Monday, May 8, 2017

"Now, we will compare the word unto a seed.

 Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me." 
Alma 32:28
My new companion and "hija" is......... Hermana Mannewitz!! She is from Nebraska, studied at BYU Provo, is blonde (her hair), and is absolutely amazing! She arrived in Argentina Tuesday and Wednesday in a reunion with Presidente, he announced that I would be her trainer. I was so excited because I wanted nothing more than to train someone from the states! Seeing her start her mission has reminded me of when I started my mission. Everything was so HARD! Adjusting to a new culture, learning a new language, feeling so lost and out of place, and just thinking "this is not what I expected!" It is really amazing that I get to be Hna Mannewitz's 1st companion in the mission field. I'm doing my best to help her adjust smoothly to mission life in Argentina, and she is doing awesome. Our 1st day together, we knocked some doors, had many people reject us and say awful things about the United States, but we just shook it off and kept working. :) We also had to "break up" with two of our investigators that weren't progressing which is never easy.
Nelida and Matias are progressing. This week Nelida will receive the "ok" from her doctors whether or not she can enter the water for baptism. FINGERS CROSSED!

Yesterday in fast and testimony meeting  many of the members' testimonies really touched me. Many people talked about trials and the many challenges we face daily. It reminded me that God is always going to ask us to do hard things because he knows and trusts that we can do it. And we have peace knowing that he will never give us something that we can't handle.

Yesterday, my compañera tried mate cocido for the first time. Her reaction...."this is dirt!" But she will learn to love it like I have learned to love it!

Before breaking up with one of our investigators, he asked, "why are you guys so persistent? Why are you always inviting me to read the book (Book of Mormon), pray and go to church?" Perfect moment to bear our testimonies! I told him of course we are going to be persistent, because this isn't a joke to us. The church can really change lives. Christ could really change his life in the end! He didn't want to change and we had to respect that. Everyone has their agency. And I know that even though he wasn't ready right now, that maybe in the future he will be ready. Planting seeds in the hearts of the people is always fun too.

This Sunday is Mother's Day! I can't believe how fast the time went by. Super excited to talk with the family! But since it is Mother's Day, I want to thank all the Moms that have helped Grandmas, my aunts, my church leaders, THANK YOU!
And to my Mom. Words can't express how grateful I am for you! You have always been my biggest cheerleader, my shoulder to cry on, and quite honestly, my best friend! Thank you for your love, support and especially your unshakable testimony. You are an amazing Mom...I LOVE YOU!

Hermana Norman
Meeting my "hija" Hermana Mannewitz

With Presidente and Hermana Chaporro
Nelida with us
Hermana Mannewitz and I with Nelida

How our Elders put up the volleyball net...jajaja! Who needs a ladder?

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