And what’s in this locro?

Uh oh, the assistents are calling

 

 


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My new companion is reeeally short, i’m actually on my knees haha

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HELLO FAMILY,

Well if you thought this transfer couldn’t get any crazier, think again. Saturday morning the assistants to President Zanni called to tell me I was getting TRANSFERRED a week early to Baigorria to be a sister training leader.  Didn’t see that one coming!!  My new companion is Hermana Jamison, from Oregon.  She already has a year in the mission and is really short but with a lot of personality.  One of the benefits of this area is that its the nicest apartment and has the view of the Victoria bridge so that’s a plus!
Also this week I did divisions with Hermana Cerna, which was really cool because she finishes her mission next week!  So we were able to have really cool lessons with really awesome people, including Mckay Johnsen’s look a like accepting a baptismal date! 
Also its funny because I have this super cute picture of me and my dad at my baptism that I like to show to people, and literally EVERYONE i show it to tells me that my dad looks like a soap opera character.  Hahaha.  But minus that, I love being able to show people one of the most important days of my life and how my life has been blessed for it. 
This week I was also having a little bit of a “i’m such a bad missionary” moment, not feeling like I was doing a good enough job, or that I was even capable of doing it. But today Hermana Zanni shared a quote from President Uchtdorf, which said, “Our destiny isn’t determined by how many times we fall, but by how many times we pick ourselves up, brush off the dust and keep moving forward.”  Success isn’t based on numbers but on our efforts and our faith and our perseverance.  I’m excited to begin in a new area and to give everything to the Lord in the next 7 weeks. 
Love you all so much!
Hermana Strong

“Your Hot Dog looks nice today”

HOLA FAMILIA!

Well this week we worked in my area and it was a good time, except the fact that my companion started getting sick and we had to stay home a little bit… even more time lost in my area.  But, its okay!!  The Lord continues to bless us!
My companion recently bought a pancho, so shes been wearing it around.  But the word for pancho here is “poncho”.  And its really important that you say “poncho” because if you say “pancho” it means “hot dog”.  But we keep slipping up and then it comes out to “hey hermana go put on your hot dog” or “my hot dog keeps me really warm” and things like that, and then when we’re around members or investigators they just look at us like “WHAT?” hahaha oops!
I also did divisions with a member from a different ward, who served her mission in Temple Square and it was so crazy speaking english with her and comparing how DIFFERENT our missions are from each other.  Like I’ve spent my mission walking on dirt roads while she spent her mission giving tours of the temple grounds.  But I just think it’s really cool that even though there’s a difference, it’s all the same, because we’re in the same service of the Lord, and as long as we do our part in whatever we are called to do, the Lord is pleased with us.
And no matter what we are called to do, we are given the opportunity to learn specific things that prepare us for so much more.  I’m so grateful for my knowledge of the gospel and of the Plan of Salvation.  I know that we can be with our families forever, and I’m so grateful for that!
Love you all so much!
Hermana Strong

How Many Areas is too Many Areas?

 

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HIIIII FAMILY!!

What a joy to be able to talk to you guys yesterday!!
This week was spent in Parque Field (my companion’s area), so I was able to get to know a lot of the people here and they are WONDERFUL.  I already love them so much!!
Also, one of our sister training leaders is really sick, so they asked us to help them in their area this week.  AREA NUMBER 3 for the week!!  My companion stayed in with the sick hermana, and I went out and worked with Hermana Christensen, and it was so great!  We had a bunch of really cool lessons with really great people, and I love to watch as people discover their testimonies of the gospel.  And to see that we all learn and progress at different speeds but in the way that’s best for us!  Its also amazing to see when someone is truly prepared of the Lord and the light in their eyes!  For real, you can tell so much just by looking into someone’s eyes.
We also had a special pday with Hermana Zanni and the hermanas in the mission.  It was super fun, we painted nails and played games and ate a TON.  And at the end Hermana Zanni started talking to us about how we talk very little to our families.  And she wishes she could call us every night and see how we’re doing and encourage us, and help us know that we aren’t alone.  But she can’t.  And we have to have this time to learn to completely rely on the Lord.  To really truly develop and strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly Father.  And along the way the Lord sends us tender mercies, whether it be the scripture verse that speaks right to us, or an act of kindness done for us, or a simple feeling of peace and love in our hearts. I  know I’ve trusted in that a lot on my mission and the Lord has never left me here to do this alone.  And He’ll never leave any of us alone.  He is all knowing and all powerful and yet He gives us, as insignificant as we may feel, the gift of prayer to talk with Him in any moment we need. GOD IS SO GOOD and I love Him so much!!
I love the mission and I love this church and I love my Savior!
Con cariño,
Hermana Strong

TIMBERRRR

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A picture of my district… i was the only american

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HELLO FAMILY!

