Week1 Iguazu

Monday, September 28, 2015

Hey Everybody! How`s it all going?

So…This week has been a full adventure getting adjusted to my new area in Argentina but it`s been super great. Transfers were Thursday morning in which I crossed over to Posadas and then made the 6 hour bus ride to Puerto Iguazu. So I`ve really only been here a couple of days, but so far my first impression has been pretty great. I kinda feel like this area is a mixture of my last two areas. It kinda has more of a small town feel like Pilar, but with lots of busy people like Encarnacion. It`s a tourist town like a mentioned and almost everyone here works either in Iguazu Falls, a hotel, a resturant, or a Casino here, but as for the tourists we usually tend to not venture those parts of our area as much, but it`s interesting.
As for the church there is one branch here in this area that we share with a set of Elders. The attendence rate was around 30 people which was similar to my last area, but the members are really awesome and I`ve enjoyed the last several days getting to know them and start working in the area. The area itself we don`t have alot of investigators right now and there is definitley alot of work to be done that`s for sure, but I`m pretty excited about it, it should be good. Oh, and many people told me that it`s like a whole different mission working on the Argentina side and I`d have to say that it`s true….how to explain? I don`t know, lots of the custums are the same, but the people are different, it`s just a different feel I guess you could say.
But anyway, my spiritual experience this week was with a recent convert named Rosana who was baptized in another part of Argentina a month ago and then moved in with her family here in Iguazu. She has been searching for work and now has an interview this week for a job which she will probably have to work on Sundays and not be able to go to church. So we talked alot about the blessing of keeping the sabbath day holy and how God never gives us a commandment that we can`t keep and that if she showed her faith and stand firm with her commitment to go to church, God would present her with another opportunity to find a job…We continued to bare testimony and the spirit was so strong and she cried and my companion and I cried and I don`t think I`ve had such a powerful lesson about Keeping the Sabbath Day Holy but it really was a cool expeirience and I don`t know what was the outcome, I guess we`ll find out this week, but if nothing else it was a powerful testimony to me of the importance of being obedient and knowing that God will take care of the rest, especially when it comes to the Sabbath Day as it`s something that the First Presidency has been stressing alot lately…our sabbath day observance is one of the greatest ways we express our gratitud for all of the blessings that we have. It is our personal sign to our Heavenly Father of the love that we have for him, and it is a time to renew our covenants and receive the blessings of the atonement.
Hope everyone has a great week!
Hermana Marvian
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Me Voy a Argentina

Monday, Sept 21, 2015

¡Me Voy a Argentina!

Well, there`s alot to talk about this week but I`ll try to keep it somewhat short. I found out transfers this week and I`m leaving Encarnacion and going to Puerto Iguazu in Argentina…So, I`m super excited to go to my first area in Argentina and experience the other side of the mission which I`ve heard is very different, but I`m also pretty sad to leave my area here. I`ve had lots of ups and downs but Encarnacion is super awesome and I love all the people here and will miss them and my companion a ton. But, I guess Heavenly Father has other plans in mind. With every new area is a new opportunity to grow, so I`m sure I`ll be groing a tone in the next couple of weeks. My new companion will be Hermana Gonzalez from Mexico which should be super cool. I`ve met her and talked to her a little bit before, but not much but I`m sure we will be having lots of great adventures together soon. As for what I`ve heard from my new area is that it`s only 30min from the Catacasis de Iguazu so I should have the opportunity to go visit which will be super awesome. Also, my area is on the front line of Argentina, Paraguay, and Brazil and it`s a huge area for tourists which should be kinda different. I`ll probably have plenty of opportunities to practice some portueguse while I`m there. On the other side because of tourisim everything is suuuper expensive so I`ll have to be careful, and it doesn`t help that I know nothing about pesos since they use different currancy in Paraguay, but I guess I`ll be learning pretty fast.
Anyway, in other news this week both my companion and I got super sick this week and we`ve had to go back to the pension early a couple times which was super hard…just some type of virus I think, nothing too worry about but we`re doing better now…Oh, and remember our investigator who we sung to his niece? The one that thanked God for sending angels to help his family? Yep, he`s super awesome. We`ve been teaching him alot this week and he`s been reading alot of the Book of Mormon and accepted a baptisim date this last week. Then we invited him to an activity on Saturday which he came to and then to church which he also came to! That was actually the real miracle becuase this area has been super hard in that aspect. We`ve had a couple investigators come to church in the last four months here who have been members of families which have invited them(which is better because they`re references), but we`ve never been able to get anyone to come to church that we`ve just met on our own and invited, until yesturday that is. It`s kinda a miracle for me becuase that`s all I really wanted to accomplish in this area before we left and on my last sunday it finally happened. And what made it a bigger miracle is that it was rainning super hard that morning and nobody goes to church when it rains, including members. So we only had 17 at church yesturday including my companion and I but he came…that`s a pretty sure sign that he`ll get baptized….really I don`t know, but he`s super awesome and I`m sad that I won`t be here to see him progress more, but it should be pretty good. Plus, on another note two of our other investigators Carmen and Paubla accepted baptisim too this week. Woohoo! Hopefully there should be some more success in Encarnacion Rama 3 in th future.
Anyway, it`s been a good end to this area and should be an exciting start to my new area. But the most important thing is that God is incharge of all and knows exactly where each of us needs to be. I`m so grateful to see God`s hand guideing me in every step of the way.
Choe,
Hermana Marvian

