Week 14: “La paz os dejo, mi paz os doy;”

“yo no os la doy como el mundo la da. No se turbe vuestro corazón ni tenga miedo” (Juan 14:27). As we turn our wills over to God, we truly can feel peace in every aspect of our lives. This Thanksgiving I am grateful that God’s will was different than mine, and that I get to be here in cute, hot, little Federal, Argentina! I have felt so much PEACE on my mission, and I know it is because I am doing the Father’s will and not mine.

This week went by really fast, but it was not the best week numbers wise. Almost all of our appointments fell through, and we didn’t achieve like any of our goals…. But other than that it was a good week. On Tuesday we had Zone Meeting, so we went to Concordia. It went well, but when we returned the Elders had to stay in Concordia for an extra day, and so Hermana Gallagher and I had to take the box of 36 Libros de Mormon back all by ourselves…. It was not fun.

Oh and HAPPY DIA DE ACCION DE GRACIAS (Thanksgiving lol). I made two pies to celebrate, because we had a Family Home Evening appointment for that night, but then it fell through… So we had two pies, and no where to go. So we called up a different member and ate PIE. So fun.

Yesterday was the worst. We woke up, and it was raining. Rain here means that NO ONE will go to church. Literally no one. And it was especially sad because we had like 5 investigators lined up to go to church, but none of them came 😦 Welcome to the life of a missionary.

I’m hoping this week goes a lot better! I love you all and miss you tons!

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Me and my pies: Sweet potato and Banana Cream
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Thanksgiving feast
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Zone Meeting
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P-day with the youth and thier amigos

 

Week 13: “the first great commandment of all eternity is….”

“…to love God with all of our heart, might, mind, and strength—that’s the first great commandment. But the first great truth of all eternity is that God loves us with all of His heart, might, mind, and strength” (Elder Holland, April 2016).

This week I had a lot of time to read basically every talk from April 2016 General Conference, because my companion had her ingrown toenail removed, and the painkillers really messed with her head. We were in the apartment all of Friday and almost all of Saturday. Woot woot. Basically I was bored a lot so I baked a lot of unhealthy things, and we watched almost all of the seminary videos from the eighties for Doctrine and Covenants.

Even though we had a boring end of the week, we actually worked really hard and had some success! We started out the week with no one committed to baptism, and now we have two people progressing towards baptism in December, Lidia and Luis. Lidia has been an investigator for a few weeks, but it takes a little bit longer for her to understand things, so we had to go pretty slow with her. We went to her house like three times this week. One of those times we even made lunch for her and her family. That was fun. It was nice to eat with someone other than just my companion lol. Lidia and her two sons also came to church yesterday! IT WAS AWESOME. Luis….. oh Luis. So the other missionaries contacted him back in like June and taught him like half a lesson, and then he disappeared but not really disappeared, he just lives half of the time in the fields and half the time here in Federal. But we found him again this week and taught him lesson one. He was so excited to learn we have a living prophet that he committed to be baptized WOOOHOOOO GO FEDERAL.

Our cute little Branch traveled to the temple this week, and I was so jealous. I miss the temple more than I thought I would. Ahhhhhh the temple. One of my favorite people in Argentina, Hermana Vero, got endowed on Saturday, and when we saw her at church the next day, she was glowing. She was so happy. The temple truly is the House of the Lord.

I miss you all! I love youuuuuuuu.

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Feasting upon the word… aka waiting for my brownies
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Sketchy brownies that tasted freaking good
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Oven Pancakes
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movie night with the comp
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STIR FRYYYYYYY OTRA VEZ

Week 12: “However far we may wander from the path….”

“the Savior invites us to return and walk with Him. This invitation to walk with Jesus Christ is an invitation to accompany Him to Gethsemane and from Gethsemane to Calvary and from Calvary to the Garden Tomb. It is an invitation to observe and apply His great atoning sacrifice, whose reach is as individual as it is infinite. It is an invitation to repent, to draw upon His cleansing power, and to grasp His loving, outstretched arms. It is an invitation to be at peace” (Bishop Waddell April 2016 Conference).

