Hermana Jones

Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission

lunes, 29 de noviembre de 2010

(white as in baptismal clothes white) (Christmas falls on a saturday, the day of baptisms!)Hola! Well, this week went relatively well. Not too much that´s new. Unfortunately, we lost a few investigators. Mimi told us she doesn´t want us to come back. I´m not sure what happened there. She went from having a baptismal date, feeling the spirit strongly, going to church and everything to not wanting any contact. She even told us to get rid of her phone number and everything. Kind of sad, but the work goes on.We are working with a man named Rogelio that has a date for saturday, but we have a long ways to go to prepare him, so hopefully all works out.The weather here is nuts. One minutes its warm and around 50 degrees and the next its like a blizzard. On my way to this place where I am now writing it was snowing and windy like crazy and now it´s sunny and nice. Crazy! I´m trying to send a video. The file might be too big... we´ll find out! I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving!This week we found a lady that´s less active and taught her kids, hopefully we can get them back to church! They didn´t go yesterday, but hopefully soon! Yesterday we had 8 investigators at sacrament meeting! Now we just need to get them progressing to baptism! They´re all so close. Two girls, their mom won´t let them get baptized for now, two want to wait until february to get baptized, two are brand new investigators, and two we´re working on their testimonies. Lots of work, but hopefully we have some baptisms soon!Good luck on finals to those at BYU! I´m sure the next couple of weeks will pass super quick!The pictures are: my companion in Barrio Mirador (the area furthest up the mountain where the Bolivianos live), my thanksgiving feast - TOUCAN SAM!Love,Hermana JonesNOTICE: This email message is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure or distribution is prohibited. If you are not the intended

lunes, 22 de noviembre de 2010

HOLA!Esta semana fue de diez!And I can´t write in spanish haha. This week went well. Lucas got confirmed yesterday, so that was good. Also, this week we received a reference of a woman that works in a kiosk here and the reference was from a guy that is less active but he told us she wanted to listen to our message and get baptized. We thought he was sending us to visit some friend as a joke or something that didn´t want to hear about the gospel, but we went anyways. Her name is Mimi and she had a picture of Christ on the wall of her kiosk! We pretended we wanted to buy some chocolate and then she asked us if we were Mormon. We started to teach her and she went to church yesterday! We put a baptismal date for the 5th, so hopefully all goes well and she gets baptized the 5th! The next day, we visited a less active lady that lives on the same street and she said that she had gone to the kiosk and talked to the lady in the kiosk and they were going to go to church together! She hasn´t been active in about 10 years! They went to church together yesterday and it was awesome! We are going to help her become active again and they are friends now! By the way, I don´t know if you noticed in the pictures from last week but the water in the font is green! Just how the water is here! Well, I don´t know if I had mentioned before, but because we are so close to antartica we have long hours of daylight here. It is light when we go to bed and light when we wake up! I heard in December and January it doesn´t get dark until around 12:30 am and gets light around 2am! Crazy huh! It´s weird because it´s always light even when we go to bed. Also, I don´t know if I ever said, but from my area you can see Chile! Kind of cool.Also, the past week Hermana Tejada called us to see if anyone was going to be in Buenos Aires for her fairwell. (She finished her mission). I got to talk to her for a few minutes which was fun! She said my spanish has improved a TON. Also she told me how my converts in Vicente López are doing! She said that they both have been blessing the sacrament every week! Also, one of our investigators, from when I was there, Carlos (16 yrs old) got baptized a couple weeks ago and my first convert Abraham baptized him! Also, another lady got baptized and Miguel (my other convert there) baptized her! Both are doing tons of geneaology work to prepare a bunch of names to do when they can go to the temple next year! I was really happy to hear of their progress!The work here continues to go well. For now, we are working with 3 or so to get baptized next month that have baptismal dates and hopefully all goes well with that. Also, we are working hard to find new people to teach!This morning I was studying in the Book of Mormon in Alma 26-29. I love chapter 26. It is basically Alma talking about his mission and the missions of his brothers among the people of the lamanites. I specifically would like to mention Alma 26:27. Even though sometimes times were tough, and they wanted to quit the Lord was always there for them and they were able to endure with patience! Also the Lord gave them success! This is a great promise (no I don´t want to go home and I´m not discouraged, but it´s good advice in general in life). The Lord will always be there for us! We have to rely and trust in Him! Also, this morning I was thinking about my goals for my mission and what I want to do and become. I love verses 28-31 or so. I want to be able to say that at the end of my mission!I hope everyone is doing well! I love you all! Happy Thanksgiving! Eat lots of Turkey for me! I have yet to see turkey here. I haven´t even seen it like deli meat for sandwiches. They eat lots of salami type meats and ham in their sandwiches. :)Chao!Hermana Jones

