Monday, March 30, 2015

Promising a Blessing

I made this empanada!


1.  So this week Alyssa comes home from her mission in Honduras!  What do you think about that?

Wow, I think that's crazy, because I feel like she left so long ago. It also makes me reflect on how much time I have left and that puts me in a state of nervous tension and panic hahaha. Ok, it's not that bad, but next week I'll have a year in the mission and it's weird to think about just how little time left I actually have...

2.  You are scared of horses?  Do you ever get to pet them or feed them a carrot or something?

Nope, I avoid them. It's not like I have a phobia of horses or anything, but mom, those things are HUGE and muscley and one kick can kill me! So I avoid the wandering horses in the streets here so that I don't get kicked. A lot of people here love horses and ride them all over the place. 

3.  I sent you a package that had Dove Chocolates in it.  What was the condition of the chocolate when it arrived?  I wasn't sure if it would melt into one big lump or something like that.

It is perfect and very normal. Very good condition and all the hermanas in the house are happy to try some normal chocolate from the States, hahaha

4.  Tell us about a time you taught with the Spirit this week.

We were teaching our investigator about going to church. He wants to be baptized and everything, but has a lot of fear of going to church. It is because he's never been before. So we taught him about the church and the importance of going every Sunday, and I got ready to promise him a blessing. I thought of the blessing in my mind, and then felt a kind of swelling, hot feeling in my chest and promised him the blessing. It's interesting because to promise is one of the things we have the authority to do, and if we do it with the Spirit, God will back up our promise if the investigator does his or her part. I thought it was cool to be able to feel the Spirit so strongly and personally before promising something like that :)

5.  Have you been doing anything to get ready for General Conference next week?

We've been inviting EVERYONE and their grandmas hahaha. The ward is making fliers this week and we've been sharing spiritual thoughts about conference, prophets, and about the wonderful things we're going to learn and how awesome it is that conference is during Easter this week :). I'm super excited, and I'll be watching the whole thing in Spanish so we´ll see how that goes. 

6.  What do Argentines do to celebrate Easter?

They eat chocolate eggs. The eggs are made of chocolate, but they're hollow and are filled with little candies and stuff. They decorate the outside with frosting. Hna Antuña says that's about it. 

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

Our investigator who has never been to church came to church on Sunday! He only came for the first hour, but he came and that was something. He really, really wants to be baptized, so we're working with him. He has a date for baptism and everything but I don't know how prepared he is. I think he can make it to his date, but I want him to go to a full church service first...

8.  Do you ever use umbrellas there when it is raining?  If so, does the wind turn them inside out?

Yeah, always when it rains we have an umbrella, and yeah, the wind always turns it inside out - haha. Mine is aready broken from so much wind damage, but it's still usable so I'm good. 

9.  We have been watching some of the March Madness college basketball playoffs.  Do you ever see anyone playing basketball there?

Nope, everyone just plays soccer. Everyone. I think it's because it's the easiest sport to play when you don't have a lot. All you need is a ball and an open space and something to mark goals. I hear that some people play basketball but I've never seen it. 

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

I´m going to change this question to the best thing I ate and the grossest thing I saw this week. The best thing I ate was.... homemade milanesas. It was super, super good. 

The grossest thing I saw, well, visitamos (oops, I started writing in Spanish. Visitamos means "we visited")  an old lady, and her husband has been sick, so we asked how he was and she called him into the room. He sat down and told us that his problem is that something is cutting off the circulation in his leg, and he showed us his leg. The whole thing is swollen and black and very, very gross. There was some kind of liquid on one side. He showed us his other leg in comparison, which looked like a normal healthy leg. He says he can't feel his bad leg at all. We asked how to fix his leg and he said that he has to walk a lot, but he doesn't like walking so he doesn't do it. That made me sad. 

Then two nights later I was sleeping and my arm fell asleep while I was sleeping. I woke up and couldn't feel my arm and kinda freaked out because I was scared I would end up like that man... ewww...

