please dont worry. WE just keep laughing at all that is happening..... jaajajajajajjajajaja
I will come back in the tarde (afternoon) to write the update.
All you need to know is that after 8 months, I finally was able to walk through a temple of the Lord.
I was bawling the whole time as I walked through with a general authority,. Also, they announced that uctdorf is coming to dedicate the temple. What a blessing. I am on cloud 9 right now. We will have assigned days to work the temple, so i will be the second week of the open house. we will see how all works out with transfers on monday.....
ok bueno. Update on parasites.
When the sis training leaders came to Rio Tercero, they slept with our blankets and were with the bed bugs. She was super itchy the next day. She is serving in Cordoba, so she went to the mission home, then later to the hopsital/clinic with Hna Alliaud to get a diagnosis. It was a parasite due to the chinches. So, Hna Alliaud called us and told us that we must have the same parasite, and she gave us a medication that we only have to take twice. I dont remember what it is called, pero ya paso. Estoy bien. (It is over and I am fine) Por favor. Dont freak out. And dont let grandpa call Salt Lake.
yeah I guess so. Not really sure. I never had crazy bites like my comp or the leader. I often slept in her bed because they did not bite me like they bit her. Sour blood I guess? jaja.
en realidad, no se si yo tenia un parasito, pero, por sea causo, tome la medicacion. (I actually don't even know if I ever had parasites, but to be sure, I took the medicine) I never had any of the side effects but my compi did.
Ill write more later.
Afternoon letter below:
Bueno, quick run down and funny story from the Fast snday meeting. A drunk guy bore his solid and firm testimony and told everyone to come to church, becasue it gives us strength to attack the temptations that will come in the week. He said it with so much power and sincerity, although it was clear that he was intoxicated. haha. all was well, and then he did teh ultimate classic. Ended in Christs name. and then it happened. He screamed SHOUT OUT TO MY FRIEND PAULO IN THE BACK! YOU NEVER THOUGHT I WOULD BE HERE, BUT HERE I AM! His finger pointed so strong to the back of the tiny chapel of 30 people. The bishop quickly escorted him to his seat. My companion and I could not stop laughing and now we always give shout outs to each other every one and a while in the streets. I am loving every minute here in loco Argentina.
now on to the best part of the week.
Its official. I have entered the hallowed halls of the Cordoba Temple. What a joy it brought to all of the sister missionaries of the mission. We were guided through by Elder Richards of the Seventy (some top temple guy). What a neat experience.
We had the training yesterday with a lot of the area 70s, and Elder Richards. It was super cool and we all grew a lot. We started out by handing out thousands of contacting cards and invitaciones for the Open House. All of the 38 sister missionaries, the authorities, and President and His Wife. We had a mini splash and invited every house and person we could come in contact with within a 5 block radius of the temple in 45 minutes. We were like an explosion that rippled out with power. It was super great and the gente (people) were really ecxited that the time has finally come. The neighbors of the temple have waited a long time for this too.
We watched a training video in English of how to welcome people to the temple and LO AND BEHOLD!!!!! My idols were the main stars. HNA ALBRETCHSEN AND HNA VOLMER!! (please get in contact with them somehow and let them know of my excitement in watching them in the mission home in Cordoba Argentina!) I was so proud to know them, and let everyone know that I went out with them to do the work. haha It was filmed as part of their capacitacion (training) for the open house of some temple too I guess. I was so honored to watch them and feel as I truly am following in their footsteps as I now have the same opportunity to help in this great work, along side a beautiful and new temple. (this is when I had teh opportunity to translate for some of teh Native latin sister missionaries. I was scared out of my brains. But at the end, they told me they understood and that it makes sense so PHEW!)
We did some practices of our speeches. We will be welcoming in the visitors and showing them a video, and also answering questions in the Tent after the walk through! I am excited. Each companionship has assigned days, but since transfers are coming, I am not sure when I will have my shifts. Probably in the next week. I am so excited.
