This was the best week EVER!!!! Why? Mostly because of Natalia. She is just. The best! And guess what else!?!?!?!?! She´s also baptized!!! We had the service Saturday and it was absolutely incredible. Can you tell how happy I am? 😀 The entire week was spent praying about and coordinating the baptism. Natalia had an incredible experience in the interview, and that night we had a fun little meeting planning the service with Hno. Churreo our first counselor in the bishopric. (Our bishop is still out of town, and our recently sustained mission leader can´t be set apart until he comes back. Joy…) Saturday afternoon we swung by early to clean out and fill up the font. I must say it was such a relief to have an actual font this time around. Love Las Heras to death, but this wasn´t nearly as stressful.
And the service!!! Such a strong spirit was present. Hna. Judith our young women´s leader who has come to a few of the lessons gave one of the talks, but our slam dunk was with Natalia´s niece Lucia who just happens to be a member from the neighboring ward. Natalia was so excited and happy to be there. I´m pretty sure hers was maybe the only bigger smile than Elder McAllister´s and mine. Still on cloud nine. Or twelve. Haven´t decided. Either way I´m not coming down anytime soon! When we asked Natalia who she wanted to perform the baptism and confirmation, she insisted that I baptized her and E´McAllister confirmed her. Yeah, she´s a bit persistent. Best ever. The ward was super super excited with the service, and welcomed Natalia with gusto after sacrament meeting.
As far as the rest of the Franco family goes, I pretty much cried when I heard that Pedro, Natalia´s father, who just so happened to be in our first couple lessons with them was coming down to the service. He ate everything up. He lives up in Mar de Plata in another mission, and we´re trying to get the missionaries to start teaching him. Because that entire family is just golden. Matilde loved the entire weekend, and we´re keeping our fingers crossed that we´ll be filling up the font again in the next couple weeks. AAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
I´m happy. Deal with it.
Oh, and by the way, the transfer´s over! The Zone Leader´s gave me the call Saturday night that my entire district is staying put. Not a huge surprise! But it does make me so glad. The four of us worked so hard to get the work up and running in both of our areas. As far as Barrio Roca goes, we know so many people. It´s a little tough to find them at home so that we can help them become investigators, but with a little bit of planning and hard work, we´ll get it done. This next transfer is going to be the best!!!
I must say this transfer flew by at a ridiculous pace. It is such a pleasure to be comps with Elder McAllister. He´s so incredibly dedicated to the work, and he teaches so well. It´s hard to keep up with him at times, and although he´s still learning, I´m pretty sure I am the one being trained here. This next six weeks are going to be amazing.
Thank you everyone for your support and prayers. Every now and then I just try to picture in my mind all of the people who are praying and hoping for our success here in Comodoro. It´s in those moments that I can do whatever is necessary in the day. Some days are tough, and we do a ton of walking. But this week the immense joy that I have felt has been overwhelming. Lots of happy tears. I love this mission so much. I´ve never done anything that is this fulfilling. Nothing compares to helping someone turn to God and change their lives for the better by embracing the Gospel of Christ.
Have an incredible week everyone! Keep up the prayers! There are so many miracles happening to us out here, and we owe part of that to all of you. I´m so grateful to have such wonderful family and friends rooting for our success and the success of our investigators. Paz fuera!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!!!!
Oh wait. You´re not in Argentina. Hahaha well Happy Argentine Mothers Day all the same! Love you mom! Mothers day was yesterday here down south, and as such it was quite the interesting day/weekend. Gotta love the holidays right? Also to make the week even more exciting was having most of the ward gone all week on the temple trip with the stake. Joys. But! It´s always quite fun when the ward gets back and we have an incredible sacrament meeting because going to the temple leaves the entire ward charged and ready to go work with the missionaries. Oh how I love Barrio Roca. We´ve got our challenges, but this ward is the best.
Speaking of challenges though, my lanta we walked a ton this week. It seems as though our investigators also decided to disappear along with our members. More joys. As I keep telling my comp, there´s just up waves and down waves in missionary work as you meet a ton of people in contacts and references and then have to sift through to find who progresses as an investigator. We know so many people, and our area map in the apartment is covered in pins of people that we´ve contacted, but are never home!!!! That´s mission life though. It also isn´t helping that Wednesday night our cell phone ran out of service. Makes for the best planned weekend ever…. But that´s ok! This next week is going to be great, and I suppose I should ´splain why.
