Monthly Archives: October 2013

“hasta el fin del mundo”

Well I´m here in South America!! It was kinda trippy watching our plan travel all the way down to Buenos Aires.. uh it´s very far away from the United States if you did not already know that! haha!  After a 3 hour flight to Houston, 2 hour layover, 9.5 hour flight to Buenos Aires, 10 hour detour to the mission travel office, another long wait in another airport, and a 2 hour flight to Comodoro, I finally arrived! (and completely exhausted!!)  I´m so happy I got to talk to all of my family on the conference call, and that we could have a quick argument about the Ghettoness of Rose Park. That really made me smile. We are the best family there is, I´m sure of it. 

The past couple of days have been meetings and more meetings, President Rogers told us about our mission vision, “To help the Patagonias get a Temple!!!”  Some of the people here have to travel the farthest than anyone else in the world to go to the temple! In order to accomplish this goal we have to find, teach, baptize, and reactivate of course! Our mission vision goes with the scripture Matthew 28:19-20. There is a promise that if we preach the gospel with all our heart, might, mind and strength the Lord will be with us until the end of the world. How comforting to know that He will be with us even down here in the middle of no where! 🙂 I love President and Hermana Roger´s love for the work and missionaries who serve here. They remind me of my parents, they expect a lot from their missionaries and trust them to fulfill these expectations. 

During all these meetings we were served a lot of good Argentine food! Empenadas, pizza, ensalada de fruta, facturas, raviolis… wow lot´s and lot´s of bread. I do not think they eat anything green here. ha! Saturday we got our companions. My companion is from Cordoba Argentina and does not speak a lick of English. Her name is Hermana Gudiño! I love her she´s so cute and laughs at everything. I´m in Puerto Madryn (another 5 hour bus ride) right now which is a brand new area. Gudiño and her last companion opened it! Isn´t that cool. And we have 2 people getting baptized this Saturday! Caleb and Micaela. They are both 18 and super cool.
My place is the size of a one car garage!! haha it´s really really really small and all of the building is tile.  It´s kind of a crazy change from the Salt Lake City royalty mission!! But I am getting used to it. It has only been 2 days… I will give myself a week to get used to it!

My new digs!

My new digs!

The hardest part about adjusting to a new mission in the middle of my mission, is I´m frustrated that I´m not an old pro anymore! The accent is way different and it gets really tiring to have to focus on what people are saying 24/7. Haha so yes it has been an adjustment but I think I´m already getting better!! Keep up the prayers for me and I´ll keep praying for you! I miss you guys tons and hope all is going well. I know this is where I´m supposed to be and I´m so thankful that my Heavenly Father is aware of my needs!
More to come about the adventures of Hermana Zaz in the land of the windy south.
Love you!
Hermana Carter
Hermana Gudiño
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President and Sister Rogers from Pleasant Grove Utah and my some of my new zone!!
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Where is platform 9 3/4?

Where is platform 9 3/4?

no llores para mi argentina!

Wow this has been a crazy week! I had my first Zone Conference and it was so awesome! We had Elder Don L. Clark from the Seventy come to teach us. I was so inspired over the past couple of days to be super successful in all that I do. 

 
my top 5 things that i learned this week:
 
1. “Love problems, love life” – find joy in overcoming your problems and life will always be joyful.
2. “We must fear no man” – there was a story about an Italian missionary serving in England after WWII. Because of all the social conflict, Italians weren’t the most welcomed there in that country. He went in with fearlessness resulting in 100 baptisms when the mission average was 2 a year!
3. “Knowledge comes before faith” – When teaching investigators, sometimes we as missionaries see the end goal approaching a little too soon and we end up shoving all of our information down their throats. They can never have faith if they don’t know what they are believing in! Thus teach slowly and with clarity.
4. ” First run with your heart, then run with your head, and then run with your feet” – if we want to be the best we have to feel it even before we do it. As missionaries we help people keep commitments to help them grow and change to become more like christ. Sometimes we come off as pushy or annoying, but If we do all things with true love in our hearts all our invitations will appear to be purely for the benefit of our investigators. 
5. “Happy always, content never”- One thing that Elder Clark really taught me is how to find success in LIFE! To never be content with where you are at and to work smart to achieve your goals. He worked so hard to get where he is, I wanna be just like him!
 
Well this week I also got some good news! I’m leaving for Argentina this W
ednesday! I can’t believe that day has actually come! I was so lucky to hear the news directly from my mission president. I was so touched when he said with tear filled eyes “If we had the desires of our hearts, you would be a Salt Lake City missionary for the rest of your mission” He truly loves each of his missionaries and I was happy that I did him proud these past 3 months. I know there are people waiting for me down in Argentina and I can’t wait to find them. I love them already.
 