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

So Hna Gomez is afraid of the sister training leaders. She spent the night with them at the beginning of the transfer and told me that they're psychos. So this whole transfer, at every meeting shes like "Oh no... it's THEM!!" and acts all afraid. I think it's funny, so I always ask her what's her problem. Hermana Gomez says "They always hit me! But they do it when you're not looking! They are out to get me!!" 

So last district meeting we were in the bathroom, me and my comp, and Hna Gomez was with us. As we left the bathroom one of the sister training leaders walked in and I smiled at Hna Gomez and left. Then we heard "NO!! NOOOOO!! AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH" 

Later we asked Hna Gomez what happened and she was like, "She's crazy!!! She forced me to stay there and turned out the lights and was doing crazy laughs and stuff." 

It's all a big joke, of course. Obviously the sister leaders aren't crazy and don't do anything bad to Hna Gomez, but its funny how they act around each other and how they joke around. 

I´m excited to read the Eubanks' saga. Where should I send my letters? I haven't sent them yet because it will take a while to get to you and I don't know how long you'll be in each house and address. So, what address should I put on my letters? hahaha.

Thanks for the advice. I feel a lot better about it now. I had some more questions for Heavenly Father this week and so I prayed to know how I can find answers and strengthen my testimony even more and the answer I received was to read the Doctrine & Covenants. So I'm reading D&C now in my spare time. It's super cool, I don't know why I didn't study this before...

Thanks for the letters, I'm doing really great here and I can't believe how fast  this week went by. Hna Antuña and I are working hard here and stuff.

Oh, and I forgot, I had to call president this week! We had an investigator who went to church and everything and wanted to be baptized, but every time we were near them we had a really bad feeling. I wrote Presidente about the situation last Monday and the the assistants called me and told me that Presidente wanted me to call him. So I did and he told me not to visit that investigator. Later we found out a bit more from the members here that this person had some mental problems and even though they aren't a bad person, it was best that we not be around them. I was super happy that God helped us avoid that situation :)

I love you so much! Have a great week, and I hope you like conference! Keep strong in the faith, I'm always praying for yáll! Love you!!!!

Amy















Monday, March 23, 2015

Fun with Jelly Belly's



1.  I read that St. Patrick's Day is celebrated worldwide.  Did they celebrate it in Argentina?

If they did, I didn't notice. It was Tuesday, so I was in district and zone meetings in the morning and thought "Why is everyone wearing green? I'm wearing black and red. Was there some kind of memo that I didn't get?"

2.  What have you been studying this week in  your personal studies?

The plan of salvation. This is the perfect plan of God. I've been focusing a lot on the fall of Adam, and the Atonement of Christ and how perfectly constructed this plan is. Our life on the earth is very important, and it's very, very important that we live the commandments and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and repent and be baptized by someone with the authority to do so, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. One day we will be in front of God for our judgement day, and judgement day is a very, very real thing that will happen. We will never be perfect, but we need to have faith in Christ and do all that we can and beg His forgiveness for our imperfections so that we can return to God's presence. 

3.  Have you been able to do any acts of service for anyone this week?

I helped someone set up a table, and I left some little notes for my companion (I'm so cute, hahaha) since she was feeling a little down about our week and some of our investigators. 

4.  Do you ever go on exchanges with members where you and your companion split up and each go with a different member?

Sometimes when we have a lot of investigators who are coming to church. One of us leaves with a member who has a car and the other stays with the other Hnas or with a member in the church to greet the investigators and members that arrive by themselves. 

5.  What is your zone leader like?

Leaders, there are two. One is Elder Rascon, who was my district leader when I was companions with Hna De Leon (if shes reading this, Happy birthday, yeah I know I´m super late but I don't have your email....oh, and how's the normal life?) . He's from Utah, and the other is Elder Ratliff, who is a convert to the church from the USA. They are both really cool. Elder Rascon knows the scriptures and the doctrine really, really well, and always has a scripture for everything. He backs up everything he teaches us with the scriptures. Elder Ratliff has a testimony and dedication to his calling like I've never seen. He loves the gospel and being a missionary and does all he can to respect and help his leader. They're both super great. 

