Easter and Divisions in Iguazu

Monday, March 28, 2016

Buenos Tardes,


{​This was a place in that we decided to explore today for P-day called 7 Pisos! It may not be quite as big as Iguazu falls but it was super beautiful and it`s actually not a very far walk from the pension…..lot`s of green, lots of water, and lots of butterflies….I love the province of Misiones, it is so beautiful whereever you go!}
This week has been pretty cool. We actually haven`t been in the area very much this week but it`s been good. On Wednesday, my companion and I got to do divisions with the sisters in my old area in Iguazu! I thought it was going to be super weird going back to my old area only after two weeks, but more because it wasn`t mine anymore, but it was good. My companion Hermana Cardenas got to work with my old companion Hermana Dempsey and I got to work with Hermana Woodwell who is super awesome:) It was cool because we were able to go back and visit one of our investigators that we were working with, remember Marcelo? I think I mentioned about how we had found him and how he had told us that he had been praying before hand to change his life and then when we showed up he believed it to be an answer to his prayer….well, we had been working with him for a little while when I left and it turns out that he has now accepted to be baptized and has a date set in two weeks. That`s so cool….haha I got the chance to see him and he was super excited and invited me to his baptisim….I probably can`t go because even though I`m still in the same zone it`s a bit far away, but I`m super excited for him and it was good to be able to see him again.
Other than that, this past Saturday in our area we had a cool experience. We were contacting in the cold rainy morning with little success. We were trying to clap at every house we could find and offering to share a message about the resurrection of Christ to focus in on Easter but nothing was working. So, after about an hour we decided to go into a street corner and say a small prayer so that God would help us find someone who was interested in our message and who would be willing to act up on….afterwards we went back to contacting and came to a house where they were playing loud music. We clapped several times but I don`t think that they could hear us so we turned around to go back and the music stopped for just a second long enough for us to make one more attempt and luckily….they heard us and let us in. So we sat down with this lady and her brother who lives behind their house and began to get to know her a bit. Then she stopped us and told us that she had an important question that she had been wondering about for awhile…she wanted us to explain more to her about the resurrection of Jesus Christ…which was perfect…so we taught her and her brother and the spirit was super strong and she invited us back this week to come and answer more of her questions and teach her more and it was just cool how God answered our prayers in that way with a person that specifically could benefit from our `contacting approach` …it was pretty cool.
Other than that, I hope everyone had a great Easter! And also thanks for the Birthday wishes as well! I appreciated them:)
Hermana Marvian
{​Our super huge chocolate easter eggs that Sister Navarro made for us…that was super nice of her:) Happy Easter to us!}SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES
{​A picture of all of the sisters in the Zone from our big zone conference with our mission president in Iguazu the day after our divisions! These girls are so awesome. I love them so much!}SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES



{​A picture of all of the sisters in the Zone from our big zone conference with our mission president in Iguazu the day after our divisions! These girls are so awesome. I love them so much!}





Lots of Prepared People

Monday, March 21, 2016

Hey Everyone,

This week has been super great. We`ve been able to see the Lord`s hand work alot here in San Vicente. It`s been awesome! We found alot of really great people to work with this week. We contacted this lady in the street who seemed to be around 18yrs-20yrs….but it turned out she was only 14 but we went to her house anyway and taught her and her 16 yrs. old brother about the restoration and it was so cool to see the light come into her eyes when we explained it to her. Then we invited her to know for herself and gave her a Book of Mormon as well and she was super excited to know for her self. Then, this week there was a house that we had passed by several times and my companion told me that she felt like we needed to contact there so we did and we found a super awesome family and had a really good spirtual experience with them as well!
It`s been great because my companion and I have been trying to do our best at talking with as many people as we possibly can and it`s been super cool how many super prepared people God has granted us this week:)…..Now, we`ve also had a couple of hard set-backs as well, but overall it`s been a big blessing, although I don`t think I`ve ever been so tired in my life this week….haha, I`m getting pretty old:) But, it`s been good….
Best of Luck this Week!
Hermana Marvian​
Here is a photo of us four here in San Vicente close to the church. Look at this awesome minion that we found!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES



​Here is a photo of my companion, an awesome member named Silvia, and I here in our little church building that kind of looks like a little dance studio….what you can see behind me is almost the whole thing…haha, pretty small.



