Monthly Archives: April 2014

“segundo piso”

 

Companions are the best!

Companions are the best!

Hello everyone!!!

I would like to make a formal anouncement that I officially am very old.  20 years really stinks and is the official way of announcing to everyone, “Hi, I’m an adult and there is nothing teen left of  me. I don’t have an excuse to be angsty or immature, because I’m 20 and I’m supposed to wear blazers and pantyhose and hang my clothes up in my closet!!?” what a drag.  haha!! LOL 

Besides the depression of being 20 years old, it has been a wonderful week!  We worked with the sisters in our branch to do their visiting teaching.  The sisters did 83 visits. Hooray!!  I think it’s the first time that it’s been done in South America.  Yeah, we are pioneers… haha.  I found myself being really stressed out this week because we weren’t getting our daily contacts done or finding new investigators.  But, we saw the fruits at the end of the week!  The Hermanas that we helped really do have trust in us as missionaries, which helps us help them.  I see a future of lessons with members!  Now we just need to find the investigators:)
We have this investigator named Angelica and she is golden.  She works for social services caring for a family of 4 orphaned brothers and sisters.  Hermana Zanuttini and her old companion found her “clapping” doors.  We had an amazing lesson with her this week, with a Miembro Justo , Hermana Mansilla.  The lesson was kinda long.. like 2 hours (that´s what happens when you get two chileans together) but the spirit was so strong!!  When we shared about the first vision. Angelica said “I want to meet him!” haha.  Something that I loved is that she realized how important it is that Joseph Smith was chosen by God, unlike the priests that study to be a religious authority.  I love that too, doctrinal knowledge and spiritual sensitivity are completely two different things. That those who are humble and willing to follow God are those who receive the responses to their questions from THEIR FATHER in heaven.  I hope that I can be more humble and trust in the Lord.  Sometimes I just go in automatic missionary mode when surely the spirit would guide me more effectively.  Hermana Masilla, miembro justo, was catholic before she was baptized and shared her testimony of how she came to know the church is true.  Angelica was touched by her sincerity.  We invited her to close the lesson with a prayer, asking Heavenly Father if our message was true.  She prayed…. and did not ask!  I don’t know why Satan works so hard on these people but that is usually the thing that they lack.  THE QUESTION.  I know that God responds to our prayers but we have to ask.  I guess we’ll get her next time. To be continued.
Nahir.  Nahir is doing well!  She didn’t come to church this week, but we were able to keep daily contact with her this week.  She has been praying to receive an answer as well.  We asked if she feelt like she had received an answer.  She told us that all the good things in her life come from the Church.  We shared with her Galations 5:22-23 which talks about the fruits of the spirit.  She said “thats exactly what I feel when I’m with you!”  During all the trials that she is going through, the gospel has been there to bring her the bit of peace she needs in her life.  Nahir has the answer now we just have to prepare her during this busy time in her life.
This week i am officially sick of flour.  I’m sick of bread, pasta, crackers, cookies, and all other forms of carbs that they eat here.  They don’t eat anything else:(  I would kill for like a salad or something like thst.  I also have developed a deep fear of diabetes and celiax disease…. hahah. A little glimpse of my “Argentina problems”.
My companion is from Santa Fe Argentina! She is of italian decent but is bean pole and very funny. She comes from a family of missionaries i think she’s like the 7th missionary in her family! She’s very compasionate and loves to hug…. (hugging is a little difficult for me) She has taught me so much being here gallegos. Because she is so compassionate she teaches so well. She really caters to necesesities of our investigators. Which calms down my “numbers obsession”. I love her. 
I love you all so much. I’m so thankful I was born into this world to come to know you all. To have such great examples to help me in this crazy world. I lean on your testimonies when i’m weak, I rely on your triumphs to give me hope, and remember your love when i feel alone.
love always, Annelies-ustki-icecream-carter
My 20th birthday in Argentina!

My 20th birthday in Argentina!

