Monday, July 17, 2017

The Armour of Light

The Lions of Ramallo

On the Bus to Ramallo

This week just flew by! We had splits with two sets of Hermanas (from the areas of Parque Urquiza and Ramallo). We travelled to Ramallo which is about 4 hours from where we are. We had perfect luck and caught the bus that goes directly to their area by just 5 minutes! On the way back we didn't have much luck, missing our bus because the station couldn't charge more money on our card...haha but we made it back safely and before it was too late! 

So this week Oscar blessed the sacrament! I gave a talk in church which is always great! We dumpster dove to find my pin drive!!! We ate lunch with hna Prat, a member who  is about 85 years old, and I dropped my pin drive....we called to ask her if it was in her house but she said no...we stopped by that night to check for peace of conscience and as we are describing to her what it looks like she says that she threw it in the trash!! haha and so we went looking through her trash full of food and cannot find it! Then we end up dumping the trash all out and sifting through its contents with gloves...Hna Prat says "They are expensive too, aren't they?" haahah and we say,  "If you knew what it was and that it's expensive, then why did you throw it in the trash??" hahah By some miracle the pin drive showed up...appeared out of no where on the ground apart from the trash. tender mercies! 

Dumpster Diving
With Hermana Prat
Agustin took a little vacation back to where he's from for a week so we weren't able to teach him this week but should be able to this week! Nora says that Lucas is so excited to be baptized and is sharing with everyone how he will be baptized and when. He is a stud. Montenegro...Juan is improving A TON with the cigarretes!  He used to smoke 20 or more a day and now is down to 1 or 2!  We are just praying that our investigators will make it to church even when it is freezing outside!!!

And Fiorella and Brisa (converts from Arroyito) just had a great weekend in Buenos Aires with the youth of the stake performing baptisms in the temple and meeting with the mtc president. And Luis continues to write me saying that he is doing so well and and sharing words of gratitude that we were able to find him and teach him the gospel! 

The light of Christ is so evident in their lives! they inspire me! The light of Christ changes lives and fills us with joy. Let us put on the armour of light! Romans 13:12. We find this light through the scriptures, attending church, the temple, praying, and remembering our Savior. He will light our path and our hearts. 

Have a great week familia y amigosss

hermana mathis

New Beginnings from several weeks ago

The Mission at the Departure of the Zannis

Monday, July 10, 2017

Choose Joy! I am the Light which ye shall hold up!

Winter in Rosario.  Is it too early for the Nativity? 
Proud to be an American

First off, HAPPY (late) 4th of July!!! To celebrate we wore red white and blue after I basically begged Hna Guaraglia (from Uruguay) to, haha, and ate hamburgers for lunch which is pretty American. 

With President and Sister Allred
So this week we met our new mission president, Pte. Allred and his wonderful wife. They are so great! I had the opportunity to translate for Hermana Allred (her spanish is very new).  I translated her words as she testified to everyone that her husband was called of God to be our mission president and that an apostle of the Lord placed his hands on his head to set him I translated her words I felt the spirit testify that this was true. I know that President Allred was called to be our mission president here in Rosario and we are blessed to have him! 

Inviting Sister Allred into our favorite photo booth
A few things that I learned this week...

To have JOY! When the Allreds were eating dinner with President Nelson they asked him what was the most important thing they could say to their missionaries. He answered that they can have joy! Joy is a choice and we must choose joy!

There are no challenges...just opportunities. Our "opportunities" help us to become exalted. Jesus had the most challenges, suffering more than anyone would ever suffer, and yet He was able to have a joy that was "full" or complete. 

3 Nephi 18:24 hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold, I AM THE LIGHT which ye shall hold up!

Matthew 4:1 "then Jesus led up of the spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil." there is a footnote, JST that says "to be with God." Through our moments of temptations and our suffering we become closer to God!

Our purpose as missionaries is to invite others to come unto Christ by HELPING them receive the restored gospel...... we must truly help them, we can't stop at just inviting them. We must continually assist them in the process. 

The Lord prepares..." I will open the hearts of the people, and they will receive you. And I will establish a church by your hand." D&C 31:7 

"We are all just walking each other home,"  to our heavenly abide in the presence of God in a state of never ending happiness.

