Week 10: “Yea, I know that I am nothing;”

“Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever (Alma 26:12).” God is everything. I saw so many miracles this week! Yay for missionary work 🙂

 

To start out we met this lady the other day, and we were talking and asked if we could visit her and share our message, and she was like YEAH. So we visited her earlier this week, and her “husband” was there (no one here is married lol). Turns out he is a pastor. LOLOLOL. We invited them to come to the Elders’ baptism last Saturday, and they came so we’ll see where they go with the gospel lol.

We had “divisiones” this week, and it was awesome. I want to work so much harder! We saw miracles with the STLs too. We were supposed to return to Federal Friday night, but they sold out of the bus tickets before we could buy some, so we ended up staying until the next day. In those extra hours we worked hard. Hermana Andino and I walked for an hour and a half to the end of their area to visit a contact they never have time to visit. And she was so happy to see us missionaries! There is definitely a reason to everything in this work!

Another awesome moment from this week was our lesson yesterday with the eternal investigator, Ricardo Basai. He has been an investigator on and off for over twenty years. We visited him a couple weeks ago, and we were determined yesterday to teach him a really powerful lesson. So we studied and prayed hard for him and our lesson, and we invited a member too, so basically perfect set up for a lesson! When we got to the lesson, we were so ready. Then he said something that reminded us of a scripture in Mosiah 18:9, which talks about helping other people and serving God. And he was like, I want to do that in my life! And we were like sweeeeeeeet, because the next verse says something along the lines of “if you want to do these things, what impedes you from getting baptised?” OOOOOOOOOOO FUE PERFECTO. THE SPIRIT WAS SO STRONG!!!!! Then our member friend bore the strongest, most perfect testimony! Ricardo was like “I think I want to get baptised, but I don’t know if I’m ready.” So we gave him a challenge to read the Book of Mormon everyday and pray to know if it is true. We are going to visit him on Sunday (MY BIRTHDAY), so pray for us and Ricardo! Also I want to invite you all to take that same challenge, because it is good for the soul.

Speaking of my birthday…. Thanks for all the birthday shout outs. You are all awesome. Can’t believe this is my last email as a teenager whaaaaaaaaaaaaat.

Also I went to two “chinos,” grocery stores owned by Chinese people, and my heart was so happy 🙂 🙂 🙂

I have lots of pics to send, but my computer isn’t cooperating, so I will try to send them in a minute.

Sister Elisyn Kay Hong

 (mom edit:  I don’t know who the young women are by name, but this is what Lisi said “PICS WITH LAURA, NAO, Y VALE. LOVE THE YW IN MY RAMA!”  If I figure out who is who, then I will change it)
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Halloween Costumes. Lisi is Hermana Gallagher and Hermana Gallagher is Hermana Hong
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Hermana Hong and Hermana Gallagher with one of the young women.
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Hermana Hong and another young woman. She loves them.
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Divisiones
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Chocolate Chip cookies with Laura
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ALFAJOR DE LA PANADERIA
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Another Beautiful Young Woman

Week 9: “And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord…”

“and after I had prayed the winds did cease, and the storm did cease, and there was great calm” (1 Nephi 18:21). Every week gets better and better. And I found this scripture fitting, because there was just a giant storm, and all of us missionaries probably were praying and it stopped so now the internet works lol.

Today I hit two months on my mission, which is crazy. But I still have 16 long months left soooooooo wish me luck lol.

This week we had two investigators with a baptismal date, which is AWESOME. We were very happy.

I also had a dog pee on me while we were waiting for someone to answer the door. That was nice…

Then the best part of this week was that I made some of Dad’s stir fry ALL BY MYSELF AND IT WAS SO GOOD AND IT TASTED LIKE I WAS AT HOME BUT I WAS IN ARGENTINA.

Life is good here though. I am starting to adjust, which is so so so so nice. I miss you all and love you so much!

 

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We made banana bread
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This alfajor tastes delicioso
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I made stir fry all by myself!!!
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It tastes like home and makes me happy

Week 8 (I think): “Missionary work is not easy….”

“Because salvation was not a cheap experience.” -Elder Holland. So being in the field is not quite as easy as the MTC, but it is still GREAT. I like to remember who I represent. Nothing He did was easy.

My favorite thing about being in the field is teaching real life people, but that can be hard too. Like when you teach an AWESOME, SPIRIT-FILLED lesson, and then you invite them to be baptised, and they flat-out say no. That is hard, because baptism is the first step to living with your family and God FOREVER. It’s like offering someone gold and having them reject it. But what can you do?

The weather here is crazy. One second it is POURING and the next there is not a cloud in the sky. It is interesting hahahahhahahaha.

The food here is good, but I am going to be FAT when I get back. Some of the highlights of the food here in little Federal are: fracturas, super panchos (giant hot dogs that we ate at 9 at night lol), guiso, and alfahores mmmmmmm.

When things get hard, I try to remember that this is God’s work, and He cannot fail. Even when I feel like I did something wrong/am insufficient, He’s still in charge,so nothing really is permanently wrong. You cannot fail when you are doing His will.

I LOVE YOU ALL AND MISS YOU MORE THAN I CAN SAY.

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Ice cream is not as good as it here, but it is still yummy
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Lisi’s tag picture on her desk.
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Apartment view
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Fractura

Week Seven: “Lift up your voices unto this people;”

“Speak the thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before men” (DyC 100:5)

Please excuse any typos. I do not know how to type on this weird keyboard in this little ciber.

FREAKING HECK I AM IN ARGENTINA. It is so loco, but I love it (I think hahaha) I am in this little town called Federal, and I love it. It is very peaceful. Most of the people here work in the fields, so they are all super chill.

Okay, so the flight here was like ten days long, I swear. And then after that we rode on a bus for six hours to get to Santa Fe. Super fun.

My trainer is Hermana Gallagher is from Washington, and speaks English (whoot). She has been here for less than five months, so we both don’t speak Spanish very well (pray for us). Spanish is so hard. Okay not SOOOO hard, but it is hard. I have a hard time understanding the people, which is always a challenge, but I love them. We taught the first lesson yesterday to this cute little Mom and her daughter, and it helped me remember why I’m here and also to have more confidence in my Spanish. IT WENT SO WELL.

Funny story: They have these little like irrigation ditches in front of all the houses, and I accidentally stepped in one on my first day of proselyting, so I walked around with my foot covered in NASTY WATER and dirt and plants for like an hour. SO GREAT. NOT GREAT UGH.

The food here is good, but I don’t know if salads are a thing here. #spinachwithdrawals. #legit.

I love it here! Much love to you all.

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WEARING PANTS WHAAAAAAAAT
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CUTE LITTLE FEDERAL
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READY TO WORK.
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Hermana Gallagher is shorter and younger than me, but she is awesome.

Arrival in Santa Fe

Dear Family of Sister Elisyn Kay Hong,
We wish to thank you for the support given as you sent Sister Hong to the Mission Argentina Santa Fe. For us, it represents an immense responsibility and blessing to work with one of your family members.

We inform you that Sister Elisyn Kay Hong, arrived to the mission happy, well, and without inconvenience. Today Sister Elisyn Kay Hong is already working in her respective area and is receiving support from her new companion. We will send you a photo taken on the day Sister Elisyn Kay Hong received her companionship assignment.
We will also send you a link to the Mission Blog, http://www.misionsf.blogspot.com.ar, so you can view photos of moments in the mission.

received_10154211470649160llegadacompanerocon-presidenteWe remind you that your children are under the promise written in DyC 84: 88 “And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up.”
With love,

President and Sister Pérez
Mission Argentina Santa Fe

Week 6 Alive and Well in Santa Fe

I MADE IT. ESTOY AQUI.

THE PEOPLE SPEAK REALLY SILLY, BUT IT IS AWESOME. I AM UNDERSTANDING BETTER THAN I HOPED. I MET MY MISSION PRESIDENT AND HE IS WONDERFUL. JUST THE SWEETEST LITTLE MAN. HE IS VERY SHORT, BUT SO HAPPY. ALL THE MISSIONARIES ARE SO HAPPY TO BE HERE. I AM SO HAPPY TO BE HERE. SOMEONE PINCH ME. THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE. I AM SO HAPPY.

D&C 88:84.

THIS KEYBOARD IS WEIRD.

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She didn’t include any pictures with her email, but this is from someone who took one on the plane.  This is the message that came with it:

“These nice sister missionaries are sitting by our 13 year old, Beehive class president daughter on the plane to Atlanta. We are grateful for the good example they are setting. Our daughter, Maria, couldn’t have asked for a better seat assignment. She wants to serve a mission one day, too.”