Monthly Archives: May 2014

“cortáme cuande queres”

Well, well another week has passed! It’s crazy how fast the time passes and how much stuff we do in one week. We walked so much this week because our two most urgent and important investigadores live like 10 kilometres away from each other.

Miracle of the week…. Angelica came to church with the two youngest boys that she takes care of Lucero and Angel.  We had some really powerful lessons with her this week.  What I really loved is when she read 3 nephi 11 as an assignment.  She felt the spirit so strong reading that passage, that she got emotional talking about it.  She told us in her own words “I don’t need to pray to know if this book is true, I already know and I can’t deny it.”  Fuaaaaa!  It was so awesome.  She is progressing very very well.  We also had the chance to teach her and the boys the 10 commandments.  They loved it!  They learned that they need to be obedient and that they need to go to church!  We also gave them both Books of Mormon and they read their assignments and everything!  I love visiting that home because I can feel that it is full of miracles.
We are also working with a young man named Carlos.  Carlos is the grandson of the inactive family Cruz.  This family is so strong and knows that the church is true.  It’s incredibly disheartening to see such a family opt out of the blessings of salvation and those that they can receive in this life. However, they have been a great support to Carlos and have provided a way for him to receive the gospel.  We were able to teach him about prophets and how there is a living prophet in these days. He looked at the picture that we have of all the prophets.  I could tell that he was marveling at the idea that there are living-day prophets that guide us today.  I loved that I was able to share this knowledge with him and that I could testify that I know that Thomas S. Monson is a chosen man by God to lead us in these days.  Copado.
I’m sorry I’m such a flojo with writing these days.  I loved your letters and am so happy that you’re all spending such great times together.  Keep up the great work!
Happy Birthday Eeg. 
Love your favorite aunt.
Anneliese
New Companion, Hermana Julio fromViña del Mar, Chile

New Companion,
Hermana Julio fromViña del Mar, Chile

Gathering with Sister Rogers

Gathering with Sister Rogers

Ahhh, sleep and warmth!

Ahhh, sleep and warmth!

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“soy de BOCA Jrs.”

Well this week has really been a “week 6”.  The 6th week of the transfer is the week that you do everything you can to reach your goals… or you give up; most people give up.  I am going to be honest and say that I have had a few “week sixes” that have been a long struggle to just finish! However, this week six was all about Nahir.  Sigh… Nahir had a crazy, crazy week and it blew her out of the water.  It all started with the call Wednesday night.  She told us that something has happened with the divorce and that she can’t meet with us during our scheduled appointment :(. We were able to talk with her and well she was really overwhelmed with the whole divorce thing. Thursday we went to visit her and she wasn’t there.  We waited an hour outside until she got there. We were able to really talk to her and share some scriptures on the importance of baptism and the blessings that come when we are baptized.  She was super excited and said, “Of course what would impede me from being baptized?”  We did the pre-interview with her and it was great.  We felt the spirit super strong and nothing could beat the smile on her face!  We set up the time for her interview with the district leader.  It was great.  Friday my companion and I were preparing ourselves to head over to the interview when she called us.  She told us that the last night the were some disputes or arguments that took place at her house and that she had to talk with her lawyer right now and that the baptism will have to happen another time… boom!!   That’s when the novella ended.. It has been a very dramatic week but after talking with Nahir I can see how she can be better prepared and that we can help her become even stronger in the gospel. 

Some miracles that happened this week would include Angelica.  Angelica is our investigator who takes care of 4 orphaned children and is an angel.  This week we talked about the word of wisdom. She has already started to smoke less!  And she said what has helped her is prayer.  She always thought that it would be selfish to ask for help to stop smoking and now that she has started to make it part of her daily prayers she has smoked less!  Prayer is a powerful thing.
Angelica also came to see a baptism this week.  She loved how simple and humble the ceremony was and felt the spirit too.  She told me that she couldn’t really describe how she felt and but that to her is was something really beautiful.
We tried hard to do a lot of contacting this week.  We had some really great contacts this week.  One is named Soledad from Buenos Aires.  We found her knocking doors and well she’s a member but was so happy that we came to her door because she’s been needing to come closer to her Heavenly Father.  She started to cry and said, “I know that you are angels that he has sent to me”. Hopefully we can get to work reactivating and working with her kids and husband, whom I assume are not members.  It was a little moment that told me that the Lord really does direct us in all things.
Well transfer news is pretty big.  Hna Zanuttini is going to CALETA! woohoo.  I’m so excited for her because that area is golden.  She’s going to love it.  And well I am staying here in Rio Gallegos with a whole pile of work on my plate.  I’m going to be training, being a sister training leader and adopting an area (that’s keeping my area and taking over another one, my boundaries are the entire branch…. ).  You know what they say “the stronger the wind, the stronger the tree”!   Well lets just say that I’m going to be a whole lot stronger at the end of this transfer. woo.
Love you guys a whole lot.  I’m looking forward to hearing from you all next week. 
Good luck Jim and Susan! son re capos! The Dominican Republic is going to love you both!
pictures from Rosa

pictures from Rosa

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“feliz dia mamá”

Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mothers out there!

I hope all those you serve paid a little something back, because you deserve it!  And to the best mom ever!  Thanks for always being such a wonderful example to me of obedience and hard work. Of all the things I think you’ve given me, the gospel is what I treasure most.  Keep up the good work and being the best mom I could ever ask for.