6.  Do you see horse and buggies in the city there?  I saw some pictures from another mission in Argentina and they had a picture of a horse and buggy in the city.

Yeah they're all over the place. Sometimes we see horses just roaming around in the streets that have escaped from their fenced in fields or the post that they were tied to broke. There are tons of people who have horses here. Since I'm kinda scared of horses I avoid walking near them or on the streets where they're just roaming around. 

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

I got your package :) 

Also I had a crazy good lesson with an investigator. We have been working with her for a while now, and we went to her house this week and she basically told us that she doesn't want to do things like stop drinking coffee, or go to church in a skirt, and that she isn't looking to join a church. So we gave the coolest lesson. We walked in with one plan, and then we just changed the whole game and taught with the Spirit. We talked about our purpose as a missionary, about how the gospel of Jesus Christ saves us, and how keeping little commandments like not drinking coffee is worth it in comparison with Eternal Life. I can't actually remember what it was that I said, but after the lesson I felt that I had really been an instrument in the Lord's hand during that lesson. In the end she agreed that she isn't ready for baptism, but that she needs to try living the commandments before she stops listening to us. 

8.  What is the greatest challenge of the week?

We just had a rough week. We spent a lot of time looking for new people and hardly found anyone, and a lot of the people that we had appointments with weren't home or didn't want to talk. And it rained. And it was cold. So yeah, the hardest thing was just staying positive for myself and my companion. 

9.  You said you dance around every morning to exercise and wake up.  Do you have music to listen to while you dance?

Sometimes, but usually no. I just kinda get down - hahaha. I dance to the rhythm of my own drum (Henry Thoreau) haha.

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

We had some really, really good steak with potatoes and a salad. It was super yummy. 

The worst was probably canalones. I like canalones, but we bought these at a store and it was WAY too much food. Canalones are crepes with spinach and vegetables and stuff inside instead of cream and sugary stuff. You eat them with spaghetti sauce and usually meatballs. They were kinda gross this week...

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

We were contacting, and a group of school girls found out that I was from the US and started taking pictures of me and with me. It was weird. 

Also, I introduced my companion to Jelly Belly jelly beans, since there were some in the package you sent to me. Hahaha, she didn't know what they were and so her reactions were funny. They went like this:

"Wow! Do they have chocolate in the middle?"  "This one tastes like cream...and this one like fruit."  "Hermana Eubanks, these are so weird. One tastes like apples and then another tastes like a dessert!"  "EW GROSSS!!! that one was so gross! some of these are really really gross!!" "ahhhaaaahhhhh!!!! spicy!! spicy!!! ahhhh!! noooo!!!!" 

Also, here are some funny conversations I had this week:

me (singing): Who put the bop in the bop shoe dop boo dop..."
Comp: Hermana, don't sing worldly music!
me: This isn't worldly music! I'm pretty sure that I sang this in girls camp... 
Comp: It's worldly music.
Me: Oh yeah? Do you want me to sing another worldly song? I know a better one.
Comp: No! No!!!
Me: Here it goes!
Comp: No!!!
Me: HAAAAPPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!
Comp: Noooooooo!!!!

And: 

Comp: Hermana Eubanks, your love for the people is bigger than Helaman 5:12 (because its a super long verse).

I love you so much! I'll have to wear waterproof makeup, too when I come home... and when we skype and stuff in May. I hope you've had a great week and I look forward to reading the emails from you and everyone else! Give everyone a hug for me and be safe!

I love you!
Amy

Monday, March 16, 2015

The Devious Puppy

We had a baptism!


1.  Who is the new Hermana in your apartment and what is she like?

Hermana Leavitt. She's from Utah, and she's a super good artist and a super funny person. She's really good for all of us on stopping the tension. She has a transfer and a half on the mission. She is 21 years old, already spoke Spanish before her mission, and she, like everyone else in this house but me, has Latina in her blood. Her mom is from Argentina. I'm the only gringa who is a gringa in this house - haha!

