So remember all of the stuff I was telling you about with my companions? Well, things reached a climax this week, but in the last few days we have gotten a lot of it worked out, which is so nice. I really do love my companions a lot. I learn a ton from them all of the time and I am so grateful to be with them. It has been especially nice to be in a trio where I am with 2 other people, where have twice the number of people to learn from all of the time. Hermana Ward constantly teaches me diligence and Hermana Heath teaches me charity, 2 things I can really work on. Plus, they are very fun girls :).
I do have to admit too that I got to an extremely tired point this week because I could NOT sleep. I had father Kuhn syndrom there for a time where I just laid in bed a lot. To be honest a lot of the time this week I was just thinking over things I want to learn and how I can improve. But finally a few nights ago it finally caught up to me and I am sleeping like a baby again-- which I have learned is probably my favorite thing in the whole world (ok, that might be a slight exaggeration).
So...we had some super exciting stuff happen this week. For one, general conference was AMAZING!!! It was awesome to sit in a room full of the Lord's servants, with all of us waiting to hear the word of the Lord, almost like an army waiting to hear instructions from their captain. And, I think he knew exactly what this soldier needed to hear. I felt that the speakers told me exactly what I needed to do to be an effective missionary for Him. That message was in Matthew 22:36-39. I need to first: love the Lord, 2nd: love all of those around me and 3rd: (which isn't actually in this scripture) is to work my hardest, especially in doing the will of the Lord. Now these are things I guess I kind of already knew, but for some reason during these last few days it has really hit me how essential all of these things are. But mostly I am constantly reminded that I can't do this alone. It is only through Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that I will be able to do anything right in the mission field, or in life really. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father talks to men today and helps them know what to do and what choices to make.
Another super exciting thing happened this week of all of the missionaries in the MTC they chose my district (I think because we may be one of the only intermediate Spanish Argentina groups) to meet with the Director of Immigration for Argentina. Their goal, I'm sure, was to help missionaries obtain VISAs to Argentina easier. So, we made a huge deal out of it. All of the Elders got fresh hair cuts, and we put up an Argentina flag in our class room, and it went extremely well. The man in charge came in afterward and told us that it went "perfectly. It wasn't just good, it was perfect. It could not have gone better," so I am happy to hear that. Who knows, maybe getting a VISA will become a little bit easier in the future :). But as for our own VISAs, we still don't know what's going on. We should find out Monday or Tuesday whether we are being reassigned. (See other email).
This week I also got to host new incoming missionaries. Which meant that I picked them up at the curb and took them around to their room, and classroom and stuff. It was actually a lot of fun! I can't believe that it has already been a month since I got dropped if in that same entry and got taken around. It was fun to be able to soothe the incoming missionaries a little. I only hope that I was half as helpful and comforting as my host was coming in. At one point, one of the ladies in charge came and grabbed me and said, "We have one girl coming in who is really having a rough time. Would you come help us out?" I said sure and followed her to where the girl's car was supposed to be parked. When we got there, the lady turned around and said, "Where did they go?" Another lady ran up and said, "The left!" So...I'm not exactly sure but I guess this poor family just turned around and left. Either she decided not to go or she was going to come back later but I thought that was kind of crazy. Oh, and while I was hosting, I saw several Elders from my high school. Super cool!
One father who dropped off his son spoke to me and one of my companions for a bit in Spanish. He served in Uruguay and thought he would help us practice. We must have talked for 5-10 minutes and I understood every word!!!! I know he is not native but before I entered the MTC I could not have done that. I was so excited! Sometimes it is hard to realize how much you improve when it is little by little but that helped me see that I have gotten better. Yay!!
This week Hermana Heath and I also met 4, that's right 4! other missionaries heading to Comodoro Rivadavia. There have been 4 missionaries on our floor all along headed there and we didn't know because they were beginner Spanish speakers. They are the first we have met and we are still freaking out about it! One of them is from Nampa too.
Also, I love being able to go to the temple every Pday. I will go later today, but last week it was the coolest! (Should this be posted?) We did initiatories and it was the first time I have done that since I went for my own. And oh my, it is the coolest ever! I could feel the Spirit so strong! I literally want to live in the temple. I could just sleep on the floor and stay there forever.
So, I also wasn't going to send this home because this is almost exactly what I wrote home to Parker, but I just wanted to include some of the coolest scriptures that I have found here. I love the scriptures and I wish I had more time to read them (we have quite a bit of study time but it is usually taken up doing other things). But anyway here are a few quotes/ scriptures:
"Be not afraid, only believe" -- Mark 5:36
-Alma 20:4 -Proverbs 3:5-6 -D&C 84:88 -2 Nephi 4:34-35
"Don't get discouraged. Things will work out." --Pres. Hinckley
-Ether 12:27 -D&C 121:7-8 -D&C 100:15 -D&C 98:3 -Romans 8:28 -3 Nephi 22:10
"I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord....I'll say what you want me to say. I'll be what you want me to be."
We fight for the Lord not in might, but in humility.
-2 Nephi 25:23 -Matthew 5:48 -Romans 8:37 -Matthew 22:36-39 Prayer: JST Mathew 7:13, 17
I highly recommend a study of all of these scriptures. The coolest thing is that they all come from our Father in Heaven. He has promised us some of the most awesome blessings if we just do the simple things He has asked.
Anyway, things are going well. Some days are faster than others but as a whole it has flown by!! I can't believe that I only have one more P-day until I head out to the field. Crazy! I'm a little nervous to head out. Things have just been so good here I almost don't want to leave the surety of it all. But I know that if I rely on the Lord whatever happens will be great. One of my teachers told me lately that the Lord has laid out every single companion and investigator that you need to help you learn and grow in the way He desires. I feel that that is absolutely true. I am excited for it all! I need to be better about going to the Lord in prayer and relying on Him, but I am trying :).
Also, I never thought I would be one to send home a book every week but so far that seems to be the case. Whoops! I hope you all like reading:).
I love you all very much!
This week we also taught a member over Skype for practice (in Spanish of course). We talked about receiving answers through the Book of Mormon. As we talked, she started to cry and said, "You are the answer to my prayers Hermanas. I have been praying to know if I should serve a mission and now I am going to go." So cool! The Lord sure has everything figured out. Ok that's it. Love you all!