Monthly Archives: February 2014

“hey gringa que haces acá?”

Hey family! Do you know that I love you lots?

Well it was a crazy week with lots of changes.  There still is no water
in Caleta! It’s really gross and makes the people very angry.  Knocking
doors was really interesting because they would always tell us that
they were super busy with the subject of water…. but the thing is,
without water you literally can’t do anything!  No cooking, cleaning,
bathing, nada. It’s a pretty lame excuse to not listen about Jesus. 🙂

This week Martin and Paula got back from vacation in Cordoba.  We had a
great lesson with them about the plan of salvation.  For the first time
he was asking questions and said “I need to start reading more to know
if this is true!”.  FINALLY, he got it.  Hermana Baldeon bore the most
powerful testimony about eternal families and everyone could feel that
our Heavenly Father really permits us to live with our families
forever.  I also watch the old church movie “Together Forever” every
morning:) haha!  Like I said last week, families are the most important
thing we can have in this life.  There is no success that can make up
for failure in the home.

We also found a new investigator named Sharon.  She’s 16 and is
awesome.  We came to teach  her the first lesson with one of the young
women, and without us knowing, they already knew each other!  Inspired!
We had a great lesson with her. She is so smart and asks amazing
questions.  I’m really looking forward to helping her understand her
purpose here on earth and to be an example for her family!

Today I read an awesome scripture in Helaman chapter 3.  It talks
about how the doors of heaven are already open.  They are open to all
those who WANT to believe in Christ.  Sinner, saint, short, tall, all
people are capable of returning to live with the Lord.  I hope and pray
that the Lord can bless me with his eyes so that I can help his dear
children return and live with him!

Dad, your story made me laugh so hard.  You such a tender little thing
when you try not to cry haha.  I miss you and love you too!

Mom, I love you and am sending a letter to you guys soon!  I may or
maynot have written it a long time ago but it’s quality stuff.

Thanks aunt Joan for the letter!  You are the cutest and I’m happy to
hear that we have a family castle in England!  So cool!

Love you all and I am sending love from down south.

Hermana Carter

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caleta sin agua….

Well this week has been interesting… according to the title of this
weeks letter it ended with the entire city of Caleta without water.
Thats right, no showers, no toilets, no cooking, no washing clothes,
no washing dishes…. oh how I miss the United States sometimes.  haha!

Well this week we had a few very eventful moments.  All having to do
with Argentino, who had a baptismal date to be baptized Saturday, 15th
of February.  We were working with this really hard.  Lessons every night,
and he talks a ton, so like a 2.5 hour lesson every night!  Every night
we left feeling better and better about his chances of actually
getting baptized.  Until….. the interview.  We had done the interview
questions before, but with the time issue we hadn’t gotten to ONE
question, that says,  “If you have committed a serious crime or
anything like that.”  Well after his interview he was super mad.  He told us that
he’s never going to get baptized…. all because of that question.  We
were able to have a great talk with him the following day.  We were able
to commit him to continue searching for his testimony of this gospel.
Herman Baldeon and I felt so bad that this had to happen.  We are now
starting from ground zero with Argentino.

From this experience I have learned many things.

1.  Always prepare your investigators with loving care (doesn’t matter if they are grown
men… Satan is real and will make them tick at any weakness that they
have)

2.  That the Lord has a time table and a plan for every one.


We are going to keep working on getting Argentino PREPARED for baptism,
most important is that he receives his own personal testimony that he
cannot deny.

This week we had 3 less active families at church!  I love it, except
they go running off  after sacrament meeting.  But I was so happy to see them
there and that they acted on their spiritual promptings to go to the
House of the Lord.

One of our lessons this week, we visited a part member family and
talked about the Liahona.  The Liahona, the guide that led Lehi and his
family to promise land.  It appeared out of nowhere outside of Lehi’s
tent.   I wondered to myself if Lehi had  just looked at this trinket and
said, “That´s weird,” and threw it aside.  They would have never gotten
to the promised land.  But with the guidance of personal revelation the
family was able to use the Liahona to it’s best ability.  We have so
many Liahona’s in our life.  Many of them we keep pretty, by our beside
collecting dust, or left aside for the use of others.  We need to all
be like Lehi and us all the tools the Lord has given us to endure to
the end.  Scriptures, prayer, church, prophets, leaders, parents,
guides of all types.  If we seek after Him, we can align our will with
His and find happiness in this life AND the life to come!  This is
going to be my goal this week, let me know how many Liahonas you´ve
found in your life.

