Monday, August 1, 2016

Still Together in Sion

August 1, 2016

Hola Familia! 

Bueno, this week, nothing super crazy happened.  In fact, on the contrary, it was actually super tranquilo and nice.  Probably because our sink didn’t break and we were actually in our area for the entire week haha.  Being here also allowed for us to try to eat healthy to make up for all the alfajors y facturas that we eat all day, every day. :)

Going green...

 Well, another transfer has come and gone and my hija and I are still together in Sion :) (aka Olavarría) and very happy about that!  It’s still as cold as ever, but we are enjoying every minute because as miserable as this cold can be, it’s better than an Argentine summer haha.  

It has been REALLY cold.  Good thing I have snow boots :)

Sadly, Marcelo has lost interest in the gospel a bit and has decided that getting baptized isn't what he wants to do right now.  That was tough to hear, but we'll see what happens down the road.  Also, we had some great lessons with Juan y Alejandra these past couple weeks.  They have started reading more in the Book of Mormon and have been praying.  They also promised us that they would come to church this week...but, yep you guessed it, they didn’t make it again.  So that’s a bummer too.  

As you can see, we have slowly been losing some of our most promising investigators these past couple weeks and that hasn't been very fun or easy.  BUT, my companion and I have been doing our best to stay positive, be obedient, do all that we can and leave the rest to the Lord. 

In Alma 16:16-17 we read, “The Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming.  That they might not be hardened against the word, that they might not be unbelieving, and go on to destruction, but that they might receive the word with joy, and as a branch be grafted into the true vine, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord their God.

As missionaries, we have our ups and downs - times when things are going great, and times when it seems like everything falls apart.  It’s especially in these tough times that we must put our faith in the Lord and trust Him.  We must believe that He truly is preparing people for us to find and help bring back to Him so that they too might "enter into His rest."  

So these next few week, Hermana Ahlmer and I are going to be knocking lots of doors looking for those that are ready and encouraging the members here to help find and prepare those they know too.  With faith, trust and hard work (aka pixie dust) we can do it!!! 

Getting the members involved in the work :)
With Alberto y Angelica

I know this gospel is true with my whole heart and I'm so grateful for the chance that I have to share it! 

Wishing you all a fantastic week! 

Con mucho amor y monos, 

Hermana Bartholomew 

Super blurry picture with our District

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