martes, 16 de noviembre de 2010

thankfully... I hear it is really hot up in the northern part of the country!Well, it looks like Hermana Mora and I are here for another 6 weeks! Todays it the first day of the transfer! There were no changes made in our district here in Ushuaia. However, this is Hermana Mora´s last transfer so for sure next transfer I´ll get a new comp and probably be here for another transfer or 2. So, I´m pretty much guaranteed to be here til February! Wooohooo!!! LUCAS got BAPTIZED!!! Wow, there was a TON of opposition. More than I thought possible. It seems to be the trend whenever we have baptisms, but luckily he has a very strong testimony and we were able to overcome all of it and he got baptized. Also, it ended up being a baptism for our branch as well! It was great! I´m trying to send a picture of that, but this computer isn´t allowing me to view my fotos. Anyways... ok now it´s working. The pictures are the baptism of Lucas Santos, and us in the street with a member Yosi that was accompanying us, and our rocking district here in Ushuaia together 2 transfers!We still haven´t had zone conference or interviews with the president because he hasn´t come, so the past transfer we didn´t have anything, but I heard he is coming soon, in the next week. I´m excited for that! Normally everyother transfer we have zone conference and everyother transfer (the transfers we don´t have zone conference) we have interviews with the president.This week also, after at least 2 months of not getting mail, we received Mail!!!!! It was a good week! Thanks to Mom and Cheryl Benner for the packages! Any packages sent after that have to be sent with the new instructions. I also got letters from you mom, Heidi, Kasey, Courtney, Hermana Payne, Grandma Rowberry, and Trevor Fuhriman. Thanks to all I am writing back today so be looking for letters in the mail! Also I don´t have Heidi Pincock´s address. She is in the MTC right now, but about to leave for Austin TX so if someone could look on her facebook or something and find her address in TX please email it to me!We are working with 3 or 4 others right now that are really close to baptism, but need to go to church more or overcome some obstacles. We have 2 girls that are 9 and 11 that want to get baptized and can, but their mom won´t let them for now. It´s sad, but we will continue to work with the family and hopefully that can get baptized sometime soon!This morning I studied Alma 5, and I decided for now it´s my new favorite chapter in the Book of Mormon. I love it. I recommend that you all read it! Well, that´s about it for now. I will try and send the picture later.Love,Hermana Jones
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lunes, 8 de noviembre de 2010

