Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Go Argentina! . . . . . the challenges of serving in a World Cup crazed nation
With my new companion . . . . Hermana Evans!!
In Santa Fe!!
Hello all! :) How in the world are we already half way through June? Gee, the time is flying!!!! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. It is still kinda weird to me that it is cold here and everyone is still in school. Here the school year starts in March and ends in December. It is different but cool to be experiencing a change.
Another change- this past week the World Cup started. Oh boy! Here in Argentina everyone lives, breathes and loves soccer. There definitely is a lot of nation pride going on with the Argentina team right now. It is going to be interesting to see how this effects the missionary work. We are going to have to work and search a little harder to find the people who aren't watching and who are willing to listen to us. I know the Lord will bless us through our perseverance. :)
This week was really good! Yesterday two less active families and two investigators came to church! We are very happy. :) One of the investigators is named Dardo. He contacted us in the street my first day here and then went to our English class two days later. :) He also came to a ward activity on Friday AND THEN TO CHURCH on Sunday. He says that right now he is not looking to join a religion but likes to listen and learn. So we are going to help him learn and with the promptings of the Spirit he will want to join. :) The challenge that we have is that he lives alone and as Hermanas we can not visit him without another woman with us. We are working with the members to visit him and we have a lesson set up for this Wednesday. Woo!
The other investigator is named Maria. She is awesome! She likes the church a lot and what we share...the challenge here is that she isn't married. She lives with her boyfriend and they have the cutest 3 year old daughter. Her boyfriend is a less active member. In the beginning Maria was telling us that she just doesn't feel the need to get married. BUT we talked about the Plan of Salvation and baptism and a lot of good stuff and she said that she wants to get baptized. We talked some more about the marriage and she eventually told us that she is waiting for her boyfriend to ask her. OH! :) She said that she is willing to get married and will tell him yes but he needs to make the first step. Okay, we can work with this. :) We also have a lot of support. The parents of her boyfriend are very active members who are trying to help their kids. We are going to work with them to help their son make the steps needed to get married. And then Maria can be baptized! :)
Love you all a lot! I love Santa Fe and am blessed to be here. :) Quote of the week- yesterday a sweet elderly woman from our ward told us ´´You who are closer to God need to pray and ask him to help Argentina in the World Cup.´´ Haha, oh dear. :)
Bueno, les quiero! Have a great week!
Also, look up the wonderful and amazing talk by Elder Holland called ´´For Times of Trouble´´. He gave it in a devotional at BYU in 1980. And it is amazing. Here is just one amazing quote-
´´In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil, and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike—and they will—you remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection. They will always be there, these armies of heaven, in defense of Abraham’s seed.´´
Yeah...amazing. Look it up! :)
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield