Monthly Archives: September 2014

“Libre soy, libre soy”

Hello my loves!

This is Hermana Carter here reporting about week siiix. Week six is always a little complicated; getting ready for transfers and everything, but the good news is… is that my companion gets here Wednesday!  Her name is Hermana Reyes and she’s from right here in Argentina!  I’m going to be coming home with a very legit Argentine accent haha!  I am so excited for her to come so we can get some good work into our area!  It’s going to be the best!!!

I was trying to enjoy my last week with the best Hermana Fish.  It’s like really distracting working with your best friend.  I think it was smart of President to not make us companions.  But she’s staying in Ushuaia for another transfer!  We were however able to get a lot of work done this week.  It was the week of the prophets.  Everyone was questioning the prophets and it was very interesting. haha! 
This Monday we were able to teach Macarena about the plan of salvation and it was really great.  I felt the spirit so strong and I know that God is just fighting so hard for all his children to get back home to Him.  He loves us so much, but it’s a tough love and Macarena understood that.  She finally understood that she wasn’t part of His kingdom yet, but had this desire to one day be there.  What she doesn’t understand is that it’s NOW that we have to act and try to become better.  It’s something that youth just don’t understand…. life actually ends someday.
We were also able to find a few new investigators this week.  One that looks quite promising is Fernanda.  She’s a single mom with two little boys.  She grew up Catholic but is not practicing.  She says that her faith in God has been what helps her keep going with her kids.  We were able to teach her about baptism and why it’s important.  When we closed we invited her to do the prayer and she did it!  No one ever does that… it was so cute.  I’m looking forward to seeing her again and helping her understand what God wants for her family.
I love you guys a lot.  I hope you’re all doing well and taking care of yourself.  Our mission has a goal that we will all have one baptism before Christmas as our gift to the Lord.  What more could our Heavenly Father want than bringing His children into his fold.  Please pray for these opportunities too so that this Christmas you will be able to see one of His children come closer to Christ!  
It’ll be the best. 🙂
Much Love,
Hermana Carter

“Hora Feliz”

Hello!
 How’s it all going ?:)  Well today is p-day!  Hermana Araneda already left to go to the mtc and now I am chilling with the two other hermanas who are here in Ushuaia but in another branch! Hermana Fish and Hermana Rassmussen!  It’s pretty crazy being with 3 gringas but it’s fun too. Hermana Fish has been my best friend for the entire mission and she’s really good at making me laugh.  I don’t think I’ve laughed that much in a very long time!!

So we’ve been walking all over Ushuia trying to figure out how to work in two areas.  But at least we are super busy!  We were able to teach a lot of lessons.  This week we have been working a lot with Jainen, and it turns out it’s not going to be easy to get to her to the font, but all is possible.  She has a lot of mixed ideas about God and is not sure if she wants to change them, but she recognizes the spirit everytime we go.  I’m not going to give up on her!  I love her a lot and hope to help here lead a healthy, happy, successful life, aka the gospel.

We have also been working with one of our investigators Macarena.  She finally said the prayer at the end of the lesson and read her reading assignment!  It was great.  She and Jainen have a really complicated history with the church and I think that’s one of the things that keeps them from progressing as fast as they could without these experiences.  However, Macarena is progressing little by little.  I love that she asks good questions and looks for the truth.  The only problem is that she wants to know the truth without the will to follow that which is true… it’s a little complicated.  I love her, I hope that as she reads and prays she will be able to feel the Lord’s love for her and the desire to be obedient.

This week we were able to participate in lot’s of activities.  We did a world-wide service activity with the helping hands.  We helped fixed up an old folks home!  It’s so funny because while they are working some of the hermanas walk around with their “Mate” and thermoses to serve “mate” (The drink, which contains caffeine, is made by an infusion of dried leaves of yerba mate) to all the workers…. Argentina! haha.

 

I hope you are all doing great! Love you all a bunch. Keep up the good work and take care of yourselves!!

 

Love always,

Hermana Carter

“Neblina”

Help!!! I cannot believe that another week has gone past!  This week has been pretty crazy too.  I’ve been working with my mini missionary, doing a little pre-training and had to travel to Comodoro for a leadership council.

The trip was pretty crazy!  We left Ushuaia in a bus at 5 in the morning.  The elders didn’t set their alarms, so I had to call them angrily say,  “The bus is leaving”.. haha!  They finally made it and 3 hours later we were in Rio Grande.  In Rio Grande we went to the airport to take a flight to Comodoro, BUT there was so much fog that the plane hadn’t been able to land on the landing strip. We waited hoping and praying until 7 at night and we were finally able to leave.  We arrived in Comodoro at 11 p.m. and we had the conference at 7 a.m.  The conference was soo great!!  President shared a little from the talk, “What Manner of Men Ought Ye to Be?”, from the priesthood session last conference.  We talked about how we can bring the mission to the next level.  Although there are many things that we can do to help our missionaries be more obedient and efficient, the most important thing we can accomplish is to help them become a little more Christlike.  I know that I, nor any other missionary, are not the the perfect missionaries, but if we do our best to do the Lord`s will, little by little, we will see the changes we want to see!

