“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

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“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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“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?

“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

“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