Monday, September 18, 2017

2017.09.17 Week 67 - Political candidates

It's just so great to be a missionary. I love it. It's the best job ever. I am very grateful for all the things I am learning out here serving the Lord, and I know that my life will NEVER be the same thanks to the fact that I have spent this little bit of time in Argentina.

These weeks have been great. The longest, fastest weeks EVER. I love my new companion and we get along extremely well. She helps me a lot. Her example really just teaches me a lot. For example...I have made my bed every day this transfer so far. That's kind of just a big step for me.

I have also never been so tired in my ENTIRE life, or my entire mission. I am just dead tired every single day. DEAD TIRED. But it is a very good tired, the kind that says, "You worked diligently all day."

This week we found some amazing people, who are definitely going to get baptized.

In other news, the ward here is just......interesting. Individually we have met lots of members who are just AWESOME and they are amazing examples as to how every member should act. And then there are others, who just so happen to be leaders, who are walking disasters. I am trying to learn to humble myself and accept that some people just really cannot be tamed.

Example:
This week "someone" in the ward invited a bunch of political candidates to come to sacrament meeting. When they arrived, halfway through the meeting, they were announced and called up to sit on the stand. UHHHH, WHAT THE HECK MAAN. 

And then after sacrament meeting, all the missionaries from the ward were invited to a meeting where we were told that from now on this will be happening often and we will be expected to present them with a hard copy of the Book of Mormon and a framed Family Proclamation. I tried to humbly submit my opinion that it was not appropriate to have political candidates announced and sitting on the stand and that if we are going to give them fancy books and framed things, we should be doing it with EVERY visitor of the chapel. My words were somewhat rudely rejected and I left the meeting only slightly fuming. 

In the end, everything worked out and the stake president will be talking with these members because as it turns out it is completely inappropriate to do what they were doing. This just shows that even though we might not have all the rules and manuals memorized, the spirit will tell us if something is OK or not.

But in other news, I don't know how happy the bishopric will be to work with me in these coming months...pray for me.

LOVE YOU ALL, have a great time living your lives.












Monday, September 4, 2017

2017.09.04 Week 65 - A whitewash

Hi to all my fans. I am still alive. I changed areas today. I'm in Limay now. It's a pretty big city and I am pumped to work here. It was kind of hard to leave my last area because I really loved all the people there. It's pretty hard to believe how much you can come to love people in only 3 weeks. My new area is also going to be a whitewash. That just keeps up the record. Every transfer of my mission has been a whitewash. It's pretty nice, you can just show up and do whatever you want, you don't have to keep up with any disobedient traditions of the missionaries from before you. PUMPED.

Definition: WHITEWASH
Both of the missionaries from an area leave and two new missionaries arrive.
HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!! READ THE BOOK OF MORMON EVERY DAY, IT'S A HUGE BLESSING

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

2017.08.21 Week 63 - Look for opportunities

It was a fantastic week in Heller. I LOVE THIS PLACE. My companion is still great. She teaches me a lot and helps me a lot. I love the ward here. I love people that take the gospel seriously and want to help. All of you should look for opportunities to talk to the missionaries and ask what you can do to help them. 

Some news of the week:
Yesterday we met a guy and he tells us his name is Demon. It's obvious that he is trying to be a gangster. His dog's name is Tupac. He just totally kills the gangster with his pen and necklace that are DragonBallZ. He tells us all about the hip-hop club that he is a part of. Obviously, I tell him all about my past experience with hip-hop. Ya know, I was in that club at my university. He invites me to their weekly freestyle rap battle. You know I'll be there. In the end, a super cool guy. He doesn't drink or use drugs, so that was a miracle. We are trying to see when we can go back and visit him.

Also, bad news. I am a Hoffman. Found my first THREE GRAY HAIRS. What? I am literally 20.

The guys here are just like super in love with us. There was a group of idiots in a car outside of our pension (apartment) yesterday trying to pick up our neighbor. They had lots of really special comments for us. I just love the boys in Argentina. Just so much. Especially when they pull out the English. So special.

In the end a great week, except for the whole cana (gray hair) thing. BOOOOO

Besos. (Kisses)

Monday, August 14, 2017

2017.08.14 Week 62 - What do you think I'm doing here in Argentina?

Yay for emergencies. I live in a new place now. It's called Heller, for those of you who don't speak English I'll translate it for you...mas infierno  (more fire). But in reality no, its a great place. The assistants called me on Thursday with the question, "Hermana Farr are you ready to serve the Lord?" "Uhhh, yeah, what do think I'm doing here in Argentina?" "Perfect we'll be there at 10 tomorrow to pick you up and take you to your new area. Your new companion will be Hermana Lettieri and her companion will be staying with your companion." "Um, yay."

