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. 

BELLA UNIÓN BESTS
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 



Baby it's COLD OUTSIDE!
Man...I am going miss her!!!
LAST BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY - 
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!
OUR DISTRICT








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!!!

Love,
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. 

THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME!! 

Love you all,
Hermana Sanovich 

**Random pics from the week**









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






Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Season 3 Episode 5 " Sierra and Sanovich VS Satanás" (7-03-17)

Wacky Wednesday!!!
Season 3 Episode 5 
"Sierra & Sanovich VS Satanás"

So this week was exactly the two of us versus Satanás. 
We were not in Bella Union for the majority of the week, had some cool experiences, some crazy challenges but......SPOILER ALERT we totally won!!! So there you go "Satanas" 

Starting on Tuesday we were in our lovely home away from home Salto to do some divisions. For divisions I did some visits with Hermana Valdez who is from Bolivia. 
It was a great day where we got to know each other a little better and we had the chance to share the Gospel while doing it. One of my favorite parts was when we were teaching a woman about the Plan Of Salvation, right after the lesson she told us that her son had committed suicide about a week earlier. He was old enough to have a couple of teenage kids and the sadness in their home was intense. However, when we testified about the love that God has for ALL of us as well as the perfect plan that we have and the chance we have to be together again. The love and light that filled the room was incredible.  It was one of the best feelings ever, to know that we helped her at least recognize that God is looking out for her and that he wants her to return home with her entire family. 
The Gangs ALL here

Wednesday - we were up and out the door bright and early to all get into the van to go to Paysandú for our tri-zone conference with Paysandu and Argentina. I was so excited because as you know I have some roots back in Paysandu and to see some of the mission friends is always a blast. The conference was amazing, we heard from all of the zone leaders, the assistants, Hermana and President Olsen. They were able to teach us so much and we were able to learn all together. One of the biggest lessons that I continue to learn here is that the people in Uruguay are truly an extension of my family and will be forever. I care about them so much and want the best for them. When we got back to Salto it was around 5pm and there we were going to head home...but Hermana Sierra became really really sick so we decided to stay the night. 

Thursday - after we finished our planning we went to the terminal and the assistants were all just hanging out so the four of us ate some Burger King for lunch (it was really good) then we were off on our bus. To our surprise we were welcomed home in Bella Union by Presidente and Hermana Olsen they were on their way to Artigas and decided to stop by and visit our little apartment...luckily it was clean...they also were able to see our little town. They dropped off some little snacks, we took some pictures with them and they were on their way to their next conference. We left our house for a little bit and found a NEW Investigator so I would say that Presidente & Hermana Olsen are Good Luck and should come by a little more often.

Friday night the biggest event that happened was our little trip to the the Hospital for Hermana Sierra, she was to the point where she told me that she could not breath. (very scary) we decided that we needed to get her to the hospital sooner than later to try and find out what was going on.  They told her that she is suffering from "gastritis" which we are not sure we believe but after awhile....she seemed to be feeling much better.
Baptism Selfie

Saturday - was the craziest baptism day ever... After cleaning the font, finding 2 frogs, filling the font with cold water, getting in the font to change the water, filling it with about room temperature water, Cecilia being late to the activity right before her baptism, Cecilia did get baptized!!! She actually did it and it was AMAZING!! The spirit was so strong and her smile was amazing!!  I am so happy for her and the choice that she made to be baptized. 

Challenge - So we talked at our Conference about "the need that we have for the church" but...really "the need the church has for us".  This week find a need that you or the church or your family has for someone and invite them to help you fill it.  As you do that you will feel the love the God has and the need he has for each one of us to return to him.

This church is true. I love the Gospel. I love being a missionary and helping others come unto Christ. Thank you for all that you all do for me. 
Keep being YOU and keep being AMAZING! 

Love you, 
Hermana Cassidy Sanovich 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Season 3 Episode 4 " Our bad" (06-26-17)

Season 3 Episode 4 "Our bad"  (06-26-17)
Random pic with a Random horse

This week was a little different, we had the wonderful idea to schedule our different appointments back to back  so that we would be using all of our time wisely while we were here. However, someone (me) forgot that we actually walk everywhere and that some of these people do not live close to each other. So every time that we realized that we were not going to be able to be in two places at once we would just look at each other and say "Our bad"...It is our little joke now... We did learn that we will not be scheduling things that way EVER again, but hey we did see a bunch of miracles so I would say that it was worth it. 

