Monday, December 21, 2015
Here`s some fun pictures.
1 Merry Christmas!2 and 3: And me eating "peludo" or armadillo. Some members went out with their dogs to hunt them the other day, and gave us some left overs. Yum! It wasn`t too bad. Just a little...hairy. And footy...and taily... But it was... meat! haha It`s probably better fresh, I`m thinking. Hopefully I`ll get the chance to try it recently boiled haha.
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit`s Christmas time!
I can`t believe it`s almost here! This week we had some fun spreading the Christmas Spirit. We went out caroling. It kind of reminded me of the Halloween finding activity we did. Cuz just like no one really knows what Halloween is, no one really knows what caroling is either. We would knock on the door, they would come out, and we would just start singing, right? Caroling! Then after the song, we would ask if they would like to hear the Christmas story from the bible. One lady let us in, and says, "I always saw this type of stuff on TV, but I`ve never seen it here. I didn`t really know what to do." It was fun.
We also acted out the Nativity with a recent convert family. That was also fun. I took some pictures, but technology isn`t on my side today, so I`ll have to send them later.
We also made some fun Christmas cards with me and my companion to give out to members and investigators.
Sigh. I love Christmas.
Things are going well with Juan, the only problem is that he works a lot, so it`s hard to find him when we can, and also when a member can come with us... But he`s progressing well. Yesterday he had some questions about the holy ghost and the gift of tongues, and it was a little difficult. Afterward we were talking with the member who came with us, and she said, "he just needs to know that the chruch is true. Becuase once he knows it`s true, none of the other stuff will matter." And I can definitely testify to that. Once anyone knows that Joseph Smith was a prophet, the book of mormon is true, and that this church is the same restored church of Jesus Christ with a true and living prophet today, nothing else matters, and everything else makes sense.
Love you all! MERRY CHRISTMAS! See you on Friday!
Oh, and next monday I won`t be emailing becuase we`re having p-day this friday for Christmas, and then I`ll email the following friday... I think. Something like that. Basically, don`t worry, you`ll be hearing from me. It just won`t be monday.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Wahoo! Wahoo wahoo wahoo! Wanna know why? Juan accepted a baptisimal date! Now you can all join me, ready? One, two, three, WAHOO!!!!
He came to chruch yesterday and stayed the whole time! Okay, so he fell asleep a little in sacrament meeting haha, but that´s okay. It was kind of funny. We had the branch primary program yesterday, and it was adorable. Just sometimes the kids talked for a long time and it was hard to hear becuase we don´t have a microphone. But it was super great, and he really liked it.
Then last night the sister who was supposed to come with us to the lesson (he lives alone, so we have to always have a member) canceled on us, so we called everyone possible (which are few since there aren´t too many members) and finally a sister said she could come with us and we were able to teach the restauration with Juan, and answer a lot of his questions. At the end, he said he just feels so good reading the book of mormon, and coming to church. He still doesn´t feel like he´s recieved his answer yet, but we´ll keep helping him out with that. And he said he´d be baptized!
The whole time we´ve been working with Juan I keep thinking of the scripture "to be learned is good if he hearken to the counsil of god." Because Juan is very learned. He knows the bible inside and out, by memory. And when we first met him, I thought it was just that. He was learned, end of story. But he´s hearkening! And it´s so fun to see. He loves reading the book of mormon, and is already making connections to the bible, and to his own life from what he learns. So we just pray that he keeps hearkening and learning, and following the will of God. Exciting stuff!
Anyway, that´s about it for this week. We had a zone conference in San Luis the other day and then I stayed there another day for exchanges with the sister training leaders. Here´s a couple fotos.
Love you all!
Here´s some more fun fotos of the week. Argentina is a scary place... :)
The bug is a poisonous legend here in Argentina, which we´re supposed to catch and take to the hospital especially if we get bit so they can do some tests and see if it´s venemous. Neither of us got bit, and in the end it turned out to not be the right kind of beetle, but we just wanted to be sure, since we´ve seen a few in the pench before. Fun stuff!
And the dog...well, we call him two-face.
