Monthly Archives: October 2014

“tirando facha”

Hola Como Andan?! 

This week was so great!  We have been contacting like crazy and we are starting to see sooo many miracles.  This week we’re able to find 5 new investigators!  We found a young couple who are married (real miracle).  They are named Maira and Julio. They are quite catholic and are super nice!  They have a lot of faith and are interested in learning about other religions.  It’s kinda of hard to help them progress but I feel like little by little they will be able to feel the spirit and have the desire to know the truth.
We had a ton of meetings. We had leadership council on skype (the most boring thing ever.  And the elders were babies and didn’t want their faces on the screen so mine was in front of everyone in the meeting for like 5 hours…. they got to analyze my thinking face with much detail).  Then we had a zone conference, and district conference.  The district conference was very special because we joined two districts together in preparations for a stake!  They called a new stake presidency and everything.  Now we are part of the Tierra del Fuego district!
The seventy that came to down to talk to us was Elder Spannaus.  He talked in depth about the importance of Jesus Christ in our lives.  I loved when he shared about the miracle of repentance and that we are really clean of our sins immediately when we repent.  It’s us that usually keeps this process of repentance from working.  We either don’t change or we don’t forgive ourselves.  He said that first principles of the gospel are faith, repentance, and ordinances.  Whether it’s baptism, the temple, or the sacrament, we should always follow this pattern in our life.
President Rogers also shared a lot of good thoughts both Saturday and Sunday.
There is something about President Rogers that I love, he’s real.  He’s not afraid to show his flaws and weaknesses.  He talked about the troubles he had with his kids and his family.  He talked about the importance of our covenants that will bless us and our posterity.  I realize I have felt these blessing through the faithfulness of my parents.  If the people can be faithful to their covenants, then our family will be blessed!  He also talks about an elder in our mission whose father passed away recently.  About a year ago he found out, while in the mission field, that his dad had cancer again.  The elder and his family decided that he was going to stay out and serve his full mission knowing that they would be blessed.  President shared the story of Daniel.  Who refused to worship the god’s of the King.  He talked about how Daniel confided in the power of God to deliver from captivity and he says “But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”  “But if not,” should be a part of all our lives. Sometimes the will of the Lord is not to deliver us from our trials, but to strengthen us in our trials.  I loved that thought!!  It gave me the desire to serve the Lord with all my heart, despite the rewards He may or may not give me!  May we all have the loyalty that Daniel had to his God, and confide in our God enough to face any type of affliction or trial.  I’m sure that is the only way to be happy.
Have a wonderful week! Love you all so much!
Hermana Carter
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“la playa larga”

Dear Friends and Family,
Well it’s been a great week this week!  It started off with snow and ended with beautiful sunshine.  It was the Argentine Mother’s Day last Sunday and the primary program at church!  Argentine kids are so cute!  They always try to talk like grown ups.  It’s the cutest.

We just got back from a trip to La Playa Larga or the “long beach.”  It was so pretty! We ate lunch as a zone and played a little volleyball.  I love doing fun free things!
La Playa Larga

La Playa Larga

This week we also set new goals to work creatively to find new investigators. Knocking doors and talking to people in the street is what keeps me going as a missionary, but it’s not the MOST effective way to find people to teach.  We looked for opportunities to serve and to find inactives and former investigators and we were able to find 3 new investigators, David, Daniel, and Ricardo.  Ricardo is “un capo”.  He started going to a Christian church a month ago and is going through a rough time. We were able to share with him Alma 36 which is about how Alma the younger was able to forget about his sins and feel the joy of redemption.  We were able to invite him to baptism and he said. ” Yes!”  During this lesson I felt the spirit so strong.  I hope we will be able to help him receive an answer from God, so God can help him have a happy life!!
Another new investigator that we found is Daniel.  He was such a miracle!  We went to lunch with this family and they had invited a friend!  We gave him a Book of Mormon and he is curious to read it.  He’s got some crazy ideas about the gospel but I’m excited to help him.  More than ever I feel the need to study the New Testament because we are teaching so many Christians!  It’s kind of crazy. 
I hope all is going well up there!  Mom take care of yourself and make sure that you get better! Love you all way too much!!
un abrazo!
Hermana Carter

“te pintaron pajaritos en el aire”

How are you all doing?!  

