Monday, November 26, 2012


Dearest Family

We had a really great week! 

Thank you for all of the Thanksgiving emails! I am so grateful for each and every one of you. I love you all so much. That is something that is really different about me now is my ability to love and accept. It is really neat to feel the love of God and share that with others. I love the people of Argentina so much and I love you all so much! I am so very grateful for your support and your care. Thank you for always supporting me and helping me. My mission would not be what it is if it were not for you all. Our Thanksgiving was non existent as they do not celebrate it here, but at the end of the day, Hermana Dunn said "Would you make us an apple crisp?" haha. So we decided to have a mini Thanksgiving celebration. It was good. I did remember it all day and was extra careful to show my gratitude. Sounds like you all had a great day! 

I have a favor to ask. We are going to do a 40 fast here for missionary work. I would love if the ward could send me some of their experiences so that I can share them with the ward here. I will translate them so in English is fine. Also, if anyone else has participated in a 40 day fast for missionary work and can share an experience that they had, that would be great! 

Matìas, Marcela`s other son is doing really great! The boys in the ward are really taking care of him and he is really starting to be interested. He has the goal to be baptized this Saturday. We are so happy for him. 

Claudia is the mom of two recent converts and she is just on fire. In the 2 years that her daughters have been baptized, she hasn`t wanted a lot to do with the church, just because she didn`t have a lot of time. But she always felt that it was good and possibly true. Well, we felt to go back to working with her and she is progressing like crazy now! She loved church yesterday, is reading and praying, and already even had her baptism interview because she wanted to see if she was prepared. She will be baptized on the 9th. 

Alex is a new investigator that we are working with and is really a great guy! He is 21 and has a great desire to learn and find out the truth. He is the nephew of a family in our ward and they invited us over last night for a lesson with him and it went really well. He works on Sunday mornings, but says that he can probably get it off. He accepted a baptismal date for the 22nd. 

The primary program was yesterday and it went really well! The kids were so cute and it all came together miraculously. I was able to play the piano for them, and that was so much fun! On Saturday, it was pretty rocky, but on Sunday it was absolutely perfect and the kids did such a great job. I love them so much. The Spirit was so strong and the investigators all really felt it. 

I stayed in El Talar this week and President sent me some info about the Sisters so that I could organize myself and get ready to visit them. I think that I won`t be spending much more time around here. I am sad but it will be a good experience. 

Last week, Grandma wrote something about Baked Ziti, and I must say that it sounded SOOOO good! I forgot about Baked Ziti... that will have to go on the list of things to eat when I get home... haha. 

Sorry so short. We are headed to Tigre for Pday. President gave us permission to go to a theme park, so we are excited about that. 

LOVE YOU ALL! The gospel is true! I love this work. I love being a missionary. I love the things that I get to experience every day and all the fun that we have! I am so grateful for the chance to proclaim the truth of the gospel. I love seeing the Atonement work in the lives of others. Such a great blessing. 

Hermana Shelley

Sunday, November 25, 2012


Look what we got in the mail!! Makes it more real-she really is coming home. Kailei will report Jan. 27th at 11 am. Our church building is located at 1415 E Southern. We would love to see all of you there. We will let you know when we will have a small open house, so you can all visit with Kailei.

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Monday, November 19, 2012


Dearest Family,

Well, what a week we have had! Hermana Dunn got here Tuesday morning and I left for my first exchange on Thursday. She was really blessed to learn the area quickly. She is such a great missionary. It was hard for her to leave her area so unexpectedly, but she is doing really well. I am so grateful for all that she is doing. It is fun to be back together. Hermana Dunn is seriously one of my very best friends. We definite have a life´s work to do after three times of being comps! 

I visited San Fernando this week and it was a lot of fun. I was there 2 and a half days and we saw lots of miracles. I was able to go teach a 13 year old that they have been working with and not been able to break through her "wall." Well, I was just praying so hard and I felt extremely impressed to tell her about a memory that I had with Granny about when I was running for Student Body Vice President and aways went after school to tell her about every detail and how it was really hard for me when she passed away before the election. I wasn´t sure why I was telling the story because it didn´t really have anything to do with the lesson, but I followed the prompting. Half way through the story, she just started bawling and at the end, she told a story about how last year, she was going to go and meet her grandma for the first time, but that just a couple hours before she arrived, her Grandma passed away. It was so sad and she said that it was really hard for her still. We had a great lesson after that about the plan of salvation and at the end, she agreed to be baptized next Sunday! It was a miracle, and I was grateful for the chance to be there. I was with Hermanas Smith and Allan and they are both really great. I learned a lot from them and was able to share a few things too. They are opening the area, so it has been difficult, but it will come. They are really organized and I know that they are going to see many miracles. 

Since I wasn´t here this week much, I don´t know a lot about the investigators here, but they seem to be doing well. Marcela´s family is progressing and I know that they will get baptized. They have a goal for the 2nd of December, and I am sure they will reach that goal. Marcela and Jonas are great examples in their home. 

Maxi (from Flia Suarez) received the priesthood on Sunday! I am so happy for him! He was beaming. It was really special to be a part of that. He is even doing some odd jobs to earn some money so that he can pay his tithing. He is doing really well. I am so proud of him. He is already studying a mission prep manual. What a great example! He has only 3 short years until he is Elder Suarez! Que emocion!!!

We had a great Zone Conference last week. It was so good. I don´t have much time, but I just want to share one thing. President was talking about how sometimes we get into these routines and we are not happy because we don´t understand the why of what we are doing. We do it, because we have to. Not because we love God and His children. He had an Hermana go in and play a very boring descending C Scale over and over and over. Imagine like when I was practicing my scales as a child. He asked her to get up and he was going to do the EXACT same thing, but with a smile. He sat down, and played the exact same notes, but with a different rhythm, and it was "Joy to the World!" Wow. That was really powerful and taught me so much. We can do the same things, but our attitude changes EVERYTHING: We can do it and resent it and be sad, or we can do it with joy and gladness and be happy that we are serving the Lord, doing it out of love. Is missionary work hard? Oh man, YES! It is the most difficult thing that I have ever done! Am I tired? Absolutely exhausted!!! Do I get sick? Of course! Do I feel discouraged at times? It happens. Do we experience sadness? Every day. But it is the BEST and most WONDERFUL thing that I have ever done. It gives me more joy than I have ever experienced. We have the chance to be servants of God. We have 18 months to think of nothing but Him and His children. It is FUN. It is an ADVENTURE. It is HUMBLING. Everything about it is just so great. We choose what our mission will be. I choose to do it with a smile and with JOY. Rhythm is everything. 

Well family, I have to go. I love you all SO much. Thank you for aways sending letters. I need that support. I am so grateful for all that you are doing and becoming. I love seeing our progress individually and as a family. I love the gospel. I know that we are in the only true church. I know that we are led by living prophets. I know that we will be able to have an eternal family. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it contains the fullness of the gospel. I know that Jesus lives. I know that we are children of God. I love you all so much. Keep up with the OLA. Prayers, Book of Mormon, and Attending church. Simple, but critical. 

Hermana Shelley

Monday, November 12, 2012


Dear Family,

This is going to be a short one. We are in Capital doing my paperwork and I want to show Hermana Salazar around and we have about 3 hours to see EVERYTHING!!! haha. Also, we are going to meet up with Hermana Malhue and her comp and Hermana Dunn and her comp. FUN!  Note on the paperwork... pray for it! haha. I went south so soon in the mission that I don`t have anything done and I have to do what you usually do in 8 months in 1... they say it will all be fine. I just have to pay a bunch of fees and stuff. They gave me a paper today that says that if it doesn`t go through I am still allowed to leave the country. haha. 

Marcela and Jonas were baptized on Saturday and confirmed on Sunday. Man, was it ever one powerful baptism! I am so proud of them and all that they are doing and for who they are. I was really emotional in the baptism as I saw the joy in their eyes. Their whole family was there, and that was really special. Iara and Matìas, the other kids, also went to the confirmation on Sunday and we are going to have a Family Home Evening tonight to help them start progressing all together. It should be really great! Marìa, Marcela`s sister also went to the baptism and the confirmation and felt the Spirit really strongly. She cried through the whole thing. Marcela told us that she went home and put on face book that she had never experienced something as beautiful as what she experienced that day. So great! We are hoping that she too will start progressing. She just went through a pretty nasty divorce and is a little bitter, but the gospel is exactly what she needs! She is living with Marcela now, so she will have a great influence.

The Spring Fling went really well! Everyone had an amazing time and there was a great number in attendance. More details later. Now, I am on to the next big project. I am planning and preparing a musical fireside for Christmas. It should be pretty powerful. Note on that, please get in my music files in the Christmas drawer and find "Breath of Heaven." Then if Dad could scan it and send it to me, that would be great! Also, if you could google "Lyrics to Breath of Heaven in Spanish" that would also be a big help. I translated it, but the rhyming is weird and I want to see if there is an official translation. Thank you! 

Hermana Salazar is doing well! She has really broken out of her routine. It was hard for her, and after lots of practices and a few tears, she is starting to teach from the heart and not just the things she has memorized. We are really beginning to enjoy each other. I was feeling really lonely the other day, because she is VERY quiet and it was like pulling teeth to get her to say two words to me... well, in my night prayers, I felt that I just really needed to serve her and when I woke up the next morning, I just served way more than usual. After about 3 days, she really started opening up. The activity was the icing on the cake because it was just a lot of fun and she could not be so tense. We are doing much better. 

Family, I love you all SOO much! I love this work. I love the gospel. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that this is His Church. I know that we must help the whole world to receive the restored gospel. 

Love you!
Hermana Shelley

Monday, November 5, 2012


Dearest Family,

I can´t believe that we are in NOVEMBER!!!!! Where is the time going??? haha. I guess it has to be that way. I am learning to accept the Lord´s timing in all things. Hard, but good. 