My apartment in Gallegos

My apartment in Gallegos

Laundry of stripes

Laundry of stripes

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“Huevitos de Pascua”

Hello family! Happy Easter to all. Did you eat Tarta de pescado? no!? haha. 

People love their pascua here, it includes eating fish, sleeping, being with the family, and eating a dessert called rosca de pascua, but nothing has to do with Jesus… However I thoroughly enjoyed being able to talk to people openly about Jesus Christ and how important He is to us. In our zone conference this week Hermana Rogers and Presidente talked about how the atonement can apply to us as missionaries. We watched the video Gracias a El (https://www.lds.org/youth/video/because-of-him?lang=eng) which really hit home for me. How amongst all of these huge things that have happened in the world, WWII, the invention of the airplane, things that we always think CHANGED the world, nothing changed the world more than Jesus Christ. It made me think if there is anything good I could do in the world, it would be that people can reap the blessings of the atonement and payback their Savior by having faith in him, repenting, being baptized, receive the gift of holy ghost, and enduring to the end! That is all he asks of us, after doing EVERYTHING for us. Another thing that Hermana Rogers helped me understand is that like Jesus Christ, I was preordained for a certain plan including serving a mission in Argetina. Like Jesus Christ, I have to do hard things and things that are against my will or personal desire but if we hold true to Jesus Christ we will be able to overcome these challenges too! The atonement is everything.
Good news this week! Nahir, our unconventional investigator, accepted a baptismal date! I say unconventional because she works all the time. She’s a hairdresser and we just have to follow the spirit and pass by when we think there aren’t any customers. It’s super hard to teach her and help her progress but she has the desire to be a better follower of Christ and was able to come church this week. We’re trying to find ways to help her confront her doubts and rely on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Prayers for Nahir please!
It’s was below zero this week and it’s only autumn…. but it’s all good! I’m very happy and already super pasty white! I love you all so much and hope you all have a wonderful week. Share your testimony of our savior this week.
Love always Hermana Carter
Chocolate Eggs!

Chocolate Eggs!

Hermana Zanuttini gets one too!

Hermana Zanuttini gets one too!

“La misionera rubia nueva”

Hello everyone!

Let me know if you get this email I don’t know how fast it works down here in the END OF THE WORLD. To give you an idea of what it looks like we take the beautiful city of Mesquite, Nevada make the population about 20% dog and put it in a freezer.  It’s not breathtaking but the 80% human population have bodies in which their precious souls occupy, those of which I am looking to save. haha.

This week has been a whole bunch of learning and working.  Rio Gallegos is a lot more calm than Caleta.  I feel super regretful for not talking to every person I saw in the street in Caleta because no one leaves their house here:(  But I’m super pumped to work this area!  This week we put 2 new people on date and have been seeing lots of miracles.  Hermana Zanuttini is not accustomed to planning with or working with members.  Hopefully I can help her get that going so that the members are more excited to help us out with their killer testimonies:)
Two of the my favorite moments of this week was 1. a lesson with an inactive member named Maria (they are all named maria haha).  We went to visit her with a the Relief Society President Herman Sampayo.  We planned on talking about the plan of salvation.  Luckily her friend Rosa came to visit just when we got there!  Rosa participated in our lesson and listened VERY intently. At the end of the lesson Hermana Sampayo asked her if she would like us to visit her as well.  Rosa said, “Of course and I would like them to visit my Dad too!”  When we went to visit her the following day we invited her to be baptized and she said yes! woohoo. 
Favorite moment 2. is our lesson with Angelica.  Angelica is a foster mom for a family of 4 orphaned children.  She’s catholic but seems to have lot’s of doubts.  She read the Plan of Salvation pamphlet before we came to her house and the loved the part about the spirit world.  We had a completely inspired lesson with a mix of almost everything in Preach my Gospel.  She has true desires to follow Jesus Christ, and she knows that we have been sent to her for a reason.
These two experiences helped me learn that the Lord really does place us in people pathways.  He has a plan and this work is inspired.  I’m looking forward to finding more miracles every day that tell me, “Yes!  You are doing the Lord’s will.”  What greater assurance could we ask for? 
I hope you are doing well!  Enjoy spring time, I on the other hand will be freezing my little buns off down here in the south pole.  BUT with a smile! 
Love always,
Hermana Carter

New Transfer Rio Gallegos

New Transfer Rio Gallegos

Sunset of the bridge we cross EVERY DAY

Sunset of the bridge we cross EVERY DAY

Fernando from Calet of Olivia. Crazy angry bird.

