Monday, August 27, 2012

 

Hola Familia,
 
This week was good, we were in the apart lots i felt like, Hna Parada just isn´t so good with health, sometimes i wonder if she´s trunky, or really sick because once we leave, she seems fine for the most part and it´s just in the mornings or when we don´t have citas planned so who knows. Lots of lessons to learn and patience to be tested, right? Kinda a bummer to be in the apart lots... I just want to work. i love this area. lots of people just waiting, i know it!
this week we´ve taught a few people that are still accepting us and reading.
Isabel- we went and she told us that the mom of her nietas doesn´t want them to listen and participate and that they need to be reading their school books and not the LDM. SO SAD. she said that they all read 3 chapters together and felt really good about it. But she had to stop because her daughter. She promised us that she was gonna come to church, but no. Triste. She´s really good though, i think with more lessons and time to really teach her that it´ll come. The other good thing is that her daughter works in the shop our Bishop owns. I gave him homework to win her over! ha!
Elizabeth- she´s the one who called us.. which i still find incredible. She can only be taught sundays because she works far away all the other days. but we were teaching her and she told us that she understands why the LDM was written and that it makes sense people were here in the americas. We explained Joseph Smith and asked her to read the LDM and pray to find out if its true, she said she believes it. i was just like woah! super bien,still is gonna read and pray and we´re hoping the next lesson to put a fecha with her! She´s great. super inteligent in the bible and all, but understands that Christ had his church and all... there is definite hope with her!
Conny- Conny was baptized a while back and went menos activa fast... sad, she´s just not animated to have anything to do with the church. We taught her Lesson 1 again and were talking about it all. she just told us she doesn´t know anymore if she believes it and doesn´t really want to because she wants to return to her old life... my heart just hurts for her! The YSA people are so good to her though, she goes to the activites and all, just not to church and doesn´t want to live the gospel anymore. I´m hoping it´s just for a short period of time and that we can help her realize that this is TRUE!
Omar- no one else is a member in his fam, and we passed by the other night to see if he was home, he wasn´t so we shared something short with his family and when we were leaving he showed up, i just got the strongest impression that i need to teach him and that he is gonna except! His family is so great to him, always helping him in the gospel but i just had this feeling! Hna Parada feels like we can´t be too persistent in teaching him but i honestly feel like he will except soon! I just have the mind set with him... be bold. He knows alot already. go and read the LDM with him and ask him to pray!
Everytime we have a cita with a miembro it falls through. well, almost everytime! It drives me crazy. I just know it´s because these people are perfect and they have something to say that will help the investigator. I just know its Satan because he knows it as well.
 
We had a zone meeting the other day and President showed up for about 15 minutes. he was watching Hna Parada and I teach, it´s always so intimidating, but afterwards he paid me some compliments so that´s good. He is so nice. I don´t even know him that well, but i just feel love for him and for his desire to help us improve and see success as missionaries! I love that he is a go-getter! just do it type attitude. it´s great! I wish i could know his wife more, but she is always busy with the children, they have 4 under the age of 11... crazy life for the next 3 years, right?
 
We had a ward activity that was great. we had a few investigators and menos activas come as well :) It was Lehi´s Dream. we had different rooms of tempations and everyone had a blindfold and had to ¨hold to the rod¨ when the arrived to the tree of life they could take a ¨fruit¨ marshmellow and eat it. Then we gave a little short lesson of 1 Nefi 8 and ended the night with a festival de postres! everyone seemed to enjoy it. Some people fell away from the iron rod and it was really sad to see that. seriously, so easy to intice them to come to a party or to a room with lots of sports stuff, ect! Thats life though, we always have to be strong and firm to hold to the rod!
I was reading earlier this week in 2 nefi 5 when the nefitas y lamanitas split and the nephites were all happy and i was looking for the things that made them happy and i found 7.. 1. Familia (vs 6) 2. Obediencia (10) 3. Scriptures (12) 4. Preparation (14) 5. Work (15) 6. Temple (16) 7. Church callings (26)
I was applying these things to my life and when i have these 7 things i really am happy and when i am accomplishing them all i´m even more happy! Just some food for thought!
oh funny thing.. the other day it was raining and we got in the bus and it was packed people standing and everything. I was really close to the driver and inbetween 2 men, and my umbrella popped open and the driver was like... ¨what the heck?¨ the two men looked at me like i was a crazy gringa! which might be true. but i just said ¨lo siento, no creo que hay lluvia en el micro¨ (i don´t think there is rain on the bus) and they all just started laughing. easy way to start a conversation with them all! ha.
Hna Ramos got this quote this past week that i liked... ¨sometimes were in an area to invite other people to come unto Christ, to invite our companion to come to Christ, or to invite ourselves to come to Christ.¨ Super good, right?!
Also, people have asked for my breakfast food i eat... ha! Either oatmeal with blueberries and banana or Cheerios and Herbal Tea! :)
 