2.  How are your investigators doing?

Well, we dropped two of our investigators....BECAUSE THEY GOT BAPTIZED!!!! So they are no longer investigators. Pedro and Mabel, a senior couple of 65+ years were baptized and confirmed this weekend. We found them our first week together here in Balcarce and now they are members. They read the scriptures a ton and are super eager to have callings and serve in the church. The day of the baptism Mabel came to church to clean with the members, and when we visited them in the week Pedro was outside reading the Book of Mormon :)

We have another person we are teaching who is our next progressing investigator. She understands and feels the Spirit very well, the only problem is that she smokes. A lot. She has a baptism date on the 28th of this month, but we need to help her stop smoking before this day. So we're trying to help her reach the goal, but we are also being very careful that she really does overcome this addiction and understands the commitment of baptism. 

3.  Tell me about something you learned at your district or zone meeting.

They talked about using all of our tools. If we aren't having success, it's because we aren't using everything that we have. We need to be using the scriptures, the Spirit, the members, our testimonies, the supplies that the mission gives us, the area book, and predicad mi evangelio (preach my gospel, or PME) and everything else we have to help our investigators reach eternal life. That struck me a lot.  If we use everything, including all of our heart, might, mind, and strength, we'll be able to help them find the witness of the Spirit that they need to accept our message. We need to bring the Spirit to them and let them decide to accept it or not. 

4.  Who is a member in the ward there who has been especially helpful to you missionaries?

The familia Hormaechea. They are really into the work of salvation. They go with us on appointments, share the gospel with everyone they know, and really invite people to listen. They have helped the work out a lot and are very reliable. 

5.  Do you have any plans for p-day today?

Ummm.... not really. Eat yummy food, mostly. We actually cut our p-day a little short so we can go visit Cristina. She lives really far away (45 minutes walking) and we have an appointment at night, so our plan is to relax, cook cinnamon rolls, read and write and chill, and then leave at 5 to visit Cristina. 

6.  Is the training for Hermana Antuña finished now?

Yup, thank goodness. We have more time to work. Training can be a little tedious. Of course, there's still a lot to teach her but officially she's not in training. We don't have the extra study time, either. 

7.  Do you ever get asked to give talks at church?

Yeah, I've given 3 talks so far on my mission. I usually end up talking too long and they have to give me the little paper that says "time's up."

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

The baptism and confirmation of Pedro and Mabel. I don't even watch the baptisms anymore, I just stand by the door in the bathroom to help them get out of the water and pray that everything goes smoothly. The last baptism that I actually saw was the baptism of Nestor and Julieta. But even though I can't see it I can still feel the Spirit so strongly in the services. We really are doing the work of God. This really is the true Church of Jesus Christ, and these are saving ordinances that are necessary to return to God's presence. 

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

The best thing was a dessert that the family of the bishop gave us. It was flan, whipped cream, chocolate, dulce de leche, and vanilla wafer things all put together to make a kind of pudding dish. It was suuuuuper good. 

The worst thing was a pizza that someone gave us. It was slimy and old and gross. 

10.  Do you still exercise every morning?  If so, what do you do?

Yup, I do some squats, some push-ups, and some sit ups, and some hard core dancing (to wake me up) and some intense stretches, and some muscle ripping arm exercises (arm circles). It's an intense workout, mom. I make the insanity workout look sane. 

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

So, there was this puppy. We went up to a house of someone that we contacted and they had a puppy on a chain. The puppy was super friendly, and wanted to play, smell, and lick our feet with the most energy possible. Hermana Antuña didn't seem to think it was too cute, but I was like "Aww!! A puppy!" and started petting it. Before I knew it the devious puppy had managed to trap me by wrapping it's chain around my legs, keeping me from walking away, while it tried to play with my skirt. I had to take off my shoes to get out of the chain, and then it just tried to wrap itself around me again, so I had to grab the chain and hold the puppy back and escape. This happened twice - hahaha

I love you all so much! Happy Birthday, Evan. Have a wonderful week and thanks for the letter.  Love you!!