As we walked through the temple, all united as the sis missionaries on this special pre VIP tour, there was complete silence. We all understood the holiness. We all entered wanting a spiritual upliftment. It was so cool to pass through with all of my beloved companions and embrace and share the tears of joy. Elder Richards let us sit down in each room and ponder while remembering everything we felt the first time we went to the temple. He explained some very cool things and even mentioned symbloic designs inside (including teh carpet change at the veil (the entrance into the celestial room) from a designed beige to clean white carpet. This is because at the veil, we enter into the Lords presence. It is clean. It is simple. It is pure. It is perfect. We rounded one another in each room and were just filled with so much joy in the reality that it is finished.
The temple is a monument of the Atonement of Christ. And now we are going to have one more dedicated monument of that infinite act in just one short month.
The whole temple is spotless and perfectly perfect. Only the best for the lord. It has a color scheme of soft ivy and rose and gold inside. The doors are all glass inside and it is truly breathtaking. Do I need to even mention the chandeliers? (ingles es dificil, perdon - english is hard - sorry) I am already praying for another time to enter its doors. Good news, president says that after the dedication, we will have opportunities to do some temple work inside. I cried at the peace and joy of this great and unique opportunity.
As we were in the sealing room, President gave us some marriage advice. Trunky? jaja It is huge and so gorgeous. Grandpa Brucie, wanna come down to Argentina with me and my love so that I can get sealed here in this beaut of a temple at the appropriate time? k thanks. Elder Richards also told us of an experience he had in the temple with Elder Russel M. Nelson and the family of Elder Nelson- As they all stood around the alter during a temple open house, Elder Nelson spoke to his posterity and told them that everything we do in life is so that we can llegar ahi (get there). around the alter with our families and loved ones. I thought of our family circled around, grandpa at the head, and crucial preisthood blessings being pronounced on our heads. It was such a moment of pure happiness. I cant even describe it. The mission truly is preparing me for my propia familia (own family). I am so happy in the knowledge that families are eternal. Lo se. (I know it)
What a week. We are well, and we are happy.
The work here in Rio Tercero is a little bit slow, but we´re getting there.
Keep praying for us.
I love you with all of my heart.
Enjoy your week!
The training yesterday was very good. I learned a lot and gained more confidence in myself and in the language with the opportunity to translate the video for Ss Perez and Carasco. jaja. I was nervous, but everything went fine. We really can grow here in the mission.
i love the temple. So, I had many tears in my eyes. It made me remember the covenants, feelings and eternal perspective. I felt total peace. It is so perfect and beautiful. It gave me the desire to invite every person to see the temple so they can come to know the Savior.
This wee we had the best attendance so far. 39. Also, many members shared their testimoines, including 4 of the less actives that we are visiting (families of focus - assigned by the bishop). The meeting was very sweet. One family that has already gone to the temple as VIP's that are going to be sealed as soon as possible. The mother bore here testiony and counseled everyone in the ward to be worthy of a temple recommend and have it in there possession always. It was very good. Also, a less active testified of the importance of attending church. They said it has an impact on the week. We felt the powerful spirit and now we are going to their house next Sunday. I am excited to share the temple with them and motivate them to come to Christ in this way.
Thank you for everything you do.
La capacitación ayer fue muy buena. Aprendí mucho, y gané confianza en mi misma y el idioma con la oportunidad de traducir el video por la Hna Perez y Carasco. jaja. Tenía nervios, pero todo salió bien.
Realmente podemos crecer mucho aquí en la misión.
Me encanto el templo. Por eso tenía tantas lagrimas en mis ojos. Me recordó de los convenios, los sentimientos, y la perspectiva eterna. Sentí en total paz. Es tan bello y perfecto. Me dio muchas ganas de invitar a todas personas a conocer el templo para que conozcan al Señor.
Esta semana tuvimos la mejor asistencia aún! 39! También, muchos miembros dieron sus testimonios, incluyo 4 de los menos activos que estamos visitando (familia enfoques-asignaciones del Obispo). Pasamos la reunión muy linda. Una familia ya fue al templo por VIP, y se van a sellar lo más antes posible. La mama dio su testimonio y aconsejó a todo el barrio por ser digno de una recomendación del templo y tenerlo en mano. Fue muy bueno. También, un menos activo testificó de la importancia de asistencia. Dijo que tiene impacto en la semana. Sentimos el Espíritu muy fuerte, y ahora nos toca discursar el Domingo que viene. Estoy animada por compartir del templo con ellos y animarlos a venir a Cristo en esta manera.
Gracias por todo lo que hace.