|conpanionship unity! |
Monday, May 19, 2014
CRAZY WEEK but not really. Tuesday we traveled to san cristobal, 2 hours, for a district meeting, and we watched a short called the butterfly circus. you all should totally check it out. i teared hahaha its about how we cannot let ourselves believe the things that people tell us. we have our divine potential and we need to believe in ourselves the way God believes in us. if we do this we can acheive anything!
|on the way to rosario|
then - we travled to Rosario. 4 hours to and anopther 4 back. so we really couldnt do work in our area. we went down there for visa stuff and we are going to have to go back again because...i really dont know. so thats great.
jorgelina and toto are amazing and we meet with them everyday in preparation of their baptism. Jorgelina is so wonderful and still hasnt smoked. everytime she feels the desire she pulls out the Bok of Mormon. shes read alot but literally they are so wonderful! please keep them in your prayersª we had a noche de hogar which is family home evening with their son and his family. we did the joseph smith story and we had them act it out. when it came time for the "pillar of light" i stood up and held a flashlight on their 10 yr old son who was playing joseph smith. haha it was really fun and it was amazing seeing how this family was coming together during this night that we had with them. philipe is on his way to getting the preisthood back and we really want them to go to the temple and really have this family be active again. they are becoming closer and more happy and it just testifies to me the importance of having an active religious role in the family. it truly brings happiness.
hermana moberly and i went to the one section in our area called Barrio Nueve. it is 1 and a half hours walking away. and then we have to tract there...and then walk all the way back. i brought my camera with me so theres a bunch of pix. on the way there we almost got attacked by 5 different dogs. and we witnessed like 3 dog fights so thats why the first part of the subject is who nlet the dogs out...but when we got there we only contacted 6 people because everyone was gone, or sleeping, so that was a bummer but we got back, ate a quick lunch then studied and then went out and contacted agin closer to home. that night we tracted into a house of a man. he opened the door window and just stared at us. we introdued ourselves and he interrupted us and started saying that he is very sick and if he doesnt go to the hospital 2 a day the police will take him. he believes that numbers have a special signifigance in his life. the number 25 and 89 are like reocurring things idk. it was weird so moberly just gave him a pass along card and invited him to church. soooo HE CAME. it was weird...he was telling moberly that he sacrifices animals and loves satan and all these bad things......sooo yeah there are very weird people here. but we think he is very disturbed and hopefully the gospel will help him lol
also! so yesturday was the fist soccer game of the season...woohoo.. we were out teaching a lesson and the game ended while we were there. so you know how everyone says that the argentines are crazy for soccor, well that is an understaement. the game ended and we first here a bunch of cars honking and its all cool, but then...we start hearing gunshots every so often, so moberly and i are like, we gotta get home. on our way home we start hearing little bombs go off right! well and then were just about 3 blocks from our house. we see a gathering of people on our street all singing the songs, shooting their guns, and honking their horns. they start parading down the street and moberly and i have to sneakily run into our house hahaha so that is the first game of the season all i can say is thank goodness im not in a big city because thn it mightve been a little dangerous ! hahaha
also i got sick with a head cold. im taking the cell salts and im feeling alot better. i got another bug bite on my forehead but i really think the bugs are adjusting to me. i use monicas bag of wonder haha so yeah.
oh! we saw 2 scorpians in our apt this week and i got a pretty good pic! they are babies but they also are the poisoness kind so we got to be carefull haha and another contacting story, just to give your a taste of the people here. we knock, this lady opens her window. we introduse ourselves. she says, did you read my door! it reads "this house is catholic" and then we say yeah...she just says, ok, chow! so welcome to argentina hha but really there are a lot of really great people here! ya just got to find them haha
so i guess one cool thing i read today was alma 32 :27=28. i just ask you all to read this and just assess how strong your faith is. also cool story. ive read mosiah in 3 daysª holaahhhhh
okay so people here say that a bomb went off in california. whats that about? well i love you all! mom and dad! i love and appreciate you so much! i hope alabama is a blast and tell jane and artie i say hi! also how many views does my blog have?
keep up all the good work and just know im safe and protected. i love you and the spanish is getting better and better everyday! i pray for you nightly and i hope you can keep up the prayers for jyt. they need all they can get. muaahhhh
hermana sanders III
|the dandelion was at barrio 9 like a talked about earlier|
|argentine fields..its reminded me of the kiera knightly |
pride and prejudice when darcy proposes in the sunrise
|in a graveyard of the catholics...they dont bury their dead..|
they put them above ground in things that look like house
|plaques and flags|
|i had to do my hair like this becuase of my bug bite|
Monday, May 12, 2014
So guess what! I was writing a really awesome email to you and my computer I'm on decided to turn off so it discarded the draft so thats fun. ughhhhhh so I'll just start over.
