Monday, June 23, 2014

Merry Christmas :)


Well, we decided that since it is cold here and it's more like December back home, we would celebrate Christmas again! So Merry Christmas from Argentina (: This week was really successful and miraculous, but flew by! I don't have too much to tell, but a few great stories. On Tuesday, we visited with Joana (14 yrs old) because she said she had a few doubts about baptism and didn't understand why it was important. So we prayed and prepared a lot and I have such a testimony now that if we do our part in preparing, the spirit will guide us in whatever way we need to go in a lesson. We shared Alma7:14-15 and talked about how baptism is a way to follow Christ more fully in our lives, and to receive a remission of our sins. That was really important for Joana. We knelt down with her, she prayed to know if the church was true and if she should be baptized, and then we waited. After 3 minutes, she said, okay I still have a few questions, but I know that this is true and if I have faith, everything will be okay. It was the most spiritual and rewarding lesson I have had my whole mission. We were all girls always are...and then we ate brownies haha. But Joana and her 11 year old brother, Joel are now all ready for their baptism this Saturday and are so excited!! Their parents are members and they want to go to the temple later this year to be sealed as a family for eternity!<3 Even though this area has been really hard, this week has made up for all the challenges. Heavenly Father really does answer our prayers, and when we are patient, He will always bless us for our sacrifices and trials. We also had lunch with Hna. Sara this week and finally her inactive son, Diego sat down with us!! He served a mission in Chile, and he came home and a few months after stopped coming to church. But on Thursday, he ate lunch with us and showed us mission pictures and we had a really great time! Then right before we left, we felt like we should sing ''Nearer My God to Thee'' and he sang with us. He loves music and it was a really great experience as well!! We had a district activity in Rafaela Friday, and Familia Cauda(Joana y Joel) went with us. We learned an Argentine dance called ''el gato'' and ate lotssssss of food (: Saturday we had two lunches, one asado, and I still feel full haha. Lots of good things are happening here in Sunchales, and we are working really hard to find new people. We had a few other miracle lessons and are going to pass by them again this week to see if they are reading and praying. The spirit is really working on the hearts of these people, so we are just praying that they will listen and follow through. The spirit testifies of all truth and when we listen and follow the promptings or feelings we receive, we will never be misguided. Love you all so much and hope you have a great week! Enjoy the summer!!

Con MUCHO amor,

Hermana Moberly<3
Hermana Moberly and Sanders Sunchales June 2014
Argentine Folkloric Dancers Sunchales June 2014

Branch Piano and Fans

Activity Days Girls Sunchales June 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

Vamos Argentina!!!

Hola Mis Amigos y Familia!! (:

So...this morning I was reading in Alma 26:27 about how when we are patient in our trials, the Lord will bless us with success. That pretty much sums up our week! We have had a few really rough months with the work here in Sunchales, but we kept going and had to really have a lot of faith and patience, but the Lord always keeps his promises! We had a lot of miracles this last week!! Here's a few:

1. We finally found a menos activa, Jaqueline, and it was my first time meeting her. She let us in and we taught her a quick lesson on the power of prayer and scripture study. She said she would start reading the scriptures again and would come back to church! She lives alone and is 26 so it's hard for her to get up on Sundays, but we are going to start helping her have more desires to come! She is awesome!!
2. We are still visiting familia Villareal and we invited the 2 daughters to be baptized on the 4th of July. One of them has already prayed and said she knows it is all true. They are a super special family. Really receptive to the Spirit.
3. We finally found Silvia again. She was in Brazil with her family the last few weeks. But she told us she has been reading the Book of Mormon and loves it, we are going over on Thursday to teach the whole family!
4. Every day from 5:30-6:30 we contact streets we have prayed about and this last week we found and taught 3 people who are so awesome! We are going back this week to invite them to be baptized and they have so much potential.
5. After district meeting on Tuesday, all the elders (there are only 4 haha) walked us to ice cream and they bought it for us! That was a miracle (:

Now for some more updates...Joana and Joel didn't feel ready for the interview so we moved their baptism to the 28th. Jorgelina and Toto are pretty far away right now and it just proves to me how much we really need to do the little things to help us have spiritual strength. They have forgotten almost everything already and don't want to do anything either ): But they aren't ready so we will just keep praying for them, and their time will come. Eliana has a date too, but she won't come to church. We are trying everything and it's so hard, but we really want to teach her whole family so she isn't alone. We had 15 at church yesterday! It's pretty consistent now and we will be getting a new place for church at the end of the moth instead of the grandparent's club room, haha. We have a keyboard now so I get to play the piano for church!! YAY! (: It really was a great week, 5 news, 5 Books of Mormons given away, and lots of little miracles! (:

I have a lot more funny stories than anything else! Yesterday was Branch Conference (we thought it was the 22nd then the district presidency showed up, haha). But we did a musical number, and Karen (the 10 year old music conductor) thought it was the last song, so she came up too and started leading the music and she was so confused why no one else was singing…hahaha we just let her keep going. (: We decided that maybe this week we would start a diet since we are kind of obsessed with the chocolate here...that lasted one night and we had to buy chocolate the next day haha. We walk all day so we burn it off easy. Everyone denied us during contacts this week because they were all watching the World Cup games...I don't blame them, but we are sharing a message for their salvation (; Hermana Sanders always gets comments on how beautiful her eyes are and I just stand there and feel like, ''But what about my eyes?'' haha but then last night Hna Sanders told me she feels the same when all the people in the streets call out ''RUBIA'' which means blondie basically haha...we just stand out as Americans I guess. We decided to learn more hymns and try to sing a new and unknown one every morning for comp’s terrible and I'm losing my sight reading talents haha.

