Hermana Jones

Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission

lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2011

Hola familia!
Well, it´s been a crazy week, but we are going to have some baptisms!
This week we had zone conference in Escobar which was great! Thanks Kasey for the letter!
Today, we had to come to capital to do paper work because my argentina ID expired. Lots of traveling. We went to Mcdonalds and shopping after and it´s been super fun! There isn´t too much of that in Zarate... The weather has been so nice here, I love springtime!
Flia Baldi is going to get baptized on sunday! We are working with them a ton. I can´t wait for conference!!!!!

TEEJ! Hope you had a great birthday!!! I bought you a birthday present today. It´s super sweet. I´ll give it to you in Nov.

I´ll send lots of pictures next week! We are going to move on wednesday! Finally! I think next p-day we´re going to go fishing and maybe play some soccer.

Everyone should have some questions written down to be answered in conference! That will be awesome.

I love you all!
Hermana Jones

lunes, 19 de septiembre de 2011

Hola Familia!
This was an adventure filled week.
We had leadership training tuesday and thursday. That requires a lot of traveling and getting up at like 4:30 in the morning to get there on time, but I´d defeinitely say it´s worth it. Wednesday night I was up all night throwing up. That was miserable and then we had to get up early to go to the training. I don´t know what I ate... Luckily I got better the next day and didn´t have problems during the training. I just didn´t eat much that day. I´m all back to normal now. This week also they shut off our gas because there was a bill we hadn´t paid from a previous rentor or something that the owner was still trying to get a hold of. So from monday to friday we didn´t have warm water or heat. Luckily we have a small electric heater we used, but those were some cold showers! Now something is messed up in our building and we don´t have running water since yesterday. I sure hope we move soon!

Flia. Baldi is doing great. They´re going to get baptized conference weekend. Also, Mari finally came to church. She´s a lady that has a small hamburger restaurant fastfood place close to where we live. Hopefully we can get her progressing towards baptism because she could also get baptized conference weekend.

I am super happy. I´m not sure why, but all is well! I got the package this week, thanks Mom!!! The reeses are already gone! Also, I am wearing the BYU shirt today to go play soccer! I also got a letter from Kasey, thanks Kasey!

I´ll send some sweet pictures.

-Me overlooking the ¨villa angus¨
-us with Flia. Tome and Flia. Baldi in an FHE
-getting investigators to go to church early sunday morning
-my companion (that may or may not be a sleeping drunk man on the ground in the background)

Could someone scan and email me a picture of my baptism? I think it will come in handy. Could you do that now so I have it this week?

Hermana Jones

lunes, 12 de septiembre de 2011

Well, all is well down here in good ´ol Zarate. My companion is Hna. Hill. She is from Farmington, Utah. (or the factory as the members call Utah here). :) I find it funny that Hna PAYNE, my MTC comp in Resistencia is also training this transfer and her comp is also from Farmington and just so happens to be great friends and went to primary with my comp. I love the mission. I never want it to end. Today I complete 16 months already! I can´t believe how the time has flown.

So good news. We had a FAMILY go to church yesterday! That´s right, we´re going to baptize a FAMILY! I am so excited. We found them last sunday night with Hna. Malhue. The Mom is a member and she hasn´t gone to church since she was a teenager. Now her daughter goes to a private Catholic school and she doesn´t want her daughter to believe everything they teach her there, she wants her to grow up in the truth. (Her daughter Oriana is 9!) She also wants her husband who is/was atheist to get into it and her two other daughters. I am so excited for them. They were so cute in church.

I got to speak in church by the way. The least preparation for a talk ever. I prepared it sunday morning for half an hour in the dark, right after my comp had tried to blow dry her hair and blew the fuse. Luckily last night we found the breaker and after many attempts and two broom handles, got the lights back on, no big deal. My talk was on ¨how to be a latter-day Saint¨with an emphasis on saint. Anyways, the Baldi family is going to get baptized the 25th as of now. Beatriz is a little nuts, and I´m still not sure what we´re going to do with her. Yesterday we put a bunch of baptismal dates with people, mostly teenaged girls we contacted and they accepted. So hopefully we can get teaching them this week and they go to church next sunday. The hardest part is always getting them to church.

My companion seems pretty awesome. She about died when I told her we were in a bike area. She hadn´t ridden a bike since she was like 12. haha. So far so good though... :) We had to go buy her some spandex for her to put under her skirts so she wasn´t flashing the world. With this whole new dress code, her skirts all just go to her knees. My comp only crashed into me once so far. She couldn´t stop for some reason and rammed right into me. haha. No worries, we´re both fine. I´m sure any onlookers got a good laugh out of that one. Two American white girls with skirts and helmets crashing. My comp is still getting used to changing her eating habits, but she sure loves the food.

Lots of funny random things just happened this week. An example.
We were riding down the street and this whack-o pulled up next to us on his bike and asked us if we were mormon. Then he started saying how the US government is conspiring against the world and that we were/are spies sent from the US. They was funny. Then as he rode off he yelled back, I´m evangelical.

