Monthly Archives: August 2014

“Pan Casero”

Well well how’s la familia doing?!  I’m here in cyber listening to some pretty mediocre worldly music. when will Maroon 5 just give up. haha.

This week has been another interesting one.  Lot’s of trips to doctors, resting, and walking really slow.  I’m learning so much with such different circumstances and with my new companionship.  I’m learning a lot about empathy, patience, and charity.  I’ve become a work-aholic in the last to transfers and now I have to become soft, sweet, lovable caretaker!  The mission helps us learn so many things.  I guess you could compare it to the transition from being a business woman and then being a stay at home mom.  The two things are important and work, but very differently. 
Aside from my companion’s complicated back situation, she bit the bullet and we did a little bit of work this week.  With the small sacrifices that she made, we saw a lot of miracles!  We found 4 investigators!  Finding Jainen and Virginia was a complete miracle.  We were contacting Saturday in the morning and we knocked Virginia’s door.  She opened and told us. “I don’t have a problem if you come another time, I’m teaching an English class right now.”  So we wrote down her datos and said we would call her to set up another appointment.  We went to knock the other door and she came out and asked us if we could come back in like 15 minutes.. we were like YES!! haha!  We went back and we found her 27 year old daughter who’s in a wheel chair.  She told us that when she was a youth, she went to the Mormon church a lot and it helped her overcome a lot of challenges that she was facing in that moment.  She felt that she needed to come back!  I have no idea why she didn’t get baptized but… She’s so great and I can see how she’s going to progress alot!
It’s those happy things that keep us going!  I love how the Lord knows us so well and He guides us to His children in the exact moment that we need them.  I know this is the Lord’s work.  I hope I can keep changing to become a better servant for Him.
Love you guys a ton!
Hermana Carter 
Where is the bread maker?

Where is the bread maker?

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“Super Down South”

Hello hello!
Well I’m here, super down south.  Surprisingly it’s really not that cold
down here, it’s beautiful.  After a super long bus ride we finally got
here Tuesday night.  The first day we started planing and my companion
startied teaching me everything about the area and we worked in the
evening.  Thursday we were able to find a new investigator Eliana.
She’s really nice and has a mix of christian backrounds ranging from
Pentacostal to Catholic.  After a great morning and a great lunch, my
companion told me that her back hurt really bad.  I bought her some
ibprofen and then we went home.  We were able to go to the doctor and
well long story short, we’ve been in the pension for 4 days now.  I
feel super bad for her because she is in a lot of pain.  I am also
super bored and stressed out because we don’t have investigators or
anything here in Ushuia, so i just want to work!  I’ve taken a lot of time to study,
cook, clean, sleep, write in my journal, paint my nails and much more.  I’m learning
a lot about patience and charity in this current moment.  Instead of feeling bad
for myself, the Lord is helping me feel more for my companion and serving her so
that she can work again!  I love her so much!  She’s such a sweet girl!The people here in Ushuia are so great. They are very happy that they
live in the prettiest city ever, it’s very different than the other
areas I’ve been in.  My companion is a little discouraged because they
haven’t had a lot of work lately, but I’m so pumped for when she gets
better so we can just find all the elect people out here.I miss Gallegos so much and Hermana Julio.  Even though the branch here
is so great and big, I miss those familiar faces and big hugs!

Hope you are all doing well!  Enjoy your last days of summer:) the
snow is melting here which means it’s headed to your neighborhood in
the next couple of months!

Lots of love!

Hermana Carter

 
 

“feliz dia pibes”

Hello family!
How y’all doing?  Do you know that I just love you guys?!  This week has been so crazy.  Went to Comodoro in an overnight bus ride tuesday night and traveled home wednesday night…  I was basically a zombie all week.  For the first time I broke down and bought a diet coke to give me energy.  I felt so old. haha!!
 
Well this week is transfers! and this girl is headed to USHUIA! what?!  It’s going to be so cold and so great I’m so very excited.  I highly doubt that it looks like mesquite.  More like Park City!  I’m headed down tomorrow morning.  My comanion is going to be Hermana Estrada from El Salvador and I will be the Sister Training Leader for the one and only Hermana Fish.  It’s going to be a crazy party… and of course we’re going to baptize the whole world.
 
This week wasn’t quite like we planned but we worked hard anyways.  We were able to have so many special moments with Soledad when we taught her kids for the first time about baptism.  I loved seeing her face while we taught her she was so happy that her kids could participate with her. It’s going to take a while for everyone to make changes in their home, but I know that the Lord will bless her if she keeps at it.
 
We also have been working with Nora.  She is so cold and I never know what she’s feeling. Sometimes I pray so that I can be like Ammon and read her mind… but sometimes it doesn’t work. She is so prepared for her baptism.  She only needs her answer about the Book of Mormon!  I can’t wait to see pictures of her baptism.
 
It was super tough to do all the goodbyes to the members.  I cried.  That’s like a first.  These members are so special.  They have so many difficulties and trials and they still are faithful.  They may be a little crazy, but they love the Lord and the Lord loves them.  So many hugs that I just didn’t want to let go!  I’m sure there are great members in Ushuia too.  I’m excited to meet them and I already love them.
 
I love this work so much.  I know that I’m supposed to be here on the mission and I’m learning what will last FOREVER.  I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world.  I know that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet, his words are the Lord’s words.  I know that the Book of Mormon is true, It’s a treasure here on this earth.  These truths are eternal.  I’m so blessed to be able to share them here at the ends of the earth.  Share them too up there in the states!
 
Love always, Hermana Carter
la familia sampayo... mis amores mi vida!

la familia sampayo… mis amores mi vida!

“Princesa”

Hello family!

How’s it all going?!  Sounds like you’re all enjoying the summer vacation for the last couple weeks. That’s cool… vacations don’t exist in the mission.  Before I became a leader, I thought leadership council was a vacation, I was greatly mistaken.

So this week was pretty good.  We were able to have a couple good lessons not as many in the other weeks, but we still saw so many miracles. 
We were able to visit Lesli.  FINALLY.  The good things are that she still likes us and the gospel but she really hates water.  So we are going to have work on that.  She’s a child of divorced parents and really knows how to get what she wants.  Hopefully she can keep progressing and coming to church.
We were able to do a lot of contacting this week and found so many new investigators!  One is Liliana.  I love her so much.  She is Christian and super dedicated to her church, but even more to her Heavenly Father.  I love that she really wants to give all to the Lord.  We taught her about the restoration and invited her pray to know if Joseph Smith was really a prophet.  She said that she wants to ask the Lord and know if we were really sent to her doorstep for a reason.  There are very few people who are truly willing to do ALL of the Lord’s will.  I hope that she will ask with faith, I know the lord will respond.
Transfers are comming up and I keep on thinking that this might be my last lunch in Gallegos, my last everything in Gallegos, haha.  It’s really sad.  I can’t believe how much I have come to love this really ugly city.  The people are so special and live in a culture so difficult, I think the Lord chose some of his strongest children to live down here. 
I love you all sooo much! Take care and don’t spoil those grandkids too much.
Love always, Hermana Carter