One of these miracles involved about an hour walk, lots of dirt, almost being hit by cars and lots of mosquito bites 32 to be exact... However, it was totally worth it! We went out to a neighborhood that I had never been to before to find our friend Silvia that was a reference from Alberto that we had taught a couple of times. So we get out to this neighborhood and there a ton of houses that are all basically on top of each other and we have no idea where to start. So we see a chicken that actually did not look like a dinosaur and we clapped outside the door in front of the chicken. The woman didn't know Silvia and then out of nowhere their neighbor comes out and just says "she lives next door" and points to the house to our right. So we were looking for her but turns out she was not home - but these neighbors wanted to know more...(how exciting) so we taught them about the Restoration in front of their house. At one point I looked and there were about 10 little neighborhood chillens listening to us. This neighborhood has so many opportunities and we are looking forward to going back and meeting more people. 

A different miracle was that I was finally able to do some service!! I have wanted to do something more than the dishes as a service activity forever now and this week we finally got our chance, TWICE!! We helped a family that just moved into the ward stain their window shutters, and later on in the week we helped a Hermana cut out some flags to make a banner for her little 3 year old daughters Birthday. I know neither of them are huge acts of service but we are moving up in the world here people. I guess you could also count the fact that we were in charge of the Nursery and Primary this past Sunday as part of our service too... We are getting there, small acts of service everyday. 

Anyways the big news this week is that CECILIA IS GOING TO GET BAPTIZED!!! We had the opportunity to have Elder Gomez and Elder Martinez come up to our little Bella Union and we had her interview and it looks like she will be getting baptized this coming Saturday. We are all really excited for her and it is even cooler because all of the young women have been so nice and accepting of her, she feels like she is part of the ward already. Ward members and their involvement with her has been huge, from Alberto telling us about her to actually teaching her. The Ward here has always supported us which is amazing. 

The ZONE
So as I said in total I have about 32 mosquito bites on my legs, and they may or may not be driving me absolutely crazy!!! They are itchy and usually they are just a huge distraction... Now what on Earth does this have to do with anything? Two very important words that even a 5 year old told me this week when he saw my legs "BUG SPRAY"... Now to be honest I know that bugs are everywhere, and I know exactly where our bug spray is in our house--- HOWEVER, I have been a little stubborn and have not taken the precaution of using bug spray recently and am now feeling the affects...SO your Challenge this week is to apply the "Spiritual Bug Spray" everyday, it will be our protection because, temptation is real, everywhere and hidden just like these lil mosquitos, but if we do the little things that will protect us everyday we can walk through life without as many bug bites and trust me if I could do it again I totally would use bug spray, its easy and 100 percent worth it...
One more of OUR ZONE

Thank you for all of your love and support that you give me, I can not say it enough!! 
Thank you for being the best people ever!!! 
I love you and hope that you all have a bug bite free week 

LOVE, Hermana Cassidy Sanovich 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Season 3 Episode 3 "It's Just a little hiccup" (07-19-17)

Happy Fathers Day
Season 3 Episode 3 " It's Just a little Hiccup" (07-19-17)

Hiccups... Could be one of the littlest things in the world that just drive me crazy, they stop you from talking, they are loud and everyone looks at you funny as you try to deal with them quietly. 

This week we were also blessed to see so many little miracles and to feel the Spirit so strongly. However, there were also a few moments that things didn't quite go as we had planned or hoped (the hiccups) 

We also had a bunch of opportunities to share the Gospel 
and to help those around us this week.  

* Starting off the week we met a less active mother of three who lives in our area and went to visit her and her kids this week. We were at their house and we asked her to pick a hymn and she just looks at us and says "I cant read", so we turn to her son who is 13 and ask him and all he says is "I cant either"... So we were a little taken a back and we decided to ask if there was a song she remembered and she found one that she remembered her mother singing to her when she was little. SO we are singing the song and she starts joining us. It was one of the most Beautiful and heartfelt voices I have ever heard. Then she prayed and the majority of her prayer was her blessing us and our families and thanking us for what we are doing here. By the end of the lesson we both felt the love of God for her and her children so strongly that it almost brought us to tears... Lesson!  I am so blessed 

* The next learning moment of this week was when we were helping a family clean their kitchen, just a small daily task. Let me set the scene for you, the "kitchen" is a slab of concrete that is underneath a wooden roof that has some metal to block out the cold and act as walls, there are spiders everywhere and there are more dirty dishes in a pile than I have ever seen in my life. However, with the help of an awesome member in our ward the three of us were able to help them clean enough to be able to actually use clean dishes and to have a more sanitary place to cook. Lesson! I am so blessed 

Ice Cream with Cecilia
This week I have seen all of these blessings that I usually would take for granted, like reading, writing, having a roof, running water, heating, safety, family, the Gospel... Just to name a few. Some of the little blessings of this week also came with some hiccups.. To start it all off I literally had the hiccups 6 times, that is right 6 times in one day -- after that the hiccups just kept coming. 

