{Burying Our Swords} #16

Hi hi hi hi hi all!

So the other day we had a lightning storm that lit up the sky all night! SO SCARY! But we're alive…  Yay!

I had exchanges with Hermana Diaz (Raven) this week and we had so much fun the whole time AND we got to hold a parrot! Super random! It was actually really gross, but checking that off the bucket list! 

We taught one of her investigators Gabina… She falls asleep every lesson so teaching the Plan of Salvation was a little hard. She began to doze off and her pet chicken even started to settle into a nice sleep as well. Haha Literally they both were sleeping and then they'd both pop up randomly… Hermana Diaz and I tried to hold off laughing so much! She had told me tons of stories about teaching this lady before… But nonetheless, she's a great woman. I absolutely loved working in this area with Hna Diaz! We met a woman that was 93 years old and she pretty much took a minute to describe every year of her life. She told us that she was praying for a miracle right as we walked up to her house. That is a good feeling knowing that.

Gabi is working towards her baptism this weekend! We have been working with her for quite a while but this past week she committed to take the next step. We have been blessed with many miracles, including Miguel as well! He's super shy and doesn't talk much, but as we exited out of the baptism of the other Hermana's with Miguel, we told him we'd see him at church and asked if he enjoyed the baptism. He replied… “I did. I feel something super different at this church. I feel like I can forget all of my problems and be at peace.”  We then explained the spirit that brings these feelings. When he does talk, he says just the right words. We are so excited for the rest of this transfer! 

Picante. Never again. So I like hot stuff, super spicy stuff, but we were fed a lunch where literally we were all coughing. My companion was crying… no… she was literally like dying. She then fed us some interesting purple corn juice... Super strange and the next day we all suffered with really, really bad stomach aches. The meatballs, the spice, the purple corn juice... my goodness, what am I doing?? Oh and pineapple juice... I'm never drinking anything but water again!! haha Filtered water bottles all the way! 

Speaking of water... the baptismal font got clogged. Our only choices were to have the baptism in a pool, the ocean, or scoop all of the water out of the font and fill it up again. Well, the ocean was an immediate no. The pool...no thanks. So yeah... we were in the baptismal font for a good hour using buckets and throwing the dirty water out the window.  It worked and in the end, the baptism was a success!

President Thurgood (Buenos Aires South Mission President) came to visit for interviews this Friday and Santa brought a whole butt load of packages too!! I now have enough food to feed about half of South America and I'm not complaining one bit! Thank you everyone for the wonderful gifts and constant love! It's always so great to see President and his wife! 

So the lice is gone…Yay! But still... 6 feet away from kids! They all still have them!

Hermana Figueroa and I are developing a great relationship and I am really enjoying my time with her.  Laughing, having fun and we're loving the work in Pinamar! 

Spiritual thought for the week!

Alma 24  (Book of Mormon)
We've been teaching lots of less actives and investigators about burying their swords of wickedness and starting fresh! As an object lesson, I dug a nice big hole in the ground and we all threw our fake swords (sticks) in and buried them!

Negative thoughts... bury em deep
Not reading the scriptures?... bury them deeper
Not praying?.... bury them way,way deep

18: "And this they did, it being in their view a testimony to God, and also to men, that they never would use weapons again…" 

19: They were brought to believe, firm, true-rather suffer to death than commit sin.... " and thus we see,that they buried their weapons… for peace"

We can all do this today! Put aside all the stuff that is keeping us from being happy! It's worth it, I promise! 

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf shared in the latest Ensign magazine a talk about starting anew:

“An old proverb says, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second-best time is now.”
There is something wonderful and hopeful about the word now. There is something empowering about the fact that if we choose to decide now, we can move forward at this very moment.
Now is the best time to start becoming the person we eventually want to be—not only 20 years from now but also for all eternity.”
 I love you all so much and wish you the best week! Good luck with all and I will be hearing from you next week!

With lots of love,

Hermana Barrett <3
Raven! ...and a parrot.

Kneeling a little too close….haha

Spicy Meatballs of Death

Strange Purple Corn Juice

Bailing out the font…it's supposed to be clear!

Frogs are everywhere!

The rain keeps tumbling down. Flooded streets…one was up to our knees!

Elder Robison our district leader is going home in two weeks! :( So the tradition in Uraguy, where Hna Blanco is from, is to throw mixed gross things all over the birthday person... haha it was funny

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