Wednesday was a happy miracle day. Why? Because we FINALLY after two weeks sat down with Natalia and Matilde Franco. And Juaquin, but he´s already an angel. This was our first lesson with them since they came to General Conference. (Ok real fast I apologize if some of the details are fuzzy and it seems as though I´m leaving parts of the story out. Just a ton has happened, and it´s hard to remember what I have and haven´t said.) Anyways the loved conference. Had the greatest feeling of happiness and light when they went. We´ve had like four appointments with them since but they all fell through. One of them because a huge Rottweiler bit Juaquin´s arm, which resulted in Juaquin being taken to the hospital. Don´t worry he´s already back to playing bowling in the backyard and demanding that we play with him before and after visits. Anyway, back to Wednesday! We went to the lesson with Hno. Vera and we were planning on talking about one thing. Yup. The b word. We read Mosiah 18:7-10 (Love those verses!) and Natalia got to the part where it asks: ´que os impede ser bautizado´ and got a bit quiet. And then we asked them what´s stopping them. And then Natalia said the the two best words I´ve ever heard from an investigator: ´quiero bautizarme!!!!´ AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! So happy! Matilde wasn´t quite as expressive, but right then and there we put the date for this Saturday down!!!! We´re having the interviews tomorrow. We´ll see how this goes, and I´m ridiculously nervous for the infinite amount of things that could happen this week. Just pray for them k? You all rock!
We also are teaching two other families! The familia Tribalaf and familia Gonzalez. We´re actually finding a ton of families, but we just need to actually go by when they´re home. Oh they joys of Comodoro. Some days I am convinced that people only built houses in this city to have a place to sleep and nothing more. Ah well es la vida.
Can I just say how wonderfully exhausting missionary work is? I´m pretty sure I crawled into bed after saying my prayers every single night this week, but I have done it quite happily. I´ve never been so tired but so exhilarated in my life. And although as missionaries we have tons of disappointments because of the decisions of other people, Elder McAllister and I are just inexplicably thankful to be here. This is such a great place to be serving our brothers and sisters in the Gospel. The scripture that´s been on the mind lately has been Alma 26:27 and 28:14. This work is so much more than me. Ah! Sometimes you just have to sit back and smell the roses and just be glad that even though a lot of doors don´t open and more than a fair amount of people don´t want to talk to you in the street, it is such a blessing to be a missionary. And by the way the roses here in my area are huge. Love Barrio Roca. Thanks for all of the prayers! They really do miracles for us! I hope that you all have such a wonderful week! Until next Monday!
Ok, there´s no way that it´s already halfway through October. Not. Cool.
It´s Monday again, and I´m once again writing an email thinking how in the world is it already Monday for the umpteenth time. What a week. This one flew by on wings. What with all the hype from General Conference still having effect, and then interviews with President Lovell this Wednesday, I´m pretty sure it should still be last Tuesday. But it´s not bother.
Anyways, speaking of something substantial, we did a ton of walking. But seriously. I´m convinced that I´ve never walked more in a week on my mission. Why might you ask? Dropped appointments. After Dropped appointments. Yeah story of my life. We know so many people it´s not even funny. But even less funny is how difficult it is to find them once throughout the week, let alone twice. Just believe me when I say, seeing an investigator once in the week is not enough. We have been talking to so many people in the streets that I´m pretty sure we have contacts in almost every street in our area. No joke. They´re just never home!!! We were able to get a lot of references as well so although we didn´t teach a lot this last week we´re determined to teach our tails off. Pray for us k?
Oh yeah, before I forget, I heard that I have two new cousins!!!! Hooray for the Bruner twins!!!
Despite all the walking we were able to sit down with a few new investigators. Daniel is a boss. He´s known of the church for years, but he never lives in one place long enough to be baptized. We´ll get him this time don´t worry. He´s already reading the Book of Mormon, and I´m thinking tonight we´ll be able to meet/teach his sister! We also found another family! The Gonzalez family lives literally at the edge of our area, on the far corner from the pensión. It´s a fun walk, trust me. They just barely moved into Comodoro as well! We just need to help them come to church and they´re golden! Ahh!!! There´s just never enough time in the week, let alone day, to do all of the crazy amount of things we have to do as missionaries.
Oh yeah interviews–Can you tell I´m kind of spacey this morning? It was a long week. I´m looking forward to a relaxing p-day, don´t worry–were awesome. It´s incredible how fast a three hour meeting can go by. President Lovell is just the best. He just finds the most loving yet most direct way to help us be the best missionaries possible. And the effect is quite visible all over the mission. It´s amazing what can happen when a leader helps those he serves to adopt an ambitious vision. It´s such a blessing to have such an awesome mission president.
Well, this next week should be a lot of fun. Half the ward is on the way to the temple in Buenos Aires as we speak, so we´ll see how that one goes. But the weather is looking kinder every day. And I´m pretty sure the weather is corollary to the mood of people here. When it´s sunny, it´s an amazing day to go and find new people to teach. And on Saturday when it rained alot…. Let´s just say we enjoyed the rain shall we? 🙂
Ah! Love the mission. I´m so tired all the time, but I´m so ridiculously happy. Yes it is quite the mix, but I´ve never felt so exhilarated or motivated. I just love that I have the chance to go out every day and help other people improve their lives by turning to Christ. The best. There truly is nothing like this Gospel. And there´s nothing like the mission. Each week has it´s adventures, but I´m amazed at how often Heavenly Father reminds me how personal He truly is. I know that this is where I need to be. And I´m pretty sure I need this area, and the people in it way more than they need me. Pero egual! I just love the mission. Thanks for all the prayers and support! I´ll be heading to the post office after writing this email so keep eyes out for letters in two-three weeks! Love you all, and hope your week is as good as mine is sure to be!!!