My experience here in Layton has been amazing I have honestly seen that these people were put in my path for a reason. God truly has
 a plan!
 
Love you all so much!!
Sincerely,
Hermana Carter
 
My landlord rocks!  Sister Smith you are the best!

My landlord rocks! Sister Smith you are the best!

 

From Pumpkin

From Pumpkin

...to Mr. Peanut!

…to Mr. Peanut!

 

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“frijoles colorados”

20131118_001244Well, after a great conference weekend we had a pretty eventful week! So all I can say is, that missions have a never-ending cycle of being tired! I guess that’s life. Right?

Within 24 hours this week we got dumped twice! The first one was from Janeth.. OVER TEXT. The second one was from a cuban woman named Theresa and after she dumped us she fed us a plate full of beans! How rude huh?!
 
We’ve been trying to work with our less-active and recent converts more this transfer, and especially trying to get the members involved. We went to visit a lady who was baptized last year and hasn’t been coming back to church. She has been going through a lot and was super sad. We decided to visit her again and share Elder Holland’s talk from general conference with her. She said that we made her really happy and gave her the energy she needed. It’s so nice to be able to see your influence have an immediate impact on others here in the mission. We’re going to try really hard to get her and her family back to church so they can be sealed in the temple! Wouldn’t that be so cool!
 
She also taught us how to make flour tortillas! It was really hard but she said to come over again and we can make lunch with her. So when I come home I’ll make you some flour tortillas! They’re the best. 
 
This week I have been reading “Our Search for Happiness” by M. Russell Ballard. It’s a really cool book that explains the gospel in logical and simple terms. I was touched by his point of view of the Restoration of Christ’s Gospel. I never thought about Joseph Smith’s situation and how it could apply to us. Joseph had a simple question that he wanted answered to guide his life. Little did he know he was going to get such a huge response from our loving Heavenly Father. I was moved by his explanation in Joseph Smith History about his vision that says…

 “Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not edeny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation.”

 We are all searching for answers from our Heavenly Father, but what we have to do is stick to our witnesses as strongly as Joseph Smith. It doesn’t mean that we will not endure hardships but at the end of the day we can return to God and say that we personally did all we could to fulfill his will for us.  What a great feeling that will be.  We were inspired to teach this to the Chavez family to help them make commitments in response to the witnesses they had already received. Although they did not agree to be baptized, we finally got the concern that is on the families mind.  They are amazing and they really want to be ready to be baptized but they are held back by the tradition of their family.  Hopefully next time,  we will be able to help them build their faith that God will fulfill their righteous desires.
 
 
les amo muchisimo!!
 
Hermana Carter
Continuing the Carter traditional "Train Handshake"

Continuing the Carter traditional “Train Handshake”

“la conferencia general”

Wow what a crazy week full of miracles and goodness!!! We have been doing a lot of finding this week, from searching for souls to save, to general conference tickets for our investigators! It’s been so cool….

 
So finding people this week has given me ample opportunity to practice my shmoozing in Spanish… which is not as smooth as I am in English. One good experience was in this sketchy trailer park where we knocked on a catholic lady’s door and started talking to her. My trainer started off introducing and stuff and then just stopped talking. (which meant it’s go time for Hermana Carter) I then started talking about God and how He loves us so much to give us the plan of salvation. I then invited her to be baptized at the door and she said yes, If, she came to know these things were true! That’s the first time I’ve ever invited anyone to be baptized at the door and it was awesome. One bad experience would be when we went to contact this referral, when we knocked at the door this lady didn’t open the screen door to talk to us. She just peered at us with her beady eyes. I tried to introduce ourselves and soften her up by asking where she came from…. nothing let up. When I went into religion she said that she was catholic, and I asked her what God meant to her in her life. She replied “Jesucristo”…. then I got a little nervous and stumbled on my Spanish and then laughed. (pretty blatantly haha… woops) FINALLY my comp jumped in to save me! This lady was not prepared to hear the gospel haha. But at least we got a good laugh out of the experience!!
 