Fernando from Calet of Olivia. Crazy angry bird.

“La amiga gringa”

Hello my beautiful family,
I enjoyed reading all of your great letters and looking at your photos!  You guys are amazing:)  In our zone conference, my district leader talked about how we follow the examples of our brothers and sisters.  I thought about all the great examples you have set for me and how I need to get to work if I want to live up to your greatness!  Keep being sooo great, so I want to be great… haha

This is my last day in Caleta and I believe everyone will being crying because their blonde friend will be gone… (uhh probably not but it´s ok).   However our friend, Maria, who comes with us to a lot of our lessons, told me I was her best gringa friend, or her only gringa friend:)  That makes me happy enough!

This has been a fantastic week!  Lots of things happening, transfers, general conference, zone conference, packing, teaching, praying and all that good stuff in between!

First off we have been teaching Sharon and Paula and they are super capas!  They both are reading the Book of Mormon daily and praying daily.  When we asked how church went for Paula she said, “I loved it!  There was a fluidity and spirit that I felt.  Can you find me a book with all the church songs?”  AWESOME!  These girls are not normal!  They are PREPARED.  I’m sad that I won’t be able to see the rest of their progression, but I’m so happy to have been able to know them and teach them!  We read the Book of Enos with them and talked about prayer.  I love the example that Enos sets for all of us.  Prayer should not just be thoughts in our head, but an effort to communicate with our Heavenly Father.  Through his diligence in prayer, he did not accomplish all that he desired on this earth, but knew that he had completed the Lord’s will.  In the end he dies with the certainty that he will return to live with his Heavenly Father again.  Wow, I want to be like him and pray so faithfully that the Lord will always make his will known to me.  Sharon and Paula too, showed true desires to grow closer to their Heavenly Father.  They have received answers to their prayers and were so impressed that someone would invite them to receive these answers for themselves. Sharon told us that she was finally going to talk to her mom about baptism.  We’ll see what she said tonight! woohoo!

Argentino is doing really well!  He sent us like 10 messages during the conference saying, “I have experienced manifestations of the Holy Ghost in this conference!!” Wow!  He’s so crazy but I’m so glad that he is in the church and receiving guidance by the spirit and inspired leaders of the Lord. 

Conference was so great right?  The messages that I enjoyed the most would be the talk on “gratitude” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/grateful-in-any-circumstances?lang=eng and the “loads in our truck beds”.  https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/04/bear-up-their-burdens-with-ease?lang=eng

These two talks help me realize that I should be grateful for the loads (burdens, obligations, privileges, responsibilities etc.) that I have.  That if I confront them with gratitude and faith they make me stronger and better.  I like the idea that the weight of the load is what got the man back on the road and home to safety.  Sometimes we only take on what we think we can handle, but I realized that I want to take ALL the yoke(connection with the Lord) upon me instead of only what I think I can handle.  I want to do it all! haha.  I know change takes time. But change won’t exist if I don’t desire the full picture!  Baptisms, lessons with members, greater measure of the spirit, better use of my language, and healthy and disciplined life!  We have to wish for the full picture!

I love you all so much!  Hope you are doing well and that you treasure the things you learned in conference.  I think the branch thinks I’m crazy I would ask everyone, “Are you excited for conference?!?!?” like every minute before it arrived.  I think my mom trained me well with a love for listening to the prophets of the Lord!  Way to go mom.

Happy Birthday Mommy, I love you so much and am so thankful for the love and faith that you have for the Lord! and for me!  haha!!   You are a beautiful, radiant, and fun mother.  I could not ask for anything more in this life! 

cuidense mucho! un abrazote!

la Hermana Carter