heavenly Father loves us so much. We immediately saw miracles. But we are still dealing with trials. But like the story in Ether the storms they were in were what pushed them to the promised land. They needed the strong winds to get them there! It was a great chapter for me to read. I love the Book of Mormon!
Speaking of scriptures... My companion and I finished Isaiah this week! It was so much easier for me to understand in Spanish!! I loved it! Isaiah was a pretty smart dude. It was neat to read.
So yesterday the Caro family came to church!!! They are going to get married next week!!!! If everything works out like it should they will be baptized as a family ! :) but if the wedding doesn't happen then the 2 boys will be baptized. They are so excited and are ready to make this decision in their lives. PLEASE pray for them! We are asking for a miracle... but God is a God of miracles.
Also Mercedes is still on her road to baptism. She just has to get some things figured out :) and we found some other great families this week!
Our ward is doing a LOT better! This week was full of activities! They are going to be just fine :)
So we are just doing better than great here in Palpala :) The sun is out and the temperatures are higher :) I will escape just before summer.... hahaha
Thank you all for your love and prayers. It means a lot.
Until next week,
at 2:11 PM
Monday, July 20, 2015
Enjoy your summer!
|enjoy my latest trash basket photo. he's #1.|
at 1:14 PM
Monday, July 13, 2015
Hola a todos!! :)
So this week came and went in the blink of an eye. We had our leadership conference this week. Normally it is and we travel
night after p day... well this time it was and we traveled afternoon... so the week went by faster and for the rest of the week I was confused what day it was.... haha.
Our meeting was really uplifting! President Chaparro just completed a year in his mission!! Holy smokes that went so fast! I love the Chaparros so much!
Our investigators are getting hit hard with temptations... nobody came to church yesterday.. our ward is going through a really hard time. Satan is attacking the families here. It is heart breaking to watch. Please keep them in your prayers. We need a lot of strength.
Yesterday we met with our bishop and made some goals to help the members. Then when we walked out I felt like we needed to visit some members. We prayed and both felt like we should go and visit a certain family. We went to see what we could do to help them!
We got there just as they were getting home from Grandma's house. (Typical :) Their house was a mess, dishes everywhere, laundry to be folded, and dinner to be made. We told the mom to just have a seat and talk to us. We started in the kitchen and cleaned everything! Then talked to her as we folded laundry. I made dinner. As we talked she said she had been praying and asked Heavenly Father to send us a feeling to go to her house. She really needed a visit. I love this family with all my heart. I love even more that Heavenly Father trusted us to receive that special prompting to go and help His children in a time of need.
I love this work more than anything! Everyday is a new opportunity to learn and grow closer to my Heavenly Father. I know I say it a lot but I am just so happy! It's hard not to be. Yes we have hard times, trials, and days where nobody wants to listen to us... but that doesn't mean we should be sad. We control us. Satan isn't stronger than us. So I control what I can control. And I am happy. Always :)
Gracias por todo!! Les extraño, les amo, y estan en mis oraciones siempre. Hasta la proxima!
at 5:33 PM
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Wow we have had some very humbling experiences this week. There is too much to write.... luckily I have been diligent with my journal :)
I wanted to share 3 stories of 3 people who have really touched my heart these last few weeks.
1. Mercedes. She has had a really hard time with feeling worthy. She is absolutely incredible. Her and her boyfriend are not married and are living together. Our lovely bishop kind of called them out on it and she felt terrible. All she tells us is that she wants to make things right with her Heavenly Father. That baptism is her main focus and that she will do anything to get there. She absolutely LOVES church and soaks it all in. She has been so patient and incredibly humble in the whole process. She is such an example to me. I am praying I will still be here for her baptism.
2. Jose Luis. He is a recent convert who is battling with an alcohol addiction. To watch a grown man come so low in his life that he literally has to beg for forgiveness is so humbling to watch. As we teach him he just cries. It is heart breaking for me. Please pray for him that he can over come his addictions. He is so willing to put it all on the table and follow Christ but addictions are very hard to overcome.
3. Claudia. She is an investigator that we are teaching. Her husband passed away a few weeks ago. Her kids are members but her husband didn't let them go to church. She was interested in the gospel but her husband didn't let her go. The week he died they were all in sacrament meeting. It was kind of funny... haha but they are still going through a hard time with his death. She cries a lot and we can see it hurts her so much. She is working on baptism. She hasn't come back to church. It has been a few weeks. I know it just is hard for her to feel like getting up in the morning. I know it just hurts her.
