Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Week one in Palermo: A week of Miracles!

Where to start! I'm in one of the best areas and zones in the entire mission with a fantastic companion! With only one week together we have already seen so many miracles and done some great things in Palermo:)

My new companion Hermana Muro and I
Doing Service :)

Sep 8 Tuesday
After writing and having a relaxing Pday I got to meet the Monson family (no, they're not related to Thomas S. Monson). We were able to bring the spirit through song, singing a hymn with them with reminded me of MTC times with Hermana Johnson. All, a member, then accompanied us to visit Anthony and Exekiel. From there off we went to visit Kathy Campos. We were able to share a scripture and I was able to get to know her better:) She told me my accent was more Brazilian than Yankee, which made me feel special;)
The pizza in Argentina....Yum!

Sep 9 Wednesday
After a hot Tuesday my companion and I left the pension thinking the weather would be the same... wrong! We were greeted by a downpour and heavy winds! After grabbing the vianda (take home lunch provided by members) and changing into more suitable clothing off we went to meet up with Victor, a recent convert who would be accompanying us. We were able to teach Jose Luis, a convert of about a year. As I was talking with him, Anthony, an investigator of ours, showed up. My companion took advantage of the situation and went over with Victor to talk with him as I continued with Jose Luis. I was able to bear my testimony of the importance of reading the scriptures. We then went next door and shared a song with the Sandon family:) afterwards I got to meet one of Hermana Johnson's converts, Anderson! We were able to teach him the word of wisdom with Carlos Ramos accompanying us, one of Ausi's friends who I'd met months earlier in Caballito... what a small world! We also helped Anderson with his English homework, something I haven't done in a while! 
I also met Dayana and invited her to be baptized, a former investigator. ... She said yes! 

Sep 10 Thursday
Zone Meeting! Turns out Elder Wilcox is one of my zone leaders and Elder Kelly is also in my zone! Nice to see Elders from my first district:) After the meeting and making some pasta we visited with Hermana Gonzalez. I was able to share just the scripture she needed, bringing the spirit. We closed with a hymn that was also perfectly picked by my companion. It felt so good to be able to bring this wonderful sister the peace and assurance that her father in heaven had prepared for her. While with Carlos Lopez who accompanied us we contacted Lesli:) We didn't have a lot of time, but we left her with a pamphlet and planned to see her the next day:) Then I got to meet recent convert Carlitos! He's almost 70 years old and is partially paralyzed. And yet his testimony is incredible! My companion had told me before that I might have a hard time understanding him. However, with the help of the spirit I was able to understand just about everything he said! What an example! He reminded me a bit of Fermina in a way. We also passed by for Exekiel once more, and were able to find not only him but his sister as well! He's preparing to be baptized the 27th of the month. Whoo!
 With my companion

Hermana Sommers and I

Sep 11 Friday
On Friday we went back to San Fernando! That's right, they missed me so much that they begged to take me back;) Nah, chiste (a joke)! My companion had to do her papers and documents to be legal, so most of the day was spent waiting in lines. Hermana Bekaouche was also doing her documents so I was able to talk and catch up with her which was nice:) We didn't end up getting to our area until 5! However, we were able to teach Anderson, find Lesli and invite her to be baptized on the 27th, and teach Exekiel a little bit before saying goodbye with a closing prayer that he offered:) 

Sep 12 Saturday
In the morning we had a multi stake service activity:) We were helping paint a school, which reminded me a lot of a year before when we had painted a hospital:) I was able to see Hermana Hawkins and Hermana Downs from my MTC group, also my "hija", Hermana Yancey!!!  We also visited with Dayana, talked to her mom, and got permission to teach her. She'll be getting baptized the 27th as well! To finish up the day my comp and I had dinner with Caren and Ausi, talk about a blast!
Reunion with former companion: Hermana. Yancey

Great to see MTC companions:
Hermana Downs and Hermana Hawkins
Leaving the Service Activity
McDonald's in Argentina 

Ausi :)


Sep 13 Sunday
Exekiel and Dayana came to church! Lesli was sick and didn't make it, but when we talked to her later she said she wanted to be baptized still, so she'll be getting baptized the 4th. Whoo! Talk about an amazing week! I was feeling a little under the weather, so my comp asked if I wanted a blessing. I said sure, to which SIX Elders came over to give me the blessing! Talk about crazy!

Really an awesome week!
Love you guys tons!
Hermana Dickson

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