Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, Nov 30, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

I hope that everybody had a good weekended and were able to enjoy fun with the family. My companion andI tried to have our own little Thanksgiving by making some chocolate and pumpkin pie which only kinda turned out, but it was fun. We also decided to make hand turkeys with Thank you notes for the members in the branch which they liked, but they didn`t understand the whole turkey-hand combination at all….haha, but that`s ok.
So this week we`ve had some really good experiences with our investigators and less-actives. We are still working with Juana who is a less-active member of 5 years and her boyfriend Rodrigo who I mentioned both came to church last week. So this week we`ve been working with them more and Rodrigo accepted to get baptized and they both came to church again which we were super excited about. However, they still need to get married and we had a lesson with them on that and Rodrigo is super excited about it but Juana has alot of doubts, so we`ll see what happens but we`re trying really hard to motivate them so I guess we`ll see how it goes.
We`ve also been working alot more with Precila(15yrs.) and her sister Romina(28yrs.) and also started teaching two more of their siblings this week. So, Precila and Romina also accepted to get baptized this week, although they slept in and didn`t make it to church again this week:( So, we will be praying super hard to get them to come this next week. Also, we had an interesting experience working with our less-active Sister Souza from Brazil again this week. The thing that`s been a bit difficult is that she doesn`t know how to read at all which makes it kinda hard to help her gain her own testimony. So my companion and I came up with this crazy idea to teach this lady how to read using the Book of Mormon. So if two girls from the States who didn`t even know spanish a year ago can teach a portugesse woman who only speaks portugesse how to read in spanish, then if that`s not a miracle then I don`t know what is…..and let me tell you it hasn`t been super easy but we`ve been praying super hard that God will help her to remember the letters and basic stuff we are teaching her, and little by little she`s learning! The last time we went over there was actually on Thanksgiving and we just had this great lesson teaching her the letters and then reading a chapter of the Book of Mormon to her and teaching her a little bit of the doctrine as well and the spirit was so strong and she begain to cry.
Other than that, we`ve enjoyed working with the people we have, but we`ve also been rejected alot this week as well. I guess the bitter always comes with the sweet. But still, it was worth it. Plus, a gir in our branch Jasmin, left on her mission this week and the branch through her a going away party at the church and it was so nice to see everyone come together to support her. She`s so awesome! She`s going to make the best missionary ever down in Uruguay:)
But anyway, that was a little bit of my week and here are a few pictures that I was finally able to send! Oh, and the missionary challenge this week is to have a family home evening activity and invite a friend to join you and your family:) It will be lots of fun.
Thanks so much,
Hermana Marvian 

​Here is a picture of when we were invited over to Jasmin`s house for lunch with her mom and friends to say goodbye before she left for the missionOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

​And this Hermana Wilson and I finishing up some good exercises in the morning. We`ve been trying to go running in the mornings and it`s been fun….when we actually are willing to get up early and go do it:)

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A Cool Week

November 23, 2015

Buenos Tardes,

This week as been super awesome and I don`t really know where to start. This past Tuesday we were able to have a multizone conference for the missionaries with our mission president(there`s been alot of conferences these last couple of weeks) and it like always was really inspiring. We went over alot of the things that we talked about in our leadership meeting that we had in Posadas that I mentioned before, such as becoming better teachers and following the spirit. But we also talked alot about faith and working through faith both through our prayers and our actions. President LaPierre talked about how apart from all the prayers that we say throughout the day in our lessons, studies, and nightly prayers, that we should take time each day to really ´wrestle in the spirit` like Alma in the scriptures for our investigators and how that this is also the secret to charity and that some of our most powerful experiences with prayer will come when we are praying for those we love. So he challenged us to do this each day and take some time to be alone and pray out loud, so I`ve been trying to do that lately and it`s been super cool. And as I`ve improved my prayers and really tried to forget about other things, I`ve felt the spirit really strongly this week and my companion and I have had some really good experiences with our investigators and my testimony has been strengthened this week.

Over the last couple of weeks we`ve been trying to get the members more excited about missionary work and we have one sister in the branch that we challenged to give out articles of faith cards for three weeks at her work. So she accepted the challenge and even went further the second week and told us that she had someone that she wanted to give a Book of Mormon to and that we should go visit afterwards. So we gave her a Book of Mormon and we came back two days later to see how it went and she told us that she actually gave it to someone else and needed a second one to give to her original reference. So, we were super excited for her and this Sunday she brought a 15yrs. girl who lives next store to her to church which turned out to be a super cool experience and we are going back to teach her this week with Sister Vera to start teaching her the missionary lessons and hopefully make contact with the other reference this week as well.

