Week 33: “And he hath brought to pass the redemption of the world…”

“whereby he that is found guiltless before him at the judgment day hath it given unto him to dwell in the presence of God in his kingdom, to sing ceaseless praises with the choirs above, unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end” (Mormon 7:7).   I really just want to be part of the “choirs above.” In Spanish the verse says “coros celestiales” instead of “choirs above,” and I like that better hahaha.

POR FIN FUI AL DOCTOR OTRA VEZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! They gave me pills and took some x-rays. My spine has a little curve right smack dab in the middle of my back, and my hips are uneven, which doesn’t make my back feel too good. We’re still waiting to see if we can do anything else to make it feel better, but for now, I’m happy that my back pain has decreased.

It was so nice to leave and go to work this week. And we saw crazy things happen. We had divisiones this week too, so it was just good all around.

Here’s one story that I love from this week. When we were in divisiones, Hermana Card and I were just walking to an investigator’s house and contacting a bit, and we walked past this house that is like tucked back behind this other house and has this long alley thing that leads from the front door to the street. And the door was open and this lady was inside cleaning. We just kind of kept walking, but then we took like three steps after we passed and both looked at each other and turned back haha. Turns out this lady is named Gabriela and has been searching for more peace in her life, and when we turned back to her house and gave her a pass along card that says “conoce al PRINCIPE de PAZ” she knew it was God’s way of saying that she needed to listen to our message. The next day Hermana Verdeja and I went and visited her and shared the new Easter video and the Restoration, and she kept saying “I feel so good. So happy.” Then at the end of the lesson we pulled up the bible video of Christ’s baptism and invited her to get baptized. And she said yes! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. It was awesome. The Spirit was so strong!

I also want to tell you all about my new grandpa, Carlos. He is one of our new investigators from before reposo, and he is the best. He owns a kiosco right by our apartment, and we visit him every night. He is the best. IDK how to explain how awesome he is. But we are teaching him and his two friends that always visit him in his kiosco. It is fun 🙂

So basically I am doing well. Much better than last week! Also I am currently wearing tights, because it is cold outside and my heart is very happy.

I love you all so much! Thank you all for your prayers!!!!

Pics:

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Hermana Verdeja and I are pandas.
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Hermana White forgot her nametag the other day when we helped with una Capilla Abierta, so I lent her mine. It was weird hahaha.
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Us at the doctor

Week 32: “There’s surely somewhere a lowly place….”

“In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I’ll be what you want me to be.”

Welp. This week I was under house arrest again thanks to my best friend, my back. I am a bit frustrated with my back, but I am trusting in God. On the brightside we did get to leave and watch all of conference, which was nice.

Before bedrest started, Hermana Verdeja and I found 5 new investigators. woot woot. I love my new area, and I am excited to go out and work.

That’s all for this week. Peace out. Love you all.

 

P.S.

Also just so you all know….

I KNOW THAT JESUS IS MY SAVIOR. I KNOW HEAVENLY FATHER HAS A PLAN FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US. I HAVE LOVED MY MISSION WITH ALL MY HEART. (even though sometimes I don’t realize it in the moment, I have loved my mission 100%) I THANK MY HEAVENLY FATHER EVERYDAY FOR LETTING ME SERVE A MISSION. IT IS AN HONOR TO REPRESENT JESUS CHRIST.

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Cuz ice cream makes everything better?
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The members take good care of the missionaries 🙂

Week 31:”I believe in Christ…”

“…he stands supreme! From him I’ll gain my fondest dream; And while I strive through grief and pain, His voice is heard: “Ye shall obtain.” I believe in Christ; so come what may, With him I’ll stand in that great day When on this earth he comes again To rule among the sons of men” (I Believe in Christ).

I am so humbled to hear that so many people fasted and prayed for me and my back this week. I literally started to cry here at my computer. You all have no idea how much it all helped. This whole week I was just in awe at how much my back didn’t hurt. It was like night and day compared to last week. It was a miracle for sure.

It helped tons this week that my back didn’t hurt toooooooooooooo bad, because I had lots of other crazy things happen. So I am now in Santa Fe. My area is called “Costanera” and it is awesome. It is right on the coast of the river. It is super pretty, but the people here are a little less humble than I am used to. But we will see.

My new companion is Hermana Verdeja from Mexico. She is awesome. She is doing great out here in the field.

This week I one of my shoes broke, I missed my bus, and I had to ride the bus to church for the first time in the mission. So it was all a bit crazy. I also am training desde el principio for the first time hahahaha. Oh and I am in an area that I have never been before. It has been a bit crazy. We spent our whole week contacting and finding where all the investigators live. It has been crazy. I keep saying that it was crazy just to emphasize that it was crazy. OH and I almost forgot to tell you about one of the craziest things. We went and helped with a “capilla abierta” in one of the wards here in Santa Fe. Basically we gave tours of the chapel para explain todo que hacemos. It was super cool. I felt like I was a visitor center missionary, but less pretty hahahaha. It was awesome. Also my mission brother, Elder Peterson, was there, and it was like a family reunion.

