Awesome Christmas

Monday, Dec 28th, 2015

Dear Friends and Family,

This week has been a blast, I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas as much as I did:) Christmas in the mission is super great, while we may not be with friends and family, we are here serving and loving people the way Christ did, and what better way then to spend Christmas then that? What better gift to give to Christ?

Here, the biggest celebration is Christmas Eve which is characterized by family gatherings, big barbacues and lots of fireworks and firecrackers at mid-night. That, and of course alot of partying and drinking as well….But, for our Christmas eve the Elders had the idea to go to the hospital, so the four of us went to the hospital Thursday morning and sung christmas hymns, said prayers, and shared scriptures with lots of different patients and the hospital. It was such a cool experience to go there and bring a little Christmas spirit to the people that were having a difficult time there…it was definitely my favorite part of Christmas. Then, later that afternoon we went Christmas caroling in the streets to making contacting more fun and we ended up finding several new investigators to teach that we hope to go back to in the next several days. Lastly, we were able to have dinner with a member and spend time with her and her family and watch 17 miracles. It was pretty cool, and the next day for Christmas was our P-Day and we went and had lunch with the Cabrera Family who are amazing and spent some time with them. We also went by and decided to visit one of our less-actives who is super poor and was a little sad about Christmas, so we decided to go by and cheer her up and spend some time with her as well. Oh, and at tripple fronteras, (where Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina meet) we went and saw a cool little show of waterfountins that play to different music for several minutes. It`s something they do everynight, but Christmas is the only time we still have P-day in the night time so we were able to go and it was fun. Yep, it was all good.
Now, it`s time to start thinking about some fun New Years Resolutions! Woohoo, hhmmmm…. I don`t have mine yet, but I guess we will see.
But anyway, not much more to tell this week. We`ve found lots of cool people this week, and we`ve also lost some good people this week which was super sad:( But, I guess we still keep going. But the best part was that Rodrigo came to church this Sunday again and he`s pretty much all ready to get baptized if he would just get married already. He`s super excited to get baptized and really does want to get married as well,but there are still several complications…..I guess I`ll just keep praying.
Love you all,
Hermana Marvian
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​This is me with the Elders and the Cabrera Family on Christmas day….my companion is taking the picture, so she didn`t quite make it…..
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Here is a picture with the Brazilian less-active family that we went by and visited. We are teaching Sister Souza how to read!
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Feliz Navidad

Monday, Dec 21 2015

Merry Christmas Everybody!

This week is going to be super great! I`m really excited for my first Christmas in Argentina! We`ve got alot of fun plans for this week and I`m sure I`ll tell you all about them next week, but as for this past week it`s been one full of lots of fun miracles.

Last Tuesday we were praying about where we should go to find someone who was ready to hear about the gospel and my companion said she was thinking about a part of our area that was far away so we don`t visit over there very much, but we decided to give it a shot. And well, it started out rough, nobody wanted to talk to us and not even anyone in the street would give us the time of day, it seemed to actually be a little odd…but we kept the faith that there was sombody that we needed to find over there and then while contacting at last we found a really cool family from Columbia who just moved here 5 months ago for work. We were able to share a message with them and give them a Book of Mormon which they happily accepted and we are hoping to come back this week to see how their reading went. So hopefully it will be good.

Also, there are two sisters who have decided to serve missions and start their papers so they have been super excited to come out with us lately. And so on Wednesday we went out with them to go visit a reference that they had for us,the Jara Family. The sisters had given them a handout card for Christmas that we had given them and they wanted us to stop by with them to visit this family some more. So we had an excellent lesson with them and they were super nice. The family are 7th day adventists which is a popular church group here and they are super great people. Although usually they have a hard time accepting the Book of Mormon as the word of God, but luckily the father of Sister Jara took the missionary lessons many years ago and had good experiences so that lead this Sister to being more openned to the message. So we are going back tonight with the other members to share more with them. How cool is that?

Then on Thursday we were able to go to Eldorado for our Zone Christmas Party with President and Sister LaPierre. We had a nice dinner, talked about the Savior, and were visited by´Santa´ as well. It was really nice being with President and the other missionaries to celebrate the best event ever, the Savior`s birth.

As for other miracles, Rodrigo came to church this week as well as Fabio, and another women who`s family of a less-active that we are visiting. But the real miracle of the three was Fabio. I mentioned before about this family that we`ve been teaching, Romina, Precila, and Fabio who are three of 9 siblilings in this awesome family. So we`ve been teaching them for awhile and having success despite lots of opposition when last week we had a lesson and it didn`t go so well. It was with Precila and Fabio and they kind of back tracked and Precila basically said that she stopped reading the Book of Mormon and was happy with her other church, etc…..long story short it was sad and when we left we went down and I cried a little…I just love them sooo much….but we felt prompted to go back and when we went back we talked to them again and it went well, super spiritual experience in fact and my companion and I testified so strong and now Precila is back on board and Fabio came to church! Well, I guess we will just keep praying alot for them. Everytime we teach them, I feel as though I`ve known them forever.

Lastly, yesturday night the city had a big event where thousands of people were walking up to the triple frontera where Paragauy, Brazil, and Argentina meet to watch a firework show, so we decided to get together with the Elders and several members to set up a table and pass out pamphlets and right down references as people walked by. It turned out to be a super great success and we talked to lots of people, got lots of references to go back to, and the members had fun doing it with us.

