It has been another interesting week here in Argentina!!
So we found a new investigator, Cintia, Monday night and she is way good. We taught her an over view of the restoration and it was a really good lesson and the Spirit was definitely there. Cintia was saying how she really wants to pray and find out for herself if it is true, so we have another lesson with her tonight we're praying that she has recieved her answer!!
So Tuesday morning we traveled all the way to Adrogue (which is a good 4 hour journey) because I needed to do some paper work for my visa, So it was actually a really FUN week up with civilization haha:) We stayed with the sisters up there who were way cool and we worked in their area for those three days as well. The city is night and day different than Las Flores! I LOVED it!! It was SOO fun, it was so much more busy and full of life. etc. To get around we had to take these collectivos (buses) in which I got realllly carsick haha but thats ok! The members there are awesome too. We got fed some niiiiicccce lunches and deserts, I was in heaven:) The mission offices are in Adrogue also, so it was fun going there as well and being in the middle of everything & not on the complete outside hahaha as much. But as much as I loved the city and how fun it was, I really do love Las Flores more and more. Its just so dang cute with all of its cute little old people, and flowers, and stores and streets. I am very grateful to be here and am enjoying it more and more each day.
OK so because we were in Adrogue for practically the whole week (Tuesday-Friday), Hermana Small and I took a suitcase right....WELL on our way back on Friday, the bus broke down hahaha so we had to change buses. BUENO low and behold, when we return to Las Flores, our suitcase wasn't there!! with ALL OF OUR STUFF!! im talking a butt load of clothes (the sisters apartment in Adrogue actually had a washer machine so we took ALL of our clothes to wash) make up, money, gifts, shoes, EVERYTHING was in our suit case!! They apparently had left it on the bus or something like that (hmmmm) LONG story short, it was supposed to arrive today (3 days later) but of course it didnt!! So we're praying SOOO hard it comes tomorrow!! and that nothing is stolen! so prayers are REALLY welcomed right now please:)) haha.
uuumm other than that, we had a bunch of "menos activos" (less active members) at church again yesterday so that was exciting!! we're really trying to focus on reactivating families here (practically the whole city of Las Flores are innactive memebrs of the church haha) and really strengthening the branch.
Well I love you all! hold on to the faith!! Ahh i read the BEST talk from the April conference 2015 called "Your Four Minutes" or something like that this morming. SOO good everyone go look it up!! It talks about how short life is and how we need to make the best of it and try the hardest we can to return back to the presence of God, and how this life is the time to do it!! We've spent milllionns of years before this life preparing for our life on earth to live the best we can and reurn to live with God again. So we need to make the best of our short time here on earth and make good decisions, & when we fail (because we will at times!) to repent, so we can live with God and our families forever!
I love you all!! xoxoxo
some of our convo! Our connection was TERRIBLE today;/ Her server was delayed, but she's doing great despite loosing something like 70% of her summer clothes & all that!
ME:) I'm sooooo upset!! Rio we are getting your emails way delayed!! I hope u will get ours even if it's delayed!!! I'm so upset! R u ok ? I was dreaming about u that's why I woke up! I heard you call me MOM!!! MOM!!! & I woke up in a panick cuz I didn't realize I was dreaming! I literally heard you call me! Email me more than mom! Cuz ur emails r delayed big time! This stinks!!!!!
Rio:) reply back women!!!!
Rio:) ok well, i miss you guys. it's been a good week. Im realllly stresseed about the luggage. please pray that it comes tomorrow and everything is in there. it had all of our garments in it, It has the quest bars you sent me! SOOOO much stuff;(( i love all the pictures, i hope you guys get on before i have to get off, so sad!
ME:) Nooooo I'm so sad! Hope you're ok! Hope you didn't die in the heat! Love you & miss you so much I hope you're getting at least one of our emails!
Rio:) But it's ok don't stress about it. i am not recieveing anything but its ok. This week was better minus the luggage;( my spanish is a lot better im really excited to talk with you in Spanish! i got the Quest bars soo good, but their in the suit case so i hope they're still there. the weather hasn't been too bad either so thats nice. hermana small and i are getting along really good. we got a new set of sisters in our district im really excited, one is from that area i was at this week she is really nice. her mom is a flight atendant so she sees her everynow and then and she brings her stuff. her name is hermana dunlop. and the other one is from Spain. i love all the pics of the week too. i wish i could chat with you, buit its ok.
ok i have to get off. i love you guys! have a good week! and try and call someone to figure this out so it doesnt happen next time )))): love you and pray for my suit case!!!!
TENDER MERCY <3 SO this is hermana Shepard's mom:) I wanted to add a little something to this blogpost. Today was tough, not being able to communicate @ all, I was worried that she would worry about us since nobody in our family could get thru to her...really odd. Not to mention this lost luggage stressed me out since I am not able to send her ANY packages, I mean NADA;/ It won't get to her, & in the even it actually does reach her, customs will charge a crazy fee to pick up, so it's just not worth it (so sad) so even w/all this, I did feel a peace quickly come over me, IK she's doing good, she is safe & is happy, & that's all I can ask for, right:)?!
Well....the Lord truly knows us & loves us. I had a special thing happen....I had just left the mail store, I just sent her a card w/a few pix like she asked me to do, feeling sad that I can't send her anything really than that, & I opened my messenger on FB & out of nowhere I saw a "spam" message from someone I didn't know, so I clicked on it & accepted it & it was originally sent to me back in early Nov. 2015.... well it was form a lady who provides an amazing service, she takes packages to Argentina & other south American countries to Missionaries from their families as pure service! No extra fees, you just pay the fee that is required for that package weight! & she is making another trip in mid February! This was NO "coincidence" that today I received this hidden message <3
The Lord showed me that He really does know me, He really does Know Rio, most likely Rio will not receive her luggage, I will pray for her to get it, but realistically it won't get to her;( & If it does, GREAT! But in the event that it doesn't. we have a HUGE solution & I will be able to send her things she has lost:)
This has strengthened my testimony that our Father in Heaven knows us & answers prayers, & good can come out of something not so good <3
That's all:) XX
Hermana Rio Savana Shepard
Buenos Aires South Mission