Sunday, October 19, 2014

2 months gone

This week has been great, oh and SORRY that I didnt write yesterday. we had our interviews with the president, which were great, he is a lovely guy, but yeah, today is our pday.

We have been working a lot with the members here. We had lunch with the Singuri family. They have 4 kids that are incredibly crazy. The 8 year old boy always tries to kiss me, the girls always tell me my clothes are ugly and laugh at my spanish, and for some reason, they all love the food on MY plate, it must be better than theirs. haha, it is just always so crazy whenever we go over there. We helped set up for their sons birthday party and then we stayed for the first little part. They had a ton of family over, loud spanish music, and lots of bread. So I had a good time. But no joke, I was the tallest one there. Not even kidding. And there were probably 50 or so people. Everyone thinks I am really old because I am tall, also everyone gets very concerned about the welfare of my skin. I am always offered a spot in the shade and apparently the president is making all of the gringos buy sombreros, really just a hat big enough to shade our face and shoulders, so yeah thats huge, but that wont look weird at all......good thing it is the Spirit that converts.

I have been able to get to know my companion better as my spanish improves. We decided to tell eachother funny stories from our life. This one particular day I was sharing about the time I honestly thought I broke my bum because, first of all, the third platform at Lava Hot Springs is never a good idea. But better yet, dont go bareback horseback riding and ride your bike to Aggie Ice Cream twice within a one week period. Just tak my word for it. Anyway, so I tell her that, more story like obviously. And then she tells me about how she kissed a boy when she was 13, her little sister told her dad, so her dad sent her to the poorest part of Peru to live with her Aunt for three months. and I mean like poor poor. She rode a donkey everywhere and ate guinea pig as a delacasy. cant spell, sorry. anyway, ashley wasnt your first kiss at 13, I think your punishment is a little long overdue.

Anyway, so my companion is a boss. love her.

I cant believe that halloween is coming up. it is most definitely spring here. feels just like May.

I found my favorite scripture. for a while it was my favorite quote, then I realized while reading the scriptures, that it is actually a scripture. Dad, you said it to me right after I was awarded my scholarship to Utah State. I remember you didnt say congrats or anything. You just looked at me and said "where much is given much is required". That really pushed me to work hard in school. Now is has a whole new meaning to me. Luke12:48 says "...for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required: and to whom men have committed much, him will they ask the more."

I have been struggling lately to understand why in the world I have been SO BLESSED in my life. There are people here that have NOTHING. Dirt floors, if lucky, concrete, and they are always so happy. So I wonder why was I placed into a wonderful family, in the United States in this day and this specific time. And I realized it doesnt matter. "Because I have been given much I too must give". At the last day The Savior will look back on my efforts to serve and what I did for others. I aspire to work HARD this next 16 months and I am everday grateful for the love and support that I get from family and friends. THANK YOU. Love you all and pray for you everyday.


Hermana Blair

Abbey in Argentina

Heavens to betsy, I cannot handle the computers here. Sorry, this email is going to be so weird. Not all of the pictures would send, so here is one of me and Hermana Matheson.

Holllla Mi Amigos y Mi Familia!
First off, I want to say thank you for all of the love and support from everyone. I am doing great here in Argentina and I know that your prayers are working. I always enjoy the emails and letters. THANK YOU SO MUCH.
I never know where to begin. I guess I didn´t say who my comp was in my last email? Her name is Hermana Vargas, she is from Lima, Peru, she is almost 23 three, and is the sweetest nicest person ever. Wait a second, I did say that last week, I remember. Anyway, I am her last companion, she must have needed to learn about patience or something because I sure am giving her a run for her money with this whole lack of spanish thing (I try every moment of every day to work on the language. Dont worry)
I have no idea how to use any of the technology here so sorry if I don´t get to your emails this week, and sorry that I can´t send a lot of pictures.
My apartment is great. My bed is the comfiest thing I have ever laid on. I don´t know if that is because I work all day or if it really is comfy. We have a washer and dryer which I am so grateful for! Not the type you might be thinking of, but it is great. We pour three buckets of hot water into the washer, pour in some soap, and then it whirls it around a bit. Then to rinse we do the same thing, minus the soap. Our dryer is a short cylindar looking thing, we put our clothes in, and it spins the clothes around really fast so all the water can drain into a bucket below, and then we just hang everything all around the apartment to really dry. Some missionaries dont have that so I am really really grateful.

My area is gorgeous. The Andes are beautiful. The people (in the branch) are so loving and happy. I am so blessed to be here.
One day me and my companion were studying in a park like area. A homeless man came up to me and started talking to us, I guess he was asking me to read him the bible. He didnt have any teeth so besides the fact that it was in spanish I couldnt really understand him. Anyway, so he starts trying to read my book of mormon, I had no idea what was going on so I just sat there waiting for my companion to do something. He kept talking, and kept petting the pages of my scriptures. My companion started to gather her stuff so I did the same. Then the guy started to pet my head and that was when we really got up to leave, haha. My comp did give him a pass along card though, which he then kissed and held to the sky. But yeah weird stuff like that happens ALL the time. But dont worry Mother, my companion knows her stuff and does a great job at keeping this oblivious American safe.
Conference was great! We werent able to watch is but I was able to listen to it through a tiny computer speaker. Sadly it was hard to get a lot out of it because there were 4 of us in the room if anyone even breathed a little too loud we couldnt hear. Just one more reason to keep pushing my spanish so I can read the talks in the Liahona. So I didnt get to hear all of them but out of the ones that I did hear I liked Richard G. Scotts the best. That man is awesome. I bet his prayers are an hour long, he is a great example to everyone. Anyway. He talked a lot about family and prayer. The entire time I could only think about how the Second Coming really is nearing and that we need to do all that we can to prepare to be ready for it. Whatever it is that we need to change in our life in order to become worthy, we just need to do it! We need to "care more about what the Savior thinks of us" because in the end it is Him who will be our judge. I want to be with all of my friends and family in the Celestial Kingdom and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make it there. We cant just let life pass us by. The Gospel provides us with so many opportunites to enjoy complete happiness. That is one of the reasons I am out serving. Not only to share this message with the people of Mendoza Argentina, but to you as well!
I am so grateful for the time I have already had and for the rest of the time I will have in Argentina. It is such a crazy yet wonderful opportunity to be here. Thank you thank you for all of the prayers, love, and support. I love each one of you and think of of you everyday.
With Love,
Hermana Blair
blog: I probably wont be able to include everyone in a group email again, but on the right side of the blog there is a box where you can enter your email address and you will be emailed when the blog is updated. I can honestly say that the one thing that has tested my patience the entire mission has been this particular Argentine computer. God Bless The USA.