Monthly Archives: July 2014

“XU-XA es el tiempo de jugar”

Hello family!
Hope you are doing well and enjoying that wonderful warm weather.  We are doing great here in Gallegos.  Just chugging along and working hard!  Things I really enjoy doing.  This week was pretty interesting, with baptismal plans, divisions, wind, and everything else in between.   I’m just going to share with you a few ups and downs. 
UPs.  We have a new couple to visit!  Jose and Carolina, they are so great.  We were able to share with them the Book of Mormon this week.  We talked about a lot of things and they were really receptive and WANT to know if the Book of Mormon is true!  They shared with us that they felt so different when we came to visit them for the first time.  They were like “I can’t really explain it, but it was something good.”  I love it when the people can recognize the spirit when we go into their homes.  1) because it tells me that I’m being worthy of the spirit and that the Lord allows me to carry it into the homes of our investigators.  2) it tells me that they are people who are prepared by the Lord to recognize the things that come from God!  I know that they will be able to discern when they know that this message is true and that they need to keep the commandments of God.
DOWNs. Well we were going to have a baptism this week but because of some inconvenient circumstances it didn’t happen.  1) the piping froze and we only had a little bit of water and 2) Leslie got scared the first time and her foot went up.  She was so scared that she wouldn’t try it again!  It was so sad because the poor little girl felt ashamed and embarrassed because she couldn’t get baptized.  That everyone had come, there was cake, and everything.  It was tough and I can’t help but feel like there was something we could have done to avoid it.  Like do it in another chapel or delay the baptism… because NOW it’s going to be a lot harder to get that girl in the water.  I know that the Lord has a will and that all will be well, but Hermana Julio and I felt so heart broken for this family, that yet again did not have a good experience with the church.  I am hoping and praying that they will be all right.
We are seeing a lot of miracles here in our area.  I hope everything continues to go well and that we can see more happiness come into the eyes of our investigators!
I love you all soo much.  Stay golden!
Love always,
Hermana Carter
Hermana Julio

Hermana Julio

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“sos alemana?”

This week has been such an amazing week!  I hope your week has been amazing too.  Shout out to the beautiful Hermana Boud who’s off to be a missionary this week!  New York won’t know what hit them. 

 
This week we had so many things to do!  First we had to achieve our goals.  The STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE!  So we had to do all that we can do to teach with members and find the people prepared for the gospel.  Second, I had to do divisiones with Hermana Baldeon, which is always a little tasking, because I have to leave the entire area in the hands of my comp (she’s great and works better than I do, but it still makes me nervous haha).  Third, we had zone conference this week.  Fourth, we had a baptism to prepare! 
 
In the midst of all the things that we had to do, we time to achieve it all.  We were able to find so many new investigators.  Two UNMARRIED couples… who are so great.  The first is Silvia and Mauricio.  Silvia is from Salta and was going to get baptized when she was little, but her parents wouldn’t let her.  We were able to teach them about the restoration and I could see her childhood light up in her eyes. (for reals)  I could tell that she was so willing to find out the truth, but she is very dependent on a boyfriend who is a little tougher haha. We planned to invite them to be baptized Sunday afternoon, we got to her house and her son got the flu and had to go to the hospital.  They were going to be the baptismal dates to fulfill our goals and I looked at my companion and she asked me where do you go?.  We decided to say a prayer and asked the Lord to guide us to these two people who are prepared to be baptized.  I  knew that the Lord had someone prepared to fulfill these goals.  Hermana Julio said “We have to go back to the wooden door” a couple of apartment buildings away.  We went and knocked the door and opened a couple, Jose and Carolina.  They are Catholics and they are from Catamarca and have lived here for 2 years.  They are super faithful and willing to do the Lords will.  We taught them about baptism and Christ’s example and the importance of covenants in having an eternal family!  It was so amazing to feel the spirit in their home and their faces showing so much sincerity in their hopes and desires to be better.  It was an amazing experience!
 
We have been teaching Nora for a while, who is a woman who lives in a tiny apartment with all 3 of her full grown kids and her grandchildren!  She hasn’t been able to go to church for 3 weeks because she works at night time and never gets there in time.  We have been fasting and praying that she can come to church, so that she can progress towards her baptismal date.  Well we asked how the woman was doing that she takes care of every night and she told us she died…. I could barely hold back my smile. haha.  We tried our best to show our remorse but we were so happy that she could come to church this week! hahahahah  The lord always fulfills his will.
 
 This week Enzo got baptized.  He’s a 9 year old boy who’s mom is less active.  He really really wanted to get baptized and was super prepared.  His baptism was so beautiful.  President Rogers even came!  It was the first baptism in a year in our branch.  But my favorite part was the testimony that his mom bore that Sunday.  She expressed that she was so grateful that her son had been an example to her.  To see her son get baptized on his own accord helped her feel the desire to start over and be good.
 
I love this gospel and I love this work.  I can feel myself growing stronger and stronger every day and it’s all thanks to this experience in the mission.  I don’t know what my life would be like without it.
 