the weather also is starting to get warmer. i love it!
Robs.. mission prep. Read Our search for Happiness. Just started this week. LOVE IT!
Well family,
I love you all, know that i pray for you all lots and that i am happy here in the mission. IT´s a time of trail and faith, but so much more learning and love that comes from those trials. We are blessed to have this gospel.
Love you all.
Keep Smiling,
Hermana Sargent
 
 





 
                                                                 last two from the activity!

Monday, August 20, 2012


Hola Family!
Today i´m emailing later because we had an activity at the beach today! SO Fun. We played ultimate freesbee and baseball. couldn´t touch the water, but being in the sun and so close was good enough for me! Love activities de zona/distrito. They are always just fun!
So this week we have passed by lots of menos activos/inactivos and part member families as well as others.
Lets see...
We found one menos activo, name Alicio. He lived in AZ for about 3 years and then for 40 years or so in CA, super super nice. We were talking about AZ and all. He was sealed to his spouse in the mesa temple. We asked him if we could share something with him and we started with the BOM and he said, ¨I have no problem if you want to come and converse, but dont use the BOM, i have found that there is NO evidence of that book and i don´t want to talk about it so your minds don´t change.¨ I was like... WHAT?? how about your sealing to your spouse in the temple or your baptism! Seriously it just made me sad that he was thinking that way, but igual, we shared a message from the bible with him and reminded him of church Sunday. Didn´t come, but the good thing is we now have contact with him.
Omar- his wife is a member, super active with her two daughters who i feel like are just my friends from home because we all have the same age, mas y menos. But we taught him the Restauración on monday for NDH. Fue genial. He isn´t reading the LDM which is fome, but i know it´s only because he knows he´ll recieve his answer and is scared. But his family is going to try to help him so he can read for a little everyday!
Isabel, Alexandra and Anahise- They are so great. Isabel is the abuela and the others are sus nietas. But the grandma has custody over them it sounds like... but the kids are so receptive and Isabel was assisting with the grandparents of Ivana (menos activos.. was bishop) a while back. They just ate up the restauracion and Alexandra just started reading the LDM when we gave it to her! The only thing... didn´t come to church and were SO EXCITED to come. UGHH! That is definitely the hardest thing for people here...
Ivana, still good. Her process will be longer i think but it´s good to teach her and her grandparents. Hergrandma has some problem with her leg and can´t walk to church so thats why they´re menos activa, but i know that people would give them a ride if they needed it.
This week in our reunion de zona we talked about the sacrament and how important it is for us as missinoaries to repent every night and be 100% worthy to partake of the sacrament. It was SO spiritual. There was one point that it was just silent because everyone was feeling the Spirit. For a good solid minute, silence. Honestly was a nice reminder of the importancia of la Santa Cena and to focus on the purpose and not ¨where are my investigators?¨
Also, Hna Parada is off and on sick this week. Sometimes we have to come home early because he head hurts or she doesn´t want to leave or wake up. I try to be like... one more house, another street, ect. But she´s persistent at times to return early. And one day she couldn´t get out of bed. The other hnas that live with us, one of them was sick too (has been for about 3 weeks.. some stomach thing) So they stayed at home all day and Hna Ramos and I went out to work in their ward. This day was SO GOOD!
We were walking and i just felt like we needed to talk to this one lady, so i started talking to her, ends us she accepted a fecha to be baptized. That very morning she had a LDM in her hand while looking for something else and didnt think much of it but doesn´t think it was coinscidence. She wants to know so is going to read and pray. I know she will. She was awesome. I was jealous that she isn´t in our ward. We taught 4 lessons this day. We just both wanted to work work and work so that´s what we did. SO nice to have that energy from her this day. She is awesome! I really hope that one day we´re comps!
Yesterday we had a contact, this man and we were talking about the LDM and he says... ¨Si Padre Celestial hizo mujeres tan linda como ustedes, leeré¨ (if Heavenly Father makes women as beautiful as you guys, i´ll read it) It was hilarious! I was trying not to laugh to finish out contact!
Quote of the day from Pres. Eyring ¨The words ¨come unto Christ¨are an invitation. It is the most important invitation you could ever offer to another person. It is the most important invitation anyone could accept.¨ I love it. this is our purpose as members of the church. Invite. No harm to invite!
FHE Idea: have one of your kids do a ¨cultural moment¨ and research something from another country and then teach it to the fam. definitely doing this with my future fam!
Well family, I hope all is well. I realized this week that i really love love love the people here. I hurt when they aren´t keeping their covenios o compromisos when they don´t come to church, ect.. but i am SO happy when they do these things. It made me think of the love our Padre Celestial tiene por nosotros. I just can´t imagine how he feel about ALL the people in this world. it´s amazing. The Church is true. We are blessed.
I love you all. Pray for you all the time and think of you all often!
Keep Smiling,
Hermana Sargent
 
