A Missionary's Tale by Hermana Edwards...
Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission!
Monday, May 5, 2014
MIRACLES MAN. This week has been full of miracles.
First off, for my little snippet on Argentina: There´s this girl named V_______, and she´s basically the Latin America equivalent of Hannah Montana. Little girls obsess over her. And little boys love Ben 10 here. Ben 10 everything. And they sell everything at these places they call Chino´s, which is a Supermercado where only Chinese people work. These Chinese people know no Spanish, and they always blast super loud American/British music, and it´s awesome. ANOTHER awesome thing is their plants!! I feel like I´m in Jurassic Park every day. They have palm trees and giant leaf things and Aloe Vera plants (the other day Hma. Parrish pulled off a piece of Aloe and rubbed it on one of my mosquito bites. HEALING PLANTS. Kingsfoil. It´s a weed.) Anyways, the coolest plant is this tree that has spikes on it, and it gets really fat at the bottom when it rains. I just really like plants.
In other news, we did not meet One Direction today:( ONE DAY.
Hermana Parrish and I
As for miracles, we had two baptisms this past Saturday, cute little A___ and D_____. Wow. The whole thing was just so amazing. I couldn´t hold back the tears. So many of our investigadors showed up to the baptism. This 15 year old member, named R____, brought her boyfriend, F_______, and her sister, B____, to the baptism. F_______ (15 years old!!) said to R_____ "I felt something during the baptism. It felt good. I want to keep feeling that way." Yep. We´re gonna see if he lives in our area now so we can teach him too!! And her little 13 year old sister, B____, darling as ever, has been struggling a lot with family relationships and everything. We´ve been teaching her for awhile, but we´ve never taken out a baptismal date. So yesterday we did. When we asked her if she wanted to follow the example of Jesus Christ, she said "I would love too" TEARS. She´s getting baptised on the 17th of this month. We found another man yesterday, a dapper man walking down the street. We could´ve just walked past him, said a simple "Hola" or "Buen dia." But we decided to contact him. We only talked to him for a few minutes, but he told us that he believed in God and that he had been searching around to find a church that felt right, and that he is planning to come to church on Sunday!! How awesome is that!!
This whole week has just been amazing. Reaffirmation time and time again that things will go right if you are meticulously obedient in all that you do. There can be no such thing as selective obedience. I noticed that that was a huge theme in conference a few weeks ago. Some things that Robert D. Hales said that I LOVED: "Some obey selectively because they cannot perceive the reasoning behind the commandments... to rationalize disobedience does not change spiritual law and consequence." I LOVE that. It´s so true. Missionaries, and members in general ALWAYS need to remember this. We can´t rationalize disobedience of ANY of the commandments that the Prophets or Apostles have declared. The Lord will not halt the Second Coming or Judgement day just because you haven´t decided to do your best yet. Do your best NOW, so you can be prepared now, and so that you can reap the blessings of your obedience. It´s so important.
Anyways, I love you all so much!!! Have a wonderful week!!