Amy

Hermana Antuña

Mabel, Me, Hermana Antuña, and Pedro

Hermana Antuña and me

My desk



Monday, March 9, 2015

I'm Just 20

Hermana Antuña is cooking!


1.  Dad wants to know if you have heard anything about the car racing museum there.  

I have, and I've seen it, but nobody wants to go there with me and I don't think its open on Mondays....

2.  How is the prank/service "war" going with the other Hermanas?


Yeah, we´re totally winning. Transfers were yesterday and me and my comp are staying together (yay!) for another transfer. Hna Gomez went to look for her new companion and won't return until Tuesday, so we are going to do something or decorate something today while they´re gone muwahahaha

3.  Now that it is beginning to turn into Fall in Argentina, have you noticed any changes in the weather?  Like more storms, or more/less wind, etc.

There's lots of wind, and the leaves are kinda changing, and yeah, there's rain just about every week. It's cold in the mornings and hot during the day...

4.  Do you ever see seagulls there?


Nope

5.  How far away is the ocean?

I´m not sure.  I think it is about an hour drive from here. I can't really see any evidence here of the ocean, but I know that it is close. 

6.  Since you have Hermana Antuña with you, have you found out what the school system is like there for kids?  Do they have public school like we have in the U.S.?  Do they go for 12 years like we do?

Yeah, I've asked her a lot about that since it confuses me - haha. It's 13 years of school. You have Primary school here, which is like elementary in the States, and secondary school, which is like high school. Here if you fail at any point you have to take an exam, I think, and then if you fail the exam you have to retake the whole year in that subject. School only lasts from 7 to 11 in the morning, its waaay shorter than in the States. They are on a block schedule, so every day they have different classes than the day before.

7.  Why was there an old car at the playground that you went to?  It looked colorful so I didn't think it was just an old car that someone had left there, ha ha! 


It was a decoration. You can sit inside even though it's just a metal bottom and dirt. There are a ton of car statues and car things here because of that Formula 1 racer who is from Balcarce. There are pictures of him and advertisements for the museum everywhere, too!

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

They´re called arrepes. Its a Venezuelan food, and it's like an English muffin made out of corn flour (or in this case, polenta) and you cut it open and put on cheese and meat and eat it like a sandwich. It was super yummy. Yesterday our investigators Pedro and Mabel made us some steak and potatoes that was super yummy, too! The worst thing? Well, it wasn't bad, but it was way too much. Someone gave us oatmeal, but instead of eating it like oatmeal they blend it in the blender with milk and cinnamon and you drink it. The problem is that they gave us a huge plate of chicken and noodles and then the oatmeal to drink instead of water or something. I felt like I was going to explode. One cup of that stuff was basically a meal, and they gave us all that food and two cups of the oatmeal. It was really yummy, but too much - haha!

9.  What is your favorite kind of juice to drink?

Well, everything here is from the brand "Tang", usually, but I like mango-orange, and pear. Those are the two best :) As for juice that is actually real and not like Kool-aid, I like peach juice.

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

PEDRO AND MABEL ARE GETTING BAPTIZED THIS SATURDAY!! WOOOOOOO HOOOOOO!  Mabel stopped smoking and agreed to be baptized.  Both of them have stopped drinking, too, and they love going to church and learning what we teach them. Mabel made a comment in Relief Society yesterday and said something along the lines of  "I realize that I was on the wrong path before, but now the chicas have been teaching me and helping me and we are learning and changing for the better". Both of them are almost 70 years old. I have a special talent of finding people who are older than 60 on the mission, hahaha.

11.  Now that you have been out for almost one year, are there any things that either you or I thought you might really need on the mission that you haven't really used at all?  (It's OK, you won't hurt my feelings - ha ha!)

Nothing comes to mind, really, I use the most part of the things that I have. I have too many clothes, hahaha but that came from time and I use all my clothes, too, so I don't think that was a bad thing. 

