Monday, December 26, 2016

2016.12.26 Week 29 - We brought gingerbread cookies

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and could remember Christ a little bit. Not much happened here, but I got to talk to my family and that was super great. Sort of. There are a few more people taller than me now so I don't know if I'm ever gonna go home. But they are really great. 

This week was spent with us trying to find a pension (apartment) to rent for the new elders that are going to be in our area. We just pretended we were on HGTV with a really small budget and really ugly furniture.

For Christmas Eve we went and ate with our favorite Italians. He cooked a trout he caught for us. It was a three course meal all with homemade noodles. It couldn't have really been more delicious. 

They also almost cried when we they saw that we brought gingerbread cookies. They took a million pictures of them and told us how they have only ever seen them in the movies. It made us feel like we were on food channel, real deal chefs or something great like that. 

Sunday we had church for an hour and were surprised to see someone from the area presidency there, he gave a great talk. Also, we are super excited because Elder Nelsen is going to come to our mission in April. I can´t wait to meet that guy!!!!


~Sent from my Internet Cafe~

This is what it looks like when you are dying of frio (cold) in your pension (apartment).

Here is some other picture that was to small for me to see what it was but I hope it was really great.

Here's us with some food.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

2016.12.24 Week 29 - Bariloche Zone Conference

Be sure and notice Rachel's shoes! This is what they looked like when she left.

Feliz Navidad!

Monday, December 19, 2016

2016.12.19 Week 28 - I have a huge sunburn under this snowsuit

So this week was just great. 

We had the funnest slash funniest tea party ever. We get this call from a woman named Nancy to come over and have tea with her and her Aunt during the week. And of course we say yes because she is an investigator and her Aunt is a member. So then the day for tea comes and we go. We get there and it's her, her Aunt and 2 other women. All in their late 80's. But these aren't just cualquier (any) 80-year-olds. THEY ARE KILLING IT. It was pretty much just hilarious. They are all just yelling the whole time because nobody can hear, and we're all drinking "tea". And eating panettone. It was hilarious. 

But then it just got better. Guacalda starts telling everyone she's sick of living because she's just bored. So they all convince her that she should just start a bread business. They tell her to buy a new stove. Bake bread every day. And sell it in the streets. But we can't forget the last part. She lives in a little house on the property of her son and he can't know about any of this. So really the plan is that she is going to do all this without him knowing. She's just gonna hide the bread under the bed. Then she realized she can't actually walk super well. So the other woman gives her, her cane. It was just great. And super funny. And super fun. The plan is to baptize them all.

Basically, Argentina is getting along just fine, and I'm wondering if summer is ever going to come. The weather here is crazier than Utah. I have a huge sunburn under this snowsuit. 


Monday, December 12, 2016

2016.12.12 Week 28 - I found this sweater in the street

Monday, December 5, 2016

2016.12.5 Week 27 - Pretty much the best

No letter came this week. Here are some excerpts from her letters to mom and dad:

This whole leadership thing just really isn't that great. It just got about a million times worse after I wrote you last week. We ended up getting to a pension (apartment) and the hermanas didn't have anything. Not even toilet paper. It's a lot of work for us to go and visit other hermanas and it really hurts our own area, so its pretty annoying when we get there and they are just horrible. Last Wednesday was pretty much the worst of my life/mission. We were in these hermana's apartment without food, water, beds, toilet paper, etc. HORRIBLE. They also purposely did not plan any lessons that day so that when we got there we just contacted with them all day. They went to lunch with a member but told us we were not invited. We slept on the tile kitchen floor. HORRIBLE. Then Thursday we had intercambios (exchanges) with other hermanas and they were just AWESOME. The only problem is that we got there and I was sick. I'm pretty sure from lack of all the things the day before. But these hermanas were the opposite. They bought a ton of extra food so we could eat. Gave us their beds. Planned millions of lessons, and HAD TOILET PAPER. They were so awesome that when I got there I just started crying because I was sick and it was such a change from the other scenario. YIKES. 

I always wondered why hermana liders (Sister Trainer Leaders) were necessary until we went and did intercambios (exchanges) and realized that these people just have no idea what they are doing, and really do need a lot of help. I'm just pretty sure I am completely unqualified to help them. They think the same, since all of them have more time than me, and are fluent in Spanish. I think that is part of the problem. Oh well, I am just trying to put my confidence in "God qualifies who He calls".
I love "Ilumina el Mundo" (Light the World). It's the best thing to invite people in the street to do because it's something fun they can do with their family. AWESOME

As I explained to a girl in the ward here about missions, I really felt the spirit and realized just how awesome they are. I want to tell every single person to go, because I have learned so many things here that I never would have learned otherwise. It's pretty much the best. But it is definitely the hardest thing I have done in my entire life and sometimes I just wish I could be trucho (fake, false) and sleep all day.

I'm really excited to talk to you in Spanish in a few weeks. But you are definitely going to laugh because Castellano (Argentine Spanish) has an accent that is a little different. A lot of the other countries in South America hate it. I love it, I like it better than the other accent.

I always try to be perfectly obedient. Lots of times it is hard. But if you really think about it this is one of the most stress free times of your life. Your full time job is to be obedient, and it's really not that hard. When we are obedient we can know that we deserve the help of God and we have stronger faith that he will come through for us.

I am super excited to have hit 6 months! I always thought that once I hit 6 months it was basically like it was over. It's not. There's still a lot left. But I can't believe that I can say now that next year at this time I will be home. Yikes. Real life is super scary.