When in Doubt, Buy an Empanada

The New Key

Hola Familia,

This week was awesome.  I was loving the people, loving the gospel, loving the mission.  All up until Saturday night.  It was like 9:15, we’re on our way to buy empenadas before heading home, and suddenly these two guys on moto ride up.  Panic sets in and I look and see that my companion is running.  So then I try to run, and the two guys corner me, take my bag, and then ride off.  I tried to say something in Spanish to them but I couldn’t think fast enough in Spanish so pretty much I blinked and they were gone.  Luckily they didn’t hurt me or anything.  Plus that didn’t stop us from going and buying our empenadas right after.  When in doubt, buy some empenadas. They now have Hermana Briggs’s bag that she let me use, as well as 5 pesos (equivalent to like 50 cents), my spanish scriptures, and the keys to our apartment AND the capilla.  We had to get the locks to our apartment changed that night but it was an easy fix (enclosed is the picture of our new key and old lock lol).  I now get anxiety every time I hear a moto (which is like ALL the time) but hey, no biggie!

Other than that this week was really great.  We found tons of opportunities to serve and my love for the people here is growing SO MUCH.  We have a lot of awesome new investigators and I’m just learning so much about CHARITY. I never fully understood the importance of Charity.  But now that I’m working to put it into practice, I’m just learning how happy you can be from focusing on helping others.  It’s like, if you’re focusing on helping someone up a mountain, and doing all you can to help THEM up, you’re bound to make it to the top too!

Also, I finished the Book of Mormon again today!  The Book of Mormon is just a giant invitation to COME UNTO CHRIST. I love it!

Love you all!  The church is true!!

Con Amor,

Hermana Strong

Moroni 10:32

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Its a Small World After All

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This week felt like it was like a daylong jaja.

So the other day we’re eating lunch at this member’s house, named Ana.  We eat with her every week and she has a daughter on a mission in Buenos Aires.  We were asking how her daughter’s doing and she tells us she’s training a nuevita (new missionary).  So I ask what her companion’s name is.  She couldn’t remember what the name was, only that her mom was Argentine but she didn’t speak any spanish…. it couldn’t be Hermana Walters could it?  Turns out it IS.  So yeah, I eat lunch every week with Elizabeth’s companion’s mom haha.  SUCH a small world.

Nothing super exciting happened this week.  A few more funny Argentine thing though: If you want to sell your car, just put an empty bottle on top and people will flock.  Also, people will give you food anywhere you go.  One of our investigators was standing outside eating some bread and honey off her car.  And naturally she let us have some too.  This car was not clean at all, but I’m just learning to have no bounds when it comes to cleanliness anymore.

We helped at this Future Missionary night with the youth the other day.  It was a total last minute thing for us to help, so suddenly we were supposed to teach them how to be missionaries… I DONT EVEN KNOW WHAT IM DOING YET haha.  Something you really learn on the mission though is how to fake it till you make it haha.

I learn a lot EVERY DAY.  Personal Study is one of my favorite parts of the day.  Current favorite scripture: John 14:18 — “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” Trust in Him.  He will never leave you out to dry.  We just have to come to him FIRST.  Because he’s anxious and waiting with open arms to help us!

I love you all, I love the Book of Mormon, and I love JESUS CHRIST!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Strong

ROAD TRIP TO PERGAMINO!

Hola Familia!

Another fun filled week here in Alberdi.  We had divisiones with our Capacitadores, which meant we had to travel 2 and a half hours to a place called Pergamino.  It’s in the Buenos Aires Provincia, which meant we got to eat these alfajores that apparently are only in Buenos Aires so it was kind of a big deal.  I was companions with a Mexican for a day.  She speaks some english but we spoke Spanish the whole time, expect for random moments when she would say “que awkward” because there´s no word for awkward here haha.  We missed our bus by like 2 minutes on the way back home, which meant we had to wait like 2 extra hours.  When we were buying our bus tickets to go back, they asked me how to spell my name.  I tried spelling ‘Cassidy’ like four times, and they just couldn’t understand. So as a result, they spelled it ‘csddity’.  Apparently Cassidy is not a name here! LOL.

