Wednesday, August 29, 2012

¿Sabés? ¿Viste? ¡Che!‏

Hey familia!

As always thanks for your emails! I love hearing about your adventures all the way up there in the fábrica. (I told you about how they call Utah the factory of Mormons, right?) Sorry I´m never good at responding to everything, but to answer some of your questions, Hna Rentería has mexican blood but she had never learned Spanish before. She has been here like two transfers less than I have. And she´s a capa! It´s a lot of fun having an American companion again. I´m starting to re-learn english! We´re just trabajar-ing a full and not caring if we don´t have sleep, electricity, or sanity :) Did I answer all the questions? Let me know if there was something else haha.

Wow, it been a roller coaster ride this last little while! We have been super busy--I think the busiest I have been on the mish, but it`s awesome. We were at the temple Monday, Tuesday, and Friday last week and it has been such a great experience. It makes for a lot of traveling and craziness but vale la pena because it´s amazing the miracles that have happened and are happening! I love walking through the tour with the people who have never entered the temple before...especially the investigators. They are just so amazed and looking at their faces, you can just see that they are feeling something that they have never felt before. I know that God is preparing more and more hearts to receive the gospel at this special time in Argentina. I also know that the adversary doesn´t like it very much and he is also doing all that he can to not get people to receive the blessings of the gospel. We live in a time where we really have to commit ourselves. I have seen many people who are not fully committed fall away and I have also seen people who are very committed push past some of the hardest adversity that I could ever imagine and cling to their testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I remember a quote that President Gulbrandsen sent us once by George Q. Cannon: “Every foundation stone that is laid for a Temple, and every Temple completed according to the order the Lord has revealed for his holy Priesthood, lessens the power of Satan on the earth, and increases the power of God and Godliness” I find comfort in reading this because I know that if we keep our sights on the temple and on eternity, we will be okay. Well, we won´t only be okay, but we will have exaltation, which is a little bit better than just okay :) Satan is mean, but we can beat em! I love this people a ton and really do want the best for them. I´ve only been here like three weeks but I already feel like they`re my little children that I need to take care of haha. I guess that´s what being a missionary does to ya...

Well, have I ever told you that I love you and am SOOOOOO infinitely grateful for you? Well I am. I really can´t say it enough. I LOVE MY FAMILY. That´s all.

Hermanita Hill

We went to the temple with our cute 13 year old friends :)
Milagros, Ariana, and Mailen

I just really love this place.

This is for dad.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

i went down to the river one day


This is going to be a week in pictures. I wanted to write you more but this computer is being crazy and testing my patience. But I want to wish mom and dad a happy anneversary! I promise I didn´t forget, I just forgot to tell you last Monday  Also I don´t know if I ever told Cade and Kaylee congrats for theirs last month....just know even though sometimes I forget to tell you, I still love you . And happy birthday to Cam Cam tomorrow! Hope it´s awesome!! Okay here are the pics. This week was awesome! I love you!

This is the temple at night

The family of Kiara.  I love them!

Kiara got baptized!  Ignore the random kid head in the corner.

President Torre, the branch president, baptized her.
He's big, she's little.  So cute.

At the temple with some other hnas.  Ignore the big cones...haha.

We call this one "the sky of the tiger".

Milagros :)

Her with Marcelo and her cousin Mailen, who is a member.

Monday, August 13, 2012


Dear Family,

I love you all a ton and I have like no time but I just want to tell you that I´m LOVIN LIFE. Man I have so many cool miracle stories to tell you but there is just not time. But let´s just say that the field is white and ready to harvest. There are seriously people everywhere who are just ready as can be to receive the gospel. We also had an awesome experience at the temple!!!!! Oh my gosh I loved it. We got to do like the introduction before they had the tour and we also got to be at the end of the tour to talk to the people and ask them what they liked and stuff. Everyone was amazed. It was so cool to talk to everyone and hear what their experience was like. We got all sorts of people. There were a couple guys from the Congo who had been here for only three months and they were learing spanish. They went through the open house like five times because they loved it so much. Wow I just want to write you more but there is no time. Know that I love you and oh yeah, I won´t be writing next Monday because we will be working in the temple again. What we do is get there at like 12 noon one day and then sleep the night in the hostal they have there next to the temple. We´re with like four other companionships of sisters so it´s really awesome, I love them all. Okay so I gotta go but I´ll email you sometime next week I think :) 

Hermana Hill

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Lions and Tigres and Bears

Hey family!

