October 31, 2011

There is light on the horizon...

So there´s a ton of stuff I need to do today (much like EVERY P-day) and SOOO little time to do it.
We had a special conference in San Fernando this week. It was super great and I love the Spirit and urgency I feel when I leave these meetings with President and Hermana Gulbrandsen. There is SO much we want to do in Congreso and are humbly hoping to also be privileged to see the fruits of our work soon.
Mainly what we were talked about in the conference was the power of MEMBERS, whether old or new, to bring their loved ones into the fold of Christ. When an investigator has a friend in church, they STAY. When the activated less-active member or the new member has the FIRE and DESIRE (sometimes WE´VE got to fan the flame...encourage them because it´s scary sometimes!) to SHARE THEIR NEWFOUND TESTIMONY......people get BAPTIZED and STAY ACTIVE. The fire is spreading and the MEMBERS, especially recent converts are the source. President Gulbrandsen said something a while ago that has not left my mind: ´The Lord is preparing people for the gospel and the recent converts know them´. ´Inside´ the church, we think we know only members and have no missionary work to do. BUT when we know ONE and share with them, they are the door to tens of hundreds more. It´s like genealogy but with live people. We are here to pay it forward.

Which brings me to some GREAT TUNES that Hna Dunn got me LOVING. The cds I told you about, the Nashville Tribute ones? Are SOOOO amazing!!! The Work and The Prophet are on DAILY in our apartment....looove it and I get the chills every time. Mom, I know that you will cry all through the Work......
I was really moved by every single track but there is one in particular that I sing to myself all day. It´s like my ´Rocky´ song.
I wrote the lyrics down into my daily planner (because they are JUST THAT AMAZING) (the original lyrics are slightly different but I applied them to myself) and it says:
I was born in California, born the daughter of humble converts. Now I´m here to pay it forward.
I was born of goodly parents, blessed souls of a rich inheritance. We are children of our Father, an army of His sons and daughters.
And I am here to serve my King, Daughter of the Most High and this is good news that I bring as I labor gladly bringing souls to Christ.
It´s a GREAT song that I love like crazy. If I were with Hna Whitehead, it would be on REPEAT for DAYS......it´s just what she does.

We are working ever so diligently with Prince. He loves when we visit and talk to him about the Gospel but still does not understand why he has to be baptized again. It is more than just a language barrier here. Teaching him makes me wish I had stuck with French for a few years longer. Our communication in English is great and he just loves that he´s found a church full of people that care about him. Everyone is so great with him even though he´s still working on his Spanish. He is so full of faith and I do not have a doubt in my mind that though we don´t have the answers in his native language, he will understand the language of the Spirit and prepare to be baptized PRONTO!
Fresia, a sweet, very faithful little girl (one of those who made the bracelets to get to church) is also trying to get permission from her mother to keep going every week. She loves church and primary (who doesn´t?) and wants to be baptized very badly!!! Keep them in your prayers this week.

Last Monday we had a GREAT Family home evening with a member family and their referrals. Victoria and Enzo were SO great! We talked about the Restoration and watched the video about it too. They loved it and loved how they felt. We will be working closely with them and not let them go!
Tuesday we went with Prince to the Centro de Recursos de Empleo (employment resources) that is wonderfully IN OUR AREA! Hooray! We got to go help Prince and also see firsthand what great things they do there and the wonderful resources the Church has in action all over the world!! Did I tell you that the Sisters who are serving full-time in the CRE are both from the US and I know their nieces from school???? One is Sister Blanchette from (most recently) ........drumroll please..............Orem, UT!!!! Her niece lived (family might still be there) in the Sharon Park stake....Natalie Johnston. And her companion is Sister Anderson whose niece Tricia Packer was in my Timpanogos Choir class all senior year.....what a small world.

