Week 26: “I believe…”

“that the moment we learn to unleash the full influence of converted, covenant-keeping women, the kingdom of God will change overnight” (Sheri Dew). AMEN WOMEN POWER. YEET. Sister Oscarson from the General Young Women’s Presidency had this quote in her talk from October. Her talk was fire. I especially loved this part:

“And third, we need to study and understand temple ordinances and covenants. The temple holds a place at the very center of our most sacred beliefs, and the Lord asks that we attend, ponder, study, and find personal meaning and application individually. We will come to understand that through the ordinances of the temple, the power of godliness is manifest in our lives and that because of temple ordinances, we can be armed with God’s power, and His name will be upon us, His glory round about us, and His angels have charge over us. I wonder if we are fully drawing upon the power of those promises.” I freaking love the temple. One of the hardest things for me about being on the mission is not being able to go to the temple whenever I want hahaha. The temple is one of the biggest blessings we receive because we live during the dispensation of the fulness of times. The other day I was visiting the Stake Patriarch who lives in our branch, and he said something that I had never thought about. He said that even though the missionaries and the church had been in Argentina, they never had the fulness of the gospel until the 80’s when the temple in Buenos Aires was built. I feel so lucky to have grown up in Utah County where there are like a thousand temples and a chapel on every corner. I definitely regret not going to the temple every week when I was in junior high and high school. But I am so grateful that in college and in the months leading up to my mission I went to the temple every week. I know that I am still receiving blessings out here on my mission thanks to the decision I made about a year and a half ago to go to the temple every week!

Well if you all want to know something crazy… I come home in a year from today….. That is really weird. But don’t worry I’m still one of those newbie missionaries hahaha. I feel so lucky to be out here on the mission representing Christ every day. I’ve come to realize that one of the biggest things I’ve learned on my mission is that we should always try to emulate Christ. He is perfect in every way. If we try to develop Christlike attributes (faith, hope, patience, obedience, diligence, etc), we will be happy!

This week was a bit up and down. Our investigator, Jose Maria, didn’t go to church again yesterday, so we are a bit frustrated about that, but it’s all gooooooooood. We did find 5 new investigators, so that was awesome. One of them is Tania, and she is really great. She’s young and is willing to change and read and listen to what we have to say. Her boyfriend, Oscar, is also a new investigator, but he has less interest. Then we have Milagros who is thirteen but looks like she is 17, and when we asked her if she had heard about the Libro de Mormon she said she already has one and thinks it’s a good book. #Milagros. Ha ha ha that was funny. Then we have Diolindo and Sunilda (and I thought my name was a bit unusual). They are a cute little old couple. My companion has adopted them as her grandparents, and they love that idea 🙂 It is so cute.

But basically nothing exciting happened this week. I gave a talk yesterday and our sink and oven got fixed the other day. So we’re feeling pretty good out here in Victoria.

Oh also Hermana Gallagher, my trainer, is in my zone, so that is chill.

Peace out. Love you alllllllll. See you in a year 🙂

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Familia Jaimes
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Raincoats in Victoria
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Reunited with Hermana Gallagher– LOVE HER!!!

Week 25: “If ye then, being evil…”

“know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (3 Nephi 14:11). Heavenly Father is so good to us. He is the best.

Freaking heck. There are so many hills here in Victoria. My legs feel like noodles. Hahaha jk it is just a nice reminder that I used to go walk around in the mountains or on campus a lot. In Federal it was completely flat. But I love Victoria. It is a lot bigger than Federal, but it apparently is still small, so that is chill. We have a cute little branch out here. It is bigger than the branch in Federal.

But this week was nuts. Literally so crazy. It started on Thursday when my cute companion programmed someone to get baptized for the first time in her mission! His name is Jose Maria. He has tons of potential and loves to learn about the gospel…. The only problem is that he didn’t go to church yesterday. Ugh that is the worst. Then that night we went to bed like normal only to get a call at midnight (!?!?!) from our district leader. And I answered like half asleep and tried to understand what was going on with all the Spanish after I had been dead asleep for an hour, and from what I understood (and what my companion understood) they were walking to our apartment to give us their keys and we needed to meet them outside!?!?!?! So we walked outside our apartment in our pajamas without our nametags and waited for them. Then all of the sudden one of the mission cars pulled up with our district leader, his companion, and two of the office elders…. They gave us their keys to their apartment and said something about an air conditioner and that they were headed to Santa Fe in that very moment. And then they left. And we were both very very confused. Then the next morning we went to work like normal, feeling very sleepy. We had a lunch appoinment with our Branch President, so we went, and his wife told us that our District Leader might be heading home (?!?!?!) because of health problems, which would explain why the office elders were there and why we needed their keys, but not why they were talking about AC. BUT THEN we got a call from the mission office saying that the people were in front of our apartment waiting for us to receive our new AC and the elders’ AC, and that they weren’t going to wait for very long….. And we were like CRAP, because we were not very close to our apartment, so we called a taxi, only to have them call like ten minutes later to say that they actually weren’t going to come, and then the delivery guys called telling us we needed to hurry, and we were like UGHHHHHHHH so we basically ran to our apartment right before lunch was going to start, got the ACs, and then ran back and ate. Then when we got back home, we called the member who was going to install our AC to tell him they had arrived, and turns out he will be on vacation for two weeks…. So now we just have all these ACs in our apartment. THEN the next day I was washing my clothes like normal, and the sink fell off the wall…. So that was a big confidence booster lol. But on the brightside our District Leader didn’t end up going home!

But yup that was my week. Nothing really exciting happened. We don’t have many investigators or anything here so we are basically starting from scratch lol.

