English Fast

Well another week is done and gone here in Alberdi.  I had my first divisions this week, which meant I was with another companion for 24 hours.  Everyone was really surprised, because it was my first week, we’re doing a white wash, and I don’t speak spanish.  I was stressing about it ALL WEEK.  But my companion kept assuring me that I would be with an english speaker.  PSYCH.  I was with a native Argentine who spoke ZERO ENGLISH.  It was probably the most overwhelming and stressful thing of my life.  And I don’t get overwhelmed and stressed very often… However, I learned a lot and I feel like my spanish has improved a lot because of it.  I’ve also learned to be a very expressive speaker, using lots and lots of hand motions haha.

We also had a conference this week where an area 70 came and spoke to us, Elder Avila.  It seemed like it was really good, but I didn’t understand hardly any of it.  It was like 4 hours long, too, so it was probably the longest 4 hours of my life haha.  Luckily Hermana Briggs gave me some highlights throughout.

I feel like I’ve already gained like a hundred pounds since being here.  All they feed us is pasta and carbs and they get offended when you don’t go back for like fourths.  Hopefully all of the walking I’m doing will take care of that problem.

My companion has been telling everyone it’s my birthday this week, so we already had cake yesterday at a members house, and we’re supposed to have another big dinner tomorrow with another family (who I love, so I’m pumped that they’re cooking for us.)  I’m not a fan of my birthday anyway so it will be good to be busy working!

I’m starting to get the hang of things here, but it’s still hard.  I kind of get discouraged a lot but I know that the Lord is helping me A LOT.  The gift of tongues is so real.  Thank you all for your love and prayers, I FEEL THEM.

Con mucho amor,

Cassidy

 

My First Week in Argentina

 

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Well.  I survived my first week here in Argentina!!  I actually understand and speak better than I expected, so I´m very happy about that.  People keep complimenting me on my accent.  Which is weird because I can´t even roll my r´s.  So they´re probably just saying that haha.

My mission president and his wife are awesome.  They don´t speak english, so my first interview with him was short and sweet, with lots of pictures and hand motions to get his point across, lol.  Hopefully that will improve soon.  We stayed the night at the mission home that night (which is super beautiful) and that was where I had my first Argentine dish.  I honestly have no idea what I ate but it tasted good!

My companion is awesome!  She´s from Salt Lake and we get along super well.  She also has a lot of patience with me, and really boosts my self esteem telling me how awesome I´m doing (even when I´m not) so that´s a blessing.  We live with two other hermanas, so it´s a party all night long (well actually until 11, because that´s our bedtime.)  One of them is also the mission nurse, so I´m in good hands.

My area is called Alberdi, which is pretty city-like and super pretty.  It covers like all of the classes of people.  Like you have the bishop´s house, which seems like a mansion (or just a normal house in the states) then you have middle class, which is like lower class in America (that´s where we live) and then lower class, called the villa, which to me seems like a third world country.  Just in the past couple of days we´ve met like 6 people who don’t even know how to read, so we’re actually going to teach some of them how to read so they can read the Book of Mormon.  It´s a really awesome experience.

OH YEAH.  We´re doing a ‘white wash’ here, meaning all four of the hermanas are new to the area.  So we’ve been crazy busy (well thats what the other hermanas say, I don’t know any different) and we’ve been going around trying to meet EVERYONE.  The ward is awesome here though and helps us a lot with missionary work.  I’m already starting to see how important members are in missionary work!  Every member a missionary!!

It luckily hasnt been that hot here, perfect weather!  I’m really sunburnt and my feet are super blistered but I like to think that it just shows my hard work lol.

Last night we got our first baptism date! WOOHOO!  We thought we were going to a recent convert´s house, but turns out it was her mom that isnt a member!  We talked with her (or my companion talked with her, I just smile and pretend to know whats happening) and she asked us why it’s so important to be baptized.  DING DING DING.  So we explained it to her and she accepted to be baptized on the 7th!!  We are pumped!

The culture is really interesting here (you kiss on the cheek to greet people), the food is yummy (i’ve already eaten SO MUCH PASTA) and every day get is getting better!  Thanks for all of your prayers and letters!  Love you all so much!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Strong

 

ARGENTINA HERE I COME!

 

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Family,

I can’t believe I leave for Argentina on MONDAY!!  We leave the MTC on Monday morning around 6:00 am and don’t get to Buenos Aires until 8:00 am the next morning!  Which means I will probably still have to work all day Tuesday.  It’s going to be a LOOOONG 36 hours, PRAY FOR ME.

Last week we had to get our FBI check done again, which meant we got to take a field trip to BYU.  It was the first time I had ridden in a car in a MONTH haha.  We were all pumped, thinking we were going to run into all these people we knew.  The only person any of us ran into was our teacher here at the MTC… Needless to say we were not too excited to see him haha.
So we’ve been mixing it up within our district where we’ve switched up the companionships and teach each other.  I’ve been teaching in a trio with two other elders, and it’s actually the coolest experience.  I’ve gotten way too used to how my companions teach so seeing how others teach and adapting to their methods and insights is the coolest thing.  It’s crazy that I’ll have a new companion next week!  And a new culture and new food and a new language and weather and everything else.  I’m not freaking out or anything… hahah.
Well I wish I had more exciting things to share, but just look forward to next week’s email when I will have so much to tell!
I love you all and I love this gospel!  The church is so true!  Always look for ways to feel the spirit, whether it be praying or singing or reading your scriptures, I promise you will feel SO HAPPY! (Mosiah 2:41)
Thanks for all the love and support!
Con Amor,
Cassidy