Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Dear Family,

I CANNOT believe that I am about to tell you this.........................

I am STILL in Ushuaia and STILL with Hermana Gonzalez!!! That was the least expected thing ever! I am still in shock! haha. I was slowly getting things organized throughout the week so that it would be easier to pack, but then I didn´t even have to! haha. We are still here! I am so very exited and we are going to see so many miracles this transfer! I just know it!!! At the end of this transfer, I will have been in ONE area for 6 months! That is so great! I even hope for more... whatever the Lord wants.

We are doing so great! We have a baptism this coming week... Enrique!!! He is super great! We took him to a baptism this weekend and he LOVED it! He told us that he felt that he was coming home. This Sunday, we found out that he knows about half of the branch! Wow! Seriously, someone finally invited him and now he is getting baptized! All it takes is one invitation. He has been aware of the church almost his whole life and has a ton of friends in the church, but was never invited. Finally, Lorena Dominguez passed us the reference and he is golden! It´s so great. The Lord is seriously preparing His children for this amazing thing. I know that the Lord has been preparing Enrique and that it is now his time. We have district conference this weekend (stake conference but smaller), so we will have the baptism right after the conference and we will have a ton of support for Enrique. President and Hermana Gulbrandsen will also be here, so that is really exciting! We are looking forward to it. Also, our font has hot water again, so we don´t even have to go to the other building! Huge blessings all around! 

It is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cold!!! For some reason, the computer isn´t loading my pics from today, but it is SNOWING as we speak!!! Crazy!!! 

Our investigators are doing great! We have people coming back into town, our members are really catching the vision, and we are just all around loving life. We have really been working on gaining the Lord´s vision for this area, and we know that He wants many baptisms. We are striving to work hand in hand with the branch because the members are seriously the key. With a friend to stand by their side, the investigators really do progress so much more. When the members catch the desire to do missionary work and have that fire inside of them, the work explodes. We have been very blessed this last week and know that this will be a very successful transfer and we rely 100% on the Lord, stay 200% focused, and do EVERYTHING that we can and then watch to see the hand of the Lord. I love the work! How great is our call! 

I have to run... we are going to go do our shopping for the week and then go visit Enrique and Hermana Zapata tonight. We are loving being here, loving the work, loving the area, loving the people, loving the cold (I´m working on that one... haha), and most importantly loving the Lord. I know that this is HIS church! We have the only true church in all the earth. WE have to be the ones to open our mouths. We have friends and family just waiting for us. Think for a minute of EVERYONE you know who are not members of the church. Make a whole list of literally every person. Then say a prayer and ask the Lord to tell you which of all these people is ready to receive the gospel. I promise you that you will feel at least one. Circle the names that you feel. Maybe many. Then DO IT!!! Open your mouth! Invite them to church, to a FHE, to Easter Pageant when it comes, to listen to the missionaries, to read the Book of Mormon, to read the Family Proclamation. ANYTHING! They will feel the power of the truth. The Lord is preparing people. The field is white NOW.... already to be harvested! I know you can! Tell them that you love them and that BECAUSE you love them, you want them to know what you have. I want to hear of all the success you have with this. 

I know that we have the truth. I know that Jesus lives. I know that He leads and guides this church through a Prophet. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that we are an eternal family. I know that we have a duty to do missionary work. I know that we can become more like the Savior every day. 

I love you all and pray for you daily!

ALL my love,
Hermana Shelley 

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