Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's STILL Christmas!!! (December 29, 2014)

Hola Familia y Amigos!

Remember how I said that Argentines are quite the partying people? WELL, we´re still celebrating Christmas! We continue to eat a lot of pan dulce. And, most awesome of all- we can still use the little cards from the Él esla Dádiva! It´s wonderful :) We ask "can we give you a card-cito de navidad?" and they accept, and it´s still a great way to spread the gospel! We´ve found so many people to teach that way. Usually people don´t even want our cards, but they take Christmas cards! So It´s a great thing that the christmas trees are up until 3 kings day, or the day of the wisemen :) which is like in, January 6th or something. We´re gonna use the Christmas spirit for all we´ve got! Hey, who knows, maybe it will last till Easter. ;)

I´ve got my new compañera now! Her name is Hermana Mercado, and she´s from Nicaragua :) She´s so great! Her hardworking and excited attitude are contagious, and it´s great, cause we´re able to work hard and see lots of miracles together. AND she´s a whole lot of fun in a tiny little body! Her head hits right below my shoulders :)

Christmas in Argentina was WONDERFUL! We ate both meals (christmas eve and christmas day) outside, in patios shaded by vines :) I love my little italian/german/spanish/south american Argentina. And we had Asado! talk about delicious! Nothin like slow cooked Argentine beef over a hot fire. Talking about fire, it is SO HOT here! Our appartment this morning was 86 degrees... that´s WITH a fan. And there´s a whole lot of summer where that comes from! I even got my first sunburn :)


Looks like my times up, sorry! Love you all!

Hermana Hill

FELIZ NAVIDAD! :) (December 22, 2014)

Buenas tardes todos!!!! (Good Afternoon All!!!)

Primeramente, a mi primo Elder Brush en Buenos Aires- lo siento por ser una stinky prima y no escribir por tanto tiempo... pero que tenga un MUY buen navidad y todo el éxito en el mundo! Hay muchos personas que vienen de La Plata acá y siempre pregunté si conocieron vos, pero después aprendí que es una ciudad gigante... jaja te quiero mucho y espero que tenga un navidad llena con asado y sin pan dulce con frutas, a menos que le gusta, por su puesto ;)

First, to my cousin Elder Brush in Buenos Aires - sorry for being a premium stinky and not writing for so long... but I hope you have a very good Christmas and all the success in the world!  There are many people coming from La Plata here, and I always ask if they knew you, but I later learned that it is a giant city ... haha.  I love you and hope you have a Christmas filled with roasted sweet bread without fruit, unless you like it, of course :)

Pues, to the rest of my dear family and friends- MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Can you believe it´s already here?! yeah, I can´t. I look at the calendar and realize that I almost have 6 meses en la mission- HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN!?! Yep, 2 de Enero, mi cumple mez. but its not here yet, so I will keep denying for a few weeks that I´m grande en la mission.

These past weeks have been crazy crazzy, like, I didn't think that my mission could get crazier, then it did, and I love it dearly :) Did ya´ll know that there are gypsies in Argentina? no, there really are! They wear long skirts and live in extravagant houses... I knew there were some of them in Bahía but, Here in Trenque too!

Okay, that´s completely besides the point of everything... but it´s argentina, and I love it. What I REALLY want to talk about in my letter today is that sweet Dalma was baptized this week!!! This girl is so wonderful. With the water low and freezing, she went into the font with the biggest smile I've ever seen. And after, shivering, still smiling, said "I´m baptized!" Her mother is a member of the church recently returning, and made a lovely cake for Dalma. It was vanilla, with dulce de leche and peach filling, covered in fondant. And the members stayed after church to watch and to welcome her into the branch more fully! :) It was beautiful. It meant the world to our companionship for so many reasons! After 7 weeks, both of my companions are getting transfered. Hermana Boyce to Santa Rosa and Hermana Burgos to Tandil. I´m going to miss them SO much! It was wonderful to be able to end our time together with the celebration of Dalma´s baptism.

I´m actually writing all of this from Santa Rosa! Our tiny zona in Trenque came here to celebrate Navidad with our mission president and all the missionaries in this area :) It was so great! We got to go to the hospital and Casa de Ancianos to sing hymns of Christmas and share a little message. It was lovely to talk to the little abuelos and to hear about their lives and to share a little more of the chirstmas spirit!!! After, we had a talent show that was IMPRESSIVE. Like, one of the elders is a master in kung fu, and showed us some of his routines, with nunchucks and everything. His dad has taught him since he was little! And other hermanas danced, and my zone shared the song of our mission that one of our elders wrote :) woah, it was just beautiful.

