Wednesday, July 2, 2014

"Each leaf that touches ours for good" (July 1, 2014)

This week we found heart shaped leaves and we decorated our planner with them haha! So man what a week. This has been probably the most rewarding week i think...of my mission.
Well we met a lot of awesome people this week and we accomplished all the goals we set! except the "no chocolate" goal...i dont think that will be possible..haha!

putting chocolate in our teeth...haha im a big girl now!
our cookies
But this week I'm just focus on the baptism! We held a baptismal service for Joana y Joel Cauda! 14 and 11. We made cookies and after all of our failed attempts from before, I tried a few diff. things and we finally made a successful batch! We made the bus to Rafaela! And then we got to the church building safely! The zone leaders were already there filling up the font but it wasn't filling up fast enough so they had to go back and forth with buckets of water for 2 more hours for it to be full enough! What awesome leaders they are!                                               

us with felipe!
Then everyone arrived on time and the Caudas were so excited it was so great to see! All the baptismal clothes fit well and then we started only 20 minutes late which is "on time" Argentine time! haha Joana and Joel had asked me to give the baptism and Holy Ghost talk so I did, in all spanish! haha Well I shared part of  Roman 6. It's really good in talking about the symbolism of the baptism..i suggest you read it! well after that, they got baptized! It was so great. Their father, Felipe, had just gotten the priesthood back and was able to perform the ordinance! I cried haha. We helped Joana change with her mom but she asked us to help her and then we went back out. Hermana Moberly, Hermana Hohermuth and I sang the "I Like to Look for Rainbows" and "I Know HeavenlyFfather Loves Me", we mashed it together and did a little arrangment and it moved a few to tears. I almost cried to but I'm thankful it was spanish so i understood like 70 percent of what I was actually saying haha. Well after all was said and done, we left and went home. The Caudas were super great. The next day at church they received the Holy Ghost. They were so happy and Felipe and his wife, Irene, were holding hands during sacrament. I love seeing how much this family has changed and become more unified and happy. The gospel really does bring happiness to families! Well that was the highlight of my week, and really nothing could have gone better. Every slammed door, being made fun of, or any other trial weve experienced, or any missionary experiences is totally worth it even for one baptism because this is why we are here. Even if it is just one soul...Alma 26. Also for any future missionary out there, read 1 collassians 23-28. Substiutue Paul´s name for yours. siigghhhhh so happy and content. So other than that here are a few funny things!

us with the Caudas, the senior couple from Switzerland we work with
While walking during "siesta" these events took place. We only do things like this during "siesta" because everyone is sleeping...well almost everyone... one day we were quoting "princess bride" quotes. We got to the dream Buttercup has and the old lady is yelling "boo! boo! boo!" and without realizing two girls heard us and we saw them, and they started to run away from us...oops haha! And then the other day, I was practicing whistling and I did that like woo wooOOoo one...ya know? ...and we walked past a garage and a lady was cleaning and it was just embarrassing. A 90 year old man told us his wife just died, and then proceeded to hit on us, another old man said that he didn't understand the language I was speaking when I contacted him and asked if I was Brazilian, and yeah. Also this week we celebrated Christmas! because it was cold and it was half christmas anyways. haha!
I was reading this week in "Our Search for Happiness" and this is what I read, "the quality of our lives has more to do with substance than style. A quality life is one that positively influences others and makes the world around it a better place in which to live. A quality life is constantly growing, expanding its horizons and enlarging its borders. A quality life is one that is filled with love and loyalty, patience and perseverence, kindness and compassion. A quality life is one that is based on eternal potential and not confined to this life only. A quality life is a life well lived.". Let us all work on making our lives well lived and modeling our lives after Christ.
I love you all and hope all is well.
Hermana Sanders

celebrating christmas

hang drying clothes like "little house"

the baptismal font! 

us and the chicos

on my way back from district meeting

the Cauda family! Don't they look so happy...hahaha latinos

played soccer for pday with the elders from san cristobal...but this is just me holding a soccer ball...i thought it was cool i actuallty played haha and i made 2 goals woot woot!

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