I have learned a little more this week the love our Heavenly Father has for each of us. I cry as I think about the blessings He has given me. I have grown such a love for these people. I want to do everything for them.
I love this work and everything about it!!
Thank you for all your prayers!
Have a great week!! Keep sharing the gospel!
at 12:25 AM
Monday, June 29, 2015
Thanks for your patience last week. It was really special for me to be able to spend that time emailing with my brother. He is going to be the greatest missionary. And I already know he has the greatest support team.
Thanks for your patience last week. It was really special for me to be able to spend that time emailing with my brother. He is going to be the greatest missionary. And I already know he has the greatest support team.
We are doing so good here!!! We have BIG PLANS for this transfer.... like BIG PLANS. We have put a goal of 8 baptisms this transfer! We set goals, made plans.... lots of plans.... and we have TONS of faith. But we need more prayers. Please pray for our goal. We have so many people ready to be baptized. We just need a final push! ;)
I am doing good :) Y'all know I just love my life. Argentina has become my home and leaving just doesn't seem like it's in the near future. I absolutely love it here. I can't say it enough.
Our investigators are still hangin' in there. We need to start making decisions about how to best help them. Keep praying for them. We need it.
So we are ready to take on this new transfer! New beginnings are always refreshing.
Thank you for your prayers.
at 5:35 PM
Monday, June 22, 2015
So I have to apologize but this week my little brother is going to enter the MTC!!.... so my letter is short because I am going to spend the hour chatting with him. I am so proud of him and all he has done to prepare to serve the Lord.
But all is good here! I have lots to catch up on! But just know we are happy (a little cold), healthy, and excited!!
Thanks for everything!
at 5:08 PM
Monday, June 15, 2015
This week was insane! Haha, we had divisions with the sisters in Perico! They are so dang fun. I stayed in our area while my companion went to Perico. I went to go pick her up and we took the bus back to Palpala.... well we were both exhausted... and decided to close our eyes for a second... Next thing we know we are in San Salvador!! It is about 1 hour past our area! We felt terrible!!! but it was pretty funny....we decided to get off in San Salvador because my companion needed to go to the dermatologist anyway! Things always work out :) So we went and turns out she has a fungus in her skin! Yikes.... it is all over her legs and on her face. Poor thing. She says it itches really bad. She has to take benedryl which basically knocks her out... I feel so bad for her... but we laugh so hard about everything that it's hard to have sympathy... haha.
Anyway.. we worked in our area and planned morning. Then some of the sisters in our zone called to ask us a favor. Their companions had to go to Tucuman to do paperwork for their visas... and they didn't want to lose their appointments with their investigators. So they called and asked if we could do divisions with them so they could work in their areas.... we were like... um.... Sure! (We can't really say no...) haha so we went! I stayed with Hermana Herrera and Hermana Stewart and my companion went with Hermana Peterson to her area. What was supposed to be 1 day turned out to be 3..... hahaha we were 3 sisters with 2 mattresses.... needless to say we didn't sleep very well... but we had a blast together!!! Hermana Herrera and I have divisions next week too.... round 10! We are basically companions. Oh and to top it all off my companions birthday was ! We had a surprise party all planned and everything and had to cancel it!!! :( She was okay with it though... she is like me... she doesn't like much attention on her birthday..
So this week we are even more motivated to work extra super hard in our area!! We got some great references from the zone leaders in a neighborhood that I have never been to.... wish us luck..
Mercedes is doing good! She is still having problems with her daughter but she is trying not to get discouraged.
The Caro Family is doing good too! They have a hard time understanding the gospel. We have to teach very clearly and repeat a lot of things. Last night we watched The Restoration and they felt the spirit so strong. They are looking for an answer. Now they just need to act :)
Okay that about sums it up!! We are so stoked for another week in paradise!!
Have a great week everyone! Thanks for all your prayers!
at 3:45 PM
Monday, June 8, 2015
So we just got back from a long road trip!! There are some salt flats up north... almost Bolivia... and we took the P day to go and visit!! Then we stopped in Purmamarca (the hill of 7 colors) on the way back!! It was the greatest P day! We took tons of pictures and I got to buy a bunch of stuff for the fam! :)
|Standing on a llama selfie.... it's a llama world down here :)|
|Hermana Owl :)|
|We went to the salt flats! It was SO BEAUTIFUL!|
at 3:53 PM
Monday, June 1, 2015
So I just love every minute of my life. Serving as a missionary has brought so many blessings, trials, learning opportunities, and difficulties, but it has mainly just brought me happiness. I can't explain it very well, what it's like to be a missionary. (and not just because I'm forgetting English...) It's just a hard thing to explain. Every minute of every day I am happy. I wake up happy, I go to bed happy. I LOVE this gospel and everything that comes with it. I just have a good feeling this transfer.
