Tuesday, March 29, 2011
I don´t know if I have anything too interesting to share with you all this week. I´ve almost been in this area for about 6 months and I feel like I know just about everything. But obviously not everybody because there are still a ton of children of God that are waiting for the truth. So we are working with a ton of great people that I´m hoping will progress and go to church and be baptized. We find a lot of people that read and pray but then they always have a ton of excuses when Sunday arrives. But I have faith in all of these people that they will get baptized in April.
Ana Luz - She´s a nine-year-old girl that was going to be baptized yesterday but her dad didn´t want her to get baptized. She doesn´t need his permission because her parents are separated and her mom has custody of her. But the problem was that she went to go visit him for the holiday weekend, and he didn´t bring her back until after church and the planned baptism. It was pretty much a bummer. But Diego is going to baptize her before he leaves, so I’m not going to get upset about it. We had a Noche de Hogar with their family and the Flia Cabrera, pretty much my two favorite familias in the ward. We talked about the recipe of a happy family in 2 nefi 5. And then we ate some sandwiches and talked Gaston (the inactive brother of Diego) to go to Seminary. We are way excited for them. And then we were a tad late so we linked arms and started to run down the street to their house. It was definitely crazy but a ton of fun!
Carla y Tina - They are a cute mom and daughter. They love the Book of Mormon and learning about the Restoration, but they are struggling to understand why they need to be baptized again because they were baptized in the Catholic Church. It´s a very good question that a lot of people have here. We explain about the Priesthood and the restored gospel on the earth. But really the key is to pray and ask God. They really liked Church, so I hope that they can recognize their answer and accept the invitation to be baptized in April.
Gladys, Eliana, Raisa, Ivón - (who´s first name is Nori!!) - Yep, they are a way cute family of all girls. The youngest daughter is called Ivon but her first name is actually Nori. Is that the coolest thing or what?! And also the daughter of Vicente is named Nora but they call her Nori. I was pretty excited when I heard it. But we are working with them, and they are loving everything; but they need to get to church. They live pretty far away, and there are always health problems. But they are excited to go to General Conference. Me too!!!
Diego y Paula - They are such a cute little family that needs to get baptized! Paula´s family is all members and has always liked the church and reads the Book of Mormon. But her husband has never had too much interest. But he has had a complete change in his life. He has quit smoking, drinking, and wants to focus on having more unity and love in his family. So we are working with them; they just need to get married. They have a lot of trials with work and health and even an evil spirit. But we´re going to help them get there.
Eli - She has a testimony and church attendance and everything, but she is just afraid of the baptism. She had a baptism about a month ago, and she wants to try again; but she´s struggling to keep her commitments. She is going through a hard time in her life right now. She broke up with her husband of 5 years, quit her job, and is starting her life over. She also has some health problems. We try to help her and explain to her that Satan is working on her hard because he does not want her to be baptized or happy. But I hope she can understand and make the right choice. Anyways, there are some more; but I ran out of time. I absolutely love all of these people. They really are children of God, and they all deserve to know the gospel of Jesus Christ so that they can live it and receive the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church is true, and I’m grateful to have that knowledge in my life. I love the handful of people that still remember me and everybody else.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Tower of Cups - We had an activity for the Relief Society this week and we went early to help them set up. Anyways, funny story happened. We were putting out the glass cups because they ate dinner. Well my comp started to stack a tower of glass cups. It was pretty fun until it all fell. It looked like something that would happen in a movie. Anyways, it was just us in the room so we tried to clean it up before the other hermanas saw. It was way funny and we cleaned it up beautifully. We told the hermanas afterwards and it was all chill. But they wouldn´t let us carry anything else that was breakable. Y bueno… The activity was way fun, they ate dinner and had a movie and stuff. It was cool!