 
presidente showed up to our district activity for about 2 mintues,
 we got him to participate in our unity building experience! ha!

my day with Hna Ramos. BEAUTIFUL here


 

 

 

activity
 

hna parada and i
 
las hermanas! 

Monday, August 13, 2012


 
 
 
Can´t beleive that its Pday again... SO FAST!
Las P-day, fuimos a la mall with the other hermanas. this mall had an ALDO!!! WHAT? I felt like i was in America. Way better than the mall in Paraguay to say the least. ha! Didn´t buy anything, just was window shopping.
This week seriously has been super fast. Hna. Parada has been a little sick and sometimes couldn´t work too hard, as well as another Hna has been sick for like 2 weeks so we did a couple interchanges so the two that felt good (Hna Ramos y yo) could leave and work in one of our two sectors! We actually found some people as well :)
As for our investigators.. this is the rundown on them:
Ivana, the nieta de los abuelos. She is SO GREAT. doesn´t want to have a fecha yet, but she is reading and praying and she feels good she says. she is so cute, always asking us, Did you guys do this... read and pray to know if it was true? She is definitely trying to figure it out and i just want to help her. I also love teaching her grandparents. Their testimonies are super strong. Just don´t go to church! I don´t get it.. he was a OBISPO. ah, i just want everyone to come to church and expereince all the joy and blessings that come from attending!
Tomas... yes, we made him a calendar of things he needs to read EVERYDAY. and he is doing it... so thats good. At the begining it´s just a little, a few verses and then this week it starts getting more. Sad news... not gonna be baptized this Saturday. We just don´t feel like he is ready. he has the lessons and todo pero he doesn´t have his testimony yet. but i know that through reading more and more he´ll do it. I just don´t want him to get baptized for his wife (who is a member). And she doesn´t either. Because she knows he won´t be faithful to the church if thats the case. but still working with him!
We found a man named Carlos in the street the other day. We started teaching him about the LDM and bautismo. He accepted a fecha on the street. I couldn´t beleive it. I hope he really understood. I think he did. He wasn´t like... si o si, baptize me, but he said if he comes to know that the LDM is true, he´ll be baptized. We haven´t taught him since then, but have a cita martes con él. I´m excited. and i think he lives with his wife and maybe grandkids.. who knows. here there are always a TON of people living in the houses. grandparents, aunts uncles, sibllings, friends, and their dogs. it´s crazy!
Elizabeth, we taught her once, and she had such good questions and everything! We set another appointment for sunday night with her, and we went but she wasn´t there. Bummmer! But this morning we had a message on our phone, and it was her and apoligized that she wasn´t home a family problem in Limache, but she wants us to call her and come back! It´s just crazy that she called us, we´re always calling and asking, ¨cuando podemos reunirnos??¨ but she called us! I know she´s a keeper..
 this week our martes and wednesday and filled with citas. SO good! we´ve just been contacting lots and putting citas so i hope they´re all home!
I just want all these people to come to church. I´m sitting there in sacrament meeting stressed that they haven´t come and wondering if they´ll come before the sacrament and then during the sacrament i try to think of Christ but my mind is on all of the people we´ve invited and i just am like... ¨why didn´t you come!?? please, come! ha! .i decided my goal this week is to study more on how people can really feel like they need to come to church!
 