Also pray for me and my Spanish speaking abilities lol.

Also our oven doesn’t work, and I really want to make cookies.

Love you all.

FOTOS:
HERMANA MAIDANA AND I EATING ICE CREAM
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ME WITH OUR ACS
ME WITH MY BROKEN SINK
US WALKING AROUND. IT HAS BEEN COLD AND RAINY, SO BASICALLY WE DONT EVEN NEED OUR NEW ACS
GRIDO: THE REASON I HAVE GAINED SO MUCH WEIGHT LOL.

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Hermana Maidana and I eating ice cream
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Victoria Street
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ME WITH MY BROKEN SINK
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ME WITH OUR ACS
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GRIDO: THE REASON I HAVE GAINED SO MUCH WEIGHT LOL.
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US WALKING AROUND. IT HAS BEEN COLD AND RAINY, SO BASICALLY WE DONT EVEN NEED OUR NEW ACS

Week 24: “Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day…”

“Yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them. But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day” (Alma 26:6-7). I am hoping that these verses apply to all my converts out in Federal, because *NEWSFLASH* I got transferred, and I love my cute converts. I am now in Victoria, and it is freaking different than Federal. It is a lot bigger. A LOT bigger. But it’s not even that big. Federal is just freaking teeny. The other big news is that I am training!!!! Yes I only have three transfers in the field hahaha. But I’m like half training. My new companion (Hermana Maidana, 19, from Uruguay) has been out for one transfer, but her trainer got transferred and is now an STL…. So I’m not really her trainer, but I am. It is complicated. But I love her. She is great. Like she is already a better missionary than I am soooooooooo.

But this week was super crazy. We didn’t really do a lot of teaching, because we (Hermana Tinsley and I) both were a bit sick on different days, and then we were packing and saying farewell to everyone. WE BOTH LEFT FEDERAL, WHICH IS CRAZY #WHITEWASH AHHHHHHH. We partied pretty hard this week (JK), but kind of not jk. We had two “noches de hogar” with Nico, Albana (youth in Federal), and Enzo (friend of Nico, cousin of Albana, investigator of the elders). The first one we ate ASADO and watched the District to get Nico excited for the mission. He really wants to serve a mission. Now Albana and Enzo want to serve, which is awesome. Then on Thursday we went to Albana’s house and ate tartas (basically like stuffed quesadillas mixed with chicken pot pie). I love them all so much. We are a squad. #SquadFacha. I miss them hahaha. Then on Friday we were visiting with Nico (and Enzo was there), and we got our call for transfers, so it was fun to be with them for the call of dooooooom.

I still can’t really believe I am not in Federal…. Whaaaaaat. On Saturday and Sunday I packed up all my stuff and said goodbye to everyone. I cried a lot on Sunday during church. Elder Brown bore his testimony first (he left too. 3/4 missionaries in Federal left. It was a bit crazy), and he was crying and that made me cry because I cry when other people cry and also because he is one of my good friends on the mission. Then I bore my testimony and everyone in the rama was crying, so I cried more. And then I had to direct the last song, and I ALWAYS directed the music, and I was crying so much I couldn’t even sing hahahahahahaha. It was funny. I love freaking Federal. On Sunday all four of us missionaries ate lunch together at la casa de la familia Chavez and then all four of us ate dinner at la casa de Hermana Vero…. Lol it was super good and fun. I am going to miss my cute little district.

I MISS HNA TINSLEY A LOT TOOOOOO.

Okay and yesterday we (Hna Tinsley and I) both got on the bus and headed to Paraná, and I forgot to go to the bathroom before we got on, and usually the busride is only like 2 hours, but this time it was FOUR HOURS. I HAVE NEVER HAD TO PEE MORE IN MY LIFE. I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO DIE. So when we were close to Paraná I called the STLs who were waiting in the terminal and told them to be in front of our bus when we pulled in so that I could RUN with one of them to the bathroom. So we arrived and I went to the bathroom, and everything was all good again. BUT THEN I was just talking to my friend Hna Degolyer, and the Zone Leader in charge of transfers in Paraná came up to me and said, “YOU NEED TO GET ON A BUS RIGHT NOW.” And I was like crap. So I said a quick goodbye to my beloved Hermana Tinsley, and got shoved on a bus ALL BY MYSELF and headed to Victoria. Then two hours later I got here, and no one was there to greet me like they said would happen….. So that was awkward. Eventually the elders showed up and todo estaba bien. And now I am happily settled in here in Victoria 🙂

I am going to miss Federal a ton. I learned how to be a missionary there. I learned to rely on God, because these are His children I am serving, and He knows them perfectly. I learned how to have charity. I just hope I can keep improving in Victoria!!!!

I love you all! Thanks for your love and support!

 

The people that have loved Lisi!  They will always be part of her heart 🙂 (Si consigo su nombre incorrecto, por favor perdóneme y digame el correct0)

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Sweet Hermana Vero
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Hermana Hong and Valen
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The Hugging pillow
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Guillermo Barrios
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Kimberly Chavez

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Naomi Chavez

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Albana

 

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Hermana Hong,  Enzo, Hermana Tinsley, and Nico– Squad Facho

 

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Hermana Vero always fed Hermana Hong.  Gracias!!!
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Lydia
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Hermana Chavez (she would also feed Hermana Hong often)

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Laura Chavez

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Hermana Hong finding out she was leaving Federal

 

These Pictures made me Smile

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Pillow hug for elders
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A person in the middle makes it okay to hug the hermanas

Ciao distrito

 

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Farewell dinner at the Familia Vero’s house
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This picture made me cry.  Saying goodbye to her Federal Family

Victoria

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Hermana Maidana

Victoria Apartment