Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's P-day already?! (An Older Post- October 31, 2014)

Wow, time flies here in the MTC! I can't believe it's already Friday again! I've learned so much the past week! My companion and I have taught two investigators so far, Fernando and Raul. They're great! They don't get impatient with us when we have to use our broken spanish ;) The language is difficult of course, but no one said this would be easy! I can 100% feel the gift of tongues working on me already! 
I got two new roommates this week, Hermana O'Niel and Hermana Sagapolu. They are such sweethearts! Now there are 3 snorers in my room, instead of 2 ;) Don't worry, I still love them! (Earplugs are my new best friend.) The weather has been BEAUTIFUL today! My entire district spent about 2 hours of our free time playing sand volleyball outside! We also went to the temple this morning, today has been a very good day! Let's just say, being a missionary is THEE BEST! 

Happy Halloween everyone!! 

Con Amor, Hermana Orgill

1- Happy Halloween from the Elders in District 41B!
2- We found Elder Tripp at the temple!
3- District picture at the Provo Temple :)

I Survived! (An Older Post- October 24, 2014)

Well, I made it through my first few days at the MTC! The food is bland, the days are long, but the spirit is so strong! I love it :) I went to the temple this morning, which was amazing! It felt odd to leave the campus part of the MTC. I love my companion, Hermana Witsken! She is the greatest! We get along really well! Mi companero and I live in the same room as one other companionship, Hermana's Glazier and Feldermann. They are such sweethearts! There are 9 Hermanas and 2 Elders in my district, which apparently is a weird combination for a district to have! But we have a really good time together, learning and laughing! I´ve seen so many Sisters and Elders from Grantsville! Elder Tripp, Elder Krogh, Sister Eyre, and Sister Turner! Sister Turner is even in my district! It´s great!

I played volleyball yesterday during gym time, which was a blast! I also tried out early morning yoga and kickboxing! What a workout, I am most definitely OUT OF SHAPE! But 30 minutes of exercise everyday will hopefully help with that :) My Espanol is coming along, slowly but surely! It's tough, and a little frustrating at times, but it always feels good when I master a word or phrase! Time is already flying by! Days feel like weeks and weeks feel like days, or so I've heard. I will be teaching my first investigator tonight, Fernando. He doesn't speak English, so thank goodness for the spirit because neither do I! ;) 

Have an amazing week everyone! Les amo!

Con amor, Hermana Orgill

1- Sister Temple Trip!
2- Look who's in my District- Hermana Whitney Turner!
3- Called to Serve :)

The Treasure at the End of the Rainbow :)

Well, time flies when you`re having fun! :) Ups and downs, rain or shine, these past 18 months have been worth it all! It has been unforgettable and I will treasure it forever! I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live! :)
Love you all and SEE YOU SOON!
Con amor, Hermana Orgill
1- Drinking Mate like the Argentinos do :)
2- Rain, rain, and more rain in Villa Gesell
3- Rain means.. rainbows!
4- The REAL treasure at the end of the rainbow :)
5- My Last Saturday lunch with the Petersen family!
6- I`m gonna miss Villa Gesell and all its sand!
7- Stocking up on my favorite Argentina cookie- TODDY :)

The Brightside :)

Sometimes it feels like the greatest lesson that Heavenly Father wants me to learn in the mission is patience. And wow, am I learning it :) Our 2 investigators with a baptismal date, Facundo and Victor, didn`t come to church this week. It was a bit of a bummer because we`ll have to move back their baptism now, but on the bright side they`ll be able to prepare themselves even more for their big day :) Like President Monson says, we can`t control the wind but we can adjust the sails!
Another brightside- Karen had her baby this week! And it`s a girl :) She`s adorable and a chubster, just like her big brother. We got to go visit them in the hospital on Tuesday. A little bundle of cuteness!
I had an intercambio in Pinamar with Hermana Ramirez on Friday. The mission nurse ended up calling us and poor Hermana Ramirez had to accompany me to a quick doctors visit to check out my cold. She was a good sport about it though, we spent the day laughing (and coughing) :) Hopefully my health will be 100% at the end of this week so I can finish strong! All is well though!

Just remember:
"The lessons we learn from patience will cultivate our character, lift our lives, and heighten our happiness."  -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Love you all :)
Hermana Orgill
1- Visiting Karen and her newborn baby girl in the hospital :)
2- Look at them chubby cheeks! 
3- Zone meeting on Tuesday
4- Ping-pong tournament and rootbeer floats for P-day today! 
5- District selfie! 
6- Sunday lunch with the D´Angelo family clan :)

Who's your neighbor? :)

