Monday, September 12, 2016

Season 1 Episode 15 "When it rains it s'mores" (9-12-16)

Season 1 Episode 15 " When it rains it S'mores"
S'mores Uruguay style
So this week was a crazy one, it rained for about three days straight and we are currently waiting for the next rainstorm to come in so that is exciting. 

Hermana Trujillo
Welcome to Spring in Uruguay!!! 

Hermana Silva & Hermana Trujillo

Hermana Sanovich with Hermana Silva

Monday- So this was the day where we realized that it was going to rain all day and we needed to be wearing our rain boots. That made things really fun, the puddles are fun getting everything soaking wet is not as much fun, but my feet were dry and warm so all good there. 

Tuesday- It rained again, even more this time. The biggest thing that happened was that when we went to teach our new investigator Ezekial we found out that he is not actually an investigator but that he is a member of the church. He got baptized when he was 12 in Maldonado, Uruguay and then went inactive in a matter of weeks. So that was a surprise for us. 

Wednesday- 100 days as a missionary!! Wow that was fast; i have a feeling that time is just going to keep speeding up every single day goes faster and faster!! Today is also Dia de Brasil!! (I am still unsure if its an Independence day type thing but it was important) So we got to celebrate that this week with again a rainy day. Some really cool things happened today, for example we went back to talk to a contact that we had talked to last week and while we were there his neighbors came in to visit. We started talking to them a bunch and it was incredible, the mom had a ton of questions about the church and then told us that she has been looking and wants to find Salvation for her family. We were thrilled to talk to her!! Then we had the chance to visit our friends Pablo (who owns a butcher shop) and his son Juaquin  we visited with them in this butcher shop. We were surrounded by raw meat and other animal body parts (not the point of the story) but we were still able to talk about the gospel and feel the spirit testify of the truthfulness of the gospel and it was great. 

Thursday- We went to the farm today!! It finally stopped raining so we ventured really far into the party of our area where there are more cows than people and a bunch of open fields to visit this lady named Yanina. On our way to her house we came in contact with a group of not so friendly cows in our path and turns out that Hermana Silva is very afraid of them so we walked very slowly on the other side of the road so nothing would happen. Then when we got to her house we met her two sons named Thiego and Diego, we laughed about their names just a little bit because they are so similar and with her accent you cant tell who she is talking to. Then this afternoon we went and talked to Ezekial again and we ended up speaking in English and we were talking about the Book of Mormon and then he stops looks at me and says " And what about for you?" he basically was asking me for my testimony and it was the coolest experience to have him ask me directly what I believe and what I know to be true. 

Friday- We got a call today that the Crocketts were going to come to our house to see if it was clean and see how everything is working. So because our house was spotless we spent the morning cleaning it up a little bit (nothing major needed to be done, just tidy up a bit, we are not slobs...) so they came by in the afternoon and Hermana Crockett was giving us some marriage advice, that really is life advice for when you are friends or in a relationship with someone that if at any point they stop making you laugh and you get upset with them easily. That you need to take a minute and look in the mirror and evaluate yourself before you get mad. Also that its important not to yell unless the house is on fire... 

Saturday- We got to have breakfast with the Cabrerras, they live in the house next to us 
(our landlords) and their daughter who has been home from her mission for about a year. It was fun to hear her stories and see how much the mission can help people. Then we had the craziest charla (chat) ever. We were showing Ezekial around the church so that it would be more comfortable for him to come on Sunday. So we the three of us had planned on having our Branch President with us and all talk about the church, we did not plan however on having our good friend Ponse or a member whose name is Virginia and her two young kids but we were all there together. I am pretty sure that we talked about almost every gospel topic over the sound of kids playing, ping-pong and then the balance of about six people trying to talk at the same time. It was chaos, but we could see that even just being in the church was a huge deal for him and that he wants to return to church because he could feel the spirit strongly even just being in the church. 

Sunday- We went to church and it was awesome, it is crazy sometimes to listen to these people talking about all of these complicated or advanced gospel principals and then to remember that it all comes back to Christ. The funny thing that happened today was that we went to visit a family that cant come to church because the husband cant physically leave his bed ever, his name is Mario and his wife Pocha, they are such great examples and the spirit that we feel in their home with him is incredible. But we were talking about their life and Mario started to say something about Pocha and how they met, and she looks at him and says "Mario, shut up!" In English, we stared laughing. I love seeing the way that they find joy in everything that they have and they can still laugh at each other .. 

Challenge this week: If you have a chance read the conference talk by President Uchtdorf entitled "He will place you on his shoulders and carry you home" 

Quote from the talk that I absolutely love...  
"It matters not how completely ruined our lives may seem. It matters not how scarlet our sins, how deep our bitterness, how lonely, abandoned, or broken our hearts may be. Even those who are without hope, who live in despair, who have betrayed trust, surrendered their integrity, or turned away from God can be rebuilt. Save those rare sons of perdition, there is no life so shattered that it cannot be restored."
Love you all so much.  Thank you for your continued support. 
Hermana Sanovich

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