Saturday Hna. Parada was super super sick.. her head and stomach hurt.. i think it was like a migrane or something, but we went to the clinica and they gave her an IV and everything to give her meds.. she felt better. off and on her head still hurts, but she says thats normal. The assistantes came and picked us up and brought us to our house.. they are seriously so great. Such good missionaries, men, stong testimonies, I was thinking of Robbie and how maybe he´ll be an assistant in his mission!
I was studying a talk by Elder Bednar in the Abril 2012 Liahona... on the Atonement. SO GOOD! oh my gosh.. i am gonna study it again this week. he was just talking about how sometimes we think the Atonement is only for sin, but it´s not. He then went on to give so many examples from the LDM and everything. REad it.
Also finished the bom this week... i´m always sad to finish, but excited to start over again! I was reading in 2 nefi 15:4 and i love the question and thought to myself.. What more can i do in this ¨viña del mar?¨ food for thought... everyone can apply it to something!
Our zone meeting this past week was 4 hours long because new president, new norms and todo. nothing too big has changed. just i can´t wear rings unless its the typical CTR ring that i don´t even like.. but thats the only thing that was really different. If anything it was just going over the rules that maybe before hand weren´t being kept super bien de la mision. But president gave us all our personal Liahona with ways to find nuevos! the new 8 ways...
1. Part member families (have a cita with one tonight!.. noche de hogar baby)
2. Menos activa familias
3. Recent Converts
4. Actual investigadors
5. Old investigadors.. in the carpeta de area
6. Young single adults
7. YM/YW
8. Returned misioneros.
With these we are supposed to pass by 5 Menos activas and 5 part member families every day! lots of work and planning but i love it. Genious way to find nuevos. these people already have the support, just have to find them and encourage them. and the others we are just supposed to pray that when we ask for references that people will come to their mind. I love it. my own liahona a encontrar!
I still love the ward. everyone is great. lots of support. dad... some main streets... San Jose, agua santa.. i live in the street Camino real, but way way arriba, closer to another chapel, the barrio Recreo.
well family!
all is well her in Viña- its gorgeous here! The Church is true. The mission is a time of lots of learning and trial, but more than that time of love and success. Even the smallest things are miracles. For instance, taught our collectivo driver today on our way to internet. Just planting the seeds are miracles!
Love you all. sounds like things are going good! can´t beleive summer is over!
Keep Smiling,
Hermana Sargent

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
hna parada and i en la calle

 

 
hna Ramos and I
 

 
Hna Parada and i en the clinica

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hola Family!

before i forget, we have a mission blog... misionvinadelmar.blogspot.com check it out!


Still loving Viña, I just can´t get over how beautiful it is here... honestly we have a vista of el mar from almost everywhere! and sometimes we are SO close to it! I love being close to it.


This week was good, seemed to go quickly!

