Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Season 3 Episode 24 " When Uruguay Unites" (11-13-17)

Season 3 Episode 24 " When Uruguay Unites"
Us and our "Mexicano" drink
This week, as promised, was just as crazy if not crazier than last week. We started it all off leaving Rivera Monday night to go to our new home away from home, Tacuarembo to do another set of divisions with a different companionship. We got there a little early so we decided to go and try to walk from the bus terminal to their house. With some really vague directions we got what I like to call a little lost. However, it turned into a good walk and in the end we found the Hermana's house perfectly fine and before we needed to be at their house. I am convinced Hermana Harker and I could just backpack the world and be totally fine at this point. 
Me, Harker, Merubia and Resendiz
Tuesday, we did the real divisions and I was able to spend the first half of the day with Hermana Merubia who I actually have met her when she first got to the missiĆ³n because she started the same time as Hermana Sierra. It was fun to spend some time with her and meet a new investigator named Karina she is very excited to learn more from the missionaries. Then in the afternoon I was with Hermana Resendiz and this was the second time that we got to do divisions together, it was fun to meet some of their investigators that are planning on being baptized in a few weeks. I learned a lot from the Hermana's...about how to love and treat others. (they have had some problems in their companionship but are really trying hard to work it out). Then that night we got ready for our BIG Mission Conference with all of the Missionaries in here in Uruguay. We had to be at the Stake Center at 1 am so no sleeping there. 

Wednesday, well it turns out that a 7 hour bus ride gets a little longer when you are trying to sleep curled up in a bus seat. However, at this point I am completely use to being on buses, I have only done it once or twice ;) jaha jaha  Once we got to the Stake Center in Montevideo we had the chance to listen to both President and Hermana Olsen along with the Eddys (the other mission President and his Wife). Then we heard from Bishop Davies and his wife about how to better study and apply the scriptures in our lives. It was a great conference and we learned how to love the people we serve and serve with too.  Then as with all conferences we saw all of our mission friends which was a huge blessing...because I might not be seeing most of them for quite some time. We also had a great lunch, talent show and then just the OESTE MISION (WEST MISSION) Conference, where we talked about goals we are going to be making and plans for the Christmas Season and next year. :( 

The hardest part of this week was saying goodbye to all of the missionaries that I have met and become friends with because I am not sure the next time I am going to see them. However, it was followed by the best part of the week, our FIEL (faithful?) party with the Olsen Family. We got to stay at the mission home and have a bbq all together and then sleep in the hostal (lodging house) and turn the trip into a Going to the Temple trip as well. It was a huge blessing to go to the temple with such an amazing group of missionaries, to feel the spirit so strongly testifying to all of us about the reality of the work that we are doing in Uruguay. After our session at the Temple we grabbed some lunch sacks and hung out at Tres Cruces before getting on another bus taking us back to Rivera. 

I finally made it home to Rivera around 1 am and lets just say handy little tip - make sure at least one of the people you travel with has a phone...because then nobody has a way to call their companion and you may get stuck at a terminal with two Elders at 1 am :) just saying... Friday we started wearing our pants in the afternoons and we look a lot more like regular people but with that being said we are feeling the heat and it is only getting hotter. 

Us in Skirts
US in pants
DIVISIONS, I was with Hermana Funke, and she is just as awesome as her last name. We taught an English class where I had to pray in English and it was by far the hardest thing for me to do ever. (the struggle speaking English is real) Then we also ended up in a cemetery in their area where we decided to contact a couple of people that worked there. When we were taking a picture I was taken by surprise to see bones. Yes, those pics are really a person, in Uruguay after 3 years the bones get put into a concrete box and I guess then they break it open sometimes... ¿Happy late Halloween? (not sure why???)Then we had a great lesson the 4 of us with one of our investigators named Andres. We cant be alone with him so we decided to teach him all together. It was a great lesson about prayer and how important our relationship is with God in our lives. 

Sunday, not much happened, we were able to cross some people off of our "maybe" list so that is always good. Little Lupe did better in church but cant stop playing the piano during the closing prayer, one day she will get it. We also found out that the investigators that the Elders have been teaching actually live in OUR area so we are now having a combined Baptism with them this Saturday

Today we went out to the Rivera letters and the closest thing that I have seen to a Costco in this country. It was awesome! 
The Fab Four
Me, Harker Johnson and Funke

Just US on the Rivera sign

Rivera where else??

US enjoying Rivera
Peace to you all, from some Pretty Cool Hermana's
Challenge:  This week I want to challenge you to think about the way that the gospel has changed your life and the ways that it blesses you.... I have been so blessed and have seen so many other change because of the restored Gospel of Jesucristo. I love it and I love being a missionary.

Have a great week , 

Love Hermana Sanovich

Sleeping on the floor is FUN to do
Is this Costco???
Where we bought our yummy crepe
Desserts for Days
Our yummy crepe
A Cool Bridge behind us...
US and our yummy crepe
"Chef" President Olsen
Temple Trip I am so blessed 
Temple Trip with the BEST
Feel so LUCKY to know these amazing Hermana's
Hermana Sierra
Saying Goodbye to Hermana Sierra
Johsnson, Funke, ME and Harker
Us looking like Tourists at the Cemetery
Us Being Tourists
Funke at the Cemetery
View of the Cemetery
The many boxes in the Cemetery
Close up of one of the boxes
The cement box that has been broken open
The Remains of Maria :(

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Season 3 Episode 23 " Saturday is a special day!" (11-06-17)

Happy Halloween
Season 3 Episode 23 
"Saturday is a special day!"

