I swear every week goes by faster and faster. The past few days we’ve been on “bed rest” because my companion is having foot problems, but the nurse said we were allowed to go to set appointments. So basically we’ve just been calling everyone and their mother to go and visit them so we don’t have to sit at home haha.
Funny things we saw this week:
First of all, we’re walking along, and a llama walks by that I’m pretty sure was better dressed than us (that’s not very hard considering I basically wear the same skirt everyday). But for real, it had like jewels and everything, so weird.
They also have these baskets in front of the houses where you put your trash in. And the other day we walk by one, and realize there was a little kid with his legs sticking out hiding underneath a box. We start lol’ing and then he jumps out, and then out hops a RAT that was chilling in the basket with him¡ talk about nasty¡¡¡ (also i have to use the upside down exclamation marks because the real ones aren’t working jajaa)
My companion also has been doing this embarrassing laugh, where its like Krusty the Klown from The Simpsons and I told her it embarrasses me so now she does it with like every family we go and visit hahhaa.
We also got to go to these awesome waterfalls this week. They were teeny, probably even smaller than Idaho Falls (which are also teeny) but we went with some girls we are teaching so it was like the coolest thing to be able to teach them next to nature. Nature brings the spirit SOOO much stronger¡¡ Like every night, as the sun is going down, I just think to myself, man, God loves us SOOO much. So much that He sent us His Son so that one day we could come back to live with Him (see 2 Nephi 26:24, which is my current favorite scripture). It blows my mind just how much He`s given us. Literally EVERYTHING we have. But I feel sooo blessed to be able to give everything I have to Him for this short 18 months. At first, 18 months felt like an eternity. But now I’m seeing that this isn’t even enough time to show just how grateful I am to the Lord for all that He`s given me. If ever you think God doesn’t love you, just look outside and see just how BEAUTIFUL the world is that He created for US.
Love you all SO MUCH¡¡
Okay time like doesn’t even exist on the mission… Weeks feel like days and months feel like weeks and I can’t get OVER it.
I learned a lot a lot this week and we saw lots of really cool miracles! For example, I HATE contacting. Hate hate hate it. But my companion enjoys it, and Heavenly Father taught me to enjoy it this week. Like the other day, it was raining ALL DAY. And NOBODY was home. So we were basically just wandering around all morning soaking wet. Miserable. So my companion suggests that we make things fun, and every person we see with a green shirt, we have to contact them. There was literally like nobody outside, so to see a green shirt would mean God sent them to us. So we’re walking, and like a block ahead of us we see a green shirt. So we basically start chasing this girl down, and she turns the corner. So then we turn the corner, and she’s gone. Like literally disappeared! So we’re like dang it, what do we do! And suddenly, this guy with a green sweatshirt leaves the house like two doors away. SO, we knock on the door (or clap in front of the house because that’s what we do here) and there was a man and his family, and he let us in and we had like an awesome lesson with them. ITS SO COOL HOW THE SPIRIT GUIDES.
Another TRANSFER has already come and gone, and like always, I have a NEW COMPANION, and finally I get to stay in my area for more than one transfer. Which is such a relief because I LOVE LOVE LOVE this area. This area is so great. I don’t know even know why, I just love it so much though! It’s totally what I envisioned Argentina to be because it has dirt roads and there’s random horses on the street and we’re like right by the river and there’s a bunch of farm land. I’m gonna try and take more pictures of it because its just wonderful here. My companion is from American Fork, Utah and has big curly hair and is almost done with her mission. Which means I might be the one to kill her off (not literally speaking, obviously lol).
This week we had divisions with our capacitadoras, and the hermana that I worked with already served here. So she was basically showing me around and we went to a bunch of families who she used to visit, so now we have a whole bunch more people to teach. What a blessing!
Some of the biggest news of the week: everyone in the mission got BLENDERS! So now we’re making smoothies aful. The only issue is that the fruit selection here is not very much… Its literally only bananas, apples, oranges and pears. So our smoothie diet is limited which means we will probably just have to resort to making milkshakes.
We also went to visit our 17 year old investigator and his horse had just given birth! So we got to see his little pony, and the best part was that he pulled his Book of Mormon out to find a name for it. I suggested Nefi, so we will see what he thinks of that haha.
This week was full of lots of wonderful lessons and experiences that are just changing my life day by day. There is literally nothing like being a missionary. Especially being able to just develop so much LOVE for these people. Love and charity is literally the key to everything. The happiest times in my mission have been when I’m losing myself in the work and just LOVING these people. When you forget yourself, and focus on the needs of others, your problems don’t seem so bad… And you get to really feel what Christ feels for US.
Anyways, I love you all SO MUCH and can you believe I’m almost half way through my mission? TIME IS FLYING BY WAY TOO FAST!!!
The church is true! Jesus Lives!
Con mucho amor,
1 Nephi 17:50-51 (i think those are the verse numbers haha)