Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Season 3 Episode 11 " The one with Teixeira" (08-14-17)

Season 3 Episode 11 " The one with Teixeira"
Montevideo Temple
So this last week we had the opportunity to have Elder Teixeira (A General Authority) and his wife come to our mission.  Which means that we had two Conferences in Montevideo, and you know what that means....BUSES!!and more BUSES!! 

We left our house at 2 am Thursday morning and were on a bus to the first conference with Elder and Hermana Teixeira. We had the chance to hear more about the general mission goals for this area of the world and to hear really great advice about how to be better leaders every single day. Then we spent the night in Montevideo with Hermana Livingston and Hermana Bredeson because on Friday we were having another conference with the Teixeiras. This time with half of the mission!! I had the chance to see a bunch of my mission friends and we received some amazing revelation to apply in ALL of our areas.

The Salto crew Hermanas (Cowley,Wagner, Sierra, Me, Huntsman, Harker)
One of the messages that I want to share was from Hermana Teixeira from Friday afternoon. She talked with us about fear and about getting over our fears, not only in the mission but in life in general. She shared that as our Faith increases and we trust in God even more we are able to overcome our fear and in turn do amazing things. She shared an experience from her own life from when she got baptized. She is from Portugal and the missionaries were teaching her family and she explained that her father wanted each child to decide for themselves if they wanted to join the church. She was scared to say yes and to separate her family because of religion right after her family had already been separated. 
However, a few years down the road missionaries were visiting her families home again one Monday night and while playing chess a new missionary asked her if she wanted to be baptized, at that moment she realized that she needed to use her Faith and she accepted.  

I loved her story because she used her experience to show that we do not need to fear and that we can stand up for what we believe in. The new missionary was BRAVE to ask her to be baptized, she was BRAVE to say yes and they both showed EXTREME FAITH. 
I think that is the most valuable lesson from this week - That as our Faith increases the possibilities do as well. It is incredible to see the difference that Faith can have in someones life. I have no doubt that when we act on our Faith it will bring miracles every single time. 
It was so good to see Hermana Sierra
Hermana Wagner and I
The other miracle from this week was Laura. Hermana Wagner was teaching her a little before I got to Fray Bentos but we had the chance to visit her and her family this week. Laura told us that she wanted to stop smoking and that she wants to come to church. I love watching people change their lives and get closer to God when they start to live his commandments. She is an example of Faith and of trusting Heavenly Father in all that she does.

Desafio/Challenge - So this week the challenge is to increase your FAITH in whatever way you can. We learned this week that you can do so through reading the scriptures, praying, and by loving others. Don't forget to write your experiences down.  You maybe surprised at the lessons you will have learned.

Love you all ❤ I wish you the BEST headed into this new week!

Hermana Cassidy Sanovich 

We thought this said "Holy Bus" - We laughed for about 15 minutes!
Yes, English is a struggle these days.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Season 3 Episode 10 "She's the Josh to my Drake" (08-07-17)

Season 3 Episode 10 "She's the Josh to my Drake"
Us on the BUS on the way to divisions

This week a few major things happened. 
The biggest being that we decided that our companionship is most like the famous brother duo of Drake and Josh. (if you have never seen the show I would highly recommend it) So the two brothers are hilarious and they are complete opposites but work together really well. Josh is the smart one with great ideas, who always seems to know exactly what to do. While Drake is the brother who is cool and chill and most of the time has no idea what exactly is going on. Needless to say Hermana Wagner is Josh and I am Drake. She is the pro at showing me around and making our days insanely efficient. Have I mentioned that she is GREAT? 

Anyways this week was a little nuts and to fill you in on it all here is a little list of the big things that happened....

Monday night - we had 6 hermanas sleeping in our house, so me and Wagner slept on the kitchen floor.

Tuesday - I went to Dolores with Hermana Galvez who is from Honduras.. We were able to have some fun in an insane rain storm and to find a guy who told us that he was divorced from God... We are pretty sure that that is not actually a real thing. 

Wednesday - we were able to have a meeting with our mission leader who lived in Salt Lake for awhile. We got broken up with by an investigator after having one of the most spiritual lessons about the Plan Of Salvation ever. Then we found a lady named Berta who told us that she does not believe in God. That lesson was great however our second lesson with her we realized that she does not have any desire to know God at all. 

