My wonderful darling familia,
So as you all know, it turns out God has something important for Hermana Castellanos and I to do together. As far as I know we are about the only companionship to be together for 3 transfers. It's pretty much unheard of. Hermana Castellanos took a video of the phone call and I can't wait to show it to you. Our faces are priceless. They first told Hermana Castellanos that she was staying and I look like I'm about to die (because in my head this means I'm leaving). When they said that I was staying as well, we both starting screaming and jumping up and down. It's hilarious. Our ward is pretty happy as well.
|On the colectivo going to transfer meeting.|
This week was extremely difficult for us but we were able to learn some wonderful lessons and witness amazing miracles through the hand of the Lord. I am so grateful for his concern for me personally amidst my trails.
|This is the Magnou family. They are wonderful.|
They are feeding us 2 or 3 times a week right now.
On Sunday morning I was about at the end of my rope. I pretty much wanted to leave Argentina and get a hug from my mommy. We had disappointment once again with investigators in sacrament meeting and after the stress of the week I wasn't sure how I could keep going. When I entered sacrament meeting, however, and participated in the sacrament I prayed for repentance for my mistakes and weaknesses. I also prayed that I could give over my burden and my stress to the Lord so I could continue with strength that day and start a new week. By the end of sacrament meeting nothing had changed in our situation but the weight was lifted. I have appreciated the ordinance of the sacrament in the past but never have I felt such a relief afterward. I am so incredibly grateful for the opportunity to go to church every week and be forgiven of my sins. I am also grateful to be an agent of repentance for others and help them to receive of this gift each week as well.
There are so many wonderful miracles to share but I think one of the best is with a man named Oscar. On Sunday we saw a man in Elder's Quorum whom we had said hi to many times on our bikes but had never talked to (terrible I know). We both thought maybe he was already a member. After talking to President, however, we found out he was a friend of Pascual. He is 77 years old, has 33 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. We sat with them during sacrament meeting and afterward as I talked with him I invited him to be baptized. I have never seen someone more excited for this question in my life. He said of course he wants to be baptized as soon as we can do it. That night we had a lesson with him and Pascual and he just kept telling us how content he feels and so grateful he is to change his life. He was almost in tears by the end of the lesson because he was so happy.
The second half of this miracle is with Pascual. He was baptized in November, about 10 days after our first lesson with him. Since then he has started his family history work, been to the temple, baptized his grandson and last night he was practically teaching the whole lesson to his friend Oscar.
|Pascual and Bruno. Pascual was crying when we left his house Tuesday night because he was worried one of us was going to leave.|
There is so much more to tell you but I'm about out of time. I love you all so much and I am so grateful for your love and support. I definitely wouldn't have made it through this week without you. I continue to appreciate your prayers, especially so that we can have success and be examples to our zone and with health (I now have a cold from all the stress and my back is so so). I am continuing to pray for you. I LOVE YOU!
PS. I've been terrible at responding to people. Please tell Aunt Nancy, Aunt Kathy and Jason and Bryce hello and I love them and I'm sorry. One day I will find time to respond.
PPS. Tell Grandma I'm sorry about her knee, to feel better and I love her! And thank her for feeding you when you have no kitchen.