Hola mi familia y mis amigos!
This has been a long and stressful week, but it ended on a very good note! Unfortunately I don’t have a lot of time to write again, we had choir practice in Posadas and our P-day is just about over.
December 9th was my birthday, and it was an all right day. We spent most of it contacting, but at the end of the night we went out for ice cream 🙂
On Saturday, December 10th, it was Hermana Barraza’s birthday! The day started out pretty normal until lunch time. We were just expecting a regular meal with the members, but they threw us a birthday party instead! Hermana Bertadyn gave us both cute little bracelets. They even ended up having the elders come over to celebrate with us. It was really fun and really helped lift my spirits! I love the members here in Oberá, they are so good to us! I honestly love all the people here, I’ve yet to meet an unkind person. Or if I have, I didn’t understand them enough to know they were being a jerk 😉 Either way I love the people here!
Unfortunately we didn’t get a lot of real missionary work done this week. Things just kept falling through for us, buses wouldn’t come, no one was where they were supposed to be when we’d come by. We did find one new investigator; Carla. She’s married and has one little baby. She’s a really good person! I can’t wait to get to know her a little better 🙂
Oh my gosh, the heat here is killing me. In our apartment we don’t have air conditioning, so I carry around a little portable fan that I brought with me. We also have a big stand up fan, but it broke in the middle of the night this week! It was so scary, I was fast asleep when suddenly I’m woken up by a loud bang. I thought someone had just broken into our apartment! Literally the only thing I could think to do was stay totally silent and hope nothing awful was about to happen. After a few minutes of not hearing anything else, Hermana Barraza and I got up and turned on the lights and we immediately saw what the problem was. The fan part fell off the stand! It’s beyond fixing, so we are officially without a fan. Hopefully we can get permission to buy a new one soon!
For my spiritual thought this week I want to share a thought that our District Leader, Elder Madder, shared with me. He says one thing he likes to tell his investigators is that even though they may have concerns our trials that they are struggling with, it’s important for them to keep moving forward in spite of those doubts and struggles, trusting that there is an answer ahead, and that one day they will receive it.
And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.
This thought has given me a lot of comfort this week. I’m really struggling with understanding the language, more than I thought I would be. It can feel pretty isolating sometimes to sit through an hour and half of conversation and understand close to nothing. However, I know I can get through this. As long as I keep trying, keep practicing, and keep praying, this will all work out. I am so grateful for the people Heavenly Father has been putting into my life, I don’t know where I would be right now without all these tender mercies.
If there’s anything you’re struggling with right now, whether it be a question with the gospel or a bitter trial, I promise there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Keep praying, and keep trusting that all things will work out.
I love you all and I hope you’re all having a great week!