Shout out to my favorite stalker....Hna Camilly! Mom, there is seriously great things about you updating my blog. Not only do the wonderful people that I love at home get to read (and then WRITE ME! Hint, hint) but even people HERE get to know what it is I feel about being here, serving here and loving here. It was hilarious because yesterday we ate at the Pinto´s house and at the end of the meal, I pulled out my planner to see where we were going next or anything we had to check with them and Hna Camilly exclaimed: “oh how sad that you lost your planner but you got a new one!” hahahaha I laughed really hard with her. She would only know certain things because they are in my emails home to you all. So great!

Overall, we had a great week with more seed sowing and organizing. The Lord´s house is a house of ORDER and by the end of my time here, however long that may be, CONGRESO WILL be called to order! It´s crazy how much can get lost in the work if we DON’T KEEP A RECORD. I have a great testimony of being organized, ESPECIALLY in the week I didn´t have a Missionary Daily Planner. I got to realize that my little notebook replacement was not up to snuff and I am VERY grateful for the inspired ways that missionary work is kept organized.

Well, that´s about all for today. I know that this is the true Church of God. I know that my Savior lives and loves me. I know He loves each and every person on this earth which is why I´m down here in Argentina, because He called and prepared me from BEFORE THIS LIFE to come and meet and talk to and share my testimony with the people who were also called and prepared BEFORE THIS LIFE to hear it at this time and in this place. I NEVER want to have the regret that I just didn´t DO enough, that I didn´t WORK HARD enough, that I didn´t TESTIFY enough. So I do everything I can, I work as hard as my body will let me sometimes even pushing THAT and I will testify in every moment that I know that these things are true.
Tell Lehi Acosta that he´ll have to call a stretcher to meet me at the airport :)
At the end of every week, I can see the Lord´s love for me. Last night as we were going over the last week, I had JUST ENOUGH energy left to count the numbers, plan for today, brush my teeth, kneel to pray and collapse on the bed. This morning, I feel rejuvenated and with more energy than yesterday. It´s an answer to my prayers, to YOURS and to all those who pray for the missionaries. I thank each and every one of you and also pray that you feel the blessings of being involved this way in the missionary work.
I love you all and pray that you will also have missionary opportunities at home! They are there!
Love love love love love you alll sOOOOO much....
And on behalf of Hna Dunn.....
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! (this is one of her favorite holidays. We are even making special treats for our district to celebrate....Dirt in a cup. Not Bryan Regan’s style but the oreo-pudding-gummy worm fun stuff! Hooray!)
Love, until next week,
Hna Gonzalez

PS: dad....I GOT THE PACKAGE!! Thanks sooooo much for the mascara and post-its and bobby pins and hair stuff. It was SOO great to get. And the Reese’s pieces all got here safe and sound. Just a question, could I put in a special request for peanut butter m&m´s? They just aren´t the same as the Reese’s pieces. If anyone ever asks if I want anything in a package...or I don’t know if people ask that....but like Tia Gina...if she wants to send me something for Christmas or something....PEANUT BUTTER M&M´S. They are in my dreams....
Also, a little wish list for a Christmas package or whatever you may be sending out of the love and goodness of your amazing hearts:
Letters ;)
Maple extract 3x (yeah?)
Baby B of Mormons....hmmm baby hymnbook, both in English.
Well, that´s all really. And cupcake cups, the paper ones.
The end

And the pictures we did not get last week:
                                                     Taking Hna Shelley to the airport

                      The brownie pics are from Hna Dunn and my party for y´alls birthdays back home.

                                                         Sweet sister in our ward

October 24, 2011

I feel so loved! by YOU and my HEAVENLY FATHER!

