Monday, January 26, 2015
This week has been so much more crazier than the rest but FILLED with miracles!
I found out that my old lacrosse friend from high school, now Hermana Meeks is not only in my mission but in my zone! So I get to see her all the time! A little piece of home:)
Wednesday after our zone meeting I was feeling super sick so we headed to the clinic a couple towns over and we walked in and the security guard was asked was what was wrong, and neither of us really knew how to explain it in Castellano so I was just like my throat hurts, fever (the few phrases I did know). He sent us to a little doctors office and lucky for me my doctor was fluent in English! Turned out I had strep!
And then Friday we got to go to the temple!! Oh how I missed the temple. I took for granted being so close to so many temples and being able to go often! But the Buenos Aires temple is so gorgeous and was so worth the 3 hour bus ride!
Then right after the temple we had another exchange! But this time I was staying in Burzaco and my comp was leaving. That meant that I was the one that had to be in charge. And man is it stressful but I was able to do it! Sometimes I underestimate myself but I have learned to press forward and just to have faith that The Lord will guide me every step of the way and that difficulties and problems come along the way for us to learn and grow.
The work is progressing so fast here. I am so happy that I get to be here at this time and have the investigators that I do have. As of today we have four people with a baptismal date! Simon, a man we met on the street from Columbia who read 9 chapters in the Book of Mormon in one day and came to all of church the next day. Emilse, a mom of two little girls who started crying when we started to talk about eternal families and our purpose here on earth because that is what she had been searching for. And Monica and her nine year old son, Pepe, who in just the second lesson asked us if she could be baptized. I am so grateful that I am able to be there too in the lessons becasue I know that the Holy Ghost who is the one who teaches, not me. This is the gospel of peace, of comfort, change, and miracles! God is good! La Iglesia es verdadera! (The Church is true)
love you! I´m always praying for you and keep me and our investigators in your prayers!
Monday, January 19, 2015
Woah! I can´t believe that I´m already into my second transfer! It felt like I just got off the plane just yesterday. Not much has happened this week but we did have some interesting lessons! So last Monday night we taught Alejandro, the one who had been coming to church without having any lessons. The plan was to have his neighbor there, who was a member, but canceled last minute. So when we got there he wanted us to go into his house, but we couldn´t because it´s one of the mission rules. Since it was just him and us and no member or no other sister, we couldn´t go into his house, only teach him outside. Well he took it the wrong way and thought that we weren´t respectful and not humble and stuff like that. So he yelled and yelled and yelled and it took my companion to cry before he calmed down, poor thing. We went on to teach him anyway and we started with a hymn. As soon as we sang the hymn I could feel the Spirit there again and soothed the tension. It strengthened my testimony on the power that hymns can bring!
Thursday we also went by to teach a family who we contacted the past week and when we got there they were all eating bbq and all already drunk. We taught them a little about lesson 1 but quickly left because they weren´t in the best state of mind.
Friday- a family actually found us!! We were walking in an area I´ve never been to before, looking for old investigators that we have records for and a lady from across the street called us over. We were so confused but went over anyway. When we got to her house she was just like hey you´re the missionaries! Turns out she was a less active member and her daughter and son had been talking about how they both really want to be baptized! But the daughter, Karina is 14 and she is already ENGAGED! So crazy! They are the cutest and sweetest family I´m glad that they found us! The Lord works in powerful ways!
In my short time here in Argentina, I´ve learned that without love, you can´t accomplish anything. Love is essential. I need to love my companion, the people, and the work because when I do, that´s when the miracles happen and we are blessed. We are able to have the Spirit and bring that Spirit to others.
Today Hna Toala and I napped and vegged out and watched Ephraims Rescue for our pday. GO see it it´s so good but there was a quote at the end that I love it said,
"When you have eyes to see, ears to hear, and hearts to feel, you can reach out and rescue others." -Thomas S. Monson
This is the work of salvation and we need to save and rescue as many of our brothers and sisters as we can. Do the small little things. It makes a big difference. LOVE! Church is true! Love you and miss you!! Oh and I was a trucha this week (lazy) and didn´t take any pictures. Sorry mom!
Hermana Cannon (Colchones;)
Monday, January 12, 2015
Another week in beautiful Argentina!