Intercambio – We also did an intercambio with the hermanas this week. I went to Alto Alberdi to work with Hna. Martinez and she got sick. It was the lamest intercambio that I have ever done. I tried to track down two minis but it didn´t work out. I got left without a phone, keys, lunch, nothing. But it was all good because Hna. Pond continued working with Hna. Lopez in Rosedal and they put two fechas bautismales and had a ton of success. I´ve decided that I´m a huge fan of intercambios when we can work because you really can work and learn from other missionaries. I´m kind of jealous of the elders in that way because they can work with a lot of different people.
Nuevo Lider Misional – We saw a lot of changes in the ward this last week and we have a new mission leader. We´re excited for him because it´s always good to see change. I don´t know him yet because he just moved into the ward but his brother-in-law is the one that makes the harry potter wands. And his wife went to the mission at Temple Square so we can chat in English. I´m stoked for that! And we´re excited that he can start out with the baptism and we´re preparing for more! We´re just loving the miracles that we are seeing in Barrio Rosedal.
Well, our companionship has become the activity´s committee of the zone so we have a ton of elders waiting on us so they can go play soccer and monopoly. It should be fun! I´m really excited for this week because we are going to start working more with the members. They are a ton more members to get to know in the new neighborhood. So we are going to have lunch over there and get to know them better. I´m really excited for the work that we are doing and the miracles that we are seeing! I love you all!
Monday, March 14, 2011
This week has been crazy, full of changes happy and sad. But ya, i love change. It´s always exciting and it helps us to progress! So check it…
Cambios en el barrio – So they are changing the Ward limits this week and we went to a special conference in the stake. They are changing the limits of Parque Capital, La Madrid, Alto Alberdi, 20 de Junio, AND Rosedal! It´s pretty crazy stuff. We´re losing 25 members and getting 25 new members. It´s pretty crazy because we lost a ton of our leaders, but we´re excited to see the changes that will happen this next week. We also got a few investigators that have baptism dates. They are this cute family with the Mom and two kids. Her youngest daughter Anita, who is 10, has already gone for a long time. Now her mom and 18 year old brother are starting to go too. We´re excited to get to know them better and help them prepare for their baptism.
Convenio – So we decided to make this covenant with God this week. We read a talk by this Mission president that talked about miracles in the misión when we make a covenant with God. It´s pretty intense stuff but we wanted to make a deal. We promised all of our faith, obedience, and diligence to get four baptisms in this month of March. We made a specific promise that we would teach a certain number of lessons every day and bring a new person to church every week, if we could save jsut 4 people. We talked to our misión president about it and he´s excited for you. We got special permission to do everything possible to get our goals. We have seen such a ton of miracles! One day we put a goal to have lesson with member, but our appointment failed us. So we didn´t have a member nor appointment. We didn´t know what to do, and then we found our member friend Diego in the street, who gave us a reference to pass by in that very momento. I love trusting in the will of the Lord and seeing the miracles! We´re way excited for this convenant and seeing what happens.
Last Zone Conference – Last Friday i had my very last Zone Conference. And yes, i did cry. I was doing good but then they put up a list of all of the missionaries that were going home this transfer and the next one. Anyways, one of the elders put it down wrong and it said that i was going home this transfer. Yep, my eyes just automatically watered up. I regained composure and went up to Pte. Salas and asked him why he wanted me to go home early. Jaja. He didn´t even notice that it was written down wrong, but he went and changed it. But ya, we have a tradition in the misión that the fieles (faithful) have to give their testimony in their last zone conference. So I gave mine with about 10 other missionaries. It was a bittersweet momento. But we had a great zone conference where we talked a lot about new things that we can do to find success. Apparently our misión has grown in the faith. We went from the 12th (out of 14) baptizing misión in our area and now we are at 3rd. It was really awesome to see the change and the growth that we have done in just this year. And we are going to keep going and increasing in our faith. I love Zone Conferences!!
Yep, the misión is great! Don´t ever doubt it! I love the work we are doing and the change i´m seeing in others and myself! I love it and I love all of you! Help the missionaries this week!