First of all, I just want to give a SHOUT OUT to my now OLD little brother and sister!
16 and 20! I can´t believe it! I CAN’T be that old.....wow!
I did NOT forget your birthdays. In fact, Hna Dunn´s mother´s birthday is the same as Sammy´s so WE CELEBRATED TOO! haha
I´m sending a BUNCH of pictures. (I kept waiting for another email with pictures because there were no pictures on this oneL) Some you´ll just have to sort them out because I TRIED to remember the order I´m sending them but,......probably forgot already. I´m getting SO OLD that if I don´t write things down, I WILL NOT remember until it is too late. My brain is just too full of things to remember them all. Names, addresses and streets and stuff for all over Argentina....it´s crazy.
But this week I have really been feeling the love. We have been making a particular effort to follow the promptings of the spirit EVEN if that means varying from the plans we so lovingly make. I learned to love PLANS and GOALS but I don´t always know exactly what people need or even WHO exactly needs us, but the Lord ALWAYS does and He is perfectly willing and READY to lead us on our paths to be His representatives.
This week has been full of tender mercies, being in the right place at the right time even though we didn´t know why. We also experienced stupors of thought that I KNOW protected us from some unseen thing. We have found ourselves walking and talking in paths we hadn´t thought of but have seen the fruits of teaching with the Spirit.
No, David didn´t magically make it to church but 5 other wonderful souls did.
Beginning of our miracles:
4 wonderful little girls, varying from ages 6 to 10 wanted to come to church with us yesterday but didn´t have the coins (2.40 pesos) and they MADE IT HAPPEN. How? They made and then sold beaded necklaces and bracelets to make the money. And with the leftover material they gave us a necklace and bracelet. SO CUTE! It is now one of my most prized possessions. What that purple beaded necklace means to me is the faith of a child to follow God´s commandments willingly and with whatever it takes. I´ll take a picture of it and send it next week. Those little plastic beads are worth more to me than gold.
THEN Prince showed up!!! Ok, not the Artist Formerly Known As, but even better! An investigator that we lost contact with! He showed up and we got his new phone number and address and we will be meeting with him Tuesday! Hooray! He is from Haiti (oh and David, another investigator is from MALI, Africa...I think in your email it was Haiti...anyway..) and he DOESN´T speak SPANISH soo.....we teach him in English! In our new member/investigator Sunday school class we kinda split, Hna Dunn translating the class to Prince (yes, his name is Prince. Prince John, in fact) and I made sure Rudecinda (a wonderful, wonderful woman) and Alejandra (another MIRACLE) were understanding and enjoying the class.
Alejandra was a great miracle because we didn´t even know her before 10 yesterday but she has been so prepared by members (hooray for members working!) and her daughter (with whom we had eaten dinner with in a member´s home this week). Her daughter Yamila, loved the message we shared at dinner and loved the way she felt. She went home and told her mom all about it and even though Yamila had to work, Alejandra was so touched that she went by herself to find out what her daughter had felt. It was such a wonderful moment!!!!! Her spirit feeling abilities are so sensitive and I KNOW that great things will happen with her here. I just love the tender mercies the Lord shows us to remind us that we are NOT alone and that He is leading and guiding our steps and the steps of those we need to find and teach.
Real quick note:
The food....I don´t even want to talk about how much we eat! This whole, taking over the area from elders thing, is HARD because we also have to train some members to remember that we DON´T eat our weight in food. The elders can pound food like nothing else but we DIE if we have more than one mountainous plate of food. BUT I eat to not offend. They made that food with all the love in their hearts. Just remember, if I come home fat (which I´m REALLY working on NOT doing) it will NOT BE MY FAULT. ok?
I lost my planner this week, which was pretty depressing actually, because I put SO much work into this one. I had a great picture of Christ raising up Jairus´ daughter and great scriptures and my marking stickers (for leaving parts of the Book of Mormon for specific ´homework´) in it and now....it is lost in the abyss of the argentine subway.....bummer. I hope only that someday a touching Ensign article is published about a great conversion story when someone finds and looks through that planner and finds the Church. The directions and bus numbers to get there were in there and everything! haha
I don´t know if I´ve talked much about Hna Dunn either. She is GREAT! We have a barrel of laughs. She´s like me where I laugh at everything, even if it´s not particularly funny and so we make each other feel great and witty. She´s from California, Arroyo Grande in the Central Coast but has spent the last 3 years living and loving it up in Provo, UT going to BYU! Worked in the BYU philanthropies before the mission and is just an all around WONDERFUL COMPANION! She reminds me SOO much of Nikki Stay, I mean, Sister Stay. They would probably be best friends. They are the adventurous type that WORK HARD and PLAY HARD. They both have been great in my life to push me and help me not settle for less than the BEST. Love Hna Dunn and Sister Stay!! haha
Ok, gots to go beat the Elders (AGAIN) in bowling. Speaking of beating elders in bowling, could you remind ex Elder Pearson that I’m still waiting for his wedding invites...if they are out, there better be one on the way to BS AS. Oh, and a little note on FB about BOWLING will rile him up enough to remember, I think :) hahaha oh Brenden.....
I love this work. I am SO looking forward to the amazingness that will be this week and reaping what we have been faithfully sowing here in Congreso!
Love you all lots and I expect great letters next week with your conversion stories! YEAH!
The Church is TRUE. No doubt about it.
Hermana Gonzalez