12.  What was the toughest thing you had to go through this week?

I´m so introverted, mom. I thought to myself, "Maybe one day talking to people won't wear me out, maybe I'lll get used to it on the mission, maybe I´ll change."  WRONG. I can't seem to get used to talking to people. Every time we visit someone I have to mentally prepare myself, and every contact, conversation, and lesson makes me tired. Of course, I can handle it and I really do love sharing the Gospel, but it's tough sometimes when I want to just not say anything. Also, we had a ton of lessons the other day and I got stressed out about calling members to come with us and about how we were going to make it to all these lessons. When I get stressed out my first response is to just not do anything, but I pushed through it and everything turned out good, but the stress was tough for a moment. 

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


So we had a "party". We each bought 6 facturas (kinda like Argentine doughnuts) and went to the church and watched the movie 17 Miracles and ate the facturas. It was yummy! And that was a great movie, probably one of the best movies by the church that I've seen. Also, that movie called me to repentance. Remember the other week when you asked about how much I walk every day and I said that we make the pioneers look like wimps or something like that? Yeah. I take it back. I'm sorry world for saying that. I was dumb. We might walk a lot but at least we don't starve and die like they did. I've been called to repentance - haha. 

Oh, and I had a funny conversation yesterday with an old man and his friend. We contacted him the day before and then saw him the next day (this guy has great-grand children).

Man: Chicas! There you are again!
Us: Oh hey, how are you?
Man (to his friend, pointing at my comp): I like this one more that the other. (To me) I hope you're not offended.
Me: What? It's fine if you like her, I´m not mad, you can have opinions.
Man: Its just that she's younger and you're way older, like 20 something years old.
Me: What? No, we're almost the same age.
Man:  No, she's like 16 years old and you're 20 something.
Me. No, I´m just 20.
Man: How many?
Me: 20
Man: 20? 
Me: 20
man: 20? 
Other man:  Twenty and what?
Me:  Just twenty!
Man: 20
Me:  20!!!!
Man: Oh, well, still she's a lot younger.
Me: She's 19. We were born in the same year.
Man:  Ah whatever, but still you two probably have boyfriends...

Aaaand we cut the conversation there. He was kind of a creep but looking back it was a funny conversation to me. 

14.  Have you had any luck with rolling your "rr's"?


Nope. 

So, that's all. I hope everything is going good.  Travel safely and I´m praying for y'all. I hope everything goes smoothly, I know that the Lord will help you find a job. Try and go to the temple :) 

This morning I studied the Resurrection of Christ and I was really happy to feel that He really does live. People can try to disprove it and everything but it really happened. If He can rise from the dead He can help us find a new job if it's His will. 

I love you so much! Thanks for writing me so faithfully! Byyyyeee!!!
Be safe!

Amy

Making "The Bomb" Cake


Hermana Gomez likes "The Bomb"


Facturas!

A note I wrote in Spanish to Hermana Gomez to get the rent money.  "Hey, where do we live now?  What address should I send your letters to?"



Monday, March 2, 2015

I Couldn't Figure Out Why Everyone Had to Run and Scream

Me, Hna. Antuña and  Hna. Long


1.  How was your p-day picnic last week?  Was it your whole zone?

It was fun, haha. It was just the four of us who live here in Balcarce. We went to a park and ate some kinda gross sandwiches. I really miss normal lunch meat, by the way. Then we played on a playground which was great until I fell off a teeter-totter. Hahaha - Yeah, who does that? Who falls off of teeter-totters? I bruised my butt and my leg, but I was fine the next day. We all had a good laugh. 

Then we went to the cemetery here. It was like a city!!! I discovered that the ground of the cemetery there is actually the roof of all the catacombs. There are huge caves filled with graves. I didn't go in the catacombs, I just walked around like a normal person. I didn't want to be disrespectful so I just observed and didn't make any comics or act like a tourist. I think that's the last time I´m visiting a cemetery here in Argentina. 

2.  Can you take some pictures of the outdoors?  Christine wants to see more of what Argentina looks like.

Yeah, but it's kinda hard to do. I did my best - haha!