A few more fun facts about Argentina:  I drink milk out of a big bag.  YUMMM.  Also the stoplights go from red, to yellow, to green, back to yellow, to red, and so on.  I do not understand the reason for that.  People drink mate everywhere you go.  For instance the other day there were some construction workers standing around drinking their mate on the job.  Working hard or hardly working?

My spanish is improving a tooooonnnnn.  The gift of tongues is so real!  Me and my companion studied a lot this week about weaknesses.  If you haven’t had a chance to read that article in the Liahona about weaknesses, do it, because its SOOO GOOOD.  Weaknesses are NOT a sin!  Even Christ had weaknesses!  Christ was a mortal being who had to learn and grow just like us!  And yet he was PERFECT, because he didn’t SIN.  Sin is what requires forgiveness, repentance and mercy.  Our weaknesses require HIS grace.  Because its after all that we can do!  I LOVE Ether 12– Because even the PROPHET, Moroni, had weaknesses and insecurities.  Yet the Lord comforts him and tells him to just be patient, that when we trust in Him they will become strengths!

It’s easy to get discouraged, I got discouraged many times this week, but you just have to keep on pushing!  Because at the end of the day, if all you’ve done is your very best, that’s all that matters!

Love you all!  Todo es posible con Cristo!

Hermana Strong

Nametag

He Is Not Here. . .He Is Risen

 

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This week was by far my best week of the mission.  SO much happened and there was even one night where I just went to bed with a smile on my face haha.

So we have this investigator named Nicolas.  He’s like 17 years old and we had bad experiences with him in the beginning (just on the streets and what not) so I was always trying to avoid him.  Then last Sunday he walks into church with this recent convert and we’re just like “oh no, why is he here”.  I was totally dreading having to teach him but everyone kept telling me how I should because he went to church, and that’s such a big deal!  Anyways, we have a lesson with him and a member, and he accepts a baptismal date.  Pretty awesome.  So we invite him to go to conference, and he shows up right as the first session is ending.  Dang it.  So we decide to have another lesson with him in between sessions with a member of the bishopric, who also happens to be his teacher at school.  And it was the best lesson EVER.  We talked about repentance and he just starts crying, saying how he wants to change but doesn’t know if he can do it.  And so we leave him Alma 36 to read and invite him to pray with us.  And we all kneel down and he gave the most sincere prayer I’ve ever heard. AMAZING.  So he stays for the next session, and even takes notes, drawing a cigarette and a circle crossed out. PLUS he stayed for Priesthood AND one more session the next day.   When I first met him I was so judgmental and made so many assumptions, but it just taught me so much about how we are ALL God’s children and we need to love everyone like God loves them.  Especially when they have  a desire to CHANGE and come closer to Christ.  Desire is the first step to everything.  And once you have that desire, you just have to have FAITH which will lead to ACTION which will lead to AWESOME RESULTS.

Conference was SOOOO good.  Saturday we had to watch all the sessions in Spanish, but Sunday we got to watch it all in English, which I was relieved about.  We did listen to the ones that they gave in spanish in spanish though, which was awesome.  One of them apparently came to this mission a few months ago.  So bummed I missed it!  Elder Holland’s talk was my favorite of them all.  His story of the rock climbers was just TOO APPLICABLE.  Christ is there reaching to pull us out of that hole that we can so easily fall into.  We just have to take that leap of faith!

So much more happened this week but I can’t even remember it anymore!  All I can say is that I am so grateful for the knowledge that CHRIST LIVES.  Being on the mission I was really able to remember the true meaning of Easter!  Christ lives and we can live again too!  He loves us so much!  WHAT A BLESSING.

Love you all sooo much and thanks for all the letters!

Con Amor,

Hermana Strong