We went to a youth activity with our awesome investigator Cecilia and it turns out the activity was canceled...so we took Cecilia to get ice cream. Then we went to teach Alberto and Abuelo and found out that they have been smoking... We also had a day of a little sickness that kept us inside for a few hours. 

Lesson with all of this? Has to do with the challenge for this week. 

Random Selfie &
A Random Bone in the Road


Sometimes there are hiccups, physically and metaphorically. They are not the end of the world. While extremely annoying and completely irritating as far as I know its not the end if you get hiccups. Its the same way in life. Sometimes there are unexpected challenges or experiences that become like (hiccups) in our lives. However, it is through these moments that we are able to grow and learn the most. There were times where I freaked out because I had the hiccups and couldn't talk and it never made it better. Applying this to life (or trying to) When we use the hiccups and laugh a little and only have a positive attitude we are always better off.   So the challenge this week is to laugh through the hiccups, not sure if it is doctor recommended but it gets the Sanovich stamp of approval. 

Thank you all for being the best and for helping me live through the hiccups. 

***Before I go I just want to wish my Dad a "Happy Fathers Day!" 
Thank you for being my dad and for all that you do for us!! LOVE YOU!! 
Thanks to all of the Wonderful examples of Dads, Uncles, and even Brothers that I have in my life. (you know who you are...)

Uruguay won something important in Futbol
Party in the streets

Love you all and hope you have a great week, 
Hermana Cassidy Sanovich 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Season 3 Episode 2 " Hold your Horses" (07-12-17)

Season 3 Episode 2 " Hold your Horses"

Make a WISH!

We have seen so many horses that we decided that every time we see a horse we are going to make a wish. It is a little weird I know but with how many horses there are wandering around in Bella Union we are going to make a bunch of wishes and they are going to help us with the Missionary work here too.  Anyways enough about the random horses and the little things in life that keep us laughing here. 




We actually have had an amazing week full of a bunch of different experiences that have changed my life. 

We had a cool experience with an investigator where he taught us about prayer. We asked him if he had prayed and thought that God could answer our prayers and he grabs his work schedule and just hands it to us. At this point I was a little confused and thought that maybe I had said something wrong, so I repeated the question. He then points to the majority of his scheduled classes and says "This is new, this one too, a week ago I didn't have any of this." I looked up from the paper at him and then I understood. He had prayed, and not only did he think that God was listening but he knew that he was answering too. 

We taught this lady about the Plan of Salvation and we were talking about the knowledge that we have about life after death and she just kind of looked at us. Then I decided to ask her if she thought that there was anything after this life, she answered by telling us a story, not too uncommon here in Uruguay. However, this story was different - she had a dream where she saw her brother in law in front of two pathways, one clean and bright while the other was dark and thorny. She watched him as he then chose the lit path and went out of sight. She shared with us that she had had this dream a few days before her brother in law passed away. It was a great chance for us to be able to share more about the Plan of Salvation and how we know that we can make this choice everyday. 

We then had the opportunity to help an elderly man that is a less active member here in Bella Union move a few of his things so that the river that is growing and flooding the entire country would not ruin his things. But he only let us move them a little ways away and I am pretty sure that by tomorrow all of his belongings and the tent where he is living with his 10 dogs will be completely under water. Even though this is the case he is so confident and is trusting the Lord and has decided he does not want to bother anyone because he "has everything he needs". This mans house, that is more of a cardboard shack, is completely under water. The animals that he loves are dying because they are sick and do not have any food. He is living under a tarp with a bunch of wet and humid clothes to keep him warm. Yet he told us that there are other people that need our help and that he is fine because he is healthy and knows that God loves him. This mans Faith and trust in God has truly inspired me, and showed me how little the things in life actually matter. 

"1 YEAR"
These three experiences have shown me how much God knows us. I love that we have the certainty that he knows us personally and he knows exactly what we need in our lives in the moments that we need it. This is part of the challenge for you this week is to recognize the relationship that you have with Heavenly Father and as with any relationship, if you want to know how much he actually knows and cares about you just ask him. I know that he loves us more than we can even imagine and that he is looking out for us in our lives every single day. 

I love you!!! Thank you for being such amazing people!! 

I hope you all get to have some fun in the SUN this week!! 

Hermana Cassidy Sanovich