Monday, October 25, 2010

7 Months to Go!

Remind me to tell you the joke about wow mom when I come home. To me it's hilarious! Maybe not to others, but it cracks me up every time :)

I don't remember what I wrote you last week. This week has been calm. We have some investigators that are really progressing. One is María de los Ángeles. She is wonderful. She's accepted the goal of getting baptized! She has an adorable daughter, Macarena, who has a personality twenty times bigger than her body. I love it! We're so happy for her and her willingness to heed the call of the Savior.

Another is Lucas, whose mother is a less active member. He's 12 and has had the influence of the church in his life his entire life, but has never gone. We're teaching him, and he reminds me so much of Adam. It's funny. But yesterday when we were talking to him he told us that he prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true, and he said that afterward he felt funny. A good kind of funny or a bad kind of funny? A little bit of both. It's just that it's weird, these feelings of the Spirit if we've never felt them or recognized them before!

This is something that I was studying in the morning. Receiving revelation, or answers, through the Spirit and prayer. Read Moroni 10:3-5 and examine what he tells us that we need to do. Try it out. Sentence by sentence try it, and follow his counsel. Let me know how it all turned out.

Send EVERYONE my love and my greetings, and we'll be talking soon!

xoxoxoxoxooxoxoxoxoxoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Monday, October 11, 2010

Get out of the cave!

Emily wrote her letter to the family specifically, but I cut out an excerpt to share with you.

I love my humanities background. The allegory of the cave is what I feel like my life is. Life is the cave. Being ignorant and living without faith in God and in Christ is life in the cave. It makes us chained to the wall, living believing that life are the images and shadows that bounce along the walls. Faith in the Gospel in Christ frees us from the cave. It takes us outside. At first it takes a while to adjust, but when you begin to adjust to the light you begin to see colors. Real things instead of shadows. Flowers, sky, grass, bees, everything! At the end of this allegory this person who left the cave is taken back and is mocked by his old comrads who think that life are the shadows on the walls. This person is unsatisfied with his life with the shadows because he has experienced something greater. We don't have to be pushed back into the cave. We can keep living outside, exploring, enjoying. This is what I feel like my life is with the gospel. My eyes keep adjusting and I see more. My life has more meaning, more sweetness, more joy, more peace. I feel a strong sense of gratitude for the mercy of my Savior and my Heavenly Father. I can be like them. With faith in them I can do anything. I can be like Them. How grateful I am that the mission has taken me out even more from my cave!

So my fellow Georgeson's, get out of the cave. Study the scriptures, pray, and be assured that the Lord will do whatsoever you need of Him. If you believe you will recieve a witness, by gum you will recieve it. If you believe that the scriptures have answers to your questions, by gum you will find those answers. Have faith and leave the cave. Adjust your eyes and live the beautiful life the Lord has given you.

I love you ALL so very much. Take care, and go outside! Enjoy the light.

xoxo, Hna.Georgeson

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Follow the counsels of the prophets

Carlos is out of town in Chile still. Cell phones from here in Argentina don't work in Chile so we can't call him, and he hasn't called us. My companion and I have a joke that he's there forming his own Church with our books and doctrine. Crazy Carlos. Nah, we have no idea of what's happened to him.

Roque and Isidro were not baptized. We've postponed his baptism a week so we can help prepare him more. It was a little too immature. Roque texted us the morning of his baptism to tell us that he couldn't be baptized that day because of a family problem. We're going to set up a time this week to go see him and talk some more.

First of all... I LOVE CONFERENCE!!! I feel so cheated that it didn't last longer, and now I have to wait another six months! Really, it went by so fast. But what I love about this conference was that I felt like it spoke specifically to me, about some things I've been thinking about in my life. There are many things in the conference that I heard that they probably said before, but I really wasn't listening. My testimony lately has grown on listening to the voice of the spirit, actively seeking answers to your questions. With diligently studying the scriptures, you will find the answers you are looking for. Ask specific questions and you will find the specific answers. This is the principle of FAITH! Pray to find, and then LOOK! ACT! And I have felt this principle act in my life this weekend. It strengthened my testimony even more about all those talks about how grateful we should be for a living prophet and the restoration. This weekend we saw the heavens opened and we were able to enjoy the bliss of listening to the word of God being revealed in these latter days. What a blessing we have as a people in the latter days!

This weekend has been really stressful. From programming baptisms that fell through, to finding out about transfers and that my new companion is going to be my old companion, Hna. Karina Palacios. She only has three months left in her mission, and although I don't know what's going to happen, I think I'll be with her when she finishes her mission. So we're in this. BUT I will not turn back nor turn down. I have accepted the call to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and a disciple I will be.

Pres. Arnold is the Area Seventy here for Argentina, and E. Zivic who offered an opening prayer is from Buenos Aires. He actually spoke in a stake conference in Zapala, so it was especially sweet for us here in Argentina. His talk was especially touching.

Don't worry about baptism clothes. The members here need to do the service, nobody else. But thank you for the thought, I know it came with the best of intentions to help (That and I think that as a missionary I really shouldn't ask for help from home).

Has Barrett been sleeping wrong? Maybe that could be the cause of his pain. But also... exercise really can help too if you can believe it! Do it! And tell him CONGRATULATIONS! Our little brainiac.

Good luck with your nose mamma. Don't bleed to death please! Also tell Micah and Adam that I love them too, oh so very much. Love my baby so very much, and don't forget to pray for me!

Tell everyone that I said HI! And THANK YOU!!!! For everything. I really am grateful. I count my blessing that you all support me in the way that you do while I'm here on my mission.

Follow the counsels of the prophets and make daily goals TODAY to apply their words, the words of God, into your lives. (D&C 1:38)

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson