Monday, April 20, 2015
Monday, April 13, 2015
Asado last week was oh soooo yummy, and today we are going to the mountains! I will make sure to take some pics.
The sunset, it was so beautiful that we had to stop and take a picture
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Monday: I extended the baptismal invitation to an investigator and she said yes! However, we haven´t been able to get back in su casa, so hopefully she will not be so busy now.
So that has basically been my week, with the highlight being how amazing conference was. I love getting to listen to the teachings of modern-day prophets!
Monday, March 30, 2015
Wednesday: We talked to soooooooo many people today, somewhere between 30-50! We are trying to meet people to teach, so lots of abrir la boca.
Thursday: Oh my! So in trying to find a young man´s house, we started talking to this family, who set up an appointment with us! We didn´t end up finding his house, but more on this for
Friday: So, again, we had lecciones planned, but all of them fell through, which is basically what happens every day, but we still had faith that Saturday would be better
Saturday: What, another day!! Amazing! So, we finally found the young man´s house, and he is interested, and we are going by tonight!! Hopefully we can bring the spirit with us. Also, the family!!! They have been so prepared by God! Life has been really hard for them, especially recently, and they have had bad experiences with other churches in the past. Therefore, we are emphasizing how this is a church of Christ, not man, and are not pushing them too fast. There are three generations, the grandma, her children, spouses, and grandkids. We taught 5 of them on Saturday, all except the grandkids, there are three ages 20, 6, and 2. They have such an amazing spirit in their home, we are praying that they will maintain their interest and pray and ask Heavenly Father, and that all will be well with them. Also, the 2 yr. old is sooo cute. He just runs around, screams :), and even blew us kisses, ran in while we were teaching about prayer and clapped his hands excitedly. They can only do Saturdays, when all are together, but we are going to drop by throughout the week to check on them, maybe give a short spiritual thought to whoever is there
So, we found out that there is a Walmart, so we are going to try and find it today. Otherwise we have been using little minimarkets, panaderias, and vea (kind of like Raley’s, but smaller).
What did you do in zone conference? Do you have Elder & Hermana Zone leaders? So is Hermana Jasso Zone leader? What does STL stand for? Maybe you could manually move the clothes around a bit to help them get clean? ;) Like with a big stick, ha.
In zone conference, we learned from our zone leaders, assistants to the President, Hermana Goates, and President Goates, it is kind of like a big seminar. We start altogether, but then split up by zone and go to the different classes. There is one set of Elders as zone leaders, and then Hermana Jasso is a sister training leader-STL, (female version almost of zone leaders, Spencer could also help explain). Usually it is a companionship, but I am a trainee, so she is solo as sister training leader. She is over me and one other set of sisters in a completely different zone, an hour and a half away. There is maybe a 1-5 ratio of Hermanas’ to Elders here, maybe, so sister training leaders are sometimes over sisters pretty far away. And we all cover big areas, so other missionaries are easily super far away anyway.
How are your Sundays - church meetings?
We have all three hours, if you go on the lds tools, we are at the stake center of Maipú, and Spencer is good at figuring it out. At 9-12 we have Relief Society first, sometimes only 4 of us at the beginning, but we can sometimes grow up to maybe 10 by the end, then gospel principles, then Sacrament, we have been having really good attendance, about 60 in Sacrament meeting, typical is 40. We then go back and do studies, go to choir, then only have an hour and a half for proselyting.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Love you all!
Group of Missionaries that arrived the same time as me
View from the Hotel I stayed at in Mendoza
Hermana Sangama from Peru
Me & Hermana Jesso!
My first meal before we could go shopping :)
Monday, March 16, 2015
So, some interesting things so far:
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Also, Hermano Rasmussen had an awesome quote that just popped out of his mouth during class one day and he had us all write it down. It was, Effective teaching in no more than a good smile and a good question. How good is that? It is true, a smile shows that you care about them, and questions are like opening a window into somebody's alma.
When teaching investigators, I feel so much love for them. Ellos y Ellas son mis hermanos y hermanas. Yo quiero que todos volvamos a Dios. Cuando yo ayudo mis investigadores, yo siento mucho amor por ellos.Todos pueden sentir este por otras personas. Yo siempre oro para el amor de que Dios tiene por todos Sus hijos y hijas. Y, yo recibo un parte de este. Todas las personas tienen un parte que es muy bueno, y a veces nosotros estamos aqui para ayudar ellos veen este.
|Us hermanas referencing an old pic, do you know which one? With some slight changes|
|Our districts last p-day|
|Hermana Bedell's skirt that she bequeathed to me|
Friday, February 27, 2015
Also funny, after gym one morning, I was asked how it was. I said good, I ran only 2 miles, and did quite a bit of strength training for my arms and abs. Everyone else, except Hermana Henzi, looked at me and repeated "only??” Sadly, we don't have a ton of time to work out, but we do have time. Apparently, 2 miles is super far? I was thinking, uhm, I used to run quite a bit more than this on my easy run days. Hermana Henzi did cross country and knew what I was talking about.
I love singing! Our teacher, Hermano Rasmussen talked of how singing really invites the spirit, and that it was cool when he sang with his companions on his mission... Now our whole district is doing it. Even if you aren't that amazing of a singer, if you sing from your heart, the spirit comes into the room. Hermana Williams and I have done it every lesson since, and it is awesome. Hermana Moir y Henzi do it, and Elders Plumb, Kidd, and Burns have done it too. My advice to future missionaries-try it! Especially because it invites the spirit and you don't have to come up with what to say. As we say, sin mierto (without fear)!
Hermana Williams is grateful for our Panchito practicing over a week ago. Ever since then, I have been talking more in lessons. It was definitely a confidence booster for me, realizing how much Spanish I know, without a prepared lesson. About everyone else in our district seemed to react a bit oppositely, a little unsure now, but for some reason, I needed that experience.
Hermana Williams y yo really have come to rely on each other, and completely trust each other. We will stop in the middle of a thought, and look at the other one, because we don't know where to continue this too, and we just fill in for each other. We originally didn't think of this as comp unity, but realized that it is a sign of trust, and it can help our lessons flow.
This week I was really studying the story of Enos in the Book of Mormon, most specifically the first 8 verses. I have been thinking about how I pray. Do I pray with all my heart? How have my prayers been answered? How have I felt like I received a remission of my sins as Enos did? The Lord tells Enos that it is through his faith that he was made clean. Do I have faith to be clean? How can I continue to grow my faith? That took me to Alma 32:21-35. Am I experimenting on the words I read? Am I taking action, as faith is an action? As you can tell, I really have been pondering this a lot. Something I feel, is that I don't need to completely know. Heavenly Father asks us to have a desire, and slowly, it is definitely a process, that desire grows into a belief and into a knowledge. I can pray to Heavenly Father and I know that He will answer my prayers. I may not get the clear response as Enos, but I have felt the peace and joy that comes from Heavenly Father.
* Also, I have been reading up on how you receive answers from the spirit. How do ya'll receive answers to your questions?
|The Hermanas in my District|
|My mission t-shirt|
Thursday, February 19, 2015
First with your questions: