Friday, February 12, 2016

Zone Conference

February 8, 2016

hi family! how are you!! i hope you are all doing well!!
this week was really good! i was still recovering from being sick so we tried our best to work the most! 
this week we had a zone conference and the president got to train us a bit. it was really good because we are trying to change the mission culture. it is really good that we are doing that because we can always be better. i love going to zone conferences because they always give me the animo to keep moving forward. it also hit me that i have to work even harder because my time is coming to an end and i'll never be a missionary again. this week we also got to go and do exchanges with some other hermanas and i really learned alot. they are our hermana leaders and it was nice to get some new ideas. we have an estandarte de la mision or like the goals that each companionship has to try to complete! every week we have to have:

 BAUTISMOS – 2 every week, every companionship
·        lessons with member present – 14 every week, every companionship
·       References from members – 49 every week, every companionship
·       investagators in sacrament meeting– 7 every week, every companionship
·        investigators with baptism date– 10 every week, every companionship
·        new investigators – 18 every week, every companionship

this is what president has asked us to complete every week. This week we are going to try and do it. it may be a little dificult but its not impossible. 
this week we were able to see Lucia. she is going to get baptized on february 27th. she is so ready and she has started coming with us to teach! she is 12 and wants to get baptized. she is so prepared and i know that the missionaries found her prepared. we are also working with Agustina. she is 15...i think. she is really great. she is the niece of a member in the ward. she loves coming to church and we asked her to be baptized and she said yes. she will also be getting baptized on the 27th with lucia. we also have eliana. she is 21 and she told us yesterday that she has been reading the book of mormon every day! we were really excited to hear that but she works and goes to school every day so its hard to find her. but we invited her to be baptized and she said she is going to pray to see of baptism is something she should do. we are seeing good things here in centenario. the hard thing is that the less actives are really hard here. we try to help them and they say theyare going to come to church and dont show up. they also say a lot of excuses. its so hard when they don't let us help them. I know someday they are going to come back but i just want to help them get back to church now. it is so so so so so so so hard to meet someone who was baptized and they dont want to go back to church. they make up excuses so they don't have to go. it honestly makes me want to cry. Someone who has made a covenant with our father in heaven and they don't go to church. i feel sad when i see one person but imagine how christ feels or when the sons of mosiah were teaching and the people rejected them. i know one day they are going to go back to church but it just hurts so bad. i have such a big love for this gospel and i know that we HAVE TO GO TO CHURCH. or else we can't repent. we have to take the sacrament in order to repent. i know this church is true. 

I am so happy that i am here in argentina and we are seeing a little of success. be the kind of people that your heavenly father wants you to be. i love you all so so much. i hope that you enjoy your week! 

hermana jones


Monday, February 1, 2016

Wow....what a week!

Hello familia y amigos!!!!!!!! how are all of you doing??  i hope all is well!

well to start off... im in centenario. its about 20 minutes from neuquen. there are 2 sets of missionaries in our ward. our area is huge!!! we have to walk alot. it is more of a city type place and its pretty big. we have a lot to cover with just 2 people but its alright. the members are really nice and want to help. on sunday there were about 60 people but that was not a lot so that is a good sign. my companion is Hermana Afane. she is from el salvador but she lived in florida for a while. she is really nice and we get along great! she has been in the mission 1 transfer less than me so she knows what shes doing. she is really sweet and always says nice things. im really grateful that she is my companion! 

we have 2 or 3 investigators that are progressing and that are going to get baptized in about 2 weeks. they are all young women. they are all so sweet!! we are really excited! there are a lot of people to contact so that is always nice. This week was weird because we couldnt find a lot of the investigators. they just werent home. but this week we are going to find them. 

the other thing was that i got sick and was sick for about 2 or 3 days. i had the flu and then a huge migrane. i went to the hospital to see what was wrong and i had to get a shot. i was so nervous and the nurse said to me...lay down with you head facing ya you can guess where they put the was terrible! hahaha but it helped.  i have no idea why i was sick for so long maybe because the stress caught up to me. Im feeling better now but it was tough. we tried to get and work as much as we could. but this week was a tough one. but we are pumped to start a new week! 

I was a little sad to leave plottier because it has always been hard for me to get to know new people but i know that the lord needs me here in centenario for a reason. i am so grateful to be a missionary and i feel like ive gotten to know my father in heaven more and the love that he has for all of his children, especially me. i know that i am a child of god. we are all his children. This gospel is so true i dont know what i would do or where i would honestly be if i wasnt a member of the restored gospel. I know that joseph smith was a true prophet. I know he saw god and jesus chirst. I am so grateful that he had the desire to read the scritpures and find an answer. thanks to that...we have the true restored gospel here on the earth today. I want all of you to stop and think of the blessings you have received from being a member. then say a little prayer in your heart and thank your father in heaven. I am so grateful for everything that i have recieved from the gospel. 

i honestly hope that you all have a wonderful week. i love every single one of you so so much. Keep moving on and doing what is right. 

Be strong. Be happy. Keep a smile on your face. Take it just one step at a time. 

Hermana jones

ps. here are some fotos from plottier.....