Dad, you asked me about families en la Patagonia…. well they don’t
really exist.  There are more broken homes, or unmarried families than
I have ever seen.  Given that my comparison is Orange Country
California.. haha.  People don’t believe in marriage and because of
this, the teens here are more lost than ever.  I have gained such a
testimony of families here on my mission.  They are the most important
thing that we have on this earth and we should do all we can to
cherish them forever.  A young couple in our branch returned from the
temple this weekend and bore their testimonies.  I almost died!  They were
the cutest things ever up there smiling so hard they could barely
talk.  Family is happiness both of which are very rare things in this
world!

I love you all more than I can put in words.  I love this work and love
knowing that I can help people have their own eternal families!

“New ways bring results”

Hello family! I am here in a cyber with a space bar that is broken…
It’s really annoying:)  You may have to do a lot of spellcheck. ahhhh!!

Well this week started with…Zone Conference! It was 6 or 7 glorious
hours of training.  I love it when the zone conferences give us a bunch
of new ideas  in order to do missionary work better!  Also I love seeing Hermana
Rogers because she reminds me of mom:)  She always teaches with a lesson
plan 🙂  I was asked to translate for her for a while and it was really hard!!

So this week we went about applying all the new things we learned.
First we taught a lesson to active members to get references!  We
taught the restoration with cups and it was really fun and also
incredibly spiritual.  We all could feel that this gospel really was
restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith and through his faith we
have the joy of the gospel.  We received 2 references!  By the end of
the week we had contacted 6 references, (we usually average about 2
each week).  Even though not every reference leads to a new investigator,
if the members and we are in tune with the spirit the Lord will guide
us to where we need to be!

We also applied a counsel given from Hermana Rogers, to always have a
lesson plan and teach it in a memorable and spiritual way.  Saturday we
taught Argentino the doctrine of Christ.  We taught with a member who
is CAPA, Hermana Salaz, an example that is awesome!  But more
than that we all felt the spirit so strong.  Argentino experienced a
change during this lesson and it brought so much joy to ALL of us!  In the 
beginning he was talking about how he can’t do this, can’t do
that, and that he is a sinner and we are saints.  I testified to him
that these feelings come from Satan and it is his way of keeping us
from making saving convenants with the Lord–like baptism.

Well the time keeps on passing faster and faster…it scares me haha.
But I’m so thankful to be here in Argentina serving the Lord and his
children.  I love you all and appreciate all your love and support!

Take care of your selves! (cuidense) 🙂

Love always Hermana Carter

“Leche Nevada”

The title of this week’s letter is “Leche Nevada”.  It’s this disgusting
dessert that we had to eat, which consists of eggs, sugar, and
milk….. it has weird, marshmallow marrange (i don´t know how to spell it,
that dessert that is made of egg whites) floating in really sweet egg
yolk, milk mixture.  I pictured Dad or Staley just about fainting at
the sight of it.  I remember when she brought it out, my companion was
all…. “What is it?”

This week had DIVISIONES, when our sister training leader and her
companion come to Caleta and we work really hard. haha!  Sister Molina
(STL) always inspires me to find new investigators and be willing to
talk to EVERYONE!  Even though a ton of our appointments fell through
we walked all day through the wind, rain, hot and cold and contacted
lots of previous investigators and new investigators.  I love coming
home, feeling that I have really worked hard, it’s the most satisfying.  I
could be teaching all day or walking all day, but the fact that I did
my best always brings a smile to my face.

So we are still teaching Argentino and he’s very interesting.  He struggles
with understanding the doctrine, because he has so many bits and pieces
from doctrines of other churches, history, stories and everything.
He’ll give us an answer at the beginning which is GOLDEN and then
continue talking until he has left himself, me and my companion totally
confused. We told him he needs to be humble like a little child, I
don’t know how he felt about that haha. Good news is he came to church
with a loaf of homemade bread for us!

This week at church there were so many people there!  They all came
back from vacation and I was so happy to see my happy, willing,
helpful members!  They are so great and we had an awesome spiritual
testimony meeting.  There is a couple of youth who have received or will have
received mission calls and they bore their testimonies.  I love how
excited they are to serve the Lord, especially because the gospel has
come to them in such a miraculous way, that they are so willing to
share it with others.  Speaking of amazing youth, Mica received an
amazing blessing this weekend.  She told me that her Mom and Brother
got baptized February 1st!!  So proud to have had the opportunity to get
to know her and her family.  She’s Capa.

This week we went to see the Sea Lions of Caleta Olivia.  I learned
that they are very fat and ugly.

Do you know you are fat?

Do you know you are fat?

Also I taught Hermana Baldeon how to make pancakes… boy that was a big
mistake because she asked me to make them for her at 10 o´clock at
night and she ate like 4 with buttermilk syrup!!

Pancakes anyone?

Pancakes anyone?

Until Next Week!

Hermana Carter

Ice Cream anyone??

Ice Cream anyone??