July 23, 2012

Want something? Give something!

Hey Family!

Big news of the day: I no longer have lice! YEAH! You can trust me when I say I am probably the most relieved person in the world right now. It was not fun, and I hope and pray that I won't have to experience that "blessing" again. Once is enough for me!

This week was a little crazy because we moved in to our new house!! We are super excited because there is a lot more space. The old apartment we were in was just not accommodating. It got to be a little bit stressful because there just wasn't room, and we'd have to move study time around and everything to accommodate with the tiny bathroom and kitchen. Our contract for the apartment ends this month, and the Lord blessed us quickly to be able to find a new place to live. There are some members in our ward who are moving to Buenos Aires because they are going to work in the cafeteria in the Buenos Aires temple.  They were looking for someone to rent their house, so we jumped on it!  It's just a humble little casita with one bedroom and one bathroom, but it is SO much bigger than the apartment where we were. We're really excited about it. I meant to take a bunch of pictures to show you the new place but I didn't have time, so I'll be sure to do it next week.

The move ended up being kind of a headache because we found out last-minute Tuesday night that we would be moving the next day (Wednesday). We were all like "Uhhh...when are we supposed to pack? We've got appointments all day long?" The Lord blessed us to make all of the arrangements to get it all done. He really takes care of his missionaries. Some of the office elders came to help us move and we loaded up all of our stuff into their car. When we pulled up to the new house the family was still painting and not ready for us to move in! Ah! We ended up having a funny extra night in the apartment with everything still packed up in suitcases.

Living out of our suitcases!

We like to see it as a tender mercy though. For some reason the Lord didn't want us to move in just yet into the house and we may never know why! Everything worked smoothly the next day however, and the members were able to help us get all settled.

This week we started teaching a guy named E. He's really cool! He's from Peru and speaks a whole bunch of languages. He heard some of the missionary lessons growing up, but never got baptized. We contacted him in the street one day and he told us that he wanted a Book of Mormon! Yeah...okay. We can help you with that! haha He now has a baptismal date and we are really excited to start teaching him.

This week I was really humbled to see how blessed I am. I have never had to worry about not having food to eat the next day, or wondering what I can put on the top of my house to make a roof that won't blow away during wind storms. The people here in Argentina are so strong. They deal with trials that I would never have even imagined! They are so creative too! When something breaks they just find some way to fix it! Even if it's totally trucho and cheap. haha

Yesterday in church we talked about sacrifice and I really liked it. We talked about how if you want something, you have to give something! The trick is trying to identify what you need to give, and then you can do and accomplish whatever you want!

I hope you know that I know this church is true. I know it without a doubt. The gospel is the only true happiness, and if we strive to remember our Savior we will always be able to find the happiness that we are looking for.

I love you all!
-Hermana Vawdrey

The bedroom in our old apartment. Can you say tiny?

The room where Hermana Newton and I studied.
We called it the cubby because it was so small!

We had two mattresses on the ground, but they would only fit
when the door was closed. We would have to wait until everyone was
in the room to put them down (yet we made it work)!


1 comment:

  1. Helping people is one of the things I love to do. I actually also travelled to help some fellows that are in great need in South America. I went to Argentina to help in the "villas miseria". I decided to rent an apartment in buenos aires  and every day I would go bring them some food. The grateful faces are something I will never forget!