August 27, 2012

Another "P"

Friends and Family,

A LOT happened this week. The big news is that we had emergency transfers. One of the Hermanas in Bahía Blanca had to go home to have surgery on her foot, so I got transfered to Bahía Blanca--Barrio Pueyrredón.  So I've now served in: Pigüé... Puerto... Pueyrredón...ha that's a lot of P's!

The beginning of this week was awesome! We had tons of lessons, found a lot of new investigators, and we were able to witness many miracles by watching people's hearts change. On Thursday we were at home doing our weekly planning when our zone leaders called us and told me that I was being transfered. I was instructed to go to the bus terminal immediately to buy a ticket and leave as soon as I could that night. To be completely honest, that moment was awful. I just started crying because I had thought that I had at least three more weeks left in Puerto to finish the transfer. Yet amidst all the tears and the emotions, Nefi's words kept coming to my mind: "Iré y haré lo que el Señor ha mandado" (I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded...) Hermana Newton and I took a taxi to the terminal right after that to buy the ticket, and as reality sunk in, the Lord helped reassure me that it really was time to go. I had done my part and now he needs me somewhere else.

All day long that day (Thursday) it was pouring rain. The day ended up being complete chaos with all the citas (appointments), trying to see my converts and friends one last time, packing, etc. Then right when we were about to get in a taxi to go to the terminal, the asistentes called us and said the freeway was closed because of all the rain, and the bus wouldn't be leaving that night. After all that?! ha It's funny now..but in that moment it wasn't so funny.

First thing in the morning on Friday we headed to the terminal to change my bus ticket. We ended up having to wait a couple hours for a bus to leave though because the road were totally flooded (see picture.) It was absolutely crazy! Water was still covering the entire road for some part of the drive. When you looked out the window it looked like we were driving through a lake! It was definitely a tender mercy that we arrived to Bahía safely, because the roads were still dangerous because of all the water. I arrived late Friday night with enough time to unpack and get all settled.

My new companion is Hermana Ashley Carson. She's 22, from Midvale, UT, and has been on her mission for about 9 months. Right now we're actually living with two other Hermanas: Hermana Marie Israelsen y Hermana Cydnee Squires. (Mom, I believe you're friends with Hermana Squire's mom on Missionary Mom) There were some complications in their area so they will be living in our apartment until the end of the transfer.

The apartment is teeeeeny. Seriously. Maybe it's better if I don't send pictures. haha But it works. We've got what we need. Pueyrredón definitely has a different feel to it. The people seem to be a little bit more well off...well, some of them. They're more sophisticated, yet they seem to be more laid back. They're not as uptight as they are in Mar del Plata. It feels safer here, and it's cleaner! There's not dog poo every 2 feet! YEAH! There's concrete everywhere and lots of tall buildings. We live on the 11th floor of a building. It's fun to look down and see everyone running around. :)

All right, not much time left, but I think that's the gist of what's been going on down her in Argentina. I hope all is well at home! I love you!!

-Hermana Vawdrey

Other highlight:
In my last lesson with O he started bearing his testimony about the Atonement. It was absolutely INCREDIBLE! There aren't even words to express the joy I felt to know he just gets it! He is doing so great. He is so strong.

Funny story:
First of all, Argentina is so trucho. Today we cut up a bunch of vegetables to cook in the oven. When we went to go turn on the oven it wouldn't light! We ended up knocking on our neighbor's door and asked to use her oven. She was super sweet and was willing to help us out, but then her oven wasn't working well either! The knob that turns the gas on wouldn't stay pushed in, so she propped up a broom against the wall and balanced another wood stick on it to push the gas knob in. ha I can't really put it into words, but it was so funny!

And in case you're wondering, the veggies were delicious.


An incredible family we've been teaching in Puerto

My last lesson with O

The famous Sergio C...he came to see me on my last night in Puerto :)

At the terminal: Hnas Newton, Gomez, y Jensen

Hermana Juli Jensen--one of my best friends!

View of the road from my bus window...can barely see yellow lines!

My new companion: Hermana Carson

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