My eye... it's so much better and it's about 90 percent back to normal. I wear my glasses to hide the little bit of swelling that is left but really it's totally fine.
So mon and was spent traveling, but here are a few fun things that happened. We watched "Rise of the Guardians" in spanish for p day with the zone, and then the next day in Parahna, I saw Hermana Shotwell! So much fun! When we were traveling we were never alone, the elders took good care of our safety and were awesome! They even carried all of our stuff which we had a lot because we have to pack clothes and books and stuff for the meetings and such. We returned night exhausted.
we were so ready to work because now my eye was all better. We got out and tracted and found some pretty awesome people. We decided that we were going to drop the majority of our investigators because they just weren't progressing, so we did. for weekly planning we decided who we were keeping and who we'd just drop, for now. We also decided that were are going to put alot of focus on re-activated the members and working with the 4 adult members we do have to do member missionary work. Thurs. night we were meeting with a member to talk about member missionary work and she surprised us with dinner!! So we were fed! It was a tender mercy because we really didn't have much food and needed to go shopping soon, so it was such a blessing! The members here are so strong and because there are so few of them they need to be even stronger. But every their diligence in attending is amazing and their testimonies are so strong it really is something to look up to.
Fri. we have to travel to Rafaela for entre vistas with the president. It went really well and I love them so much. We also got to spend some time with our zone so it was fun, but then we had to leave. We missed the bus because it was too full and they ran out of tickets and had to wait an extra hour and a half to make it on the next one. But we made it back and taught a few lessons. Then Sat. it rained rained rained rained rained....like you don't know rain until you experience an argentine storm. There was thunder and lighting, but thankfully no wind! haha we taught Jorgelina y Toto and that night we committed them to baptism!!!!!!!! 31 de mayo, so if you would all please pray for them and also especially for Jorgelina and her smoking to stop! haha ( night Hermana Moberly and I committed her to stop smoking and took away all
her cigarettes) so yeah! Also I forgot to say, they have the craziest dreams. They had a dream before they met the missionaries of gold plates and they saw two missionaries and an angel that said "listen to them"! And then after they met us, Toto had a dream of his mom standing next to a big building with Hermana Moberly and me standing next to her, she said to him, "listen to them". And Jorgelina had a dream of a temple! The Salt Lake City one without even seeing it, and she woke up holding the BOM(Book of Mormon) and that's how they knew it was true. Miracles are truly everywhere. Aren't jyt awesome! It's amazing how prepared they are and willing to learn! What a blessing!
! We had 17 people there at church and 2 included jyt (jorg y toto) they loved it and are so excited for their baptism. Their inactive RM (Return Missionary) son came with his whole family too! It was a partyyy. Sooo then later WE GOT TO SKYPE! I am so thankful that we were able to do that. I love you guys so much!!!! anywayssss
Sorry for no real funny stories. Nothing really happened this week but Moberly and I are hilarious and have constant funny moments hahaaa ;)
Spiritual thought/LOTR(Lord of the Rings) reference.
Third movie, when Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli go into the mountain to find the cursed army of (i cant remember the name ;(( ) Aragorn is asking them to enlist in the fight for middle earth with them...he repeats "what say you!!!" over and over again to these souls, asking, pleading with them to join with them. That is like member missionary work. We are in the fight of our lives right now and we need eachother. Without eachother the fight is bitterly more difficult and pretty much hopeless. The adversary is very much real and we need to be actively engaged in the fight for souls against him. In 2 nefi 7 v. 7-8 it says "for the Lord God will help me therefore shall I not be confounded. Therefore have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed. And the Lord is near, and he justifieth me. Who will contend with me? Let us stand together. Who is mine adversary? Let him come near me, and I will smite him with the strength of my mouth." And the first line of v.8 "For the Lord God will help me." Soooo what say you? Can the members and the missionaries stand together and fight the enemy? Really there are two sides. You cannot be indifferent and still be considered on the Lord's side. You either actively are engaged in the work or you are not. And that is that fact. What say you? Will you stand with the missionaries and stand with God? or not. It's up to you. What say you??
So that is my thought. I love you all and think and pray for all of you daily! Shout out to Monica and her friend for saving me with the care package.
Hermana sanders III signing out!!
