Thursday, April 23, 2015

3rd Notes

Notes from Kate:

Argentina is awesome! I live in a city- not too big, not too small. There are 13 other missionaries in this city, but me and my compa are the only Hermanas. Our area is HUGE!!! And we walk a million miles a day. We're in a rama, but it's a bigger rama- close to 80 people every Sunday. It's going to be a barrio in June or July. The food is awesome! The bread in Argentina is a million times better than in los estados. The members feed us pretty well.
We went and visited a "Castle" here in Tandil.
The new temple in Córdoba is Big News. They're going to broadcast the dedication ceremony to the capilla in Rama 1 (because it's the only one with a projector) and everyone is "spiritually preparing." The only bigger news is that were going to be a stake in two months. The people here are on a self-improving high... hoping it will turn into a helping the missionaries high.
General Conference weekend
Here's a great reading assignment- John 15. In this chapter, Christ is talking to his apostles and preparing them for a life without him. But don't read it like a story, read it like Christ is talking to you- put your name in the story, think about the problems you're trying to face, and I promise it will give you strength to keep going. Its very symbolic- talks about how to bear fruit, but think about the fruit as the end result you want to see for the things you're struggling with. I promise it's going to change your life.

Have a great week!
Hermana Long

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

More Notes from Notes

Another week with no general letter. But we have some good news from Kate:
I'll tell you a quick story from this week about listening to the Spirit- we were knockin' doors, and we knocked a door and a guy came out- middle-aged, a little bit sketchy, and we started to talk to him. We told him who we were and he told us that he wasn't interested because he had a different idea. He told us that he believed in God, but even more believed in his saint- and as soon as he said that, I knew it was bad news bears. Turns out, his saint is Santo Muerte, the grim-reaper-death saint. We got outta there fast. And my companion told me that from the begining, she new that was his belief, cause the Holy Ghost told her, but she wanted to hear the words from him. Moral of the story, listen to the spirit and know when to walk away, know when to run!

That's all for this week! 

Much love,
Hermana Long

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Notes from Notes

This week there was no letter to everyone. But, Her Dad and I (Mom) both got personal notes from her. So here are some highlights:
With members and Hna Lopez in Tandil

Things with Hermana Lopez are AWESOME! She is a great companion. I'm finally learning how to speak Español. I'm learning phrases, and jokes, and slang. Plus, I'm learning how to not contact like a robot. And she's super funny and we laugh a lot, but we always can teach really spiritual lessons too. And she's learning English. We read stuff together for launguage study, me in Spanish and her in English, Liahonas, the Missionary Manual, stuff like that.

As for my study, I spent a whole week learning about the tree of life. I read the story, then read articles from the Liahona, and from conference. I learned a lot! Then this past week, I've been studying the Atonement, specifically, the grace. There's a great devotional from Brad Wilcox, that's called "His Grace is Sufficient for All." You should look it up.

Conference was awesome! Well, Sunday... Saturday was a bit awkward because IT WAS ALL ABOUT MARRIAGE!!!! All of the misionaries almost died. Some didn't want to hear any more, some pretended like it wasn't happening, some just rolled their eyes. But it was awkward. Saturday night, Elder Jensen was like "ok, everybody pray for a new topic tomorrow. I can't take it anymore." 

Something that was different about this conference is that I'm not Kate anymore, I'm Hermana Long. I'm a missionary and a representative of Jesucristo, and there was one talk that I knew Kate would LOVE, but Hermana Long not so much. There were talks that meant more to me because I'm a missionary. I don't know if this makes any sense, but it's what happened.
Also, I WATCHED THE WHOLE THING IN SPANISH!!!!!! It was not an easy task, but I did it, cause Hermana Lopez didn't wanna watch it in English with all the other gringo misioneros. And there  were two talks in Spanish, and they were so great! I didn't have to listen to translators. 

That's all for this week. Thanks so much for supporting Kate!