Yesterday Mercedes came to church! She is a rockstar! So prepared and so ready for the gospel. We are getting everything ready for her baptism on the :) She had us over for lunch and told us everything she learned at church she wants to apply at home! She said, talking about church, that she finally found her home. It was so sweet. I loved hearing that from her. Church was very spiritual . The talks, the sacrament, the lessons, EVERYTHING! It was a great day!
We are still teaching the Caro family! They couldn't come yesterday but promised to go next week! Keep them in your prayers :)
I wrote a short letter because I tried to send more pictures! But this lovely computer doesn't let me multitask... if a was downloading a picture I couldn't write in the mean time... so... I'm sorry for the short letter and few pictures but hey... there's always :)
I am out of time but I want you all to know I have a very strong testimony of this church. It is true. And I will defend it against anything. I feel like the work is going so great. We are working harder than I have ever worked and I am growing more and more everyday..... in more ways that one :)... haha. Thank you all for your support and your prayers. They are felt.
Have a great week!
|Sisters from 2 different countries :)|
|We had dessert night in the ward! We were the judges :) Haha it was so fun! And this is the only picture I have so far with my new companion.....|
|I love Hermana Arrospide. We made a good team :)|
|Lone Peak Knights! Haha I even wore our school colors.......|
|my trash basket photo collection is coming along... :)|
|Sister Arias (the youth in south america get to serve mini missions in the mission they live in! Sometimes we need more help! She was a mini missionary for 5 weeks! We got to do divisions :)|
|The San Pedro Crew at the Cordoba Temple Dedication. That was so neat for me to see all of them there!!|
at 3:34 PM
Monday, May 25, 2015
Hello everyone and Happy Memorial Day!
Holy moly the work is just going so good!!! We started the transfer sprinting.... and then I got hit hard with the flu and bronchitis.... ain't nobody got time for that... haha the worst thing for a missionary is getting sick. And on top of that I lost my voice. I was called to preach and couldn't even open my mouth! haha but the good thing is I never got mad or disappointed! We have so much excitement and are so happy to be here that this trail didn't even phase me. That was such a blessing. We went to the hospital yesterday, I got an Argentina shot in the butt and a breathing treatment. It was a needed experience for any missionary... haha as the nurse was injecting the medication he asked me if I was allergic to anything.... haha stupid... now ya ask me?? Good thing I'm not :) But today I feel SOO good! We decided to work today on our Pday... because when you have as much time in the mission as I do you just don't want to waste anytime.
We had lunch with Mercedes!!! WOW! She is going to be baptized in a month!!!! She (and we) are soooo excited! Please pray for her. She is incredible. She wants to learn so much. I have NEVER had an investigator like her. She looks for ways to progress, she asks us what more she can read, she strives to keep the commandments. I have never met anyone so prepared. I am so excited!
So this week is going to be incredible! We have SO MUCH WORK TO DO!!! It's insane! haha but I LOVE it so much! My whole mission I have been preparing for these last weeks. And man do I feel prepared! I love Palpala with all my heart! I have never been happier!
The work is hastening!!! And we've got to get going!!! LOVE YOU ALL! Thank you for all of your prayers and support! I will have more updates next week! And pictures....... this computer didn't read my camera... so sorry!
Anyway!! Got to go! OH! And happy last day of Alma! (for those who are reading the Book of Mormon with me) What a great book. I LOVED every chapter! The Book of Mormon is TRUE. Let it guide your lives.
Have a great missionary week! Share the gospel! It's so fun! :)
at 2:15 PM
Monday, May 18, 2015
WOW!!! I did not use my time wisely this hour I have to write y'all..... sorry. Haha but WHAT A WEEK!
First off TRANSFERS!! I am now with Hermana Pereira!! She is from Buenos Aires and is awesome!! She has been out a year on the mission! We are still the sister leaders for our 2 zones :) haha I love it! I love helping other missionaries and being there for support. It is such a privilege.
at 3:03 PM
Monday, May 11, 2015
So yesterday was the BEST day ever! We brought an entire family to church! Please pray for the Caro family :) I just love them with all my heart! They mean the world to me! We have a LOT of work to do to get them ready for baptism.... which includes a WEDDING!!! YAY!! :) Please pray that everything will work out. I know it will.
