Monday, September 30, 2013

Buenos Aires

Sorry I am emailing so late, I got a call last week about my papers for my VISA and yesterday we took a bus for 6 hours to go to Buenos Aires, so today we could head into the capital. We got the few things that we needed and headed to the large rigistro to do who knows what, we waited an hour and it was finally my turn. We went up, the lady looked thru them and said that I was missing something . . .you can imagine my reaction. . .What?!? Yea with one of the apostilles on a paper that had to be translated they didn't endorse the dumb thing. So we get to come back next week . . yay! But it is a crazy place compared to our little area of La Costa. So much going on. It is like Europe, Mexico and New York all stuffed into one city. haha 
Anyway, this week flew by, I feel like I blinked and it hit Sunday. Wow, and next week is transfers (I can´t believe it has been 6 weeks and 8 weeks here in Argentina. Time is SUPER different when you're on a mission.) Bah. So much change all at once. I guess we are getting 23 new missionaries, good gravy.  

But this week we had a lot of good lessons, and still with each day I am understanding a lot more, it is just the talking that is taking it´s dear sweet time :S but it is all about patience, that is something that I have definitely learned while here. 

We received a lot of referrals from one member and through him we have a couple new investigators. One is 20 and just moved here from Paraguay by himself.  We had a good short discussion with him and when we left, I was thinking about how hard it would be to leave your country and family and move to a new place, it is a lot like the mission but we leave everything for a short time, knowing that we are still being watched over by our Heavenly Father.  These people leave what they know and stay for longer than 18 months to 2 years, and most of the time they don´t have any guidance and like our friend they are looking for work and a better life.  

What a priviledge we have being here and giving those that are lost guidance and an opportunity to learn they are not alone and there is so much more to this life and the life to come.  And like I remind myself each time we have a bad day or get rejected. A missionary once told me that they are not rejecting us, they are rejecting Christ and His teachings. And at the very least, we planted a seed that at some future time will start to sprout and grow inside them.  

I love this gospel and am beyond grateful for the knowledge and comfort it brings me each day..I am thankful for this time in beautiful Argentina to teach people what I know and help them learn more for themselves by challenging them to read and pray about the Book of Mormon.  I know this book is true and if allowed it can change lives.  Hna Tobar and I are super stoked for General Conference, (she has been counting down for the last month, haha she´s so cute.) to hear more words from our Father in Heaven. And like we have been telling everyone down here, it is a fiesta for the world, to have a chance to listen to the words of God through a living Profeta, about now, about this time. Yay!!

I hope you all have a great week and Enjoy General Conference! I am not going to lie, it will be a little interesting in Spanish, but I am super excited nonetheless.
La zona de la Costa reunion de zona where we got a training on family history. It was Elder Day´s b-day, so we covered him with post-its. The zone: (back L-R) Elder and Sister Galtica the family history specialists, Elder Halley(zl) Elder Robison (our District leader) Hna Anae (white scarf), Hna mills (red hair) Elder Bastias. Front (L-R) Elder Day (post its) Hna Oliva, Hna Rodriguez (red Skirt), Hna Alexander, Hna Rupp (the one that knows Checketts), me and Hna Tobar. 

Happy Birthday Mom!

Our District Leader made us bracelets, we are showing them off.
Hna Tobar didn´t want to be in the Picture.  


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