I am still shocked and a bit teary about all of you who prayed and fasted for me. I am so grateful. I always like knew that God was a God of miracles, but now I have seen a miracle in my life, and it is just so humbling.

I love you all so freaking much.

 

 

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OH ALSO THE STLS ARE BASICALLY LIVING WITH US RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEIR APARTMENT IS BROKEN. AND THE ZONE LEADERS AND ASISTENTES ARE IN MY DISTRICT. I SPENT MY MISSION AVOIDING THE MISSION LEADERS AND NOW I AM SURROUNDED.

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Hermana Maidana and me at the bus stop, after we missed out bus.
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Me and my new companion, Hermana Verdeja

Week 30: “God our strength will be…”

“Pressed forward ever, called to serve our King” (Called to Serve). This week I have been studying a bit about the strength of God. In the scriptures there are lots of examples of people who were weak who faithfully served God, but they couldn’t do it by themselves. They needed to have the strength of God to do all that He asks. It is comforting to know that God will always give us the strength we need to do what He asks us to do. WHATEVER HE ASKS US TO DO, HE WILL HELP US DO IT. It’s like Nefi in chapter 3 when he says he will do whatever God asks, because he knows God will provide a way.

Basically I need a lot of help from God in this next transfer, because I am going to TRAIN a newbie in a NEW AREA in THE CITY in a WARD. I have no idea what I am going to do, but I am going to do it, because God asked me to.

I am sad to leave Victoria, but excited to have a bit of a new start. It’s a bit frustrating that right when I need to leave our investigators started progressing. We started this week with no investigators with baptismal dates, and now we have like 2.5 (because Jose Maria wants to get baptized but never goes to church, so he counts as half). Now Yanina and Ivana are progressing really well and are working towards getting baptized. They still have a lot of things to do, but they WANT TO GET BAPTIZED, so that is a big deal.

We will see what happens tomorrow when I meet my new companion and start working in my new area. It will be an adventure. I really like this quote from President Nelson’s talk in October, “The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstanses of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.” This week my goal is to refocus on Christ, and I invite you all to do the same. When we focus on Christ we feel joy. The other week I asked the elders for a priesthood blessing for my back, and one thing that really stood out to me in the blessing is that they said that I would be able to find strength in the scriptures and in Christ. TRUE STRENGTH COMES FROM CHRIST AND THE SCRIPTURES AND THE SACRAMENT AND OUR COVENANTS.

 

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Hermana Alegre…. We ate lunch with her every week.  She is awesome
Last day with Maidana
Beautiful Hermana Maidana
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CIAO A MI FAMILIA EN VICTORIA #FLIAJAIMES

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Week 29: “When through the deep waters I call thee to go…..”

“The rivers of sorrow shall not thee o’erflow,
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee, and sanctify to thee,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress” (How Firm a Foundation, verse 4).

Well I am still here, alive and well, and using the keyboard of doooooooom. Not much has changed when it comes to the back. It is still super up and down, but what can you do???? You can only suffer with joy. Lucky me I have quite a bit to be joyful about. I love this gospel it is so good. I love my Heavenly F ather so much. He has blessed me so much. I am so lucky to be able to share this message with all the people out here in Victoria!

This week we were actually able to teach and find a few people. We are teaching a new family: Belen and her husbad Luciano, and their three sons. We are going to do a FHE with them this week, so we will see how that goes. The husband seems to have a lot of interest! Then we have Yanina and her family. We had a FHE with her and her family this last week that went pretty well! We are trying to build a relationship with her family and her husband, because she says that her husband usually scares missionaries and the like away…….. But he has been super friendly with us so vamos a ver. We also found Jose Maria again this week, and he remembers EVERYTHING including that he is preparing to get baptized! So things are going pretty well out here despite all the back probs.

Also la Familia Jaimes is the best. We spent a bit of time with them this week, because we were doing a service for Hermana Jaimes (aka helping her cook and stuff hahahaha) and because my companion didn’t feel too good and couldn’t work one hundred percent , but still wanted to leave the house hahaha. We made bread, canelones, french toast, pancakes, tacos, and asado with them hahahahah. It was a good week.

Also here’s the poem I promised you all.
My Father

My Father made a
See-through blue curtain
And hung it up
In the sky.

At midday
The sun’s rays would
Sneak in and bake us.
Occasionally my Father
Pulled back the curtain
And blew a puff of air in,
Making the trees s pin
And the canyons sigh.

