Monday, October 25, 2010

rafaela week 12 - oct 25

Hola mis padres!

Hey. So guess what! I'm still in Rafaela! Hna. Hansen got transferred, which was sad, i really love that girl. My new comp. Is Hna. Garcia! She is from Paraguay! She is so rad. Super sweet, and is so funny too. so far we've had a lot of fun together. It really is a blessing from the Lord too, because i need help with my spanish. But she said my pronunciation is really good! And i understand most what she says, but i can see improvement already with the language. It's really good for me too because i'm at a point where i can communicate with her enough to ask how to say something, or if i don't understand she can explain it to me.

So…Oscar was baptized! Oh my goodness! It was such a miracle. He went to the hospital just a few days before and i was just praying that he would be feel better and have good health for Saturday. And the Lord answered our prayers! We had a few of the men in our ward help him out, and it went really well. Oscar said that when he was in the water he didn't feel any pain in his legs, which was a blessing for him. We also had the baptism of Gianella! She is 9 years old…her family has been less active, but she has had a good influence on her family and they have been coming to church. Her grandpa was able to baptize her. The spirit was really strong. She is such a sweet little girl! Now we need to continue teaching them because the work is not done. Especially Oscar, because we went to his house after his baptism (with my new comp.) she said that he cusses a lot. Which i never knew because i can't tell the difference!…so we're going to teach him about keeping his words clean.

I can't believe luke is coming home! Thanks for sending me his last letter! When he was talking about the whole NOE thing, we totally do the same thing, but with OLA. Because in spanish OLA is a wave. And we say that you have to ride the wave until you get to the island (eternal life). The O is for pray…the L is for leer…to read…and the A is for Asisiter the iglesia…attend church. And we tell them that there is a shark, which is satan, and that the shark will eat them if they don't ride the OLA. I love teaching this though, because it is so true…these are the things we have to do always. This is how we persevere to the end. When familias or people are struggling, we ask them if they are doing these three things…along with Family home evening. And they usually say no. And this is why they are struggling. There will always be trials, but if we continue to do these things the Lord will bless us and help us. I know that.

Oh man. I love this church so much! I love the gospel of Jesus christ. I gave a talk in church yesterday, and bore my testimony at the end, and before i could say anything i just started to cry. I know this is the Lord's true church, again established on the Earth. I am so grateful to be a member, and am so grateful for this opportunity that i have to be a missionary! I am so glad i came out on a mission. It blesses my life everyday.

I have to go. I will send pics next week. Know that i love you all, and am so very grateful for your love. Until next week.

Todo mi amor,

Hna. amundsen

rafaela week 11 - oct 18

HAPPY MOTHER´s DAY! It was mother´s day here on Sunday (it's spring here)...but i thought i should just tell you that i love you mom. A lot a lot.. Thanks for all you do.

This week is kinda crazy. So we found out last night that we aren't having transfers until Friday! So i have no idea where i am going!!! But what can ya's kinda weird. Anyway, thanks for your letters. Glad you liked the pics. Some of them didn't send through, so i'll have to send a few more soon. i know how to do it now. I hope all is well for the wedding too! How exciting! Rain pics turn out pretty cool...that´s the bright side.

Well. We have 2 baptisms this sat! And we should have 4 more coming up in the next couple weeks too! This week we have Oscar (finally! We are praying he will have good health this weekend) and also Gianella. She is 9, her family is less active, but they have been coming to church and we have been teaching her. Then we've got Marta and Luis...Lucas Franco (the dad of Guillermo, our lider misional)...and then Mateo!! We had an awesome lesson with Mateo yesterday, he is going to quit smoking!! We´ve gotta help him, but he wants to be baptized. I hope he will set the example for his brother and sister and mom. We gotta baptize this family!!