I just could not post this without pictures, even if they are not recent. These are from Hna. Gulbrandsen's collection.

October 19, 2011

hey now!

From October 17, 2011 Sorry Brady :)

So this transfer looks like a GREAT opportunity to start fresh, start optimistic and get stuff done!
After the craziness of my last like...3 transfers, the Lord has decided that Hna Dunn and I will be working together in CONGRESO! haha NOT moving is SUCH a blessing. I didn´t think President would call either of us away from the area but just getting the phone call saying ´you stay´ was a great stress reliever.
We went to the despedida (farewell) last night in San Fernando. We took a great sister named Rudecinda so that she could hear the great messages and testimonies the ´dying´ missionaries have and the message President always lovingly shares. It was another great one last night. He shared about the Light of Christ in everyone but especially the missionaries that are called to represent our Lord Jesus Christ. When people, members and investigators alike, open their door and receive us, they are receiving much more than a 19-21 year old in their home, but the Lord Himself. He asked the congregation, made up of members, new members and investigators, if they´d like to see angels or see miracles. There was an affirmative murmur and then he asked all the elders and sisters in the room to stand. It really is a miracle. There were the majority of those on their feet who, before receiving a holy calling from a servant of God, didn´t even speak Spanish. Miracles happen. The Spirit of the Lord is on the earth and we can seek and feel it when we are willing to work for it. (Hna. Gonzalez’ mom with tears in my eyes as I read this, of course)

This is going to be one of the craziest transfers ever. Good thing we aren´t going anywhere but everything around us is changing. 20 elders are going home this week and we are receiving that many more PLUS sisters! Hna Whitehead is training and so is dear Elder Nielsen (remember the elder from my MTC district?) They were both excited and so nervous. I am just so astounded by the great things that are happening here in the mission field. Of course, it´s the only mission I’ve ever served in but I feel that if everywhere in the world there are Elders and Sisters like the ones I´ve worked with, the great stone rolling forth, cut out of a mountain without hands, will reach the ends of the earth and grow until it fills every corner before we know it.

So we are working with a bunch of people but we know that we have to find more. We are getting all sorts of great ideas, inspiration, and revelation as to how to personally apply the principles of Preach my Gospel to our area. We are ever working with the members, hoping that at some perfect, pivotal point, the work of the missionaries will be purely to TEACH those whom the members find and prepare. Maybe I won´t be here when it happens but I can be content with helping to pave the path.

David, from Haiti, is really hard to teach just because he is ALWAYS working. He works in a ‘kiosko’.... umm is that understandable in English? Like a convenience store. Yeah, like that. But whenever we drop by to make photocopies or whatnot, he has the Book of Mormon there on his counter. He says he´s been reading but has yet to come to church because of his work schedule. He promised to get work off this Sunday so we´ll see if we´ll be able to keep teaching him.

There are several sisters who still want to be baptized but for lack of a lot of things, one big one being willing husbands (and I’m NOT going to go off on how these men really need to be more responsible in the things that COUNT...but it was a temptation) to help them to progress spiritually. I really hope that we find a family that actually lives in our area!!! That´s what´s so hard about being here. We talk to everyone and see great families and get them to stop and accept us to visit them BUT!!!!! They all live in other areas or in the South mission! bah! frustrations to the max! Though I DO know that, wherever the referrals go, that the missionaries there will be grateful for the family we send their way and that they will be taken care of where they live.

