Monday, May 22, 2017
|The Beautiful Keila! The Newest Convert in Rosario|
So after a week of craziness and a lot of hope and prayers, Keila and Oscar were able to be baptized on Saturday, May 20th, and confirmed members on Sunday. We are constantly amazed at the true conversion that has occurred in their lives over these past few week and the sacrifices that they are making to follow the Lord's will.
|Oscar with Hermana Schmutz and her companion|
Oscar is 77 years old, and he sticks to his word, arriving by taxi, sometimes walking (a rather far distance for a man his age and on top of that he has leg issues,) to make it to our lessons. Upon teaching him basically all of the commandments in one lesson, he exemplified the attitude of Nephi-- "I will go, I will do." He has lived many years on this earth and some of these commandments are new and require work and sacrifice. But he is so committed and willing to make the change necessary, big or small, to enter into the waters of baptism.we were at the church and the time was racing and Oscar still hadn't appeared. We had arranged earlier in the week with a member that he would pick him up, but the member didn't answer his phone and we were becoming pretty anxious. Well Oscar showed up, walking through the doors with a huge smile on his face, his face all frozen and red and his hair blown in every direction. He looks at us and says, "Vine en moto!!!" Haha the poor 77 year old man came by motorcycle with the member on a freezing night already suffering a cold. He had this huge grin on his face which grew even bigger as he came out of the water in all white and was just glowing.
Keila is 18 years old and is so dang smart. We teach her a lesson then return to see if she remembers it and then she surprises us because it's as if she's got the info down better than we do!! She keeps up on all the reading assignments and is helping her aunt and cousin who were baptized about a year ago to remember the experiences they had and become more active in the church. She prays in all the lessons, and was asked to give about every prayer in church as well, and her prayers are so beautiful! She thanks God for having placed us in her path, for having taught her the truth and for the opportunity that she has to learn God's gospel, and how this is the happiest she has ever been in her life. She is the best!!!she was just a ray of sunshine, beautiful and so happy! She shared her testimony in the ward and amazed everyone with her knowledge and goodness. She has shown interest in serving a mission as well so that would just be a dream come true. She is like our best friend and we are so grateful for the opportunity we have had to teach her, and for God hearing our prayers over a month ago and bringing her back to Rosario to live with her family.
So it was an amazing week. Oscar and Keila are golden and were just so prepared through it all. Oscar shares his testimony in the classes we have at church. In one of our first lessons, Oscar as he was leaving, stops, looks at us, and states, "I left a better person than when I came in." I have seen this in the two of them. They were already amazing, but God has been able to make them even better!!!!
I love this gospel and this time I have to dedicate to the Lord and to help my brothers and sisters on this earth. I love how the gospel can make bad people good, and good people even better!
Love you all so much, share the gospel! Happiness follows.
Monday, May 15, 2017
|Shout out to Word's Best Best Friend!|
|Hermana Guaraglia made me pancakes for my Birthday!|
|Not one but two birthday dinners with birthday cake!|
|Oh the fun that can be had in elevators!|
This week was another great one, and another crazy one! We started off the week in divisions with Hermana Ritchie and Hermana Moore!! SO great! And we made apple crisp to continue the tradition with Hna Ritchie! I set out with Hna Ritchie to preach and we taught Nora after many weeks of not being able to teach her. She felt the Spirit very strongy and to close we sang "Abide with me, tis eventide," to which she was left in tears, and her 8 year old son told her after it sounded like angels were singing! Now, I wouldn't say that, but I do know that there is truly power in music and the lyrics of the songs.
We had our last interview with President Zanni who will be returning home the end of June. He is truly a spiritual giant who helps me recognize the need to always follow the Spirit and to establish a strong relationship with him. The Spirit helps us in circumstances where human help cannot, knowing us perfectly and guiding us and protecting us, helping us always abide in the love of our Heavenly Father.
|Sunday at our Bishop's House|
|Skyping with My Family for Mother's Day|
|Dancing on the Rooftop|
Love you all! Love this gospel! It is too perfect not to share. I read 2 nefi 2 the other day and truly am amazed at the perfect plan of happiness that God has created for his children. The purpose of this life it to have JOY, and we experience true joy through our Savior Jesus Christ. I Hope that you all have a wonderful week.
Hermana Mathis :)
Monday, May 8, 2017
|Apparently This is How They Live in Baigorria! Not Too Bad for Missionaries!|
Keila- Keila is the niece of a less active member we have been working with. She lived with her aunt and cousin for 3ish weeks and we would pass by and teach them all, but she began to show a lot of interest and began to read and pray and came to church with her aunt. So this was about a month or so ago. Well, her dad wanted her to return home, many hours from here, so before we knew it she had returned home and we lost contact with her. We were praying that she could return and continue with the lessons. This week she returned and is now here to stay! She came to church Sas well and is also working toward baptism!
Diego- Diego is an investigator who we had left, 20 years old. He wasn't progressing too much when we visited him in the beginning of the last transfer, but he just shows up to church one Son his bike out of the blue and the following week and he is doing well! He is hard to contact throughout the week, but he says that he knows the church is true and he is excited to continue learning more.
The Montenegro family are doing well. They are truly an incredible family in the process of conversion. It is hard to get them to church but they know that the message we share is true!! El Hermano is still trying to stop smoking, but a few weeks ago, a member gave him a priesthood blessing and he says that this is helping, and that he is finding more strength to try to stop.
|Hermana Zanni with all the Sister Training Leaders|
|With Hermana Guaraglia|
|Stepping in Dog Poo is Better than Being Bit By a Dog, Right?|
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Soaking up our last days together before TransfersHello everyone!! Lots of pictures this week but no time to write my regular letter. This week was just a bit whack! We had transfers and because it was a national holiday this Monday we made the changes a bit later than usual! But what a week it has been! Full of miracles and tender mercies of the Lord! Hermana Schmutz will be spending her last transfer in Funez with Hermana Braz from Brazil. I will be staying here in Baigorria with an Hermana from Uruguay, her name is Hermana Guaraglia. She has one year in the mission! (in about a week). I am sad to lose Hermana Schmutz but don't worry, I have already arranged to do divisions with her next week. I am her sister training leader. Ha ha.
Roaming the streets of Rosario Together
parting with Hermana Schmutz- Sweet Sorrow
Matching scarves for our ward choir
Highlight of the week was the mini MTC activity that we had. We got to see lots of our favorite youth from all around the area. The choir Swas also a highlight.
Note from Haylie's mom: Haylie was the first to be told of her one and only sister Lauren's formal engagement but the last to hear as today was the first time she was able to get on to receive her emails since the engagement last Tuesday. She is excited for her but sad to know that she will miss the wedding scheduled for August 11th. We are so proud of her for the grace and support she has shown as she makes this sacrifice. It is her birthday next week so all the love and support she can receive from you right now would be especially great. Her email is email@example.com. Muchas Gracias!