Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Come on, vamanos!

Dear Family,

Good news, today is transfer day and I get to stay here in Almagro
with Hna Sosa! Estamos re-felices! Come on let´s get to it, I know
that we can do it! (Name that chica).

Well, I hope you are enjoying your adventures in Nauvoo! It really is
an amazing place, I know you will feel the spirit and learn a lot. I
especially love the temple. The baptismal font is incredible! I want
to go back to be able to do a session. I have the ganas to visit every
temple in the WORLD! The rededication of the Buenos Aires temple is
getting closer and closer! We still don´t know what we are going to be
able to participate in as missionaries but I hope we get to help in
some way. Did I already tell you that Pres Eyring is going to come? He
is one of my favs! He has always kind of reminded me of Grandpa Hill.
And sometimes dad too. I don´t know if it´s the lack of hair or the
spirit I always feel as he is speaking and starts to choke up a little
bit :)

We had quite an experience that happened to a family in our ward, the
Familia Feresin. (I was at their house when we skyped for mother´s
day). On Friday, they were in an elevator on the 18th floor (the
parents, a son, a daughter, and the sister of the mom) and the
elevator free-fell, with all of them inside. Because of the impact,
the elevator fell past the bottom floor. They were rushed to the
hospital and the son, Kevin, called the Bishop. The bishop expected
the worst because he couldn´t imagine that anyone could survive such
an experience. To his surprise, they were all awake and alert and they
only suffered some broken bones in their legs. On Sunday, we had a
meeting in the morning with the missionaries, bishops, and stake
presidency, and the stake president told the story to everyone and
attributed this miracle to the covenants they had made in the temple.
Ofelia (the mom) said that she literally felt angels protecting them
as they fell (DyC 109:22). I know that the covenants we make in the
temple protect us physically and spiritually. It´s amazing how much
the Lord blesses us when we make these covenants, promise to obey, and
live in a way to be worthy of protection. I hope you are taking
advantage of having a temple so close. I am learning more and more of
the importance of the temple as we are preparing and inviting people
to partake of these blessings that our Heavenly Father offers us so
willingly. I am just itching to be able to enter again, it has been so

G2G. Thank you for your examples. Thank you for your support. Thank
you for your love. Reading your emails every week gives me so much
motivation to use every moment that I have here. It´s incredible how
fast it is flying. I can´t believe my year mark is coming up so soon.
I still feel like a "green" hill far away. I´m so humbled to be able
to have this experience and know that no matter what I do, I won´t be
able to be able to pay back all that my Savior has done for me. But,
I´m sure am trying and have such a desire to do even more these last
six months. Thank you for your prayers! Please continue praying, but
not only for me....pray for the people here. Pray that we can find
those who will enter the waters of baptism and continue on the enter
the temple. Ninety percent of converts who enter the temple stay
active for the rest of their life!

Well folks, I love you and hope you have an excellent day!

Love, la hermanita

P.S. A boy in our ward, Benjamin, got his call to Viña del Mar! He is
a ward missionary right now. Any tips for him, mom?
P.P.S. Remember when we went to temple square to stalk the sister
missionaries and we found one from Argentina? I think it is the friend
of one of the missionaries here! Can you send me the picture that we
took so I can show her?
P.P.P.S. If you want you can send me microwave-able kettle corn.

Can't ever quite have a normal picture of the district

Despedida de Hna Gonzalez y Hna Cariola

In the train station on the way to the despedida with Victor (investigator),
Marisol (member), and Alex (member who is from Latvia, lives in England,
but is stuck here in Argentina because he missed his flight.  And he only
speaks English and Russian...).

