Dear Readers of Lauren's Blog
She could use prayers for her foot. She had a stress fracture a few years ago and wore a boot on it for almost a year. She is concerned as her foot is giving her a lot of problems this week. She is going to the doctor.
Additionally, there are some pictures on Facebook of her and a video from Christmas. If you can not access it, ask to friend me. Lisa Jane Walton
Monday, January 13, 2014
This week we had transfers! And ME FUI! I left my darling little city of Junín in the care of my darling first daughter in the mission, Hermana Medeyro, packed my bags, and headed back to CASEROS. If that sounds familiar, that´s because it was my first area here in Argentina, now with 4 sister missionaries, two of which are me and my second daughter of the mission, Hermana Arenas. Yes, I´m training.
It´s been a pretty crazy week, having to get to know the area again and learn how to ride the public transit system and figure out how to do ALL of the 12 week training program, but it´s been great. After being in a tiny little branch for so long, we had stake conference, which was a little bit unbelievable, to see a church so full of people.
We had a super incredible experience on our way to church on Sunday. Hermana Arenas and I were walking to church and as we left that morning, we decided that we were going to find someone to bring with us to the conference. As we walked through a plaza, we found a man that was sitting on a bench alone. We stopped to talk to him and the other sisters had just invited him to the church. He told us he was waiting to meet someone there in the park, so he couldn´t come, but he gave us his phone number and we told him we would call him in half an hour to see if he could come. Half an hour later he was sitting next to us the the conference. MIRACLES EVERYWHERE:
I thoroughly believe that I´ve returned to Caseros for a very important reason. There are people here I can help and I look forward to seeing what I missed the first time around.
Hope everyone is well.
So this week was a bit of a tough one. My companion was sick for about three or four days and my foot has been bothering me, so we were moving a bit slower this week.One of the highlights of my week was the opportunity I had to give a talk in sacrament meeting. I was assigned the subject of testimonies, which was great. More than anything it was about how we can become converted to the gospel and how that can be a great support for us during our trials. I´m so grateful for the knowledge I have that this life isn´t all, that my Heavenly Father has a plan for us and that we can have so much more happiness in this life if we live in the way that God wants us to live. My testimony really is my foundation and is what drives me and helps me have a desire to share that happiness with other people, even on the hardest days.
In our ward here, we have a woman who is just incredible, Hermana Patricia. She is the type of person that never tires of giving. Okay, she tires, because she spreads herself out too thin, but she is willing to give her all for someone to lift them up and help them. We have an investigator right now that is in need of a lot of help for lots of reasons, and we felt like we needed to bring Hermana Patricia with us to visit her. I think it´s very possible that this our investigator´s life is just about saved because of the help this woman is willing to give her. She is such an example of Christ-like love for me.
I can hardly believe that it´s a new year and that in just 9 short months I will be back in Oregon. How did I get to the middle of the mission already?This week I think all I want to do is share two experiences... this week has definitely had it´s trials and difficulties, but I´ve seen great things happen.
Hermana Lauren Jane Walton
So to be perfectly honest, I have five minutes left of email time and I forgot to send out a general email... sorry about that.But these last two weeks have been two weeks to remember. Christmas was SPECTACULAR: I loved seeing the family again! So beautiful, those people. Even if we got cut off a little bit there at the end, it was so much what I needed in that moment.
Wow, I can hardly believe that Christmas is just around the corner. First things first: I will NOT be writing next week on P-day, because we will be having a wonderful Navideño activity as an entire mission! Woo hoo! We´re going to be going to the temple, which I cannot tell you how excited I am for that.This week was definitely the hottest week I´ve experienced yet on the mission. Hermana Arenas and I felt sick to our stomachs from drinking too much water in an attempt to stay hydrated. Weird how that works. Even weirder is how everyone likes to sleep during the siesta in these days, so we spent a lot of time knocking doors in the heat. Woo hoo! But that´s alright. It builds character.
I don´t have a lot this week, but here´s something:
A member bought my companions and I ice cream, so we all sat on the floor eating it straight from the container Sunday night. Mission life.
One of the other sisters received this beautiful hat for her Birthday from a member in her area. She let me wear it.