Monday, December 7, 2015
Phineous and Ferb reference anyone? Christmas is coming up, so we´re starting to sing Christmas Hymns and share the Christmas story, and we´re also of course sharing the new christmas videos that the chruch put out. It´s all pretty exciting! You would think after a year in Argentina I´d be used to Christmas in the summer... but no. :) It just feels like everyone decided to sing hymns and talk about Christ randomly in July. But whoever said that was something we couldn´t do? So it´s fine. :)
The only thing is that due to all the rain we´ve been having, there are mosquitos everywhere, and we´re kind of being eaten alive. I haven´t hardly used my bug repelant my whole mission, even though I brought two or three bottles. But this summer I´m definitely going to be using all of it. Soooooo grateful for Deet! It was actually kind of funny becuase one of the first nights the mosquitos were really bad we had gone out without repelant. At the end of the night we stopped to talk to a guy on the street who was sitting out on his front porch. He had met with missionaries before, and had some questions, so it was really interesting conversation, and the perfect opportunity to share testimony. The only problem was that while we were standing there and sharing, we were kind of dancing around and swatting at mosquitos the whole time. Trying to do it all sneekily and casually while trying to have a normal conversation. haha. Finally we just handed him a restauration pamphlet and said we´d see if we could come back later. And then basically ran to the appartment, still swatting. It was pretty hilarious. All week my legs have been covered in bites, it looked like chicken pox. I think the bugs like foreign blood haha. Now it´s a little better, and the repelant is definitely effective.
Anyway, this week we met with Juan again! We were able to go with the branch president and his wife, and had a really great lesson. He was able to read over the testimony of Joseph Smith, and said he really liked it. The funny thing was he read about Moroni, got curious, and searched him on the internet. He found somwhere that listed that Moroni was a servant of the Devil, and got scared. We kind of laughed. He goes, No, I´m serious! And we were like, Yeah, I don´t doubt it. We had a really good lesson about the book of mormon and the holy ghost, and how he can know for himself that it´s true, getting a direct answer from God.
He came to chruch again on sunday as well, and this time he was able to stay for at least sunday school. He keeps saying that everything is just so new to him. He knows the bible backward and forwards, so when we talk about the book of mormon, he´s a little lost. We´re going to be working on our lesson plans, by putting in more scriptures, both from the bible and the book of mormon so he can easier see how they relate. He also keeps saying he´s really glad we come over and teach him about the gospel, so things are going well! We´re thinking to set a baptismal date for him this week, so pray for him!
Well, that´s about it for this week. Love you all! Here´s a foto of us at a park in San Luis when we went down there for the Zone Meeting. Have a great week!
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Purposeful typo in the title there. Ees for fun.
Happy thanksgiving! Hope you all had a great holiday! Hermana Sandau and I bought some rotisery chicken (you see Emu more often here than you see turkey), pulled out some gravy packets we found in the mission offices from an elder who went home, I pretended to make stuffing, (while we`re on the topic, could you send me the recipe dad? I always forget to ask.) Hermana Sandau made some mashed potatoes, and we finished off with some apple pie (also a made up recipe. Not too shabby. :D) Turned out pretty well. See the pics. The only thing missing was you guys! Awwwww! ...well, and probably a salad. And cranberry sauce. Yams. Rolls. But yeah. The most important was you guys. ;)
Anyway, so this week. We had some pretty good lessons. We finally were able to meet with Juan, the investigator who wasn`t an investigator but came to church more often then our investigators. Yes, that one. We finally were able to go over with a sister in the ward and give him the first lesson. It went alright, we were able to talk a little about how the gospel can help his life, and the sister who came with us was able to bear testimony, then we sang Joseph Smith`s first prayer, and had him finish off with a prayer. He talked a lot during the lesson, so we weren`t able to get a whole lot in, but it was good to finally meet with him and establish our purpose as missionaries. We also invited him to read the testimony of Joseph Smith and pray about it, and today he was texting us saying that he really liked it! So we`ll be setting up a meeting with him and see how it went. Super exciting!
Today we`ll be meeting again with Pamela, who I told about a while ago. Recently she hasn`t been progressing, and she and her boyfriend, who is a less active, postponed their marriage again. So we`ll see how it goes.
We`ll also be meeting with Marta again today. The last time we went and met with her, we talked about the importance of the book of mormon, and invited her to church. She had a few doubts about coming to church, for example, she thought that you weren`t allowed to go unless your whole family came with you. So that`s part of the reason she hasn`t come yet. So we talked about what we do, and invited her to come. Today we`ll be talking again about going to chruch and Plan of Salvation, so I hope it goes well!
On Saturday we were able to attend a baptism in the other ward. It was really great. We went early to practice a musical number with the other hermanas, and were able to talk a little bit with Harol, the one getting baptized. Later his mom came in and we were able to talk to her, who was going to be getting baptized as well. It was really impressive to talk to them, and get to know them, just before they would be taking this big step in their lives. I just was able to strengthen my testimony of the changes the gospel brings into people`s lives. It`s truly impressive, and such a blessing. The best part is that the changes never end. There`s always more we can learn, more to do, more ways to progress. And I`m so grateful to our Father in Heaven for forever offering second chances. and third, seventh, and fourteenth chances. :)
I know this gospel is true. Taste it, love it, live it, share it.
Love you all!