After the conference we has lost 3 days in our area!  Hermana Araneda and I hit the pavement.  We don’t have a lot of investigators, members, or less actives in our area, BUT we found 5 new people this week!

We started our fast Saturday afternoon, and I was praying so hard to find someone who was prepared to receive the invitation to be baptized, because everyone we have invited have said, “NO,” we went to visit Jainen, the girl in the wheelchair, and we were finally be able to teach her.  After the lesson, she started talking about how much she knows that the Lord loves her.  She’s had the opportunity to be baptized before and she lost it.  She knows that this is a good path for her and is willing to search for her answers and prepare to be baptized!  It was such a spiritual lesson.  The Lord really does love her, I love her too!  I’m so happy we decided to knock her door that Saturday evening.

It looks like I’m not going to have a companion for the rest of the transfer… So Hermana Fish and Hermana Rasmussen are going to be my companions.  We are going to take turns in our areas until transfers.  I know it’s a huge sacrifice on their part, but I’m committed to doing all I can to help this area grow!

I’m going to miss Hermana Araneda so much when she leaves.  She has learned so much in these few days and I know she’s going to be an amazing missionary in her assigned mission.  But honestly, she’s the cutest and I lover her for working so hard.

Sad Story, my branch president asked if they were going to close my area.  How rude! haha!!

I love you guys a lot.  Thanks for your loving words and prayers that I feel everyday.  I’m so happy to be a missionary and have these opportunities to grow and learn.  I realize that if I dominate this situation, I will be soo much stronger in the end!  Sometimes I don’t understand why iIm singing or smiling… but I guess it’s because I’m happy.

 

Con Amor

Hermana Carter
Being a tourist on P-day!

Being a tourist on P-day!

“Hello Bishop, Who is my new companion?”

Hello,

How’s everyone doing?  It sounds like you’re all doing great!  I’m so excited about Cade and Kass.  I was waiting for this day to happen.  So feliz!!  Also, send my love to Aunt Lyn.  Must have been a great wedding.  Can’t wait to see some pictures.

Well this week has been reeeaaaally interesting…. so my companion was just not doing well.  She was in a bunch of pain:(  Luckily we were hosting a soon to be missionary, Hermana Araneda, until she got set apart to go the MTC Thursday, so we were able to take my companion to a members home and Hermana Araneda and I went out and worked!!  We spent all day Wednesday in the pension because we couldn’t find anyone to house Hermana Estrada.  I was really worried because we went to the hospital again and the doctors just told her that she must have neurological problems and that she needs to rest.  WHO GETS OVER A NEUROLOGICAL PROBLEM RESTING??  I was trying to be strong the whole day and was thinking “Well Sister Araneda goes to the MTC tomorrow so it’ll be one hermana less to worry about.”  We went to the airport at 7 in the morning and it was a ghost town.  Apparently the country went on a world wide strike to get a raise in their income…. so she couldn’t leave to go the MTC.  That night we had interviews and I basically fell apart in interview because this whole week I was being mom to two missionaries, one of which is having serious health problems and the other is really disappointed because she couldn’t go on her mission! haha!  Poor President probably thinks I’m crazy now. 
The verdict was… that Hermana Estrada would go to the office in Comodoro to work with the secretary and Hermana Araneda is staying to be my companion for 10 days.  After that I don’t know who my companion will be.  So the transfer just got really interesting.  All the members are kind of worried because I haven’t had a chance to learn the area or meet all the members, but their being supportive.
So that last couple of days we actually worked! We were able to help Jainen, the new investigator who is in a wheel chair, move to her new apartment.  That took up quite a bit of time, but it felt fulfilling to be able to help her. 
We were also able to find a few new investigators, one of whom is named Macarena.  Macarena is 20 years old and lives with her mom and five brothers and sisters.  She’s really great and her parents were investigators a really long time ago.  She says that she believes in God but doubts sometimes.  It seems to me that she’s had a pretty hard life.  I’m working really hard to teach by the spirit lately, because once you get in the rhythm of the work, you just go on autopilot.  Well this time I tried to really try to find out what she needed to hear.  We talked about Alma 32 and how our faith can actually grow if we act on it.  It went really well!  I’m looking forward to seeing the changes that she makes and hope she will be able to feel the spirit grow stronger in her life!
This week has been a big opportunity to learn and be humble.  I know that the Lord has a plan for each of us.  I’m thankful for the trials He gives me because it’s what keeps us on the road towards eternal life.  In the letter from President he said that his success is not the number of baptisms, but it is his missionaries.  I’m sure that’s how parents feel, leaders, and ultimately our Heavenly Father. His work and His glory is to make us like Him!  His happiness is the class of person I am and how I overcome these trials.  Because of that I will keep working and trying to become like His son, Jesus Christ.  That’s happy:)
Sending my love!
Sister Carter
Ushuia

Ushuia

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