Well, I officially have completed ONE YEAR as the financial secretary of the Argentina Santa Fe mission. It does not seem like it has been that long at all. I can't believe that a year could go by so fast. I've learned so many things, and had so many amazing experiences. I definitely wouldn't change it for anything in the world. I never thought I would serve in the mission office on my mission (I didn't even know that existed before the mission), and certainly not for such a long time, but it has proven to be exactly what I have needed to grow. It has strengthened my testimony that the Lord knows each of us very personally and that He prepares experiences for us to learn and grow and become what He knows we can be and what He wants us to become.
This last week we found some awesome new investigators! First off, this woman found a Book of Mormon in the street that the hermanas had accidentally left while they were contacting. She was going to do some stuff in the bank, and it was really busy, so while she was sitting waiting she read some of it and loved it. Then later she saw the sister missionaries and contacted them and told them that she had read the book and that she wanted to meet with the missionaries. So the hermanas took down her address, and then sent it to us because it was in our area. We went to visit her, and she was so ready! In our very first meeting, we invited her to be baptized on the 1st of July, and without hesitation, she said yes! We were super happy. Also, coincidence, we get there and meet her husband, and as we talk to him, we find out that he was baptized when he was 15, but without the permission of his parents, and when they found out, they didn't let him go back to church. So when we went to visit, he said he feels like this is God telling him that he needs to come back to church. On top of that, their son, Cxxx, who is 18, who wasn't in the lesson, when we were talking with him afterwards, asks us out of no where, Hey, do you guys have meetings? What time? We said, 9:30 on Sundays, and he said, can I go?, and we said OF COURSE! As we've visited them this week I've become convinced that they are a chosen family. I am so excited for them.
We also had an awesome member lesson this week. An hermano, Hno Andrada told us that he wanted to introduce us to his friend, so we set up an appointment and went to his friends house to teach him. Hno. Andrada ended up showing up about halfway through because he got caught up in some paperwork he had to do, but as we taught his friend, he told us his biggest question was, all of the churches I have been to say that they are the true church. And you guys too. What makes this different? How can I know which one is true? Of course, as missionaries, we LOVE that question, so we dove right into the restoration. When the hermano got there, he immediately joined us and bore powerful personal testimony of the Restoration and of Joseph Smith as a prophet. It was a powerful lesson. Member lessons are the best.
I love this ward so much. I am going to miss them. I've come to love each member so much, and I honestly feel like this ward has become my home ward. Rural will always have a very special place in my heart, and I am so grateful for the time that I have been here. I never knew that I could love people so much, but when we serve people and labor together with them in the Lord's vineyard, we can't help but come to love them. They have done so much for me and taught me so much from their examples, their faith, their perseverance, and I'm just grateful to the Lord for allowing me to be here for so long. I know that this is the work of the Lord, and that He guides and leads each one of us. When we are in His service, and we follow Him and His commandments, we can be happy.
I love you all! Have a great week!
|Candid in the office|
|On the phone with an apartment owner|
|Basketball (jaja I was the only one who didn't have gym clothes)|
|Went to McDonald's one last time for pday|
|My birthday package got here! :)|
|Happy (early) birthday!|
|Lunch at McDonald's|