Hello everybody! its been a great week! So we ended up not getting our suitcase until Wednesday L O L. I was a pretty big stress case there for a few days, but its all good now!! SUCH a miracle we got it back and nothing was stolen!! Such a BLESSING!
So we had contacted this girl a month or so ago named Vanina, who happened to be good friends with one of the girls in our ward, Vicky. and so long story short we've met with her a few times now, but they've been super crazy, distracting circumstances, with her crying babies, lawn mowing going on... etc. but she is just the cutest thing ever. she LOVES english so we try and talk to her in english haha and she is just sooooo loving and is always saying she doesnt want us to leave Las Flores and how nice we are and just ahhhhh i love her. So all she really knows about the church is that we believe that we can be with our families forever, not just in this life, and she is soo fasciniated with this. So we finally were able to have a regular lesson with her a few days ago with her mom and friend as well, and it went SOO good. it is just crazy how the Lord is literally preparing these poeple!! We read in Moroni 10 with her and she was sooo receptive to everything we were teaching her and the spirit was so strong. Her mom, who in the past had skipped out on our lessons but it supppper loving too, and calls us mi amor which is the most rewarding thing ever LOL, was really intensely listening and agreed to reading and praying about hour message. We also commited Vanina to being baptized the 5 of march we are STOKEDDD;)) buuut we a just found out that she's not married to her "marido", sooo she's going to have to first get married.... which is tough. But its ok!! we have a lot of faith in her and are sooo excited.
So the great grandma of Santiago, (the young boy who was baptized a couple of weeks ago:) who's name is Negrita (I think it's a nickname:) invited us to her birthday party this week haha it was soo dang CUTE. she was in her cute curlers and night gown cooking the asada herself I was dying!!! ahh I really do just LOVE the people here, they are the best!
I love you all and miss you!!! have a good week!
PS thank you for all those who prayed for us to get our suitcase!! I know it helped!
Hermana Rio Savana Shepard
Buenos Aires South Mission
A little bit of our convo w/hermana Shepard:)
Rio:) I''m good!! its been a great week!!! im really starting to enjoy it. i am SOO EXCITED For my packages!!! PLEASE send me a BUNCH of almond butter and stuff like that from the states, i tried making my own but it didnt turn out haha It was a huge mess and kinda gross hahaha
Me:) Isn't it sooooo GREAT! I'm so excited to send u stuff!!! What else besides almond butter:)?!?! Give me a quick list! I'm sending it to Az later this week! That's where they're from:)!!! Have u gotten the tiny package with 2 quest bars I sent u 3 weeks ago? What about the card w/that necklace????
Rio:) ummm in his light pictures PLEASE everyone will LOVE them here!!!! coconut oil maybe, socks!!!! T shirts, OH DARK CHOCOLATE!!! por favor!! And more quest bars!!!
Me:)!Ok good!!! I'm on it;) I'm so happy I can send u stuff! You'll b getting ur 2nd package from Tia Juanita from me by this week!!! So next time u go up to civilization it should b there for u!!
Rio:) and i got the letter with all the pictures and the necklace i LOVE the necklace!!!
Me:) Is it soooo hot?? Tia has been so concerned for u!!!! What's ur cel number? She wants it lol, Maybe u can get permission to call her!!! It would make her year lol:)! She calls me 2-3 xs a week & asks me about you, it's so cute!
Rio:) no the weather has been SOO NICE actually!! so nice!! and i don't think i can have her call me mom haha. give me her number and maybe i can get permission but i dont know. when does she go back to Caseros?? i need to ask president for permission to see her teehee im sooo excited, it would be so special to see tia in Argentina! Oh im sending off a little package of letters and candy for you guys today!!
Me:) Ok I will find it & send it to you!!!! I hope you guys can see each other, she's 88 next month!!! She's amazing! & I cant wait! SO excited to get something from you!!!
Guy:) Hello Boo!!!! So excited to talk with you! It was so hard last week not being able to email chat with you. Im also happy you are starting enjoy your mission more & more! Now that you are getting better at the language I know the people are starting to fall in love with you! Tell me everything?
Rio:) Thanks:) the Lord keeps putting all of these inactive poeple right in our path and we are so exicted to work with them. seriosuly the Lord is working miracles here!! i feel so honored to be here and see them!!! the branch pres told us that that sacrament attendance has sbeen DOUBLED since novemebr!! crazy huh!!
Guy:)That is so awesome about the inactive members!! I knew and know the Lord will use you to do a great work. Is it getting easier and funner to be in Argentina? Do you like it?
Rio:) yes i really am starting to love it! I am starting to really embrace the people and just love them for their sassyness haha and i loooov Las Flores, i want to stay here as long as i can. the branch is really progressing and the members are awesom. i have been enjoying it a lot more! having said that i still have my once a week 2 minute break downs hahaha but thats ok, were wroking on that LOL, but for the most part, i am really happy. i miss you guys a ton & that's kinda hard, but i know the Lord will keep you all safe!! how is sage and sadie??? and Andy and gramps??
Guy:) That is awesome. I think all missionaries go thru that lol! Loving the people is the key. That is crazy you got your luggage back. What a miracle!! Were you surprised you got it?
Rio:) i feel bad, i had a lot of repenting to do for my lack of faith LOL i thought FOR sure that even if we got it all of our stuff would be gone!! SUCH a mircale!!! Total blessing for SURE!!!!
Rio:) MOM ii haev 8 minutes left!!!! WHAT ELSSSE??? Anything else??? oh i have sooo many bug bites mom its insane lol
Me:) Any other last minute thoughts on stuff for you package? So did dad tell u I know where ur room is lol:) I totally have ur cute white apartment on my laptop lol
Rio:) ahh i love it!! soooo funny hahaha. ahh remind me next week to tell you guys about the cute old man that speaks english!! he literally stopped us in the middle of the street to tell us that we just look sooo happy IN ENGLISH it was soo cute but i dont have time to write it. oh and maybe maple syrup in my package too!! 100 percent pure obviously!! NO sugar added poor favor mother!
Me:) how cute, I will! I love u sooo much! SOOOO thankful we were able to communicate even tho it was kinda off still! Have a great week! I miss you so much! & I LOVE you!!!!
Rio:) LOVE YOU!!! BESTIES FOR LIFE!!! tell sadie i love and miss her!!!! gramps and andy too!!! I was able to email Sage a few minutes ago!