So this week has been a really great one and as I mentioned before, we are trying really hard to work with the principle of FAITH! If we put our trust in God and believe that he can do miracles with his children and in this work, then it will happen. If we BELIEVE that it will happen, then God has the powere to make it happen through our faith. So, I invite everyone to try and be a little more faithful this week and remember who we should  put our trust in. I know that over 2,000 years ago our Savior was born and through his example and through his sacrifice we have the power to make changes in our lives, receive strength, and return to live with God and our families. I know that this work is real, and that God really is mindful of everyone of his children. I love you all, and wish you all a great Christmas!

Feliz Navidad,

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​A picture with Sister Montenegro and Hermana Wilson and I in their house. Sister Montenegro is the best!

No Hay Cambios

Monday, Dec 14, 2015

Dear Friends and Family,

It`s getting pretty close to Christmas time! Woohoo, a week and a half to go, I`m super excited, it`s going to be great!

So today marks the begining of a new transfer and I found out that I`m staying here in Iguazu with my companion for at least another six weeks. Plus probably another transfer after that because this is Hermana Wilson`s last transfer before she goes home so unless our mission president puts two new missionaries in for next transfer, I`ll probably be here for a really long time which is fine with me, I love it here and I`m super greatful that I don`t have to leave right befor christmas:) Although this next transfer is going to be very interesting. Here in Argentina, summer vacation is from December until January so that means there is alot of vacationing that goes on here including our branch president and his wife that will be leaving for the next three months, leaving the Elders in charge of being branch president and us in charge of helping them out and maybe taking over a class or two, since the primary president is leaving and several other members as well….so, the next couple of months are going to be alot of work, but I`m sure we will be seeing alot of miracles as well….I`ll let you all know how it goes. It should be a fun adventure:)
Other than that, I don`t have alot to share seeing that it`s only been since Wednesday since I last wrote, but it`s been a busy week filled with meetings and our branch christmas party and now I`m just excited to keep going and see how faith can bring miracles which is what we are really focusing on right now as a mission:)
Hermana Marvian
P.S The missionary challenge for this week is to focus on service since it`s close to Christmas. As we look for opportunities to serve others we can help others feel the love of Christ and help others to be more interested in the gospel. So I invite all to do some service this week and look for opportunities to share restored truths of the gospel:)
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​Here is a picture of Juana and Rodrigo at the Christmas party! They are the best! I can`t wait for them to get married so that Rodrigo can get baptized:)
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​Here is another picture of the Christmas Party!

1 Year in the Mission!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Hey Everyone,

So I`m writing everybody on Wednesday because I had a meeting up in Posadas again for the last two days, but yep I`m still living. This week has been pretty good, still working with alot of the same investigators that I`ve mentioned in my last couple of emails and they are slowly coming along. This last Saturday night we were able to do an awesome church tour with Romina and her brother Fabio which turned out to be a super cool spiritual experience. It made it better that the Branch President happened to be there preparing for the Christmas Devotional and so they were able to meet him, who happens to know Fabio from his work which just made it even better and as we did the tour there was last years devotional music playing all throughout the background which the tour. So it was pretty cool, but they didn`t end up coming to church the next day at it was pretty sad. I just love their family so much and it`s kind of a miracle that they even want to talk to us because they`ve suffered alot of opposition. In fact, the other day we were visiting them when some of their neighbors came by and kindof interrupted us ending the lesson which was fine, but when we came back a couple days later they told us that after we left, these super Evangelic neighbors left and came back with their pastor who told them that they were talking with false prophets and that he was going to clean them and purify them from us……well it`s not the first time that we`ve had pastors come and tell us to not talk to us and that we are evil, but that was kindof intense. But luckily Romina told them that she liked talking to us and felt that we were good and basically didn`t care what they said, but that we were welcome in her home….so, guess we just keep moving forward then.

Anyway, in other news, I completed 1 year in the mission this past week. Woohoo! To celebrate we happened to walk past this bakery and I saw this awesome cheesecake for the first time in Argentina so I got super excited and we bought it to celebrate, although it wasn`t as good as the ones from the States, but it was still good. Also, yesturday as I mentioned I was in Posadas for a meeting with our mission president and other missionary leaders and we had a skype call with Elder Sales from the quorom of the Seventy were we talked alot about Faith and what we could do to make the mission better. It was really inspiring but also a call that we needed to be better. He told us that the mission wouldn`t improve based on any leaders from our branches or wards but on the quality of leaders that we are and the faith that we have. He told us that we needed to be more faithful and help other missionaries have more faith and that we would begin to see alot more miracles in the mission. He said that God works by faith but that he can`t override our free will so we first have to exercise our own faith and then God will begin to perform more miracles with that faith that we have in him. So, this week my companion and I are putting the goal to really exercise more faith in our area and see what happens. So I`ll let you guys know.

Thanks,

Hermana Marvian

P.S. The computers here always have problems so I can`t really uploade pictures again:( Oh, and the missionary challenge for this week is to share the Christmas video the church made with someone this week. It`s great!Christmas.Mormon.org