 More than everything, my favorite part was the message that our president shared. I´m so grateful for my mission president and his wife, "mamá y papá noel". They help us with EVERYTHING and woah, what I learn from them, it´s amazing. I´m so grateful to know that we´ve been called by a prophet to serve here in Argentina, and I´m so so so grateful to share the message of christmas with the world! It has suprised me beyond belief to find so many people that don´t know what the reason of christmas is. I hope you all have a wonderful christmas, centered firmly in Christ and his teachings :)

I love you all!!! Feliz Navidad!!! Que Dios les bendiga y quida :)


He is the Gift (December 15, 2014)

Hola! ¿Cómo Andan todos?

GUESS WHAT!?! After a week of craziness, our zone leaders told us that we don't have transfers for 2 more weeks!!!!!!!!! Guess what that means! Our trio not only made it for 6 weeks, (which is like, unheard of) but we´re going to make it for 8!!! WOO! Super trio strikes again! The chants that we sang por todo el semana de "trio otro vez, trio otro vez" realamente paso!!! What a blessing, no? I love it! and It makes it nice for the holidays!

FAMILY just so you know, I´m going to call via Skype at 5 my time and at 1 your time. Does that work for everyone?

Okay, as for this week, it was CRAZY. but like, more crazy than I ever could have imagined. When I get home, I´ll have to tell you all about Dalma and all the miracles that we saw this week. But for now, sorry! There´s not much time, and also a lot of it is pretty personal to her and it just wouldn´t be right to share it all over internet. that, and it´s like, impossible to explain fully. I don´t even fully understand what happened! In the end, ella no pudo bautizarse because she was in Santa Rosa, but she told us that she really wants to get baptized in the following week. I´m so so grateful that I´m going to be here for it. Dalma is amazing, and her faith really has strengthened mine, I have learned more than, well, than I can explain. So hows that for a story ya´ll? haha Yes, I do realize that I just spent an entire paragraph telling you nothing about everything...

BUT, I CAN tell you that we had the primary program this week!!! It was ADORABLE! And when they sang "Yo quiero ser un misionero ya" I almost cried. One of the kids waved at me and we were all just dying of the cuteness and innocence and awesome of it all.

I hope you all got a chance to watch "He is the Gift" If you haven´t seen it, definitely look it up on YouTube, every time I watch it I just love it :) Our Savior really IS the reason for Christmas, and I know with all my heart that He lives. I love the opportunity that we have as missionaries right now to ask people what they're willing to give to their savior this Christmas, and I've been thinking a lot about that too. I want to give everything I've got, all of my heart. when I fail in that though, once more I know that I can keep going, because of the Atonement of the very Christ that I´m trying to give my all to. It´s a long road, but there is SO MUCH HOPE. The more we learn about Him and read and practice His teachings, the more hope there really is in our lives. Right now, I´m working on figuring out little ways to give Him more and more every day, and I love it. It´s amazing how much more our lives can change every day when we do this! Like, after a great lesson or miracle or day in the mission, and I don´t think that my life could possibly be changed any more by serving here in Argentina, it does, and A LOT. how grateful I am for this!

I love you all so so much!!! I hope you have a WONDERFUL Christmas season! The church is true. Go to the temple! String up some more lights and ornaments for me :)

con mucho amor,
Hermana Hill

El es la Dadiva (December 8, 2014)

Hola familia!!!

Argentina has a holiday almost every Monday now a days- we´re quite the partying people!!! Sadly, because of that, haha I´m exceptionally short on time recently :) But know that I love you all! And that hace CALOR here (It´s really really hot). And there are dead frogs in the street, and we have a piano in the church here that plays itself. And that El es la Dadiva is the best. Look up "he is the gift" if you havent already seen it!!! We´ve seen miracles here to be able to share it. And yep. haha Sorry everyone! My time is already up... so, so that you have something to read at least! here is my letter to my presidente de mision.

Hola Presidente!!!