Well, when I got here really we had one investigator, one. So we´ve spent alot of time looking! And honestly it´s paid off... here are some of the people we´ve found:


Isabel- passed on the street and then turned around to talk to her, turns out she used to go to church and that she really liked it. She had her nietas with her and they are all SO GREAT. honestly, the kids here are so so receptive! Can´t wait to teach them more. I see progress with them.


Tomas- he is the one they had earlier, reminds me lots of Jean from my last area, very intelligent, a little quiet, but his wife was a menos activa and now has been reactivating and they´ve started to teach him. His main hold up is that he hasn´t received his answer. But the other morning I was studying and thought, really if he is reading the LDM he´d want to be baptized, so i asked Hna Parada if he is reading and she said... not really. So we decided to focus on the LDM with him. I KNOW that if he reads it EVERYDAY he will receive his answer. the LDM can change lives, i know it. I´ve seen people testify. But Tomas accepted a fecha de bautismo. yay. 18 de agosto. I hope that he can really do it, it´s just him feeling the Spirit.

Fresia- We were on a street and i heard a house that was playing beethoven SUPER FUERTE. I said, we need to knock here. so we did and this lady came out and she ended up letting us in and we sang her a hymn and taught her basically about bautismo. She felt the Spirit. i know it. I could see it in her face and how she acted at the beginning to the end of the lesson. She didn´t accept a fecha, becasue she´s ¨already been baptized¨ but i know that she can progress.

Ivana- Granddaughter of some menos activas. The WHOLE family is baptized except for her. her grandparents really wanted her to meet with us and she´s great. gonna read the LDM and we have a cita with her! I hope that her hearing about the gospel can rekindle something in the grandparents to return too. The grandma has a leg that doesn´t move and thats the only thing thats stopping them porque ellos tienen testimonios!

Those are the ones that i can really see progressing! We just need to keep finding and keep working and being obediente!

The ward here is GREAT! I seriously just feel love from them and i feel like there are a handful that are trying to help us in the obra misional! One of the hermanas told me if I bought the fabric she´d make me a dress... how nice is that?! I think i´m gonna do it.mom, what fabric would be good?? ha! The bishop reminds me of the Actor Alec Baldwin (i think... on 30 rock) and is just funny. This ward is more financial stable than Villa Norte. The houses are nicer, lots have cars, ect.. but still really nice humble people.

MY Birthday was great. We had a zone meeting and they all sang happy birthday to me (once the hnas told them all it was my b-day) and then i got a package from mom with letters from everyone, shirts, candy, MK stuff, ect! THANK YOU! I LOVED IT. I opened it that night and shared some treats with the roomies! They all made me cute little cards... and i also recieved a package from Q with a dreamcatcher, earring, letter, and candies! So sweet and thoughtful. thank you!

I felt loved this day, I just wanted to work and thats what we did. Nothing better to do on a birthday here in Vina! and i was close to the beach so i can´t complain! Thanks for all the wishes from you all :)

In the ward 10 BYU-I students are here until Dec for an intercambio. Its so funny.... all these gringos and me. 5 girls/5 guys, some live with the members and others solo... it was fun to have them there, lots speak spanish, but not all. I felt like i was in a student ward with them! my first sunday and their first sunday as well. ha! they might be here the whole time i´m in this ward. But it´s fun to have them here!

The area is lots bigger than Villa Norte and lots and lots of hills. Honestly I like it though, I feel healthier just walking up the hills all day. Sometimes i feel like i never decend. ha!

This week i was reading in the Liahona de Julio in understand our covenants with God I loved this quote... ¨We should remember that keeping our covenants is not merely a list of things to do, but a commitment to become like the Savior.¨ I loved that. REally, our goal in life is to become like Him, everyday. And we can always do that just by just doing the simple things that we know we should do!

Well, Family, that´s about it for now! this week was good, adjusting to the new ward, different companion, new area, ect, but it´s all good! I hope i can just continue to jump in and work! Know that i love you all and am thankful for everything that you do for me!

The Church is true, Christ lives, the Book of Mormon is the word of God. This can bring us happiness everyday!

Love you all,

keep smiling,

Hermana Sargent