Love Always Hermana Carter
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“torta frita”



Well well how’s my beautiful family doing?  Sounds like you’ve all been on the run, traveling like crazy!  I too had to make the trip to the mission house this week.  It’s like 3 days in one, we leave at 9 at night tuesday, travel all night, have a meeting wednesday. Then leave wednesday at 9 p.m. and get to Rio Gallegos at 9 in the morning.  Wednesday Argentina cualified for the finals! President had given us persmision to watch the game with a member.  But we we’re stuck in Comodoro so we ended up watching it in the terminal waiting for the bus haha.  There we were sitting on suitcases watching el Mundial with all the common people of Argentina!  It was pretty classic.  I enjoyed it.  Soccer is a wonderful sport.

This weeks title is Torta Frita because I’m keeping the count.  It’s been 9 days and counting that I have eaten something fried.  Yeah my heart is going to explode, because I’ve consumed a whole bottle of oil this week.  Right when I started to stop eating cookies in my pension, the members turned on me!  How cruel.

This week was great! We had some pretty awesome experiences.  We found a new investigator this week named Angelica.  We had such a great lesson with her and when we returned to teach her again, she told us that she felt something so special when we taught her the last time.  She was like, I can’t even explain the feeling, but I know that I want to continue taking the discussions!  It was cool that she recognized the spirit!  We shared the Book of Mormon with her and she is really willing to read it and understand it.  All the Angelicas are very special! haha.
This week we weren’t able to teach Matias.. but he came to church!  He’s starting to make friends and participate more.  There is something that is keeping him from committing to his baptismal date.  We’re going to find it! haha.
We are working with a less active family who has a son who is not baptized!  My companion and I were like, we need to find out what he needs to be prepared.  He was so cute!  He knows everything but the law of chastity… clearly.  We asked him if he had heard of it and he said “I don’t know what that is but I know what it is to chastize.  Mom how many times have you punished me?”  (castidad-chastity, castigar-to punish)  He’s getting baptized this weekend! Woohoo.  First baptism in the branch in a year.  Talk about a drout (drought?)
Well that’s all I’ve got for this week!  Hope you all have a fabulous day in that hot weather. Sometimes I daydream about walking around without tights and with short sleeves.  So yeah.
LOVE YOU ALL!!
Hermana Carter

“Bizcochitosss”

Hola familia!!  Happy Fourth of July!  I celebrated fourth of July by trying to remember how the ovens work back home.  It was great celebration.  I’m serving here in Rio Gallegos with Elder Rice and we always talk about California greatness.  But we can’t really remember how the ovens work.  A little counsel on that would be greatly appreciated. 

The life in the mission is going GREAT.  This week there were a bunch of missionaries who got stuck in Gallegos on the way to Ushuia.  So they had to bunk with us.  It was so great!  Hermana Fish stayed with me for two days and we did some clothing trades and found a bunch of new investigators.  We also had help from some other hermanas too, Herman Velazquez, Hermana Robbins, and Hermana Estibarribia (or something like that).  They were all such troopers and helped us out a ton!  This week we were able to teach 30 lessons and find 14 new investigators!  It was seriously a week of miracles.  I learned so many things being with different companions.. somethings I liked and others I didn’t, but all things very valuable.  Remember when I said I wanted to be more like Abinidi and speak without fear?  Well Hermana E is fearless.  So fearless that I was nervous about what she was going to say!  She tried to put a baptismal date and the woman wouldn’t accept it.  She said, Do you want to get baptized someday?” And the woman replied yes… and the Hermana E said, “Well I hope you don’t wait too long!” haha.  Super gutsy, but I really liked seeing how other missionaries work. 
Good news this week is that Matias is progressing super well!  He’s just like Argentino from Caleta… he talks and talks and talks but, he appreciates the organization of the church despite some of the shocking experiences he’s had in coming to our branch.  Something that called my attention is that he said we were the first congregation that talked more about the responsibility than the power.  I hope I can live up to my calling and fulfill the responsibility.  During church he was able to receive a priesthood blessing and say the closing prayer!  He said that he really enjoyed it.  Keep him in your prayers so that all goes well for his baptismal date July 19th!
The Lord is blessing us with so many miracles.  I’m  so grateful for the diligence of my companion and how she helps me keep the work going.  The 3rd transfer in an area is pretty tough, but I can see how there is so much work to be done!  I hope I can help this area make the changes it needs before i leave.  This area has helped me grow so much, for that I am super grateful.  Heres to another transfer of growth. 
This week, as we were finding so many new and prepared people, I felt the spirit so strong to testify of the truthfulness of this gospel.  That Jesus really is the Savior of the world and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored here on earth in these last days.  All these things are the strongest evidences that my Heavenly Father loves me and these people!  I have no doubt in my mind that it is true.
I love you all oh so much!  You are just too tan and beautiful to look at!
I’m sending a picture of one the greatest miracles that have happened here in Gallegos.  Do you remember when I talked about when we went contacting and we knocked on a door and found an inactive who was going through a hard time.  She started crying just at the sight of us at the doorstep.  Well that is Soledad and she has been inactive for 14 years.  She has now been to church 3 times and her mom twice!  Super miraculous… and very prepared.  I love them so much!
Take care!
Hermana Carter
Soedad and mother

Soedad and mother