I never really thought that I would only spend half of a transfer in an area, but it's pretty interesting. My new companion finishes her mission in 3 weeks. She seems to be one of God's very special children. I don't really know what happened with her and her comp, but I guess it didn't go well. She's had about a billion companions in the mission and been in a lot of trios. She's nice, but I can imagine that she hasn't felt very loved, and people haven't bothered to have much patience with her. I am excited to see what we can get done whitewashing these next three weeks!

Heller. I never thought it would be so good. It is literally the Zion of Argentina. The ward works SOOOOO WELLLL! I am so excited to be here. We have an awesome bishop, tons of RM´s, a ward mission leader, ward missionaries, just all the things a missionary dreams of, and all the things I haven't seen my whole mission. I LOVE HELLER!!!! I hope that I can just finish my mission here because it's heaven.

The sad news in all of this is that I had to leave Hermana Silva. I love that crazy Brazilian. She cried a lot when I left, but she is gonna do great. I hope her new companion is nice to her, because if not, I'm just gonna have to.....do something really evil.

HAVE A FANTASTIC WEEK!

Monday, July 31, 2017

2017.07.31 Week 60 - Water your own grass

This week I got pretty worried about the world. It's a pretty crazy place to live and its just getting worse. I started the Book of Mormon again and was reading a verse that just kills me every time. Laman and Lemuel are talking and they say "We could have been happy." WE COULD HAVE BEEN HAPPY. Horrible. I think there are a lot of the people in the world who are living the same way. They are too busy searching for happy to be happy. As a society, we get stuck in the trap of basing our happiness on things. Especially when it comes to social media. We see other people that seem to be really happy from their photos and start to think, "Huh, I'm not sure if I am as happy as they seem to be...but I bet I would be if I was them, and had all the things that they have." This grass is greener on the other side attitude is just really a party killer. 

I can only think of two solutions to greener grass on the other side. One, stop looking at everyone else's grass. Maybe spend a little less time on social media, and a little less time checking out everybody else´s stuff. Actually, it's even a commandment, "Thou shalt not covet." Imagine that, God really knows stuff. The other solution, WATER YOUR OWN GRASS. Kids are really good at this, it's probably why Christ invited us to be more like them when he was here. Kids don't base their opinions and their happiness on other people. They like things because they like them, no mas (nothing else). It's not until we get older that we let everyone else get to us. So, in reality, all we need to do to "Find Happiness" is to keep the commandments, base our opinions, likes, and dislikes on God and ourselves, that is the only way we are going to be happy.

WANT TO BE HAPPY, JUST DO IT.

I found all that stuff in the scriptures in case you are wondering:
1 Nephi 17:21 Mosiah 13:24 Isaiah 56:11 Mosiah 3:19
Mosiah 2:41 Alma 41:10 Luke 8:14 John 12:43
1 John 3:13, 4:4-6 1 Nephi 11:22-23

In other news...

It was a good week, especially when we tried to visit a woman named Aurelia. She is an OLD lady. We could see her in her house so we clapped. Her nieto (grandchild) left to talk to us and told us that she wasn't home. My companion then watched her CRAWL UNDER HER TABLE. Literally. Give me a break. Apparently, she doesn´t want to learn the restored gospel.

Also really awesome when we were in lunch and for postre (dessert) we had apples. In a really ninja maneuver where I was breathing, eating, talking, and laughing at the same time, I snorted a chunk of apple into my nose. Nobody noticed, but it made it a little complicated for me to try and pick it out without anyone noticing. But, still a ninja, I casually picked a large chunk of apple out of my nose without anyone noticing. No need to applaud.

Another great thing that happened. Here in Senillosa, I always play the piano in sacrament meeting. I was playing the last hymn, "God Be With You Till´ We Meet Again." And then after three verses I just stopped. I thought there were only three. The whole congregation just kept singing and I looked up and just burst out laughing. I then started playing again and finished strong. In case you are wondering, there are four verses in that hymn.

Monday, July 24, 2017

2017.07.24 Week 59 - Learning how to use makeup

We had transfers today and I am staying in the same area with the same companion. It should be great. We have more investigators now, the problem is just that we need to help them PROGRESS. But I am sure with time everything will go well. This week was good. We almost died, but we are fine.

The story of why we almost died:

We called a woman on Wednesday night to confirm our lunch with her on Thursday. During the call, she invited us to do a "little" service for her and we got really excited because it's pretty hard to find service opportunities. We show up, eat lunch and are all ready to do the service. We had planned two hours to do it. It turns out that she wanted us to paint her store. She has a baby supplies store and we got the opportunity to paint it.

The only problem is that NOTHING was ready. She had one brush and one broken roller thing. Nowhere to put the paint (we found a dog food bucket). There were drawings all over the walls, and chunks of cement on the walls. And she had bought one tiny thing of paint. OK WOMAN. So we started by sanding all the drawings off the walls and scraping all the cement off. Then we had to clean all the walls. Recién empezamos a pintar (We had barely started to paint) and then we ran out of paint. The roller broke more. We were just getting really annoyed and trying to act like happy go lucky sister missionaries. In the end, we survived, I thought that my wrist was broken, but it all went well. Just that the two hours turned into the ENTIRE DAY. 

