Monday, May 2, 2016

We All Scream for ICE CREAM!!

April 28, 2016

Hola Familia y amigos! 

Well this week absolutely FLEW by!  We have been some busy little bees trying to juggle all our investigators, zone meetings, preparing for Maira's baptism, and of course English classes with Hermana Cardenas. :) 
Baby it's (getting) cold outside!

First off...Investigator updates:

MAIRA - She is so prepared!!! It's so funny because she really has done everything herself.  She asked what she needed to do to be ready to be baptized, started reading and marking the Book of Mormon, stopped some bad habit she had with the Word of Wisdom…all before we even had to invite her to do it.  She is ready and determined to live the gospel the best she can and it all starts with her baptism this Saturday! :)  Like I mentioned last week, it’s been a long, 10 year conversion process for her, but now is her time and we are so excited to be able to be a part of it!

TAMARA – She is a cute, pregnant, 21 year-old that we met and started teaching a couple weeks ago after she came to church with her husband Matias, who was baptized when he was a kid but has been inactive for most of his life.  She too, is so prepared and ready to receive the gospel right now.  WE have taught her a few times, and she told us that after talking with her husband, they have decided that this is the path that they want to take and that she wants to be baptized!! :)  The only problem is that she and Matias aren't married...BUT they are planning to soon!  She just barely gave birth a couple days ago, so once things calm down a little, we'll be having a wedding followed by another baptism here in Mariano Moreno! :) 

JUAN - Juan came to church with his girlfriend Alejandra and his 4 daughters (one of which is special needs and just the cutest thing) last Sunday.  Our ward was so welcoming and helpful and they really enjoyed it.  For right now, Juan has the most interest, but we'll see what happens as we keep working with them. 

ALICIA - We don't know what happened, but ever since the talent show activity, we haven't been able to find that woman.  We’ve called and set up appointments, but every time we go, she’s not home.  Yesterday, her daughter told us she went out of town but we don't know where or for how long either so yeah... maybe next week.  We’ve gotta keep the faith, right? :)

This week, I taught Hermana Cardenas one of my favorite songs/chants from my childhood about my favorite food group.  It goes "I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM!" :)  Don't ask why I decided to teach her that...just imagine my cute little Latina compi saying it, and then smile lots, okay? :)  An Elder in our zone had his birthday this week, so Hna Cardenas sang that to him as we ate ice cream and brownies.  So funny!  

Zona Olavarria

Just being a bit crazy. :)

Also, I'm teaching her how to pray in English!!  Let me tell you ... its freaking hard! :) She's having me pray in English now to give her examples and help her practice and I really can't do it!  After almost 7 months of praying in Spanish, the first time was super rough.  But Hna Cardenas told me last night that I'm getting better at it. Hahahaha ;)  I now understand why my sister Jessica couldn't pray in English after her mission ;) 

My final thought for the week: 
President Eyring said, "Whoever you are, and wherever you may be, you hold in your hands the happiness of more people than you can now imagine.  Every day and every hour you can choose to make or keep a covenant with God."  The choices we make not only affect us, but those we love as well.  Let’s always choose the right and BE HAPPY with all our loved ones!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!

Hermana Bartholomew 

This week's pictures - ENJOY!!

Cothing Swap!
Literally the best picture we have taken together...look at how big my dress is on her. :)
much better...
This is what happens when the Elders ask you to sew their pants!

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