This week has been a little different than normal.. We were able to celebrate Halloween a little bit as a zone on Monday by making cookies together in the morning on the 30th. Then to our surprise we got to go on a trip to Tacuarembo, another zone of the mission that is about 2 hours away. We went to go on divisions with a companionship of Hermanas that the one comp had fallen off of her bike and been in the hospital for about a week. So around 5am Hermana Harker and I were on our way in a bus to a place we had never been to before without a clear address for where the Hermanas lived and no way to actually talk to them. This was just the start of our Tacuarembo ADVENTURE. I decided to be Harker for Halloween and we had a chance to teach a bunch of cool people that after a week without missionaries were in need of some Gospel lessons. Oh and it was also my 17 month mark so Harker made some creative cookies with the injured Hermana and we Celebrated that together. 

Me as Hermana Harker for Halloween
Us in Tacuarembo
Wednesday- we were up and out the door because the Hermanas had conference and we were just going to take a bus to the terminal but we decided to make it more fun and walk the 3 Kilometers (almost 2 miles) to the terminal from their house without knowing where we were going at all. It was a fun adventure and we saw some of the sights and even contacted people on the way. Then when we got to the terminal we found out they had cancelled our bus due to a strike they were having in Montevideo. 

However, the cute older ticket salesman was a 
Xis - a Brazilian Lunch
lifesaver and remembered that we had bought tickets and saved us tickets on another bus so that we could get home. BLESSINGS!!!! he saved us because there was only one other bus going to Rivera that day late at night and our bus was so full of people standing up that he was a little miracle worker. We went from a great morning to a really weird afternoon where this Evangelical lady chewed us out for about a half an hour about all the ways that the Gospel is wrong and the church is fake. It was a little test of patience and in the end all we shared was our testimonies. 
Tacuarembo ADVENTURE
Road Tripping
Thursday- we did weekly planning and it was super hot and humid so we were glad that the first half of the day we were in our house. Then we found this really cool 14 year old girl that lives in front of the church and is currently going to another church by herself so we are excited to go and teach her some more coming up this next week. The other big event this week would be our interviews with President Olsen. We were finishing up with our missionary council meeting, we received a call telling us they were here early and asked if we could go have our interviews. SO we went and it was a great talk with President Olsen about how to enjoy and just keep being the missionary I have been this entire time. Then as a surprise we went with President, his assistants, and the zone leaders to dinner in Brazil. It was a cool little ADVENTURE where I had the chance to get some awesome advice from President about studying, working and I also ate a chicken heart!! Yes that's right people....I keep eating odd things!! 

Us at Conference
Conference de Rivera
Friday- we had a great Zone Conference we talked about the Baptismal calendar that we are trying to use in the mission to help us raise the vision and to have people getting baptized every week. I also had the chance to share my testimony with the zone because it is my last change and that made the end of the mission feel really really real...  We found great new investigators that we are wanting to teach more soon. Then the big day came around, SATURDAY!! 
Me cleaning the Baptismal Font
Saturday....is a special day.... its the day that Daiana got baptized!! We were able to help Daiana reach her goal and get baptized!! It was a crazy race all day to be able to get everything ready and working for her baptism but she did it. We got to watch Lupe and Enzo as she entered the water and you can see the happiness on her face. It was such a special day and everyone was helping with her kids so that she could enjoy it. It was such a spiritual experience that we know she will never forget and to hear her bear her testimony about the church and the restored gospel afterward was my favorite part.

Baptism DAY!
US with Daiana, Lupe and Enzo - Happy Day!!
Sunday- she (Daiana) was on her way to church without us.!!! We were on our way to pick her up and make sure she made it to church and we get halfway there and we see a stroller and then a little child walking towards us and it was her and Lupe with Enzo in the stroller.... I loved seeing them all ready for church and on their way (with their dog to). Our little joke about Sunday was that we were dog sitters outside, babysitters inside and missionaries later that day with the self-sufficient devotional. (jajaja) 

CHALLENGE- reach out to someone that is less active or an investigator. They need it, everything is so new and they need people to be their friends. We have seen this with Daiana because there have been some people that have not been nice about her and her situation. However, there have been a handful of members that are willing to help with her kids and trying to make her life easier which I loved seeing. 

I just want to thank all of you for still reading these and for going on my little adventures with me. I promise that next week will be just as crazy...
Hermana Sanovich 

The point in Tacuarembo
Us at Concilio (Council) awhile back

Our version of an ice-cream truck
Zone hangin out
At the ward Party
The dog we had to tie up so it wouldn't' come in the church
Our Kitchen
Our Bedroom

Our Humble Abode

Playing Spike ball
View of the Street

Cookies and Comps are the best..
Back to the little house on the prairie
Tacuarembo at sunset
2 of us and 1 mattress its the life here in Uruguay

Welp 17 months later! See you soon...