Wow, that just sounded like a lot of complaining, I'm not complaining, I'm just whining because my arms are weak and for the rest of the week I thought I was going to die from the pain. In the end, the room looked very very very good and the hermana was super grateful. She was happy that I am so tall because even balanced on top of a very tall ladder I almost couldn't reach the top of the wall.

I had to laugh when she asked if we had any experience painting and I thought of the 8 billion hours I spent painting my fence (at home)....not really the same, but in the end it all adds up to experience right? Also, I don't think it matters if you have experience when you are painting out of a dog food bucket and sanding the drawings off the walls with an old cd.

I know it's going to be a rough transfer because my companion doesn't appreciate my lack of makeup use. In her own words, "I can't believe that you have so much knowledge but don't know how to put on makeup. What's the use of your knowledge? There is a reason that God put us together, I have something to teach you. MAKEUP" Gotta love a crazy Brazilian. Glad to know that God is looking out for me, he isn´t gonna let me get through the mission without learning how to use makeup. If I look like a clown in this transfers pictures, YOU WERE ALL WARNED.


Have a great week, read the Book of Mormon.

Monday, July 17, 2017

2017.07.17 Week 58 - Lots of doors slammed

This week was really great. We found a lot more exito (success) and more people to teach. It was my turn to get bit by a dog, but I'm fine. I got bit in the arm. Both the Elders also got bit by dogs this week. My companion's half of a wisdom-tooth started hurting her so we went to the hospital. SHE GOT A SHOT IN THE BOOTYYYYY. I just laughed and laughed and laughed.

I gave a talk in our ward. I invited everyong to stop living up to the potential of hormigas (ants). The only way we can do this is by one, realizing that we are God's children, and two, doing stuff that children of God should and can do. So basically, the only way to not be an hormiga, is to study and apply the scriptures to your life. It is in the scriptures that we learn that we are God's children and also where we learn what we need to be doing to llegar a ser como El (become like Him).

This week was funny because we got a lot of doors slammed and a lot of excuses....

"NO NONONONONONONONONO"

"Sorry, I can't, I'm cooking noodles right now."

"UGGGGGGH, NOOOO."

"I don't have time, my kid is using the bathroooom."

"Sorry, there is food in the oven. It's really complicated for me."

"We are eating, so no."

"My wife is showering, so I don't have time."

"I'm busy." x300

"I'm hurried." x70098

Overall a great week. Love you all. Read your scriptures. Don't be ants.

Overall a great week. Love you all. Read your scriptures. DOn{t be ants.

Monday, July 10, 2017

2017.07.10 Week 57 - mud filled streets of Senillosa

It was a horrible week. Literally horrible. If anyone thinks that going on a mission is all rainbows and butterflies you are completely mistaken. I started out by having the flu for the first half. My blessed Hermanas Lideres still made us come for intercambios (exchanges) so then I got to take a bus to their area, STANDING for 2 hours, because this country isn't really what you would call gentlemanly, with the flu. We got there and shockingly I didn't just heal, so we couldn't even leave the pension in intercambios. Headed back to our area. Still had the flu. Still had the flu. Still had the flu.

Still sort of have the flu....

Anyway, we are now working again, but not really finding anyone. It got to the point on Sunday that I knelt down and prayed and just cried. I did not leave my home and family to come and share the gospel with the mud filled streets of Senillosa. I came to share it with people. I prayed that I would be able to see the hand of God in my life and be more grateful.

... minutes pass...

My companion locks us out of our pension.

I am serious. We got locked out. And then here comes the miracle. The window is broken. I reach in and am trying to get the keys, but they are way to far away. The curtains happen to also be broken so we use the palo (rod) from the curtains to knock the keys out of the door. Move them closer to the window, but we still can't get them. A MIRACLE happens and my companion finds a tiny piece of contact paper in her scriptures, we put it on the palo but the keys were too heavy for it. We obviously already prayed by this point. I take off my name tag, connect it with the contact paper, and we fish the keys out of our pension with the magnet. GOD IS REAL!

It was a pretty crazy experience, but it was enough for me to see that God really is looking out for the two missionaries who only walk around in mud, for what seems like forever. I am very grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who is never going to forget us, even in the dumb things.

In other news, I am now not only a certified nurse but also a certified dentist. My companion's wisdom tooth hole was bothering her so I went to take a look at it. She got her wisdom tooth out a few months ago in the mission. Between a flashlight and a small mirror shoved halfway down her throat, we are at the conclusion that this genius surgeon left half of her wisdom tooth in her mouth. Thanks dude, we love you.

Hope you all have a fantastic week. Remember that God is looking out for you even in the little little little things. He loves you even if you are passing through a rough moment.