Archive | April, 2010

Pictures

26 Apr

this is my favorite brand of yerba. abueliiiiiiiiita.

this is a neat fruit thing that fell from a tree.

this is the nicest bathroom i have found around here that isn´t a church bathroom.

20 Apr

the elders and me and a short comp stuck in a rain storm, waiting for a meeting.

this is me dying of happiness cuz hermana vogel, my ex mtc comp, made and brought me chocolate chip cookies at the sector conference. she has an oven in her house. she is lucky like that.

Sunset!

this is how we cook in the guay.

my comp´s eye

ALPAGARTA!
i really like the name of these traditional local shoes.

New Mission Address

19 Apr

so yeah. along the with my constant tiredness and inability to digest things, my comp got a gnarly stomach virus that landed us in our apartment for 3 days straight. lucky for me, last p-day, i bought the stuff to learn how to knit. so i got a nice knitting and studying and listening to my comp´s cd´s of the October 2008 general conference sabbatical out of it. and i got to do divisions with a ward member for a few hours, too.

in the divisions, we met a really sweet less active girl who made a bad decision, and, at 16, got pregnant. in meeting her, i felt the lord´s unconditional, powerful love for her. I got to testify to her about repentance and the atonement. i saw the spark of hope light up in her eyes again.

i am so going to miss being a missionary in 7 short months. i will miss being consecrated to the blessing of others. i think it would be nice to be an angel. sometimes experiences like this make me kind of almost feel like i am one. i hope to find other ways to serve the lord like this when November comes.

then, yesterday, right when my comp was feeling better, she woke up in the morning with her left eye swollen shut. she told me it was a result of tiredness. knowing that she was ok, i started to laugh, imagining her making street contacts like that. then i kept laughing until i started laughing so hard, i had to double over cuz i couldn´t breathe. i continued to laugh-cry for another 5 minutes. good thing my comp is such a good sport.

um, let´s see. so yeah. church was really nice this week. i am really grateful for the restored power of the priesthood, and the sacrament.

i also highly recommend reading the liahona. that little magazine carries a powerful spirit with it, and it has answered a lot of my prayers.

i am so glad to hear that things are looking up. you are all still constantly in my prayers.

and now for something IMPORTANT-

i would like everyone to please immediately forget that the avenida italia mission address of mine ever existed.

they changed it to-

Agraciada 2893 #401
Montevideo Uruguay 11.600

this is where all (non-pouch) mail and packages are to be sent starting NOW.

other than that, i got the birthday package and i love it and you rock, mom! all of the clothes fit perfectly. and the red skirt is completely lighting up my wardrobe, and my life. thanks for being such a good mind reader. how did you know i was dying for crystal light?

I love you mom and family and i miss you and i can´t wait to see ýall!

allison.

12 Apr

it was a fine week. we met lots of really great, decent, friendly and prepared investigators. one is a young family of preacher´s kids. but they really seem to sincerely love God, so I am sure that when they receive the witness of the truth of these things, we´ll probably see them, their parents, and their entire congregation baptized!!!!

other than that, in the middle of testifying to a street contact about the atonement and the cleansing powers of baptism, a fly started buzzing around my face, and i accidentally punched myself in the eye. that was embarassing. and it hurt. then i just laughed at myself and kept testifying anyway. i really lucked out, too, cuz i had a pen in my hand, and if i had been an inch off, i could´ve totally poked my eye out.

uuuuuuum, and the egg noodles they eat here are especially gooey and bland and gross when they serve it with ´salsa blanca´ or, a gravy roux (ok, hot flour and water) that gets cold and sticky. i gagged in front of a member family.   I hope they didn´t notice.

uuum, my companion makes really cool animal noises, my favorites being, chicken, chicken laying an egg, and monkey.

anyway. no big news, really.

i just want to testify to everyone i know and love in the whole world that God is a god of miracles. always has been, and always will be. he also always has been, and will be, our loving father in heaven who created us, and watches over us, like the little children that we still are in His sight.

faith is the first principle in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. it starts everything. the miracles come after our faith. let´s not limit the Lord in His power. prayers are always heard, and always answered. i testify of this, with all the love in my heart.

Salto

5 Apr

Happy late Easter!

my new ward is nice. we went to a relief society activity to meet people, and i´m really excited, cuz both the rs prez and the first counselor are WORKING ARTISTS!! they are painters!! i first noticed their cool jewelery. then i was like, ´huh, i feel really comfortable around these ladies´. then they said they were artists, and it all made sense. they´re super rad. i hope i get to do some pday painting with them. or maybe they will just let me smell their oil paints sometime. ( yes, i even miss the smell). they are also really good, spiritual rs leaders. all of the women feel comfortable and have a lot of fun together. so i have 2 good role models in my ward!

also, my comp is finishing her mission this change, and wants to go to lots of art museums on p days. it´ll be nice to be a little more artsy after almost 11 artless months.

i am so blessed!

i feel almost like i´ve been landed in my normal life again. except i still keep the schedule and in all other respects, function as a missionary. but i can talk art!!!!!

also, general conference was incredible. i loved the talks about… well, i loved all of them. but i especially loved the ones about families… the plan of salvation… repentance.. man, the gospel is so beautiful, and so perfect. and so fulfilling.

also, the choir sang my favorite hymn! christ the lord is risen today. i love that hymn. it was kinda nice to know that at least during conference, all the people i love and i were probably doing the same thing i was at the same time.

i love the prophet. there is such a sweet spìrit of love that can be felt when he talks to us. i´m grateful that there are good people in the world like him who love the Lord so much, and listen so keenly to the spirit to help us all out.

can you do me a favor and uh… find all of the transcripts of the conference talks and email them to me? cuz if i wait to get the liahona in english out here, well, i will be waiting until sometime like august.

i also loved the talk about family history. the spirit of elias, who will turn the hearts of the children to the parents. i just wanna tell you family, i really love you guys. even more now than ever, even though i haven´t seen you, or heard much from you siblings for a while (WRITE ME!!  cough. cough). and i don´t think it´s just the absence that´s making my heart grow fonder. really, i´ve thought about each one of you individually, mom, dan, teenie, and marsh… and i pray for you all a lot. i hope you pray for me, too. it´ll be so nice to see y´all in seven short months.

so yeah. like i said last week, The Lord lives and loves us and will guide us through all the challenges in this life if we call upon him, with faith. i loved the quote from one of the sessions that said, ´all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord´. they really do. everything we are presented with is an opportunity to grow.

LOVE!

This is me and my new comp and new bishop with our sweet new convert, Antonella. She´s beautiful.

This is me and a sweet young girl from a family in the other ward in salto I served in before.