This week, I had two intercambios! One in Pinamar with Hermana Mantcheff from Rosario Argentina, and the other with Hermana Olson from Washington! Both of them were great! I love getting to know the other sisters and work alongside them in the Lord`s vineyard! :)
We had interviews with President Nuñez Friday morning and then an activity in the church that evening: El Baile del Sombrero! (A Hat Dance!) Everyone came to the dance in their best and biggest hat, it was quite the sight! :) We met a lot of new people, investigators, and got to enjoy a few hours of fun with the members here in Villa Gesell!
On Sunday, we had a District Conference in Pinamar. They talked a lot about loving and serving others. The Savior always taught the importance of loving one another. He was the perfect example and shows us how we can do the same!
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
This is the first and great commandment.
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself."
-Matthew 22:37-39
So, who`s your neighbor? :)
Take care everyone! Love you all!
Con amor, Hermana Orgill
1- Intercambio with Hermana Mantcheff!
2- My companion caught me off guard, loving that amazing sunset :)
3- Hat dance!
4- Welcome to the Baile del Sombrero!
5- Members of the Villa Gesell branch- Look at all them original hats :)
6- Intercambio and ice cream with Hermana Olson! :) YUM

Families can be forever :)

This week was full of fun! On Tuesday I got to travel, without a companion once again, to Quilmes for Leadership Council. It´s always an adventure! I didn`t get back to Villa Gesell until 10:30pm Wednesday night. But it´s always fun to see all the other missionaries that don`t get to see very often :)
We got to attend a baptism on Saturday for one of the little boys of a recent convert family, Adriano Guerra. It`s always a special day when a child of God makes the decision to be baptized! The spirit was there, especially when Adriano entered the warm water to be baptized by his dad, a recent convert of just one year! :) Families can be together forever!

On Sunday, a miracle happened! The boyfriend of our golden investigator, Karen, came to church for the first time! His name is Diego and he has never really had any interest in changing his worldly habits or coming to church, but he came!! Hermana Lemos and I were so excited, it`s a huge step for him. We`ve been praying and fasting for them so that Diego`s heart can be softened and he can realize all the blessings that are waiting for him if he´ll follow the Savior´s example: an eternal family!! It was the cutest thing, seeing Karen and Diego sitting next to eachother in sacrament meeting, next to their little 2 year old son, Alexander. I could honestly see this family all dressed in white, ready to recieve the blessings of living the gospel. I love this gospel :)
Today for P-day, we all met in Pinamar and walked over to the beach to have a picnic lunch and build sand temples! It was a bit windy and chilly outside, but that didn`t stop us from having a fun time together as a Zone! :) One brave Elder even let himself be burried... what a trooper!
Well, take care everyone :) and have a great week! Remember to look for the Lord´s hand in your life every day. I testify that it´s always there.
Love you all!
Con Amor, Hermana Orgill

1- Group selfie at Leadership Council!
2- Our investigators, Karen and Diego, with their little son, Alex- and a daughter on the way! :)
3- Hermana Lemos and I at the Zone Activity
4- Sand temples and a picnic at the beach for our Zone Activity! :)
5- Ward Baptism of little Adriano Guerra!

Wonders :)

General Conference weekend always leaves a special spirit in the air :) I`m so grateful for the Prophets and Apostles that lead and guide us in this crazy world! 

I was sick this week, so not much news other than Conference... we did get to have a lesson with Karen and her boyfriend. That went well! Hopefully the next time that we get to see Karen, she will have received her answer and know the next step that Heavenly Father wants her to take :)

I know that Jesus Christ lives and is the Savior of the world. We are blessed to have the fullness of the gospel restored to the Earth. I couldn`t be more grateful to be able to share this message of love and hope with the people of Argentina! It`s a great day to be a Mormon :)

Never forget the words of a wise prophet:

"And Joshua said unto the people, sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the Lord with do wonders among you."         
Joshua 3:5

Embrace the wonders of the Lord :) 

Con amor, Hermana Orgill

1- Watching Sunday  General Conference with the members of Villa Gesell :)
2- Counting down to Conference!
3- Hna Lemos and I :)
4- Lunch at Rancho Hambre today... yum!!
5- Saturday General Conference with the familia Guerra :)
6- We <3 Villa Gesell 

He Lives! :)

Happy Easter!! :) 

I don`t have much time today, but we`ve seen so many miracles this week! First of all, with our investigator, Karen. She has been coming to church faithfully every week and we had a lesson with her at a recent converts house, the Guerra family. It was such a strong spiritual experience, Hermana Guerra shared her testimony of how the gospel has blessed her and her family. Karen was more than excited to accept another invitation to be baptized and is more determined than ever to find a way to either get married to her boyfriend, or separate. Another miracle that we saw with Karen was that, her boyfriend Diego, who hasn`t really wanted much to do with the church, went to the Branch Family Home Evening yesterday. We`re praying super hard that he will be more willing talk with us now and go to church next Sunday! :)

Facundo and his little brother, Victor, are also very excited to come to church each Sunday. In one of the lessons we had with them this week, Facundo wanted to say the opening and the closing prayer. It`s so sweet to see how happy the gospel makes people :)

It was a bit rainy for Easter Sunday yesterday, but special nonetheless. One of the members, Hermana Behotas, was very stressed out about not having enough time to get everything done in her house before the Branch Family Home Evening. So we offered to help! We got to help her decorate homemade chocolate Easter eggs with colorful frosting! Of course we were more than happy to help :) 

I know that the Savior lives :) with all my heart! He lives! And loves us :)

Con amor, Hermana Orgill

1- Happy Easter! :)
2- Decorating the Easter eggs at the Behotas family home! 
3- Fun with frosting!
4- After helping decorate the eggs, we were surprised to know that 2 of them were for us! :D