It’s such a bummer Mom, that you’re stuck on the couch!  I realized I’m so much like you.  I hate standing still… haha.  Trials come in all forms and sizes, sometimes it’s not being able to do anything.  Who’d a known?

Ok so this week like I told you, was a rebuilding week.  I’ve been contacting like I never have in my life.  Walking all day is totally not my jam, but it’s ok if we can find like one prepared person, I’ll be so happy.  I realize I still have so much to learn and to make better!  The mission doesn’t stop changing us. 
Hermana Reyes and I were able to visit our investigator Marta, the 7th Day Adventist.  She always has unusual questions, except for when we taught the plan of salvation.  The spirit was so strong teaching her about the eternal purpose of our life and how the Lord’s mercy is so infinite.  That we and our friends and family will have many chances to be prepared to enter the Lord’s kingdom and receive eternal life.  She has so many challenges that keep her from progressing, but I know that she’s looking for the truth and is willing to do the Lord’s will.  That’s what I love about her!
I was reading this morning in Alma 5  That chapter really helps us analyze how we are doing in our progress to become like our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  As I was reading there were a lot of questions that called my attention.  One of them is that Alma asks if we remember our fathers efforts to escape from captivity.  This question made me reflect on my ancestors who were pioneers and suffered so much without even knowing when they were going to get to Zion.  I realized that if they hadn’t put forth that effort I would have never had the joy of having the gospel today.  I too wan’t to follow that example by doing all I can without knowing what blessings the Lord has in store.  That is true faith and hope in the Lord’s power and love! Read Alma 5!  Tell me which question made you think the most!
We have been able to do some really great hikes these past two weeks.  So fun!!  
I love the mountains and the snow here!! 
Thanks everyone and I love ya!
Hermana Carter
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“bajar la caña”

Wow, wasn’t conference the best.  I loved how direct and specific it was!  In Argentina they say when someone scolds or is strict with someone, that they are dropping the cane on someone. haha. Well I felt some legit canes dropped yesterday.

This week has been so crazy.  Monday we had p-day and our phones stopped working.  Tuesday I had to be in the terminal at 4:30 to go the Comodoro.  Usually we go in an airplane to the leadership council, but this time we had to go in a bus.  That meant 30 hours of travel up to Comodoro.  When we stopped in Gallegos we had like a 4 hour break so we were able to eat and see some people.  I went and visited the Sampayo family!!  It was so great.  They shared with me all the great news about the branch.  Almost all of the investigators that we had found, have baptismal dates and are attending church!!  It was so great to see those beautiful people (despite the fact that it made me super trunk for Gallegos)  That night we left to travel to Comodoro.  We got there at 8:30 and the conference had already started.  The conference was great and long (5 hours).  When the conference finished we ate in 20 minutes and the president was telling us that we were going to miss our plane home.  We went straight to the airport and flew home.  I got home at 2 in the morning and slept on the Hermana’s tile floor for 4 hours. Ha.  It was the longest 2 days of my life.

Well also this week we got to work a little which was cool.  We found a new investigator Eugenia from Buenos Aires.  She’s great.  When we taught her about the first vision she reacted really crazy. She was so awestruck by what happened, it was so funny it kind of made it hard for me to focus while explaining it to her. haha.  However she is very great.  She accepted the baptismal invitation and she has a lot of faith in God that He will give her an answer.

This week we are hoping to find more people to teach, talking with EVERYONE and praying for many miracles to happen.  I’m so happy I can be a part of the Lord’s plan of salvation and take part in this work.  Hearing that so many people are getting baptized in the Gallegos made me so happy.  I really felt that the Lord directed me to the prepared people.  I thought of the scripture in Alma 26 when he says we should rejoice in being able to save but one soul.  Such a happy thing to hear that branch is growing so much. Happy news, Nora already got baptized, Matias is getting baptized next weekend, Agustina the daughter of Soledad is getting baptized and the couple Jose and Carolina are getting baptized. I can remember each and everyone of them and how I found them. Some of those times were the most desperate last attempts to find someone willing to hear our message.  I feel so blessed to have known them and been part of their progress!! So happy!!!

Well love you guys alot! Take care!

Love, Hermana Carter