This week i feel like i learned an important lesson. I learned the importance of edifying the saints. There is always work to be done, and no matter how great you think someone is doing, they could always use a visit, a spiritual thought, a friend, or a smile.We all need to feel loved....We have the Familia Andereggen. They are recent converts that were baptized earlier this year. They are awesome...Hector, the hippie with the long flowy hair, is the father of this family. Gotta love them. They are awesome members. Super strong, always trying to help, they are poor, and even when they are struggling they give. We go visit them probably once a week or every other week. But we just found out that they have not had the lessons over again after their baptism, so we now have the assignment to do that. But the other day we went over there just to ask a question and we ended up having a whole lesson with them. Turns out that they are not doing as well as they appear. They too need strengthening and upliftng and encouragement. They give but don't feel like they receive. So we talked to them about that and promised to pass by them more. I can't explain what really happened. It was a great experience for me though. Lots of tears were shed, because when the people you love are in pain, it hurts. But i learned the importance once again, of edifying the saints, and how important it is that each one of us do our duty. That we help eachother out, and that we all need to be strengthened.

Also, this week we are a trio. Hna. Contrera's companion went home yesterday (finished the mission) so she has been with us, and will be with us til transfers. She's from chile so we've been speaking quite a bit more spanish in the pench. It's been good for me. I decided that i want my next comp to be a latin.

Anyway. I love you guys! Thanks for all you do. I guess you'll be hearing about where i go next week! Until then...

Todo mi amor.
Hna. amundsen

Monday, October 18, 2010


love the rain

with President and Sister Villalba

sweet pench

with scorpions!

Hna Hansen, Ruben, and me

a great day!

Hna Hansen and me

rafaela week 10 - oct 12

Hola Mi Familia!

Thanks for sending the love my way padres. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD! Yesterday…i know. It was a Holiday here yesterday and everything was closed, so i'm writing today. Also…next week is transfers, so i will be writing Tuesday i believe. But i hope you had a good time, have fun with your new surfboard. don't break it.

Well i'm scared. I don't want to get transferred!!! I'm beginning to really fall in love with the people here in Rafaela. and plus, we have a few baptisms coming up. And i just gotta be here! I can't tell you how much i love our ward here. They have totally grown on me. And Marta and Luis are totally a part of the ward already. You should have seen everyone yesterday. There was this big ward activity at a park, and everyone was playing soccer…we couldn't play because it's a rule, but we watched and it was just as entertaining. Ruben was the ref, and he kept pulling yellow and red cards out on people and making jokes along the sidelines. Then you've got Hector…a recent convert that has long hippie hair, and a bandana around his head, and everytime he goes for the ball he dives and does rolls on the ground. Then we've got Guillermo, who really plays soccer, and he's doing all sorts of tricks and what not. It was so funny. Never a dull moment. I think i laughed the whole duration of the game.

But anyway. This last week we had the Pres. and his wife come to our pench to do interviews. That was really cool, he is totally inspired and just told us what we needed to hear. Me and and Hna. Hansen were like, “can he come every week for interviews?” And this week we really tried to put all our focus on the work. We tried to not talk about family, friends, or home, but to really live in the here and the now and focus on the people here. It's hard, but we are seeing blessings.

So i'm super stoked about one of our investigators…there is this guy in our ward named Miguel Lacroix. He is the only member in his family. He's married with 3 kids, the oldest is 19. Miguel joined the church about 3 years ago and has been and awesome member. But his family doesn't have any desire to join. But anyway, Miguel kept telling us to go by his oldest son Mateo. So we did. We went by a few times, but he was not there, and one time he was riding out on his bike with a cigarette in hand. Anyway…it's been hard for us to find Mateo, and he lives really far away, so it's been hard to find time to go out to their house a lot. But me and Hna. Hansen felt like we should keep trying. And about 2 weeks ago we passed by and Mateo was outside washing his dad's motorcycle. So i asked if we could help. Normally people say no. But he looked at me, handed me some stuff and i got to work. I was stoked! Because this was the perfect opportunity. So we chatted as we cleaned. He is really shy, but we told him who we were and asked if we could come by and talk to him sometime. And he said ya!

Anyway…we've taught him 3 times so far. We had lunch with their family…(the mom likes us and invited us! She said she's only invited one other set of missionaries over before), and Mateo came to the activity with us yesterday! He is so rad. He does smoke, so we gotta work with that. But he is really listening, praying and reading what we leave him. And he said he is already seeing the changes in his life! His dad is way stoked for him…i am too! He really is such a good kid. We are excited for him!!