Speaking of moms, Nahir is a mom who is currently making the transition from married to single.  Her two kids are 7 and 4 years old and are little devious rascals.  I think I’ve said this before, but I really do think that Satan takes control of children’s bodies when the missionaries are teaching…. We got to actually teach Nahir for the first time in a place that was not in her hair studio!  The first time was super illegal!  We started the lesson at 9:30 (the time we are supposed to be in our pension) and got home at 10:30! haha.  But don’t worry we asked for permission!  We are teaching her the commandments to make sure she’s ready for her baptism.  She is so excited and knows that it’s going to be a good change in her life.  She even called her friends in Ushuia to come to her baptism in that moment!  We also got to teach her Sunday night in her house.  I was bummed to not be able to visit her with a member, because it would have been so great!  The whole time we planned on teaching the law of tithing again and right when we finished the opening prayer she asked us, “What do I do about TITHING?  I don’t know if I can pay it.”  BOOM! ready to help her resolve her doubts.  After explaining what tithing is used for and why we should pay it, focusing on the faith that is needed to show our gratitude to the Lord, we shared the scripture in 1 Nephi 17:3.  She loved it and knows that the Lord will provide for her and take care of her so she CAN keep the commandments of God.  She’s great.  I love her and hope and pray that she can come out of these trials stronger with the help of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
This week we had a zone meeting and talked a lot about the difference between conversion and commitment.  There are two types of ways to fulfill a calling.  One is through commitment or obligation and the other is through conversion.  When we are converted, our heart, might, and mind is in the work.  We do all that we can to fulfill the Lord’s will.  The Lord really does trust us as imperfect human beings to care for his children and what he wants us to do is in our power.  I love the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants that says that we should be “anxiously engaged in a good cause and do many things in their own free will” D&C 58:27-28.  We have the power to make things happen!  Let us all make good things happen this week!!!
Family, I loved talking to you.  I’m sorry if i said anything dumb or awkward.  The whole English thing is a little difficult right now.  It’s super trunky to say, but the next time I see your beautiful faces it will be Christmas time…. and in real life.  Thank you for your prayers and support and just for being my brothers and sisters and great people! haha!
Harper killed me with katy Perry!  EEg is going to have to come up with some big act next time haha.  Just kidding, I love my nieces!   They’re going to be total babes when they grow up:)
Love you!!
Hermana Carter

“two hours to victory”

 

Hello my lovely family,

How is your wonderful week of springtime going?  I hope it’s been nice…. sigh.  I miss summer!  After almost 24 months of summer skirts and short sleeves, not to mention the 7 years of living in southern california, I’m not really digging the whole pasty white, wearing the same coat everyday winter life.  But it’s for a GREAT purpose so I guess I’ll go with it:)

This week was a little interesting.  Hermana Zanu got sick with the flu and stomach pains.   So we didn’t go out much.  Let me tell you I think it was more of a learning experience staying in than going out.  I learned that I need to love my companion enough to let her get better when really all I want to do is go out and knock some doors!  That’s right I said it.  And after waking up and doing the regular schedule, I was at a loss for things to do at 9 o’clock in the morning…  I managed to mend 3 skirts, wash 2 loads of laundry, clean the kitchen, paint my nails, watch the district, Legacy, Mountain of the Lord, Joseph Smith, a Restoration, and read a little of Jesus the Christ. 
We also had a conference with the area seventy President Gonzales.  We traveled to a city called Calafate which is where the active glacier is.. but we didn’t go to the glacier, and President missed his flight! haha.  We ended up having a short little meeting through skype on a little tablet screen. I  felt a little jipped because all the other zones got the full conference.  Never the less, I learned many things.  He told us the most important commitment that we can extend to an investigator, member, or menos activo, is to go to church!  It’s what will cause the most changes in Rio Gallegos and the most growth in the church.  Therefore, GO TO CHURCH!  He also talked about how we can help families the most.  That would be reading the Book of Mormon.  If we really treasure these words of the Book of Mormon and feel the spirit when we read, we can have successful families. It’s so true! It makes me remember when I was little and could barely read and we read as a family. I remember when it was my turn to read it took me so long to read one verse, sometimes Cade or Kai would get frustrated and mom would defend me:)  Mom your faith that you had in me helped me realize how important it is that EVERYONE read the Book of Mormon.  It’s what gives us strength and faith to accomplish our eternal goals.
Speaking of goals,  this Sunday our zone had a goal to accomplish our monthly goal of church attendance.  That meant 2 investigators for every companionship.  We fasted and prayed and invited everyone that we could.  Hermana Zanuttini and I didn’t have much time to get out there and find people to invite because she had been sick, but we put forth our best effort. That Sunday morning I didn’t know who else to call and it seemed that all was lost.  Seriously I prayed like every 5 minutes that someone could come to sacrament meeting.  Turns out a future investigator that we have never taught came!!  It was a miracle.  Later that day we set our monthly goals and with two hours to lose, we packed in lessons with members and new baptismal dates.  Our zone leaders were like, “Do all you can in these last two hours to have 2 lessons with members”!  Hermana Zanuttini and I were like, “Where should we go, what members could help us?”  We said a prayer and decided to go the Family Sampayo.  They invited a friend to come to their house and receive the lessons that night.  We taught her and set a date to bless her baby in church.  Then we went to another family and right then they had a friend over who wasn’t a member!  Woah!!!  Miracles happen.  I really love accomplishing goals 🙂
Well that’s all I’ve got. I love you all so much and I am super excited to see you and talk to you this week!!
Love ya,
Anneliese
You get the first bite!!

You get the first bite!!

Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Birthday!!!