Last Week of the Transfer

Monday, September 14, 2015

Hello, once again…

So, this week has been pretty interesting. We ended up changing our apartment this week which was kinda crazy….we had some different problems so my companion and I searched for another apartment and got permission from our mission president to make the switch. It was all done super quick…Friday morning my companion and I scrambled around the house and packed everything up super quick in the morning, then loaded up a moving truck with the Elders and moved it all over…yep, but now we are situated and it`s all good.

Other than that we found two super cool families this week. The first was when we were roaming the streets contacting and we passed a guy(early 20s) sitting on a curb and we asked to sit with him and started talking about his life and he told us about his problems and we talked alot about repentance and the strength that comes through Christ and he invited us to come back to his house the next day and we met his family and started teaching them and it`s been super cool. Also, we had a similar experience on our way to visit an investigator Wednesday night. We were walking in the street and there was this lady in her front yard, waving at us frantically to come help her, when one of her family members started attacking her, which happened to be her 18yr. daughter who has special needs and was going frantic…I looked at my companion because we weren`t quite sure what to do, so we ran over to her gate and started singing hymns to calm her daughter down which worked and the lady was so happy and her whole family was so impressed that they let us come in and teach all of them and we`ve gone over a couple of times and have had some good experiences with them and they like the church alot and one of the guys said a prayer in our last lession thanking God for sending angels to him to change their lives…it was very interesting.

Also, I mentioned two investigators Carmen and Paubla a couple weeks ago who are family members of a less active we are working with and they came to church for a second time which is really good news. The only problem is that Paubla has a huge drinking adiction that we need to work with so this week we are going to try to talk to her about it and also start teaching her husband who we haven´t been able to meet yet, but hopefully we can have a good lesson with him, but I`ll let you all know.

Other than that, nothing much…last week of the transfer, I`ll find out if I`m staying or going next Monday, but my guess is that I`m leaving since I`ve been here for four and a half months and am also finishing the training of my companion…but, who knows. Guess I`ll find out what God has instore for me next week, but as for now, there is alot to still be done here in Encarnacion.

Love you all,

Hermana Marvian

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​Here is a picture of me heading to the zoo…I went here once before but Hermana Merchàn never had the chance to go so we went along with some of the other hermanas and it was cool…I would have uploaded more photos but it was taking too long so this will have to do.

Catholic Funneral

Monday, September 7, 2015

¿Como boce està?

I`m not really sure if that`s right but I`ve decided to work a little bit more on my guarani and portugesse this week…just phrases, but why not? There`s a part of my mission where they speak lots of portugesse so maybe I`ll get the chance to go there and learn a little bit more.

But anyway, this week has been pretty great. We`ve been working with a couple of new investigators that are references from a less-active that we have been visiting and it`s been going super well. It`s the mom and sister (Paubla and Carmen) of our less-active and they came to church with us last sunday and are really interested in our message, so we stopped by and visited…..who`s house is very far away (pero no importa) and had a good spiritual experience…it`s a little hard to teach them, because while they speak spanish, they mostly speak guarani in the house so we have to teach slowly and clearly for them to understand completely, but the cool thing is that the language of the spirit is universal so hopefully we can help them out a little.

Also, this week I experienced my first Catholic funneral…We have a member that we`ve been working with who was baptized last year(Ramon) who has been taking care of his mother who`s been pretty sick over the last several weeks. He had been praying alot for her, but I guess it was time for her to return back home…so, after church on Sunday the wife of our branch president called and told us that their family was going to go to Ramon`s house to show there support and wanted us to come with them. So we went together where the family of Ramon had a funeral where we planned on talking to him for a few minutes, but then turned into us participating in the ceramony where we all stood around the cascet of his mother where we stood silently as all the family repeated their prayers “Padre Nuestro” and other prayers to the Virgen Marry which lasted for a good forty minutes reciting around her body…it was a little different, but the family was happy that we came to support.

Also, it was very interesting to see the difference in the reaction of the family of Ramon, and Ramon who is a member. For his family it was a time of complete misery, but for Ramon it was different…yes, he cried and it was sad and hard for him. But he was also at peace because he has the knowledge that this life isn`t the end. That he will see her and his other family again. So yes it was sad, but it was also a time of hope and strength…something that his family didn`t quite have, something that comes from the reasurance of the gospel.

True peace in this life and the next life come only through faith in our Savior Jesus Christ.

Adios,

Hermana Marvian