“…for the mountain waves shall dash upon you. Nevertheless, I will bring you up again out of the depths of the sea; for the winds have gone forth out of my mouth, and also the rains and the floods have I sent forth. And behold, I prepare you against these things; for ye cannot cross this great deep save I prepare you against the waves of the sea, and the winds which have gone forth, and the floods which shall come. Therefore what will ye that I should prepare for you that ye may have light when ye are swallowed up in the depths of the sea?” (Ether 2:24-25) This week I read my favorite story in the Book of Mormon again (the story about the brother of Jared and the boats), and I swear every time I read it I learn sooooooooo much. I really liked these verses, because they taught me that God gives us trials, but He also prepares us for them. My mission president always says “LA MISIÓN NO ES FACIL.” And it is true, but it is hard in weird ways. Your back hurts always, or you get sick after you eat spinach, or your investigators are just your friends, or other people’s lives make you sad, or you miss home lots, or you can’t speak the language. There are lots of trials in the mission, but it’s so easy to see that God’s hand is in the work every day. I’m just trying to remember that He has prepared me for these trials, and after the trials we reach the promised land. But throughout the trials (like the brother of Jared), we see Jesus!
Happy Easter by the way. I have decided that I really like Easter, because I get to think more about my Savior. I love my Savior, and I am grateful that I get to be on this mission and serve Him every day! It’s magical. I love it. Even though it is hard.
This week was interesting. I went to the doctor! AGAIN! Hahahaha. I love going to the doctor…… not. It takes so much time hahaha. But I will be going to the doctor lots in the next two weeks, because I have to go to physical therapy every day for two weeks. Yaaaaay. At least I can finally do SOMETHING to improve my back. It seems like the process was way too long to receive a simple repuesta, but oh well.
All our investigators seemed to have hit a wall. They are all disappearing haha. Or going to the club too much. We are teaching this family (más o menos teaching them) and their family breaks my heart. It is hard. The mom is like 50 years old and has a bunch of kids who are older and already have kids and then a daughter who is 8 years old (I keep wanting to say that they have a certain amount of years because that’s how it works in Spanish. YA FUE INGLES.) Anyways. The mom, two daughters with their kids, and the 8 year old all live together, and the mom is always “sick” but she goes to the club every night. It is so hard for me to teach them, because I just want to shake the mom and tell her to take better care of her family, but I can’t really do that hahaha. But okay.
Also this week I broke another sink, but it was the sink of a member hahah. It’s all good thought. It was an easy fix.
I love and miss you all so much. Every morning this week I woke up and thought I was at home. It was the worst. Oh well.
This week was a bit of a hard week, but not for the normal mission reasons. I had a hard time with my back, and it hasn’t been improving…. So we ended up calling Hermana Perez (mission president’s wife), and she said to go to the doctor. We went to the doctor, and that didn’t help at all. So then PRESIDENT PEREZ called us and said I had to rest for FOUR DAYS (Thursday – Sunday), which means we couldn’t leave the apartment at all…. We did leave to take the sacrament, which was a welcome relief. But then Sunday night, after we were in bed, we got a message from Hermana Perez saying we had to keep resting for one more day, because my back wasn’t improving. That was super frustrating. And now here I am on Tuesday chilling waiting to see what is going to happen.
But the beginning of the week we did some things! We had a FHE with a family on Monday, and then on Tuesday it was my companion’s birthday! So that was fun!
I had a lot of time to study this week, which was a blessing. I read A LOT of Jesus the Christ, and I loved being able to study Him and His life. It really helped me feel better about being stuck in the apartment. We also had angels come visit us (AKA the Jaimes family). We were so blessed even though we were suffering! I am hoping this week that we will be able to work really hard! We will see.
I love you all lots. I am so grateful for all of you 🙂
Sister Elisyn Kay Hong
(Sorry the text is weird. I will try to fix it when I am home- Deb)
“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 🙂
“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
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
“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)
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.
We 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.”
President and Sister Pérez
Mission Argentina Santa Fe
What things ye have need of before ye ask him” (3 Nephi 13:8). Hermana Barlow and I searched for this scripture for like twenty minutes lololol.
THIS WEEK WAS GREAT. I can’t believe I’ve already been out here for four weeks. Time has FLOWN by, right Mom? 😉 I get my flight plans on Friday, which is just nuts. Only like twelve more days until I fly out to Argentina!
Like the scripture at the beginning says, God truly knows our needs before we ask Him. This week I have seen that in so many ways. It has been really awesome to see how God prepares ways to bless His children, and it is so awesome to be a missionary and helping His children come unto Christ. Every lesson we have we find that God has prepared us so precisely to help His children that we teach. It is awesome to sit in a lesson with an “investigator” and have the perfect scriptures to answer their questions. I know that God truly works through His missionaries.
I have also been so blessed in my short time as a missionary. God truly knows me and has blessed me like crazy here. All the waiting I had to do in order to serve this mission has paid off. One of the biggest blessings I have had in the last 4 weeks is the opportunity to sing in the MTC Choir that will perform during the Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference. I am so humbled and happy to have this opportunity! I hope you all tune in and see if you can see my face! Here is a link that will tell you how to watch: https://www.lds.org/general-conference/live-viewing-times-and-options?cid=HP_gcban_16-09-2016_cta_1dOCS_fGC_xLIDyban_&lang=eng