Howdy doo-- Feliz dia del amigo!!!!!!
Well, I guess you could say that this week was one of the craziest weeks of my life!!! First of all, secrets out.... a lot of times when we have been in the mission for a while, our bodies start to break down. Now when I twist my back, an orchestra sings a cute little song as my spine twists and crackles. But, my companion is a little bit older in the mission... and in real life too. Hna Humacata is 25 and is from a small town near General Paz in Rio Negro. she has one more transfer than me and we have known each other since the first day I arrived in Argentina as we were doing visa work together.
She is falling apart too. This week she had 3 doctor appts so all in all, we did not have a s much time to work as we would have liked.
BUT... GOOD NEWS!!! We have an investigador who has a baptismal date this saturday and came to church yesterday! She was a reference of the 1st conselor. We met her. Had a first lesson. Had a baptismal date, a second lesson, a third lesson and an attendence! She is the perfect investigator and we are sooooo excited for her and the progress she is making. She often cries with us. Pray for V*ia this week in her progress towards her baptism and her interview this thursday!!! There is a slight chance that we will be moving the baptism to sunday or the following week because this sat. is a temple trip for the ward, and no one would attend the service. But tonight we have another lesson and we will work the details out. We are really excited.
Its true! I was able to go to the temple- What a wonderful experience. The truth is that as I put on my white dress, and saw myself in the bathroom mirror, I began to cry. I felt so much peace and comfort in that moment. Upon arriving in NVA CBA, I was intimidated by my companion, the huge area, and all the instrucciones I received. The city and movement made me nervous and the skyscrapers made me claustrophobic. jaja but as I sat in the chapel waiting for the session to start, and all I could hear was the quiet A/C, sitting next to my comp and my bff (ex comp) in the temple, the tears were streaming. I was nervous to do a session in spanish, but I was amazed that it didnt even phase me!!! The only thing that threw me off was seeing the new temple movie!!! THE BLONDIE!!! the veil was a little tough because its hard to pronounce the words right when I dont see them written out, and people are just fogging my ear with whispers. But we made it through and it was beuatiful. As they prayed for the missionaries, I felt a wave hit me that literally took my breath out of my chest. As I later spoke with my companions, they said the exact same thing and they felt an additional power. It was so impactante. We are so blessed to be prayed for daily. Know I wrote you allllllllll on the temple roll so you are being prayed for in many parts of the world! jaja I even wrote down "ashling woolley" hahah its true its weird hahahaha
In the celestial room we took a long while. I was so calm and I felt protected from the world. I felt so loved and it is a feeling that I never want to forget. It was a familiar feeling that really recharged me. I spoke with my Heavenly Father in prayer for about 25 minutes in prayer, and let the tears shed. I truly believe that mom was in the temple at the same time because at one particular moment in my prayer- praying for the family- I felt a tingling in my heart, and I knew you were on the other side of the world praying for me, in the lords house, and doing his work at the same time, in the celestial room. In the after math, it makes sense that you would have been there too. Gramps tambien. Thanks for sharing the moment with me.
Then I opened my eyes because the celestial rrom got a little rowdy (well, as rowdy as the celestial room can get! a little sobs and celebrating whispers) 4 brides, 4 grooms, and their families. Wake up call. The real world, and celestial marriage is jsut around the world. We felt so weird jajajajajajajaja.
Also, another great miracle of the week! We found a new investigator. V*a. Her husband is a less active. When we showed up at her house, she let us in and said, "something told me that you would come today!" So we walked in, met her and her family, got her to cry and commit to come to church. On sunday, she not only showed up in a skirt.... but with her entire family (4 kids bathed and dressed nicely). The ward leaders were extatic! They have plans to be married and she will be baptized soon as well! Milagros a ful!
Also, another favorite moment of the week: We went to eat at the bishops house. the bishop was not home, and the wife had a million things to do. She is super stressed, so we showed up early to help her out. My comp washed her dishes and swept her floor, and I played with her kids while she was right there cooking the lunch. We took over a friend magazine to color with the kids and keep there attention. Bruno has 3 years. When I walked in the room, he was really timid. Then as I pulled out the crayons, he was so excited to paint the sheep and shepard (Christ)! Suddenly, he asked me, "Are you my friend?" I said, SI!!! He said, ok! and we got a long just great. Next thing I knew we were hiding in curtains and playing around enjoying our time. He stole my heart. At one point, I scrathed a zit, and a little blood came out. He touched my cheek and asked if I needed a bandaid. I didnt know if I shoud feel embarrassed or loved and cared for in that moment. jaja
As we began cleanig up his toys, I started to sing I am a child of God. He joined in with me, and we sang the 1st verse over and over until all was cleaned up. His mom looked over and saw what was happening and started to cry. She thanked me over and over for inviting the spirit of love and suppot in her home. Bruno INSISTED to sit by his new friend at lunch- me. I greeted him goodbye with a kiss on the cheeck (the custom here) and he squealed. toooooo cute. I love little kids and I amstill planning on working with them when I get home. El Ed.
Then comes sunday. I was teaching the class, and we got out just in time for the sacrament (last hour). As we started the sacrament meeting, the bishop asked me to introduce myself and share my testimony as the new sister in the ward. As I walked to the pulpit and said Hola, I heard a scream "MOM ITS MY FRIEND! ITS MY FRIEND!!!" Bruno was standing on his chair, pointing at me with a huge smile on his face! It made my day. He even shared his crackers with me during the sacrament.
I love being a missionary. It is the most satisfying thing in the world. I dont want these moments to end.
fotos are from the pday de zona, the shirts we ordered, some other sisters, and the yummy pollo al disco! My favorite food here!
The best is yet to come and I hope you enjoy your week in powell!!
I know this church is true, Hurrah for Isreal