3.  How did Hermanas Gomez and Long react to their room "decorating" that you sent us pictures of last week?

"OH NO. OOOOOH NO. YOU´RE GONNA GET IT! IT'S WAR! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??? TOLET PAPER IS EXPENSIVE!!!!!! YOU BETTER USE THAT! IT'S OOOOOOOONNNNNN YOU´RE GOING DOWN!!! WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING THINGS LIKE THIS?????" 

Yeah, we've been on a service streak with them. We buy them stuff and leave notes and it's driving them crazy because they don´t understand our motives - muwahahaha.

4.  Have the other Hermanas pulled any pranks on you and Hermana Antuña?

Noooope.

5.  Tell us about the best teaching moment you had this week.

We had a great lesson with our investigator Cristina last Saturday. We stopped by her house and she wasn't there, so we started walking back to our apartment to eat lunch and found her on the way. So we went to her house and taught the plan of salvation. We just did everything like we were supposed to. We focused on her and applying the lesson to her, and then we shared lots of scriptures to help her understand and see that our doctrine is valid, and we testified of the teachings of each other and of our message. In the end she prayed and accepted a baptism date. 

6.  Have you noticed the days getting shorter?  I have noticed they are getting longer here.

Oh yeah, and it's super annoying because people don´t want to talk as much when its dark, and we have to avoid the sketchy areas a lot sooner...

7.  I sent you a picture and the short bio about your new mission president, Presidente Cifuentes.  Did you already get that information in the mission?

Nope. The only people who know things about the new Pres. are the people whose parents have been telling them stuff, hahaha. I´m probably one of the most up to date missionaries here.

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

Best thing:  pastel de papas. I think I already described that, and it was super yummy and I had a craving for it so everything was super great! The worst thing...hmm...worst thing? I can´t really think of anything. Everything was pretty normal, hahaha. People gave us some good food!

9.  Tell us about a spiritual thought you shared this week.

We've been trying out an experiment to get more references from members and include more members in the work. What we've been doing is sharing a scripture according to their needs, then talking about the scripture and trying to apply it to missionary work.  Then we ask 5 things: 

1. Their work hours so we can know when to call them 
2. If they have anyone who they want us to pray for (we write the names and pray for them)  
3. If they can pray for our investigators (we give them a list of names) 
4. If they have any friends that we can visit and teach 
5. Is there anything we can help them with (always - haha). 

This has given us a lot of good results. People are more likely to give us names to pray for, and most of the time they give us the address, too. While praying for our investigators they start wondering who they are, so when we bring the investigator to church they are more willing to help them and get to know them. 

10.  What was the biggest challenge of the week?

It's been a challenge to keep everything organized. We have 2 people preparing for baptism and 2 more investigators that are really starting to get going. So we have to focus on the people progressing for baptism, and then teach the others so that they can progress, and then find more people to teach, and help the less actives reactivate, and then do all the stuff that the ward wants us to do, and then contact and before we know it the week is over before we can do everything that we wanted! I´m seeing a lot of success out here, mom. I´m being blessed a lot. Heavenly Father really is touching the hearts of these people and changing them. 

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

Well, falling off the teeter-totter was funny, and also this week we got caught in a storm. One minute we were teaching someone, and then the next everything is dark and there's lightning and wind and dirt in the air and people running and it looked like the end of the world. Personally, I thought it wasn't that bad. I couldn't figure out why everyone had to run and scream, but whatever, I guess it's something they do here. Then it started raining but we made it to shelter before we got soaked.

Hahaha that's lame that Emily and Jojo aren't writing much! Tell them to get a move on! All that stuff with writing chicos or chicas and boyfriends fades after a few months. In the end everyone only wants to write their family. 

I look forward to the package! I got a ton of letters this week. A card from Sister Peacock, a birthday card from you, three letters, and I've gotten letters form the O's, Sister Blunk and Relief Society. 

Hna De Leon, if you´re reading this, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

OK, thanks so much for everything, mom. Be safe and I hope it stops snowing so that you can go to church, Thanks for the updates and have a wonderful week!  I love you!

Amy :)