Monday, February 23, 2015

Random Potatoes in the Streets



1.  You asked for advice in learning to roll your "r's".  That is something my brothers could always do but I couldn't.  I have had some success with putting my tongue in the correct position, then tilting my head back and trying to relax my tongue as I try to roll the "r".  I can actually do it but I have to tilt my head back and would certainly look like an idiot if I were actually talking to anyone!  Ha ha!

I´m going to try that. I´ve been practicing and praying every day to be able to roll my rr's. I like to practice in the streets, but all of my attempts make a weird machine gun type sound. It's funny because my companion gets all embarrassed that I do it outside of the house. She's always like "Hermana!  Not in front of everyone!"  But don't worry, I only practice in streets that aren't crowded or that are empty. Everyone always talks about how I´m super tense, even my tongue is too tense to be able to roll an rr. 

2.  Can your companion make the "z" buzzing sound?  I had a companion from Mexico who could not make that buzzing sound at all.  Maybe that will make you feel a little bit better?

Yeah she can...

3.  Have you taken any pictures in your new area?  We need pictures, Amy!

Ok, Ok!   I´ll have pictures next week because we are going to have a picnic today and I´ll be taking a ton of pictures. I haven't had a lot of time this transfer, and this area isn't as safe as Pigue so I usually don´t take my camera with me everywhere. Are you saving all the pictures? I hope so because I would be sad to lose them all if something happened. 

4.  Tell me something about your area.

It's really big, and the church has been here for over 50 years. There is a huge potato industry here, hahaha.   Everyone works on the potato farms, and it isn't uncommon to just find random potatoes in the streets here. There are also horses everywhere. Any kind of field here has at least one horse. 

5.  Dad wants to know if there is any sort of clothing style there that you don't see much in America?

MC Hammer pants, what look like clown pants, and people have a ton of things with super bright colors and studs. There isn't a lot of clothing variety here so everything is studdy, shiny, and very 80's. Jumpsuits are also a thing here. 

6.  Who feeds you the most in your area?

The familia Magaz. They feed us once a week, and twice every other week. They are a huge family and I still haven't seen all of them at once yet. I have no idea who are daughters and parents, either, but it's fun to eat with them and get to know them. They have met a lot of missionaries and have a lot of returned missionaries in their family, so they are easy to relate to. 

7.  Do the other Hermanas share an apartment with you, or do they just live nearby in a separate apartment?

We share an apartment, which I like since it's more fun and you can do things like decorate their room when they aren't home on P-days and pull fun harmless pranks!

8. What was the best/worst thing you ate?

Someone gave us beans and rice instead of the typical Argentine food. This was Venezuelan beans and rice, and it was super good. It was a lovely change, even though rice still isn't my favorite. The worst thing...we had some raviolis that weren't bad, but when I ate them I felt kinda sick and didn't want to eat more. I don't know why I didn't like them so much. 

9.  What was your biggest accomplishment this week?

We had 5 people at church!!!!! It was crazy!  We committed a ton of people to come, and then Friday and Saturday night we started organizing everything. We called all the investigators, and then called all the members and told them to greet and sit with our investigators, and then on Sunday 5 of the 8 people we had committed came! Only one of them is an investigator that is progressing (Pedro, he accepted a baptism date!), but two of the others are trying to find their answer to know if this church is true. 

Also, we has a super miracle!!! We found this guy 2 weeks ago named Victor, and we taught him the Restoration super fast and left him the pamphlet. When we stopped by again he told us that he read the pamphlet 4 times and so we gave him a libro de mormon (Book of Mormon) to read. We marked the last 2 paragraphs of the introduction. A week later, or last Friday, we passed and he showed us that he read until 3 Nephi!!!!!! (About 2/3 of the book) With tears in his eyes he told us that he wants to change his life, be baptized, and be with his daughter. He prayed to know if the Book was true and told us that he got an answer. We invited him to be baptized and he accepted!!! The thing was that the day before was a bad day, and in my frustration I prayed and asked to see  a miracle, and then the next day we saw that!

10.  How much of your day do you typically spend walking?

The pioneers are pansies compared to how much we walk - hahaha. It really depends on the day, but I would say that a good 60 to 80 percent depending on our lessons. In Pigue it was like 90 percent walking. 

