¡Hola! ¡Espero que ustedes disfrutaron la Conferencia General!
This week. Ok, here we go.
On Tuesday, we had an appointment that fell through and then tried contacting but no one was there. We tried that until lunch. Then we had correlación misional. At that meeting, the elders told us that they went to go visit Jonathan and invited him to an addiction recovery class that evening. We were astonished. Jonathan gave everything up when he was baptized. Everything. We had una cita con él that night so we visited him. When we got there, he was cutting his friend’s hair with a razon. Like the little dinky razors. Not a hair razor. Since he was fired recently, he´s doing odd jobs so that he can feed his daughter, Sasha. We asked him why he gave up everything before he was baptized. He told us that he did it for Sasha and because he knew it was what he needed to do. He´s not smoking anything. He doesn´t even have enough food to feed himself or his daughter. The elders were trying to do what is right. One of the members told them that they needed to visit Jonathan because he was doing bad things. There was just a lot of misinformation and miscommunication.
Wednesday was a roller-coaster. So, as you all know, Wednesday was April Fool´s Day. On the mission, it´s pretty hard to keep track of days and especially holidays. But this one was easy. So, because we remembered it, Hermana Romeril wanted to celebrate it. So, we decided to prank the elders. She called them and told them that I had run away. That she had no idea where I was. Right before she could get to the April Fool´s part, we ran out of credit on the phone so the connection was severed. She started freaking out. We couldn´t even text them to tell them it was a joke. So, they came over and saw me. They took it really well though. So it ended up being funny. Mostly because the joke that Hermana Romeril tried, backfired.
So, after our fiasco and our studies, we decided to go to Los Nogales even though it was against our plan for the day. We both felt that we needed to go. The only person that was home was Angel. When he saw us he started waving us away saying that he was too busy. We tried to set up an appointment for another day, but he then told us that we were very nice and he enjoyed talking to us, but, he doesn´t want us to pass by again. We knew it was coming, but it was still really hard to take.
|"A road en Los Nogales. I just think it´s beautiful here!"|
I was feeling really discouraged. Why would the Lord want us to go to Los Nogales just to get rejected? Couldn´t there be a good reason that we had gone? Not a bad one?
After lunch and more studies, we went to an appointment, but she wasn´t there. So, both of us feeling a bit discouraged, we decided that we needed another game plan. So we sat down on a ledge and took out the list of old investigators. We chose ten names and then prayed about them. We then both felt that we should go visit one. We went to her house and she wasn´t very receptive. She was about to go to work and didn´t really want to talk. As we walked down the street, we passed the house of Alejandra. We decided to see if she was there. We clapped and an elderly lady in the garage called us in. She was sitting in the dark and was all alone. We turned on the light, and saw that she has ulcers in her legs. One is so bad that we could see her bone. She started to cry from the pain and we talked to her for a bit, just getting to know her and trying to comfort her. While we were talking, Alejandra came home with her daughter, Rut. We talked to all three of them for a while and just shared some simple truths. We left them with the pamphlet from the first lesson. Before we left, they told us that they really want us to come back. They could feel something different while we were there and they wanted to feel it again. Then, we asked the elderly woman, the grandma of Alejandra, if she had faith in Christ. Faith that He can do anything He wants. She said yes. We asked her if she had faith enough to be healed and she said yes. We told her that we have companions, the other elders, who have the power of God. That they, through this power, could give her a blessing of health. She said that she would very much like that. We told her that we´d be back on Saturday with the elders for her blessing and she was so grateful. What a miracle! Right after being rejected, after feeling so discouraged, the Lord blessed us with meeting this elderly lady. We truly are in the Lord´s hands.
Thursday we decided to go down to one of los barrios that we don´t visit very often. We wanted to contact some old investigators and see what their feeling was toward the church and being taught again. As we talked with them, we realized that many of them are atheist. Quite atheist in fact. Then we had lunch with Aguirre. I´m just gonna tell you now, every other Thursday we have lunch with them. They cook very, very good food. But, they cook a ton. And you can´t just not eat it. You´ve gotta eat it. Again, I waddled out. That evening, we went to go visit some recent converts, but they weren´t home. But, we talked to their neighbors. Oscar y Vero (Veronica). (Also, Oscar is the son of Dora, who I sent a picture of last week.) Oscar asks a lot of questions. Which is great. We were able to teach them the Restoration. It was so cool! We´re hoping that they´ll let us teach them, too.
The rest of the week wasn´t very productive.
"Hermana Romeril fell asleep on the bus and so I took a picture.
Friday, we went to Córdoba for un reunión de zona. It was a really good meeting, but going to Córdoba and back takes a good 2 to 3 hours (round trip). After the reunión, we had to go to the hospital. Hermana Romeril has an ingrown toenail and hasn´t tried to fix it until now (she needs to get better at telling me when things hurt her). But, it was a holiday, so the appropriate doctors weren´t there. When we got back to Jesus María we had to do our studies. We didn´t get the opportunity to teach anyone.
Saturday, we took the elders to go give Alejandra´s grandma a blessing. When we got there, we knocked and clapped, but no one answered. Finally, after 5 minutes, one of Alejandra´s sons answered and told us that the grandma and Alejandra were in the hospital in Jesus María. So, we ran over to the hospital, but we couldn´t find her. We were really sad. We are going to visit them again soon and find out what happened.
Then we had General Conference! I was so excited! To be able to listen to the words of God was gonna be great! And in English was going to be so refreshing! But, we couldn´t get it in English. So on Saturday, I watched Conference in Spanish. (We´re going to take time this week to see those sessions in English though, because I couldn´t understand
anything.) I felt really discouraged. I really wanted to be able to understand the words that God wanted us to hear. But, because I don´t know Spanish, I couldn´t understand.
Yesterday was really good, though. In the morning, we had studies and then Conference. And, finally, we got it in English!!!!! Hooray!!!!! I was so relieved! It was beautiful and blissful! I loved the talks. Especially Uchtdorf and Holland! It was wonderful!!!! Then we had District Meeting. We just did a get-to-know-you because our District Leader doesn´t feel like he knows much about us. We showed each other our photos and talked about ourselves. It was good.
Anyway, I just want you all to know that I know that it may seem that I get discouraged and frustrated a lot. And, I´m not gonna lie. This is hard. It´s hard to not be able to talk and it´s hard to not be able to understand everything. But, the thing is, I can talk a bit. I can testify. And right now, that´s good enough. I may not be able to understand everything, but I understand enough. Honestly, I´m living a miracle. That after not even a month in Argentina, I can talk and understand what people mean, it´s a miracle. Also, every day, I can see the hand of the Lord directing us. Guiding us. I know that we are not alone. I know that this is His work. I know, that even though it´s hard, this is where I´m supposed to be. And I´m so grateful for that.
I love you all so very much! Thank you for all your support! Have a fantasmagorical week!!!
Hermana Micaela Wilson