Monday, November 21, 2011

Dating.... stinks

I found out about a book that explains how I feel about this subject:



I seriously hate dating.
Something that has been a blessing to me is the counsel from Pres.Uchtdorf that he gave in a CES fireside in November of 2009:


"I know this may be a disappointment for some of you, but I don’t believe there is only one right person for you. I think I fell in love with my wife, Harriet, from the first moment I saw her. Nevertheless, had she decided to marry someone else, I believe I would have met and fallen in love with someone else. I am eternally grateful that this didn’t happen, but I don’t believe she was my one chance at happiness in this life, nor was I hers."

Dating and finding my eternal companion is all my choice! Nobody controls this part of my life except for me.

"There are those who do not marry because they feel a lack of “magic” in the relationship. By “magic” I assume they mean sparks of attraction. Falling in love is a wonderful feeling, and I would never counsel you to marry someone you do not love. Nevertheless—and here is another thing that is sometimes hard to accept—that magic sparkle needs continuous polishing. When the magic endures in a relationship, it’s because the couple made it happen, not because it mystically appeared due to some cosmic force.
"Frankly, it takes work. For any relationship to survive, both parties bring their own magic with them and use that to sustain their love. Although I have said that I do not believe in a one-and-only soul mate for anyone, I do know this: once you commit to being married, your spouse becomes your soul mate, and it is your duty and responsibility to work every day to keep it that way. Once you have committed, the search for a soul mate is over. Our thoughts and actions turn from looking to creating.
"But what about those who despair of ever finding an eternal companion? First, don’t give up. Go to activities, meet people, and do all you can. I know that dating can be rough. Rejection is one of the most painful things we can experience. Trust me, I know how this feels. I fell in love with Harriet long before she fell in love with me.
"But this didn’t stop me—not at all. I found ways to be in the same place she was. When I was administering the sacrament at church, I arranged to pass it to her family. I was doing the best I could to impress her, but I think she found me a little immature. The sparks simply weren’t there for her. I despaired of ever convincing her that I could be anything more than a friend.
I went away, joined the Air Force, and then traveled half a world away to attend pilot training in the United States. It wasn’t until I returned to Germany having completed my training as a fighter pilot—years after I had first met her—that this beautiful young woman looked at me and said those magical words I had been longing to hear: “You have matured since the last time I saw you.”
I moved quickly after that, and within a few months I married the woman I had loved for a long, long time.
"So don’t give up, brothers and sisters. Just because you have been rejected a time or two—or three or four, or a couple hundred times—don’t despair. Brethren, the secret to finding the girl of your dreams is to get to know many of them and then, when you fall in love and it feels right, ask her to marry you. If she says no, you continue to search and to pray until finally you will arrive with that young woman at the altar of the temple. Just don’t give up.
"Now, sisters, be gentle. It’s all right if you turn down requests for dates or proposals for marriage. But please do it gently. And brethren, please start asking! There are too many of our young women who never go on dates. Don’t suppose that certain girls would never go out with you. Sometimes they are wondering why no one asks them out. Just ask, and be prepared to move on if the answer is no.
"One of the trends we see in some parts of the world is our young people only “hanging out” in large groups rather than dating. While there is nothing wrong with getting together often with others your own age, I don’t know if you can really get to know individuals when you’re always in a group. One of the things you need to learn is how to have a conversation with a member of the opposite sex. A great way to learn this is by being alone with someone—talking without a net, so to speak.
Dates don’t have to be—and in most cases shouldn’t be—expensive and over-planned affairs. When my wife and I moved from Germany to Salt Lake City, one of the things that most surprised us was the elaborate and sometimes stressful process young people had developed of asking for and accepting dates.
"Relax. Find simple ways to be together. One of my favorite things to do when I was young and looking for a date was to walk a young lady home after a Church meeting. Remember, your goal should not be to have a video of your date get a million views on YouTube. The goal is to get to know one individual person and learn how to develop a meaningful relationship with the opposite sex.
"Now, there are those among you fine young members of the Church who might never marry. Although they are worthy in every way, they may never find someone to whom they will be sealed in the temple of the Lord in this life. There is no way for those who have not experienced this despair to truly understand the loneliness and pain they might feel. I know of many women who want more than anything else to be a wife and a mother, and they cannot understand why their prayers have never been answered. There are many single men who, for whatever reason, also find themselves alone.
"First, let me tell you that your prayers are heard. Your Father in Heaven knows the desires of your heart. I cannot tell you why one individual’s prayers are answered one way while someone else’s are answered differently. But this I can tell you: the righteous desires of your hearts will be fulfilled.
Sometimes it can be difficult to see anything beyond the path immediately before us. We are impatient and do not want to wait for a future fulfillment of our greatest desires. Nevertheless, the brief span of this life is nothing in comparison with eternity. And if only we can hope and exercise faith and joyfully endure to the end—and I say joyfully endure to the end—there, in that great heavenly future, we will have the fulfillment of the righteous desires of our hearts and so very much more that we can scarcely comprehend now.
"In the meantime, do not wait for someone else to make your life complete. Stop second-guessing yourself and wondering if you are defective. Instead, seek to reach your potential as a child of God. Seek learning. Become engaged in a meaningful career, and seek fulfillment in service to others. Use your time, your talents, and your resources to improve yourself and bless those around you. All of this is part of your preparation for having a family. Immerse yourself in your ward or branch and seek to magnify your callings, no matter what they may be.
"The great purpose of this mortal existence is to learn to fully love our Heavenly Father and our neighbor as ourselves. If we do this with all our might, mind, and strength, our eternal destiny will be glorious and grand beyond our capacity to imagine. Be faithful, and things will work out for you. That is His eternal promise to all who love and honor Him."

And I find that this time is to prepare me for when I do find someone who I can share my life with. It will come. I'm practicing right now.  I need to learn to communicate. I need to decide what I want so that when I come across it, I can recognize it and work my heart out to never let him go. It's a humbling experience.

I seriously hate dating. But I know that it's for my good. I'm going to be an awesome wife someday for all of the silly things I go through today. Ladies, hold your heads up high! You go through this for a reason. You are being turned into diamonds. You are being prepared. You are being perfected. You are perfect sisters.
Besos! Be of good cheer, and I'll try too, okay? Deal.
Emily

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coming home

When returned missionaries say that there should be an RMTC, they're not kidding.
At least make a support group or something!
At first coming back home wasn't too bad. I was doing really well actually! But the more I'm home the harder it is. I think I actually got depressed yesterday. I hate being depressed. The anxiety of not knowing what's going on in my life or where she's going has been getting to me. I've heard that when you get home you don't feel like doing anything anymore. Like all the stuff you used to love to do doesn't really entice you anymore. I used to love books and movies; I loved to learn and go to school. But the desire hasn't been there since I've been home. I don't feel like doing any of that stuff. But I also hear say that you kind of have to get in your mind what you like and what goals you want in your life and push yourself (aka force yourself) to do it. Because it's not easy. It's not easy coming from a very structured life where it was all planned out for you that made sense, to a world that everything is up to you. It's not easy coming home a new creature, unsure of who you were and who you are because it's still so new.
And don't even get me started on dating and boys.
But I'm reinforcing the idea that coming home is definitely a trial by fire, testimony gaining and strengthening experience. You gotta rely on Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ even more, that they will not lead you astray or let wander in paths of bad choices. That they are still there to listen to and answer your prayers. Because they will. Maybe in their own time and their own way, but they will. I've been trying to tell myself that. I'm trying to more than that. I'm trying to believe it.
And the anxiety slips away.
The depression ebbs.
And the road to hope clears and trust is established.
Therefore having joy in the journey becomes more than a cute catchphrase, but really your way of life ingrained into your heart.
So my fellow RM's, don't despair. We all go through it. I heard the average of about 6 months. I've heard 6 years. Everyone is unique. But we all go through it. Take hope in the fact that you are not weird or alone. You are not a freak. But you can wear out the storm and be even better because of it.
The mission might be the best year and a half or two years of your life, but she also makes the following years the best of your life as well.
Enjoy the journey.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Jane Austen was on to something...

No man is offended by another man's admiration of the woman he loves; it is the woman only who can make it a torment. -Jane Austen

I love how every woman I know loves Jane Austen. We can all relate to one character or another. I can relate to Emma. I'm not a matchmaker, I'm not rich, but I can relate to the fact that I'm young and live in my own ideal world. I'm okay with that.

Although I love Emma, I do not appreciate that Jane Austen was not writing about a character in her head, but about me!
In Emma, Emma takes young Harriet under her wing to help educate her and set her up with a smart match. Emma vigorously takes up this challenge until Harriet falls for Mr.Knightly, who Emma has unknowingly loved. And then Emma goes through the torture of wondering if she has lost Mr.Knightly forever.
Now change Emma for Emily. I'm dead serious. This is happening to me.
Add a bit of Elinor from Sense and Sensibility. I've meet a guy. Wonderful. He's great. I'm very interested. I'm pretty sure he is too. But just like Elinor and Edward, something isn't moving along. I really want to get to know this guy better. But the heartbreak ensues when the scene between Elinor and Anne Steele really happened to me. Twice. And I don't say anything to anybody. Because I don't want people to know what I'm going through. This blog isn't supporting my designs. But this is what pains me most...
Jane Austen novels always end up with the happy ending. But will my story? As much as my life is a realistic reflection of her novels, doesn't mean that I will end like Emma or Elinor. It breaks my heart. What to do? I dunno.
Jane, will you please write a happy ending to my story?

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Post

I'm home! Just to let you know...
1. I will call you!
2. I made a new blog for spanish speakers wanting to know more about the gospel. Refer whoever you want!
3. I'm doing alright. Thanks for all your support and prayers; I have felt them!
4. I love you!
Besitos y abrazos, Emily

Friday, June 17, 2011

She is in the States!

Emily called about 6:45 a.m. to let us know she was in Dallas. So it looks like she will be in SLC at the scheduled time.

Airline: AMERICAN AIRLINES AA604
Leaving date: 17 JUNFrom: DALLAS TX at 12:05 p.m.
Arriving: SALT LAKE C, UT at 1:40 p.m.

Gate A3

I know there will be lots of missionaries coming home from Argentina. So we may be hard to find.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

On Her Way Home Finally!

Emily wrote that they were leaving early this morning. She neglected to tell where she was going and how. But we will assume that they made it to Santiago. The flight was on time into Dallas at 6:11 a.m. on Friday, June 17th. (as of 11:30 p.m.) Anticipated time of arrival in Salt Lake City is expected to remain the same.

I will check first thing in the morning to see if she sent out any messages when she lands. We will call the travel department to make sure that the missionaries made it onto this flight.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

NEW ITINERARY

Emily sent an email saying that they would not be leaving until Saturday and coming in late Sunday. But an hour later we received her new itinerary. Parts of this letter are below:

The missionaries will be traveling to Santiago Chile tomorrow (Thursday) and they will travel from Santiago to the United States. This is the new itinerary.

Airline: AMERICAN AIRLINES AA940
Leaving date: 16 JUN
From: SANTIAGO, Chile at 8:50 p.m.
Arriving: DALLAS TX at 6:05 a.m.

Airline: AMERICAN AIRLINES AA604
Leaving date: 17 JUN
From: DALLAS TX at 12:05 p.m.
Arriving: SALT LAKE C, UT at 1:40 p.m.

We think they are sending them by bus to Santiago. I am curious about the volcano ash in Santiago, but they seem to think they can do it.

If you are thinking about coming to the airport, please check here to make sure she has made it out of Santiago on Thursday night. At that point, she is on her way home and it should be okay. I will make sure to post it as soon as American Airlines verifies that the flight is in the air.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DELAYED BY A VOLCANO!!!

Yes, you read that right. Emily's flight has been delayed by a volcano. Let me explain. Last week, a volcano in Chile erupted spewing tons of ash in the air. The ash has reached Buenos Aires and is making it difficult for planes to take off. She is in a hotel in Buenos Aires with other missionaries on their ways home. She will call me as soon as she knows when she is flying out. We are all bummed.

Anyone who still wants to come to the airport, please call me at 208-705-6090 and I will put you on the call list.

Marilyn Georgeson
(Emily's Mom)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

You Are Invited!


Anyone desiring to come greet Emily when she comes home, here is the itinerary of her flight into Salt Lake.

Date: 15 June 2011
Airlines: AMERICAN AIRLINES, Flight AA 2529, Terminal 1
Leaving DALLAS TX at 300 P
Arriving SALT LAKE CITY UT at 440 P

Please look for our family and join with us to make her homecoming a big one.

A VOLCANO ERUPTED!!!!!!!!!

THIS WEEK WE HAVE A MIRACLE BAPTISM!!! And we're excited. He's been a tough cookie. He's the husband of an ex-missionary and has been investigating for the past twelve years, and now he feels is the time to put his family together. That's his main reason. He's a good husband and father, and wants that family unity, and that's a big push for him. He will get his confirmation as he works and learns in the gospel. His son just turned 14, so we think that his son will be able to baptize him. BUT his family still doesn't know! That's okay, a sweet little surprise for his family on Saturday.

This weekend is stake conference. We're getting a special satellite broadcast from Salt Lake. A baptism for stake conference. A baptism for my last week. That makes my little heart sing.

We've been working more and more with members this past week. We had 13 lessons with members, when we struggle to get 7! We're involving members more and more and we've been meeting with success. All of our new investigators have friends in the church. The bummer is that we didn't get to meet all of our goals because...

A VOLCANO ERUPTED!!!!!!!!!

Puyehue, a volcano about 100 Km from in in Chile erupted spreading ash all over the place. We were helping the members clean the church when we noticed a big nasty cloud coming in. We thought "Snap that a huge storm!" and then when we went outside we realized that it wasn't rain, but ash and pumice. We left with a member to visit some appointments, and we asked him "should we be worried?" Na, he said, we were fine. We left out of our first visit, and people are running around with hospital masks like crazy "Are you sure we shouldn't be worried?" Na, we were fine. When we left out of our second visit we realized that we had a couple calls from our district leader. Turned out we weren't supposed to be outside. We thought that it was fine and we waited for someone to let us know that it wasn't okay. Alright, they call us two hours later. But we're fine. We bought some food and began boiling water-I believe that we now have enough water to last us a month. We've got water all over the place. I'll show you the pictures when I get home.

Yesterday only five of us were in church - us, the ward mission leader, the
bishop, and my convert Andrés Vila. Then an hermana came at the end. The stake president also came and called us the wimpiest ward :) We had sacrament meeting and shared testimonies. It was cute. They didn't want us walking around yesterday, so they said that we can visit members or stay in the pension. We were in the pension for a couple of hours and my companion decided that she was going to go crazy, so we ended the day visiting members. We had ash all over the place. I imagine that when I'm home I'll still have ash in my hair :)



And now Bariloche looks like the beach.



Wow! I can't believe that I forgot! It was crazy the first night because ash was falling like snow and there was some killer lightning. It was intense! The windows were rattling, and the thunder lasted for 30 seconds at a time I say! It was the shortest shower I have ever taken because I was so freaked out :)

The bummer is that now I have to visit a bunch of members to say goodbye since they weren't in church, especially to remind them that we have stake conference this weekend.

I gotta go, but take care! And I'll see you soon!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

The pics are from Hna. Bundy's camera, therefore she is in the picture of our patio Sunday morning.

Letter from the Mission President

Dear Family Georgeson

Your daughter, Sister Emily Rose Georgeson, will complete her missionary assignment in the Argentina Neuquén Mission on June 14, 2011. We have greatly enjoyed having Sister Georgeson in our mission and appreciate more than you will ever know your willingness to share her with us and with the wonderful people of the Patagonia.

Sister Georgeson has served a most successful mission as an obedient, caring missionary. You can be justly proud of her and her accomplishments. She is returning home with a strong testimony of the Savior and the spiritual strength that comes from having served Him faithfully. We feel confident she will continue a life of activity in the Church. We encourage you to give her ample opportunity to share her testimony and missionary experiences.

Please recognize that adjustment is a difficult process for all returned missionaries and Sister Georgeson will need your continued love, support and understanding. Give her encouragement in making some of life’s important decisions.

Sister Georgeson has had a wide variety of experience as a missionary that will serve her well throughout her life. She has served as a junior companion and senior companion. More importantly; she was called to train a new missionary. The calling to train a new missionary is the most trusted responsibility in the mission. This shows the confidence that Sister Georgeson has earned. She is a wonderful woman of faith and it has truly been a joy for me to serve with her. We will miss her here in the mission and sincerely pray that she will experience success in all of her future endeavors.

On behalf of the entire mission, we express our deepest appreciation to you and pray for the Lord´s choicest blessings to be with you.

Sincerely,
Darwin F Peterson, President
Argentina Neuquén Mission

May 30: I got my super trunky papers today.

Get to feeling better! I won't let you get me sick :) Really. I'm sorry that you had to miss Barrett's graduation. But at least I'm not alone in missing out on everything. Did Barrett's graduating class do anything fun for graduation?

I got my super trunky papers today.

AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! No gracias!

Hna. Bundy says that the MTC is for the new missionaries to de-worldatize themselves. There should be something like that for returning missionaries. Between the freak out of finishing and having to sign up for classes at BYU-I, I'm starting to hate my internet time. I tried signing up for classes but it won't let me. I want to say ENOUGH! Trust the Lord shall be my motto, because it's totally out of my hands now. Okay.

This week has been kind of a shocker. One of my converts, who everyone thought was doing really well stopped coming to church and began going to her old church. I have to call her because I haven't seen her in a long while. Nobody really knows what happened. But okay. I'll do my best to help her out.

I got to see folkdance in the church. The Samba, the Gato, and another one that I don't remember. We had the activity for the 25 de Mayo where I ate a butt load of empanadas. Hno. Cañumil sang folksongs. It was awesome. Hna. Bundy had her 22nd birthday! I made her biscuits and gravy. We ate with the Fila Guevara, and Hna. Guevara is una buena cocinera :) I'm sorry. She's a great cook.

We reached our goal of finding 16 new people to teach. It's all just a matter of opening your mouth. We're aiming to have at least one baptism each week until I go home. It'll be a little bit of a miracle since we have nobody prepared for these days, but the Lord can make things happen, no?

I got to speak yesterday in church. I based my talk on Brightly Beams our Father's Mercy, and who knew that the interlude hymn was the very same? I took it to be that the Lord wanted the talk that I had prepared.

I really don't know what else to say.

But take care, and I love you all!

Hna.Georgeson

Tell Adam good luck in his new calling! Pray, listen to the Lord, trust Him, and he'll do great :)

Letter from the Mission President's wife

Brother and Sister Georgeson,

I just wanted to send a quick note and tell you how much we love Hermana Georgeson. She is so positive and so kind to everyone. She is such a wonderful missionary and has served so faithfully and with all her heart. Her beautiful singing voice has invited the spirit to be with us in many zone conferences as she has shared her wonderful talent. It will be hard to see her leave in a few weeks but we know that she is going to continue to be a missionary throughout her life. Thank you for teaching her so well.

Love,

Hermana Peterson

Zone Conference May 2011


Here is a picture of our zone. I am in the front row next to Sister Bundy. Next comes the Mission President and his wife.

May 23: ¡WOW MOM!

¡WOW MOM!

I love saying that because if you print this out and flip the page upside down, it says the same thing! How cool and ingenious is that!

Pero en serio! Crazy stuff! Sweet laptops, hijacked Internet stuffs, your bebito growing up, your other bebito apparently growing younger. The world has gone upside down crazy just like my ¡WOW MOM!

Whoa.

I hope you feel better, you must take care of yourself- drink water, drink tea, drink air, whatever you can get your hands on! I keep thinking that you're all in winter because it's turned freakishly cold here, but alas, these are summer bugs. Here you bundle yourself up more and drink tea. Mmm, tea... Don't contaminate! :)

How's Papito doing? I haven't heard from him in a little while. I imagine it's crazy with Barrett graduating. Scream extra loud for me!!!

This week has been fairly calm. It's gotten a lot colder. It snowed a little bit. Now that it's colder the snow isn't melting in the hills round about. Everybody kept threatening us with snow this weekend, but we came out triumphant. We just have to wear a little more.

This Thursday is Hna. Bundy's birthday. The 25th is a holiday, and we're going to eat empanadas at the church for lunch. We can invite investigators, and who wants to miss empanadas?!?

We're shooting for two baptisms on Hna. Bundy's birthday. They're the spouses of members. Walter and Vanesa. They'll wonderful, really. Sincere, caring, they just need a little help to awaken their desire to know for sure if the church is true. They already know it, but that's our work to help them acknowledge it. It sounds weird, and it's hard to explain, but it's true.

I LOVE MY MISSION! I keep having dreams about going home or being home, and they make me freaked out and sad at the same time. Go home?!? That's not supposed to happen! I just got here! I don't want to stop speaking Spanish! NEVER!

Well, I have to speak to you when I go home, but it'll be a weird experience.
But fine. I'm keeping myself concentrated. I always forget that I'm going home. I'm working so that nobody realizes it. It's been working up till now. MWA HA HA!!

love you all and take care!

Hna. Georgeson

May 17th: AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

NOW I get the message from Janelle :) Just kidding! Let her know I think about her too and I loooove her!

Kristin is married!!!!!!!!!

Rhawnie is pregnant!!!!!!!!!!!

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Por qué el mundo sigue tan rápido???? Ré loco!!!

Anyway, zone conference yesterday! Bittersweet because it's my last! But it was great. We listened to the talk from Elder Oaks about desires, because in reality, everything has to do with our desires. It blows my mind away! The thing that I loved the most was when president showed a talk given by Elder Holland in the MTC in January this year. It made all of us think.

It stirs up tiernos sentimientos upon thinking about this moment.

I must say it again, I loooove being companions with Hna. Bundy. Ella es un pan de Dios! Really, she's a sweetheart, a hard worker, and a motivated missionary. She has patience and confidence in me. She's helped me a lot in these two short weeks. I know that Alto 1 will be in good hands when I go. She never ceases to amaze me.

Cristina got baptized! Her cousin, Diego Sepulveda baptized her. Her daughter came to the service. The next day when she was confirmed she cried. She felt the spirit. She received a witness, and I'm so happy she did. It came out great.

We're now fighting for Walter, the husband of a member, to be baptized. We're teaching him tonight, and we're going to try to set the date. We're also fighting for Marta and her family so they can be baptized also. Marta I met when I was here with Hna. Smith, and always wanted to visit her, but never found her. I say she's the reason why I haven't left yet! I needed to find and baptize her and her family! We're aiming for a baptism on Hna. Bundy's birthday, May 26.

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! And I love my crazy Argentines. I have dreams at night. Weird dreams. Sad dreams. If I'm not working in the mission field, I'm going home, and it makes me sad. Last night it was Johnny Depp dressed up as Jack Sparrow as a member. Hna. Bundy and I called him Sparrow and he didn't like it, and was trying to avoid us. But when I called him Johnny he came and said "How can I help? Who needs fellowshipping?" And then I woke up. But I liked it. I would love Jack/Johnny to accompany us.

Gotta go, but I love you all! Stay cheery and cool! Keep my baby well! Keep yourselves well!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Monday, May 9, 2011

I don't have an accent?

Anyway, I don't have an accent? That's cool. I've got a talent for accents, so it makes sense that I haven't developed one. I haven't spoken English at all for the past 3 months, and I'm going to end that way. My companion and I are both from the U.S. but we're going to be speaking Spanish the entire time until I go. I promise, I'm speaking Spanish the entire time! I didn't get to tell anyone, but the other day a man we were talking to asked us our names, and Hna. Bundy said hers, and I said mine, and he said "She's from here, you can hear it in her voice." And then asking Hna. Bundy, "Where are you from?" TRIUMPH!!!

Hna. Bundy is amazing. She's great. She works in a way that I never have in my mission, and we're seeing so much more success. At times I find it demotivating the lack of progress the ward has made since I've been here. It really bums me out. But Hna. Bundy told me that her goal is to help me see the fruits of my labor here. At times I feel like a crotchety old missionary compared to her. But I love the way she works. It's a challenge, but one I like. It's not easy, but I know it's worth it.
By the way, Hna. Sancé did end up with Hna. Jones. Qué tal.

Cristina didn't make it to her original baptismal date. But after this last lesson this past Saturday she's even more excited. When I say excited it's like Daddy excited (w o w). But you can tell she's looking more forward to it. She asked us at what time it would be and everything. She went to church yesterday, and she seemed to have a good experience. We're very content :)

Not really too much to say right now.

Well, I did talk to you all yesterday.

Take care and love you all lots! Concerning the new branch, or ward, or whatever it is, go anyway. Support the decisions of local church leaders. You'll all be blessed for it.

Tell bub not to worry about it. The Lord will help him no matter what he wants to do.

Love love love, Hna. Georgeson

P.S. I'll let you know more and more about miracles next week.

Wait - I'll tell you one. Last week we passed by the house of a new investigator whose a little slower. We wanted her to pray, but she didn't want to. Instead of giving up and doing it ourselves, we guided her through all the steps. It took a while, but it was a sweet moment. We helped a daughter of God open the doors of communication with her Heavenly Father. Yay. That's all :)

Bariloche 'till the end

Letter dated May 2nd:

Tomorrow is Día de Bariloche and yesterday was Día del Trabajador (like Labor day). Feriados all over the place!

First things first. I'm sorry for not writing last week. I was so caught up in trying to leave instructions for registration that I wasted all my time. I got permission today from president to do registration, so I'll go ahead and do it at a later time. Once again I'm really sorry, it was a lack of responsibility and care on my part. Also Mother's day is the 8th so I can call home! I will be calling around the same time that I called last year so be aware! It'll be about 20:00 here, so I think that it would be about 17:00 there. Fa, I think. Wait - that's this Sunday! WOW MOM!

Thirdly, today is transfers. I was not transferred. I get the immense pleasure of staying in Barioche 'till the end. But sadly Hna. Sancé is being sent to Neuquén. Mi refuerza me deja! She's leaving me! I'm really excited because she gets to progress and move on with her mission and have tons of great new experiences. It's a bummer because I'll really miss her. Our district leader told us the name of her new companion, but according to the missionary couple in the office, this sister doesn't exist. I think she'll be with my Hna. Jones, my companion from the MTC! That makes me happy because I haven't seen her since January 2010! I'm getting Hna. Jones' companion Hna. Bundy. I believe she got here in December. They told me that she's a fun and energetic missionary, so I'm excited. I think we'll get along just great.

In recent news, we decided to drop Andrés San Martín. It's really sad. He's so proud of heart and so ridiculously silly that it just doesn't penetrate to his brain! When we taught him the ten commandments, he began rallying on about the first commandment where God declares that he is a jealous God. We went to the scripture guide in the back of the scriptures and read that there are two definitions for jealous in the scriptures, the applicable one the first. We kept telling him the first definition, the first definition, but he just kept saying the second? The second? His lack of genuine listening was wearing on us. We taught about prophets and at the end he declared to us that he doesn't believe that there are living prophets. They didn't prophesy something new in conference, therefore Pres. Monson is not a prophet. He also began reading D&C and was accusing Joseph Smith of being an emphatic jerk (He was reading in D&C 28). We tried explaining to him but he wouldn't let us talk, he just kept accusing. That's it! We invited and taught him the best we could, and now it will be to his condemnation. I feel bad for his son. His mother a member, his father refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the church. His wife makes me sad. She's going to suffer her entire life for choosing him to be her husband. Their entire family will suffer. For that the church encourages that we court faithful members of the church to avoid such discord and strife. It makes me really sad to think about how much that family will suffer. Their poor son!

In happier news, we have four other baptismal dates. Elisa and Juaquín, who are mother and son, for the 14th. Cristina for this Saturday. She will be a work of faith and a miracle. She's hard to crack, but slowly we're gaining her confidence. She's not to big on organized religion because her mother made herself mentally ill from fasting and reading the Bible too much (Cristina was only about 15/13 years old). We found out recently that she prays to Gauchito Gil, who is bogus. He's not even a saint! His tale comes from Mendoza or Córdoba. He's the Argentine Robin Hood. Yet people pray to him all the time. This opportunity to work with Cristina will be great and wonderful. She's willing to listen. Just needs to be encouraged to try. I want to help her develop a relationship and trust with Heavenly Father.

As far as this week goes, that's all I got. I'm learning more and more about following the Spirit, working under his direction. Exercising power and authority. Developing charity. I'm continually learning about the law of consecration. I love my mission. It fills me with so much gratitude to think about how richly my life has been blessed. I have such little time left, but I'm not leaving without richly blessing someone else's life in the name of Jesus Christ.

How are you all doing? I haven't heard from you in about two weeks. How's it all going? Graduation plans? Work? Clubs? Other enjoyable recreational activities? What's the scoop? (I feel like I'm a part of the Scooby Do Gang. What a ham!)

There's a member here who's preparing for a mission. Leo- 20 years old. He reminds me a lot of Adam, with Barrett's hair. We were in their house yesterday and it really hit me. He looks a lot like Adam if he were Latin; they like the same kind of music. He even plays a little bit of Warcraft. A little. It made me think about how much I love my brothers! They mean the world to me. The world. They are a huge part of who I am. Adam, Micah, Barrett- I love you!

Also mama, I think more and more about what kind of member I will be like when I go home. I have come to realize that missionary work has everything to do with everything! I love the gospel! I think about how I will integrate missionary work into my everyday life. I think about it... and I think I'll be like you! I now get why you are always the last to leave... everything! You talk with everyone, you make them feel at home. You make them feel important and special. It's not because you're nuts- heaven's no! You didn't serve a mission, but you live in the spirit of missionary work.

And Daddy... you're my Daddy. I'll always love and admire you.

I gotta go, but take care and have a great week! I'll talk to you Sunday! MAKE ROOM IN YOUR SCHEDULES TO BE ABLE TO TALK TO ME 5 MINUTES EACH- MAMA you get 15 :)

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

An elderly lady called me Hna. Yoyo

Letter dated April 18th:

I'm not going to lie, everything about today has been a surprise! BARRETT WENT TO PROM! AND I MISSED IT!!!! He's like my young little adult! I freaked out and showed the pictures to my companion. By the way, what's a smartphone?

The article about the sister from Puerto Madryn (April Ensign) is from another ward over there. I never knew her, but that's so cool!!! I'm kind of freaking out about everything. Don't make me trunky!!! ;)

First thing, DON'T GIVE ME MORE MONEY. I'll be spending the least amount possible. I don't want to take out a loan. I would much rather do any menial labor to earn money, or even just do online classes before taking out a loan. Please tell Daddy to please do my registration quick. If needs be, please make Barrett do it. Or Adam. If we wait I will not be able to get into the classes that I need to.

He he, don't tell Elder Chivers, but my Hna. Smith would be perfect for him. She's about the same height. 1 meter and 93 centimeters. I don't know what that means. Just tall :) I will have to let her know about him ;)

You were right, your pouch letter really surprised me. I thought maybe someone died. Nope, my mama just wanted to write me a letter. Mary's home by now. OH MY GOSH! Wow! How time really goes by.

This week has been interesting. I shook hands with a man who blew his boogers into his hand because he didn't have a tissue. Needless to say, it freaked us out. Also, I forgot to tell you, an elderly lady called me Hna. Yoyo. My companion could keep back the laugh. Thank goodness she was elderly and didn't notice :)

Andrés didn't get baptized, but we set a new goal with him for 30/4. He's nuts. I say that lovingly. He's already decided that the Book of Mormon wasn't true. He says that his six month old son told him that the book wasn't true. His son repeated his mom and said "lie" one day and he took it as a sign. That and he doesn't like how the Book of Mormon has a lot in common with the Bible. I don't know what the man expects then. So basically he's decided that he has two signs saying that it's not true, but when we asked him if he's made a decision he says "Not yet." He's living proof of what James says after 1:5. It's sad.

We have two more investigators with a baptismal date- Elisa and Juaquín- a mother and son. He likes it all (12 years old), but we think they slept in yesterday, therefore they didn't come to church. Their date is for 30/4 also, so it'll be hard core fighting to get them there.

We hold English classes every Saturday morning, but nobody comes. The man who came regularly before hasn't been there for two weeks. Juaquín came with a friend this past Saturday. We'll be seeing if we're going to keep it up or stop if nobody comes. Everyone says that they'll come, but where are they???

This week has been frustrating for my companion and I concerning the members. One of them made my companion cry. But then again, this member isn't a can of peaches. We don't get members to accompany us because they all give us excuses. We can't take it anymore. NO MORE! We'll be trying to just spend time with the sisters to try to befriend them. Pray for us that it will work!

Last night I had a dream that my companion could speak English. It was cute with her accent. Today we ran across members from Brazil who are here on their honeymoon. How cute! I also lost my planner yesterday. It must have fallen out of my pocket. We searched all over the path that we took, but we couldn't find it. I find it extremely frustrating because I had a lot of important notes in it. Plans, goals, ideas, birthdays.

Speaking of birthdays...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love you all, and take care! Tell the boys to write me!!!!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

It's official! She coming home! (UPDATED)

I got the itinerary for Emily's return flight. She will be home on June 15th. We pick her up at the SALT LAKE CITY airport at 4:45 p.m. Anyone can come to welcome her home. I'm sure she'll love it.

We have room for one person if you can't make it all the way to Salt Lake.

I'm getting on the Christ Train.

That's the amount of pesos I paid to send all my and my companions letters. I've been holding off on sending off letters, and now I literally have to pay. Haha!

Before I forget, Mamma, soon BYUI will be sending a registration packet so that I can sign up for classes. When I left there was that big blue plastic document holder. In there you should find a syllabus-plan type of thing. The classes I need to take. There are some classes a little out of order, but basically it should let you know what classes I need to take in Fall 2011. Please sign me up as soon as you get the packet! If you need help I'm sure you can call the school. Or maybe you can even ask Barrett :)

That brings me to another topic. Work. I've been thinking about what Daddy proposed to me before leaving that maybe I could live with... Oh my gosh, I can't believe I've forgotten their names! The ones that went on a mission a few years ago, that live in American Fork. That maybe I could live with them to be able to find a job. If you could pass me their email (and maybe their names too) I can ask them. Talk to Daddy about what he thinks, if it's still a good idea or a bad idea, and then I'll go ahead and ask them. Thank you!


This is a picture of zone conference. Elder Aidukaitis is first person on the left. President and Sister Peterson are next. I'm on the far right. My companion is next to me.

Conference was amazing. I'm pumped in my commitment to be a better person and a better missionary. To follow Christ. I feel illuminated. Like I'm walking on clouds. I just have to put myself on the ground so that I can talk to people on the streets here on earth! I loved all of the talks, and I can't wait to read them when the Liahona comes out. Let me know how you're all doing!

My companion and I are doing okay. She's a great missionary with lots of great ideas. I love my companions who think differently than I do. They come up with the greatest ideas. I love to find opportunities to serve her. I'm going to be finding more! I want to help her out way more than I have been. I feel newly committed to serve, lift, and bless. To forget about me. I'm tired of the Me Train. I'm getting off and getting on the Christ Train. Some talks I liked this weekend were by E'Perry, E'Oaks, Pres.Uchtdorf, E'Robbins, E'Scott, E'Bednar, and Bishop Burton. Along with basically all others. They make me want to change who I am so that what I do reflects more of what I've become. I want to be better. More worthy. I've got a lot of bettering to do. It will be painful and not very fun like they said in conference. But if it means blessing others and being able to be worthy of Heavenly Father's blessings, I can't get comfortable with my status of discipleship. I've constantly gotta strive to do better. Know that I love you and want to serve you too. Tell me what I can do for you. I love you all immensely.

xoxo, Hna.Georgeson

Friday, April 1, 2011

I wasted all of my time for the Lord's work!

Oh my gosh!!! For several reasons.

A) How are you keeping in touch with Luis?

B) Ada was pregnant?

C) She's with a guy named Lamborghini?

D) WAR!

E) Radiation!

F) Tsunami!

G) I don't have any time to write! My fault, I was typing up something to help us find more people to teach- lists of acquaintances (I don't know how to spell that) and friends of members to help them invite others.

He he. The CD playing in the mall is skipping.

Anyway, I wasted all of my time for the Lord's work.

How's Kristin doing? Has she gotten married yet? Don't worry about the trunky papers, I filled it out myself. I had to do it because I don't want to be enemies with the mission secretary :) Nah, he wouldn't hate me, but I don't want to take my chances with anything.

Short story. We were to have a baptism last Saturday. Fam emergency had to leave town. Don't know when will return. Boo hoo. Helped R.S. with activity for anniversary. Now we have lots of sweets and left overs. But two references. Yay!!!! For the awesome Hna´s.

Andrés is okay. Still smoking. Need suggestions for how to stop smoking out of anxiety!

Enjoy conference, listen to the prophet and do what he says! D&C 1:38

Love you all and take care! Don't get radiafied!

Love, Hna. Georgeson

Monday, March 21, 2011

OH MY GOSH, ANDRÉS GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OH MY GOSH I did not even know anything about Libya! I heard something a couple weeks ago about something in Egypt, but this is insane! People ask us (me) if we (I) know what's going on in the world (with the US). And I had no idea! I was in the house of one of my converts the day of the earthquake and her TV was on when we came. I still can't believe the destruction. It's like those apocalyptic movies like Dante's Peak and Volcano. I can't believe it. My eyes deceive me. Yes, we are in the last days! Everybody cites a scripture that I still don't know where it is, but that in the last days the times goes by faster and I believe it!

We start transfers today again, and I'm still here with my refuerza Hna. Sancé. This transfer and one more. I can't believe how much time has gone by.

The last days indeed. I believe it. Let it be a warning that we really do have to prepare ourselves spiritually, for it's true. Following the prophet means so much more now. Have I said it before? I LOVE THE PROPHET! How I gained my testimony of him? I applied what he counseled us to do and I know I have been blessed. I know the prophet is called of God because my blessings have come from Him. I will follow the prophet. And what he says is true. Families are central (see Hna. Beck's message in Ensign from March). CERNTRISIMO! Which means really central.

I don't have much time to write, because I spent a lot of time writing my president my miracle story.

OH MY GOSH, ANDRÉS GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't even believe it! No, I could, but the moment was so surreal. We know it was a big difficult step for him, but oh how great the blessings will be. Okay, I think this ciber is closing, but just know that it was a miracle. A fight. But he made a covenant with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and now he is cleansed from his sins. He showed that he believes that the Lord will not guide him through wrong paths, and now how he will be blessed. We bawled our eyes out because it was such a beautiful moment. I know what we do now is so much more important than just having baptisms. I know that Heavenly Father was really pleased with his decision. He had been waiting to bless him for at least 15 years. His moment came. It was beautiful.

I love you all, and take care! Don't go too crazy on me!

Tell Adam Matt 15:17-18. I thought it was kind of funny.

Love you all lots!
Hna. Georgeson

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Thanks a lot Alto 1!

(Okay, this one is late too! Sorry.)

I can't believe that they dissolved the branch! (They didn't.) Wow! The boys should drive out to Pocatello one Sunday and see how it is, just for kicks! I can't believe it! But maybe when I come back I'll have a calling in Primary or Young Women's just like every other sister here! :)

Whoa.

I really wish I could tell you that a bunch of stuff is going on, but now that I think about it, a bunch of stuff has been going on!

We now are preparing two to be baptized! Andrés this Saturday, and Juana the Saturday after. Juana has been a roller coaster. The first visit we invited her to be baptized, and she said for right now, no. And then we challenged her again the second visit, and she said yes! We were so happy! And then she went to a baptism and said that she felt good. And then she went to church and she seemed to enjoy the classes and meetings, and the next day she said that baptism just isn't for her! Imagine our surprise! We talked to her, listened to what had happened, and then we invited her to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. We had invited her to read and pray before, but she stopped reading after the initial reading. We told her that's why! We told her that the key to knowing if she needs this baptism is knowing that the Book is true! The next visit she said that she will keep her baptismal date. That was a great relief to us, and a great answer to our prayers in her behalf. She didn't come to church yesterday, and she felt really bad. She had a really bad headache and didn't even wake up when we came knocking at her door. We taught her Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy, and I don't think she'll miss another Sunday, because at least she now knows why it's so important to come to church.

Andrés has been investigating for the past 15-20 years. Everybody in the ward knows him. He's never really received an answer to his prayers that this church is true. He's read the Book of Mormon, but he's not reading to get something out of the experience. There's a lot of confusion about his experience investigating. Everybody says something else. We're just taking everything for his word for right now. This baptism is a step of faith for him. It's hard for him to exercise his faith. He's agreed to get baptized as a sign of faith. That God will let him know if this baptism is an abomination before Him. I believe he's already started panicking, but Hna. Sancé and I will be giving him tough love. He's just being silly. He needs to get over obnoxious fears and trust the Lord to do something.

We had a ward missionary activity. Almost half in attendance were not members. There were only about 10 or 11 people. We planned everything with our ward mission leader, and he couldn't even come! Hna. Sancé and I did almost everything ourselves. The bishop's wife supplied the refreshments :) It turned out into a half disaster, but whatever. Now we know a little more of what we're dealing with in the ward. We called a bunch of people to invite them, but nobody showed up of those whom we called.

Thanks a lot Alto 1.

I love these people desperately, but I think they're trying to kill me.

I didn't get to give my talk because the stake asked the Bishop to assign talks to get the youth revved up for Seminary. I'm sure the one youth that was in attendance really enjoyed it. Where are the others? What can I do for these people? They're driving me nuts. The Bishop was about to cancel ward council again until I gave him my "what" look. You know, the one that says "please tell me that that's a joke." If Hna. Georgeson has anything to say about it, we will have ward council, even if it's the missionaries, the bishop, and the bishop's wife representing the R.S.. We will have it. I say it's a call to emergency leadership. In the war chapters in the BoM Moroni, because of the wars, was appointed a type of emergency leader of the Nephite people, because basically they weren't capable to govern themselves normally during times of war. If these leaders don't step up, I say that the Bishop should take charge of everything and maybe reassign. That's way leftist/extremist, isn't it? I've gone crazy! In a thoroughly normal way. But all is well! We shall see change!

By the way, I still haven't given my talk. There we see once again the progression in the ward. Hopefully this next week.

I just remembered that I forgot my trunky papers again, so I'll have to write and ask you to send me the info next week. Oops. The mission secretary is going to hate me. No he won't, he loves me, but I won't be his favorite sister :}

Haha, I love you all! Take care and have a great week! Pray for us that we'll have success and inspiration, and Andrés that he'll make it to baptism!

lots of love, Hna. Georgeson

The Love of God

(This was sent March 7th. Sorry I'm late once again.)

The situation with the ward... I didn't give my talk. A member from the High Council came so I didn't have to speak, but this upcoming Sunday they're going to give me a huge block of time.

We have an investigator, Andrés, who really doesn't like the war chapters of the BoM. Every time we ask him about his reading he says "still no wars." But to be honest, I believe that he's not really reading to get something out of the BoM, because I've been in the war chapters this past week in my reading and I LOVE them! I feel like I have learned so much. This morning I read the epistle of Moroni to Pahoran, and it made me think a little about myself.

I'm so willing to lay it into the members because from our point of view they're not doing anything- like lazy bums. But they have another point of view. Therefore there is something else going on here in the ward. It's not just that they're not fulfilling their callings. There's something deeper.

We met with the YW presidency this week to talk about the girls that have basically gone inactive. They give us excuses right and left. The purpose of the meeting was to make goals and plans to help them come back to church, but as soon as we began explaining what we've learned they began with the excuses. They blame it all on the parents (all of their mothers are inactive members), and that they can't do anything without the support of the parents. I wanted to just disappear. I hate excuses. I really don't like them. They were killing me. Pres. Benson said "Any excuse, no matter how valid, weakens the character."

We didn't get anything done in the meeting. We wasted our time that could've been used finding more people to teach. But now we know more. These people have so many ridiculous problems. Back-sliding, back-biting, two-timing, any kind of two-facedness you can think of is creeping in. And now we know more about the situation and now we can help them more. But I know that God loves His children, He loves His church, therefore He will not let them slide off into apostasy. I know that He will work a miracle in these members.

For happier news, I've had a stellar weekends worth of studies. I've loved my studies and they have helped me to change some attitudes and points of view that I've had. First of all I would like to encourage all of you to learn about patience in Preach my Gospel. Family home evening, scripture study, whatever it may be, do it! At the end of Chp. 6 there's an attribute activity- a type of self evaluation- and I encourage you all to look at it. It opens up minds and helps to understand the purity of the doctrines of each attribute. Not the way man sees it, but the way God sees it- the way it really is. It's helped me a lot to remember that patience really is a divine attribute of God.

Also I read for about the fifth time the talk by Pres.Uchtdorf from the Oct 2009 conference about the love of God. After reviewing the doctrine of patience I read that talk, and I testify that through this gospel God shows His love to his children. It strengthened my testimony that the leaders of the church have been called of God and really are His servants. Strengthened my testimony that God lives and truly loves us, and that through the blessings of this restored Gospel we see and feel the love of God. Through the Book of Mormon, the priesthood, the organization of His church- and all this after learning about two principles.

A couple other things- this morning we climbed Campanario Hill- again. That thing is a beast. BUT! On the bus to get there there was a guy that I could've sworn was Chris Martin from Coldplay. I internally freaked out. I didn't get another glance at him because he got off the bus and began climbing the hill right away, and I didn't see him again. ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡Oh my gosh, ¿¿¿¿what if I saw Chris Martin!!!!!!!!!!!!!?????? Worldy thought for today (note to self: how do you spell world? Is it really like that?)

Besides that.... I've received the dreaded "trunky papers"! But because we went to the hill I forgot them at the pension. The only questions I can remember are where you want to pick me up, or what airport you prefer me to return to (Salt Lake City I would imagine, right?), and some other questions that I don't remember because the last time I looked at them was about two weeks ago. I'll let you know in the next email.

Take care and love you all lots! Thanks for all that you do for me.

xoxo, Hna.Georgeson

Monday, February 28, 2011

Filled with righteous indignation!

Alright, the pictures - Hna. Sancé, the day I went to go look for her in Neuquén (the elders aren't my zone leaders. The one next to Hna. Sancé is Elder Isidro from Peru. He was in my zone for a long time in Zapala [Which I found out means "swamp" in mapuche]), and Itziar's baptism. Hooray!
This week has been really good. We've been working really hard and we made our numbers better. Not perfect, but better. We finally had ward council and we're going to be doing a marvelous work and a wonder with our members. They assigned me the talk the week after fast and testimony Sunday because they know that I'm going to tell the members exactly what's going on. It's not just us who feel it, but the bishopric too. They recognize that something is going on too. We (us and the ward leaders) have been having problems with ward participation in everything, and they know that Hna. Georgeson won't have any gaul letting them know what they're doing to recent converts and to their salvation.

I'm slightly filled with righteous indignation.

Yesterday was a spiritual and emotional turn-around day. We visited the recent convert Kami who has about 10 months being a member and already is inactive. She doesn't want to come to church anymore. She doesn't like it. There's nobody her age, almost nobody else in YW's, the members don't care for her, her Young Women's president either, and she feels victimized by the members because whenever she goes to YW mutual, something goes missing/stolen, and she knows that the members blame her. Know when it comes to the all missing things and what her YW pres supposedly said, I don't know. I do know, however, that she is a good girl. She has potential. She feels hurt. Yeah, she's a stinker. Immature. But whatever, she's 13. She looks a lot older, but she's still only 13 and everybody gets offended when she acts like a 13 year old. It drives me nuts when mature sisters from the ward tell me how offended they are when she doesn't come greet them. I just want to say "Sisters!! She's only 13 years old! YOU grow up!" She doesn't have an example in her home either. I don't know what goes on in her house, but it's not good. What she needs is mercy. She can't pay right now. She's spiritually and emotionally poor. She doesn't have the funds to earn the respect and love of members. She needs their mercy. After talking with her yesterday I wanted to cry. I understand! Because I know I was a pain in the bum too. But my leaders had mercy on me anyway. And I feel like they saved me. And how her leaders are not showing the same mercy and love that the Savior shares makes me righteously indignant. They're destroying their ward by their selfishness! They have no youth! They have 5 kids in primary on a good day. And what do the youth and primary leaders do? Nothing. They don't come to ward council, they don't visit their kids, nothing. I'm going to freak out one day and it won't be pretty. The kind of situation that makes me want to bang my head on the table.

Also, I found out that I am developing more charity and shedding fear of talking to everyone. I approached a drunk man yesterday. I normally avoid drunks that hang out on corners. I hate drunks and tweakers. They make me mad. But I came up to him and he let me take away his beer and we talked for a bit. He thought of you guys. He asked me if I had a mom. I said yes. He begins to cry as he asks me if I have little brothers. I said yes. And he starts busting up crying even more "That's beautiful." and says something about my family. I didn't really catch it all, but we're going to be visiting him. Lalo is his name. Pray for him too. It felt good to dump out the beer and break that stupid bottle.

Check that out. I'm developing patience and love for my fellow man! Aren't you proud of me? I'm trying to work so that we might begin to see miracles, which means leaving every rock turned upside down, and I know we'll see them. We've been seeing a lot more success trying to work like that, just keep praying for us that we'll have the inner strength to keep working like that. Because trust me, it's hard.

Love you all and take care! Say hi to everyone for me!

xoxo, Hna.Georgeson

Also mamma, a man named Pedro said this to me about two weeks ago "Your mother must be pretty" ("Tú mamá debe ser bonita") That made me a little creeped out, but an Argentine wanted you to know that you're pretty! ;D

Go to your heart checkups!

Well. This week has been difficult. We've been trying to work but I guess not hard enough. We got nothing moving forward in the work.

Elder Aidukaitis focused on how us as a mission to see miracles, true conversion, and baptisms every week. He layed it into us good and hard. Which makes the results of this past week a lot harder to take.

One good thing: Itziar was baptized! Itziar is Ayrton's little sister. Hooray! It was a crazy baptism. The brother who baptized is an ex-boxer, and I don't care what he says, he's got a little bit of damage on the brain. We wrote him the prayer so that he could memorize it, but it took him four times to get it right. The other Hermanos were getting a little frustrated. And we made him practice the movements of dunking her, but that came out kind of funny too. The most important part... She was baptized. Afterward I asked her how she felt.

"Different. And clean!"

And yesterday when she was confirmed I asked her the same question.

"Different and good."

It's so sweet and awesome to see her faith. But I was reading an article this morning from the conference of Oct 2009 from Elder Redlund (I think that's his name) about keeping the lasting effects of conversion. He said it's like a heart transplant.You get a new heart and you have to go to regular checkups to make sure that your body isn't rejecting the new heart. You have to go to these checkups frequently to avoid the danger of your body rejecting the new heart. Sometimes people become lazy after the surgery, maybe not lazy, but lax. They don't go to all their checkups and they stop taking such good care of themselves. Then he makes the comparison on a more spiritual level. The Lord gives us a new heart - we are converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ! But then we become lax, light up on our prayers and scripture reading, and our spiritual hearts are in danger of being attacked by the natural man. We have to maintenance ourselves so that we can keep our new heart. Keep that in mind everyone!

Having Elder Aidukaitis come was a blessing. I really liked the conference. He put everything on real terms with us. He said everything without flinching. Fa!

I am getting along really well with my new companion. Hna. Sancé is wonderful and a great missionary. Everybody we talk to thinks that Guatemala is part of Mexico or they think that she doesn't already speak Spanish. They always ask her how long it took for her to learn Spanish or if it was hard for her. But in all reality, she's great. She works with faith and is learning really well to express herself and talk without being ashamed. It's a great blessing to be with her. Fresh faith and fresh ideas to get everyone up and moving along.

Love you all, and go to your heart checkups!
xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Sunday, February 20, 2011

I've been in Argentina a year!

Hooray! Bueno, my companion and I are not going to get chocolates or flowers, but tomorrow marks my year of being outside of the U.S.. I've been in Argentina that long! Whoa!!!!

I bet you're all wondering about my new companion. Hna. Sancé from Guatemala. I'm training a Latin! It's because I'm so cool! (yeah, right (: ) And humble too. We've had a rocky few days, but we're hanging on, in some miraculous manner. She's sweet and quiet. And she's going to cook a food from Guatemala today that's called Creamed Chicken. Yum! I like it already! Ha ha, just kidding!

This week we have zone conference with Elder Aidukaitis. In all seriousness, he's coming! I'm going to know all of the presidency from The South America Area. But the conference is going to be way different. He let it out on our zone leaders and rebuked them for their lack of faith, planning and goal making. He told them there's nothing in our way if we open our mouths and talk to everyone, to be able to achieve one baptism a week at least. Fa! That would be amazing! I'm more than willing to believe in his promise, so we will see success as we follow the counsel of the Lord through one of his ordained servants, and from there see the many fruits of success. I'm excited!

I really wish that I had a whole lot to tell all of you, but really, there's not much. This past week has been a blur with all the crazy changes. Do you all remember Ayrton? His sister, Itier is getting baptized this weekend! We're working like crazy to be able to get her ready. Just two weeks to get her ready! But we'll be okay.

Love you lots and take care! And YOU wax strong!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Friday, February 11, 2011

I'm going to be a Trainer!

Tell Adam thanks. That really means a lot to me. More so since I have felt something different these few days. A peace and calm.

We have transfers today. Hna. Dennison is leaving and I'm training. When President first told me about two transfers ago I freaked out. I did not want to train! I'm so not cut out for the job! But with something that President told me in our interviews has helped me to change my point of view a lot. He said "The Lord wants you to know how much He trusts you." Although I'm still a little stressed out because I'm companionless until Thursday, I'm okay with training. I'm okay. I think that's a miracle. So tell Adam thank you. Don't worry, just because I'm okay doesn't mean I'll let my guard down and be a lazy trainer.

I have no idea of who she is. If she's white, Latin, what her name is - I don't know. My district leader said that he doesn't know either, so I'll find out everything on Thursday.

I'm a little tired. With all that's buzzing around I didn't really sleep last night. But that's okay. I'll be fine. I kind of do it on purpose so that when I travel I can sleep.

Did I tell you that Elder Arnold came here about a month ago? I think I forgot to tell you. Guess what!? Elder Arnold from the Seventy came to my ward! He, his wife, and one of his councilors spoke (His councilor is from Rigby and knows my Bishop Peterson!) It was wonderful. He really is a loving man. Very much so. And very tall. That part was cool too. He doesn't seem that big and intimidating in conference, but in real life he's giant! You pay a little more attention that way, no? :)

That and about two weeks ago two people thought my companion and I were spies. One man wouldn't give me his name or let me write his address down because he thought I'd send it to Barak Obama. Silly man.

Our convert Ayrton came back from vacation! We've taught him twice and his sister is planning on being baptized the 19th! Woo hoo! We're really happy. She got up in church and bore her testimony. She's eleven and not even a member! It was sweet to see her act of faith.

I did send pictures to Daddy's email, if you didn't get them then the card from the camera is bogus! Nah, that means you'll just have to wait to see pictures for a little while.

Tell Adam and Barrett to take care, that I love them, and that Micah needs to write me! Did he get my letter?

Love you all and take care! Listen to the spirit- We have the gift of the Holy Ghost, and one of his main jobs is to help us make righteous decisions, so listen and do good. Please.

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Monday, January 31, 2011

Use Preach My Gospel!

About the money, don´t be too worried, after the first year I've had to buy some things to replace... Shoes, my watch, my backpack... The watch was today. I just bought a new one because fixing my old one was so not worth it. Just watch - I'll come home with a whole new wardrobe! :)

Just kidding. I don't want to spend all this money on silly stuff like that!

Did you get the photos? (No I didn't.) I was so happy to find a computer that recognized my camera!

Today is the last pday of the transfer, so my companion and I took a stroll around Bariloche, because who knows who will be transferred!

This week has been record breaking. Hna. Dennison and I are decided that we are not going to tell anyone any more where we´re from. We get into too many macanas (or pickles I should say). Two people thought that we were spies this week. One wouldn't even tell us his name because he thought that we would send his information to Barak Obama. Silly little man. The next day he was like a different person. He told us his name and gave us his phone number.

We had a homeless prophesier preach to us. That was gross. He had dentures, but I don't get the purpose because only half of the teeth were in his dentures. He would be all calm, and then he would start spitting and yelling, waving his arms, pretending he was on the cross,and then he would start the cycle all over again. Un poco loco. After about ten minutes he said " It's nice to listen, isn't it?" and started to walk away, and then I said "Come back! If it's so nice to listen why don't you listen to what we have to say?" We bore our testimonies and invited him to church. Silly half-dentured man.

This week also my companion and I are putting into practice the use of Preach My Gospel in the ward. We did a survey yesterday. Supposedly about half of our ward has Preach My Gospel (11- about half of the active members). But we know that some of these people don't, because after asking them about Preach My Gospel, they ask "What's that?" For heavens sake. And nobody raised their hand when we asked how many of them use it. We've been thinking about it and we can't see a downfall in using Preach My Gospel. We will see success in all sides of the church after applying precepts found in Preach my Gospel. Lives of members will be blessed. Inactive members will come back to church. Attendance will increase, assistance of investigators will increase, lives will be enriched, testimonies found and strengthened, and the Lord's kingdom here in Alto 1 (the ward) will grow without fail. That is my gift of prophecy after appropriately applying the principles in Preach my Gospel. My favorite part I read in there was about making relationships, or making friends. Getting to know neighbors and all the people who are around you. Principally it gives you opportunities to bless someone else's life with the gospel, but it also enriches live with the friendships we so dearly crave. We lack that here a little bit, but Hna. Dennison and I are working hard so that the members lives will be blessed, and so that the missionary work will move forward.

Something Hna. Dennison told me yesterday helped me out a lot. She was talking about her MTC teacher and how much of a hard worker he was. It totally inspired me. My mind felt enlightened and my heart took courage.

Miracles are reachable!

That little phrase resonated in my head over and over again, and I took heart and began working harder. I feel like it's been so hard these past two transfers because I feel so unworthy to be a senior companion. I feel like I can't do it because let's face it- I stink! But something she said rang with me and gave me courage, faith, and a confidence I haven't felt in a long time. I felt the spirit of missionary work and the grave importance and lack of time to bring souls of my brothers and sisters unto God! I felt a little part of what I imagine Ammon, Aaron, and their other brothers felt. I felt invincible. I'm going to do my best to remind myself that miracles are reachable, and that the Lord is on my side (be still my soul, the Lord is on thy side!).

If I had any advice for any of you back home, read Preach my Gospel! Your lives will be enriched, your knowledge expanded, and testimonies strengthened and made firm. Use Preach My Gospel! September 2010 Liahona.

Love and miss you all! Take care and don't get too sick!

Love you lotsxoxo, Hna. Georgeson

I've been shopping!

Today has been a hectic pday. If you find money missing, it is because I went gift shopping! Mamma, you're the easiest one to buy for, I've gotten you way too much! Micah was the hardest. What I wanted for him nobody had, but I got him some other things that are pretty cool. One of a kind. I went to a couple artisan fairs here in Bariloche, and they've got my head spinning! I love the arts! I just have to kick myself out of it because in an hour and a half I have to work and I can't do that with art and shopping on the brain... I hate shopping! I want to get one more thing for Barrett, but what it will be, I don't know... Only Daddy and Adam I have left. I want to get them something one of a kind! But what that thing is, we're still searching...

But today has been fun getting to know artisans from the area and all over. We met some guys from Peru and others from other parts of Argentina. The girl who did Barrett's gift is a woman from Rosario, other part of Argentina. Man, I want to tell you what I got, but alas, I won't! A sup rise it shall be! Tee hee hee :)

About what they said during ward conference, it makes me think of a class a Book of Mormon teacher gave to us concerning the Amlicites:

4 And the Amlicites were distinguished from the Nephites, for they had marked themselves with red in their foreheads after the manner of the Lamanites; nevertheless they had not shorn their heads like unto the Lamanites.

13 Now we will return again to the Amlicites, for they also had a mark set upon them; yea, they set the mark upon themselves, yea, even a mark of red upon their foreheads.

14 Thus the word of God is fulfilled, for these are the words which he said to Nephi: Behold, the Lamanites have I cursed, and I will set a mark on them that they and their seed may be separated from thee and thy seed, from this time henceforth and forever, except they repent of their wickedness and turn to me that I may have mercy upon them.

15 And again: I will set a mark upon him that mingleth his seed with thy brethren, that they may be cursed also.

16 And again: I will set a mark upon him that fighteth against thee and thy seed.

17 And again, I say he that departeth from thee shall no more be called thy seed; and I will bless thee, and whomsoever shall be called thy seed, henceforth and forever; and these were the promises of the Lord unto Nephi and to his seed.

18 Now the Amlicites knew not that they were fulfilling the words of God when they began to mark themselves in their foreheads; nevertheless they had come out in open rebellion against God; therefore it was expedient that the curse should fall upon them.

19 Now I would that ye should see that they brought upon themselves the curse; and even so doth every man that is cursed bring upon himself his own condemnation.

His class was about being safe during holiday vacation, to make good decisions, because just as righteousness always marks itself, wickedness also. That we have the liberty to choose, but the consequences set by an eternal, loving, constant God will always come about. A mark, a sign of bringing upon oneself their own condemnation, or lack of happiness brought about by the gospel of Christ and His coming. Therefore, DO NOT MARK YOURSELF!

This week has been another week of learning. This morning's personal study has summed up what probably went wrong for me this week. Alma 29

1 O that I were an angel, and could have the wish of mine heart, that I might go forth and speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people!

2 Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.

3 But behold, I am a man, and do sin in my wish; for I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me.

After reading this I began thinking more and more about how I view my mission. There are so many times where I feel like I'm messing up, and how much I really want to go home, work for two years, and go on another mission. There are so many times where I feel inadequate and I just want another chance. I thought maybe that would've been a good desire, but I can see how much that has affected me when Alma says "[I] do sin in my wish." That way of thinking does negatively affect my mission as Alma explains the following:

6 Now, seeing that I know these things, why should I desire more than to perform the work to which I have been called?

7 Why should I desire that I were an angel, that I could speak unto all the ends of the earth?

The Lord has given me precious time to serve Him, and I should take advantage of the time He has allotted me. I know that I am so imperfect and a lot of times I stink. But I should be grateful that the Lord has pushed me out here in the mission because I can't imagine my life without it. The Lord has been so merciful even to little old me to send me out here. How grateful I am, and how much what Alma said hit me to change my attitude from self doubtful negativity to gratitude (thank you President Monson!). And Alma continues with his testimony that every missionary should echo:

9 I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.

That is how I should view my precious time, not as a countdown to another mission and another chance (because who knows if I'll get one?), to fulfill the work which the Lord had commanded me. I love the Lord and I'm so grateful that He was persistent in sending me out here. Crazy Argentines and all :)

Wax strong all of you! Love you all and take care!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Saturday, January 22, 2011

We actually learned about fasting that same Sunday too, and the Relief Society President taught it very well- I was inspired! It was aimed directly at us from the Lord. We actually fast once a week, but we've been noticing that we've been getting lazy in our fasts. I reread the lesson this morning in my personal study, and I loved it! We were actually fasting this morning, and so reading what it says in Gospel Principles really helped me to take heart and fast with gladness! I loved reading that lesson.

So that whole thing about the ward... The thing is in the MTC they make a big deal about not spending too much time with the members like bum elders and sisters, because many times it's a time waster and our purposes as missionaries are not fulfilled. We love the members but they just talk and talk and talk and don't let you breathe, so a 45 minute appointment turns into a 90 minute appointment, or even more! In my personal experience I've never really spent too much time with members, so our new initiative is new for everyone.

We're trying to work more with church leaders. Keeping the ward mission leader more involved, working with the R.S. president to activate sisters and find those who are still willing to receive us and the church. We only have about 30 people a REALLY good week, and there really should be about the same amount of people in the ward as assistance in Downey. Meaning that we have a work to do. We're going to focus our finding efforts more in the members because knocking isn't getting us anywhere. This week was another fail number-wise. But we're talking to as many people in the street as we can and doing a lot of contacts. The Lord will see our efforts and bless us!!!

Mamma- Galician was exactly what I needed! It was a word in my Spanish workbook. It helps a lot!

Advice for Adam- DRINK YOGURT UNTIL YOU GET SICK OF IT, AND THEN WHEN YOU REACH THAT POINT, DRINK MORE! Wait, I'm sorry, we drink yogurt here. Adam, eat it. If you have to drink it, that's that healthy for you :) That's what killed me about my antibiotics. Whenever I have to take them I make sure I up my yogurt intake, and up the vitamins.

Tell Barrett-Bubbalicious GOOD LUCK and study hard!

I sent Micah´s letter in the mail today, so he NOW should get it in about three weeks. Keep pluggin and chuggin Micah-MuggleMooler!

I don't know what that means. I just wanted him to have a cool nickname like Barrett.

Mamma, keep your chin up. You have many reasons to be bummed out, but so many more greater reasons to have peace and be content. Remember, dogs do go to heaven, and worse comes to worse, know that Heavenly Father has a plan for all. Treat them well and take care of them. Give them a bone for me!

Are you all going to the temple with Dianne? Go! That would be wonderful! There are times where I really miss the temple, and one of the first things I want to do as soon as I get back to the U.S. is go to the temple. Take the boys with you if you can.

I love you all, take care! Enjoy raisins for me! my tastes for deserts have changed. Instead of really sugary carbs, I crave raisins and fruit! And I couldn´t buy any today, and for that you must enjoy them for me.

Love you, and YOU wax strong!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson

Monday, January 10, 2011

I'M BEING TRANSFERRED...... Just joking!

I'm going to Villa de la Angostura tomorrow!!!

Just kidding!

But really, I am going there tomorrow. Our entire district is going to knock and do contacts the entire day to help the elders there. It's right next to Chile!

Alright. This week has been challenging. We lost all of the investigators that we've had. Nobody really progressing, going on vacation, dropping us. It's been tough for my companion and I. We've been knocking doors all week and almost nobody let us in. That's been a big blow. BUT it has given me time to think about the service I'm rendering to the Lord right now. I've been realizing that my companion and I can do better at getting more contacts, or talking more to people, talking to more people, and saying more things of quality! Our Zone Leaders have a zone study programito for us to follow, and the first two days helped me to think about why I want to open my mouth more. I loved all of the scriptures they wanted us to read, but I especially loved DyC 60:2-3-

2But with some I am not well pleased, for they will not open their mouths, but they hide the talent which I have given unto them, because of the fear of man. Wo unto such, for mine anger is kindled against them.

3And it shall come to pass, if they are not more faithful unto me, it shall be taken away, even that which they have.

Wow, the Lord says that he'll stop blessing us with the gifts that we have if we don't open our mouths. I appreciate the gifts I have been told I have been given in my patriarchal blessing, and to think that the Lord maybe has been taking them away, little by little, because I'm not opening up my mouth enough! Needless to say, I don't like that. A great week for reflection.

My companion and I are also making up goals to work with the ward. We don't know how much we should involve ourselves in the ward, ward councils, visiting members, because we want the most amount of time to dedicate to teaching and finding, but we're trying to figure out how much we need to put ourselves out there in the ward.

I've accumulated two ties here in the mission, and I have finally given them away to two young converts who were just sustained to receive the priesthood. My companion said that the look on Ricardo's face was adorable. I really wasn't paying that much attention, but she said he was looking at it, fingering it, just looking like it was his birthday all over again. That pretty much made my day. I love that kid. He's so earnest. He has his weaknesses, but all he needs is a little bit of encouragement because he already has the desires. He reminds me a lot of Micah in some aspects. I want Ricardo to succeed! I'll offer to adopt him if I have to! He's 17 and not sure if a mission could really be something he could do, but his blessing when he was confirmed said that he would go on a mission. I know he could and he'd be the best missionary since Dan Jones.

Also, if someone could write me and tell me what Galician means, I would really appreciate it.

Feliz Día de los Reyes!

And today, 10/1/11... Feliz día de San Nicanor!

I got a calender from a fruit stand, and on the back it has the saint for each day! Sweet!

Take care and YOU wax strong!

xoxo, Hna. Georgeson