We had a great week! My new companion is fantastic. She is Hermana Salazar from Honduras! So fun! Her accent is SOOOO different, and it took me a good 2 days to get used to it and be able to understand her. haha. But now, we are good. There are still some things that I don´t understand, because there are a lot of words that are different, but she explains it to me, and I understand and then I teach her the Argentine version. haha. For example, here, "strawberry" is "frutilla" and in Honduras it is "fresa." haha. So I am now learning Honurean. She is really great. She is 22, a convert of 5 years and one of only 2 members in her family of 13 brothers and sisters! She was baptized when she was 17 but started going to church as a girl. She had to wait to get baptized because her mom didn´t give permission. Her other sister who is a member is also in the mission, in Mexico. Hermana Salazar has been waiting for her visa for 4 months, and in 3 of those, she did a mini mission in Hondurus, so she already learned a lot. Makes my job a lot easier! haha. She has a ton of scriptures and things from Preach My Gospel memorized, so now we are just working on making it her own and following the Spirit. She is really fantastic and I know that we will work really well together. I miss Hermana Hualpa a lot... we became such good friends and we really taught with a lot of unity. But I know that she is really needed in Tigre and I need to be here so it is all good. The really fun part is that we are now all in the same district, so I will see her often! And Hermana Hill!!! Great things!

The work is going well. We had an amazing experience with Marcela. She was having a TON of doubts... really, just putting a lot of excuses. She told us that she thought her baptism as a child was good, that she thought there were a lot of rules, etc. We weren´t worried, because we have been with her and seen her true conversion. She has really had her own personal "sacred grove" experiences, and she knows that what we are teaching is true. She has felt the Atonement in her life. Satan was working hard, but we knew that the Lord was working harder. Well, Saturday, she was especially upset. Her son had said that she was different now that she has started going to church and that he didn´t like it. We showed up at the exact right time and were able to help her through it and through questions that help her recognize her conversion, she was able to see that she really does have a testimony, but still said that she didn´t think she wanted to be baptized. We committed her to go to church on Sunday, promising that she would receive a definite answer. She agreed. She and Jonas showed up nice and early and really enjoyed it. She agreed to go home and pray. We tried to see her that night, but she had gone to her Mom´s house. This morning, we went for a lesson and she started to tell us of the experience she had last night. She said that Jonas came into her room and started crying and said "Mom, I want to be baptized, but I don´t want to do it without you." She said that really hit her and she started thinking more seriously and they had a good talk. He went off to bed and she tried to sleep too, but just couldn´t. She said that at 2AM she decided that she had to make a decision. She went into the living room and took her Book of Mormon. She knelt down and said a prayer, asking Heavenly Father to guide her and tell her what she was supposed to do. She then opened the Book of Mormon. The page fell to Alma 42, the end of Alma´s talk with Corianton. She began reading in verse 18 and when she got to 27, she said she felt that God was speaking to her. It talks about how no one is obligated to come unto Christ, but that we must all choose. Then, in 28 and 29 it talks about giving up your sins and repenting. And verse 30 talks about leaving behind excuses. She said that she felt a great burden lifted from her. That she realized that she DOES have sins and must be baptized. She said that she recognized in that moment that she had just been making excuses and that she really did NEED to be baptized. It was such a powerful moment. She was crying, I was crying, Hermana Salazar was beaming. It was all just so great. She has truly had her own personal conversion experiences. She and Jonas will be baptized this weekend. 

Rosana, the Mom of the Suarez kids is doing great! She wants to be baptized so badly. She has been looking for work that is just Monday to Saturday, and we think that she has found one! She has to wait to hear officially, but please pray for her. 

Aidee is a new investigator that we found this week who is really doing great! She is not married, so she can´t be baptized until she and her "husband" get officially married, but she is really enjoying the lessons and had a great experience in church yesterday. We only see her once a week since she can´t really progress a lot right now, but it will all work out. 

Augustin is a young man who has been coming to church with his friends, and he is really loving church. He has been two times now. We haven´t been able to teach him very much because he goes to school and then going to soccer practice and then goes to his mom´s house (he lives with his dad and visits the mom in the evenings). But we have set an appointment up with him, and we will see how it turns out. 

I love you all so much! I love this work. Being a missionary is the best. I can´t believe how very blessed we are! Well, I can believe it... because this is the Lord´s work. When we do it in His way, we receive His blessings. I truly do love seeing the miracles that we get to see each and every day. I love seeing the Atonement work in the lives of the people that we are teaching and see how they are growing and changing. I love to see the changes in my own personal life. I am a different person than I was 16 months ago. The Atonement is real and it truly makes us who the Lord needs us to be. 

I love you all!!!
Hermana Shelley

pictures: 1.New companion Hermana Salazar
              2.Pasta Frola (before it was baked)
              3. Kailei's birthday cake
              4. Menezes family