Monday, September 27, 2010

This week has been good.

Thank you so much for the pictures! They did tickle my heart! How did you get the pics of Luis? Has he called/written? GOOD! I miss that kid! And now that I know Spanish, we definitely HAVE to talk when we get back. Tell him I miss him!!!

This week has been good. And I have no reason as to why. As far as the work goes, our success this week is not only spiritually, but our numbers show it as well! Lots of lessons and lots of new investigators.

Also, I saw my very first nun. My sista in the catholic faith. She was on the bus. It's nothing, but I thought it was really cool.

In other spiritually uplifting news... Our investigators Roque and Isidro are getting baptized this weekend! In all reality, it's going to be a nightmare. Two baptisms, conference weekend, and we don't even know at what time until Thursday night because Roque won't find out his work schedule until then. So we just have to tell everybody to prepare for a baptism Conference weekend at any time. Oh yeah, and all of the baptism clothes have gone missing. But hey, they're willing and they're ready to make their first covenant!

Roque is keeping true to his goals to stop smoking and reading the Book of Mormon everyday, and Isidro went to church in Buenos Aires yesterday (he's out of town). How awesome are they?!?

Also there's Selena. She's the eleven year old granddaughter of the Relief Society President. She wants to get baptized, but finally told us that she's never asked her dad. It breaks my heart. She's a good kid. Quiet, a little shy, but a good kid, and already her father doesn't really trust her to do anything or go anywhere, and her mother is very much so disinterested in her life. We put some goals with her to start reading the Book of Mormon every day, pray for help and strength, and obeying her parents. After two days of doing this, then going and asking her dad if she could get baptized. We found out in Relief Society yesterday through her grandma that she's really scared to do this. We were talking about being examples to your children, and her grandma told the Relief Society that Selena talked to her about these goals, and said to her "Are things really this hard?" She's genuinely scared to do this. This weekend we fasted for her so that she'd have the faith and courage to talk to her dad and that her dad would soften his heart, and I have the faith that the Lord hears and answers prayers and sees our efforts in our fasts. Therefore she can do it and he can say yes!

It really got me thinking, the thing she told her grandma. "Are things really this hard?" It's difficult to learn this lesson at such a young age. Maybe this means that she's someone really special to be able to take this kind of trail from the Lord being 11 years old! The thing is yes, things are really that hard. Life is really really hard. Oh but how much He will help us! It is hard, but He will not leave us alone! We need faith, which leads to courage, which leads us to action, which will lead to a stronger testimony and more faith as we see how the Lord will bless us, and the cycle continues onward and onward! Yes, things are really that hard, but the Lord will take part of the load. Yes, life is hard, but it doesn't have to be. Rely on the Lord, use His strength and have faith that He will provide, and He will provide!

We're going to try to call her tonight to see how she is and if she did the deed. I hope so.
And I can't write so much because I'm researching stuff for investigators and I gotta go!

But take care. Read your scriptures, pray daily, have family home evenings, and pray some more.

Love you all, and thank you so much!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thank you so much for your support.

Sorry this took so long to post. She didn't write me this week. She wrote her father instead. So here's his letter.

Momsy and Popsicle

I'm sorry I haven't been writing spiritual experiences. I didn't really think it was that big of a deal. I seem to have upset several people by doing so. It's not my intent. I don't know what else to say. I don't exactly have spiritual experiences oozing out my ears. All I can say is that I'm learning. At times it feels like one step forward and two steps back, and for that I don't have anything really to tell you. I'm trying to push forward. I'm trying to be the best missionary I can be. I'm still trying to figure out why in the world the Lord would want to send me on a mission, let alone a mission here in Argentina, Neuquén. I'm trying to work as hard as I can. I want to serve an honorable mission, and I'm trying. That's all I can really say.

Thank you so much for your support.

I am getting along well with my companion. She's a sweetheart. We're both learning patience and faith. I can't really complain too much. The only thing is that she's keeping a pet snail in the apartment. I hate snails! But she keeps him covered and out of sight, therefore whatever. I tried talking her out of it, but she loves the thing too much. She knows of my fear/slight phobia of snails, but now I know of her fear of ants.

ANTS.

This is why we get along. We're both irrational :)

I sing in Spanish all the time; that's how we get into houses. "Hi, we're missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ, and we'd love to come in and sing you a song for two minutes." There are some areas where it works and other areas no. Here, not so much, but there's not much else we can do about that. We do all that we can, and that is sweet satisfaction. Not baptisms, not statistics, but trying with all you got. Therefore okay.

We had District Conference this past weekend too. Actually, the missionaries had Zone Conference on Friday, and the mission president, his wife, the assistants to the president were here all weekend, as were the other six elders from the other areas. We got to see our President all weekend and our lovely elders. Poor things. They were stuck in the small apartment of the zone leaders. Ten of them! Some even had to sleep in the bathroom because it was so cramped. Next conference (GENERAL CONFERENCE!!!) us sisters are going to help them find houses to stay in and food to eat. Silly unprepared elders.

The District Conference was good. One of our investigators, Isidro, came to both sessions Saturday and Sunday. He began coming to church to try to help pull his family back together. Still only his six year old daughter wants to listen, but he's moving forward strong. I think the conference for him was something different because it had a strong focus on the family and temples. We see him tomorrow and can talk about it more. Sis.Peterson talked about how she loved her family and was glad that they can be together forever, and President Peterson invited the congregation to prepare for the temple, and for those who weren't members, to be baptized so that they can go. I love our President. He has the guts to say what needs to be said in such a loving way.