We are going to explore our greatly historical area here today. It is all big apartment buildings and government buildings and shopping stuff but there are also great museums and amazingly argentine things to see. Like last week when I ACTUALLY SAW ARGENTINES DANCING TANGO IN THE STREET! Dream of seeing it finally fulfilled! So amazing!!

There are so many goals that we will be working toward this week and I know that they have been sent to our minds and hearts to work on them from the spirit and I am grateful to the Lord for that.
I love you all and thank you so much for all the support!
Until next week my loved ones!
Hermana Gonzalez

ps. there is this album or group or whatever called Nashville Tribute to the Work, the Trek and the Prophet. It´s a bunch of GREAT songs that your dear little missionary would love to have if possible. If you find them, rather, WHEN you find them, could you pretty please put them on my computer and then send me a cd of them and WITH some of the music you sent on my ipod?
Here´s why: when I tried to put this conference talks on my iPod, I can´t. I´d have to restore it which would mean sacrificing all my music and current podcasts to these new talks. SOO.....my plea would be pretty please make a couple back up cds so that I CAN restore my ipod and STILL have the music I want.
Mostly the music I listen to is:
EFY cds....SO great, especially 2009? possibly?
The Spanish music that´s under JKP
Jenny Philips
Forgotten Carols
Cello classical music by Zuill BAiley. (Hna Dunn and I LOOOOVE it)
And this one GREAT version of “Come, come ye saints” instrumental style.
And any come thou fount versions.
So...yeah! Could you look into that?
Also......not getting trunky or anything, promise, but there are GREAT things I´d love to get here before I would be leaving this area. So how much money could I take out for that?? In dollars, I guess. I know I took out a ton a while ago and I´ve been saving that here and there using it in emergencies but now it´s nearly gone from replacing really thrashed clothes and repairing my shoes. Just let me know. k thanks! Love you ALLL!!!

October 10, 2011

hey hey hey!

So listen, this week, and i feel like I say this about all the weeks I´ve been here on the mission.....

We have been talking to EVERYONE, which literally means walking down the street and talking to the people sitting on the sidewalk, the ones walking, the people that stare at our nametags on the bus or subway, BAM contacting opportunity. I´ve really come out from behind my pooor poor excuse of being ´shy´. Now, like Hna Shelley says, it´s a load of hooey. I HAVE to open my mouth in every moment because this is such a wonderful and important message I share. I would be held accountable for NOT being bold and sharing my testimony that there is a prophet on the earth today, that the Lord Jesus Christ LIVES and loves us. There is so much confusion in the world and I have learned to say that I am happy BECAUSE I KNOW. I don´t believe...there is no room for doubt. I KNOW that this is the true church of God and I know it because He has revealed it to me and allows me to keep asking every time I pick up the Book of Mormon and thoughtfully study and pray.

Ok, ps it rained like FOR REALsies this week. It was really fun for me because I got to estrenar my rain boots that I got in Tigre for super cheap but.....my comps feet were not so happy. Oops. But hey, it was an experience. If we had the same size feet I would have given them my boots but I happen to have dwarf feet that match my dwarfness :) haha I´m normal size here and my COMPANIONS are the wicked tall ones :) haha
A little wet...

                                                                    ...But HAPPY!!!

So those are the pics I sent. Also, dead, very dead cockroaches from our apt that crawled out and died after they fumigated our apt. They do that regularly in this building which I don´t think they did in Urquiza...Anywho. DEAD cockroaches are way ok. 

Ok and right now, my world just turned upside down.
This ALWAYS happens to me. President just called and he said that Hna Shelley is leaving me and Congreso to go a week early to......USHUAIA!!! WOW!
All at once, my life is different. She´s leaving and Hna Dunn and I are going to keep taking all these people that we´ve been teaching and finding to the waters of baptism. I think that´s what hit Hna Shelley so hard right now is her great planning mind, all the plans we made in our weekly planning session and how we wanted to help all these people to progress this week.
Hey, she is ready and that is NOT something that I´m worried about at all. Hna Dunn and I tell her every day that she cannot think that she doesn´t speak the language because she´s a pro.

