Monthly Archives: December 2014

“La Ultima Carta”

missionWell the time has come!  This will be my last letter from Argentina.  I really don’t know how to process these types of moments.  I remember before I left for the mission, I was cool as a cat everything was so calm.  I’m trying to maintain that calmness.  I’m so grateful for the experience I had here as a missionary.  Since the day I put on that nametag, I’ve been learning and growing so much!!  And I’m so excited to learn and grow in my next phase of life. 

This week was fuuulll of miracles.  Beto is doing so so so great.  I love him so much.  This week we had an intense lesson in the chapel about repentance and what it means. We invited him to pray in that moment on his knees.  It was a very special experience.  However, he didn’t get his answer in that exact moment, he did feel strongly that he has to look for his answer.  He came to church on Sunday and the devotional! I t was great even though we had to stay up till 11:30 p.m. so that he could watch it with us… Beto is one of the biggest miracles in my mission.  He has progressed so much and changed so much.  He is the testimony that I have of God’s love for everyone of his children no matter how wicked or lost they are.
We had interviews with President this week and it was a little different because we had to teach Hermana and President Rogers by ourselves.  It was such a great experience to be able to teach them and learn from them.  I wish it would have happened a little earlier in my mission, but still it went really well.  We were all asked to teach the atonement to them.  Thus, I studied the atonement so much.  I think  I know all the scriptures inside and out haha!  The one that we shared is in Doctrine and Covenants 19.  It’s talks about how Christ suffered for us so that we don’t have to suffer, but only if we repent.  If we don’t repent, we still have to bare our own burdens.  What greater thing do we have in our life than the love our Heavenly Father and the mercy of our beloved Savior?  Seriously the love of God is infinite and was shown through the sacrifice of His son.  Such sacrifice was infinite too.  I love the scripture in Alma 34 that talks about the infinite and eternal sacrifice that God gave was necessary to save us from our lost and fallen state.  Even though it may not appear that we are all lost and fallen, we all are in some sort of way.  Especially if we don’t have the atonement present in all the things we do.  The atonement is the only thing that will free us from our natural selves. I’m so thankful for my Saviour and all He has done for me, for my friends, my family, and the people here in Argentina.  I hope I can continue giving Him my all in all the things I do. 
There are so many things iIm going to miss from this country and the mission.  I have forgotten so much about carpet and soft chairs, but I really have come to love so many things from these people.  I love their bug (big?) hugs, their willing hearts, their bread haha, and even the dogs sometimes!  But I know that these people will always be in my heart until the next life and we all be together again.  They are the Lord’s children even if they are super stubborn hahah.  No, but really I know I have met many of my pre-existence friends here! 
Thanks for all the love, prayers, notes, packages, testimonies and all that you have done for me!  This experience has been once in a lifetime! 
hasta pronto! nos vemos!
Hermana Carter

El es la dadiva

Truchas- trouts, but in slang it means…. like a faker or a fraud.  This title has nothing to do with the letter but I really like this word and it doesn’t have a direct translation. 🙂

Hello hello,
Sister Carter here in the end of the world with very dark circles under her eyes!  I hope it won’t be there permanently and will go away in a couple weeks when I am well rested but for now it looks like my companion punched me!
This week was a great week!  We taught more lessons and found new people.  We were finally able to teach Cintia and her husband Diego! We have been planning it for like a month.  They are super great.  We taught them about a the restoration and even though there were a bunch of little rascals running around, the Spirit was felt.  We were able to put a baptismal date with them!  They may take a while to progress, because they work very hard, but they’ll get there I know it. 
We also taught Beto:) oh Beto is a huge web of problems.  This poor guy has had so many issues, it’s really hard for him to progress.  He came to a baptism and to church, but it’s so hard to tell if he’s really interested!  We were able to talk to him about obedience and the law that the Lord has established since the beginning of time.  Even though it was bold I think he understood in that moment what it means to be obedient, but forgets everything because his brain is fried from all the things he consumes!  I’m learning a lot of patience with him and hoping that we can find new outlets to help him make the changes.
This week I did divisions not as a leader… haha!  It was weird, but it was fun because I got to serve with another Hermana Lider that I love.  Hermana Craun is from Arizona and she’s crazy and blonde just like me.  We were able to do a lot of contacts and find new people to teach. I loved it.
We had a Christmas choir concert.  The decorations were very American (l love my country:))  The missionaries sang “Away in a Manger” and “Joy to the World.”  It turned out pretty well!  But the other choirs were amazing!  The adventistas were professionals!  At the end, they shared the christmas video El es la Dàdiva.   I love this video so much.  It’s such a beautiful way to help us understand the importance of Christmas.  The Lord gave a infinite and eternal gift which was His only begotten son, and only through Him can we find happiness here on earth and hope to live with Him again.  We have to use, share, remember, and accept this gift everyday!  It is so amazing to me, the love the Lord and our Savior have for us!  I love them.
Happy Christmas season, bust up(out) the Christmas music and share the real spirit of Christmas, remember our brother Jesus Christ in all things that you do this Christmas season.
Hermana Carter