Tuesday, December 6, 2011

12-5-11 I´m starting to believe in the whole global warming thing

Dearest Family,

So to explain the subject line............... It´s HOT here at the end of the world............. no, it´s HOTT with TWO T´s. haha. But what´s super weird is that one day it´s ridiculously hot and the next, it´s stinking cold and snowing... oh Ushuaia! haha. We never know how to dress in the morning because the climate changes at least 3 times a day. hahaha. Good times. But I guess it IS summer here, so it´s all good. From what I understand we will have some heat for December and January, February will be chilly and the snow returns in March. Good times... haha. We will see what happens here at the end of the earth. I really do love it. It´s beautiful. With the heat, we have gained a load of tourists... I´ve had to try to remember my English and that has been funny... good times. 

This week was awesome! No baptisms, but Fabi and Griselda were both confirmed and received BEAUTIFUL blessings. They are amazing. They both fasted with us yesterday, payed their tithing, every night they read from the Book of Mormon, sing a hymn, and say their prayers, and tonight they invited us to their Noche do Hogar (FHE): WOW!!!!! I am just so very happy for them and the change in their lives. The SUPER SAD news........ they are leaving for Buenos Aires this Saturday... we cried when we found out, but it is for the doctors there so that Fabi can have some special procedures so we understand... the super awesome part of it? / They are moving to MY OLD AREA, CONGRESSO!! I just know with all my heart that my dearest Hermana Gonzalez will take care of them.... Hermana Dunn is going to have a transfer this week, so sadly the awesome Hna Dunn won´t be there to know them, but I know the new missionary will be great for them... Yes, Hermana Gonzalez is training AGAIN! She is just THAT awesome!

We have FOUR baptisms this week!!  We are so stinking excited. They will all be on Sunday night at 8 after a big Christmas choir presentation. 3 are grandkids of the Díaz family who are just amazing. They are all reading their scriptures together every night and praying and the two oldest are going to mutual every weekend. AWESOME. Karen, Danisa, and David. David is going to turn 8 on Sunday AND be baptized and yesterday, he told us that it was the best gift he could ask for to be baptized!!! Wow. He is super special. He´s been coming to church for a long time now and always sits in on the lessons. We remember him telling us that he has 6 years, but we found out last week that he has 7 and will complete 8 on the 11th!! It was great! Karen and Danisa are just darlings. They are so much fun and we have a ball with them. They have really changed their lives and their moms are super happy because they are really helping around the house, are better with their siblings, and everything. Super awesome! 

And the 4th baptism, you ask??  PAMELA!!!!!!!!!  Augustin´s Mom!! She finally accepted to be baptized! We had a super awesome lesson with her this week and found out that her only concern was that she could not dance if she was baptized! haha. When she realized that she can still dance, everything was great! haha. She is super duper prepared and has even asked to have a change in her work schedule so that she can come to church every week. So awesome! 

Please pray for all four of them. The last week before a baptism can be filled with trials. 

Hermana Malhue is still just as great as always. I just love working with her and the good times that we have. She is super special for me and I just love the bond that we share. We both completed FIVE MONTHS in the mission TODAY!!! I can´t believe that we have 5 months in the mission. Feels like yesterday that I entered the MTC. Wow. 

We have the best branch ever! I am so grateful for all of the members here. I love being part of the branch and seeing the strength of the church even here at the end of the earth. The members are so great to feed lunch every day and even call and check in on us every now and then. Our branch President, President Leiva is amazing and his family is equally great. His wife, Hna Emi does our laundry every week and that is the best service ever! I am so very grateful. We love working with the branch and they are really starting to participate in the work with coming to lessons with us and giving us references. 

Well, I am so glad that Mackay got off and to a good start. I hope that everything is okay with his feet! I would love to get his emails forwarded to me and once he is in the field, I will send him emails too...  I know that his time is limited to email in the MTC, but I´m going to drop him a short line this week so that he knows that I am thinking of him. Glad that you all had a good safe trip and that everything is going well. 

Well, got to go. We are going to put our Christmas tree up.... it´s definitely a blow up Christmas tree!!!!!!!! haha. How awesome is that! I will send pictures next week! 

 Lord´s work. Our mission is growing... we officially have THIRTY sisters in the mission! WOW. And Elders over 100!!!!! WOW. I am so grateful that the Elders are responding to the Prophet´s call to serve and that those Sisters who feel that it is right are making the decision. Love it! I know that the Church is true and that we have a prophet to lead and guide us. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I know that we can follow Him in all things. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who wants us all to return to Him. For this I am here... to help His children return to Him. It is absolutely humbling to be here in the mission at this time. 

I love you all TONS!!!!!!!!
Hermana Shelley

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