Semana 13: Happy Turkey Week/

Hola familia y amigos!!

Happy thanksgiving! Hope all is well in your lives!! I love reading your emails each week! They make me so happy and I love them. Also if you want to send me a Dear elder, thats still a thing. if you have any questions go to my blog (sistersmithinargentina.wordpress.com) and youll find it all there!! also my mailing address! haha.

This week my companera and I worked really hard in the crazy el Colorado. First off we´re getting Marcos, Nancy, and Magali ready for baptism for the next couple of weeks. We´ve been teaching them everyday and they continue to grow their testimony and faith. I love teaching them because everytime there´s at least 12 other little chicos because all of their cousins live in the same street, haha. Never ceases to be boring here.

Last week we met Rosa. She met with the missionaries about a year ago but never really progressed. We just happened to clap, yes literally clap, at her door (#argentinaprobs) and she was so warm and welcoming towards us. She´s a very sweet lady and always calls me,*mi gringa*. I love it, haha. She has a very strong spirit and teaching her is the best.

I´m very limited on time, but I´ll wrap it up, We teach all the time, to all different types of people. Some people accept it and some dont. This week I read in Helamen 5:12 about how important to keep the faith. Google the scripture even if you´re not LDS, you´ll love it, I promise. It is so vital for our lives to remember Christ. He atoned for our sins. Every time we feel alone, upset, discouraged, and feel like we can´t go on, we can. Because he understands. Whenever I get frustrated (which happens a lot),I know that I can go on through His help and guidance. If we build a strong foundation of faith, then I know for a fact that we cannot fall.

Life here isnt easy, nor being a missionary. It´s hard especially when it rains and the whole world is asleep, or when its hot and the whold world is asleep.. Or when you tell people that you´re a mormon and they dont want anything to do with you. Or when your camera´s memory has a virus and all your pictures are erased….Its hard teaching and learning in a new language.
But with all the experiences I´ve had here in Argentina, I wouldn´t change anything. The good or the bad. It´s made me the person that I am today. I know that in my life, I´m supposed to be here right now.

I love the people here, I love the food, I love the Dulce de Leche, the helado, the plazas, the life, the tranquilidad, and most importantaly bringing souls unto Jesus Christ.

Love you all and hope you have a happy Turkey Day!!

con amor,
Hermana Smith

ps If anyone wants to send me scores for Football after Thanksgiving, that would be fantastic!

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Week 10: Raining like cats and dogs, Conferencia de Estaca, and Divisiones

Hola from the rainy land of El Colorado!

This week was full of fun adventures in mud and español.

Primer, in our district there are three sets of missionaries. Myself, my comp, two elders, and two other lovely hermanas, Hna. Cruz and Hna. Muijca, who are also the Sister Training Leaders for our zone. This week I went to San Martin and Hna. Muijca was in El Colorado for a day! It was nice to get a break from El Colorado for a bit. Entonces, Hna. Cruz and I talked to different people and old investigatores in San Martin. It was a great opportunity to learn and grow from another missionary.

This week was Conferencia de Estaca, or Stake Conference (where a bunch of LDS church congregations in one area come together) in Resistencia. This week we were trying our hardest to bring our investigators to the conferencia. One investigator who is also BFFs with the Sanchez chicos, Maria wanted to go. She invitied her cousin Marcos, so we began teaching Marcos the first lesson. He was beyond receptive and really wanted to know the truth. Since then, we´ve taught him so much and it´s really been an amazing experience. Whenever you find a “golden” investigator, it changes your whole attitude. It´s incredible.

So there´s strict law about how people under 18 can´t leave their province without the mother and the fathers permission (El Colorado is barely in Formosa and Resistencia is in Chaco). All of our investigators are either younger than 18 or have children younger than 18. So none of them could come.
But! The conferencia was brilliant. I understood probably less than 50% what was being said, but I could feel the language of the spirit and it was so strong.
President Franco and Hna. Franco (my mission presidents) spoke about how everyone can be a member missionary!

After the conferencia, I saw Hna. Lake (my comp for 2 days in the MTC) and Elder Lourence (in my District in the MTC). It felt so good to see familiar faces!

This week we have our Zone Conference on Wednesday and Multi-zone on Thursday in Resistencia! I´m pretty excited about it.

Nothing else going on here. Hope everyone had an awesome Halloween in the States! Some investigatores asked me about halloween in the states, so that was fun to explain haha.

love yáll so much and i love getting emails from you all! Sorry if I don´t respond to them, but i read them and they make my week!

con amor,
Hermana Smith

1. on the way to the conferencia!
2. Hna. Lake!

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Week 9

Hola from El Colorado, Argentina!

This week was a fun one in El Colorado. We always try to find and meet new investigators which can be tricky. Some people are very open and welcome change, whereas others are very, very stubborn. So everyday is different.

Probably one of the biggest highlights this week was that we made empanadas!! Ever since I´ve been in Argentina I´ve wanted to learn how! Super easy and I might be in love. Pictures to follow.

A very interesting experience this week: one thing about Colorado. There´s really only one family that´s active and a ton of menos activos. So every now and then while tracting we run into a member. While we were in this one area we met this member who loved the gospel and loves the missionaries. He even has a poster about the church in his house. Unfortunately, he didn´t come to church this week, but keep with hope.

Something that I´ve learned while being here is that the Lord really does prepare his people to accept the Gospel and to listen with their heart. We met this one lady who has three kids and she´s from Paraguay. She was a little bit harder to understand because it´s different than Castellano / spanish. She was so welcoming and I felt the spirit so strong with her. More on here next week, possibly. It´s the worst when you share something so dear and precious to your heart with an investigator and you can see the light of Christ in their eyes, then the next time you visit, they don´t want to hear you. But that´s the life of the average missionary.

Spiritual thought: For the past couple of weeks I´ve been reading in Alma about the Sons of Mosiah and Alma who in the Book of Mormon go to journey to another land to preach to people.
I absolutely love in Alma 28: 14 where it says “14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing—sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.”

Life here in Colorado is hard. But is possible! Spanish is hard, but is possible!!
Last week seeing Adrianna in the waters of baptism brought so much joy to my heart. I hope to bring as many people as I can to baptism.

Every day is different and full of adventures here. Here in Argentina, life is very, very different, but I love it.

Hope you all have a fun Halloween in the States! Love you all so much and have a great week!

con amor,
Hermana Smith

ps the sunsets here are absolutely amazing!!!

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