Thursday - we taught Laura and she accepted to be baptized!! We are really excited to help her with her goal to get baptized soon. 

6 Hermana's in one apartment

Divisions take 2 this week... On our second division adventure we were able to have Hermanas Huanca and De Souza here with us in Fray Bentos... Hermana Huanca is from Bolivia and Hermana De Souza is from Brazil... I learned so much from each of the Hermana's that we were able to work with and we were able to have some good laughs too.. 

We slept on the kitchen floor

Well as usual this week was crazy and the up coming week is going to be even crazier. We are heading to ARGENTINA to do some divisions with a companionship there and then we are going to Montevideo to enjoy a few conferences with President Texiera. We are looking forward to some good laughs and some more hours onto our bus hour tally... speaking of this week we only spent a total of about 4 hours on a bus . Bringing our change total to 24.5 hours :) 

Desafio (Challenge) - part one there is an episode of Drake and Josh we have been quoting all week and we would like you all to watch it. It is an episode where they try to replace each other and that is how we joke about divisions... jajajaja 

HOWEVER, on a more serious note this week I have seen first hand that things are NEVER what they seem to be. People have back stories, places have hidden lookouts, and we all have things to learn. SO take a second and get to know someone who from first glance you would never think you would be friends with or do something you do not think that you will enjoy. The world might just surprise you...

Have a great week, 
Hermana Cassidy Sanovich

My companion is the best she bought me a spinner that lights up
On our way home from divisions
Me and Hermana Galvez

Us with Alba
Maria and Nico with Hermana De Souza and I

Divisions with Hermana Desouza and Hermana Huanca

Friday, August 4, 2017

Season 3 Episode 9 " A Whole New World" (7-31-17)

Season 3 Episode 9 "A Whole New World"
It's been 13 months (can't believe it myself)
Hello my lovely people how are you all? This week was so crazy that I am not really sure it actually all happened in only a week. For example I am now in the zone of Mercedes 
(no dad not the Benz kind) we actually live in a city named Fray Bentos and it is beautiful!! It is totally different than the other areas that I have had and I am excited to get to know it a little more as the change gets going. 

BUT before we get ahead of ourselves a couple of NEW/BIG things have changed...

NEW AREA - Fray Bentos 
NEW COMP - Hermana Wagner, from Lindon Utah 
NEW CALLING - Hermana Entrenadores (Sister Trainers)

Alberto me and Sierra
Zully and Family

Nadia and Ceferina
I have decided that I am in a whole new world and then we have sung the little mermaid song about three times up until this point. This week was changes week and as we all know I just love change.... NOT I am not a huge fan however, I think I handled it really really well. I was able to pack up and say goodbye in Bella Union all before 6 pm Tuesday. Around 9 Tuesday night we got into Salto and the street where the Hermana's live was being worked on so that meant that we got to take my luggage through the grass and rocks not only to get to the house but also to do it again on Wednesday morning. Wednesday around 6 am I was saying goodbye to Hermana Sierra and all of the Salto friends and I was on a bus on my way to Mercedes. I got there and was reunited with my friend Hermana Wagner... We are comps now and it is great... 
Here are some other cool things that happened - 
We slept in members house and in strangers bed while we were waiting for a bus 
We went to Montevideo and attended Leadership Conference
I spent about 20 hours on a bus this week 
We found out that we are going to be doing divisions 9 times this change
We get to travel to Argentina this change... 
We did not really sleep that much because of our bus schedule 
Saying Good bye to Hermana Sierra :(
Me 13 months and Sierra 3 months

Desafio (Challenge) DO SOMETHING NEW... NO REGRETS!! 
It's the WEEK of CHANGES &  CHANGES are awesome right?

Love you all,
Hermana Sanovich

Wagner & I at the Temple

Hermana Oran and I in Tres Cruces before concilio (council)
Our Zone

Me with Livingston and Bredeson (both from my group at concilio)
Elders made US chicken definately worth documenting 

Ice cream in the terminals is our new bff

Dead Tired or Playing Dead Who knows???

Hermana Wagner and I...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Season 3 Episode 8 The BEST of Bella Unión (7-23-17)

Season 3 Episode 8 The BEST of Bella Unión!!!!
Last day with the ZONE

So this week was totally crazy but it in all good ways. The best things that happened this week have to do with just a couple of people - our friends Bruno and Cirino. 

