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.








Monday, July 3, 2017

2017.07.03 Week 56 - Good news. Weird news. Bad news.

Good week. Kinda weird. Kinda bad.

Good news, green card elder got emergency transferred out of our area.

Good news, today we are finally going to buy a mirror for our pensión (apartment). I have no idea what I have looked like for the past 3 weeks.

Good news, we had interviews with President this week and he gave me a lot of great counsel.

Weird news, we just found out the other elder here is going home tomorrow. His companion that has been here for about three days, is also leaving the area.

Weird news, in the blessing President gave me in my interview, he talked about how I need to start prepping now to get married. Ummmm, what? Give me a break for two seconds ehhh.

Bad news, my companion got bit by a dog....in the back of her knee.

Good news, I am basically a certified nurse and thanks to the great first aid kit from Aunt Stephanie the problem was dealt with relatively quickly, and with limited blood.

Bad news, according to my calculations we have contacted about 400 people in these last few weeks...of these 400, nobody cares about God.

Good news, we are just gonna keep working anyway with faith that God is preparing people to listen to our mensaje (message).

Have a great week. Read the Book of Mormon everyday. Pray every day. Go to church every week. These little things are going to make all of the difference in your lives.


CIAO

Hermana Farr

Monday, June 26, 2017

2017.06.26 Week 55 - turning Argentine



There was a giant party in Senillosa because the bishop got changed this week. So next week we will be waiting for those 600ish members who are apparently inactive because of the old bishop. We are pretty pumped for the new bishop because he was our líder misional (ward mission leader) before and he is a really cool guy.

Also, I ate more Mondongo this week. Gotta love those innards. To be completely honest it was super yummy. By far the best Mondongo I have ever eaten. I am either crazy or turning Argentine. 

The Elders here are the worst, just the worst. Looking for that green card. Luckily my companion and I are really good at ignoring them. Eternal marriage is actually the goal AFTER the mission. 

We are struggling to find people who are interested in the gospel. We have talked to TONS of people. Any second now we are going to find someone who has interés. 

Nerdy gospel talk for the week is this:

God has a set of laws. They were set up a super long time ago. If we stick to them we get blessed. If we don't we get sad. Stick to them because it's better to get blessed than to get sad.

(There are lots of great references to what I just said in THE SCRIPTURES, feel free to look them up)

LOVE YOU ALL, KILL IT IN THE REAL WORLD

Also, I was in La Anonima (supermarket) and heard some music that must be new. WOW. What a weird way to express yourself





(Corazon=heart)

Monday, June 19, 2017

2017.06.19 Week 54 - the most important thing

Had a great week in Senillosa. It's a really small town. You can walk from one end to the other in about 30 minutes. There aren´t many options for buying food in town. We take a bus to Plottier to write our e-mails, and we are going to buy food here. And basically, nothing happens here, but the people are really nice and I am loving it. The ward is STRUGGLING to say the least, there are 600 members on record and about 15 adults go to church. We are planning to do what we can to help it out.

My comp is great, she's Hermana Silva de Brasil. I already love her and we are learning a lot together.

In other news, anyone I come in contact with after my mission is honestly super lucky that I went on a mission. My mission has changed me in pretty much every possible way. Obviously, I am still the same person as when I left, and I have the same personality, but fija (obviously), I´m different. I think it's all this clothes washing in the bathroom sink. I am also a way better cook now. I´m pretty pro at anything that has dough. Bread, rolls, pizza crust, scones, torta frita (fry bread), tortillas, etc. Don´t need a recipe or anything, thanks Argentina. This could also be the reason for the weight gain, but we are just going to ignore that.

Besides improving my ability to cook, and clean, I am also very grateful for all the things I have learned about God and Christ. I can now say that I am actually "converted." I really know that the things I am sharing are true, they apply to our lives, and they are going to make us happy. There is NOTHING more important than living the gospel, we live in a world of super small perspectives that makes it seem like lots of things are the "most important thing," but they are not. I am sure if we all just tried to have an eternal perspective a little more often, the world would be a very different place.

So this is my invitation to all of you. Think of your life for a second, what is the most important thing for you right now? Now think again, but with an eternal perspective? So what SHOULD be the most important thing for you?

HAVE A GREAT WEEK PIBES (Argentine term of affection referring to children)

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017.06.12 Week 53 - transfers

TRANSFERS. What?

Now that I have six months left, I will be heading to the lovely town of Senillosa. If you look it up right now on Google, you have literally seen more of it than I have. I still haven't been there because the town doesn't have computers.

My companion is from Brazil and I am pretty pumped to work with her and to work more with the members where I am headed.