Friday, May 9, 2014
Monday, May 5, 2014
Holy heck...what a week. Soooo here's a speedy update on everythang. Tuesday, the elders in our district came to contact and it went well in the morning, but then I got sick. I got a fever and the sympTOMS OF the stomach flu but I didn't throw up. But I got permission to just sleep the rest of the day. Hma. Moberly also had a slight fever. Then the next day, Wednesday, it rained, and when it rains in Argentina, it pours. Because there aren't good drainage systems, it floods. We got back from contacting that morning, still sick, soaking wet, and really annoyed but we had brownies that we made the night before to make us happy so we ate them haha. We did our studies and went out in the evening again. We visited this couple, Jorjelina and Toto Romero. They have been investigating for quite some time and when I came Jorjelina said "there's something special about your new companion". I couldn't really understand. But that's what Moberly said after. Soooo it was a really great lesson about going to church and praying. She had never prayed about the church so we really stressed that! There was just such an amazing spirit about that lesson and even though we were still sick we were on cloud nine. It was like the feeling that I had known her before ya know?? I really want the best for her...anyways we return and sleep. Next day. Thursday. We go out and visit a few people and then visit Jorjelina y Toto again. We do service for them and we fold their clothes..including their chonies ...and jock straps..................haha but it was ok. THEY FED US ASADO (argentine bbq,) it was my first here and also the first time getting fed by a family here! and they surprised us with it! It was so great and wonderful and delicious... teehee. In our lesson with them we spoke about the Tree of Life..she had prayed about the church and she told us she knew that it was true and also the Book of Mormon was true!! So did Toto know it was true! What a miracle. So it was just wonderful>! We get home, stuffed from the asado and super happy. We do weekly planning and I accidently fall asleep during it haha (food coma) and we go out again. This one lady said she thought I was latino :) made my week. But then we return home in the night and my left eye had begun to swell up...it was weird so I took a benedryl that night. I wake up Friday morning. I can't open my eye. It is swollen shut and is about the size of a golf ball. Without knowing what to do, Hna. Moberly and I call the senior couple who serves with us and they come over. I cry because I am so ugly and I can't see. (hence the subject line) We walk over to their place. I have my glasses on but I close my right eye and pretend I'm blind holding onto Hna. Moberly bcuz I didn't want people to see me..haha! We make it and Hna. Hohermuth starts to POP MY EYE! It hurt SO FREAKING BAD I CANT EVEN EXPLAIN and I cried again and had to lay down and rest before we could return home. Hna. Hohermuth sent the pix to mission mom and she told us just to put heat and Ibuprophen. So for the rest of Friday and Saturday that's what I did. Laid in bed, hopeless, wallowing in self despair because I was a useless Hna. who couldn't see because of a dang arachnid. But Sunday rolls along and my eye had begun to peep open just the slightest bit.
We have church and everyone is saying poor presita! lol but we get home after, and put more heat on it and it just starts oozing green puss....like, alot. and it hurts but it's okay. Anyways it's been oozing off and on since then and I just carry tissues everywhere as it drains. I have another spider bite on my arm that's big too that I'll send pix. But man it is so gross and it hurts so bad but it's okay. I'm alive and well and can finally see out of my eye but there's still a ways to go in the draining hahaaaa lol yaya me. So that was my week.
Funny story! If my eye wasn't funny enough, night we were walking home and passed by a group of drunk guys. One of them says "mamamia, quires dar me la palabra?" (babe, want to give me the word?) haha and we didn't reply but that was a funny one. Mostly the drunks just say stuff like your beautiful and stuff like that haha but yeah. Also, there are alot of stray dogs and we name the ones that follow us, one is "creeps" because it always jumps on us and its tongue always sticks out. Another one is "Charlie", just because it's super cute. And then there's "Ranger", "Robin Hood", and finally "Juan Pablo", (because we saw him mating once and he was a tool dog like Juan Pablo from "The Bachelor") Haha.
Anyways that's all I got for this week. These next three days we will be traveling, right now I'm in Rafaela for a zone meeting, then we go to Parahna for something, then Rosario for another thing...tell Monica I will be in the mission home and I will try to see her! So have her be home! Haha. we go again to Rafaela for something else but it's just great, traveling with my bum eye randomly oozing, my mas o menos castellano and yeahhh so that's my life. Much love from yours truly! Also I read alot about the Tree of Life this week in First Nefi and I urge you to read it. All the chapters like 1 Nefi 13-15 i think idk (I don't know) for sure because I don't have my scriptures with me. But it's good to remember to persevere to the end. Once you taste of the gospel you cannot forget it and always stay strong. Ignore others who make fun or try to persuade you to leave. Keep the eternal perspective.
anywhoooo pix on the way!! I hope my eye isn't too awful and gives you nightmares...lol!
con mucho amor,
Hermana sanders III
I love you all so much and I had some weak moments this week and thought alot about you mom but I want you to know I am taken care of and I love you! I love ya too dad and you were also on my mind alot.