But ya. I love missionary work! It's so rewarding! Also…i guess my trainer Brianna Redfern has a bunch of pics of me on her Facebook, maybe you can check it out. Have you sent my christmas Package yet? I need a couple things, but you can send them separately. I need super blue!, some really Strong bug repellent (i get bit while i sleep), and then i need some knee straps…remember how i used to wear straps under my knees when i run? Well, i kinda need some cuz my knees get sore from running in the morning. I tried making some but they don't really work.

Well, i have to go! I love you guys so much! I'm healthy, still not understanding what the heck people say here, but i'm loving it anyways! Until next week. Enjoy the Pictures! Let me know if you have questions.

Todo mi amor,

hna. amundsen

rafaela week 9 - oct 4

¡Hola Familia!
Well, i loved conference, the parts that i heard at least. we got to listen to sat morning in i didn't really understand any of that..couldn't go to sat. afternoon....and then we listened to almost all of sunday morning and afternoon conference in english! that was a treat. the elders some how figured it out and we all watched it in another room. But ya, i still have part of sunday and all of saturday to read in the Liahona, i´m excited! I love reading those. I find old ones in our pench and read them a lot for personal study. But ya, i definitely thought of conference at home, watching it together in our pjs, i kinda missed that. But how fun mom, that you got to go. what a treat!

This week in Rafaela...well, we found a couple scorpions in our pench. haha, that was fun. They weren't very big, and one of them was already dead. but this was the first time i have seen them. i hope they're not too poisonous. we'll be careful;) well, i'm so stoked for a couple of our investigadors! Marta and Luis accepted a baptismal date! they are going to get married and then baptized! they are so prepared, holy smokes, we do nothing, they are just so ready. it just show's that there are people out there that are prepared. they keep all their commitments, and want to live the laws and commandments. the ward already loves them. I feel like they are members already. they have 2 kids. Priscilla is 7 and Martin is 4 months. They are going to be so great, their baptism is the 23rd of October!

Also, Ruben is changing! for the better. he cut his hair and looks a little sharper, they came to conference this week and loved it! Ruben came to teach another one of our investigadors with us, so now he's helping us spread the gospel! and he even offered to pick them up for church! He is now volunteering to pray, when before we always had to ask him. It is so great! i think we baptized a good one!! And our ward is starting to pick up the pace. I am seeing changes in this ward! One of our members even noted it and thanked us. it's not us, that's for sure. sometimes i feel so unworthy of the blessings Heavenly Father gives us. But i think our ward is starting to come together because they have seen Ruben's change, and the success we have had with Marta and Luis who were a reference from a member, and now we have ward mission leader who is so strong, and we are getting more people to come and teach with us! and one of the members offered to do our laundry!!!! which means i have like 2 more hours on p-day to actually write letters instead of washing my clothes by hand! Why is the Lord blessing us. I don't even feel like i'm being obedient sometimes. We get out of our pench late in the mornings, we didn't run every day this week, we had an appointment with an investigador that was over an hour long (against the rules). these are the rules that we try to keep but aren't always exact on...these are the hard rules to keep. But i think the Lord sees that we are trying and He blesses us.

Well. ya. i don't know what else to say. The Gospel is real. It is so great to have a living prophet on the earth today. The gospel is living, not dead. thanks for your prayers. there are definitely days i struggle to stay focused and give it my all, so i thank you for your love and support. have i told you guys how much i love you? because i really do, a lot a alot a lot. i´m really grateful for you guys, for parents who gave me the greatest gift, the gospel! i hope you are all well. Kris, i was amazed at BYU why there were so many good looking guys but never in my ward either, just keep looking. Keep going strong with school Jules, high school only comes once. Jodi, stay away from the boys, you still have 9 more months before you are 16. Sarah, make and keep good friends,they are the best. and most importantly, seek the guidance of the Lord in all that you do. mom and dad, apply what you have just learned, love eachother, support eachother, and be continue to be good examples for your kids.
until next week,