Feliz Navidad & happy New years everybody!! What a week. I seriously feel like ive been here for YEARS. SO Tuesday morning we had a zone activity in Monte Grande which is a solid 3 hour bus ride, so we had to get up at the butt crack of dawn as usual. So we wake up to a full on lightening and thunderstorm. Like im talking lightening every TWO seconds!!! If you know me, then you would know I actually thought I was going to DIE haha. So we turn over to say our morning prayers and the lights go OUT. and now I REALLY think I am dying haha. all of the sudden we hear water in the kitchen, so we go and there is water coming through the light in our kitchen... 2 seconds later and it is LITERALLY RAINING in our kitchen!!! The whole ceiling was competely drenched. I ran to get my carry on bag and started shoving EVERYTHING I owned in it thinking the whole pension would be ruined hahaha, my companion was lookng at me like I was crazy lol. Ok so at this point there is an OCEAN in our kitchen and a river flowing down our marble stairs. In the midst of all of this, our bus drives by honks & then drives away haha I was dying. Luckily we got the elders to make it turn around and as I'm running down the stairs and out the door sure enough I FALL STRAIGHT ON MY BUTT SO HARD! It was at this point I was thinking to myself what in the world am I doing here, I was in pain hahaah! BUT all is well now:)
We finallly got our gas turned on so now we have hot food and hot water wooo SOOO nice!!
Christmas Eve was a party. We had no dinner appointments so we cooked a nice meal for ourselves, Milanesas & veggies and watched a Disney movie on the floor (we get to watch Disney movies only sometimes & we have no tables or couches) and had a grand time:)
It was soo fun talking to my family on christmas, but hard saying goodbye but that's ok:) Right after we left we felt inspired to visit one of our contacts Carlos. He is this old man with no teeth who we always find sitting on his porch drinking his mate (Argentinian green tea that I've drank my whole life too:) shirtless cuz it's SO hot We ended up teaching him about his purpose on this earth and where his son and grandson are (they have both passed away) and the spirit was SO STRONG. I invited him to be baptized and he said SI:)!! we were sooo stoked. So now we just need to get him to chruch first haha. For some reason going to church is hard for these argentines lol.
So I am pretty much getting used to just be constantly sweating 24/7. there is no AC anyyywhwerre and it is SOOO hot (it's like 90+ & 60% + humidity) I cant even breath but its all good!!
AHH. Just so you guys get the picture of where I am at. I am in a cute town, but lot's of the time I spend my days in the campos, basically it's off the beaten rode places, so I have seen 2 dead dogs, THOUSANDS of dead frogs & bugs & cats pooping wherever they want in the middle of a lesson we are giving and mucho mucho mas haha:) So.... count your many blessings everybody (((:
I hope your'e all doing well!!! I love hearing from some of you guys! Continue reading and praying. Just like it says in 2 nefi 32 - 3 the scriptures have ALL the answers for us!! The Book of Mormon has brought me SOOOOO much peace over the past few weeks.
I love you all!
Some of our brief Convo w/hermana Shepard
Guy:) It's Monday morning around 5:00 am & I can't sleep so I'm just waiting to get up to go to work. It was so good to talk & to see you on Christmas morning, but it left me wanting more of my Zo! This will be the hardest part of your mission, & I promise it will get easier from here on. Just turn your life over to the Lord & rely on him 100% & you will succeed.
Rio:) This made me feel so much better G!!!! best friends for LIFE! I'm doing a lot better! How are you???
Guy:) So glad!!! That was the HARDEST thing ever talking to you then having to say goodbye for 5 months! Are you doing good? Tell me everything!
Rio:) YES, I am good!! We have bikes now so my legs are going to get in shape real fast! I did T25 this morning, it's SUCH a blessing I can workout before I start my day, it changes my mornings around every time. I usually wake up really homesick, but after my morning prayer & my workout, I am ready to study & work & I feel so much better, total blessing!
Guy:) Do you & your comp speak spanish or english together?
Rio:) Both, we need to speak more spanish for sure though. I really want to be totally fluent G it's just hard cuz its easier in english haha.
Guy:) Boo I love you so much! Do you like Argentina??
Rio:) Yes I DO!!! I loooooooove walking down the dirt roads right before the sun goes down. It's soo pretty and everyone is outside in from of their houses and are friendly. It really is an awesome experience when it's NOT 100 degrees lol
Guy:) This made me tear up! Youre amazing Zo, enjoying the journey, the blessings we are receiving are amazing.
Mom:) so tell me, do you like your comp? Do you guys get along???
Rio:) yes she's nice & a good missionary. The only thing is when we have downtime or like @ lunch she wants to talk & get to know me better, But she doesn't understand that I NEED my NAPS to function lol
Mom:) LOL that's actually funny sorry! You DO need your siesta time! Just reminder her that you have Argentinian blood & your dads side are all big nappers too lol:)
Rio:) Ahhhh I love all these pictures of Christmas mom! You guys look so good looks like soooo much fun!
Mom:) Well it was fun but we missed you;( But it wasn't fun that like 40% of our family got SOOOO sick w/that stomach bug lol!!! It was like an epidemic!!!
Rio:) Ahhhhhhhh!!! I just read that! Sorry but thats kind of hilarious hahaha!
Rio:) Ok I have to get off. I LOVE YOU ALL! Bestie for LIFE! Keep praying for your home girls por favor! I miss you guys BUT I got this! I LOVE you!
Mom:) Love you SO MUCH! BESOS! You CAN do this hermanita Shepard! Can't wait for NEXT Monday already!
Hermana Rio Savana Shepard
Buenos Aires South Mission