 I think we are all our hardest critics. Which is why I LOVED what Mom sent me about what President Uchtdorf said in RS conference session “Forget me not”(which I did NOT get to see by the way, maybe next week on p- day, we´ll see)
We have to remember to be as infinitely loving and compassionate with ourselves as we are to others. SUCH a hard thing sometimes because we WANT to be better and BELIEVE in our own potential. Only satan will ever make us think that we aren´t good enough or we aren´t ever going to be able to change. Our Heavenly Father LOVES us.

One more thing, Hno. ALIPIO PINTO whose wonderful wife reads my blog had a birthday yesterday and we made him a great brownie (which was a HUGE sacrifice because it was fast Sunday....torture!!) BUT he wasn´t even in church....so we ended up eating the delicious thing ourselves :) so THANKS and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! :)

I will tell you about all our great and crazy experiences next week because we got really distracted here in the cyber with the news and the crying and the excitement and me trying to explain how AWESOME the south is and how she shouldn´t trip and fall because she might roll right onto Antarctica...hahaha that was funny. I´m SO funny.
Well, I love you all. I had the distinct impression that I had forgotten SOMEONE´s birthday and of course, tell tio Brett happy birthday for me. And hey, does Morgan have a worldwide email and can I get it too??? I want to know how his mission is going!!! And I don´t have his email....I think.....do I? But tell him Happy late birthday for me too!

SAMMMY and^POOOOOOOOOOHHHEEEEEEAAD^  I’ll write again BEFORE your birthdays but just in case something random and crazy happens, just know that I will be thinking of you and singing the weird happy birthday song they have here to you. :) love you both lots and I CAN’T believe you are getting so old....blah. Remember how we all used to be little, happy and carefree.. Oh man, our life is GOOD. I love you soo much. I´m glad we are family and forever and ever. Love love.
Until next week, Hna Gonzalez

Love you all!!!!!!

October 4, 2011

sooo much to say!!!

 Yesterday October 3rd, I had problems with my computer, but here is Suzette's email:

