WEEK 18: “CONFIARÉ….”

new-companera-hermana-tinsley“Y NO TEMERÉ!” (Isaiah 12:2) Bienvenidos a un nuevo traslado!!!! I have a new companion! Her name is Hermana Tinsley, and SHE IS AWESOME!!! I am so excited to get to work. She is from California and loves to cook too, so we are getting along really well so far 🙂 She’s also a pro-missionary. She’s been out for almost ten months, so I am excited to see what I can learn from her. I love her already.  I will miss Hermana Gallagher, and we will be friends always, but she will do great things with a new companion too. My district here in Federal is all different too now.   We had a fiesta though this last week. For our last district meeting, I made corn dogs and the elders made cake, and we ate them yummm. The zone leaders were there too. SO fun. Then we finished the week by eating ice cream and giant hot dogs YES.

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This week was crazy because CHRISTMASSSSSSSS. I love Christmas on the mission. It was so special to testify of Christ everyday during this season. It was incredible. My testimony grew so much as I studied His life this Christmas season. I know without a doubt that HE LIVES. He is our Savior. We truly can trust Him with everything.

We also had “divisiones” this week. They came and worked with us here in Federal, and we did WORK. Hermana Jones (a STL) and I went and visited Paula, a 15-year-old investigator, and she is absolutely incredible. When we first met, she was having a lot of struggles with feeling lonely and self-harm, but I shared my testimony and some scriptures our first visit. When we returned to visit with her, it was so easy to see the changes the Gospel already had made in her life. She is so happy now. It is awesome. Anyways. She is awesome. She understands everything, and loves our messages. She also committed to be baptized!!!! YES PAULA.

Here are a list of things I did to celebrate this week:


SUGAR COOKIES: I made some bomb sugar cookies. It took me five hours though, because we don’t have a mixer or a rolling pin, and we only have one cookie sheet type thing. It was an adventure. I made these cookies while Hermana Gallagher was packing LOL. The funny thing is three hours after I finished making the cookies the Elders in my district here gave me a rolling pin as a Christmas present. I cried a little bit, because they are awesome.
We went carolling as a district. We just visited the members, but I loved it. I wasn’t feeling the Christmas Spirit really, until we went carolling on Christmas Eve. I loved it. It reminded me how much I love to sing too. My goal is to sing more in my mission, because music brings the Spirit so quickly. Plus while we were out carolling, we visited a menos activo family, and they gave us the most delicious cake. AND IT WAS GOOOOOOOOD.

 

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After carolling we all went to the house of the Chavez family to eat our Christmas Eve dinner. It was very good and very fun!

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Then on Christmas morning I opened all the awesome presents my family sent me. They know me so well. They were all perfect.
Then we went to church and then lunch with our branch president, and he made us this “fruit salad” for desert, and it was the bessssssst. I love fruit. And it was cold. YESSSSS.
The best thing about Christmas though was calling my family. I love them all so much. It was so nice to talk to them. Yes I cried like a baby when I said hello and goodbye, but hey it’s me. Funny thing is I couldn’t remember how to speak English whoops. LOLOLOL.
Anyways I LOVE YOU ALLLLLLLLL MERRRRYYYYYYY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR. REMEMBER HOW GOOD GOD IS.

Week 17: “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy….”

“…which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). It is the best (and worst) thing ever to be a missionary during Christmas. WE LITERALLY GET TO TELL EVERYONE THAT THE CHILD THAT WAS BORN OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO LIVED, DIED, AND THEN WAS RESURRECTED FOR ALL OF US AND THAT BECAUSE OF HIM WE CAN LIVE WITH OUR FAMILIES FOREVERRRRRR. But then I can’t be with my family during this holiday season, which is not the funnest, but it is worth it, yes.

Well well well I have arrived at the last week of my second transfer. What the heck happened to being the newbie in the mission???? Lol. The funny thing is that I will probably train either this next transfer or the one after that. LOL.

The big news this week is that LIDIA GOT BAPTIZED. VAAAAMOS. It was awesome. I was a bit worried about her all week, but she was able to testify to us that she truly wanted to get baptiized for the right reasons, and that she knew the church was true. It was a neat experience to watch her get baptized and receive the Holy Ghost, because I was here from the beginning. I found her! I taught her! And she got baptized. Now her son wants to get baptized too! Yesterday we went to teach him some of the lessons he wasn’t there for when we taught his mom, and the coolest thing happened. Usually Lidia has a really hard time understanding things and can’t explain what she is feeling or thinking, but yesterday she bore her testimony so strongly to Daniel, and I was just sitting there with tears in my eyes, because it was such a miracle. The gift of the Holy Ghost is real. She kept saying over and over how happy and clean she felt after her baptism. It was INCREDIBLE.