Last transfer with Hermana Howard was pretty much the best thing ever. The work was really hard but I just really love her. Never in my life have I been able to learn so much in six weeks like I did with her. She's just the best. Right now she is going to Bariloche, to hang out with all of my people.

Some of the things I learned last transfer...

-God loves us, no matter what. There is nothing bad we can do that will apartarnos (separate us) from his love. And there is nothing we can do to deserve his love. He just loves us, it's the most important thing. We are his kids.

-If we want Gods help, we have to work in his way. Which would once again, point to love. We can't expect to find exito (success) and to be able to follow the spirit if we aren´t working in his way. Our goal may be 4,078 baptisms, but if we just work towards that, we are never going to get it. Our goal needs to be "Invitar a las personas a venir a Cristo." (Invite people to come unto Christ.)

-Every important thing we know is thanks to Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. That needs to be our source for everything. Prophets and the scriptures.

-God has a perfect plan. If we try and follow him. There is no way that we are going to fail. Literally no way.

Yeah, I'll let you all know next time how this tiny town goes. I've been in cities my whole mission, so I am pretty excited. Vamos Arriba!

Monday, June 5, 2017

2017.06.05 Week 52 - a muffin for my year anniversary




My comp is nice and made me a muffin for my year anniversary.







We are really good at doing ParKor. (No idea how to spell that) 



As a missionary, I have no problem taking a nap on a pile of rocks. Todo tranquilo


Monday, May 29, 2017

2017.05.29 Week 51 Please let me eat my innards in peace







Some homies.



Thanks for the knife Dad, I am the only Scout in this country.



Asado.



Yep.



Happy Birthday, companion. Here's some fake American food.




"Don't worry, it's not a bad day, it's a bad life" - Hermana Howard



Locro: basically soup with a lot of mystery meat. A classic of 25 de Mayo.



Please let me eat my innards in peace.



Classic Argentine, ironing a t-shirt just so that it will dry.



Monday, May 22, 2017

2017.05.22 Week 50 - pray for my laundry

I´m pretty sure that nothing happened this week. Except that my comp made it to twenty years. I tried to help her celebrate by doing some really special things like making Jello and putting 20 pieces of rotten apple in it. I think she felt my love. 

So here is some random stuff to fill the email:

1. There aren't couches here. I think I will cry when I see my couch again. I also think I will probably sleep on the carpet in my house for a week and it will still be more comfy than all the beds I have had here.

2. Everyone here does their hair like they are in kindergarten. Remember those weird butterfly hair-clips, yeah. Erryday.

3. Lots of people "know" English.

4. Mate is a severe addiction here, the people can't go even half a day without it.

5. You have to buy all of your food separately. This week we made fideos con tuco (spaghetti and meatballs). We had to pass by one store to buy bread, one for carne picada (ground meat), one for veggies and one for noodles. Really special.

6. You can walk to anything, cars are completely unnecessary.

7. If anyone doesn't have enough things to pray for, you can pray for my laundry. I've been washing it a large bucket for 6 months now. I will never complain about washing my clothes in America again, I'm pretty sure they are just super dirty.


LOVE YOU ALL! Have a great week and remember how much God loves you, he has prepared everything for you to be able to be happy and return to live with him.


Are you wondering if she has yellow flowers in her eyebrows? Yes she does.






Monday, May 15, 2017

2017.05.15 Week 49 - It's so important



Just wanna say hi to everybody. It was a great week. I got to talk to the fam. Turns out that they all grew up a lot in this time. I guess boyz just turn into men sometimes.

Don´t have much time but I just want to invite you all to read the Book of Mormon. BUT SERIOUSLY. Everyday. It's so important. The Book of Mormon is the way that we learn that all the things are true. Everything. It's important to know that the book is true so that we can know of all the blessings that we have been promised. READ IT. Then pray about it. God will answer your prayer and you will then know that you are a child of God. He loves you. He has a plan for you. Everything is already prepared for you. So just read it and you will learn how to do your part to get all of these blessings.

Anyway, have a good week.



Rachel wanted to see the temple and the mountains.


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Monday, May 8, 2017

2017.05.08 - Week 48 - So many blessings

What a crazy week! CRAZY! This week was leadership conference, so that was cool. I always leave super inspired and ready to baptize everyone I see. Our Mission President is just such an inspired man, killing it, killing it that guy.

We also had some more craziness with Satan this week. Walter is Paola's brother. He did her baptism after getting the priesthood like a week before her baptism. It was super cool and everything was going well until on Wednesday when he had a recaída (relapse) and smoked and did drugs again. So we went to talk to Paola because she was feeling real bad. She assumed that her baptism didn't vale (didn't count) anything. She told us that she was planning on getting baptized again in a year or two. Ummm, no. 