Our Zone Conference was about Chapter 4 in Preach my Gospel, Recognizing the Spirit. President told us that the greatest desire Pres. Hinckley and Pres. Monson had for missionaries is for them to learn to listen to the spirit; not give rote presentations but to teach to needs according to the spirit, and that many church leaders thought that it was impossible to be able to do so. That puts what we learned in conference into perspective. Not just something sweet and lovely- listening to the spirit- but something real and difficult and so worth the giant amounts of effort that you have to put into it.

There are many times where I feel so inadequate for the work. That's why I feel like many times I take one step forward and two steps back. But what we learn in our studies and in conferences, what we learn from church leaders, helps give hope that I can do whatsoever the Lord wants me to. And if anything, that's the kind of support I need. The reassurance that I can do it. It's really hard to remember it on my own. Please help me to remember it.

Thank you so much for all that you do. Letters, emails, thank you.

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Monday, September 6, 2010

THIRSTY FOR THE GOSPEL!

Muchas gracias for the recipe! I'm going to make them for my companion. Yay!

First of all, let Janelle know I shall send her a letter soon. But in the meantime, Elder Oaks talk Nov 2009 conference. It's EXACTLY what he was talking about.

Caleta Olivia- I don't exactly have words to describe her yet. If I had to, it would go something like this- THIRSTY FOR THE GOSPEL! Success shall be ours! MWA HA HA!!!!

Carlos is traveling to Chile to meet with his leaders of his church. He said when he comes back he'll be ready to be baptized. Okay. He already told us that he really wants to mission (... be a missionary? Nah, he wants to mission). Alright. We'll get him a Preach My Gospel.

For right now we're focusing on Roque (Rocky in Español) and Isidro. Roque has his baptism on Saturday. We're fighting so he can make it. Every time we go to teach him it's like a whole 'nother revelation for him because he was never ever taught that that's how things are, but he's accepting it. We totally rock his world. In a good way or a crazy way.

Isidro was a contact that my companion did with the sister before me. We went to his house (about the third time for her) and he wasn't home. Next thing we know he comes to church the next Sunday! We met with him on Wednesday, and we set up a baptismal date! He gets it and he really likes it. He really gets it! The detail is that he has to go to Buenos Aires to do surgery... one day before the programmed baptism! So we'll try it again tonight. He's willing though, and that's all we can ask for.

My companion is sweet. The only thing is that she keeps finding snail shells and taking them to the apartment. Not only that, but it turns out that one of them is alive, and it freaked the crud out of me this morning (for people like Janelle and Tiffany, they know that this is a BIG deal to me). So we'll see how it goes. Nah, we get along really well. She thinks I'm funny, and I think she's really sweet, so we get along like peaches and cake (which is the standard cake filling in Argentina... at least in the Patagonia).

I'm still working and still going strong, so you all better be too!

Thank you so much mama!

Hna Georgeson

P.S. EVERYONE- I WANT CONVERSION STORIES! How did you come to know that the church was true or Joseph Smith was a prophet? Converts and life long members alike. I know they're special experiences. How did you feel? What helped you to know? What gave you that confirming witness?

P.S.S. Mama, can I now have a recipe for frosting and nun puffs from my cook book? Gracias!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaleta Olivia!

Thank you for the email! It was a pleasant surprise. I just read the last one you sent, and then when I went to read daddy's yours was already there. It was a sweet surprise.

Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaleta Olivia!

I am here.

I finally found a map and found out where I am. I thought it was further down south. But I'll just settle for where I am. It was really nice here for a few days and as of late started again with the cold. But I'll live with this cold. Being by the ocean again, worth it 100%.

One day I'll figure out how to send you pictures. I tried sending a letter, but the post man gave it back saying that if I put it in two envelopes it would be cheaper. Asi que bueno. (so, okay.)

This week has been interesting as to the adventures we've had thus far. My second day my companion got peed on by a dog. Worse than Hna. Smith. We both laughed our heads off. Que mal soy yo! Na :)

The other day while walking to the bus stop the lady walking in front of us began running, and we looked back and noticed the bus was coming. We started booking it too, and next thing we know the bus turned around the corner right behind us. It wasn't even our bus! We laughed our heads off at that too. I wonder if the bus drivers think it's really funny when people do that. I would.

For my birthday my companion gave me an alfajor with a candle on it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. An alfajor is almost like a hostess cupcake, ya know, the chocolate ones. But they're soooooo much yummier. Way better. I liked my birthday even though almost nobody but my companion knew. It doesn't bother me at all. Hip hip hooray for my bday!

I can't really think of anything else that happened. But first let me tell you about Carlos.

He's someone really high up in his evangelical church. Hna. Aquino told me that he's like the Pres. Uchtdorf in his church, like the Pres. Monson of Caleta. He comes to church every week, participates, befriends like the members should, he's awesome. After his baptism he might be translated or become the fourth Nephite or something. He lives for the gospel. He's more open to baptism now than before. We're going to get there. He knows it too. He's going to Chile next week to talk with his 'leaders' and be 'released'. He still goes out 'preaching,' but instead of inviting them to his congregation, he invites them to ours. Yeah, he still has a little ways to go, but he'll get there. He's a good man.

Bueno, Thank you for everything! And thanks for the recipes mama. Can you send me one for soft pretzels? Qué rico! What a bummer! My keyboard doesn't have the upside down exclamation point!

Well, until next time, ciao!!!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson