Friday, December 31, 2010

¡¡¡FELIZ FIN DE AÑO!!!

Really quick first of all, if you could find me the address of Benjamin Stocking please!

He was a sub of ours in the MTC, the best sub ever!!! I loved the first day he came to teach us. He came in and asked us how many of us had ADD, and from there announced that he had ADD and that we would always be doing fun stuff so he wouldn't get bored. He's awesome!

Anyway, I bet this is a surprise to be getting this email.... SURPRISE! Our leaders called us last night and announced to us that we were to be emailing today because Monday wouldn't be Pday like we thought. It's a surprise for us too! Woo hoo!

This morning my companion and I left running for exercises to go get our packages from our leaders, and please Please PLEASE tell Ashley and everyone in the single's branch "Thank you!!!!!"

Tomorrow will be the day of writing letters because it's Pday and everything is closed. But that's good!! I've really been needing to write letters. And wash clothes. And clean. To be honest we've been big bums.

Just kidding! No, just really busy! We've been working a lot. Slaving away in the sun! Here in Bariloche it doesn't get that hot, but these past few days we could've fried and egg on our arms. Well, on my arms, my companion's ears. How talented would that be? Oh, but I've loved it. A lovely change from the cold and dry. Right now it's hot and humid! Oh sweet, sweet bliss! Oh, I'm sorry, are you freezing your tuckah's off from the cold?!? MWA HA HA!!! I'm sorry, I'm done rubbing it in your faces. Just a little payback from a couple of months ago.

This week has been nuts. Working, running from appointment to appointment, eating Christmas left overs. My zone leader, E'Smoot, one of our elders from the MTC, was transferred, and my district leader from Caleta Olivia is now my district leader here too. Silly transfers. Oh yeah, we had transfers, and guess what!!!

I got transferred!

Just kidding! Hna. Dennison is really special, because she's only my second companion that I've had for more than one transfer. Yep, we're still together! So much to learn and so much to do! This week has been scary because we've been visiting and elderly woman who will die in the next few days, and every time we

I'm sorry, I just found a giant dragonfly in the window next to me.

We go to sing to her we think she'll stop breathing and die. It scares us every time. But okay. We'll keep trying to help any way we can.

So don't expect an email on Monday, I'll hear from you all on the 9th!

And my Hna. Palacios went home! Nuts! I can barely believe it! Wow. It goes by way too fast. Just gotta work hard so we don't lose a moment. It's like D&C 4. I don't know what it says in English, but read it and mull it over.

Tell Micah I'm proud of him and will send the letter as soon as I can.

Tell Adam I love him.

Tell Barrett he's tall. Haha, I love him too, the big galug.

¡¡¡FELIZ FIN DE AÑO!!! ¡Que lo pasen bien!

Cuidense, y ¡nos vemos en el año que viene!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Belated Christmas email.

First of all: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIFFANY HAYDEN!!!!

Please tell Ashley that I really appreciate it! Not only appreciate, but more like this OH MY GOSH THANK YOU!!!! Por favor. That makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! I need a little pick me up in the mail :)

CHRISTMAS THIS WEEK! We're trying to set everything up. We're only going to be working about five days this week. I like Christmas, but on the mission it's terrible! Making all sorts of plans, having to watch investigators go on vacation, stressing, waiting for your brain to explode... But alas, we're going to make it the best thing we got!

I really wish I had tons of stuff to tell you this week, but there's not a whole lot. It's been really stressful. I'll just say it right now- senior companionship stinks. WHY DO I HAVE RESPONSIBILITY?! I don't even know if I wrote that right.

Service. Let me just vent to you. THESE MEMBERS WON'T LET US DO SERVICE. We ask and ask and ask. Now after lunches they don't even wait for us to ask, they just say no. This week has been being stuck between that rock and a hard place. But we didn't put us there. I didn't think so. To be honest I just feel so out of control. Bang my head on a wall out of control. My companion and I have come to the realization that the members don't really trust us and/or like us, so that's going to be our focus now. Trying to replace the amazing Hna. Smith is a nightmare. I'm just not as cool as her. And now we suffer for our lack of awesomeness. WHAT MORE CAN WE DO!?!?

And we can't really say that we blame them, because every time they actually do come with us to a teaching appointment, the person is not there. That's a big reason why they don't trust us. I'm just at the end of my creative rope. Maybe I really do stink. I do need to wash my clothes :)

Anyway, do you want to hear a funny story. We've been teaching this guy this past week, Gabriel. He's been progressing, reading the Book of Mormon, and this last appointment we taught him the first part of the plan of salvation, and we gave him the commitment to repent. He told us, "Nah, I'm not a bad person, and maybe one day I'll get there, but for right now, no."

I was okay with it. I really wanted to leave him a reading from the Book of Mormon, and I thought of the perfect chapter. Alma 4 or Alma 9. I read some highlighted scriptures in my BoM, thought they were really good because they talked about repentance, and left Alma 9. The next day after my study I was wondering, what did I leave him to read? I began reading the chapter and it goes a little something like this...

8Behold, O ye wicked and perverse generation, how have ye forgotten the tradition of your fathers; yea, how soon ye have forgotten the commandments of God.
9Do ye not remember that our father, Lehi, was brought out of Jerusalem by the hand of God? Do ye not remember that they were all led by him through the wilderness?
10And have ye forgotten so soon how many times he delivered our fathers out of the hands of their enemies, and preserved them from being destroyed, even by the hands of their own brethren?
11Yea, and if it had not been for his matchless power, and his mercy, and his long-suffering towards us, we should unavoidably have been cut off from the face of the earth long before this period of time, and perhaps been consigned to a state of endless misery and woe.
12Behold, now I say unto you that he commandeth you to repent; and except ye repent, ye can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God. But behold, this is not all—he has commanded you to repent, or he will utterly destroy you from off the face of the earth; yea, he will visit you in his anger, and in his cfierce anger he will not turn away.

Um. Oops. Looks like Hna. Georgeson needs to brush up on her scriptures, because she really wanted 2 Nephi 9 or Alma 5. Tee hee hee. Maybe this will freak him out to repentance?

Anyway, I gotta be getting off, but let Micah know that I'm writing him a letter that I'm going to try to put in the mail today.

Take care, and I'll talk to you Saturday! (No email on Monday the 27th. Next email will be on January 3rd.)

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Divine Gift of Gratitude

Bueno. First things first: CHRISTMAS! Can you believe that seven months have already passed since I last heard you all? It's crazy to me to think that time has flown by so much. Okay, so the dates are...on the 20th I'll be able to write again, we still have pday. On the 25th we'll call, at what time I don't know. We don't have to work on Christmas, so it's up to me or it's up to you. If there's a preference, let me know ASAP! And on the 27th we will not have pday, so do not expect an email from me this day! Anyway, CHRISTMAS! There's still so much to do! Today is crazy and hectic. We still haven't gotten a lot of stuff done. I would love to tell you every detail of my week, because it's been crazy. BUT you'll hear all the wonderful details in my phone call :)

This past week we had zone conference, and the sisters from Esquel were here. We went hiking on a hill called Campenario, the steepest, most ridiculous hill. But way fun, and Israelites at the top! That part was really cool. As we were coming down my companion thought I was right behind her and took of with other elders, and the elderes we were walking with found a pair of chaps from Wales and stuck behind to talk to them. Well for the other Hermanas that's no big deal, for they are from Chile. So I stuck with them and we were on the trail on our own, and... I directed them for the worse and took the wrong turn in the fork of the trail. I GOT LOST ON AN ARGENTINE MOUNTAIN!!! Ok, it's not a mountain, it's a ridiculous hill. We were okay. After about a half an hour we found the trail again. My pants are really dirty for falling on my butt twice, once knocking out Hna. Escobar. That day was so funny. My companion thought I was dead. And now we know... Don't listen to Hna. Georgeson! Nah, now we know the beauties of an Argentine... hill, with all the trees, and how it must've been for Joseph Smith (that's what Hna. Escobar kept saying, I loved it!) being in such a secluded and peaceful place. We weren't afraid because we knew we'd be okay.

It was a lovely precursor to our zone conference, because it was awesome. The General conference talk we focused on was Pres. Monson's on "The Divine Gift of Gratitude." Hna. Peterson, the mission president's wife, challenged us for five days to express more gratitude in our prayers. I needed that challenge because this week has been so hard, but how it has helped me to get through this week. I'm grateful that Ayrton got baptized! I'm grateful for the Young Single Adults who made it to his baptism. I'm grateful that Hna. Peterson sent me some new shoes without holes! Shoes from the pilgrim era, but without holes! :) For a companion that always wants to keep moving forward. For E'Herbert who shared his chocolate with us from his mom. Hooray for Hersheys! I'm grateful that I have money this month. I'm grateful for Hna. Ponce who gave me her boots the last time I was here, for those boots that I still have and use. For the members that help us so much. For the Lord's patience. For His mercy. For His never ending love.

"Sincerely giving thanks not only helps us recognize our blessings,but it also unlocks the doors of heaven and helps us feel God’s love."-Pres. Monson

And to all of you, and you mamma. Thank you so much for taking care of everything, for helping me out and listening. Thank you daddy for answering my question. Thank you Adam for your cariño. Micah for your love and humor, and Barrett for including me in a partecito of your life. I love you all, and take care.

Hna. Georgeson

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Being in Bariloche

Being in Bariloche, the place is filled with such pretty things that I definitely want to get for you guys, so thank you so much for the help. Tomorrow the assistants to the president should be coming with some shoes from the mission home, so I should be doing a lot better.

This weekend we had a baptism! Eli Moyano, who is the girlfriend of the stake mission leader (now you see why he has that calling... he's so good at it ;) ). She's pretty happy, and so are all the YSA in the stake. We're trying to keep them animated for the baptism that we're going to see this Saturday too, for Ayrton. We're working to see a good turn out and a lot of support at the baptism

One question that I hope everybody will help me with- ¿What are some ideas for ward activities or ward missionary activities? I want feedback! Please!

The weather is different everyday, but recently it's been getting warmer. The sisters from Esquel are here for Zone conference tomorrow, and as we were getting everything ready for them to sleep, we got so hot, we slept with the windows open! It was wonderful. Warmth!Because we're seeing zone conference tomorrow the entire zone was here today, and we went hiking up Mount Campenario, a very short but wickedly steep hike. My legs still feel like Jello. As we were going back down my companion went faster with the elders, and I stayed with the other Hermanas, and we ended up taking down the wrong way and.... we totally got lost! We kept going down thinking "We'll be okay," until there was no more trail, just a whole bunch of trees. About twenty minutes later we found the trail again, but my clothes are so dirty... so much dirt! I guess my companion, when she got down to the bottom and realized that we weren't there, thought I had died or something. But one thing is for sure, I'm tired. We had to go up twice, and that stinking mountain is steep! But okay, we're alive and safe. The lord heard us and our lovely Hna. Arrancibia found the way. That's my Hermanita! (That's right, we totally had the same trainer.)

Alright, I think I'm going to end right now because I've run out of things to say! Pero bueno, una cosa mas if you really want it. In chapter four of Preach My Gospel there's a scripture study about a few standard questions that we ask ourselves everyday. Where to go, what to do... While studying these two questions specifically I found two scriptures that I really liked.

2 Nephi 32:2-5

"Do ye not remember that I said unto you that after ye had received the Holy Ghost ye could speak with the tongue of angels? And now, how could ye speak with the tongue of angels save it were by the Holy Ghost?

"Angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore, they speak the words of Christ. Wherefore, I said unto you, feast upon the words of Christ; for behold, the words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do.

"Wherefore, now after I have spoken these words, if ye cannot understand them it will be because ye ask not, neither do ye knock; wherefore, ye are not brought into the light, but must perish in the dark.

"For behold, again I say unto you that if ye will enter in by the way, and receive the Holy Ghost, it will show unto you all things what ye should do.

And D&C 52:3-4

"Wherefore, verily I say unto you, let my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon take their journey as soon as preparations can be made to leave their homes, and journey to the land of Missouri.

"And inasmuch as they are faithful unto me, it shall be made known unto them what they shall do;"

So in order to receive revelation to bring to pass the Lord's work, have success and fulfill His will, four things must be done.

Ask, Knock, be Faithful which means Be diligent and obedient.

Be good and listen to the spirit! Do what you know you need to do.

Love and miss you!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

HAPPY LATE THANKSGIVING!!!

First of all, HAPPY LATE THANKSGIVING!!! My companion and I meant to do something cool, but alas, it was only polenta, eggs, and a rice cracker. Woo.

Today is a crazy Pday. My companion and I have wandered all around downtown Bariloche all day. All of Pday! But it's been killing me because I want to say, Ooo, I want to get that for Adam! Or Micah! Or whatever, but I found out yesterday I have a huge hole on the side of my shoe that can't be fixed, so I now have to go get new shoes. That was kind of a bummer. Being in downtown Bariloche makes me feel like a tourist, because there are lots of tourists here! But the coolest thing about the day is the fact that we just went through the local cathedral. MY FIRST CATHEDRAL!!! I was so cool!!! That has been something that has always been on my list of things to do, not the list of what I want to do, but what I need to do, and I did it! It was amazing! It's not that big, but it was still amazing!

This week has been appointment after appointment after appointment. We're trying to work hard and run all over the place. Being senior companion is a lot more responsibility than I anticipated, but okay. It's got me thinking a lot more about my purpose as a missionary, and why I'm here, and what I need to do to take advantage of the time I've been given.

This upcoming week we have one baptism, and the week after we have another. The one for this week is Elisabeth Moyano, the girlfriend of the stake mission leader. Yeah, now we know why he has the calling ;).

So we're putting things together and trying to work. Really there's not too much to say about this week. It's been a whirlwind. My companion! Hna. Dennison from Morgan, UT. This her third transfer here in the field, with almost six months in the mission. She's grown up so fast! And I keep making her work and do more and more. She's doing really well. Hooray!

Therefore, take care! I'm sorry I didn't write so much, but I totally don't even know what to write this week.

Bueno, I'll write about Ayrton. About a few weeks ago before I got here, Hna. Smith and Hna. Dennison were chased down the street. "eSmith! eSmith!" (which is how they say the name Smith). She chased them down and said "Do you remember me? You talked with me in the street about a few months ago!" Well, we talk with a lot of people. "I want you to visit my grandson. He's lazy and needs to get up and do something!" And that's how they found Ayrton. He's going to be a great missionary one day. His testimony is so strong. He always talks about how great he feels when he prays and reads the scriptures. The spirit speaks to him and how gratifying and wonderful it is to see him being filled with so much joy. He's so smart and wants to learn more about the gospel every time, and is absolutely willing to hold true to what he has learned. He knows the Book of Mormon is true. He knows that God answers his prayers. That tithing is important. That the word of wisdom is important. We're working with him to help build a safe and sure foundation so that he will never fall.

Bueno, this is Ayrton.

Now be good! Stay safe! Read, pray, and do.

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Happy Turkey Day!

Okay, this keyboard is messed up and I can`t put exclamation points or normal... uh, I don`t remember what they´re called. Things you use like in didn´t or you´re. They´re really accent marks.

Today is a holiday therefore not many things are opened. I finally discovered a little bit of Bariloche today, something I´ve never been able to do. We went down by the lake and the local mini cathedral, butalas, ´twas not open. We finally bought some of the famous Barliloche chocolate, and OH MY GOSH is it delightfully pleasant. If I can getaway with it, I´ll try to smuggle some home for you. Also we went by this touristy goods store, and OH MY GOSH I´ll smuggle something from there too. Something made me think of Ann, so she can expect something too. I wanted to put a smiley face right here, but the whole keyboard thing. It turns out like this :?. Alrighty then.

TRANSFERS!!!!! Each mission is 100 percent different. Our mission,because it´s so big and transfers can mean almost 24 hours of traveling, we don´t get transfers so much. We normally stay anywhere between 4.5 to 7.5 months. Nine months even happens every now and again. The longest area I´ve had was Zapala which was 4.5 months, all the rest as one or two transfers. Not including Bariloche. I´m staying here for a little while longer than one transfer. and I´ve only ever had one companion for more than one transfer, my dear Hna. Palacios. I´ve come to really miss her! Now do you get why I´m a little bummed. I´m a bit of a special case in my mission. As consolation, there´s another sister here in the mission who moves around as much as I do,and I´ve had a lot of her companions. We´re just cool like that :) Smiley face! Just please bear with me and my bummed-outness. I´m still trying to get up and work everyday with all I got.I also got some surprising news from my mission president that you´re going to find out soon in a couple of weeks. In a blessing from an elder he said that I shouldn´t be afraid of change, that it´s the way God works. There´s a lot of changes, and I feel like barfing right now.

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I won´t barf. It´s just the really rich and delicious chocolate talking.

Anyway, Have a Happy Thanksgiving! We´ll see how we´ll celebrate this beloved day, but enjoy the stuffing and turkey for me!Love you all! Take care! Read, pray, and go to church! The essentials that keep you from falling.

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson