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