WE HAD A BAPTISM WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!!!! YAY FOR SANDRAAAAAAA! SHE DID IT! SHE DIDN’T SMOKE ALL WEEEEEEEEK BEFORE HER BAPTISM. SHE WAS SO HAPPY. IT WAS SO COOL TO WATCH HER CHANGE HER LIFE AND GET BAPTIZED!!!!!

I survived my first transfer in the field!!!! SWEET. Another six weeks down! Also shout-out to all my letter-senders back at home (and in Malaysia). I got 14 letters in one transfer, so basically I am winning here in Argentina. Not to mention I got two packages too. I am loved.

This week we had to travel to Concordia twice. The first time for Zone Conference, which was awesome. I really enjoyed it. President Perez talked about how we need to have faith to be obedient and find people to teach, so I am working on having more faith! He also reminded us that the goal for our mission is to have one baptism every month, so we are looking for someone for December! Then we had District Conference with all the branches in our zone. Our branch was the choir for the meeting so that was fun fun.

Our investigators are doing well. I feel like we are kind of in a rut where no one understands why they need to be baptized, which basically means we are doing something wrong lol. But we’ll figure it out hahaha.

Wish us luck this week. I love and miss you all SO SO SO SO SO MUCH.

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Baptism of Sandra
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District conference, but this is the whole zone
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Hermana Hong bought a cute hat. She says the sun is very bright and her eyes hurt from squinting so much
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I am HERE!!
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Picture taken after choir sang in conference.

Week 11: “why has God ceased to be a God of miracles?”

“and yet be an unchangeable Being? And behold, I say unto you he changeth not; if so he would cease to be God; and he ceaseth not to be God, and is a God of miracles.” (Mormon 9:15).
Well, this week was an adventure. I am now 20 years old. #what Super weird. My birthday went well, but it was definitely the hottest birthday of my life so far…. welcome to “SPRING” in Federal.
This week we had to travel to Santa Fe to sign some papers to stay here in Argentina. And it always sucks a bit to travel, because it takes us away from our area 😦 BUT my mission brother was there too (Elder Peterson from my MTC district), so it was awesome. It literally felt like I was seeing a family member :’)
Our investigators are doing…. well? Ricardo started this week out well. We called him every night to check in, and he was reading the Libro de Mormon, but then the last three days of the week he wasn’t answering our calls our texts. So we went to visit him, and he said his eyes had been hurting a lot…. He said he believes the Book of Mormon is the word of God and Joseph Smith was a prophet, but he doesn’t feel like he has received an answer yet that he should get baptized. We are going to visit him like every day this week to read the Libro de Mormon with him…. Cross your fingers for us.
We MIGHT have a baptism this Saturday! Sandra is an investigator from before I got here, and she had her baptismal interview on Saturday, and it went well… except she smoked a cigarette that morning 😦 so our district leader said she can still get baptized on Saturday if she doesn’t smoke AT ALL. So we will see!
On Saturday we had a Branch Talent Show. It was comical hahaha. It turned into more of a karaoke night lol. But Hermana Gallagher and I made some American treats to share, and we were both so happy… until we walked outside and it was like a hundred degrees, which would be fine if our treats weren’t covered in chocolate…. Lets just say the frosting of my cake melted all over my skirt and everything. It was liquid…..
LES QUIERO MUCHOOOOOOO. HASTA LA PROXIMA SEMANA
Pics:
  • family reunion
  • Texas sheet cake before it was all over my skirt
  • melted Texas sheet cake….
  • BIRTHDAY PACKAGES AND CAAAAAARDS
  • LAST DAY AS A TEENAGER
  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HERMANA HONG W/ A TREAT FROM A MEMBER FAMILY

Sister Elisyn Kay Hong
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family reunion
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Texas sheet cake before it was all over my skirt
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melted Texas sheet cake….
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BIRTHDAY PACKAGES AND CAAAAAARDS
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LAST DAY AS A TEENAGER
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO HERMANA HONG W/ A TREAT FROM A MEMBER FAMILY