Guess what? I am in Tigre!!!!! Of course, there are always mixed emotions when transfers come. I´m really going to miss Almagro and the AWESOME people there, but I am excited to get working here in Tigre. It´s different than both Zárate and Almagro because it´s not like super city, but it´s not campo either. It´s really pretty from what I´ve seen so far. There are rivers and stuff and we have a wicked view from our apartment window. My new companion is Hermana Renteria! She is from first companion from the states since my training days with Hermana Jones. She´s una capa I´m excited to trabajar a full and find those escogidos here. Today=13 meses. It´s hard to believe. Time FLIES when you´re having fun and serving others and learning un montón. I feel like I was companions with Hna Sosa for like two days and then we had transfers again. What the? But it´s all good. Well, the temple opened on Saturday and we are already receiving referrals of the people who went. I know that so many baptisms are going to come out of this amazing experience! On Saturday, we had an activity with the Young Men and Women to pass out flyers about the temple. I loved seeing the youth so excited to invite everyone. And I love hearing your stories about sharing the gospel!!!!! You are such good examples to me. Get those missionaries over there ya! Keep being good examples, mmk? As far as the thing on September 8th, we don´t have a lot of details of what it´s about but I´m guessing it´s like a special devotional with all the missionaries with the Apostles that are going to come here. All I know is that sometimes I feel so unprepared because I know that being here is such a huge responsibility, especially with the temple opening. We have the duty to invite everyone. To do everything possible to help these people know their Savior, Jesus Christ, and follow His example through baptism. President Gulbrandsen reminded us that our choices will affect their opportunities. Of course we can´t force anyone to accept this message, but we better be doing everything possible to make sure that these people have the opportunity to know the truth. We are here to gather Israel! It is such a responsibility, but also such a blessing. I love being here and I love you all a billion. 

Hermana Hill

P.S. I got your package. THANKS SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!! I´ll try to get those rings to Hna Sosa and Hna Vargas asap.

Humberto (from Brazil...was a Bishop and is here for a short time to learn  Spanish), yo,
Hna Sosa, Jose (Camila and Tiziana's dad...he is preparing for baptism!)

Hna Salva (Hna Renteria's last companion, goes home tomorrow!),
Hna Renteria (my nueva companera!), soy yo.

A couple P days ago we went to puerto madero, toured a little boat museum and saw puente de la mujer. Fue divertido! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

El Monte del Señor

Dear Family,

I am just full of joy right now! Yesterday we got a call telling us that we needed to go to the temple today. We had a training meeting with some of the missionaries in our mission and the missions Buenos Aires Sur y Oeste. We have the amazing opportunity to help out with the open house which will be happening in August. I can´t tell you how blessed I feel to be able to be a part of this. The area presidency was there and spoke to us and then we got to take a mini tour of the temple, guided by President Arnold, the area president. I feel like it had been so long since I had entered the temple and it was such a breath of fresh air to be there. Even though they are still doing the finishing touches and it isn´t dedicated yet, it was a huge blessing to at least be able to go inside and remember the experiences that I have had in the temple. Today when we entered the celestial room, none of us said a word. We just stood in there for a few minutes in complete silence, contemplating what the Celestial Kingdom must be like, and feeling very close to it. I won´t forget this day. I love the temple. I know that it is the house of the Lord. I know that if we set our sights on the temple--on eternity--everything makes so much more sense. We have a purpose! Each one of us has a purpose and a potential so great that we can´t even imagine! I want to achieve my potential. Something that I´m realizing is that the way to better ourselves personally is by helping others. By really loving them and seeing their potential and then helping them to achieve it. I know that as we strive to keep the commandments and are worthy to enter the temple and keep the covenants we have made, we will one day return to live with our Heavenly Father; His Son, Jesus Christ; and our families for eternity. It really is amazing! And we really are so blessed to have this knowledge. We need to share it. I can´t let one letter go by without saying THANK YOU for always teaching me the gospel and helping me to understand why it is important. I am eternally grateful. I love you un montonazo.

D&C 109:22

Hermana Hill

P.S. This is what our President sent us today:
On Saturday, September 8 you will attend a sacred meeting with these Special Witnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ. As the brethren teach you, you will review your personal service and sacrifices. It will be a moment of deep introspection. 

La casa del Senor

Las Hermanas