Hola familia qué tal!?This week went well. We have a baptism Sunday the 14th! Next sunday. His name is Lucas Santo. He is 17 and he is very smart. He is friends with a family in our branch and has been attending our branch. Yesterday in the gospel principles class he said he felt the spirit very strongly as we were talking about the Holy Ghost and got the impression that he needs to be baptized asap! We were going to set a baptismal date with him for the next weekend and he asked us first if he could be baptized Sunday! It was a definite answer to our fasting and prayers! The only thing is he has to have an interview with the District President first, because he doesn´t live in our branch. So he probably will be baptized in our branch if he gets permission, but we aren´t sure yet. Sí or Sí he will be baptized though, and that is the most important part!We are also teaching a guy who is preparing to be baptized the 20th and another the 27th. I hope that all works out with those baptisms! I love it here! I love this work! Sorry to you all, but I don´t want to ever leave Ushuaia :) You all will just have to come here when I finish my mission ;). My companion is great! I learn a lot from her and she is a great help to me! I am at the point with my spanish where it´s easier for me to speak spanish than English fluidly. I tried to record a video for you this morning in English and I felt like I was stumbling with my words haha. Christmas will be fun when we talk on the phone... This picture I am sending is dedicated to Hermana Tejada, my trainer who is from Florida, and who served in Ushuaia for 7 months!!!Things here are good, the food keeps coming and still tastes good! The people are still great, still lots of Bolivians. We asked if we could get a box of Book of Mormons in Quechua (Bolivian language) because lots of our investigators speak Quechua, but they don´t have the Book of Mormon in Quechua yet... keep paying your tithing! We have had several run ins or sighting of Jehovahs Witness missionaries. They are a billion of them here, especially up in the Barrios in the woods and mud where all the Bolivians live. Also, they speak Quechua. Almost all our investigators that live up there are also being taught by the Jehovahs Witnesses too. Jehovah´s Witness missionaries are members that go out and preach their gospel on the weekends in the afternoons. It is interesting...What else happened this week... not too much. I heard that all of Latin America is going to join together and have the same money and all like Europe did a few years back. What´s the deal with that? Any word, or is it a rumor?Well, I hope everyone is doing well! I love you all! This week on the 12th I complete 6 months in the mission! Crazy how fast time has flown! I feel like I just left the MTC, and I´m already 1/3 done! Also, I hear the last year goes by even faster because you know the language better and know more of what you´re doing! Hermana Mora will most likely be my last companion that has lots of time in the mission. My next most likely will have around the same time in the mission as me, or less. Crazy to think about! In my reading I just finished 2 Nefi. I love the last chapters that talk about the latter days and the Book of Mormon and then the doctrine of Christ! The restoration of the gospel is what will convert the people! The testimony of the Book of Mormon, because if you have a testimony of the Book of Mormon, you automatically know everything else!Love,Hermana Jones!!!!!
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lunes, 1 de noviembre de 2010

This week felt a little long, but it went well! We had the census on wednesday and had to stay in our apartment until 8pm or so. We got lots of good studying in! Wednesday also, the ex-President of Argentina and the husband of the current Presidente passed away. I´m sure things were way crazy up in Buenos Aires, especially since the Presidente lives in my first area. Here it wasn´t too bad.

This week, I finished the Book of Mormon for the first time in the field! It´s a good read, I highly recommend it. :) Every time you read it you have to do what Moroni says and ask for a confimation! That way your testimony of the Book of Mormon can continue to grow! After I prayed, the first thing that came to my mind was how the Book of Mormon affects our lives and how it has affected the lives of people I have talked to and taught, especially my converts lives. Read the Book of Mormon and do as it says in Moroni 10!!!

This week we put lots of baptismal dates and now it´s a matter of helping the investigators overcome their addictions and go to church! But we have about 6 or so that want to get baptized. This week we will put dates with 4 or so more as well. So by the end of this week hopefully we will have lots of baptismal dates! We have to work hard to get these baptisms to happen, but I have faith that we can do it! In church yesterday we have more investigators than I´ve ever had at Sacrament meeting. We had 6! Also, we got an inactive family to go, which was awesome. Our church attendance was insane yesterday! We had over 100 in the chapel! Around 120 I think they said. For a little branch, one of 3 small branches here in Ushuaia, it is a miracle! I was the first speaker. I talked about missionary work, and specifically about the sons of Mosiah. It went well, but I was still nervous.

This week, I noticed a lot of people use ATVs in the street, and it reminded me of the cabin! Also, this week I noticed somebody finally took advantage of the big open bowls with fresh snow, and when I came out of the apartment friday morning, there were some beautifully made turns on one of the mountains. I was wondering how long it would take before I saw that! :) It is definitely getting warmer here though. I love it. Things here are going great, my companion is great, and I love the area!

Vamos a bautizar un montón! Encendemos el Tierra del Fuego!

Hermana Jones
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