Hola Mis amigos!! (:
Can't believe I've already been out for a year! Time flies by, but I can't wait to work even harder these next couple weeks!!
We had to travel a lot again this week, so we didn't have too much time here in Sunchales, but hopefully this next week we can stay here the whole time! Tuesday, we went to San Cristobal and had a district meeting all about obedience and diligence which was really great. Honestly, obedience means happiness, and if we want to be happy and enjoy all of God's blessings, we should do all we can to be exactly obedient. Sometimes we learn that the hard way, but we can always start over and try again because of Christ and His atonement. Me and Hna Sanders are choosing a scripture for each week to help motivate us and this week it is Jacob 1:19 ''And we did magnify our office unto the Lord, taking upon us the responsibility, answering the sins of the people upon our own heads if we did not teach them the word of God with all diligence...'' We really need to share the gospel with everyone we see and know, and so this week we are going to do better at contacting with everyone that we see.
We had to go to Rosario on Wednesday and Thursday for tramites (processing?), so we left weds night and then slept in Roldán (where I was for Christmas!), then woke up at 5 on Thurs to get to the mission home. We did fingerprints in the office building, and I had to do another FBI thing because it had been a year since the last time I did it, and then they told us, we didn't need to do the rest until a different day, so we have to go back again in the next few weeks haha. So we went there for fingerprints...
We had a family night with the Cauda family (Jorgelina's son who is a member). His son isn't baptized so we are working on teaching him and he's so cute and fun! He loves the Book of Mormon and we went over and taught the Restoration and reenacted it with them, Hna Sanders used my flashlight and was the pillar of light haha (:
Jorgelina and Toto are doing great! She hasn't been smoking so we are still praying and visiting them so much to help her.
We have a inactive lady, named Carmen, who is awesome!!! She is really intimidating when you first see her, but is super sweet and she loves when we visit her. BUT SHE IS SO STUBBORN!! Haha she won't come to church or read or pray until she feels the...ganas( I can’t remember the word in English anymore...I think it's something like desires) to do it. So we are slowly working with her so she will come back because we need her!
We contacted a man named Diego Saturday night and invited him to church and he came! But he is a little sketchy and told me in the middle of sacrament meeting that his dad and him do satanic rituals with animals. He left right after my talk so we didn't get to talk to him too much. We will see what happens haha. But I gave a talk on the importance of following the promptings of the spirit and how to recognize them when they come. Honestly, I didn't really understand this until my mission. But the Holy Ghost is so critical for all of us. After baptism, we receive this gift to guide, direct, prompt, and comfort us. What more could we need or want!? It is hard to first recognize, but I've learned that the Spirit is just like my own thoughts and feelings, if it is good, we should act upon it, if not, don't do it. It's really simple and I think we all try to push those feelings aside, when we really need to immediately act upon them because they come from our loving Heavenly Father.
We contacted out in barrio 9 again and it took 1 hr 30 min to get there. NO ONE WAS HOME!! We were chased and almost attacked by dogs 3 times, but one dog followed us the whole time and protected us. We named him Trifector (: haha
Last night we made a cake(...fail!!) for the twins because it was their birthday. There was a soccer game last night and when we left to go home everyone was outside and in their cars honking and we had to literally walk all the way around the middle of the city to get home. People were throwing these loud bombs and shooting guns and rioting. So it was fun and if I weren't a missionary I would have totally joined in haha. But I can't wait to see what happens when we get farther into the world cup. All I can say is that I'm glad I'm not in Rosario anymore.
But that was our week. We got a lot done and worked really hard when we were actually here. But I've learned a lot in just being happy with what time we get to actually preach and talk to people. This week was hard, but we met a lot of great people, and I am so grateful for the time I have to be a representative of Jesus Christ and help people find the truth here in Sunchales. Hope you have a great week!
Love you tons<3
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