Also, a second cool experience is that we`ve started to visit this less active family who`s parents aren`t members but all the kids are and we talked to one of the kids who`s 20 who is living in the house with her boyfriend and they are waiting to have their first baby in a couple of months. So, we started talking to them and the boyfriend Rodrigo isn`t a member but was super interested in our message and it turns out that he`s been looking for awhile for a church to join but just hasn`t fellt satisfied with any of them yet, so we taught him twice this week and the second time he told us that he likes the message alot and that we are welcome to come over and teach them every day if we want because it`s super interesting and he feels like he needs to learn more. Plus, the two of them came to church yesturday and they were so cute:) So hopefully they can progress together, but they`ll have to get married first so it might be awhile but I`m sure it will work out.

Other than that we did Divisions with Hermana Nilson and Hermana Loazia this week too which was a good experience. I worked with Hermana Loazia in my area and my companion was with Hermana Nilson in Puerto Rico a couple hours away. The whole day we ended up contacting because all of our appointments fell through and nobody wanted to let us in….but, it was still a good learning experience for both of us and Hermana Loazia is a new missionary that just started this transfer so it was fun helping her out and seeing how she`s been doing. Plus, she`s only been a member for two years and has a pretty crazy conversion story and it`s pretty awesome that she decided to come on a mission.

So, this is kinda a long email, but what else happened? Well, the random facts for the week are that I`ve now killed a total of 11 Scorpians in our pension, although we`ve gotten some repellent stuff that`s worked out and I don`t think it will be that much of a problem in the future. Also, the power in Iguazu goes out alot here and so the other day we were proselyting around 8:30 or so and all the power in town went out so we ended up having to go back home early that night because we aren`t allowed to walk around in the dark with no street lights. Also, I didn`t mention that when we were having our meeting with President LaPierre Tuesday in the church, right in the middle of the meeting there was this random chicken that walked into the cultural hall and we had to stop the meeting so that the Elders could catch the chicken and throw it out the window. Haha, it was pretty funny. And lastly, yesturday there was national voting going on in Argentina so Saturday night we received a message from our Mission President saying that on Sunday we were to go to church and then afterwards go straight back to the pension and stay there all day and not leave to go proselyting. So, we had and extra six hours to work on catching up on paperwork for our investigators in our area book and work on a service project that we are doing for the members which was nice, although I was sad that we couldn`t go teach and it`s kinda torcher to make a missionary stay inside all day, haha, but it was good. So, yep that was my fun crazy spiritual week for you all. Oh, and the missionary challenge for this week is to share your favorite scripture on your social media sites this week:)

Love you all,

Hermana Marvian

All Problems are Solved through Missionary Work

Monday, November 16, 2015

A Nice Sunset in my Area! I just love all the pretty things I get to see while I`m out walking around:)

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Greetings from Iguazu!
This week has been another fun week of a bit of traveling. I went to Posadas Tuesday and Wednesday for a meeting with some of the other missionaries which was super edifying where we talked alot about improving our teaching skills and balancing out all the parts of missionary work and it was super good. Then this last Sunday we went to Eldorado for our Church district conference which was also pretty inspiring. We have a girl in our branch, Jasmin, that will be leaving on her mission to Uruguay in a couple of weeks and it was cool listening to her talk about her mission preperation and her excitement to serve. It reminded me what it was like to be a new missionary again:) There is a scripture that talks about how we should all be child-like, full of humility and faith and it made me think about how I can relate it to being a new missionary too. I think that throughout our missions we should always have that spirit of being a new missionary, full of faith and expectations that we will be able to do the will of God and help other people come unto Christ, I think that after one has been on a mission for awhile we forget about that early excitement we had….I hope that as a missionary I can always remember that.
One thing that I really liked at the conference on Sunday was when our Mission President got the chance to speak. He shared a couple of missionary experiences and mentioned how that when we go through the temple, and also in general as members of the church we take upon his work(missionary work). I think it`s cool because the glory of God is the ability he has to bring others to the truth and help save their souls so when we do missionary work a new power enters our lives and we have the ability to overcome other challenges in our lives that may have nothing to do with missionary work at all. I`ve come to learn that the solution to problems in homes, families, marraiges, and wards can all be fixed if we start focusing on missionary work! It`s so cool. So, one thing our mission president sent us was a list of 101 ways that members can do missionary work with the challenge that we can help all members start doing something even if it`s small. So one thing that we shared with a couple members is that they could write their testimonies in a Book of Mormon and then give it back to us so that we can give to other people when we teach them. So I challenge you all to do the same and if you have someone personally in mind that`s even better, but if not, I`m sure the missionaries will be more than happy to take them too.
Love you all,
Hermana Marvian

 

