Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Week 41: Scripture Hunt, Flooded Apartment, Upcoming Transfer

Next week is transfers and I should leave Cañuelas! I am so ready to leave to a ward where there aren't so many problems and where finding new investigators may be easier. It is so hard to find new people here and the people we have don't progress very much. We started teaching a new less active family this week and they are so great but they don't feel like they have friends or support. The branch here isn't very unified or very big and it is true that is is hard to feel a part of something. When the branch isn't very welcoming or very organized it is hard for investigators or less actives to progress and stay firm. It is sad because this will be my last week with Hermana Dias. She goes home on June 12 so we might not cross paths again! I will find out on Saturday where I will go and who will be my new companion!

Mom, the Relief Society activity sounded really great and the music night with the missionaries too! That is so great that Beth could go to both and feel the Spirit too.  We organized another activity this week with the goal that the members and investigators can have cool experiences in the church. The activity had the theme "Busqueda del Tesoro" (treasure hunt) where different scripture hints would lead to other hints hidden throughout the church and eventually lead to two different treasures- a bag of candy and more importantly the scriptures. My comp made an awesome treasure chest from cardboard. It was sad because none of our investigators or less actives that we invited came.  But a few of the elder´s investigators came and three member families. Those that participated enjoyed it!

Finding the "Tesoro" at Our Activity

The weather is starting to get cooler here too. Good luck in the snow! All three of my companions and a lot of other missionaries who live in South America have never seen snow! Somebody said that 7 years ago it snowed a little bit here in Cañuelas for the first time in a long time. Even though it can be annoying, I am so grateful for my memories of playing in the snow! It would be so sad to never have those experiences!

Highlights for this week are that we found a new investigator named Mirian! She has an incredible amount of faith and is so humble and accepting of the gospel. She was so excited about baptism and has a date for April 8. She has to work on Sundays so that is a problem. We´ll see how it goes with her!

On Friday we had interviews with President Calquin and it was so great as always. He always knows exactly what to say to help me. He is doing a great job as mission president. His youngest son is leaving for his mission to Lima, Peru this next week. It is interesting that he will be in the same place as you guys- a parent of a missionary. He already had other sons that served missions but still. 

Look above the church sign and  you can see that someone threw a rock through our window this week😟

Lets see. On Wednesday night we had a huge wind and rainstorm in the middle of the night that woke us up. The doors here in Argentina have the a crack at the bottom of the door so we have to be really careful not to leave food out because ants will crawl in through the crack. We found out that it is also a problem when it rains because water comes in! It rained so much that water was just flowing in. Our living room and kitchen was flooded with a good inch or two of water. Luckily we woke up and moved our mattresses from the floor. And the floors here are all tile so is wasn't too bad to clean up. We needed to mop the floor anyway!

Other than that, I still loved reading the scriptures. Since November I have been doing my studies in Spanish. This week I was especially grateful for this opportunity to learn another language. I read through Alma 42 this week and I loved it so much. The book of Alma is amazing! The scriptures have different meanings or stresses on different words in Spanish and it gives a new perspective on the verses. I am finding that the lyrics of the hymns in Spanish are much prettier than English and have more meaning in Spanish too! I am out of time but I love you guys! I am praying for you too!

The Train that Takes us From Cañuelas to the rest of the World

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