This week we have also been searching for tickets and people to go General Conference, so they can hear for themselves the divine power of a Prophet of God. We had some miracles pull through. We had the luck of recieving 7 tickets for the sunday afternoon session, where we got to take the Chavez Family and their fellowshippers!! Then it worked out that we traded two sunday morning tickets for 6 saturday afternoon tickets, where our investigator Vani could go with us. Friday night I prayed so hard that they would be able to receive their answers to their questions there at conference. It was such an amazing experience because we took our investigator to the saturday afternoon conference, the whole time i was sitting their getting more and more nervous about the talk topics. From mission work, to the moral influence of women, I knew that this was not what she needed to hear. Then, Elder Holland stood up and said he wanted to talk about diagnosed depression, Chills ran down my body. Vani was recently diagnosed with clinical depression, and for the past couple times we’ve gone over, she has been in a slump. I knew that she was at conference for a reason and even though Elder Holland was surely talking to millions of people in the world, I felt like he was only talking to her. It was so amazing.  We’re meeting with the Chavez family tonight and I can’t wait find out what they thought about it.
 
I loved conference so much! It never seems to disappoint. What I was impressed most by, was an overarching theme of how to overcome the trials of this earthly life and to find TRUE happiness. I want to strive to daily align my will to the Lord’s a little more every day. I’m arround people who fight the Lords hand everyday, and they are not happy. I found that gratitude is what really makes the difference in this path to eternal happiness. From Elder Bednard to President Monson I was overwhelmed with the need to be grateful for every moment of every day. Even every trial. I want to be like Brother Brims, who is blind and deaf, when he says, “Thank you, Heavenly Father has been so good to me” everyday!
 
This week I was down with a cold!! It was no fun doing missionary work with a cold.  However, I have learned some interesting Mexican remedies for illness. My companion Hermana McNelly, made me this soup or otherwise called sopita. She put noodles, chicken broth, and 1/2 OF A SERRANO PEPPER WITH THE SEEDS. It was so spicy I could barely breath but I loved it because I could taste it! There is also this tea called Canela, which is just water and cinnamon sticks boiled. It smells like christmas and worked pretty well!! Those Mexicanos are so smart.
 
Hope all is well, and remember to be happy!!
Love always, Sister ZAZ1379367_10151882318762521_423729540_nDSCN1715-1 DSCN1697 DSCN1700 DSCN1695
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Skirts are cold!!!

Hello family!

Sorry I don’t have much time today but i’ll try to make this letter a good one.

Well one thing I have learned, is that the Lord has blessed me to acclimate to the crazy heat of Utah summers. But, now I’m having trouble acclimating to the frigid 40 degree weather #i’mgoingtodieinargentina #skirtsarecold!!!
There is already snow on the mountains making this girl a little trunky for the ski season, but it’s OK because I’ve got the spirit of the Lord with me and that’s all I need right?! ha!
 
This week I have been doing my Book of Mormon reading and I just happen to be reading in Ammon. (my favorite story) I love how amazing he is as a missionary, and how it says he was filled with the spirit of the Lord and could discern King Lamoni’s needs. That is something I’ve been trying to work on as a teacher. I sometimes feel like I trust in my own understanding and teach people what I think they should know instead of what they need to know. I had a long talk with my trainer Hermana McNelly about following the promptings of the spirit. She reassured me that I have the spirit with me because I’m worthy and willing to follow it. Later that day, we were out trying to contact some of our former investigators and I knew there was a member who lived in this neighborhood and asked my companions if we could go visit her. We showed up at Hermana Perez’s door to find out that she was making Argentine pastries to drop off to Janeth’s house and invite her to the Relief Society Broadcast the next day. Wow! She’s the sweetest. The moment I walked in I knew that we were supposed to be there. After spending some time with her and helping her with her cookies, we shared a little spiritual thought from this months Liahona about hastening the work. We thanked her for her great example of being a member missionary and that God really loved her and had her in his mind. She then started to cry and told us she was really grateful that we came. This experience was what I need that day to know that the Lord really is leading my work here in Layton, Utah. I know that I’m here for a reason and I have been blessed with the privilege to know these people and to truly LOVE them! 

My purpose as a missionary is to Invite other to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and his atonement, repentance, baptism, the gift of the holy ghost, and enduring to the end. I do this through teaching them the basic principles and doctrines of the gospel and inviting them to experience it. However, I feel that the most important part of this process is helping them communicate with their Heavenly Father and receive revelation personally. With out this they could never receive the fullness and endure to the end. I hope that as I teach, I can help people truly know for themselves that the gospel is true, not convince them or draaag them to the waters of baptism. Isn’t the gospel just awesome?!

This week my mom sent me an awesome package full of goodies for the kiddos to use during general conference! From bingo to connect the dots she had it all covered! Thanks mom for being the absolute cutest thing in the world!!!

Les quiero bastante, son los mejores 🙂