So Bruno, he has been progressing so so much. He is an 11 year old with a bunch of questions that makes it such a fun experience to teach him. He came to church again this week and he is learning SO SO Much!! He is excited to be getting baptized in the next couple of weeks and we could not be happier for him. 

Cirino's Tabacco he gave to Us to throw away
Then we have Cirino, our good veterinarian, 65 year old smoking friend. HOWEVER, this week we had the chance to talk to him about the Word of Wisdom and after his initially shocked face once he read the pamphlet, he just looked at us. I did not know what to say but then he just goes "well this is not going to be easy"... The truth is that when someone tells you they have been smoking for 45 years I was a little skeptical that he could actually do it... BUT God is always here to help us all and he has defiantly been helping Cirino. We can say that after he gave us his big chunk of Tobacco Thursday night that Cirino is SMOKE FREE!!! I have seen the hand of God working and helping this man with his addiction and it is absolutely wonderful!! 

Bishop and his family
Young Women President and her family
CHURCH - So this week was probably the weirdest Sunday ever. We got a call for changes at about 7:50 am right before we were on our way out the door. Then we were on our way to the house of two investigators, from there to the house of another investigator and to top it all off we had three investigators coming from far away. However we did it! We all got to church and on time this week... The Bishop told the ward that I was leaving, not going to lie goodbyes are still hard. Then we walked them home and then we went to lunch, finished a couple of things and then we started packing up our bags and on our way to Salto. 

1.  The Bishop and his family, I am gonna miss them running around 
2.  Tania, the RS President and her family. They are almost American I swear (I don't really)
3.  Nadia, the YW President... She kills me she is so funny and her kids make me laugh 
4.  Loana, she is just hilarious and her family is so missionary focused it is awesome
Young Women and Our Investigators
5.  Zully, I love her she is like the cool "Aunt" to everyone here in Bella Union that wants everything to be the best!! 
6.  Alberto, I love him. He is such an amazing convert to the Lord and to see him change and improve has been a great adventure. 
7.  Cecilia, she has been such a cute little person. She is 12 but she is 100 percent ready to take on the world and be a missionary in the future. 
8.  MANY MANY cows!!! 
9.  Soooo many wild dogs - wish I could take them all home with me 

Man...I am going miss her!!!
Hermana Sierra... She has been such a great companion and a huge example for me!! I have learned so much from being with her here in Bella Union. I can not describe how much I love her and want the best for her in her mission. Luckily we are totally going to see each other in Utah, when we are both at UVU once again. I LOVE Her and wish her the BEST... 

This weeks Challenge is to take the advice of our Bishop here in Bella Union, "to make the GOOD things BETTER... Everything can always get better!!" It is always an Adventure here in the mission. However, everything GOOD, always gets BETTER. 

BIG NEWS:  I am heading to a New Area on Wednesday - Fray Bentos, Mercedes. I will be with Hermana Wagner (which I met in Paysandu) and we are going to be 
Sister Training Leaders.  I am not really sure what this calling means but I am excited for the NEW Adventure. Here's to making Good things Better.

Love you and Thank You for all that you do!!! 
Hermana Sanovich 
P-day lunch with Hermana Huntsman (blonde) and Hermana Harker
Elder Black
Finally bought me some NEW BOOTS!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Season 3 Episode 7 " The one with TWO lunches" (7-17-17)

Season 3 Episode 7 
"The one with TWO lunches"

This week we will just jump right to Tuesday and explain exactly the lunch situation. A lovely member in our ward decided about a week ago to be in charge of our lunch calendar and to help us get more lunches from the members. However, we had already made a calendar and people had already signed up. This leads us to Tuesday when we realize that two different families are going to be waiting for us to eat with them. We do our best to get a hold of one of the families to cancel and they are just not answering, then the daughter calls and asks us why we are not at their house yet. This is when we decided that it was too late to cancel so we ran to our first lunch at about 12:15 we are eating our first plate of fideos con tucco... The Uruguay version of Spaghetti and meatballs. Then we are being fed another plate at around 1230... Then they proceed to pull out dessert... And in my head I am dying...and I am already wanting to barf.  BUT wait there is more - Then we run to the next lunch and she is waiting for us with more fideos!! And she serves us our third plate of fideos at about 1:00... As I am struggling to finish, she mentions that she has dessert for us too, a cream with a type of sugary sauce on top we fished lunch like champs and rolled home at about 2:00 ready to explode!! The members are awesome!!! However, this was just the first of 5 days this week when we ate fideos.... 