Also yesterday we met the wife... well the girlfriend of a member in our ward! They are living together but she wants to join the church! She said he has been such an example to her and she wants to be apart of the church! So ANOTHER WEDDING! haha Her name is Mercedes :) prayers are welcome.
So we are doing so good here! This week we had a conference with Elder Viñas! President Chaparro was his assistant when he opened the Argentina Salta mission as President! Super cool! He helped us a lot. We had to give him a report of each area. He wanted to know if all of the priesthood holders who have been ordained to the office of Elder, are active, have a calling, or are serving a mission. He was so pleased to hear that almost 100 percent of all the men are active, have callings, or are serving missions! He said we were the best mission.... I would have to agree :)
Today we go to Salta! This month went by way too fast... but I am excited to get more advice and help for our zones. It will be fun to see everyone too :)
So today I got a big sweet potato craving... haha we went shopping and I bought 6 pounds of sweet potatoes!!! Hahaha that should do it :) So... I will be having sweet potatoes for breakfast everyday this week.
I hope everyone has just a lovely week!
p.s. Happy Mother's Day to all you Mommies out there!!! And all you future mommies!!! :)
The tallest Elder in the whole wide world took our selfie.....
|Look who came to visit!!|
|The tallest Elder in the whole wide world took our selfie.....|
at 3:14 PM
Monday, May 4, 2015
It was a great week :) And.... don't worry... I didn't cut my hair... but I did cut my companions hair!!! We CHOPPED IT! She is so cute and I LOVE it! Hahaha I was surprised by my hidden talents :) haha pictures attached.
Nothing really out of the ordinary this week... well every week is EXTRA ordinary but not much to report on.
Here's what I've got:
1. I decided to do personal progress in my last 3 months of the mission! I talked to my Bishop and the Young Women's President and they approved! Whoo! I am going to do it at lightening speed. 1 value per week and the project! Yikes!!! Haha but it's a lot easier as a missionary because well... It's basically personal progress everyday! It will be the perfect thing to help me run past the finish line!
2. I had my favorite district meeting this week! We talked about faith and the things we can't see as missionaries. I LOVED the lesson! We talked about the purposes of God and how they are great and eternal (reference from our scripture reading yesterday... hint hint) and that our work here will last FOREVER!! It was a great meeting and really made me feel like I am an eternal missionary... not just an 18 month one :)
3. We are working so hard to find people who are ready to hear the gospel. We have had lots of members who were inactive come back to church. That is a neat thing to watch :)
4. I have also been going over my MTC notes. I have learned so much reading what I learned over a year ago. It is helping me become the missionary I wanted to be when I started this great journey.
Well that's all I've got in this short hour :)
I love you all so much! Have a great week and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!!!
yay for fast computers! I got to send a lot of pics this week...
|Fun family that we found on the trail! They are going to look me up on facebook! The lady next to me has a sister who is a member! I love sharing the gospel!|
|my get up :)|
|This little name tag has seen it all...|
|...after. She is so cute:)|
|These hooligans.... are my roomates.. hahaha I love them :)|
|This is how I feel...|
|I love my mission...I don't want to leave.|
at 11:27 AM
Monday, April 27, 2015
Hahaha hello everyone!
at 5:48 PM
Monday, April 20, 2015
Speaking of baptisms... I forgot to tell you all that a while back Paula got baptized!! Remember the cute young woman from Tucuman?? She got baptized with the help of Hermana Sanhueza. So neat to see the fruit of our labors... and we will never know what will come of it because she is now planning on serving a mission!
Also Veronica... I don't remember if I told y'all about her... she was in my last area. I very sweet lady that we were teaching. She was our mom basically. Always making sure we were okay and were safe. Well she is getting baptized this week! I love hearing about people I had the opportunity to teach get baptized!!
Missions are the greatest. I love it more and more everyday. I am really learning who my Heavenly Father wants me to be.
A good friend finished his mission this week. One thing he said in his last letter is that our missions really don't end. We have 18 months to 2 years to learn, progress, grow, and prepare for the rest of our lives. It is so true. I don't like thinking about all of this coming to an end one day so it's just better that it doesn't :) we will never stop being latter-day saints. There are people out there who need our help, they need the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love this church and all it brings. I will testify that God and Jesus Christ live until I am blue in the face. I KNOW this is the only true church on the face of the earth. I KNOW that. With all of my being.
Have a fantastic week everyone! Let's share the gospel :)
|Me and Hermana Coronel- la hija de Hermana Briggs :)|
|My mini companion :)|
|On our way to Salta!|
at 3:51 PM