June 19, 2012

Jump off the cliff already!

Queridos amigos,

Hermana Jensen and I just had a really good week. We had a lot of experiences that touched our hearts and helped us remember how incredible our calling is to be missionaries of the Lord. We have been called specifically to serve His children in Bahía Blanca because He has been specifically preparing them to hear something we are going to say, or see something that we are going to do while we are here. It's incredible.

First of all, earlier this week Hermana Jensen came out of the bathroom with a grossed out look on her face and told me that she thought she had lice. Uhh. Luckily we had a lice comb in the apartment (because I guess it's quite common to get lice here in Puerto)...and sure enough we found another lice bug. But, she refuses to say she had lice, just that she had a lice bug in her hair. haha Still. DISGUSTING. We caught it earlier enough that she was able to shampoo her hair really good a couple times, wash all of her sheets and bedding, and it's now taken care of. I felt so bad for her though! It's just part of living in Argentina I guess, because sanitization doesn't really exist and she really could have gotten it from anywhere or anyone, especially since we beso everyone everywhere we go. Yuck. However I'm praying that I won't be "lucky" enough to get lice while I'm on my mission. I'll be crossing my fingers, and toes, and arms, and...eyes... haha

That same day we were out working and looking for new investigators and two of them pretty much just fell into our hands! It was so cool. The Lord knew our efforts, our desires and our struggles, and He was (and is) always willing to fill in the gap to help us have success.

We saw many miracles this week. One of them is named S. To be completely honest, he frustrates me so much and confuses me all the time by his "willingness to do something" and then not following through. Yet somehow through all of that I just love him! I desire his well-being and salvation so bad it's impossible to even put into words. I just want him to be happy and to have everything he and his daughter would ever want. We have been teaching him for about 2 months now and he really is just a unique investigator because he is really intelligent and he really wants to understand everything. But it makes it hard for him to have faith because he wants to just know it all, rather than take a step of faith and "jump off the cliff" and just trust that the Lord will take care of him.

Every time we bring up baptism he will not agree to a baptismal date. But this week we felt really strongly that we needed to ask him again. We went to the lesson fasting, and did everything we could to bring the spirit. At the end Hermana Jensen and I both bore our testimony that we know the church is true and that we know the Book of Mormon is true. After that we brought up baptism again, but this time it was different. He didn't get all defensive. We told him how we have taught him all the lessons and now he is only lacking one thing. That's when he was like, "Yeah. I need to get baptized!" We set his baptismal date for Saturday June 23 and he accepted! He has his baptismal interview tomorrow, and if all goes well tomorrow he'll get baptized on Saturday! I can hardly wait. I taught an "S" in the MTC too, so I'm so excited to be able to finally baptize him!

All right, one last thing. Lately I've been thinking a lot about sacrifice. Our zone leaders talked to us about it at a district meeting awhile ago and it was really good. They asked us two questions.

On a scale of 1-10, how happy are you?
On a scale of 1-10, how much did you sacrifice today?

They talked about how the two go hand-in-hand. The more we sacrifice, the more we serve, the happier we are! So that's my challenge to you. If you want to be happier, serve more. Sacrifice more! It's always worth it!

Hope all is well :) Happy Father's day to all of you Fathers. I hope it was a special day!
-Hermana Vawdrey

It has been so humid this week! All of our papers are wavy!

Missionary Ninja Turtles

Ward Activity! Relief Society and some of the recent converts.

This tree looks like it belongs in a Dr. Seuss book.
We laugh at it all the time!

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