Hola

Monday, November 9, 2015

Saludos a Todos,

This week has been a very good start to the new transfer. My companion Hermana Wilson(Idaho) and I got back from Posadas Thursday afternoon and have been hitting the streets these last couple of days looking for people to teach and helping her get used to the new area. It`s been getting hotter and hotter in these days and I can`t say I`m too excited about it but it`s all right. We have rain about every two or three days which is both a blessing because it blocks out the sun, but also a curse because it`s also alot more humid. Yeah, summer time! Oh, and remember how I killed that scorpian a couple weeks ago….I just killed my 6th one in our living room yesturday…so if I don`t come back from the mission it`s because I died by killer scorpians….so love you all just in case:)
But anyway, this week the Elders gave us a reference of a member that they found in the supermarket who just moved to Iguazu two months ago, so we stopped by her house Saturday night to pay her a visit and it went super well. It turns out that she hasn`t been very active in the church for the last several years, but she was telling us how she wants to start over and come back to church and that she has a boyfriend that she`s living with who`s not a membe but is very interested in the church. She told us that she`s been talking about the church alot with them and he likes the idea that we believe that families can be together forever and wants to get married in the temple with our member. So we told her that we would love to come by and start teaching him and we have a visit planned for this week, but we also invited them to church yesturday and they both came! We were so excited and the members were really great with them. In fact, the members are just super great here in general. It might be a small branch, but the people here really have good hearts and try to help, they`re not perfect, but I`ve learned alot from their examples. We have one member who did her visiting teaching to a member that`s inactive and then came and told us that she was interested in having us come and teach her too so the active member set up an appointment with us and her and we went and visited this inactive member, Hermana Sosa who is from Brazil and we`ve been working along with the members to reactivate her and it`s going really well and she came to church the last week. It`s a bit hard for us because she only speaks portuguese, so with lots of prayer I can understand about half of what she says, but…it`s been pretty cool and like I said as we`ve worked together with the members it`s been very good. Also, Cecilo didn`t come to church this week which was sad:( but afterwards, a member came up to us and said that he was going to go pay him a visit and see what he could do to help him come to church next week…so, we were really happy with his initive and we are still waiting to see how that visit went. But it`s good to know that he has a support group building:)
Anyway, that was a bit of my week. Talk to you all next week!
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​Here is a photo from a couple of weeks ago with a family that we are working with. The lady on my left is Sister Vera who`s been a member for many years but none of her family are members and so we are slowly working with them.

Happy Halloween!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Happy Halloween Everybody!

Well, they don`t have Halloween here in Argentina, but I hope everyone back in the States was able to have some fun with the family. This week we have seen alot of miracles and it`s been cool to see how God prepares people. As I mentioned last week, we started teaching a man, Cecilio, who we gave a Book of Mormon and who said that he wanted his family to listen too. So, yep we`ve been teaching him more and when we stopped by after a week he had already read the first 80 pages of the Book of Mormon! And he told us how he wanted to make changes in his life so we taught him and his 29yr. old daughter about repentance and they both liked it alot. Then, on Halloween we went back again and Cecilio had read the rest of the pamphlet we gave him about the gospel of Jesus Christ and as soon as we sat down with us he told us that he was reading the part about baptisim and wanted to know if he was allowed to be baptized because it was something he really wanted but wasn`t sure if it was ok because he was baptized Catholic when he was a baby. But we reassurred him that yes he can be baptized and we`ve put a date for the 21st of November! Then yesturday he came to church with us and he met an old time friend that he hasn`t seen in years but who is a member and this member is now super excited to come back and teach with us so we are now going to work with him too. Plus, Cecilio told us that his daughter is super interested and he hopes that she can come to church with him the next week and how he is going to try to work with his other children too. He said it is a great blessing that we came into his life at this time because he was in the stage of changing his life and wanted something more, and then we found him:) I`m really excited for him and he seems so happy…there`s still alot of time until then but I`m sure it will work out.
Besides that we`ve had several other miracles happen this week, one including visiting one of our investigators in the hospital and teaching her there because she got rushed to the hospital because her apendix was about to burst, so when we stopped by her house her sister told us what happened and there mom invited us to stop by and visit her in the hospital if we want(which is a miracle in itself because her mom hated us the first time she met us…but) we went and had a cool lesson with her and the next day we passed by the house again to talk to her mom who thanked us and told us that we could come by anytime and that her daughters mentioned that they felt something different when we talked to them, a kind of peace, and she said that she felt it too. And so we explained that it was the spirit and how that we would be happy to teach them. So, we have plans to go back and visit again, so I`ll let you all know how it went.
Int other news, transfers are here and I felt pretty sure that neither one of us were going to leave, but it turns out that my companion is leaving:( It`s kinda sad because we`ve struggled a bit together, but just when we finally learned to love each other, she`s got to go….I guess it just means that we learned all that we can from each other, but still I`ll miss her. And as for my new companion her name is Hermana Wilson from the states who I`ve been able to work with once before and who is super awesome! It should be a whole new fun adventure, but so is the mission. Change, fun, hardships, miracles, and lots of blessings.
Hope everyone has a fun week,
Hermana Marvian