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Me & Hermana Whitworth

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Sunrise from our rooftop

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We’ve been recently obsessed with making tacos, and we sent this picture to Hermana Zanni

and she put it in the email that they send to all the missionaries in the mission hahah we were so embarrassed!



First of all, SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT A BRAND NEW NIECE! Congratulations Will and Bethany!!!

Second of all, this week means I’ve officially been out for 18 months.  AHHH CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!!!  But don’t worry, we still have one more week until it’s the LAST letter home from Argentina.  So we aren’t too trunky yet!
This week was really great because I got to do divisions with Hermana Whitworth (my old companion, ahhh!!!)  We worked here in Baigorria and had so many sweet miracles!! Hermana Whitworth is one of the meekest and kindest people ever, who has no fear to go up to a big group of people and start talking to them about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As we did so, we were able to find a lot of really awesome people who have most definitely been prepared to hear these things.
We’re teaching a lot of really cool people who are in the process of making really big life changes.  We have one in the process of quiting smoking, and others preparing to get married.  AHHH!!  Its really cool to see the efforts people make to change their lives to follow Christ.  It’s also amazing to see how the power of Christ works in their lives, making those changes possible.  I have such a big testimony that only through Christ can we be made whole, be changed and experience lasting joy.  I love having the opportunity to help others find Christ and learn how to put their faith in Him.
These last 18 months have been some of the hardest yet happiest as I’ve felt MYSELF be changed by Jesus Christ.  I know He lives and that He is the head of this church.  I know that He knows us and that He loves us, each and every one of us individually and unconditionally.
What a joy it is to have His name on my chest.
I love you all and I love this gospel!!
Love always,
Hermana Strong
ps  Stay tuned next week for the very last letter from Hermana Strong in Argentina!!

“And my father dwelt in a tent”


Okay, so this week we went to the MONUMENT, had interviews with Presidente Zanni, had divisions with the hermanas from Beltran, and ate a LOT of tacos.
In divisions, I worked with a mini missionary from San Nicolas and she is super capa!!!  I felt so bad, because ALL of our appointments fell through.  And we ended up just contacting for 4 HOURS. Poor thing!  But I was so impressed with her because she didn’t complain at ALL and pushed through to the end!  We may not have found any new people to teach but we planted a LOT of seeds!  And that’s what is important!!
I also hope everyone enjoyed their Father’s Day!! Recently me and my companion were talking about Lehi:  

2 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded my father, even in a dream, that he should take his family and depart into the wilderness.

3 And it came to pass that he was obedient unto the word of the Lord, wherefore he did as the Lord commanded him.

4 And it came to pass that he departed into the wilderness.And he left his house, and the land of his inheritance, and his gold, and his  silver, and his precious things, and took nothing with him, save it were his family, and provisions, and tents, and departed into the  wilderness

Lehi left behind everything– his home, his land, his possessions– to follow the Lord and to protect his family.  He didn’t even think twice about it, but followed the spirit to bless his family and to bless generations to come.  I think of my dad and how HE does everything possible to serve and follow the Lord so that our family is blessed.  I’m thankful for fathers who love their family enough and love the Lord enough to sacrifice everything for them! I’m thankful for MY DAD (and my momma of course) who have taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ and have always lived it faithfully.  It’s thanks to them that I have the testimony I do now.
I know this church is true! I know that God loves each and every one of us!
Con amor,
Hermana Strong

When Presidente Broke the Door Down






Okay so let me tell you what happened yesterday.  We got home from church, and I went in to go use the bathroom.  As I went to leave the bathroom, the door wouldn’t open.  So I thought my companion was like playing a joke and locked it on me or something.  But no… the door handle was broken!!!  So she tried to open it, and it wouldn’t open from the outside either.  And so we’re pulling and pushing and nothing is happening… I WAS LOCKED IN THE BATHROOM.  Which is really embarrassing and we were embarrassed to have to call someone for help.  So first we decided to call Hermana Zanni.  She didn’t answer.  We call Presidente Zanni.  He doesn’t answer.  So we call our district leader.  And he just starts LAUGHING at us, and really couldn’t do anything because he’s like an hour away.  So by then its been like 45 minutes that I’m stuck in this stupid bathroom.  (Luckily I had some Liahonas to read to keep me busy).  So we send a message to Presidente saying “my companion is stuck in the bathroom, what do we do?” I wonder if he’s ever gotten a message like that?  So he like IMMEDIATELY calls us and tells us he’s on his way to come and help me out.  SO him and Hermana Zanni come, and Presidente uses his credit card and man strength to break the door open for me.  And an hour and a half later I was free… IT WAS SO EMBARRASSING.
We also had divisions this week. We went to San Nicolas and I worked with Hermana Cruz from MEXICO.  She made us pico de gayo and it was SO YUMMY.
I have super mixed feelings about coming home, but I know that the Lord is helping me to prepare for the next step and to finish strong at the same time.  I was able to have experiences this week where God used people I least expected to be His instruments, and tell me what I needed to hear and to see me for my potential.  It’s such a special experience to truly be His instrument and to see how He uses others to show us His love for me.  I love the Lord and I love this church! It’s not always easy being a missionary.  It’s not always easy being a follower of Christ.  But is it worth it?  WITHOUT A DOUBT.
I love you all so much!!  And I’m excited to see you all soon!
Con cariño,
Hermanita Strong💜

War Counsel and things I love about Argentina






Here are few things on my mind this week…

Argentine Culture:
1. If they don’t have enough change for you, instead of giving you coins they give you little pieces of candy. YUM.
2. There are stop signs but nobody uses them so I think they are just for decoration.
Small World:
Me and my companion discovered this week that we were friends for a day at BYU-I before the mission and we had both completely forgotten about each other. And now 2 years later we are companions in Argentina.. the world is so small!!
War Counsel:
Once a month the leaders in the mission have conference with Presidente Zanni, where they talk about how we can become better missionaries and help the mission in itself improve.  And this month I had the privilege of being invited for the first time and it was really spiritual and we talked a lot about working with members and about the current mission goal of every single companionship having a baptism in the month of June.  Please pray for us to reach our goal!!
Spiritual Thought:
Current scripture that I love is in Moroni 8, when Mormon is talking to his son Moroni, and he tells him that “perfect love casteth out all fear”.  When we love others, we aren’t afraid to share with them what we believe.  When we love others, we aren’t afraid to invite others to repent. When we love others, we are willing to do what it takes to help them come closer to the Lord.  I’ve had a lot of moments where I’ve let fear get in the way of helping someone else.  But as I learn more about charity and pure Christ like love, I find the strength to overcome those fears.
I love you all so much!!
–Hermana Strong