New Things

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lots of New things this week,

So, I`ve survived my first couple of days in my new area here in San Vicente and so far they`ve been pretty good. I had my first Sunday at church yesturday and we had 20 people there including us four missionaries! Yep, and right now there aren`t alot of people who have callings so the missionaries are in charge of teaching Priesthood/Relief Society(which are being taught together right now), Sunday School, and Primary. So my companion and I along with the Elders (Elder Berrios from Chile and Elder Hudson from Utah) are taking turns teaching all the classes throughout the week. Plus, here we do branch night every Friday night which consists of a short spiritual message and different games for the family which is good but we are in charge of that too. Yep, lots of teaching and planning going on in the branch, but at least after the mission I think that I`ll be fully prepared to teach whatever calling comes my way….haha, because I get to do almost everything right now. Also, on another bright side, our branch president is super awesome. He`s only 23yrs. but he just returned from his mission in Peru last year and he`s super excited about helping out the branch so hopefully we will be able to work closely with him.
Other than that, there weren`t any people really progressing here, but this week my companion Hermana Cardenas and I have been working hard finding lots of people to teach and we`ve actually had some pretty good experiences this week and found some people with lots of potential. So, even though it`s going to be hard, we are off to a good start this week! I`m pretty excited to see what is to come. There is lots of work to be done here, but also alot of potential as well:)
But, I wish everyone the best week every!
Hermana Marvian
​Here is a picture of my companion and I in our pension!


​We did service in the house of one of the Sisters in our branch this week. We were helping her preparing things for the primary kids and others for Easter. Left: Me, Center: Elder Hudson, Right: Elder Berrios

Cambios y Un Bautismo

Monday, March 7, 2016

So, Lots of fun News!

First, remember how we had to post-pone the baptism? Well, this week we had it and it was super great! Soledad is the newest member of the Puerto Iguazu Branch! Woohoo, I`m so excited for her future progress in the church as she continues to learn and grow and work towards going to the temple some day! I just love her so much:)
Other than that, I`m happy to report that my companion is doing better now. We`ve been in the pension this whole week though, the only time we left was to go to the church to prepare for the baptisim. Although, luckily we got a couple of members to do divisions with us and I was able to go make a couple of visitis, but mostly we just hung out in the pension. But, what is important is that my companion is ok:)
But, speaking of companions, today we found out about transfers……And, I`m leaving Iguazu! Wow, it`s been a really good 6 months here, I never thought that I would be here so long but I`ve truely loved every single minute of it. I`ve never seen more miracles and developed a true pasion for missionary work before I came here….I`m going to miss the members, the place, the cool people that we are working with, etc. But, as hard as it is to go, it is time and I know that God has other plans for me:)
So where am I going? Remember last week how I said that I went to San Vicente to go do divisions with the sisters there and help them with their area that is struggling? Yep, that`s where I`m heading now permanetly! I guess my division there with Hermana Cardenes and Aquino was just a test run for the actual thing:) Haha, so yep it should be fun. San Vicente is a small town with a small branch of about 30 to 40 people on a really good day or like 7 people if it rains…. they don`t have an actual church, they actually rent out the bottom floor of a building and use it for their church meetings. The missionaries were actually the branch president for the longest time their but recently they finally have a member that is doing it now. So, this new area of mine should be pretty interesting with quite a few obstacles, but I`m sure that we will be seeing lots of miracles and I`m excited to be working with Hermana Cardenes(from Mexico) as my new companion. Although, she is going to be the third companion that I`ve had that will be finishing her mission while she`s with me….hopefully it doesn`t make me think to much of home as well….I`ve still got lots of time to go:)
Best of Luck to All,
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​Here`s one of the pictures from Soledad`s Baptisim!


​Another one!


​Here is one with the Elders as Well. Elder Petit on the left and Elder Mahoney on the right, and Soledad`s little son Santiago front and center!