Argentina Posadas

Argentina Posadas

Monday, November 30, 2015

Sister Training in Posadas

Thanksgiving lunch as a zone
Part of the Zone

This week! So it´s been a pretty chill week. We had splits, and I was able to get to know my girls better.
Hermana Zambrana (Cordoba, Argentina), Hermana Cardenas (Sinoloa, Mexico) and Hermana Villanueva
I was with Hermana Palomares from Peru. She is amazing and super sweet. She is the only member in her family and it has been really hard but she is pushing through. She has been out for 3 months now.
Hermana Palomares de Peru
Making cheese empanandas

We made fried mandioca; it is from Peru! If I’m going to miss food from mission it will be the mandioca. It´s like a potato but so good!  
Hermana Villanueva (my MTC companion) is now in my zone and I’m her Sister Leader, weird. But I love seeing her all the time! I spent some time with Hermana Villanueva which is always so much fun; after 7 months we are both doing great. 
Hermana Villanueva

Gabriela, our investigator, wants to get baptized!! She is amazing and she understands everything. She has seen the changes that the gospel has already done for her. She just has to get married but her pareja (partner) doesn´t want to. So we are praying a lot so that he can soften his heart. 

Jose is great! He is progressing and changing and doing super well. I love to visit with him because the spirit is so strong when we are there! 
granddaughter of a reactivated member

I’ve been asked about how Christmas was going to be here. Well, it will be pretty much like any other day here in Argentina. Like no one decorates and most don´t have trees or listen to Christmas music. It´s hot and sunny. And everyone says that Christmas is just another excuse for the people to drink and get drunk, so pretty great, right? Haha It definitely does not feel like Christmas but we will see if we do a Christmas zone party or something! 

Everything is going well here, todo tranquilopa! I hope all is well there! 

Hermana Newell

Some google thoughts on mandioca:
[Manihot esculenta, with common names cassava, Brazilian arrowroot, manioc, and tapioca, is a woody shrub of the spurge family, Euphorbiaceae, native to South America.]

[Fried Manioc or Yuca) Manioc, also known as yuca or cassava in Central America and the U.S., is a white starchy tuber with a delicate taste (many people I know say that fried manioc beats French fries anytime). ... For frying, you can buy the frozen yuca sold in Hispanic markets.]

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving


Honestly, every day I think about Indian and Thai food, and Mexican. Food here is fine, but just kind of normal and nothing too exciting!  I have been making a lot of pumpkin pies. I’m becoming pretty good at it. Haha. But my oven burns everything so it´s a little tough! 

Today for Pday we had a Thanksgiving meal with chicken and pure de papas. [mashed potatoes] And I made pumpkin pie! It was a lot of fun. We then played Minute-to-Win-it games! 

Yesterday were the Argentine presidential elections, so we had to be in the house at 4pm. So we spent the afternoon studying and cooking. It was weird! 

The leadership stuff is stressful but it´s getting better! I’m really enjoying it. Life is good and everything is chill. We have had some amazing lessons!  Like dude, where you leave and are like, “I didn´t speak there, that was the spirit type lessons!” 

Ramon: Ramon is incredible. He is reading the Book of Mormon on his own and always tells us what he is learning. He told us that he knows that the restoration is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet! He knows that we baptize in the right way and he is working through the repentance process. He is changing every day! He is on a business trip and he sends us messages of what he is learning in the Book of Mormon! Our lessons are so spiritual and it really feels like what everyone talked about, when you see the change in others because of the gospel, it is like nothing else!! 

And JOSE! Jose came to church last week, right? Well, then we visited him and he said that he really liked it. And that he wanted to buy a himnario [hymn book] and that he wanted to go in a white shirt and tie! He took out his earring and he told us that he hadn´t smoked or drank for 5 days! He wants to change for his family and be an example. Our lessons with him are also so spiritual!!! Like we leave and Hermana Nunton and I just say, “Wow”. The spirit really guides our lessons. They´ve been probably the most spiritual lessons that I have had in my mission. 

Life is going really well. All is calm. We had zone conference last week. It is always amazing to hear from Pres. LaPierre and Hermana LaPierre. They are amazing people! 

I love you all and hope all is going well!

Happy Thanksgiving  

Hermana Newell

Monday, November 16, 2015

Dude, Like Totally Amazing!

So this week. For starters, Hermana Nunton is amazing. We have definitely broken the ice. At times we never stop talking, so things are great. Honestly she is great and all your prayers helped, it´s been a great week and we get along super well (: We talk all the time and we are working a ful, as they say here in Argentina! 

Second off, we have had some sweet and spiritual lessons this past week! 

So I think I’ve talked about Jose Valiente and his daughter Josholin, she is 9. So Jose really wants to change and be an example for his family and he has been reading and we have noticed a difference. Then we invited them to come to church and they came!!! Like that was weird, cause that never happens! haha. But they both really enjoyed it and stayed the whole three hours! We have another lesson with them tomorrow and we will see exactly what they thought; we are going to put baptism dates for them, and we´ll see how it goes! But the lesson on Saturday was super spiritual and you could feel the peace (: 

And then there is Ramon!!! Dude, can I just say that he is awesome! He has read everything we´ve given him. He is reading the Book of Mormon for himself and on Saturday we gave him the chapter to read about repentance and baptism. And last night he send us a message that said “Hola hermanitas. como estan? Yo muy bien y recordandolas en todo momento. dando gracias por todo lo que hacen por mi. te cuento que desde ayer a hoy pedi mucho perdon y en realidad me hizo muy bien. muchas gracias.” [Hello, Sisters, how are you? I’m well and thinking of you all the time, giving thanks for all you do for me. I can tell you that since yesterday until today I have asked for forgiveness, and it has felt very good. Many thanks.]

Hermana Nunton and I both shouted out for joy; he is awesome (: We have another lesson with him tonight and are going to try to put a fecha [set a baptismal date]. (:  

Today for P day we went and ate Mexican food and shopped and then cleaned, and listened to Disney music; it was pretty sweet (: Life is good, todo tranquilo!)

Hermana Newell