We also had two Christmas “parties” this week. One for the mission, and that one was very Spiritual and we ate really good food. The other was for the Branch here, and it was an adventure. Our Branch President asked me to give a talk, so I prepared a nice little talk.  We had a great time.  The members here are the best!

FELIZ NAVIDAD. I hope you all remember the true meaning of Christmas. CHRISTMAS IS AWESOME.

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BANANA CREAM PIEEEEEEEEEE
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Shoe tan lines plus bug bites…. so pretty
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VAMOS LIDIA
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When you eat way too much food
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When you gain so much weight on your mission and look like a snowman lol

 

Week 16: “And the angel said unto her…”

“Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.” (Luke 1:30-33). We see miracles everyday in the obra misional, but the greatest miracle ever was the birth and life of our Savior! Crazy to think it is almost Christmas.

Um how do I describe this week??? Let’s go with crazy and fattening. Sounds good. We had tramites this week, which basically means I had to go to Rosario to sign a bunch of papers to make it “legal” for me to be in Argentina, so we were out of our area for three days BUT it was a party. Usually there are like ten missionaries that need to go sign papers, and they take a bus down to Rosario. This time I was the only one, so we took the mission truck and it was just me and my companion and three elders. It was like a road trip with friends hahaha. It was weird. But we ate some good food. First we went to this panadería and it was DELICIOUS. I ate a caprese empanada and a little vegetable quiche tart thing, and ohhhhh maaaaaaan. I was in panadería cielo. Then we went to this sandwich shop, and it was like a subway setup, but so much better than subway. You got to choose your toppings and no one really knew what they were, so we just put whatever looked good, and it ended up being really good hahaha. I love food. Then on the return trip we ate a really good pizza. The pizza here is way different, but still goooooooooooooooooooood.

Lidia, our investigator, had her baptismal interview on Saturday… and well…. it didn’t go too well. My district leader had to call my mission president to ask what he should do, so basically that is bad. Technically she can still get baptized on Saturday if we work our butts of this week to help her gain a testimony of everything. I felt a bit like we failed, but then she came to church yesterday, and she had taken out all of her face piercings and was completely modest, and so now I feel a bit better. There is hope that she can get baptized. The only problem is that we won’t be here in Federal like at all this week thanks to the mission Christmas party we have to travel to… We will see.

But really I feel so blessed to be a missionary especially during this Christmas season!

I love you all and miss youuuuuu.

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Pizza in Rosario
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Cookies
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Delicious Sandwich
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I don’t know what I am eating, but it is tasty
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Panadería Cielo

Week 15: “he that is faithful in tribulation…”

“the reward of the same is greater in the kingdom of heaven. Ye cannot behold with your natural eyes, for the present time, the design of your God concerning those things which shall come hereafter, and the glory which shall follow after much tribulation. For after much tribulation come the blessings. Wherefore the day cometh that ye shall be crowned with much glory; the hour is not yet, but is nigh at hand” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:2-4). God is so good. Week 15 went much better than week 14!

The highlight of our week is that Lidia is still on track for baptism on the 17th! We taught her the Ley de Castidad y la Palabra de Sabiduría esta semana (aka the lessons of death lol). And to our surprise, she has no problems at all with either of these two commandments! God has certainly been preparing her for quite some time. It has been awesome to see how the gospel has helped her. She is so happy, and there is a new light in her life! VAMOS BAUTISMO. VAMOS LIDIA. VAMOS EVANGELIO!

We also have three new investigators this week, Delia, Juana, and Paula. Delia was a future investigator that we finally got a hold of. She really enjoyed our lesson and accepted a baptismal date! Juana was an investigator back in January of other hermanas, but then she got lost. Yesterday we went to contact a reference, and turns out our reference doesn’t live in the address we were given anymore, but Juana does! So we are going to start teaching her again. Paula was a reference of one of our investigators, Brenda. Paula is 15 and feels very lonely. She was texting Brenda during one of our lessons, and Brenda invited us to come with her to visit Paula, because Paula was having problems with self-harm, so we went and visited. God definitely put us in the places He needed us to be this week to find people who were ready to receive the gospel!

I just feel so blessed to be here in Federal and to be a missionary in general! I love this work and the gospel. I am so grateful to be a part of an eternal family 🙂

LES QUIERO MUCHO MUCHO MUCHO.

Pics:
Fancy lunch in Federal 🙂 ASADOOOOOOOOOO.

Sister Elisyn Kay Hong

 

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