When the sun got tired,
My Father would tuck it in
With a blanket
Of my favorite colors:
Pink, purple, orange, and red,
And sing it a lullaby
Accompanied by
Quiet crickets
And footsteps scurrying home
Until the sun closed its eyes.

In the absence of light,
The curtain turned
A deep black.
But Father,
Knowing I’m afraid of the dark,
Took a needle,
Poked a million holes
In the curtain,
And stood on the other side,
And His Truth and Goodness,
Life and Light
Beamed brightly enough
That little stars appeared
In my night’s sky.

Just barely
I kneeled at my bedside
And thanked my Father
For making the trees dance
And the mountains laugh,
For directing our evening’s
Symphony number eight,
And for being a caring Father
Who helped me overcome my fears.

As I finished my childlike prayer,
He bent down,
For just a small moment,
To hug me and remind me
That I will forever be
His daughter.
Then He slipped back
Behind the speckled curtain
To paint the next day’s sky,
To write tomorrow’s masterpiece,
And to prepare my mansion there,
On the other side.

Dinner with Familia Jaimes
Dinner with the Familia Jaimes
Bellezas Hermanas Hong and Maidana
Bellezas Hermana Maidana and Hermana Hong
French toast
French toast?
Lisi, Hermana Jaimes and pan
Lisi with sweet Hermana Jaimes, and bread

Week 28: “compared to God”

“Man is nothing; yet we are everything to God” (President Uchtdorf).

Sabe que? The spacebar on the keyboard is super dumb, so that is why everything is all messed up. I am trying. LO SIENTO. Also I wrote a nice poem to share today, and I forgot my notebook. WHooops.

Update on my back: Thank you to everyone who fasted and prayed for me this week. It helped tons for sure. Really I received a lot of blessings thanks to your prayers. I don’t quite know how to explain it. My back improved tons, but it still seems like it should hurt, but it doesn’t. SO I know your prayers and everything are helping lots! I was able to leave the apartment this week, which was AWESOME. But then we had a lot of other crazy things happen that prevented us from working 100%.

On Tuesday we had half of a P-day and then district meeting. But we didn’t end up having the meeting because my district leader has some crazy health problems, and had to go to the hospital. Then my back started hurting TONS, so we went home and just chilled for a bit until I was ready to go. while we were in the apartment, the office elders (Yes mom Elder Dillon was one of them) showed up with a package from my fam and a bunch of letters. I seriously have the best friends and family. THank yo uall so much. The office elders were here in Victoria to come pick up my DL, because of his health. He ended up going home, so we are all sad about that. He was a really good guy.

On Wednesday all our appointments fell through, and we had our first clase de ingles en la tarde, entonces no tuvimos m ucho exito.

On Thursday we had all our plans to go visit all our investigators that we hadn’t seen in a freaking week, but then we got a text from the guy who was going to install our AC, saying that he was finally back from Chile and was on his way to install our AC. So we ended up having to wait for him to show up and install everything. SO we didn’t leave again that morning….. THen after he had been working on our ac for like two hours, our landlord called and said that we couldn’t install an AC, because our contract says we can’t….. so then we had to call the mission offices and there was a bunch of drama, and in the end we still don’t have AC……. Then in the afternoon we left for divisiones con the STLs in Paraná. ANd we had an adventure with that tooooooooo. We got to the terminal, and this other bus driver told us that our bus broke down, so it wasnt going to show up. He offered to drive us half way, and then another bus would take us the other half, and we were like okay sweeeeeet. So we got on the bus and left and had no idea, really, what was going on. But we eventually arrived in Paraná.

On Friday we had divisiones. It went really well. I worked with Hermana Logan. She is super chill.

Saturday we had an art class that we are sponsoring in the morning. We found this less active sister and she said she wanted to offer an art class for the members, so we were like sweeeeeeeeeeeeet. It is awesome. I learned that I suck at drawing freaking birds. Then we had our district meeting that afternoon whooot. And then we had a noche de hogar with the rama.

On Sunday we went to church and then in the afternoon we went and v isited everyone finally hahahhaha.

AND NOW HERE I AM USING THIS DUMB KEYBOARD. VAMOS P-DAY.

I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve a mission. I am trying to serve God better each day! I love the gospel and all of you!

Sister Elisyn Kay Hong

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Churro Heaven
Hermana Logan
Splits with Hermana Logan
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Week 27: “Where, when my aching grows…”

“Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand?
He, only One” (Where Can I Turn for Peace?).
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)
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Day one of no leaving the house…
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Day two, starting to get bored
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Day three brought my angels, the Jaimes family!
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Day four, got to take the sacrament
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Day 5, this is really old… And my mom will worry because today is p-day….
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Celebratory breakfast, we got to leave the house!
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Isn’t my companion the best?
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I love the Jaimes family angels!