I truly had to make a full list of things I wanted to tell you about but the full, in-depth detailed stories will kinda have to wait because I just want to tell you everything!
FIRST, conference was the BOMB!!!! I can´t believe it´s already over. My companions and I were telling everyone about it all week and now it´s done.
Oh yeah, that was NOT a typo.....the SECOND thing I wanted to tell you all is that I have another companion.....brand spankin’ new to the mission......meaning I´m training two at a time...........my stomach hurts and I constantly pray to the point of distraction. And I may be getting sick again. bah!
Basically, I don´t know how I survived this week. President Gulbrandsen told me that this is what happens, the Lord calls missionaries to serve, the Prophet urges the Church membership to answer the call and......SISTERS ARE ANSWERING! So we are getting more sisters in this mission than ever before. BECAUSE of this, I have to make sure these two are trained and prepared to the point of, after 12 weeks, being able to turn around and train another sister. WOW! No pressure!
Luckily, I have been extremely blessed with these two wonderful sisters. Hna Shelley is a rock star and helps me so much. I can focus a little more on Hna Dunn (a real sweetheart!) while catching her up to speed of the last 3 weeks she had missed and Hna Shelley picks up my slack. We talk to EVERYONE which is great.
Hna Dunn, she was going to be coming in this NEXT group but she had studied Spanish in high school and college so they moved her out of the MTC as fast as possible to get her out here. Too bad the VISA thing got in the way again and so she was redirected to the St. George mission. Which she loved and was there only two weeks until they jetted her down here with the next group of missionaries on their way to Bahia Blanca :) So much great stuff!
We got her as much Argentine things as soon as possible so we could move ahead with other things like....finding BAPTISMS!
We are getting way under way in the way that we work to be Preach My Gospel era missionaries, to bring the world His truth and we have a lot of fun doing it! This is a HAPPY work and we love every minute. Even when we feel like we are in over our heads, we decide to lose ourselves and go to work. Focus and put everything in it we´ve got and let the Lord lead us where He would want us to go.
Wow, I don´t even know where to begin with conference but I loved every second of it. I wanted to jump up and down for joy when President Monson announced the temples. Hna Dunn just that morning had told me that the Provo Tabernacle had burned down....did any of you mention that ever??? But then he announced that they were rebuilding it as a temple?!!!!!! AMAZING, I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I was super excited to see how the Church has grown and the blessings that are coming to Africa and Wyoming :) haha I love it. This work is so wonderful and I am SO blessed that there is so much to do here in Argentina! I want ALL to go and enter the temple. I meet people and I immediately picture them in white :) now and in a year from now :) yeah baby! That´s what I´m talking about.
I BAWLED through Sister Dalton´s talk of course. I love you Dad. Thanks for being my hero. I´m not sure if I tell you that enough. I love you. You love Mom and so I have seen what a good husband can and should be. LOVE YOU! You are the wind beneath my wings..hahha so many song lyrics come to mind...have I ever told you you´re my hero? ......I´ll sing it to you in like...a while.... :) NO COUNTDOWNS!
Cute, cute Familia Pinto had us over for lunch yesterday. I talked about how much I LOVE them last week. Not only was it delicious and so much fun but Hna Camilly Pinto is sooo cute that she made us this giant carrot chocolate cake. Basically our eyes were HUGE and as much as we wanted to down that cake, we politely ate our slice (mostly so that Hna Alipio Pinto, who is SUCH a kidder, wouldn´t hold it over our heads :) ) and then she sent us with a tupper of some mini cakes she made for our between conference session snacks :) love her! Thanks Hna Camilly! And we are NEVER going to encourage Hno Alipio to take out his tarantula collection again....sorry about that. :)
Happy Birthday to Grandma and tomorrow to Sabby! How old is Sabrina going to be anyway? I lost count. Old is all I know hahaha :) I still remember when she was just so little....
SO SORRY THAT I MISSED STEFF´S birthday!!! I feel horrible!! It WAS last week but in my PMG pages with my comps info I had written down the wrong month!!! Sorry!!!! I love you Steff! (Peña)
Ok, that´s about it for now. I have to remember slowly all the greatness of this week´s spiritual feast.
Just know that I am alive and well here in Congreso. I´m trying not to let the stress get to me but there´s only so much I can ignore. I basically feel really responsible for not only two lives but generations upon generations but here we go, one day at a time.

I love you all thank you so much for writing! You have no idea how much I look forward to hearing from you and how life is for you. You are all great loves in my heart so NOT hearing from you is rough. Get it?

CONGRATS KAM!!!! That is so amazing!!! My comp Hna Shelley´s brother is going to the MTC the same day but to the Philippines. So yeah, if you just so happen to run into a really TALL elder Shelley, you can tell him about your random connection through cute little poohhead. :)
PS Kam, i´m going to write Ruth a whole list of things that may be really helpful in your prep time from here to November! I hope to help as much as I can from here!!!! I´ll definitely be praying for you too!

I love you and I can´t wait to hear more about how the studying of the AMAZINGLY inspired conference talks changed your life. Let it change TODAY is all I can invite you to do. Don´t wait until tomorrow or another day. The coming of our Lord is nigh, are YOU ready to receive Him? Will He recognize you when He comes to call you His own? I want to say YES!!! Let´s get down to business!

                                                Hermana Dunn and Hermana Shelley
                                Beautiful Sister Missionaries, including Hna. Pinto!!
                                                    You did not write????? REALLY??? 
                                  (Suzette had no captions for these pictures, I made them up ;)

Until next week, I love you all. This Church is TRUE. There are living prophets today who have told us how to return to our Heavenly Father. We have to be APART from the world. We have to do FAMILY HISTORY. We have to do MISSIONARY WORK and we have to lead our FAMILIES to the TEMPLE.
I love you all soooooo much
Hermana Gonzalez