We got together this afternoon with most of the Hermana Training Leaders. Their responsibilities are still new enough in the mission that we are working out the kinks of how they work in their own areas and still have time to help others. They have willing hearts and they are going to have a positive impact on the hermanas, no doubt.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
As the wife of a Mission President, I watch the weather with more interest than I did before the mission. I think about my missionaries and what it will be like for them on the streets every day. I pray for them specifically to be able to cope with the heat or be safe in the rain or warm in the cold.
In Buenos Aires, we have downpour-style rainstorms. They come on without warning and within seconds you are completely drenched. We had a similar style rainstorm in Florida, however, in Florida they last for about 15 minutes. If you are lucky enough to be inside when it happens, you can quite easily wait it out. It is different here in Buenos Aires. The storms can last with intensity for hours and hours.
One day a missionary said to me that she loves the rain because real missionaries work in the rain. I love that we have valiant missionaries that work in the rain. As a people, the Argentines are a little bit weather-dependent. They don’t go out if it is too hot, too cold or rainy. It makes missionary work challenging because not only do they not go out, they don’t want anyone to come in.
I am remembering another day when we were having a mid-transfer change. The hermanas arrived soaking wet. When we asked the why they didn’t call a remis, they laughed and asked what was the point since they were soaked already. They dried off, picked up their new companions and went back to work.
I have heard countless stories from missionaries standing in the rain or cold or heat being rejected because of the weather. Fortunately, they are good-natured about it. This week began with lots of rain. I have to admit that mom in me was was glad that today they had district meetings during the worst of the storms.
Monday, March 3, 2014
We have made this decision in conjunction with President Robertson, who will preside over the mission beginning in July and in conjunction with other missions in Argentina.
Do not use other methods such as FedEx, DHL or UPS as we will not attempt to retrieve those packages.
We recommend sending your missionary a bank card that you can refill from home if they need to purchase items here in Argentina.
We will do our best to obtain those packages that are still in transit, but there is no guarantee that we will be able to get them. Thank you for your understanding cooperation with this issue.
El sistema nacional de la Aduana en Argentina ha impuesto nuevas reglas con respecto a los paquetes que entran de afuera del país. Los impuestos y el nuevo proceso requerido para recibir estos paquetes ahora están más allá de nuestras capacidades para cumplir. Debido a estos cambios, nuestra misión ha decidido que los misioneros no serán permitidos recibir paquetes.
No usen compañías como FedEx, DHL o UPS.
Si desea darle a su hijo o hija un regalo para su cumpleaños, navidad o cualquier razón, por favor depositen extra dinero tarjeta personal de debito.
Muchas gracias por entender y por apoyar este nuevo requisito. Haremos lo mejor para obtener los paquetes que aun están esperando en la Aduana, pero no hay ninguna garantía que podremos obtenerlos.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
A few days ago, Presidente and I received the notice that Elder Evans would be visiting Buenos Aires this week. We were asked to attend several meetings with him. While we are always thrilled to have visitors from church headquarters and especially when that visitor is the head of the missionary department, we were also wondering how we would possibly manage transfer week and the visit. I have to say that it has been tricky.
Sooo…the Pastores were off with the assistants to see the city. It looks like they found an SUD truck. SUD is equivalent to LDS in Spanish…Santos de los Ultimos Dias. However, the SUD truck is actually part of an international shipping company.
I have the photographic evidence that they made it to all of our favorite places and it looks like they even saw an interesting stage set up in the Teatro Colon.
Presidente and I were finally able to join them when they got to Recoleta, and we spent the last couple of hours together.
David F. Evans is the Executive Director of the missionary department. Missionaries from the Buenos Aires North and South missions joined with some of the missionaries from Gonzalez Catan, Marcos Paz and Ramos Mejia.
We met from 9 until 1:20. Elder Evans taught the entire time with the exception of 10 minutes when his wife told us a sweet story about two 8 year old boys in their ward in Utah who both have brothers serving in Argentina missions. One day when the two of them were together one asked how the other felt. He said that when he gets sad, he goes into his room and puts on his older brother’s sweatshirt and thinks about him for a little while. Then he takes it off and carries on with his day.
Elder Evans shook hands with all of the missionaries in attendance before the meeting started. Afterwards, Presidente chatted with the missionaries from our mission about some of the things that they had learned and how they can apply it in their work while we waited for their lunch to arrive.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We have the trainers and the reinforcements waiting for the meeting to start. All the rest of the missionaries are outside chatting with fellow missionaries and then gathering into their zones.
After the meeting two historical pictures had to be taken of papis, hijos y nietos!