We talked to her and had a really great lesson on the atonement and what it means that Christ is our Salvador y Mediador (Savior and Mediator). Since those are things that people always say, but lots of times do not understand, we brought some coins and told her that she really wanted to buy something. Something that she absolutely needed but she didn't have any money. So she had to go to the bank. I was the bank. We had a contract that she needed to pay the money back in a week or she was going to cárcel (jail). A week passes, she doesn't have the money. I start calling cárcel (jail), and JUSTO (right then) her friend shows up and pays her debt. What a good friend. We talked about how this friend is Jesus and that thanks to him we can repent of all of our sins. She was able to understand and happily was able to get confirmed. It was super awesome.

In the same news, I have never seen so many blessings so instantly after a baptism. She got baptized. Her son got a house, a horse and a job en blanco (legal/over the table job). He was able to move out of the drug house. She got a job, and is planning to rent or build a house now. Her daughter learned how to read and is one of the best in her class. But the best part of all is that Paola is relating all of these things directly to her baptism. She now has a strong testimony of how if we keep the commandments and do the things that God asks us, he just rains blessings down. I really love her and her daughters and I am very happy that everything is going well for them.

Also in some sort of miracle one of our investigators accepted a fecha (date) to get baptized. We have invited her to get baptized hundreds of times. This is the first time she accepted. She is the daughter of a member. She´s called Auca and she has 17 years old.

Love you all. Have a great week. Remember that Christ is your Salvador and think a little about what that actually means.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017.05.02 Week 47 - A crazy week

What a crazy week! I have never seen the power of Satan working so strong in my entire life.

Paola has been preparing to get baptized for a while now, and Saturday was finally the day. She's been very excited but it has been a lot of work to help her since she had to deal with some addictions and she also can't read. So we were super excited to say in the least, that she was getting baptized on Saturday.

Then we wake up on Saturday and my companion is super sick, I start getting more sick as the day goes on. We finally manage to get to Paola's house to go with her to her baptism and she tells us she isn't getting baptized anymore. UUUUUHHHHM, what? Apparently she had just got into a fight with her hija (daughter). She told her daughter to go shower before the baptism and get ready to go. Her daughter then told her novio (boyfriend) to come with her because it was time to shower. SHE'S 14. Her Mom told her she couldn't shower with her boyfriend and that turned into a huge fight. WHAT? 

So then Paola didn't want to get baptized anymore, because baptism is supposed to be a happy family day, and she wasn't happy at all. We went to talk to the daughter and I am almost just burst out laughing, I just couldn't believe how surreal the whole situation was. I think I prayed about 23,353,465 times in her house. Then we convinced her that she should probably get a bendicion de consuelo (blessing of comfort) and headed to the church. We get to the church, and she still isn't planning on getting baptized. She ended up getting a super awesome blessing that talked about how through her, all of her family will be able to come unto Christ and accept the gospel. I just about burst out crying as I heard that, considering her family are all hardcore drug addicts. 

Then by some sort of miracle she did end up getting baptized. It was the most awesome baptism ever. Part way through the musical number, in walks about 37 of her closest friends/family/drug addicts. It was cool to see them all there, and just really funny. It all ended well, and I know that's only thanks to God, there was literally nothing else that we could have done. 

Then Satan comes in again. On Sunday morning we find out that she is in the hospital and won't be able to come to church. So she didn't receive the Holy Ghost. Please pray for her. If she doesn't make it this Sunday, we´ll have to start again from square 1.

Also I have a new comp, Hermana Howard. She's awesome, but I'm sad that Hermana Little left me. I'm still in Roca. 

HAVE A GREAT WEEK HOMIES. GOD LOVES YOU ALL.

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017.04.24 Week 46 - I'm loving this work

Was a great week to be a missionary. I'm loving this work and all the things that I am learning here.

This week we spent a lot of time in the heroin house. A house where we have a lot of investigators (with a lot of problems) But the good news is that Paola is going to get baptized on Saturday. She lives in the heroin house but really wants to get out. It is amazing to see how the gospel can change people. Her brother Walter got baptized about a month ago and is now helping all of his family to come unto Christ. He will be doing the baptism. You really do see a lot of miracles on a mission. It was just funny one of the times we visited this week. They were all acting kind of weird so we asked what was up, they just told us, "Cosas de la calle, cosas de la calle" (Things of the street) We just laughed and still don't know what had happened.

Also in my pictures I sent a bunch of weird ones. There is this one park called "Passage of the Woman" that has a bunch of weird statues, one day I tried to imitate them all.

Also my finger got cut one day and like professional nurses we had nothing, so I had a leaf tied around it all day.

We also have a few pics of what we like to call The 500 Pine-trees Resort. Real cute.