11.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

So there we were, walking on our way to the house of an investigator, and suddenly we spotted two members talking to a lady. They introduced us and the next thing I know there's a bunch of people talking everywhere and the old lady lets us in her house and the members just leave us there and I´m in the house of an old lady. She made us some mate cocido, and gave us some crackers and showed us all of her photos of her family and we invited her to church and shared a little message with her. It was funny because one minute we were walking and the next, before we could process how, we were in someone's house!

I hope you have a great week! I think about you all the time. I had a nightmare the other night where you, mom, said that you didn't want to be our mom anymore and I woke up all sad and lost, trying to figure out what I would do without my mom in my life. Thanks for the updates and everything, I love reading them! Be safe and have a great week, and know that I love you! Keep up the good work! We've had a great week and I have a much bigger testimony on faith now.

Good luck! Love you!
Amy

A red peach

A wild Argentine in his natural habitat (not the thermos of hot water, but the mate in his hand, and the bag of cookies- taken from my bedroom window)






We "decorated" the room of Hermana's Gomez and Long


Monday, February 16, 2015

Oh, Someone Else Will Handle This

1.  Tuesday is Mardi Gras, the day before Lent.  Since you are in a big Catholic area, will there be any Carnival celebrations?

I haven't heard anything about Mardi Gras, But I´ll let you know if there are any problems. Hahaha - there are so many holidays here that I stopped paying attention. 

2.  I have read Hermana Long's blog - is that weird, or what?  Ha ha!  She had a picture of a bird on a nest - looks like a barn swallow to me - and she said that you had given all the birds names.

Yeah, that nest is outside the window in my room. Their names are Solomon, EzekielFreddie, and Ruth. That's super weird that you read her blog, hahaha because I heard that her mom reads my blog. We are connected in the weirdest ways in the mission!

3.  Tell us about your district and/or zone meeting.

It's so different. Our zone has about 20 people in it, and I´m used to about 40 people in my old zone. There are only 8 Hermanas in total. Our zone leaders talked and did a practice that I thought was really good. They extended a baptism date in the practice, but then someone started protesting that they didn't do that with the Spirit. Then everyone started debating on how we need to extend baptism dates, and THEN people started pulling out their scriptures and sharing a bunch of stuff. I asked Hna Antuña if the meetings are always like this. She said no. I was kinda startled. In the end the zone leader had to remind everyone that Presidente Parreño and the prophets are inspired about how we need to extend baptism dates, and that we need to follow their counsel. 

That took all of the time in our zone meeting, so then we went off to district meeting. We had just gotten started when our zone leader came in and asked me and Hna Antuña to go downstairs for emergency divisions with Hna Morgan and Hna Estigarribia. We were already scheduled to do divisions with them that afternoon, so we were prepared. We get down there and it turns out that Hna Morgan was really sick and they needed to buy medicine, so I stayed with Hna Morgan and my comp and the other Hna went off to buy medicine. We ended up not doing divisions with them because of the sickness of Hna Morgan. We did, however, work in their area and find some people for them to teach. 

4.  What are some of the hardest things for you to say in Spanish?  By that I mean what things are hardest for you to pronounce so that people there can clearly understand you?

Anything with "rr". I can´t seem to roll my r's at all. I keep practicing and nothing is working. If anyone has some advice, PLEASE HELP ME. Also, I´ve been pronouncing words with "b" and "v" wrong. Yesterday my comp practiced with me for about an hour with those two letters. B and v are pronounced the same in Spanish, and your lips don't touch when you pronounce them, so that was my problem. 

5.  Have you learned how to cook anything from Hermana Antuña?  If so, what?

Nooooopppppeee, but I´ve learned how to cook a good spaghetti sauce from Hna Gomez. Also, I've learned how to cook a cake in the microwave from Hna Gomez. It's great for when you don't have anything good to eat for breakfast. It's just like a normal cake but in the microwave. 

6.  Last week  you said you had a problem paying your light bill?  What was up with that?

Yeah, so here is what happens in the mission:

Missionaries receive a bill for light or gas or water or something.
Missionaries think, "Oh, someone else will handle this".
All of the missionaries think, "Oh, someone else will handle this".
Nobody does anything.
Debt builds up 
One missionary in the future ends up having to pay months of debt all at one time. 