So other than our crazy lunches this week we also taught the coolest kid ever. His name is Bruno and he is 11, I think I have mentioned him before but I am not sure if I have explained how cool he is!! He is so curious about everything and just wants to be apart of the ward and honestly they all love him. We were able to teach him about the Plan of Salvation and he just kept asking the coolest questions to us about Christ and his Atonement. 

We also ventured out to Las Laminas and we were able to visit our group of four new investigators. There were more and more kids gathering by the minute when we were talking. It was really really cool to see how interested these jovens are in learning more about Christ and the Restored Gospel. 

Another little hi-light was church. We were about a half an hour late because we went and picked up 2 of our investigators, but it was worth it for sure!! I also had the chance to speak about Families in Sacrament Meeting, which was amazing! I love my family so much as well as my little Uruguayan Familia here too...

Welp Desafio - (Well to the Challenge) I learned this week that everything is good in moderation. For example...the spaghetti is good until you overindulge like we did. (not on purpose) Over time little things become big things when we use our time wisely on them... I hope that makes sense, so this week please do everything that you usually do and watch how you are spending your time on the things that maybe you could cut back on...to not overindulge on... However, the scriptures are not something that you are ever going to spend too much time on... HINT HINT 

I love you guys and hope you have a great week!!!

Hermana Cassidy Sanovich 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Season 3 Episode 6 "The people that are suppose to hate us...actually want to listen to US" (7-10-17)

Another pic from the baptism of  Cecilia
Season 3 Episode 6 "The people that are suppose to hate us...actually want to listen to US"

So this week has been another crazy one but we have had some great adventures and met some very awesome people. I think the best way to share all about it is just giving you a run down on the people that we have been working with recently. 

A neat story for the week would be with Bruno - Bruno is 11 years old and lives close to this really neat store that we go to sometimes. We contacted his house one night right before we went home and his mom told us to come back. We were able to teach Bruno and his mom twice this week and they were awesome!! He was so interested in learning more, even though his mom told us that she didn't want to go to church or anything but was ok if he wanted to. My favorite was that we asked him if he wanted to get baptized he says "umm...´SÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍÍ" 

It was one of the coolest answers ever. He even came to church with us this week and absolutely loved it. We were sitting in Primary and he was looking at everything and then says "this all looks really familiar, like I have been here before", he has not had any type of contact with the church before in his life. 

I ran into Nicol from Paysandu - It was so great to see her!
The ORANGE house - So this house has about 20 people living there and in the house behind it.. And three of them are different contacts that we are trying to teach, we walk up to the house and ask for 3 different names and every time we are there more people come out. I really want to know who all lives there and just teach them all. They also have a neighbor who looks like a Uruguayan JB wannabe so that is interesting... 

This is the coolest part of our week. We got on a little bus that takes us about an hours walk away (yes I don't know distances) so I gauge things in how long it takes us to walk there #missionlife!! The last time we were out that far we were able to find a bunch of people that were interested in us coming back and teaching them. This time we had 4 people actually come up to us!! 
That doesn't happen here people!! This is also one of the reasons for the title this week. We were talking to a reference family that everyone told us were not going to like us at all, and they were the coolest people!! I'm not sure where their interest level in the Gospel is but they are willing to have us come to their house again...so that is exciting! 

Some Funny stuff -
*On the 4th of July our RS president told me...
     "Its the 4th of July, Congrats Hermana Sanovich" (like it was my birthday or something?)
*Hermana Sierra got attacked by a tree (the tree lived & so did Hermana Sierra)
*I totally biffed it... (nothing new I know)
*A contact grabbed my hand and tried to show me his house (kidnapped) 

Desafio/Challenge - This week we have seen a bunch of little miracles after our own efforts. So this week I am asking you to put in some effort and pray for guidance and I know that you will also see the miracles. 


Love you all,
Hermana Sanovich 

**Random pics from the week**

Alfajores "Bob" Marley style - Shout out to my dad!