Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Birthday girl!

Hello friends, 

Next Monday, Feb. 6th, is Rachel's 20th birthday.

It's also her P-day when she gets to read her e-mails.

If you'd like to send her a "Happy Birthday" e-mail, she can be reached at:


(She usually checks her e-mail early Monday mornings, so send by Sunday night!)

Monday, January 30, 2017

2017.01.30 Week 34 - what a saint

This week was just full of excitement. It started out with me being sick.

Sick: Mouth full of blisters caused by sun that feel like a constant stabbing knife and bleed constantly. Upset stomach. Dolor en su cabeza (headache). And basically just your whole body hurts, but it's super fun because you get to sit in your pension and do nothing but die a little more because you don't have air conditioning.

I cut my hair this week, it's still enormous but a little better. I just got sick of it so I went in the bathroom and cut it. Also, don't worry about my disease. I am completely fine now.

Anyway now that we left the depressing, this week was super awesome because of the new mission rules that the whole world has now! I LOVE THEM. First of all, we get to sleep a little more. What could be better than that? Next, we get to focus on the things that really are important. I love that as missionaries we get to have a little more freedom now. More opportunities to help more people.

This week was also really great because Suzana came to church by herself. We have been teaching her this entire traslado (transfer). She's really great but has some pretty severe mental health issues. Including schitzophrenia. Who knows how you spell that? So it was a miracle that she could get to church on her own. We've had a lot of struggles as we try to decide whether or not she can get baptized since it is pretty unlikely that she will continue fiel (faithful). But, vamos arriba (slang for "let's move forward").

We also met the most awesome inactive family ever. Their daughter has the same birthday as me, so I will probably make her a cake.

But to top the week off was the moment yesterday when I got to watch my companion barf in the street. What a pleasure. I tried to be a good companion but really I just died laughing. But then I was a really good companion and covered the barf with weeds for her so that nobody would step in it. What a saint. Now she is fine and we are back to work.

And now for something spiritual. The temple. Only the best place ever. If you have one close to you, please go. Our stake just got back from a temple trip and I am really jealous. I know that all you people can go pretty easily. HAGALO (DO IT!) It really is the house of God and we can learn so much and feel the spirit a ton. Don´t waste the precious gift that you have.


Monday, January 23, 2017

2017.01.23 Week 33 - A lot of sweat

Sorry that I have really let down this fan page for the last little bit, I haven't really had time. Its pretty hard when you are this famous because there are just so many people that want to talk to you.

Anyway life in the mission is pretty great! Right now I am in the ugly. But the ugly is pretty great. The members here are really awesome. Right now we are working with a lot of menos activos  (less actives) and their kids. This is pretty much just the best because we reactivate someone and baptize someone! 

This week basically consisted of a lot of sweat. There was nothing else. Just sweat. But the good news is that we are still alive. I just pretty much want to kill my companion every night because she says she can't sleep with the noise of the fan. WELL DO YOU WANT TO KNOW SOMETHING? I CANT SLEEP WHEN IT'S SEVEN BILLION DEGREES. But it's okay because I am really calm about it.

In other news....yeah it's just hot. We had intercambios (exchanges) this week and that was pretty great. Pretty tiring, but pretty great. I was really worried to have intercambios because we had a little obedience problem about a week ago with some hermanas (sisters) and we had to call President, who had to call them. I figured intercambios would be a nightmare because the hermanas would be mad, but everything turned out fine. Obedience is always the answer!

I hope that you are all remembering to read your Book of Mormons everyday because it is super important. This really is the keystone of our religion. Read it or die. Well, you won't die, but your testimony will.💀💀💀

Monday, January 16, 2017

2017.01.16 Week 32 - Unbelievably hot

(We didn't get a letter this week, just a few quick responses to e-mails we had sent.)

It is unbelievably hot. I pretty much think I am going to die every day.

Things are already going better with my companion. We work very differently but are learning to compromise.

Monday, January 9, 2017

2017.01.09 Week 31 - I was ready just in case

Welcome to 2017! I am excited to have some more time to be a missionary. It's pretty much the best thing ever. And also the hardest thing ever. Right now I am in Roca. It is the complete opposite of Bariloche in pretty much every aspect. Ugly and Hot. With the friendliest people ever. I guess you can get one thing or the other. I am really excited to be in a new area and have new opportunities to serve.

My new companion is tiny, TINY. It is hilarious to see us together. She is a really good missionary but a really hard companion.

My new pension (apartment) is nice. Kinda weird because it is in an apartment building. But yah, we have an oven and a broken washing machine. I am washing by hand now.

YEA! I got a package this week! It was super awesome, thank you mucho mucho mucho. My favorite thing is the Reese´s brick. They all melted and turned into a brick so every day I cut off a chunk and eat it. Also the peanut butter. YUUUUM.

5 Second Story: It's the middle of the night. The light turns on and I wake up. Today I ask my comp why she turned the light on in the middle of the night. "I saw a cat in my bed" Ummm, OK. Thanks for that.

Other Story: We are both in bed ready to sleep and hear the sliding door open. My companion says, "I think someone just came into our pension." I agree. I just accept the fact that this is the end and we will both probably die and start praying in my bed. My companion runs into the kitchen to see who entered. Nobody. But in the meantime, I am working out in my mind how to kill someone with a fan. But everything ended well. I guess someone just opened the neighbor's door or something. Who knows? The good news is I didn't have to kill anyone with that fan, but I was ready just in case.


Monday, January 2, 2017

2017.01.02 Week 30 - I am in Roca

I am alive. I am in Roca. I will probably be dead by next week. It is millions of degrees here. And pretty ugly. I'll be fine. Probably. I might shave my head. The ward is super great, I am whitewashing*. So we don't really know anything. Happy New Year. My companion is from Brasil, I am a little worried, we have different ideas about every single thing. Ciao.

*To be Whitewashed into or out of an area is where both companions in an area are replaced or taken out of an area. 

General Roca is a city in the northeast of the Argentina province of Rio Nego, northern Patagonia. Its present population is approx. 86,000. The main activity around the city in the intensive agriculture under irrigation which made possible and intense agro-industrial activity. The main crops are pears and apples. The city hosts the annual National Festival of the Apple.

The city is surrounded by a patchwork of irrigated land totaling 250,000 acres. Besides apple and pear orchards, there are vineyards and other establishments producing peaches and a varitey of other fruits and vegetables. (source)