So, that's what happened to me. Nobody payed the light bill for 5 months, so they were going to cut our lights if we didn't pay the bill that Monday. The problem is that it was SUPER high. The bill and the debt together was 990 pesos. I get 1,000 every month for food and stuff. I used almost all of my money to pay that. Luckily, I always have some in reserve and I had about 200 peso left over to survive in the week. Also, I have 500 pesos on my card still, so I´m good on money for a few weeks, but I need to call our finance elder so he can send me money. 

7.  Tell us about the other two Hermanas in  your apartment.

Hna Long- she's from Texas, but was born in Utah, and she is like a fountain of knowledge. She just knows how to do a ton of things. She does yoga, Tai-chi, surfing, skateboarding, lives in Hawaii, dances, all forms of exercise, and seems to know about a lot of different cultures. She's very friendly and very funny and super outgoing. Her and my companion are homies, and they both have the same amount of time in the mission field. She's funny, too. 

Hna Gomez- Hna Gomez is from Utah, but her parents are from Venezuela  so she doesn't look like a Utahn. She is SUPER funny, and she has exactly the same amount of time in the mission as me. We were in the MTC together for the first 2 weeks, but because she already knew a bunch of Spanish she didn't stay for the 6 weeks like me. She teaches with the Spirit like a boss and really cares about her areas and the people. She also gives really good back massages and cooks really tasty food. 

8.  What was the best thing that happened this week?

Pedro and Mabel, two of our investigators, went to church! They really like it. The problem is that they haven't had any of the lessons yet and they are planning on getting baptized in a different church. But they love our church and want to keep going as much as they can. Pedro said that the peace that he feels here helps him so much, that it's changed his life and that now he can sleep easily at night!

9.  Did you experience a miracle this week?

This week we were really focused on finding people to teach, so we started talking to everyone, but nobody wanted us to pass by later. So we were frustrated because we weren't finding any new people. Then one night our leaders called us and I expressed my frustration. More to myself than to the Elder, I expressed my testimony that I knew that there were people here that need the Gospel and that there are people prepared for us. I felt the Spirit very strongly in this moment, and the next day we managed to find 3 new people to teach. In Ether 12 it talks a lot about faith and how it brings miracles. One thing that I´ve learned in our mission is that we can provoke miracles with our faith, if our miracles are in line with the will of God. If we have faith that we will find people, then we can find them. If we really have a faith strong enough, we can´t NOT find the people. As long as we act with our faith we will have miracles. 

10.  What was the best/worst thing you ate?

An old ham and cheese sandwich. It was pretty gross. The best thing was pastel de papas, which is basically shepherd's pie but without vegetables.

11.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

We went to buy some bread in a bakery, and started talking to the guy who owns it. In the middle of our conversation he says, "Hey, do you two want a tart? I made a cheese, squash, and onion tart but I made too much. It's free, I can just put it in a bag and its yours." We were like, "Yeah, free food!" and so that's how we got a free lunch. It was good, but kinda salty...

Also, we stopped by a less active member's house and she was watching soap operas with her friend. I guess it was the season finale because it was SUPER dramatic. They let us pass and gave us something to drink, then we left without sharing anything. But when we were trying to finish our drinks I saw a part of the soap opera. I was trying to ignore it. I don't know what was funnier, the dramatic crying actors and the ridiculous situations that they were in, or the reactions of two old ladies watching it. There was lots of gasping and stuff coming from the old ladies - haha. It was SUPER dramatic!

I´m very happy in this companionship. Keep it cool and thanks for the email! It's starting to be a little bit cooler here, temperature wise. I love you all sooooo much! I know that God protects y'all. 

Love,
Amy

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Bomb



1.  You said you are finishing the training of your new companion, Hermana Antuna (sorry, can't make the squiggly thing over the "n").  What do you have to do for her training?

Well, we have an extra hour of studies in the morning, and also I take a lions share of responsibility. Literally, just about everything is mine. To help her learn I have to assign stuff for her to do and monitor the way she does stuff. For instance, I ask her what she does for her studies, explain what I do for my studies, and verifiy every night if she has a plan for her studies. Then I make sure that she's doing it. I also just show her how things are done. It's not super hard because she has the desire to work hard and already speaks the language. 

2.  What is Hermana Antuna like?

She's very serious. Like, she doesn't have a bunch of fun, so naturally I´m the crazy, weird fun one in this companionship. She's also very consecrated. Very focused. The problem is that she's new and pretty inexperienced, too. She likes to tell stories and joke around when I provoke it, hahaha. She's a super hard worker and very nice. She thinks a lot and is very willing to serve the Lord. She loves talking to lots of people because she's super eager to learn. She hammers me with questions all day about the work and what we should do in just about every situation imaginable. She can be really hard on herself so I try and help her relax some. Hermana Antuña didn't really connect with her last companion, so to help us have a great relationship I give her tons and tons of hugs. That has made a huge difference. At first it was kinda funny because I´m acting all super huggy, but now she's returning the favor. Last night she told me that after her first companionship she didn't think that her companion could be like her friend.  But then I got here and changed her mind.

3.  How do you find your way around your new area?  Do you have a map?  Is there an area book with lists of people that other missionaries have spoken with?

The streets here are numbers and everything is a grid, so it's easy to find my way around, and we do have an area book. I like to use the area book, and contacts. We talk to people in the streets all day and two days later pass for all the houses we can. Also, my companion already knew a bunch of people and menos activos (less active members), so we always have people to visit. Sometimes the number thing confuses me but she knows her way around really well.  I just kinda follow her when it comes to directions. 

4.  Where do you go for district and zone meetings?  Is it close by or do you have to take a bus?

We have to travel. I think we take a taxi to Mar del Plata for the meetings, but I haven't had a normal meeting since my first week. I´ll update you with more details this next week after I´ve had a normal meeting that isn't my first one. 

5.  I liked your story of the sketchy hospital visit last week and am glad it turned out well.  But I do have a question.  Why are you carrying around money like that?  Isn't it dangerous, and isn't there a danger you could get robbed?

I usually only have about 15 to 50 pesos with me, but because I had to travel for transfers and because I had no idea just how many bus tickets I needed to buy I carried extra for an emergency. And then when the hermana got sick I took the money that I already had with me instead of leaving most of it in the house like I usually do. It is dangerous and there is a chance that we could get robbed, but I trust that the Spirit will help me avoid those kind of situations as long as I´m smart. I usually don't have so much money - hahaha.

6.  In your pictures last week I saw a large, orange tag that you had hooked over your name tag at the bus station.  It said "Pesado", which I see means "heavy."  What was that tag for, and did you need to wear it or were you just keeping it there so you didn't lose it?

It was a tag form the airplane from when I first got to Argentina. It was on my suitcase because it was heavy. It was funny because it's like "Look, I´m heavy - hahaha". I guess it wasn't super funny. An Elder took pictures with it, too 

7.  How is it having a native Argentine for a companion?  I realize your Spanish has certainly improved, but is it a little easier knowing that your companion will absolutely understand everything?

In some ways it's good and in some ways it's bad. It's great because she helps me a ton with Spanish and she understands all the culture stuff.  It's bad because it's easy to slip into a habit of letting her do most of the talking and because people don't try to understand me as much because they understand her perfectly. But its great when I literally have no idea what's going on. She can translate everything. 

8.  Have you seen any protestors this week?  The President of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez, has been in the news in America recently, and they have pictures of people protesting in Buenos Aires.

Nope, but I´m not in a big city. Maybe there's some in Mar del Plata. I hope they aren't crazy protestors. 

9.  What was your biggest challenge this week?

This week I got really bummed out. I was stressed out because of the Arizona thing (but I´m good now) and then I had to keep trying to work super hard. I felt like I wasn't really giving my all. I fixed that with changing the plans that I had been doing. Then sometimes it's hard because my companion talks a lot in lessons, but I need to be leading the conversations because I have more experience and I know how to help these people progress. It's been a challenge to train. I know this wasn't a really good answer to the question. I can explain more in a letter. 

10.  Do you get fed more, less, or about the same in your new area as compared to your last area?

More :)

11.  What was the best/worst thing you ate?

We called it "The Bomb". It was a normal cake, but we soaked it in a mixture of milk, cream, and sweetened condensed milk, covered it in dulce de leche and peaches, and ate it. It was soooo heavy. It was sooo good but so bad for us at the same time. Its called 3 leches torta. It was the best and the worst thing of the week, haha. 

12.  What was the most wonderful thing that happened this week?

We had 4 people at church!!!! That's my new record!!! We really worked hard for that, looking for all the people that could go and who could progress. We worked with some members and they helped us get two people there, and then we visited a couple who we weren't able to pass for earlier in the week and they wanted to go. So we managed to get 4 people at church. One of them is preparing for baptism :)

Also, we helped a couple return to church. They were inactive for 4 years, and we passed and helped them get back to church, and mom, the señora in this couple was so, so happy. She cried in Relief Society, and then again when she took the sacrament. I was so happy to see them be so happy to be at church. 

13.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?



How about my companion has had a nose job! Yeah, I told her I liked her nose, and she told me that it looks so great because she had surgery. I didn't believe her for 2 days, and then she explained the whole process to me and how she was able to get a nose job and now I believe her. But it was funny because she just made it as a kind of off-hand remark and I reacted kinda funny.

Also, I can´t remember if I already told you this one, but we were in an almuerzo (lunch) and the lady put a plate of beans and salad in front of us and went off to prepare more food. When the lady had her back turned my companion got her fork and started doing something with her salad. I thought, "What is she doing, we haven't prayed yet..." and then she scoops up a bunch of salad and puts it on my plate! The lady came back and she stopped, and then left again and my comp kept putting food on my plate. I was like "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?" quietly, of course. She looks at me and says "I don't like salad." We prayed and the lady left the room and Hermana Antuña put all of her salad on my plate, and so I had to eat super, super fast so that the lady didn't notice the change. It was funny!

Thanks for the letter, I really look forward to hearing for you guys all week. I love the pictures and everything. We just found out we have a bunch of problems with paying our light bill, so I have to go now. I love you all so much and I can´t believe I´ve been out here for 10 months now! It feels like I´ve been gone for 2 months. I miss you and love you! Be safe!

Amy



Monday, February 2, 2015

Why is This Guy Talking About Indians When I Asked Him About God?

Me and my "daughter"!

1.  How do you like Balcarce?

Balcarse is cool and it's big.  The people here are very friendly...if you talk to them in the streets. When we knock doors they don´t seem very nice. So we talk to everyone in the streets and find people that way. 

2.  How is Balcarce different from Pigue?

It's poorer. But also bigger. There are a bunch of dirt roads here, and the ward here is huge!!!! There are maybe 130 people who come on Sundays, which is about 100 more than in Pigue and Terrada. 

3.  How do you like your new companion?

My companion is AMAZING. Obviously there is a bunch of stuff that we are still working out, but my philosophy is that I´m just going to be crazy. It's funny to see the contrast between the two of us. When she asks me questions in the streets they´re questions like "How do you know when to drop someone" or "What was the most success that you had with a companion".

When I´m the the streets I´m like ,"That cloud looks like a duck...How do you like cactuses? Whoa! Look at that caterpiller! CHICKENS!!!!...  If you were a color, which one would you be?... If you could marry a prophet, which one would you like to marry?...Do you want to share the gospel with that person over there, or that one over there, or both?" 

I´m like the A.D.D. psycho, and she's the normal, very dedicated missionary. Everyone told me that she's very serious, but I'm trying to draw the humor and fun out of her. I worry abut my companion a lot, mostly because shes my Hija" (daughter). I´ll explain that more later at the end of the email.

4.  Does your companion know of her nickname, Hermana Aceitunas?  Sister Olives?

She sure does. And guess what, I spelled her name wrong the last email. Its Antuña. Ahn-toon-neeah. She says it doesn't bother her - hahaha, and she thinks it's funny. People struggle with her name, too. She plays the piano super good, and is very firm in the faith, my hija. 

5.  Have you seen any American chain restaurants in your new area?

In my new area? No. In Bahía there is a McDonalds, a Big Six, a Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Subway. Thats all I've seen.  The people here don't really branch out on their food. 

6.  Tell us about someone you are teaching in your new area.

There's this guy named Cristian. He is a year younger than me, and he's kinda interesting. He likes to go out and drink and stuff with his friends, but I can tell that he isn't really satisfied with that kind of life. When we teach him he has real questions and I can tell that he really worries about his salvation. We want to help him make some friends in the ward here, since it's his friends that do bad things that are keeping him from enjoying the blessings of the gospel. I can tell he's hesitant to leave his life of partying, even if it's for something better. 

7.  Are you in a ward or a branch?

Ward.

8.  When I looked up Balcarce online, it seemed that the big attraction there is a former Formula One driver named Juan Manuel Fangio.  I asked Dad if he had ever heard of him and he said yes, he is very well respected and known by Formula One fans.  Have you heard anything about this since you have been there?  You should see if you can visit the museum and take some pictures for Dad, if you can.  Maybe it's not in your area or too expensive.

Nope, I haven't heard anything at all, but this has been kind of a weird week so maybe when I settle down I'll hear some more. I´ll give the museum a shot. 

9.  What was the best/worst thing you ate this week?

Milanesas! With french fries!! It was sooo good and exactly what I wanted to eat. the worst was this weird spaghetti-beef-rice-chili thing that filled me up and everything but wasn't my favorite thing to eat. It was kinda gross. I´m learning how to eat gross things here in the mission without complaint. 

10.  What has been your biggest adjustment with this transfer?

don't know the area. It's tough because I´m supposed to be the the leader here. My companion is in training so most of the responsibility is on me, but I have no idea where we are most of the time, so I spearhead the things we will do and manage how we use our time. It's just hard to adjust to a place where everything is different than where I was before. Plus, no one here asks for numbers, mom, so that's been weird too. I´m not very stressed at all. 

11.  What was the funniest thing that happened this week?

Yesterday was kind of a dead day. After church we started out and I had no energy and hardly any desire to work. I noticed that I was feeling this way, and I decided that I needed to contact some people to help myself get some energy. Usually when I contact the thought I have is "Great, I have to talk to this person", but I decided to change the thought to "I´m going to share the gospel with that guy" and it made all the difference. So I started talking to EVERYONE. 

We went up to this one guy sitting outside named Juan. So I ask if he wants a pamphlet and he says no, so I was thinking  "He says no, but he has no idea just how pretty the pictures of Jesus are in these pamphlets. I just need to show him a picture of Christ and that will win him over." So I pulled out a pamphlet and opened it to the best picture of Christ and said, "Look at this, it's Jesus Christ, do you want this pamphlet?" And he said no again, and told us that he doesn't like to read. At this point my companion is looking at me like I´m crazy, so she offers him a card and we leave him alone, but Hna Olives laughed soo soooo hard about this contact. 

Then later I asked a guy if he believed in God but he thought I said "Do you have Indian ancestry?" and so he starts talking about his heritage and how he's not Indian and I was just like "Why is this guy talking about Indians when I asked him about God?"  Hna Antuña just laughed super hard because she understands about 90 percent of everything I say and understood that I said it wrong and that he understood wrong. 

I had a kind of adventure last Monday. Just as we were fixing to leave one, of the Hnas in Pompeya (where we were staying) got really sick. She needed to go to the hospital. So she and her companion, Hna Morgan, asked us to come with them to the hospital. I was hesitant, but we went and arrived at the most ghetto, sketchy, dangerous-looking hospital ever. There were sick people lying everywhere, it smelled like disease, and there was broken glass, slime, dirt, and wounded animals everywhere. Me and my companion registered the sick Hermana and waited for her to get called. While we were waiting, Hna Antuña overheard that they were just now accepting people who got there at 2 in the afternoon, and it was 7 in the evening. So, we decided to go to another hospital, one that wasn't free. Luckily, we arrived at the new hospital and it was WAY less ghetto. Since I'm overly prepared for everything, we were able to pay the fee and the sick Hermana was given care instantly. I had the money that you guys gave me for Christmas with me for an emergency. I´m glad the Spirit told me to bring a bunch of money with me on the trip. 

Anyways, while we were in the nice hospital, I was talking to Hna Morgan about her mission since we hadn't seen each other since the MTC. She told me that while we were in the sketchy hospital she felt really comforted that I was there. That ghetto hospital is in a very, very dangerous area and she was nervous that something would happen, but she remembered that I have a "danger sense" and she told me that she knew if we were in danger I would sense it and act on the promptings that I felt.

Hearing that from Hna Morgan really made me reflect on how important it is that we remain worthy of the companionship of the Spirit. Not just because it can help us, but sometimes other people will depend on that guide and if we don't have it we not only fail that trust that they have in us but we can be in very dangerous situations without noticing. What would have happened if I was a disobedient missionary and we went there and were in a dangerous situation? What would have happened if someone robbed us or tried to cause harm, and we weren't able to avoid it because I wasn't worthy? It's so important that we keep the commandments and strive to have the Spirit with us. 

I love you all so much.  Be safe and have a great week.  Thanks for the letters!  I´ll respond to all of them later! I know that this church is true! 

Love,
Amy

The Walk of Christ in Pigue

Me and Hermana Greene

The other Hermanas in Pigue





A weird flower

On the bus

Transfer day!



My bed