Well, I am just about back to normal.  I still had to take a few cat naps during the days but wewere actually able to work the whole week, so woohoo for that!  We also happened to be working in my area this week in Beltran, which was nice because I really missed my people!!  I was really hoping that since we don’t have a lot of time to work here, that the Lord would give us a bunch of miracles and what not and help us find the chosen people… But honestly, I think we were just planting little seeds. I also learned that God doesn’t just give us miracles to give us miracles or because we expect them, He blesses us with miracles in His own due time for the benefit of His children.
Also we were teaching a recent convert named Matias.  He’s blind but is super awesome, like hes a counselor in the elders quorum presidency and just has a super strong testimony.  And me and my companion were teaching him about temples.  And my companion is still rather new and still learning the language.  And we were talking about the sealing room and eternal families.  And my companion didn’t realize.  So she starts saying that after the mission we will all go back there together (meaning the temple) but it sounded like she was saying “we will all get sealed together”.  And me and Matias are like “wait, what?”  So then I had to save that one and explain that NO we are not all going to get sealed together and I have never seen Matias laugh so hard, and my companion was super embarrassed hahaha.
So yesterday we went to have lunch with a family in Parque Field (my companion’s area).  And she made us SO MUCH FOOD.  It was like a 3 course meal with 3 desserts, and after not eating for an entire week, my stomach shrunk a bit and I could NOT eat it all.  And I felt SO SICK after.  So we like RUN home because I ate wayyyy too much.  And so we get inside the house, and I’m running to the bathroom, and I just completely slip.  And it was as though a tree was falling slow motion (timberrrrrr), and I just completely ate it on the tile floor.  And my companion just looks at me confused, like “why are you laying on the floor?”  And I just try laughing so that I don’t hurt so bad, so then I basically just crawl to the bathroom to make sure I can actually make it. (which I did, dont worry) Haha I literally have been struggling lately, please pray for me that I do not completely die in the next 2 months.
Also can you believe I have been out for 16 months now?  The time is FLYING BY.  But I am SO grateful for all that I have learned.  I’ve met so many amazing people and had so many life changing experiences.  I know if anything I’ve come to better know my Savior and that’s the greatest blessing of all.
I know that this church is true.  I know that God hears and answers our prayers.  I know the Book of Mormon is true.  Never doubt the truth.
Con todo mi amor,
Hermana Strong

Are those bed sores? I’m like 90 years old!

HELLO FAMILY

Sorry to freak you all out last week, but man, it was a rough week!!  Luckily Hermana Gneiting, who has been my companion this week, took VERY good care of me.  She just recently finished her training but has had to use the past week to be my personal nurse, but she was so patient and great.  She washed my dirty clothes (because did I mention that I’ve been in Rosario this whole time and brought a change of clothes for ONE DAY.  I’m on Day 7 of being here). S he also cooked for me and even watched me and sympathized with me as I threw up the food she had just made me into a bucket.  I’m grateful for Christ like people.
So I basically didn’t leave my bed until Sunday for church (and I felt like I was beginning to get bed sores so leaving my bed was definitely much needed, hahah I’m like 90 years old).  But I felt so weak, physically and spiritually.  I don’t think I realized how much I have the spirit with me everyday, so to suddenly not have that spirit with me so strongly, and not be able to sit down and read my scriptures or go out to teach, or simply not having the strength to kneel down and pray, was major difficult.  But when we went to church, and I took the Sacrament, it was as though I could feel the prayers of all of you, of the other missionaries, of the members here.  And I felt so strongly the spirit, telling me that Christ really does know me, that He also suffered this small little sickness, and that He had given me the strength to get over it.
I just feel like I never cease to understand more and more the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life.  But I’m grateful for that.  The most important thing I’ve learned on my mission is of the power of His Atonement, and it’s because of Christ’s Atonement that I’m here.  I know that He lives, and that He loves us.
Con mucho amor,
Hermana Wimp (I don’t think I can take on the name Strong after last week’s wimpiness)

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