Este semana ha sido marvilloso!!! Es como algo cambió en nuestra area. No sé si es que nosotras estamos trabajando mas eficaz, o el espiritu de Navida ha tocado la gente acá, o exactamente que, pero ha sido un semana de muchos milagros. ¡Nuestra investigadora Dalma esta progresando y va a bautizarse este fin de semana! Estamos RE animados, por su puesto. Ella es un buenisima ejemplo a su familia y amigos y novio. Sus padres son miembros y estan reactivandose en la iglesia. Su novio es un nuevo investigador ahora, y ella esta compartiendo con todos via Face y sus acciones. Es marvilloso. El cambio que hemos visto en ella es gigante. Estamos encontrando MUCHOS nuevos por medo de "El es el Dadíva". Tengo un testimonio mas y mas fuerte cada dia que  Jesucristo y su evangelio puede cambiar vidas cuando las personas deje que el entre sus corazones.

Hello President!  

This week has been marvelous!!! It's like something changed in our area. I do not know if we are working more efficiently, or the spirit of CHRISTMAS has touched people here, or exactly that, but it was a week of many miracles. Our investigator Dalma is progressing and will be baptized this weekend! We are encouraged, of course. She is a beautiful example for her family and friends and boyfriend.  His parents are members and are reactivated in the church.  Her boyfriend is a new investigator now, and she is sharing with everyone via Face and actions.   It is marvelous. The change we have seen is huge. We're finding many new people with "He is the gift."  My testimony grows stronger and stronger every day in Jesus Christ and his gospel  It can change lives when people let it into their hearts.

Love you all tons and tons and tons!!! Until next week!

Hermana Hill

Ñoquis (December 1, 2014)

Hola todos!!!

This week has definitely been an interesting one! Very sadly, Hermana Burgos has been really sick. :( As a result, we've been in the apartment nearly all week. A few times we've been able to leave cause she´s felt better, or we´ve done divisions with the members. Pobre cita. We've been to the hospital twice, each time a different diagnosis- air pressure change and migraines. All I will say on this subject, I never want to have to go to the hospital, ever, and I wouldn't wish it upon anyone... Hermana Burgos has definitely been more than drugged up, which makes for some pretty fun conversations! Poor thing. Hope she feels better soon!

Although we had to go through all that this week, it´s been a good one. The lessons that we had were great, and igual, I learned a ton! I studied the language a lot, and read in Jesus the Christ (I LOVE that book). I learned how to cook ñoquis- a weird little noodle thing. DELICIOUS. And a bunch of other things too, although I can´t exactly remember... it´s al
l a blur ;) So family, you´ve got my weird cooking to look forward to when I get home! Luckily I've still got some time to get better... Thanksgiving was wonderful! We made rolls and lemon pie! And hand turkeys titled "Estoy aggradacida por..." On thanksgiving I had the opportunity to leave the apartment for a bit and teach with Sara, one of the young members of our branch. She´s so great! We had a lot of fun! It was my first time teaching etc without another full time missionary... that means that I was In charge. Ah! run and hide! Well, luckily for the world, the spirit is the one who is REALLY in charge with missionary work, and my companions and I had already made our plans. It was a great experience to learn from, and also a great experience to see all that I´ve already learned! I´m so grateful for all that I've learned, and for that opportunity to take a step back and remember- woah, I´m speaking another language. Woah, I´m navigating Argentina. Woah, I´m a missionary!!! Like, is this real life? I´m so grateful for the opportunity to be here, to grow and learn and work.

I've grown a lot this week in my testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ. Following the advice of my companions, I decided to try to get to know Christ better this week. "If you want to grow in your testimony, or have a testimony of the Savior, get to know Him". In studying the scriptures instead of just kinda reading them, woah, yeah, my testimony of the divine mission and ministry of my Savior have grown SO much. My invitation to all of you, no matter in what state your faith is in right now, is to get to know Christ. It couldn't be easier to do than right now, in December, when everything so strongly bears witness of Him. I know that if you put forth your efforts to get to know our Savior this Christmas season, it will bless every aspect of your lives! And His influence will mean much to you long after Christmas. (Eep! Christmas!) I hope all of you can spend a little time every day thinking about Jesus Christ. I´ve found so much rest in my life this way! And I know that this principle applies to every person in the world- I've seen it! For those of you who are doing your part to get to know Him, study more ;) Dig a little deeper. Pray to see His influence in your "normal" everyday life :)

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Happy December! Eat some peppermint for me, ok?

Hermana Hill