Monday, August 22, 2016

August 22, 2016

Hola familia!!  

This week has been really great!! 

In our zone we have been working afulaso(a lot/so hard)!! We had 959 contacts 47 new investigators and 21 investigators in the church in one week! We have ten companionships in our zone. We are leading the mission by far and we can really see a difference in our areas! We were super excited! Hermana Harpole and I had to plan a zone activity and it turned out super well!! We did minute to win it games! Then at the end w did toilet paper dress up with the zone leaders and played ultimate Frisbee! It was a blast and everyone seemed to like it!  

I can't remember if I mentioned this last week, but we found a new family to teach. The thing about Uruguay is that NO ONE is married so of course this cute little family is not married. Well we had our second charla(lesson) with them this week and in the first charla the dad said that he didn't believe in marriage, right? So when we had our second charla we invited them to be baptized and they said they had already talked about it and that they wanted to be baptized. So I explained what the requisites(requirements) were and they said okay we will get married then. Just like that! Then they came to church on Sunday and stayed for al three hours!! Talk about miracles right!! 

Also, Antonio received the Aaronic priesthood on Sunday and he was soooo happy!  

Another fun adventure that happened this week is that my companion and I got lost in the middle of Montevideo at six in the morning this week! We had intercambios (Kim here...exchanges-this is where they change companions for the day) in another area with our sister training leaders and I didn't know how to get back. Well they told me any bus going to Montevideo would end at the bus terminal and from there I knew how to get home...Well it turns out that was a lie. But we were able to find our way to another bus terminal and get home. I was actually quite impressed that I knew enough about Montevideo to know what to ask and how to get there!! The mission is always an adventure to say the least!  

So that is about all that I have for you this week! I have just really enjoyed working with the members and talking to EVERYONE! My comp and I did 81 contacts this week and we have sooo many charlas lined up! We are just flooding the earth with the gospel, I guess you could say!! But I love you all very much and I hope you all have a great week! 


Hermana Rich
Hermana Rich in Meronas

Zone Activity

More zone activity fun

Hermana Rich & Harpole

Hermanas Peay, Rich, Harpole and Paul

Hermana Rich & Harpole

Monday, August 15, 2016

August 15, 2016

Hello Family!! 
This week has been full of some fun adventures!! It started out with a letter from my mission president asking if I thought that it was safe to have hermanas in our area because of some things that have been going on. He wanted to put elders in last week but after a few phone calls and letters we were able to make a deal! We get to stay in our area as long as we have a memeber with us every where we go and we do our studies in the night!! I was really grateful because we have sooo much progress in our area! We had a baptism this week and we fouind 4 new investigators!!  
Yesterday one of our investigators dropped us and I was really feeling a little stressed because we don't have anymore investigators that are progressing. So we said a prayer right there in the middle of the street that the Lord woudl help us find at least one new investigator. Well after knocking on doors for about 45 minutes no one wanted to listen to us. But we felt impressed to talk to a couple doing laundry outside. So we went over and they invited us in to have a lesson!! They are a cute little family with two little kids! They said they want to start going to church and are so grateful that God put us in their lives!! Crazy right? It was really a testimony builder for me that this is really the Lord's work and that he really is preparing people for us! 
Speaking of preparing people, Antonio got baptized this week!! It was a great baptism and in his testimony he even quoted scriptures from the Book of Mormon! A great ending to a contact no? He was literally the last contact before we went in for the night and the first thing he told us is that he would never go to a church!! I was sooo excited for him!!  
So this week I have started reading the Book of Mormon only in Spanish! I tried doing it at the beginning of my mission and I really didn't feel like I was getting a whole lot out of it scripture wise because of the language barrier but now I am learning so much because I understand but have to pay attention to every single word! It made me think about how I am really studying the scriptures. I think sometimes we take for granted the tools that the Lord has given us. If we aren't really reading and meditating we aren't going to get anything out of it. Meditation really is key! Just look at Nephi when he had his own tree of life vision he was sitting and meditating what his dad had told him and that is when the spirit taught him! (1 Nephi 11:1). 
So my challenge to you all is to think in what way you can better your scriptures studies. I promise as you do so you will learn so much more and feel the scriptures come to life in your life! The Book of Mormon was written for us in these times! I love you all and I hope you have a fantastic week full of miracles!! 
Hermana Rich
Hermana Rich

Liliana and Hermana Rich making milanesas

Hermana Rich and her homemade milanesas.  She loves them!

Hermana Harpole and Hermana Rich at Temple Conference

Sunday, August 14, 2016

August 8, 2016

FINALLY!!!!  We got pictures this week!  I'm so grateful for things that I took for granted before, like pictures!  Mackenzie has been  busy and had a great week!  Thank you to all of you for checking in to see what she is doing!  Love you all and have a wonderful week!
Hello everyone!! It is crazy to think another week has come and gone!! We have had a crazy week! We have been working really hard and as a result we found three new investigators!! 

Something else exciting is that Pokemon Go has finally come to Uruguay and is every where! We had to kick a stranger off the church grounds during a charla(lesson) because he was searching for Pokemon! It was really awkward, not going to lie! But it was pretty funny too!  

I had my cumplimes this past week, 8 months!!(This means she hit her 8 month mark.  In the mission it is like a birthday) We had lunch with the familia Echaves and they made me asado with vegetables and apple cake!! It is my favorite food here and it was sooo good! Then one of the sons drew me a picture of the LA temple! It was a really good cumpli mes! 

This week was also full of miracles! We have been working with Antonio for three months now and he had always had doubts about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. Well two days ago I asked him how he felt and he sat there for a little bit and then told us that he knows it is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God!! The next day we asked about tithing, something we have been fighting with, and he says he is going to pay it because he knows it is the right thing to do. MIRACLES!! He is getting baptised on Saturday and I am soooooo excited for him!  

He really made me have a testimony in the Lord's timing. He had listened to missionaries before and had even lived next to the temple before but never wanted anything. And with the Lord doing his part he is going to make an eternal promise with God and receive all of these blessings that He wants to give him! 

I want you to know that I know this gospel is true and that Heavenly Father loves us! The Book of Mormon is true and is a map for how we should live our lives. I love you all and I hope you have a great week! 


Hermana Rich


Wednesday, August 3, 2016

August 1, 2016

Kim here....Another week of no pictures!!!!!!!!!  Such a bummer!  Hopefully we can get it rectified soon!  But here is this week's email.  Thanks for reading the blog and have a wonderful week!
Hello Everyone!!
So this week has been full of rain, miracles, and the temple!!
This week we received a red alert with the weather. That means that we can't go out and work because it is wayyy too dangerous. We got soaked on the way home...I mean completely soaked which then led to the flu. It was great!
One of the greatest miracles this week was Antonio. He had a disagreement with our ward mission leader in Sunday school last week and left church early. Well when we stopped by on Monday and he told us that when he left the church building he told himself he was never going back. But then he started to pray and he kept praying until he felt better again! He said he prayed all the rest of the day. Then on Sunday one of the speakers shared an experience from their baptism and he came up to us after church and said he wanted to know how his baptism program would go so he could be prepared!! It was so great! We also had our convert's dad start listening to the charlas(lessons) with his wife this week as well as the sons of one of our investigators! They are two great families and we are so excited!
This week I have really learned to trust in the Lord's plan because He knows so much better than we do. For example, on our way to the temple today Hermana Peay forgot her temple recommend so her and I ran back to get it. Well when we got back to the house we realized we had left the stove on and for some reason there was only gas leaving from it. Really, the Lord's plan is perfect and there are not coincidences. He loves us so much that he plans every single detail for us. I hope you can all try and see the bigger picture a little bit more and see the Lord's hand in your lives. Like Proverbs 3.5-6 trust in the Lord and lean not unto thine own understanding!
I love you all and I hope you have a great week!
Hermana Rich