Sunday, October 16, 2016

¡Semana fantástica!

Queridos amigos,

This week was absolutely amazing! It passed so quickly, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

I appologize that I didn´t have time to write last week, hopefully that won´t happen again.

First off the stuff that´s new with me:

I have a new companion! She is absolutely amazing! Hermana Medford is from Pleasant Grove, Utah and only has 6 more weeks in the mission than I have. Everyone was surprised that they put two new, North Americans together as companions, but the Lord knows what He´s doing.

We´ve seen many miracles this week, and are working hard. Hermana Medford is super sweet and is kind to everyone.

I´m still in Banfield, and I´m loving every minute of it.

Oh, Elder Belnap that was in my district in the CCM is in my zone! It was so good to see him and catch up on how the mission is so far. It´s good to run into old friends.

Our investigator Oscar went to church this week!!!!!! Words can´t express the joy I felt when he was there learning more about the gospel. We had a lesson with him Saturday, and he accepted to be baptized! He´s not sure he´s ready yet, but he´s praying to know if the date we set for him is right. He´s changed so much, and I´ve really felt the Lord´s love for him and the other people I´m teaching.

I know that the gospel can change lives. It´s changed mine. I wouldn´t be here, walking all day in the hot streets of Argentina if I didn´t know it was true. I´m so grateful for the opportunity that I have to share the gospel with others.

My time is passing so quickly. I only have 14 months left, and I want to take advantage of every moment.

Thank you all for reading this email, I hope all is well with you, you´re in my prayers.

Sigan adelante,

Hermana Chaffin

¡Les amo!

"It is for us to make the effort. The result is always in God´s hands" -Mahatma Gandhi

"Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone" -James 2:17

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Holy Guacamole!

Queridos amigos,

¿Cómo le va? I hope that you are all doing great. This week was crazy. We had so much stuff to do that when today rolled around I couldn´t believe that a week had already passed.

Monday we had a district activity in my area. In our district we have missionaries from Idaho, Arizona, Chile, Mexico, Bolivia, Utah, Brazil and yours truly.  We made "completos" which are basically hot dogs on steroids. You start with a bun, smother it in ketchup (and mayo and mustard if you desire), place the hotdog and then the fun begins. Elder Bautista (from Mexico) and Hermana Walker (from Arizona) made guacamole (which up until this point I´d never tried) while I cut tomatoes, cilantro, and onions. Sister Villavicencio (from Chile) made mini fries. We topped our hotdogs with all of these amazing toppings, and my life was changed. I can´t believe it took me nearly 20 years of my life to eat guacamole! It is fantastic! Y´all need to try it. After eating til we could burst, we played ping pong and pool.

Monday evening, we taught a lesson to two new investigators named Elsa and Juan Carlos. They are an elderly couple that liked our message, and asked us to teach them more. We have an appointment with them tomorrow.

Tuesday we had our district meeting, after which, I had my last exchange with Hermana Menezes. We had a blast and talked with lots of people. We even had a lesson together!

Wednesday exchanges ended and in the evening we had english class. It´s so fun to watch people improve in the language. So many people want to learn english, and I´m glad I have the opportunity to help them.

Thursday we had zone conference, which was great. We got to hear from our leaders and from President Calquín and his wife.

Friday we planned for this coming week and knocked a lot of doors.

Saturday we were invited to a baptism in another ward. The girl being baptized asked all the missionaries in this area to sing at her baptism. It turned out really well, and the spirit was so strong.

Sunday we had church. Yay! I seriously love Sundays! They are the best! It´s so wonderful to spiritually recharge for the week. The sunday school teacher didn´t show up, so somehow I got picked to teach the lesson (I always get asked to substitute teach and yet I have the least amount of time in the mission and the least amount of spanish). It turned out really well, and I learned a lot. Later that night we had a ward activity that the other sister missionaries were in charge of. It turned out really well and everyone had a good time.

I´ve learned a lot this past week. I´ve had a lot of difficulties spiritually, emotionally, and physically these past 11 weeks. I´ve yet to have a normal week, but each one is better than the last. This week is the last week of the transfer, and I don´t know where I´ll be, but I know that I´ll be where the Lord needs me.

These week we´ve talked to a lot of people about prophets because this Saturday and Sunday we will have the opportunity to hear from a living prophet. I want each of you to ask yourselves "If I could talk to the prophet what would I ask him?". Then, write down your questions. I promise that if you listen to general conference with this/these question/s in mind, you will receive an answer. God still talks to His children through prophets. He will answer your questions. I promise that there will be something for you each to learn from these talks.

I love you all and want the best for each and every one of you. Thank you for your support and your prayers.


Hermana Chaffin

"But I way unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you, and persecute you." Matthew 5:44

"A kindness put off until tomorrow becomes only a bitter regret" -Anonymous

"Heaven is the consciousness of having made the world a better place to live in " -Elaine L. Jack