A miracle story.
So this week I was thinking a lot about this family we are reactivating and in my personal studies on tuesday before going to get my new comp, I felt the strong impression to talk about the temple and sealings in our FHE we were to have tuesday with them. We went and shared a scripture about when the sealing power was given to Nefi. Then talked about the temple. The hermana was like crying. She said that is was exactly what she needed. Later that night she told me about her Mom that adopted her that passed away less than 2 months ago. I had no idea. That was powerful for me. I am glad I followed the Spirit on that one... they went to church yesterday. Not because we go over there and give them invitations multiple times a week, but because she wants an eternal family.

What else happened this week, I don´t know. But, this is plenty long.
I hope you all have an awesome week! We are enjoying the sun! I´ll keep BYU is my prayers and they prepare to face the opposition (utah) in this world. There´s always going to be opposition when you´re doing things right. ;)
Hermana Jones

1- My ¨hijitas¨and I (Hna. Reed and Hna. Malhue). By the way, Hna Reed got transferred from Nuñez to Vicente Lopez (my 1st area) as senior comp! You go girl! I mean sister.
2- my old district (I know with the palm trees it looks like we´re in paradise. That´s just Zarate for ya)
3- my new ¨hijita¨ Hna. Hill and I - right now writing you all

martes, 6 de septiembre de 2011

Hey! Well, I have sad news. Hna. Malhue went to Ushuaia. She is so awesome. I already miss her a TON! Transfers are today and she is headed out on a flight this afternoon. She is going to be with Hna. Gonzalez, the first comp I trained. Now I am in Nuñez again waiting for my new comp with Hna. Cariola. They don´t come til tomorrow. I don´t know yet if she is ´merican or latina. She will be fresh from the MTC. We are still going to be in Zarate luckily, now that I have managed to learn the area.

This week was a great mail/email week.
Thanks to Brittney and Courtney! I got your letter Court, and Britt thanks for the email.
No worries, I knew you´d be super busy with the wedding. I LOVE the picture you sent. You are super beautiful! That´s also cool you know my cousin. You probably know him better than I do...

Well this week was a little crazy, but I think I can travel anywhere in Argentina now without problems. We had to go to Migrations because my Argentina ID is only good for a year and I had to renew it. That was a long day. We had to get up and leave at 4:30 in the morning. Then friday they called us to go to the mission home for a ¨special meeting¨. I had no clue what it was for, but we went and President told us, well all the senior comps, you will be training starting next week. So we new on friday that Hna. Malhue was leaving. I guess I´ll have to fill you all in next week about who my comp is since I don´t know yet.

We found a new investigator that is pretty awesome. Her name is Beatriz and we even got her to church (on the back of my bike, and she is like 70 years old... haha). She would get baptized now, but she lives with this guy. She says he´s a big jerk and wants to get away, but she has no where to go, and can´t get baptized because she needs to live the law of chastity... anyways, lots of work to do there!

This week poor Hna Malhue crashed twice on her bike, and within 15 min. The first time happened because she doesn´t have very good eye sight and it was started to get dark and there was a big hole in the ground, a pit that she didn´t see. I didn´t see it, but I heard her call out Hermana Jones! and when I looked back she was on the ground. Then, just after that we were biking downtown more and a parallel parked car opened the door right into her. Luckily she is fine and the only damage suffered is the basket on the front got crunched. I am sure going to miss her. We had some great times together and worked super hard. I know she is going to do great things in her mission. She is ready to do whatever. She is going to baptize all of Ushuaia. I love her attitude.

The biggest thing I learned with her was the importance of charity and love. I feel like my love for the people, my companions, and the Savior has grown so much in the past 6 weeks. I also yesterday was contemplating a lot during the sacrament. The sacrament really is the only time we have in the mission for ourselves. It is so important to take the sacrament with the right attitude and give an accounting to the Lord daily. I felt so strongly when I saw Beatriz´s face when she took the sacrament. Her smile and I could tell the Lord loves her and wants her to be happy. I hope we can help her get out of the house she is living in and she gets baptized soon.

I hope I can help my new companion with lots of patience and love. Sometimes I feel like I have no patience at all, but I am working on it.

This week Hna. Malhue and I started making up some, ´You know you´re in Zarate if....¨ and that was fun. I´ll share some now.
You know you´re in Zarate if more people travel by motorcycle/scooter than in cars
You know you´re in Zarate if you see a goat, cow, and horse stray walking down the same street
You know you´re in Zarate if all the active members of your ward are somehow related
You know you´re in Zarate if a rat runs through your lesson right when the spirit is the strongest

There´s a new sister missionary that got here last transfer that is from Formosa and she knows you! She told me all about you and how you go home in December. haha. She is Hna. Hermosa. She is in my Zone!

Well, thats it for this week! Hope all are doing well and that school goes well this semester! Happy Labor Day!
Hermana Jones

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