We have been teaching Agustin, 18 year old, who is the brother of a recent convert of about a year. He moved here a few months ago and he is understanding everything surprisingly well. His sister had been scared to share the gospel with him before, sure that he would not be interested, but she is surprised at his reaction now when we teach him, and he has accepted baptism!! So we are helping him prepare for that.

We taught Nora this week and felt like we needed to invite her 8 year old son Lucas and teach the 2 of them. We taught the plan of salvation with fun drawings and interactive activities...Lucas is a smart kid and has a great desire to be baptized. We are praying that he will help his mother in this process of preparing and that she will be able to quit smoking! 
Zone Conference
Our District

So life is good. It is a lot better with the gospel of Jesus Christ, and it s a good time to be a missionary.

Love you all!

Hermana Mathis 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Adventure in the Service of Lord

Got to Love that Colgate Smile!
"Weaknesses become strengths, challenges become opportunities, trials become triumphs, and adversity becomes an adventure in the service of the Lord."

Hello dear family and friends!! What a week! To start off-- this week we will meet our new Mission President, Pte. Allred and his wife. We are super excited and know that they have been called to Rosario, AR for a wise purpose. We got to see pte. and hna. Zanni one last time last week to our surprise when our phone stopped working and we had to stop by the office to pick up a new one! We were blessed to have an excuse to see them once more ;)

So this week was surely an adventure. We had some funny encounters with the Argentines. One typical thing that people do here is to send their kids to tell us they are not home... Well the 5 year old son was outside playing and we asked him to call his mom. He walked next door to his grandparent's house where his mom was, then returned and told us that she'd be out in a sec...a few minutes later her 12 year old son walks out of the house with his phone and said his mom was at a friend's house. You should have seen this 5 year old who got all riled up and yells "LIAR!!!!! she is right next door!" and storms to prove it to everyone. hahah He wasn't in on the lie. They were a bit embarrased but we got a kick out of it. 

We were reading a scripture at a lunch this week with an elderly woman in our ward, 84 or so years old, Ether 12:4, she starts to read... 
On divisions with sisters from Buenos Aires and Brazil
4 Wherefore, whoso believeth iGod might with surety hope for better world, YEAH!! FOR YOU GUYS!!!!! then continues to read...yea, even place at the righthand of God, which hope cometh of faithmaketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good worksbeing led to glorify God.
She explained how the younger generation will see this better world, and said she's lived a century and is waiting for this better world... and then she said, " Y'all the world one day will be better except Argentina!! haha She's a crack up. 
We received a referral this week and it turns out the woman does not speak Spanish...only Portuguese which is luckily similar so we could get the gist of what she was explaining to us. 

This week we had a powerful companionship study in which we contemplated the pre-earth life and how blessed we have been to have grown with the knowledge of the gospel. We considered the hard circumstances of many who are born into broken homes and families and suffer heartaches and pains that are hard to comprehend.  We shared our gratitude that even though our lives are not perfect, we have a strong foundation and we have faith and hope in Jesus Christ and God's plan for us. 

Diego and Juliana are progressing. They are reading the Book of Mormon and find that everything we teach makes sense. In our lesson with them yesterday Juliana was in tears as we shared our testimonies and a bit of what we had learned and felt in our companionship study, Diego is a little bit harder to get to, not a huge fan of churches and unsure about baptism, but we are blessed to be able to help them start to feel the pòwer of the Spirit in their lives and continue learning. 

Oscar received the Priesthood on Sunday. He says very happily, "Now I start to be a more important man!" Haha. Keila is working like a dog and sometimes has to travel to Rosario and stay for several days because she picks up the work others can't do. We are praying that she can find a job here that gives her a better schedule. She continues to read daily and expresses the gratitude she has for this gospel. Keila, Adriana, and Bianca had a hard week this week, a family problem, and could use your prayers! 

and to close...the 13th article of faith that I love...
We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.
Elder Ballard says hope gives us the peaceful assurance we need to live happily in a world that is ripe with iniquity, calamity and injustice. I strive to live each day with a hope anchored in Christ and to follow the admonition of Paul. It is how we can stay happy and strong in the world today!

Hermana Mathis ❤