So here´s a rundown of my action packed but awesome week:
Tuesday the 6th- I had another exchange (which I just found out what the word was in English lol) in the countryside of Alejandro Korn! But this time I was with Hermana Barrett who´s from Chandler, Arizona!! Like 10 min from our house! So we had lots in common and lots to talk about. Arizona power!
Wednesday the 7th- My companion and I taught a lesson to a young teenage girl named Candela and she agreed to be baptized!! I was so pumped! I´m really excited because I feel like she is of my first real investigators and I´ll have the chance of teaching her hopefully from start to finish and if everything works out then she will be my first baptism!!
Thursday 8th- Was a sick day for Hermana Toala so that meant I got to study Spanish for 5 hours!! Ha but it was great and very much needed!
Friday the 10th- I had homemade Mac N Cheese from a family who has traveled to USA a bunch of times so it was nice of them to make food that reminded me of home. And a funny moment, so we stopped by to check up on an old investigator and as we were talking to her she just says, "I don´t like white people." And my comp is Somoan and there I was looking super white soooo just a little awk. lol
Saturday the 10th- Was a day of hard work and miracles!! We went to one of our areas that I had never been to, my comp said that hermanas don´t go there too often because it is dangerous, but we found that it was golden!! We taught a lesson, contacted a bunch of people and one of the girls we contacted we asked her for any references and she was like yeah my mother-in-law. She lead us there, which was only a house over and the mom, Maria told us that she had been looking and praying for a church to join. MIRACLE.
I learn SO much everyday I cannot even write it all down. And it´s a lot more than the language. Every day brings a new lesson and I am truly being humbled. The mission is hard, but it´s the small tender daily merices of The Lord that make it worth it. That experience with the area with a lot of success and especially with Maria only strengthened my testimony that God is always preparing people to hear his word. I have seen it here in Argentina. That´s why having the Spirit at all times is crucial in missionary work. Because we can´t do it without divine help; but we ourselves need to do our part too. I love the quote, "The Lord works best with already moving feet." We have the truth, the light, and pure happiness, let´s share it!!
I love and miss you all. Keep on keepin on!
Monday, January 5, 2015
I hope everyone had an awesome New Years! I cannot believe it´s already 2015! For New Years Eve here since it was dangerous for us to be out in the streets we had to be back in our pench at 6. And that night we spent it watching Disney Movies! And Ephriam´s Rescue (which is the sequel to 17 Miracles and it was soooo good). And just like Christmas, there were sooo many fireworks.
On a more spiritual note, I made some spiritual goals for the new year that I want to work towards this year so I can be the type of missionary that Heavenly Father wants me to be. On my #30díadesafío (30 day challenge) I asked what things I need to do and I opened up to D&C 4. The famous missionary section. I decided to focus on verses 4 and 6 that list the attributes of the Savior and that I want to work on as well as a disciple of Him. So there were about 10 different attributes listed and each month I´m going to study each one!
New Years day, the dog of the Sister that lives in front of us died. So we spent that morning cleaning her house and taking care of the body. It was a really sad way to start the new year and a wake up call to me that life is so short and that I can´t waste a single second of it, especially now on the mission. I am on the Lord´s time, not mine. Something that was always said in the MTC that has stuck with me is that "you have 18 months to serve and your whole life to think about how you served". That applies to non missionaries too. We will have eternity to reflect on how we lived our lives on earth so every moment is a gift and a blessing. Thank goodness for a new year and a chance to be better!
New Years Day I had real Argentine BBQ and it was great I loved it but the next day I was so sick and in bed the whole day. And all the members were like, she had the meat huh? Hahaa so it´s the norm for a missionary from the States to get sick after eating the meat here for the first time because it´s just a little different, I´ll leave it at that lol.
Yesterday, we had our lunch with the bishop and his family and after we had shared our scripture they asked me to pray in English because they don´t know anything in English. So I prayed and not only was it weird but it was so hard! I know I´ve only been in Argentina for only a month but it´s crazy that Castellano is starting to take over my brain lol. It´s like my companion always tells me, "Don´t underestimate the power you have, and never forget where that power comes from." SInce I´ve been here I´ve seen so many miracles take place, with myself and with the lives of others. It has been a testimony builder to me that God has a hand in every part of our lives, both big and small.
Well, sorry I wrote so much and rambled but what´s new lol. I love and miss you all!