Monday, June 18, 2012

Señor Don Gator was a Cat‏

Felíz día del Padre!!!!!! Dad, I sure love you a lot and am so grateful that you are such a good example to me. I have seen and heard of a lot of not so pleasant things that happen to families when the father isn´t the kind of person that he should be and it´s so comforting to know that I have the BEST DAD IN THE WORLD! (P.S. Thanks for the update about my bro Manu. Good thing I´m not there to watch the NBA finals because all my main men are playing, I don´t think I´d be able to pick a team! I think you´ve got me convinced about Durrant and OKC. Nothing better than a good scripture reading bball player....) Sooooooo moving on to more missionary like things...Congrats to Cajin!!! Wow, I can´t wait to hear about the crazy experiences you are going to have in ROME! You will be such a great missionary!
Well it has started getting real cold here so I´ve been making good use of my bufandas. The cold with the humidity gets right into your bones, but it still isn´t as bad as winters in Logan...yet. This week, Victor went to church with his two kids, Alexander (9) and Antonela(6). At first, Alexander wasn´t all that thrilled to go, but after Primary, he didn´t want to leave! Victor is awesome, he has such a desire to change is life, to be a better dad for his kids. So it was perfect that they all went to church together on father´s day. We also went to pick up some other investigators and when we knocked on the door, one of their friends, Miguel, answered. We had never met him before, but he said his friends were sleeping and they wouldn´t wake up, but he ended up coming with us. He´s 20 and is from Peru and has been here for about 10 months.
Don´t have a lot of time but know that I love you and I love the obra and am happy to be here learning so much that my brain is going to explode!
Love, Hna Hill
P.S. Can you send me the cheesecake recipe?
P.P.S. When does Kenzie get home from the mish?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hello familia de mi corazón!
Primeramente.......Feliz Cumpleaños, Kay boo!!!!! Uh oh, I just discovered the emoticons........<-------un abrazo para todos! Kaylee, I have a letter for you that I wrote a long time ago that you probably won´t get until like Christmas because, well, I haven´t sent it yet. But just know that I love you and hope you had a great birthday! Wow, everyone is all over the place! I wish you all the best in all of your endeavors, you are always all in my prayers. Sisters, remember that even though I´m not there to hear all your stories, I´m just a letter away! 
Sunday was pretty great. At first a little frustrating because of all the investigators we had talked to and planned to pass by in the morning to pick them up to go to church, most of them slumbered away. These Argentines love their sleep! But the good news is that Mercedes was confirmed! She felt the spirit so strongly and is so happy to have received the Holy Ghost. All that day, the lessons just happened to be about the Holy Ghost and the blessings and guidance we can receive if we remain worthy. Awesome thing number two is that Familia Perez went to church! They are a less active family who hasn´t been to church for like 7 years. We always visited them and invited them, and finally they went. They have a son who is going to turn eight next month and the father is going to prepare himself to be able to baptize his son and they want to prepare to be able to see the rededication of the temple. Also, there were two other inactive families who we have been visiting who went to church. It´s amazing how by teaching these families more about the temple, they are having more desires to return to church and enjoy the blessings of the gospel.
You know how I said that as a mission, we are reading the Book of Mormon before the temple rededication? I was mistaken and we actually are reading it in two months, so I will be finishing about July 4th (speaking of....Mercedes sister who is a member and lives in the U.S. is coming to visit July 4th. I hope I´m still here! Did I tell you that we got to talk to her on the phone? The other day we went to Mercedes house for lunch and her sister just happened to have called right before we got there. We were able to talk to her and she was rrrre happy and thanked us for helping her sister. It was really cool to talk to hear and hear how content she was ) Where was I going with this.....? I can´t remember. But how are you all on your reading of the Book of Mormon? Good? Great!
The other day we had zone conference. President Gulbrandsen talked a lot about the sacrament and what it represents. To be honest, when I was younger I always thought it was boring when people gave lessons or talks about the sacrament. I really didn´t understand what it meant at all. I knew that I should think about Christ and his atonement, but here in the mission I am learning so much more. of what a gift the sacrament is, how we are literally receiving the atonement of Christ by partaking of the sacrament and that we need to make an offering every week...a broken heart and a contrite spirit. The sacrament is ESSENTIAL to truly repent. We really can´t have the spirit with us if we don´t take the sacrament with desires to offer a sacrifice, to change something in our lives that needs to be changed that can only happen with the help of our Savior, through the atonement. I love 3 Nephi 18, when it talks about how when we take the sacrament, we are filled. I know that we are filled spiritually with the Holy Ghost. I have been trying harder to really prepare myself to take of the sacrament, to think about the things that need get rid of and offer them as a sacrifice to the Lord during the sacrament. I challenge you all to do the take a little bit of time Sunday morning, or Saturday night and say a prayer. Ask the Lord to help you to make the sacrament the most important part of your week. Tell Him the things you´re want to change, and ask for His help. I know that he will answer your sincere prayers.
I love you all un montón!
Hermana Hill

P.S. I don´t know if you´ve heard but they made a law or something that people can't exchange pesos and dollars here. I could make millions by selling dollars. Some random guy on the street even offered to buy dollars from me jaja.

Helping the Feresin family move

Just do it Almagro!

Hna Sosa made a delicious cake for my...(11 meses :S)

Amelia y Doris

Hangin' out with the chicas in la sociedad de socorro

Abasto, the mall here in Almagro

Monday, June 4, 2012

¡Tàpese la nariz!


I love you and thank you for your letters! I love hearing what you´re all up to. Thanks for making me laugh my head off hearing about those crazy kids in your primary class and the photos of Easton. Guess what? This weekend we had the baptism of Mercedes! I feel bad that I never have time to tell you all the details. But let me just say it was amazing. She first heard about the church when she was 18, and now at age 52 she finally made the most important step of her life. She is so happy that she made the decision to be baptized. After the baptism, she shared her testimony saying how we marked a chapter for her to read (3 Nefi 11) and how as she read one verse in particular, she knew that she needed to be baptized. I thought it would have been one of the verses where Christ was teaching the people about baptism, or when the people were able to feel the prints of the nails in his hands and feet, but, no, it was the scripture about how contention comes from the devil. She said all of this time she has been contending within herself and she knows it comes from the adversary. Isn´t it interesting how we can apply the scriptures to our lives and how one scripture can take on a whole different meaning for one person? We love her so much and are so happy for her. Well here´s what´s going to happen. I´m going to send you a whole bunch of pictures okay? Sweet!

Cool paintings

My buddy

Hay que ser fuerte

Mercedes con Elder Bravo (from Chile).  He is the one that interviewed her, and she wanted him to baptize her.  Funny story:  So on Saturday we did a little practice of her baptism with one of the ward members, explaining to her that she needs to bend her knees, lean back, and plug her nose.  But we forgot to refresh her memory on Sunday.  As she was, like, already in the water, Elder B said, plug your nose! was too late.  After the baptism, we went into the bathroom so she could change and everything, and she was laughing her head off because she hadn't plugged her nose and Elder Bravo told her as she was practically under the water!  Haha.  The most important thing is that she was baptized, and next Sunday she will be confirmed a member of the church :).

She's so cute and little!


Best picture of the day

Hope you don't mind if I take a few souvenirs home with me...

El estadio!

Some cool guy?

Boca Juniors

Hola muchacho

Some famous soccer player?
And I call myself a boca fan...


Hna Sosa con mas estrellas

Bet dad wants to go play some bball right hrrr

Cool mural

Hna Sosa made gelatina