Traslados! Are you ready? Are you ready for this? ...wait for it... Hermana Cannon se va a Uspallata! And wait, there`s more... Hermana Cannon is training! And, by process of common sense, that also means that Hermana Cannon is washing the area!
Whew. It`s okay, you can take a second to breathe. I`ve been doing so multiple times all morning. Let`s just say Hermana Cannon didn`t sleep much last night haha.
So, it`s goodbye beloved Balloffet, and hello to mountains in the middle of nowhere closer to chile than Mendoza, with district meetings over the phone. En serio.
Actually, I`m way excited. I`ve learned so much here in San Rafael, grown a ton, and made five million y pico mistakes, and I`m grateful for every experience. I basically have no idea how to train mi hija, but I`m not to worried. In part because I think reality still hasn`t quite hit me, and in other part becuase I know that if God wants this for me, I know I can do it. I`ve only got 18 months here in this strange land, so hey, give me everything possible so that I can grow and change and make as many weaknesses strengths as possible before heading back to the regular world. I know it`s going to be hard, and I`m sure anyone who can see what`s ahead can probably laugh in my face, but when I leave things in God`s hands, I know that He can do great things with me in the refiners fire.
Anyway, so there`s that. Mission motherhood, here I come! :)
So this week we had a capilla abierta activity, and it went really well! The ward mission leader and a a couple kids were outside the doors talking to people on the street, giving out pass along cards, and inviting them to do a tour of the chappel. Just from those people we did five tours of the chappel, and got a bunch of names of people interested in hearing from the missionaries! I think my favorite part was the enthusiasm from the members. The relief society and young women decorated their rooms in the chappel to show the people who came in, and everyone was really excited about the whole thing. It was so great to see. We even had a menos activo come who hasn`t been to church in a year! Woot!
It was so exciting.
Oh, I guess I have a little bit of bad news. So after teaching the word of wisdom to Mauricio, he hasn`t wanted to meet with us. He hasn`t said anything, but whenever we set up appointments with him, he`s never home or never answers the door. So we had to drop him. I just wanted to say thanks so much for all of your prayers for him and for his family. Although he may not want to accept the gospel at this moment, we keep praying that he will continue in his research, and hopefully someday accept it completely. It`s always sad to drop investigators, but it`s still good to know that we planted a seed. It says in preach my gospel to remember the importance of sharing and teaching the gospel, no matter the result. Really, I know that Mauricio felt the spirit in the lessons, and at church. And although he`s not ready for baptism right now, the things that he learned I know helped him, and will continue to help him.
Well, I guess that`s all I have time for. I was reading in Mosiah this morning, 16:8-9, ( I think that was the reference) which talks about the sting of death being swollowed up in Christ. It talks specifically about the ressurrection, but it also applies to any sting, any pain, any difficulty. Really, it doesn`t matter what happens in life. What mistakes we made, what challenges we have to face, if we focus our efforts on Christ, he can give us the strength to do all things, to face our fears, find comfort in hardship, and to help others when we ourselves feel weak. I`ve seen the power of the Atonement countless times in my life, and know this to be true. All of it.
See you all next week in USPALLATA! :) Oh, yes, that it where Hermana Tirado went. And now she goes home to Peru in two days!
Chao for now!
p.s. Oh, some photos of the activity, and also me and the real "don`t cry for me argentina" lady. Not maddonna, the other one. Well a statue of her anyway. Her head, really. ;)