Well, not much else. We are doing great and are so happy being able to serve the Lord at this time. Something I really studied this week was commandments and why we have them. I love the kite analogy. Kites can't fly without a string holding them to the ground. The same is with the commandments. Without something holding us down, we can't fly or reach our goals to become better and live with God again. God knows what we need to be happy, and if we will just obey Him and keep all the commandments, we are promised happiness, blessings, and prosperity. Mosiah 2:41. I know that the commandments of God are for our benefit and that if we just try a little harder every day to be more obedient, we will never be lost or fallen. I'm so grateful for my calling and to share the message of the Restoration with everyone! Our message is different and will bless the lives of others more than they know until they listen to it. Love you all so much!! Have a great week! <3

Con amor,

Hermana Moberly
Beautiful Argentina Sunrise
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever
 Some pictures sent from our convert in Echusortu, Kristina:

Monday, June 9, 2014

Slammed Door Number 112

Hola (:
Great and hard week this week! I have never had so many doors slammed in my face my whole mission, but we did see a lot of miracles. We have been trying to help a less active family come back and they are finally attending church every week and this last week we invited their two kids, Joana and Joel, to be baptized on the 21st! (: They all want to get to the temple to be sealed for time and all eternity so that is our goal too, to help them get there! We had a family night with them, and then they invited us over for lunch on Friday and we had another asado (BBQ). I ate an empanada with cow stomach and it was sooo good! (: They invited us to eat with them every Friday now!!
We visited an old man named Inocencio with Hnos Hohermuth and he does n0t believe in God, but has been reading the Book of Mormon and is half way done. The only problem is, is that he isn't reading it with an open mind so he isn't learning anything from it. It really made me understand the importance of doing things and even praying with real intent- that when we study it out and ask, we are going to be willing to follow through and change. He really needs the gospel though, so we are going to try again and help him see, but if it isn’t his time, then maybe another.
This week we took the directory and tried to visit all the inactives. We found one, Jose Robledo, and it was a miracle! He actually told us we could come back and share a message with his family. So we went by Friday night, he isn't married and his girlfriend isn't a member, and they have a 4 yr old daughter. They are the cutest and told us we could keep stopping by. We are just going to form a friendship first and then we have a lot of hope for this family! (:
We also visited Eliana this week and taught her the Plan of Salvation. She has a baptismal date for the 5th of July too! (: She said she would be baptized if she knows it's true, so we are really praying for her.
No one came to church yesterday, we only had 9 people there, but that's okay! Next week they'll come! We are going to be getting an actually house to hold church in instead of the grandparents club where we are meeting in right now haha. 
CONGRATS to Chase on his mission call!!!! I'm so happy and excited for you! Can't wait to hear all about it! HAPPY Birthday to Ali (: and HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!! <3 Hope you all have a really great week!!
''And now, my beloved brethren, notwithstanding their hardness, let us labor diligently; for if we should cease to labor, we should be brought under condemnation; for we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all unrighteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom of God.'' Moroni 9:6. This scripture really helped us get through the week. It was hard, but we know we were called to serve here at this time and in this city. But I think it goes for all of the callings we hold-in the church or our family responsibilities- because Heavenly Father lets us serve His children, and we should serve Him diligently and know that He will always reward us for our efforts and sacrifices. It's really hard, but I wouldn't rather be anywhere else! Trials make us stronger (: Love you all so much!!
Hermana Moberly
Hola from Sunchales Argentina

Christmas in June...Freezing here!

A Wiseman and Mary...Christmas in June

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sick Week In Sunchales

Hola Mis Amigos!!!

¿Que pasa calabaza? Nada nada limonada! (: Well, I was sick in bed along with my companion for 3 days with a stomach fun!! But it was one of the funnest weeks we've had since we couldn't leave. But, to start, I'll tell you about the work we could do.

We had a lesson with a lady named, Silvia, and her daughter and we taught the Restoration. She was so interested and invited us back to eat lunch with her whole family sometime in the next few weeks and she wants to come to church too. SO we finally found someone with potential! (: We had another lesson with Hermana Quintana (President's wife) and talked about the need to defend our faith, and then we visited 9 year old, Karen, who is the only active one in her family, was baptized last May, and comes every Sunday. We made her her own missionary agenda just like ours (: Then Wednesday, we actually left the house and went to zone meeting, but I had to run out in the middle to throw up haha. But we learned a lot about becoming more like Christ. Then a miracle happened Sunday and we had 2 investigators at church even though we couldn't visit anyone!! 

That's literally all that happened. But I'll tell you all the funny things we did. SO Tuesday, we were outside and contacted these two guys. They started flirting then looked at my companion and one of them started speaking English with a little British accent and said, ''Your eyes. How beautiful your eyes'' hahah we were dying! That's Argentine men for ya. We had a scripture war with our district leader, Elder Cruz and we totally won!  At zone meeting we played the game signs and even though we were half dead we totally dominated! We sang happy birthday to our district leader too and then after he tried telling us in English you are my best friends but it came out ''You are the friends'' haha He's the best!! He loves learning English and we are trying to help him. He is from Peru.

But, even though it was a rough week, we really felt the love of Heavenly Father because we saw a lot of miracles even though we couldn't work. Luke 1:37 ''For with God nothing shall be impossible.'' This is so true. If we would just trust in God always, we would never have to worry about anything. 

Love you all so much and hope you had and have a great week! Remember to trust in God, and then you will see miracles. <3

Hermana Moberly

Fun with corn at dinner last night.

Chocolate Orange from Robin's package that just made it to Argentina...THANKS!!!