-----------I am PUMPED!!!!! -----------We have some GREAT investigadores and I am sooo excited to work with them! I´ve also had some humbling experiences this week that I would love to share, so hold on because you all are in for a tour of la Mision Bahia Blanca in the eyes and thoughts of la Hermana Tingey!
Milagros (28) and Camila (9) - We contacted someone in the street and fijamos una cita. We weren´t sure if she had lied about her dirrection, we thought it might not exist, so we went dirrectly to it to verify. We couldn´t find it and as we were turning to leave the street, I saw a door. At the time I didn´t know it, but the Spirit was guiding me to knock on this door. I am so grateful that I was listening to my feelings because we knocked on the door and una mujer, Milagros, let us in!!! (Doesn´t happen everyday, let me tell you.) We talked for a bit and she told us that she has a enfermedad, but the doctors don´t know what exactly yet. We listened and I analyzed in my mind what I should teach her... Plan of Salvacion. I can´t remember everything I said, but I remember that my companera and I talked about the Plan of Salvation and I talked about Bunny, my mom´s cousin who recently passed away, and the importancia of knowing God´s plan for us. After we testified, she told us that she knew someone who had a hard time in his life and right when he needed God, the Elders showed up. She said she really needed someone right now and just when she needed someone, we came knocking at the door. Milagros is VERY VERY Catholic, but I have faith that she will progress. Por lo menos, I will be forever grateful that I listened to the Spirit and knocked on her door. She will always remember that we were there when she needed us. We have sinced passed by twice and taught leccion 1...which was tough because she is VERY VERY Catholic, but I am constantly pleading with my Father to help her feel the Spirit and to help her see the importance of the Restauracion and the Book of Mormon... of THIS gospel! Camila is adorable, if Milagros progresses, so will Camila. Please pray for Milagros!!!!
Veronica (30) and Sofia (8) - My companera listened to the Spirit as we passed by a contact that we made probably 4 weeks ago that we had forgotten. She said, ¨Recuerda Veronica, Hermana Tingey?¨ I had NO idea who she was, but I´m always up for visiting old contacts because they recognize us. We knocked on the door and fijamos una cita for the next day. We went back and Sofia (8) came to the door. ¨Are you Testigos de Jehovah?¨ ¨No, we´re Mormonas. Can we talk to your Mom?¨ ¨...Are you sure you´re not testigos de Jehovah?¨ Haha... Eventually her mom Veronica let us in. We talked to them and Sofia told us that boys at school were talking about the end of the world. She started crying because she was scared of the end of the world. My companera was blessed with the Spirit and with authority as she taught the Plan of Salvation to Sofia. Sofia is very very intelligente. She understood everything and even had questions for us! She´s 8 years old!! I talked to Sofia and gave her a folleto. I told her about church and the Book of Mormon - she said she wants to go this Sunday and she thanked me for the Book of Mormon, ¨I´m going to read it all!!!¨ Veronica, her mom, said, ¨She really will, you know.¨ Veronica is kinda evangelica, but is open to learn about our religion. Sofia is golden! She´s the type of the girl who will learn and understand the doctrine of Jesus Christ. She´s also the type of girl who will help her mom go to the church and keep her covenants - I have really high hopes for these two women, PLEASE pray that they will go to church this Sunday!!
Mari - Una menos activa. We walked in and it was like the Villa all over again (the Villa - pronounced Vi-sha en Argentina - is like the ghetto). The house had a dirt floor, it wasn´t heated, all of their food was on the table (and there wasn´t much... mate, milk for the baby, and pan o algo), they were dirty... it was so heartbreaking. Mari talked to us for a while. She was baptized 5 years ago and has a child that´s 7 months old. Her boyfriend isn´t supporting her because she moved out. He hit Mari´s daughter whose 20 years old and Mari said enough´s enough and moved out. She doesn´t have anything and her daughter barely has a job. The Spirit was so strong as we testified of the blessings she will receive as she keeps the commandments of the Lord. (Mosiah 2:41) We atlked about the leyes (laws) in heaven that were decreed before the world was organized and I felt prompted to promise her blessings if she goes to church this Sunday. Everything I´ve seen here in Argentina is changing me - I´m being humbled and my eyes are opening to the poor and suffering, the hungry and desolate. I have faith that Mari will come back and partake of the love of the gospel - I saw the faith she has in her eyes. She´s very special. (Ben - you can tell your missionaries that we are working with Menos Activos here in Bahia Blanca mission. There are SO many members that are not coming to church and the church is small as it is... it´s part of our obra right now.)
IDLENESS - oohhhh, I HATE that word! But I learned about that word this week. We had one of those days that I still feel horrible about... La Hna Abarzua and I felt LOST at the end of the day, ¨What did we do with our time today?¨ We felt so guilty, we had idiled much of the day, our plans fell through and we weren´t very assertive in contacting or finding someone else better to do... at the end of the day I felt HORRIBLE! We prayed for forgiveness and wrote a ¨Constitucion de las Hermana de La Falda¨ with all of our goals and ideas to change for this week. We signed it and everything - We will NOT waste the Lord´s time for ANYTHING this week!!!! I am very excited because I´ve been trying to help my comp have more animo for the past 2 months - it´s been tiring for me, and I lost vision for a while. But now, I am back on track and FIRED UP!!!!!!
I LOVE this gospel! I know that Christ is at the head of this Church and that He leads and guides us through a profeta on the earth today, just like He has done in all the dispensaciones. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it ¨¨aclara la Biblia¨¨ and convinces all men to come unto Christ and be perfected in him. I LOVE to testify of this Book and of this Church!!! I have such a strong testimony of these principles!
LOVE YOU ALL SOOOO MUCH!!!!!! Animo y adelante!
P.S. Please tell Greg Livingston I am so proud of him for returning home with honor! And Jason Brown - he´s going to be SUCH a good missionary! Where is he serving? And I am SOOO excited to see the Park City house when it´s finished!!!